The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-26T13:51:07Z Advantages of Fuel Cards by FLEETCOR 2017-05-26T13:51:07Z advantages-of-fuel-cards-by-fleetcor As a cost control and convenience solution, fuel cards by FLEETCOR are second to none. Provided by FLEETCOR's being an official partner of Shell, Shell fuel cards by FLEETCOR are accepted at Total, Esso and Avia fuel stations as well. Thus, you get access to all advantages of the system at more than 5,000 Shell stations in Germany and 22,000 of Shell and Shell partner filling stations across Europe. EuroShell card can offer an effective mean of cost control for businesses that are looking for smarter ways to fuel up their vehicles. ·         Manage your account online Fleet card allows you to manage and track spending across one or many different fuel cards online, giving consumers and business owners the power to keep a tally of monthly finances and adjust their expenses accordingly. Online account management can be done with a desktop computer or mobile device. ·         Convenient billing Recording your fuel purchases is just one advantage; convenient billing allows customers to easily pay and refill their fuel card account when necessary. ·         Purchasing control Fuel card for companies can give account and business owners the ability to control how individual drivers make their purchases in real time. Track and adjust fuel budgets accordingly, and optimize how your fleet's fuel is being purchased. ·         Reduced costs VAT refunds on fuel discounts, and special deals on fuel are available for fuel card users. ·         Convenient payments Feel the advantages of a most flexible cashless payment system which allows you to adjust in your online account even the range of products available for purchasing for each single fuel card. Besides, EuroShell fuel card insures all transactions are secured with a PIN code. FLEETCOR's fuel card system also comes with access to its special customer support center, which is available to answer any questions that customers may have about billing, fuel purchasing, areas of availability, and even opportunities for fuel station owners that want to connect with the FLEETCOR network. How to Increase your Site Traffic with a Simple Heading Says Nemco 2017-05-26T07:50:53Z how-to-increase-your-site-traffic-with-a-simple-heading-says-nemco We all pay extra attention to the body of our content, resolving the user's query and end their search with the useful information to hold their interest. But it seems helpful only when a person clicks on your link or find your title suitable according to his query. Your headline should be relevant to his query only then, you can expect him to take the next action by clicking on the link as mentioned.  As per the experts of Nemco, writing a simple heading is more useful than choosing fancy words to attract the readers. A person who understands your concept is more likely to click on your link and visit your page.   There is no secret of writing an insightful heading and generating more traffic to your website. As per the experts of Nemco, use the right language to target the right audience in your niche market. Your heading should be simple and relevant enough to understand by everyone where using the slang and irrelevant words would be a huge pitfall.    Furthermore, experts added to their recommendation to write a simple yet a very impactful heading is, make a bold statement. The users won't always run after the information, sometimes, they get attracted to the shocking news or an information they may not be looking for but find it relevant to their business.    Create a curiosity, they added in their suggestions as headlines with questions that creates further curiosity among your readers and that always compel to read the entire information shared by you.Company Profile:Nemco ( https://nemco.com.au/ ), Australia's renowned digital marketing company serves the worldwide customers with the best practices and having a result-oriented approach. They are known for their ever-changing concept and methods to enhance the visibility of many companies and individuals by creating a full-proof plan for them to ensure business benefits.Now you will have lots of questions that you can ask hereChris 0488863626info@nemco.com.au Survey shows preference for casual employment 2017-05-26T04:55:55Z survey-shows-preference-for-casual-employment Numerous opponents to the increase in part-time jobs voiced their concerns last week when the unemployment figures were released showing that while the overall jobs market is running stronger, most of the gains in April were driven by part-time jobs, which rose by 49,000 for the month.  However, following a survey among its 2,500 workforce, Australia’s premier sales, merchandising and marketing solutions provider to the retail industry, the Blueprint Group, has found that 83 per cent of its employees is happy with casual or part-time work. The company has a casualised workforce of 84 per cent with the survey also finding that 70 per cent of employees find their position suitable for maintaining a work/life balance and providing the flexibility they desire around their working hours. Caroline Trenfield, Blueprint Group’s new General Manager of Human Resources, said casual and part-time employees are also provided with a promotional path offering long term careers for those who seek it.   “As evidence of the experience of our workforce, more than two in every three employees have been involved in the FMCG environment for more than 10 years.   “While most of the positions we offer in retail are casual, it’s clear that there is a huge cohort who recognise the many benefits of being casual and actively seek this type of employment to suit their lifestyle needs.   “I believe our environment contributes to Blueprint Group having an engaged workforce when working in the field representing our clients.”   Ms Trenfield attributes a 78 per cent field retention rate of Blueprint’s workforce to the extensive sales and merchandising skills training provided, both online and via 30 dedicated trainers around Australia.   “We have developed an online portal for field teams to allow the sharing of field-to-field best practice where everyone can learn from each other.   “The results from our latest survey, when combined with an employee satisfaction rating that is 20 per cent above the industry average, demonstrate that staff are enjoying their work, they feel valued, understand end-user customers and are engaged with their client portfolios.   “All this leads to quality in the field and success for our clients,” she added.   Blueprint Group has a commitment to their employees of being a ‘Great Place to Work’ and invests heavily in the training and coaching of its large team. The company conducts regular surveys of employee satisfaction and has achieved outstanding levels of engagement, which reflects the success of the many programs that make up its Great Place to Work agenda.  www.blueprintgroup.com.au   Ends  Note to Editor: 550 respondents completed the online survey in March 2017.   About Blueprint Group: The Blueprint Group is Australia's premier sales, merchandising and marketing solutions provider to the retail industry. The Group’s five companies deliver a comprehensive range of services that are all designed to help its clients convert shoppers into buyers. Clients comprise manufacturers, food producers, FMCG brands and retailers in numerous industries including grocery, hardware, consumer electronics and liquor. The market-leading Blueprint Group companies are: Ausrep, CCS, Extravert, Powerforce and Retail Insight. Each company has strong retailer and supplier relationships and unmatched national coverage of experienced staff. Key services include: in and out of store sampling and demonstrations; experiential events; sales and merchandising; auditing; relays/planograms; vendor replenishment planning; point of sale production and data insights. Our mission is to ‘unlock value for our clients through our integrated range of big data, sales and marketing solutions’. www.blueprintgroup.com.au   The Six Types of Flight Search Seekers 2017-05-26T02:38:07Z the-six-types-of-flight-search-seekers In the same way there are different kinds of travellers, there are different kinds of flight searchers too. From organisational whizzes to the ultimate planning procrastinators, Aussies have their own habits and tactics when it comes to planning their next trip.    Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Our recent Cheapflights Compass report showed that Aussies collectively rack up almost eight years of flight searches each month, so it’s clear we’re a nation chasing our wanderlust.”   The experts at Cheapflights.com.au have identified the six most common booking personalities and what their strategies say about their travel-style.   1.       The thrifty searcher – These searchers know that in the midst of all the viral cat videos and ‘fake news’ articles, there are great deals to be found on the web. They’d happily search for hours to find the cheapest possible flights, and not be put off by a pesky stopover or inconvenient departure time. With more than 10 million hits on the Cheapflights website and app in a year, it’s fair to say there are plenty of bargain hunters in Australia!   2.       The impatient traveller – The expression ‘it’s not the destination, but the journey’ couldn’t be less true for these travellers. When it comes to flying, they are all about convenience and have no time for alternative routes or out-of-the-way airports. Annual leave days are precious after all, and rather than sitting in an airport, they prefer to fly direct to be on the beach, cocktail in hand ASAP. These searchers don’t want to fly in December, the most popular month to depart, when long queues and delays are almost a guarantee.   3.       The logical booker – These calm and collected types know that sometimes you get what you pay for. Before making a purchase, they scour the web for reviews, peruse the T&Cs and spend hours researching and comparing airlines and destinations. They know it can pay dividends to shell out a bit more and that often the quickest option isn’t the most cost effective. They’ll always be able to tell you the best bargain, like swapping French Polynesia for New Caledonia to secure a tropical getaway, and major savings – more than $1,500 to be precise.   4.       The impulsive purchaser – These busy folks will book a holiday at some point but they don’t put too much thought into the where and when. They know roughly what type of trip they’re looking for, and will jump when they see a deal. They know however, not to rely on airlines offering cheaper seats to fill planes last minute. Indeed, Cheapflights Compass data shows booking within one week of departure could cost travellers more, from a 22 per cent premium for Trans-Tasman flights and 17 per cent more for Asia Pacific, to 15 per cent for long haul trips.   5.       The fussy planner – We all know a travel complainer – one that is picky about their preferred airline, departure time and where they sit. Basically, they’re the people who make planning a group trip infuriating. However, being particular could save you big bucks. With Friday the most expensive day to depart, even flying out on Saturday morning could save you eight per cent for Trans-Tasman trips, and you’ll still get to your destination in time to enjoy the weekend.   6.       The deal fiend – For these types of bookers, hunting isn’t really their forte. Their searching style could be described as more of a casual browsing anywhere, anytime they feel the urge. They’ll invest in finding the ideal trip but like to keep the search easy and nab the first deal they see – any saving is a good saving! And the majority of Aussies opt to search for flights on the go too, with more than 50 per cent browsing on their smartphones.   To search for your next holiday deals, visit Cheapflights.com.au.   ENDS Photo Opp | Aussie hopefuls line the streets of Melbourne CBD for their shot at becoming a DJ sensation | Saturday 27 May @10:15am 2017-05-26T02:03:27Z photo-opp-aussie-hopefuls-line-the-streets-of-melbourne-cbd-for-their-shot-at-becoming-a-dj-sensation-saturday-27-may-10-15am-1 **PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY**  Aussie Kids Line the Streets of Melbourne CBD for Your Shot Registration Day   Great visuals - expecting more than 2,700 young Aussies to be lining up on the streets of Melbourne 10,000+ registrants across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane   Interview opportunity -  young adults waiting in line down Bourke Street for their shot at becoming the next Aussie sensation  Event Details:  WHAT: Your Shot VIC Registration Day  WHEN: Saturday, 27 May, 2017 – 10:15am (doors open 11am)  WHERE: Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street, Melbourne  Background info:  Tomorrow - Saturday 27 May, 2017 - YOUR SHOT presented by Alcatel, the grassroots initiative that has launched the careers of world-famous DJs such as Tigerlilly, J-Trick and New World Sound, has returned in 2017 for its eighth consecutive year. The local DJ competition provides a unique opportunity for Aussies to transform their passion for music into a career, and has so far helped more than 5,000 aspiring DJ’s realise their dreams in the Australian music industry. Last year saw a jaw-dropping 9,000 registrants and 700 contestants, with 2017 promising to be even bigger and better!  WHAT IS YOUR SHOT? The brainchild of Australian entrepreneur Steve Pillemer, Your Shot has grown from humble beginnings to a highly a successful annual presence on the Australian music calendar. It now attracts more registrations than leading reality TV talent shows, enjoys long-term, well-known sponsors and has led to global expansion as it looks beyond Australia and USA to launch in China this year. Now in its 8th consecutive year, Your Shot will continue to change the lives of aspiring DJs across Australia, and will unearth the next generation of the country’s most exciting upcoming DJ talent. Taking the east coast by storm, 2017 will see 800 contestants with little or no DJ experience provided with an amazing opportunity. All participants receive a superior experience as they are trained by some of Australia’s best DJ talent over six weeks at The Academy, where they learn the basics and put together and perform their first ever DJ set.   The final YOUR SHOT event in each state will see the contestants performing alongside some top headline DJs from Australia as well as the best up-and-coming talent. Every contestant will perform in the hopes of taking home the title of YOUR SHOT champion along with life-changing prizes, with the winners fast-tracked to perform at some of the best music festivals around the world.  AMAZING PRIZES! Returning bigger and better than ever in 2017, the competition will see the State Contestant and Wild Card winner for each state fly overseas on an all-expenses paid trip to perform their first international set at one of the world’s hottest party destinations around the globe.    To highlight the excitement and share the journey, presenting sponsor Alcatel followed Sydney Your Shot winner, Natalie Dekker (A.K.A. Dekkadence) and documented her journey from winning in Sydney to performing on stage at ZoukOut in Singapore. The never before seen footage as she embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure can be viewed and shared from the following link: https://youtu.be/7JoFHBeNv04   The 2017 winner’s will get the opportunity to perform at one of the following popular festivals: Snowbombing in Austria Creamfields in the U.K. ZoukOut in Singapore CRSSD Festival in the U.S.A. The BPM Festival (Surprise Location) Your Paradise in Fiji  WHO IS BACKING IT? Your Shot receives support from some well-known global brands, many of them returning year-on-year, recognising the value of the initiative and keen to support aspiring DJs realise their dreams. For the third consecutive year, Alcatel has returned as naming rights sponsor for Your Shot along with long-standing sponsors included AGWA, Pioneer DJ, Red Bull and Zanerobe. This year will also see BATI Spiced Rum (a Coca-Cola Amatil brand) and MTV join as key category and media partners.  “Your Shot provides the perfect platform to create an affinity with a brand so valuable, it extends well beyond brand recognition. Your Shot creates an unbreakable bond between its brands and a tough to reach age group through the medium that they covet most – music”, said David Vieira, Product and Marketing Director, Alcatel Mobile.  We are thrilled to extend our relationship with Your Shot and continue supporting up-and-coming local talent. Such grassroots initiatives like YourShot encapsulate the creativity, fun and individuality that Alcatel stands for”, he added.  “The Your Shot brand provides Red Bull with a direct link to the future tastemakers of the music industry, furthermore sharing our core value giving wings to people and ideas. The quality of talent and professional manner in which the Your Shot approach the yearly event is vital to our link to the future of our industry and Red Bull and thankful to be part of this journey,” said Dwayne Thompson, Red Bull Australia.  VIDEO and IMAGERY: Access the promo video for YOUR SHOT 2017 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d17yrCnz4bc Download imagery for Your Shot 2017 here: http://bit.ly/2lJqJVv Access Dekkadence journey to perform at ZoukOut here: https://youtu.be/7JoFHBeNv04  SOCIAL HANDLES:Facebook: @yourshotInstagram: @yourshotauTwitter: @yourshotauYouTube: @YourShotAustralia  For all media enquiries or interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina Closer Communications M: +61 (0) 420 805 567 E: rebecca@closer.com.au   Rachael Blasina Closer Communications M: +61 (0) 428 073 703 E: rachael@closer.com.au   How SD-WAN makes regional hubs a reality 2017-05-26T01:27:40Z how-sd-wan-makes-regional-hubs-a-reality By Zeus Kerravala for Silver Peak* Debate has raged on for decades over wide area network (WAN) architecture. Hub-and-spoke or fully distributed mesh, which is better?  Hub-and-spoke networks are certainly simpler to design and manage, but the downside is that all branch traffic needs to be backhauled through a central location. Consider an Australian-based company with a branch office in Japan where a user is trying to access a local website. The traffic would need to go from the branch, back to Australia, back to Japan, and then back to Australia, only to be sent off to Japan yet again. This clearly represents an enormous waste of bandwidth and resources, not to mention impaired user productivity. Yet a hub-and-spoke design does have advantages, most notably that all security services can be located in the centralised hub. This means all traffic can be inspected and secured at a single point in the network. The hub-and-spoke design also streamlines other tasks like web filtering, load balancing and caching because all Internet traffic passes through a single location. A fully distributed mesh architecture enables users to access the Internet directly from any branch office, which significantly improves the performance of SaaS applications and enhances productivity.  Because of this, the WAN only carries traffic between the branch and the data centre.  Also, branch-to-branch connections can be created for more efficient peer-to-peer applications, like video conferencing. The downside, is the complexity of provisioning network services.  Each branch office requires its own firewall, IPS system, load balancer, etc. Resident branch services can be deployed as a standalone appliance, virtual service or part of a multi-function appliance, but network managers require the functionality at the point of egress. So on one hand there’s the combination of simplified management, but inefficient use of bandwidth.  On the other hand there’s more efficient use of the network, but operational complexity goes through the roof. What if there were a better way?  A best of both worlds solution perhaps.  Well there is, and it’s called regional hubs.Best of both worlds The concept of a regional hub is that branches are organised into logical ‘regions’ and they connect back to a hub location that is within a certain proximity that makes sense for that group of locations.  For example, an Australian-based business might have a hub in Sydney, as the primary connection point to trans-Asian connections. Or a globally distributed organisation might use Germany as its regional hub for its European locations. In a sense, this architecture is a set of distributed hub-and-spoke sites. All network and security services can be placed in the regional hub so that branch traffic can be efficiently backhauled a short distance away.  The only branch office requirement is a broadband connection (or two for resiliency) and a low cost termination device. Historically, the regional hub wasn’t feasible as the configuration and ongoing management wasn’t any easier than a fully distributed architecture. However, SD-WAN solutions now make this easy to set up and manage.  For example, Silver Peak recently announced enhancements to the Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution,  which now integrates a stateful firewall, SD-WAN, WAN optimisation, BGP routing and other network services.Regional hub implementation simplified An SD-WAN makes regional hubs possible because it operates as an overlay. This enables distributed businesses to connect all the sites to the Internet and then applies automated policies, wherever required and in alignment with business intent.  One of the most significant benefits of using an SD-WAN overlay is that the architecture can be changed without a significant amount of manual overhead.  For example, using the latest technology, if there’s a region that has grown and there’s a need to split it into two regional hubs, it is possible simply to deploy another appliance and point the desired branches to it. Regional hubs are for everyone but when an SD-WAN is deployed, it’s important to look at the underlying architecture and use the agility of the overlay WAN to design a network that is right for the business.    *  Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research     Riverside Clinic – Supporting Families Affected by Addiction 2017-05-26T00:47:44Z riverside-clinic-supporting-families-affected-by-addiction Riverside Clinic, a Melbourne-based addiction treatment service, specialises in treating those with addictive disorders to alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs and the mental health issues related to them. The clinic runs the Riverside Clinic Family Program to help and support families whose loved ones are undergoing treatment for addiction. Riverside’s approach of treatment is innovative, multi-faceted and holistic. They are committed to providing quality care and delivering cutting edge treatment services which are combined with best practice models of therapeutic management. They have a secluded and peaceful purpose-built residential treatment facility located about an hour away from Melbourne’s CBD. It is a modern and spacious retreat, set on a lush estate along the Campaspe River. An addict’s family faces a great deal of pressure and has many more burdens to carry than normal families do. Problematic use of alcohol and drugs can impair and strain relationships within the family. It increases social isolation as addiction causes embarrassing and difficult situations for them. Addiction also undermines the family’s security and affects them physically, emotionally and financially. Riverside Clinic believes that having a family inclusive practice is crucial to each client’s recovery and self-actualization. Their Family Program educates and empowers families and assists clients and their families and helps them pursue an unimpaired and meaningful life. Research has proven that rehabilitation processes that involve the family members are successful and improves the long term outcomes for the individual. The Riverside Clinic Family Program includes family consultations and their family education program. Family consultations are always confidential. Consultations are provided in order to engage the family in the treatment process. A coordinator is assigned to support each client, provide family consultations, general support and facilitate the Family Education Program. The Family Education Program provides valuable information to families about the treatment process, the cycle of addiction and post treatment reintegration. Each family receives professional support and has opportunities to interact with other families experiencing similar issues. The Education Program’s aim is to inform, educate, encourage and inspire the client’s family members. Their focus is the cultivation of a new approach to the client’s relationship with themselves and with their loved one who is undergoing treatment from addiction. Enquiries concerning Riverside Clinic’s Family Program may be addressed by calling 03 96997529 or sending an email to info@riversideclinic.com.au To know more about the Riverside Clinic Family Program: https://www.riversideclinic.com.au/treatment-options/riverside-clinic-family-program/ Beyond Bank wins major national banking honour 2017-05-26T00:28:43Z beyond-bank-wins-major-national-banking-honour One of the nation’s largest customer owned banks has taken out a top honour at this year’s Australian Banking & Finance Retail Banking Awards. Beyond Bank Australia has won the highly prestigious Best Bank in Corporate Social Responsibility at a glittering ceremony in Sydney. The Bank was congratulated for showing that social responsibility has become a core part of its day to day business with innovative ideas that engage both staff and the local community. “This is a huge honour for us as we are driven by our desire to be the best bank for our community” said Robert Keogh, CEO, Beyond Bank. “It also comes just a year after we became the first bank in Australia to achieve B Corp status which shows we have met and continue to meet rigorous world standards of social, environmental performance.” Key highlights from Beyond Bank in 2016: ·        9% of net profit after tax was invested into community partnerships and programs ·        2992 hours volunteered by staff and customers in our community partnerships ·        17,600 community sector employees now use our salary packaging services ·        13 grants have now been issued to innovative businesses as part of the Beyond Bank Foundation’s Community Entrepreneur Program ·        2 community leave days and 3 work-life balance days provided to staff ·        4.2% reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions “These numbers really sum up the way we do business, and they are possible because of the strong support we receive from the community, it’s an important part of our strategy of doing good by doing good” said Mr.Keogh. “It is a commitment that extends across our network from the staff at the front counter to the call centre to the executive team, we are driven by our values every day and use them to guide our decision making and help create a sustainable future. “It’s become part of our cultural DNA and that’s really exciting.” Homely.com.au grows sales team to fuel expansion 2017-05-25T23:22:58Z homely-com-au-grows-sales-team-to-fuel-expansion MELBOURNE, VIC – May 13, 2016 Free-to-list real estate portal Homely.com.au announces several new appointments across its Sydney and Melbourne teams. Employee numbers are set for continued growth during the remainder of 2016 on the back of the successful launch of the Premier Agent product, which was introduced to the market in late February 2016. NSW Sales Manager, Rob Trovato is excited to announce that the Sydney team has expanded with the recent appointment of Michael Poulos. "Michael comes with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, having worked as a sales agent and as a leading auctioneer...This experience and market knowledge places him well to assist and understand the challenges agents are faced with", Rob says. Michael's addition to the team comes soon after that of another well respected industry figure: Matt McGrath. Matt was appointed to look after the eastern suburbs and north shore. Matt has extensive industry experience having worked as an agent for one of the strongest boutique agencies in Sydney's eastern suburbs. National Sales Director Rocky Bartolotto is also pleased to announce the hiring of Rory Cook and Kasia Brennan in Melbourne. "Both Rory and Kasia are well equipped with a detailed understanding of the Melbourne property market, having worked in the industry for several years", Rocky says. "I'm delighted to welcome all four new staff to the Homely crew. It's an exciting time as we continue to grow and drive competition among the existing Australian property portals", Rocky says. "We frequently hear reports that other portal prices are increasing, sometimes twice a year, so our free to list platform is one that is needed and here to stay", Rocky explains. "We strive to constantly evolve, to do something no other portal is doing and are looking to provide the best agent profiles and branding products currently on the market", Rocky says. Since launching Premier Agent in February the uptake among agents has been well received. "We've seen many high profile agents and offices embrace Premier Agent and they're quickly seeing the benefits of community engagement the platform offers in creating new leads...this is something that just can't be matched by our competition", Rocky says. Two years ago Homely started out with just four staff and has come a long way in a short time. Homely now has over 20 full-time employees, with expansion and recruitment across all states set to continue over the next six months in all divisions of the Homely team. About Homely: With over 340K listings and 500K local reviews and insights, Homely is a faster and easier way to search for property to buy and rent in Australia. Founded by Jason Spencer and Adam Spencer, the company is based in Melbourne, Australia. For further information contact: Jason Spencer jason@homely.com.au  Connect with homely.com.au: Website: http://www.homely.com.au/ Facebook: facebook.com/homely.com.au Twitter: @homelyau After reaching 3rd position, homely.com.au takes on the major real estate portals with secret weapon 2017-05-25T23:22:54Z after-reaching-3rd-position-homely-com-au-takes-on-the-major-real-estate-portals-with-secret-weapon MELBOURNE, VIC – May 26, 2017   Fresh off being nominated as one of the top five real estate apps in the world for 2017 by the prestigious New York based Webby awards, Homely has shared the secrets that have helped it become the third largest national real estate portal in Australia.    “Over 10 years we have built a very unique audience”, says Homely Co-Founder, Jason Spencer. “Almost 10 million Australians visited our site in the last 12 months looking for a home and that’s for one big reason...we have something realestate.com.au and Domain do not.”   Homely is the only Australian real estate portal to offer local content and community collaboration tools in the form of street and suburb reviews, Q&A and local discussion forums. These unique features connect homebuyers, renters and sellers with other knowledgeable locals and real estate agents.    Homely has patented its street and suburb review process and owns the largest collection of ‘What it’s like to live somewhere’ content in Australia.    “Homely is engaging people much earlier in the home buying and renting process than other real estate portals”, says Co-Founder Adam Spencer.    “It’s taken many years but we now rank in the top three search results for over 90% of Australian suburb searches on Google. We’re the only portal in Australia that lets people research ratings and reviews to know what it’s like to live somewhere before buying or renting a home. It gives Homely a very unique customer acquisition strategy.”    “Consumers come for the unique content and stay for the beautiful property listings”, Adam says.   The strategy has proven successful in the United States with portals Trulia and Zillow offering similar community centred content to fuel organic traffic growth.   "Our rapid growth over the past year proves that consumers want to research their home buying decisions on Homely. Our street and suburb reviews provide insights that homebuyers can use to make the smartest possible decisions about purchasing their most valuable asset," says Adam. “We're seeing tremendous growth in all areas of our business as we help millions of consumers connect with our real estate partner advertisers.”   Homely’s recently launched advertising platform ‘Homely Ads’ offers real estate professionals exposure across local community content in conjunction with priority promotion for listings within consumer search queries.    “Our advertising model enables agents to engage in our local discussions to connect with potential homebuyers, renters and sellers even before they start searching for a home. Agents tell us this builds trust and loyalty, helping win new business when locals become buyers and sellers”, says Jason.    Homely is the third largest national real estate portal based on the volume of listings on its marketplace, its three year traffic acceleration and adoption by over 90% of real estate agents nationally.   To help crystallise its third position Homely is gearing up for a major marketing campaign ‘Only on Homely’ to showcase the unique content that has helped the site achieve its industry position and ultimately support its agent advertisers.    “It’s an exciting time for us at Homely”, says Jason. “The last 12 months have been a phenomenal growth period for us with record levels in all key metrics including traffic, leads, content and a 5th Webby nomination. We have had several approaches from major investors both here and overseas looking to get into the space and we look forwarding to making Homely Australia’s next household brand.”   About Homely: Homely.com.au is a real estate search portal that helps millions of Australia’s each year to find their next home. Homely.com.au features over 90% of all real estate listings in Australia combined with unique neighbourhood content. Consumers can engage with street, suburb and agent reviews, a local Q&A community, school data and other tools to help them find the perfect place to live. Homely has been collecting ratings and reviews since 2007 where it was previously branded StreetAdvisor.com.au. Headquartered in Melbourne, Homely is privately held and founded by Jason Spencer and Adam Spencer.    For further information, contact: Jason Spencer jason@homely.com.au  Connect with homely.com.au: Website: homely.com.au Facebook: facebook.com/homely.com.au Twitter: @homelyau Investible backs wearable payments startup INAMO with $1m investment 2017-05-25T23:21:09Z investible-backs-wearable-payments-startup-inamo-with-1m-investment The deal is Investible’s largest early stage financing of an Australian company to date Sydney, 26 May 2017 – Club Investible, the seed and early stage investment club founded by leading investor-entrepreneurs Trevor Folsom and Creel Price, has recently closed its largest early stage financing of an Australian company to date, investing $1 million in INAMO, a rising star in global wearable payments and applications. INAMO recently unveiled the CURL, a waterproof wearable than you can attach to a watch, fitness band or keyring and use to make contactless payments on the go. In the future, consumers will also be able to use their CURL for building access, gym memberships, and festival tickets. Investible co-founder Trevor Folsom says before now, promising startups like INAMO often had to go offshore for early-stage financing. Now, there are more opportunities for and interest from Australian investors to get involved early on. “It’s all about putting Australian money early into businesses with potential. In the past, local investors have missed out and founders have not had pleasant experiences raising funds in Australia. Now, we are making it easier and more lucrative for Australian investors to access and invest in great businesses,” said Folsom. Club Investible now has over 50 members and partners globally, including successful entrepreneurs, family offices and corporate executives with a passion for early stage investing. INAMO founder Peter Colbert says this network has proven invaluable for his business. “We live in a global marketplace, so it is critical that Australian businesses have opportunities to connect with international investors and consumers. Club Investible provided us with access to angels who brought real value to the business – using its partners to secure introductions and opportunities in the US and letting our technology do the rest.” “What impressed me was how the management of Investible made the process of raising capital professional and seamless. Their model is very similar to that of Y-Combinator where they back the founder, then the idea,” added Colbert. Hugh Bickerstaff, Investible’s Director of Investments said Club Investible looks for investments with global business models and most importantly, high-quality founders. “Every one of our investments comes back to the quality of the founder. With respect to INAMO, we saw Peter’s energy, passion and commitment to get things done. Additionally, he’s connected into and understands the community of active people that will be attracted to the CURL. There’s also significant opportunity for INAMO in the US market, which doesn't yet have contactless payments, and we’re excited to see how the business progresses,” added Mr Bickerstaff. INAMO’s seed financing round was oversubscribed and raised $1.5 million in total. INAMO is the most recent success story out of Club Investible. The network invested $1.3 million in US-based BUCKiTDREAM late last year and participated in the US$4.2m Series A capital raising round of Booksy – a pioneering SaaS start-up for appointment-based businesses, based in Poland. ### Media Contact: Lauren Trucksess Media & Capital Partners for Investible Lauren.trucksess@mcpartners.com.au +61 497 858 651 Joanna Stevens Kramer BLiNK COMMUNICATIONS for INAMO joanna@blinkcomms.com.au +61 408 466 410 Australia’s Home Brewers are Increasing, but There’s Not a Female in Sight 2017-05-25T22:56:29Z australia-s-home-brewers-are-increasing-but-there-s-not-a-female-in-sight Created by craft beer retailer Beer Cartel, the 2017 Australian Home Brewers Survey is the most comprehensive, publicly available research ever undertaken with Australian home brewers. Richard Kelsey, Director of Beer Cartel said the research provided some interesting results, particularly the low participation rate of women, with just 2% of all home brewers female. “Female participation contrasts significantly to the Australian Craft Beer Survey which we conducted last year,’” said Mr Kelsey. “Within that (the 2016 Australian Craft Beer Survey), we found 20% of craft beer drinkers were female. I would have thought there would be some correlation between craft beer drinking and home brewing, but at present it doesn’t seem to be inspiring females to give home brewing a try.” Key findings of the research included: Home brewing in Australia is almost exclusively male: 98% of home brewers are male, with just 2% female. The home brew industry in Australia grew 3% in the last year: 11% of those surveyed indicated they had just started home brewing in the last 12 months, while 8% had stopped. Home brewers are typically quite experienced: on average those surveyed have been home brewing for 6.9 years. The more advanced All Grain brewing is the most popular home brewing technique. Pale Ale is Australia’s most home brewed style of beer: brewed by 86% of home brewers. Participation in home brewing competitions and home brewing groups is low: just 28% of home brewers have ever entered a home brewing competition, while 17% are members of an offline home brewing group. Kirrily Waldhorn, who is a member of the Pink Boots Society of Australia, an organisation created to empower female beer professionals, said the study was a fantastic initiative at better understanding the Australian home brewing landscape, but the fact so few females were home brewing was disappointing. “We know the image of beer is changing and it is now much more accessible and open to women. Pink Boots as a group is growing and we’re seeing more females take up roles throughout the whole of the beer industry. But there does still seem to be a stigma around actual brewing through, whether it be commercial brewing, or home brewing. It’s still seen as a bit of a male domain and that really needs to change,” said Ms Waldhorn. To learn more about the 2017 Australian Home Brewer Survey contact Richard Kelsey 0405 251 864, or visit: http://www.beercartel.com.au/blog/2017-australian-home-brewer-survey-results/ WA Government implement $200 rebate on Shark Shield 2017-05-25T20:30:10Z wa-government-implement-200-rebate-on-shark-shield In a world first, the West Australian government have today implemented their election policy promise of a Shark Deterrent Rebate. The first 1000 West Australian residents to purchase the Shark Shield FREEDOM7 the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent device, will receive a $200 rebate. Lindsay Lyon, Shark Shield CEO says, “From today, all West Australian residents will have the opportunity to receive the $200 rebate on purchases of our Shark Shield FREEDOM7. “This is a significant step forward for governments in recognizing that those most at risk, surfers and divers, need individual deterrent protection and I commend Premier Mark McGowan for delivering on his policy promise. Ensuring proven electrical deterrent devices such as Shark Shield are more readily available to those most at risk will greatly improve ocean sport safety and save lives,” said Lindsay. In order for customers to receive the $200 rebate, the rebate needs to be applied at the point of sale at a registered Shark Shield retailer. The retailer will then be reimbursed by the Western Australian Department of Fisheries. Rebates are also limited to WA residence and one per person. About the Shark Shield FREEDOM7: With over twenty years of world-class research and independent testing, including the University of Western Australia Ocean Institute, the FREEDOM7 is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of an unwanted shark encounter. It is the chosen safety device of professional divers in the US and Australian Navies and has become mandated equipment in the Australian Professional Abalone Diving Industry. Features include: Comfortable, lightweight with an easy to wear neoprene velcro pouch Lithium rechargeable battery Longlife battery, lasts up to 6 hours Depth rated to 50 meter 30 Day Money Back Guarantee – if you don’t feel more confident in the water with Shark Shield About Shark Shield: Shark Shield is the worlds only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. Sharks have small short-range electrical receptors in their snouts used for locating food. Shark Shield’s unique three-dimensional electrical waveform turns sharks away by causing unbearable spasms in these sensitive receptors. Used by professionals, such as navies around the world, Shark Shield is a safety device providing peace of mind, while supporting the conservation of sharks. If you’re serious about adventure, you wear a Shark Shield. www.sharkshield.com Accenture Makes Minority Investment in and Forms Strategic Alliance with Nomis Solutions, a Provider of Pricing and Profitability-Management Solutions to Retail Banks 2017-05-25T19:38:13Z accenture-makes-minority-investment-in-and-forms-strategic-alliance-with-nomis-solutions-a-provider-of-pricing-and-profitability-management-solutions-to-retail-banks NEW YORK; May 23, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has taken a minority position in and formed a strategic alliance with Nomis Solutions (Nomis), a leading provider of analytics-driven pricing and profitability-management solutions to retail banks. “As interest rates rise in many countries and retail banks shift to creating more individualized offers for consumers, analytics-based pricing is becoming an increasingly important tool, and Nomis has one of the leading analytics platforms in the market,” said Alan McIntyre, senior managing director and head of Accenture’s global Banking practice.  “The ability to understand preferences and price sensitivity and predict customer behavior and relationship value can help banks optimize their pricing at the individual customer level and deliver more personalized offers across a customer’s banking relationship – from savings and deposits to consumer loans and mortgages.” Under the alliance agreement, Accenture will be the preferred systems integrator for Nomis’ profitability-management solutions, providing implementation and systems integration, business consulting, support and maintenance, and business-process-integration services. The alliance will extend Accenture’s capabilities in the analytics pricing arena and provide Nomis with access to Accenture’s financial services industry expertise and global scale.  Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, Nomis has been an innovator in price optimization since 2004. Nomis is the solution of choice for seven of the top 25 North American retail banks and continues to grow with over 30 deployments globally.  In Q1 2017 alone, nearly a trillion dollars in retail transactions were analyzed, priced and managed through Nomis’ SaaS platform, and more than 10,000 active frontline bankers used it to deliver personalized pricing to their end customers. Frank Rohde, CEO of Nomis, said: “Effective pricing – both setting it and communicating it – is one of the most powerful levers a bank has to drive value and create a positive customer experience. But doing it well requires deep analytics, scalable technology and real-world experience.  With less than 10 percent of retail banks using analytics-based pricing solutions, we are thrilled to team with Accenture to offer our solution to a broader array of banks. Together, we are well-positioned to take advantage of a tremendous market opportunity by combining Nomis’ ability to provide unique, real-time pricing at the customer level, with Accenture’s consulting expertise and track record for seamless systems integration.”  About AccentureAccenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 401,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.   About Nomis SolutionsNomis is a fast-growing Fintech software company that combines cutting-edge Silicon Valley approaches to big data, advanced modeling, and deep analytics into the industry-leading price optimization SaaS software platform. We help large and medium-sized retail banks better understand their customers and grow their businesses. We help these banks deliver win-win products and pricing in an environment that is increasingly competitive and highly disruptive. 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Statements in this news release speak only as of the date they were made, and Accenture undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made in this news release or to conform such statements to actual results or changes in Accenture’s expectations. Increasingly Popular Parquetry Flooring – Replicate The Charm Of 17th Century France 2017-05-25T17:13:16Z increasingly-popular-parquetry-flooring-replicate-the-charm-of-17th-century-france FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, MAY, 26, 2017  -- As one of the fastest growing sectors in home flooring popularity, Parquetry flooring allows home owners to create a look of timeless charm in any given space. O'Brien Timber Floors and their team of flooring professionals are proud to announce that “De Marque European Oak Engineered Parquetry”, by Australian based flooring company Preference Floors, is now available to Melbourne residents who wish to enhance the appeal and beauty of their home or business. History of Parquet Parquetry flooring has been a part of history since 17th century France. The word “Parquet” was derived from the French term “Parchet” which means “a small enclosed space”.  ‘Parquet de Versailles’ are large diagonal squares which were introduced as ‘Parquet De Menuiserie’, meaning “parquet woodwork”, which was generally used to replace Marble the most common form of flooring back then, as Marble required regular washing which resulted in the joints underneath the floor to rot.  Figure 1: The Duke's bedroom at "Rundale Palace". By the 17th century parquetry had become an extremely popular choice in mansions and palaces. Source - Rundale Palace Wikipedia Parquetry In The Modern Era These days Parquetry floors are used to showcase creativity and opulent beauty in both palaces and private homes alike. Known also for their structural strength and freedom of design, this particular flooring has often been used to replace outdated marble flooring, (for a fraction of the price) and has been hailed for not only its beauty but it's ease of cleaning and upkeep. Parquetry flooring is now readily available in the modern world in either 15mm or 21mm thick planks and will be offered in a variety of colours and finishes, like the traditional herringbone and basket weave patterns, the timeless favourites of both aristocracy and the modern public.  For those that prefer a more traditional look and feel, O'Brien's flooring specialists would be happy to install raw timber that can be sanded and stained to your specifications and lacquered in-home.  The flooring also features micro bevelling on all four sides that ensure a perfect fit and flawless design.  Parquetry flooring offers stability and original beauty, and customers can be assured that O'Brien's team of professionals will be proud to install your new flooring with the utmost attention to detail and your own specifications.   “It is well known in all facets of life that styles and tastes go in and out of fashion in cycles. We are delighted that there is now a significant trend in flooring towards Parquetry, taking us back to a time and place synonymous with elegance and beauty. Perhaps the best thing about our new range is that it is no longer just an option for the nobility and wealthy, but is now well within the reach of anyone looking for a new timber floor.” states Charlie O'Brien - Director With the flooring's tongue and groove locking mechanism O’Brien’s installation team will be in and out before you notice, giving you quick access to your newly revamped space.  This particular flooring also boasts a 25 year structural warranty and 20 year residential wear warranty, ensuring that your new floors will be a part of your home or space for decades to come. Figure 2: Popular "Herringbone Parquetry" pictured in the modern home. Source - O'Brien's Parquetry ABOUT O’BRIEN TIMBER FLOORS O’Brien Timber Floors is a premium flooring retailer located in Notting Hill, VIC, who offer “supply only” services for DIY projects as well as “supply with professional installation”, to families and businesses Melbourne wide. If you would like more information about Parquetry flooring, or have questions for O’Brien Timber Floors team of experts, regarding a quote or installation, please feel free to contact them via their website, www.obrientimberfloors.com.au or by phone or email. Media Contact: Charlie O’Brien51 Howleys Road,Notting Hill, VIC, 3168 1300 500 701 info@obrientimberfloors.com.au SOURCE O’BRIEN TIMBER FLOORS