Starting in business? You don’t need permission.

Starting a Business? You Don't need permission | Iscariot Media - Indigenous & Creative Agency

For many people new to business, it can take a while to realise there is no license to start. There is no official form, course or program. Some of you may require licenses for specific industry, eg. a taxi license, or council permits for food, but for many, you decide to go into business (you register a business name or maybe not if you’re just a sole trader) and you’re off and away. You don’t need


Responses to Vernon’s work in Istanbul

Brutalities by Vernon Ah Kee | Iscariot Media - Indigenous and Creative Agency

Vernon returned this month from Istanbul where he was part of the 2015 Istanbul Biennial. He recently posted on the Biennial in response to Adrian Serle’s article in the Guardian.


Why should I pay thousands for a website when I can build one for free?

Why should you pay for a website when you can build it for free?

In meeting with new business owners, many of who are resource scarce, a common question is Why should I pay lots of money for a logo or graphic design? What’s wrong with just making a logo on Paint? Especially now, with the proliferation of DIY websites and design software, why should someone pay for something they can get for free. Here are a couple of responses that should


Creating a strong capability statement

Why should you pay for a website when you can build it for free?

I admit I thought a capability statement was more or less a generic document, one that I could write up, throw up on my website and attach it to applications as I sent them off. However, this week I, along with twenty other Indigenous business owners in South East Queensland, found


Vernon heads to Istanbul for the 14th Istanbul Biennial

Brutalities by Vernon Ah Kee | Iscariot Media - Indigenous and Creative Agency

Vernon has now arrived in Istanbul to participate in the 14th Istanbul Biennial. The Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IKSV). This year’s curator is Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev whose Australian connection was the 2008 Sydney Biennale. Carolyn’s concept for the 2015 Biennial SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms,


Don’t believe the hype, email is not dead. Creating a newsletter for your organisation

Email is not dead | Iscariot Media - Indigenous and Creative Agency

A few years ago, we were all saying how email was dead, long live social! Well I think we’re all eating those words a little. Social, eg. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc, is still very important, it’s just that email lists can be just as relevant and for many, an even more marketing and communication tool. 


Using Gmail for your organisation or small business

Using Gmail for your organisation | Iscariot Media - Indigenous and Creative Agency

In the scheme of things, a ‘proper’ email address is inexpensive (Microsoft Hosted Exchange is $5.60 per month – August 2015), however for some of our organisations and small businesses this is an extra expense that just can’t be met in the start-up phase. If you’re just starting out there are things you can do until you’re able to afford an email set up that is more professional (and secure and


How do I make money from my business website?

A question I’m often asked by some business owners is how do I make money from my business website? I guess they figure “if I’m going to spend a few thousand dollars on a website then I want it to generate income”. This isn’t a view of relationship between your business and your business’s website that I’d promote, but I thought I’d answer the question anyway. 


Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2015

For the second year, Iscariot Media has been involved with Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Our involvement was two-fold. Vernon curated, as Dark+Disturbing, Gordon Hookey’s proppaNOW representation within the art fair. The Iscariot Media team also assisted with the administration. Gordon and Vernon arrived in Cairns four days prior to the exhibition opening and work around the clock to create a work


Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Business Forum – 22nd April

So this week I just made it to my second Lord Mayor’s Business Forum. It was a hectic afternoon as I bounced from one event to the other. Just before I’d attended the Indigenous Accountants Australia first student networking event, representing the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. It was great to see so many young people having an opportunity to meet up with employers and industry leaders.


Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Business Forum – 18th February

In February this year I attended my first Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Business Forum at Albion. This week I’m attending my second.

During the February event, I tweeted the good bits, and later Storified it for archiving. I hope to do the same again this week. I’ll be using the #LMBF2015 hashtag again, unless there an official hashtag is created.


What’s going on in this Facebook ad? CCIQ marketing is mixing it up.

Scrolling through Facebook on a random Friday night and this ad comes up on my screen. Um… okay. What’s going on here? CCIQ of course at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, so naturally you’d think a stock image of good-looking business suit types would be featured.


Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass 2015

Murra Indigenous Business - Iscariot Media - Indigenous Creative Agency.

It’s been a week since I’ve returned from Melbourne, and I’m still reeling from all the fantastic content we have been given. I am so grateful to have been accepted into the fourth class of the Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass at the Melbourne Business School of the University of Melbourne.


The only way to see ALL the Facebook posts in your stream is to use Lists

You may not believe it but Facebook really does try to make sure that your NewsFeed is valuable to you. Facebook takes the clues you give it to mould the Feed to your desires, interests and preferences. Some of those clues include likes, comments, shares, information, searches. All of these little hints, help the Facebook algorithms understand you and what you want from it.


Too many small business owners see social media as ‘What I had for breakfast’

Why should you pay for a website when you can build it for free?

I’m still amazed by the number of small business owners who still think social media is ‘what I had for breakfast’. They see it as a waste of time, silly and frivolous. Or, they think that it takes too much time away from ‘real’ business activities.


Black Rainbow

The newly established Black Rainbow is a foundation to support Indigenous LGBTI Australians.

They are the ONLY Indigenous suicide prevention and mental health support source for Indigenous LGBTI Australians. They currently have a crowd-funding campaign running to create a National Leadership Group, attend a workshop at the World Congress of International Assoc for Suicide Prevention later this year, and a whole of other activities, including development and roll out of workshops around the country. This is valuable work that needs to be done. Suicide is a social-justice issue, and it’s an issue that impacts all our families.

Can you assist Black Rainbow’s work? Even the smallest contribution would make a difference.

Click here to start some good: http://startsomegood.com/BlackRainbow 

(If you are unable to contribute financially, please share this link amongst your networks so that we can get the word out there as soon as possible.)


Indigenous Business Networking – Friday Coffee Morning [A January Update]

Yesterday morning, I hosted the first Indigenous Business Networking – Friday Coffee Morning for 2015. This initiative was conceived by me and is currently driven by me as a way for the SEQICC to connect with members, and provide a space for them to connect with each other.


How to complete your LinkedIn Profile when you’re an Independent artist

I have to admit I don’t use LinkedIn for what appears to be its intended purpose, ie. LEAD GENERATION. I tend to use it more as a phone book, a place to source useful reading, and general “find out what’s going on in industries I care about” tool. So, given the disclaimer that I’m not all about lead generation, but someone who finds benefits from using LinkedIn, you’re permitted to take the following advice with a grain of salt or a dash of sugar.


Product Release: Goori Advent Calendar

An Indigenous perspective of christmas

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of our Goori Advent Calendar for The Critical Classroom. Isn’t she deadly? The Goori Advent Calendar was designed by is by Yugambeh-Bundjalung artist, Lisa M. Buxton.


Small business – stop chasing followers

Despite being a decade old, there are still many in business new to “social media” as a marketing tool. Wearing my Indigenous Small Business supporter hat, I still see many small business people (especially when they’re starting out) posting things like,