News & Commentary Straight from Think HQ

  • Commentary February 09, 2016

    Above All Human

    Our Account Director and Digital Strategist Jane Metlikovec recently attended the Above All Human conference in Melbourne, an event for innovators and entrepreneurs.

    Here are some of Jane’s insights from the conference.

    Think HQ: What was the most insightful aspect about Above All Human? Who was your favourite speaker?

    Jane: It was fantastic to hear from so many leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship and technology, both home-grown and from across the seas. However, the highlights for me were Anil Daish and Kate Morris.

    Anil, an American technology and blogging giant, gave a powerful presentation about using technology for good. He believes that digital communicators need to stop creating for the top five per cent, and start directing their efforts towards creating digital solutions for those who have the least. His vision is a perfect reflection of Think HQ’s philosophy and why we exist – to work on projects of substance.

    Kate Morris, the founder of AdoreBeauty, Australia’s first...

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  • Commentary January 13, 2016

    Landmark report provides insight into the Australian third sector

    Snapshot of the 2014 Australian Charities & Non-for-profits Commission (ACNC) report

    In December last year, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) released its 2014 report into the financial performance and sustainability of the Australian charitable sector. The report - produced in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact, and the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales - revealed an extremely diverse and growing sector, with more than 38,000 registered charities currently operating within a $103 billion dollar industry.

    Key insights of the report include:

    SIZE AND LOCATION:

    Around one in five Australian charities are considered as ‘large’, with an annual income of $1 million dollars or more. Some 22 per cent of ‘large’ charities reported incomes over $10 million dollars. Two thirds of all Australian charities are smaller charities - with an annual income of less than $250,000. NSW and Victoria dominate the charitable...

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  • Commentary February 09, 2015

    Communicating CSR value beyond data and numbers

    In 2014 we saw continued growth in the adoption and practice of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) across the globe, and its varied forms - shared value, inclusive business, B Corporations and others - featuring more prominently in corporate and business communications.

    This trend will no doubt continue in 2015, as businesses look to improve their economic performance in a climate that places increasing importance and corporate value on the impact a business has on people and planet.

    For business communicators, this provides both a challenge and an opportunity to inform and engage key stakeholders in a conversation about your company’s CSR.

    With the new year underway, it is a great time to consider how your company is engaging in the CSR journey, and particularly how it is communicating its CSR objectives and achievements.

    Reporting vs storytelling

    The practice of CSR reporting is vast and increasingly sophisticated, greatly enhanced by better data collection and analysis,...

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  • Commentary January 05, 2015

    Public Relations in 2015 and beyond

    As busy communicators, it is often not until the holiday period when we get the chance to sit down and reflect on our work. For many, this means an evaluation of past and current campaign progress and of the lessons that we have learned – what activity worked and what activity didn’t. It’s also when we look to the New Year and consider what our focus will be, and what emerging technologies or trends we can take advantage of.

    Here’s a few thoughts on what we might see emerge and grow in public relations for 2015.

    1. A picture tells a thousand words, but videos can say even more.

    With the rise of photo-focused platforms like Instagram, SnapChat and Pinterest, we are seeing the power of images for public relations and marketing. If 2014 was the year we truly saw images take over the web, then 2015 is going to be the year of the video.

    We’ve already had a preview of this phenomenon in 2014 with the emergence of the viral sensation that was the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” where videos...

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  • Commentary December 09, 2014

    The results are in: Not for profit sector delivers mixed bag of survey results

    Late last year, Think HQ undertook a research survey to gain an insight into the inner-workings of Australian not for profit (NFP) organisations, and the key opportunities and challenges they’re currently facing.

    Over 85 NFPs were represented in the survey, with participants from organisations including the Salvation Army, Melbourne Recital Centre, Spark* International, Save The Children, The Heart Foundation, Plan International, and Opportunity International Australia.

    Numerous sectors were also represented, including education, welfare/social services, community development, health and mental health, and disability and training.

    Of the individuals who took part in the survey, 27% identified as CEO or top-level executives, 18% as communications staff, 10% as marketing staff, 9% as development staff, and 3% as fundraising staff.

    Our findings revealed both good and bad news for the sector.

    SO, WHAT’S THE BAD NEWS?

    Budgets are tight…

    As expected, survey results confirmed that...

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