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Ex CEO of oOh Media Brendon Cook joins influencer marketing platform Vamp

He brings a wealth of media experience and will help to strengthen Vamp’s leadership and go-to-market strategies at this important stage of our growth.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s x15ventures invests $1 million in Identitii’s subsidiary, Payble

x15ventures invests $1.0 million to acquire a minority stake in Payble, with funds used to accelerate growth plans. Payble is x15ventures’ first minority equity investment. Payble leverages Identitii’s participation in the ACCC’s Consumer Data Right(CDR) Trial, to fix failed and late payments before they happen. x15ventures has appointed Chris Austin to Payble’s Board of Directors

The five simple strategies you can do today to grow influence in your organisation

Influence is a powerful tool that can sway, motivate, and transform worldviews and ideologies, as well as tie hearts and minds to you or your brand for a lifetime.

Do you want to start your own online store without making a hefty investment?

E-commerce has had a yearly growth of 23% in the recent decade. Why? People love the idea of clicking a few buttons and getting what they need without having to sit in traffic, fight for a good parking spot or wait in long lines.

Buying a new car? Here’s how to lock in the best car loan rate

Before you head off to your local dealership, consider using a car broker to walk you through the process. They can help you to lock in the lowest car loan interest rate so you can drive off the lot knowing you got the best car finance deal.

Ollee, Australia’s pioneer local and ethical Business to Business marketplace launched

Connecting purpose driven Australian brands with retailers and businesses Australia wide, Ollee makes it easier for buyers to find natural, organic, ethical and eco-friendly products that a growing number of their customers are seeking today. A first of its kind, many brands have signed up already and onto the Ollee Marketplace platform, giving buyers access to many products at their fingertips, covering categories from food and drinks, health and beauty, home and lifestyle, kids, pets, fashion and jewellery, cards, gifts and more.

Health & lifestyle startup Sundose, raises US$6 million in Series A funding round.

Warsaw-based direct-to-consumer personalised supplement platform Sundose has raised $6 million in a Series A round led by DX Ventures and Atmos Ventures.

Protect your business from becoming the next cyber security cautionary tale

A recent survey conducted by the Australian Cyber Security Center found that small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) who outsourced their IT security believe they are better protected than they really are, and that one in five SMBs didn’t know ‘phishing’.

COVID has shifted customer expectations. Here’s how business has to adapt suitably.

With artificial intelligence automating a lot of the consumer interactions through the likes of chatbots, it means customer service teams can prioritise the tasks that matter the most and the interactions that could make or break the business. If there was ever a time to adopt artificial intelligence and chatbots in your business, it really is now.

Four crucial considerations to keep in mind when designing & creating a catchy website

Creating a catchy website is not only about aesthetic design but also about functionality and excellent performance. The website should be user-friendly, easily accessible, easily located, and engaging.

The unequivocal requisite for strong customer communications within hybrid-working environments

Implementing remote-work operations was on the minds of many business owners well before the pandemic, just on a more gradual scale. While those that were embracing it then were doing so out of choice, last year it became a necessity. Australia, thus far, is ahead of the curve in its handling of the pandemic - with many offices nationwide busy again - a hybrid model, which presents both challenges and opportunities, has taken over. Therefore, building a business with strong communication weaved into its fabric is crucial.

Investible welcomes new CEO, raises $50m fund positioning itself to lead in seed.

Investible expands its commitment to become Australia’s preeminent seed-stage investment group, announcing financial services industry veteran Rod Bristow as CEO and its plans to raise a second early-stage fund.

Agrotonomy Tower Farms’ response to Corona virus with vertical farming!

When COVID-19 led to the first wave of quarantines in March 2020, Agrotonomy Tower Farms started to donate up to 95% of our vegetables and food production to low-income individuals.

DApps in 2021: The latest trends and breakthroughs in decentralized apps

we are going to spend the rest of this decade getting to terms with one of the other revolutionary applications of blockchain tech and that is decentralized applications (DApps)

Procurement managers should consider compliance when contracting a fire protection specialist

When selecting a fire protection provider, it’s also important that organisations do their research to check whether the provider has the relevant operational experience, technical expertise and licences. Without proper credentials, compliance can be compromised and in the event of a fire, lives and property are put at risk.

Upflowy raises $1m pre-seed investment round, enabling businesses to increase sign up rates and...

Upflowy is a no-code signup engine, giving marketers full control in building and experimenting with their signup flow. The investment has given the team an opportunity to expand production and marketing at a rapid rate, with the launch of the platform to users and the Net Positive Podcast.

Locked out of home or lost your car keys? No worries – help is...

Oneflare Now, a phone service that directly connects consumers with a business nearby in urgent situations, is the solution to a growing number of stressful situations in which we often find ourselves.

New Aussie start-up puts people, not managers, in the driving seat of their careers

My Career Capital is a new online platform set to disrupt the status quo of performance and career management to empower employers, employees, freelancers, and job seekers to track, manage and plan their career growth all in one place

The scales of scalability: How to grow your business without the wheels falling off

More than 1 in 5 small businesses in Australia lack access to funds and skills to innovate, and do not access government financial assistance at the same rates as larger businesses. As a result, SMEs are shutting themselves out of key opportunities for growth.

Airwallex’s latest US$100 million capital raising puts valuation at US$2.6 billion

Continuing the momentum of its hyper growth in 2020, Airwallex has announced that the company’s valuation has increased to US$2.6 billion with a capital raising of US$100 million in a further Series D extension.

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The Alchemy of Negotiation with Matt Lohmeyer [FREE REPORT]

Negotiation is part and parcel of everyday life. Despite this, the idea of honing our negotiating skills doesn’t go down well with most of us. We fear that we’ll end up being manipulative, exploitative, scheming. To help us break the chains of this retrogressive mentality, we have Matt Lohmeyer. He has worked as a professional negotiator in various fields for over eight years and before that, negotiated deals with biotech pharmaceutical and chemical companies. In short, he’s an Alchemist in the Art of Negotiation.

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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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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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