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Naomi Temple
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on August 16th, 2018

Key milestone reached as 250,000th .ie domain registered

There are now over a quarter of a million registered .ie domains. The newly rebranded Dublin-based beauty salon, The Wicklow Street Clinic, was the 250,000th registered .ie domain name, www.thewicklowstreetclinic.ie In operation for over thirty years, The Wicklow Street Clinic is a leading beauty salon in Dublin that specialises in a wide range of treatments and therapies for skin and body. Over 70% of the clinic’s clients now book appointments online while their products and voucher sales have increased 50% since launching their new online store in April this year. Being online is critical for business success Commenting on the…

Naomi Temple
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on August 2nd, 2018

Best ever half-year period for .ie domain registrations – 154 registered every day

We are pleased to publish the latest .ie Domain Profile Report for H1 2018 (January – June 2018), which examines the make-up of the .ie domain database. The first half of 2018 was the best ever half-year period for new .ie domain registrations – 154 were registered every day, with increases in 31 of the 32 counties of Ireland. The biannual report found that new .ie domain registrations grew by +39% year-on-year to 28,126, bringing the total .ie domain database to 252,222 at the end of H1 2018.  The majority (62.5%), of new .ie domains were registered by businesses (including corporate…

Oonagh McCutcheon
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on July 27th, 2018

75% of Irish websites are not using security software

The recent release of Google Chrome (version 68) means that thousands of HTTP websites display a ‘Not secure’ message to your website visitors. This means that these websites do not have an SSL certificate or it has not been configured properly. SSL is a standard security technology that creates a trusted environment where potential customers feel safe and confident in making purchases. Websites that have an SSL certificate will display as HTTPS. A ‘Not secure’ message will make consumers very wary of visiting your website or transacting with you.  It could mean lost sales or business going to your secure…

Naomi Temple
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on July 16th, 2018

OPTIMISE Programme – supporting industry bodies to assist SMEs to develop their online presence

Up to 40 Irish SMEs will benefit from an improved online presence and enhanced e-commerce sales potential, through our OPTIMISE programme this year. Now in its eighth year, the OPTIMISE programme has assisted over 130 small and micro-business owners to hone their digital skills and capabilities and enhance their e-commerce potential to realise and grow online sales. To date, we have invested €742,000 in the programme. According to figures from our Digital Health Index (Q4 2017), nearly three-quarters of Irish SMEs do not engage in e-commerce and almost 20 percent of Irish SMEs have no online presence. This is despite…

Oonagh McCutcheon
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on July 12th, 2018

5 simple steps to link your Gmail and professional email address

It is vital to have a professional email for your business as it builds trust and confidence amongst your customers, suppliers and potential customers.  When you move from being a freelancer and are ready to become a fully-fledged small or micro business, it’s time to up your game online. Why is it important?  Research shows that consumers need to be able to trust the website they are browsing or shopping from.  In fact, in our Consumer Trust Research, 77% said they trust companies that have a professional email address such as peter@bestplumber.ie as opposed to peter@hotmail.com or an eircom.net address. …

Naomi Temple
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on May 14th, 2018

What’s the value of a website?

Getting online is a crucial part of growing your business. A modern, well-designed website can help you market your products and services, attract new customers and drive revenue growth. An e-commerce enabled website is a digital shopfront, allowing you to sell to new and existing customers at home and abroad. Here are some key findings from our research. You can earn more money Having a website can improve your turnover. According to our Digital Health Index, digital-savvy Irish SMEs take home, on average, an additional €26,825 a year by selling their products and services on their website. This figure is…