Dreaming of having your own successful wine gift basket business? Looking for ideas and tips on how you can market your product as well as creating your very own designs? There is no sure fire way to a successful business. Diligence, patience, a good product, and belief in yourself are important factors of a successful business. With that said, here are some things that you should consider for your business:
Marketing Ideas 101
- Introduce yourself to the target market. There are many ways on how you can do this. You can offer your baskets to a local charity during Christmas or Thanksgiving to be distributed to people. You could also partner with a local bakeshop or deli and include bread or meat in the basket. Make sure that the reporter for the local newspaper is present to take pictures. This is beneficial to both you and your partner's establishment.
- Get to know local clubs and associations that may potentially be your clients. Start by asking if they are open to the idea of selling your wine baskets at fundraising parties. You can give a percentage to the organization in exchange for access to the fundraising party and their members.
- Ask for help from your family and friends in organizing basket parties. Use your networks, socialization opens doors that you might miss.
- Create themes and accessorize. Make baskets that are exclusively for particular events and holidays. A good example would be to market a "valentine basket" filled with wine, chocolates, hotel passes, the works. This will increase the demand for your product once the consumers become aware of it.
- Forge a business partnership with event organizers and meeting planners. Gift baskets are staple items that are given as welcoming items at conferences and conventions. Expect large orders from them so it is important that you are ready and have many prepared. Prepare weeks before the event so that you won't have a bad reputation as someone who can't deliver on your obligations. This can make or break your business.
- Have your own online shop which sells your products. This is another effective way of reaching out to your target consumers. It also presents a convenience to them and they will be more encouraged to buy from an online store which is more convenient than actually going all the way to a department store.