News and notes from Google Down Under
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Melbourne small business owners sharing tips at our Google Small Business Breakfast
Australia’s small businesses keep the country running. Baristas keep our bodies pumping with coffee, booksellers keep our ideas flowing, and sparkies keep the lights on.
It’s a tough gig running a small business, and small business owners can do with all the help they can get to grow. One place every small business owner can get a boost is online.
The internet is like a double shot of espresso for small business. It means small businesses can set up sticks in the world’s biggest shopping mall, for free (that’s the internet, by the way…). It helps new customers find them, and helps old friends write great reviews.
Yesterday, we got some small business owners together over breakfast in Melbourne and heard from some of them who are doing a great job online. For instance, Leon Mugavin, owner of the
, in Elwood, said he thought of his online presence as being a direct extension of his shopfront. Karin Voelske, of
Yarn & Co
, in Fitzroy, said that the web helped create a sense of community among her customers. Chris Crouch of
store in Collingwood, and Emma Moore of
Clip 'N Climb
in Richmond also had some great tips.
The Minister for Small Business, the Hon. Bruce Billson MP, and the CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kate Carnell, joined us and reminded us of
from Deloitte Access Economics that shows that small businesses that are making the most of the web are growing twice as fast as those that aren't. That’s great news for the ¼ million small Aussie businesses that Google and our partners will support this year.
We also took the opportunity to get an
from Deloitte Access Economics on the barriers and opportunities facing small business, and found that digital experts are tipping the mobile web as the next big opportunity for small businesses to reach customers.
But you don’t need to be a digital expert to make the internet work for your small business. Google has recently launched a new and easy way for small businesses to get online. And it’s free. To find out more, have a look at
Google My Business
How important is collaboration?
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Most Aussies would say that a collaborative workplace is the sort of place they want to work. Most employers want this too, because collaboration can help employees share information, come up with ideas and reduce waste.
But what exactly is collaboration, and just how valuable is it? We decided to ask
Deloitte Access Economics
to calculate the value of collaboration to the Australian economy.
They worked the numbers and the results amazed us. Their report,
The Collaborative Economy
, shows that companies that actively encourage collaboration do better — by a lot. Companies that prioritised collaboration are:
Five times more likely to experience a considerable increase in employment
Twice as likely to be profitable
Twice as likely to outgrow competitors
But collaboration is about more than the bottom line — it’s about happier, more efficient employees.
Employees who collaborate are ten times more likely to be satisfied with their job
Over a third of respondents said collaboration helps them work faster
And three quarters of respondents said that collaboration improves the quality of work they produce
What’s the current value to Australia of all this collaboration? $46 billion. That’s more than the agricultural sector is worth. And that’s just today. If companies made the most of opportunities for employees to collaborate, we could add a further $9.3 billion to Australia’s economy.
But today, half of Australian businesses are leaving it to chance, with no dedicated collaboration strategy. There are plenty of things Aussie businesses can do to work more collaboratively — starting with the technology they use.
This first phase of research of
The Collaborative Economy
. And to find out how Google can help your company collaborate more, visit the
See all six sides of the new Presets single on Google Play
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Last month we took our new Cube on its first outing
, to Semi Permanent, a conference for creative minds here in Sydney. An experimental platform for interactive storytelling, the Cube was developed by our Sydney Creative Lab as a place to produce film, music, and other art totally free from two-dimensional traditional constraints.
We hoped that the creative world would inspire us with all sorts of wacky ideas for the Cube, and we were thrilled when the first cab off the rank turned out to be one of our favourite Aussie bands -
. With director Barnaby Roper (David Bowie, Kanye West, Banks), they’ve created a music video for their new single “No Fun” that wraps synth-bass, trance melody, and bold sounds around the six sides of the cube in an awesome and mind-bending way.
So go on - have a play. With headphones on, speakers up, you’re your own DJ of what might just be the world’s first six-sided music video. It’s easily embeddable too - just hit the share button to embed on your own blog or website #nofun. (Oh, but it is fun). And a reminder that geeky technology powering the Cube means it’s best viewed in Chrome or on modern Android devices.
If you want to learn more about how this cool project came about, check out the behind-the-scenes video here.
“No fun” is available exclusively on Google Play for the next 48 hours
. The Google Play catalogue has thousands of Australian artists from The Presets to The Preatures, and many more. You can access millions of tracks right now with a
free 30 day trial
Posted by Ernesto Soriano, Product Marketing Manager
Make our world better, faster, with Google Impact Challenge Australia
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
From conceiving the Hills Hoist to inventing the bionic ear and WiFi, Australia has a rich history of innovation, fuelled by a desire to solve tough problems with technology solutions. We believe technology can help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and today we’re announcing a new program to support Aussie innovators in the non-profit sector who want to use technology to make an impact.
Starting today, Australian non-profits can submit their technology-driven ideas to
Google Impact Challenge | Australia
for the opportunity to share in $2 million of funding. We’ll reward the four winning submissions with a $500,000 grant plus mentoring and support from Google employees to help make each project a reality.
Australian non-profits with DGR status can apply online today at:
We’ll announce ten finalists in October, and then open up public voting so Australians can select their favourite idea. On October 14, a judging panel made up of Glenn McGrath, Kim Williams, Anne Geddes, Maile Carnegie and Jacquelline Fuller will select three awardees. The fourth awardee will be chosen based on online votes from the public.
Other Google Impact Challenges around the world have supported ideas ranging from
smart cameras for wildlife conservation
solar lights for off-grid communities
mobile application that helps to protect women from domestic violence
Non-profits, you have four weeks to submit your ideas. Entries close on July 29.
Whether it’s new technology to help alert residents of an approaching bushfire or an innovative way to tackle homelessness in a CBD, we look forward to hearing some big ideas about how technology can make a real difference to tackle some of the world’s biggest social challenges.
Posted by Alan Noble, Director of Engineering, Google Australia
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