Australian businesses were hit hard by the pandemic, leading to increased digital transformation to keep up with changing consumer demands. Government agencies, in particular, across Australia and around the world have been forced into digital transformation to cater to the booming demand for online social services since the pandemic began.
GoDaddy Inc (NYSE: GDDY), the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, urged eligible Australian entrepreneurs and small businesses to protect their brand and digital identity, by registering for a .au domain, with the launch of the new .au domain extension. The launch of .au is the biggest innovation in Australian domains for 20 years, and comes as internet traffic and online competition reach record highs. According to GoDaddy’s ‘Entrepreneurial Pulse’ research, over 1 in 4 (27%) entrepreneurs and small business owners cited competition, second only to the global pandemic, as their biggest challenge for 2022.
LifeWorks, a provider of digital and in-person total wellbeing solutions, released its monthly Mental Health Index™ that showed 71% of Australians are comfortable with less social interaction than pre-pandemic and that this group has a mental health score two points higher than the national average. Additionally, more than half of Australians are, or possibly are, rethinking their career goals in terms of both focus and longevity as a result of the pandemic. The Index found that workers are still under strain with a negative mental health score for the 23rd consecutive month.
They don’t make land anymore and for first-time buyers, young families and downsizers, they all want a home with some land attached so the family can gather and the kids play. Retirees who move out of their large family home into a smaller home, also want to keep enjoying all the benefits of having a garden to potter around in. Having access to a garden is now one of the most important things people are looking for in a home.
Supply chain issues continue to impact Australians, affecting both their mood and shopping behaviour, according to new research by Toluna, a leading consumer intelligence platform. The research, which surveyed 1031 Australians between 4-9 February 2022, showed that many shoppers are happy to switch brands when their preferred brand isn’t available, leaving long-term brand loyalty in question.
Over 20 years ago, when Carlos Villazon was riding around town at the tender age of 17 as an apprentice freight forwarder for a local Sydney company delivering paper contracts and handwritten cheques, he had no idea that he would later become one of the most in-demand and valuable business assets during a worldwide pandemic. But that is exactly what has happened, and Carlos and his fellow business partner, Chris Dimitriou are now front and centre of a pandemic supply chain storm helping businesses to navigate the choppy, if not at times, cyclonic, conditions.
Over half (56%) of Australian customers leave a web or mobile site after viewing just one page. Additionally, a 54% average scroll rate across industries shows many customers don’t make it past the halfway point on any given web page. These findings are featured in the 2022 Digital Experience Benchmark, a new report by leading experience analytics company Contentsquare.
Talent optimisation software company Compono has announced Peter Scott, former Product Strategy Director at ELMO Software, as its new Chief Product Officer (CPO). A leader with over 17 years of experience in shaping product strategies that help ambitious fast-growth businesses succeed, Scott is an expert in building products to optimise the talent that is hired, developed and retained within organisations.
Developing a level of public understanding and trust around the use of alternative data is essential to transforming what would be digital waste into exciting and innovative solutions. The amount of valuable web data coming out of the global data exhaust will continue to rise. We must use this ‘waste’ to our advantage to tackle climate change and meet key targets while respecting compliance requirements and acting responsibly.
Non-bank business lender, Grow Finance, announced the hire of Andrew Speers as Managing Partner, Structured Finance and Payments (ex-CBA General Manager of Working Capital). Mr. Speers’ has been appointed to the strategic leadership team. He will primarily be responsible for launching new client lending solutions, such as Asset Based Lending (ABL), which will enable SMEs to access cash flow ‘trapped’ in purchased inventory and credit terms. In particular, Mr. Speers’ focus will be on building out the Groups’ trade and invoice finance products.