When you drop a pebble in a pond the effect ripples out to the rest of the water, in the events industry the experiences we create are that pebble. It can be easy to forget, between meetings and briefs, that we are in the business of inspiring people - but we are, and it's a huge priviledge to be able to share the effect of these events with you.READ MORE
The last handful of years have seen something of an epidemic of extinction in the business community. Looking at businesses failures ranging from Borders to Billabong, Kodak and music giant HMV, brands and industries are quickly realizing that business-as-usual is no longer be enough. Peter Drucker’s insight in the mid 1980s is truer today than ever before: we must now run faster and faster just to stand still.READ MORE
In a recent UN/ICAO commissioned survey on the use of signatures in passports, a number of countries including the UK recommended phasing out the long held practice because it was no longer deemed of practical use. More significantly, however, is the emerging trend that has some parents, educators and lawmakers espousing their concern - when asked to sign most kids these days are simply writing their name - the art of the signature may soon be a lost art. A recent report in Gulf News disclosed that this is a global problem with kids in Canada, Tokyo, Hong Kong and elsewhere moving away from written signatures because they live their life through technology, but without the need to sign.READ MORE
For anyone working in the technology sphere, you will know that your consumers are no longer confining technology to their work lives. People are demanding technological intelligence in every facet of their lives - from data around their workouts to a home that echoes the Jetson lifestyle we all grew up in awe of.
As consumer demands continue to disrupt the status quo, even the IT & technology industries aren't safe from becoming irrelevant. Gen Y's & Gen Z's are their own computer experts and will soon no longer require an 'expert' as they continue to become one themselves. So how does this dynamic industry protect itself & ensure it offers something that no consumer can replicate? Embrace the home! As commuting becomes a thing of the past - the companies identifying & adapting to this need will truly thrive.READ MORE
Brett King is a globally renowned speaker and expert on shifting trends in banking. Technology & IT trends are the two biggest disruptors in finance, and the shifting demands of consumers is ensuring that further evolution in how banks interact with their stakeholders, via websites, apps and wearable tech, is absolutely vital for their survival.
In this blog post, Brett outlines the ways in which banks will need to evolve their IT / technology strategy to ensure they keep their customers engaged.
In 5 Years, 50% of revenue will be digital but where’s the revenue going to come from?READ MORE
Nike’s recent withdrawal from the fitness band market has raised some significant questions regarding the future direction of wearable technology.
Although the size of the market is predicted to grow exponentially by most industry experts such as Credit Suisse, which predicts the market to increase five-fold to $50 billion by 2017 and wearable technology appears to have already reached a high level of awareness amongst consumers.READ MORE
In a world of constant change, how can we predict whether the role we play at work will continue to exist for years to come? In this thought provoking & no holds barred interview with ABC Radio, disruption analyst Michael McQueen gives us an insight into what industries will shortly become obsolete.READ MORE
House prices are moving into very dangerous territory.
They are rising so fast and are moving to a point where there is a very real risk of a situation that spills over to poor borrowing decisions, relaxed lending standards and financial market malaise that would threaten to end Australia’s multi-decade economic expansion.READ MORE
Do you find your message constantly gets lost in translation? When you are dealing with clients older than you do you see them switch off? Or maybe you are selling the latest piece of tech to the Gen Y’ers and you keep losing their business.
When selling to different ages, the key to success is anything but one size fits all.
In this short video I’m going to outline exactly how to close the sale whether you are dealing with an old school boomer or a trendsetting gen Y’er.READ MORE
Stephen Koukoulas is one of Australia’s most respected economists. His background covers the spectrum of economic insight - from his role as Chief Economist of Citibank to Senior Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister.
In his latest article Stephen argues against the widely held belief that first homebuyers are being priced out of the market, showing us (and Bridie at The Guardian) that with a little frugality and some more realistic expectations, your first home isn’t just a dream.READ MORE
The future of your business depends on just two abilities.
Firstly, being able to come up with excellent ideas to expand your business. Secondly to be good at implementing those ideas.
There are thousands of books and articles about the implementation part, but comparatively little about quality business idea generation.
Over the last 25 years I have made my living coming up with good business ideas and over time I developed a system that allowed me to do so quickly, efficiently and effectively.
Below is a quick ten step methodology that will allow you to speedily generate lots of different ideas for your company. Whether you'd like to conceive new income streams, fresh marketing concepts, breakthrough positioning strategies or novel product ideas, this system will get the job done.READ MORE
San Francisco startup Coin today announced its first product — a credit card-sized device that digitally stores up to eight credit, debit, gift, or membership cards, and lets you switch between them by pressing a circular button on its surface.
It works with conventional ATMs and payment terminals but all is not as smooth as it seems. Here, Banking innovator and founder of Moven Bank Brett King, looks at the potential pitfalls of this product & what it means for the future of banking.READ MORE
So many businesses are sitting here today faced with the knowledge that they are less relevant today than they were a year ago.
They don't quite know how it happened; everything seemed to be going so well. They were THE hottest product last January, but now the numbers say different.READ MORE
Beware the Tyranny of Tradition Michael McQueen warns us in this cautionary tale of a business that gets slowed down by it's 'barnacles'
Every business needs to ask itself, are we innovating? Are we doing enough to ensure we remain streamlined? Or are we carrying the dead weight of processes and systems that are no longer relevant?READ MORE
Anders Sorman-Nilsson is a speaker and researcher at the very forefront of futurism. Through his think tank Thinque, Anders works with some of the planet's biggest companies to anticipate trends that will disrupt their business.
In this article, through his passion for bringing the digital minds together with the analogue hearts of each business, Anders looks at how companies are going to be impacted by a workforce & consumer base that has never known a world without smart phones & online gaming...READ MORE
Scott is a visionary and banking innovator who, as Movenbank's Chief Mobile Officer is poised to disrupt the banking services industry with a mobile-centric offering unlike any other. In this fascinating piece Scott explores what our physical money actually means and how we can expect this to change in the not so distant future.
Some say that it makes the world go round, others call it the root of all evil. But what exactly is money? Why do we need it? And where did it come from?READ MORE
It is harder to make a dollar in retail today than ever before. Recent years have seen the retail sector buffeted by a series of fierce and disruptive headwinds.
Indicative of this fact, consider the raft of retail brands such as Payless Shoes and Borders that have had little alternative than to file for bankruptcy as the going has gotten tough.
While a combination of factors have contributed to the woes of retailers, it is perhaps the ever-growing threat of technology and online competition that has had the greatest impact.READ MORE
Pre-paid debit cards are the fastest growing deposit product in countries like the United States and China today. In the US healthy 25% year-on-year growth the last 4 years now amounts to $350 Billion dollar annual business. In contrast checking accounts in the US have been shrinking by close to 4% year-on-year since 2009. The vanguards of the new bank account today, however, are not necessarily the giants of the financial industry. The new bank account is being defined by a different set of rules. Low friction, engaged customer base, differentiated distribution (no branches) and strong digital (mobile and web) support are all the rage, but at the core is a new approach to the basic day-to-day bank account. Join Brett King (Author of Bank 2.0 and 3.0) and his guests Alex, Jon and Shamir, as they discuss how neo-banks will are changing the rules and redefining what it means to be a bank at the same time.READ MORE
Do the underbanked really need bank accounts anymore? With the introduction of mobile financial options, more and more people are opting out of traditional bank accounts and turning to the myriad of financial options that are becoming available as an alternative to traditional checking accounts. Between pre-paid debit cards, gift cards, Western Union accounts, Paypal, pre-paid cell phones, mobile wallets available, social payment systems, the PayNearMe service, and Peer 2 Peer lending taking off, people can avail themselves of all the benefits of banking without having to enter a bank branch or deal with fussy application procedures and small print fees. Join Breaking Bank$ to discuss the way that people are turning to these options with Rachel Schneider with the Center of Financial Services Innovation and Danny Shader, the CEO of PayNearMe, which allows those that have opted out pay for rent, utilities and bills in cash from convenient locations they visit every day.READ MORE
Walmart's efforts to green its supply chain are about to get much more effective. Sustainability will now play a role in its merchants' performance reviews, which help determine pay raises and potential for future promotion. This is a big deal: these merchants are high-level managers responsible for multibillion-dollar buying decisions. They're the people who determine which products appear on the shelves of the world's largest retailer.READ MORE
In this profile on the future of retail and consumer innovations, author and futurist Mike Walsh talks about the influence of social media on consumer behavior. He uses real-life examples like Japan's Tokyo Girls collection, which enables attendees to use their cell phones to scan the dresses they see and instantly order them. This segment appeared on Carte Blanche, a South African TV current affairs program.READ MORE
Have you wondered what aptitudes will position you ideally for a career in 2020? How do you choose the right career that even exists in 2020? Are your qualifications supporting you in an uncertain future? How do you combine tradition and technology in you choice of work?READ MORE
I reckon 2020 vision begins with 2020 hindsight. It's only when we reflect on past patterns, that we can either break those patterns, or continue them into the future. In fact, when we reflect, there is a greater chance that we inflect and reach a positive tipping point.READ MORE
What will be the office of the future? We were told that new technology would allow us to work from home, meet virtually and avoid travel – but if anything, as Yahoo employee recently found out – offices spaces are becoming more important and we are travelling more than before. The answer as to why may have as much to do with emerging ideas about innovation as an economic theory from the 19th century – Jevon's Paradox
Footage sourced from Cassidy Turley's State Of Real Estate 2013.READ MORE
As some organisations careen recklessly into the digital future and others are left behind by remaining steeped in the ways of old, thought leaders are coming to realise there is an important middle ground. Most o6en that's where your customers and clients want you to be, the place where digital and analogue converge - the 'digilogue'. In the digilogue it is understood that digital satisfies a customer's mind while analogue soothes the heart.READ MORE
Last year Facebook hit one billion users. It is reported that the average Facebook user spends 75 minutes per day using Facebook. Globally smartphone growth year-on-year was at 42 percent in 2012, with 17 percent global penetration, but more significantly with most developed economies expecting 70-80 percent smartphone penetration within a couple of years. This has led to massive increases in social media use over mobile. WeiXin, a new Social Mobile Network powered by TenCent in China, took 14 months to reach 100 million users, and just six more months to reach 200 million. Snapchat, based in the United States is sending 60 million mobile-initiated photos per day, or five billion snaps in little over a year.READ MORE
I was chatting with the fellow presenter at a conference in Singapore a few weeks ago about mobile phones and mobile devices and he said, “It’s used to be my barometer of interest…” As he presents he noticed when and where people reach for their phones and devices during his presentation because, as he described it, “it’s where the choice of the participant became ‘pay attention to the speaker’ or ‘pay attention to my device’ kicked and I would watch their attention tilt away from me to their damn devices.”READ MORE
In 1961, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia bought its first computer – the Ferranti.
It had 1K of memory, cost $360,000 (£220,000) and was the size of a whole room. A typical mid-range laptop computer today has 250,000 times the memory, is 4-8 million times faster and costs 1/500th of what the Ferranti cost as a computing platform. This process, the acceleration of technological capability, is known as Moore’s law – and it has meant that since the late 1800s, the rates of technology adoption and diffusion into society have kept getting faster.READ MORE
In this video, Brett talks about the latest trends that are redefining financial services and payments.
From the global scramble for dominance of the mobile wallet, the expectations created by tablet computing, the operationalizing of the cloud and the explosion of social media he explores: How Social Media has exposed pricing, over-regulation, outdated processes and poor policy, How mobile technology is completely changing the context of banking, How customer advocacy is killing traditional brand marketing, and the growth of the ‘de-banked’ consumer who doesn’t need a bank at all.READ MORE
2013 feels uncomfortable in the mouth. The cultural baggage of the number 13 may be an influence of course. After all some building owners will deny a number 13 floor by simply going from 12 to 14 in their elevators listings.
So what does 2013 hold for us? What are some of the trends we need to be conscious of?READ MORE
in 2013, retail, housing and finance should do well, sparked by lower interest rates and still low unemployment. Construction should start to turn higher, but manufacturing and tourism may well remain soft. The strong Australian dollar will not help. Mining will remain hostage to the world economy and that is looking problematic with China slowing, Europe in recession and the US still fragile. Don't bank on the boom in mining continuing.READ MORE
The new financial year kicks off on 1 July 2012 and having watched the economy and financial markets for more than two decades, these calendar benchmarks are a good time to take stock, look ahead and think about the issues that are likely to impact on businesses and personal finances.
Before doing that, there is no doubt that in the last month or two, there has been some great economic news in Australia.READ MORE
eriously...mobile at point of sale will change advertising as we know it
In Wikipedia, the universal arbiter of debates on definition or trivia, "Advertising" is defined as follows: a form of communication used to encourage or persuade an audience to continue or take some new action.READ MORE