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Posted on 20th Apr, 2017 by Samantha Whitewood
The Bonfire team joined over 800 others from the Western Australian advertising, media and communications industry this month at the new Crown Towers Ballroom for the 2017 Oasis Ball and Campaign Brief Awards.
Together, we celebrated our industry and raised funds for The Oasis Project; an initiative that supports the Salvation Army’s Crossroads West programme. This incredible programme is aimed at providing stable environments for young people who have had their home lives disrupted by their parents or guardian’s addiction, abuse or abandonment.
Bonfire finalist for Agency of the Year.
Loud cheers could be heard from our tables when it was announced that Bonfire was nominated for the ‘Agency of the Year’ award, and although we didn’t win the title this year, we were one of the finalists in this category.
Rene LeMerle, Bonfire’s Head of Marketing, finalist for Advertising Person of the Year
We were also extremely proud to see one of our own, Rene LeMerle, as a finalist for ‘Advertising Person of the Year’. Rene has been a valued part of our Bonfire family for over 12 years, and during this time has played a large role in overseeing Bonfire’s transition from ‘one of Perth’s expert digital marketing agencies’ to ‘Perth’s largest and most experienced digital performance agency’. Congratulations Rene, we’re lucky to have you as part of the #BonfireSquad!
Photo: Finalists for Advertising Person of the Year.
Final Word & Congratulations
Congratulations to all the individuals and agencies who walked away from the night as award winners, as well as all of those recognised as finalists. Thank you to Campaign Brief for recognising Bonfire as a leading agency in Perth and to Oasis Ball for allowing us to participate on the night and contribute to a great cause. We’re already looking forward to attending next year’s event!
— Bonfire (@Bonfire_Group) April 7, 2017
Posted on 22nd Dec, 2016 by Kayla Paul
The evening of November 24 saw The Flour Factory in Perth quickly fill with marketing professionals and business owners to recognise marketing excellence across Perth and greater WA. The event was hosted by the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) and followed a two-part programme; the awards and a discussion from an expert panel.
The carefully selected panel featured five of Perth’s most respected marketing thought leaders including Bonfire’s Head of Marketing, Rene LeMerle. Chosen for their expertise and knowledge within their respective fields, topics for discussion included content marketing, marketing technology, customer experience, data driven marketing analytics and talent management.
The discussion format allowed the experts to share their insights and marketing predictions for the coming years. Initiating the discussion, Rene was asked his opinion regarding the rise of content marketing and decline of advertising for businesses in 2017.
While Rene emphasised the importance of content as being a key element for a business’ overall marketing efforts, he explained that “content in isolation isn’t a strategy.” Instead, content should be used as a tool to build a story around a brand.
— Bonfire (@Bonfire_Group) November 24, 2016
He also mentioned that the key for creating valuable content is understanding your audience; a practice he thinks more small and medium sized businesses should be investing in.
— Bonfire (@Bonfire_Group) November 24, 2016
Other discussions followed by Michelle Testa (Business Director, Dentsu Mitchell), Kerry Milne (Executive Manager, Bankwest), Ty Hayes (Chief Marketing Officer, Curtin University) and De Hallam (Senior Data Planner, Digital Balance).
— Bonfire (@Bonfire_Group) November 24, 2016
Now in its thirty fourth year, The AMI Awards are held annually for each state and are accompanied by a national gala event. The awards include 28 categories across a wide range of areas for marketing excellence and recognise the vital role marketing plays in creating value for businesses. Bonfire would like to congratulate all the award winners and extend our thanks to the Australian Marketing Institute for hosting this event.
Posted on 10th Nov, 2016 by Courtney Mills
Bonfire has been chosen as the digital marketing partner of one of Australia’s largest ‘fast fashion’ companies, Tiger Mist.
The fashion label is recognised as one Australia’s social media success stories with an already enviable following, including over 800,000 Instagram followers. Their range of clothing is a favourite among fashion conscious females across the globe and is sold through big-name retailers including Myer, ASOS and Forever 21.
However, given the fast-paced nature of the fashion industry, multi-channel digital strategies are paramount for sustained success. Our team have identified several exciting market expansion opportunities for Tiger Mist, through an integrated search marketing strategy.
Despite being based in Melbourne, the Tiger Mist team don’t see this as a barrier and we’re in fact inspired by the results we’re achieving with Bonds.
Posted on 24th Oct, 2016 by Courtney Mills
We’re thrilled to announce the latest company to partner with Bonfire – the Australian division of accounting software giant, Sage.
Bonfire has been tasked with overhauling Sage Australia’s Google marketing strategy. Combining a brand refresh with strong digital marketing campaigns, Sage Australia’s aim is to leverage the digital expertise and knowledge of Bonfire to increase its customer and partner numbers aggressively over the next 12 months. Bonfire’s first undertaking has been to overhaul and establish solid digital foundations for the brand.
Although based is Sydney, Sage’s marketing team looked further afield and was impressed with Bonfire’s thorough proposal and research process and the results we’re already achieving for other high profile service companies.
Sage Australia Campaign Manager, Anthony Pignatiello shares his experience with Bonfire to date:
Bonfire has provided exceptional customer service from the start. Despite being located on the other side of the country, their flexibility and responsiveness really stood out for us as an agency. Our account manager (Arno) always responds in a timely fashion whilst providing us with expert SEO advice that delivers results.
We are only at the start of our SEO journey with Bonfire, and we’re excited at the prospect of what this great partnership can achieve
We would like to officially welcome Sage Australia to the Bonfire family. Our digital services team are eager to hit the ground running on the campaigns.
Posted on 18th Oct, 2016 by Courtney Mills
Bonfire CEO, Clay Cook, was recently invited to feature in AdNews’ Industry Insights Profile alongside other influential Australian marketing leaders from Fairfax Media, M&C Saatchi, Channel 10, AOL and Spotify.
The profile aims to shed light on the varying roles and companies across the advertising, ad tech, marketing and media sector in Australia.
The full piece is below or you can view online here.
Posted on 4th Oct, 2016 by Courtney Mills
We’ve just had some great news shared by our AdWords team.
One of our clients recently had Google Call Tracking implemented into their paid search campaigns and in just one month the result has been nothing short of amazing.
Their conversion rate has improved by 220%
What makes this especially positive is that despite the same number of contact form submissions and a decrease in calls from ads, the conversion volume and rate has increased.
This has resulted in a dramatic decrease in cost-per-conversions for the client too. It’s a win-win! We look forward to seeing the results for next month and moving forward.
If you would like to implement Google call tracking on your paid search campaigns, speak to your Bonfire account manager. They would be happy to get it set-up for you.
Posted on 26th Aug, 2016 by Courtney Mills
Our reputation across Australia for our work in highly competitive markets continues to grow with news of our latest client appointments.
Triumph Motorcycles and City of Armadale are the latest companies looking to emulate Bonfire performance for other high profile companies.
The iconic motorcycle company was managing its campaigns internally. They realised specialist knowledge is necessary to grow their market share. Whereas, the City of Armadale have revamping their online presence with a focus on their tourism brand. The council made an important shift to digital to reposition it in the minds of residents, stakeholders and the general WA public.
Posted on 17th Aug, 2016 by Courtney Mills
How has the digital industry changed in the past 20 years?
What are the challenges ahead?
Why don’t SEO and SEM get the recognition they deserve in the wider marketing arena?
Bonfire CEO, Clay Cook, answered these questions and many more when he sat down with Campaign Brief to share his story as a pioneer in the Perth digital industry.
We may be a little biased, but it’s definitely a good read.
Posted on 16th Jun, 2016 by Courtney Mills
One of the world’s leaders in cloud based business communication solutions is the latest addition to Bonfire.
With a world-leading SMS marketing gateway, ClickSend already boasts an impressive client roster including HP, RioTinto, McDonalds, Fairfax Media and PWC. However, the company wants to expand it’s international market share even further by leveraging the opportunity in Google and Bonfire’s proven expertise in Digital Marketing.
News of this appointment was recently featured in Campaign Brief.
Posted on 5th May, 2016 by Courtney Mills
For the first time ever, the Bonfire team got all dressed up last Friday and attended The Oasis Ball and Campaign Brief Awards.
In it’s 21st year, the event was held at the Crown Grand Ballroom and celebrated and awarded some of WA’s biggest advertising achievements.
It had been touted as the WA advertising industry’s biggest night of the year and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
MC’s Karl Stefanovic and Tim McMillan were in great form, combining well to make for an entertaining night.
Although the awards provide very little opportunity for Bonfire’s digital marketing prowess to be commended, we had a fantastic evening mingling with our advertising peers.
Congratulations to all of the winners. We all had an absolute blast at the event and can’t wait to return next year.