We’ve been a trusted leader in the online retail space since 2001, after pioneering experiential gifting in Australia. We connect customers with almost 4000 unique and amazing experiences, sourced from more than 1500 business partners across Australia and New Zealand.
We've come a long way from our humble beginnings – born in the front room of Founder Naomi Simson's family home, with little more than a second hand computer, her canine companion Dexter and $25,000 in family savings. RedBalloon was an experiment to test whether a company could be successful simply by listening to its people and customers and delivering a great experience to both, and we remain committed to this 15 years on.
RedBalloon is the marketing partner of thousands of small businesses - we not only deliver customers but also provide business tools, education and digital marketing expertise to those listed with RedBalloon. When business partners are successful then so is RedBalloon. We're an Australian small business, supporting other small businesses and together we are all stronger.
We had the cars and RedBalloon was our highway; accelerating our expansion and encouraging us to invest to make the experience available Australia-wide. In the last decade we’ve built 27 cars, contracted over 200 professional instructors and 500 part-time employees, delivering the 80,000 experiences our clients have purchased through RedBalloon.
V8s are at the heart of RedBalloon's DNA - consistently ranking as one of our most popular experiences since we launched in 2001.
"We were fortunate to intersect with the passionate team at RedBalloon early on. We had the cars and RedBalloon was our highway; accelerating our expansion and encouraging us to invest to make the experience available Australia-wide. In the last decade we’ve built 27 cars, contracted over 200 professional instructors and 500 part-time employees, delivering the 80,000 experiences our clients have purchased through RedBalloon. It’s easy to underestimate and hard to really measure the economic contribution of RedBalloon to our business" - Greg Evans, Managing Partner.
Skydive Australia have been a part of the RedBalloon family for 16 years. They were recently an integral part of our Guinness World Record for the most tandem skydives in an 8 hour period.
“We started with RedBalloon when they were founded back in 2001. Our growth to over 21 jump sites across Australia and New Zealand could not have been possible without RedBalloon’s sales and support” - Brooke Grundy, Marketing Manager.
One of RedBalloon’s proudest small business success stories is a mobile massage offering that grew from one therapist a decade ago, to a team of more than 50 nationally.
“Over 14 years ago RedBalloon gave my business a chance to expand nationally in Australia. We have not looked back and my team of over 50 therapists provide massage-at-home experiences to thousands of RedBalloon customers every year" - Tracey Blanch, Founder.
As for the new kid on the block, Wrapped.com, it’s a similar story. Designers and creators of bespoke marketing, presentation and gifting solutions, Corban & Blair were one of the first suppliers to join Wrapped in 2016.
“The Wrapped technology is fast and slick, and having easy access to real people who are there when we need them, makes the selling process easy. The Wrapped staff are genuinely interested in what we do, how we can work best together and helping us to plan strategies and explore new ideas. As a result we have more than doubled our sales through the new Wrapped site since coming on board late last year" - Gillian Corban, Founder and MD.
The Big Red Group (BRG) provides management and services to its subsidiaries RedBalloon, Redii, Wrapped, The Huddle and Marketics. Each of these entities delivers services to business owners - whether it’s marketing and online retail, helping employees thrive or education and information programs. BRG companies are focussed on the success of other businesses.
In essence we know how difficult it can be to grow and scale a business consistently; co-founders Naomi Simson and David Anderson have built many businesses during their careers and they know the challenges business owners face.
Both Naomi and David are passionate about supporting Australian business owners. Through the Big Red Group they inspire leadership, thriving workplaces and commercial outcomes for business owners, which in turn leads to economic growth for all.
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