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  • 26
    Sep
    140922_burningout

    Avoiding a social media burnout

    Written by Businesses

    For a lot of people, the whole idea of social media as work seems ludicrous. But in the last 10 years, social media has moved from the fringes to become a vital part of every business’s communications. And within the last decade, one of the most in-demand roles is that of the community manager (or social media specialist). Basically, it’s the person responsible for the day-to-day management of an organisation’s social media accounts. While this has historically gone to a junior member of the marketing or administration team because they ‘get it’, smart companies have long known that this role isn’t about posting a few funny …

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  • 22
    Sep
    AWD114498-0914-BlogImage-v1

    5 reasons mobile payments are here to stay

    Written by Businesses

    If you ever need any indication that mobile payment adoption will pick up speed here, you only need to look at the number of new players entering the market over the last few months. It’s a hot topic in the payments industry right now, and for good reasons. The ability to make and accept payments via a smartphone is potentially game changing, especially for tradies, consultants, field agents, mobile vendors and those who are always on the move.  Businesses can accept card payments from any location with cell phone coverage – perfect for mobile businesses. …

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  • 19
    Sep
    Ep6_ATSADavidSmith

    Episode 6: ATSA – speed dating event for tech savvy accountants

    It’s safe to say that David Smith was always the ‘person most likely’ to stage an annual technology conference for accountants. His love of all things geeky and techy started back in the 1960s. As a boy, he would huddle close to his shortwave radio to follow the conversations of astronauts and their adventures high above the earth. Today, David advises accountants Australia-wide on how to use technology to optimise the workflow and productivity of their practice, among other things. The Accountants’ Technology Showcase Australia, or ATSA, was his brainchild and kicked off 7 years ago. ATSA is, in David’s words, ‘speed dating …

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  • 19
    Sep
    Winner_CompanyDocs

    MYOB partner wins dream French Riviera trip with CompanyDocs

    If you’re anything like me, you're probably skeptical when it comes to winning competitions. I mean, no one I know ever wins a thing. Oh sure, fifth division Lotto is still a win, but I mean the BIG prizes. That’s why I was thrilled to interview the winner of the recent MYOB CompanyDocs competition. Debra Anderson of NSW firm Legally Counts was over the moon to be spending 6 nights in the south of France, with an opportunity to drive a Ferrari around the Côte d'Azur. The winner was picked from a ballot. …

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  • 18
    Sep
    140915_AngryCustomers

    5 customers that are bad for business (& how to deal with them)

    There’s an old saying in business that states the customer is always right. I like to modify this to the right customer is always right. Many business owners spend an inordinate amount of time dealing with customers who are simply not the right ones for their business. In fact, it’s my experience that the best way to get more customers of the type you want is to learn to say no to the wrong type of customer. Here are five tricky customer types you may encounter and some suggestions on how to deal with them. …

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  • 17
    Sep
    140915_networking

    5 ways to make networking a breeze

    Networking is a great tool for growing sales, particularly if your business works with other businesses. Networking with other business owners and managers can happen face-to-face or through social media. The mediums might be different, but many principles of networking are relevant to both. Here are some tips for making the most out of your networking opportunities. …

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