How Businesses Can Support Their Communities

If we have learnt anything from the generosity of our communities over the last couple of months, it’s that we have a lot of stuff we don’t actually need. So much so that evacuation centres closed their doors to donations, saying they have all they need and more. With most of the physical clean-up now done, ‘volunteer fatigue’ can set in. However, our community still needs a lot of love and support, especially those who lost homes, businesses and are separated from loved ones. This is a good time to focus on the little things we can do to make someone’s day that little bit better.

Pay it forward

We all know how the concept works, so let’s put it into action all around our community. For small businesses operating as usual, think about ways you can give your customers opportunities to ‘pay it forward’. Be Waxed and Tanned in River Street, Ballina have set up a simple system whereby customers can buy a gift voucher which staff can use, at their discretion, to treat a future customer to a little pampering. Little luxuries like this go such a long way. Imagine if most Ballina businesses led the way in setting up something like this to enable customers to ‘pay it forward’…

pay it Froward voucher

Consider whether your business is in a position to ‘pay it forward’. Remember, you rely on the community for ongoing business, so showing them love and support in a time like this is extremely important. Plus, doing nice things for others feels really good! Can you provide your products or services at a discounted rate, offer flood victims a meal or a drink on the house or, simply raise money in-store to donate to a flood recovery charity? At Barefruit, we’ve teamed up with Green Coast Coffee in River Street and have pre-paid for 80 coffees for flood victims. It’s the little things that make the biggest difference and your business will benefit in the long-run

 

Pay it forward coffee
Support your fellow local businesses

Our human nature is to help other people in times of need and crisis, and it’s as important that businesses support each other. Many local businesses been through tough times over the last two years, so help a brother (or sister) out and get amongst the local business community. Use local suppliers, purchase ingredients from local farmers, sell local products in-store, give local businesses a shout-out on social media, take the team out to the local café for lunch, network and offer help and advice…the ways businesses can support each other is endless but the impact of a positive, collaborative and supportive business community puts meals on our tables, keeps roofs over our heads and sends our kids to school.

At the end of the day, show kindness and support to those who need it most whenever and however you can. What goes around, comes around…

 

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Sunshine Sugar

Website and print collateral

Background and brief

Sunshine Sugar is the only 100% Australian grown, made and owned raw and refined sugar manufacturer. We were approached by Sunshine Sugar to re-design and build a new website to target their business to a consumer target market. The old website was missing a professional look and feel and focused on their business-to-business audience using their corporate logo and brand colours.

The work

Our main objective was to design a new responsive website for mobile and desktop and to make it feel like a trusted brand for the consumer market rather than the corporate side of the business.

To showcase Sunshine Sugars’ authenticity in its business practice in being sustainable, local and offering a great product, we updated the brands colour palette to be more natural-looking with soft colour tones of neutrals and browns to work alongside their primary branding colours and recent photography.

To target their consumer audience specifically we updated the brand logo to the recognisable product branding that we all know to be Sunshine Sugar and showcased not just the products but also included a recipe section and fun fact features, such as a history of the business and links to careers and other information for customers and researchers alike.

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    Chamber Toast to Business Success

    The Northern Rivers Review has featured us in a story about the announcement of finalists in the NSW Business Chamber's Northern Rivers Regional Business Awards. We are very excited to be recognised as finalists in the category of Business and Professional Services.

    We are finalists, alongside 129 other businesses across 7 of the LGA's in the Northern Rivers; Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley. The formal awards night will go ahead (fingers crossed) on Saturday, 23 October, where winners in each category will be announced. Winners will move onto the State awards, where they'll compete against 12 other regions across NSW and Sydney.

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    Barefoot Marketing? No, we’re BareFRUIT Marketing

    Barefruit or Barefoot

    Thanks to the Barefoot Investor, we can’t tell you how often people call us Barefoot Marketing. The time has come to settle it once and for all. We are called Barefruit Marketing. That’s Bare, like naked and Fruit like, apples and oranges.

    What’s in a name

    Talking about names, now is a great opportunity to give you a little insight into to how and why we landed with the name Barefruit Marketing. The agency, founded by Claire from her loungeroom, was established to help local businesses grow and flourish. Business owners in the Northern Rivers (and anywhere for that matter) are so good at what they do, but often, they don’t have the time and energy to spend marketing their business. We all know that marketing is key to the success of any business, big or small. And so, the agency was born.

    How it came together

    When working with businesses who don’t have the time and energy to think about marketing, we discovered we needed to be completely transparent; we tell it how it is, no jargon, no waffle and no round-about explanations. From this, came the ‘Bare’ part of the Barefruit name. Being real with our clients, suppliers and team is one of our values. What you see is what you get, so ‘Bare’ which means ‘having no cover up’ fits the agency’s mission perfectly.

    As marketers, our ultimate goal is to grow business for our clients. We work hard to see them increase sales and be successful and self-sufficient. As such, we are helping businesses bear the fruits of success and this is how the word ‘fruit’ came into the mix. With that, Claire and Evan named the agency Barefruit Marketing. What’s more, the word play in ‘helping businesses to bare fruit’ was too perfect to ignore.

    Helping Businesses Bare Fruit
    The Barefruit brand values

    It’s really important that a business name reflects its output, as well as what that business stands for. Our brand values determine who we are and guide the way in which we work as employees and operate as a business. At Barefruit, we’re Curious, Real, Brave and Fun.

     

    Curious

    We are naturally curious. We allow ourselves to explore the less obvious, ask lots of questions and invite debate. We encourage a working environment that stimulates ideas, smart thinking and meaningful personal growth.

     

    Real

    We are honest and transparent. What you see is what you get. We are down to earth. No jargon. Plain speaking. We are realistic, we won’t over promise.

     

    Brave

    We strive to create an environment that supports instinctive and insightful thought – whether it supports or challenges the status quo. We are passionate and well-tuned, unafraid to push boundaries and have the confidence to trust our gut and pursue our beliefs.

     

    Fun

    We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We like to have a laugh at work and with our clients. Coming to work is fun.

    Our services
    What we do at Barefruit Marketing

    We are a full service, creative agency which means we have the resources to implement any idea (as long as it not too far-fetched). From digital campaigns, websites, TV commercials and PR to events, flyers, SEO and logo refreshes, we pride ourselves on our ability to develop and implement the best solutions for our clients. Our services include (but aren’t limited to):

    The Barefruit team is made up of a diverse group of marketing specialists with international talent. We've worked on the big clients in the big cities, and want to offer that same service to businesses in our community. Of course, we also have clients interstate and even across the globe.

     

    Our team

    If you’re going to take anything away from this, we are Barefruit Marketing, not Barefoot Marketing. Should you ever need help with marketing your business, or know of a friend who might, remember Barefruit Marketing. And even if you don’t, we’ve made sure our website will come up in our search results even if you remember us a Barefoot Marketing.

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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

    Marketing trends you can expect to see in 2021

    BFM 2021 Marketing Trends

    2021 is just around the corner which means it’s time to get ahead of the game. As we approach the end of each year, marketing trends for the next start to emerge. So, we’re going to take a look at what you can expect to see in the world of marketing in 2021.

    User Generated Content

    Since the rise of influencer marketing, user generated content (UGC) has become a highly effective marketing strategy for brands all across the world. As such, the value of UGC has increased exponentially due to consumers’ inclination to trust messages from fellow users over those from brands. The main appeal of UGC is the increased level of authenticity and reliability it provides consumers – essentially, it’s the new-school word for ‘word of mouth’.

    Due to lock-down and social-distancing restrictions, 2020 saw a HUGE increase in UGC. Photoshoots and filming were put on hold and so brands had to get creative. And so, they adapted to the evolving digital landscape by looking to their customers to create content they want to see. We’ve seen more collaborations, influencer take-overs and real-life consumers using products on brand profiles on social media than ever before. In 2021, expect to see the trend continue because, let’s face it, there is nothing more trusting and enticing to see someone using and enjoying a product or service.

    Example-Starbucks-User-Generated-Content
    Branded content

    High quality branded content has also been on the rise in 2020. Although, it’s no longer a one-way conversation when it comes to branded content. When brands communicate messages across any channel, consumers are increasingly expecting an experience. They don’t want to be told that something is on sale. Consumers want to connect emotionally with brands and get to know the brand’s personality and values in order to establish a relationship which aids purchase decisions.

    And so, branded content in 2021 will be about creating a unique, unforgettable experience for customers. Jen McKinnon, Video Marketing Specialist and Envato says,

    "With businesses, brands and individuals creating new content by the second, it's becoming harder and harder to stand out, which is why the quality of what we publish is so important.”

    Some brands are using AR features of Instagram filters to give users branded experiences. Below are a few examples we love. Gucci jumped on board with a filter to help 2020 high school and uni graduates celebrate, which was extremely popular as graduation ceremonies were cancelled around the world. We MakeUp has used filters to give users the opportunity to 'try before thy buy'. And Taco Bell ...well we aren't sure if we love it, but it's certainly an experience for the user! You've likely seen brands engage on Instagram filters with games as well, and all of this is high quality branded content that creates memorable experiences for users.

    Gucci Filters for branded content
    We.MakeUp Filter for branded content
    Taco Bell Filter for branded content
    Social commerce

    Social media is now the biggest and most beneficial platform for digital marketing, and makes up a large part of marketing budgets. With the introduction of Facebook and Instagram shops, product tags and Pinterest shopping ads and catalogues, social commerce has made its mark in 2020. 55% of online shoppers making purchases through social media channel and a whopping 71% of us turning to social media for shopping inspiration.

    As we move into 2021, its more important than ever to make your brand, product and services are shoppable on social media. Additionally, consumers are starting to expect a more streamlined shopping experience, so having products shoppable on social media channels delivers on their expectations.

    Example Instagram shopping tags
    Brand activism

    With everything that has happened in 2020, people have turned to social media to share their viewpoints on political, social and environmental issues around the world. It is no surprise that we are now seeing a big increase in brand activism, especially on social media. Today’s consumers are no longer out to get a good deal, instead they are becoming loyal to brands that aren’t afraid to stand up for what’s right, are committed to making change and have values aligned to those of their own.

    In 2021, to help consumers feel connected to your brand’s personality, to build trust and loyalty you need to share your brand’s view points on certain issues in the world. Not all of them, of course! But the main ones that resonate with you and your brand.

     

    Nostalgia Marketing

    Described as the ‘advertising-equivalent of comfort food’, nostalgia marketing has really taken off in the last year. And this is probably because we are all craving familiarity, comfort and safety in 2020. Additionally, in a fast-paced world, looking back on the good-ol’ times always a welcome comfort.

    Nostalgia is incredibly powerful, and it’s been proven to make consumers more willing to spend money on products and services, making it a perfect fit for any marketing strategy. When you combine nostalgia and marketing together, you get a force that cannot be reckoned with. Mixing emotions and connections to brands from people’s childhoods with persuasive messaging has a strong effect on purchase decision-making. Nostalgia Marketing forces us to focus on the things we already know and uses the familiarity of the old to sell the innovation. Its familiar, comforting and safe, and who doesn’t want a bit of that right now?

    SERP Position Zero

    SEO will remain an integral part of a digital marketing strategy in 2021, especially now that we are witnessing one of the biggest shifts in the industry in the last decade. Due to the increase use of mobile and voice search, the way in which people use search engines is changing. Think about how you use your phone to search on Google, versus how you use a desktop computer. As such, to rank first on Google Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) is no longer the ultimate goal. There is now a Position Zero to aim for. Position Zero is when text from a website is shown above search results. This snippet is pulled from Google’s algorithm as it is believed to be the most accurate answer to a certain query. Position Zero is what Google uses to answer voice searches, which is why it is becoming increasingly important.

    In 2021, ranking first in search results will still be essential to a successful SEO strategy, but being featured in Position Zero will be just as important, if not more so.

    Position Zero example SEO 2020

    2020 has been a wild ride, but with these tip-offs on the marketing trends to expect in 2021, you can get planning now. Because, fingers-crossed (all of them!) 2021 is going to be a better year than the ones we’ve just had. Keep note that trends evolve and change, so these top tips aren’t anything set in stone, but they are a guide you can trust!

     

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    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!

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    Korff Wealth

    Korff Wealth

    Branding, Website, Signage, Digital and Print Advertisements

    the brief

    We were thrilled when we received the brief to work on the rebrand and name change for the former, Yellow Brick Road Wealth and Management, Northern Rivers, which is now operating under Korff Wealth. The business saw an opportunity to restructure and rebrand during the current COVID-19 crisis. With the current economic climate, Australians need expert financial advice they can trust, more than ever. And so, it was the perfect time to strategically review the business and position for future growth.

     

    our response

    It was time for Yellow Brick Road Wealth Management to rebrand and restructure and position themselves in the market as Korff Wealth. With Barefruit's client services and branding expertise, we made this happen with a complete rebrand. The team worked with the client on the strategic direction for the brand's future as well as the visual aspects, including a new brand name, brand image, and brand logo and brand-new website which was designed by our creative lead and put together by our digital team who assisted in organising, uploading and optimising content. As well as completely rebranded both offices Ballina and Lismore.

    To inform the public of Korff Wealth's rebrand, Barefruit created an integrated campaign, that combined both online and traditional advertising. We placed online ads in GIF format to capture the attention of people searching for financial advice. This was complimented with a newspaper article and press ads that were scheduled in the local Northern Star and The Ballina Advocate over a period of four weeks as well as other collateral.

    Korff Wealth Brochure for Rebrand
    Korff Wealth ad for Rebrand
    Korff Wealth GIF for Rebrand
    Korff Wealth logo for Rebrand
    Korff Wealth newspaper ad for Rebrand
    Korff Wealth newspaper ad 2 for Rebrand

    the fruits

    The result is a slick, and professional rebrand that the client is very happy with. Korff Wealth, with its new name, new logo, brand-new website, new social media pages, and signage for the Ballina and Lismore offices will certainly be attracting old and new customers looking for an expert, objective financial advice across wealth management, insurance and lending.

    The Korff Wealth rebrand was promoted in the local newspapers to help spread the word within the local community about the finance company's recent changes. This included paid advertorials and half page ads in the Byron Echo, the Ballina Advocate and the Northern Star.

     

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      Organic Search Engine Opti-‘what’?!

      SEO ballina

      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.

       

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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.