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Sammartino’s Creative Espresso – Ways to change your life

We've held on to this latest manic instalment of Steve Sammartino's Creative Espresso series since he submitted it for inclusion in the July print edition, which didn't eventuate. Here it is, in all its super-charged, creative glory.

Sammartino's Creative Espresso – Ways to change your life

We've held on to this latest manic instalment of Steve Sammartino's Creative Espresso series since he submitted it for inclusion in the July print edition, which didn't eventuate. Here it is, in all its super-charged, creative glory.

Eureka! The top 5 places people have their best ideas

Do you get your best ideas in the bathroom? If you answered yes, you're in the majority, according to research conducted by thinking expert and occasional Anthill contributor Ken Wall and three colleagues.

Stay Interviews vs Exit Interviews

Exist interviews can rapidly devolve into something similar to a post-breakup inquisition. The disillusioned employee provides an autopsy of their disillusionment before a chastened ex-manager. Why not conduct ‘stay interviews’ to gauge and, if necessary, mend the attitudes of still-engaged employees?

Tell-tale signs that you are a thinking boss

Are you a 'thinking boss'? If not, you could the cause of poor productivity, a lethargic workforce and staff animosity.

How an aerobics class can help you come up with better ideas

It is assumed that exercise is good for our mental health, but does it make us more creative?

The future of business isn’t ‘Free’ – it’s ‘Re’

Green is über cool. If you want to get the key influencers and mavens of society into your product, then it better do the world some good. Being shiny isn’t enough these days. It’s got to be circular, real and authentic.

The future of business isn’t 'Free' – it’s 'Re'

Green is über cool. If you want to get the key influencers and mavens of society into your product, then it better do the world some good. Being shiny isn’t enough these days. It’s got to be circular, real and authentic.

Stop trying to monetise Twitter. You’re killing the golden goose!

There’s no getting around it – utilisation of social networking as a form of marketing requires an input of time. This bugs a lot of business owners, looking for a shortcut. Isn’t there some way in which we can just, like, advertise on it or something? Do we really need to spend hours in front of our computers tweeting, LinkingIn and Facebooking?

How a picture of a punk can boost your creativity

Recent research indicates that people think more creatively when looking at an image of a punk. Pinning up deviant images could be just the trick to introduce a little controlled anarchy to your brain.

Synesthesia – sound and sight

This wonderfully creative and unusual video follows explores the relationship between sound and motion to create a feast for the senses.

Are assumptions killing your business?

Assumptions – those nasty things that sit around in the back of your head and stop your thinking going anywhere interesting – are one of the biggest creativity killers in organisations of all sizes. Chances are, if you have a problem you are trying to crack, your assumptions or pre-conceived notions are boxing in your thinking. Set them free.

Playful fruit-themed designs all the rage

As the southern hemisphere heads into winter hibernation, our friends in the northern hemisphere are gearing up for summer frivolity. And what's synonymous with...

"Stand by Me" performed by street musicians around the world

A feel-good clip to end the week. This version of the Ben E. King classic, "Stand By Me", is a collaboration between 35 street...

“Stand by Me” performed by street musicians around the world

A feel-good clip to end the week. This version of the Ben E. King classic, "Stand By Me", is a collaboration between 35 street...

A collection of crazy inventions

Toaster kettles? Skeleton socks? Stair drawers? Check out this hot video collection of cool inventions.

Unusual ways to use humans as the marketing medium

Now, I don't like it when a hairdresser carries on with extended chit-chat, so my first reaction was to wonder why anyone would want to be pitched to while their shoes were being shined. But then again, if Kate does her job well (I gather she does), isn't that better than being shouted at by someone in a TVC, or spending precious time scouring a web page trying to figure out how to close those dastardly pop-up/down/out ads?

Ant Bytes — AA29

With everyone scrambling to figure out exactly what works online – what makes people’s mouse-trigger finger itch and why – it was only a...

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CREATIVE ESPRESSO By Stephen Sammartino ************* ANT BYTES CrackBerry, with benefits While entrepreneurs typically relish a 24/7 relationship with their labour of love, many professionals have been dismayed by...

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CREATIVE ESPRESSO By Stephen Sammartino ************* ANT BYTES Something in the air The irrepressible imagination of regular Anthill contributor and rentoid.com founder Steve Sammartino has borne yet more fruit....

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The Gaddie Pitch in three simple sentences with Antony Gaddie and...

The personal elevator pitch is an essential tool in the entrepreneur’s utility belt. Your pitch is also essential for success on the web, for placement on landing pages, in emails and blogs. The medium might change but rarely will the structure of an effective pitch. Antony Gaddie is the creator of “the Gaddie Pitch,” an internationally-renowned set of tactics designed to help business owners deliver an effective elevator pitch, time and time again.

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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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