Bourbon & Boots Southern Lifestyle Brand: News & Events
August 14, 2017: Inc. Magazine Recognizes Bourbon & Boots As 16th Fastest Growing Private Retail Brand
Bourbon & Boots, the emerging growth Southern Lifestyle Brand was recognized by Inc. Magazine as the 16th fastest growing privately held retail brand in the country. Of the 100,000 private companies reviewed for three year growth history, Bourbon & Boots placed 269th overall on the list of fastest growing private companies; 16th fastest in the retail brand business. Previous early stage formative year brands to be recognized on the prestigious Inc. Magazine growth list include Zappos, Under Armour, Timberland, and Patagonia.
Founded in 2012 as a Little Rock, Arkansas tech startup company, Bourbon & Boots transitioned from its original mission as an artisan marketplace to a Southern Lifestyle Brand in early 2015. Since the transition to a full-fledged brand that designs, manufacturers, stocks, and distributes rare and unique southern goods, the company was recognized for its 1,624% sales growth. Today, the company designs and produces over 70% of its overall sales, has shipped over 85,000 customer orders, as well as operates a wholesale and corporate promotional business.
June 29, 2017: Bourbon & Boots Releases New Cult Bourbon Handcrafted Table & Desk Lamps
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand is pleased to announce the release a new private label line of desktop table lamps designed and handcrafted exclusively by the company. This lamp was designed for the person seeking the perfect bourbon lover gift for themselves or someone else that is rare, unique, and handcrafted. This stunning rustic deck and table lamp is handcrafted with exquisite attention to detail, designed to celebrate the unique patriotism of the American Bourbon Industry. Each of these cult bourbon bottle lamps utilize reclaimed bourbon bottles and original packaging from the rarest Bourbons ever produced. These one-of-a kind creations are extremely rare and in very high demand. The cult bourbon table lamps constitute the fourth unique design within the brand's private lamp home decor collection and is consistent with the brand's strategy of continued development of rare, and unique private label goods. The company now sells over 100 private label rare & unique handcrafted items it has designed and manufacturers, to compliment its full catalog of over 1,000 unique southern inspired items.
May 31, 2017: Bourbon & Boots Featured in Downtown New York Magazine
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand's rare & unique steampunk pens, handcrafted from up cycled exotic woods were featured in this months edition of Downtown New York Magazine. The New York based media company is a publication that focuses on the sophisticated audience of Manhattan, bringing the audience unique style, food, and products. These rare & unique handcrafted exotic wood pens were selected by the editorial staff for feature along with ten other stylish and unique items as part of their Father's Day 2017 Gift Guide. The unique pens can be viewed here.
April 14, 2017: Bourbon & Boots Releases New "Liquid" LED Handcrafted Table Lamps
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand is pleased to announce the release a new private label line of desktop table lamps designed and handcrafted exclusively by the company. The "liquid LED" lamps are handcrafted from 100% reclaimed and up cycled materials and with an embedded LED light source providing a brilliant light illuminating the carmel tones of the liquid in the bottle. The lamps are available in a variety of bottles atop a reclaimed wood base that has been shaped and stained for a rustic and elegant appeal. The company now sells over 100 private label rare & unique handcrafted items it has designed and manufacturers, to compliment its full catalog of over 1,000 unique southern inspired items.
March 28, 2017: Bourbon & Boots Audience Reach Surpasses 10 Million in March
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand achieved a new record in Audience reach for the month of March. As of March 28, 2017, the southern lifestyle brand achieved a total audience reach of over 10 million consumers for the month. The company has utilized social audience data and analytics and a self constructed interactive advertising stack to grow its audience engagement . The company engages the following engaged audience on a daily basis:
370,000 Facebook Followers
932,000 Friends of Facebook Followers
30,0000 TWTR Followers
18,000 Instagram Followers
29,000 Pinterest Monthly Repins
"Our business strategy of content fueled audience engagement is delivering consistent audience growth and our early 2016 purchase of the publisher Tales from the South southern stories library is paying dividends. The vast library of southern stories, books, blogs, videos, audio, and vignettes have now been transformed, updated, and repurposed into engaging socially distributed stories celebrating the southern lifestyle", said Rod Ford, Chairman & CEO of Bourbon & Boots. "The content rich lifestyle stories drive deep levels of engagement with our brand allowing us the opportunity to monetize the engagement and interest through the sale of rare & unique southern inspired merchandise that is consistent with the theme of the particular story."
February 3, 2017: Bourbon & Boots Releases New "Bottle in a Box" Table Lamps
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand is pleased to announce the release a new private label line of desktop table lamps designed and handcrafted exclusively by the company. The "Bourbon Bottle in a Box" lamps are handcrafted from 100% reclaimed and up cycled materials and with an embedded light source providing a brilliant light illuminating the inside of the empty bourbon bottle. The lamp is truly unique and provides functional, yet rustic decor. Perfect for those who appreciated the uniquely American History of the Bourbon industry in the United States. The company now sells over 90 private label rare & unique handcrafted items it has designed and manufacturers, to compliment its full catalog of over 1,000 unique southern inspired items.
January 17, 2017: Bourbon & Boots Announces Affiliate Program
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand announced today the launch of a newly created Affiliate program. The affiliate program allows for qualified partners to sell certain Bourbon & Boots branded southern inspired goods. The program is managed in partnership with ShareASale and Commission Junction. Bourbon & Boots private label products are already sold on national marketplaces such as Amazon Marketplace, Houzz, Wanelo, Dot & Bo, and Fancy. This affiliate program allows individual affiliate sites to also have access to the growing and highly desirable line of private label southern items., thus further extending the brand to a new and larger international audience.
October 18, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Named As Top 500 Mobile Commerce Retailer
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand announced today it has been named by Internet Retailer Magazine as one of the fastest growing mobile commerce retailers in the newly published 2017 Mobile 500 Guide®. Internet Retailer Magazine is the largest monthly magazine in online retailing with 44,000 subscribers and is the largest and most credible provider of objective business information on the market trends, technology, competitive practices and people that are shaping the online commerce industry. “We are pleased to add Bourbon & Boots to our top 500 list of rapidly growing mobile commerce retailers” says Stefany Zaroban, Director of Research at Internet Retailer. “Our annual guide is a review of the 95,000 known online merchants in the U.S. and is ranked based upon mobile initiated sales, growth, and audience reach.” “Bourbon & Boots has earned its place as the 475th overall fasted growing mobile commerce retailer and the 68th fasted growing mobile commerce retailer in the lifestyle category. Our “mobile first” strategy is only 15 months old but our investment in data, analytics, and audience tech stack is driving the results we expect. The mobile audience growth focus along with private label product curation and native content generation is providing access to a monthly audience of almost 10 Million, and the uniqueness of the merchandise is driving conversion”, says Rod Ford, Chairman & CEO of Bourbon & Boots. “We have experienced over 400% growth in the past twelve months of pivoting the company from an artisan marketplace to a National Lifestyle Brand. We are all very curious to see how much scale we can achieve with our data enabled, mobile first strategy.”
August 10, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Adds Personalized Digital Gifting Capability
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern-Inspired Lifestyle Brand recently announced the addition of personalized interactive gifting to its commerce platform. The company disclosed the capability allows the gifter to purchase a product and designate it as a gift. The gifter provides email or mobile contact information for the gift recipient as well as type a personal note and upload a photograph or image. The gift recipient receives the personalized gift notification via email or text and has the option to accept the item as chosen or change to a same price product variant (size, color, etc). The gift recipient also provides the most desired postal address for receiving the gift, thus alleviating the purchaser from having to know the mailing address of the recipient.
July 25, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Completes One Year of Operation
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand recently closed its accounting on the past year of operations since the acquisition in May 2015 of certain assets from the original founder of the brand. The company released to its stakeholders the following information regarding the trailing 12 months of operation, reflective of one year of operation since the asset acquisition. "Our operating team has made great progress during the past year pivoting the business model to a Southern Lifestyle Brand by designing and manufacturing our own line of branded products and opening a fulfillment center to stock and ship to our customers", comments Rod Ford, Chairman & CEO of the Brand. "Additionally, we added a Corporate & Wholesale Division as well as incorporating our Tales from the South acquisition to produce authentic native content to stimulate interest and drive organic growth. Our investment in data science and analytics to inform our interactive engagement strategies is producing hyper-growth in our audience reach."
$4,015,000 Trailing Twelve Month Revenue
473% Twelve Month Y-o-Y Revenue Growth
277,000 New Customers Acquired
40,676 Orders Shipped from fulfillment Center
50 Ship To States
11 Ship To Countries
1,165 New Proprietary Branded Products Created
7,000,000 Current Monthly Audience
June 30, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Audience Reach Surpasses 7 Million in June
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand achieved new records in Audience reach for the month of June. As of June 30th the company has grown its consistent audience followers accordingly:
300,000 Facebook Followers
21,0000 TWTR Followers
15,400 Instagram Followers
26,000 Pinterest Monthly Repins
370,000 eMail Customer & Contact List
May 16, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Featured on CBS Affiliate
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern-Inspired Lifestyle Brand was featured by the local CBS affiliate on its show, "Made in Arkansas". View the video here: http://bourb.in/1b
May 11, 2016: Internet Retailer Magazine Names Bourbon & Boots to Top 1000
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand announced today it has been named by Internet Retailer Magazine as one of the top 1,000 online retailers in the United States. Internet Retailer Magazine is the largest monthly magazine in online retailing with 44,000 subscribers and is the largest and most credible provider of objective business information on the market trends, technology, competitive practices and people that are shaping the e-commerce industry. “We are pleased to add Bourbon & Boots, a Southern Lifestyle Brand to our top 1,000 list of growing online merchants” says Stefany Zaroban, Director of Research at Internet Retailer. “Our annual guide is a review of the 95,000 known online merchants in the U.S. and is ranked based upon sales, growth, and audience reach.” “Bourbon & Boots is honored to be named to this impressive list of online retailers after just one year of operation as a brand producing authentic content and selling our own designed and manufactured goods. It speaks volumes to the experience and energy of our operating team to be named in the top 1,000 out of 95,000 online retailers in just one year of operation.” says Rod Ford, Founder and Managing Partner of xCelerate Capital and Chairman of Bourbon & Boots. “We have experienced over 400% growth in the first year vs. the past two years and we look forward to continued growth and expansion of our Southern Lifestyle Brand.”
April 6, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Audience Reach Exceeds 5 Million for March
Bourbon & Boots, the southern lifestly brand focused on celebrating the southern experience is pleased to announce a record month in the growth and interaction of its audience. The company utilizes a tightly integrated Marketing Technology stack, powered by data and analytics for its Audience Growth Hacking activities. The company develops Audience through a multitude of coordinated media inclusive of social, search, affiliate, ad networks, interactive stores, live events, national public radio, internet radio, satellite radio, cable tv, and podcasts. For the month of March the companies Audience growth surpassed previous months growth by 20% as reflected by the following Audience Audit statistics.
5,000,000 Unique Individuals Exposed to Bourbon & Boots Brand
825,000 Unique Individuals Engaged with the Brand (Comment, Order, Share)
585,000 Unique Visitors to the bourbonandboots.com Website
255,00 Facebook Followers
14,000 TWTR Followers
5,000 Podcast Downloads of Tales From the South
240 Attendance for Live Events
April 1, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Launches Storytelling YouTube Channel
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand announced today the Launch of its own Branded & Copyright YouTube Channel focused on video distribution of Southern Stories. The stories are recorded live through the company's media brand, Tales from the South and distributed internationally. View here: http://bourb.in/i
March 18, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Announces Corporate Gifts Offering
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand announced today that it has launched a corporate gifts offering, joining it wholesale operations to complete its offering for business-to-business sales. The corporate gifts offering was in response to demand from corporations looking for extremely unique and personalized gifts for its employees, customers, and events. Bourbon & Boots has added laser engraving in-house for the purpose of individual gifting personalization.
February 2, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Finalizes Media Acquisition
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand announced today that it has concluded the purchase of Tales from the South, the southern story radio show and media company created and founded by Paula Martin Morell. Tales from the South is a showcase of writers reading their own true stories during a live weekly show. Stories range from funny to touching, from everyday occurrences to life-altering tragedies; all sharing their very personal experiences of living in the south. The tagline of the production has been “True Stories Told by the Southerners Who Lived Them.” While the show itself is unrehearsed, live recordings are curated into digital content that are consumed weekly through national public radio, satellite and internet streaming radio, podcasts, web stream, and RSS Feeds to over 50 million listeners in over 60 countries. Ms. Martin Morell will remain with Bourbon & Boots as executive producer of the digitally distributed content, continuing to ensure the writer submitted scripts and stories continue to deliver the authenticity of the southern living experience. The Arkansas live shows will be based in the Argenta District of North Little Rock and will be expanded to include video for digital and cable distribution. Additionally, the show will be immediately expanded to live events in the most historical cities and venues across all of the southern states to completely capture, celebrate, and share the diversity of the southern living experience.
January 19, 2016: Bourbon & Boots Announces Wholesale Division
Bourbon & Boots, the Southern Lifestyle Brand announced today that it has launched a wholesale division to distribute its branded merchandise to specialty retailers across the country. The wholesale division was launched 60 days ago and presently distributes 200 private label Bourbon & Boots branded products to approximately 20 specialty retailers across eight states. Each of the company’s private label products are uniquely southern; designed to capture, celebrate, and share the diversity of the southern living experience.
January 7, 2016: Arkansas Fellowship New Hires
Bourbon & Boots, a Southern Lifestyle Brand is thrilled to announce the hire of two fellows from the Arkansas Fellowship Program. We are pleased to welcome on board the brightest from Hendrix & Harding into full-time positions. This program is specifically designed to Help attract and retain Arkansas's brightest entrepreneurial talent. www.arkansasfellowship.org
December 5, 2015: Syracuse, NY News Feature
Bourbon & Boots has customers in all 50 state and has developed a national following as a Southern Lifestyle Brand. Here is a feature by a Syracuse, NY news station of B&B products. View Here: https://t.co/zM6a0T6fc7
November 30, 2015: Cyber Monday
Bourbon & Boots, a Southern Lifestyle Brand is offering special discounts on merchandise in celebration of Cyber Monday following Black Friday. It's a great opportunity to engage new customers with discounts headed into the rush of Christmas Season. The local ABC Affiliate in Little Rock featured Bourbon & Boots Cyber Monday Operations. View Here: http://bit.ly/1lrgcJp
November 2, 2015: Bourbon & Boots Announces Purchase of Media Company
Bourbon & Boots announced today it has entered into an Agreement to purchase Tales From the South, a Southern Media company that produces and distributed Authentic Southern Stories to an International Audience of over 51 Million Listeners. View Here: http://www.pr.com/press-release/644637
September 15, 2015: Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown KY
Bourbon & Boots is thrilled to be a sponsor and exhibitor at this years Kentucky Bourbon Festival. In addition to exhibiting the company is sponsoring an all expenses paid trip for one of its lucky customers. The event is a wonderful six day celebration of Bourbon and and the Southern lifestyle.
July 10, – September 20, 2015: Bourbon & Boots Sponsors 57th Annual Delta Exhibition
The Delta Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture formed in 1958 to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and bordering states. Today, the Annual Delta Exhibition has grown to encompass works in all media as showcase for the dynamic vision of the artists of the Mississippi Delta region. The exhibition reflects the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter. This year’s exhibition is July 10th through September 20, 2015, hosted by the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, AR.
May 13, 2015: Bourbon & Boots Assets Acquired by xCelerate Capital, LLC
Bourbon & Boots, the peer to peer Online Artisan Marketplace announced today that certain assets of the company has been acquired by Bourbon & Boots Acquisition Company LLC, a newly formed operating entity owned by early stage investor xCelerate Capital, LLC. The new operating company has been capitalized to transition the brand to an international lifestyle brand celebrating and exporting the southern lifestyle experience through the development of its own private label branded merchandise and media content. The new operating team will be led by interactive commerce veteran Dustin Williams as CEO and will commence with immediate hires of at least six key operating positions. Bourbon & Boots, Inc. was founded in Little Rock, AR on February 2013 by Matt Price.
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