Drink It In
Help them stand out
Because the beverage industry has so many different brands, clients will look to advertising to stand apart from the competition and build customer loyalty. By understanding the client’s particular brand and message it wishes to convey, you can deliver an advertising solution that promotes its ideals, aligns with its personal goals, and provides monetary growth. After all, a consumer wouldn’t want to wear a T-shirt or use a mug that advertises a company they don’t believe in on a personal level.
“Your brand is what builds competitive advantage and destination value,” Schwebel said. “Everybody has your product, but how you handle that product within your brand and how you fulfill that promise of your brand through that product is where equity lives. Equity is your strongest form of competitive advantage.”
And with so many different product categories to choose from—drinkware, coasters, barware, and much more—distributors shouldn’t be afraid to ask suppliers for their input. “Beverage brands are engaged in a very competitive industry,” he said. “They’re always looking for ways to shine against their competitors, so don’t be afraid to pitch them new ideas and products. Don’t be afraid to ask suppliers to see what’s possible as well.”