Listen to Valerie on QANTAS

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If you’re flying Qantas during the month of March, you will be able to hear me chat to host Alan Kohler on "Talking Business", a program on QANTAS’s inflight entertainment radio channel.

BNET video “The Venture”: Effective Marketing Tips for Small Business

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Marketing for many small businesses is often a hit-and-miss affair. But if you take the time to think strategically, and work out what you're marketing, and to whom, you can transform the way you promote yourself to your customers.

Aussies clean up in global contest

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Three Australian businesses have beaten a field of more than 3000 entrants in Shopify’s prestigious Build-A-Business contest.

My life in a minute – 1 March 2012

Buying stationery and books, and tickets to a play in New York. Looking forward to South by Southwest, and the end of renovations. There's a lot going on as always!

The power of case studies

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Case studies. They may not sound like the most exciting stories in the world. But they can be among the most powerful.

Why email still trumps social media

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Scott Stratten, best-selling author of "Unmarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging" makes it clear. It's time to stop marketing and start engaging with your customers.

My life in a minute – 22 February 2012

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My life in a minute: meeting the most fascinating people – Dannii Minogue, Tony Hsieh (Zappos) and Scott Stratten ("Unmarketing"). Oh and a road trip to Melbourne. So, yes, BUSY. But loving it all.

BNET video “The Venture”: Daily Deals

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Buying sites like Groupon and Cudo have revolutionised the way many businesses market themselves to potential customers. But are they as effective as they claim and will they benefit your business in the long term?

The celebrity CEO: Zappos’s Tony Hsieh

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There aren't too many celebrity CEOs in the world. But without a doubt, Tony Hsieh is one of them.

Business life: Meow. Woof. Waaah! And other telltale signs you’re working from home

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More and more people are working from home especially as technology and flexible work arrangements allowed them to do so with ease. But that shouldn't mean you cease to act like a professional business owner.

Customer-focused writing (and why you should use it)

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Customers should always be front and centre in everything you do as a business owner. But never more so than when you are communicating with them.

Podcast: Travel writer Brian Thacker

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Brian Thacker has travelled the globe on numerous occasions, happily embarking on adventures aplenty and writing about them. In this entertaining podcast, he talks about his latest book, "Tell Them to Get Lost", why he loves life on the road, and especially writing about it.

Wake-up call for female entrepreneurs

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Author and entrepreneur Kim Kiyosaki is calling on women to dream big when it comes to wealth and business.

Are you resting on your laurels?

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The small business owner's creed should be: don't just sit there, keep doing something! Why going the extra mile can make a world of difference to any business.

BNET video “The Venture”: Trade Fairs for Business

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Trade fairs can be very useful for your business. Make the most of this golden opportunity to build your business with these helpful tips.

Is your marketing hitting the right target?

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Who are you trying to market to? Make sure you know exactly who it is you're pitching to if you want your marketing strategy to be truly effective.

It’s not you, it’s me – dealing with social media rejection

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There's no need to be overwhelmed by your social media strategy. Instead of letting it be a source of stress, manage it properly and make it work for you.

Why you need to build a community

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I get it. All the personal touches you used to give your customers are falling away as the demands of a growing business take their toll. But here's why keeping close to your customers is important no matter how large you grow.

Podcast: Jessica Rudd

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Jessica Rudd is a talented woman. She trained as a lawyer, before working in PR, politics, and law then became a full time writer at 26. I had a fascinating talk to her about her life as a writer and particularly her new novel, "Ruby Blues".

3 business books that changed my life: Ruslan Kogan, founder and CEO of Kogan

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How do you work out which business books are worth your time? As part of the continuing series, "3 Business Books That Changed My Life", I asked Ruslan Kogan, CEO and founder of Kogan, for the three business books that really influenced him.