Getting Your Brand Ready for Christmas

Get ready for Xmas

It’s that time of year already…finally! After the Melbourne Cup, the festive season hits and with the longer days, daylight savings and warmer weather, Christmas is well and truly on its way. If you’re a small business, Christmas and the holiday season can be one of your busiest times of the year. So let’s make sure you’re ready.

Promotion, Sales and Discounts

Whatever you’re selling, this is the time of year when the market is saturated with promotions, deals, discounts and sales. It all kicks off with Black Friday on 29 November and Cyber Monday on 30 November in celebration of Thanksgiving. Although Australia doesn’t necessarily celebrate Thanksgiving, we’ve jumped on board anyway – any excuse for a sale! Then we’re into the Christmas rush, swiftly followed by Boxing Day and January sales. Choose which promotional method best suits your brand and make sure you give people plenty of notice. Utilise your social media channels, website and email lists. If you are Lennox-based, you will reach most of the community with the Lennox Wave. What's more, over the holiday period Helen’s bumper issue reaches locals and the many visitors to our town!

Consider Shipping Delays

With COVID-19 and the huge increase in online shopping, Australia Post and other couriers are struggling to keep up. Keep an eye on possible delays! Communicate the cut-off dates for Christmas deliveries to encourage early purchase.

Christmas Gifts for Business Partners and Loyal Customers

The festive season is a time for giving and it’s important to make sure your brand is also. Recognise the people you work with, partnerships, clients and loyal customers with a little-something-special to show they’ve made a difference to your year. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive…a card in the mail goes a long way. Again, don’t forget lead times on merchandise could be very soon.

Shop local!

Choose to shop local to support our community and local business owners. With everything that has happened this year, they really need all the support they can get. Plus, gifts are so much more special when there is a story behind them – a personal touch that cannot be matched.

Schedule your Socials

Being a business owner and wearing all those hats is full on at the best of times, so get ahead of yourself and organise what you can in advance. Batch your content and spend a few hours getting your posts created and scheduled, all the way to the beginning of January if you can! There is an in-built scheduling tool in Facebook called Creator Studio (make sure you link your Instagram and Facebook together!) and multiple scheduling apps, such as Hootsuite or Later.

2020 has been a huge year, and as a business owner we have all felt pushed to our absolute limits at times. This Christmas make sure to give yourself a break. Get refreshed for the new year, think about your goals moving forward and appreciate the fact that you made it!

Make your Facebook Ads perform like never before

When people talk about how to set up Facebook Ads, they have previously attributed success to targeting (that’s your audiences). Yes, nailing your Audience is very important as you should always be communicating with consumers who are interested and in need of your product or service. But, with Facebook comes something no other advertising channel allows: Conversion Optimisation. AKA, targeting people who are most likely to take actions in the consumer funnel.

Facebook doesn’t show your ad to every person on your audience. Your ads are only shown to a small segment of that audience. Knowing this, you’d want that segment of the audience who are shown the ad to be the most interested, and actionable consumers… so you can make more sales. With Conversion Optimisation, you can make sure your ads are served to these people.

So how does it work?

Essentially, Facebook has so much data on each individual user, that it is now possible to target people based on how they are predicted to act when served your ad. When you set up a Facebook ad, you can now tell Facebook to optimise your ad for ‘Add to Cart’ clicks or ‘Initiate checkout’ clicks, even ‘Purchase’ clicks. So, with a defined, targeted audience, and optimisation for conversion you’re well on your way to a successful Facebook ad campaign.

We've seen Conversion Optimisation work before our very own eyes!

Trust us, we have seen how tweaking conversion optimisation has completely turned a Facebook campaign around. We ran a Facebook campaign for a client whose aim was to make more online sales. In setting up the campaign, we initially selected the goal ‘Traffic’ and directed consumers to the product page on their client’s website. We’d selected this goal, because we wanted to drive much traffic to the website as possible. But we didn’t consider if that traffic would be likely to purchase. After a few days, we’d only had one sale, and so we investigated what we could do better. Then we found this article about ad optimisation. After tweaking the campaign to have the goal ‘Conversions’, and to be optimised for the ‘Add to cart’ conversion event, 70+ orders were placed within a week. We were amazed with the result of a simple tweak.

So, now that you’re convinced Conversion Optimisation is going to be your new best-friend, let’s dive into how to set up ads that will make your money well worth it.

Set up your Campaign with the goal ‘Conversions’

If you’re selling product online, then set up your Facebook campaign with the goal ‘Conversions’. This is the very first decision you make about your campaign, and you’ll need to make sure your Facebook Pixel is connected to your website in order for this type of goal to work. On a side note, here is how to create and add a Facebook Pixel to your website.

 

Facebook Campaign for Conversions Goal
Choose your Conversion Event

Now that your campaign is set up for conversions, you’ll need to select a conversion event in the Ad Set. This is a certain action a consumer takes on their path to purchasing a product and works alongside the Consumer Funnel (a nifty marketing model we still use all the time). The conversion event is where you’ll choose what action you want your audience to take.

Facebook Ad Conversion Event Selection

Now, generally speaking, we’d want people to purchase your product, so choosing the event ‘Purchase’ seems obvious. Well, actually, you’ll miss a heap of people who might be interested in your product by selected such a small segment. Referring to the Consumer Funnel below, you’ll see that at each ‘conversion event’ you move through you lose consumers along the way. Hence, the upside-down triangle, indicative of the market size for each event.

Consumer Funnel

If you’re looking to reach a lot of interested people (and especially if this is your first-time advertising on Facebook), choose either ‘Leads’ or ‘Add to Cart’. If you are running a retarget ad, you’ll want to choose an event further down the Consumer Funnel, because you know they already are interested in what you are selling. Facebook’s rule of thumb is that you need to select an event that is being completed at least 15-25 times a week. Why? Because Facebook uses the data from goal completions to help place your ad in front of consumers who are predicted to act in the same way.

Colouring-in for a Creative Mind

Remember when you were at school? When recess was the best time of the day? You were let free from class to run around until your heart was content, to climb on the monkey bars and play made-up games. You were completely present in the moment and gave your mind a break from the hard work that goes into learning. Why don’t we do this anymore? When we talk about creativity, it’s so important to relieve your mind after critical thinking and reset focus. This essentially turns over a new page in your mind, making room for new ideas and connections to be formed. It’s essential for productive creativity, yet we never allow it for ourselves.

Until now! You need to get your hands on some colouring-in material because it’s not just for kids anymore. It may not be as physical as running around on the playground, but colouring-in will help you reset your mind, leading to enhanced creativity.

Colouring-in to express yourself

As an artistic practise, colouring-in lets you express yourself in way that you cannot in your daily work and life routine. It encourages experimentation which leads to new ideas. Ever had a great idea that just hit you out of the blue? It’s very likely you were being creative and present in the moment, helping your brain make new connections and pathways. What’s more, you can strategically use specific colours to enhance this effect on the brain. As you may already know, colours have a measurable impact on how we feel and how we think. Studies have shown the using blue and green in a situation or environment helps the brain to think creatively and open it to new ideas.

Colouring-in to detox from the digital world

As creative professionals, we are being drawn into the digital world more and more. Keyboards and screens have become our new normal, so putting a pencil to paper may be the best thing you could do for you creativity all day. Your eyes will be grateful for the time away from the screen too. Colouring-in is also highly effective to wind down after work or before bed. It can give you that distinction between your workday and being at home, especially important with so many Australians working at home at the moment. As reading or walking does, you’ll feel more refreshed after some colouring-in, instead of groggy and tired from staring at the computer all day long.

Colouring-in for stress relief

Feeling overwhelmed, running out of inspiration - life is stressful, and it’s even more stressful in the current climate. Give yourself the opportunity to zen out and focus solely on what’s happening right in front of you. Colouring-in will do this for you. Studies have shown that colouring-in relieves stress and helps reduce anxiety. Colouring within the lines means you don’t have to think about screwing up the drawing, boosting self-confidence and trust in your own ability. And what happens when you feel confident within yourself, and less stressed? You’ve got more room for creativity and new ideas!

Colouring-in to practise mindfulness meditation

Sitting still is not your thing? Traditional meditation is hard to practise, but that doesn’t mean it’s not for you. Meditation is often misunderstood for a crossed-legged yogi, sitting still for hours on end. This is unrealistic for pretty much everyone, and there are plenty of other ways to practise mindfulness meditation. The essence of practising mindfulness is to be 100% present in what you are doing. When you are colouring-in, you are focused only on the drawing in front of you. This helps to block out all distractions, declutter your mind and transport you into a meditative state. This break from the demands of everyday life creates space for creative thinking to thrive and helps improve mental health.

Before you rush out the door to find the closest colouring-in book you can find, Rafiki Mwema have some gorgeous free downloads to get you started. These three colouring-in sheets are part of the colouring-in book ‘Rafiki Mwema - Colours of the World’, featuring illustrations from artists all around the world who donated their art for this book. And if the three sheets aren’t enough, you can buy the whole book! Use the code FRUIT25 to get a 25% discount. Proceeds go towards helping some of the most vulnerable children in Kenya. It's a guilt-free, creativity enhancer that you need!

Take Amazing Photos for your Brand at Home

This is for all the small business owners who have their fingers in many pies; who are the finance, the marketing, the logistics, the production and the sales team all in one. When it comes to professional, and sleek branding, ensuring your products are photographed professionally is a biggie. You want your product to look as desirable to the consumer as possible, while providing them with an opportunity to evaluate the material, quality, design and features of your product.

It’s expensive to get have your products photographed by a professional, especially if you’re a small business. So, let’s take a look at how to take amazing product photos yourself, at home.

Plan your photo shoot

As you would do if you were planning anything, you need to do your research. Spend an hour or so looking at competitors, brands you aspire to and, of course, Pinterest to get some inspo. Save it the images you love so you have something to reference when you are behind the camera. Make sure you take a good look at your inspo photography, noting how someone has used light, what sort of light it is (warm or cool), and how they have laid out their studio space.

Set up your studio

Find an area with the best natural light in your home. This where you are going to set up. Usually having a blank wall behind you is ideal, although you can easily hang up a sheet to create a plain, yet soft background. Then you’ll need to decide how you’re going to display your product. Do you have a nice desk you can move into your studio space? Or maybe a rustic stool? Or maybe you need a model? Anything that will give you a nice aesthetic, that matches you branding of course! We can’t forget about props. These are especially important to communicate your brand aesthetic and for zhooshing up your shot. Leafy greens always go down well. Try experimenting with mirrors and flowers too. Have a friend wear, hold and/or use your product – this helps the others see themselves with your product.

Your smartphone is all you need

iPhone or Android, today’s phones have incredible cameras and, when you know your stuff, you can take some gorgeous photographs. First step is to check the settings of your phone. We highly recommend iPhone’s Portrait mode when photographing products and details up.

Now you’re all set to get stuck into it. Snap away, reviewing your photos as you go to see what works, what doesn’t and where you could improve. It might be handing to have a lamp nearby. You can experiment with this by holding it above your studio space at different angles. Don’t forget to keep referring back to your inspo photography as you go too!

 

Photo credit: @goldentimetay

NCCC – NBN News – Wollongbar gets north coast community college campus

As part of a Public Relations strategy for the launch of the North Coast Community College Primary Industries Training Centre, Barefruit engaged the interest of a local NBN journalist, Georgia Schefe. With our Press release, this journalist wrote a story for the NBN website and Television broadcast. Georgia and her camera man attended the opening event to capture footage and hold interviews for a TV story. Kate Kempshall, CEO of North Coast Community College, was interviewed and this, along with a short story about the new training facility and qualifications ran on the local 6pm news that night.

Visit the article here to watch Georgia's interview with Kate.

Read more about Barefruit's project with North Coast Community College here.

 

 

Blogging for Search Engine Optimisation

Search Engine Optimisation. It opens up a whole can of worms. There are so many ways you can approach an SEO strategy, but let’s talk about Blogging. This is one of the easiest ways to boost your website’s SEO quality and the best bit, you can do it right now…for free!

A bit of Background for your first

Let’s start with a bit of background to get the bigger picture. Google’s number one priority is providing the people performing searches with the most relevant and up-to-date information to answer their questions. This ensures people using Google have a good experience and come back again (Google is a business, afterall). So, in order to get your website to the top of a search result page, you need to work with Google’s main goal. And having a regularly updated blog on your website certainly helps achieve this.

Why Google loves blogs

Now that we understand Google’s purpose and goal, let’s take a look into how blogging will work wonders for your website’s SEO quality. Search engines love websites that are updated frequently – this shows that the website’s information is relevant and up-to-date for people searching. You probably won’t be regularly updating your home page, which is why having a blog on your website is highly recommended. The more content you post on your blog, the more pages your website will have for Google to index, which helps the search engine better understand your business offering. Putting it simply, imagine if you spoke a lot about your business, going into detail about your products or services. People would have a good understanding of what it is you do. Now, imagine if you spoke about your business all the time, as well. People would not forget about your business and its offerings. This is essentially how your blog posts communicate with Google – giving the search engine more information about you (and doing it frequently) helps Google understand who you are and ensures it doesn’t forget about you.

What to write about

Yes, you need to write content for your blog. But it shouldn’t be about anything and everything. We are talking SEO, so we need to make sure blog posts are optimised for keywords. And these need to the same keywords that you have used to optimise your website pages. Optimising blog posts for keywords is not about incorporating as many keywords into your posts as possible. Nowadays, this is actually harmful for your SEO quality as Google picked up on this little trick. Plus, it doesn’t make for a great reading experience for the audience which is also important for SEO quality. Google isn’t going to recommend a website a reader won’t understand easily.

The perks of long-tail keywords

Having a blog on your website also gives you the opportunity to start implementing long-tail keywords into your content. These are longer and more specific keyword phrases that people use when they are closer to a point-of-purchase (also very effective for people using voice search!). For example, our Barefruit Marketing website is optimised for keywords such as ‘advertising agency, and ‘marketing agency ballina’. However, by having a blog we are able to optimise posts for keywords such as ‘organic and paid SEO services in ballina’ and ‘newspaper advertising in northern rivers’. By doing so, we boost the SEO quality of our website and in turn, Google is able to rank our website much higher on the search results page. In turn, we have visitors to our website who are more interested, more focused and more committed to purchasing our services.

Backlinks are important

Lastly, we’ll touch on using social media to create backlinks to your website. Backlinks are links from other places on the internet that refer readers to your site. Google sees backlinks as a measurement of credibility and authority. If people are referring others to your website, then they must have found your content helpful and so, your SEO is boosted and Google improves the ranking your website. Use your social media profiles to post about your blog posts, informing your audience, creating backlinks and boosting your website’s SEO quality all at once.

Well, if you aren’t thinking about setting up a blog on your website after reading this, you’re crazy! The benefits blogging can bring to your website’s SEO quality and thus, ranking in Google, are invaluable. And you can get started right now. Or, if you are feeling a bit lost, drop us a line and we’ll get in touch to talk about how we can help you in your journey to boosting your website’s SEO and, in turn, attracting more online visitors searching for your product or service..

It’s time to talk Search Engine Marketing

Spring has sprung! While we’re relieved that the Northern Rivers hasn’t experienced a second wave in terms of increasing COVID cases, it’s hard to hear that local businesses are still copping the brunt of the economic slow-down. It’s time to put on your "adapt to survive” hat and look for opportunities in places where business is growing. And one of those places is online!

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) is one of the most important marketing channels to generate web traffic to your website. It’s the process of increasing website visibility on search engine results pages though paid search advertising. If Google Ads, previously known as AdWords, rings a bell, this is what we are talking about. With millions of businesses out there vying for the same eyeballs, online advertising to promote your products or services has never been so crucial.

Bidding on keywords

Google Ads is a platform which allows you to bid on keywords to have your ads shown when people are doing searches on Google. You bid against other advertisers for the right to have your ad shown in several places on the Google Search results page. You only pay, however, when a user clicks on your ad. By setting a daily budget, you can cap the amount that you spend each day. You could set a budget of $5 or $10 per day and know that you are only paying for those who click on your ad (and hence visit your website).

More than just search

While SEM is great for attracting those who are searching for particular keywords, Google Ads also provides the opportunity to show your ads on other platforms. Advertising on the Google Display Network means your ads have the opportunity to be shown on millions of sites such as YouTube, eBay, Amazon and Gumtree.

Catch them looking

Everybody knows the experience of looking at a product and then suddenly getting those ads shown to you again.  This is a technique called remarketing that allows Google to show your ads to people who have previously shown an interest in your brand.  This works on the old marketing “rule of seven” that people need to be exposed to your message 7 times before they take action. 

SEM is focused on converting

While traditional advertising works to grow your brand awareness, SEM reaches people actively searching, people who are ready to buy. When someone clicks on your ad your landing page should guide them through the sales process… and voila! You’ve made a sale, gathered new leads, subscribers or sign-ups.

Now that you’ve got an idea of the potential for online advertising, set up your Google Ads account. There are heaps of tutorials on YouTube to help you get going. Google even has a free online course on Google Skillshop to get you started.

Seven Mile Brewing Co – Packaging Redesign

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Packaging Redesign

the brief

Barefruit was delighted to be awarded the brief from Seven Mile Brewing Co. to redesign the packaging of their three core craft brews; the American Pale Ale, the Cali Cream and the West Coast IPA. It was an exciting opportunity for Barefruit to work with a local business who required help in creating packaging that served both functional and brand purpose for their cans and cartons.

our response

Barefruit and Seven Mile Brewing worked collaboratively to develop designs that overcame the challenges faced by previous packaging of the brand. Creating individual designs for each core beer was crucial to this. In addition, the brewery prides themselves on keeping their beer cold from the moment it is poured from the vat into a can. Henceforth, Barefruit strove to ensure both the can and carton's packaging was designed with this unique point of difference.

the fruits

The result from Barefruit's and Seven Mile Brewing's collaboration is three individual can and carton designs for the brand's core beer range. The carton is specially designed for the cooler room, using cardboard that does not deteriorate in cooler temperatures and is resistant to condensation. The cans are simple in design and eye-catching, helping the brand to stand out from competitors on retailer's shelves. We also rolled out stickers for beer taps to be used in local bars with the refreshed branding. 

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Leaving the rest behind

Tweed Holiday Parks made the font page of the Tweed Daily News on 6, April 2019! The article featured the new Kingscliff park that has been in operation for 12 months and has already had great success, hosting 40,000 holidaymakers since it's opening.

The demand on the park has exceeded the expectations of park managers, Luke and Brooke who "can't keep the smiles off their faces".  The park recently underwent major renovations and refurbishments, which has given the sites a nice breath of fresh air and modern look and feel. New cabins have been built, attracting holiday-makers who love beach-side accommodation but also enjoy an affordable price. The team at Barefruit sent out a Press Release to media about the success of the Kingscliff park, and we were thrilled to find the piece had been picked up for a front page feature.

Tweed Holiday Parks initially approached Barefruit to guide them through a rebrand project. We have continued this relationship and assist them with their SEO, social media, digital advertising and more. You can read more this project here.