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I got my first iPhone (the 3GS) in 2009. At the time, it felt like taking a quantum leap from what had been a fairly boring world of same-same mobile (as opposed to smart) phones. I remember the excitement of leaving the Motorolas and Sony Ericssons and Nokias behind, and embracing what looked like a thrilling new future of productivity and connectivity. It’s now more than a decade on, and I’ve stayed loyal to Apple, becoming more and more entrenched in its ecosystem.  But I’ve also become aware that by only using one type of phone from one provider and for

The emergence of royal commissions as “everyday events”, the evolution of a clear commission “template” and the dire perils for businesses and organisations found by a commission to have acted dishonestly – those were some of the key takeaways from a joint event held in Perth by Cannings Purple and leading law firm Gilbert + Tobin. Against the backdrop of an ongoing Aged Care Royal Commission and a Federal Budget allocation of $528 million towards a royal commission into the mistreatment of people with disabilities, a lunchtime audience of business leaders heard from Cannings Purple National Director Karen Brown and G

The Federal Budget provides the first surplus in more than a decade and made headlines for generous tax cuts, cash handouts and infrastructure spending. But how much did it actually deliver for WA and Western Australians? GST Firstly, addressing a long-standing priority, rules around the $69 billion GST revenue distribution to the states have changed, with WA the main beneficiary in this year’s Budget. Our total payment has risen from $9.8 billion to $11.1 billion. While the change is welcome, the Budget unfortunately also forecasts a $10 billion downturn in overall GST revenue, triggered by the property downturn in Sydney and Melbourne. So

At the age of only 30, Kyle McGinn MLC has already lived in four states, prepared meals for masses on the oceans, been elected to represent the vast Mining and Pastoral Region and given WA Parliament a splash of colour with his choice of suits. The former chef-turned-Labor MP sat down with Cannings Purple’s Peter Klinger to talk about his passion for workers’ rights, the biggest issues affecting his electorate and how his political aspirations were shaped in kitchens – both on the mainland and at sea. Unfiltered, unguarded and sometimes unconventional, The Bench shows WA’s politicians as you’ve never seen them before. Home of the boxing crocodile Kyle McGinn talks

Divorce is expensive. Wouldn’t you rather spend money on improving your relationship and having fun? Our friend, health scientist and TEDxPerth speaker Amanda Lambros, discusses why you need to make time in your relationship for dates and how spending $2500 a year on two outings a month can save your relationship. At Cannings Purple, we put family and relationships first and know that a happy environment helps deliver the best results for our clients. Trust us, Amanda’s message is worth watching.

Noongar businesses have embarked on a new drive towards economic success today, as Australia’s first culturally-based Chamber of Commerce and Industry was officially launched by WA Treasurer and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt. Cannings Purple is proud to be a supporting partner of the Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), an advocacy group and referral network for businesses operating in the South West of WA. NCCI was formed by a group of passionate and like-minded Noongar business leaders with a clear purpose to build the capacity and wealth of Noongar people. The group is led by chair Gordon Cole and includes other

And in what felt like a blink of an eye, Diggers & Dealers 2018 is done and dusted again. A near-record crowd of about 2300 delegates – miners, explorers, financiers, investors, media and service providers – did the annual pilgrimage to the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie-Boulder for this outstanding and world-class mining investment forum. So what did we learn? Exploration and growth stories were popular though investors made clear that their interest was not matched by a willingness – at the moment – to part with cash. The Trump Trade Wars are to blame. And another year has passed without the much-hyped consolidation

This year's Diggers & Dealers Mining Forum Awards represented a bit of the new, the old and the special.  The new was the Dealer of the Year Award, which recognised Kidman Resources (ASX: KDR) for its strategic approach to developing its West Australian lithium assets as the electric vehicle revolution motors forward. Digger of the Year honours went to Kirkland Lake Gold (ASX: KLA) for its outstanding work in underground work at the Fosterville gold mine near Bendigo, which has already been in production for many years. The GJ Stokes Memorial Award, presented to someone who has contributed to the advancement of the

Richard Harris is one of our senior advisors and is one of Western Australia’s leading energy experts, with over 40-years’ experience in government and the private sector. As someone who oversaw the break-up of Western Power in 2005 and the creation of the Wholesale Energy Market in 2006, Richard has a structural understanding of the energy industry and the drivers that shape it. Here, interviewed by our Director of Design and Digital Jamie Wilkinson, Richard outlines the current challenges facing the energy sector and his view of the future.     

Cannes Lions is like the Oscars of advertising, coupled with a large conference, mixed with a networking event. Primarily for the benefit of big media companies, why should anyone outside of communications and marketing be interested? The marketing and communications industries are very much the first responders to disruption in the business world. Keeping up with the newest tech, the latest cultural trends, and the general sentiment of different markets is vital to the day-to-day operations of all businesses. Watching how they respond provides a litmus test for the challenges other companies are about to face in the next few years. Trust;

Artificial intelligence, video, stakeholder engagement and the need to build trust will all be key tools and tactics in professional communications in 2018.  Every day in communications brings a shiny new thing, but what are the trends that will shape your strategic conversations this year? We asked some of Cannings Purple’s business leaders to predict which communications tactics and trends will dominate in 2018.   Managing Director Warrick Hazeldine: Brands will go all out to build trust and confidence. “With confidence in the corporate voice at an all-time low, the key issue for businesses in 2018 will be how they build trust with

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

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

How do brands walk the line between supporting employees and diversity and not wandering into political fire? Ruth Callaghan looks at seven brands finding their feet in the marriage equality debate.   The postal survey on marriage equality is risky for everyone. For the community, it’s opened the door to being asked to vote on rights for one segment of the population. For the Federal Government, it has mobilised hundreds of thousands of cross-party voters into a single opposing voice. And for brands it’s posed a choice — do you ignore the vote and risk being seen as uncaring? Take one side and risk alienating

In a series of missteps doomed to be used in PR lectures as a cautionary tale for ever more, United Airlines made an almighty hash of a bad situation. Ruth Callaghan explains what went wrong.    What’s worse than upsetting a plane load of customers? Upsetting 200 million potential customers in one go. That’s the situation United Airlines finds itself in right now, after a video went viral of a 69-year-old doctor, forcibly ripped from his seat by black-clad security and dragged with a bloodied lip down the aisle of the plane. A call for four volunteers to leave the overbooked flight had failed