5 Ways to Prepare Your Winery Websites for the Holidays
The first month of OND is over and November is upon is. Is your winery website ready for the holiday onslaught? Make sure you’re making the most of this critical time of year for your online wine sales with these five easy-to-implement ideas.
1. Use Seasonal Imagery on Your Website
If you check out any top online clothing, food or home goods site right now, you’ll see images of happy people playing in the snow, seated at an overflowing holiday table or around a cozy fire. What about on your website? Your customers' eating and drinking habits change with the seasons: the way you present your wines should too.
You don’t have to have a big budget for custom photography to achieve this. Photos of your vineyard in the fall or winter taken with your smartphone are a great place to start. Our friends over at Outshinery also offer custom digital holiday images with a variety of backgrounds. (Plus, Vin65 clients can save 10% off their first order with discount code WINEDIRECT).
2. Make Shipping Cut-Off Dates Extra Clear
Avoid disappointment and missed deliveries by over-communicating your holiday shipping cut off dates. Key dates should be shared via email with your customers as well as prominently displayed on your wine shop page, on individual wine product pages and on order confirmation pages. Ask a friend or colleague not familiar with your website to go through the buying process to make sure the dates are clear to a new visitor.
3. Promote Your Holiday Gift Packs
If people don’t know about your special holiday gift pack, they won’t buy them. Make sure you feature special offerings on your homepage and on the shop page. This is a great place to use seasonal imagery and custom photos that show exactly what each gift pack contains. Don’t forget to promote your gifts via email. Remember: the best emails have a single focus, so instead of one email with everything in it, try sending a separate email for each gift pack you offer. Sending a steady stream of holiday emails is also a great way to keep your winery top of mind with your customers during the hectic season.
4. Create Holiday Blog or Newsletter Content
In addition to seasonal imagery, it’s important to use seasonal words, too. This could come in a range of forms, like a blog post sharing a favorite family recipe or tradition, a harvest update letting people know what’s going on in the cellar, or suggested wine pairings with seasonal dishes. OneHope's recipe series is a great example:
5. Shop Your Site!
We can’t say this enough: make sure you shop your own site at least once per quarter. Shop it on your desktop, shop it on mobile, shop it on a tablet. Put yourself in your customer’s shoes, give yourself a few different goals to accomplish and see how easy it is to navigate your site to achieve them. In addition to usability issues, you’ll be surprised how many broken links, broken images and out of date content you find. Especially if you are the one managing your website, try to get someone else who isn’t as familiar with the site to shop it occasionally too.