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99designs launches template logo store offering customisation and 24-hour turn around for $99

Australian-based online crowdsourcing design service 99designs today launched a new logo store. The concept is pretty simple -- you chose a template from the gallery of 4,500+ templates and 99designs' designers swap in your organisation's name and deliver you a high resolution and web ready version within 24 hours, for $99.

Why PR is a pointless waste of time

I’ve never been a fan of the whole PR thing -- I’ve seen so many people sink time, effort and money into PR and then see no real ROI from it. And don’t even start with that “brand awareness” crap.

Can Canada capitalise on its Olympics achievement?

As Sydney 2000 illustrated, the Olympic Games present a wonderful opportunity for the host country to channel the attending global attention into commercial momentum. But with the global economy on the slow road to recovery, will Canada be able to parlay the triumph of Vancouver's recently concluded Winter Olympics into sustained business success?

Gap’s upside-down store turns heads

To promote awareness of Sprize, Gap's new loyalty program carrying the tag line "shopping turned on its head", the company turned its entire store on Robinson Street, Vancouver upsidedown. It took 12 hours to flip the instore decor -- including four display tables and 32 mannequins -- as well as a hot dog stand and three cars outside.

Gap's upside-down store turns heads

To promote awareness of Sprize, Gap's new loyalty program carrying the tag line "shopping turned on its head", the company turned its entire store on Robinson Street, Vancouver upsidedown. It took 12 hours to flip the instore decor -- including four display tables and 32 mannequins -- as well as a hot dog stand and three cars outside.

Grammy Awards reveal the power of branding. So who were the winners and losers?

There is no greater exercise in commercial branding than the Grammy Awards. So which brands were the winners and losers at this year’s Grammys?

The 10 best strategic business slides of all time: #5 — Message Development

In the fifth post in this series, Nigel Malone shares the contents of another of his favourite business keynote slides, drawn from a cross-section of sources that includes some of the great business, brand and military planners of all time.

The 10 best strategic business slides of all time: #4 — Values

In the fourth post in this series, Nigel Malone shares the contents of another of his favourite business keynote slides, drawn from a cross-section of sources that includes some of the great business, brand and military planners of all time.

Four essential X-Factor elements for success

An influential personal brand is a heady and unpredictable mix. If it were a recipe, I’m convinced it would be one of those fiercely guarded family secrets dating back hundreds of years. For this reason, while many have tried, few succeed in capturing in writing the essential X-Factor elements for success. It’s a big ask, but I hope to change all of that for you, right here, right now.

What Tiger Woods Should Have Known! (7 Fatal Sins that Will Kill Your Personal...

We’re now two weeks into the Tiger Woods scandal and it has already cost him a lucrative contract with his sponsor Accenture. His deal with...

DUMB REPORT 2009: iSnack 2.Doh! (1 of 10)

As the first instalment in our annual DUMB REPORT, it's hard to look beyond the most discussed media and marketing experiment for 2009, Kraft's controversial crowdsourcing campaign and the naming of iSnack 2.0.

5 reasons I hate logos

Okay, maybe that's a tad on the dramatic side. What I hate is this faffing around with logos as an excuse for not doing other, real, important stuff with your business.

Verizon attempts to dowse iPhone sizzle with iDon't ad

US telco Verizon seems to have settled on the open warfare tactic on behalf of Motorola's yet-to-be-released Droid handset. This ad, dubbed "iDon't", runs through all the things the iPhone doesn't do (that Droid does... or will).

Verizon attempts to dowse iPhone sizzle with iDon’t ad

US telco Verizon seems to have settled on the open warfare tactic on behalf of Motorola's yet-to-be-released Droid handset. This ad, dubbed "iDon't", runs through all the things the iPhone doesn't do (that Droid does... or will).

Volkswagen's viral success: the fun theory

Its latest campaign, The Fun Theory, is based on the idea that people's actions can be changed by something as simple as 'fun'. Played out (and filmed) on an unsuspecting public, a set of subway stairs transformed into a walking piano and a 'never-ending' bin manage to dramatically change people's typical behaviour for the better. And all of this with barely a reference to Volkswagen.

Volkswagen’s viral success: the fun theory

Its latest campaign, The Fun Theory, is based on the idea that people's actions can be changed by something as simple as 'fun'. Played out (and filmed) on an unsuspecting public, a set of subway stairs transformed into a walking piano and a 'never-ending' bin manage to dramatically change people's typical behaviour for the better. And all of this with barely a reference to Volkswagen.

‘Throwing the book’ at the legal profession! Part 3

In this three-part series, contributing authors Gene Stark and Jeremy Samuel ponder why law firms aren’t better at marketing themselves. This third and final instalment explores the power of simplicity in communicating a message.

uberVU returns with improved online conversation tracking

Last week we discovered that the uberVU team has been hard at work transforming the product based on the initial feedback received from private beta testers. And the public beta version is now live.

In search of a tagline, Oodles.com offers the Twittersphere a $1,000 prize

To coincide with today's relaunch of the oodles.com website, Sherlock and his team are inviting Twitter users to suggest a tagline for their online car rental platform. The author of the winning tweet tagline (twagline?) as chosen by Oodles staff will receive $1,000 cash.

What is Anthill? News Ltd thinks we're a 'marketing website'

It seems that with Anthill moving away from its print origins, the mainstream print media has become less coy about including Anthill activities as part of newspaper content. This weekend, Anthill made its News Ltd debut, appearing in the Herald Sun and its various 'sister' publications throughout our great nation. (It only took five years!) Despite the good exposure, the most valuable outcome, from our perspective, from these events is that they have forced us to start practicing what we preach and get some clarity around own branding. Can we be a 'magazine' without a regular print product? Are we a community, a channel, a media outlet? Perhaps we're something else yet again?

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Recorded guerrilla-style in the basement of York Butter Factory, the linked video course is a rollicking, authoritative lesson (with some colourful language, mind you) from someone who has been through it all. In this Cheat Sheet, we cover three hot tips from the lesson, with a focus on helping business owners grow and increase profitability: Why entrepreneurs need to think about “the end," why cash flow is king – no matter what you’ve heard, and why you need to have a vision for success.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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