Malaysia-based trading company Vyne takes a digital-first approach to reach a wider community of vinophiles

The use of social media by the wine industry to raise brand awareness and boost sales is steadily increasing. In China, online shopping events featuring wine have taken off, with popular live streamers such as Li Jiaqi, who has over 40 million followers on TikTok, reportedly selling more than 100,000 bottles of locally produced wine within 30 seconds of his live stream session in 2019. In the US, a survey found that 40 percent of regular wine drinkers say they trust social media for wine information and recommendations. In Malaysia, one company is working to normalise the use of social media and e-commerce by consumers and retailers.

Vyne has fully embraced a digital-first business model. According to its founder Kit Kuan, this approach is “the best way for us to express our brand personality and culture”. 

A key customer touchpoint of the company is its website, where it retails a diversity of both niche and classic wines from all over the world. It also serves to educate beginners about wine; a palate quiz helps new drinkers to discover wines that match their taste buds, while informative guides help them to understand the beverage, varietals and industry better.

On social media, the company appeals to younger consumers through content that is “shareable and relatable to our everyday lives,” says Kuan. “We utilise the effect that social media has on consumers and try to keep up with the latest trends and strategically incorporate wine into the mix.” This includes the use of memes, gifs and creatively designed posts in millennial and Gen Z colours.

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