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    THE SAME techniques that a highly trained – and determined – Qantas team used to avert what could have become one of the world’s worst aviation disasters, can be used to save your business life.

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    IS THIS what the future of travel will look like? This fantastical rendering was conceived by famed Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, affectionately known as the ‘Willy Wonka’ of hotel design. Report from Asia correspondent, Ellen Boonstra. 

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    REDaffect cycling products were born less than a year ago on the Sunshine Coast and three innovators -- Philip Jensen, Peter Scragg and Cuen Bibb -- are enjoying the fruits on their own social rides, plus building a solid local following from enthusiasts. 

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    FOR EDWINA CAMERON, a 20-year career in communications provided perfect training for a mid-career pivot into the online retail world, launching her business, I Heart Wall Art.

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March 31, 2021

Marketing ‘funnel’ now superseded by digital

By Leon Gettler, Talking Business >>

MARKETING has changed completely because of the internet and the old ‘marketing funnel’ is no more, according to Lyndall Spooner, the founder and director of Sydney-based consultancy and advisory firm Fifth Dimension.

Ms Spooner said customers now have many more choices, so companies can no longer rely on the strength…

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