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  • November 18, 2019

    IoT & Cryptocurrency Mining: Cyber Security Update

    The Internet of Things represents a significant and growing target area for cyber criminals. The growth in cryptocurrencies is focussing cyber criminals on the benefits of crypto-mining malware. Individuals, businesses and governments need to include IoT related cyber risks in their security controls and plans.
  • November 15, 2018

    UBS Conference: What could the media landscape look like in 5 yea [...]

    Venture Insights attended the annual UBS Investors Conference for 2018 on 12th and 13th November, with a number of interesting panels across the two days. The participants of the Media panel were unanimous in their view that while digital remains an important area of growth, traditional media operators are starting to get their act together and are aligning their offerings more closely with customer preferences.
  • May 13, 2018

    Bad health habits?

    Australia's overall health expenditure is growing faster than GPD - with no end is sight. Mega demographic trends such as ageing population suggest that our health costs as measured as a percentage of GDP will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. This places ongoing pressure on Governments and individuals to find the funding to support our health. The almost out of control tends with chronic avoidable diseases are a worrying concern. However, its not clear that lack of education is the only problem do we just have terrible health habits?  If so, what can be done about its and who (governments, health insurers, health providers or individuals) should be responsible.
  • April 26, 2018

    The Influence of Bots on Fake News

    Fake accounts could represent up to 15% of a digital platform’s total accounts and generate a high proportion of activity. Whilst, digital platform providers are taking some steps to prevent fake bot accounts, it is likely that Governments will set regulation to ensure providers formalise monitoring, blocking and labelling processes.
  • April 24, 2018

    AltFi Conference 2018 – Growth with transparency

    Venture Insights attended the annual AltFi Australasian Conference on April 15th 2018. The key takeaway from the conference was that the Fintech Industry in Australia is growing at a fast rate and the industry is optimistic about the Federal Government’s Open Banking initiative.
  • February 27, 2018

    Online retail gathers momentum in Australia

    The Australian online retail market has evolved over the past five years, driven by changing consumer preferences coupled with favourable sectoral trends and increased international competition.
  • September 11, 2017

    The Gatekeepers of Travel: Google and Facebook

    As the digital travel industry expands, Google and Facebook have unprecedented control over what content consumers interact with. This control is set to increase at the detriment of both traditional and digital travel market players.
  • September 6, 2017

    National Digital Health Strategy – one byte at a time

    It’s time to move on from relying on doctors’ memories and the pulling together of fragmented information from across the health system. The National Digital Health Strategy outlines the transformation of the Australian healthcare system from a paper-based records system to a digital one that ensures the right information, at the right place and at the right time.
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  • February 8, 2017

    Apple TV: Is video streaming taking the lead in TV consumption?

    The video streaming market continues to grow with a greater number of devices being sold year on year and the four big players in video streaming devices continue to compete for market share. We discuss the changes to consumer behaviour driving this growth and what impact this might have on the wider TV market and look further into Apple TV and how their new update has affected their position in the market.
  • December 9, 2016

    Auto classified marketplace: From lifestyle to driverless future

    This is the third and final report in our annual review of vertical marketplaces (classifieds), focused on used cars, and follows Vertical marketplaces overview and recruitment outlook [2016-116] and Property classified marketplace [2016-119]. Auto Trader continues to dominate online auto listings, accounting for 85% of UK revenues in 2015 by our estimates as total UK online auto spend increased 13%.  We believe that growth will slow to -7% this year and low single digits in 2017/18 as Brexit bites and consumer confidence retreats, although used and new car sales have so far remained buoyant since the vote. In common with the other classified verticals we see a period of sustained innovation on the horizon which will challenge the existing market leaders; data provision rather than audience listings will likely become the main source of value to advertisers while further out the advent of autonomous vehicles promises to disrupt the established structure of the entire auto industry.
  • December 6, 2016

    European digital news models

    Pay access now predominates in print-rooted national digital news across Europe, with meters the most popular model. Reliance on digital advertising is retreating. Best of class Continental publishers have roughly stabilised revenue, and the risk of print ad decline acceleration looms – as in the UK. Digital is still typically below 20% of revenue as online advertising CPMs decrease and newsstand buyers are reluctant to migrate to digital subscriptions – on current trends digital revenues will be insufficient to sustain a full-scale newsroom. Emerging innovations include aggregation, bundling (with broadcast, music, telecoms), and youth-skewed spin offs, but execution is uneven. Profitable native digital news sites provide templates for focused coverage at a fraction of traditional newspapers’ costs.
  • May 18, 2016

    Novel disruption for consumer books

    Consumer book sales look unusually resilient in the context of the extreme changes in other print media sectors, newspapers and magazines, over the past decade. Ebook and ecommerce sales have offset the high street sales decline, although the declining number of retail outlets casts a long shadow over the future of discovery. New options for authors, particularly self-publishing ebooks, threaten the existing funnel of authors to publishers, but could also be a new source of talent.

  • AdEx Market Outlook – market growth underpinned by Digital
    AdEx Market Outlook – market growth underpinned by Digital
    November 23, 2015

    AdEx Market Outlook – market growth underpinned by Digital

    We expect total AdEx to grow at a 2% CAGR to A$14.9b in FY20. While below the long term growth rate (3-4% CAGR) this is above the recent trend (-1% CAGR FY12-15). We expect the continued migration of AdEx from Print to Digital with the latter showing signs of maturing while TV sees anaemic growth (but growth nonetheless).

  • FLASH – Nine NRL rights deal – diamonds or stones?
    FLASH – Nine NRL rights deal – diamonds or stones?
    August 17, 2015

    FLASH – Nine NRL rights deal – diamonds or stones?

    Has Nine stolen a jump on its rivals with its NRL rights deal? At A$925m only time will tell if there is a return on its investment. What we can say is: this underpins the value of sports to delivering live audiences and it reinforces that broadcasters will remain the key rights holders for the next rights cycle at least.