Instant success for @SkySportsGAA on Twitter (but how did they do it?)

The SkySportsGAA account is 50 days old today (29th May 2014), having been set up on April 1st.  Was it an April Fool’s Day joke we thought … SkySports getting involved with the GAA?  Well, despite a slow start in April, they now have over 22,000 followers. In their first 50 days, SkySportsGAA only tweeted […]

What is the cost of an empty retail unit over a 5 year period?

Many vacant retail shops have been untenanted for five years or more in Ireland. This means that the landlord has managed to do without a rental income for five years.  As such, they might be wondering what do they do for money?  Well, there’s an old Yorkshire saying that “owt is better than nowt” which, […]

Is high street retailing a thing of the past?

I was walking through Grafton Street (Dublin) last week – traditionally Ireland’s premiere shopping street and most expensive retail real estate – and I was shocked to see how few retailers were there. It’s been a while since I last walked down Grafton Street and I began to think about the changing retail landscape. I […]

Top 10 “Local SEO” tips for Small Businesses in Ireland

I recently wrote about the mistakes companies make in SEO, which generated some views and shares.  Upon reflection, I thought I would do a follow-up article to address a specific side of Search Engine Optimisation – Local SEO in Ireland and aim it at small business owners who probably don’t have dedicated marketing staff to […]

Are Commercial Rates in Dublin City preventing business start-ups ?

There is an estimated 20,200 premises in Dublin City Council’s administrative area.  In 2014, most of these have received increases in their commercial rates.  These increases will drive many hundreds of companies out of business and, in turn, place Dublin City Council’s finances into further deficit. On 1st April 2014, Daft.ie hosted1,697 adverts for commercial […]

What Are The Most Common SEO Mistakes for website owners?

April 1st, 2014 by James O’Brien Mistake #1 – Reading out-of-date white papers and industry reports I am a mature student (with a background in business improvement and consulting) going back to college to obtain a post-grad qualification in something that I need to know more about. My biggest gripe is that so many of […]

Business meeting etiquette & career advice for digital natives

Why successful people NEVER bring smartphones into meetings Do you check your phone for text messages or emails during business meetings or lectures in college? Do you place your phone on the table or desk beside you? Is this the best time and place to show off your new, top of the range smartphone? Well, […]