Digital Marketing and Social Media in Craft Beer

Offered: Spring

Both the marketing landscape, and that of craft beer have evolved significantly over the past decade.  Breweries and their marketing teams need to consider alternative strategies and tactics in order to reach and connect with prospects and consumers.  What worked a few years ago, may not work now, or even a few months from now.  Digital marketing has become a predominant component of many marketing mixes in recent years.  And, now it is critical that multiple marketing channels and disciplines are leveraged together in order to remain relevant to the always on, always connected customer lifecycle.

This online course focuses on introducing the craft beer professional to a breadth of core and emerging digital channels and disciplines. Students will learn the holistic value of creating a clear digital marketing strategy, the tools to support it, and the skills to evaluate and refine it. Understanding the interconnected value of various marketing channels will set you apart from other beer professionals and guide your development as a digital marketing expert within this field.

Participants will

  • Examine key trends within the craft beer/digital marketing landscape
  • Explore the fundamentals of developing a digital marketing strategy as they plan tactics and identify goals.
  • Gain a foundation for planning budgets and tactics from a strategic perspective
  • Recognize SEO as a fundamental building block for online marketing and create an optimization plan.
  • Assess a website’s ability to rank well in terms of SEO
  • Create effective display ads
  • Identify the best places to “place” craft beer ads
  • Examine what paid search is, what it isn’t, and where ads appear
  • Identify typical goals advertisers may have when running paid search campaigns
  • Develop an email and sending strategy
  • Learn about different types of social media and how to maximize the impact of each channel
  • Develop a social media calendar and create a social media budget
  • Identify different types of content, various distribution methods, and evaluate why each one may, or may not, work for their brewery
  • Develop strategies for dealing with negative consumer feedback, and practice using these instances as opportunities for improvement
  • Identify tools and strategies to gather consumer data and monitor online reputation
  • Increase awareness of legalities around advertising and marketing beers and breweries
  • Use analytics to improve their digital marketing strategy

Schedule                                       

Week 1:  Exploring the Digital Marketing Landscape

Week 2:  Developing Your Digital Marketing Strategy

Week 3:  Telling your story and identifying great content to share

Week 4:  Collecting Feedback and Dealing with Negative Interactions

Week 5:  Measuring Social Media ROI

Week 6:  Email Marketing, Newsletters and Blogs

Week 7:  Leveraging Resources: PR, Partnerships and Events

Week 8:  Evaluating Your Strategy, measuring Success and Identifying Opportunities

Instructors

Tera Dacek
Freelance Writer and Marketer

Tera Dacek is a freelance marketer and writer. She has over 13 years of marketing experience working for Burton Snowboards and Fuse Marketing with clients including Gatorade and Dicks Sporting Goods. She most recently was the Marketing Manager at Alchemy and Science, a craft beer incubator and subsidiary of Boston Beer based in Burlington, VT. Tera will be instructing components of Digital Marketing in Craft Beer.

Tim Brady
Strategist for Mondo Mediaworks; Lead Brewer and Co-Owner of Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Tim’s diverse experience runs the gamut from marketing to hospitality, tourism, and most recently, alchemy — enhancing his reputation as a knowledgeable source in every industry he enters.

Tim lives in Brattleboro, Vermont, with his wife, business partner, and fellow beer-lover Amy, and their dog, Thor. When he’s not speaking at conferences or strategizing for Mondo clients, he’s concocting the next batch of beer in his downtown micro-brewery, Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery. Tim will be the lead instructor of the social media component in the Sales & Social Media in Craft Beer.

 


 

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