Customer reviews give Cellarmasters a competitive edge

Company profile

Online wine retailer

Bazaarvoice Solution

Bazaarvoice Conversations

Client since

2013

About Cellarmasters

Cellarmasters provides exclusive, award winning Australian and International wines online from growers and winemakers in Australia.

Web link
www.cellarmasters.com.au

Summary

Cellarmasters sees a 58% lift in conversions in using consumer-generated content to bolster trust, increase brand awareness, and foster customer advocacy.

Solution at a glance

Challenge

Stand out in a crowded market and address considered purchases

Solution

Leverages consumer-generated content to help bolster trust, increase brand awareness, and foster customer advocacy.

Benefits

Cellarmasters has collected more than 7,000 reviews, and customers who read the reviews online are 58% more likely to buy.

Direct-to-consumer retailer Cellarmasters connects high-quality wines to wine lovers through lasting relationships with some of the best growers and winemakers in Australia. The company sells cases of wine and delivers them to even the most remote locations across the continent.

With a growing number of sales happening online, Cellarmasters has been committed to improving the digital shopping experience. In partnering with Bazaarvoice, the company leverages consumer-generated content to support Cellarmasters’ efforts to bolster trust, increase brand awareness, and foster customer advocacy.

Cellarmasters case study

Customer reviews bolster trust and increase conversions

With 80% of Cellarmasters products being small-batch or exclusive brands, shoppers who order cases of wine at a time need to feel confident about their purchases and often seek the opinions of others before making a decision.

"It’s a highly-considered purchase," says Luke Calavassy, Digital Marketing Manager at Cellarmasters. "There’s a commitment with shoppers buying 12 bottles at a time, and we want to be sure that they are going to 
enjoy it – especially if they haven’t tried some of those wines before."

Cellarmasters uses customer reviews to give both first-time buyers and repeat customers a sense of trust that their purchase is not a "leap of faith," but a decision founded on genuine feedback.

"Product reviews are a big factor in how we address this challenge," says Luke Calavassy.

Since making product reviews a priority and implementing Bazaarvoice, Cellarmasters has collected more than 7,000 reviews. Reviews have increased the revenue generated per visitor, and customers who read the reviews online are 58% more likely to buy.

Standing out in a competitive market

After years of being one of just a few direct wine retailers, Cellarmasters has recently faced the emergence of many more competitors.

"Fifteen years ago, we were the big player with limited competition, though with the relatively low barriers to entry, there are now many more businesses selling wine online," adds Luke Calavassy.

The crowded marketplace increases the need for retailers to lift brand awareness and independently assure customers of the quality of wine they are buying.

"Being a direct response business, marketing has traditionally been optimized to sales through traditional drivers like price, though since focusing on the collection of reviews, we now use these independent product endorsements as lead marketing messages. We now feature reviews captured through Bazaarvoice within brand and transactional marketing material, both online and via traditional channels. Examples of where these reviews are used include website banners, targeted emails, printed catalogues, social media and digital advertising assets," explains Luke Calavassy.

Building and maintaining relationships with customers

Reviews show Cellarmasters’ customers the company values their opinions, turning customers into brand advocates.

"It comes back to our culture of really listening to people, making improvements and being in touch with customers," says Luke Calavassy. "We’re seeing a continual increase in NPS (Net Promoter Score) and stronger customer loyalty as a result."

Generating different types of reviews

Cellarmasters includes a diverse set of perspectives in their review content. Because they have external wine accreditations, Cellarmasters’ experts are respected for their views. Staff reviews capture a broad range of opinions from people close to the product. However, the customer reviews are still the most considered reviews by other customers.

"Within the wine industry, we really value the opinions of experts, and it is important to give our staff a voice as they are really passionate about the quality of the wines we produce," says Luke Calavassy. "Customer reviews are definitely the reviews that are deemed the most authentic by purchasers, so making sure we have the balance right between the three different types of reviews (expert, staff, and customer reviews) is really important."

What’s next?

While the company has embraced product reviews and using them widely across the business, Cellarmasters is always looking to take advantage of new opportunities to capture and leverage more customer reviews.

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