For years and years I was able to monitor my PR efforts and successes through what I can now call “traditional” clipping services. If anything was written about any one of the brands that I was promoting, my clipping service was vigilant for those names and delivered the goods. From that we were able to then create point of sale material with the reviews, and life was good. Even though I was busier than a one-armed paper hanger with piles, life was pretty simple back then (a year ago).

Press Releases out + News clips in = Third Party Endorsements + measurable success

Along comes a group of brilliant, Silicon Valley types who also love wine, and they change the face of the wine business so fast that you’ve got to be a certified whirling dervish, or you just can’t even keep up with any kind of insight. Fortunately, I’ve always been viewed as “out there,” so this stuff continues to just float my boat, as I continue to give it my best shot.

So, when I was sent info by Cruvee about their new Social Monitoring System, I though… hum…

Here’s what they’re focused on for you, and it’s not going to even come close to anything you’ve seen before if you’re a PR professional who’s been at it for years, like me..

Cruvee’s mission is to provide business intelligence and performance management services for the wine industry. With unparalleled abilities to assimilate and warehouse massive amounts of dynamically generated data, Cruvee can intelligently parse through this information to get key business insights and help make better business and marketing decisions. This means beyond data warehousing, it has become possible to use technology to apply organization and context to the data and how it is being mined.

Their service offerings span three key areas of the data landscape:

  1. Customer-provided insight via social media monitoring
  2. Wine product syndication to ensure brand consistency across wine sites, mobile applications, and online retailers.
  3. Post-purchase data collection and intelligence

With their team of data and technology experts, Cruvee is exclusively positioned to provide unique market insight to wineries and wine companies of any size.

Let’s say that you sign up for their program, the following is a brief description of what you’ll be viewing once you log into your account:


This screen will give you a snapshot of the online activity and conversations that surrounds the wineries and brands that are being monitored. You will also notice the top five most recent mentions and a summary as well as the total summaries for each of the four categories that they segment your conversations into.

Social Media

They break the conversations into four categories; tasting notes, blogs, microblogs and forums to allow a winery/client to cut through the noise. Within each category you can also enter any number of keywords (right hand side of your screen) that are associated with and surround those respective brands to see the appropriate conversations. You will also notice that each post has a direct link back to the original post giving the ability for you to engage with that consumer accordingly.

Manage Winery

This section is used to manage your respective winery profile information as well as wine product information to promote consistent and accurate information displayed across the web. They take this information and syndicate it out to the respective wine related social networks, online retailers, marketing agents, mobile applications, and more.

So, here we are back to how it used to be:

News out + clips in = Third Party Endorsements + measurable success

The functions of a PR agency have morphed into being able to decipher the changes and then to explain these changes to clients, all while dancing the light fandango… With me?

If you’re a wine company, you want to know how many links there are to Tweets, Forums, blogs… basically any conversations that involve your brand. If people can be engaged, they’ll move forward appreciating your brand. They’ll become loyal fans… that means a lifetime fan. Cruvee harvests so you can use it and manage it by engaging these online references to your brand. For $30 a month, who can afford NOT to have Cruvee on board as a Social Media Monitoring system? This is about one bottle of wine a month, when you put it into wine terms.

Evan Cover, the company’s CEO gave me an excellent quote for all of this, “It’s like golf… If it feels wrong, it’s probably right.”

If you’re a wine company decision maker, you need to find the right fit for your wine companies, and if it doesn’t involve Cruvee right away, that’s because you’re not an early adopter, but hopefully you’re also not a laggard, or your marketing future is questionable, as the newer, more tech savvy brands leave you in their dust.

Google Alerts are a place to start for monitoring a name that’s popping up on the Internet, but Goggle Alerts don’t data mine Tweets and Forums. If you want to be truly informed, Cruvee’s your salvation; the sooner the better…

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