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Woolworths’ CEO Brad Banducci has snapped up digital out-of-home media business Shopper Media Group for $150 million.

Woolworths snaps up Shopper Media for $150m cash

The grocery giant is extending its retail digital media reach to better connect customers with the brands and products it sells.

  • Carrie LaFrenz
Alex Pan has secured $500,000 in capital for his “Wordpress-alternative”, Storipress

WordPress rival raises $500,000 in seed funding

Start-up accelerator Startmate, Boson Ventures and Junkee Media co-founder Tim Duggan are all investing in this publishing newcomer that can help create a media company in one day.

  • Miranda Ward
Simon Rutherford

‘Like an accountant’: Businesses urged to audit digital marketing

Advertising veterans want SMEs to do a regular health check on their digital marketing efforts to make sure they are not getting ripped off.

  • Miranda Ward

Yesterday

News Corp elevates ex-Citi banker to deputy CFO

Andrew Cramer’s decision to quit banking and head to New York with News Corporation appears to be working out.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

This Month

Dell computers brokered a deal with HBO’s Succession, giving them the Waystar Royco tick of approval.

How the streaming wars created a $34 billion cottage industry

Product placement is hardly new - but the deluge of content from the streaming wars has created an entirely new genre of it, and it’s worth billions.

  • Sophie Haigney
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Many people will be hoping that the current crypto crash will be the last they ever hear of mind-bogglingly valuable NFTs, but there are a number of uses beyond wealth ‘flexing.’

There are six kinds of NFTs, and you still need to care

Many will be hoping the crypto crash will be the last they hear of mind-bogglingly valuable NFTs, but there are a number of uses beyond wealth ‘flexing’.

  • Nick Abrahams
PRIA president Shane Allison wants the federal government to help attract communications professionals to Australia.

‘Can’t keep up’: PR industry wants to import foreign flacks

The public relations industry says the domestic supply of talent is not coping with demands from the corporate world and needs migration reform to attract skilled professionals from overseas.

  • Miranda Ward
Rob Hango-Zada of Shippit

Shippit focused on growth as it unveils new purple branding

The fast-growing Sydney-based logistics tech start-up is seeking to capitalise on the “next wave” of the e-commerce revolution and increase its presence in South-East Asia.

  • Miranda Ward
Doritos has partnered with ReachOut to help spark conversations about mental health and promote ReachOut’s services to young people.

How a snack brand is starting a conversation on mental health

PepsiCo is listening to consumers who want products of all kinds, even chips and soft drinks, to use their platforms for good.

  • Miranda Ward
Audience Precision’s Haydon Bray

How this media consultancy is using technology to beat its rivals

Audience Precision says it can help big brands solve business problems in about 80 hours less than its traditional advertising agency rivals.

  • Miranda Ward
The studio behind Mad Men are coming closer with Stan in a new content development partnership.

‘Mad Men’ industry pushed to declare harassment policies

Chief marketing officers of big Australian brands are being asked to think about how their advertising agency partners handle issues of harassment, bullying and assault in an effort to stop agencies from silencing staff.

  • Miranda Ward

EY split: partners briefed on the pitch to staff for a listed firm

EY staff will be told there will be a faster path to partnership if firm floats its advisory arm, according to a partner briefing at the big four consulting firm held overnight.

  • Edmund Tadros

June

Seven is seeking to terminate its media rights agreement with Cricket Australia over breaches of quality and standards, understood to primarily relate to the Big Bash League.

Seven seeks to blow up cricket broadcast rights deal

Seven Network wants the Federal Court to allow it to cancel its deal, for which it pays $75 million cash and $7 million in free advertising a year.

  • Miranda Ward
Support for Josh Frydenberg remains strong on Chinese-language WeChat pages, according to researchers.

The little corner of WeChat holding out hope for a Frydenberg return

Should former treasurer Josh Frydenberg look to avenge his election loss in Kooyong, he could turn to WeChat to help build a supporter base.

  • Gus McCubbing
EY is considering separating its consulting and audit businesses.

Rebranding EY’s consulting arm would be ‘risky, expensive’

Creating a new brand for EY’s consulting arm, should it be split off from the company, would require a big investment, warns a branding expert.

  • Edmund Tadros
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John Riccio, the head of customer consultancy Merkle.

This one website tweak ‘smashed’ Holey Moley’s sales targets

The company behind Strike Bowling and Holey Moley mini-golf explains how a revamp of its booking system led to a 30 per cent jump in website sales conversion.

  • Edmund Tadros
Michelle Rowland

Media ownership royal commission ‘not warranted’: Rowland

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland says the Albanese government does not believe a royal commission into media ownership in Australia is warranted, putting the government at odds with Kevin Rudd.

  • Miranda Ward
 July 2002, Williams with The Sphere in Battery Park. The sculpture sat between the twin towers and miraculously survived the attacks of 9/11.

‘Bloodhound’ Pam Williams looks to her last deadline

In a career at the Financial Review spanning more than 30 years, with a series of scoops and six Walkley Awards, she has put away her notepad – for now, anyway.

  • Andrew Clark
It’s not that the politicians themselves are worse people than their predecessors such as Bob Hawke and John Howard.

Daily doom prompts politicians to promise miracles

No wonder we think governments aren’t as good as they used to be when hyperbolic media reporting about almost every event is fostering expectations that can never be met.

  • Alexander Downer
BuzzFeed suffered setbacks when Facebook changed its algorithms

BuzzFeed’s SPAC bombs

The youth-focused media group’s alarming fall from grace has seen its value fall 80 per cent since listing on the Nasdaq in December.

  • Tom Richardson