The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-08-23T04:31:02Z Collaboration with Rockhampton school launches trial to support agriculture’s leaders of tomorrow 2019-08-23T04:31:02Z collaboration-with-rockhampton-school-launches-trial-to-support-agricultures-leaders-of-tomorrow Leading global animal health company Virbac Australia’s new collaboration with The Rockhampton Grammar School has just launched, with a trial conducted at Belmont Research Station on Wednesday 21st August. Designed to assist Year 11 students in determining the impact of internal parasites and managing drench resistance in cattle, the school has been working with Virbac Australia to conduct a product evaluation trial testing different worm treatment methods. The trial has involved administering and monitoring 200 head of cattle, split into four groups and treated with different products, before being monitored over the next 84 days. The results should demonstrate which products work best to keep down worm count and boost weight gain, with the data then being available for students to analyse and be assessed on as part of their Certificate 3 curriculum. It’s envisaged that the project should help determine the importance and impact of worms in Central QLD. With drench resistance being a current hot topic for producers, this trial is designed to continue the conversation about cattle drench resistance, and further investigate whether north Australian producers should be concerned about worms in their cattle. As Virbac Australia Technical Services Manager Dr Matthew Ball explains, “this is a unique working collaboration to support students in becoming industry experts and future leaders in Australia’s agricultural sector. We’re pleased to be able to highlight some of the key issues surrounding internal parasites for the students as well as hopefully shed light on best practice worm control practices for the wider region of central QLD.” For Rockhampton student Henry Gray the trial has so far been a great opportunity to learn more about what’s becoming an increasingly important issue for QLD farmers. “This trial is important to the agricultural industry as it will help us improve our productivity and how we manage the resistance of worms and other parasites. I look forward to gaining more knowledge of controlling parasites so that I can implement new practices my own property to improve production.” Student Sara Schottelius also spoke of her experience being part of the unique new collaboration: “I hope to gain new knowledge that I can take home to my own property to improve how we control parasites. This trial is important for the agricultural industry to help us gain new information about the best methods to combat key issues in cattle productivity.” For additional information about the trial, contact Dr Matthew Ball at Ends MEDIA CONTACT Kate Munsie, 0421 935 843 ABOUT VIRBAC AUSTRALIA Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of petcare products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Photo captions: Virbac’s Territory Sales Manager Victor Moffroid leading a product demonstration Students from The Rockhampton Grammar School take part in product application methods Locals ‘R’ Us: Cost Effective Strategies for Highly Targeted Results 2019-08-23T04:24:33Z locals-r-us-cost-effective-strategies-for-highly-targeted-results Small business owners have their hands full operating their enterprises and have little time to devote to the essential needs of marketing. The need for small businesses to compete effectively was the impetus for Jim Talia to launch Locals ‘R’ Us, providing leaflet and letterbox distribution services, along with micro business growth strategies. Marketing budgets for small business operators can be limiting when trying to create visibility and establish a reputation. No matter how great a business may be, people have to know about it and that’s where the services of Locals ‘R’ Us is particularly effective and an affordable way to advertise. Leaflet walkers Brisbane distribute client’s own marketing materials in the areas that they want targeted to expand and enhance their visibility and acquire new customers. Unlike social media methods, leaflet distribution is highly targeted. It provides potential customers with an advertising medium in real-time that isn’t dependent upon an Internet connection. Individuals can simply refer back to the leaflet at any time. Locals ‘R’ Us understands low-cost marketing and offers letterbox distribution Brisbane Southside. It’s a time-tested method that’s highly effective and extremely flexible, enabling small business owners to choose the distribution range, target specific areas, and reach an array of marketing segments and demographics. Even the smallest of endeavors can benefit from micro business growth strategies. Business growth doesn’t have to be expensive or involve sweeping efforts to be effective. With Locals ‘R’ Us, clients have the ability to connect and partner with other business owners for mutually beneficial and creative campaigns. The services offered by Locals ‘R’ Us help attract new customers, is equally beneficial for businesses and organizations, and facilitates networking opportunities. To compete effectively, small business owners require creative, efficient, and cost effective marketing strategies, all of which are specialties at Locals ‘R’ Us. Media Contact Locals ‘R’ Us Phone: 0403 189 625 6a Patrick Court Waterford West QLD 4133 Australia Website: New Charcoal Bamboo Face Mask by L'Action 2019-08-20T23:32:24Z new-charcoal-bamboo-face-mask-by-laction New Charcoal Bamboo Face Mask Creating beauty moments to make you feel good Media Release - August 2019 As winter wraps up and warmer weather is approaching, now is the time to freshen up your face and introduce regular face masks to combat skincare troubles. L’Action Paris has developed a Charcoal Bamboo Sheet Face Mask which leaves your skin fresh and glowing. CEO of McGloins Supertex, Nick Barnes says, “This face mask is perfect for rebalancing your skin and kick starting great skin care. The active ingredient includes charcoal which absorbs excess sebum, leaving you with a post day spa glow.” The Charcoal Bamboo Sheet Face Mask rebalances combination to oily skin with sebum-absorbing charcoal to tighten pores and improve skin elasticity. Apply the mask to clean, dry skin for 15 minutes for optimum results. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes before delicately removing the mask and lightly tapping your face for optimal absorption. Implementing the mask into your routine 2 – 3 times per week will help improve your skin elasticity, tighten pores and leave you with a clean, glowing complexion. About L’Action Currently sold in over 40 countries on four continents around the world, there are over 50 different products that are available in Australia. All products in the collection include natural active ingredients, are developed in their Paris laboratory, are dermatologically tested and are NOT tested on animals. The new L’Action Paris Charcoal Bamboo Face Mask is available online for RRP $4.95. @lactionparis_au IT Job Seekers and Employers to Connect Virtually Around the Globe During ISACA’s Online Career Fair 2019-08-20T23:26:24Z it-job-seekers-and-employers-to-connect-virtually-around-the-globe-during-isacas-online-career-fair Sydney, Australia (21 August 2019) – Actively addressing the current skills gap, global association ISACA is holding its bi-annual Online Career Fair on 26 September 2019. Employers seeking great tech talent and IT professionals interested in exploring new jobs and professional development opportunities have the chance to connect in a virtual environment and access to a rich repository of career resources. According to the latest research from ISACA’s State of Cybersecurity 2019, cybersecurity professionals are still in short supply and hard to find, with 69 percent of respondents stating their cybersecurity teams are understaffed. “ISACA research has demonstrated that organisations worldwide continue to struggle to fill open roles for qualified IT professionals on their teams,” said Brennan P. Baybeck, ISACA board chair. “We know that a skilled, technology-minded workforce is critical to not only keeping businesses running optimally, but also has far-reaching impacts worldwide around security, data privacy and the ability for enterprises to effectively leverage technology’s growing capabilities. ISACA is proud to connect its talented professional community with leading employers and valuable resources to help practitioners and organisations achieve their full potential—and further drive the positive potential of technology globally.” To help job seekers prepare for the ISACA Online Career Fair and other career search activities, ISACA is also hosting a free hour-long webinar, How to Start Your Job Hunt, on 23 August 2019, which is available for replay. Learning and development professional Blair Celli will provide participants with insights into optimising their resumes/CV and LinkedIn profiles, narrowing down what they are looking for in a job, networking and applying for jobs effectively. Learn more and register now at The Online Career Fair allows ISACA members to search IT job listings, post their resume/CV, apply for positions online, chat in real time with potential employers and access career coaching via Catapult—free of charge. Companies seeking qualified candidates for open positions in IT and information systems benefit from having exposure to highly skilled, experienced and certified IT professionals from around the world. By sponsoring an online booth, a registered employer can easily engage in online conversations with prospective employees to determine whether they might be a good fit for the companies’ roles. Along with the Online Career Fair, ISACA’s Career Centre offers resources to build and improve careers through videos on building personal brands and networking skills, career tips, resume writing, career coaching and social networking profile development. Additionally, ISACA’s CareerLaser newsletter provides free monthly career advice, resources and job alerts related to audit, assurance, security, governance, risk management and more. Register at Registration for the ISACA Online Career Fair and employer options for a virtual booth can be found here. About ISACA Now in its 50th anniversary year, ISACA® ( is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by information and technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organisations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 460,000 engaged professionals—including its 140,000 members—in information and cyber security, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI® Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China. Facebook: Contact: Julie Fenwick, 0468 901 655, Lauren Graham, 0432 614 401, JURA Christmas Edition - Snow White! 2019-08-20T23:17:56Z jura-christmas-edition-snow-white Spreading the Christmas spirit with JURA – Snow White Media Release - August 2019 As we enter the busiest time of the year, the months continue to fly by and before you know it, we’ll be unwrapping gifts on Christmas Day. Don’t let this festive season sneak up on you! JURA has the perfect fully automatic coffee machine to bring the winter wonderland into your home this Christmas – the new JURA ENA 8 in Nordic White. George Liakatos, Managing Director of JURA Australia says, “Compact in size, the ENA 8 line is the perfect machine of any type of kitchen. Designed to fit into the smallest of apartments, JURA’s ENA 8 in Nordic White was inspired by the purity and clarity in the snow swept mountains of the Swiss Alps. This Christmas, let JURA take you a step away from the world of colour and explore the vast land beyond with the Nordic White ENA 8.” Small, stunning and simple, eliminate capsules this festive season and fill your home with the aroma of freshly ground coffee. A must-have for all coffee lovers and connoisseurs, the ENA 8 impresses with speciality coffees and personalisation features at the touch of a button; it is sure to delight even the most discerning palates. The new JURA ENA 8 includes the following features and benefits: Small – Only 27.1 cm wide, 32.3 cm high and 44.5 cm deep – this one-cup machine will comfortably fit anywhere. Stunning – A cylindrical shaped water tank inspired by premium crystal carafes; a key highlight of the design. Simple – Easy to use 2.8” TFT display and clearly defined operating panels Automatic filter type detection – RFID technology detects whether the new CLARIS Smart mini (30L capacity) or CLARIS Smart (50L capacity) is being used and adapts settings automatically. Freshly ground, not capsuled – Freshly extracted every time from coffee beans. The Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.®) optimises the aroma of a short ristretto or espresso. Fine foam technology – Creates airy, feather-light milk foam. 10 specialties at the touch of a button – Providing the perfect cup every time. The JURA ENA 8 in Nordic White is available now for RRP $1,899 online at as well as selected electrical retailers, department stores, independent and specialty outlets. About JURA: JURA’s products stand for innovation, ease of use and sustainability. JURA believe in the perfect cup of coffee, using fresh beans, freshly ground and extracted at the touch of a button. The product range includes both machines for domestic use and professional models for the office and food service industry. In recent years the long-established Swiss brand has grown to become a global player, operating in around 50 countries. In the disrupted world of real estate, bricks- and-mortar and online must work together - data is the key 2019-08-20T23:04:11Z in-the-disrupted-world-of-real-estate-bricks-and-mortar-and-online-must-work-together-data-is-the-key Sydney, 13 August 2019: Rockend is one of Australia’s leading property management software companies. Many of us will at some point touch one of Rockend’s solutions as we interact with real estate agents as buyers, sellers, strata managers or members, or tenants.  The company has been at the forefront of real estate management systems for 40 years: over half of all Australian rental properties and forty per cent of strata lots are managed on Rockend software.  The real estate industry faces disruption from a number of quarters - digital newcomers challenging the status quo (some successfully, some not), macroeconomic and fiscal policy (and their after-shocks), and regulatory oversight. And disruption can be a very positive opportunity: the company was itself acquired by global real estate software company MRI Software in late-July, to expand across complementary market segments. Yet the industry is often mired in routine paperwork, constraining how real estate agents engage with their customers. This is the space where Rockend helps estate agents manage their businesses, property portfolios, client relationships and accounts more effectively. As Catherine Vissiere, Head of Marketing at Rockend, describes it, “We’re about helping real estate agents do less of the routine ‘rinse-and-repeat’ work that many remain shackled to, and more of the added-value selling, marketing and relationship management they joined the industry to do.  “Real estate agents, property managers especially, are eager to create new value for their customers, yet often struggle to do so. Our vision is to support those in the real estate industry to reset their value proposition. Technology is at the heart of this. In this disruptive market, using technology to drive engagement, manage outcomes and measure program performance is something more real estate agents are coming to terms with.” Rockend’s focus is on growth and market penetration, supported by a digital marketing and business development strategy. These objectives will continue now that the company is owned by MRI. The Rockend brand will remain, new products will be brought into Australia to offer users here, and Rockend-developed products will be marketed overseas. The company uses Digivizer’s analytics platform to manage the performance of its digital marketing programs, and works with Digivizer’s services team on content development and paid media management. The two companies collaborate to create,  publish, manage and monitor content that aligns this strategy for growth and leadership with the needs of the real estate agents who are Rockend’s target audience. Measurement of the performance of this program across digital and social media is central to its success. “Our focus is on growing our community - customers we call Property Rockstars, migrating them from our older solutions to our new cloud-based solution, and identifying and attracting new users to that solution,” explains Catherine Vissiere. “We’re also building the Rockend brand to continue as a leader in the real estate sector, off the back of our 40-year heritage creating value in the relationship we have with our customers. This strategy is  based on compelling content aligned to their needs, preferences and requirements. With the acquisition of Rockend by MRI Software, our brand and market presence are about to undergo a significant change.” In the first 12 months of using Digivizer, Rockend has grown its organic social following by 39% overall across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube. Rockend’s share of voice on social against competitors in June 2019 was at 75%, with its nearest competitor at 14%. The Property RockStar community has over 1,500 property managers who share content and support with each other, with engagement up by 65% in the two months to July 2019. And video views have increased 13 times to over 624,000 views. What’s more, the company can compare performance across all these platforms, and compare organic performance with paid: paid leads have more than tripled, with a 74% reduction in cost-per-lead, and a click-through-rate that is more than double Google benchmarks. “We want to own new debates in an increasingly complex and competitive space, and share these discussions in context with our customers,” says Catherine Vissiere. “They increasingly rely on us for expertise and insights. We need to understand who they are, where they are, and form meaningful and sustainable relationships with them.” The plan is built on a balanced mix of organic and paid media activity. Integral to both is identifying and working with advocates, communicating product updates, understanding and acting on feedback, and being clear about the content required to delight users and customers. “One advantage with Digivizer is being able to connect our Google spend (which Digivizer manages) and Digivizer, meaning we can manage and track channel performance in paid search alongside  social, in real-time,” says Catherine Vissiere. “We’ve seen click-through rates on Google Ads at over 7% - well above double the industry average for real estate, and our CPM on Facebook is also currently 13% below the industry average, and continues to fall.” Across all its community management, new business development and brand building programs, Rockend uses data to manage its digital marketing program. Catherine Vissiere: “This data allows us to plan and manage engagement  from the first contact with Rockend through to post-sales relationship development. The insights feed into our strategy development: we’re creating content based on data, not instinct or assumptions. We get more from our digital investment, and it’s supporting our business and our brand.” ENDS Note to editors: this media release was updated with new program performance data on 21 August 2019. About Digivizer Digivizer helps businesses understand and get more from their digital investment across social and search.  Digivizer’s platform helps businesses measure and understand the performance of their digital marketing programs across owned, earned and paid media, in a single view, in real-time. Digivizer is an ad partner and development partner to the major social and search platforms including Facebook (incorporating Instagram), Twitter, LinkedIn and Google (incorporating YouTube). Contacts Digivizer is at: Twitter: For more information:Alan Smith, Head of Strategic Business Communications, Digivizer. Phone: +61 404 432 700.Email: Twitter: @alansmithoz   Spring Styling Tips by Justine Wilson, Vault Interiors 2019-08-20T22:55:23Z spring-styling-tips-by-justine-wilson-vault-interiors Maximise the value of your property this Spring selling season Essential styling tips for selling your property Media Release - August 2019 With spring selling season right around the corner and some slow months in property, housing prices and stock levels are on the rise. To make a property stand out and to guarantee the best return on investment this spring, it is important to invest in every part of your home, sharing the TLC. Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, shares her top styling tips for spring 2019. Justine Wilson says, “Any touch ups around the home, small or large, will help add value when it comes to selling your property this spring. Whether you create a cosy alfresco area, study nook or turn a spare room into an optional bedroom, added areas around the property will encourage potential buyers to imagine themselves living there and create an emotional connection to the space.” Styling your entire property will best showcase the functionality and flow of each space leaving potential buyers feeling emotionally connected to the space. Take advantage of market conditions and prepare your home for the new spring selling season with Justine’s top tips for styling your property: Don’t underestimate a fresh coat – Refresh the paint, clean the gardens, and consider new carpets to get your property looking spick and span. This will help time-poor buyers feel assured the property is ready to go and has been well maintained. Fresh, bright and light – Bring the outdoors inside your home with pops of colour to uplift the mood. Introduce light and airy colour accents such as mint green, soft yellow and soft pink through spring flowers. Use fresh foliage in clear vases for a pretty display. Bring greenery indoors to signify the change of the seasons and represent a new beginning. Artwork – Transform a space by creating a great base palette, add some unique artwork, simple designs and complement with a selection of candles. Place floral scent displays in a cluster or on a tray. This will help the winter musk smells disappear and will complement the warmer weather and creates a cosy home-like feeling. Natural and sustainable – Sustainability in a home will impress potential buyers. Signified by raw materials, reclaimed rustic furniture and an earthy look, this trend truly represents spring time adventures. Achieve this look by adding natural woods, candles and repurposed glass jars to table centrepieces or book shelving. About Vault Interiors: Vault Interiors are a dedicated team of property stylists who specialise in unlocking the potential of each and every property they step into. Whether it be styling for the purpose of selling a property or furnishing a client’s new dream home or investment, the team not only deliver jaw dropping results but save time and money with their hassle-free complete furniture packages. CtrlShift accelerates expansion in ANZ following local client wins 2019-08-20T21:52:55Z ctrlshift-accelerates-expansion-in-anz-following-local-client-wins AUSTRALIA, 21 August 2019 - CtrlShift, a new-age technology company simplifying programmatic advertising through aggregation and automation, has expanded its ANZ operations following its launch in March, several new marquee client wins and an increasingly favourable regulatory environment.“This is a pivotal time for CtrlShift in the region,” said CtrlShift’s Chief Solutions Officer Paula Harrison. ‘Programmatic ad spend in Australia is set to grow to almost $3bn in 2020. The market is driven by razor-sharp brand marketers who demand transparent and effective use of every media dollar through a seamless integration of timely metrics and insights in a consolidated, accessible format.”The CtrlShift expansion comes on the back of impressive new client wins:The Hallway, one of Australia’s most innovative full service agencies and Acquire, a leading New Zealand provider of programmatic technologies and solutions.“We’re happy to deliver against all these demands with The Hub and even happier that strategic agencies like The Hallway recognise the power that The Hub delivers to strengthen transparent relationships with brands.” said HarrisonThe company’s enterprise programmatic media management and optimisation platform, The Hub, helps advertisers and media agencies enhance and extract greater value from their programmatic advertising processes through aggregation and automation straight-out-of-the-box, including integrations with world-leading platforms like MediaMath, AppNexus, iPinYou, Zemanta, Amobee, Facebook and DV360According to Jules Hall, CEO at The Hallway, “The Hub is the perfect vehicle to deliver the kind of transparent media buying and real-time performance optimisation that brands are now demanding as table stakes. As the market gets more competitive, it’s smart technology like The Hub, combined with strategic and creative smarts, that will deliver clients the best value.”In addition, Jamie Moran has been appointed Head of Client Success, ANZ to spearhead organisational consulting and trading advisory. Based in Sydney, Moran brings more than a decade of deep experience in media planning, buying, and trading operations management from his previous roles as Head of Operations at Yango and National Display Director at Columbus.“Moran has hands-on trading leadership experience, a client-oriented sensibility and proven technical skill. For brands and agencies who want to re-design, scale and future-proof their programmatic operations with The Hub, Moran provided experienced been-there-before support,” added Harrison. Moran said: “As a former Head of Trading, I would have killed to have a technology like the Hub at my fingertips! The Hub is the connective tissue for programmatic which has been sorely lacking. It helps digital teams spend more effectively, optimise sooner and capture insights that would be lost in the non-automated set-up that is the status quo.” The Hub serves brands and agency trading desks from the financial, technology, travel and publishing sectors. The SaaS solution is available globally, serviced by offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the UK.- ENDS - Grant Bingham joins GumGum as Sales Director 2019-08-18T22:00:00Z grant-bingham-joins-gumgum-as-sales-director Sydney, Australia: Monday 19th August 2019. GumGum, an artificial intelligence company specialising in solutions for digital advertising, has appointed experienced industry executive Grant Bingham as Sales Director, ANZ. Bingham was most recently Commercial Partnerships Director at Pacific Magazines and has worked at Nine Entertainment as Director of Programmatic Sales. In his new role he’ll work closely with GumGum Melbourne’s sales manager Cian Evans to drive adoption of the ad tech firm’s unique offering, focusing particularly on its new programmatic-focused sales model. “I’m thrilled to be joining GumGum to drive demand for its innovative programmatic advertising solutions, “said Grant Bingham, Sales Director ANZ GumGum. He continued, “it's such an evolving time for image recognition and AI technology and the opportunity to re-position GumGum in the Australian market as a pure-play programmatic solution is very exciting" Prior to his role at Nine, Bingham worked at AOL for more than four years in various positions such as head of publisher platforms ANZ and head of business development. He transitioned to AOL from a business development role at programmatic video advertising company, which was acquired by AOL. Based in the Sydney office, Bingham will report to SVP of Global Commercial Development, Adam Schenkel, who is stationed in the US. Schenkel commented, “Grant has the ideal skill set, network and experience to shape and develop our go to market programmatic offer in Australia. Australia acts as the APAC programmatic hub to inform sales strategy across the region and Grant will play a pivotal role in establishing best practice.” In May 2019, GumGum shifted to a programmatic-focus sales model in Australia. Bingham will work on the repositioning of GumGum as a pureplay programmatic business, the simplification of its offering and the growth of its SSP and adoption by publishers in market. For more information please contact: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications – for GumGum T: + 61 (0) 2 8905 0995 About GumGum GumGum is an artificial intelligence company with deep expertise in computer vision. Its mission is to unlock the value of images and videos produced daily across the web, social media and broadcast television. Since 2008, the company has applied its patented capabilities to serve the media industry from advertising to professional sports. Financial Planning Leads 2019-08-16T00:38:27Z financial-planning-leads Financial Planning Leads are an essential for financial planning businesses that want to secure a constant flow of new business and enable their revenue to grow on demand. Financial Planning Leads generated via Facebook have much higher conversion rates when they are crafted with the latest financial planning leads marketing strategies to ensure that prospects are motivated by the actual underlying benefits of financial planning services. Appointment Setter Financial Planning Leads have been created based on 16 years of experience dealing with the frustrations, pains, needs and aspirations of ideal financial planning clients in Australia.  Investment Strategies, Tax Minimisation, Risk Strategies, Superannuation Strategies all create diversified financial planning leads which allow for multiple income streams per client acquisition rather than a singular financial product focus, which is no longer the safest approach in a post royal commission financial services environment. Financial Planning Leads need to be created with the clients best interest in mind, just as all statements of advice need to be tailored to your particular clients needs. All of Appointment Setter's Financial Planning Leads are created bespoke in accordance with the compliance and revenue stream preferences of our client. Popup Media is a Master of the Non-Glare, Photo-Friendly Backdrop Wall 2019-08-13T06:38:35Z popup-media-is-a-master-of-the-non-glare-photo-friendly-backdrop-wall The primary use for a media wall is to provide a backdrop for photographers and broadcast media when taking promotional images. Popup Media understands the dynamics involved between media walls and quality photography. The company specializes in glare-free media backdrops for any event. Depending upon the event, photographers and media outlets may use a variety of lighting sources and flash photography for their images. It’s imperative that a media wall Sydney doesn’t create glare. Distracting glare can prevent journalists, photographers, and TV stations from obtaining the high-quality photos needed to publicize an event, celebrity or product in the desired manner. A glare-free background is essential for any gathering where pictures will be taken. When utilizing a media backdrop, image quality is equally important to ensure that logos, photos and wording looks crisp, clean and sharp. Popup Media walls provide high-resolution printing, vivid colours, and eco-friendly fabric that’re highly durable. They store easily when not in use and can be reused for annual events. Popup Media has an extensive range of media backdrops in sizes and styles to accommodate any requirement and custom walls are available. Some of the most popular models are currently being offered on sale including the following. • 2m wide x 2.3m high to accommodate two people, $785 AUD • 2.4m wide by 2.3m high for 2-3 individuals, $825, AUD • 3m wide by 2.3 high to frame 3-5 to five people, $895 AUD • 3m wide by 2.3m high arc curved media wall for 3-5 subjects, $895 AUD • 6m wide by 2.3m high for 6-8 people, $1,375 AUD The specialists at Popup Media are always available to help. Clients can simply send their logos to the company’s designers and free artwork will be provided to complement the logo. Individuals also have cost effective media wall options that include purchasing the background outright or hiring one for the required amount of time. About Popup Media Popup Media is a Sydney-based company specializing in production of media wall backdrops for all events and occasions. Our focus is on details and our talented team of creatives will assist you select and design the right solution for your event. Our products are functional, reusable, high-quality and feature modern design. Our products are versatile, portable, lightweight and easy to set up. The entire system is sturdy and fits in a handy aesthetic carry bag. Media Contact Popup Media Phone: 1300 909 446 Website: ASB Bank takes a stake in early-stage supply chain tech company TradeWindow 2019-08-13T05:16:56Z asb-bank-takes-a-stake-in-early-stage-supply-chain-tech-company-tradewindow SYDNEY, Aug 12, 2019. An investment from ASB into a newly launched technology company, TradeWindow, will fast-track development of its visionary Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) trade platform. ASB is a subsidiary of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and there is interest in the DLT platform across the Australian market. TradeWindow Founder and CEO, AJ Smith, says the company is one of the first technology companies in New Zealand to receive direct funding from a New Zealand bank. “The decision by ASB to invest in TradeWindow is a great vote of confidence. The bank is committed to accelerating the progress of New Zealand’s trade environment using new technology and recognises the potential our product has to streamline trading between Kiwi exporters and the rest of the world,” says Smith. ASB Bank’s Executive General Manager of Corporate Banking, Nigel Annett, will join the company’s board, with ASB Bank taking a significant stake in the business. “What began as collaboration through ASB’s innovation programme to solve a customer problem, is now a fully-fledged business ready to launch,” says Annett. “TradeWindow has the potential to truly transform the way our customers experience the international trade process. By digitising the trade process, businesses will be able to operate more efficiently with trust and security across the globe." Last year ASB successfully piloted the TradeWindow platform, executing a trade between a Korean importer and a major Kiwi meat exporter, Greenlea Premier Meats. TradeWindow uses DLT to create a ‘single trading window’ accessible by all parties involved in the transaction from the importer to the exporter. It significantly reduces the risk of fraud and cyber security threats as edits can only be made with the consensus of the majority of the network. However, Smith says the primary benefit where immediate cost savings and efficiencies are realised is the “instantaneous sharing of documentation that is currently couriered at significant cost between the various parties, including exporters, importers, banks, certifiers, and insurance companies. With 12,000 registered exporters in New Zealand it represents a major market opportunity. TradeWindow allows all relevant documents – from certificates to invoices – to be exchanged digitally using one touchpoint”. “With cyber security threats on the rise many exporters are looking to future-proof their trading procedures. By using TradeWindow, exporters can prevent revenue loss from criminal activity and provide increased traceability through the supply chain.” Smith says TradeWindow is growing quickly and has secured key exclusive partnerships with two other New Zealand export-related companies, Prodoc and a division of IVS (Independent Verification Services). It also has several pilot projects planned and underway with other Kiwi exporters in different sectors, including one with Fiordland Lobster Company, New Zealand’s largest lobster exporter. Prodoc is an export documentation compliance company that creates digital documentation for over 60% of New Zealand’s exports. IVS assists New Zealand exporters in the forestry, timber and horticultural industries with product certifications and quality assurance. “The addition of these companies’ services within the TradeWindow eco-system will create significant synergies in verification and documentation compliance for Kiwi producers, and significantly simplify the export process,” says Smith. Prodoc Director, Steve Cox, says “We are excited to be joining forces with TradeWindow, which we believe will become the go-to platform for exporters who need to meet critical deadlines. It will offer competitive advantage by improving turnaround times and lift customer service levels for demanding export partners.” Smith says the bank funding and a recent Callaghan Innovation grant will further the research and development of TradeWindow, helping ready the platform for commercialisation. “We aim to announce the release of our first commercial version of the product very shortly.” About TradeWindow TradeWindow was developed by VerifyUnion NZ Ltd, a distributed ledger technology (DLT) specialist with a focus on creating innovative commercial solutions to supply chain problems. VerifyUnion NZ Ltd has gained ISO 9001 and 27001 accreditations. Albertus ‘AJ’ Smith is a successful entrepreneur with a background in financial technology for insurance and personal loans. He has previously founded two fintech companies both of which he successfully sold including one to a Swiss Venture Fund. For more information David Frost Holly Ryan PR Deadlines ASB Corporate Communications +61 (0) 0408 408 210 +64 (0) 21 234 7865 Visual Marketing Australia Celebrates 10th Anniversary 2019-08-09T03:37:08Z visual-marketing-australia-celebrates-10th-anniversary Visual Marketing Australia is pleased to announce the Gold Coast-based digital marketing agency is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month.  With 80% of businesses failing to reach this milestone, that is a great achievement today.   Having started in July 2009, VMA has evolved with technologies to keep up with the ever-changing digital space. In the beginning, activity at VMA mostly consisted of creating websites for businesses and enabling them to maximise the increase in their clients online spends. Currently, their agency offers a variety of digital marketing services from: Website Development, Branding, CRM Implementations, Social Media, SEO, Google Ads, Email Marketing, Web Hosting and more. “We are a full-service Digital Marketing Agency specialising in all online marketing needs including CRM Implementation and Integration. Our mission consists of creating lead-generating websites that get found in Google, drive more traffic to your site, convert more visitors into paying customers and ultimately increase your bottom line”, as John Bond, CEO, has sharply defined it.   The 10th anniversary milestone is a time for both older and recent staff to review the most remarkable and challenging moments in the history of VMA and also the perfect occasion for better outlining its identity in front of employees and clients. The story behind VMA begins in the early 90s, when CEO and Founder John Bond started creating websites for himself, family and friends. After a 30-year career in print, his plant was closed down in late 2001 and he changed several operational and management positions until he commenced his own company in 2009. “After a stint in media sales in early 2009, while talking to many business owners, they were all moving away from print advertising and increasing their online spend” Bond recalls. “Mind you this was a year or 2 into the GFC so this was a lightbulb moment for me, I knew that online is where it had to be when it comes to marketing and that was the start of VMA.” “While we do offer more traditional marketing via our affiliation with several companies – we decided to remain focused 100% online. By doing so we were able to offer an effecting marketing strategy with lower costs than the more traditional media. While print, Radio and TV will remain effective for some – this media has been cost-restrictive for others but the online boom has forced many of the traditional media to drop their prices thus broadening the net for a greater audience,” recalls Bond. In spite of its print background, the founder of the young business saw the drift to online and decided to take full advantage of it. As for the VMA logo, Bond explains: “The concept of our logo was the convergence of media and while it originally started with 3 rings – we settled on just 2 as it represented the simplicity of it.” Out of the most recent accomplishments at VMA, Bond was achieving Zoho Consulting Partnership in 2018 and the staff expansion in 2017 & 2019. While they had been using Zoho CRM since 2010, they saw a need for companies they dealt with to implement sales and marketing automation in a hassle-free manner. “We chose the award-winning web-based SaaS CRM Zoho for ourselves, known for its ability to attract, retain, and manage customers and for benefits in areas like contact management, sales management and purchase control. It only seemed logical to role this out for our clients to instigate their digital transformation.” Bond says.   In recent times, Candice Simpson, former Production Coordinator and Client Manager, moved in March 2019 into a full-time Digital Marketing role. Taking over from Candice was Nadia Chothia, who assumed the role as Production Coordinator and started managing al VMA projects. New additions of our team included Roberta Vieira as a Marketing Assistant, who is responsible for assisting with our clients’ project and helping to attain their marketing goals. VMA CEO John Bond believes that the new team is, like himself, fully passionate about creating a strong digital brand identity for clients, which he believes being the key driver of customer satisfaction. They are currently looking for 2 more staff and hope to have them in place by the end of this month.   Future plans for VMA include starting a new division – VMA Promotional Products –, attracting new talent, and franchising or licencing our business model to assist others in owning and growing their business which in turn will grow theirs.   About Visual Marketing Australia Visual Marketing Australia is a full-service Digital Marketing Agency offering a variety of marketing services, such as including CRM Implementation and Integration, Sales and Marketing Automation, and Inbound Marketing Solutions. We offer digital marketing services in an integrated manner and focus on multi-channel marketing like Social Media, SEO, and Google Ads. The Gold Coast digital marketing company takes pride in providing tools and solutions that are affordable, measurable, and extremely effective to any business regardless of its size. A Gold Coast-based company celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, VMA has managed to create a worldwide client base and can be contacted on +61 1300 158 708. For more information please visit “Digital Marketing Made Simple” and follow our Social Media links: ·         Facebook   ·         Twitter ·         Linkedin      ·         YouTube     ·         Instagram   Catholic Super’s bank hits $100 million in deposits 2019-08-09T01:27:40Z catholic-super-s-bank-hits-100-million-in-deposits Catholic Super’s bank, MyLife MyFinance, is stamping its credentials as an alternative to the big banks by attracting more than $100 million in deposits, with competitive savings and term deposit rates. Its customers are largely teachers, nurses and community sector people who care for and educate millions of Australians every day in hospitals, schools and aged care services. The profit-for-member bank is 100% owned by Catholic Super. The bank is enjoying strong growth year on year with its competitive home loans, car loans, investment loans, personal loans, term deposits and savings accounts. The bank’s General Manager, Mark Sawyer said: “The strength of our business model has resulted in the bank quickly reaching this milestone. Customers are looking for financial alternatives to the big banks and the personal banking experience we offer. They like that the same place where they invest their super is a one-stop-shop for their banking needs too. “Our sharp interest rates will appeal to customers who want good rates for savings and term deposits and some of the best priced home loans on offer. We’re very much a savings and loan bank and one of the few that offers a competitive interest rate simply for parking everyday savings. MyLife MyFinance General Manager, Mark Sawyer “The MyLife MyFinance bank offers fee-free banking through our mobile app and internet banking. We also cover our customers’ refinancing costs saving them over $1,000* when they bring their home loan to our bank. There are no catches. No hidden fees. No surprises. It’s banking like it should be.” To learn more about our sharp term deposit rates and competitive savings, call us on 03 9629 4484 or email * Saving of $1,004 calculated from a sample of home loan applications In deciding whether this product meets your needs, we recommend that you read this page in conjunction with our Product Disclosure Statement, Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement (Interest Rates), Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement (Schedule of Fees and Charges), and our General Terms and Conditions. A copy of these documents are available on our website. You can also obtain a copy of these by contacting our office on 03 9629 4484. MyLife MyFinance Limited Trading as MyLife MyFinance. ABN 54 087 651 750. AFSL/Australian Credit Licence Number 245606. Top MC Professional Emcee Master of Ceremonies Australia's Rob Doorey Is YourMC 2019-08-08T22:00:09Z top-mc-professional-emcee-master-of-ceremonies-australias-rob-doorey-is-yourmc The 'conductor' that never turns his back on the audience is Australia's premier emcee, master of ceremonies, Rob Doorey... YourMC Professional emcee Rob Doorey may not wave an orchestra conductor’s baton during his presentations as an event host, but his role as an emcee can be construed as sharing some similarities with that of conductors of orchestral performances. While these two styles of events differ in multiple respects, there are some similarities into qualities needing to be possessed by those chiefly responsible for guiding these performances. For instance, both types of “performances” require sensitive guidance and direction of their respective participants by a super-responsive other: in one case a music conductor, in the other: a professional emcee. In making this comparison, consider the role of a musical conductor, as defined in Wikipedia: “The primary responsibilities of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble, and to control the interpretation and pacing of the music”. Indeed, many people would agree that the rightform of sensitive guidance from the most suitableconductor (or emcee) will more likely achieve the desired outcome of successful performance (or event). With decades of experience as a professional emcee hosting a range of successful events from corporate conferences and product launches, to gala dinners and business awards nights, Rob’s personal insights into this domain assuredly have merit. Some conductor-like attributes Rob has and uses in his profession include precision-timing, careful pacing and an ability to pay close attention to subtle nuances that well might be missed by other participants. Rob credits his ability to pick up on such nuances and to act appropriately on them to his many years of experience in the profession. His career in commercial radio has undeniably contributed to his sharp sense of timing on-stage and during interviews, helping him to effectively “read” and respond to audiences and to interviewees while at the same time often responding to feedback/requests by production crew or other managers who make requests (or commands) into his headpiece. As well as having to ‘build rapport quickly” with a range of people, Rob lists many other functions of the role of an event host. Time-keeping is a critical one, with this including “cueing people - so they are ready to go” and “getting performers both on and off-stage efficiently”. On this note, Rob recalls doing stage-interviews with Western Sydney Wanderers football players in a shopping venue which he describes as challenging as he had to manage sets of players both on and off the stage “and at both ends” at once - while at the same time tuning-in to the assembled mall crowd and responding accordingly. “I see myself as a conductor of sorts,” he said. “I do bring this to my role as an emcee. And I am organised, good at bringing calm to what can be a stressful situation.” One of Rob’s clients, Adam Farmer, of MG MY GATEWAY, attests to Rob’s conducting abilities while event-hosting in his comment: "Rob was the ultimate professional (emcee) - Great voice, was easy to work with, understood what we were about and kept the evening moving along." At times there is also a need for an emcee to “run interventions” or “fill in gaps” with appropriate improvisations (usually dialogue). Rob agreed and added: “I am able to quickly analyse a situation and take action fast. And I am quick-witted and energetic," which most certainly helps! Rob’s effectiveness in his many roles as an emcee has been amply demonstrated by the many years of “repeat custom” he has had as a professional event-host, including to high-end corporate events and to a wealth of other events around the country. Corporate realtor functions are one sector he enjoys catering to, with corporate Raine and Horne and Elders clients seeking him out in particular. Another annual event that Rob has hosted for several years and that is especially close to his heart is the Kids of Macarthur Health Foundation Ball -- which is a major fundraising event for the Children’s’ Ward of Campbelltown Hospital, a part of Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital. Rob Doorey is Australia's premier emcee. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and everywhere in between. For more information visit YourMC Master of Ceremonies website or book Rob by calling +61 410 438 003. 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