13 February 2015

We have moved!

The Ruby Orchard has gone and got all grown up!  We have moved...

You can find our blog, galleries and soon our online shop at www.therubyorchard.co.za

Bye bye blogger.... 

09 February 2015

A Creative Consultation with Nadia van der Mescht

In 2013 I had my first consultation with Nadia, we planned and shaped marketing strategies to catapult The Ruby Orchard onto the Map.

In 2014, Nadia was guest speaker at our first Creative In store workshop.  She summed up our creative day with such wise words.

At the start of 2015 I was in need of some oomph, some fresh eyes and ears on my plans for 2015 and a good old chat about what was going well and what wasn't!  I booked a session with Nadia and headed to Durbs!  A child free day out of the office… such a treat for me! My music playing in the car instead of the Beatrix potter story CD,  No rushing to collect Jonah from school and a handbag free from juice bottles and little boy pants!

Nadia is always poised, professional and so knowledgeable in her field.   Every question gets answered with depth, thought and comes with a list of sites to visit that illustrate her points and ideas.  I came away with a notebook full of scribbles and have since typed lists and spreadsheets with all my to dos!

I'm not going to share all that we covered, but here are a few things that stuck with me...

1// Use social media with reason. Every post ask yourself ‘What am I trying to achieve by posting this?’ More likes? More clicks? Generate sales? Drive traffic to another form of social media?  Some spontaneity is good, but plan and post with purpose.

2// Be an Instagram ace! Instagram is about pictures, it showcases your business and brand in pictures. So take beautiful pictures, use filters cleverly and Instagram only the best piccies.

3// If you are going to send monthly newsletters, make them stunning and concise or they are likely to be deleted! Look at your stats, if a newsletter is not generating interest, use this time on a more effective marketing tool.

If you are a creative business owner looking for some guidance, support and inspiration then you should definitely give Nadia a call!

06 February 2015

Some Instagram Highlights

We are LOVING Instagram! 

With almost 400 of you following our daily snaps, we love our instargram followers to be first to see our new stock. You can follow us @therubyorchard.

Here are some of our Instagram highlights from the start of 2015...

03 February 2015

Valentines Day: Gift Ideas

February brings gorgeous hot summer days, lazy warm evenings and .....Valentines Day!!  This year, why not do something a little different and treat your beloved to a gift that will last and make their hearts flutter!  Take a look at some of our favourite gift ideas:

Wooden block mini hearts - R15

Wooden heart shape tea light candle holders: Small - R120 // Large - R140

Cards - blank inside for your own message - R28

Love Vouchers - R30

Stacking bowls - R65

Heart drawing mini milk jug - R150

Tiny dipping bowls - R130

Wooden people - R140 (L) // R55 (S)

Hearts on a block - R155

 Heart Platter - R160

Dotted heart mug (turquoise)  - R105

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