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Cannings Purple has wrapped up a busy 2017 with foundations in place for another solid year ahead, content in the knowledge that many clients saw sizeable gains in their market value. Cannings Purple’s IR clients recorded an average market capitalisation gain of 69 per cent over the 12 months to December 20, with some of companies more than doubling or trebling their value during the year. Over the course of 2017 we have completed $1.1bn in deals and a have strong pipeline for 2018. One of our top performers for the year was Australian Mines (ASX: AUZ), which in November cashed in on

Even though it’s a digital world, traditional media matters for monitoring, writes Consultant Emma Britton. There’s nothing like a social media slam to give business leaders a wake-up. It might be a cranky customer who has hopped on Facebook in the wee hours, adding angry-face emojis to their diatribe. It might be criticism of your staff on Twitter by an upset ‘egg’ with three followers and a disdain for punctuation. Something about the immediacy and human face of social media means that comment, and the scattered retweets or likes that follow, can cut to the heart of a business. But while social media monitoring is

Can too much of something be bad for you? Of course, we know this is true for sugary and fatty foods, but what about planning and decision making? Organisational and group decision-making is one such area where there is a fine balance between decisiveness and inaction. For some organisations, an autocratic style of decision making may work just fine, with those down-the-line knowing exactly who is calling the shots. For many governments and public companies, cabinet and board decisions tend to be made on the basis that the majority view is the right one (or at least the ‘righter’ one).

It’s time to sharpen up your images, writes Danika Ferguson. A picture is worth a thousand words. Why? Firstly, because it conveys emotion, which inevitably takes many words to express. It can snapshot an event. It can reflect a sunlit moment in time. It’s because research shows our brains are able to remember pictures far better than written text. In fact, we can remember more than 2,000 images with 90% accuracy. And it is because people rarely have time to read 1000 words when one image will do the trick.   We’re inherently visual creatures and that’s why you should be using visual content for your business. Whether to

Bullish, bearish or bit of both? Fraser Beattie breaks down the prognostications for business in the new year.   As the holiday season draws closer and we wrap up another eventful year, it’s time to step back and review before shaking the Magic 8 ball for 2018. We survived our first year of the Trump presidency — albeit with the occasional threat of nuclear winter. The leader of the free world and North Korea’s “Rocket Man” escalated their war of words and missile tests from the hermit sent shockwaves across global bourses. Yet on the national front, Australia’s ASX200 Index ticked over 6,000 points for

In this digital era nothing is not recorded, nor is it forgotten, writes Account Director Ray Jordan When Trump squared off against Hillary Clinton in the 2016  presidential election debates it brought the murky, tawdry side of US politics sharply into focus. The rhetoric about making America great again or being the president for all people was punctuated by cutting vitriol that plumbed new depths. The problem was that any chance to focus on the issues that matter, or put election promises and pork barrelling under the microscope, was lost on prurient matters that were not simply a result of Trump’s vile

The ASIC is cracking down on the way IPOs are marketed, writes Brad Thompson. What you can say, what you can’t say and how you say it: these are important issues in all relationships – and the same is true for companies trying to communicate with investors. And, it seems, there are plenty getting it wrong. Australia’s corporate watchdog has made it clear that scores of companies are making errors in how they communicate when going to the market for funds. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) accused some of deliberately withholding information, and others of inadequate disclosure when seeking to raise cash

Integrity is critical to building a relationship with government, Associate Director Jamie Henderson explains why fixing mistakes and being honest is part of achieving long-term success in politics. Don’t tell fibs and if you make a mistake, fix it fast. It’s an age-old set of rules ingrained in most of us from our youth. In recent days we have seen one of WA’s new MPs under scrutiny for a series of mistakes and alleged mistruths.  We all make mistakes but how you recover from them is a crucial part of achieving long term success in politics. But it’s not just politicians who

Photo by Thomas Kelley on Unsplash When it comes to the politics of energy, free markets aren’t always the best option, writes Cannings Purple Director Richard Harris. The Eastern States is in the middle of an affordability crisis. The Federal Government is in a world of political pain trying to grapple with policy solutions while copping a beating from the media and political opponents. And no, I am not talking about housing affordability for first home buyers. We are talking about skyrocketing energy prices – the cost of electricity and gas, primarily for businesses and especially for manufacturing industries which are reliant on competitively priced energy

It’s time to re-examine media monitoring, writes Sarah-Jane Aston, thanks to a revolution in data. Preparing a media monitoring report used to mean cutting up newspapers and pasting hard-copy clippings into bulky books, that would sit proudly gathering dust. Now PDFs pop into inboxes where they can sit unopened for days on end. But the increasing availability of public data means the insight and reporting which can be derived from coverage can make monitoring a powerful tool for any business. If you are still scrapbooking you are doing it wrong Media monitoring is not, and should never be, viewed as just a scrapbook of “brand

Can Your Annual Report Actually Be Worth A Read? Ray Jordan Thinks So – With The Right Care And Approach. An annual report is a lot of work, by a lot of people, who could be gainfully engaged elsewhere in the organisation, to produce a document that is read only by the CEO and the Chairman. At least, that's the argument you might be hearing internally. But a well-written and well-produced annual report can be a useful and valuable tool for your company that can contribute to an increase in sales and brand awareness, and support current shareholder retention while attracting new shareholders. It can