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Bundaberg Social Enterprise Accelerator

This is an example of my work. A social enterprise project with a social media campaign creatives….. In a local regional economy like Bundaberg, digital design services can seem overpriced and hard to understand and as more locals seek big-city solutions, and this depletes the ecosystem further (Ibis world 2020). More and more people using platforms like 99Designs or Design Crowd can mean less work for local designers, … Read More

Converting to a Social Enterprise

Ever wondered how to change your business structure and branding to a not for profit status? By changing to this structure you can contribute to sustainable capitalism and build strong relationships and affinities with your customers. Your customers then become your strongest ally selling your brand for you and contributing to positive change. Here is a practical example of what fitness and wellness brands can do. The Guru … Read More

The role of mobile telephony in the renewal of the public sphere and the extension of democratic processes

Mobile phone use has become ubiquitous (fig. 1), especially among the young and wealthy with more than five billion uses worldwide (Pew Research, 2019). Smartphones herald the arrival of convergence bringing together the formally ‘separate business of media, telecommunications, and computing/information technology into interdependent services’ via digital networks (Cinque, 2012, p,14).  The speed of change in technology has garnered much discussion as to the social-political and economic effects … Read More

Coca-Cola Advertising and the Mask of Authenticity

Advertising identifies trends, raids culture and constructs desires (Lyth, p3). Through a semiotic qualitative textual analysis, this paper explores how Coca Cola advertisements, at three key junctures in history, have relied upon an authentic/commercial binary that has existed since the Romantic turn during the Enlightenment to promote the myth of a depth ontology and an authentic self in contrast to ‘shallow consumerism’(Banet-Weiser, 2012, Erving Goffman and the Performed … Read More

25 social media platforms find-a-word game

This is a game I created where users participate in finding social media platforms. It is really easy to set up (see my reviews on using h5p under the gamification heading). These social media platforms are not listed in any particular order. Only 25 that seem relevant in 2020. This is a pretty big find-a-word as the more words you add the bigger it gets. Then you would … Read More

Creatives in the time it takes to make a coffee

This is more than a post about creating Coffee creatives using Canva. You will see how the images below were created in a video tutorial, but I will also go on to show how I schedule the images to Instagram directly from my PC using a free platform (Later). Images created using Canva tend to have a professional look. I find the effects you can achieve using a … Read More

Best Free Video Editor

Usually, in recent year, I head straight for Videopad when I am looking for a great free editor. Videopad is a great program and it remains my first choice when it comes to free and inexpensive video editors but lately, my allegiances are shifting. If you are looking to use the free version of Videopad use this link and watch you don’t accidentally download the trial version which … Read More

Monetize Your Blog

Today I am adding Google Site Kit to my WordPress site as a way to earn income from Google Adsense. The whole process took about ten minutes as you can see in this video. I’ll keep you updated with a follow-up video as the ads come online and share with you the success of the process. In the meantime I would like to know if your experiences. Have … Read More

Social Branding

Advertising students at Deakin University produced campaigns with one to get presented to the amazing social enterprise we know as Who Gives a Crap. Although this campaign was chosen as a finalist to actually get used by the company it was a great experience to create for such a reputable social enterprise. Background Who Gives a Crap provide ethical recycled toilet paper and 50% of profits help those … Read More

Interactive Piano Quiz

I have been playing around with creating a few piano quizzes for our piano course. Quizzes and games are a great way to engage your audience and make the whole experience of learning more enjoyable. Try these out. You may even like to try making your own with some of the resources I provide on this website. I’ve blogged about what we are doing with the piano course … Read More

Mindful Phone Use Connecting Humanity During COVID 19

The neuroscience of mindfulness reveals how mindful attention can change the brain, mould identity, improve awareness and bridge mental connections with past present and others, allow users to ‘thrive online’ (Rhinegold, 2012, p. 240). Research is increasingly exploring how by deliberately cultivating mindfulness, by paying attention to breath, body, emotions, attitudes, and attention in a non-judgemental way this can unlock digital potentials of digital media while mitigating the … Read More

Students Perceptions of Surveillance for the ‘Common Good’ During COVID-19

This study explores the everyday practices of phone use in university students and their attitudes towards a surveillance culture and control during the time of the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’.  During the time of this study, an app was released by the Australian Government asking Australians to put aside their concern for privacy and instead consider the greater public good. Btihaj (2017) refers to this as ‘the emerging tension between … Read More

Learning LearnDash

In this field report on using the LearnDash learning management system (LMS), I’d like to take you through some of the logic behind our choices as we set up a comprehensive piano chords e-learning course and hopefully inspire other media makers. (You can also check out April’s free piano lessons). We chose to host our course on our own WordPress site and install the LearnDash plugin. The decision … Read More

Ethical Gamification for a Sustainable Planet

If you struggled with this then check out my introduction to gamification. Most fortune 500 companies now use gamification in attempts to engage audiences. However, experts claim eighty per cent of business will get it wrong because they fail to consider their audience’s motivations and instead act out of coercive self-interest (cited in Burke, 2014 p. 9). However, what gamification shows us is that it is possible for … Read More

There’s the Internet of things IoT but what about the Internet of Humanity IoH?

An Internet of Humanity IoH to resist Surveillance Capitalism There’s the Internet of things IoT but what about the Internet of Humanity IoH? Introduction While self-tracking with the rise of the IoT is contributing to many pro-social benefits for public health, these practices are also transforming notions of the public and private self and raising substantial ethical issues in the age surveillance capitalism. Self-tracking in the Quantified Self … Read More

Cross Cultural Advertising of Shoes in South Korea and Australia

PDF DOWNLOAD: Cross-cultural analysis of sports brand creative advertising in Australia and South Korea As globalised sports brands increasingly look to fast-growing emerging markets to leverage their equity those that use creative advertisements which can respond to differentiated cultural nuances and communicate a coherent brand essence and identity across these cultural divides will do well. This study compares two sports brand advertisements from South Korea and two from Australia … Read More