Rachel Bevans from The Healthy Brand Company interviewed Sophie Arkelidis, Head of Brand and Marketing at IQumulate Premium Funding, to understand how they're building a sustainable business and brand. This case study was written for First5000, Australia's professional network for mid-sized business About IQumulate IQumulate Premium Funding...

Purpose-led leadership aligns people, planet and profit Purpose-led leaders agree that the role of a business is to create long-term value for all stakeholders, achieving the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. This is alignment in its purest form - aligning customers, employees and...

Part 3 of 3 on the importance of optimism in building brands and business, written for and appearing first in First 5000, the professional network for Australian mid-sized businesses.  Look at your business and brand through the lens of optimism Working with Mid-sized Businesses and the larger...

2020 is the dawn of a new decade. Rachel Bevans explores the top ten themes driving brands and business from the last decade into the next one. Written for First 5000 Introduction For many, 2019 has been in limbo. There have been organisation shake-ups, projects stalling and brands...

Businesses need to invest in the long term or risk being stuck in an endless cycle of cash flow challenges. First published in First 5000. Short-term financial priorities rule the mind-set of many mid-sized business Having worked with mid-sized businesses, and evident in research by KPMG1 BDO2,...

The agile and evolving organisation needs a living, evolving data ecosystem to deliver seamless customer experiences, employee experiences, supply chain integration, M&A integration and speed to market innovation. This article appeared first in First 5000. Leaders of high-performing organisations recognise that adaptability and connectivity are keys...

First appearing in First5000 Why are humans orchestrating less than optimal human experiences?  Recently my feed has been inundated with articles talking about the need for organisations to become human centric and experiences to become more human. I shake my head and wonder where did it all go...

If you’ve been listening over the last few months/years, you’ll likely have noticed my increasing frustration at the state of marketing and influencers trying to carve their niche. I don’t understand why people keep battling brand vs CX (customer experience) when CX is part of...

The hypothesis (our approach) Aligning people, brands and experiences around a common purpose, values and idea ensures the brand consistently delivers against its promise to customers, employees and stakeholders. The reality (our survey) Our pulse survey indicates what the situation really looks like: There is a gap of...

Overview: This is the follow up article to "Redefining data ecosystems for the data economy" written for First 5000. In this article we explore the value of a single data ecosystem technology - that integrates internal and external, structured and unstructured data, from legacy systems...