Bay FM Rebrand

Byron Bay FM

Rebrand

Byron Bay FM Rebrand

The work

Barefruit was engaged to work with the local non-for-profit community radio station, BayFM as part of a pro bono project to help launch its new brand identity and new position as a digital platform.

The long-standing radio station, established in the early 90s, sounded the alarm bells as funds were reaching a record low in February last year. With the station,  just weeks from closing the business identified the need to strengthen the brand and increase funding and that’s when Barefruit acquired the project.

The rebrand includes a black and white logo which was simplified to be more digitally friendly, flexible and to include the world-famous name ‘Byron’. The brand’s fonts, colours, and images were all created for today’s digital world. Their new website is now live bayfm.org and uses phrases such as ‘Listen like a local', ‘Tune In. Chill out. Sign Up’ which is very much in line with Byron Bay and its culture.

Bay FM is extremely happy that we helped without hesitation and without charge, giving the business more time and better service than we could have hoped for.

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Bay FM Bumper Sticker Design
Bay FM Press Ad
Bay FM Logo Design

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Byron Bay’s iconic radio station BayFM gets a rebrand and a facelift

bay FM rebrand and logo

Barefruit has recently supported iconic and not-for-profit community radio station, BayFM, as part of a pro bono project to help launch its new brand identity and new position as a digital platform.

The Brief

The long-standing radio station, established in the early 90s, sounded the alarm bells as funds were reaching a record low in February last year. With the station just weeks from closing, the business identified the need to strengthen the brand and increase funding and that’s when creative agency Barefruit Marketing acquired the project.

The new branding is the result of an 18-month collaboration and sees the inclusion of the station’s home of Byron. Barefruit Marketing’s Co-Founder Evan Harding says,

“It was decided that to change the station’s name was a step too far, so the logo was simplified to be more digitally friendly, flexible and to include the world-famous name ‘Byron’. The brand’s fonts, colours, and images were all recreated for today’s digital world.”

Bay FM bumper sticker
The Rebrand

The rebrand includes a black and white logo, collateral featuring a vibrant and fun colour palette, and a new website, using phrases such as ‘Listen like a local’, ‘Tune In. Chill out. Sign Up’ which is very much in line with Byron Bay and its culture.

Barefruit Marketing’s lead creative, Alex Wales, worked closely on the project with NZ-based designer Dan Mercer together with Nick Richardson and Nick Mercer from BayFM, for over 100 hours of donated time to develop the brand as a digital platform to attract new advocates and reach current supporters in better ways.

Evan Harding continues,

“We believe that good business drives good community, and Barefruit was in a unique position to help BayFM. Over the past nine years, Barefruit has worked with a number of not-for-profit organisations and both founders are board members of charities, giving them pro bono access to some great minds and creative services. In every instance, we’ve seen extraordinary results and our partners are thriving more than ever before. These success stories affirm our belief that pro bono work done properly can help transform businesses and organisations."

Bay FM website banner
Happy Clients, Happy Days

BayFM’s Nick Richardson comments on BayFM and the experience of working with Barefruit.

“We really dislike asking agencies to work pro bono, because we know it costs them to provide that work. But the fact of the matter is BayFM simply had no money. It’s an independent, volunteer-run station and receives no ongoing government support. Knowing this, the Barefruit team jumped in to help without hesitation and without charge, giving us more time and better service than we could have hoped for.”

The website is now live – bayfm.org and all other launch elements are in the process of being rolled out this month including signage, ads and stickers.

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What clients are saying

It was great working with Jennica and Claire from Barefruit Marketing. They really took time to understand my project and delivered amazing ‘pitch’ / media release to appeal to journalists and media corporations. I felt comfortable sharing my ideas, and they were able to capture my vision and marry it to their expertise. Would highly recommend.

Alex Bosin

EV Classic

I'd like to say a huge thank you to Claire and Charlotte from Barefruit Marketing who have helped me in the last couple of months to pull this amazing media event together. The agency has offered their services on a pro bono basis, I am so grateful for the work they have done. Claire and Charlotte have been my unconditional support crew to lean on for advice and ideas, and I am excited about how our relationship will move forward in the next few months.

Kate Kempshall

North Coast Community College

I have been using Barefruit for my SEO and website development for Behind the Barrel. The best part about Barefruit is your're not just getting the attention of one of their staff members. The whole team works together to help bring the best possible outcome for your business marketing. I highly recommend Evan and his team if you want to take your business marketing to the next level.

Jarryd

Behind the Barrel

The Barefruit team is always friendly, helpful and very professional. They have taken the time to understand our business needs and develop a effective strategy to grow our brand.

Andrew Illingworth

Tweed Coast Holiday Parks

Just want to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of the team for the website. You all went over and above and most certainly went above my expectations. I'm extremely happy with it (been bragging a bit about it just quietly) and couldn't have done it without you all. Thank you for bringing this to life.

Trent Chapman

Prevent Consultants

Behind the Barrel – Logo Refresh

Behind the Barrel

Logo Refresh

Behind the Barrel - new vs old logo

The work

Behind the Barrel is a tour operator that specialises in brewery and distillery tours throughout the Ballina and Byron Shires. There are numerous options to choose from and guests get to meet the local artisan brewers and distillers that craft the delicious beverages that sampled on the day.

Owner and guide, Jarryd, takes his guests to some of the hidden gems around the region. From the lush hinterland to the bustling centre of Byron Bay, he is well known for sharing his knowledge of the area and the industry; providing an unforgettable day out. Stops include Stone & Wood Brewery, Cape Byron Distillery, Seven Mile Brewery, Wandana, Lord Byron Distillery and Husk.

Jarryd jumped on board with the Barefruit team a few years ago with a personalised SEO program to help drive traffic. Once his bookings started rolling in, he approached the team to take care of his paid social, Google ads (SEM) and more recently, to refresh his logo and zhuzh up his website.

We love working with Jarryd- and we highly recommend his tours for staff parties...100% good times...guaranteed!

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Spend your End of Financial Year budget wisely…

We know the end of financial year is fast approaching. If you have some cash available in the budget, now’s the time to spend it. Most accountants will be asking you to look for ways to buy assets that minimise your tax for this year's return. But spend it wisely… do you really need that snazzy new coffee machine for the office? Make sure your hard-earned cash is put into something that will bring you more, like investing in long-term marketing strategies that will pay off over the next financial year.

Here’s our take on spending your remaining FY21 budget to bring wins to your business.

Save $$ on media spend

The EOFY sales extend beyond retail. You can secure some great rates by purchasing media spots at this time of year, especially if you buy in bulk. If you’re thinking of running print ads in a local publication, why not purchase spots now for the next 6 to 12 months and secure yourself a deal. Same goes for radio, digital and TV.

Save money on media
new website
Invest in a new website

If you’re not already online, you need to seriously consider this to get ahead in the coming years. People are buying, connecting and sharing online more than ever before. Set your business up in a way that takes advantage of online behaviour. This could be a great time to refresh your company website, set up an online store or build a new site from the ground up. Your website is an asset that will serve your business into the future.

Pimp yo' ride

If you’ve got a company vehicle, use it to its full potential…this is valuable, moving, real estate. Car stickers and wraps are an excellent tool to increase your brand awareness while you’re on the move. If you’re a tradie, builder, personal trainer, cleaner, allied health worker, home care provider (the list can go on), pimp up your company car -  sign writers might have some good offers at this time of year.

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social media campaign | Kookabox
Think of future promotions

Get organised for the year ahead and order promotional merchandise in advance. We’ve all experienced the rush to get flyers or a batch of business cards printed before a deadline. No one needs that stress. Consider what you’ll need in the lead up to Christmas: cards, product brochures, postcards, stickers etc. When it comes to events, what collateral will you need to grab the attention of consumers from the get-go; new signage, flyers, branded samples etc.

Polish up your marketing collateral

The beginning of the new financial year is a popular time for businesses to bring changes into effect. All marketing collateral will need to reflect any changes. Polish up your email signature, business cards, website, campaign material and social media content so that they work together to deliver the same message.

Integrated messaging

As tax-time draws near, consider your marketing needs for the new financial year and what you could get organised now, rather than later. Giving a little love to your marketing will help business bare fruit.

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What clients are saying

It was great working with Jennica and Claire from Barefruit Marketing. They really took time to understand my project and delivered amazing ‘pitch’ / media release to appeal to journalists and media corporations. I felt comfortable sharing my ideas, and they were able to capture my vision and marry it to their expertise. Would highly recommend.

Alex Bosin

EV Classic

I'd like to say a huge thank you to Claire and Charlotte from Barefruit Marketing who have helped me in the last couple of months to pull this amazing media event together. The agency has offered their services on a pro bono basis, I am so grateful for the work they have done. Claire and Charlotte have been my unconditional support crew to lean on for advice and ideas, and I am excited about how our relationship will move forward in the next few months.

Kate Kempshall

North Coast Community College

I have been using Barefruit for my SEO and website development for Behind the Barrel. The best part about Barefruit is your're not just getting the attention of one of their staff members. The whole team works together to help bring the best possible outcome for your business marketing. I highly recommend Evan and his team if you want to take your business marketing to the next level.

Jarryd

Behind the Barrel

The Barefruit team is always friendly, helpful and very professional. They have taken the time to understand our business needs and develop a effective strategy to grow our brand.

Andrew Illingworth

Tweed Coast Holiday Parks

Just want to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of the team for the website. You all went over and above and most certainly went above my expectations. I'm extremely happy with it (been bragging a bit about it just quietly) and couldn't have done it without you all. Thank you for bringing this to life.

Trent Chapman

Prevent Consultants

Barefruit launches Raine & Horne, ‘We’ll Love your Listing’

Barefruit was recently presented with an exciting opportunity to work alongside nationally recognised local real estate company Raine & Horne, to bring a fully integrated campaign including a television commercial, press, outdoor and online to fruition. So many of our clients moved to digital advertising throughout 2020, due to the global pandemic. However, as we all know, real estate is booming, and due to it being a highly competitive market - Raine & Horne needed to be top-of-mind of those selling their homes.

What’s more, the client was keen to go above and beyond standard real estate advertising to produce a commercial and overarching campaign 'We'll Love Your Listing' that had longevity, a refreshingly different approach, and would leave a heart-warming impression on its audience. The brief was to create an engaging TVC (television commercial) that would captivate the audience on an emotive level whilst showcasing Raine & Horne’s passion for real estate, by recognising the emotional importance of what other real estate agents often see as just bricks and mortar.

Andy Pilkington, Strategy and Creative Director says,

"We were struck by just how passionate the Raine & Horne team were and some of the lengths they go to to ease the buying and selling of homes. People say that moving is one of the most stressful things in life but - aside from the packing - moving home represents a fresh start and the opportunity to take your best memories with you."

A perfectly imperfect home

The TVC is told as a narrative, which includes a series of perfectly imperfect vignettes of family life in a regional property. During post-production, scenes were cut to a female voice over who reads out the family’s ‘rules’ (which are based on the popular frames prints that many have hanging in their homes). The story completes with the viewer realising the vignettes are all memories these sellers will take with them to their next house.

Sorry Mum Vingette
party time vignette

The TVC was shot over one day on location in the Byron Hinterland. The result was a team effort from start to finish, with input and experience from Raine & Horne coupled with Barefruit’s seasoned in-house creatives. We employed a film director, camera, and lighting team from Sydney and in the Northern Rivers, as well as a local hair and make-up artist and interior stylist.

Evan Harding, Barefruit Marketing’s Co-Founder, and Head Harvester says,

“It was a major project for Barefruit Marketing – the team pulled it together, all in under 3 months, without any major setbacks. We are really proud of the end result – it is one of our biggest productions yet.”

The style of the ad is beautifully messy, and it delights in muddy children and dogs, bubbling casseroles, and imperfect interiors. The aesthetics and colour grade highlight the dust, dirt, and atmosphere rather than hide it. All shots were taken to give a sense of being part of the modern family, which was cast from a mixed group of talent, all from the Northern Rivers.

Raine & Horne were ecstatic with the end result, a beautiful commercial and campaign message, 'We'll love your listing', that stands out from a saturated market, tells truth in a heart-warming way, and has serious longevity.

Julie-Ann Manahan, Raine & Horne's Licensee/Principle says,

“We are so proud of working with the team at Barefruit and their suppliers, they have produced one of the best all time real estate campaigns for us.”

 

We'll Love Your Listing

Marketing, even when you’re crazy busy

Juggling Marketing When You're Busy

Our region has been so fortunate to have had so much business recently. We’ve heard that many local businesses have been overwhelmed with demand. Considering how difficult 2020 was, this is an amazing place to be so soon after. Whether you’re crazy busy with high demand, expanding your business or working towards getting back to pre-COVID times, marketing is always important.

Marketing does help drive sales, and so much more than that. So even if you think you’re busy now, you’d be taking a big gamble to let it slide from your business strategy. The Northern Rivers has been flooded with visitors, and your marketing tells these people why they should consider you. Without these messages, your competitors will be thanking you.

In It to Win It

If you’re not in the game, you can’t win. Good marketing makes consumers think of you first when they need the product or service you offer. The brand awareness, interest and desire for your brand will impact your sales positively, no doubt. Keeping up with social media, traditional advertising, emails, digital marketing, SEO (whatever forms your strategy) keeps your brand in the forefront of consumer’s minds. If you drop your marketing efforts, even from just one channel, your competitors will already be ahead of you. Vying for consumer’s attention is a competitive game, so you must always play if you’re serious about growing your business.

Slow and Steady

It’s hard to keep up with marketing when you’re busy but you can’t let it take a back, or even a side seat. Consistency always wins. Right now is a great opportunity to put long-term marketing strategies in place to drive awareness and sales for the future. With a surge in domestic travel and people moving to the area, you can expect to see business steady all year round and your marketing efforts need to reflect this. You’ll need to continuously communicate with visitors, the locals and the new people arriving in our area. Businesses that never stop marketing experience a forward-momentum situation, like a train getting faster and faster along the tracks. Don’t slam the brakes on your marketing when you’re busy - doing so could slow down your sales in the future. To maintain sales (and to grow them!), be consistent.

Always Communicate

Tactics such as social media marketing, email marketing, print, TV advertising and PR help you tell your brand story. The more you communicate value to consumers, the more they consider you a voice of authority in the industry, especially if you’ve got something interesting, valuable or different to say. In 2021, brand activism is extremely important to influence purchase decision-making, so tell your story and communicate your brand’s personality to consumers.

Having a long-term strategy and consistency in your marketing activities helps you compete against your competitors, maintain and drive sales in the future and grow your business. To keep moving forward, don’t stop what you’re doing.

How to write a Press Release

We’ve all been waiting for it, and finally 2021 is here. Over the holidays Lennox has been buzzing with visitors. It’s been fantastic to see local businesses being supported after such a trying year.

Success stories are popping up all over the place and if that’s you, it should be part of your marketing strategy to tell people about it. Social media is great at spreading awareness, but a story in the media, whether in a newspaper, magazine or on the TV or radio is unparalleled. Getting your story ‘published’ is the best form of word-of-mouth marketing you can get. We refer to this as ‘earned media’ and it is more trusted and credible to the viewer than ‘paid (owned) media’ as it is seen as unbiased. Naturally, people get talking and before you know it, you will hopefully see an impact on your business in terms of customers and sales.

When something newsworthy happens, let the media know about it by sending them a press release. Journalists are busy bees, so when writing a press release, there is a bit of a recipe to follow to make their life easier.

  1. A Strong and Informative Title

The title is the first thing the journalist will read, so it must clearly describe your story, grab attention and not be too long. This will become your email subject when you send press release out to publications. If it’s boring, the email won’t be opened.

 

  1. Your Subheading is Everything

Journalists receive hundreds of press releases, so don’t have time to read them all. Write a sentence or two that sums up your story and this will become your subheading. Make sure you answer all the Who, Where, When, What, How and Why questions.

 

  1. Talk about the Important Things First

Your press release is not an essay. Like a news article, you need to include the most important and relevant information towards the beginning. When you’ve done this, you can go into more detail, adding quotes and interesting facts about your story.

 

  1. Include Photos with People in Them

Send photos (with people in them) along with your press release. Photos make things more engaging for readers and helps them relate to your story. By including a variety of photos that are captioned, you’ll give your story a better chance of being published.

 

  1. Quotes are important 

Boost the credibility of your story with quotes from the business owners, customers, members of the community…whoever is relevant.

 

  1. Your contact details

Often, journalists will want to get in touch to organise interviews, take photos or learn more. Include your contact details, so they can get in touch.

 

  1. Boilerplate

Appearing at the bottom of every press release, is an outline of your company, products, services, awards and website and social links.

 

And with that fine-tuned recipe, you’ll have a press release ready to send to publications. Happy writing !

 

Why is blogging so important?

Blogging for Business

There’s a reason for everything. Back in the day, blogs were used as a platform for writing and sharing opinions, ideas and stories. These days, blogs serve so much more purpose. From improving your website ranking on Google, to asserting your expertise on a topic, to assisting with content creation for a truly integrated marketing approach, blogs, or news, or whatever you want to call them, are a highly important part of any successful digital marketing strategy.

Did you know?

The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger in 1997. The short form, "blog", was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in 1999.

Boost your visibility on search engines

Regularly updated website content, of which a blog is one element, will play a significant role in improving your Google ranking and getting relevant traffic to your website. This is because blog articles, that are optimised for search engine algorithms, will show up more often in search results. More online visitors = more leads. But how and why, you ask? Well, Google’s main goal is to provide people performing searches with the most relevant and up-to-date information to answer their queries. This will ensure Google users have a good experience and return over and over again. So, to get your website to the top of the search results, you need to help Google offer the best search results., Your regularly updated blog on your website will help significantly.

More content to share

You’ve heard this right? Content is king. Well, people are more content hungry than ever before. Regular blogging will provide you with evergreen content that you can share across other channels and platforms; saving you time and money in content creation. From one blog post may come your next newsletter, a week’s worth of social posts and even the beginnings of a press release. Winner winner chicken dinner!

But you don’t have the time 😭

We appreciate the time it can take out of your working week to put your creative hat on and write hundreds of words for your website on a regular basis. We work with many clients that admit that this task is one of their marketing tasks that always slips down the to-do list and never actually gets done. We get it, it’s hard when you’re running a business and wearing so many hats to find the time to come up with ideas, let alone write about them.

And there is more to writing a blog than you might think. It’s not just composing words, but knowledge of digital strategy does come into play. Knowing how much to write, which keywords to include, which pages and websites to link to, how to optimise sentences, paragraphs and images for SEO best practise is equally important.

Hand over your blogging

Outsourcing the things that are not your core strength and that take away from your real passion is a sensible business decision. Let the professionals do what they do best, so you can do what you do best. Handing over your blog copywriting to an agency will free you up to run your business. Barefruit can handle this on your behalf and have a number of blog programs to choose from.

Our discovery process allows us to get to know you, your business, your customers and your brand’s tone of voice. It’s imperative to us that we absolutely nail how your brand's personality is communicated. We’ll then do the research, write your blog, source the images, upload it, optimise it for SEO and make it look pretty.

We can write a one-off blog post for you, or give you peace of mind for the next few months with our 3 blog or 6 blog bundles – the more you have, the more you save. So, if you know you need to write some blogs and don’t have the time or skills, or simply can’t be arsed, fill in the form below, and let us take it off your hands.

Yep, please write my blogs!

Should I Outsource Marketing?

Barefruit Marketing Meeting

Here are 5 reasons to outsource your marketing in 2021 and beyond.

Do you need a marketing team but can’t quite justify bringing on full-time staff? Even if you already have a marketing team, perhaps you need more time for high-level strategic and creative thinking. Maybe you need additional expertise and resources for a one-off project or other elements of your marketing plan? Businesses, small and large, outsource their marketing activities to agencies to do more with less resources.

With more and more businesses outsourcing their marketing, let’s look into why it’s such an attractive option.

1. Access to expertise, resources, technology and unique perspectives
1.	Access to expertise, resources, technology and unique perspectives

By working with a marketing agency, you instantly increase your resources and capabilities for your business. Gone are the days of having an idea and not being able to execute it to the standard you’d like. When you bring on an agency to look after your marketing, you absorb their experience and expertise, as well as the technology and software they use. Agency employees are experienced in creative thinking, looking at the bigger picture and by being outside of the internal business, they bring unique perspectives to business solutions.

In-house marketing can be great, but usually you end up with a team who are all-rounders because you need them to do lot of different tasks. Agencies are able to provide businesses with people who are specialists in a particular area. Need a new brand video? An agency will have a videographer and a video editor. Need an ongoing digital campaign? An agency will have someone to look after your social media, someone for your Google Ads campaigns and someone else for your SEO strategy. These people are all experts in their field, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.

When you outsource your marketing, you instantly have the tools and the people to make your ideas come to fruition

2. You’ll save money
You'll save money

In-house marketing teams are expensive, not to mention the cost of the equipment, hardware, software and materials required to do the job professionally. When you consider the time invested in finding the right person for the job, recruitment, training and salaries, in-house marketing is quite a big investment. The average annual salary of a Marketing Manager in Australia is $90K (and that’s just for an individual). Instead, when outsourcing, your business can receive the support and expertise from an entire team of marketing professionals (top-level strategists, copywriters, creative directors, graphic designers, digital marketing experts, web developers and account handlers) for much less. Plus, an agency gives you flexibility; it’s up to you how much you want to invest, whether it be on an ongoing- or project-basis. 

3. Get things done, and faster
3.	Get things done, and faster

We get it, running a one-man show is a lot already. Employees and business owners, especially in small business, are often stretched for time, fulfilling their day-to-day responsibilities and operations. This leaves no time for strategic thinking, creative concepting, development and production of campaigns, let alone urgent advertising deadlines and ongoing digital marketing.

Sometimes it can take time to get the ball rolling on campaigns and other marketing activities when you’re doing it all yourself. If an order comes up or you’re slammed with organising a market day stall, we know your promotional efforts will slip down the list of priorities. The thing is, they really shouldn’t, especially when you are busy. When you don’t have the time, an agency does, and the promotional activity will become a constant. In turn, you’ll increase your sales and revenue at a constant too.

4. Analysis and Reporting all done for you
Reporting

It’s one thing to run a campaign and engage in marketing efforts, but it’s another thing to analyse performance. Arguably, one of the most important stages in any marketing activity is the analysis of how it performed. Understanding consumer engagement and drawing insights from the data collected will inform future marketing direction and reveal the-all-important Return on Investment. Unfortunately, there is sometimes not enough time to pick apart the data in an in-house marketing team, which is why outsourcing marketing activities can really be valuable for businesses.

Ultimately, it’s better to get the experts in to analyse the data, especially when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Further to this, some analysis tools that agencies have access to are expensive and difficult to use without proper training. We’re not saying you can’t do it, not at all. However, it’s probably more convenient and resourceful to leave it to someone who knows what to do.

5. Strategic Direction
Strategic direction

Agencies are constantly reviewing their campaigns and investigating data because it’s in their best interest to execute successful campaigns for their clients. Analysis also informs how a campaign can be improved for the future, which in turn informs strategic direction.

Business and marketing strategy go hand-in-hand. Agencies work with many different businesses to, ultimately, help the business grow and this can involve high-level strategic direction. If you’re pressed for time or feel like you’re not sure what needs to be determined when it comes to business strategy, an agency can really help. They’ve got experience with helping businesses across all industries, and they do it all day, every day.

All in all, we’re all for outsourcing marketing, no matter the size of the business. Whether it’s handing over organic social media management to an agency or having them concept and execute TVC and radio advertising. Gaining access to a team of experts who are highly experienced across many different services at a lower cost than hiring one to two internal marketers is enough reason in itself to get in touch with an agency.

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.

Barefruit 2020 infographic