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How Google Works

Every Thursday we discuss the business books we use (or nor use) with our clients on NewstalkFM. You can listen back to the podcast, where Alan and Ian discuss “How Google Works” here. It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts Both Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google as seasoned Silicon Valley business executives. After more than 10 years both have ended up feeling that, […]

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How to Make Doing The Accounts Easier

Does it make doing the accounts easier? That is the calling card of what makes good accounting software for accountants and small businesses. Perhaps the most valuable feature of cloud accounts is that it allows for users to log in from anywhere at any time. This is completely redefining the relationship between a small business owner and their accountant. Previously this relationship revolved around the right version of the accounts […]

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From Big to Small: Growing the Dream Business

Whether you create the cheesiest pizzas around or have a unique cellphone case idea, starting a business is a risky venture in any economy. What used to work for startups doesn’t translate to today’s modern outlook. Growing a small business, according to Rick Schaden, requires creative thought about the product or service to stage it for consumers. Use Established Marketing Channels Your startup doesn’t have to rely on old-fashioned marketing […]

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5 Investments Start-ups can Afford to Make

Start-ups often rise and fall on the quality and also the happiness of their staff. Happy workers tend to be productive workers and so keeping your employees in top form benefits your business in the long run. Now, we’re well aware that you don’t have a lot of money at the start of the business, however that doesn’t mean that you need to scrimp on the things that provide benefits. […]

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Day Course Including Lunch for Women in Business

Catalyst Cobh and SECAD are delighted to offer women in business the opportunity to take part in a course designed specifically to show you how to develop and grow your business. Understanding the importance of effective management is critically important for the success of any business. This programme aims to help business owners understand how to manage their business effectively. The programme will cover the following topics: Top 10 tips […]

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Rules of a Successful Business Lunch

Just last week I had a great client passing through and he invited me and several members of my office to lunch. It got me thinking about what makes for a successful business lunch. So I decided to pen down these simple rules to act as a guideline. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Coffee You, just as well as I know that in today’s world we are non-stop. Working hours don’t […]

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How to Make Sharable Content for Small B2B Businesses

The way that people share content has changed. It’s no longer about word of mouth cooler talk and asking friends if they saw the news last night. Instead, people can now quickly and easily share content with millions of people at the click of a button. For businesses that are using the internet, they want to do their best to create shareable content that will easily pass from one person […]

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Tips to Make Your Lead Capture Strategy More Efficient

Fortunately, search engine marketing allows us to develop PPC campaigns that not only capture leads but helps us keep their interest by producing easy-to-complete lead generation forms on lead-capturing landing pages. Don’t Include Links on the Landing Page Once your potential lead lands on your landing page, you want to make sure he stays where he’s at and he answers your CTA, or call to action. So, don’t add any […]

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So You Want to Open a Salon?

For many people the thought of starting a small business in tough economic times can feel more than a little bit daunting. The majority of Americans have severely limited their discretionary spending and small businesses of all types are feeling the crunch. However, there are a few types of businesses that have still managed to stay in the black over the last few years — and one of these is […]

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Start-up Story: VideoAgora

Ah, ‘The Rich List'; the annual supplement which, eighteen years ago, had a young lad of just sixteen trawling through the who’s who of ‘old’ and ‘new’ money in Ireland and Britain. Sitting in the ‘reading seat’ pulled close to the sitting room window, circles would be drawn around the barons of Industry, with the showbiz ‘rich and famous’ entertainers ignored. Fifth year in Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, South County […]

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Various Advertising Approaches That Work

The crucial element for business extension is a strong basis, and a strong basis comes with a great number of regular customers. The problem is that everyone is trying to establish this strong base, therefore, it can be tricky to for people to just give their trust to someone who is basically a stranger. That’s the point of advertising, forging a new image for yourself, going from stranger to someone […]

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Ulster’s top firms crowned in 2014 Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards

Nine high achieving Ulster companies have been awarded in this year’s Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which saw a record year for entries. The category winners were selected from almost 200 entries from across Ulster and were presented with prizes in the provincial stage of the awards, which are run in association with Invest Northern Ireland, InterTradeIreland, the Belfast Telegraph and SmallBusinessCan.com Seven firms from across Northern Ireland and one […]

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Are APP Companies Making Money?

451 Research reported this year that the average Android user downloads 4.1 apps per month, with 3.4 average free apps downloaded. On the iOS side, 451 Research said that the average iOS user downloads 6.2 apps per month, with an average of 4.3 free apps every month. Google claims to have 48 billion app downloads, while Apple is claiming 50 billion downloads. Last year Google reported over 1 million apps […]

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[Event] Galway: Inaugural Start-up Weekend, November 14th-16th

Start-up Weekend is coming to Galway, 14th-16th November! Developers, designers and business development folks will come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test start-up ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Galway and launch your next start-up! 54 hours of activity will culminate in a round of presentations to the assembled judges, mentors, and other teams, […]

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EIGHT MUNSTER COMPANIES CELEBRATE BUSINESS AWARDS

Eight leading Munster based companies celebrated success at the Munster final of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, which took place on 22nd October at The Silver Spring Hotel, Cork. The eight winners will now progress to the national final in December to compete with winners from Connacht, Leinster and Ulster. A total of 627 companies entered this year’s business awards – the highest number ever, including 110 Munster businesses. […]

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The profiles of the Leinster finalist of the business achievers

Find below the profiles of the the business achievers Leinster finals. They now go for the big prizes at the final on 4 December. Which one is your favourite? Tweet us @smallBC, #businessachievers Established SME Award Atlas Travel Services Atlas Travel is an independent travel company specializing in corporate travel management. Established in 1967, it has a large client base across a broad spectrum of businesses and offers smarter travel […]

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6 Critical Digital Marketing Tips

Digital marketing can be daunting for the uninitiated.  However, there are so many thought leaders out there that are trying to break down the barriers for those that come after them that you don’t have to go at it alone. Consider the following digital marketing tips and strategies, when putting together your B2B, PPC or content marketing strategies: LinkedIn Not Face Book Mark Schaefer, of Schaefer Marketing Solutions, says FaceBook […]

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Understanding SEO: the secret of Googlejuice

My colleague, ParcelHero’s Head of Editorial SEO, Alfred Eccles has over 15 years experience working as a Search Engine Optimiser and Web Design freelancer. In this short blog he unveils some essential principles of SEO for a successful online organic campaign. You can read the full article here. Understanding what is true SEO Many online businesses fail to grasp the essence of true Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). In the past, […]

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Find Businesses to Buy

There are many reasons one would want to buy an existing business like investing, starting over, or starting a new venture. Not everyone is a start-up entrepreneur with a great idea and drive to build. It’s perfectly fine to take something existing and make it your own. But how do you find businesses to buy that are ready to be bought and in good shape? Contact an Investment Bank Private […]

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[Event] Inaugural Start-up Weekend, Galway, November 14th-16th

Start-up Weekend is coming to Galway, 14th-16th November! Developers, designers and business development folks will come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend.  It is a great opportunity to test start-up ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Galway and launch your next start-up!54 hours of activity will culminate in a round of presentations to the assembled judges, mentors, and other teams, leaving […]

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