Part 4 of 4 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.  When times are tough, businesses and brands can drive optimism by: helping people feel better about themselves...

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...

Part 1 of 3 in "The Future is Bright for Business and Brands", a thought piece for First 5000 on the importance of optimism in building business and brands.  Optimism Drives Long-term Value   With communities, the environment and the economy all negatively impacted by recent events, the...

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...

Whether its to develop your instinct beyond the numbers, joint he numbers or add a visual image to the numbers, talking to your customers and employees is invaluable to build your brand, communications and experiences. We shared our reasons why and ways how to talk to customers and employees...

From packaging and palm oil, to poverty and disadvantage, to protection of our personal identity and financial assets, people look to business for leadership in social, environmental and economic matters that influence society as a whole. In research, consumers are filled with frustration and the cry of can't:'I can't do it on my own''One person...

The healthy brand links brand to bottom line:  1. Identify KPIS, measures and monitoring process up front 2. Link KPIS to strategy and activity via horizon plan, annual marketing plan, customer journey and indicative conversion expectations 3. Review performance as relevant: 3 hours (execution/media timing), 3 days (execution/media placement), 3 months (creative...

As we catapult towards 2020 amidst the conflicting pros and cons of progress – industrial development, technological advances, further education and learning Vs societal breakdown, obesity and disease, climate change – stress is our No. 1 enemy, time our most valuable asset, and good health...