October 22, 2007
Dug the dog
Last Thursday I was invited along to a whisky tasting evening hosted by Spencefield Spirit and Mike of Digital Agency. Spencefield Spirit are a small company (Alex and Jane) that sell Sheep Dip and Pigs Nose whisky.
Without the deep pockets of larger competitors, Alex and Jane, along with some help from Digital Agency have been using digital and social media to expose their brands and create a customer experience. For example their whisky featured in the Burning Man festival, they blogged about it and uploaded the photo’s to flickr. Jane mentioned on the companies Facebook group, Sheep Dip Fold about her Christmas Cake recipe, after a number of requests Jane uploaded the recipe to the blog and along with photo’s on flickr.
Alex, Dug and Jane
Before you ask, here are the reasons for the names of their whiskies:-
The name came about because British farmers have long referred to whisky as Sheep Dip. There was a time when farmers distilled their own “home-made” whisky and in order to avoid paying taxes to the revenue man hid the whisky in barrels marked “Sheep Dip”. Farmers’ merchants continued this tradition by entering cases of whisky as “Sheep dip” on farmers’ bills and so “pulling the wool” over the farmers wives eyes.
The blend contains a high percentage (40%) of malt whiskies, principally from Speyside imbuing the product with their characteristic softness; the name comes from the farming expression “soft as a pig’s nose”
Whisky and Passion
Okay Spencerfield are not going to take on the big boy’s over night, but its important to show the company (Alex and Jane) have a real passion for their brands, that can’t be manufactured or purchased off the shelf (I’ll have 10 blog posts about my business please!). Its probably more important for niche brands such as theirs to show this passion.
So if your a whisky fan, keep an eye out for Sheep Dip or Pig Nose in your local or alternatively purchase some online.
July 27, 2007
Mike, Juliet and Tim
Donald, Andy and Johnny
A good turn out this morning yesterday morning at Edinburgh Coffee Morning - Tim and Juliet, Mike, Donald, Andy, myself and rare visit from Mr Walker!
Couple of topics we covered…
- Juliet asked for some advice about Google Adwords for her business blog, Edinburgh Humanist Weddings. We advise it would be best to improve her natural ranking in her specific search term “Edinburgh Humanist Weddings“ and for the more popular or competitive search phrases (Humanist Weddings) look to use Google Adwords.
- I mention a desktop blogging client might help Tim to time when managing his blog. Unfortunately I don’t have a Mac so I’m not sure which are the best ones, but here is a list anyway…
- For a change we had quick chat about Facebook
- We sell your stuff on eBay shop in Stockbridge
- Norway’s Oil, Charity shops and other non-web/face/techie stuff
Oh and we know have a Group on Facebook!
March 17, 2005
One of Terinea’s oldest clients and fore runners of JServe EPOS system is taken over by House of Fraser department store.
See extract from the Scotsman:-
“JENNERS is set to be taken over by retail giant House of Fraser, it was announced today. The world’s oldest independent family-run department store is understood to have accepted in principle a “very good” offer for the business. Staff at the company’s flagship Princes Street store said they were “flabbergasted” after bosses broke the news to them this morning. As well as the landmark six-storey building, the sale also includes Jenners’ outlets at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, and at Loch Lomond. One retail analyst today said the sale price could exceed £200 million. Jenners’ 750 members of staff were called to a “balcony presentation” this morning, where directors standing in the main hall told staff of the bid. All staff will be transferred to the House of Fraser group, which has a store at the West End of Princes Street, following the acquisition. It is understood the companies are keen to conclude the deal as quickly as possible, before the start of the busy summer period, and it is thought it could be a matter of weeks before the deal is signed. The news comes just weeks after another flagship Edinburgh department store, Aitken and Niven, closed its George Street doors for the last time. The Jenners deal will also see the board of directors, including long-serving manager director Robbie Douglas Miller, ousted. Jenners has been owned by the Douglas Miller family since 1881. House of Fraser today said it would continue to trade under the Jenners name. ” Read the rest of the story on the Scotsman website at http://business.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=997&id=286292005