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Forum: Starting a business 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 601
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Logo Design

I used Fiverr once to get a logo designed out of curiosity and the designer sent me back the Qantas logo. Be careful.
Forum: Marketing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 201
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Letter Box Drops -Flyers

Letterbox drops can be a very effective form of marketing, but the results can be different for everyone. If you can afford to give it a go, I'd encourage you to try a small amount and see if it...
Forum: Starting a business 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 549
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Advice re prices on website

The great thing about a website is that you can change it.
If I was you, I'd try each option (with and without prices) for a month or two and see if it makes a difference.

I don't agree that you...
Forum: Money matters 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 331
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: I have 30K, what's a good way to invest it?

If you want to get a little more return with no risk, you could also have a look into term deposits. If you check the market for the best deal you can usually get around 6% return from somewhere like...
Forum: Talking technology 15-12-14
Replies: 9
Views: 283
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Backscatter email(bouned emails)

I doubt they are using your account. Anyone can say an email is coming from any address they want. The password only grants access to your specific mail server to send it through.

I've had a...
Forum: Talking technology 11-12-14
Replies: 15
Views: 430
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Change colours on live TV

I sometimes cook dinner while watching live TV. I'm sure I could complete many other tasks such as changing the colour of something as well...

Or do you mean change the colour of an object that's...
Forum: Marketing 28-11-14
Replies: 5
Views: 225
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: "Job Title" - hmm, what to put...?

I have "graphic designer / director" on mine. It says what I do without too much fanfare, and also lets people now that they're dealing with the person in charge.
Forum: Starting a business 28-11-14
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Competitor research - anyone else find it stressful?

And remember that perception is everything.

You may look at a competitor and think "wow, these guys are killing it!", but in reality it could be the total opposite; The owner could be up to his...
Forum: Search engines etc 24-11-14
Replies: 51
Views: 3,199
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Why most small-medium business shouldn't outsource SEO

If SEO is so time consuming, where do SEO guys find the time to continually write such long, detailed posts on internet forums? :p
Forum: Need a resource? Got a good referral? 20-11-14
Replies: 0
Views: 144
Posted By bluepenguin
I need a sign...

Hi there,

I'm looking to get a sign made up to go on one of my client's factories.
It's fairly large, and I'd like it made up of vinyl cut lettering on black composite panel, delivered to...
Forum: Marketing 18-11-14
Replies: 24
Views: 757
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Facebook Reach

In my understanding, the more your followers like, comment and share your content, the more of it they will see in the future.

So the challenge is to create content that people want to engage...
Forum: Talking technology 17-11-14
Replies: 2
Views: 4,589
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Australian VPN service for streaming SBS News Online to overseas viewer

If you use Google Chrome or Firefox, have a look at the Hola browser extension. It's free and you can appear to be browsing from anywhere in the world.
Forum: Marketing 14-11-14
Replies: 8
Views: 550
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Cheap(er) ways to do mail out marketing

I'm guessing you're looking at maybe $300 all up. Is that really such a huge amount of money considering the potential return on investment and the chance to get your brand under 250 noses?

Forum: Community reviews 13-11-14
Replies: 12
Views: 550
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: New USB wall socket business

They sound like a great idea, but as Jason kind of said, I would only get one if I was going to have a power point repaired, changed or added for another reason already.
Forum: Marketing 13-11-14
Replies: 27
Views: 1,060
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: What's wrong with the online industry for small business?

Why are 47% of small to medium size Australian business not online?
Not all businesses need to be online. My business has very little online presence because nearly all of my new business comes from...
Forum: Starting a business 29-10-14
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: pricing help please!

If you want to do it the easy way, simply charge as much as people are willing to pay for your products.

You want to find the perfect balance. If you profit margin is too low, you'll make no...
Forum: Other discussions 20-10-14
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Dilemma

First of all, if I was interested in your business, Googled the named and found this post which indicates the possibility of you giving the business away, I wouldn't be prepared to pay the asking...
Forum: Starting a business 13-10-14
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: How to run a photography contest to get good photographs to use in website?

If you want a really good photographer, this is not the way to go. If you want a student or amateur, it may work.

A good photographer will easily spend 10s of thousands on equipment and software,...
Forum: Money matters 10-10-14
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: TAKE CARE! When sending money to overseas suppliers

This is a very real danger. I have a client who transferred $40K into a scammer's account and was never able to recover it.

I saw some of the emails and letters the scammer sent, and they were...
Forum: Marketing 07-10-14
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Mobile Marketing

I hate being marketed to by SMS and always opt out, no matter who's contacting me. It feels much more invasive than other forms of marketing.

There are now plenty of marketing options that cross...
Forum: Marketing 06-10-14
Replies: 10
Views: 1,265
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Banner / Sign what to include?

If you're in a residential area, there's a good chance that council regulations will limit you to something about the size of an A3 sheet of paper or smaller.

If that's the case, you're best to...
Forum: Starting a business 03-10-14
Replies: 6
Views: 541
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Starting a carpentry / handyman business?

I believe in Victoria, you can do jobs up to $5,000 without an accreditation.

You will definitely need various types of insurance - Your best bet would be to speak to an insurance broker.

Forum: Talking technology 25-09-14
Replies: 17
Views: 1,141
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Accounting software - non cloud based

That was my thinking, but MYOB refuses to support their old products (they would rather you pay $70 per month rather than $0 per month, which is understandable), and my fairly recent piece of...
Forum: Talking technology 25-09-14
Replies: 17
Views: 1,141
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Accounting software - non cloud based

After being a MYOB user for 10 years, at the beginning of this financial year I switched to Reckon Accounting, which is basically Quickbooks, re-branded by an Aussie company.

So far, so good - and...
Forum: Starting a business 11-09-14
Replies: 8
Views: 540
Posted By bluepenguin
Re: Email Signatures

I'd do it anyway.

Think of your email agreement as like a lock on a car; when you think about it, a door lock doesn't really make a car that secure: if anyone wants to get in they can easily...
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