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DM Forum: Dando and LinkedIn Present: Event Review

By | Business, Uncategorized

On the first Tuesday in May, Business Growth Partners attended the DM Forum hosted by Frank Chamberlin. The event was held at the Monash Conference Centre on Collins Street from 6-8pm.

The DM Forum is an casual after-work function that is held quarterly on a Tuesday evening throughout the year.

The presenters for the event were Steve Crough, Founder of the Dando, as well as Helen Hollins, the General Manager of Dando.  A digital agency in Richmond. The second speaker was Kae Hum, Head of Enterprise Sales for LinkedIn.

Kae Hum was a great public speaker and kept the audience engaged through his presentation. LinkedIn has over 550 million members globally. ! As majority of individuals and business owners have a LinkedIn presence, it was interesting to learn about the tactics for businesses to reach their marketing objectives through LinkedIn.

The DM Forum is always great to attend, Frank makes such an effort to connect individuals and businesses owners together. Every time I go, I meet a selection of interesting attendees who are at the DM Forum out of interest of the speaker and enjoy the great event that Frank hosts.

The sandwiches are a favourite and a highlight with the crowd.

There is limited time to network at the event – it is key to get to the venue before 6pm to have a opportunity to network with like minded individuals. The type of attendees were a lot of Monash marketing students as well as digital agencies. The key speakers tend to speak for about an hour and a half. In this case, make sure you get in early to network and to eat some of Frank’s sandwiches!

Things to Note:

Location: Monash Conference Centre, Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000

Highlight: The sandwiches and speakers

Cost: $32

Hot Tip:  Get in early to network

 

Ratings:

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 5/5

Speakers: 4/5

Network Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 16/20

 

Steve Crough from Dando presenting

Kae Hum from LinkedIn presenting

Alibaba Group – Conversation with Daniel Zhang: Event Review

By | Business

Megan and I attended  the Alibaba Group: Conversation with Alibaba Group Global CEO Daniel Zhang on Monday 23rd of April.

The event was held at the Plaza Ballroom, on 191 Collins Street, Melbourne. The venue was incredible and the interiors were stunning. We arrived to a red carpet entrance where attendees were able to get their photo taken with the Alibaba sign behind.

Walking down into the ballroom, it was quite interesting to view the various selection of products on show that Alibaba sell online including vitamins, Kathmandu jackets, baby powder formula, goat milk moisturizes, petfood and sunscreen.

The MC was Ticky Fullerton who moderated the discussion with Daniel Zhang, he was fascinating to listen to and so modest. The atmosphere was electric as all attendees came out of interest to listen to Daniel and the other speaks talk. Following on, we were introduced to four new high level panellist who discussed more about the platform and its use.

The panel included Christine Holgate, the Managing Director and Group CEO of Australia Post, Damien Gance, Co-Founder of Chemist Warehouse, Jessica Rudd, Founder of Jessica’s Suitcase and Maggie Zhou the Managing Director of the Alibaba Group.

The evening continued on after the discussions, were there was a cocktail reception with a big selection of food and drinks. The catering was delicious and some of the best food I have eaten at an event this year.

As it was quite hard to chat while we were seated. There was a chance however to network with the attendees during the cocktail reception. Majority of the attendees we encountered were either managers or business development managers from companies which sell on Alibaba.

Overall, we were extremely impressed by the turn out and set up of this event and hope Alibaba hosts more events in the future.

Things to Note:

Location: Plaza Ballroom, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Highlight: The food and the key speakers

Cost: $38

Hot Tip: Linger near the waiters who are serving food

 

Ratings:

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 5/5

Speakers: 4/5

Network Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 16/20

 

Fireside Chat: The Future of Work: Event Review

By | Business

I attended Fireside Chat: The Future of Work on Wednesday 11th of April. The event was held at WeWork, a co-working space in the heart of the CBD on Elizabeth street.

The shared space layout at WeWork was very interesting with various areas to set up for work as well as meeting rooms to book for clients. There was a large outdoor seating space too with a lot of co-workers from WeWork mingling together.

The attendees were a selection of university students, attendees who wanted to come and listen to the key speakers and members of the WeWork collaborative space.

Georgia Beattie, the executive manager of Spacely moderated the discussion between the panelists. The theme was the future of work which is the theme for the entire of April for WeWork.

The panel included Tony We from Weploy, Jamie Dawson from WeWork, Jane Pirovich from Hall & Wilcox and Julian Waters Lynch from TypeHuman. These panelist came together to discuss the ways in which technology and innovation are influencing the way of the future of the workplace.

The changes in culture, fast advancement of technology and work hours have developed over the years. These changing conditions are affecting the way we work, where we work and when we work with a huge focus on work-life balance and flexibility.

Majority of the panel discussed the benefits of working in a creative co-working space. The are around 80-90 spaces in the city alone. This will continue to grow as workers understand the importance of creating a shared workplace environment especially for the evolving start-up and entrepreneur culture in Melbourne.

Overall I really enjoyed the panel discussion as well as hearing their personal stories within their industries of work.

Things to note:

Location: WeWork, Level 4, 152 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 3000

Highlight: Very interesting discussions by the panel

Cost: Free

Hot tip: There was no food so make sure to bring a snack. Could get a water from the co-working space bar.

 

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 0/5

Speakers: 4/5

Networking Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 12/20

Tim Smith’s Speed Networking Review

By | Business

I attended Tim Smith’s speed networking breakfast on Monday 19th of March. The breakfast was a early wake up, starting at 6.45am at the Little Collins Street cafe, Henry and the Fox.

I was invited by Tim, from Sable International who successfully ran this event.

Before we began in our speed networking, we sat down and ate breakfast. I ordered the smashed avocado and cherry tomatoes on toast which was delicious. It was a great chance to relax and get to really know the attendees. .

The speed networking was very fast paced and loud but the cafe, Henry and the Fox was a perfect environment for a event like this as we were placed in a back room.

Similar to speed dating, there were two long tables where you sit across the table from a partner and have 30 seconds each to introduce and chat about your business. This is where it is important to master your pitch as 30 seconds is a very quick time frame to discuss your business!

 

The turn out for Tim’s speed networking event was really good, with up to 45 people attending. A few attendees stood up and spoke about other networking events around Melbourne that they find useful to attend such as Fresh Hub networking, Your Time Matters events and South East Manufacturing Association (SEMA). They host regular networking events every fortnight.

This event is a perfect opportunity to network and meet like minded individuals for someone who is new to networking.

Tim has a wide selection of networks from different industries. It is recommended that you join his mailing list as Tim sends regular emails with upcoming events each month.

Things to Note:

  • Location: 525 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
  • Highlight: Meeting new people and learning about their business
  • Cost: $25 for breakfast
  • Hot Tip: Bring heaps of business cards and a pen

Ratings:

  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 3/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 5/5

Total: 17/20

Welcome Back to the New Year Celebrations

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Business Growth Partners hosted a Welcome Back to 2018 celebrations on Friday 16th of February.

The event kicked off at 4pm and finishing up at 7.30pm at our office in South Melbourne.

Similar to our successful Christmas/End of the Year event that we hosted in late December. Business Growth Partners decided to host these celebrations to start the working year off with some fun and networking.

As tradition, the prize was a voucher to the Kelvin Club, a heritage 150 year old private club located on Melbourne Place.

Kjetil Pederson from Exova was the winner of this prize!

We had a wide selection of food and refreshments available throughout the night.

All food was locally sourced from the iconic South Melbourne Market, located on Coventry and Cecil Street.

Over 50 attendees joined us to celebrate the beginning of 2018. The selection of businesses who attended including University professors, management consultants, architects, barristers, IT and web designers as well as engineering, law and accounting professionals.

We will be hosting various events throughout the year of 2018.

Business Growth Partners looks forward to an exciting and busy year ahead!

Welcome to 2018

By | Business

2018 is finally upon us. Hopefully you have had time to reflect on your successes and learning over the break and are refreshed and revitalized for the new year.

2017 was a time of growth and change at Business Growth Partners. We made it passed the start up stage and are now a thriving team of 6 marketing and business professionals.

Our focus is growth – and we hope 2018 is a year we can help more small businesses achieve their goals.

We will be holding a series of events as well as kicking off the year with a Welcome Back party. if you would like to attend please register through: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/business-growth-partners-welcome-back-to-2018-celebrations-tickets-42451048228?aff=es2

or give Ruby a call on 1300 965 985. We look forward to starting off the year right with you!

 

 

WeWork Growth Colony Inaugural Event Review: ‘Brand Strategy and Marketing Strategy’

By | Business

I attended the WeWork Growth Colony inaugural event. WeWork is a co-working space located in the Melbourne CBD. The brand has a global presence as is well regarded by early start up founders.

Growth Colony is an event series that they have developed to bring entrepreneurs and small business owners to talk about marketing and everything that goes with it. The event was held at the WeWork office.

The presenter at the event was Peter Engelhardt – Director of Creative Brew & Founder of Plan2Brand. Peter spoke about brand and the role of a brand strategy.  He took the audience through how they can be more effective with their branding, in particular from a start up perspective. The information was relevant and well communicated and identified clearly the difference between a marketing strategy and brand.

The view - WeWork

The view – WeWork

At WeWork Bourke Street

At WeWork Bourke Street

We often develop brand strategies as a part of our work for Business Growth Partners clients. Often people come to us thinking that the brand is the visual identity when there are other strategic elements that are associated with it.

This event had a lot of potential, however there were only 8 attendees besides myself. There was more than enough room for about 40 people in the venue. So this was disappointing from a networking perspective. Often with businesses such as WeWork an agile model is employed when developing concepts. They told me that they only had about a week to promote this event which reduced uptake of the event. There was also no catering of the event and no clear way to get into the building.  When we develop events we usually begin promotions at least a month out. Hopefully in the new year there is potential for WeWork to grow this series as marketing is an area that is so important in start up.

Location: 125 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000

Highlight: The venue – amazing views

Cost: Free

Hot tip: Ask questions if you are a start up founder

Rating

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 1/5 – there was water, tea and coffee

Speaker: 4/5

Networking opportunity: 1/5

Total: 11/20