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Cheesy popover lightboxes bite into customer experience

2:37PM | Thursday, 13 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Recently, after a long day in Taskmaster Towers, your humble correspondent decided to order a pizza. Unfortunately, the only thing cheesy was the local pizza parlour’s poor web design.

So you think you can pitch? Lessons from a disaster!

2:00PM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | David Whitfield

At StartupSmart’s ‘So You Think You Can Start-up’ pitching competition, I was unable to deliver my presentation. Here are my five key lessons of pitching a start-up.

Which team will get to have the final say?

2:00AM | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 | Taskmaster

Your products will end up looking very different depending on which team is put in charge.

Five questions to help you tell the story

2:09AM | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Stories are powerful. We remember stories more than we remember facts. Here are five questions that, once answered, will help you tell the story of your products and services and emotionally engage your target market.

Why increasing your marketing budget is lousy advice

2:41PM | Friday, 7 February 2014 | Adam Franklin

Most entrepreneurs are sick to death of hearing: “You just need to increase your marketing budget!” The truth is you can boost your business profile – without pulling out your credit card.

Why Australians love marketplace start-ups and why they work well here

2:17AM | Thursday, 6 February 2014 | Rose Powell

The Australian start-up scene has spawned several billion dollar online marketplaces. Just think of Seek, carsales.com and realestate.com.au. And there’s a fresh crop, such as Freelancer, FlightFox and GoCatch coming through.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10 marketing tools and apps to make your life easier

1:25PM | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 | Amanda Jesnoewski

Marketing is one of the most essential areas of business, yet it can also be one of the first areas to be sidelined when business gets busy. Here are 10 marketing tools and apps to help you streamline your marketing and make your life a little easier.

What you need (and don’t) to make a great business card

1:10PM | Friday, 10 January 2014 | Gavin Lower

Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao became an internet sensation recently after pictures of his business card listing his attributes, including “Most Influential Person in China”, went viral.

Important (and simple) web metrics for entrepreneurs

1:18PM | Friday, 10 January 2014 | Adam Franklin

When it comes to web marketing, some metrics are more important than others. Here are the ones you need to pay the closest attention to.

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