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.”

Wildling Ginger Beer Packaging Design Media Mock-Up
Wildling Ginger Beer Packaging
Wildling Ginger Beer Carton

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    Lismore City Council Video Campiagn

    Lismore City Council

    Agriculture Awareness Video Campaign

    The work

    We recently produced a series of short videos after winning a project with Lismore City Council. The brief was to create a series of videos to showcase and promote agriculture in the Lismore region. The videos were a key element of their Economic Development Strategy and were to highlight agricultural opportunities in the Lismore Region as well as help grow, support and diversify the Lismore economy.

    During pre-production, Barefruit worked closely with Lismore City Council to help bring their vision to fruition. This consisted of internal meetings, location scouting, visual storyboards and shot lists. The original brief was to shoot some inspirational imagery and create five short videos that could be used in an integrated agricultural awareness campaign, however, during post-production, it was evident the content that was captured on the day of the shoot was filled with “lots of gold” which resulted in each video being approximately double in length.

    The end result was a series of beautiful videos that promote the local area, opportunities available and the endless possibilities on offer within the region. The style of the videos is down to earth, visually pleasing and gives the viewer a sense of inspiration and determination to set up their own agricultural business, no matter the product or scale of their project.

     

    It was a joy to work with the following agribusinesses on this project:

    Nimbin Valley Dairy

    Mountain Blue

    Table Under A Tree

    CannaPacific

    Five Sixty Farms

     

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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

      Behind the Barrel – Logo Refresh

      Behind the Barrel

      Logo Refresh

      Behind the Barrel - new vs old logo

      The work

      Behind the Barrel is a tour operator that specialises in brewery and distillery tours throughout the Ballina and Byron Shires. There are numerous options to choose from and guests get to meet the local artisan brewers and distillers that craft the delicious beverages that sampled on the day.

      Owner and guide, Jarryd, takes his guests to some of the hidden gems around the region. From the lush hinterland to the bustling centre of Byron Bay, he is well known for sharing his knowledge of the area and the industry; providing an unforgettable day out. Stops include Stone & Wood Brewery, Cape Byron Distillery, Seven Mile Brewery, Wandana, Lord Byron Distillery and Husk.

      Jarryd jumped on board with the Barefruit team a few years ago with a personalised SEO program to help drive traffic. Once his bookings started rolling in, he approached the team to take care of his paid social, Google ads (SEM) and more recently, to refresh his logo and zhuzh up his website.

      We love working with Jarryd- and we highly recommend his tours for staff parties...100% good times...guaranteed!

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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.

        Barefruit launches Raine & Horne, ‘We’ll Love your Listing’

        Barefruit was recently presented with an exciting opportunity to work alongside nationally recognised local real estate company Raine & Horne, to bring a fully integrated campaign including a television commercial, press, outdoor and online to fruition. So many of our clients moved to digital advertising throughout 2020, due to the global pandemic. However, as we all know, real estate is booming, and due to it being a highly competitive market - Raine & Horne needed to be top-of-mind of those selling their homes.

        What’s more, the client was keen to go above and beyond standard real estate advertising to produce a commercial and overarching campaign 'We'll Love Your Listing' that had longevity, a refreshingly different approach, and would leave a heart-warming impression on its audience. The brief was to create an engaging TVC (television commercial) that would captivate the audience on an emotive level whilst showcasing Raine & Horne’s passion for real estate, by recognising the emotional importance of what other real estate agents often see as just bricks and mortar.

        Andy Pilkington, Strategy and Creative Director says,

        "We were struck by just how passionate the Raine & Horne team were and some of the lengths they go to to ease the buying and selling of homes. People say that moving is one of the most stressful things in life but - aside from the packing - moving home represents a fresh start and the opportunity to take your best memories with you."

        A perfectly imperfect home

        The TVC is told as a narrative, which includes a series of perfectly imperfect vignettes of family life in a regional property. During post-production, scenes were cut to a female voice over who reads out the family’s ‘rules’ (which are based on the popular frames prints that many have hanging in their homes). The story completes with the viewer realising the vignettes are all memories these sellers will take with them to their next house.

        Sorry Mum Vingette
        party time vignette

        The TVC was shot over one day on location in the Byron Hinterland. The result was a team effort from start to finish, with input and experience from Raine & Horne coupled with Barefruit’s seasoned in-house creatives. We employed a film director, camera, and lighting team from Sydney and in the Northern Rivers, as well as a local hair and make-up artist and interior stylist.

        Evan Harding, Barefruit Marketing’s Co-Founder, and Head Harvester says,

        “It was a major project for Barefruit Marketing – the team pulled it together, all in under 3 months, without any major setbacks. We are really proud of the end result – it is one of our biggest productions yet.”

        The style of the ad is beautifully messy, and it delights in muddy children and dogs, bubbling casseroles, and imperfect interiors. The aesthetics and colour grade highlight the dust, dirt, and atmosphere rather than hide it. All shots were taken to give a sense of being part of the modern family, which was cast from a mixed group of talent, all from the Northern Rivers.

        Raine & Horne were ecstatic with the end result, a beautiful commercial and campaign message, 'We'll love your listing', that stands out from a saturated market, tells truth in a heart-warming way, and has serious longevity.

        Julie-Ann Manahan, Raine & Horne's Licensee/Principle says,

        “We are so proud of working with the team at Barefruit and their suppliers, they have produced one of the best all time real estate campaigns for us.”

         

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        We'll Love Your Listing

        Should I Outsource Marketing?

        Barefruit Marketing Meeting

        Here are 5 reasons to outsource your marketing in 2021 and beyond.

        Do you need a marketing team but can’t quite justify bringing on full-time staff? Even if you already have a marketing team, perhaps you need more time for high-level strategic and creative thinking. Maybe you need additional expertise and resources for a one-off project or other elements of your marketing plan? Businesses, small and large, outsource their marketing activities to agencies to do more with less resources.

        With more and more businesses outsourcing their marketing, let’s look into why it’s such an attractive option.

        1. Access to expertise, resources, technology and unique perspectives
        1.	Access to expertise, resources, technology and unique perspectives

        By working with a marketing agency, you instantly increase your resources and capabilities for your business. Gone are the days of having an idea and not being able to execute it to the standard you’d like. When you bring on an agency to look after your marketing, you absorb their experience and expertise, as well as the technology and software they use. Agency employees are experienced in creative thinking, looking at the bigger picture and by being outside of the internal business, they bring unique perspectives to business solutions.

        In-house marketing can be great, but usually you end up with a team who are all-rounders because you need them to do lot of different tasks. Agencies are able to provide businesses with people who are specialists in a particular area. Need a new brand video? An agency will have a videographer and a video editor. Need an ongoing digital campaign? An agency will have someone to look after your social media, someone for your Google Ads campaigns and someone else for your SEO strategy. These people are all experts in their field, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.

        When you outsource your marketing, you instantly have the tools and the people to make your ideas come to fruition

        2. You’ll save money
        You'll save money

        In-house marketing teams are expensive, not to mention the cost of the equipment, hardware, software and materials required to do the job professionally. When you consider the time invested in finding the right person for the job, recruitment, training and salaries, in-house marketing is quite a big investment. The average annual salary of a Marketing Manager in Australia is $90K (and that’s just for an individual). Instead, when outsourcing, your business can receive the support and expertise from an entire team of marketing professionals (top-level strategists, copywriters, creative directors, graphic designers, digital marketing experts, web developers and account handlers) for much less. Plus, an agency gives you flexibility; it’s up to you how much you want to invest, whether it be on an ongoing- or project-basis. 

        3. Get things done, and faster
        3.	Get things done, and faster

        We get it, running a one-man show is a lot already. Employees and business owners, especially in small business, are often stretched for time, fulfilling their day-to-day responsibilities and operations. This leaves no time for strategic thinking, creative concepting, development and production of campaigns, let alone urgent advertising deadlines and ongoing digital marketing Gold Coast.

        Sometimes it can take time to get the ball rolling on campaigns and other marketing activities when you’re doing it all yourself. If an order comes up or you’re slammed with organising a market day stall, we know your promotional efforts will slip down the list of priorities. The thing is, they really shouldn’t, especially when you are busy. When you don’t have the time, an agency does, and the promotional activity will become a constant. In turn, you’ll increase your sales and revenue at a constant too.

        4. Analysis and Reporting all done for you
        Reporting

        It’s one thing to run a campaign and engage in marketing efforts, but it’s another thing to analyse performance. Arguably, one of the most important stages in any marketing activity is the analysis of how it performed. Understanding consumer engagement and drawing insights from the data collected will inform future marketing direction and reveal the-all-important Return on Investment. Unfortunately, there is sometimes not enough time to pick apart the data in an in-house marketing team, which is why outsourcing marketing activities can really be valuable for businesses.

        Ultimately, it’s better to get the experts in to analyse the data, especially when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Further to this, some analysis tools that agencies have access to are expensive and difficult to use without proper training. We’re not saying you can’t do it, not at all. However, it’s probably more convenient and resourceful to leave it to someone who knows what to do.

        5. Strategic Direction
        Strategic direction

        Agencies are constantly reviewing their campaigns and investigating data because it’s in their best interest to execute successful campaigns for their clients. Analysis also informs how a campaign can be improved for the future, which in turn informs strategic direction.

        Business and marketing strategy go hand-in-hand. Agencies work with many different businesses to, ultimately, help the business grow and this can involve high-level strategic direction. If you’re pressed for time or feel like you’re not sure what needs to be determined when it comes to business strategy, an agency can really help. They’ve got experience with helping businesses across all industries, and they do it all day, every day.

        All in all, we’re all for outsourcing marketing, no matter the size of the business. Whether it’s handing over organic social media management to an agency or having them concept and execute TVC and radio advertising. Gaining access to a team of experts who are highly experienced across many different services at a lower cost than hiring one to two internal marketers is enough reason in itself to get in touch with an agency.

        2020 at Barefruit Marketing

        Barefruit in 2020

        This is the last time we talk about 2020, we promise! Although it was a weird year last year, many lessons were learnt along the way. We’re looking back to 2020 to recognise and acknowledge our growth, our flexibility, our productivity and our teamwork (oh, and the funny times too!).

        Full of hope and motivation for the beginning of a new decade, 2020 started off with a bang. Everyone was feeling refreshed for the new year after a break over the Christmas holidays. The bush fires that had devastated regional and remote NSW had finally come to an end and, truthfully spirits were high. Then came along COVID-19 and little did we know how much this virus might have on the world as we knew it.

        As Australia’s cases rose, restrictions around the country tightened. Before we knew it, the Barefruit office closed, and we were all sent home to work on reduced hours. It was so difficult to see our many of our clients and local businesses really struggle through the first lockdown. Much of our work was put on hold, however our rebrand project for Korff Wealth continued on amongst a few other projects. This included the beginnings of Rafiki Zabibu wine...check it out here.

        We saw the opportunity for Korff Wealth, a financial services boutique to roll out their rebrand while Australia was in lockdown. Why? Because more than ever before, Australians were turning to experts for financial advice. It was an exciting and challenging time for the Barefruit team, working over the phone and internet to deliver a rebranding project.

        After 60 days at home, it was finally time for the kids to head back to school which meant we got to go back to the office. Thank goodness! It was unprecedented times for our clients, with business slowly starting back up in our town. We dialled up our flexibility to deliver a ‘Back2Business’ campaign, including coaching programs and marketing packages to generate new leads. We also worked to help our clients take advantage of government grants that were available for small businesses to use for marketing and communications. Our ability to capitalise on opportunities such as these was essential to the success we have seen in recent months, and we feel very proud about it.

        Along came July and our pregnant Agency Manager, Cat, was due to have her a baby very soon. It was time for Barefruit to bring on a new employee to fill Cat’s position. And so, we welcomed Charlotte into an Account Executive position. We can’t quite believe that we were not only able to survive 2020 as a business, but we also were able to expand the team. In fact, we even needed to get Sara, our previous Agency Manager, back in for a day a week as Charlotte moved onto more and more client work. On 29 August, Cat welcomed her little girl, Bonnie, earth-side. The new Barefruit bubba has visited us a few times since, and she is absolutely gorgeous.

        As business continued to improve in our local town, we were awarded with more and more projects from existing and new clients. In September, we helped North Coast Community College launch their new Primary Industries Training Centre. This was a major highlight of our year. We worked to organise a launch event for this new training centre and series of certificate III qualifications, while simultaneously creating media buzz and as much free publicity about it as possible. The event was a huge success with dignitaries, local publications and special guests all in attendance. From this, numerous articles were written about the new NCCC Primary Industries Training Centre, and NBN ran a feature on the local news the evening of the event. Read more about the fantastic day it was here.

        The second half of 2020 really flew by. Before we knew it, it was Spring, and business was returning to normal in our regional town. Not to mention the onslaught of tourists from Sydney and Brisbane who greatly helped business in the Northern Rivers recover from the impacts of lockdown. We worked with artist Len Collins to set up a new website, multiple shoots for Tweed Holidays Parks took place, we worked with a start-up to create a company name and branding. We organised a Golf Day event with Northern Rivers Food in return for event sponsorship, continued ongoing work for all our retainer clients and saw our beer packaging design on the shelves of bottle shops. Recently we were awarded a TVC job for Raine and Horne.

        After 414+ creative briefs, 500+ hours of pro bono work, 15 new websites and 15+ new branding projects we wrapped the year up, celebrating with a fantastic Christmas Party with Behind the Barrel. Thank you to everyone who made the year it was at Barefruit. We are forever grateful to be where we are today in 2021, thanks to the support of our staff, our clients and the local community.

        Barefruit 2020 infographic

        Apple’s iOS Update Will Change Facebook Advertising

        iOS changes that will affect Facebook Advertising

        Earlier this year at the annual Worldwide Developers' Conference, Apple announced product and policy changes that will affect how data is shared across iOS. Unfortunately, the limits this change places on advertising will disrupt the growth of small businesses and the free internet.

        Don’t get us wrong, we are all for proactive privacy measures and data transparency. We believe in a world where personalisation and user privacy can coexist. In saying this, we aren’t too happy about the policies Apple is bringing in.

        What will change

        The new iOS 14 update will force people to opt-in for their data to be tracked on their mobile devices and across the web. By opting out, Apple’s proposed changes will limit your ability to effectively reach, understand and engage people on their mobile devices and across the web. This will disrupt how you control who sees your ads, understand the performance of your campaigns and draw insights of user behaviour. Over time, you may see an overall decrease in ad performance and personalisation and an increase in cost per action.

        Specifically, these changes will limit your ability to:

        • “Effectively deliver ads to people based on their engagement with your business”
        • “Measure and report on conversions from certain customers”
        • “Ensure that your ads are delivered to the most relevant audiences at the right frequency”
        • “Accurately attribute app installs to people using iOS 14 and later”
        • “Predict and optimise cost per action over time and efficiently allocate budgets” (Facebook, 2020)

         

        In summary

        The changes to the policy in the iOS 14 update will make it harder for small businesses to reach their target audience. This limits growth and the ability to compete against the bigger players. It’s important to note that Facebook advertising isn’t (and shouldn’t be) the only driving force for selling online, gathering leads, building brand awareness. It is essential to create integrated campaigns across multiple platforms so that messages reach consumers in many areas of life, not just online.

        What you can do to get ready for the change

        If you plan to deliver conversion events on your website (you can read more about this here), you may need to verify your website's domain to avoid future disruptions. Domain verification should be prioritised for domains with pixels used by multiple businesses and personal ad accounts. If you plan to deliver ads for conversion events that occur within your business apps, follow these steps.

        And if you’d like to read more about these changes, visit this blog post from Facebook, explaining the iOS policy changes in-depth.

         

        Related Tag: Facebook Ads Australia

         

        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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