2020 at Barefruit Marketing

Barefruit in 2020

This is the last time we talk about 2020, we promise! Although it was a weird year last year, many lessons were learnt along the way. We’re looking back to 2020 to recognise and acknowledge our growth, our flexibility, our productivity and our teamwork (oh, and the funny times too!).

Full of hope and motivation for the beginning of a new decade, 2020 started off with a bang. Everyone was feeling refreshed for the new year after a break over the Christmas holidays. The bush fires that had devastated regional and remote NSW had finally come to an end and, truthfully spirits were high. Then came along COVID-19 and little did we know how much this virus might have on the world as we knew it.

As Australia’s cases rose, restrictions around the country tightened. Before we knew it, the Barefruit office closed, and we were all sent home to work on reduced hours. It was so difficult to see our many of our clients and local businesses really struggle through the first lockdown. Much of our work was put on hold, however our rebrand project for Korff Wealth continued on amongst a few other projects. This included the beginnings of Rafiki Zabibu wine...check it out here.

We saw the opportunity for Korff Wealth, a financial services boutique to roll out their rebrand while Australia was in lockdown. Why? Because more than ever before, Australians were turning to experts for financial advice. It was an exciting and challenging time for the Barefruit team, working over the phone and internet to deliver a rebranding project.

After 60 days at home, it was finally time for the kids to head back to school which meant we got to go back to the office. Thank goodness! It was unprecedented times for our clients, with business slowly starting back up in our town. We dialled up our flexibility to deliver a ‘Back2Business’ campaign, including coaching programs and marketing packages to generate new leads. We also worked to help our clients take advantage of government grants that were available for small businesses to use for marketing and communications. Our ability to capitalise on opportunities such as these was essential to the success we have seen in recent months, and we feel very proud about it.

Along came July and our pregnant Agency Manager, Cat, was due to have her a baby very soon. It was time for Barefruit to bring on a new employee to fill Cat’s position. And so, we welcomed Charlotte into an Account Executive position. We can’t quite believe that we were not only able to survive 2020 as a business, but we also were able to expand the team. In fact, we even needed to get Sara, our previous Agency Manager, back in for a day a week as Charlotte moved onto more and more client work. On 29 August, Cat welcomed her little girl, Bonnie, earth-side. The new Barefruit bubba has visited us a few times since, and she is absolutely gorgeous.

As business continued to improve in our local town, we were awarded with more and more projects from existing and new clients. In September, we helped North Coast Community College launch their new Primary Industries Training Centre. This was a major highlight of our year. We worked to organise a launch event for this new training centre and series of certificate III qualifications, while simultaneously creating media buzz and as much free publicity about it as possible. The event was a huge success with dignitaries, local publications and special guests all in attendance. From this, numerous articles were written about the new NCCC Primary Industries Training Centre, and NBN ran a feature on the local news the evening of the event. Read more about the fantastic day it was here.

The second half of 2020 really flew by. Before we knew it, it was Spring, and business was returning to normal in our regional town. Not to mention the onslaught of tourists from Sydney and Brisbane who greatly helped business in the Northern Rivers recover from the impacts of lockdown. We worked with artist Len Collins to set up a new website, multiple shoots for Tweed Holidays Parks took place, we worked with a start-up to create a company name and branding. We organised a Golf Day event with Northern Rivers Food in return for event sponsorship, continued ongoing work for all our retainer clients and saw our beer packaging design on the shelves of bottle shops. Recently we were awarded a TVC job for Raine and Horne.

After 414+ creative briefs, 500+ hours of pro bono work, 15 new websites and 15+ new branding projects we wrapped the year up, celebrating with a fantastic Christmas Party with Behind the Barrel. Thank you to everyone who made the year it was at Barefruit. We are forever grateful to be where we are today in 2021, thanks to the support of our staff, our clients and the local community.

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Meet Ollie! Work Experience at Barefruit

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My name is Ollie, I'm 16 and I'm in year 10 at Woodlawn. I was lucky enough to be given the amazing opportunity to join the Barefruit Marketing team for a week of work experience.

Last week I had no idea what goes on behind the scenes when it comes to Digital and TV Ads, websites and even the work that goes into designing logos and running Instagram pages. And so, I came here to learn all about it.

What I learned at Barefruit

Since I arrived at Barefruit Marketing I have learned a lot about the marketing world. The amazing staff at Barefruit have taught me so many areas of marking including, but not confined to; SEO (search engine optimisation), SEM (search engine marketing), how to write a creative design brief, the importance of social media profiles for your business and how to run one effectively. I also learnt how to understand Google Analytics and use data to improve website traffic.

My experiences during my time here

In my time at Barefruit, I have been to some meetings where I had the opportunity to listen and learn a lot. These meetings were great in helping me understand how the ads that we see on TV and the internet get from an idea in someone's head to being on your screen at home. As well as how much time and money needs to be put into making the right ads to suit your business and demographic.

I have had the chance to work with heaps of different people who specialise in different areas here at Barefruit. Such as working with Fliss, Digital Account Director, who has explained a lot to me over my first two days. She explained what SEO is and how to increase your websites credibility. She explained how Google Ads work and how we can use the data from Google Ads to improve your SEO and monitor whether the ads are effective or not.

I spent some time with Lucy, an Account Executive, who has taught me how to run and schedule a social media profile. I wrote various types of posts and completed some research tasks. Then, using the information I gathered I wrote posts for social media and newsletters.

I have worked with Charlotte, Account Executive, who has shown me how important the look and ‘aesthetic’ of a social page is to a business in this day and age. I have been making some creative posts and preparing client Christmas presents, as well as writing this blog.

Album cover Concepts for our new song

Last week I had the pleasure of doing work experience at RockingHorse Studios in Coorabell in the Byron Hinterland, with four other year 10 students, thanks to Taryn McGregor. We had an amazing time working with Paul Pilsnenics, a professional Sound Engineer who showed us our way around a recording studio and helped us write and record a song.

Our song is called ‘Feel It’ by Hula Hands and it is now on Spotify for the world to hear. We thought 'Feel It' could use a good-looking album cover so Alex, Barefruit’s Creative Lead, has been showing me the creative process of making a cover for our song. He showed me how he would use the design brief to create an on-brief design. The product was a professional album cover which conveys the feel of the song from a glance.

Hula Hands album cover 1
Hula hands album cover 2
My overall experience

I have had a great week at the Barefruit Marketing office and I have learned a lot and I really enjoyed working with all the team members I have been lucky enough to work with. This experience has given me a good insight on whether I would like going into the marketing industry when I finish school or not.

Far North Coast Creative Agency Rebrand Financial Services Firm

September has been an exciting month for Barefruit. Another one of our client projects has been recognised and featured by B&T Australia. Korff Wealth, formerly known as Yellow Brick Road Wealth and Management, Northern Rivers approached us with a rebrand brief at the beginning of the year. It was interesting timing, with Australia heading into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic mid-way through strategic and branding conversations. However, Korff Wealth saw this as an opportunity; with the current economic climate, Australians are looking for expert financial advice they can trust, more than ever. Considering, it was the perfect timing for a strategical review and rebrand of the business.

Read more about the project here.

 

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.

Secrets to success of Tweed Coast holiday parks

As always, it's so great to see articles about our client, Tweed Holiday Parks, in the media. The Northern Star wrote this article on Tweed Holiday Parks recent and ongoing success.

The location, modern facilities and drive of staff to go the extra mile is what keeps attracting visitors to the park. According to Tweed Holiday Parks Business Development manager, Lisa Mcrae, "those are the key elements to keep tourists coming back to the Tweed with a smile on their face." Lisa went on to say, "I think the location in Tweed is definitely a selling point for our customers. Five of our parks are located on the beachfront," she said.

Excitingly for the business, of the seven council-owned parks, four have been given the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award based on customer feedback in the most recent awards.

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

Ballina Business Excellence Awards 2019

Ballina Business Excellence Awards Win for Barefruit Marketing

The juicy team at Barefruit has taken out another accolade, winning ‘2019 Business Excellence in Business and Professional Services’ at the Ballina Shire Business Awards on Saturday August 10th

We were in top company competing with a variety of business services including real estate agencies, mortgage lenders and consulting companies.

Chief Juicer Evan Harding says “We feel that a large part of our success can be attributed to creating a workplace culture that is passionate - passionate about what we do for our clients, but also about our team’s wellbeing, and how we give back to the local community and beyond.”

passion

He goes on to say “We have brought together a team of highly creative and skilled individuals, who are dedicated to seeing their clients succeed in all aspects of their business. We spend the time to build personal relationships in order to thoroughly understand their goals and devise an individual strategy to ultimately deliver results.”

workplace wellbeing

We extend this approach internally as well. Our Agency manager says that we “Have brought together a group of people who truly care about each other. We work around individual schedules and have flexible hours which allow certain life, family and extracurricular activities to fit into our professional lives. This approach really pays off when the team are living a well-balanced life and are able to let the creativity and strategic thinking flow naturally”.

giving back

We also donate a heap of hours on a pro bono basis working closely with community projects and not for profits. This year we dedicated our time and resources to the Ballina Shire’s ‘Reduce Single Use’ campaign, Biala Support Services (supporting people with disabilities) and Rafiki Mwema (who recently gained worldwide exposure when they were one of fifteen charities followed on Instagram by the Sussex Royals Harry and Megan).

Chief Juicer Claire Harding notes that “This is what I love about creating this agency from the ground up. We are able to craft a special workplace in the way we want to see change in business…and the world. I started this agency seven years ago in my dining room knowing that I wanted to do what I love, while seeing clients succeed and the community grow. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.”

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Optus My Business Awards Finalists

To top off an already exciting year Barefruit Marketing was shortlisted to the final 10 nominees for the Workplace of the Year category in the Optus My Business Awards!

The Optus My Business Awards are on of the longest-standing business awards programs in Australia, identifying Australia’s best business operators. Winners of these prestigious awards represent the best of the best. The powerhouse duo and the co-founders of Barefruit Marketing, Evan and Claire Harding, travelled to Sydney on Friday to attend this significant event, held at Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton in Darling Harbour.

Covering 28 categories, the Optus My Business Awards acknowledge businesses and individual leaders that are achieving excellence in customer service and also recognises successes in innovation, corporate social responsibility and workplace culture.

"Our approach to people management and culture has shaped our business, our people and contributed to our successes" said Evan Harding on what he believes are some of the defining factors that lead to the agency’s initial nomination for Workplace of the Year.

On arrival back to the agency in Ballina Claire commented “Although we didn’t come away with the gold, so to speak, it was still such a momentous achievement for our agency and a privilege to be there with some truly amazing businesses from all over Australia.” Barefruit Marketing was the only nomination from the Northern Rivers – No small feat!

Barefruit Marketing shortlisted for Workplace of the Year!

Barefruit Marketing are shortlisted for the prestigious Optus My Business Awards, in the Workplace of the Year category at Australia’s longest-standing business awards and premier event of the year for SME's.

You can read the full article from the Ballina Advocate here.

Barefruit bears more fruit!

Barefruit Marketing were announced as winners of the Professional Services category at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce awards, last Saturday night.

“It’s been a successful year for us, we are so honoured to win this award, we were up against some tough competition,” says Claire Harding Chief Juicer of Barefruit Marketing.

This award follows hot on the heels of their recent wins at the Lennox Chamber of Commerce awards - for Business of the Year, as well as the award for the Professional Services category.

On acceptance of the award, Claire and Evan made comment that everyone in the room were winners.

 

“It takes a lot to run a business – the hours of hard work, juggling your children/house/partner/life and keeping your clients and staff happy – there were some great success stories at the awards night and we came away feeling so proud to be part of the Ballina business community.”

Barefruit Marketing are also greatly involved within the local community. Supporting and working with local businesses including Horizon Motorhomes who also took home an award.

“Our proudest moment was watching our client, Horizon Motorhomes pick up the award for Manufacturing and Innovation. We’ve worked across all their marketing for the last 3 years and because of the way we work, we feel a part of their business and their business success. We know how dedicated every area of their business is to achieving the perfect end product, all driven by the same owner/managing director for the last 21 years.”

Last year, Barefruit Marketing, won Best Home-Based/Online Business at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce Awards, Excellence in Small Business at the Northern Rivers Business Awards and were State Finalists in the NSW Business Awards in Sydney.

If you're in business in Ballina or beyond and are ready to invest in your marketing to take your business to the next level, Barefruit Marketing would love to be part of your journey.