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Naomi Temple
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on October 2nd, 2018

Internet Day 2018 – new ‘Digital Town’ initiative to combat low rates of e-commerce in Irish towns

We are delighted to launch our ‘Digital Town’ initiative as part of Internet Day 2018, taking place on 25 October. The Digital Town initiative seeks to highlight the economic, social and cultural benefits of the internet to towns across the country, and to ensure SMEs and local economies are realising the full potential of the digital age, particularly e-commerce. Gorey, Co Wexford has been selected as this year’s Digital Town. Gorey has been chosen for its achievements in cultivating a truly digital environment in the town, and for its ongoing successes in fully embracing digital for its residents and for local…

Naomi Temple
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on September 20th, 2018

Digital activation campaign required to help SMEs maximise their digital presence

We are proud to present the SME Digital Health Index 2018, an annual survey of 1,000 Irish SMEs that measures attitudes to and use of digital assets. In the report, we recommend a national Digital Activation Campaign, to help online SMEs maximise their digital presence, as well as government funding and support programmes, to be managed directly by sector bodies and representative organisations. According to the SME Digital Health Index’s ‘Digital Skills Assessment’, which measures Irish SMEs’ digital skills capabilities on an ABC grading system based on their response to survey questions, SMEs scored an average B grade in ‘communicating’ and…

Naomi Temple
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on August 30th, 2018

OPTIMISE Programme partnership with Retail Excellence

We are very pleased to partner with Retail Excellence, the largest retail industry representative body in Ireland, to assist in developing the e-commerce capabilities and online presence of  ten pharmacies nationwide through the OPTIMISE Programme. Each participant will receive a digital health check from expert digital consultants who will provide a list of tailored recommendations to help each pharmacy improve its online presence. A follow up review will monitor the improvements and future progress. The participants are granted fast-track access to the LEO Trading Online Voucher Scheme which provides financial assistance to implement potential improvements. The first five of these…

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…