Innovative Digital Strategies for Bourbon Marketing with Brandon Smith of Bardstown Bourbon Company (Bourbon Pursuit #359)

, | May 29, 2022

Gone are the days of paying for billboards, newspaper, and bench ads and bus stop. Everyone has the capability to access a world of information right in the palm of their hand. If you’re like me, you’re checking your email 50 times a day and getting hit with notifications across multiple social platforms and other apps that demand your attention. But as a bourbon brand, how do you capitalize on the digital space? Brandon Smith joins the show to talk about how he is building a digital strategy at Bardstown Bourbon Co. We talk about how to gather data and develop A/B testing to figure out which digital ads work. But we also talk about platforms and influencer engagement to encompass the realm of digital trends. So if you are a bourbon brand, here’s your chance to take a few notes.

Show Notes:

  • Above the Char with Fred Minnick (@fredminnick) talks about why rye whiskey labels are green
  • Talk about your introduction into whiskey and led you into growing a popular instagram account @thedailydram
  • Did you take on a big career change to get into bourbon?
  • What was Bardstown Bourbon Co’s vision for a digital strategy?
  • How do you create a story for your brand if you’re a new entrant into the market?
  • How are you turn a story into a digital asset?
  • How did you examine the data to determine who is tied to your brand?
  • What have you found to be successful as engaging content?
  • How do you decide how to follow a trend?
  • How long do you have to react to a trend before it becomes stale?
  • Is there more value in someone else creating content vs being done by the brand?
  • Where do you place your bets with influencers based on followers?
  • How do you measure success for a digital campaign?
  • @bardstownbourbonco
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Kenny Coleman and Ryan Cecil host the Bourbon Pursuit podcast from Louisville, KY. Together, they share a passion for the stories that made an industry flourish with a focus on history, personality, and of course, great bourbon. Their guests include master distillers, bloggers, historians, local events and more.