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August 9, 2019

What Is Customer-Led Transformation?

Business Strategy

There’s no getting around it. Today’s consumers hold the power to dictate business outcomes. But with more businesses struggling with their digital transformation initiatives, how can taking a customer-led approach to transformation lead to better results? 

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August 6, 2019

How to Reach the Next Funding Stage for Your Business

Business Strategy, Business Growth

Even with the best ideas to market, many challenger businesses are struggling to get their business from the ground up. But if you’re lucky enough to be one of the very few startups that receive Venture Capital funding, the next step is knowing how to maintain your competitive edge for the next funding round.

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June 28, 2019

Customer Value Proposition for Retail: How to Turn Browsers to Buyers

Business Strategy, Retail

Retailers are killing value. With consumers having more choices than ever before, mistakes that retailers make can be costly.

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May 24, 2019

What Good Business Strategy Means to a Board

Business Strategy

Boards are essential to your business’s strategic success. They can add great value to your strategy, but to do so, they need to be involved in more than just your yearly off-site strategic planning.

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April 26, 2019

How Madonna Would Have Handled the Financial Services Royal Commission

Business Strategy, Finance, Marketing Strategy

Australian banks and financial institutions are losing the faith of the consumer. It isn’t a problem of regulation or profit alone. It’s a problem of public perception.

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April 23, 2019

Why Cross-Functional Teams and Integrated Service Offerings Deliver More Value

Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy, The Big 6 Challenges

Whether it’s launching a new product line or executing a new strategy to increase brand awareness or implementing your internal comms strategy, there is one thing we know that’s certain: collaboration and integration across multiple teams are keys to get the job done and get results. But this is not always easy.

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April 11, 2019

How to Increase Your Customer Lifetime Value and Gain Revenue

Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy

Customer lifetime value is a critical factor in business success, but not all companies are tracking it. Many companies do not measure it, do not know what it is, or choose to completely ignore it.

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March 15, 2019

Productisation: How to Market the Intangible

Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy

How do you describe “insurance” or  “healthcare” or “software” so your potential clients can grasp the value of something they can’t see?

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March 1, 2019

5 Market-Shaking Disruption Drivers in 2019 and Beyond

Business Strategy, Disruption

The business landscape is constantly evolving. With the speed of digital innovation increasing constantly, what impact will disruption have on your business in 2019?

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February 14, 2019

Developing a Robust Innovation Pipeline that Powers Growth

Business Strategy, Innovation

Building an innovation pipeline means curating inspiration as a renewable resource. To accomplish this, you need to develop a system that both drives and supports an innovative culture.

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February 8, 2019

Marketing Automation: Steps to Get Effective Sales Buy-In

Business Strategy, Digital, Marketing Automation

If marketing automation is a great tool for businesses, how do we build an airtight business case for it? And how can we get our stakeholders and the sales team on board?

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February 1, 2019

Why Strategic Plans Fail: 5 Things Most Leaders Are Missing

Business Strategy

No matter how well-formulated business plans and strategies are, 67% of them fail due to poor execution. A lot of today’s companies are able to build promising strategies but very few of them are able to follow through.

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January 15, 2019

Aged Care Providers Need to Communicate Their Purpose

Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy, Aged Care

There have been a number of significant changes over the recent years along with a new set of challenges that the aged care sector is facing — from deregulation, the Royal Commission, and shifts in customer preferences. As a result, aged care providers need to find new ways to stand out and gain the trust of their potential customers.   

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December 11, 2018

Step Change Blog's 10 Most Popular Articles in 2018

Business Strategy, Step Change, Marketing Strategy, Digital

To wrap up a productive 2018, we’re rounding up our best articles that have hit a spot with many C-suites, Senior Executives, and Marketing professionals.

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December 7, 2018

Step Change’s Growth Highlights in 2018

Business Strategy, Step Change, Marketing Strategy, Creativity, Digital

The best solutions arise at the intersection of strategy and creativity.

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November 19, 2018

AI and Machine Learning Tools that Help Level the Playing Field for SMBs

Business Strategy, Disruption, Digital

No matter where you look, industry giants like Google, Apple, and Amazon are dominating the disruptive space and taking the lead in the use of emerging technologies. But for small and mid-sized business challengers, does taking on today’s new technologies actually make a difference?

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November 8, 2018

What Needs to Change when Developing a Strategy for Nonprofits

Business Strategy, Not-for-Profits

Many nonprofits today run their organisations just like any other business. Although many may not be in it for the money but solely to advance their humanitarian goal and mission, there are essential points they need to keep in mind to acquire confidence and gain trust among donors and investors, respect in the market, and support from the public.

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October 11, 2018

How to Find Product-Market Fit to Sustain Business Growth

Business Strategy

Earlier this year, CB Insights analysed 101 startups post-mortem to know why startups fail, and the number 1 reason has nothing to do with technology.

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October 4, 2018

Key Insights from Roy Morgan’s State of the Nation Finance Report

Business Strategy, Finance

We’ve just come out of Roy Morgan’s State of the Nation, focusing on consumer financial behaviour in Australia, and we wanted to bash out our very own ‘quick and dirty’ update on the key insights as we saw them.

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September 20, 2018

Every Leader’s Guide to Becoming a Lean Organisation

Business Strategy, Business Growth

Being a Lean organisation means being able to maximise the value customers are willing to pay for while eliminating waste. Leaders are finding more value in it as it’s all about doing more with less, focusing on continuous improvement, minimising waste, and training your staff to improve the work through problem-solving.

So if you aim to create more value for your customers with your limited resources, read on.

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September 14, 2018

How to Find Your Next Big Step Change [Podcast]

Business Strategy, Step Change, Marketing Strategy, Creativity, Digital, Culture & Leadership, Business Growth

Our CEO, Ashton Bishop, reveals what businesses can do to find their next step change, and how to implement the Big 6 Challenges for business growth in this 7-minute Marketing the Invisible podcast with Tom Poland.

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September 12, 2018

How to Develop a World-Class Business Strategy in the Age of Disruption [Ebook]

Business Strategy

In the age of disruption, businesses may find themselves questioning whether strategy matters in a world of constant change. But in a time where silos are crumbling to disruptive trends and industries are shifting to accommodate new technologies, strategy matters now more than ever.

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August 28, 2018

How to Know If Your Strategic Plan Is Really Strategic

Business Strategy

We see this happen in businesses: The senior team would go away for a two-day offsite retreat to develop a strategic plan. And when all is said and done, they would come back with a plan or a goal devoid of strategy.

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July 26, 2018

Life after the Merger: How Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media Can Redefine Their Company Culture

Business Strategy, Culture & Leadership

A four-billion dollar merger is underway between two of the country’s media player giants, Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media. The new company name after the merger is Nine, and it is set to become Australia’s formidable integrated media player.

With two giants combining forces to create one formidable integrated media player, there is one worthy question that begs an answer.

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July 19, 2018

8 Questions You Need to Ask to Develop a Solid Business Strategy

Business Strategy

In the language of strategy, we often say, “There’s a need for strategy because time, dollars, and focus are scarce and limited resources.” A strong business strategy is the application of these resources for maximum leverage.

But in developing a solid business strategy, you first need to check that you’re actually doing strategy and not something else entirely — like business planning.

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July 5, 2018

How to Build Your Marketing Plan for FY19: Marketing 2.0 Breakfast Session

Business Strategy, Step Change, Marketing Strategy

Today’s customers and prospects know exactly what they want and go online to find it. To market your business in this new age, you need more than just the right message to stand out and drive customer loyalty. You need to do more than just create the right offer.

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June 27, 2018

5 Disruptive Technologies that Will Transform Businesses in 2018

Business Strategy, Disruption, Digital

In the midst of constant discontinuity, only one thing is certain: technology will disrupt every aspect of our lives and drive how business is done in the coming years. For CMOs, it is crucial to know and understand what these technologies are and how they are disrupting the way we do business today.

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June 4, 2018

3 Strategic Ways to Win in Financial Services

Business Strategy, Finance

In today’s crowded marketplace, the need to stand out from the competition is crucial. But more importantly, in order to win, Financial Services companies need to look into existing challenges that may be stopping them from achieving true differentiation in their industry.

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May 30, 2018

5 Powerful Business Strategy Tips to Fuel Your Growth [VIDEO]

Business Strategy

Every year, we work with a hundred clients everywhere and anywhere, from Wellington to Toronto, and in one of our strategic sessions, Step Change chief Ashton Bishop was given a challenge: Out of all the strategy work that the team has done at Step Change, how can we add the most value in 5 minutes? Here’s his response to the 5-minute challenge with his five tips on strategy.  

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May 28, 2018

Change Management Principles: How to Lead Change and Make It Stick

Business Strategy, Culture & Leadership

No matter how far-reaching a leader’s vision may be, the reality is that transforming organisations is a difficult and arduous task. Many businesses today are so deeply rooted in operational efficiency and stability that they continue to struggle with how to effectively manage and sustain change.

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