Face Value: business leaders nervous about consumers spending less and regulation
When Australian companies report results they typically include an outlook statement from the business’ leaders, giving investors some guidance about their expectations for the future. They issue these forward-looking statements with some caution as
Three major mistakes Tiger Brands made in response to the listeriosis crisis
Tiger Brands, the South African food giant at the centre of the listeriosis storm engulfing the country, is facing serious brand erosion as a result of the way it handled the unfolding crisis.
Google and Facebook cosy up to media companies in response to the threat of regulation
As watchdogs, regulators, tax agencies, and lobby groups apply more pressure to tech giants Google and Facebook, the two companies are rebranding in response.
That contract your computer made could get you in a legal bind
There is a lot of hype in the business world surrounding the emerging blockchain technology and so called “smart contracts” - computer programs which execute the terms of an agreement. But like all computer programs, smart contracts can malfunction a
Why Silicon Valley needs theologians
Religion and technology, at first glance, don’t go together. When I tell people that I research religion and robots, I’m often met with confusion. Interestingly, though, the religious figure of the golem, a mound of earth or clay that has been brough
Apple's $1 trillion value doesn't mean it's the 'biggest' company
On Aug. 2, Apple became the first U.S. public corporation to achieve a US$1 trillion valuation, making it the largest company in the world – by one measure at least.
Is China worsening the developing world's environmental crisis?
The Latinoamericana Tower stands amid smog in Mexico City.
Pertamina gets Rokan oil block from Chevron. What does this tell us?
Indonesia has decided that state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina will take over the Rokan block, in Riau, from Chevron when the US energy firm’s operating contract expires in 2021.
Anniversary of Lehman's collapse reminds us – booms are often followed by busts
Only a decade has passed since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and it seems the mortgage crisis and subsequent Great Recession are already ancient history in the minds of many investors, bankers and regulators.
Here's how Trump-era politics are affecting worker morale – and what managers can do about it
Pundits are projecting this year’s midterm elections to be nasty, polarizing and “epic.” They’re also expected to stress a lot of Americans out in every part of their lives. And that includes at the office.
Why we think businesses are out to get us
Do you distrust the companies that profit from the goods and services you buy? Research suggests most of us do.
Dyson's move may not be about Brexit – but the timing was bound to fan flames
If a private company with around 5,000 employees moved its headquarters overseas a few years ago, it might not have attracted much attention beyond concerns for the local economic impact. But these are no ordinary times.
Facebook's business is helping other businesses
In this 2007 photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promotes ad targeting.
Why big businesses move their headquarters around the world – tax, talent and trepidation
Ever since the EU referendum of 2016, well-known companies have announced decisions to relocate outside of the UK. Electronic giant Panasonic has gone to Amsterdam, where Sony will soon follow. Ferry company P&O will shift registration of its vessels
Michael Cohen's testimony on Trump business reveals conduct that's widespread in corporate America
The Trump Organization, Donald Trump’s private, family-run business, is well known to have operated at the fringes of what’s legal. Trump got his start in the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of New York City real estate development, after all.
#MeToo whistleblowing is upending a century-old legal precedent in US demanding loyalty to the boss
When was the last time you agreed to keep a secret?
Pet owners want to be masters, not servants – which is why we value dogs more than cats
Cat videos may rule the internet, but dogs possess mastery of their owners’ hearts – at least if spending is any guide.
How your employer uses perks like wellness programs, phones and free food to control your life
Free office food isn’t there just to fill your belly.
Our smartphone addiction is killing us – can apps that limit screen time offer a lifeline?
The solution to too much screen time may just be more apps.
India: a businessman's dream, a citizen's nightmare
India’s general elections kicked off on April 11 and run until May 19, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party facing off against the main opposition force, the Indian National Congress. One of the main issues opposing the two are charges of “crony ca
How Uber and other digital platforms could trick us using behavioral science – unless we act fast
Your location isn’t all it knows.
As Airbnb grows, this is exactly how much it's bringing down hotel prices and occupancy
Airbnb is a growing threat to the major hotel chains.
Small business owners are getting a new incentive to sell to their employees
A bartender pours drafts at Harpoon’s beer hall in Boston. Harpoon became partially employee-owned in 2014.
Sharing profits and ownership with workers not only make them happier, it benefits the bottom line too
There’s plenty to go around.
South Africa is caught in the global hype of the fourth industrial revolution
There’s nothing inherent in Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies that will result in economic growth.
US business schools failing on climate change
When the environment and businesses meet, who will make sure one doesn’t suffer at the hands of the other?
How the US tax code bypasses women entrepreneurs
Attendees chat during Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference in 2014.
US health care: An industry too big to fail
This is critical to consider as presidential candidates unveil their health care plans. The candidates and the electorate seem to forget that health care in our country is a huge business.
Long hours at the office could be killing you – the case for a shorter working week
UK employees have the longest working week compared to other workers in the European Union. But, despite the long hours, recent studies have shown this does not make the UK a more productive nation.
Industrial policy is back on the agenda -- and it's never been needed more than it is now
Trade tensions – and possible deals – are high on the political agenda in Europe, the United States and China. Perhaps that’s one reason why governments seem keen to get more involved in guiding their economies by targeting particular technologies an
Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they're large
Google’s size isn’t the only reason way it exerts market power.
A Trump-Xi trade deal would do little to fix the real problems US companies face in China
Will a handshake lead to a deal?
From dealing drugs to selling tortillas: the surprising future of former gang members
The tortilla business can become an unexpected way out for former gang members.
Zero-hour contracts take a huge mental and physical toll – poor eating habits, lack of sleep and relationship problems
The number of workers on zero-hours contracts continues to rise in the UK.
The ‘giant sucking sound’ of NAFTA: Ross Perot was ridiculed as alarmist in 1992 but his warning turned out to be prescient
Perot become a household name after making an independent run for president in 1992.
How immigrants give American companies a powerful boost against Chinese rivals
The ongoing trade war is the most visible front in America’s struggle with China for global influence. Oddly, it may be immigration policy, as much as tariffs and trade deals, that determines which country prevails.
What Amazon's decision to retrain a third of its employees means for the future of work
Amazon’s announcement that it will invest US$700 million to retrain 100,000 employees – a third of its U.S.
The US-China trade war: 5 essential reads
The U.S. has placed tariffs on more than US$250 billion worth of Chinese goods and has threatened tariffs on another $300 billion.
Gen Z entrepreneurs view higher education as vital to their startups
Today’s college students – dubbed Generation Z – are beginning to make their mark on the workplace with a distinctly unconventional and often irreverent approach to problem-solving.
New York Is Investigating Whether Facebook Lets Advertisers Discriminate
New York state’s Department of Financial Services has launched an investigation into reports that advertisers can use Facebook’s targeted advertising tools to discriminate against protected groups of people.
Do You Know Where Your Pictures Are? Strategies for Building Your Personal Brand Online
Proper brand management should always be a priority from the moment you take your brand online. Failing to do so could be crippling for your business.
11 Brand Identity Design Ideas That Will Resonate with Customers
Consistent branding across all platforms increases revenue by 23%. In the digital age, consumers are bombarded by ads and marketing. Every time we log onto our computers, a company is attempting to get our attention.
8 Attributes of a Winning Business Plan
Rather than relying on trial and error that could cost your startup support and funding, here are the essential elements of a winning business plan.
Ten Common Financial Model SNAFUs
Here are my ten categories of financial model errors.
Is the Business Plan Really Dead?
If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve probably come across a few articles proclaiming the Death of the Business Plan. And perhaps you breathed a huge sigh of relief and thought to yourself: “Hooray!
Create the Next Big Thing: How to Find Inspiration for Your App Ideas
There are currently over 2 million apps in the Apple app store, and almost twice that to download from Google Play. With that number of apps already created, it can feel like there is nothing new under the sun to develop.
7 Tech Tips To Launch Your Solo Business
That’s it. You’ve had enough. Today’s the day you quit your office job to start your very own business.
Bringing In The Big Bucks: The Options To Explore As A Business
Sure you have all of the options at your fingertips, and you also have the tools to attract customers in, but the issue you have is that customers now have much more choice.
The Do It Yourself SEO Guide
In a nutshell, SEO is everything that you do online to ensure that your website — and all of the internal pages within it — rank as high up in the search engine results as is possible.
Making Business Growth Possible Online
Ever since the digital revolution began, businesses have been harnessing the benefits that new technology brings. However, there’s still a lot more for these businesses to brush up on so they can place themselves in a better position to attain growth
How to Make Sure Your Blog is Successful
Anyone who wants to blog for a living, or even just for a part-time supplementary income, will need to know how they can expect to make it a real, commercial success.
Your Website Is Stabbing You in the Back
To give it to you bluntly, if your website is little more than a pretty face then it could be doing your business more harm than good.
The Only Difference Between SEO and SEM in Digital Marketing
You’ve come up with awesome email campaigns, you’ve mastered all things social media, and you’ve even created highly shareable video content that you know will make your target market tick. But you’re still not rising in the search engine rankings.
SEO Fundamentals: 9 Basic Steps to Better Search Engine Optimization
With the average small business now spending $75,000 a year on their digital marketing campaigns, it’s important to find ways to optimize those dollars. Knowing a few SEO fundamentals is a great way to save money and make an impact on search engines.
Making Any Business as Profitable as Possible
It is clear to anyone that one of the main objectives of any business should be to make as much money as possible.
How to Set the Financial Goals that Grow Your Business
The bad news: 90% of all startups fail. How can you make sure your business is in the 10% that succeeds? Setting realistic, buildable goals is one of the most important ways to ensure you don’t fail.
5 Steps You Must Take When Starting a Business
Wondering how to start a business from scratch? If so, join the club. Each month, 543,000 new businesses hit the market with dreams of making it big.
The Big Business Persona
There are certain images that they have to try and maintain, and certain things they have to do that let the world know they’re a big business.
Is Your Concept Feasible?
We’ve all had “Eureka!” moments when we come up with bright ideas for that proverbial better mousetrap. If only we could build it, the world would surely beat a path to our door to buy it. A sure thing!
The Lean Startup Methodology: Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything
Startups fail at the staggering rate of 75%. The reasons for those failures vary from an absence of need in the marketplace to blowing through money too fast.
10 Famous People with ADHD
ADHD is a serious mental health condition and these statistics aren’t anything to take lightly, but it doesn’t mean everyone with an attention-deficit condition is doomed to fail.
What is Digital Marketing? The Answer
What is digital marketing? That is a question which, despite being broad, full of triggers for other questions, and almost unanswerable in a singular sense, is seen a lot.
What Is Content Marketing? (Plus: How To Make It Work!)
What exactly is content marketing? And will it work for your business? In this guide, we’re going to be breaking it all down for you!
Does Phone Marketing Still Work In The Modern Business World?
There are still some great ways that you can use phone marketing to find new leads and boost sales, here’s how you can make it work.
Should You Be Your Own Boss or Have a Boss?
I’m not sure if you’re aware of it or not, but there are literally thousands of people who, like you, are asking themselves if they should be their own boss or continue to have a boss.
The 104 Best Business Books Of All Time
Need some business book ideas to read or even gift for your family and friends? This list of the best business books of all time is enough to get you started (to say the least).
7 Things Your Business Should Do to Welcome New Hires
Did you know that the Department of Labor predicted approximately 6.6 million job openings in the US in 2019? This is an all-time high and as employers are looking for skilled candidates, approximately 45% of them will be raising the starting salary.
How to Increase SEO Blog Traffic by Making Your Website Stand Out
In 2015, 28.3 million individuals updated a blog at least once every month. That number will rise to 31.7 million people by 2020.
Business Hack 2019: Top 7 Reasons SEO Website Design is Vital
If you’re a business owner, you know having a website is mandatory in today’s digital age. No one wants to get in touch with a company until they’ve had the chance to do some research on their website.
Creating the Best User Experience: 10 Facts You Need to Know About Responsive Sites
Responsive sites are the present and the future. If you’re among the 83% of websites that are among those that don’t have a mobile friendly site, it’s time to get on the bandwagon.
From Beginner to Pro: 5 Things a Beginner Needs to Start a Professional Blog
Did you know that there are over 80 million blog posts published every month? Blogging is a trend you don’t want to miss out on, and it’s easy to get started.
Working From Home With Kids: 8 Ways to Keep Them Busy So You Can Get Things Done
Lately, you feel like you’re being pushed closer and closer to having to choose between being a parent and your career.
Business and Personal: Top Secrets Behind Building Great Relationships
Healthy relationships are the key to success inside and outside the office. Find out the top secrets behind building great personal and business relationships.
9 Common Computer Problems for Small Businesses and Their Solutions
Technological advancements have allowed small businesses to compete more closely with large corporations. However, small businesses struggle with tech issues daily. This is not surprising considering that 27% of small businesses have no IT support.
Technology Advances In Your Business To Move Things Forward
Running a business is not an easy thing to do. It may have started off as just an idea, but on the surface of it, that seed is planted in your mind and at some stage you take that leap of faith and make the business a reality.
Making Any Business as Profitable as Possible
It is clear to anyone that one of the main objectives of any business should be to make as much money as possible.
The State of Mobile and Website Development for Business in Australia 2019
94% of consumers want a website to be easy to navigate, and industry experts are touting AI as one of the most important factors affecting user experience.
7 Promotional Tactics to Market Your Content Like a Pro
Did you know that 77 percent of American adults go online every day? And, of that 77 percent, 26 percent spend almost all of their day online.
Top 5 Compelling Benefits of Geofencing Marketing for Small Businesses
It’s a way to apply digital marketing to a customer’s real-life location. Here’s what you need to know.
Cha-Ching! 5 Low-Cost Marketing and Advertising Ideas
There’s no doubt that having great cheap advertising strategies is important. Lucky for you, we’ve listed five ideas to help you get started.
5 Inspiring Lead Generation Examples You Can Learn From
There’s no shortage of lead generation examples available online that promise to take your business to new heights. But how do you adapt what others are doing and make it work for your situation?
5 Reasons Why Branding is Important for Writers (And How to Do it Correctly)
Shakespeare didn’t need to put up “To be or not to be?” as a poll on Twitter. So why should you have to promote yourself to be an author in the 21st century?
8 Essential PPC Strategies for More Clicks and Conversions
It’s still one of the most powerful ways to drive quality traffic, and unlike SEO, the payoff is instant. Unfortunately, however, too many PPC campaigns are a lot less effective than they could be.
How to Use Online Marketing to Increase Your Profits
Looking to increase your business profits? Online marketing is now more powerful than ever, and businesses who don’t leverage digital media in their marketing strategy will fall behind.
Analyze That: Your Guide to Finally Understanding Web Analytics
Analytics don’t have to be a confusing jungle of information. When website metrics are explained and the question, “what is web analytics?” is answered simply, you will be armed with vital information.
A Step By Step Guide for How to Use Marketing Products Effectively
Digital marketing might be the final frontier, but it isn’t the only frontier. Believe it or not, many businesses are still using marketing products.
Get More Traffic: Why You Should Have Someone Help You with Bing Ads
Did you know that Bing gets 1.2 billion monthly global visitors?
Don’t Fall Into the Trap! 7 Common Marketing Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs
The right marketing strategy can set your company up to succeed in its market. It can forge a brand for your company, make its name recognizable, and do more than just sell products.
Marketing 101: 4 Digital Marketing Basics Everyone Needs to Know
In this article, we’re going to break down the basics of digital marketing. After reading, you’ll be ready to pass your Marketing 101 exam.
5 Hot Digital Marketing Trends to Help You Finish the Year Strong
2018 was an exciting year for the world of digital marketing, bringing new innovations in automation trends as well as continuing the shift toward a mobile-first market.
Organic Growth: How to Grow Instagram Followers Without Buying Followers
What are the best ways to grow your Instagram following organically?
High-End Photography: Why Quality Digital Marketing Images Are So Important
High-quality photos are critical to an effective marketing strategy. Did you know that the inclusion of quality photographs generates a 30 percent increase in Twitter engagement?
PPC Optimization: 4 Proven Tactics to Boost Your Sales Conversions
Every digital marketer goes through this phase. You create an AdWords account, you develop a great strategy, and you start investing in powerful keywords. But here’s the issue — you don’t receive a good ROI.
What is a Click Funnel? And Why You Need to Implement it Today!
Do you want to increase your sales but are wondering what is a click funnel? Not to worry! In this article, we’ll go over what it is and how it could help.
The Power of Text: What Is SMS Marketing, and Is It For Your Business?
This post aims to provide you with some clarity on how SMS marketing works. Once you’ve read this post, you’ll be able to comfortably answer the question “What is SMS marketing?”
Millennial Marketing 101: What is Video Marketing?
Americans spend, on average, almost six hours per day watching video. People watch video on their TVs, on their computers, and on mobile devices.
Why a Logo Maker Is a Must for Advertising
Studies have shown that children are more apt to recognize Ronald McDonald than famous figures such as Jesus! The power of a logo is immeasurable.
4 Fun and Different Team Building Games for 2017
Say it with us: No more boring team building games this year.
5 Things Every Employer Should Do When Hiring People
Finding the best candidates to fill positions in a company can be the difference between a successful business and non-stop headaches.
5 Thoughtful Ways to Show Appreciation to Employees
Did you know 87 percent of employees globally are not engaged? Or that companies with an engaged workforce outperform their competitors by 147 percent in earning per share?
Getting Started as a Freelance Writer: 7 Tips for Becoming Outrageously Successful
Read on and we’ll walk you through how to become a successful freelance writer.
5 Super Effective Tips to Stay Organized as a Freelancer
From the outside looking in, living the freelance life might look like a dream.
Making It in Marketing: 5 Tips for People Who Want to Build Marketing Careers
If you’re considering a career that is highly in demand and always changing, you can’t go wrong with marketing.
4 Interview Tips and Tricks To Help You Land That Amazing Job
To help you make the best preparations, we’re sharing top interview tips and tricks. Keep reading to learn how to ace your interview.
4 Actionable Content Marketing Tips That Get Results
Are you spinning your wheels in a content marketing rut? It happens to the best of us. But a few expert content marketing tips might be all you need to move in the right direction
Lifestyle of the Rich and the Instafamous: How to Launch the Blogger Career of Your Dreams
You’re not going to get rich right away when you start a blog. But if you play your cards right and build up your blog over time, you could turn it into a lucrative operation before long.
The Hobby Hustle: 10 Tips on How to Make Money in Your Spare Time
Some side hustles take hours of preparation. Others you can do while you watch TV before bed. Keep reading to learn how to make money in your spare time.
Tips for Success: How to Create a B2B Content Strategy that Attracts New Clients
89% of B2B marketers report that content marketing is their most effective way of bringing in new leads and sales.
Save Yourself: How Reports Templates Give You Time and Money
If you find that you and your employees are creating the same documents over and over, keep reading to learn how to use templates to save time and boost productivity.
Working 9 to 5: How to Relieve Back Pain at Your Desk
Keep reading to learn our top tips for getting rid of nagging back pain at work!
Writing Income Down This Month? Try These 5 Tips to Make More Money Online
If you’re struggling to make enough money through writing alone, there are other ways to top your income and make more money online. In this post, we’ll give you 5 of the best ones.
How to Increase SEO Blog Traffic by Making Your Website Stand Out
The key is to make your blog stand out. Want to know how? Keep reading to learn how to increase blog traffic.
12 Local SEO Solutions That Will Help You Outrank the Competition
Why should local SEO solutions matter to your business?
Rev Up Your Online Sales: How to Craft an eCommerce Marketing Strategy
Looking for a new eCommerce marketing strategy?