Marketing

Outcry over gagged Santa lingerie ads

Cara Waters   The Advertising Standards Board has upheld complaints against lingerie advertising by Honey Birdette due to suggestions of sexual violence.

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M&C Saatchi under fire for striptease at party

A striptease performer, wearing a bag on her head, emerges from a birthday cake at M&C Saatchi's 21st birthday party.

Cara Waters   "Let's stop being an industry where girls jump out of birthday cakes" says Mumbrella after backlash over M&C Saatchi's party.

When you are the brand

Nigella Lawson doesn't like the idea of brand Nigella, despite her popularity.

Cara Waters   Like Nigella Lawson you can benefit if your personal brand becomes your business.

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How to create a cult business

Corrine Noyes, founder of Madame Flavour teas, says you have to put your heart on the line.

Claire Dunn   Why having a cult business is the holy grail of business.

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'Tis the season to be launching

Fred Schebesta, founder of Finder.com says the bigger the launch the better.

Fred Schebesta   The world's best Obama impersonator, chauffeured Tesla rides and a banana split stall were the key elements to this successful business launch.

'Anti-male violent advertisement'

NSW crime statistics show that the percentage of domestic violence call-outs involving a child threatening and harassing ...

Cara Waters   The advertising watchdog has dismissed complaints an advertisement for ADT Security promotes and trivialises domestic violence.

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How the two-litre towel was born

Michael Mazur and Paul Taylor put   The 2 Litre Towel to the test.

Patrick Hatch   A historic Australian manufacturer hopes a towel that soaks up two litres of water can help it compete with imported products.

Online search trumps family and friends

Edible Blooms founder Kelly Baker-Jamieson relies heavily on online search but believes word of mouth is also important.

Cara Waters   Research shows small businesses are finding the power of online search is more compelling than old-fashioned word-of-mouth recommendations.

'It could cripple our small business'

Reuben Republic offered a free sandwich deal for locals.

Esther Han   Reuben Republic feared it would "be crippled" after a sandwich deal for locals was misreported by a food blog as one open to all Sydneysiders.

'Duck's nuts' Wallabies star ad complaint dismissed

Wallabies star Nick Cummins has come under fire for an ad in which he describes his undies as "the duck's nuts".

Cara Waters   Advertising Standards Board dismisses complaints about television advertisement for Tradie underwear starring Wallabies player Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins.

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The risk of a viral approach

Alizee Michel, as "Natalie Amyot", pleads for help to find the father of her baby on YouTube.

Sylvia Pennington   As one tourist town found out, marketing campaigns can sometimes work against you.

Why normal marketing doesn't work

Katie McMurray: took an alternative approach to marketing.

Claire Dunn   It's time to forget everything you used to know about how to reach customers.

Never call your customers

Public servants have been warned about the dangers of phones.

Kate Jones   If calling your customers is part of your sales plan, think again. Research shows phoning customers is outdated, intrusive and most importantly, nothing but a waste of time.

The superpower fuelling turbo start-ups

Often a so-called unlimited phone plan is extremely limited once you read the terms and conditions, clearer industry ...

Lauren Davidson   What's the secret ingredient the top new ventures all share?

Five things to consider before building a website

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Ashleigh Ryan   COMMENT: Avoid common mistakes business owners make with these great tips.

Kick stage fright to the kerb

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Kate Jones   Terrified of public speaking? Never again dread a presentation with these great tips.

NBN putting video in the spotlight

Gone are the days when Australian web users had to wait minutes for a video to load.

Simon Palan   COMMENT: It's a premium marketing tool businesses can no longer afford to ignore.

Is Facebook dead?

Facebook use is declining.

Christine Long   It looks like the once-popular social media platform is heading the way of MySpace, at least for business purposes.

The secret to getting to the top of Google

TPG is facing growing opposition from iiNet shareholders over its takeover bid for the company.

Kate Jones   Jump to the top of search engine lists with this nifty tip.

Five free marketing tips

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Kate Jones   At least one of these ideas has the potential to quadruple your revenue.

Google punishes clunky mobile sites

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Sylvia Pennington   If you don't have the right website your business will effectively disappear.

Make LinkedIn work for you

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Caroline James   It's an incredible way of generating business leads and contacts if you get it right.

A million Insty followers and counting

Thessy Kouzoukas (L) and Yiota Kouzoukas from Instagram sensations Sabo Skirt.

Larissa Ham   Meet the local duo that is dominating the hottest social media channel on the planet.

Encouraging 'intrapreneurs'

An entrepreneurial mindset delivers advantages for companies.

Cade Witnish   COMMENT: Encouraging staff to be entrepreneurial has business benefits.

Do Google Adwords really work?

Elisha Casagrande decided to pull the pin on Google AdWords and continue with alternative marketing strategies.

Louis White   Elisha Casagrande had a three-month campaign on the platform. So why didn't she get a single sale from it?

Eight tips for an effective multi-channel marketing plan

An unusual name can help you stand out in a good way, say those who have one.

Scott McMillan   You're more likely to be successful if you use more than one communication method.

You need to monitor trending topics

Mobile ads accounted for 80 per cent of Facebook's total ad revenue in the quarter.

David Hickey   If something's happening online that affects your business, you need to be on top of it.

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Great approaches for content marketing

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David Hickey   Three tips for content strategy and brand development.

Five things that make us click

Caroline James   What are the secrets to making people enter your web site, read your ads and open your emails?

Make the most of LinkedIn groups

Tom Willis from LawPath.

Sylvia Pennington   They are the key to making the most of the social business platform. So how can you join in?