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Do you need a dedicated server? Test your business against Intel’s 8-point checklist.

Every business wants to get more done in less time, right? Even the smallest of businesses can benefit from a dedicated server. It offers greater security and tees up your tech so you’re ready and raring for that big ol' growth spurt that’s just around the corner. And, as luck would have it, a server based on an Intel Xeon processor provides an intelligent solution to today’s business IT challenges… What are the chances, eh?

A social media dictionary for a new age

You’ve heard all the pros and cons for social networking. So, I’m not going there again. If you hate social media, run away. Now. However, for those of you who are hooked, there’s a whole new world of words and phrases that you need to be across. So, I felt it was time for a dictionary for our new, social media age.

Submitted for your entertainment: the 24 funniest ways to die

We feel compelled to counsel you that the content of this graphic -- a menu of some of the funniest deaths on record -- requires a lively sense of humor. So proceed as you will, and take solace in the fact that these poor sods' cringe-worthy expirations gave others a measure of joy.

Geographical Conversation Mapping (SMART 100)

From dealing with a number of international brands such as Red Bull, Toyota and Microsoft we realised that Australian subsidiaries have a challenge in identifying local content. Customers had to deal with ‘noise’ as they tried to determine what conversations are local and what they should care about. We needed to work out a way of pinpointing where conversations were happening beyond a domain basis (all the main social media sites are .com so would be attributed to the US). Our technology can now take a conversation sat on any domain and pinpoint the creator down to a suburb level.

The Creativity Formula: 50 scientifically-proven creativity boosters for work and for life

Dr Amantha Imber, Anthill’s Creativity Corner blogger, recently published a book entitled The Creativity Formula: 50 scientifically-proven creativity boosters for work and for life. We asked Amantha to hand-select an excerpt from the book to share with Anthill readers. Here is her selection. If it leaves you wanting more, please consider grabbing a copy of the book, which has earned praise from the likes of Seth Godin.

expanzPLATFORM (SMART 100)

One founder employed the other to complete an application development project for a large financial institution that was already over time, over budget and in serious risk. When the entire app was completed in 3 months instead of the expected 9 months, it was obvious there was something special invloved. The secret was a platform that transforms app development in a similar way to how assembly lines transformed manufacturing. The founders joined together to productize this unique approach and extend it further to leverage the emerging "cloud computing" technologies.

biomineral agriculture (SMART 100)

I realized that plants possess a powerful intelligence which they use to manipulate soil microbiology in order to feed and medicate themselves.

ANTMART DEAL: Would You Like To Meet 300 Young Entrepreneurs In One Day?

Check out this upcoming deal on Antmart -- Anthill's group buying website for Australian business owners. To sign-up to the Antmart newsletter, and...

Reverse Vending Machines (SMART 100)

We developed this solution around Wincor Nixdorf's solution, however the EPA of South Australia requires that these machines pay end users cash at collection point. These Reverse Vending Machines will be used thru out the state of South Australia as a start. Recyclates are captured in a clean fashion and all empty plastics, cans, and bottles are recycled. Hence, a cleaner environment for people using this technology. The modern day "cash for cans".

Go phish: keep your identity safe from thiefs

Phishing, for those who’ve not had the pleasure, refers to fraudulent electronic attempts to acquire personal information such as bank and credit card information, usernames and passwords, and any other details that can be used in identity theft. Phishing emails can be tricky to spot. Often they look exactly like legit messages from banks or creditors. Here’s the really sneaky part: they contain dangerous links that take you to fraudulent spoof sites.

Not all advice is equal

If you wanted to send a rocket to the international space station, would you listen to your cousin John when he said there’s no way that you should use that kind of fuel, because he used it in his car once and the car blew up? So why do people do this every day in their businesses?

Bluetooth for your PC [not just for shouty, look-at-me types with ear pieces]

Poor old Bluetooth. For a while now it’s been misappropriated by loud, shouty types stomping up the high street fog-horning ‘Buy! Buy! SELL!’ into their ear pieces. We here at Anthill -- with a liberal dollop of help from the delightful folk at Intel -- would like to reclaim Bluetooth as much more than just a conduit for idiots.

Signmanager (SMART 100)

Signmanager was born from an idea developed by directors Dan, Kris and Alan, who at the time were working for a sign manufacturer and saw a gap in the market for their idea: Signmanager. Signmanager acts as an independent consultant on behalf of major corporations to procure and manage their global branding requirements and the ongoing maintenance of their branded assets in the retail environment. Signmanager currently manage the corporate brands of more than 30 multinational corporations at over 40,000 retail outlets worldwide. Signmanager has offices in the Asia-Pacific region, UK and Europe, and the US.

Unbooked (SMART 100)

Founders Sarah Taylor and Jeff Dusting realized how time consuming and unsatisfactory it was to locate, book, and pay for home, health and beauty services, and how few service providers had access to efficient low-cost online trading.

Neta Litre Meter (SMART 100)

A need became apparent during water restrictions in Australia. Water authorities now apply water restrictions in litres per day. There was a need for a product which measures litres and provides easy monitoring and control of water usage outside of the home. The Neta Litre Meter was co-developed by two Australian companies. In addition, a litre-based watering method was included to help save water. It provides an easy guide to the correct amount of water to use on the garden. This further enhances the benefits of the Neta Litre Meter. The guide is included on packaging and promotional material.

eWAY founder Matt Bullock on plans to ‘smash’ U.K. market, and foray into China,...

In an interview with Anthill’s Cynthia Karena, Bullock talks about how his resolve never to accept no for an answer landed him his first big client – St. George Bank. Entrepreneurship also means creating a win-win situation and scaling from small to medium, and probably to large, because of the huge potential that still exists, he adds.

What is the Entrepreneurs’ Night Out

The Entrepreneurs' Night Out is your opportunity to mingle, learn from peers, make new friends and get inspired! Building a business at any age can...

Forget Pokemon. Fifteen year-old Lachy Groom created his business swapping 'gift cards'.

Age has never been a restriction when it comes to entrepreneurship and that certainly rings true in the case of Perth entrepreneur Lachy Groom. Already a serial entrepreneur at the age of 15, he is the founder of a recently launched voucher card trading business that looks set to go places.

Entrepreneurs’ Harbour Cruise, The Entourage

Over 100 high-profile entrepreneurs are coming together for The Entourage Harbour Cruise. Mix, mingle and cause mischief with some of Australia's most impressive business names under 40.

Crowd Creation: Social Media’s Killer Application [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Mass production is now in the hands of the masses. And, it’s got nothing to do with standardised, low-quality, generic products. Instead, crowdsourcing is the smoking gun. It’s the 'Weapon of Mass Construction' for those wired to the web and online communities. It’s collaboration at a global scale. Finally, we might just make this world work!
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Inbound Marketing Reloaded with James Tuckerman [FREE REPORT]

Leads always must come before sales. Then, it’s your job to build trust, educate, create rapport and demonstrate why your product and service is better than the alternatives. However, the tools at your disposal to achieve these outcomes -- to connect with strangers, to convert them to suspects, then prospects, then customers -- are constantly changing. That’s why we created this cheat sheet. To re-visit traditional inbound marketing strategies, and offer some helpful tactics to help ‘old school’ organisations embrace ‘new world’ tactics and strategies.

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How Master the Art of Sales Even if it Makes You...

The art of selling is a social minefield. Have you ever been on the wrong end of a ham-fisted, awkward or just plain obnoxious sales conversation? Of course you have! Why is it that some sales conversations magically delight, while others make us want to manically bolt for the door? This Phil Anderson FREE CHEAT SHEET will help you to master the art of sales!

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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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