Finally, it’s the end of the week. But what have we been reading and sharing around the office? Here’s a quick round up of the content that grabbed our attention.

Pop back later to see what our UK and US offices have being checking out as well.

Australia’s productivity: drunk on complacency

The Australian economy is the bees-knees among developed economies… But now let’s turn a steel gaze onto productivity and start the bemoaning bit. 

Originally published 05-Jun-2012

The awkwardness of marketing Chinese brands globally

In the current political climate, overt Chinese-ness is simply a competitive disadvantage for Chinese brands overseas… Perhaps Chinese brands with global aspirations can look to post-war Japan for role models.

Originally published 31-May-2012

Asia-Pacific accounts for one-third of world’s mobile ad spend

The global mobile advertising market was valued at more than $5.3 billion for 2011. The Asia-Pacific region holds the largest amount of money spent on mobile advertising with more than $1.9 billion in 2011, or almost 36% of the overall market.

Originally published 07-Jun-2012

Retailers hamstrung by lack of online experience

Four in five Australian retailers plan to spend more on developing their online strategy in the next three years, but they may be hampered by internal culture and resourcing barriers according to a new report.

Originally published 01-Jun-2012

The new underbelly

It’s called the Dark Web and once you are in you can buy people, drugs, guns and even have someone killed. The problem is: what can law enforcers do about it? 

Originally published 01-Jun-2012

What the US can learn from China in mobile social gaming

As social gaming struggles to find itself in the US, China’s mobile social landscape is flourishing. Why? China has already been there.

Originally published 05-Jun-2012

Asia-Pacific submits all-time-high Cannes 2012 entries

A total of 34,301 entries across 15 categories from 87 countries have been submitted to the Cannes Lions 59th International Festival of Creativity. Asia-Pacific sent 7169 entries, representing a fifth of the total.

Originally published 07-Jun-2012

Revolutionary user interfaces

The human computer interface helps to define computing at any one time. As computers have become more mainstream the interfaces have become more intimate. This is the journey of computer technology and how it has come to touch all of our lives.

Originally published 04-Jun-2012

Need for speed: Some Chinese e-commerce companies to expand to express delivery business?

When a Chinese consumer buys something on one of China’s very numerous B2C e-commerce sites, the item in question is whisked off by a private express delivery company. But two of China’s top e-tailers, 360Buy and Vancl, look ready to upset that system by starting up their own express delivery companies.

Originally published 04-Jun-2012

Trio of experts discuss impact of digital on creative agencies

 In a wide-ranging, candid interview, Y&R’s Jonny Lang, Ignition Factory’s Jeremy Paul and Microsoft Advertising’s Jason Scott talk about the latest trends in digital and the impact those trends will have on creative agencies.

Originally published 07-Jun-2012