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  • Fed govt should support Alcoa: ALP | Business Spectator
    Jan BHP faces buyback pressure More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Silvano Porcaro Fri 2014 01 10 15 46 Here we go again with the Labor corporate charity gravy train All Labor has to offer is their continuing impediment to the repeal of the air tax That will certainly help ease the pressures on aluminium smelters who are the most adversely impacted Bloody Labor hypocrites and morons Mouse Shipway Fri 2014 01 10 16 04 Bloody Labor hypocrites and morons Honestly Silvano you are being too kind to them o Steven Smith Fri 2014 01 10 17 04 Yep the last 4 months have been hell on Manufacturing Lets not talk about the last 6 years of Labor destruction Bill Shorten you are a disgrace chris Fri 2014 01 10 17 44 Here he goes again The Faceless little garden gnome blaming the Liberals His lips move but who s got their hand up his back Multinationals have made it clear over many years that they will not continue to invest capital to upgrade rust bucket factories in Australia They will build modern plants in low cost labour and other countries richard mcnaught Sat 2014 01 11 23 57 Chris The only reason we have alumina smelting to date was the cheap electricity supply and Government complicity and subsidies In Tas when the domestic price was 12 5 cents per Kwh Comalco paid 1 2 cents and by all reports Launceston had to be shut down before Comalco could be disconnected Time these industries were put to rest Time to educate our population for those high Tech jobs we are always hearing about Only problem everyone else is ten years in front of us We are a lazy bunch who think the World owes us a living Time for starvation maybe Definitely time to cancel immigration and export the Greens and all the other do gooder minorities who have held sway for the past thirty years Colin Barry Fri 2014 01 10 17 44 What does Shorten want now the government support wage increase for the workers at Alcoa using our taxes I thought our taxes were for the benefit of everyone not just those chosen by Labor and the unions Mr Shorten said other first world economies are capable of manufacturing but the government has given up on it in Australia You been asleep for the last several years Shorten just in case you were I will let you in on a little secret We don t have the domestic market and as such must export problem is we can t compete with other first world economies in the export market I think it has something to do with the enormous pay packets these workers get You really want to do something Shorten instead of criticising the government

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  • Industries | Business Spectator
    Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Industries Saputo increases WCB stake again Canadian suitor increases holding to above 21 as it confirms extension of takeover offer for dairy producer 4 20pm January 10 1 comment ACMA hits Telstra with record fine Telco fined for failure to provide timely new urban landline customer connections 4 20pm January 10 10 comments Korea China jostle for Aust resources Mining junior Rex Minerals among first to benefit from competition report 3 59pm January 10 1 comment Fed govt should support Alcoa ALP Shorten says Abbott government has given up on manufacturing in Australia 3 28pm January 10 9 comments Harnessing the power of the one man brand Self employed individuals can strengthen relationships with consumers and add value to their services by building a personal brand The first step is to think of yourself as a business by Ken Phillips 1 58pm January 10 Britain s Christmas ghost of retail future Almost all of the UK s leading retailers especially the ones that Australian stores are modelled on have delivered miserly Christmas returns Consumers are changing the way they shop faster than most CEOs can imagine by Stephen Bartholomeusz 1 15pm January 10 5 comments Value Investor QBE is still at a premium There is potentially more fallout to come from QBE s ill fated expansion into the US Given its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence by Stocks In Value 12 30pm January 10 Saputo pushes for Bega s Warrnambool stake The Canadian dairy company is lobbying Bega in an effort to win its 19 per cent stake in Warrnambool by Brett Cole 12 05pm January 10 1 comment Solar and wind competitive with fossil fuels Gov t economist Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics updates power costings suggesting wind and solar competitive without carbon price by 2030 11 46am January 10 2 comments New home sales lift in November HIA new home sales report shows growth rate hits two and a half year high 11 45am January 10 2 comments Volvo Cars sales up in 2013 Swedish subsidiary of Chinese carmaker Geely see sales rise on strong China growth 10 59am January 10 Shares in Kimberley Diamonds shine The owner of the Ellendale Mine has seen its shares surge this week sparking talk that another acquisition may be on the cards by Amanda Saunders 10 51am January 10 1 comment Forge enters trading halt Mining services company set to update market on its current financial position 9 24am January 10 1 comment China s Fosun buys Portuguese insurer in privatisation The Chinese conglomerate will acquire an 80 stake in the insurance arm of Portuguese state bank 8 57am January 10 Alcoa swings to Q4

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  • Industries | Business Spectator
    solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Industries Aust LNG may be cheaper than US Oil and gas consultancy expects local exports to Asia to remain competitive 9 34am January 13 Telstra confirms sale of Sensis stake Telco will offload 70 of directories business to US firm Platinum Equity flags 150m accounting loss on Sensis 9 27am January 13 Transurban lifts Q4 toll revenue Group says M5 project is on schedule and on budget set for completion this year 9 09am January 13 Saputo lifts WCB stake Suitor s holding increases as United Dairy Power CEO backs takeover bid 9 02am January 13 Whitehaven Asciano ink deal Asciano s Pacific National Coal secures long term haulage agreement with miner 8 57am January 13 Bank dividends risk cutbacks Rapid borrowing lift could see banks manage dividends in coming years report 8 38am January 13 Glencore copper sale has ASX firms on alert PanAust Indophil Highlands Pacific watching Glencore Peru dealings closely by Barry Fitzgerald The Australian 8 38am January 13 Not all regulation is bad While some important regulation is likely be rolled back on the government s repeal days a new culture of regulatory rollback will slash costs and alleviate the burden for businesses by Alan Kohler 7 41am January 13 9 comments Morgan to join financial inquiry Ex Westpac CEO to be independent adviser to govt s financial system inquiry 7 09am January 13 Gas reservation is a pipe dream A federal study into eastern Australia s gas market flags a risk that domestic gas prices may overshoot export parity levels It delivers a clear message to the manufacturing sector forget about a national gas reservation policy by Keith Orchison 6 58am January 13 4 comments Telstra may sell Sensis for 3bn Telco giant may strike deal with US private equity firm this week report 5 13am January 13 5 comments BHP faces buyback pressure Investors pushing miner for new capital management plans report 5 03am January 13 Indonesia ban no issue Palmer Jakarta plan to ban mineral exports won t hurt Clive Palmer s Yabulu refinery report 4 17am January 13 Singh behind key KKR deal Jeff Singh s Chase Corporate Advisory helped bring in KKR to secure the 130 million takeover of Centric Wealth by Brett Cole 1 09am January 13 Financial Index to buy Centric Wealth for 130m After the acquisition closes New York based KKR will take one third stake in Financial Index by Brett Cole 12 09am January 13 Toyota to produce 10

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  • Top five business blunders of 2013 | Business Spectator
    fall also contributing to confidence returning to the market But despite the improved conditions there were still no shortage of business boneheads in the US during 2013 Here is my list of the top five biggest business blunders for the year 5 Carnival Cruises Like the cruise line industry needed any other reminders of why being stranded on a boat could easily turn into your worst nightmare Just two years after the British American company s Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Italy 3143 passengers aboard the cruise line s Carnival Triumph were left adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for four days in February after an engine room fire The US media soon dubbed it the poop cruise after descriptions from passengers that the lack of electricity and running water had meant those four days were like floating inside a hot port a potty In shades of Tony Hayward sailing on his yacht during BP s Deepwater Horizon catastrophe Carnival s chief executive Micky Arison was seen courtside watching the Miami Heat basketball team he owns while the Triumph remained adrift In the wake of the disaster Arison stepped down after 34 years as chief executive of the world s largest cruise line Not only did Carnival experience a sharp drop off in people wanting to sail away with them the entire cruise line industry saw a 20 per cent slide in demand 4 Time Warner Cable If Carnival was the drag on the cruise line industry then Time Warner was the equivalent to cable TV businesses Its month long dispute with CBS over licensing fees showed yet again that content is king and when CBS withheld its programs including the final season of Dexter it reminded Time Warner customers that in the age of internet streaming services like Netflix and Hulu they don t need traditional cable In September Time Warner eventually gave in not wanting to lose any of its sports viewers as football season kicked off By the end of the stoush Time Warner had shed 306 000 of its 11 7 million US customers half of which they attribute to the programming blackout The company s profit also sank 34 per cent for that quarter 3 Lululemon In many US cities like New York yoga is akin to religion and by and large Lululemon s yoga pants are what the faithful yoga junkies wear That was until March when the company recalled its black yoga pants because of increased sheerness They worked to fix the quality control issue but it resurfaced again in November Lululemon s founder Chip Wilson compounded the issue when he suggested that some female customers shouldn t be wearing the product because their thick thighs were rubbing together and causing the material to thin Earlier this month Wilson stood down as chairman of the company he founded 15 years ago all while learning the lesson that companies should not blame their customers for their own mistakes 2 Silk Road

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  • The CIO holds the keys to 'outside-in' play | Business Spectator
    team but it s time the CIO stepped up to the plate You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password It is no secret that customer expectations have changed dramatically We now live in a customer centric world which demands 24 7 access to brands and a fast and consistent level of service across a multitude of channels both online and offline At the same time customers ability to express their dissatisfaction has exploded with the advent of social media and commercial review models This means that now more than ever enterprises need to think and operate in an outside in model to succeed and stay competitive in the marketplace Being able to provide an engaging satisfying and consistent experience across the entire customer journey no matter the channel or time has become critical to an organisations success Another key trend we are seeing emerge is that brands are increasingly being judged by what they do and not just what they says In other words the core of customer experience and perception is now rooted in execution Step forward the CIO Customer experience and thinking around the customer journey may have traditionally been the purview of the marketing team however the real power to change and ability to drive excellence lies with the CIO This is because the systems and processes of a business underpin all elements of customer experience execution Getting this right and being able to drive change through critical areas of the business is where today s CIO steps up This is not necessarily an easy task A CIO has to grapple with the legacy of older solutions and applications the present burden of reliable and secure operations as well as future planning for current projects and strategic changes required by the business When the IT budget is largely consumed with keeping the lights on it is all the more critical to know and assess how the discretionary spend is applied to move forward There are four key areas where the CIO can lead the business in its outside in approach Understand layers of change Not all elements of a business can or should change at the same speed A general ledger will always do what it does and reliably so However how information flows and how order processing sales and service fulfillment and renewal pricing is managed will change more rapidly Customer engagement is the most dynamic area of a business and needs to adapt faster than the core systems of record Change to core systems does not have to be treated like heart surgery or root canal treatment Layering systems to support this pace of

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  • Brian Donn | Business Spectator
    its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Brian Donn The CIO holds the keys to outside in play Customer experience and thinking around the customer journey may have traditionally been the purview of the marketing team but it s time the CIO stepped up to the plate by Brian Donn 6 22am December 03 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The

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  • Memo to Zuckerberg: Facebook is failing marketers | Business Spectator
    heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Memo to Zuckerberg Facebook is failing marketers Nate Elliot Forrester Research 29 Oct 2013 10 34 AM Technology Social Media Industries Advertising and Marketing The social network offers marketers access to the largest audience in media history but while every large company now markets on Facebook very few find success You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Forrester Research Mr Zuckerberg Facebook is failing marketers I know this statement sounds remarkable perhaps even unbelievable After all you offer marketers access to the largest audience in media history and you know a remarkable amount about each of your users As a result nearly every large company now markets on Facebook Last year your company collected more than 4 billion in advertising revenues But while lots of marketers spend lots of money on Facebook today relatively few find success In August Forrester surveyed 395 marketers and eBusiness executives at large companies across the US Canada and the UK and these executives told us that Facebook creates less business value than any other digital marketing opportunity Why are business leaders less satisfied with Facebook than with any other digital tool We believe there are two reasons First your company focuses too little on the thing marketers want most driving genuine engagement between companies and their customers Your sales materials tease marketers with the promise that you ll help them create such connections But in reality you rarely do Everyone who clicks the like button on a brand s Facebook page volunteers to receive that brand s messages but on average you only show each brand s posts to 16 per cent of its fans And while your company upgrades its advertising tools and offerings monthly or more you ve done little in the past 18 months to improve your unloved branded page format or the tools that marketers use to manage and measure those pages Second your company isn t good enough at the pure advertising business onto which you ve shifted your focus We estimate your site now delivers tens of billions of display ads every day But fewer

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  • Nate Elliot - Forrester Research | Business Spectator
    its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Nate Elliot Forrester Research Memo to Zuckerberg Facebook is failing marketers The social network offers marketers access to the largest audience in media history but while every large company now markets on Facebook very few find success by Nate Elliot Forrester Research 10 34am October 29 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators

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