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3 ways to grab attention on social media

Do your social media posts seem a bit boring? Are you looking for inspiration to liven them up a bit? Do you need some inspiration on how to grab attention on social media? Do you want to inject some creativity into your posts so more people like, share, read and...

Business benefits of podcasting

Podcasting is a growing medium and many organisations are finding there are many benefits of podcasting.  American research suggests: 2% of American audio listening is podcasts Podcast listening grew 23% between 2015 and 2016 The average time spent listening to...

25 benefits of blogging for business

I’m a big advocate for blogging for business. If you blog “properly” it can really help grow your business. By “properly” I mean good writing, strong content, be consistent, use SEO techniques when writing and share it widely. You can...

Why I’m going to Social Media Marketing World 2017

It’s no secret that I love a good conference. However, like many conference-goers, I’ve been to some shockers. Fortunately Social Media Marketing World wasn’t one of them! Which is why I will be attending again in 2017. It can be expensive to attend...

Case study – A greater digital presence for C&K

Case study – C&K The client The Creche & Kindergarten Association Limited (C&K) is a not for profit organisation with over 400 services providing long day care, kindergarten and family day care programs throughout Queensland. The challenge While...

Why small business owners should go to ProBlogger event

Over the weekend I was on the Gold Coast attending the ProBlogger Event, for the fourth consecutive year. The first time I attended to learn more about blogging and how I could improve. The second, third and fourth times I attended primarily to learn more about how to...

Snapchat for beginners

I am having a little love affair with Snapchat at the moment. It’s fun to use and it’s a great way to share images and video with friends. Contrary to the common perception, Snapchat is not new, as it launched in 2011. According to projections, Snapchat is...

Celebrating 10 years in business

My tenth anniversary since starting Mel Kettle Consulting almost slipped past unnoticed. Which seems sort of wrong given how few small businesses even celebrate one year. On the latest episode of my podcast, A Great Recipe for Life, my friend Warwick Merry reminds me...

How Australians are using social media

I’m always fascinated by how people use social media – where, when, how long, how often. Equally, it frustrates me that much of the research is USA centric. While parallels can be drawn, it’s fantastic to read the Sensis Social Media Report 2016,...

Why Pokémon Go is good for you (yes, really!)

In just over a week Pokémon Go has done what few, if any, national public health campaigns have achieved: it has encouraged people to go outside and exercise. The national physical activity guidelines tell us that we should be aiming for 60 minutes of physical...

Productivity hack – aka 6 reasons why I don’t answer the phone

I used to love talking on the phone. When I was in high school my parents frequently complained of the hours I would spend curled up in the phone nook in the hallway of our home. I always raced to answer the phone when it rang. And I was devastated if I wasn’t...

A guide to cafe etiquette

Many of my fellow work-from-home friends and colleagues spend an inordinate amount of time working in cafes. At least, judging by the number of people I see with laptops whenever I’m in a cafe. Which is at least 3-4 times a week. There is a cafe etiquette that...