Marketing, even when you’re crazy busy

Juggling Marketing When You're Busy

Our region has been so fortunate to have had so much business recently. We’ve heard that many local businesses have been overwhelmed with demand. Considering how difficult 2020 was, this is an amazing place to be so soon after. Whether you’re crazy busy with high demand, expanding your business or working towards getting back to pre-COVID times, marketing is always important.

Marketing does help drive sales, and so much more than that. So even if you think you’re busy now, you’d be taking a big gamble to let it slide from your business strategy. The Northern Rivers has been flooded with visitors, and your marketing tells these people why they should consider you. Without these messages, your competitors will be thanking you.

In It to Win It

If you’re not in the game, you can’t win. Good marketing makes consumers think of you first when they need the product or service you offer. The brand awareness, interest and desire for your brand will impact your sales positively, no doubt. Keeping up with social media, traditional advertising, emails, digital marketing, SEO (whatever forms your strategy) keeps your brand in the forefront of consumer’s minds. If you drop your marketing efforts, even from just one channel, your competitors will already be ahead of you. Vying for consumer’s attention is a competitive game, so you must always play if you’re serious about growing your business.

Slow and Steady

It’s hard to keep up with marketing when you’re busy but you can’t let it take a back, or even a side seat. Consistency always wins. Right now is a great opportunity to put long-term marketing strategies in place to drive awareness and sales for the future. With a surge in domestic travel and people moving to the area, you can expect to see business steady all year round and your marketing efforts need to reflect this. You’ll need to continuously communicate with visitors, the locals and the new people arriving in our area. Businesses that never stop marketing experience a forward-momentum situation, like a train getting faster and faster along the tracks. Don’t slam the brakes on your marketing when you’re busy - doing so could slow down your sales in the future. To maintain sales (and to grow them!), be consistent.

Always Communicate

Tactics such as social media marketing, email marketing, print, TV advertising and PR help you tell your brand story. The more you communicate value to consumers, the more they consider you a voice of authority in the industry, especially if you’ve got something interesting, valuable or different to say. In 2021, brand activism is extremely important to influence purchase decision-making, so tell your story and communicate your brand’s personality to consumers.

Having a long-term strategy and consistency in your marketing activities helps you compete against your competitors, maintain and drive sales in the future and grow your business. To keep moving forward, don’t stop what you’re doing.

How to write a Press Release

We’ve all been waiting for it, and finally 2021 is here. Over the holidays Lennox has been buzzing with visitors. It’s been fantastic to see local businesses being supported after such a trying year.

Success stories are popping up all over the place and if that’s you, it should be part of your marketing strategy to tell people about it. Social media is great at spreading awareness, but a story in the media, whether in a newspaper, magazine or on the TV or radio is unparalleled. Getting your story ‘published’ is the best form of word-of-mouth marketing you can get. We refer to this as ‘earned media’ and it is more trusted and credible to the viewer than ‘paid (owned) media’ as it is seen as unbiased. Naturally, people get talking and before you know it, you will hopefully see an impact on your business in terms of customers and sales.

When something newsworthy happens, let the media know about it by sending them a press release. Journalists are busy bees, so when writing a press release, there is a bit of a recipe to follow to make their life easier.

  1. A Strong and Informative Title

The title is the first thing the journalist will read, so it must clearly describe your story, grab attention and not be too long. This will become your email subject when you send press release out to publications. If it’s boring, the email won’t be opened.

 

  1. Your Subheading is Everything

Journalists receive hundreds of press releases, so don’t have time to read them all. Write a sentence or two that sums up your story and this will become your subheading. Make sure you answer all the Who, Where, When, What, How and Why questions.

 

  1. Talk about the Important Things First

Your press release is not an essay. Like a news article, you need to include the most important and relevant information towards the beginning. When you’ve done this, you can go into more detail, adding quotes and interesting facts about your story.

 

  1. Include Photos with People in Them

Send photos (with people in them) along with your press release. Photos make things more engaging for readers and helps them relate to your story. By including a variety of photos that are captioned, you’ll give your story a better chance of being published.

 

  1. Quotes are important 

Boost the credibility of your story with quotes from the business owners, customers, members of the community…whoever is relevant.

 

  1. Your contact details

Often, journalists will want to get in touch to organise interviews, take photos or learn more. Include your contact details, so they can get in touch.

 

  1. Boilerplate

Appearing at the bottom of every press release, is an outline of your company, products, services, awards and website and social links.

 

And with that fine-tuned recipe, you’ll have a press release ready to send to publications. Happy writing !

 

Indigenous farming on offer at Wollongbar college

Barefruit assisted North Coast Community College with the launch of their new Primary Industries Training Centre. This involved creating media buzz to generate free publicity. Our PR strategy involved sending out a press release to the media before and after the event to engage local publications. The Byron Echo, followed up our press release with an article about the new training centre in Wollongbar.

The Echo's focus was informing the public about the indigenous aspect of the new, unique Cert. III qualifications. It's a first for our local area, and perhaps one in the State (who knows, maybe even nation-wide). The collaboration between North Coast Community College and the DPI extends also to the local indigenous tribe. The new qualifications all have a Cultural unit, taught by Cultural Trainer, Tracy King. She said, ‘As a Bundjalung woman with cultural connections through kinship throughout the Bundjalung Nation, I am very passionate and a firm believer in Aboriginal cultural and heritage values to use as a tool for future generations’.

You can read more this project here.

 

 

Getting Your Brand Ready for Christmas

Get ready for Xmas

It’s that time of year already…finally! After the Melbourne Cup, the festive season hits and with the longer days, daylight savings and warmer weather, Christmas is well and truly on its way. If you’re a small business, Christmas and the holiday season can be one of your busiest times of the year. So let’s make sure you’re ready.

Promotion, Sales and Discounts

Whatever you’re selling, this is the time of year when the market is saturated with promotions, deals, discounts and sales. It all kicks off with Black Friday on 29 November and Cyber Monday on 30 November in celebration of Thanksgiving. Although Australia doesn’t necessarily celebrate Thanksgiving, we’ve jumped on board anyway – any excuse for a sale! Then we’re into the Christmas rush, swiftly followed by Boxing Day and January sales. Choose which promotional method best suits your brand and make sure you give people plenty of notice. Utilise your social media channels, website and email lists. If you are Lennox-based, you will reach most of the community with the Lennox Wave. What's more, over the holiday period Helen’s bumper issue reaches locals and the many visitors to our town!

Consider Shipping Delays

With COVID-19 and the huge increase in online shopping, Australia Post and other couriers are struggling to keep up. Keep an eye on possible delays! Communicate the cut-off dates for Christmas deliveries to encourage early purchase.

Christmas Gifts for Business Partners and Loyal Customers

The festive season is a time for giving and it’s important to make sure your brand is also. Recognise the people you work with, partnerships, clients and loyal customers with a little-something-special to show they’ve made a difference to your year. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive…a card in the mail goes a long way. Again, don’t forget lead times on merchandise could be very soon.

Shop local!

Choose to shop local to support our community and local business owners. With everything that has happened this year, they really need all the support they can get. Plus, gifts are so much more special when there is a story behind them – a personal touch that cannot be matched.

Schedule your Socials

Being a business owner and wearing all those hats is full on at the best of times, so get ahead of yourself and organise what you can in advance. Batch your content and spend a few hours getting your posts created and scheduled, all the way to the beginning of January if you can! There is an in-built scheduling tool in Facebook called Creator Studio (make sure you link your Instagram and Facebook together!) and multiple scheduling apps, such as Hootsuite or Later.

2020 has been a huge year, and as a business owner we have all felt pushed to our absolute limits at times. This Christmas make sure to give yourself a break. Get refreshed for the new year, think about your goals moving forward and appreciate the fact that you made it!

Far North Coast Creative Agency Rebrand Financial Services Firm

September has been an exciting month for Barefruit. Another one of our client projects has been recognised and featured by B&T Australia. Korff Wealth, formerly known as Yellow Brick Road Wealth and Management, Northern Rivers approached us with a rebrand brief at the beginning of the year. It was interesting timing, with Australia heading into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic mid-way through strategic and branding conversations. However, Korff Wealth saw this as an opportunity; with the current economic climate, Australians are looking for expert financial advice they can trust, more than ever. Considering, it was the perfect timing for a strategical review and rebrand of the business.

Read more about the project here.

 

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. 

 

B&T features Barefruit’s Redesign of Seven Mile Brewing’s Packaging

After all that has happened this year with our agency working from home for 8 weeks, business for our clients taking a hit and being as flexible and adaptable as we can, it was so exciting for our hard work to be noticed by B&T Australia. They ran a Press Release written by Charlotte (one of our star Account Executives), about our design project with Seven Mile Brewing Co. 

Barefruit worked with Seven Mile Brewing to design and print new can and carton packaging for the brewery's three core beers. The 9-month-long project progressed without any setbacks. Discussions began in late 2019, which were followed by thorough market and competitor analysis, concept development and final art production. The team worked collaboratively to develop designs that overcame the challenges of Seven Mile Brewing Co.’s previous packaging design; creating individual can designs for each core beer.

Alex Wales, Barefuit’s Creative Lead, is delighted to see his designs on bottle shop shelves. He said, “we based the design of the cans and cartons on how they would look on the shelves and in a retailer’s cooler room. We went for a simple design, placing emphasis on the brand logo and complimenting the design with bright variant colours.”

Read more about the project here. 

Read more about the project here. 

 

NCCC – Bush food farming on offer at new training facility

Barefruit was engaged by North Coast Community College to assist with creating media buzz about the opening event of their new Primary Industries Training Centre. Our PR strategy involved sending out a press release to the media before and after the event. As such, our efforts were recognised, with most of our local publications writing about and attending the event. One of the articles from the media came from the Northern Star.

Our for creating media buzz involved a new approach to sending out a Press Release. Instead of a blanket email to all journalists and editors, we hand-picked the publications we wanted this story to run in - there were about 8-10 publications. We then sent out our Press Release to those journalists and editors, and a few hours later, followed up our email with a call. Doing so, helped us to ensure the journalists had seen our Press Release and gave us the opportunity to summarise it quickly over the hone. We were also able to convey our excitement and a few extra details in conversation to hype up the story too. This approach was successful for 90% of the publications we reached out to - huge win!

You can read more this project here.

 

 

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

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