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IEDR to give 10 SME’s a €10k Website Grant

.ie: Ireland's official Internet address
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The Irish Domain registry, the IEDR have created a €100,000 fund to help boost SME e-commerce. The idea of the fund will be to identify 10 SME’s who can take advantage of a €10,000 grant to to build an eCommerce website to help grow their business online. In an age where online buying continues to grow significantly, only 21% of Irish companies with websites have the ability to handle transactions online.

I’m personally delighted to see this incentive from the IEDR and it’s something that the government really should take note of. This incentive by the IEDR will help 10 businesses start to trade online and see the true potential that the web can bring their business.

I don’t say it often about the IEDR, but “Well Done” on this one – great idea!

As of now, I’m not sure how one goes about being included in the process for being selected, but when I find out I’ll post it here.

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Shameless plug of client websites

I generally don’t like doing this as I try to keep my work life separate from my blog. But there comes a time when everyone could do with a little helping hand. Especially when you are trying something new.

So I’ve selected 3 projects that we’ve been working on recently that have just launched. Our involvement in each project ranges from design and development to consultancy and online marketing.

EZ Spare Parts
This project has been going on for a quite a while now and I am happy to say the site has finally been launched. It’s a typical eCommerce website, with all the usual functionalities you’d expect from an online shopping cart system. The site itself focuses on selling kitchen appliance and consumable parts.

I personally think this is going to be a huge success, why? Well what makes this stand out from the rest is that they plan to offer hundreds of self repair tips for many different kitchen appliances. The guys behind it are massively driven and feel that we can actually fix most of the issues that arise with kitchen appliances quite easily. Armed with the knowledge they provide in their repair tips and videos, coupled with the right parts that you can buy from their website, we should avoid the need to ring our local washing machine repair guy (or going out to buy a new one). Ultimately, saving you a small fortune!

So the next time you have an issue with your washing machine or fridge freezer, why not check this site out first!

The Get Ireland Working Team
In this climate, everyone needs a helping hand. Especially small businesses who are either low on cash-flow or a company just starting out for the very first time. The Get Ireland Working Team are hoping that by harnessing the traditional Irish spirit of volunteerism that they can help create 50,000 jobs. They plan to create jobs in many different ways, from providing small loans to offering free advice from successful business people. The great thing is, that you can be part of this team too. All you need to do is go off and register your support with them on their website.

It’s very early days, but hopefully the movement will catch on, so why not get involved and starting helping to create jobs!

Cash For Your Car
This is a very simple site and aesthetically nothing to write home about. However, the idea itself seems clever. Jumping on the back of the “Cash for your Gold” craze, this Meath based Car Dealer plans to give you money for your car. You simply enter your car registration number, submit a few small details and they will be in touch with you, hopefully with a big wad of cash!

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1850 & 1890 numbers, your number is up!

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There have been many discussions over the past couple of years about the value of 1890 and 1850 numbers to general public. In the past, when ringing someone outside your area code cost you an arm and a leg, these numbers were of true benefit to both the owner of the phone number and of course the person ringing the phone number.

From a business perspective, offering your potential customers the ability to ring you at local (or lower) call rates was a great and effective marketing ploy. To the customer, you were safe in the knowledge that a call to the said company would not result in a massive phone bill for something that was possibly a small matter.

However nowadays, 1890 and 1850 seem to be nothing but a scam with no more intentions than filling the telecoms operators coffers with vasts amount of money. There isn’t a telecoms company in Ireland today that don’t offer free national calls as part of their home phone packages. Therefore calling 1890 & 1850 numbers should be free right? Wrong….

Even though the number you are dialing may terminate at a local number, you will still be charged the rates associated with calling a 1890 or 1850 number. Whereas, if they had provided you with a landline number, it wouldn’t have cost you a penny.

It’s fair to say that most people aren’t aware of this fact, until of course they receive their monthly itemised bill that states this. For that reason many businesses will continue to promote their 1850 & 1890 numbers as it has the appearance of being a cheap way to contact them. It also removes “location” as an issue. If people don’t see the area code, they will just assume that the company is local.

The reality is that we should be pushing for these numbers to be stopped. The only people making money from them are the telecoms providers and I would hazard a guess that it’s quite substantial.

So if you are a business and want to save your customers some money, why not ditch the 1890 or 1850 number and start promoting your landline number again. If you are someone who rings these numbers, why not stop and starting seeking the landline numbers of the companies you are trying to contact?

There is a list of popular establishments landline numbers on this thread… – it may come in handy some time!

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