LivingSocial swoops for Aussie start-up Jump On It

3:38PM | Monday, 5 March 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US group buying giant LivingSocial has acquired Australian start-up Jump On It, one year after taking a 31% stake in the company, in a deal believed to be worth around $40 million.

Turn off location-based iAds

3:56PM | Friday, 2 March 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Has the battery on your iPhone or iPad ever run low when you've needed to use location services? If so, there’s something you can do.

What are some affordable strategies to achieve online growth?

2:51AM | Wednesday, 29 February 2012 | Dean Ramler

The challenge is to select the strategies most suitable to your particular market and business model, while ensuring you provide the best service to your customers.

SMEs failing to respond to Facebook and Twitter customer queries: Report

2:13PM | Tuesday, 28 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups are being urged to rethink their social media strategy as a new report shows businesses are failing to respond to customer queries on Facebook and Twitter in a timely manner, if at all.

Report urges business to focus on Facebook engagement, not fan numbers

2:41PM | Friday, 24 February 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Start-ups have been urged to start using Facebook more proactively and engage more with customers, after a new study has found that many brands have plenty of fans, but aren’t engaging with them effectively.

Three Lessons from web start-up legend Tony Hsieh

2:57PM | Friday, 24 February 2012 | Adam Franklin

Tony Hsieh sold his first start-up to Microsoft for $265 million, and recently sold his second for $1.2 billion. If you're about to launch a business, the secrets to his success are essential reading. BY ADAM FRANKLIN.

Learning the language of Google

2:54AM | Friday, 24 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

After Sabrina Kushnir launched online jewellery store Kush Diamonds, she learned about a strange new language called Google SEO. Now she's a fluent speaker, the customers are flocking to her site. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Google to launch facility for new ventures

2:14PM | Monday, 13 February 2012 | Oliver Milman

Google is to launch a $120 million overhaul of its headquarters with the addition of an ‘experience centre’ that will be used to create new projects and work with start-ups in secret.

River City Labs launches with pledge to create Brisbane start-up “ecosystem”

2:28PM | Tuesday, 7 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Queensland tech entrepreneur Stephen Baxter is preparing to launch his latest project, a co-working space known as River City Labs, as he attempts to fill a gap for Brisbane tech start-ups.

How to set up a productive working environment

2:49PM | Friday, 3 February 2012 | Brad Lindenberg

Having the right working environment early on sets the stage for faster learning and growth in the long-term. BY BRAD LINDENBERG.

Online community launches Work At Home Person Week

2:49PM | Thursday, 2 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Home-based businesses are being encouraged to make contact with online community Support a Work At Home Person, as it launches the inaugural International Work at Home Person Week.

AppAddictive scores $1.2 million for Facebook tools

1:49PM | Friday, 20 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based start-up AppAddictive has secured $1.2 million in funding for its Facebook creation tools and platform, designed to make it easier for businesses to build their Facebook pages.

Twitter to shut down Summify following acquisition

1:20PM | Friday, 20 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Twitter has acquired social aggregation service Summify for an undisclosed sum, two years after its Romanian-born founders relocated to Vancouver.

Consider creating a mobile website

1:00AM | Thursday, 19 January 2012 | Taskmaster

Does your website look any good on a smartphone or tablet? Borrow an iPhone and an iPad and a few similar devices and do some checking.

Government looks to spark home-based business surge with National Telework Week

1:38PM | Monday, 16 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government will stage National Telework Week in November in a bid to highlight the benefits of working from home, on the back of the National Broadband Network rollout.

Broadening your target market

1:34PM | Friday, 13 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Setting your sights on the higher end of the market can work wonders for your business, but you also run the risk of limiting the scope of your potential customer base. As Only Logistics founder Scott Carson found out firsthand. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Keep in contact through Facebook on your desktop

1:33PM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Many businesses are now using instant messenger programs to keep in touch with staff, as it saves money on phone calls and allows instant communication.

Consumers still shop locally but overseas sites beckon: PayPal

1:55PM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Electronic goods, toys, sporting goods and clothes were at the top of consumers’ shopping lists last Christmas, according to PayPal, with 70% of items purchased from Australian retailers.

KPMG report downplays influence of social media

1:36PM | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A global study by KMPG reveals 86% of the consumers surveyed actively engage in social networking regularly, but only a third say social media influences their purchasing decisions.

Most complained-about ads of the past decade revealed

1:56PM | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can spice up their marketing with more risqué material but shouldn’t rely on it, an expert says, after the advertising watchdog released its most complained-about advertisements on record.