Social Media Brand Evangelist | Case Study


Every social media job description asks for a “proven track record of experience”, and rightfully so — everyone want’s to work in social media, but many lack relevant industry experience. Luckily for me my first industry related gig put me in the role of a (social media) Brand Evangelist for high-dollar agency level clients who purchased the service through NetBiz.

The Brand Evangelism service from NetBiz is designed for enterprise level clients. Our in-house social media team will strategize, implement, and manage a brand’s content strategy and value proposition through social media channels.

Long Island Wine Tours had been a long-term SEP client of NetBiz when they decided to pursue social media marketing and the owner, Jim, was looking to become an industry leader in the area.

That’s where I came in.

After an initial baseline report, phone conversations, and understanding the business’s goals I developed a 6-month + social media marketing strategy that would establish them as that leader. In total I worked with this client from June 1st, 2011 to Oct. 1, 2012.

Here’s my experience:


In 1998, Jim Ferrarie opened Long Island Wine Tours® and for more than 15 years has been offering wine lovers exceptional vineyard and winery tours on the East End of Long Island, NY. Long Island Wine Tours had already taken the initiative to establish a basic presence for their business on Facebook, with 246 “Likes” on June 1st, 2011.

Long Island Wine Tours

Long Island Wine Tours

Advertising, Branding, and Landing Page Optimization

Using the the demographic information provided by Facebook’s Insights of the current fanbase demographics I utilized sponsored and targeted display ads on Facebook to increase brand awareness and fanpage traffic. I also applied a welcome page to be the designated landing page; this created an engaging first impression and helped reinforce the ads call to action and convert traffic to “Likes.”

Custom Landing Page Creation

Custom Landing Page Creation

To reinforce their branding and professional appeal I also added a new Facebook cover photo. I feel having a solid impression makes it easier for your fans to engage with your page as well as increases the likelihood of them sharing it with their friends.

A stunning new cover image

A stunning new cover image

Social Networking

Along with running Facebook ads I utilized Facebook to network with other Long Island businesses, most importantly the vineyards and wineries. I made our presence known on their page and would share their content to Long Island Wine Tours fans from time to time; these relationships led to valuable referral traffic from their Fan pages.

Sparkling Pointe Winery Referral

Sparkling Pointe Winery Referral


Targeted Ads began on 7/16/2011 and resulted in 3,500 new likes as of 2/27/2012 (The important thing to look at here is the flat line prior to the ads running)

Exceptional Fanbase Growth

Exceptional Fanbase Growth

Use of the Facebook Platform

As LIWT’s fanbase grew so did the engagement on Facebook. By accurately targeting those in Long Island and the surrounding areas with Facebook Ads, their community primary consisted of previous customers or potential customers.

Targeted Facebook Ad Creation

Targeted Facebook Ad Creation

Dan’s Best of the Best 2011

In September 2011, I stumbled across a contest by Dan’s Papers, a local Long Island publication, that was holding a poll where users could vote for the best services across Long Island. I noticed there was a category for Best Limo Service and I quickly jumped at the chance to leverage LIWT’s fanbase for support. After the votes were tallied, Long Island Wine Tours was awared the Platinum Award for Best Limo Services on the North Fork.


Leveraging Engaged Fans

Winterfest Jazz on the Vine Coupon

Winterfest Jazz on the Vine is a concert series which is held each year where residents and visitors can enjoy six great weekends of expectational jazz performances in winery tasting rooms across the East End. In support of the event we created a coupon for 10% off transportation to any of the concerts. I shared the coupon to LIWT’s fanbase and found that based on the other relationships I had build with other Long Island related fanpages, they were sharing our coupon to their fanbases as well.

Industry Advocates

Building Industry Advocates

Engagement on Facebook Page

By providing a welcoming environment for our online community I experienced numerous interactions including customers leaving reviews as well as posting this own pictures of themselves on the tours. This helped promote the social aspect of the page and foster conversation.

Social Proof Potential Customers could see

Social Proof Potential Customers could see

Strategic Partnerships

After reaching the 2000+ fan benchmark I noticed LIWT was becoming a strong influencer amongst the Long Island and Wine Industry Community. Aside from local organizations looking to partner with LIWT, Vine Talk, a unique wine-themed celebrity talk show on Public Television which airs nationwide, contacted LIWT about becoming a partner. Long Island Wine Tours is now poised to break into the national scope because of this new partnership which may not have been possible without Brand Evangelism.

Vine Talk Television show Partnerships

Vine Talk Television show Partnerships


I worked with Long Island Wine Tours through October 2012 and 6500 fans later handed back the new and improved social presence to the owner Jim. Though he now maintains the page, I have equipped him with a loyal social following and a brand voice to engage with them with.

Not only did LIWT benefit from working with me, but I was very thankful to work with them. Sure I made a few mistakes along the way, but I learned, and that real industry experience in community management was invaluable to my own progression as a marketer.

Author: Jacob Curtis

An early advocate of digital media, Jacob has observed the evolution and adoption of social media in connecting people online. Working at Bonfire Marketing he continues to hone his craft.

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  1. Really impressed by your Case Study on this client. Nice work! Could you share any metrics on the ad performance? For example, do you have a net acquisition figure per Like? I always wonder what’s an appropriate amount to spend to acquire new Likes.

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    • The amount of spend will be determined by the demographic targeting you’re going after and the amount of precision targeting you do. Also the care you dedicate to monitor the ads performance and make changes or bid adjustments you make based on their initial results. Would be hard to give you an accurate number @michaelneuendorff:disqus . I also tried not to indicate the clients particular ad spend as there was some concern about the privacy of their budget to their competitors.

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      • Jacob, Thanks for your speedy reply. I’m with you on your sensible answer.

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