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Top Tech Trends 2017

Watching gripping TV series like Game of Thrones reveals just how far we’ve come. While their era froze in cold stone castles and dropped like flies from disease, our own lives have become warmer, healthier and more cossetted. We’re living longer but may shortly find we have a lot less to do.
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Brand Marketing And Pets: Opportunities For Innovation

New Zealand has one of the highest levels of pet ownership in the world. In fact 64 percent of New Zealand households own a pet. And Kiwis love of their pets offers great opportunities for brands to innovate their marketing messages. Now while the majority of pet-related spend still goes on food, veterinary care or kennels and boarding, pets have increasingly become a lifestyle accessory which sees…
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Technological Change: How Well Prepared Is Your Business?

A recent survey by MYOB to mark Techweek NZ has highlighted just how ill prepared Kiwi businesses are for technological advancement. In fact, MYOB’s chief technical adviser, Simon Raik-Allen, is urging Kiwi companies to be better prepared for a future workplace where machines will be completing many of the jobs we do today.
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Successful Property Investment: 5 Common Mistakes To Avoid

With rising property prices throughout the country and especially in our towns and cities, investing in property can seem like a sure fire way to make money. Successful property investment, however, requires careful planning and preparation so let’s look at some common mistakes that novice landlords often make. Not making sure the numbers add up. Making sure the numbers add up goes beyond the initial purchase price.
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Robo-Advice: What You Need To Know

The world of financial advice is changing. Already in use overseas, robo-advice is on its way to New Zealand. No, that doesn’t mean that robots will be taking over any time soon! Robo-advice is all about providing automated financial advice services that present people with relevant information and recommendations in an accessible and engaging way. The government is interested in introducing this model to New Zealand so let’s find out more about it.
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Social Media And Property Management Making It Work For You

Social media is now a very valuable marketing tool for businesses. Facebook is the most popular social media platform and in New Zealand alone it has 2.9 million users – an amazing 61% of the population. And there are hundreds of thousands of us using other social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter.
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Protecting The Family Finances: 3 Essential Steps

Most of us have installed a smoke or burglar alarm at home to protect the safety of our loved ones, right? And yet when it comes to protecting the financial future of our families, although we know it makes sense, we never seem to get round to it. Life always has a habit of interfering. The consequences, however, of not adequately planning for our family’s financial future in the event of some catastrophe are almost too great to contemplate.
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Marketing And IT: An Essential Partnership

In most average businesses marketing and IT have very little to do with each other unless a marketing staff member has an issue requiring the help of the IT support desk. There’s not much direct communication happening let alone collaboration or joint strategizing. The days of operating in departmental silos are, however, numbered. As marketing is becoming more and more about digital platforms
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Is Your Health And Wellbeing Impacting On Your Performance At Work?

It’s Friday morning and you had trouble getting to sleep last night so despite the double shot espresso you’ve just knocked back, you’re struggling to stay focused during the team meeting. Or maybe you were running late this morning and so skipped breakfast before grabbing a pastry from the bakery on the way into work.
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Financial Literacy: 4 Ways To Get Good Money Habits Into Our Kids

Budgeting, saving and living within our means are all important life skills. And the sooner we expose our kids to these concepts, the better. And so whether it’s using pocket money, birthday cash gifts or a piggy bank, the more practice our children have at an early age, the better prepared they will be for adult life. In this article we share four simple ways that you can encourage your children to become money savvy.
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