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

Seven Mile Brewing C0.

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.

Testing positive to a brighter outlook

The COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt affected every country around the world in ways no one could have ever imagined. It shows the extent and importance we put on globalisation and being connected to other places around the world, especially as isolated as we are in Australia. But that’s all be put on hold and consumer behaviour has changed because of it. They say it takes 28 days to turn action into a habit and now that we have been living with restrictions for about six months, these habits are here to stay.

But change is not bad. Change is good; it keeps us on our toes. And so, we’re flipping our mindset and taking a look at how Australian consumer behaviour has changed and what opportunities are emerging from it.

Consumers are supporting local businesses

Restrictions on free movement around the country began to impact the supply of products most Australian took for granted. In addition, the closure of many Australian businesses due to social and economic impact of the pandemic was felt very personally on a local level. With ‘mateship’ at the core of our cultural DNA, Australians have turned to support local and ‘Australian Made’. It is the feeling of “we’re all in this together” that has compelled consumers to actively switch their spending to prioritise buying from local businesses. This is an opportunity for like no other. Your locals want to support you, they want to buy your products and use your services. They are even willing to pay more than what they usually would, knowing they are helping another family put dinner on the table.

Everyone is online, a whole lot more

People have not been able to connect with others physically, but that hasn’t stopped anyone. The internet and social media have been intrinsic to human connection over the past six months. Previously, social media and digital technologies were seen as a distraction, however now, they are far more significant as they offer modes for human connection, channels for consumer experiences, entertainment, brand awareness and voice, customer conversions and information and news. This newfound dependence on the internet and social media is an opportunity. You know where your consumers are and with a bit of research, you’ll know what they like. You can create content to get their attention and inspire them from, literally, the palm of their hand. And what’s better, is that they can purchase from you right then and there. Make sure you’ve got your online shop up and going! While pretty much all categories of spending has seen a declined, online shopping has actually had a boost.

People are actively looking for new hobbies

Australians have hit the pause button on their normal lives. No more commuting, no more sport, no more gym sessions or dance lessons. No more weekend trips away (or even planning holidays, for a fact). This has given people time to get back to basics. There was a surge in the demand for baking ingredients, people have loved local bars’ cocktail kits, veggie garden sets and seedlings sold out and everyone has bought a puzzle. How can you adapt your product or service in a way that consumers can engage with from their home or within their local surrounds? If you are a yoga studio, start online class subscriptions. This can run adjacent to classes held in-person. All you need is a device with Zoom set up and you are good to go. What an awesome way to extend the accessibility of your studio space and gain new members. If you sell a product, maybe think about how you can turn that into more of an experience for the consumer. For example, the make-at-home cookie kits from local bakeries and cake shops have been a hit, especially with kids and families.  Now is the time to adapt, so go for it!

With all this negative, it’s hard to keep your head above water. But sometimes the best thing you can do is flip your mindset to see the glass half-full. Change is always a good, it’s challenging, but it’s good.

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How new business owner is being resilient after tough start

At Barefruit, we are proud to have Westlawn Finance as one of our amazing clients. In a recent campaign, Westlawn has featured success stories of some of their own financial clients. These stories have been appearing in print media, as well as in video-format on Television and YouTube. A story of Georgie King, owner of the fashion boutique, Arum, in Casino was written published in The Northern Star.

Georgie has had a rough start as a business owner since purchasing the fashion boutique, Arum in 2019. One week after re-opening the store, devastating bushfires broke out across the Richmond Valley region and then the coronavirus pandemic shut down commence across Australia-wide. However, Georgie has remained positive and has started an online store in the meantime.

As a 27-year-old, Georgie purchased the store from the previous owner, Margie George. Georgie "was thrilled to be able to purchase her own business despite her age, and credits Westlawn Casino branch for helping her achieve her dream".

C&M Garage Doors

C&M Garage Doors

Brand Refresh

C&M garage Doors business cards mock up

the brief

C&M Garage Doors has been part of the Ballina community since 1994 and is very well-known in the Northern Rivers as a leader in customer service and quality products. The team at Barefruit were very excited when C&M approached us with a brief for a brand refresh. C&M Garage Doors were looking to give some fresh air to their current branding, without disrupting their brand identity the public is so familiar with already. 

 Garage Doors Old logo
 Garage Doors new logo

our response

Our response began by updating the C&M Garage Doors' logo to something more fresh and current. It was crucial for us to maintain C&M's brand identity in the refreshed logo as the business already has high brand awareness within the Northern Rivers community. Once the new logo was approved, we rolled out the branding across all marketing collateral, including online collateral, car wraps, and business cards.

 C&M Garage Doors car wrap
 C&M Garage Doors newspaper ad

the fruits

C&M Garage Doors received as modern look and feel refresh to their existing branding, which both teams are very happy with. The community welcomed the refreshed logo and marketing collateral, and no disruption was made to the business's existing brand awareness (if anything it was boosted by the change, cutting through marketing clutter). Stay tuned for new outdoor signage at their showroom and service centre in the industrial estate which is coming soon. 

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Organic Search Engine Opti-‘what’?!

COVID-19 certainly changed consumer behaviour, and while our community is up and running (almost) as usual, some learned behaviours are here to stay. People are still online…a lot! It’s more important than ever to make sure your website is ticking all the boxes in Google’s eyes… yes, we are talking Organic Search Engine Optimisation. This is a long-term strategy to increase Google’s ranking of your website (and reach more potential website visitors). The time to start is now! But where do you start?

  1. Get your data

First of all, make sure your website has Google Analytics to track how people come to your website and what pages they visit on your site. Having the data gives you the power to learn more about the behaviour of YOUR target market.

  1. Learn what your customers are actually searching for

You can’t optimise your website without knowing what your customers are searching for. This is as simple as it sounds. Make a list of words and phrases people might search for when they look for your business online. You can do this by digging into your Google Analytics or doing some research with Google auto-complete or ‘related searches’. These search terms will become your keywords, and a handful or so is enough to begin with.

  1. Organically optimising for keywords.

Now, let’s optimise your website by using those keywords in content on your site. Quick tip: it is not just using the keywords on your site but also the placement of those keywords. Google takes hints about the page’s topic from the top of a webpage, so try getting your keyword in the first 25 words. But don’t get spammy! Remember to speak like a human being and not some robot!

  1. Don’t ‘set and forget’.

There is a ‘set and forget’ mentality when it comes to websites which doesn’t do anyone any good. Help Google see you as an authority by talking in-depth about what you do, why you do it, who you do it for and importantly giving insider insights to your industry. How do you do this? Create and post more content! Time to start that blog. Google is trying to help searchers get the information they need – so be helpful, discuss problems, answer questions.  The more people click on your helpful content, the higher you will rank on a Google search results page (winning!).

The best thing about organic SEO is that it’s free if you want to give it a crack yourself. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out of it. So, go on, give it a go! And stay tuned to learn more about how organic SEO compares to a paid SEO strategy.

Fresh Fruit for the Office

Fliss and Cat Barefruit Employees

Here at Barefruit, we love fresh fruit 🍊🍌🍎 Not just the type you get from the local grocer but also new additions to our team!

Our management team put their noggins together and defined what makes a stand-out Barefruit employee? The ability to determine effective strategies, to see the bigger picture and to know that no 'one size fits all' in the world of marketing. With this in mind, Barefruit recently recruited two new team members - a new Digital Account Director, Felismina Jom, and Agency Manager, Cat Smith. Felismina is a creative thinker, a mother of two, and a kind and happy soul. While Cat is a fun-loving Jill of all trades whose creativity and caring nature flows into her work seamlessly; and, of course, they’re both a bit fruity!

Meet Cat - Doggo Lover and Agency Manager

Originating from New Zealand Cat has also previously worked for companies such as Vodafone, KPMG and Westpac. On relocating to Sydney Australia in 2012, Cat worked at RedBalloon and Macquarie Bank, before moving to Lennox Head in 2016. Cat is an experienced Office Manager and Executive Assistant, generally working in HR or Learning and Development teams.

Cat, while formally appointed the Agency Manager at Barefruit, also looks after everything from finance and Human Resources (HR) to cleaning the fish tank that is home to our resident fish named ‘Chips’! By far the most important part of Cat’s role, besides Chips, is the wellbeing of the Barefruit team. She has a passion for creating a great employee experience and work culture for the team. This enthusiasm stems from her time at RedBalloon as their Employee Experience Coordinator. Cat also holds a diploma in Event Management and Interior Design and has her own creative hobby business – making custom macramé wall hangings and hosting workshops in her spare time. You can find her work on Instagram and Facebook by searching for The Knot Smith.

Meet Felisimina - Digital Account Director and Tap Dancing Diva

Felisminas creative nature had her dreaming of a career as a tap dancer! But instead, she opted for University and graduated with a Business Degree. Just like her tap-dancing days, she moved quickly and tapped into her skills to begin her career as a Change Management Consultant working on training and communication for large scale IT projects. This role set Felismina up as a sort of "middle-woman" for the technical/digital world.

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Always being one to jump at opportunities that come her way, Felismina and her husband left corporate jobs to start their very own digital agency in 2000 - back when the world was only in Web 1.0! Witnessing the World Wide Web evolve and how it has affected businesses, of all scales, Felismina has supported many small to medium-sized businesses enabling them to thrive through digital solutions. While the agency continues to operate in Sydney, Felismina, her husband and two sons Mani and Max made the leap North to the beautiful town of Lennox Head. Felismina utilised her experience and expertise to support small business owners through government programs where she aided them in implementing their very own digital strategies. In pivoting back to agency work at Barefruit Marketing, Felismina remains passionate about helping clients to navigate the increasingly complex digital world to meet real business objectives. Bringing her renewed energy to implement digital solutions at Barefruit - the team can't wait to see what she achieves.

Cat and Felismina have joined the team at an exciting time for Barefruit. Started by Claire and Evan Harding after a collective 30-year career in UK agencies, the agency is celebrating its seventh year as an all-service agency; marking the occasion with a branding refresh and awareness campaigns that encompass the Barefruit ethos. With an increasing demand for marketing locally and nationally, the Barefruit Marketing team are excited about what's in store. This regional agency provides expertise right across the marketing mix – from strategy and planning to advertising, design, PR, events, website design and Felismina's speciality, digital marketing.

As the agency expands we are always on the lookout for talented and creative individuals who share the Barefruit Marketing Ethos. Get in touch with the team and say hey!

The Future is NO Plastic

Reduce Single Use

At Barefruit Marketing we are proud supporters of Ballina’s ‘Reduce Single Use’ challenge. In collaboration with Ballina Shire Council and Waste Warriors, we initiated the challenge to get other businesses on board after our own successful office challenge.

At the beginning of 2018, the Barefruit team watched a documentary called ‘A Plastic Ocean’. It had a profound effect – we were horrified and saddened by what we learned, and deeply inspired to create change. A new mindset was born within the office…

The Barefruit mindset, a forever habit, or our planet will get sick, and so will our animals and children and their children…

We realised how much we were contributing to the problem by using single use coffee cups, takeaway containers and food packaging, so we started an office challenge. We purchased reusable coffee cups, drink bottles and shopping bags for the team, and set up the following rules:

    • NO single use plastics
      1. NO disposable coffee cups – only reusable cups to be used
      2. reuse coffee carrying trays
      3. BYO bowl/crockery to local cafes
    • Sustainable switches
      1. reusable rags instead of paper towels
      2. keep cups
      3. reusable shopping bags
      4. metal straws over single-use plastic ones
      5. reusable cutlery and plates over toss-away versions
      6. beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap
    • Composting food scraps
    • Double-sided printing policy
    • Car sharing/pooling to meetings
    • Dropbox filing system instead of paper filing
    • Correct recycling

Breaking the above rules = 10 burpees (in the office)

Within no time, this new way of thinking was second nature, and our waste has become minimal.

Have you joined the Reduce Single Use Challenge yet? Head over to @reducesingleuse to sign up your business and see how much of a difference you can make. We are proud supporters of this great initiative  #reducesingleuseballina
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Rafiki Mwema presents Kings and Queens of Rafiki

Our Chief Juicer Claire Harding is a passionate and driven marketeer. Her primary role is to oversee the strategic direction of your business and to ensure the smooth running of campaigns. Along with her busy schedule at Barefruit, Claire is also a board member for ‘Rafiki Mwema’, a non-profit organisation providing safe houses for young, traumatised children in Kenya. As part of the agency’s corporate social responsibility, Barefruit are corporate sponsors of the charity. Utilising the skills and connections of Barefruit to assist Rafiki Mwema in various marketing aspects.  In addition to this, Barefruit shares an office with the Rafiki Mwema headquarters and their fearless leader, Sarah Rosborg!

Alongside Lennox Head local Sarah, the founder of Rafiki Mwema (and Claire’s bestie) they have been working tirelessly to organise a special premier screening event of the eye-opening documentary, ‘Kings and Queens of Rafiki’. ‘Kings and Queens of Rafiki’ is the product of a recent trip to Kenya from Sarah and Rafiki Mwema’s Ambassador and Queen, Constance Hall for the opening of Kings Castle, a home fully funded by Constance!

Constance is a social media influencer, long-time supporter and ambassador for the life-changing charity, Rafiki Mwema. Her visit to the village was very special for the children of Rafiki, knowing everything she has done to support them, and was an equally special experience for her own family.

An evening filled with like-minded people coming together to make a positive impact, 100% of the profits made from the event will be donated to Rafiki Mwema. With local vendors and merchants donating their time for the event, this is truly a community supporting a great cause.

Kings and Queens of Rafiki will be premiered here on the Northern Rivers at - Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre on Saturday the 24th November 2018 at 6pm with special guests including, Constance Hall and Sarah Rosborg. Enjoy the thought-provoking documentary, food and refreshments and a Q&A session after the screening of the documentary. You can view a trailer of the documentary here.

For more information or to attend this event please click here.