I’m here today to give Nashoba Valley Winery some invaluable tips on improving their online presence and capturing tons of hidden value out there on the net.
Nashoba Valley Winery is a fruit winery, restaurant and they host wine tastings, weddings, apple picking, fall events in a beautiful New England setting. On the top 5 favorite restaurants for my wife and I (doesn’t hurt its 20 minutes from home either).
I just want to point out a few long term investments and short term easy actions they could do to get more value from their presence online.
The key here, is that this is already an awesome business, their customers love them, the food and wine and experience as already top notch – they just need a little push in the right direction for online stuff. But there is huge potential for them to maximize!
1. Migrate to WordPress
First, here’s the site:
It looks like they’re on some sort of pre-1998 template setup for a platform. Some kind of ASP site. They would spend a little up front to switch to WordPress, but I can’t imagine what they’re on now being anything but a headache. Some of the several benefits to WordPress:
- scalable – you can easily grow the site, add new pages with little effort
- content managment – you can easily create, edit content all on your own
- seo friendly – as long as you don’t mess it up with weird plugins you’re 80% there for proper technical SEO setup
- design – even if you stick with a free design template, it’ll look better than what you’ve got!
- community potential – you can very easily have a blog with comments, guest bloggers and other ways to get interaction because WordPress makes this technically possibly and within reach.
2. Create Pages That Answer People’s Questions When They Search
For example, the following screenshot shows that when people search for their wine tasting information, you just get the homepage and site-links:
Or look at this example:
So what should they do? They should use Google suggest data to see what people commonly search for, and be sure they are providing that information on their site:
I know I use Ubersuggest a lot in examples, but you can see why. This is INVALUABLE information for a business to have!!
So Nashoba Valley: create those pages and resources to help your customers find what they need more easily. Your website is like the 24/7 answering service, ready to answer people’s questions – you should anticipate them as best a possible and provide answers, so your website can work for you, round the clock.
3. Monitor People Who Blog About You and Act!!!
Check out what I found here. This is a Google Blog search… look how many results there are!
Let’s dive deeper and look at a few of these posts and who wrote them… example #1
Wow! This active food blogger, wrote about Nashoba (a good review) and didn’t leave a link!! Not only that, Nashoba (it doesn’t seem) has not contacted this blogger, thanked them, re-shared the article. They have a good engaged Twitter following! Not only should they reach out with a “thank-you” – here is all your shareworthy social media content here!!! You don’t NEED to create content to tweet about all the time, just share what people have written about you!!
This blogger says “its one of my favorite places to visit each fall”. NO comment or thank-you from Nashoba. Do something with this!!!! She’s also got a great twitter following!
Nashoba Valley Winery should create a Google Alert for a blog search of their name to begin monitoring for new blog articles. And then take action!! Suggested actions are:
- Re-share the blog post on your channels (twitter, Facebook, etc) and be sure to mention them so they see you shared their content
- Reply to the person and thank them (on the post directly, through twitter, etc)
- Follow them on Twitter, Facebook etc and interact
- Send them a small thank you in the mail, like a gift certificate, card, bottle of wine even!
- Or better, keep a short list of the best bloggers. When they come next to your restaurant, surprise them with a gift or complimentary meal!!
- Do you think they might blog about you again? Tell their friends?
4. Create A Google Alert for Discussion Searches
This is similar to above, but check this out:
Someone here was looking for Cranberry Wine in the greater Boston area. Someone even responded on behalf of Nashoba, but how killer would that be for Nashoba to respond directly?
If you want to get advanced, you could use the new tool I talked about in my last post, and hook up some killer ways to stay on top of the discussion online.
Do it Nashoba!
4. Clean Up Facebook
Alright… there’s a bit of a housekeeping issue with Facebook. You may or may not be aware, but it could be a real pain point for folks online. Have a look at what see you when typing “Nashoba Valley”…
nothing… (actually I see something at the very bottom, but STILL…)
What if we include the word “winery”? Its the full business name now, right?
Just a lonely abandoned Business Page. Ok let’s try “see more results…” (Yes, I ‘liked’ SEER interactive on Facebook…)
EIGHT OPTIONS of Facebook pages!!!! And what the heck is that listing towards the bottom????!
Unfortunately many people still try to visit your abandoned business page:
Your actual “active” Facebook page is a personal page account. I’m sure you know this and its perhaps a long term issue that’s been nagging, but it would be ideal to set a plan to migrate over to a business page and clean up those extra listings.
Also, I’m not sure when I started talking about Nashoba in the second person, maybe just when I get excited…
5. Respond To Reviews
Showing people that you’re out there online and listening can have a phenominal impact. Take a look at this example of a not so great review:
- Respond to all negative reviews in a productive manner – this has shown to often turn dissatisfied customers into loving customers!
- Respond to positive reviews as well, show people that you are listening and appreciate that they talk about you online. This also shows people checking out your business for the first time that you care about your customers.
- You can also monitor malicious or spam reviews and report them
6. Optimize YouTube Channel and Videos
Just firing off a bunch of quick things here…. so its great you are taking advantage of video and YouTube. I see some improvements you could make that would take this from good to GRREEEATT!
- If the title and text was optimized, you could actually RANK for searches in Google with this video.
- Include a link in the description to your wine tasting page
- Respond to people who comment on your videos
- Maximize your profile page by optimizing it and filling it with information
7. Show Off Those Awards!!
Lastly, one little website tip…. you’ve apparently got TONS of really nice wards in your name… they are listed on your site here like this:
- Link out to the resource
- Display each award as a photo or graphic - huge credibility boost!
Final Thought: Its About People
<back to third person/>I do realize Nashoba Valley is doing some great things as a business. I know this first hand, I’m a happy returning customer! And I know its hard to keep up with everything online especially when trying to running a business all at the same time. Yet with some automation tricks, prioritization and a little re-direction they could really maximize large untapped potential. These ideas may be “SEO centered” but they’re really about PEOPLE. Its about connecting with people online, saying thanks, giving back, showing they care and are listening. I’m not saying Nashoba Winery doesn’t care, these things will just give the right perception – that they DO care, and people will see that online and turn into more happy customers.
If you’re even in the Massachusetts Area, I really do recommend checking out Nashoba Valley Winery…