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How will bricks and mortar retailers combat the online shopping boom in Australia?

There’s no denying that online shopping is growing at a rapid pace in Australia – just to give you an idea of the scale, in the 12 months to September 2016 Australians spent an estimated $20.8 billion on retail purchases online. If you’re thinking that’s a lot of shoes you’d be correct. But the good news is that $20.8 billion spent online is the equivalent to around 7% of the traditional bricks and mortar retail sector - so whilst online shopping is growing at a fast pace, it is by no means panic stations for traditional retail stores just yet.

And there are many ways that bricks and mortar retailers can combat the online trend…
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Let's look at the Key Marketing trends for Small Business in 2017...

As we are about to farewell this working year, with just a few days to go until Christmas, what better time to have a look at what is coming at us in 2017! As technology keeps moving at warp speed we love the challenge of keeping on top of the latest, so here’s our little sneak preview of the key marketing trends for 2017.
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What does this election chaos mean for business owners in Australia?

Well like most Australians I was expecting to come to work this week knowing who is governing our country... and all being able to move forward with our business plans with some semblance of normality… 

And yet we woke up Sunday to a collective “WTF?”…
So alas, here we are again with a potential hung parliament and the country holding our breath as final ballots are counted… and Pauline Hanson in the senate. Don’t even get me started on that.

So what does this mean for business owners in Australia?
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The failsafe formula for building a great brand

Did you know there’s a formula for building a great brand in a competitive market?

Your brand is the way your customers perceive you, so having a brand that represents your business personality, values and culture is not just an optional extra in business but a core necessity if you seek longevity.

Effective branding is more than just a good logo. It’s ensuring that every touch point of communication with your customers encapsulates your core brand and key message. Great branding offers a distinct competitive advantage, as your competition can’t easily imitate or replicate your brand, or your customer’s perception of the brand.

So if you need to create a brand for a new business idea or redefine your existing business’ brand, here is my 5 step formula for getting it right:

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Don't run your business or life with a scarcity mentality

For once this year I had a new year’s resolution that had nothing to do with food, exercise or money…. which is a nice change … it seems so often we focus on external perceptions of what we should or shouldn’t be doing. 

For me, this year is about Abundance. Its about sharing a lot of what I know, giving all I can in all areas of my life, and helping others achieve and reach their goals as well. 

I’ve always felt that I’ve lived with abundance, even as a kid I had the sort of personality that led me to help, share, and try to look at the “bright side of life”. But this year I decided to step it up a notch, and actively consolidate my abundance philosophy across all aspects of my life and business in a tangible way.

Here’s how I’m doing it, and you can do it too:
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Have you kick started your Marketing for 2016?

So your marketing for this year is pretty much done and dusted now… except for your last pre-Christmas campaigns over the next few weeks. So what then? Do you have a plan in place for talking to your customers in January, with a strategy that will take you through 2016?

Telling the right story at the right time is essential to a successful Marketing campaign, and the last thing you want is to be behind the eight-ball due to a lack of planning. Leaving it until you get back from holidays in January to think about your Marketing message means you will be well behind your competitors who have a strategy mapped out.

Here are my 3 top tips for getting ahead of the game with your Marketing for 2016…
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Top 10 Retail Brands That Lead on Social Media Performance

Written by Joyce Shin 

Top brands online have a number of things in common; they post regularly, they are on-brand and they sell the sizzle whether it's using women that are beautiful (and men for that matter), or using the best lighting for each and every product shot.
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10 Things every retailer must do before Christmas

The countdown is on and while we are all still enjoying the Spring Racing Carnival, there are a few large retailers who have already put together their Christmas displays and have started their Christmas marketing campaigns.

So what should you do? Do you start early because they have, or do you wait until it is closer to Christmas? Here is your retail marketing “TO DO” list to help you decide.

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Do's and Don'ts of Marketing Automation

A lot of clients ask me about “Marketing Automation” because they’ve heard the buzzword and wonder if it’s something they should be doing.... and as with everything in technology nowadays it can be hard to keep up (especially if you’re a small business and marketing is not your area of expertise).

Marketing Automation is used extensively in the US retail market, but in Australia we are a little way behind. There is so much more that marketers could be doing with the technology - and early adopters in Australia will be streets ahead of the competition.
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