Looking for advertising options? The choices have become too few in marketing today.

Mon 11 Jun 2018

We at eCentral are always on the look-out for marketing and advertising options that really shoots for that ROI our clients expect for us to deliver. We've been doing this since 1999; while everyone was panicking about Y2K, we were looking for ways to make it relevant to our clients' target market. During those days, it was safe to say that we have a great view of the marketing and advertising spectrum. And then smartphones came.

The things that were safe to say about marketing and advertising ran to the hills and covered their tracks, not even traditional media was safe. That selfie machine you can't leave home without came in and single-handedly assassinated every marketing and advertising medium we were used to having; the newspapers are only used to cover fresh meat from the grocery market, magazines have very limited reach, radio (previously killed by video) is laid in media ICU, and even the major sports programs on TV is gasping for air. Don't get us started on direct mail and letterbox drops, they go straight to landfill even before you can say 'return to sender'. To give you a clearer picture of how smartphones penetrated our lives, marketing intelligence website Newzoo (2018) released a list of countries with the most smartphone users. Australia didn't get first place, but as of May 2018 69.3% of the population owns a Smartphone, that's 17 million people pulling out a handheld device daily to update themselves on their friends and to the rest of the world.

Marketing and advertising is all about gaining thoughts in the minds of your target market or consumers in general, and since the death of traditional media the most precious piece of real estate in marketing and advertising is in literally in the hands of everyone owning a smartphone. So when people's eyes moved away from paper and TV screens, businesses' ad budgets followed along. In this global ad casino, two companies are constantly winning big, you might've heard of them; Google and Facebook, ring a bell? According to Sterling's (2018) presentation of digital ad spending reports in 2017, $40.6B was spent on digital ads with 54% of those can be seen in smartphones. It can be seen in the report that traditional media are still on the board, but it looks so tiny next to its younger brother the Internet.

Obviously, we at eCentral had to adapt and develop. We believe in a range of other methods not mentioned above. Search optimisation, reputation, content, first-rate service, quality, referral networks, customer service and customer retention. All these sales channels are investments with a long tail and long-term results. What do we mean by that, exactly?

If that is your next question, we want to speak to you about the don't knows that you don't know. Call eCentral principle John Nayler on 0407 15 13 11. All these changes in ads and marketing can be daunting, choose your steps well.

Welcome to reality,
John Nayler

Sterling, G. (2018). AIB: Search, the largest category of digital ad spending, generated $40.6B in 2017. Retrieved from https://searchengineland.com/iab-search-the-largest-category-of-digital-ad-spending-generated-40-6b-in-2017-298010

Top Countries by Smartphone Penetration & Users | Newzoo. (2018). Retrieved from https://newzoo.com/insights/rankings/top-50-countries-by-smartphone-penetration-and-users/

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Investing wisely for the mining industry. Helen Baker, On Your Own Two Feet

Fri 22 Jun 2018
Having watched the mining industry in North Queensland post-crisis continue to rock and roll, I was witness to the frivolous spending of the workforce on all manner of toys and indulgence. I did wonder if many of them were investing even a small portion of their oversized income. Turns out few were and as the industry screamed to a halt, so did their bank balance as it went off the cliff. In this ongoing series with Helen Baker we dive into the challenges faced by people in the mining industry around investing and exactly this scenario. Just when you think you will never again face a rainy day is the time you need to be most prudent.

Should I renovate my house to improve it's chances of sale? Von Barnes

Thu 21 Jun 2018
Today on the eCentral Business Show, John Nayler is joined once again by the 'force of nature in property sales' Von Barnes of Pinnacle Properties. In the second to the last episode of this three-part series, John and Von sit down and talk about renovations; should you do it to make your property more salable? All that and more on this episode.

What loan is best for me? Laura Sillano, POD Financial

Wed 20 Jun 2018
Have you ended up with the wrong mortgage? Did you fix interest rate when it turns out you should not have? Perhaps you know someone that went Interest Only and still has a giant principal to now pay close to retirement.

In this episode of the eCentral Business Show we answer the age-old question; what loan is best for me? Our host John Nayler is joined by resident expert mortgage broker Laura Sillano to tell you that you're actually asking the wrong question. In this episode, the right question(s) and some of the answers....

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Subscription models - the future of the Internet (not advertising)

Mon 25 Jun 2018

At a global scale, so-called "big tech" businesses are raking it in. Some of them are banking huge profits, others re-investing everything. Yes, everything. They have come to realise that delivering videos, music, content, social media platforms, search results or overpriced sexy phones to people on a worldwide basis scales quite nicely. You might have thought that the different cultures might prefer one construct over another but it turns out that at a deep psychological level we are all programmed similarly.


Queensland's Best business program

Are you committed to being Queensland's Best?

Fri 22 Jun 2018

Today at eCentral we announce our group award brand strategy of "Queensland's Best". Awarded annually, we ask our clients to achieve and sustain an online rating of 4.9 / 5.0. In this very "uber" way of measuring long-term customer satisfaction, we know that our clients are worthy of the accolade and that together we are delivering a quality promise to customers. Click through to read the full announcement and how it can work for you.


Who are these two?

Who's big data are you?

Mon 18 Jun 2018

Have you recognised that the world's digital consumers ("us") have come to expect that the most frequently used websites and apps should be free? Of course, you immediately recognise that I am talking about Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, Spotify and a couple more.

The question for the thinking person should be: "How can they do this for free?"

Advertising is the answer almost always. Online advertising is now the way that the MAJORITY of "big tech" businesses generate revenue and on a GLOBAL SCALE and that is a TRUCKLOAD of money. From this truckload, Google gets more than 50% of it, and Facebook get a large chunk of the rest.


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We have been working with eCentral for over a year now ...and will continue to use his services indefinitely due the complete satisfaction we have in this arrangement. They have taken us from a web site that was hard to manage and invisible to a site that is user friendly, produces fantastic results in terms of direct business...they have placed us into top 5 positions ...and I can now see the steps they took to grow our understanding, knowledge and then take the steps to grow our online success. Can't recommend them highly enough.

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You might ask, why do John's web designs work so well?

No matter how clever in an IT sense web developers may be, if they don’t understand the basic principle that web sites are a business’s window to the world and should convert information into revenue, they aren’t of much value. For these reasons, I have immense respect for John Nayler and his knowledge and skills and highly recommend him to anyone who may be thinking of engaging his services.


eCentral consistently delivered software systems that sustained our growth and the need for bespoke software to support the business model.

The simplicity of the systems and software enabled staff to proceed with minimal training while delivering reports integral to the management of the business. By the time the systems were built, eCentral had gone on to construct a Trust Accounting System which was fully integrated with the rest of the application set streamlining our workflow significantly and providing substantial cost saving due to efficient work processes. For an IT consultant, John has a unique capacity to interrogate the processes within the business and understand the business drivers. His solutions were always with our specific business outcomes in mind. I have, in over 40 years in business, found this to be a very rare combination. I highly recommend the software development capabilities of John Nayler and eCentral.

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