Thank you for your Potential Contribution to our Members!
We are excited to collaborate with Experts and Authorities in their fields. 
Before we upload your content to our platform, we would like to ensure there is an alignment. Please read the following page and when you have your content ready, you can submit it to info@mbn.org.au and we will vet it and have a call with you to arrange compensation terms. 

Thank you and we look forward to partnering with you. 

Melbourne Business Network (MBN)
Content Guidelines

This is a list for the guidelines governing content to be provided to be shared with the Melbourne Business Network (MBN) and its members.

With our origins dating back to 1994, the MBN is a non-profit which was created for the purpose of connecting and promoting businesses amongst our members located within the 15 postcodes of the municipality of Melbourne.

Since our inception, Melbourne and our network has experienced significant growth and likewise our mandate has evolved.

Many businesses have been impacted by the shift created by the influx of technology and social media channels.

Most recently most businesses have been affected by the recent economic downturns that have occurred across the globe.

With many businesses having an online presence, it is safe to say that even if located in Melbourne, they may have suppliers, clients, partners and even team members located anywhere in the world.

Our aim therefore is to help businesses that are members regardless of their location as they may be able to help or partner with our Melbourne and Victorian businesses and contribute to our local economy.

The purpose of this guide is to ensure that members get provided access to consistent content. Content that is aligned with the values of the Melbourne Business Network.

Of course, it goes without saying all content should be positive, provide value and help organisations in their business and personal recovery.

All content should not be inflammatory, offensive or promote self-harm.

To add any content to the MBN platform, the provider of that information confirms that they have the rights by law to do so.

Our Mission
To be a business network which enables members to utilise the power of collaboration, promote a positive environment for businesses to network and use economic initiatives for the greater good of their communities. To be a hub that shares information and content to assist our business community in the implementation of tools and systems in their businesses to drive economic recovery. To create a platform for our members to network, grow their businesses and support our greater community. 
Our Vision
To be a leader in business networking, collaboration, sharing of knowledge and business growth while supporting and giving back to the greater community.
Our Values
Community – build a network of interconnected businesses who support one another and thrive together.
Networking – run events and promote businesses to each other to enable them to connect and grow.
Sharing of Knowledge – provide access to subject matter specialists and their respective content for members through web or live events, articles, video, and audio content for the purpose of moving businesses from respond to recover and on into thrive.
Collaboration – connect businesses through events, programs and digital platforms so that they can learn together and utilise one another’s goods or services.
Business Innovation – share expertise, tools, and systems which will foster business innovation.

Who is eligible to provide content?
Business Plus and Corporate members as well as sponsors are eligible to provide content to be shared.

If these members or sponsors violate any of our Terms and Conditions, then they will be removed from providing content and could face being removed from our portal.

The community is set up to assist each other, provide value, network, and create an environment for members to refer each other, create relationships and work with one another.

Not all content provided will be added to the portal. Therefore, it is important to note and adhere to the minimum requirements as per this document and the MBN Content Provider Agreement.

Video and Audio requirements
Title of the video/audio
It is important to have a title for each video. As the content library grows, members will need to be able to distinguish between each individual piece of content.

If the videos/audios form part of a series, then they should be Part 1, 2, 3 etc. But each should have a title that explains what will be shared within that video/audio.

Description 
A short description of the video/audio to explain what will be shared.
Category 
That you would like video/audio to go in e.g marketing strategies, deal making, mindset, etc
Easy Transfer
All files are to be shared with a download link. The content will be stored on the MBN portal for members to access. For details around the terms of providing the content and storing please refer to the MBN Content Provider Agreement. 
Quizzes
Instructions as to whether the video/audio is for information only or requires a quiz at the end of it. If there is a quiz, then the link must be provided for MBN to embed in the portal. All quizzes and certificates must allow for MBN branding to be added. 
Certificates 
Instructions on whether the video/audio is going to generate a certificate after the user views/listens to it and if so what is required on the certificate. If there are certificates, then the content provider must provide them and ensure that they align with the MBN T&Cs.
Thumbnail images 
For the video/audio files to help audiences know what they will learn. These must be provided along with the videos.
Captions 
Captions are recommended to allow viewers to watch content quietly and learn if it suits their situation. Remember business owners or leaders may access content during their down time, which may mean in bed. Therefore, the option to read captions may benefit them.
Promo video/audio
This could be a quick 30 second "ad" for the full version of video/audio as a teaser if the videos are part of a series or are long. This promo video will help people identify with the presenter and feel comfortable that they want to follow their content.

It is important to remember that members are business owners or thought leaders like yourself. They are constantly drawn into the demands of their busy personal and working life. Therefore, a promo video will help you stand out, hit the point home and create additional value.
Video/audio tags or keywords 
To allow for better search ability by the user. For further information on creating tags please refer to these online resources -
Video Layout & Presentation
Videos must be recorded in landscape using a camera or phone. Laptop cameras do not offer good resolution and for the benefits of the viewers watching it is the preference for the use of a device that will present better.
Zoom Recordings 
Zoom recordings are suitable if they are webinars that have been recorded for events or presentations with PowerPoint. As noted above, laptop cameras do not provide the best quality video and audio recordings and therefore we ask that providers only record with zoom for the aforementioned purposes. 
Informercial Free 
The purpose of all content for the MBN network is to provide value whilst allowing content providers the opportunity to share their experience for members to implement within their lives or business. MBN content should not be salesy, pitching, clickbait, redirecting members to other portals without the written consent of the MBN committee. 

Our intention is create a haven for safe trade and support for members. As a content provider you will be showcasing your expertise and this will bring people to your door. It must be remembered always that people want to do business with people they trust. Creating videos that are salesy paints a bad image on the content provider as pushy or pitching.

This impression would affect the MBN values and brand and such content will not be added to the portal. Content that is found to be salesy will be removed from the platform and may mean that all content from that provider may be removed and that member may be removed as a member if it is found they breach the T&Cs’ and Content Provider Agreement.
Sensitive Content 
We understand that sometimes some topics may be considered offensive by some members. Therefore, it is recommended for content that may be considered offensive in nature, a conspicuous warning screen has been added before. 
Your checklists
Please see below the checklists below that you can use to measure against your content prior to submitting to the MBN. 
Video Content Checklist
Name of each individual video/s
Name and credentials of person added at start of each video
Appropriate lighting and clean
No foul language swearing or derogatory comments
No political or religious inflammatory
No racial comments or putdowns
Content to follow a flow to make it easy for members
Captions for ease of understanding
Video content is recorded & presented in landscape
Content is clear of background noises and distractions
Content is relevant and fact checked
Content is owned by the parties sharing it and not plagiarized
Where applicable workbook should be included as PDF files that can be downloaded
Content does not attack other brands or mention them unless in a manner that is positive or educational
Video content must be of high quality video and audio Recording
Content is free from being an infomercial
All content in audio, video and workbooks is owned by the parties supplying it
Content has a download link and can be easily uploaded to MBN 
For content that may be considered offensive in nature a conspicuous warning screen has been added before 
Checked against MBN T & Cs
Checked against MBN Content Provider Agreement
Checked
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Audio Content Checklist
Clean and clear recordings
Name of each individual audio file/s
Name and credentials of person added at start of each audio
Content does not attack other brands or mention them unless in a manner that is positive or educational
No foul language swearing or derogatory comments
No political or religious inflammatory
No racial comments or putdowns
Audio transcripts to be provided
All content in audio and workbooks is owned by the parties supplying it
Where applicable workbook should be included as PDF files that can be downloaded
Content is free from being an infomercial
Content has a download link and can be easily uploaded to MBN platforms
Checked against MBN T & Cs
Checked against MBN Content Provider Agreement
Checked
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Written content
  • No plagiarized content
  • Content to be relevant
  • Content to be spellchecked, reads well and is grammatically correct