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.

Electric Kombi Land

As part of our PR campaign for EV Classic, we sent out a Press Release to local newspapers. It was exciting to see the story picked up by The Northern Star. You can read more about this project here.

Byron Bay based EV Classic, run by Alex Bosin, is a sister company to Byron Bay Kombis and is in partnership with Retro Campervans. Recently, EV Classic launched their first 100% electric VW Kombi.

German-born engineer, Alex, first visited Byron in 1998 and ten years later found himself settling down in the area. In 2008, he began to capitalise his skill with German cars and love for modern technology and nature.  Alex goes on to say, "if you have a classic car that you want to preserve, with little or no maintenance costs, and like the idea of helping the environment, then an EV conversion might be a great solution!".

Korff Wealth

Korff Wealth

Complete Rebrand

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’?!

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.

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 has been shortlisted for the prestigious Optus My Business Awards.

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.

Evan Harding, Co-Founder, and Head Harvester at Barefruit Marketing said he was humbled by the nomination. "Barefruit Marketing's recognition for its contribution to the community over the past 6 years, reinforces the strength of our staff, culture, close-knit team, values and have seen a 92% increase in team growth.

"Our approach to people management and culture has shaped our business, our people and contributed to our successes.

"Barefruit believes in education, in growing their people in their own unique ways, giving them opportunities to learn and up-skill in areas of interest to them. Honing their skills and letting them rise to the top of their field."

"We believe in true work-life balance, R&R and good old fashioned team yoga (in public, in the park), breathing training, massages... and creative brainstorming sessions," he said.

The Optus My Business Awards covers 28 categories, acknowledges best practice within a particular industry sector, as well as individual business leaders, excellence in customer service and achievements in innovation, corporate social responsibility, and workplace culture.

Shortlisted to the final 10, Barefruit was the only nomination for their category from the Northern Rivers and will travel to Sydney on where winners of the Optus My Business Awards will be announced at a five-star gala awards dinner at Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton in Darling Harbour.

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.

Celebrating client milestones at the Ballina Business Awards

Barefruit at Ballina Business Awards
A huge shout out to two of our clients for their successful wins at the weekend!

It was a night of all nights for local businesses at the Ballina Coast & Hinterland Business Excellence Awards, held at the Ballina RSL club. Everyone got 'dolled up' in their finest attire, and of course each member of the Barefruit Marketing team wore a hint of 'orange' - from bow ties, suspenders to high heels, and jewellery!

Barefruit were finalists but unfortunately didn't take the win, however we celebrated our clients successes - who took home 3 awards in total! 

We're so pleased for our client BCMCHorizon Motorhomes, Horizon Motorhomes who took out the award for Excellence in Trade, Construction & Manufacturing (sponsored by Commonwealth Bank Australia) and for BCMC & Horizon Motorhomes who took out the award for Business Excellence (sponsored by ZZZ 2LM FM). This is a huge achievement for BCMC who are super pleased to be celebrating their 30th year in business (this year). This year, sees more growth for BCMC with the addition of caravans to their offering. BCMC is now the only retailer from the Tweed Coast to Coffs Coast to sell Millard Caravans. Last year, BCMC/Horizon also won the Manufacturing and Innovation award.

We are also so proud of our client UPA, who won the award for Aged Care & Wellbeing (sponsored Ballina RSL Club Ltd). This is also a huge achievement for UPA who offer a diverse range of aged care services extending from the Gold Coast south to Port Macquarie in New South Wales. The North Coast Region has continued to provide excellence in: Home Care, Residential Care, Respite and Carelink Centres and Youth Care (Foster Care) UPA in Alstonville.

A huge congratulations to our clients, we love seeing you win big and are honoured to work with you on your on-going achievements! We hope everyone had a wonderful night! 

See photos from the night below (L-R) UPA's North Coast Region with their Account Manager, Jo Coby, Director's Claire & Evan Harding, BCMC/Horizon Clayton & Kylie Kearney, the Trophies, Barefruit's HR Manager Sara Davis, BCMC/Horizon Kylie Kearney, Director Claire Harding, the whole Barefruit Team (minus Jo and Nat), and some extra Barefruit happy snaps.

 

Barefruit’s Co-Founder & Director To Report For Games

Lennox Head local and our very own co-founder and Director of Barefruit Marketing - a full service marketing agency, located in Ballina, Evan Harding has been chosen out of 50,000 applicants to be a volunteer reporter for the Commonwealth Games being held April 4th – April 15th 2018 in the Gold Coast.

Evan Harding will work with 900 other volunteers as a member of the Games’ Press Operations team. This placement is well suited to the 40-year-old father who is also an avid athletics fan.

The official title of Evan’s role is ‘Flash Quote Reporter’ for the Netball competition; requiring him to interview the athletes courtside after the game. These quotes will be taken up by the world’s media during the coverage of the games.

“This is an absolute dream come true for me. I have been to the Sydney and Athens Olympics and the World Championship in London last year – I can’t wait to be a part of something just up the road from us”.

Originally from England, Evan has been following athletics his whole life and has also run two Marathons – London and Gold Coast. He’s thinking about registering for the Gold Coast Marathon this year in it’s 40th year – and his!

The application process for the games started over a year ago and the interview process took 6 months to get through a ‘shortlist’ of 25,000 people. 15,000 were selected for a 2-hour interview, and after a 3-month period Evan was informed, due to his experience, he had been selected for the Press Operations team.

Since then he has attended venue specific training, online training from home, familiarised himself with the rules of netball and been fitted for his uniform. After the Opening Ceremony dress rehearsal this weekend he will be relocating to the Gold Coast for the duration of the Games.

Evan is most excited to be a part of sporting history and contribute to the vibe. He will be close to the action and in the words of the training team ‘it will be one of the best 2 weeks of his life’.

Hi son, Cian (7) is excited to see dad on TV. Cian will also be travelling to the games with mum Claire to watch some of the events live.

Sport features prominently in Evan's life. He coaches his son's Lennox Head Football Team with training each week and games every weekend, thrashes it out at an F45 class every morning and is still an avid follower of his beloved Norwich City Football Club (the Canaries) in the English Championship League. He and wife Claire are also in training for a 5km run at the end of the Commonwealth Games for a bit of fun.

It is not the only volunteering role that Evan, Director of Barefruit Marketing in Ballina takes. Barefruit are a proud Corporate Sponsor of locally run charity Rafiki Mwema, with his wife and business partner Claire being on the board, assisting with marketing and fundraising.

With the Commonwealth Games kicking off next week, keep your eyes on the TV screens and the Barefruit Marketing blog for an update on Evan’s experience – www.barefruit.com.au

Awards bare fruit for Ballina business

 

Thanks for the write up Ballina Advocate on our recent award win.

"WINNING the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce's business of the year award last week was a special moment for Claire and Evan Harding - even if it was the second time the business won the gong."

"The owners of Barefruit Marketing in Ballina have had a string of success in recent years and said that success has helped grow their business through exposure the awards have given them..."

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