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Christina Murrell

Christina Murrell

Previously the marketing director of Vietnamese chain Roll'd and cult burger brand Royal Stacks, a cult burger brand, Christina now helps food retailers, cafes and restaurants, to keep customers. She advocates for optimising existing customers to generate future profits. She is the Customer Retention Chief at Loyalty Tribe Marketing, a boutique-marketing agency that specialises in the food retail sector.

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30/04/20 | Six marketing tips to save your quick service restaurant brand post-COVID-19 220 views

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Jamie Shostak and Michael MacRae

Jamie Shostak and Michael MacRae

Michael MacRae is director and co-founder of Appetiser Apps. Originally hailing from Germany, Michael founded his first mobile app company, amii Solutions, while studying at RMIT University in Victoria. He found early success with one of his first apps, First Time Pregnancy, which gained over half a million users within the space of a few weeks. Another app, GEAVI, aimed to reduce violence against women and earned a $17M US/AU patent from Telstra.

After meeting his eventual co-founder Jamie Shostak at the coffee machine at their shared co-working space, Michael was inspired to launch what is now Australia’s fastest-growing app development agency: Appetiser Apps. The agency now boasts four offices globally with over 100 members of staff across three continents and clients including YouFoodz and Sushi Train.

Jamie Shostak is co-founder and head of growth at Appetiser Apps, Australia’s fastest-growing app development agency. At 19, Jamie launched his first growth marketing agency, Webhype, which he grew to over half a million dollars in annual revenue over the space of a few short years.

In 2016, a chance encounter with his eventual co-founder, developer Michael MacRae, set the wheels in motion for Jamie’s next venture: Appetiser Apps. With Jamie’s marketing expertise and Michael’s developing know-how, the pair were able to successfully launch what is now Australia’s fastest-growing app development agency. The company has grown to a team of over 100 with offices across three continents, along with awards including the Deloitte 2019 Fast Starter, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and SmartCompany 30 Under 30.

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31/08/20 | How to know you're ready for your own food delivery app 35 views

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    Matt Popkes

    Matt Popkes

    Hailing from Portland, Oregon USA, Matt Popkes is the Head of Strategy for The Brand Agency’s Perth HQ. A digital specialist, Matt relocated to Perth bringing 14 years of
    digital strategy experience, leading key initiatives for brands like Nike, Yamaha and Taco Bell.

    In QSR, Matt helped lead major efforts in data management, segmentation, content personalisation, and re-platforming for Yum Brands/Taco Bell. In Perth, Matt leads a strategic comms team working closely with clients throughout Australia in key sectors of government, public utility, travel and retail.

    Latest Post:
    11/06/20 | Speeding up or changing course? How COVID-19 has reshaped QSR trends 150 views

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      Melissa Haywood

      Melissa Haywood

      Melissa Haywood is the head of Vistaprint, a Cimpress company that empowers millions of business owners worldwide to market themselves professionally. Its wide range of quality products and affordable prices, along with design tools suited to every skill level and need, mean everyone can create the customized materials they need to get their message across.

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      11/03/20 | QSR focus: quick marketing hacks to grow your restaurant at pace 46 views

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        Michael Gillespie

        Michael Gillespie

        Michael Gillespie is the Group Chief Digital and Technology Officer for Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited (DPE), overseeing the Digital and Information Technology teams.

        In this role, Michael is responsible for overseeing the IT, ecommerce and key digital marketing functions across DPE’s seven markets – Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Germany.

        Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in marketing, from Griffith University, where he received three consecutive Annual Griffith Awards for Academic Excellence during his degree. He also attended the Stanford d.school where he completed a design thinking course to help the business unlock new ideas.

        With more than 18 years’ experience in online marketing and digital strategy, Michael continues to adopt a forward-thinking approach, with extensive knowledge of the online space, to ultimately build sales momentum.

        Michael’s experience with the Domino’s brand spans almost a decade. During this time, his vision and commitment have helped Domino’s transform into Australia’s most sophisticated online and digital retailer, with several advanced online ordering platforms and online initiatives.

        Through Michael’s leadership, Domino’s has rolled out DPE’s global online ordering platform into its seven markets, while also driving digital sales growth and efficiencies.

        He has achieved a number of world firsts in social media and online ordering including managing DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) Deliveries, DRU Drone by Flirtey New Zealand delivery in November 2016, Domino’s iPhone App launch in 2009 which reached the number one position in Apple’s App Store and launching Domino’s Virtual Assistant DRU Assist.

        Michael works closely with influential global companies to develop best practices and is seen as a leader in the online space.

        Before Domino’s, Michael worked at Virgin Blue (Virgin Australia), Australian Insurance Holdings (Budget Direct) and QBD The Bookshop.

        Latest Post:
        11/05/20 | Technology in the time of COVID-19 400 views

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          Michel van Aalten

          Michel van Aalten

          Michel van Aalten is the ANZ country manager of Adyen. Adyen (AMS: ADYEN) is the payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies, providing a modern end-to-end infrastructure connecting directly to Visa, Mastercard, and consumers' globally preferred payment methods. Adyen delivers frictionless payments across online, mobile, and in-store channels. With offices across the world, Adyen serves customers including Facebook, Uber, Spotify, Lorna Jane, the Cotton On Group and Budgy Smuggler.

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          09/03/20 | Bust the queue: why payments are the key to keeping QSR customers happy 53 views

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          Simon Fonteyn

          Simon Fonteyn

          Simon Fonteyn is the founder and managing director at the Leaseinfo Group, Australia’s largest online provider of retail leasing data.

          Latest Post:
          17/02/20 | Retail leasing - the past and future decade 335 views

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            Tony Ibbotson

            Tony Ibbotson

            Tony has been eating food for his entire life but it was only 15 years ago that he combined his love of eating with design in the creation of The Creative Method. Off the back of the creation and success of Guzman y Gomez, The Creative Method have become specialists in bringing stories to life and creating customer engagement through brand experience in the food and drink space. 

            Tony’s role at the Creative Method is Managing Director and Creative Director. His philosophy is simple: Big ideas, a twist of humour, well-crafted executions and a stiff drink to wash it all down when all is said and done.

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            01/09/20 | Taming the social creature 36 views

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