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Oct 19, 2011

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Smartcompany News & Analysis: Secrets of event-based marketing, Recruiter in administration, Consumer spending indicator jumps, How Apple cornered the tablet market

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Today on SmartCompany we look at a retail sales report that should give SMEs more than a glimmer of hope coming into Christmas, examine Telstra’s decision to ditch its home brand tablet by examining the five ways Apple has cornered the tablet market and look at the collapse of an Adelaide recruitment firm. Plus in Entrepreneur Watch, James Thomson explains why Australians are very rich, but not very content.

For all this and more, head to our home page.

Top Story
The secrets of event-based marketing
Social media might be the hottest new marketing tool on the block right now, but there has also been a simultaneous swing towards event-based marketing. BY NINA HENDY.
Secrets of event-based marketing

Industry Trends
Income tax and GST refunds: How delays cause problems
Retail property remained the poorest-performing sector and has the weakest outlook, according NAB’s September quarter survey. BY TERRY HAYES.
GST refunds delays

Aunty B
I am an exhausted wreck. What should I do?
Don't ask me. I am as buggered as you and might well join you for that nana nap.
Aunty B

Facebook Know-how
Lara Solomon
Small businesses have such a huge advantage in the world of social media versus large companies. But are they using it?
Lara Solomon

IT Systems
David Markus
When it comes to IT maintenance and support, it’s apparent that SMEs are paying much more per PC than their corporate cousins.
David Markus

Business Tech Talk
Paul Wallbank
Who holds the keys to your business's online assets?
Paul Wallbank

Internet secrets
Craig Reardon
Here are the tools you need to create great eNewsletters.
Craig Reardon

IT Means Business
Dave Stevens
Can you spend a dollar to save a dollar? If your business is using the wrong IT systems, the answer is almost certainly yes.
Dave Stevens

Entrepreneur Watch
James Thomson
New figures show Australia is the second-richest nation in the world. But why aren’t we acting like it?
James Thomson

The Australian IT | PiNG: GPs should be paid for e-health: RACGP | Female worker sues IBM Australia for $1.1m | Queensland bans federal satellite rollout



GPs should be paid for e-health: RACGP
Karen Dearne THE Royal Australian College of General Practitioners wants GPs to be reimbursed for their e-health records work.
 
Female worker sues IBM Australia
A WOMAN who is suing computer giant IBM for $1.1 million says she was told by her senior manager to "get her breasts out'' to get sales.
 
State bans federal satellite rollout
Anthony Klan THE Queensland government has banned access to state-owned property under the digital satellite rollout program.
 
NBN Co price backdown welcomed
Lauren Wilson THE opposition has welcomed NBN Co's announcement to withdraw a request to increase wholesale broadband prices above the CPI.
 
Google music store coming soon
GOOGLE is close to launching its music store and cloud-based storage service.
 
New Stuxnet-like virus warning
SYMANTEC has warned of a new computer virus similar to the malicious Stuxnet worm believed to have preyed on Iran's nuclear program.
 
Broadband co in Vic expansion
Paul Broekhuyse AUSTRALIAN cable infrastructure producer C-COR Broadband has opened a state-of-the-art production facility in Mulgrave, Victoria.
 
Apple employees celebrate Jobs
APPLE employees were close-lipped about a private memorial service to celebrate the life of company co-founder Steve Jobs.
 
US queries great firewall of China
THE US government has formally asked China to turn over details of its policies for censoring websites.
 
Angry Birds aim for world domination
THE makers of popular mobile game Angry Birds want it to be become much more than just a game.
 
Tasmania's Acrodata expands
Paul Broekhuyse STEVE Ktori has won the role of manager of scanning services at Acrodata.
 
Apple staff in tribute to Jobs
APPLE is holding a private memorial service for employees to celebrate the life of company co-founder Steve Jobs.
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Techcompany Nrws & Analysis: How the tech war of 2012 will change everything, The Steve Jobs offer Dropbox turned down, Do small business suck at Facebook?


Thursday, October 20th 2011




There’s been a lot of talk over the past 24 hours about how Apple’s results didn’t meet analysts’ expectations, and as a consequence, a number of commentators have taken this as a sign of the company’s first misstep since Jobs’ departure as chief executive.

But it’s good to take a step back. Apple posted revenue of $28.27 billion, and profit of $6.62 billion, up from $20.34 billion and profit of $4.31 billion from the same time last year – growth of 38% and 53% respectively. That is huge growth, and something any other business would kill for.

It’s telling that a lot of that growth is coming from the iPhone, a product that didn’t even exist five years ago. In our Best of the Web, we take a look at a Fast Company article that examines how Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google are now breaking into each other’s product territory – and how that will change the industry forever.

Also in our TechCompany update this week, we take a look at a great lesson from a decision Dropbox made to turn down an acquisition offer from Apple, while Lara Solomon asks a critical question – do small businesses just suck at using Facebook?





Patrick Stafford
Editor, TechCompany



Best of the web
BEST OF THE WEB: How the tech war of 2012 will change everything  
The big four tech giants – Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook – are constantly battling against each other, moving further and further into enemy territory by creating competing services, and spending plenty of money while doing so. Read more



What we learned this week
WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK: Don’t sell too early 
Getting a buy-out offer from Apple seems like a dream come true for any entrepreneur. But it wasn't true to Dropbox founders' vision. Read more



Nokia N9
GADGET WATCH: Nokia N9 
While nowhere near as popular as the iPhone or some Android models like the Nexus, the Nokia N9 may present itself as a viable alternative for users who don’t care as much about speed or power. Read more



Marc Edwards
MY BEST TECH: Marc Edwards 
Bjango's Marc Edwards reveals his favourite piece of tech is a Mac application that allows himself and his employees to collaborate on complicated software code. Read more



Lara Solomon
Facebook Know How – Lara Solomon 
Do small businesses suck at Facebook? 
Small businesses have such a huge advantage in the world of social media versus large companies. But are they using it? Read more



Dave Stevens
IT Means Business –Dave Stevens 
Using IT to cut your costs 
Can you spend a dollar to save a dollar? If your business is using the wrong IT systems, the answer is almost certainly yes. Read more



Craig Reardon
Internet Secrets – Craig Reardon 
How to transform your printed newsletters into their online equivalents: Part 2 
These are the tools you need to create great eNewsletters. Read more



David Markus
IT Systems – David Markus 
What is the real value of a Standard Operating Environment (SOE)? 
When it comes to IT maintenance and support, it’s apparent that SMEs are paying much more per PC than their corporate cousins. Read more



Paul Wallbank
Business Tech Talk – Paul Wallbank 
The digital handover 
Who h