Just a small place for my small thoughts.

Landline phones are currently down
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Transferring over to the NBN. It has taken a month to transfer over to the NBN; two NBN technician visits, new cable install, new modem and router hardware. Our ISP technician visited yesterday to connect the landlines but unfortunately due … Read More

2019 Australian Data Breach List
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At Markis, we take data protection and privacy very seriously. 2019/06/03 Markis implemented Data Erasure Standards to Australian Government Standards; https://markis.com.au/implementation-of-data-erasure-standards-to-australian-government-standards/ 2018/12/03 Markis implemented a custom air-gapped production facilities for minimising and effectively eliminating any hacking and malicious cyber activities … Read More

Implementation of Data Erasure Standards to Australian Government Standards
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Many governments and companies have industry standards for software-based overwriting that removes data from storage devices. From Monday 3rd June, 2019 Markis has implemented Australian Government ICT Security Manual 2014 – Controls as set out by The Australian Cyber Security … Read More

Do you sell my data?
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Occasionally, new customers will ask what do I do with their data. In my mind it would be IRRESPONSIBLE for a new customer NOT to ask. It is a fair question and I am always happy to answer it. I … Read More

Automation of mail house processes
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Picture this: Walking into a production room and saying, “Ok, let’s start a mail out.” Lights switch on, machines switch on, servers and computers boot, software looks for a database and begins processing it, a digital job folder is created, … Read More

12,000 Pages Per Hour Production Upgrade
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Earlier this year I upgraded our digital laser monochrome production to facilitate quicker turnaround times, complement and enhance our current mail house services for my customers. Previously our capacity was limited to 2,000 pages per hour, single sided at 1200dpi. … Read More

Markis protecting your data
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If large corporate companies like Marriot, Google, Yahoo, Equifax, eBay, JP Morgan Chase and so on cannot prevent data theft and hacking attempts, what chance does a small company like ours have? In November 2018, Markis took all customer data … Read More

Unsolicited advertising material (junk mail)
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We rarely send unsolicited or junk mail (>1%). We work with businesses, charities and other organisations who distribute newsletters, information and offers to their customer base; that is consumers who have already elected to receive such communication. Businesses need our … Read More

Best Practices for managing Return Mail
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Believe it or not, return mail is an opportunity to reconnect with your customer while also cleaning out your database and updating details. When an envelope comes back to you hopefully these three simple tips to help you turn dead … Read More

Sending businesses email that complies with the Australian spam laws
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This is provided for informational purposes only. This business does not partake in or offer any email marketing services. This law only applies to sending emails. Mailing physical letters to anywhere in Australia and Worldwide does not contravene any laws, … Read More

Direct Mail vs email
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Direct mail vs email is arguably one of the longest standing debates in marketing, this could be down to the constant evolving industry and it’s audiences. Today 70% of consumers reportedly feel like they receive too many emails, something we … Read More

Hosking Price Increase
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Dear Valued Customers, Despite several price rises in raw materials, Hosking has not reviewed our prices for some time. As a result of more increases in recent months we have no choice but to pass some of these costs on. … Read More

QLD Government Mentoring for Growth Program
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  The Office of Small Business Queensland offers small business owners an opportunity to meet with industry leaders and discuss various aspects of their business. The process is very simple; Go to; https://www.business.qld.gov.au/running-business/growing-business/mentoring-growth/register-business You’ll need to complete an application form … Read More

Small steps travel great distances.
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Recently I had a customer ask me how long I had been in business for and it left me wondering. If someone was to ask me how I felt about the last nine years of being in business I would … Read More

Outlook for 2018
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Today I start a new year with expectations for the business with continue to achieve year on year mail volume growth that the business has maintain since its inception in 2008. There is much to do with the new website; … Read More

Bad days in the office…
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  Maybe now isn’t the right time to be writing a blog, especially since I’m very new to blog writing and don’t feel 100% comfortable doing it. But one thing I can take comfort in is the fact that not … Read More

How dodgy trades people become an inspiration for my business success.
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When my wife and I purchased our first 1960’s era house in 2006 we embarked on some very small-scale renovations such as installing robes, repainting interior and exterior, updating the bathroom and remodelling the kitchen. While we attempted to do … Read More

Why I left Social Media
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I didn’t join Facebook until around 2011. Everyone was talking about it and I felt like I was missing out on something so I signed up. Within a few months I was making contact with old friends, family – distant … Read More

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