A visually striking and content-rich website that focuses on the dissemination of knowledge of Australian wine.
Wine Australia approached Devotion in late 2018 to create an immersive and engaging brand experience that would engage new and existing consumers alike. They accomplished this by developing a consumer-facing digital channel to highlight the diversity of Australian wine and inform the consumers at each stage of the wine journey. To make this happen, Devotion worked hand-in-hand with Wine Australia’s brand partner R/GA who was, at the time, developing the new consumer brand.
- Wine Australia wanted an information-rich website that would educate local and global consumers about Australian wine.
- They needed to release the site within ten weeks of the project kick-off.
- Budgets were limited and included new brand positioning, development costs, and licensing.
- Given the large number of their China-based consumers, they also wanted the site available in Mandarin.
- By opting for a headless CMS, the team could build the website in parallel with brand development and content creation.
- The parallel streaming of activities saved a lot of time and allowed Wine Australia to meet their deadlines.
- With Kontent by Kentico, setting the site up to be multilingual was easy.
- Thanks to the built-in flexibility of Kontent, Wine Australia can quickly publish additional content when needed.
- The new website provides global consumers with a visually rich and content-deep experience.
- Structured content from the Kontent headless CMS is now being served to multiple websites, not just one as initially intended.
- In the second half of 2019, the Australian Wine team saw a 275% increase in new users.
- In addition to that, sessions increased by 268% and the bounce rate decreased by 53%.
Australian Wine is the consumer-facing brand for Wine Australia—the statutory government authority that invests in research and development (R&D), marketing, disseminating knowledge, encouraging adoption, and protecting the reputation of Australian wine—both domestically and internationally.
Wine Australia was looking to develop a dedicated, information-rich website about Australian wines—varietals, regions, and makers—to persuade, influence, and educate local and global consumers about Australian wine. This website needed to deliver an exceptional user experience in line with the brand and overall product offering. It needed to differentiate itself from the B2B Wine Australia offering and focus on telling the rich story of Australian wine.
Having a consumer-facing website was a new strategic direction for Wine Australia, previously being focused on a single, multi-audience destination. This single-site offering had been primarily B2B, providing information, features, and functionality designed for the industry. As a result, interesting regional information, the stories behind the wines and winemakers, and content of relevance to consumers were hidden.
Budgets were limited and had to stretch to cover a new brand positioning, as the corporate branding did not reflect how the business wanted Australian Wine to be perceived by global consumers. This budget also had to include development costs and licensing.
The third challenge was time—Wine Australia needed something live within ten weeks of the project kick-off.
Devotion worked with R/GA on the website rebuild, as R/GA were responsible for delivering the Australian Wine ‘Made Our Way’ brand positioning.
With timeframe and budget challenges, Devotion proposed the use of Kontent. By opting for a headless CMS, the team could build the website in parallel with brand development and content creation. This approach meant that after UX approval, content modeling was undertaken in Kontent, allowing for immediate content creation while the design and development teams set about crafting the solution. This parallel streaming of activities ensured significant time efficiencies and allowed Wine Australia to meet their deadlines.
With multiple parties involved and streams of work running concurrently, communication and collaboration were vital. Kontent acted as the ‘platform glue’ with all teams able to see content created by the client in real-time. This allowed the design team and front-end developers to visualize their work with actual content, which is usually a luxury.
Wine Australia wanted to provide a rich and informative experience to global users, however, given the large number of China-based consumers, they also wanted the site available in Mandarin. Kontent made it easy to set the site up to be multilingual, allowing Wine Australia to translate both content and labels that would be hard-coded in a normal site build. Also, with the built-in flexibility of Kontent, Wine Australia could easily publish additional content when and as it became available.
The Australian Wine website delivers a visually rich and content-deep experience that encourages global consumers to seek out and purchase Australian wine.
It utilizes Kontent in a structured manner, with content now being served to multiple websites, not just this one as initially intended. The structure of the content delivery API has made this a simple operation.
After the November 2018 launch, some pleasing results were realized:
- Over 4 minutes average duration
- Over 5 pages viewed per session
- 95% returning visitor rate
After the website had grown and matured, and comparing 6-month periods of July 1 to December 31, 2019, with January 1 to June 30, 2019, the following results can be seen:
- 275% increase in new users
- 268% increase in sessions
- 191% increase in pageviews
- 53% decrease in bounce rate
- 100% increase in goal conversion rate
in new users
viewed per session
in bounce rate
“The Australian Wine website has provided the sector with an inspiring, educative, and visually rich experience. It brings the stories of the people and places to life and is a fantastic resource for anybody with an interest in Australian wine.”