We developed what we called “Worthy Cause Marketing” growing the Barefoot Wine brand. Our lack of funds forced us to be creative, and in the process, we discovered a way to get the word out on Barefoot Wines and make the world a better place at the same time.

Cause Marketing Forum is the country’s leading advocacy group for Cause Marketing. They asked us to give a webinar about how Barefoot used Worthy Cause Marketing instead of advertising to become a national Best Seller. Our goal is to use the Barefoot Wine case study to encourage other businesses to use this method. We’ve seen numbers in upwards of $100 Billion for what the country spends on advertising each year. What if just 10% of that was spent on Worthy Cause Marketing? If you missed our recent Cause Marketing Forum webinar, you can access the recording here.

Who We Are

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey Barefoot Wine Founders

Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey co-authored the New York Times bestselling business book, The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand. The book has been selected as recommended reading in the CEO Library for CEO Forum, the C-Suite Book Club, and numerous university classes on business and entrepreneurship. It chronicles their humble beginnings from the laundry room of a rented Sonoma County farmhouse to the board room of E&J Gallo, who ultimately acquired their brand and engaged them as brand consultants. Barefoot is now the world’s largest wine brand.

Beginning with virtually no money and no wine industry experience, they employed innovative ideas to overcome obstacles, create new markets and forge strategic alliances. They pioneered Worthy Cause Marketing and performance-based compensation. They built an internationally bestselling brand and received their industry’s “Hot Brand” award for several consecutive years.

They offer their Guiding Principles for Success (GPS) & Shelf Smarts courses to help consumer product brand builders achieve success. Their book, The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways To Engage and Empower Your People, helps corporations maximize the value of their human resources.

Currently they travel the world leading workshops, trainings, & keynoting at business schools, corporations, conferences. They are regular media guests and contributors to international publications and professional journals. They are C-Suite Network Advisors & Contributing Editors. Visit their popular business site at www.thebarefootspirit.com.

To make inquiries for keynote speaking, trainings or consulting, please contact sales@thebarefootspirit.com.