Australians: Beware Of Scams

Phishing scams are increasing – Australians need to be careful with their data.

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3 Real Estate Strategies to Quickly Sell a Property

Many realtors make the mistake of following the same tried and tested patterns each day, such as hosting an open house, adding properties to listings and putting a sign at the front of the property. Once they have done so, they will sit back and wait for an offer or two to roll in.

However, if you want to sell a property as soon as possible, you will need to develop a more proactive attitude. To ensure your success, read the following three real estate strategies to sell a property quickly.

1.   Target the Right Audience on Social Media

Many social media users are more than happy to share their milestones across various platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For example, a user might announce:

  • A move to a big city
  • An engagement
  • Upcoming marriage
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth of their child

As a result, they are more likely to need a new property to accommodate this new phase of their life. For this reason, you should start advertising real estate on Facebook, targeting the many life events announced across your geographical area.

For instance, you could launch a paid advertisement for affordable apartments, targeting young professionals who have recently moved into the city.

2. Create a Floor Plan

An accurate floor plan can help a buyer to make an informed decision before viewing a property. Not only will it indicate how many rooms are featured across the home, but it will also allow them to gain a greater understanding of how they could move from room to room.

It can, therefore, be just as important as a high-quality photograph or a room description, yet many real estate agents fail to invest in the selling tool, which could help them to generate greater interest.

If you want to set your real estate business apart from your industry rivals and quickly sell properties throughout the year, visit Metropix (Metropix.com) to create a professional floor plan in a matter of minutes.

3.   Promote a Property Using Emotive, Persuasive Copy

If a property appears unattractive, worn or outdated, it is likely people will not queue up the block to make a seller an offer.

Selling a rundown property can be difficult, as photographs and a competitive price might not be enough to secure a buyer. For this reason, you must aim to promote the property using emotive, persuasive copy, which could spike a buyer’s interest, as they might want to unlock the building’s hidden potential.

For example, you could write “The large family home offers three spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a rustic, light living room and a charming porch. While the property itself is less than a five-minute drive from the city’s finest restaurants, family-friendly attractions, and chic stores.”

If you want to ensure every property on your database quickly sells, hire an experienced copywriter to create attention-grabbing content, which will make buyers want to arrange a viewing and potentially make an offer.

 

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Four Tips for Companies Aspiring to Expand their Reach

The ultimate objective of any ambitious company is to expand their reach indefinitely until they conquer the global market. These aspirations should guide and influence how you choose to scale and reinvest in your business. As your company grows beyond its regional or domestic market, you’re offered the opportunity to capitalise on growing sales and greater exposure by opening up your company to a more international audience. It’s this that the below article explores, helping you plan for a more expansive and ambitious future in the international marketplace.

A Matter of Timing

Choosing when, how and where you scale your business should be a decision taken with due diligence. If you happen to scale a little bit too early, you might find yourself overstretched to the point that you enter debt. On the other hand, if you scale too late, you’ll have missed an opportunity to gain more business and experience in the international marketplace. Make a balanced decision based on your financial capacity, and the capacity of your team to handle a heavier workload. Never take big risks when scaling – it’s always best to be a little conservative in your decision-making in this respect.

Market Internationally

When you do make the jump in scale, it’s time to make a concurrent jump in your marketing efforts. You want to land in the international market and hit the ground running, with exposure and visibility levels high from the start. Therefore, you should shift your marketing strategy to be more international. This can mean everything from advertising in different languages to outsourcing to marketing companies based on your new target markets. If you choose the outsourcing route – which usually guarantees an ROI – ensure you’ve budgeted for it in your planned expansion phase.

Change Commerce Platforms

If you’re feeling direct from your website, then you’re going to need a sales platform that can accommodate an international audience as you scale to conquer new and exciting markets. Find a company to help you expand to offer international ecommerce through software and solutions that’ll help sales fly through your site, whether conducted in Sydney or San Francisco. With a well-made and frictionless server, you’ll find that more customers click-through to the point of sale, allowing you to capitalise on your burgeoning new audience.

Offices Abroad

The final step in your successful expansion is to establish further offices in centres of commerce around the world. For instance, if you’re generating many sales in the East Asian region, then it’s advisable for you to have a small team working on customer service and objective deliveries in a well-linked Asian city like Hong Kong, Singapore or Shanghai. With offices abroad, you’ll be far better-placed to serve your regional customers and you’ll have a foot in the door when it comes to local marketing and partnership fostering. When the time comes, send a team to establish new offices abroad – the final stage in your world-conquering charge to market dominance.

These four tips should help those companies looking to expand internationally with their sales – whether that be through smart international marketing, or the use of a better-equipped sales platform to offer your products to an international audience.

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Aussie pearls are a royal favourite!

Meghan Markle counts Paspaley Pearls as a favourite, according to Australian Vogue.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!!!

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Ultimate Edge Communications Wins 2018′s Best Christmas Ad for RedBalloon campaign

Ultimate Edge Communications has achieved the perfect result to deliver this year’s best Australian Christmas campaign.

Cubery, a tech-driven research and insights agency, has tested the effectiveness of 13 leading Christmas campaigns and discovered this festive season, one ad stands head and shoulders above the others. They made a list, checked it twice and named UEC’s campaign for RedBalloon “Break with Tradition” as the most effective Christmas ad of the 2018 festive season.

Click here to have a look.

 

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Ultimate Edge Communications – 12 Days Of Christmas RedBalloon Campaign

Want to win a RedBalloon gift certificate? Check out the campaign on KISS 1065′s Kyle and Jackie O show. Click on the link to listen in!

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This is just one of many of Ultimate Edge Communication‘s exciting client Christmas campaigns!

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Exceeding customer expectations to provide a better service

Meeting customer expectations is a difficult element of customer service, and one that will require work to get right. Part of the reason why this can be such a complex area is down to the fact that it is a multi-step process, and one that has to be factored in at every stage of the customer journey. The challenge of not just meeting, but exceeding, customer expectation is one where the majority of business believe that they are competent, only to find that their customers don’t agree. When 80% of companies are under the impression that they provide quality service, but only 8% of consumers agree that they get the best level of that same service, then you know that there are discrepancies between assumption and reality. If you want to commit to exceeding customer expectation, then consider these three essential starting points.

Building that customer connection

It used to be that in order to establish a long-lasting relationship with customers, all you had to do was be based near them geographically. Nowadays, the friendliest and most efficient customer service is going to be ineffective if you are not connected to your audience. There are many effective ways to strengthen your connection with your customers, but your priority should be on building relationships. You can do this very effectively by using content marketing strategies. The concept of content marketing has become the most important element of any modern marketing strategy, and if you can ensure that your content is going to be high value and demographically targeted, then your business is going to be better able to establish those all-important connections and build a loyal base of repeat customers.

Provide choices that they want

This isn’t about expanding your clothing line or increasing the number of products that you sell. It’s about letting customers interact with you and buy from you in the ways that they prefer. This could mean that you simply have to have that Facebook page, as your market research has indicated that your target demographic are most likely to be on that platform. Choice is most important when it comes to the buying process, and one of the major causes of shopping cart abandonment is down to a lack of payment options. Consumers want to be able to pay quickly, easily, and in the manner of their choosing, and if you can’t provide those methods then they will simply look elsewhere. Make sure that you are set up for cash, credit card, and maybe even cryptocurrency payments, no matter which shopping avenue your customer happens to be using. You can even connect your brick and mortar outlet to your website by clicking here and investing in a linked point of sale app that will update your stock inventory and streamline your ordering process.

Building the best team

It’s an established fact that your employees are your most valuable resource. Always commit to giving them the right training, and ensure that everyone in your business is fully aware of not only the products that you sell but the mission statement, branding, and values of the company as well. One additional area to consider is the removal of customer service scripts. Allowing your customer-facing employees to interact naturally will have surprising effects on your potential to exceed customer expectation, and your workforce will be happier as well.

In a highly competitive business landscape, the challenge is on to provide the products and services that consumers want, while ensuring that you go above and beyond their expectations. Aim for the WOW factor, and your business will show positive gains as a result.

 

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Father’s Day Campaign – In True Blue Aussie Style

Every once in a while “you know you’re Australian” when you see an ad that with our unique sense of humour. Ultimate Edge Communications hit the nail on the head for Red Balloon’s recent Father’s Day Campaign.

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Buy tickets to Cockoach at the Sydney Fringe Festival

Tickets are on sales for Cockroach at the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival. Click on the hyperlink. This is a limited seating venue – don’t miss out!

This is the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival performance that has everyone ‘buzzing’…

Cockroach - Leah Donovan

COCKROACHAn amoral revenge tale for the #MeToo generation

A story of hope, healing and transformation.

“…as you all know there is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself’ Hannah Gadsby

Cockroach was born from a place of anger. As a woman, I’m growing increasingly frustrated and angry at some men in prominent positions who have been getting away with sexual misconduct and abuse.

Unfortunately, the victims are often suffering alone and in silence. After all, a civilised and sophisticated woman should act like a lady (read: hide her shame, pain and suffering and pretend that all is well).

Well, all is not well.

For victims of abuse, life can never be the same again. It will also be more difficult if they take no action and keep doing what’s expected instead of what’s right.

All the time we hear of stories where the woman was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, wearing the wrong clothes. The perpetrator, it seems, had no choice but to teach this ‘unruly person’ a lesson. The blame is always directed at the victim.

Click here to read more and sponsor the performance.

This Australian production is sure to create a lot of buzz and discussion about this timely, relevant and important topic.

Please spread the word on social media!

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Sydney Fringe Festival 2018 – Cockroach

Don’t forget about the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival and the performance that has everyone ‘buzzing’…

Cockroach - Leah Donovan

COCKROACHAn amoral revenge tale for the #MeToo generation

A story of hope, healing and transformation.

“…as you all know there is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself’ Hannah Gadsby

Cockroach was born from a place of anger. As a woman, I’m growing increasingly frustrated and angry at some men in prominent positions who have been getting away with sexual misconduct and abuse.

Unfortunately, the victims are often suffering alone and in silence. After all, a civilised and sophisticated woman should act like a lady (read: hide her shame, pain and suffering and pretend that all is well).

Well, all is not well.

For victims of abuse, life can never be the same again. It will also be more difficult if they take no action and keep doing what’s expected instead of what’s right.

All the time we hear of stories where the woman was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, wearing the wrong clothes. The perpetrator, it seems, had no choice but to teach this ‘unruly person’ a lesson. The blame is always directed at the victim.

Click here to read more and sponsor the performance.

This Australian production is sure to create a lot of buzz and discussion about this timely, relevant and important topic.

Please spread the word on social media!

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Cyber Safety Checklist

I just published an original blog article “Ward off hackers with this cyber safety checklist” on the Internet’s #1 domain registrar, GoDaddy.com, a great resource for checking and buying domain names (URLs) for your company’s online presence.

Click on the hyperlink to check it out – it’s a great resource to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your website and blog.

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Cockroach – At The Sydney Fringe Festival

COCKROACHAn amoral revenge tale for the #MeToo generation

A story of hope, healing and transformation.

“…as you all know there is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself’ Hannah Gadsby

Cockroach was born from a place of anger. As a woman, I’m growing increasingly frustrated and angry at some men in prominent positions who have been getting away with sexual misconduct and abuse.

Unfortunately, the victims are often suffering alone and in silence. After all, a civilised and sophisticated woman should act like a lady (read: hide her shame, pain and suffering and pretend that all is well).

Well, all is not well.

For victims of abuse, life can never be the same again. It will also be more difficult if they take no action and keep doing what’s expected instead of what’s right.

All the time we hear of stories where the woman was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, wearing the wrong clothes. The perpetrator, it seems, had no choice but to teach this ‘unruly person’ a lesson. The blame is always directed at the victim.

Click here to read more and sponsor the performance.

This Australian production is sure to create a lot of buzz and discussion about this timely, relevant and important topic.

Please spread the word on social media!

 

 

 

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How Much Does The Average Sickie Cost In Australia?

That’s the question a lot people ask -  How Much Does The Average Sickie Cost In Australia? Click on the hyperlink to see the various statistics and cost per employee, per business, etc.

It’s very interesting and not at all surprising to learn that “entitlement mentality” is the #1 reason for the proliferation of absenteeism – in Australia.

We’ve blogged about Australian Sickie Stats previously, but this new article summarises it in more practical terms and has been updated since the original post was published in 2011.

 

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Beware Origin Energy Phishing Scam

Be careful of the latest phishing scam claiming you have a balance owing to Origin Energy!

Don’t click on any of the links – even though SOME of them look legit!

Origin Phishing Scam Email

This is the PHISHING SCAM LINK!!!

Origin Phishing Scam Link 1

This one looks legitimate, which is why you have to be VERY careful and diligent!

Origin Phishing Scam Link 2

 

Apple users, be careful of this phishing scam!

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Australia: The land of 10,000 beaches

Amazingly, Australia’s 30,000+ mile-long (50,000+ km) coastline is connected by more than 10,000 beaches. If you wanted to visit a new beach every day, it would take you more than 27 years!

Let’s get started shall we?

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Can you wear headphones while you drive in Australia?

Have you ever wondered if you can  wear headphones while you drive in Australia?  It actually depends on a few things. Click the hyperlink to make sure!

Whatever the rules might be, stick to the principle that you should be alert and aware of your surroundings while driving. Better safe than sorry!

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How to find lost money

The Australian government is trying to help (you) find money in lost or forgotten accounts.

Click on the hyperlink to see if you have a hidden treasure somewhere unknown!

A friend recently found $2,000 in a ‘trust transfer’ account following a real estate transaction she did more than 10 years ago!

Happy hunting!

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Are there kangaroos in Sydney…?

Yes, they even cross the Sydney harbour bridge…

Don’t believe me? Click here to see a kangaroo crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

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Are you a true Aussie? Take the test!

This is as good a test for Australian citizenship as any…!

Come back and post your total Aussie score with you’re TRUE Aussie comment slang to go with it, just to be fair dinkum.

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Australia’s Best Beaches…

We live in a great country, one the top reasons are the fabulous white sand beaches… Click on the hyperlink to have a look at these “hidden secrets”… Gorgeous!

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