The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-23T23:29:48Z Hello Social founder launches new social media tool Rivuu 2017-03-23T23:29:48Z hello-social-founder-launches-new-social-media-tool-rivuu A new social media content approval and scheduling software, Rivuu, is helping marketers reduce the time spent working on social media by streamlining the workflow for faster turnaround times and some of Australia’s largest agencies and brands are already using it. Rivuu enables marketers to reduce the time spent using social media without compromising results. It has already seen over 1000 users sign up since its launch and boasts a client list that includes the likes of Mazda, Ogilvy, Carlsberg, World Vision, Brut, Leo Burnett and jewellery brand Pandora. Launched in January this year, Rivuu was founded by Max Doyle, who is also managing director of Sydney based social media agency, Hello Social,. The technology was launched after Max and his team of 16 were experiencing the bottleneck that many companies struggle with when it comes to getting social media content approved and scheduled. “We realised at Hello Social there were just too many people and tools involved in the content creation, approval and scheduling process. We thought if we could have the whole process in one tool it would significantly improve productivity. So, we created a platform that brings copywriters, graphic designers, community managers and clients/managers all together, making it possible to approve and schedule content with one click,” says Max. Once content is created and approved, Rivuu ensures users schedule it on Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram at the optimum time for maximum reach and engagement. Rivuu analyses the best time of day and the day of the week to find the optimal time to schedule each post. “We wanted to make the functionality of the user experience as intuitive as possible. All content can be viewed on one calendar and sorted by platform, category and schedule stats. The customisable workflow means users can also adjust their content approval process to fit any team structure, adding as many approval rounds as they need.” Social media is becoming an increasingly important tool for marketers to grow their businesses. A significant 63% of marketers use social media for 6 hours or more a week and 39% for 11 or more weekly, according to Social Media Examiner[1]. “We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from our clients who all say they’ve noticed a considerable reduction in the time it takes get content approved and scheduled.” Rivuu is now looking to expand with Max heading to the US this month to meet with investors. “We’ve been in talks with several VCs who’ve expressed interest and have already received a series A funding offer,” says Max. https://rivuu.com/ [1] https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SocialMediaMarketingIndustryReport2016.pdf MEDIA RELEASE: Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round 2017-03-21T20:30:00Z media-release-moneytree-completes-a-jpy-1-billion-funding-series-b-funding-round-2 MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp MEDIA RELEASE 22 March 2017 Moneytree Completes a JPY 1 Billion Funding Series B Funding Round: SBI Investment and major regional banks join mega bank-affiliated venture  capital firms and a leading UK asset management company as investors Moneytree KK (Shibuya, Tokyo) has completed a Series B funding round that will drive its further expansion in the rapidly developing global fintech industry, including entering the Australian market within the coming months. The development paves the way for unprecedented connectivity across the financial services sector with Moneytree providing tools and services that enable individuals and businesses to aggregate and control all their financial data in a single place.  Moneytree will use the funding to add functionality to its popular personal finance management app, as well as to invest in deepening the capabilities of its Moneytree LINK platform (https://link.moneytree.jp) that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data-sharing platform.  Moneytree CEO Paul Chapman said: “We are accelerating Moneytree’s growth to deliver seamless access to Japan’s financial services. In coming months, we will expand beyond the Japanese market and become a regional player, working for positive change, and cementing a position as the most trusted financial data portability platform.” Funds were raised from SBI Investment Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Technology Partners Co., Ltd., Hiroshima Venture Capital Co., Ltd., Senshu Ikeda Capital Company Ltd., and noted British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co., as well as reinvestment from Series A round investors Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd., and salesforce.com, inc. The total amount raised exceeds JPY 1 billion. SBI Investment Co., Ltd. led the round.  The participation of British asset management company Baillie Gifford & Co. signals a significant step forward in Moneytree’s plans for overseas expansion.  Moneytree LINK has secured over twenty customer and partner companies since 2015. Japanese ‘mega banks’ Mizuho Bank Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation have adopted Moneytree LINK, with leading regional bank Senshu Ikeda also on the platform.  Moneytree LINK powers solutions from ten accounting software providers, making it the number one platform in the Japanese accounting industry. Moneytree will increase headcount across the organisation, including Development, Platform, Sales, Marketing and back office.  Mr. Chapman added: “As the fintech market expands rapidly, Moneytree remains focused on our core values of security, privacy, and transparency. As a platform, we will continue to maintain neutrality with regards to partner type, vertical, and even size.” -ends- About Moneytree Moneytree KK was founded in 2012 in Japan with the mission of bringing consumers, small businesses, and banks closer together. The Moneytree mobile app, introduced in 2013, allows users to automatically manage their bank accounts, credit cards, electronic money, mileage, points, and securities all together in one place on mobile and desktop. The app was awarded Apple’s App Store “Best of” in 2013 and 2014.  In 2015, Moneytree launched Moneytree LINK, a service that connects financial institutions and customers through a permission-based data sharing platform. It is aimed at creating value in the fields of accounting, finance, real estate rent management, automobile maintenance, expense settlements, invoice issuance, and asset management.  That same year, Moneytree received an unprecedented round of simultaneous investment by the venture capital arms of all three Japanese mega banks. Moneytree was also chosen by IBM as its first official Fintech API partner, and selected for MasterCard’s Start Path accelerator program.  Please address media inquiries to: AUSTRALIA Eric Robledo Honner TEL: +61 02 8248 3739 E-mail: eric@honner.com.au     JAPAN Kaori Kitakata Moneytree KK Communications Officer TEL: +81 03-4588-0621  E-mail: press@moneytree.jp URL: https://moneytree.jp   Dell Boomi Acquires ManyWho 2017-03-17T00:29:32Z dell-boomi-acquires-manywho ROUND ROCK, Texas, Mar. 16, 2017 – Dell Boomi™ (Boomi) announced it has completed a transaction to acquire ManyWho™, a unified cloud and low-code development platform. ManyWho simplifies workflow automation and allows businesses and developers to turn business processes into rich software applications to connect employees, customers and core systems. Workflow automation is a critical need for modern businesses and organizations pursuing digital transformation and IT modernization. Adding the ManyWho low-code capabilities to Boomi’s market-leading integration platform accelerates the company’s ability to deliver workflow automation to customers on a unified platform, something no other company can match. The acquisition unlocks the ability for businesses to maximize best-of-breed cloud applications, driving efficiency, increasing time to value and building a competitive advantage. With the addition of ManyWho, the Boomi platform provides customers with the enabling technology to address the challenges of Hybrid IT. Now, the platform allows businesses to connect, manage data changes, ensure data quality and re-establish efficient business processes across your IT landscape. Boomi is the world’s leading cloud integration platform. ManyWho is rethinking the way businesses manage workflow automation. Together, the Boomi platform offers the only solution where customers can move, manage, govern and automate data and processes in a unified way. “Both Boomi and ManyWho were born in the cloud and are cloud native. Without an on-premises legacy to manage, Boomi provides instant access to services with no installation, effortless and automatic software upgrades and crowd-sourced ease-of-use to achieve short time-to-value,” said Chris McNabb, CEO of Boomi. “Boomi plus ManyWho brings world class integration together with leading cloud workflow automation. This combination provides our customers with a connected workflow which is key to an efficient and differentiated business.” “Boomi is a perfect fit for ManyWho. Both companies are committed to delivering innovative ways to help companies move fast, be nimble and collaborate at scale,” said Steve Wood, co-founder of ManyWho. “Joining Boomi allows ManyWho to scale quickly, offering businesses the end-to-end integration solution they need to drive Digital Transformation.’’ ManyWho was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Boomi plans to keep ManyWho’s employees and existing operations, and will continue to invest in additional engineering, channel, marketing, professional services, support and sales capability to grow this business. To learn more about how these new Boomi workflow features can help your business or see a demonstration, please visit: www.boomi.com/workflow. About ManyWho ManyWho is an agile, enterprise-level, cloud-based, application development platform. Agility doesn’t have to mean compromise however – ManyWho builds social, mobile (including offline) and real-time applications that can run on any desktop or mobile device, operating system or platform. Headquartered in San Francisco and with a presence in Exeter, UK, ManyWho is revolutionizing the world of business process effectiveness by helping corporations get the best out of their existing applications and investments. About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi (Boomi), an independent business unit of Dell, accelerates business agility by integrating the information organizations need whenever and however they need it. The Boomi integration platform dramatically transforms the way organizations connect, create, manage and govern all their applications and data. As a result, more than 5,300 organizations of all sizes use the Boomi platform to run smarter, faster, better. Boomi also helps customers drastically reduce implementation times and offers substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. ManyWho is a trademark of Boomi Inc., a Dell subsidiary. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. # # # Nnooo joins the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association 2017-03-13T22:34:36Z nnooo-joins-the-interactive-games-entertainment-association SYDNEY, Australia: March 14 2017 – The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) has today announced that Sydney-based independent video game developer and publisher, Nnooo, has joined the association as a member. Nnooo joins Australian games developers, Big Ant Studios and Well Placed Cactus, who have been IGEA members since 2015 and have made significant contributions to IGEA’s policy discussions on behalf of the video games industry. Nnooo has been making games for more than 10 years across a breadth of platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One and iOS. Nnooo has also partnered with PlayStation First and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment to bring the games of talented Australian student teams to the PlayStation platform. According to Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, “Our members operate in a very dynamic industry. As a result, IGEA now participates and advocates on a wide range of policy issues that is vastly different to our remit when we started back in 2002. As we continue our work to advance the local industry, it is vital that we represent the broad views and needs of the sector at all levels, supported by accurate, timely and transparent market intelligence and data.” “We have worked closely with Nnooo for some time and have been fortunate enough to benefit from their experience both working in big games studios and corporate environments, and now as an independent developer and publisher. We admire the support and guidance they provide to other indie developers and students looking to enter the industry. We are delighted to welcome the Nnooo team to IGEA and look forward to their continued contribution to the industry,” said Curry. Bruce Thomson, Business and Marketing Director of Nnooo, said joining IGEA provides them with additional support, expertise and insight to help nurture and grow local talent. “We have been impressed with IGEA’s proactive attitude and their strong advocacy for all participants in the Australian and New Zealand video game sector, irrespective of size, industry focus or location. We look forward to formalising and strengthening our relationship with IGEA to support further growth wherever we can.”   -Ends-  About IGEA The Interactive Games & Entertainment Association proactively represents companies that publish, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content. IGEA aims to further advance the industry and the business interests of its members through informing and fostering relationships with the public, the business community, government and other industry stakeholders. IGEA is administered by a Board of Directors and supported by the CEO, Ron Curry. For more information, please visit www.igea.net. To read IGEA’s recent submission to the ECRC’s Inquiry into the Future of Australia’s Video Game Development Industry, click here.About Nnooo Nnooo is a Sydney-based game developer and publisher established in 2006 by Nic Watt, a former lead designer at Electronic Arts in London. The company’s most recent game was Blast ‘Em Bunnies, an endless bunny shooter for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS. Nnooo published Cubemen 2, the 3 Sprockets’ Steam and iOS hit game, on Wii U making it the first indie title on any Nintendo platform to offer both in-game cross-platform multiplayer and cross-platform user generated content. Nnooo’s most recent published game is The Legend of Kusakari on Nintendo 3DS from Japanese developer Librage. For more information, please visit nnooo.com. Confusing growth vs scale can lead to business disaster 2017-03-10T00:49:41Z confusing-growth-vs-scale-can-lead-to-business-disaster Businesses are paying the ultimate price by confusing growth vs scale when it comes to growing their venture. Mihir Thaker, director of The Missing Link, said for a business to be sustainable they need to focus on the four key stages. “These stages are launch, grow, sustain and scale. too often businesses confuse growth vs scale and consequently pay the price in the short and long run,” he said. “The repercussions are early burnout of much needed cash in the business leaving no room for long term growth, unable to hire good resources in the business and serious possibility of exiting the business in under 2 years.” “More than 21,000 new businesses started up over the past year, and many of these are not focusing on the basics. This can lead to a quick exit out of business.” Mr Thaker said regardless of the size of the business, the four stages need to be strategised and executed correctly to reach full potential. “People think that growing by (percentage a year) is a positive sign; and it can be but if there are not strategies to manage this growth; systems and processes in places and a vision for the future, it makes it hard to scale the business,” he said. “I run workshops to help people understand the difference between growth vs scale so they can stay in business longer and be more profitable. “Aspects of growth businesses need to consider are: key dimensions of growth (intangible vs tangible), key dimensions of scaling (intangible vs tangible) and when & how to scale?” Mr Thaker has been working with Fortune 500 companies and executives assisting with the development and execution of business strategies for medium and large enterprises and entrepreneurs and help them be externally and internally successful. Over the last 10-years he has worked extensively with clients in Fortune 500 companies across Australia and the USA such as Orange, Sprint-Nextel, Louis Vuitton, CBA and Telstra along with many smaller sized companies in an executive and business coaching capacity. “Growth is about adding revenue and growing the bottom line but that is sustainable for only so long,” he said. “If you grow too fast, it is like getting trapped in the wrong size body because the business is not ready for what comes next – increase demand, need for better structure, increase staff and resources. “Putting in place process to scale means putting in place plans for financial stability and for sustainability. “It is important to remember, building a successful company is not about growth, it is about scale.” Check out his upcoming workshop in Melbourne on 16th March at The Churchill Club at this link http://www.churchillclub.org.au/events/2017/3/16/growing-scaling-workshop NZ video games industry revenues race ahead to $424M in 2016 2017-03-07T22:30:00Z nz-video-games-industry-revenues-race-ahead-to-424m-in-2016 Auckland, New Zealand – 8 March 2017 – The New Zealand video and computer games industry generated $424 million in revenue in 2016, a seven per cent increase on 2015 sales. Data released today by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association shows that New Zealand industry growth outpaced that of Australia, which experienced a four per cent increase in revenues last year.   Overall, the New Zealand video games industry saw a total of $125 million in traditional retail sales, with an additional $299 million in digital and mobile sales.   According to research commissioned by IGEA from analyst firm Telsyte, digital and mobile sales continued on an upward trajectory in 2016, with 16 per cent growth on 2015 revenues. Mobile games remain the largest revenue source, generating $167 million last year. Downloadable games and downloadable content (DLC) saw the most growth – up 20 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.   Complementary market data from The NPD Group shows traditional retail sales decreased nine per cent on 2015 figures, with hardware and software sales both declining. However, the New Zealand video games industry overall experienced a seven per cent boost in revenues in 2016, with consumers’ digital purchasing habits far outweighing the decline in traditional retail sales.   “The New Zealand video game industry is in great shape and continues to grow year-on-year,” said Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA. “The data clearly shows an ongoing revolution in the purchasing habits of what is an increasingly digital customer base. Consumers are incredibly engaged with our industry’s products and have embraced new ways to access and play game content, and extend the life of their games, such as virtual and augmented reality and downloadable extras.”   According to Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director of Telsyte, “New Zealand gamers continue to evolve their game purchasing behaviour, boosted by the greater availability of high speed broadband service.”   Since 2009, IGEA has provided a review of the state of the video games industry in New Zealand using commissioned research from The NPD Group. With the growth in downloads and mobile gaming, the NPD data has been augmented with research from Telsyte to provide a complete picture on the state of the industry.  Key highlights from Telsyte: Video and computer games generated $299 million in digital and mobile sales in 2016, a 16% increase on 2015 Mobile games remains the largest revenue source, generating $167 million in 2016 Downloadable games and downloadable content (DLC) saw the most growth – up 20% and 21% respectively Key highlights from The NPD Group: Video and computer games generated $125 million in traditional retail sales in 2016, a 9% decrease on 2015 sales Current generation consoles PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS all experienced growth in the volume of software sold 53% of games sold had an unrestricted classification (G, PG or M) IGEA has created an infographic to support the 2016 New Zealand sales data, which you can download here.About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of New Zealand and Australian companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit www.igea.net.   Media spokespeople available: For interviews with Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications (+61 2 8016 2200) For interviews with Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director of Telsyte, please contact him on +61 414 992 466 How can women still be earning less than men in the 21st century? 2017-03-07T05:20:08Z how-can-women-still-be-earning-less-than-men-in-the-21st-century Founder of Create A Wealthy Life, Melbourne’s Deb Smith wants to know why despite all the information saying it is so, women still earn less than men and it is taking so long for big business to act with more haste. “Australian women face so many financial challenges men do not,” she said. “It boggles the mind that in the 21st century with all we have witnessed about the capabilities of women, that we are still paid less and financially hindered by having a family.” “Our country has such a long way to go until this is no longer an issue. “Let’s explore some more stats … yes they are out but I think we need reminding - an Australian woman’s full-time average weekly earnings are 16.2 per cent less than a man’s and her super is 52.8 per cent lower (Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)). That is mind blowing given women still live longer than men). “Almost half of women work part-time around family obligations, whereas only one in six Aussie men work part time (Australian Securities and Investments Commission).  The Australian Institute of Family Studies found the incomes of women post-divorce or separation are impacted more significantly than those of men.” Where does that leave women? According to Deb, while it looks dire financially for women, it is not all doom and gloom. “First things first – take responsibility for your financial literacy. Understand your mortgage works, how to budget and save, find out tools that can help you learn about money management. Everyone is scared of a budget but if done right it is not going without everything, it is modifying the way you spend your pennies. I review my clients Home Loans every 12 months on their behalf and sometimes they are amazed at how we can negotiate better rates and this can save thousands of dollars in interest,” Deb said. “Then you need to address your belief systems around money. Look at why you say “I’m scared of money”, or “I never touched money, I don’t know what to do with it.”  Or” Money is the root of all evil.”. There are emotional reasons why you think that way. I love money and I think this is a healthy attitude, it allows it to flow my way. “Connect with successful women through networking groups or MeetUps; find out what they do to grow their wealth and financial security. “Seek out expert advice from professionals who can help you set up a savings strategy (while still leaving some money to have fun). If you are in business, understand your cash flow and numbers.  It is not enough to leave it up to someone else; you must keep your finger on the pulse. “Finally, get rid of your bad debt.  Credit cards, Personal loans. Buy now, pay later. All of these eat into your savings and affect your borrowing capacity.” Deb said as women, we do face additional challenges. “It may be some time before all of the reasons many struggles financially are resolved.  Blaming others is the easy way out. To be truly wealthy in life, you have to take responsibility for what happens to you,” she said.  www.createawealthylife.com.au Leading location-based social intelligence company hires former Cisco exec 2017-03-02T23:00:00Z leading-location-based-social-intelligence-company-hires-former-cisco-exec Sydney, Australia – 3 March 2017: Local Measure, the leading location-based social intelligence platform, has hired Peter Hughes as VP Strategic Alliances.   Hughes fills a new position in the technology company, one that represents the level of maturity the company has reached as it looks to grow its strategic partnerships.   Local Measure’s CEO and Founder, Jonathan Barouch, commented, “Local Measure’s platform integrations have developed significantly in the last six months, making this the right time for the company to develop and capitalise on its partnership and channel strategy.”   “We’re delighted that Peter is bringing his deep experience in technology sales and channel management to the company. As Local Measure continues to focus on its global routes to market, having the right strategic practitioners in place is essential.”   Local Measure’s platform partners include Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Hughes will be tasked with managing all channel partners, developing the reseller relationships and building strategic alliances.   Hughes brings valuable experience from his 16 years at Cisco. His most recent role at Cisco was Global Director of Sales, where he managed a team across APJ, EMEAR and the US to establish new routes and channels to market for Cisco’s cloud software as a service (SaaS) collaboration product Cisco Spark. Previously Hughes led the APJ Collaboration team and prior to that the ANZ Collaboration team.   Hughes said, “The intersection of mobile, social and digital customer experience is now a boardroom discussion and Local Measure is uniquely positioned in its capabilities to help businesses develop customer engagement. I intend to continue to develop the existing alliances that Local Measure has, and to work with Jonathan and the team to create more opportunities at this junction between technology and customer engagement.”   Headquartered in Australia, with offices in Singapore, Dubai, London, Miami and Los Angeles, Local Measure has proprietary technology that allows brands and businesses to deliver exceptional service to their customers, engage with them in real-time to resolve service issues, and acquire the rights to use user-generated content.   - ENDS - About Local Measure Local Measure is the leading customer intelligence platform in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Local Measure’s clients include many of the world’s largest tourism and hospitality brands. The company merges local content, social media and mobile technology to provide customers with live access to operationalise customer data, rich content and analytics at a local level. For more information about Local Measure, visit our website and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.   Read more about Local Measure’s integration with Cisco Spark and Cisco Meraki. Verizon Launches Exponent, a New Technology and Business Venture Designed to Accelerate Growth for Global Carriers 2017-02-26T23:59:38Z verizon-launches-exponent-a-new-technology-and-business-venture-designed-to-accelerate-growth-for-global-carriers SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 27 February 2017 –  Verizon announced today the global launch of Exponent, a new business and technology venture offering a portfolio of software and internet platforms designed to enable carriers around the world to quickly deploy and launch next-generation solutions. Exponent offers a foundation for carriers to fuel their digital transformation and compete with a range of new digital service providers by expanding their Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Media Services and Internet Services Delivery platforms.   Exponent combines Verizon’s cutting edge innovation with the operating know how of running one of the most advanced networks on the planet, to provide carriers with the right expertise and capabilities to accelerate growth, optimize performance, and monetize assets.  “As carriers around the world seek to compete with new, emerging technology players and OTT service providers, Exponent provides a cost-effective way for them to leverage Verizon’s investment and experience to diversify and help grow their revenue streams while relying on our tradition of innovation, reliability and excellence.” said Guru Pai, Chief Product Officer at Verizon.   Exponent platforms provide a broad range of business and technical benefits to carriers including:   Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Platform – designed to assist carriers to unlock and monetize their wealth of data through the application of advanced machine learning techniques, deep analytics, and artificial intelligence. This new groundbreaking platform enables services providers to utilize their unique data sets in the marketplace and open new business opportunities.   IoT Platform – from silicon to vertical solutions, this platform eliminates many of the limitations carriers have traditionally faced in managing the known complexities of its IoT growth business. By integrating a wide set of capabilities, from managing all end user devices and connections to a developer and customer marketplace, carriers are empowered to accelerate their IoT use cases.   Media Services Platform – through cross-platform video and advanced media services across multiple networks with different end point devices, this platform reduces complexity to a simple integrated end-to-end next-generation video technology, handling everything from content ingestion to the final user screen. These solutions allow carriers to easily process at scale any type of video content from linear TV feeds to live streaming, OTT and emerging formats such as 360 video and VR, at a very convenient cost structure, while delivering a rich and customizable user experience.   Internet Services Delivery Platform – with the goal of managing the ever-increasing infrastructure demand, this platform provides a powerful and flexible real-time flow-based solution that helps operators launch revenue-generating internet services, create value-based pricing and consumer engagement plans, and deliver dynamic network optimization capabilities through a simple management interface.   Cloud Computing and Storage Platform – designed and built with carrier-sized deployments in mind, this container-based architecture allows carriers to rapidly deploy new services with a focus on scale and security, all while optimizing for both performance and cost.   Exponent’s platforms were designed to bring the flexibility and openness of internet technologies with the scale and consistency of carrier-grade solutions, leveraging open source software, comprehensive application programming interfaces (APIs) and micro-services architectures.  The platforms interoperate seamlessly with existing carrier’s assets to maximize their utilization and give the customer the ability to scale as their business model evolves.  “Exponent’s approach to designing and deploying platforms with an open architecture model offers carriers an innovative and much-needed entry into new growth areas while mitigating the required investment and resources to get started. There is significant value for both sides in this model.” said Courtney Munroe, Group Vice President at IDC Research.   Created by a carrier, for carriers, Exponent has the potential to change the carrier landscape by helping to generate new revenue streams, reduce investment risk, and embrace tomorrow’s business opportunities.  “Our launch of Exponent demonstrates our commitment to providing best-in-class experiences and services to the carrier community. After many years of hard work, we are ready to launch and share our learnings, and we welcome all services providers globally to partner with us,” said Brian Higgins, Vice President and GM of Exponent.   Learn more about Exponent at the Verizon Operator Marketplace Speaker Series at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 27, 2017.  Over the four days of Mobile World Congress, Verizon will be hosting a dynamic Operator Marketplace and an engaging speaker series, showcasing products and solutions that are disrupting the technology industry. See firsthand and learn from top leaders about how innovation in platforms, content, and advertising will shape the future on a global scale. For additional information about Exponent, visit www.exponentplatforms.com   Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.   ####   VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: News releases, feature stories, executive biographies and media contacts are available at Verizon’s online News Center at www.verizon.com/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.    Media contacts Amanda Conroy and Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of Verizon Enterprise SolutionsVerizon@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 Prospa secures $25M in funding led by AirTree Ventures; Passes $250 Million in Loans to Small Business 2017-02-24T00:03:45Z prospa-secures-25m-in-funding-led-by-airtree-ventures-passes-250-million-in-loans-to-small-business-1 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 24 February 2017 – Prospa, Australia’s leading online lender to small business, has secured $25M in growth funding led by AirTree Ventures – Australia’s most successful tech-focused venture capital firm. Joining the financing were Entrée Capital and Ironbridge Capital who have backed Prospa since its inception.   The deal is the largest fintech venture capital investment in an Australian business. Prospa also announced it had passed $250 Million in total loans to small businesses in Australia. The investment comes after a period of significant growth for Prospa who is now the clear market leader for online lending to small businesses in Australia.   Prospa will use the funds to accelerate its market leadership: boosting technology, product expansion and distribution, ramping up talent acquisition and building a world-class brand.   Greg Moshal, Founder and joint CEO of Prospa said continued interest from top technology investors like Airtree, and the scale of their investment, recognises the difficulties small businesses have in accessing finance, and will support Prospa in its growth phase.   "We’re driving a fundamental change in the way 2 million small business owners in Australia access finance.    “We’ve now provided over 10,000 loans and put over $250m into the Australian small business economy. All the while maintaining our ability to wow our customers, which continues to be proven through a stellar customer satisfaction score of over 90%.   AirTree Ventures’ managing partner, Craig Blair, said “Greg and Beau have built a world class team and are obsessing over how to solve customer problems in a better, faster way. They are exactly the kind of founders we want to partner with.”   "This is a coming of age of the fintech sector in Australia. Prospa is a real business solving a real problem, winning awards with tremendous customer and market feedback while achieving profitability from the very early days,” Mr Blair said.   Prospa passed $250 million in loan originations and has added a series of strategic partnerships with Westpac, Reckon and Mortgage Choice coming on board to offer Prospa’s small business loans to their customers.   Co-Founder and Joint CEO Beau Bertoli said “strong partnerships are key to Prospa’s rapid growth and future success.   “To reach more small business owners, we’ll continue to invest in partnerships with trusted brands who share our values of putting their small business customers first.   “Small businesses are the driving force of the Australian economy. We’ve solved a huge challenge of access to finance for them by building the best local lending platform, making it faster and easier to get a small business loan than it ever has been,” Bertoli said.  About Prospa Prospa is Australia’s leading online small business lender, committed to helping small businesses access the funds they need to grow. Using a proprietary technology platform and a fast, simple online application process, Prospa can approve loans and provide funding within 24 hours. Since 2011, this Australian-owned, high growth company has helped thousands of small businesses, won the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast50 Australia and the #1 Smart Company 2016, was placed fifth in AFR’s Fast Starters 2016 and is a 2015 and 2016 Telstra Business Award finalist. Prospa holds an Australian Credit Licence: no. 454782 issued by ASIC. More information can be found at www.prospa.com  About AirTree Ventures AirTree, partnering with world-class Australian entrepreneurs to build the businesses of the future. AirTree provides early and growth stage financing, advice, connections and operational know how to technology companies around the globe. AirTree is the only Australian venture firm with a globally top decile track record.www.airtree.vc  About Entrée Capital Entrée Capital is an European based venture firm that provides multi stage funding for innovative seed, early and growth stage companies all over the world.   www.entreecap.com  About Ironbridge Capital Ironbridge Capital is a private equity firm specializing in management buyout, expansion capital, middle market, and industry consolidation investments in private companies, typically in Australia and New Zealand. www.ironbridge.com.au  Media Contacts Cameron Donovan Espresso Communicationsprospa@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200   Julia French AirTree Venturesjulia@airtree.vc +61 411 175 587 Prospa secures $25M in funding led by AirTree Ventures; Passes $250 Million in Loans to Small Business 2017-02-22T03:52:16Z prospa-secures-25m-in-funding-led-by-airtree-ventures-passes-250-million-in-loans-to-small-business SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 22 February 2017 – Prospa, Australia’s leading online lender to small business, has secured $25M in growth funding led by AirTree Ventures – Australia’s most successful tech-focused venture capital firm.   The deal is the largest fintech venture capital investment in an Australian business. Prospa also announced it had passed $250 Million in total loans to small businesses in Australia. The investment comes after a period of significant growth for Prospa who is now the clear market leader for online lending to small businesses in Australia.   Prospa will use the funds to accelerate its market leadership: boosting technology, product expansion and distribution, ramping up talent acquisition and building a world-class brand.   Greg Moshal, Founder and joint CEO of Prospa said continued interest from top technology investors like Airtree, and the scale of their investment, recognises the difficulties small businesses have in accessing finance, and will support Prospa in its growth phase.   "We’re driving a fundamental change in the way 2 million small business owners in Australia access finance.    “We’ve now provided over 10,000 loans and put over $250m into the Australian small business economy. All the while maintaining our ability to wow our customers, which continues to be proven through a stellar customer satisfaction score of over 90%.   AirTree Ventures’ managing partner, Craig Blair, said “Greg and Beau have built a world class team and are obsessing over how to solve customer problems in a better, faster way. They are exactly the kind of founders we want to partner with.”   "This is a coming of age of the fintech sector in Australia. Prospa is a real business solving a real problem, winning awards with tremendous customer and market feedback while achieving profitability from the very early days,” Mr Blair said.   Prospa passed $250 million in loan originations and has added a series of strategic partnerships with Westpac, Reckon and Mortgage Choice coming on board to offer Prospa’s small business loans to their customers.   Co-Founder and Joint CEO Beau Bertoli said “strong partnerships are key to Prospa’s rapid growth and future success.   “To reach more small business owners, we’ll continue to invest in partnerships with trusted brands who share our values of putting their small business customers first.   “Small businesses are the driving force of the Australian economy. We’ve solved a huge challenge of access to finance for them by building the best local lending platform, making it faster and easier to get a small business loan than it ever has been,” Bertoli said.  About Prospa Prospa is Australia’s leading online small business lender, committed to helping small businesses access the funds they need to grow. Using a proprietary technology platform and a fast, simple online application process, Prospa can approve loans and provide funding within 24 hours. Since 2011, this Australian-owned, high growth company has helped thousands of small businesses, won the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast50 Australia and the #1 Smart Company 2016, was placed fifth in AFR’s Fast Starters 2016 and is a 2015 and 2016 Telstra Business Award finalist. Prospa holds an Australian Credit Licence: no. 454782 issued by ASIC. More information can be found at www.prospa.com  About AirTree Ventures AirTree, partnering with world-class Australian entrepreneurs to build the businesses of the future. AirTree provides early and growth stage financing, advice, connections and operational know how to technology companies around the globe. AirTree is the only Australian venture firm with a globally top decile track record.www.airtree.vc  Media Contacts Cameron Donovan Espresso Communicationsprospa@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200   Julia French AirTree Venturesjulia@airtree.vc +61 411 175 587 Cylance names Daniel Doimo as President and Chief Operating Officer 2017-02-14T23:30:00Z cylance-names-daniel-doimo-as-president-and-chief-operating-officer-1 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 15 February 2017 – Cylance® Inc., the company replacing traditional antivirus with AI-powered prevention that blocks everyday malware along with today’s most advanced cyber threats, today announced that Daniel Doimo has been named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Doimo brings extensive management experience and global perspective to Cylance’s executive team during a period of rapid growth and expansion. As President and COO, Doimo will have responsibility for the company’s sales, marketing, business development and professional services organisations. He will report to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stuart McClure.   “Daniel has built an impressive track record of operational, commercial, and strategic achievements leading large global organizations,” said Stuart McClure, co-founder and CEO at Cylance Inc. “His wealth of experience with Fortune Global 500 executives and enterprise data center management has given him a clear understanding of precisely what our marketplace needs and how best to deliver it. I’m delighted to be working with him as Cylance enters its next stage of expansion.”   Doimo brings to Cylance strong C-suite partnerships and a proven ability to drive organisations through various stages of development to become truly global companies. Having worked extensively with major infrastructure companies, web giants, and the telco/colocation industry, he holds a broad and deep understanding of the needs of end markets and their data centres, which require the highest levels of cybersecurity to protect customer data and meet regulatory requirements. Doimo has particular expertise in the intersection of critical enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things.   “Cylance is experiencing dramatic growth with the success of its AI-based approach to prevention of cyber-attacks, and the company is well prepared to drive the next level of global expansion and revenue growth,” said Daniel Doimo. “Over my career I have had a strong customer bias and a belief that a successful company must have a great sense of purpose. The mission of Cylance ‘to protect every computer, user and object under the sun’ resonates perfectly well with me. It’s a tremendous pleasure to join Stuart and the leadership team.”  About Daniel Doimo   Before joining Cylance, Doimo was the Executive Vice President of Global Solutions and a member of the executive committee of Schneider Electric. During his 12 years at Schneider, he was instrumental in the merger of MGE UPS Systems with APC, and then led the Power Business Unit, the IT business, and finally Global Solution, a division regrouping services, software and strategic end user segments.   Doimo built strong industry relationships that helped determine major capital decisions for Fortune 2000 companies. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Services and Vice President of Industrial and Technical Operations at MGE UPS Systems, prior to the sales of MGE to Schneider Electric in 2004. Doimo, who is bilingual in English and French and proficient in other languages, holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an electrical engineering degree from a French engineering school.  About Cylance® Inc.   Cylance is the first company to apply artificial intelligence, algorithmic science and machine learning to cybersecurity to prevent the most advanced security threats in the world. Using a breakthrough predictive analysis process, CylancePROTECT® quickly and accurately identifies what is benign and what is a threat, and prevents malicious code from ever executing on a targeted system. By coupling advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence with a unique understanding of an attacker’s mentality, Cylance provides technology and services that are truly predictive and preventive against the most advanced threats. For more information visit: http://www.cylance.com/  Social Networks Blog: blog.cylance.com   Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CylanceInc LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/company/cylanceinc YouTube:  www.youtube.com/cylanceinc  Media contacts Amanda Conroy and Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of Cylance +61 2 8016 2200Cylance@espressocomms.com.au Data breaches becoming more complex, pervasive and damaging, finds Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Digest 2017-02-14T23:30:00Z data-breaches-becoming-more-complex-pervasive-and-damaging-finds-verizon-s-2017-data-breach-digest RSA 2017, San Francisco – Data breaches are becoming more complex and are no longer confined to just the IT department, but are now affecting every department within an organization. Each breach leaves a lingering, if not lasting imprint on an enterprise, finds the 2017 Data Breach Digest.    As we found in the Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), the human element is again front and center this year. Humans continue to play a significant role in data breaches and cybersecurity incidents, fulfilling the roles of threat actors, targeted victims and incident response stakeholders.   Now in its second edition, Verizon’s Data Breach Digest details 16 common breach scenarios, inviting the reader to take a behind-the-scenes look at cyber investigations that tell the stories behind the company’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). The cases are each told from the perspective of the various stakeholders involved, such as corporate communications, legal counsel, or the human resources professional.   “Data breaches are growing in complexity and sophistication,” said Bryan Sartin, executive director, the RISK Team, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “In working with victim organizations, we find that breaches touch every part of an organization up to and including its board of directors. Companies need to be prepared to handle data breaches before they actually happen in order to recover as quickly as possible. Otherwise, breaches can lead to enterprise-wide damage that can have devastating and long-lasting consequences such as a loss of customer confidence or a drop in stock price.”    “The Data Breach Digest is designed to help businesses and government organizations understand how to identify signs of a data breach, important sources of evidence and ways to quickly investigate, contain and recover from a breach,” added Sartin.    2017 Data Breach Digest scenarios based on type, industry, incident pattern and stakeholder involvement   The report once again confirms that there is a finite set of scenarios that occur with data breaches but many permutations occur within each, leading to an expansive range of damage that can be observed in the aftermath of a data breach. Breaches in the Digest are defined by type of breach, industry, one of nine DBIR incident patterns, and by stakeholder involvement.   This year’s 16 data breach scenarios are also classified according to their prevalence and lethality in the field. Ten of the cases represent more than 60 percent of the 1,400 cases investigated by Verizon’s Research, Investigations, Solutions and Knowledge (RISK) Team over the past three years, while the other six are less common but considered lethal or highly damaging to an organization.    For each scenario, you go through a detailed analysis of how the attack occurred, level of sophistication, threat actors involved, tactics and techniques used and recommended countermeasures. Content is derived from the RISK Team caseload and categorized according to the standardized VERIS (Vocabulary for Event Recording and Incident Sharing) Framework used to compile the DBIR.    The report groups the 16 scenarios into four different types of breaches and gives each a personality, including these select examples:   The human element Partner misuse – The Indignant Mole  Disgruntled employee  – The Absolute Zero   Conduit devices Mobile assault  – The Secret Squirrel  IoT calamity – The Panda Monium Configuration exploitation Cloud storming – The Acumulus Datum  DDoS attack – The 12000 Monkeyz Malicious software Crypto Malware – The Fetid Cheez Unknown unknowns – The Polar Vortex   This year’s report points to five actions an organization should take in the aftermath of a breach:   Preserve evidence; consider consequences of every action taken Be flexible; adapt to evolving situations Establish consistent methods for communication Know your limitations; collaborate with other key stakeholders Document actions and findings; be prepared to explain them.   Verizon’s Data Breach Digest series To preserve anonymity, Verizon has modified/excluded certain details of each real-world situation including changing names, geographic locations, quantity of records stolen and monetary loss details. Everything else has been imported straight from Verizon’s case files.   The Verizon RISK Team performs cyber investigations for hundreds of commercial enterprises and government agencies across the globe. In 2016, the RISK team investigated more than 500 cybersecurity incidents in more than 40 countries.  In 2008, the results of this team’s field investigations were the genesis of the first Data Breach Investigations Report, an annual publication that dissects real-world data breaches with the goal of enlightening the public about the nature of threat actors behind the attacks, the methods they use, including the data they seek and the victims they target.   To access the full digest, visit: http://verizonenterprise.com/databreachdigest     Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.   ####   VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts and other information are available at Verizon’s online News Center at www.verizon.com/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.   ### Verizon Enterprise Online News Room: News releases, blog posts, media contacts and other information are available at Verizon Enterprise Solutions News & Insights (news.verizonenterprise.com). News from Verizon Enterprise Solutions is also available through an RSS feed at http://www.verizonenterprise.com/rss-options/.  Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T22:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Parents twice as worried about cyberbullying than drugs 2017-02-02T23:05:55Z parents-twice-as-worried-about-cyberbullying-than-drugs AUSTRALIAN parents are more than twice as worried about cyberbullying and online safety than they are with drugs and alcohol, according to new research. Telstra's Schoolyard to Screen study found 40% of Australian parents ranked cyberbullying and bullying among their biggest worries, while 20% said they were concerned their kids would be unsafe using the internet. This compared to 9% of parents who were worried their child would consume alcohol or try smoking and 15% concerned their child would take drugs. Two in three parents (68%) said more help was needed to educate and empower young people about cyber bullying. Social Media Worldwide founder Corinna Essa said there had never been as many victims as now with cyberbullying because it was easy for people to create fake profiles. “Anyone with an internet connection can bully, without having to reveal their real identity,” Mrs Essa said. “They can bully their victims 24 hours a day and the bullying can follow the person anywhere with a few clicks. Even worse, the humiliation can be seen by hundreds, if not thousands, of people.” She said with the rise of the selfie and more teens asking for plastic surgery than ever before, children were more self-conscious than ever. “If you don’t get many likes on your social media, it can really shatter you as a kid,” Mrs Essa said. “It causes emotional and psychological distress, fear, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. The effects can be just as bad as child abuse.” One in 3 children worldwide reports being bullied, according to Dieter Wolke, a professor of psychology at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. How to spot if a child is being bullied. If they: Become sad, angry or anxious during or after using the internet or phone Avoid talking about their computer or phone activities Withdraw from family, friends and activities they normally enjoy Experience a drop in grades Are reluctant to go to school or to specific classes or activities Show changes in mood, behavior, sleep patterns, appetite or are depressive This is what parents can do about it: Not cut internet access or children will stop sharing if bullying occurs Teach their children the safe use of internet Spend quality time with their children so they can build their self-esteem and become more resilient Teach their children to report any bullying comments (within social networks, you can report abusive posts) and block the person Teach their children to ignore, not respond, as it will trigger more bullying Parents should also be good listeners, so the child feels it’s safe to speak openly about what is happening and trust the parents Save the evidence with screenshots Mrs Essa, 32, is known internationally as the go-to person when it comes to social media marketing. She has helped thousands of people and businesses from Australia, the UK, New Zealand, UAE, Switzerland and Cyprus get consistent returns from their social media marketing efforts. She has gone from being unemployed to a multi-millionaire in five years and now runs four companies with her internet marketing husband, aka The Webinar Guy, Steven Essa. Together, they run online marketing seminars and workshops around Australia three times a year and in NZ, the UK and US once a year. From their penthouse base on the Gold Coast, they manage 27 team members from around Australia, France, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Philippines and India and turnover $4 million per year. Mrs Essa’s book Money on Demand - the 16 Fastest Ways to Become a Millionaire Online – is due out on February 15, 2017. She has applied to be a foster parent through Anglicare and aims to be actively involved in helping children from dysfunctional families. “I want to see a family for every orphan and help to support foster agencies in Australia,” she said. For more details, visit www.socialmediaworldwide.com