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  1. Hi all, Currently working as a Master Distiller overlooking all operations in a rather big grain to glass distillery (vodka, gin, whisky, etc). I am looking for the right partner/investor to create 2 brands (to start with) as a distributor company. The point is to have no building and no equipment! I find there are already too many distilleries and some of them are struggling reaching ends but there is still a lot of room for new products so we might as well all work together. And plus I'm no fit to work between walls, I need to be out there talking to people and showing my product! I have 2 brands with a huge worldwide potential, have the bottlers on the East coast and West coast and all suppliers, all is left to do is the branding and finishing my recipes well under way. I have extended experience in entrepreneurship and in the spirit industry (sales, distilling, consulting ...) Maybe someone with cash and no time/knowledge or someone with experience in marketing strategies/sales/distribution or someone living on the East coast with plenty of time and sales skills... the most important thing to me is vision and passion. I'm looking to relocate to the US West coast but am in no rush and don't NEED a partner. I give myself 1 year to make the move but am open to speed up the process with the right partner! I'm a free spirited person with a big work ethic and very hardworking. I'm a Canadian citizen.
  2. Hey Gang, I've been doing a lot of reading on the sales forums and I noticed that one of the most critical pieces of developing your brand, was not being covered - POS So I've taken it upon myself to start chipping away at some fundamental and easy things that can help build your brands without breaking the bank. who the heck are you, and what makes you the 'expert?' Glad you asked. I have almost a decade of industry experience ranging from bar and restaurant purchasing, distilling, brand development, market management and new market arrival - all the way to distribution and portfolio management in Illinois. I have quite literally seen brands develop from the field to the bartop, with every ugly little step in between. Trust me. So, with that out of the way, let's move on to the sell sheet: You have now made the greatest distilled product since (insert your role model here). You need to now find and choose a distributor (this is a WHOLE different thread) and get out into your first market. Usually the first market is your home market, so lets pretend we're looking at a second market, perhaps a large rural state, with a bustling city-suburb center and some sports teams... HEY! How about IL! (mind you the sell sheet is crucial for control states as well, I am using tier for now) For visual aid, I have attached an example of a sell sheet that I find to be a very good example of a successful sell sheet **YES I KNOW IT'S AN LDI/MGP THING! THIS ISN'T WHAT THIS IS ABOUT, SAVE IT FOR ANOTHER THREAD** This is simply, from an organizational and visual perspective a good example. The 5 most important pieces of a good sell sheet: 1. A PICTURE OF THE BOTTLE I, I cannot tell you how many sell sheets I've seen, without a picture of the bottle. I think suppliers (you guys) think that the sales staff will always carry a bottle of your product in their car or bag, and the customer then, will see it and hold it and taste it. WRONG. I know some places where the sales staff are limited to 2% of the previous months sales allotted in samples. These guys cant pull a bottle whenever. They cannot have a rolling liquor depot in their car and they dont always have time to taste with a customer. The bottle image is KEY to sparking the interest in the brand that will have the buyer ask to taste it on a follow up visit, if at all! The sell sheet is also a "FIRE AND FORGET" type of POS, you cant be leaving bottles at every account, on every call. Most of the time, you just leave a sell sheet after the pitch as a constant visual reminder that they want to buy this brand. 2. BULLET POINTS/BUZZWORDS This part ends up being more for the sales person, who is overloaded with quotas, deadlines, information and stress, than for the buyer; It does have relevance beyond that though. These are words/points/one-liner's/pillars that the brand identity is based on. This is the MUST-SAY list when pitching the brands. When we present our own brands, we do it with the type of confidence and pride that only we can exude. Your sales rep, in your absence, will not be you...but he can at least say the type of this you would say! Reps dont know what a dephlegmator is, or why spelt is trending on twitter (it's not by the way) - Good news! Neither does the buyer! Just a few keywords and practice is all the average rep needs. 3. A HOOK! Now I encourage you to look at the example. Notice that the brand/company name isn't the header. If you have high quality bottle shots, the brand name is clearly legible already... no...the header in this case is the hook. INDIANA BOURBON **WHAT DID I TELL YOU EARLIER... SAVE IT FOR ANOTHER FORUM** This, historically, has had two distinct effects on almost everyone who has read it "i thought bourbon only came from Kentucky!" and "what is Indiana bourbon?" CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR HOOK WORKED! The purpose of the hook isn't just to catch the eye visually (if your brand is based off of a visual hook, you are already in trouble) it forces the buyer, consumer, sales rep or other reader to ask a question. It gives you or your rep the window of opportunity to dive into those buzzwords or key points that you worked so hard on! Its the foot wedged in the door of conversation. In this case, you've affronted a widely held public belief and now you have the opportunity to prove it, while developing a conversation about the product. Pushing the conversation into a dialogue instead of a monologue is like... sales 101 folks; Let your Sell Sheet help. 4. SUPPORT/FURTHER INFO In the wild world of social media, I cannot stress how important it is for an emerging brand to have a solid, well managed presence in social media and the web. A bad website, to me, as a portfolio manager is the end of the discussion for me. It is officially 2013, if you arent at least on facebook and ACTIVE (cant stress that enough) you are doomed. If your website looks like a geocities relic. I will not even bother to taste the product for consideration, and neither will the world. I will get to that more in a different post, but for the sake of your sheet, I think my example sheet could have done it more simply, but the idea is there. This is also useful if you are making a .PDF version which can be sent ahead or as follow up to your pitch. It shows that your brand has a reach beyond just paper and ink. 5. EMPTY SPACE! This is my lame attempt at an M. Night Shyamalan twist - Empty space on a sheet is a tenant of good design; No one likes an overcrowded and visually assaulting page. Empty space can offer two important advantages: A place to take notes, write down the pricing (since it may differ slightly state to state) record flavor notes, or follow up questions during the presentation. The other aspect is it keeps the readers focus on the important parts of your brand. I think my example sheet could actually do a slightly better version of this as well, but there is still a place for notes on the sides. Whew... okay that was a lot. I know, but feel free and encouraged to ask questions, discuss this post and hell, post your own sell sheets here to talk about them. I may be on the distribution and sales side but I always have time to chat or lend a hand to this community when I can. This is your most vital, simple and cost effective option in augmenting your marketing attempts. I'd love to help you work them out. -H
  3. You are a total spirits sales badass. You're a strategist, with experience moving selling at a national level in closed and open states. You're comfortable managing a team and want to help a brand go from moderate sales to over the moon sales, without sacrificing values. You've had some great learning opportunities in the past but perhaps haven't found the company that allows you to spread your wings the way you want to. You also like floating rivers, making time for shenanigans and know that the best way to live a life is to create that balance between working hard and playing hard. We're a distillery with great products, a great production team, an excellent team of sales personnel and an ability to produce our own distilled products on a high volume basis. We're the largest distillery in the great State of Montana and we're looking to grow the success we've seen here and in other markets. We're looking for someone who wants to live in Montana, manage the sales and marketing objectives and grow our sales with strong attention to strategy development as well as execution. Someone who understands the balance between quality relationships and quantity of cases moved. This isn't a seat of the pants kind of operation. This is a darn fine business with a history of success. If we align on values: community, passion for Montana and the belief that a rising tide lifts all ships, then you should reach out to us about the opportunity to align forces. The position will be open until it's filled. Compensation will be part salary, part commission, DOE. Medical Insurance, PTO, 401(k) and more. Please submit a resume and references to work@headframespirits.com 2017 Job Description Sales & Marketing Manager For Publication.pdf
  4. Case Art

    I'm considering adding artwork to our next order of cases. Do you have art work on yours? If so, have you found artwork to help sell more product? Lastly, I design my own stuff and I'm curious if others do too or if most hire it out? Thanks! -Scott
  5. I'm a recent transplant to the Atlanta area from Napa, CA and have a background in winemaking as well as a law degree and experience in trademark law. Ever the Renaissance woman, I am currently interested in social media marketing within the spirits industry, and am taking a slew of certification courses through Northwestern University to help understand social media marketing & analytics better. I'm curious to know how many of you engage actively in social media, who within your company takes charge of that task (or do you outsource?), and which channels you feel are the most productive for the spirits industry? Thanks in advance -- curious to learn from you all!
  6. Hi all. We are gathering interest for a seminar this Summer. Please have a look and let us know if you're interested: http://cardinalspirits.com/business-of-distilling We've been in business for 2 years, after 3 years of planning. During an intensive 3-day seminar we will open our financial records to you. We will skip theory and dive into actual numbers. We will cover startup costs, fundraising failures and successes, tasting room financials, distribution financials, equipment costs, build-out costs, marketing costs, labor costs, and actual revenue. We firmly believe that if we had access to this information before we began building and purchasing equipment, we could have saved a hundred thousand dollars or more. Please, come learn from our mistakes, and our successes! Where: Cardinal Spirits, Bloomington, Indiana When: June 2017 (dates TBD) Cost: $2,000 person + $1,500 each additional team member. Price subject to change. No deposit required at this time. We are in the planning stage of this seminar and as such will not require a deposit or commitment until date and cost are official.
  7. Hi There! My name is Zach and I am the Whiskey Wrangler for Black Button Distilling, the first craft distillery in Rochester, New York since Prohibition! I just wanted to take a a moment to introduce myself before I dive right into the discussions. My responsibilities at Black Button consist of marketing, social media, sales and anything in between! I started my craft distilling career probably how many others found their love for craft spirits, through the craft beer boom. I was working at a locally craft brewery and overnight I fell in love with the endless possibilities. At the time I did enjoy bourbon but was unaware of the boom that was going to hit my hometown, Rochester, New York. I met Jason Barrett, President/Distiller of Black Button Distilling at a presentation I was giving while finishing up my undergrad. I was the only one to hang back and talk with Jason and he explained to me all the exciting things going on at Black Button and how I could possibly help the company grow. A month later I was hired part time and a few months later I was hired to work for Black Button Distilling full time. And the rest is history! Black Button Distilling is now distributed in elven states with seven unique products to offer. If you ever have any questions regarding social media, marketing, or event planning feel free to reach out to me! Thanks for listening and I look forward to working with you all in the near future! Cheers, Zach zachc@blackbuttondistilling.com
  8. Recent article stating about very few of them making money. Ouch.. That is one of the differences of our workshop for the last 7 years. It is a business and planning for the bottom line is as important as that next recipe. Check out our facebook post on this here Still room in our March 14 - 18 workshop. Join Us!
  9. A lot has changed in the 7 years we have been doing training. One of the most interesting is how the market has changed. We used to have people attend that intended to make the spirit they like to drink and then sell it. That is not the case now. Even in other industries in the US; the make it and then go sell it has changed. Now more than ever targeting your customer base is important and recognizing those changes too. Take Millennials, They can order everything off the phone. They demand things Boomers never would think of. This includes the booze they drink. Take a look at our blog post Millennials Move Market Cheers, Deanna
  10. A lot has changed in the 7 years we have been doing training. One of the most interesting is how the market has changed. We used to have people attend that intended to make the spirit they like to drink and then sell it. That is not the case now. Even in other industries in the US; the make it and then go sell it has changed. Now more than ever targeting your customer base is important and recognizing those changes too. Take Millennials, They can order everything off the phone. They demand things Boomers never would think of. This includes the booze they drink. Take a look at our blog post Millennials Move Market Cheers, Deanna
  11. I'm wondering how much lead time distributors typically need to roll out a new brand. We'd like to have our branding and our marketing strategy as finished as much as possible before talking with potential distribution partners. That said, we don't want to wait too long because that might not allow our eventual distributor enough time to form their own sales strategies for our products once production gets under way. Any thoughts or experiences relating to this subject are welcome and greatly appreciated. Thanks, M.
  12. Terms

    Spoke to a few distributors out of state and getting some surprising responses. 60 day terms? really, in our home state we are Net 30 and very happy with our partner. Is this normal for sales outside of your home state?
  13. Happy Monday, ADI! Monday means the weekly Fuel NW marketing blog has posted. You can check it out here: http://www.fuelevents.net/#!fuel-blog/c22sz This week, we talk about the importance of marketing to bartenders, based on responses to our nationwide survey of distilled spirits drinkers. Check it out! As usual, we also feature two craft distilleries in this week's blog. This week's distilleries are from the home states of the NCAA finalists. Go Huskies! Go Wildcats! Cheers, Jen & Erika Fuel NW
  14. Greetings ADI! Thanks for all your support and feedback with respect to our Marketing Myth Countdown series! This week, we're starting something new ... Some of you may recall that Fuel NW published a nationwide survey of distilled spirits drinkers earlier this year. We've compiled the results from all over the US and now we want to share some of the results with you! This week we talk about a definite theme that grew out of the survey responses -- i.e., how much "local" matters. Take a look at the blog here: http://www.fuelevents.net/#!fuel-blog/c22sz If you haven't seen the survey, it is still posted on our homepage -- feel free to take a look so you can get a feel for the questions -- www.fuelevents.net. We are happy to share detailed responses with our clients and will also summarize some of the most poignant findings in our blog over the next few weeks. Also, please check out this week's featured distilleries from 2 of the Final Four towns: Old Sugar Distillery from Madison, Wisconsin (Go Badgers!) and Barrel House Distilling Company from Lexington, Kentucky (Go Wildcats!) As always, feel free to contact us with any questions of if we can help you out in any way. Cheers, Jen & Erika Fuel NW jennifer@fuelevents.net www.fuelevents.net
  15. ADI Members, Thanks again for all your support with your Marketing Myth Countdown series! It has allowed us to get to know many of you and we are grateful! We've just posted the final entry for this blog series. This week's myth is a two-headed monster: (1) "We Don't Have A Marketing Department"; AND (2) "We Have A Marketing Department." You'll just have to read this one for it to make sense … http://www.fuelevents.net/#!fuel-blog/c22sz Also, check out this week's featured distilleries: High Ridge Spirits from Alabama and Wood's High Mountain Distillery out of Colorado. Remember, Fuel NW is here to serve the Craft Distilling community. If you want to find out how we can help your distillery, contact us! There's a link for that on our website. Or, if you ever just want to talk shop, we're down for that too! Finally, if you're traveling through Portland and want to meet up for a cocktail, we love making new friends! Thanks again ADI! Jen & Erika Fuel NW www.fuelevents.net 971-678-2602
  16. Happy St. Paddy's Day, ADI! This week's blog is out! This time, we're debunking a myth we've heard from many start-ups: "We don't need a formal marketing plan." Or, said more eloquently, "We don't need no stinkin' marketing plan!" You can check it out on our site: http://www.fuelevents.net/#!fuel-blog/c22sz Also, if you know any bartenders just itchin' for something to do, we've published our Bartender Survey. It is aimed at learning from bartenders across the US what motivates them to sell (or not sell) craft spirits. We only want responses from actual bartenders, bar owners, managers, etc. So, please pass it on to your friends in the biz. We'll blog about the results down the line so we can help our comrades in the craft distilling industry get their products on as many shelves as possible! You can reach the survey from our homepage: www.fuelevents.net As always, thanks for your support! If you have any questions or ever want to chat about marketing topics, please feel free to contact me! Jennifer Anderson Fuel NW jennifer@fuelevents.net 971.678.2602
  17. Hello Again, ADI! Your members gave us an AMAZING amount of responses to our "Craft Spirits Super Survey." In the coming weeks, we'll be blogging about the results from over 300 Craft Spirits drinkers nationwide. For now, we're putting together another survey! This one will be aimed solely at the people who sell Craft Spirits at retail -- bartenders, bar owners, managers, spirits buyers, etc. We aim to find out what motivates them to buy, recommend, and sell. We're also asking what they don't like in craft spirits as well as what kind of support or tools they want from distilleries... What do YOU want to know? We're happy to include some questions that impact YOUR business! We'll be distributing the survey nationwide and hope to get some great feedback to steer this great industry. As usual, we will blog about the results as soon as we get a decent number of responses. Feel free to respond to this post or email us directly at happyhour@fuelevents.net. If you want to check out our current survey, you can link to it from our home page (fuelevents.net) or here: https://www.surveyplanet.com/survey/eee37548bdb386a3bb221241a194936c Thanks again for your ongoing help and feedback! Jen & Erika Fuel NW Portland, OR
  18. Greetings, ADI! It's Monday, so the Marketing Myth Countdown continues! This week's Marketing Myth: #3 "I Got 99 Problems But Marketing Ain't One" Check it out and let us know what you think! At the end of this week's blog, we ask for your thoughts and comments ... and we would really love to hear from you! You can reply right from our webpage or post something here! Also, this week's Featured Distilleries are: New England Distilling out of Portland, Maine and Sound Spirits from Seattle, Washington. If you want us to feature your distillery in future blogs, just let us know! It's free and we get darned good web traffic! Thanks for your continued readership! Check out this week's blog here: http://www.fuelevents.net/#!fuel-blog/c22sz Cheers, Jen & Erika Fuel NW happyhour@fuelevents.net www.fuelevents.net
  19. So, it's safe to say that wholesale mark up in open states is generally 30%, correct? In control states in which the state acts as a wholesalers, how do brokers (operating as a wholesaler sales force) make money? What is a typical broker fee per case sold? Percentage or flat fee? Example: RNDC, Southern, Glazers, Heidelberg all (or most) act as brokers in Ohio, PA, WVA, VA, MI, Iowa. They don't physically deliver, but have a sales force representing brand portfolio's from multiple suppliers. What kind of margins are they working on?
  20. It's Monday! The Marketing Myth Countdown continues with Myth #4: Marketing is Easy. Also, please take a moment to read about this week's Featured Distilleries: Striped Pig Distillery out of Charleston, South Carolina and Vinn Distillery from Wilsonville, Oregon. Read all about it here: http://www.fuelevents.net/#!fuel-blog/c22sz Thanks, as always, for your support, ADI!
  21. Greetings ADI Forum! We are so grateful for all of you! Every time we post something here, we receive phenomenal comments & insight from your members -- thank you! We have a branding/marketing firm based out of Portland, Oregon with a strong focus on craft distilling. We are passionate about this business and have unparalleled experience in the industry. We won't bore you by repeating here the qualifications listed on our website -- but please do check out our bios (http://www.fuelevents.net/#!about-us/c12q7) and read about the full range of services we offer (http://www.fuelevents.net/#!services/c21wo). We wanted to let you know that we are now accepting new clients for any and all branding, marketing, market research or training projects. Perhaps you have an in-house marketing team but you feel like you want to get to know your consumer base a little better ... we can conduct market surveys or focus groups tailored to your business! Or maybe you feel like your sales team just isn't getting your brand message across to distributors & accounts ... we can conduct in-depth training seminars to turn them into the fierce sales warriors you deserve! Are you brand new to the distilling world? We can create a marketing plan for your business and then either help you implement the plan or turn it over to your existing team (and remember, marketing plans are good to have in your back pocket when you're looking for investors). Please do check out our website -- www.fuelevents.net. We hope you'll see that our passion is in artisan/craft distilling and it is our goal to help grow this entire industry. The initial consultation is free so you've got nothing to lose by contacting us! We look forward to meeting you! Cheers, Jen & Erika Co-founders, Fuel NW 971.678.2602 happyhour@fuelevents.net
  22. Does anyone have a rule of thumb on redemption rates on Instant Redeemable Coupons on spirits? Anyone have any positive or negative opinions on the use of coupons?
  23. Marketing Myth #5: Marketing and Advertising are the same thing... Also, the Featured Distilleries for this week's blog are Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery and Copperworks Distilling Company! Read all about it here: http://www.fuelevents.net/#!fuel-blog/c22sz Thanks for your continued support, ADI! Jen & Erika, Fuel NW
  24. Hey all, First of all, we want to THANK YOU! This forum was incredibly supportive of the "Craft Distilling Super Survey" we recently published. We got more responses from this forum than any other on-line resource! We also made great new contacts/friends with distillers across the country! We are grateful! Please feel free to contact us if you want to talk about the results to any specific question in the survey. It is easiest to reach us via email at happyhour@fuelevents.net. In the meantime, on Monday (February 24, 2014) our company, Fuel NW, is going to begin publishing a 5-part blog about common marketing myths in our industry. You can explore the blog here: http://www.fuelevents.net/#!fuel-blog/c22sz or watch our twitter/facebook posts to find out when new posts are released. We are a small marketing firm based out of Portland, Oregon with a strong focus on Craft Distilling. If you want to hear more about our credentials, check us out here: http://www.fuelevents.net/#!about-us/c12q7 Thanks again, ADI Forums, for your amazing support of our new venture! Cheers, Jen & Erika, Fuel NW
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