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Ask an outsider

2:00AM | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Most of the rest of the world cares far less about your industry than you do. It’s time to tap into what they really think of your business.

Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing

CEOs predicting a weak year in business

2:49PM | Monday, 3 February 2014 | Melinda Oliver

Chief executives across various sectors are expecting weak business conditions for 2014, according to the latest annual Business Prospects report from the Australian Industry Group.

 | Sales

Simplicity and good presentation

1:43PM | Friday, 31 January 2014 | Taskmaster

By now, long-time Taskmaster readers will be familiar with the saga of John, the owner of the local chicken shop in Parts Unknown. Well, there’s a new chapter to the sad, sorry saga.

 | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Leadership  | Management

The biggest mistake with web marketing (and how to avoid it)

1:39PM | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 | Adam Franklin

Have you ever felt like your web marketing has been spinning its wheels? If so, here are some tips for growing and engaging with your audience.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Online and email marketing  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | Mentor  | Adam Franklin  | Sole trader

Square signals it’s coming to Australia, small business set to benefit

1:13PM | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 | Yolanda Redrup

Mobile payments company Square, founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is rumoured to be coming to Australia, potentially providing small businesses with an easy in-store payment solution.

 | Sales and marketing  | Online and email marketing  | Sales

A flat white and a Chiko roll: Why you shouldn’t bite off more than you can chew

1:00AM | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 | Taskmaster

The Taskmaster’s local chicken shop has decided it wants to be a cafe – with disastrous consequences.

 | Marketing  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Retail

How do I price a new digital service or product?

1:14PM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Fred Schebesta

The digital space has opened up many opportunities for new products and services. Here’s a guide on how to price them.

 | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Mentor  | Fred Schebesta

Six business lessons from The Wolf of Wall Street

1:35PM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Melinda Oliver

The Wolf of Wall Street film is an intoxicating mix of seedy stock market practices, suave sales techniques and charismatic but corrupt businessmen. Here are six key lessons for your business from the film.

 | Sales

How to get testimonials that convert sales

1:51PM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Testimonials and case studies can be incredibly powerful in persuading potential customers to buy. Here are four tips to help you get the kind of testimonials that will convert sales for you.

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

Six new year image boosters for your business

1:00AM | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 | Nina Hendy

This quieter time of the year is the ideal time to put your brand overhaul plans in place. Here are six business image boosters to give your business a professional facelift.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Tax  | Sole trader

Google announces search update, starts rolling out additional information feature in search results

1:10AM | Friday, 24 January 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Google has announced that it is beginning to roll out changes to its search results that add information about website owners to its results.

 | Marketing  | Sales and marketing  | Online and email marketing  | Technology  | Social media  | Websites  | IT

Eight simple ways start-ups can improve customer service in 2014

1:41PM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Michael Hansen

Are you looking to make your consumers grin with delight in 2014? Here are eight key ways to improve your customer service.

 | Sales and marketing  | Sales  | Mentor  | Sole trader  | Retail  | Michael Folmer Hansen

Mobile commerce visionary Tomi Ahonen on the newest mass media: You must watch this video

1:00AM | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Are you thinking about developing an Android or iPhone app? Or perhaps you’re looking for a great business idea? If so, here’s one video you absolutely must watch.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Innovation  | Sales and marketing  | Online and email marketing  | Technology  | Websites  | IT

The tactic that makes this founder confident they’ll reach $1 million in revenue in their first year

1:28PM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | Rose Powell

The Organic Project, an organic product home delivery service, launched last month with very few overheads, thanks to an emerging model known as “drop-shipping”.

 | Sales

Questions to ask when writing or reviewing your website copy

1:47AM | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

The words on your website can be the difference between a browser and a new customer. Here are seven key questions to ask when you write copy for your website.

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

The year of mobile and accessing Gen Y’s secret weapon: Telstra exec on how start-ups can make the most of 2014

1:00AM | Monday, 20 January 2014 | Rose Powell

This year is one of opportunity for start-ups and tech-enabled small businesses able to navigate and exploit the rapid shift to mobile, says Will Irving, group managing director of Telstra Business.

 | Sales

Heatwave-hit cafes switch up their offering after insights from collaborated data

1:04PM | Friday, 17 January 2014 | Rose Powell

With much of Australia gripped by a heatwave this week, many cafes owners were wondering if they were the only ones seeing their coffee orders dry up.

 | Sales

Limit the choices your customers have to make

1:54PM | Friday, 17 January 2014 | Walid El-Khoury

Giving your customers too much of a good thing might lead to consumer fatigue when it comes to making a choice.

 | Marketing  | Mentor  | Walid El-Khoury

Make sure you have plenty of business cards – and they stand out!

1:31PM | Friday, 17 January 2014 | Taskmaster

Some people say you no longer need business cards. The Taskmaster, most humbly, disagrees.

 | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Advertising  | Management

Patience is not a virtue – and neither are queues

1:00AM | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 | Taskmaster

There are some things in this world Old Taskmaster has little time for. Queues being chief among them.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Marketing  | Sales and marketing
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