Welcome to Episode 1548, #Winetok: Why the clock is ticking on one of the world’s greatest marketing tools and how you can cash in with Amanda McCrossin, moderated by Ilaria Felluga.
This is the wine2wine Business Forum 2022 Series. The sessions are recorded and uploaded on Italian Wine Podcast.
wine2wine Business Forum is an international wine business forum, held annually in Verona Italy since 2014. The event is a key reference point for wine producers and a diverse variety of wine professionals eager to develop and grow their wine business worldwide.
About today’ session:
In the past year Amanda McCrossin has gone from having no TikTok presence to now over 150k followers in the wine niche. What was once a platform for kids, has now evolved into a billion-dollar marketing tool with an estimated 50+% of users now over the age of 30. The powerful TikTok suggesting algorithm has not only allowed her content to be seen, but be seen by the right audience. As a result, she has been able to not only help educate and demystify wine for a very wine-curious sector, but also move hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of wine through recommendations in her videos. But TikTok today is where Instagram was 5 years ago and while many brands from other sectors are beginning to recognize and even capitalize on the marketing power of the app, it is still very much a blue ocean for the wine world. The clock’s ticking and those who take advantage in these nascent stages will be poised for success.
More about today’s speaker
Amanda McCrossin is a certified sommelier, wine personality, and TikTok/Instagram/YouTube creator. As the former Sommelier & Wine Director at PRESS Restaurant in Napa Valley, Amanda worked with the world’s largest, deepest restaurant collection of all Napa Valley wines in the world. During her time the wine program thrived; garnering nominations, accolades, and awards from nearly every major publication and outlet in food, wine, and hospitality. She has been featured by Food & Wine Magazine, Food Network, San Francisco Chronicle, on the cover of SOMM Journal and most recently by Wine Enthusiast who named her a Wine Star nominee for ‘Sommelier of the Year.’ Today, Amanda is widely considered an expert in Napa Valley wine and regularly sought after for media appearances and speaking engagements including the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and Premiere Napa Valley. A Napa Valley resident, Amanda can be found creating daily content for her popular TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube channels – SommVivant – as well as hosting the Wine Access Unfiltered Podcast.
More about today’s moderator
Ilaria Felluga was born in Udine in 1995 and represents the sixth generation of a long winemaking dynasty, founded in the latter part of the 1800s in Isola d’Istria and then moved to Friuli Venezia Giulia. Ilaria graduated form the prestigious University of Viticulture and Enology in Udine. Today, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Marco and father Roberto, she leads the prestigious Marco Felluga – Russiz Superiore wine estates.
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