NCCC – the Ballina Advocat – Bush Food opens doors for employment

A Press Release, written by Barefruit, engaged the interest of a Ballina Advocate journalist. As part of a Public Relations strategy for the launch of the North Coast Community College (NCCC) Primary Industries Training Centre, Barefruit created hype about its opening event. Javier Encalada, journalist At the Ballina Advocate, joined us at the Primary Industries Training Centre opening event in early September 2020.

Javier took a different angle on the opening event and focused on how the new training centre and qualifications. He explained how the centre will provide opportunities for the community to learn the tradition culture of the local area. Javier interviewed Tracey King, who is the NCCC's Cultural Trainer, gaining great insight into her opinions about the new facility and it's importance in sharing local, traditional knowledge with everyone.

Barefruit was briefed by North Coast Community College to engage the attention of the media for the opening of the new Primary Industries Training Centre. The team is very proud to be working on such an important initiative. Read more about the project here.

 

North Coast Community College – PR and Event Management

North Coast Community College

PR and Event Management

the brief

Eight weeks out from the launch date, Barefruit was engaged by Kate Kempshall, CEO of North Coast Community College (NCCC) to assist with the PR and Event Management of the official opening of North Coast Community College Primary Industries Training Facility - a collaboration between NCCC and the Department of Primary Industries. The aim was to manufacture as much free publicity as we could about the new training centre and its new qualifications, as well as help organise an opening event to attract dignitaries, community guests and the media.

our response

The team at Barefruit worked closely with Kate and her team at NCCC, as well as the Department of Primary Industries on a part-pro bono basis, to produce a Press Release about the uniqueness and future potential of the training centre and qualifications for the local community and beyond. In the lead up to the official opening date, Barefruit played a major role in the organisation of the event, including managing invitations and RSVPs, catering, website updates, speech writing and more! Barefruit were also very much involved in creating email invitations, a course booklet and an illustrated map of the training facility. In the current climate of COVID-19, special consideration was taken in planning an event that would be safe for attendees. 

the fruits

The press release written by Barefruit was picked up by the Northern Star, the Ballina Advocate, ABC North Coast and NBN News, who all published stories about NCCC Primary Industries Training Centre. Paradise FM held a radio interview with Kate the day before the event too. The event was a great success, with media representatives from most local publications and television channels present, as well as dignitaries and special guests. Through this initial project, NCCC has awarded Barefruit as their marketing agency n a retainer basis, which is very exciting for the whole team. 

NCCC Booklet, featuring Illustrated Map
Illustrated Map for NCCC Primary Industries Training Centre

Articles from the Media

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Blogging for Search Engine Optimisation

Search Engine Optimisation. It opens up a whole can of worms. There are so many ways you can approach an SEO strategy, but let’s talk about Blogging. This is one of the easiest ways to boost your website’s SEO quality and the best bit, you can do it right now…for free!

A bit of Background for your first

Let’s start with a bit of background to get the bigger picture. Google’s number one priority is providing the people performing searches with the most relevant and up-to-date information to answer their questions. This ensures people using Google have a good experience and come back again (Google is a business, afterall). So, in order to get your website to the top of a search result page, you need to work with Google’s main goal. And having a regularly updated blog on your website certainly helps achieve this.

Why Google loves blogs

Now that we understand Google’s purpose and goal, let’s take a look into how blogging will work wonders for your website’s SEO quality. Search engines love websites that are updated frequently – this shows that the website’s information is relevant and up-to-date for people searching. You probably won’t be regularly updating your home page, which is why having a blog on your website is highly recommended. The more content you post on your blog, the more pages your website will have for Google to index, which helps the search engine better understand your business offering. Putting it simply, imagine if you spoke a lot about your business, going into detail about your products or services. People would have a good understanding of what it is you do. Now, imagine if you spoke about your business all the time, as well. People would not forget about your business and its offerings. This is essentially how your blog posts communicate with Google – giving the search engine more information about you (and doing it frequently) helps Google understand who you are and ensures it doesn’t forget about you.

What to write about

Yes, you need to write content for your blog. But it shouldn’t be about anything and everything. We are talking SEO, so we need to make sure blog posts are optimised for keywords. And these need to the same keywords that you have used to optimise your website pages. Optimising blog posts for keywords is not about incorporating as many keywords into your posts as possible. Nowadays, this is actually harmful for your SEO quality as Google picked up on this little trick. Plus, it doesn’t make for a great reading experience for the audience which is also important for SEO quality. Google isn’t going to recommend a website a reader won’t understand easily.

The perks of long-tail keywords

Having a blog on your website also gives you the opportunity to start implementing long-tail keywords into your content. These are longer and more specific keyword phrases that people use when they are closer to a point-of-purchase (also very effective for people using voice search!). For example, our Barefruit Marketing website is optimised for keywords such as ‘advertising agency, and ‘marketing agency ballina’. However, by having a blog we are able to optimise posts for keywords such as ‘organic and paid SEO services in ballina’ and ‘newspaper advertising in northern rivers’. By doing so, we boost the SEO quality of our website and in turn, Google is able to rank our website much higher on the search results page. In turn, we have visitors to our website who are more interested, more focused and more committed to purchasing our services.

Backlinks are important

Lastly, we’ll touch on using social media to create backlinks to your website. Backlinks are links from other places on the internet that refer readers to your site. Google sees backlinks as a measurement of credibility and authority. If people are referring others to your website, then they must have found your content helpful and so, your SEO is boosted and Google improves the ranking your website. Use your social media profiles to post about your blog posts, informing your audience, creating backlinks and boosting your website’s SEO quality all at once.

Well, if you aren’t thinking about setting up a blog on your website after reading this, you’re crazy! The benefits blogging can bring to your website’s SEO quality and thus, ranking in Google, are invaluable. And you can get started right now. Or, if you are feeling a bit lost, drop us a line and we’ll get in touch to talk about how we can help you in your journey to boosting your website’s SEO and, in turn, attracting more online visitors searching for your product or service..

Reduce Single Use

Waste Warriors

Reduce Single Use Campaign

Reduce Single Use Print Advertisement

the brief

Reduce Single Use was first brought to life in the Barefruit office, since then, the local Council has come on board to push the challenge of reducing single use within the Northern Rivers community. The challenge was to challenge yourself or your colleagues for the month of May to; use a reusable coffee cup, use a refillable water bottle and; use a reusable container and cutlery for your take away items. 

 

Reduce Single Use EDM

Reduce Single Use landing Page

our response

Create a campaign identity, and marketing strategy for the Reduce Single Use campaign in Northern Rivers, Ballina.

We created a logo identity for the RSU campaign, this included the design of promotional cut outs to use at Reduce Single Use events, producing campaign guidelines, which were followed across all creative projects, campaign assets, creating a website landing page and further mock-ups of a potential website, email template design and print ads.

Reduce Single Use Advertisement

the fruits

33 local businesses signed up to take on the Reduce Single Use challenge, each week a print ad was published in the local newspaper, promoting the campaign and listing businesses each week that has signed up.

"The collaboration between Barefruit Marketing, North East Waste and Ballina Shire Council for the Reduce Single Use project is a great example of community stakeholders coming together to create good things for our community. The project was really well supported with a fantastic brand, website build and marketing advice from Barefruit Marketing. Thanks team!"

Kim

Waste Warriors

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EV Classic: PR Campaign

 

EV Classic

VW Kombi Electric Conversion - PR Launch + Media Relations

the brief

Byron Bay based EV Classic, a sister company to Byron Bay Kombis and a partnership of Retro Camervans and run by Alex Bosin recently just launched one of Australia’s first Electric VW Kombis.

He wanted to inform and educate consumers and the media on his recent EV conversion success and bring to market the launch of his new brand. It was imperative to strike a balance between the credibility of being a world class Aircraft Engineer and his absolute passion of classic cars and the VW brand.

Alex was referred to Barefruit by another client – Behind the Barrel.

our response

After the team met with Alex and discussed his needs, budget, time frame and available assets/resources, the team decided that a PR Launch Project would do the trick. Barefruit wrote and distributed the press release to media, conducted follow up; organised phone and in person interviews and reviews.

EV Classic

the fruits

The article was immediately picked up by Newscorp (one of Australia’s largest media conglomerates) which ran the article across nine of their publications from Bundaberg to Gladstone; Stanthorpe to the Whitsundays; Byron to Lismore and in between.

The renewables energy community responded very positively, and the story appeared in Renew economy, The Driven and One Step off the Grid.

The caravan and camping industry were also keen to hear about Alex’s venture and Michael Browning (a well-known journalist in the industry, writing for multiple National titles) interviewed Alex and published an article. A complete product review has been scheduled for later in the year.

articles

Stylish and Sustainable Kombi gets Electric Transformation

Aussie battery-powered Kombi powers up

Classic VW Kombi gets Electric Overhaul in Byron Bay

Classic VW Kombi gets Electric Overhaul in Byron Bay

Classic VW Kombi gets Electric Overhaul in Byron Bay

Electric Kombi launched in Byron Bay

Classic VW Kombi gets Electric Overhaul in Byron Bay

Classic VW Kombi gets Electric Overhaul in Byron Bay

Classic VW Kombi gets Electric Overhaul in Byron Bay

Stylish and Sustainable Kombi gets Electric Transformation

Stylish and Sustainable Kombi gets Electric Transformation

Stylish and Sustainable Kombi gets Electric Transformation

Classic VW Kombi gets Electric Overhaul in Byron Bay

Stylish and Sustainable Kombi gets Electric Transformation

Stylish and Sustainable Kombi gets Electric Transformation

Stylish and Sustainable Kombi gets Electric Transformation

interesting stuff…

All of this happened over a few days after despatch and the article went ‘viral’; with the article being re-posted across multiple blogs and news sharing platforms like Reddit and The Press Reader. The article even appeared on ‘Hot Copper’ – a stock trading and investment forum and on the Hemp Party Australia’s Facebook page.

spoiler alert…

There have been several confirmations of future stories in upcoming publications – on both a local and National level…keep your eyes open!

what Alex had to say…

“It was great working with Jennica & Claire from Barefruit Marketing. They really took time to understand my project and delivered amazing ‘pitch’ / media release to appeal to journalists & 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.”

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Ballina RSL: Rebranding our local icon

Ballina RSL Rebrand by Barefruit Marketing

We love sharing the work that we do – especially when that work is so recognisable within our local business community!

The Ballina RSL approached Barefruit over 15 months ago to assist in the development of a Strategic Marketing Plan and a rebrand. The result was a TVC (currently being aired) which focusses on the Ballina RSL’s “all-in” offering; showcasing the business’ appeal to a vast range of audiences. It cleverly picks out the words “all-in” that appear in its place name Ballina.

Our Branding and Strategy Director Jo Schultz says, “We were really excited when we received this brief and work on such an iconic brand.”

She continues, “The project was a team effort from the start, with the input and experience from the RSL’s management team coupled with our seasoned creatives and strategists we have delivered a marketing plan, TV commercial and a whole re-brand.”

Ballina RSL Logo Update

The team at Barefruit are an experienced bunch of international talent from major agencies who can bring knowledge and make the most out of our clients budgets. Our best work is achieved when we are able to develop close relationships with our clients to best understand their brand and develop a solution to suit their needs.

“This was a major undertaking for the RSL” states Bill Coulter, Ballina RSL CEO. “Working with the Barefruit team we now have a marketing plan, fresh and exciting new brand and a TVC managed and produced by Barefruit and shot by Rest Your Eyes to let our community and visitors know what we have to offer. All in under 15 months. We are really proud of the end result”.

If you would like to find out how Barefruit can take your business branding to the next level,  you can email us hello@barefruit.com.au or better yet, pop into our office on River Street to meet the team and have a coffee.

Barefruit Marketing: Plain Speaking Creative Thinkers: Deja Poo

Marketing Agency Plain Speaking Creative Thinkers

Jargon, buzzwords, total utter gibberish... Whatever you call it, no one wants to be bombarded with a bunch of terms they just don't understand. You've made the decision to invest in marketing your business, you attend your first meeting with a marketing consultant, and you walk out, head swimming and feeling as glazed as a doughnut!

Barefruit Marketing are challenging this preconception of marketing agencies, alongside our recently updated branding which you can check out here, we’re rolling out our pledge as 'Plain Speaking Creative Thinkers'.

To Barefruit.

/bair-froot/

verb
To yield results from creative marketing solutions that cultivate brands – primarily from a down to earth, plain speaking agency

(see also: refreshingly different approach)

Our roots

Eleven years ago Barefruits’ Chief Juicer and Head Harvester, Claire and Evan Harding – marketing professionals with over 40 years’ combined experience – moved from London to the Northern Rivers in search of a new life. In 2012 they established Barefruit Marketing, a boutique marketing agency focused on inspirational, creative marketing that would really work - in essence, help businesses to fructify or bear fruit.

A refreshingly different approach

Here at Barefruit we firmly believe that to provide the best marketing strategies, we need to know you and your business first – there’s no ‘one size fits all’ here. This ethos is ingrained in the Barefruit staff who pride themselves on providing a personable, transparent and mutually beneficial service to our clients.

With an ever-changing marketing industry, we understand that it’s not our clients' job to keep up to speed with the lingo, the latest trends or algorithm changes - it’s damn near impossible sometimes! That’s where we come in, our no bullshit approach to marketing means that you, as our client, can feel confident in the marketing services and advice you are receiving; and better yet, understand what you are paying for! Our Plain Speaking Campaign encompasses this with an approach that is all about no distraction communications. It’s about plain, simple, easy to read information and only exactly what you need, and want, to know.

Keen to know more? Check out our blog where we break down some common marketing terms for you; including what is GDPR, tips on local SEO, utilising #hashtags and what exactly does Earned Media mean for your business.

So, if you’ve been considering taking the next step with your business, or if you’re just starting out, head over to our contact page and let Barefruit Marketing show you how smooth the process can be.

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What does Earned Media mean for your business?

earned media
Earned Media – a marketing buzzword and an important part of your marketing mix, but what is it, how can you get it and what do you do with it once you have got it?! Read on…

Earned Media, in a nutshell, is publicity. More precisely it’s publicity gained through promotional efforts other than paid media. Such as editorial coverage by a media outlet, user-generated content, product or service reviews online, social shares and general word of mouth. Consumers are social animals. Whether they’re a journalist or a social media user, they crave conversation and good ideas.

So if you want to attract positive attention and new customers, feed that to them. But, make sure you’ve covered all bases first and start creating content – content, content, content.

1. What are your customers saying about you? Do an online health check, see what they’re saying about you – Google yourself, check TripAdvisor and Facebook, do customer surveys and see if there is recurring feedback. It is highly desirable for your brand to be mentioned in a positive way.

2. Distribute and amplify your content. Customers want knowledge and content. This can take many forms depending on the channel, for example, written, imagery, video or podcast. Consider the impact a positive news story can have for your business?

3. Build credibility. Grow your product or service, reviews and testimonials. Ask your loyal customers to leave a review, ask them if they would recommend your services. When your customers become the channel, that is Earned Media via word of mouth.

With an explosion of new content channels and publishing platforms, it’s never been easier to reach potential customers. Yet it can seem very daunting and knowing what content will work in what channel, takes some planning.
If you would like help growing your profile, we can help with your Public Relations, Social Media Management, Search Engine Optimisation and more, give us a call!

You can also read up on some of our top tips on utilising Hashtags, improving your SEO and the importance of quality graphic design.

 

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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.

Web Developer

We're hiring!!

We’re looking for a Web Developer to join our busy team in Ballina.
You know what it takes to makes a great website and you know what it takes to get it done!
You’re a techno-wiz, you don’t just understand code, you eat it for breakfast.
You want to learn, develop and produce some stand-out work, and you will do so in our growing team.
You will be working with our creative/digital team in a full service, integrated agency.

We’re looking for the following skills:

  • Full stack Web Development specialising in WordPress – templates and custom build
  • Competent in PHP/HTML/CSS/Javascript/jQuery
  • Competent with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Efficient, independent and motivated
  • Collaborative with excellent communication skills
  • Experience with branding and corporate style guides
  • Knowledge of agency processes

You may have recently left Uni, already be working in an agency environment or on family/friend projects. If you think you tick the boxes then give us a call.

In return, we offer: A great working environment including lots of fun, agency pets and a ping pong tournament on a Friday. Oh, and we’ll pay you, how’s that!?

To apply please send your CV, links to your work and salary expectations to claire@barefruit.com.au

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