The best companies are the ones that make it incredibly easy, and delightful, to do business with. It’s seamless, frictionless, intuitive. It’s not just a better experience, they’re actually disrupting our very notion of what consumers should be able to expect from companies. You see, Aussies and Kiwis are a hard bunch to please - we have some of the highest customer experience expectations in the world. And luckily for us, our homegrown businesses know this. This season on HubSpot's Unconventional Business, you’ll be meeting some of our best homegrown brands as they share how they’re growing and winning by disrupting the customer experience.
Australia's Pandemic Pet Ownership Boom: How Mad Paws is Building Australia's Marketplace for Pets and the COVID-19 Impact
From pet-sitting a Labrador named Honey for a friend, to establishing a game-changing partnership with Qantas, going public in the middle of a global pandemic and the acquisition of Waggly Club - Mad Paws' co-founder, Alexis Soulopoulos, joins us on Unconventional Business this week.
How did Mad Paws, a business founded on pet-sitting services, increase both bookings and new customer acquisition during a global pandemic, when the vast majority of Australia was grounded? What was the catalyst for the company to buck the trend and go public so early into their journey? How did Alexis and the team overcome the vast challenges that exist in building marketplace business models? And with 69% of Aussie households owning a pet, what does the future look like for Mad Paws and the pet industry?
Bonus Episode: Unconventional Business live at GROW ANZ with Sweat's Tobi Pearce
Tobi Pearce and co-founder Kayla Itsines grew Sweat, now a globally recognised fitness brand and one of Apple’s most downloaded health apps, from what was, in 2015, an e-book called the ‘Bikini Body Guide’' (or 'BBG', for those in the know).
Tobi joins us in a bonus episode of Unconventional Business, live from GROW, to talk about the brand’s explosive growth over the last seven years and how he and Kayla took the brand from e-book to app, and where they drew inspiration from.
Kat and Tobi dig into the critical role of customers in subscription business models, how Tobi thinks about driving value for customers, how the Sweat team harnesses the feedback and insights from their global community of more than 50M, where Tobi goes for innovation and what’s coming next for the homegrown success story.
Unrivaled Impact: Humanitix’s Adam McCurdie on Scaling a Profit-For-Purpose Business to Solve the World's Biggest Problems
Back in 2015, co-founders and best mates Adam and Josh were looking for ways to give back to the world through business. They asked themselves: is there a way for us to break into an industry and set up our own social enterprise where we have 100% of our profits go towards closing the global education gap?
Starting out with no equity and sharing Adam’s salary on a handshake deal, they’ve built Humanitix into an incredible organisation, giving close to $1 million a year to education projects through their work in Australia and New Zealand alone.
How did the founders land on booking and ticketing? Why SaaS over fast moving consumer goods like many other profit-for-purpose brands? What does Humanitix need to win at as they take on global giants like Ticketek, Eventbrite and Ticketmaster? And how are they thinking about building awareness as they scale and grow internationally?
Bonus Episode: Unconventional Business live at GROW ANZ with She's on the Money's Victoria Devine
Building an online community is tough. It’s something many organisations try, and often fail, to do. So how did She’s on the Money’s Victoria Devine build such a large and engaged community in such a short space of time? How did she think about community building? And how much of the brand’s success does Victoria attribute to their community?
Join us in a special bonus episode of Unconventional Business live from GROW ANZ, where James and Victoria talk about community building, the dire need for greater financial education in Australia, particularly among women, and why Victoria created She’s on the Money in the first place.
The Rise of Femtech: Modibodi’s Kristy Chong on Leading Social Change, Competition and Breaking Down Taboos.
A decade into Modibodi’s impressive journey, founder and CEO Kristy Chong joins us to talk about where her big idea came from, how she's harnessed the intersection between technology and sustainability, and the mountainous challenge of launching a new product when your category is as taboo as periods and incontinence.
We talk about competition and why Kristy’s not afraid of it, the critical role of trust for brands and consumers, how it felt to have one of the most-complained about advertisements in the country, and much more.
Something's Brewing: How Four Blokes Are Making Booze-Free Beer Heaps Normal
Ben Holdstock and Pete Brennan, co-founders of Heaps Normal, are part of a movement to disrupt an entire category and have set out to change cultural norms around drinking and destigmatise non-alcoholic beers. They’re part of a movement to disrupt an entire category and have set out to change cultural norms around drinking and destigmatise non-alcoholic beers.
What’s it like breaking in as a small player in a big market? What impact does their mission and purpose have on their work? And how do you change perceptions in a nation that loves a cold one on a summer’s arvo? Ben Holdstock and Pete Brennan, co-founders of Heaps Normal, join us on the show.