How a Jake Humphrey Tweet inspired a new social media strategy for Bakers and Larners of Holt

19:00 12 June 2013

New president Jake Humphrey at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Photo: Steve Adams

New president Jake Humphrey at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Photo: Steve Adams


A Norfolk-based family business is looking to set up a new social media division on the back of a chance Tweet from presenter Jake Humphrey thanking them for their help in finding a bottle of wine.

When the former Formula One presenter asked his 700,000 followers if they knew where they could get a bottle of Norfolk wine from, a reply from one of them directed him towards Bakers and Larners of Holt.

The presenter was looking for the wines to give to chef Raymond Blanc and after contacting the store bought three bottles of Winbirri.

Staff became aware of the celebrity interest after a further Tweet from the presenter thanking store staff for their excellent customer service.

Duncan Baker finance director, said the firm had already been planning to bolster its social media division but after seeing the marketing power of Twitter in action decided to bring forward its plans.

The group has a combined turnover of £21m and also operates a successful online website.

Mr Baker said: “He sent out his Tweet and someone suggested us. Unbeknown to us, he rang up our sales guys to get some advice and we recommended Winbirri. On the back of that we are going to set up a social media side to make sure we put more effort into running that. We already felt it was important to have a digital strategy and we are now going to employ somebody to look after our social media side. We are looking to do that within the next couple of weeks. There is no comparison - that message went out to 700,000 people, which is incredible. We need to be pushing our message out and our brand to as many different areas as possible. Our digital marketing is very important to us. Social media is another distribution channel and we really want to make sure that it is really ingrained in the business.”


  • It is great to see that B&L's have embraced new technology to bolster their image and provide a wider audience to their company. Well done!

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    Douglas McCoy

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

  • As long as Mr Baker doesn't start tweeting his views!

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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