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Australian SMEs predict social media

Looking at online business networking and social media trends over the next three years. Findings show 58% of Australian SMEs predict social media will be one of the best ways to find new customers; whilst only 12% say they will use traditional advertising. The research surveyed 16,000 businesses world-wide. I thought the findings might be of interest for a story on the top business tools for finding new customers, and the increasing value of online platforms in the business marketing mix.Business marketing  and social mediaOther key findings show:· In Australia, 78% of SMEs believe face-to-face networking will be key to recruiting customers over the next three years, compared to 76% of large businesses. · Globally, business social media networks are expected to see a big boost –  with 57% of businesses seeing this as an essential element in customer engagement strategies.The research also ties in with the Regus launch of BusinessLink, a personalised online trading portal for Regus cu…

Chubb Corp : International Stock Pick

With our dollar becomes more valuable , many punters can now can also invest in overseas stocks comfortably. We not only have a strong dollar , but a nice trading platforms available to trade overseas stocks  from home or then your broker trader.Here is a look at a international stock  that is also quite well-known in Australia  and most parts of the world.Overseas stock picks AustraliaChubb Corp (CB): The Chubb Corporation, through its subsidiaries and agencies , provides property and casualty insurance and security services  to businesses and individuals. This company who is well known for its security services in Australia, distributes its services and products  through independent insurance agents and brokers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, and Asia.The stock currently has a ROA of 4.3% and a ROE of 14.0%. CB is trading with a ROIC of 11.1%. CB is expected to earn $5.96 per share next year. The company is expected to grow at 7.65 % over the next 5 y…

Mining Jobs Lost as Miners poised to use software to replace Truck drivers and train driver jobs

Truck Driving and other jobs are being lost rapidly as the top mining giants  are in a race to automate their Trains and  Trucks to work  automatically, remotely  controlled with software. A huge number of Truck drivers and train drivers will be losing their  truck driving jobs  due to the new automation being done by big mining companies like RIO TINTO and also being planned by other major miners like BHP. There has been a growing  trend in  the mining sector  to sue “autonomous transport”Automated Mining trucksBoth BHP and RIO TINTO are investigating  and implemented in some mines the use ofautonomous Dump trucks and RIO TINTO last month announced it would spend $483 million installing 41 autonomous trains in the region. These automated trains and trucks are said to be operated remotely in a office somewhere, with  the trucks and trains needing no human drivers  to drive them. The trains and trucks will be all automated and in some instances wont even need a to be controlled by a re…