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December 2013

Greetings for the Festive Season! One last thing...

treat yourself - have a look at this funny pic ;)

What better way to finish off the year - take advantage of our free information sessions for small-to-medium businesses and not-for-profit/community organisations.

If you're quick enough...you can register for our "Getting online" session on Wednesday this week!


What? "Getting online" is designed to help you find out how to start the process of ... going online (no surprises there!). It addresses questions like

  • ‘Why do organisations choose to go online?’;
  • ‘What online options do I have within my budget?’; and
  • ‘What is an online business plan and why should I write one?’.

When and where? Tues 17 December 2pm - 4pm, 
Civic Rooms, Cairns Regional Council, Spence Street, Cairns
Find out more.

Online so far...

Over 50 local businesses and community groups have attended Dive into Digital's free information sessions covering teleworking, getting online and social media as part of the federally funded Digital Enterprise Program.

We've now started working one-on-one with some of these participants and it's been fantastic to help them achieve their online goals. There is such a lot of enthusiasm for making the most of being online out there, and I look forward to bringing you their stories next year.

We will continue to roll out free information sessions across FNQ&TS and hope you'll join us in 2014 to make the most of this opportunity for our region.

Previous info session participants can register for free followup one-on-one mentoring sessions by visiting: https://bitly.com/DEPmentoring

kind regards,

(Michele Dale, Project Manager, DEP FNQ&TS)

Social media needs work

You may have leapt into social media, but are you building relationships or just promoting your products?  This article by Kai Riemer, from the University of Sydney, emphasizes the need for relationship building to reap the benefits from repeat purchases, cross selling and up-selling.

Read the article here in The Conversation

NBN - what then?

A new website 'You've got the NBN but what then?' has been developed by the Australian telecommunications & home technology industry. With a host of contributing organisations including the Australia Cabler Registration Service, ACMA, Department of Communications, Optus and Telstra, it provides answers to questions such as What is NBN? When is NBN Coming? What should I do? Whom should I talk to?

Are you who you say you are online?

New research released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority suggests almost half of Australians admit to giving false personal details to online sites.

The ACMA’s Digital footprints and identities research report indicates that Aussies have three distinct online ‘identities’:

  • a ‘social identity’
  • a ‘transactional identity’—the minimum identity information required!
  • a ‘professional identity'. More here.

Students get credit from Microsoft IT Academy

Queensland state schools, with secondary-aged students, all have access to a Microsoft IT Academy program subscription as part of the Department of Education, Training and Employment's current Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.

Students who successfully complete Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Technology Associate exams are also able to gain Queensland Certificate of Education credit. A total of eight points, one per exam, are able to be attained under the enrichment studies category.  More here.

Free 8 week online course for startup entrepreneurs

delightful pic

The new Federal Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, attended the launch of "Introduction to Startup Entrepreneurship", from Google Australia and General Assembly. This is a free 8 week online course covering topics from developing your idea through to marketing your startup. Read more from Dynamic Business