Top 5 Best Venues to Organize a Corporate Party in Sydney


Australia is a country that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Given that the country is mainly known for its year round sunshine, breathtaking landscapes, and exotic yet dangerous animals; Australia is also home to some of the most innovative companies and industries on the planet, the central hub for which; is none other than Sydney’s central business district.

A thriving economy means luxury for those who can afford it, and here, we are going to share some of the best venues befitting the hosting of high profile corporate events. Whether you wish to host a cocktail party, a seminar, team building workshops, corporate dinners, conferences or events, these venues are perhaps the best you will find in all of Sydney.
Sydney Showground

The first venue on the list is Sydney Showground, and for good reason. Located at the Sydney Olympic Park, the Showground offers a variety of event spaces so you can select the one that best suits your preference. Choose from venues like the Dome, Spotless Stadium, Jenko and Kelly Pavilions, exhibition halls, or the Sydney Royal Stables. Known for its connection with local farms around Sydney, Showground offers some of the finest cuisines you will ever taste in Sydney.
Taronga Centre

Next on the list is the Taronga Center, which overlooks the spectacular Sydney Harbor. This venue offers multiple choices for conferences and events. Most corporate events have complete access to Taronga’s slew of activities like Sky Safari and tour of their personal zoo. Catering of your corporate events are handled by premium service providers that offer a delectable menu to surprise your guests.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

If you truly wish to make an event memorable, what better way to do so than hosting your corporate event in this city’s iconic aquarium? Sea Life offers specialized packages for corporate events, including buffets, sit-down dinners, and cocktail parties. This makes it a well suited venue for one of kind networking events and conferences. The attendees can indulge in 700 different species of aquatic life once they are done handing out the business cards.
Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian Maritime Museum provides a rather up close and personal view of the city’s Darling Harbor. The event space you should look for here is the Lighthouse Gallery, offering a spectacular backdrop of both the city lights and the harbor. If you want, you can even select the HMAS Vampire; an old, retired naval destroyer.
Harbou Cruise

The final venue is Sydney’s Harbour., Numerous cruise companyprovides event packages for corporate events, workshops, or product launches.
Sydney offers some of the most remarkable venues for your corporate events and occasions. Rest assured that all of the venues listed herein will pleasantly surprise all your guests and result in a successful event.

Impact of Oil Prices to Housing Prices

In April, 2015 I wrote an article for a Houston client that was never used. Today Zero Hedge has an article titled “NAR Admits Oil Slump Finally Hits Housing Sales” that says in part, “We were told that low oil prices were unequivocally good for America, so it’s odd that, after seeing the weakest growth in pending home sales since Nov 2014, NAR blames “softness in sales on oil-related job losses from low oil prices.” Pending home sales grew 2.1% YoY in October, (way below the 4.3% expected growth and 3.2% growth in September).”

So here is the article that I wrote: Impact of Oil Prices to Housing Prices

Impact of Oil Prices to Housing Prices

Impact of Oil Prices to Housing Prices

A paper delivered in April 2011 by Rachel Ang and Xiaobing Shaui titled “The Financial Impact of Oil Prices on the Housing Market in the Houston Economy” examined the relationship between the impact of oil prices to housing prices, unemployment rate, and population in Houston. The chart above shows as oil prices increased to $80, the population increased from 3.6 million to almost 5.4 million. The census data for the area in 2010 was 5,920,416. The Texas Department of State Health Services projects the population of Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA to be 6,473,316 in 2014.The study concluded, “There is a significant correlation between oil prices and housing prices in Houston.” Duh, you say!

Impact of Oil Prices to Housing Prices

Impact of Oil Prices to Housing Prices

The next question of the research was “To what degree are oil prices correlated with unemployment rate in Houston?” The study concluded “There is a significant correlation between oil prices and unemployment rate in Houston.”

We might conclude from the study that the last time oil prices were this low, population was about 5 million according to the study and according to the census figures about 500,000 higher, so about 5.5 million. That might mean Houston could lose 1 million people or at best remain flat from here. Second, that the last time oil prices were this low, unemployment was near 6% to 7%. Right now Houston has the lowest unemployment of the major cities in the US.

Last June, 2014, oil prices hovered near $100 and since the first of the year has traded between $45 and $55. So far the fall in oil prices hasn’t had much effect except for a cancellation of some major high rise housing projects. Belt tightening as it were. The big question is what’s next for oil? Some suggest our storage capacity in Oklahoma is full and oil will have to be sold into the market to make room for new supply. That would be bad for oil prices. Others are worried about the geo politics of oil. The Mid East is aflame with terrorists close to seizing another choke point in Aden. A cut off in oil could send oil prices rocketing.

Houston seems to be at a crossroads.

If Houston experiences layoffs by the big energy companies in Houston and higher unemployment, housing will feel the impact. The financial stress brings on financial stress in the family leading to higher debt to maintain the standard of living, divorce because of money woes, downsizing to make ends meet, and homeowners wanting to move where jobs are plentiful.

If oil prices rebound, more people will conclude that Houston for a lot of reasons, is a great place to move to. The weather is wonderful most of the year, education is one of the best in the country, and there is a lively arts and culture environment. If sports and outdoor activities are your interests, then Houston has it all. The demand for homes in the $300,000 to $500,000 range will surge and prices of housing will rise to meet the demand.

It all depends on oil. Whatever oil prices do, Houston has been through it and will weather it and come out bigger and stronger. That’s what veteran real estate people know from experience.

College Football Upsets Week 13

#6 Notre Dame 36, #9 Stanford 38

#7 Baylor 21, #19 TCU 28 2OT

#12 Florida 2, #13 Florida State 27

#15 Navy  31, #21 Houston 52

#20 Washington State 10 , Washington 45

#22 UCLA 21, USC 40

#24 Toledo 30, Western Michigan 35

Nebraska under Mike Riley doesn’t win 6 games and doesn’t go to a bowl.


Locally: Civil War Day

Oregon is favored by 35.5 points beats Oregon State 52 to 42. No defense plays an inspired football team and almost lost. Oregon State lost when it couldn’t convert a 4th and 7 to go 49 to 52. An onside kick and a recovery would have won the game.

4.4 Quake Off Oregon Coast

M 4.4 – 262km WNW of Bandon, Oregon

43.723°N 127.545°W
10.0 km

Get Mobile: 5 Moblie Marketing Tips to Boost Revenue Fast

Get Mobile: 5 Moblie Marketing Tips

Get Mobile: 5 Moblie Marketing Tips

Have you been struggling to increase your revenue from Internet marketing? If so, it might be because your notion of what going online means is no longer really valid. Mobile marketing stats reports that just about two out of every three Americans have a smart phone. Even more interesting for mobile marketers is the fact that an increasing number of these people use their phone as their primary or even their only access to the Internet. Even when consumers do have access to desktops and laptops, Google’s research indicates that mobile use is more strongly associated with an immediate intent to purchase then traditional Internet use. This means that businesses who want to rapidly increase revenue from Internet marketing cannot afford to ignore mobile solutions.

Five Mobile Marketing Action Tips

It’s well established that businesses need to pursue mobile marketing to keep growing online. To understand how to use mobile to grow your own revenues rapidly, consider these five tips that might work for your business.

  1. Make Your Website Friendly to Mobile Visitors

This might seem obvious, but many company websites still don’t look right or function well on small and handheld devices.The first thing your business needs is a responsive website or a mobile app that visitors can access when they’re on the phone or other mobile device. Mobile web surfers are even more notoriously impatient than folks who use desktops and laptops. Make sure your Internet platform can accommodate smaller screens and function well on phones.

  1. Make Mobile Signups Easy

Marketers can use new technologies like short codes to make it easy for prospects to sign up for newsletters or special offers. With short codes, consumers can sign up to a list simply by replying to a text with a special code. This reply signals the consumer’s interest and gives the business permission to keep communicating. Many businesses offer incentives, like discount coupons, to attract more signups.

  1. Automate Marketing Campaigns

With the right software, businesses can deploy highly targeted marketing campaigns to different targeted market segments. For example, marketing automation can base promotions upon recent purchases, website activity, or demographics. If a customer left your website without paying for their shopping cart, texting them a 10 percent off or free shipping coupon might get them to go back and complete their purchase. If another customer just purchased a jogging stroller, perhaps she would also appreciate a discount on jogging shoes.

  1. Enhance Social Media

It’s always helpful to make mobile content as socially friendly as possible. To move beyond normal icons for likes and shares, some businesses have used in-store QR codes to allow customers to like and share products easily with their smart phones. As an incentive, the business can offer to text back an automatic promotional discount on that item. This gives consumers both an extra incentive to buy and an incentive to share socially.

  1. Allow Customers to Book Online

When consumers are actually out on the streets, they are more likely to patronize your brick and mortar business. Hairdressers, dentists, and restaurants are just some examples of businesses that can benefit from allowing last-minute, real-time bookings. For example, a business could either allow a consumer to request a time or have a way to display available openings that consumers can choose from. Knowing that you can fit them in, gives customers, clients, or patients an extra incentive to do business with you.

Get More Action Tips to Use Mobile Marketing to Boost Your Business

These five tips are actionable and affordable for most businesses. However, they barely scrape the surface of the ways that a company like Trumpia can help you grow your business with mobile marketing online.

Author Biography

Sophorn Chhay

Sophorn is an inbound marketer specializing in attracting targeted visitors and generating sales qualified leads. Through Trumpia’s SMS marketing automation solution he helps businesses and organizations communicate effectively with their customers or members. Trumpia is offering a free Mobile Marketing Success Kit so don’t forget to grab your free copy.

College Football Upsets Week 12

#3 Ohio State 14, #9 Michigan State 17

#6 Oklahoma State 35, #10 Baylor 45

#13 Utah 9, UCLA 17

#15 LSU 17, #22 Ole Miss 38

#19 Houston 17, Connecticut 20

#21 Memphis 12, Temple 31


#23 Oregon 48, #24 USC 28

Oregon State 7, Washington 52

Portland State 34, Eastern Washington 31

Another Global Warming Fail

Another global warming fail as Sioux Falls experiences 14 inches of snow which  crushes record.

Sioux Falls saw record snowfall Friday, with a significant variety of snow totals within the city. Snow started at about 7 a.m. and by noon there was 4 1/2 inches at the airport in the north end of town, and more than 10 inches on the southern end. By 5 p.m., there was 7.1 inches at the airport and 14 inches south of 57th Street.

In addition to the surprising gradient is the unexpected levels. It was just Wednesday that the forecast for today in Sioux Falls was for less than an inch of snow possible. On Thursday, forecasters expected to 1 to 3, and just this morning the prediction was 4-6 inches.

The previous snowfall record for the day was 3.8 inches in 1975.

Is Your Brand Easy to Remember

Is Your Brand Easy to Remember

And Things You’re Probably Doing that Damages Your Brand

Is Your Brand Easy to Remember? Branding has become a norm in the current business culture of today. Every business tries to develop a brand for itself so that more and more people are attracted towards it. The level of competition among businesses is at an all-time high and you need to keep up with them to stay in the market. Simply speaking, branding can prove to be the difference between success and failure of your business. Even a small, local business has to engage in some form of branding to attract customers.

How to Make Sure Your Customers Remember Your Brand

Branding is a process by which you create an image or face for your business. The tick mark representing ‘Nike’ is one of the million branding symbols used by businesses around the globe. Effective branding can be the vehicle for your business’s success.

  •  Consistency

Consistency is important for sustained success. There are many businesses which have been using the same logo for over half a century and are among the most recognizable brands in the world.

Generally, people identify with the brands which they have been seeing for a long time. This has been possible because they have remained consistent in their branding. Over the years, people have become familiar to their brands, even though generations have passed since their inception. Keep your brand consistent and you will be able to carve a niche for yourself.

  •  Creativity

Being creative with your branding is just as important as being consistent. If you decide to play it safe and keep a simple design, there is a chance it may be considered by your customers.

Thinking out of the box is the way to go nowadays and taking a little risk with your branding may prove to be the best option. Thinking out of the box doesn’t mean that you come up with an idea that alienates your consumer base. The idea for your brand has to be creative, original, interesting and appealing while keeping your customers in mind.

  •  Relevance

Your business’ branding should be relevant to your target audience. Customers are the lifeblood of every business and you have to make sure that your brand relates to them. There are several criteria you can use when it comes to relevance. Figure out the age group you are targeting.

The branding ideas which appeal to twenty year olds are different than those for senior citizens. Similarly, your brand has to reflect whether it is for males, females or both. If your customers are able to relate with your brand, you will be able to develop long-term relationships.

Consistency, creativity and relevance are the three ingredients for a brand which will make sure that your customers remember it. You have to consider these three factors before you start off with the branding process.

Incorporating them from the start will serve you well and ensure that your customers are familiar with your brand rather than the business name from the start. All in all, these three factors determine whether your brand remains etched in consumers’ minds or not.

5 Things That Could Damage Your Brand

A brand name is a unique design, symbol or a logo that represents a particular company or organization providing the public with its products and services. Branding your products and services has many benefits for your business, including differentiation in a crowded marketplace. You can charge your customers for the credibility you offer and thus alleviate your product costs. This it can provide you with many permanent loyal customers.

Having a good reputation for your brand is not easy. You will have to provide your customers with credible, meaningful, original, durable and superior products and services than your competitors. Building a reputed brand is difficult but maintaining it is harder. It is because even a slight mistake, wrong decision or unethical activity will have a drastic affect on your brand name.

Your brand name is fragile and vulnerable and you always need to protect it for the betterment and prosperity of your business. Below are some mistakes that are not usually considered, but may ruin a brand name easily.

  1.  Business Owner’s Personality –  Being a businessman is not easy, as your activities directly affect the image of your business. A businessman should always use P.A.K (Pleasant, attractive and knowledgeable) to maintain and build his/her brand’s image. P.A.K says that a businessman should always maintain a pleasant, attractive and knowledgeable personality while interacting with the people. An uncharismatic personality will not leave a good impression of your business.
  2.  Unethical Sales Practices – Many small business owners use unethical practices to increase their sales, although such practices result in nothing but ruining your credibility. Unethical practices include making false promises and commitments to your customers and badmouthing your competitors. False promises leave a very bad impression on your prospects and will get them irate easily while bad mouthing your competitors will make them feel as if you are not confident about your products and services.
  3.  Employee’s Behavior – The behavior of your employees is one of the biggest factors affecting your brand name, because it is they who interact with your customers directly. If they don’t behave in a polite and clear manner with your customers, they will never return. Therefore, it is essential to train your employees with the necessary communication skills.
  4.  Cheap Website – Nowadays, websites are mostly the medium of first interaction with your prospects. The first impression leaves its mark. A cheap website, where it is hard to explore your products and services without any clear information will simply exasperate your customers.
  5.  Bad or Delayed Response – When a customer needs your services, be it for the first time or for a complaint, if you fail to respond immediately you will make them feel that you don’t care about them. People don’t like to be where they are not valued and their problems are not dealt with easily. This could be bad phone line connections, long lines or simply no one responding to questions on the phone or through e-mails.

Eva is a brand management consultant and has helped many businesses to strengthen their brand image through promotions. She works for Custom Gear and is a regular contributor in marketing online publications.

College Football Upsets Week 11

#6 Baylor 34, #12 Oklahoma 44

#7 Stanford 36, Oregon 38

#9 LSU 14, Arkansas 31

#10 Utah 30, Arizona 37 2OT

#19 UCLA 27, Washington State 31

#21 Memphis 34, #24 Houston 35


Portland State 24, Southern Utah 23

Oregon State 24, California 54

Heavy Snow Around Reno


Reno, Nevada, November 10, 2015 (National Weather Service)

A vigorous storm system tracking across the western U.S. dumped extremely heavy snow around Reno, Nevada Monday afternoon and night. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported 6-18 inches fell in the region, “one of the highest single storm snowfalls … in years.”

Aaaah, Global warming!

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