Sales and marketing



The 10 keys to boosting your sales

10:00AM | Monday, 21 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Over recent months, Old Taskmaster has shared the secrets of sales success – now it’s time to pull them all together. Whether you work in retail, sell to other companies or handle your sales over the phone, here are 10 key tips that can give you a boost.

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Five tips for choosing your start-up name

10:32PM | Friday, 18 October 2013 | Vanessa Emilio

Choosing your business name is one of the first and most important things you will do when you start your business. Here are five steps you need to follow to ensure you get it right.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Mentor  | Vanessa Emilio

Seven tips to boost online sales

10:00AM | Friday, 18 October 2013 | Eddie Machaalani

Internet retail sales conducted by smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have increased by as much as 400%. Here are seven key tips to help you cash in on this trend.

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Still underestimating the power of your branded website? Read this…

10:30PM | Thursday, 17 October 2013 | Cas McCullough

Small businesses traditionally spend thousands on 20th century marketing techniques. However, in the online age, there are more effective ways of promoting your business.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Technology  | Websites  | Mentor  | Cas McCullough

Viral videos help, but razor-sharp products give Dollar Shave Club its marketing edge

10:09PM | Thursday, 17 October 2013 | Gavin Lower

Dollar Shave Club launched last year in the US with a video ad that went viral, racking up nearly 12 million views so far on YouTube.

 | Marketing  | Advertising

PayPal launches new campaign helping SMEs improve their digital know-how

10:45PM | Thursday, 17 October 2013 | Yolanda Redrup

Australian small businesses are set to benefit from the third instalment of PayPal’s Driving Business Online campaign, as new research reveals digital literacy among SMEs remains low.

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What to do when you have an unhappy customer

10:19AM | Tuesday, 15 October 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

An unhappy customer can be incredibly damaging to your business and reputation. Here are five tips to help you defuse the situation and keep your reputation intact.

 | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Retail  | Amanda Jesnoewski

Now a word from your local sponsor

10:00AM | Friday, 11 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Showing a sense of local civic pride can give your business a real boost. Back in Parts Unknown, it’s a message Old Taskmaster has taken to heart.

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Top five tips for start-ups to tap into the power of experiential marketing

10:00AM | Friday, 11 October 2013 | Rose Powell

Referring to experiential marketing as the ‘one plus one equals three’ effect, branding expert Meredith Cranmer says the marketing tactic is booming as social media enables one-on-one connections more than ever before.

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Time to organise your Christmas party!

10:03PM | Wednesday, 9 October 2013 | Taskmaster

Christmas is just around the corner. And, when it comes to organising your Christmas party, there are a number of options you should consider.

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Businesses and retailers expecting merry profits this Christmas

10:26PM | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 | Patrick Stafford

More businesses are hopeful of a profitable Christmas season despite a relatively downbeat year, with expectations rising to some of their highest levels of the past 12 months.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Sole trader  | Retail

Trademark registration for start-ups: The basics

10:02PM | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 | Jacqui Pryor

If you are starting a new business it’s important to consider the registration of trademarks early on. Here are the key details you need to know.

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Top four tips to get the most out of Google AdWords

9:40PM | Thursday, 26 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Debbie O’Sullivan, senior industry manager at Google, shared her top tips for start-ups and a range of useful extensions at a Google for Entrepreneurs event this week.

 | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Sole trader

Solo tradies tap website to buy and sell unwanted building materials

9:08PM | Tuesday, 24 September 2013 | Gavin Lower

Fed up with the waste and expense of unused building materials going into landfill, builder Neil Turrell and wife Leisa came up with the idea of an online platform to buy and sell construction site leftovers.

 | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Sole trader

The BlackBerry Messenger fiasco: How not to handle a major product launch

9:09PM | Monday, 23 September 2013 | Taskmaster

Over the weekend, BlackBerry attempted to roll out a version of its messaging app for Android and Apple. What happened next is a case study in how not to handle a major product launch.

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Eight key tips to selling online – without being slimy

9:51PM | Monday, 23 September 2013 | Adam Franklin

The good news is you don’t need to become a jerk to sell your products on line. Here are eight key tips to selling online while maintaining your integrity.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Mentor  | Adam Franklin

Three tips for online community management that boost sales and improve products

9:13AM | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Hundreds of social media and community managers are in Sydney for the Swarm Conference, which examines how to build communities online and what role these play in customer acquisition strategies.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing

Six ways to generate publicity (that you may not have tried)

9:23PM | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Are you looking to generate some extra publicity for your business? If so, here are six proven options you should consider.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Online and email marketing  | Sales  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Amanda Jesnoewski

Start-ups should be wary of the celebrity endorsement brand-building shortcut: Branding expert

9:24AM | Friday, 13 September 2013 | Rose Powell

While a celebrity endorsement can be a boon for a start-up keen to get their name out there, it can be a treacherous and challenging task for a new company to manage, says brand consultant Michelle Hogan.

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How to speak designer: 99designs executive shares his tips for getting the best out of designers

9:19PM | Thursday, 12 September 2013 | Rose Powell

Jason Sew Hoy, the chief operations officer for 99designs, reveals the best way to encourage designers to create the kind of results you’re after.

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