The ACCC has blocked the $15bn merger between TPG and Vodafone, citing its belief that a merged entity would reduce competition given TPG’s ability to become a fourth mobile operator. TPG and Vodafone intend to appeal the decision and have extended their merger agreement to 31 August 2020. Venture Insights believes there is an alternative model which would enable infrastructure efficiencies and benefit competition.
Live sport remains an important content genre with the ability to attract consumer eyeballs and improve customer loyalty for both telcos and TV operators. However, TV operators (FTA and Pay TV) which until recently were the undisputed leaders in providing sports content, are being disrupted by sports streaming apps and telcos.
The conventional SIM card has been integral for device connectivity for almost three decades. The arrival of eSIMs will remove space constraints greatly benefiting IoT devices and wearables. Although eSIMs can be seen as a threat to telcos - as they enable a more efficient churn process - we believe the benefits of eSIMs outweigh the risks.
Recently the Venture Consulting team had the opportunity to spend time with Ryan Avery, Toastmasters champion and internationally acclaimed motivational speaker. Beginning with a promise, Ryan quotes obscure speechwriter James C Humes, who said that "the art of communication is the language of leadership." Ryan puts this another way: the better a communicator you are, the more influence you have.
In other words, a core skill for any leader - whether a captain of industry or individual team members - is the ability to stir your audience to action. Over the next few hours, Ryan introduces us to a few simple techniques for elevating our communication for greater professional (and personal) achievement - in his words, making the change from 'a' leader to 'the' leader, from being one of many to being the only one worth listening to.
Here are just a few of the techniques Ryan shares with us:
Silence is a powerful tool in any presentation. Well-timed pauses can focus attention on the speaker and her message. Silence can also be effective at recapturing attention by disrupting audience expectations - a vital tool for anyone who's losing their audience
Appreciate the power of stories, and work hard to make them your audience's as well as your own. One way to do this is recast your anecdotes from past into present tense. Doing so subtly draws in your audience, as together you explore the thread of the story
First and last impressions are important (or a variation on peak-end bias for the psychologically inclined). Specifically, don't end with Q&A, as this diminishes your control over your audience's last impressions. Rather, save one piece of information for the end - send your audience out feeling like they've benefited for having listened to you
While these techniques are principally designed for formal presentations, they can easily be modified for day-to-day interactions, such as those between team members or business development meetings. Above all, the key is to remember that communication is not a mechanical process, an afterthought to be considered once you've decided on your message; rather, communication is central to your message. It is the difference between your message being one among many, and your message being the one that stays with people and stirs them to action.
Cinema revenues in Australia are projected to decline gradually over the next 5 years primarily due to cheaper substitutes on offer for consumers. Netflix has paved the way for cinema disruption and distributed 75 original films in 2018. Fellow disrupter MoviePass has continued to struggle due to an unprofitable business model.
eSports viewership and revenues have grown significantly in the past few years and look set to continue growing rapidly. The rapid growth and the much-coveted millennial viewer base has caught the eye of traditional broadcasters who are looking at ways to explore this new content genre. But has the eSports ‘gravy train’ already left the station?
In the four years since Apple Pay was launched, major banks and retailers around the world have allowed customers to use their iPhones to make payments. On 25 March, Apple went one step further and announced its plans to release a digital-first credit card, Apple Card, partnering with global payments network MasterCard and investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Key NBN 1H19 financials were roughly in line with expectations, but the growing number of Service Class 0 premises may be a threat to NBN’s activation targets, and an opportunity for bypass options such as fixed wireless. Given the upcoming federal election, what sale options and strategies could the Government consider in 2019?.
Last year we published a series of reports exploring the future of TV, with a particular focus on the way consumers' viewing habits are changing. As we reported then (report available here), the average Australian is watching more and more on-demand content (up 11% in 2017), and less and less live TV (down 10% in 2017). Younger viewers are leading the charge, but we are seeing signs that older generations are also tuning into the convenience of streaming services.
Following the recent release of the latest UK figures from our colleagues at Enders Analysis (available through Venture Insights here), we take a moment to compare the trends in each market. The first thing to note is that Britons watch significantly more broadcast TV than we do (c. 200 mins per day to our c. 170 mins per day in 2017).
Looking beyond the absolute levels (and setting aside the differences in delivery platforms and competitive dynamics), it is clear that the UK is witnessing a similar trend in viewing behaviour. In 2018, every age group under 65 watched less broadcast TV than ever (led by younger cohorts), and 2018 saw the sharpest decline on record. Likewise 'unmatched TV set use' - a catch-all phrase covering all non-linear content (including SVOD and YouTube) - continued its inexorable rise.
However, despite the accelerating shift in viewing habits, live TV has a future in both Australia and the UK. In Australia, we argued that live formats will remain important for a core selection of content that is poorly suited to on-demand viewing, such as sport and news. We would further argue that this holds true more broadly. Indeed, Enders showed that broadcast TV remains unrivalled in terms of reach, particularly during prime time, when broadcast TV reaches 5x more people than streaming services.