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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Marketing Trends to Expect in 2022

BFM 2022 Marketing Trends

2022 is finally here, and January is a great time to prepare for a good year ahead. Marketing trends for the new year have already started to emerge; here’s what you can expect to see in the world of marketing in 2022.

Have a Purpose

The focus of 2021 was supporting local communities and businesses through some pretty tough times. This has driven conscious consumerism, meaning people are actively looking to support brands that give back in some way and are willing to spend more with those that do. This year, brands doing something for the greater good are going to come out on top. Having a purpose other than maximising profits – look at brands like Arnhem, who are committed to sustainable fashion – will be the catalyst for growth.

Have a Purpose
Social Commerce

Your shop should be located wherever your customer’s shopping bag is…and that’s on their phone and, more importantly, it’s on social media. The convenience of shopping on socials allows users to use brand messages, user-generated content and reviews to make a purchase decision all in one place. So, if you’re yet to sell your products on social media, now’s the time to try.

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The Need for Video

Over the last two years our appetite for entertaining, engaging content has become insatiable, and with our ever-shortening attention spans, the best way to capture attention is with video. That’s why TikTok and Instagram Reels have taken off. This year, we’ll see video enter the mainstream for everyone, from small business to big brands, so start working on gathering your library of content.

The Need for Video
Own your Audience

This one rings even more true after Facebook was down for several hours on the 5th of October last year. Even though your social accounts may have thousands of followers, that data belongs to Facebook. You don’t own any of your followers, and if Facebook were to disappear, so would they. To own your audience, you must collect email addresses from your customers and potential customers to use in future marketing. Customer data can be collected through newsletter signups and value exchanges, e.g. sign up to receive 15% off your first purchase.

Embrace Localised SEO

For local businesses, your Google My Business listing is quickly becoming one of the most important marketing tools in your shed. More and more, people searching online are using Google My Business listings to research, compare and choose a business in their local area. Supporting local is on the rise and the search term “near me” is more popular than ever, so use it to your advantage.

With these top tips you’ll be on your way to smashing 2022 out of the park. Remember that trends evolve as time goes on, and we look forward to keeping you up to date on other trends as they emerge over the next 12 months.

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Wildling Ginger Beer – Seven Mile Brewing Co

Seven Mile Brewing Co - Wildling Ginger Beer

Brand Strategy, Product Branding & Packaging

Wildling Seven Mile Brewing Co Can

The work

Barefruit were ecstatic to be awarded the brief to develop the branding (from naming straight through to production) for Seven Mile Brewing Co.’s most recent creation – a fresh and zingy Ginger Beer. The project kicked off early January 2021 and went through the full creative process to arrive at a playful, artistic, and very distinctive result – Wildling Hard Ginger Beer.

Seven Mile Brewing Co., wanted a brand that appealed primarily to women, but also men who seek out beer alternatives, and those who love a cocktail (Pro tip: Wildling goes amazingly well with spiced rum and fresh lime, over ice). To capture these key market segments, the brand personality needed to be unique, fun, cheeky and visually catching. At the same time,  communicating its USP’s: use of local ingredients, the tangy ginger kick and a subtly, sweet finish

The Barefruit project management team had an excellent opportunity to ‘flex their creative muscles’ for this project with quite a bit of freedom to explore naming and design options. The process took the team on a 7-month journey to conceptualise, design and refine each and every detail of the artwork for the cans and cartons.

Creative Lead Alex Wales says

“We started with concepts and moodboards to present the client with lots of options and completed a full competitive analysis to ensure that the result was going to be distinctive, unique and match the product itself. Once we finalised the artwork, we worked on the details to the cans and cartons until everything was approved and signed off; ready for production.”

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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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    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 Byron Bay 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.

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    Facebook & Instagram Advertising 101

    Facebook & Instagram Advertising 101

    It’s no surprise that 80% of Australians have an active social media account. That’s more than the percentage of households with TV’s (gasp!). Therefore, it goes without saying, no business should ignore Facebook as a powerful advertising channel. Affordable and dynamic, Facebook ads can be a game changer for small-to-medium-sized businesses. The best bit, you’re in control of your budget, deciding exactly how much you want to spend and when.

    Why We Love Facebook Ads (and you should too!)

    Facebook Ad Manager’s most impressive feature is its ability to target users based on a combination of characteristics and behaviour. From age, to location, interests and hobbies, professions and relationship status (and more!), you can create an incredibly targeted audience who will receive and hopefully respond to your communications. By doing so, you’re maximising budget, spending your precious dollars on those who really want your product or service.

    But targeting doesn’t stop there. Facebook has so much data on each user, it can target people based on how they’re predicted to act when they see your ad. If you want more website traffic, optimise your ad for landing page views. If you want more sales, optimise for purchases. In addition to purchasing, there are other things you may want users to do such as download an app, send an enquiry, click to call, subscribe to the newsletter etc. You can create Facebook ads to prompt of any of these actions. Top tip; keep the Sales Funnel top of mind.

    Be Responsive

    The beauty of an ad that can be created and edited with the click of a button allows you to be responsive to current events and trends. With no lead time, you can experiment with little to no risk, helping you to really hone in on what makes your customer tick. Have a bit of fun and jump on a trending meme, make a cheeky ad in response to a footy game or respond to a social movement to show your brand values. The flexibility of Facebook advertising means you can advertise whenever you choose to.

    An Integrated Approach is Always Best

    Digital advertising is great, but it’s even better when you integrate your campaign across both online and offline channels (we’re talking print ads in the Lennox Wave, radio, billboards etc). You’ll reach more people with more frequency in different areas of their life, reminding them of your brand.

    Don’t forget the power of complementing your campaign with organic social content. Post about it on your Facebook and Instagram feed, your stories, reels and IGTV. Write blogs and send eDMs. Not only does this reinforce your messaging, but you may be able to authentically connect with your following. Branch out to other platforms like LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube and TikTok (hint: If you’re targeting young mums, download TikTok now).

    One last word: use reports in Ads Manager to understand how your ads are performing and what you could change to better them next time. Contact us for Instagram & Facebook ads in Australia.

    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!

    AdNews features Seven Mile Brewing Co. Packaging Designed by Barefruit

    It was fantastic to see AdNews Australia pick up and write a story on the the packaging redesign project, briefed into us by Seven Mile Brewing Co. The recognition of our hard work was very rewarding, especially after the year 2020 has been.

    The agency was delighted to be awarded the brief from Seven Mile Brewing Co. to redesign the packaging of their three core craft brews; American Pale Ale, Cali Cream and West Coast IPA. It was an exciting opportunity for Barefuit to work with a local business who required help in designing cans that served both functional and brand purposes for their beers. The brewery prides themselves on keeping their beer cold from the moment it is poured into a can and Barefruit ensured the packaging was designed for this purpose.

    “It’s really important to us that our beer is kept cold from the moment it’s poured.” says, Matt, co-founder of Seven Mile Brewing Co. He goes on to say, “This ensures the beer’s flavours and aromas stay true to how we brew them here on site. And so, we needed packaging that would keep its integrity at cold temperatures”.  

    Read more about the 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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