Sunshine. Great wine. Delicious food. Family friendly. What more could you ask for on a Sunday afternoon in Sydney?
A taste of Mudgee hit Pyrmont in Sydney last weekend and it was definitely an event to mark on your calendar for future. This is a 10-day festival presented by the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Mudgee Tourism and Wine Grape Growers.
We headed down with the family and some friends, keen to enjoy the last of the Autumn sunshine and try some new wines given our recent trip to Mudgee was limited in what we could taste. It was a sensational afternoon! Not only was the food delicious, music entertaining and the views spectacular (ok maybe I am biased living nearby) but with over 120 wines on tasting there was plenty to enjoy!
The event was well thought out, with plenty of opportunities to try the wines and a great range of different food stalls intermingled amongst the vibrant crowd. Importantly, it was also family friendly. A separate section for kids to enjoy the animal nursery and entertainment by Barnado’s Australia meant that we could enjoy the food and wine whilst the kids were having fun. It was also a plus to be located next to one of Sydney’s best playgrounds at Pirrama Park so when the cash for the rides ran thin, the kids could play whilst we sat down and enjoyed a glass of wine in the glorious sunshine.
See more photos from the event on the Mastermind Consulting Facebook Page
Budding artists, young and old, had their masterpieces on display for the Pyrmont Art Prize. And the grass was scattered with stunning sculptures – I wish I had a garden big enough to feature some of the beautiful work on display!
The festival continues until 26 May with other great events throughout Pyrmont showcasing the wine and food from Mudgee region. Dinners, lunches and wine tastings that highlight all that’s great about the food of Pyrmont and producers in Mudgee like Robert Stein, Bunnamagoo wines, Quilty Wines. Clear your diaries, make a booking and head along!
If you’re the Administrator of a facebook page you may have noticed that there’s new levels of permission for posting content on your fan page. Page admins can have 5 different roles, each with different abilities:
This change will give you greater flexibility of who controls information on your page, and in many instances allow you to grant access to staff who look after the customer service aspect of Facebook, without them being able to create specific brand content.
To change the administrator permissions, you need to go into Edit Page, then click on Admin Roles on the left hand navigation and change the permissions accordingly.
This functionality has been much needed, and good to see Facebook finally responding. It’s now time to think about how you involve your staff in the page administration, particularly in being able to monitor and respond to posts by people on your page.
It’s not long to go until the Third Annual Chardonnay day on 24 May, 2012. It’s the perfect excuse to be exploring the range of great Chardonnay styles being made across the world, and particularly across Australia and New Zealand.
According to Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (via Aust and NZ Wine Industry Directory), Chardonnay was the leading grape varietal crushed in 2011 – accounting for over 48% of total white wines crushed in Australia. There’s endless quotes and commentary on the quality and stylistic changes that have taken place by Chardonnay producers on a global scale (no longer about big oaked Chardonnays), and days like #chardDay are a perfect opportunity to discover the vast amount of styles being made. It’s no longer the days of “Anything But Chardonnay”, but as Sally Scarborough quoted to me last week, more along the lines of “Always Buy Chardonnay.”
Peter Bourne (The Wine Man), David Bicknell (Oakridge Wines) and Andrew Spinaze (Tyrrells Wines) give you an insight into the evolution of Australian Charonnay at last years #chardDay event at Coast Restaurant in Sydney (yes it was a huge event and there’s some background noise).
So what exactly is Chardonnay Day?
This is a global day to talk about Chardonnay via social media platforms. There’s no concurrent tasting, conversations will take place in the time zone of country participating. Anyone can get involved. Simply post up comments on twitter, facebook, youtube , foursquare or other social media platforms. You simply need to use the #chardDay in your posts/ tweets and follow the conversations taking place on the day.
In 2011, Chardonnay day tweets reached millions of people across the world, with Australians getting involved at venues across the country as you’ll see from some of these photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150619858750512.692663.196942140511&type=3
If you’re new to Virtual Wine Tastings, here’s an older blog post on how to participate
Love Chardonnay and want to get involved?
Here’s a few tips for Wineries to maximize your participation
This is also a great opportunity for you to generate some incremental sales and generate some further understanding of different styles of chardonnay being produced. Why not consider:
By Helen Kruger (@Lanikruger)
There is little doubt that Pinterest http://pinterest.com/ is THE social media network of 2012. Suddenly it’s in every social media blog, is creeping into Facebook feeds and has been touted as the new social media addiction – all while brands are still trying to work out what it means for them.
Launched in March 2010 Pinterest is now the 3rd most popular U.S. social networking site after Facebook and Twitter1. It’s rise has been meteoric: 866% growth in unique visitors in the 6 months to Feb 2012, 50% growth in traffic from Jan to Feb 2012 and an average of 1.36 million users daily2,3. And with a company goal to “…connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting…” it seems they intend to keep growing.
Unlike most start-ups Pinterest’s growth hasn’t come from a young male geek following; instead, its strength is in women. 68.2% of users are female, 50% have kids and 50% are aged between 25 and 44 years3. A staggering 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook fans are female3.
So what actually happens on there? The site is built on the belief that “…a favorite book, toy or recipe can reveal a common link between two people…” Acting as a virtual pin board it allows users to ‘pin’ and share images from the web they find useful, inspiring or interesting. And it is addictive! Browsing through other users’ ‘boards’ leads into a labyrinth of images, photos, ideas, recipes and products you can’t do without.
Reflecting its origins as a crafting and fashion site Pinterest’s top three categories are Home, Arts & Crafts and Style & Fashion. However it is the fourth category, Food & Drink, which is the one to watch. By far the most shared category it generates 50% more ‘repins’ than anything elseand is rated their main area of interest on the siteby 70% of users 4,5,6.
Pinterest is seen as a source of inspiration and discovery, which means it delivers a very high conversion rate. It generates more referral traffic than LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube combined and almost a quarter of users have purchased something they have seen on someone else’s board3,6.
But while there are exciting opportunities for brands that can align with users’ interests, Pinterest should be approached with moderation.
Used innovatively Pinterest offers brands a uniquely powerful platform to engage customers. To show you just how powerful, we will leave you with the Kotex campaign – an impressive example of personalized marketing.
How to Set-Up a Business Account7
In the social media space it is worth registering your brand name and claiming the real estate, even if you don’t intend to use it yet.
Glossary of Pinterest Terms
A note on copyright: This aspect of Pinterest is still contentious. There are questions around whether a brand could fall foul of copyright law by pinning images that they do not own or reference properly. If you have any concerns it is best to seek legal advice before proceeding and where possible reference where you get your photos from if they are not your own.
If you love food and wine – join in the fun and follow Trish’s Food and Wine Boards - http://pinterest.com/trishbarry
1. The 2012 Digital Marketer: Benchmark and Trend Report, Experian Marketing Services
http://mashable.com/2012/03/12/pinterest-food-marketing/ 8 Best Practices for Food Brands on Pinterest
There’s been lots of hype this week over Facebook’s $1billion acquisition of the 2-year-old photo sharing application Instagram. Whether the price tag is justified, this is one app to look further into. It’s been the #1 downloaded app on the apple istore this week and been an instant hit on Google play.
Over 30 Million people have used Instagram and download on their Iphone since the application launched in January 2011. It’s my favourite Iphone app by a long shot, but I know that for many of you reading this post, Instagram may not be an app that you’ve used as part of your social media tool kit. The good news is that Instagram is also now available for Android users too, so there’s a much greater audience who can use and share.
What is Instagram?
Instagram allows you to share your photos in a simple stream with friends to see. You can also play with the filters of the images to create better image effects and share instantly to facebook/ twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, Posterous etc.
You can follow other users’ photo stream and once followed their stream will appear on your news feed. You can also browse through the “popular” section to find users with similar interests to look at.
It’s also a great tool for creating content for those who are not avid tweeters or facebook users. You can download instagram on the phone of your winemaker, chef or staff who have access to content that can be shared in a visual format. Connect up your social networks, given them some brief training on the messages you’re trying to convey and you have a rich stream of photo content to access.
It’s as simple as taking the photo, applying the relevant filters, putting a description and hash tags and then you can send to your social media networks. The integration of Instagram photos within a facebook feed is also a huge benefit – the photos display in a large format and much more of a feature than using twitpic on your facebook page.
Ways to get the most out of using the app
Some other Instagram related tools/ sites you might not have known about.
There’s literally hundreds of Instagram related sites to help you manage and monitor your Instagram photos stream. Here’s just a few you may like to look into further.
Why not follow me on Instagram? Instagram.com/Trishbarry