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Do SMEs have a love-hate relationship with technology?

MYOB’s Business Monitor – a national survey of small and medium business owners and managers – has found that more and more Australian SMEs are using more and more online technologies to run their businesses. If that’s the cup half full, consider the one half empty: Simultaneously, the survey found a growing divide between the online-savvy businesses and the online laggards.

MYOB report on SMEs: Grass is greener across the Tasman!

Often the grass on the other side seems greener. This time, the grass across the Tasman Sea doesn’t just seem greener. It’s going to...

Mood of the SMEs: More upbeat about economy, but decidedly downbeat about government

Might the two millions SMEs be swing voters in this year’s elections? Potentially, they could, especially when disgruntled.

SMEs dumping Internet in the face of economic slump

The Business Monitor, which surveyed 1,004 SME operators, found online business activity such as online transactions, email marketing and social media to be in decline. Less than a quarter (24%) used search engines to promote their business, down from nearly one-third (31%) in March. Social media activity on Facebook, YouTube and Google+ fell three percentage points to 15% and professional networking on LinkedIn fell six percentage points to 13%

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5 Ways to get more out of your coffee shop meetings...

Far too much time is wasted in coffee shop meetings. More often than not, the conversation falls off topic, interruptions cause distractions and, before you know it, the meeting is over and you’ve achieved nothing. That’s what Antony Gaddie calls a Coffee and Doughnut meeting. You get a coffee and… zero. He’s the founder of Green Ant Marketing and he shared with us (over coffee) five things that you can do to help you make the most of your coffee shop meetings.

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How to build a retail empire with James Webber [FREE REPORT]

Starting any new business is hard, but starting an online retail business is particularly hard. You see, this is one industry that combines technology, logistics and, of course, marketing – it’s a juggling act. To help us crack this hard nut, we sought the wisdom James Webber, CEO at Bookworld.

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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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