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50 best trending future small business ideas for 2020 – 2030

Do you want to start a new business and profit from innovative upcoming trends? If YES, here are 50 best small business ideas for the future 2020 to 2030. The hardest phenomenon to predict is the future, especially if you’re still struggling to figure out what’s happening in today’s economy. But predicting the future is

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A deep dive into the impact of covid-19 on consumer behaviour

As COVID-19 continues to impact consumer buying habits, it’s more important than ever to have an accurate view of the current market. This allows you to pinpoint what’s declining, what’s thriving and where the real opportunities lie. News Xtend recently pivoted our ‘Brave are the Small’ research project to focus on COVID specific consumer-led insights

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Global rise in ethical consumption

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to alter consumer behaviours permanently and cause lasting structural changes to the consumer goods and retail industries, according to findings of an Accenture survey of more than 3,000 consumers in 15 countries across five continents. The survey, which was conducted between April 2 and April 6, after many countries had implemented stay-at-home

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Discover the latest trends, tech and strategies for success at B2B EXPO 2020

March 18-19 brings the fifth annual B2B EXPO to Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium. Hosted by market-leader Australia Business Forum (ABF), the free-to-attend event features high profile exhibitors and a carefully curated panel of keynote speakers across all industry sectors, including a strong representation from the financial, digital marketing and tech services sectors.  2020: a brave new

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8 Signs you need to invest in a new website

If you’re ready to go into 2019 with a strong marketing strategy, this should include a review of your website. Here’s what to look for: With tech moving so rapidly and the online world becoming more and more a part of our daily life, a website that you built a few years ago probably isn’t

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3 Reasons why your marketing team should be attending exhibitions

With the B2B EXPO 2019 due to be presented on Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th March at Marvel Stadium Docklands Melbourne, we look at how business exhibitions can be beneficial for your business. Attending exhibitions should be a vital part of every marketing team’s plan – not only because some are free to attend, but

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6 Steps to successfully target any audience

Overwhelmed by the rate at which the marketing environment changes? It can be tough to stay in touch with industry trends, but these six steps will ensure your campaigns continue to hit the mark. Articulate one clear, unifying idea Amid a fragmented media landscape, we don’t have the luxury of dispersing multiple concepts across a

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How much money should I spend on marketing my business?

A common question we’re asked is: “How much should I spend on marketing my small business?” And to be honest, it’s a question we really don’t enjoy answering. There are several reasons for this. First, there is no definitive answer to this question, because every business is different. Secondly, businesses should not regard marketing communications (promotion) as an expense. When performed

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Will marketing automation help your business grow?

Marketing automation software can benefit your business in a number of ways. It is a great way to increase traffic, encourage and educate potential customers, as well was give you a more detailed view of what occurs at every stage of your customer’s journey. While all this sounds good, creating a marketing automation strategy isn’t simple and you

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Austrade Approved Business Events
AVAILABLE NOW APPLY BEFORE 30th MARCH 2021 (Condition apply)

  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.