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Building Your Brand Quickly

By Anya Ow / August 22, 2019 / Comments Off on Building Your Brand Quickly

Recently a UK leggings brand called Kukubird gained some notoriety over the local news/internet in Singapore. If you’ve ever lived in Southeast Asia and you’re familiar with the local argot, or if you understand Cantonese, you’re probably already laughing. If you didn’t, well. “Kuku” is part of the Cantonese slang term for male genitalia, and […]

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Small Budget Marketing

By Anya Ow / August 17, 2019 / Comments Off on Small Budget Marketing

I’m in my mid-30s, which means I’m a millennial. Before I buy any product, I look up reviews. Competing brands. Lists such as ‘Best wireless headphones of 2019’ or even ‘Best robot vacuum cleaner’. I’ll often go for a known brand, but if I see a lesser-known brand with good reviews or placed on rec […]

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What else could I do? Why Marketers love their competition

By Gavel Markowski / August 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

I’m at a Networx function, sipping a beer and chatting with Frank Chamberlain, who writes for this esteemed publication regularly. We’re talking about the pitfalls of penning a piece without a decent brief, when I notice to my right a woman who is staring at me. Being a well-brought-up boy, I put my hand out […]

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Business Marketing Online

By Anya Ow / August 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Business Marketing Online

In this day and age, if you have zero online presence, you’d probably be suspected of being Too Hipster to Care, a Dinosaur, or of laundering money for some local mafia. Even a token webpage would do, one of those annoying one-pagers which contain a phone number and a picture and little else. That’s the […]

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Influencers: Nothing is Real on the Internet

By Anya Ow / August 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Influencers: Nothing is Real on the Internet

In 2019, as the Disney industrial machine regurgitates a spitfire volley of dead horses in the form of Toy Story 4, a “live” action Lion King movie, yet another Avengers film, yet another Spiderman film, and whatever else they’re planning on inflicting on us once they open Netflix: Disney Edition™ in November, you’d think that […]

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Racist Branding and Sushi Pizza

By Anya Ow / August 1, 2019 / Comments Off on Racist Branding and Sushi Pizza

When I sat down for lunch in one of Melbourne’s most popular fusion restaurants and saw Engrish in its branding, it felt like a kick in the gut. The most egregious, on the business card: “Sum-Ting-Wong? Let Mr. M know and we fix.” Australian Restaurant Named MR.MIYAGI Owned By Whites Slammed For Being RACIST And […]

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The Rise of Evil Photoshop

By Anya Ow / July 30, 2019 / Comments Off on The Rise of Evil Photoshop

Photoshop isn’t always bad, I tell myself as I open CNN and notice that the latest news involve Trump appearing in front of a doctored Presidential seal featuring a Russian-styled two-headed eagle holding some golf clubs. Given it was for a conservative student summit, apparently it was all a mistake thanks to time crunch, but […]

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Convenience and the Environment

By Anya Ow / July 27, 2019 / Comments Off on Convenience and the Environment

As the general public grows increasingly engaged in a weird mea culpa over plastic straws — nevermind that plastic straws are only a tiny part of the problem and that people with disabilities need them — in Melbourne, I can sip my overpriced orange juice at a cafe with my steel straw and pretend that […]

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Give-Back Advertising in Australia

By Anya Ow / July 26, 2019 / Comments Off on Give-Back Advertising in Australia

After recently listening to an interview with Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes, via NPR’s ‘How I Built This’ podcast, I wondered if this model of giving back to the community should extend to the world of advertising and marketing. TOMS is a shoe company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a […]

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The Restaurant Pay Reckoning

By Anya Ow / July 24, 2019 / Comments Off on The Restaurant Pay Reckoning

“I wish I could steal $7 million dollars and only get fined $200,000,” said a friend of mine when the scandal broke. If you’ve been on the news or Aussie Twitter recently, you might have seen that George Calombaris, one of the judges on the popular reality TV cooking competition Masterchef Australia and restauranteur of […]

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