So what is barefruit all about?
Barefruit Marketing is the creation of Claire and Evan Harding, who together have over 40 years experience as marketing consultants in the communications industry, both in the UK and Australia.
We have worked with brands big and small and with budgets from zero to bigger than some country’s GDP, but there was something missing… actually seeing the impact of our efforts (and hard work) first hand.
Living in the Northern Rivers on the North Coast of NSW we are surrounded by amazing brands, built by incredibly talented people. These people are so good at what they do but don’t have the time or energy to put into the marketing of their business to spread the word and grow their brand. We want to work with these businesses and brands, and together help them flourish and prosper.
Marketing is something that needs time; time to think, to plan and implement, and then change if it’s not working. With everything else that goes with running a business, business owners don’t always have the luxury of time.
That is why we created Barefruit Marketing, a down to earth, cost-effective marketing agency that produces work that delivers measurable results.
How do we like to work?
We can work independently as your ‘marketing department’, or alongside an existing marketing team on an ongoing or project basis. We firmly believe that we need to know you and your business before we can recommend any long term marketing strategies. We want to get to know you and really understand what drives you to do what you do, and what drives your customers to purchase from you.
To begin, we like to have a ‘getting to know you’ meeting, which will most likely consist of a few coffees and us asking you lots and lots of questions. We will then meet again, probably over another coffee or two, where we will present and discuss some recommendations that will be tailored to meet your business objectives and financial situation.
We want this to be a mutually-beneficial, long-lasting relationship, so we don’t have a ‘one size fits all’ model. Once we have agreed on a plan, you can leave it to us and our talented team to deliver the best possible solutions for you and your business.
so...who are we?
Evan studied marketing at university in England, then travelled to Australia and fell in love with the country, vowing he'd return.
After working at the same regional agency as Claire, the couple moved to London where they both worked with reputable agencies on brands including Fiat and Aviva, before moving to Australia.
Both Evan and Claire have worked on strategic marketing and planning with brands including Barclays Bank, Dunhill, Strongbow, Aviva, Royal Carribean Cruises, Holiday Inn and Duracell. When Evan is not in the office, you'll find him either DJing at local bars or balancing it all out at the gym.
Claire has worked in the Marketing Communications industry for over 20 years, starting her career in a regional agency in England. She went on to work with some of the best agencies in London with brands including Royal Carribean Cruises and Strongbow, before moving to Australia with her husband Evan.
At Barefruit, Claire oversees the strategic direction of your business and ensures the smooth running of campaigns. Claire is also a board member for Rafiki Mwema, a safe house for traumatised children in Kenya.
When she's not at work (which is rare) you'll likely find Claire at the gym or a wine bar.
Jo worked in the advertising and media industries in London before moving to Sydney where she managed advertising and branding for clients such as Diageo, Australian Rugby Union and many more.
Ten years ago, Jo became passionate about word of mouth marketing and the need for brands to join customer conversations, and she spent many years crafting WOMM campaigns for major household names. Jo brings this experience and passion for creating real relationships between a brand and their customer to the Barefruit team.
Branding and strategy is something you'll hear her talk about in the office along with where to find the best coffee or margarita depending the time of day!
Sara began working in the Marketing Communications industry in London, where she worked for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. She then moved home to Sydney where she managed the marketing for an international medical device company.
Sara moved to the beautiful Northern Rivers in 2008 where she first met her great friend, Claire Harding, and became marketing manager for ACE Community Colleges.
Sara has a strong background in health, fitness and wellbeing, once working in the stroke unit at Lismore Base Hospital and then owning her own triathlon training business, The Tri-Angels. As Barefruit's Agency Manager, Sara brings a wealth of knowledge and a delightfully infectious laugh.
Lauren graduated from university with a BA in Communications, majoring in Public Relations and Journalism. She went on to work as a freelancer in many different areas of PR, marketing and journalism, including reporting, social media, PR, events and production work.
In other words, Lauren is a one-woman creative communications queen — and humble as anything about it. Lauren is a local, residing in Lennox Head with her small family.
She was one of Barefruit's first Marketing Account Managers, and has watched the business grow, working closely with Evan and Claire. Lauren is now responsible for managing accounts for several clients.
Jo has been involved in business, sales and marketing for the past 15 years. She also has a number of creative pursuits and she brings this combined professional and creative flair to her role as Account Manager at Barefruit.
Her roles have spanned vastly different industries. She started out in the entertainment industry working in marketing, A&R and licensing for EMI Music. Progressing to banking, Jo was a Bank Manager for over two years before moving back into writing, marketing, and on the side producing her original Dramedy Series, Win. In the office, Jo loves working with a range of clients to get their message out there and make their business thrive.
Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, Jennica has over 15 years of marketing and communications experience. She moved to Vancouver to pursue a diploma in Marketing Management and a BA in Communications. While at university, Jennica was nominated by faculty and peers as Class Valedictorian, was President of the Marketing Student Society and founded a student scholarship.
Since then, she's had a variety of marketing roles in the media, tourism, fashion and hospitality industries including two international media groups and a tri-area ski resort in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Jennica loves adventures and has backpacked her way across most of the world's continents.
Lucy was born in the UK and grew up in a small town in Lincolnshire called Market Rasen. She was given her first camera when she was 11 years old and has been taking photographs ever since, capturing moments in time, ones to remember for the rest of her life.
In 2008, Lucy moved to Australia and branched into film and event management, completing a Diploma of Digital Film Production at SAE Institute and a Cert III and Diploma in Event Management. Lucy brings her photography, film, event and entrepreneurial spirit to Barefruit as an Account Executive.
When she isn’t behind the lens, you will most likely find her at the beach with her dog and hubby or at the local markets with her jumping castle business. She enjoys kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, camping, travelling, photography, gym classes, fun runs, charity events and interior design.
Kelly has a record of driving revenue gains and brand awareness through the intelligent use of digital marketing. Hailing from the UK, she has lived and worked on four different continents, working with companies ranging from global insurance groups, through to small local businesses.
Balancing creativity, and analytical thinking, Kelly has a curiosity for what drives consumers, yet has the ability to zoom out and look at the big picture. Having travelled extensively means that she brings a different outlook on matters, with the ability to apply her experience, and stay open to learning.
When she’s not in the office you’ll likely find her in the ocean: she’ll be the first to tell you that surfing’s changed her life!
Alex has worked in the design industry since graduating from the University for Creative Arts in the UK, with honours in Illustration. He was spotted at D&AD during his final graduation show by the Director of M&C Saatchi, which kick-started his career as a Creative in London, utilising his ideation and drawing skills to storyboard and create advertising concepts for clients such as Lucozade and Jameson Whiskey.
Seeking greener pastures, Alex moved to Australia in 2014 and in his spare time loves to paint and create artworks and also loves outdoor adventures, including cycling and surfing.
Being a Graphic designer through freelance projects and working in-house for large corporate organisations and start-up ventures. He has gained much experience in branding, project management, print design, web design, email marketing, product design and app building. Alex now works as the Creative Lead at Barefruit.
Frank moved to the Northern Rivers from Newcastle and gained a BA in Business Tourism from Southern Cross University in Lismore. He then moved to Sydney and worked as a Functions Manager at the ANA Hotel, while studying at the Western Institute of TAFE and gained a diploma in Website Design and Production.
After working for a digital agency on the Gold Coast, he got homesick and moved back to the beautiful Northern Rivers to run his own business. Frank is now Barefruit's Web Design guru, building custom websites based on the popular WordPress CMS framework. When he's not in the Barefruit office, you're likely to find him in the ocean.
Natalie is a local Lismore girl who, after completing her diploma in graphic design up north made her way back to her home town and worked for a large media company for 12 years. She then branched out on her own, using her graphic and web design skills to help her clients look great.
Some of the larger clients Nat has had the pleasure to design for include P&O Cruises and Rituals. With a strong background in print, Nat is a bit of guru at designing advertisements but she also enjoys letting the creative juices flow with logo design, branding, digital and everything in between.