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Mar 1, 2010

Where to get cheap stock photos for your website.

Feb 16, 2010

I wrote out a new article this morning. It was one that I have thought about writing for awhile now but never got around to it. So, this morning I forced myself to open up a word document and at least start it. I found that I had written three paragraphs in no time. I did get on my soap-box a little though.

Hopefully this list of free software will help someone out there to be more productive.

Feb 15, 2010

FREE Business Owner's Network Event - Wed February 17th, Bewleys Hotel, D4

Feb 12, 2010

Have you checked out Google Buzz yet?

Feb 5, 2010

I've added a new article about measuring an IT project and how to move it from being a cost to an investment.

Feb 4, 2010

No big suprise here, Google grabs 77% of the world's search engine market.However, Baidu and Yandex are ranking very high on the list after Google. The Chinese search engine Baidu has gained 8% of the marketplace, while Yandex the Russian largest internet company is creeping up rapidly with 2%.

Global Search Engine Statistics


Back in the European market, Google still has major exposure but again we see the Eastern European search engines coming up on the flanks.


Search Engine Stats for Europe

Source: Score Media Metrix

Feb 4, 2010

I done a little research this morning focusing on the search engine market, found some interesting stuff.According to comscore Europeans Conducted 25 Billion Searches in March 2008, averaging 111 searches per searcher. Here is a breakdown by country.

Searches per Searcher

Nov 23, 2009

I am often asked by business owners to recommend a good Customer Relations Management (CRM) system. I have used a few different ones now like SugarCRM, Zoho. One thing you want to look for is that it is webbased, this way you can access it no matter where you are.
The most important thing when starting a new CRM system is to plan in advance how you want to configure the software to your needs. Don't just open it up and start creating accounts, leads, categories etc...
I have come across Javelin which seems to me to be an excellent CRM system. A feature that I love is when you are sending emails to your clients, Blind Carbon Copy (BCC) your the emails to your Javelin "dropbox" and it will associate it with the correct contact. You can then view all communications with your contacts without having to copy and paste them into the system.
I would give it a 7/10

Nov 20, 2009

I have been noticing a lot of business events popping up around the country. Some of them free others incur a fee. I started to lose track when the next event was coming up and where it was. I was actually missing events because of this. So, I decided to set up a Google calendar and started tracking them on there, much better.
But then I thought I'm sure others are having the same issue. So I integrated the calendar into my website but It started to get a little crowded as I started adding in events from other counties. I then split it up into a few different calendars, one for each county.
Hope this helps someone out there. http://dakor.ie/news/irish-business-events/

Nov 2, 2009

I just came across an online business directory on a well-known website owned by an Irish association that has members from small firms, good enough hint ; ) I was shocked to see their business directory is classified in letters, not categorised in business types or even industry, no, it's classified in LETTERS. Are you serious?

If I need to find an Accountant, I actually have to search under O > Other Business Services then I find Accountancy Solutions. It's obvious, I can't believed I missed it, of course Accountants are going to be under O!! Here's an idea, if you are going to classify something in letters, then at least put Accountants under A!

This has got to be one of the most user-UNfriendly facilities that I ever came across. Please people, if you are going to create an online feature think outside-in and not inside-out. Think of your customers first, how will they interact with your directory?

Rant over!