Australian peer-to-peer lending outfit SocietyOne has received some heavyweight backing today. The Westpac backed company will add Murdoch, James Packer and Kerry Stokes to its list of supporters via various investment entities. The moguls are said to be part of a group investing $A10 million in the business, which will

Specialist business consultancy KINSHIP digital has won a tender to build a Social Media Command Centre for the Bank of Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), modeled on similar facilities it operates throughout the region. For BIDV, the program is an important part of its strategy over the rest of

Australia’s National Online Retail Association (NORA) has added three new directors: Ben Hare, Jethro Marks and James Webber to its board. Hare is co-founder of, while Marks co-founded and James Webber is CEO of They replace two of NORA’s foundation directors, John Winning, CEO of The Winning

Mobile accounted for the majority of online shopping traffic this year on Thanksgiving Day in the US with the trend carrying into Black Friday though it still fell just a squeak short of a majority. This topic – predictably dominated the omnichannel chatter this week. Each weekday the KINSHIP digital/Which-50

Large retailers should take a leaf out of the approach of giant ecommerce dotcoms and the banking sector when it comes to delivering great mobile customer experiences, according to a survey by the Apigee Institute. The study, which surveyed 1000 smartphone-owning adults in the United Kingdom and the United States,

Trade Minister Andrew Robb and his colleagues have, rightly, scored high grades for the China free trade deal agreed ahead of the G20 Brisbane meeting. It brings a wide range of substantial benefit to Australian exporters and service providers. While the headlines, naturally, made much of the benefits for mining

Innovation will move to the top of the digital banking agenda in 2015, according to a report from Forrester which outlines 12 different ways different banking will evolve or change over the next 12 months. In a blog announcing the research (which costs $US495), analyst Peter Wannemacher describes a 20-year

Mobile commerce,  where consumers actually transact from the phone as opposed to just research purchases, has attracted a lot of buzz in recent months. Brands can’t help but salivate at the prospect of being one convenient click away from a sale, especially as we all carry a cash register around

The world’s biggest online shopping day — China’s 24-hour Singles Day event — blew away previous records in just its first hour. Consumers across Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall spent $US2 billion in just 60 minutes, doubling last year’s result. The only real question is by how much will last year’s

Some categories just seem immune to digital transformation. It’s a comforting thought — although not a very clever one. As an old media man himself, one of your humble Chatter reporters often felt that idea of immunity applied to executive recruitment. The big chair jobs simply didn’t belong on job