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Financial planner and principal of Adapt Wealth Management, Reuben Zelwer simplifies the world of finance and give you the information, tricks and tips to get ahead.

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Financial planner and principal of Adapt Wealth Management, Reuben Zelwer simplifies the world of finance and give you the information, tricks and tips to get ahead.

    Episode 80 - The customer experience with Yoni Paluch

    Episode 80 - The customer experience with Yoni Paluch

     

    The customer service experience with Yoni Paluch

    Customer service is often the most overlooked part of any business. However, industries all over the world are changing their priorities, carefully analyzing customer data and looking to retain as many clients as they can - even if they have to throw ridiculous offers on the table. To explain this change in business mindset is Yoni Paluch, an expert on customer services and complaint management systems. He joins me today to explain how the world is becoming more customer-centric and the steps businesses large and small are taking to improve their customer service. He discusses the financial impact of customer retention and why it’s more practical to customer acquisition. Yoni describes the new ways companies are adapting to social media trends and how their strategies are heavily influenced by tracking customer data. He also explains why businesses should treat customer complaints seriously.

    “By 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator.” - Yoni Paluch

    This week on The Finance Hour Podcast:
    Yoni's academic background and how he started in customer service.
    His thoughts on online data security and privacy.
    How personal data tracking can benefit consumers.
    How Telstra structured its customer service channels through outsourcing.
    What they did to make their services more customer-centric.
    How the "omnichannel" strategy can enhance the customer experience.
    What to expect from marketing strategies aimed at customer experience in the future.
    Why retaining customers is more cost-effective than acquiring new ones.
    His current line of work and why he left Telstra.
    Why companies should embrace customers who complain.

    Yoni Paluch’s top 3 tips for businesses looking to enhance their customer experience
    Embrace customer feedback.
    Keep aligned to the custom.
    Know your customer.

    Connect with Yoni Paluch:
    LinkedIn

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    • 45 min
    Episode 70 - Generating income from your investments with Michael O'Neill from Investors Mutual

    Episode 70 - Generating income from your investments with Michael O'Neill from Investors Mutual

    With interest rates at all-time lows and likely to drop further, how do you generate reliable income your portfolio? Many people are looking to the share market.  To help us gain an understanding of the current market, my guest today is Michael O’Neill, Portfolio Manager at Investors Mutual Limited. Investors Mutual Limited is an Australian-based Equities Fund Manager. Michael explains increasing popularity of investment strategies which aim to generate income above the usual dividend stream paid by Australian companies. He also shares his view on the sustainability of the big four bank dividend policy.

    Don’t miss this week’s segment of Reuben’s Rant where I explain why the term “top end of town” has started to grate on me. 

    And stay tuned to the end of the episode for my Propellerhead of the Week segment to learn how the Get Reminded App can help you settle contracts, policies, and other documents before you get penalised.

    “Corrections are an inevitable part of the share market.”  -Michael O’Neill

    This week on The Finance Hour Podcast:
    The average rates for traditional low-risk sources of income.
    Are the dividends paid in the past going to be sustainable?
    How the banks will react to the current state of the market.
    Mitigating risks despite high market valuations.
    Why the majority of markets are trading on noise.
    Investors Mutual Limited’s business model and how they choose investments.
    Why the Australian market is unique compared to the rest of the world.
    High-risk and low-risk markets and where the average investor is exposed

    Resources Mentioned:
    Get Reminded App
    Covered Call definition

    Connect with Michael O’Neill:
    Investors Mutual Limited
    LinkedIn

    Subscribe to The Finance Hour Podcast with Reuben Zelwer!

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    • 36 min
    Episode 69 - Marketing your small business with Joel Fixler (1 May)

    Episode 69 - Marketing your small business with Joel Fixler (1 May)

    FH069 Marketing your business with Joel Fixler

    You can create the best and most innovative product ever, but no one will buy it if they don’t even know it exists. Making sure consumers know you have something to sell is the essence of marketing. However, not all marketing methods are created equal, and it can be a confusing subject for anyone who isn’t well-versed. That’s where my guest Joel Fixler comes in. Joel is a Strategic Marketing Consultant at Binyan Co., a company that provides niche marketing consultations to large and small companies. Joel shares what Binyan Consulting’s goals are and how they help clients. He discusses the intricacies of digital marketing including the importance of regular marketing promotions, web design, and web content. He also explains why business owners shouldn’t be too hands-off when it comes to their marketing model.

    Don’t miss this week’s segment of Reuben’s Rant where I express my frustration on not securing any politicians in the show despite the upcoming elections.

    And stay tuned to the end of the episode for my Propellerhead of the Week segment to learn how the Zoom app can streamline your online team meetings.

    “The more you remove yourself from being involved in your marketing, the connection to your company is also removed.”  - Joel Fixler

    This week on The Finance Hour Podcast:
    What Binyan Co. is all about and their target clients.
    How he started working in the industry and their business model.
    The challenges they encountered as a startup and how they got around the red tape.
    Consumer engagement and how a business can improve its numbers.
    The importance of product distribution and marketing.
    The difference between marketing and “pounding the pavement.”
    Common mistakes large and small companies make in their marketing efforts.
    Web development and the different web platforms you can use.
    Joel’s suggestions on improving the podcast’s website and content.
    The amount of involvement a business owner should have in marketing.



    The top 3 tips for businesses to jumpstart their marketing
    Differentiate yourself
    Just pick a metric and understand it
    Try and have a go regularly

     

    Resources Mentioned:
    Zoom
    Wix
    Wordpress



    Connect with Joel Fixler:
    Binyan Consulting
    LinkedIn

     

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    • 47 min
    Episode 68- Shareholder Activism with Jeremy Leibler

    Episode 68- Shareholder Activism with Jeremy Leibler

    Other than social activists, there’s another group large companies are constantly hearing from and they are the shareholder activists. What are shareholder activists and how do they affect the market? Jeremy Leibler joins me today to answer that question. Jeremy is a partner at Arnold Bloch Leibler, specialising in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and shareholder activisim. He explains what shareholder activists are, their differences and similarities to social activists, and how much power they hold over large corporations. He discusses the rise of index fund investing and their impact on influencing corporate behaviour. Jeremy also describes what having cultural diversity means in a business setting.

    Don’t miss this week’s segment of Reuben’s Rant where I criticise with the notion that the Labor party just needs to waltz in and ‘assume the position.’

    “You need to ensure cultural fit in any organization, but cultural fit doesn't mean everyone has to be the same.”  - Jeremy Leibler

    This week on The Finance Hour Podcast:
    What the term shareholder activism actually means and its difference from investors.
    How social activism affects shareholders and companies.
    The index funds in Australia and how they compare to those in the USA.
    Why many are moving their assets in index funds.
    Explaining the "two strikes rule" and how it can be used.
    What it means to have cultural diversity in a company.
    Why shareholder activism is a positive force in Australia.

    Resources Mentioned:
    Shareholder activism definition
    Solly Lew Myer article
    Perpetual Brickworks article

    Connect with Jeremy Leibler:
    Arnold Bloch Leibler
    LinkedIn

    Subscribe to The Finance Hour Podcast with Reuben Zelwer!

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    • 32 min
    Episode 67 – Residential or commercial property with Tim Farrelly

    Episode 67 – Residential or commercial property with Tim Farrelly

    FH066 - Residential or commercial property

    The property market can be confusing. Buy and apartment or house? A shop or an office space? Residential or commercial? That’s a question my guest Tim Farrelly will answer today. Tim is the Principal of Farrelly’s Investment Strategy, an investment consulting company. He joins me to share his thoughts on the current state of the Australian market and how it has dramatically affected the property sector. I ask him whether now is a good time to buy for both owner occupiers and investors. Tim also describes the difference between residential and commercial property markets.

    Don’t miss this week’s segment of Reuben’s Rant where I discuss the truth about the Federal Budget surplus claim and why we’re not “back in the black.”

    “If the states have a big, sharp fall in revenue, the federal government has to make it up.”  - Tim Farrelly

    This week on The Finance Hour Podcast:
    Why residential markets have been on a continuous decline.
    The impact of small wage increases on loans and interest rates.
    What negative gearing is and how it affects market prices.
    The relationship between consumption numbers and housing prices.
    The fundamental difference between residential and commercial property.
    The difference in return if you buy for long term and buying for the next 12 months.
    The better bet between residential and commercial property.

    Connect with Tim Farrelly
    Farrelly’s Investment Strategy
    LinkedIn

    Subscribe to The Finance Hour Podcast with Reuben Zelwer!

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    • 40 min
    Episode 66 - Revolutionising the hearing aid industry with Noam Korbl

    Episode 66 - Revolutionising the hearing aid industry with Noam Korbl

    Suffering from hearing loss is by no means a light matter. The way you live your life is affected and the expenses associated with treatments and consultations start to pile up. What if there was a way to streamline the process of seeing an audiologist and choosing the right type of hearing aid in the most cost-effective way possible? That’s what my guest, Noam Korbl along with his partner Akiva Szental, are addressing with Hearing Choices, a company that seeks to help people find the best type of hearing aid for them or their loved ones. Noam shares his inspiration for starting the company. He describes the problem with today’s hearing aid industry and how they want to solve it. He also explains how their process works and cites how a typical transaction would go.

    Don’t miss this week’s segment of Reuben’s Rant where I debunk the idea that share market returns reflect the market economy in the short term.

    “It's really important that customers see the value and virtue associated with the service component of being fitted with hearing aids.”  - Noam Korbl

    This week on The Finance Hour Podcast:
    What Hearing Choices is all about and why Noam and Akiva wanted to start this company.
    How they plan their marketing and lead generation strategies.
    The services they offer and how it would work in an actual transaction.
    Where they modeled their business regarding branding and advertising.
    The biggest challenges they've faced while growing this type of business.
    Managing your staff and making sure they're converting the right numbers.
    Why you don't want to just buy hearing aids from any online retail store.
    What's in store for their company in the future?

    Top 3 Tips for Starting a Tech Business:
    Make sure you choose your business partner wisely.
    Wait to concentrate on your business full-time for when you can start to justify a wage for yourself.
    Choose an office close to home.

    Resources Mentioned:

     Government Rebate for Hearing Aids

     Connect with Noam Korbl:
    Hearing Choices
    Akiva Szental LinkedIn
    Noam Korbl LinkedIn

     

    • 50 min

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I listen to this Podcast every week and learn something new each one. Before I started listening to these podcasts I had very vague knowledge about the financial area, fast forwarding to the present moment, I feel as if I have much knowledge thanks to Rueben.

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