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It’s still not too late to buy me a Christmas present [VIDEO]

All gifts can be presented (pun intended) at Anthill HQ. If you're stuck for ideas of what to get me, here's a suggestion. It looks like a lamp, but it's so much more. It's Lamp, with a capital L. It has a name and a personality of all its own.

How much does your site search suck? [VIDEO]

Lots of companies invest heavily in search marketing. However, one form is searching is often overlooked, and it leaves customers confused and frustrated.

Every factory production line should be as musical as this at Christmas [VIDEO]

The Alphabet Photography company does two things really well. Firstly, it frames art that is made up of letters of the alphabet, hence the company name. Secondly, it comes up with brilliant Christmas videos as a part of its content marketing strategy. This year's effort is quite delightful.

How one airline embraced the spirit of giving and surprised its customers on Christmas...

I'm doing a bit of flying this weekend. I'm pretty sure that I'm not going to get a surprise gift from my airline. Frankly, I'll be happy if the flights just depart on time. Spainair decided to do more than that for passengers on the last flight on Christmas Eve 2010.

YouTube rewinds the most watched videos of 2012 [VIDEO]

I apologise in advance. To discover what were the most watched YouTube videos in 2012, you will have to endure two of the most annoying songs of the year. Sorry.

What if shopping in real life was like shopping online? [VIDEO]

It should be a great experience, right? Wrong. There is really only one store that I can think of that makes shopping online easy, too easy....

Cardboard boxes – the best possible way to stimulate your imagination [VIDEO]

It's been a big year for vending machines. And, it's also been a big year for cardboard boxes. You've seen what one boy, Caine Monroy,...

2012 has been the year for viral vending machine videos [VIDEO]

It's been a big year for vending machines. This often overlooked mechanical devices have been the stars of many of the year's biggest viral videos to come out of the FMCG industry. Has the vending machine had it's moment in the spotlight, or will it's popularity continue on in 2013?

Dear Santa, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to fit a 3D printer down...

Sick of boring family portraits? You know the ones. When it all goes horribly wrong, the photos end up on Awkward Family Photos. No more! 3D printing has come to the rescue.

Broadcasting will not return to normal; the social media revolution has changed everything forever...

One in five divorces is blamed on Facebook. Justin Bieber has more Twitter followers than there are people living in Argentina. These are other fascinating statistics about our digital world pump along to Fat Boy Slim. This is the 2012 edition of the Social Media Revolution video.

Can Richard Branson solve the problem with the ‘war on drugs’? [VIDEO]

The 'war on drugs' has been raging and raging for almost all of my lifetime. And, frankly, I feel old. So, for this 'war' to...

Can a Mini Cooper predict the future more accurately than the Mayan prophecy? [VIDEO]

The new Mini Cooper roadster needed to reach a specific target audience, and mess with them. Just a little. So, Mini used a little bit of data, a little bit of internet evil and became psychic.

We’re pretty sure no dogs were harmed during the filming of this Christmas ad...

Whether it's a theme, like Back to the Eighties complete with Run DMC and Axel Rose costumes, or a more dressy affair, there's an outfit to be planned. Apparently, some people put a lot of thought, effort and planning into their office Christmas party outfit. This can lead to disaster.

Looking for your perfect tech developer? [VIDEO]

Developers are in high demand in any startup community. Without them, the great digital idea that you have remains just that, an idea. So, companies go to great lengths to find technology gurus.

Riddle me this. When is a shop not a shop? [VIDEO]

When is a shop, not a shop? When it's a cunningly, interconnected set of props held together with cable ties, that somehow seems to make music. Another Friday, another beer ad. Enjoy.

How Instagram has ruined almost everything [VIDEO]

Where do I start? How about, it includes two things that I really don't have much time for: Instagram photos and Nickelback. Yes, that about covers it.

Sorry, we spent our entire advertising budget on the prizes [VIDEO]

It's a novel way to promote an end-of-year giveaway, but sat nav producers TomTom have apologised in advance for their almost-rubbish video. Of course, it's an expensive, almost-rubbish video, but it's a fun approach.

Don’t always believe what you see, even if it’s on the internet [VIDEO]

If you're looking for an interesting party trick for this week's end of year parties, get yourself to a printer! This is almost like magic, but it's actually about perspective.

Making science fiction a reality: a robot that transforms before your eyes [VIDEO]

A Japanese man who likes to build robots as a hobby has created the first, real robot that transforms from a car into walking, shooting robot. Yes, it's real. Well, it's more real than various part of Megan Fox in the second Transformers movie.

Dumb ways to die, the sing-a-long version! [VIDEO]

As you're about to roll into the weekend, why not gather your friends and co-workers around, grab a beer and kick of the weekend with a sing-a-long to the karaoke version. It's team bonding at its best!

FREE BUSINESS TOOLS

The Facebook Honey Trap with James Tuckerman [CHEAT SHEET]

This cheat sheet was developed to help small business operators harness the incomparable (and undeniable) potency of Facebook to recruit fans, spread the word, and (most importantly) generate inbound business.

FREE BUSINESS TOOL

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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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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