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Apr
27
2015

Going hyper-local in social media

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The concept of brands using ‘hyper-local social media’ – bringing together people through geographically focused social media pages or accounts rather than relying on a one-stop destination for all – has been quietly gaining momentum after a period of general ‘bigger is better’.

At its largest scale, fast food chain McDonalds announced late last year that it would create local Facebook pages for all 14,500 of its stores in the United States.

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Apr
27
2015

Telstra offers free calls to earthquake devastated Nepal

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A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday 25 April causing widespread damage and destruction. Thousands of people have been left homeless and without essential supplies following the worst disaster to strike Nepal in more than 80 years.

To help our customers check on friends and relatives affected by the earthquake, we’re offering free standard voice calls and texts for calls made from post paid mobiles and fixed lines to Nepal from 6am AEST on 25 April until 6am AEST on 9 May.

For pre-paid customers, we’re offering a refund of the costs of your standard voice calls and SMS to Nepal from 6am AEST on 25 April until 6am AEST on 9 May (refunds will be applied by 14 May).

Please keep in mind that disruption to services in Nepal may impact calls getting through.

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Apr
24
2015

Reflections from the Women in the World Summit

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I’ve just come out of an amazing conference of women in New York where I’ve been reminded so powerfully that education will give you a voice and education will set you free.

We’re two days into the sixth annual Women in the World Summit and we’ve heard from globally-recognised women such as Hillary Clinton on how women’s participation in the workforce can be increased by 20 per cent, Mary Robinson on the coming surge in “climate refugees” in the Pacific and Barbra Streisand on the inequity in research of heart disease, the number one killer of women.

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Apr
24
2015

My Anzac Day story

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David Taylor is currently in Gallipoli for the Anzac Day commemorative services 25 years after his first visit to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove. He was 15 when he met George Abraham, a 92-year-old Gallipoli veteran who won the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1917 for his actions in France. Here’s their story.

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Apr
23
2015

Telstra assistance package extended for NSW floods

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Telstra assistance package extended to all Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, and Central Coast flood affected customers.

Telstra has announced today an assistance package for its residential and small business customers has been extended to include Cessnock, Dungog, Paterson, Stroud, all Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Central Coast customers who have lost services as a result of the floods.

Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for Hunter Central Coast, Christopher Cusack, said:  “We understand this is a terrible time for anyone who has been affected by these floods and hopefully this package will help people as they work through this crisis.”

Our technicians will continue to work to fully recover any communications services which have been impacted by the floods

As a result we have put in play some emergency packages for Telstra customers.

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