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Corpwrite bucks the trend of scaling back staff during COVID-19

By Nicola Field, Associate Director, Corpwrite 

Corporate communications specialist Corpwrite, is bucking the trend of scaling back staff. By growing its team, Corporate is able to serve the holistic needs of clients, and that’s good for revenue growth. 

Communications specialist Corpwrite, is no stranger to challenging times. As Director and Co-founder Anthony O’Brien explains, “Myself and Chris Walker set up the business in 2008 – just as the global financial crisis was kicking in. Several years later, as the business was really starting to ramp up, Chris was diagnosed with cancer, and was forced to take a backseat in the business to focus on his health.”

Sadly, Chris passed away in 2016. But despite the setbacks, Anthony was determined for Corpwrite to reach its full potential.

“What I took from those tough times was a really clear sense that a small business can get through some tremendous challenges. But it’s up to you – as the owner – to take charge of that survival process. You can’t simply hope the situation will turn itself around.” Continue reading “Corpwrite bucks the trend of scaling back staff during COVID-19”

Your country needs you: Write a media release

By Nicola Field, Associate Director, Corpwrite

I freely admit I’m a news junkie. I spend a lot of time (too much really) sifting through online news. But you don’t have to slavishly follow the newsfeed to know that COVID-19 has dominated headlines for much of 2020.

Yes, it’s critical for everyone to stay up to date with the latest on the Coronavirus. But right now, I suspect plenty of Australians are keen to hear other news stories.

As evidence of this, on 1 May the top ten topics trending on Google included the re-launch of a popular lip gloss, the re-opening of pubs in the Northern Territory, and the fast-tracked return of that iconic confection, the Polly Waffle.

It goes to show that even in the midst of a pandemic, people are still hungry for variety in the media.

This is where you come in. If your business has a story to tell, why not tell it through a media release? You don’t have to be an ASX 200-listed company to merit media attention. In fact, it often amazes me just how many news articles are pretty obviously drawn from a press release.

If you think about it, it makes sense.  News outlets need a continual flow of content. And they need it to be low cost. The days when teams of Clark Kent-style reporters chased the latest scoop are behind us.

The challenge is that plenty of other businesses are also vying for media attention. So your media release needs to stand out. That means having something newsworthy to say. Continue reading “Your country needs you: Write a media release”

In hibernation, communication keeps you connected to customers

By Nicola Field, Associate Director, Corpwrite

In hibernation, communication keeps you connected to customers

The best decision I’ve made so far in 2020 was taking my 13-year-old son to London. It was a blast – but amid all the history and hustle of London, it was the squirrels that enchanted Nicholas.

A particular point of interest was the way squirrels hibernate during the UK’s cold winter. Frankly, I suspected the Hyde Park squirrels long ago ditched any notion of hibernation, preferring instead to live off the rich pickings of London’s year-round tourist trade. Nonetheless, I explained that squirrels stock up on nuts in summer to survive the leaner months.

When Nick asked how they know to prepare for hibernation, I was flummoxed. Maybe squirrels hand the message down across generations. Maybe it’s instinctive. Whatever the case, they do it, and it works.

So, I was intrigued when just weeks later, Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested that Australian businesses should go into hibernation as part of the COVID-19 lockdown.

It was a euphemistic way of saying “shut down until this is all passes by”. The trouble is, hibernation isn’t on the agenda of any business. It’s doubtful that even the best-laid continuity plans anticipate a near-total closure of activities for months on end.

The bottom line is that unlike squirrels, businesses don’t have a proverbial stash of nuts to get through the Coronavirus winter. Continue reading “In hibernation, communication keeps you connected to customers”

How Cricket Australia bounced back from defeat

By Anthony O’Brien for Leadership Matters,  December 2019

For many sports fans and members of the media, 24 March 2018 is a day that will forever live in infamy for Australian cricket.

To recap, Australia was playing a crucial test in Cape Town, South Africa, and the locals were on top. To try and stem the flow of runs, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft hatched a plan to use sandpaper on the red ball to help it swing. Simply put, a swinging cricket ball is harder to hit or can increase the chances of getting unwary batsmen out. The bottom line, whether you take sandpaper, dirt, or Brylcreem to a ball, is that it’s a form of cheating. In other words, it’s just not cricket.

Continue reading “How Cricket Australia bounced back from defeat”

Mastering social media

By Anthony O’Brien for Leadership Matters,  February 2020

In digital marketing much has been said about the importance of data to drive decision-making. Much less is said about gut feel.

Yet it was instinct – not analytics – that led advertising guru Wendy Thompson to strike out on her own and establish a social media agency a decade ago.

She was proven correct in the most dramatic way possible. Today, 3.2 billion people are using social media worldwide. And Thompson’s Auckland-based social media business, named Socialites, has gone from strength to strength. The agency works with clients across the globe including New Zealand, Australia, North America, Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore. Thompson explains, “There are 13 official employees and a network of approximately 30 contractors whom we work with day to day.”

Last year, the Auckland-based firm was named Australasian Social Media Agency of the Year. Thompson was also a finalist in Next Woman of The Year.

Continue reading “Mastering social media”

The simple way to cash in on your empty parking space

By Anthony O’Brien, Money Magazine, August 2019

If you live close to a train station or in the middle of the city and have space to park an extra car, you could generate thousands of dollars annually, according to the peer-to-peer platform Parkhound.

Users also benefit: they can secure affordable, accessible long-term parking, often in high-demand areas.

Parkhound has over 40,000 spots nationally from a variety of peer-to-peer spaces and car park operators. Since 2015 members, also called hosts, have earned more than $20 million collectively.

Where to start

Parkhound, a subsidiary of Spacer, is an online marketplace for storage and parking.

It connects drivers who want convenient parking with local property owners who have an extra space, such as a garage, carport, driveway or allocated space.

Continue reading “The simple way to cash in on your empty parking space”

Three top tips for 2019

By Anthony O’Brien, Professional Planner, January 19, 2019

With plenty of Australians still in holiday mode, January is the perfect opportunity to take stock of the wins and losses from last year and rip into fine-tuning the marketing plans for 2019.

Moreover, with plenty of global and local challenges, such as Brexit and the looming federal election, it always makes sense to get a jump on the competition.

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AI and chatbots already leading the virtual charge

By Anthony O’Brien, Professional Planner, August 2, 2018

If you’re one of the 62 per cent of Australians purchasing online, you may have noticed a trend in the last few years. I saw it recently when booking flights with one major Australian airline.

During the process of, I was asked numerous times if I wanted help along the way, with a chat window appearing in the top left corner of the screen. It was made clear that ‘Jess’ was here to help me, and that if I had any questions, I could ask.

‘Jess’, of course, is not a real person and is a chatbot. It’s an example of how artificial intelligence (AI) is changing marketing and client services. This technology is already being used in financial services, and could be a core tool for planners. Continue reading “AI and chatbots already leading the virtual charge”

PR and content marketing work best in tandem

By Anthony O’Brien for Professional Planner, 29 May 2018

Content marketing and public relations are similar beasts and don’t let the marketing cognoscenti tell you any different.

There are those who continue to believe PR is headed the way of the dodo, with the emergence of social media. It hasn’t – and it won’t. What has probably changed is the way savvy companies use PR in tandem with social media to reach more eyeballs.
Why combine PR with content marketing?

Quality PR and content marketing share common ground. Both try to generate content by tracking the latest developments and trends across the industries wherein they operate.

Continue reading “PR and content marketing work best in tandem”

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