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SocialMedia.ie partners the All-Ireland Business Summit

We are excited to announce that SocialMedia.ie will be joining the All-Ireland Business Summit on May 13th at Croke Park, Dublin.

This event is aimed at bringing Irish businesses from all 32 counties of Ireland to Croke Park, to network and do business in a one day high energy event. It has made a lot of exciting announcements on inspiring keynote speakers and event features (entrepreneurs live streaming zone, business advice zone, business networking sessions etc). Over 70 businesses will be exhibiting and showcasing their services on the day.

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It will be an excellent opportunity for you to network with over 1,200 attendees!

The All Ireland Business Summit will be the premier event for business owners and professionals in 2015. Attendees will have excellent networking opportunities throughout the day to make to make worthwhile connections. The event will present a compelling line-up of speakers to reflect issues affecting businesses in Ireland today, with invaluable insight from business experts and academics on how to seize business growth opportunities and identify new ideas.

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Click here to get your ticket online and have 10 euros voucher with the promotional code: SOCIALMEDIA

You can learn more about the show at www.allirelandsummit.com

We are looking forward to see you there!

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SocialMedia.ie launches our new Content Marketing Masterclass

SocialMedia.ie is delighted to present you a new Masterclass training programme, developed to focus on Content Marketing.

Content Marketing is a breakaway from traditional advertising that allows a brand to set a tone of voice and relay their message in a unique way, while paying close attention to data, paying close attention to what works and doesn’t work for your customers in a real-time, measurable fashion.

The course will provide you with an overall understanding of marketing channel attributions, it will allow your business to grow online communities and social media platforms, to be able to plan and monitor the strategy and much more.

For more information, check here.

Remember, there are limited places and they are booking fast!

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Connector.ie and SocialMedia.ie partner the Smart Business Show

We are excited to announce that SocialMedia.ie will be joining the Smart Business Show in the RDS, Dublin on the 22 & 23 of April to help visitors understand how they can engage better with current and potential customers. We are delighted to be able to offer our customers and wider network the opportunity to attend the show through our discount.

You might like to check out and enter the €15,000 Competition and have the chance to have SocialMedia.ie work on your business.

The show is a B2B exhibition and networking event which will bring together 5,000 visitors and over 150 exhibitors. You will be able to hear from Keynote speakers, take part in workshops with many show and also gain insight into relevant areas of business through the many short sharp Talkzones. There are also a multitude of other features such as the Digital Engagement Zone, the Growth Zone, our own Innovation Zone and the Export Pavilion.

You can learn more about the show at www.smartbusinessshow.com.

If you want more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Email: team@socialmedia.ie
Phone: +353 1 906 0006 and ask for Conor
Address: 10 Thomas Street, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, Ireland

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Hardware Association of Ireland & SocialMedia.ie Digital Bootcamp

To learn more about the innovative Hardware Association of Ireland & SocialMedia.ie Digital Bootcamp go to hardware.socialmedia.ie

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Delicious Digital Marketing for Food Businesses.

The DigitalFood.ie Digital Marketing Programme was created specially for food businesses, micro-breweries, boutiques distilleries and coffee roasteries. We want to help you not just learn, but implement successful strategies in food & drink marketing with a strong digital flavour.

This is the perfect new platform for food marketers at established brands, SMEs and food startups to get help and advice on how to build their brand, raise awareness and drive sales.

The DigitalFood.ie Monthly Workshops are run in The Digital Hub in Dublin and during the programme we are available as you create your DigitalFood.ie Masterplan.

DigitalFood.ie Monthly Menu includes a digital audit, a digital strategy, a digital studio, social media plans, digital campaigns, digital advertising and digital sales.
At most workshops we will have a special guest speaker who will share their digital learnings and successes. We will also deliver 1-2 sessions as live & recorded webinars during summer holidays.

If you want to register for the Digital Food Marketing Programme, or just want to more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Email: team@socialmedia.ie
Phone: +353 1 906 0006
Twitter: @socialmedia_ie

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SocialMedia.ie presentation for Irish Credit Unions!

Conor was delighted to speak again at the CUMA Conference in Athlone this week.  Here is his presentation to the Irish credit union managers.

 


CUMA Digital Audit Competition

A Digital Audit (value €750) is where our team of digital experts will examine your
– Website
– Blog
– Digital content
– Social media
– Email marketing
– Online advertising

We provide you with recommended actions to optimise your return on investment based on international best practice.
To enter email Conor on team@socialmedia.ie

Closing date – Fri 6th March @ 6pm 2015.

 

 

Social Media and Hardware Association

SocialMedia.ie teams up with Hardware Association of Ireland for customised Digital Marketing Bootcamps

SocialMedia.ie is delighted to announce a partnership with the Hardware Association of Ireland to deliver an interesting Digital Marketing Bootcamp specifically for people working the hardware sector in April and May this year.

In this training, we incorporate case studies from the hardware sector with local and international insights from the sector and similar markets. There are two specialist streams, one for Retailers and one for Suppliers. The 12 hour programme will include practical problem solving, hands-on learning and group collaboration. We will use our ‘Consultative Training’ model with activities for learning between workshops.

The programme will include:

    • Mobile Website: you will learn some guidelines on how to optimise your Websites, Mobile Websites, Blogs, SEO, Email Marketing etc.
    • Social Networks:  you will learn some guidelines on how to do Brand Monitoring, Content Calendar, Digital PR, Free Tools etc.
    • Digital and Social Media Content:  you will get up-to-date content regarding Online Ads, Social Ads, Digital Video, Applications etc.
    • Digital Marketing Strategy and Campaigns: you will get the skills you need on Digital Strategy, Campaign Planning, eCommerce, Analytics etc.

This bespoke digital marketing training programme is part of our specialist digital services to business partners. Looks like a great opportunity, doesn’t it? But why SocialMedia.ie?

We ensure people and organisations create and implement world class social media in this vital new business battlefield. SocialMedia.ie has delivered solutions to dozens of clients across multiple industry sectors including – FMCG, financial services, technology, media, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, sports, education and many more!

Click here to learn more about the bootcamp, special deals and testimonials.

To view more of SocialMedia.ie work, please visit our portfolio.

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How to use amazing Instagram content to boost your digital marketing

If you don’t care about the future of your business or customers, stop reading now.

Instagram is a tremendously powerful platform and it’s your duty to leverage it for your business. User engagement levels are 15 times higher than Facebook, and over 75% of leading brands are already present on the platform.

Maybe you already knew that or you are already using Instagram.

But are you using it like the pros?

Most people are going in blind and then wondering why that photo of John’s leaving drinks didn’t get any likes; or why that whiteboard brainstorming session didn’t get any feedback; and don’t get me started on stock images of the product. The images aren’t appealing, and who wants to follow an assortment of photo garbage?

People want to engage with you, but most of the content you upload doesn’t relate to them.

It’s key that you get involved, start with a good foundation, create meaningful interactions with your community, and fine-tune your message to improve your brand’s visibility.

What’s the best way to do that you ask?

I’ve been playing around and experimenting with Instagram for the last two years. With ups and downs I’ve built a strong following by captivating and engaging my audience. I won the ‘Best Job in the World’ campaign by Tourism Australia, helped their marketing team with one million Instagram followers, and was a finalist in the first ever Insta-Film Festival.

These experiences have taught me a number of ways to organically grow and maintain a strong following. Yet nobody teaches these things in school.

I want to share with you a few examples and techniques that have helped me along the way. Here’s a teaser to skim the surface.

Examples:

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1. Pick Your Topic
Cats, food, fashion, nature, portraits, sunsets, selfies. Whichever you select, your photos need to be centred on that topic. Consistency is key.

If you have a talent (everyone does) you could showcase that. Be it dancing, drawing, literature, fashion trends, great cooking or an obscure interest. There are bound to be people searching for the same interest.

Pick a topic that you’re most happy with and stick with it. It will define who you are.

If all else fails, just take photos of your pet.

 

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2.  Hashtags (Done Right)
Ok so people (usually always) say you need to tag your photos. Each photo is allowed a maximum of 30 tags. But wait!

Stop hash tagging so much! You’re annoying people.

As you’re posting you can tag your photo with some relevant tags (zero to eight maximum), then wait and put the remaining tags as a comment so that not many people will see them, but makes your photo still findable in search.

 

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3. Reaching out to Accounts
To take you photos to the next level you need to get them in front of a huge audience.

There are hundreds of accounts with huge followings that repost other peoples photos. If they pick your photo you’ll get credited, and get great exposure.

 

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Your job is to find accounts that post similar photos to you. Tag your photo with their name, tag their account and hashtag in your caption or in a comment under your photo, and hope they love your photography.

The more accounts that feature your photos the more likes and followers you get. In order to be featured your photos need to be epic.

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Here’s your chance to learn a lot more.

We’re offering you a course in the coming new year 2015 with some amazing material that will definitely help your business succeed. If you’re interested then drop us a line.

I’m @daxon on Instagram, or tweet me @daxon

 

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From Butchers to Funeral Homes; The Growth and Relevancy of Social Media for Traditional Businesses

State of the Nation

In a recent study, Facebook was declared the most popular social media platform in Ireland, with 1.3m people using the website. The research was conducted by global digital behaviour analysis firm GlobalWebIndex. The study concluded that when compared with global trends, Ireland’s usage of social media platforms such as the aforementioned Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn, shows greater penetration rates than global averages.

Social media has infiltrated the minds and lives of every major demographic group on our island. Exposure to these platforms can occur at our desks, on our televisions and even from our pockets!

Some quick facts

The 2012 Social Media Marketing Report provided information that businesses operating in today’s world dare ignore to their detriment:

1. 94% of all businesses with a marketing department used social media as part of their marketing platform.

2. 85% of all businesses that have a dedicated social media platform as part of their marketing strategy reported an increase in their market exposure.

3. 58% of businesses that have used social media marketing for over 3 years reported an increase in sales over that period.

But not every business has the means to support a marketing department…

BakeryAt first, it may be a bit perplexing to see a local butcher, a corner-shop or even an establishment as reverent as a funeral home donning the iconic symbols of Facebook or Twitter on their storefront, imploring customer or passersby to “Like” our page or “Follow us”. When looking at the above statistic from The 2012 Social Media Marketing Report, one might deduce that such small and traditional businesses need not bother themselves with digital marketing as they do not operate sophisticated marketing departments. And besides, what interesting subject matter Beauty Parlourcould a local accountancy firm or a florist possibly want to project to the online masses.

Social media platforms such as Facebook, offer an attraction to small businesses as it is a quick, easy and free means of creating an online presence and exposure. The necessity for coding and HTML skills is eliminated. Having a website designed for small, localised businesses can be prohibitively expensive and very unlikely to attract hordes of new customers, so such businesses can use Facebook to build up a local community of fans who may be customers, future customers or other local supporting businesses. It is a very easy way to get your phone number and address out there, and also a forum for reaching out to your customers.

The butcher wishing the local GAA team all the best in their upcoming final, a small accountancy firm posting an explanation about a new government tax scheme, a local shop promoting the discounted goods of the week or a fishing equipment store posting information about the tides. The possibilities for content which interests and benefits your customers is endless.

As previously mentioned, joining these social media platforms is quick, easy and free. However, harnessing the true potential of these social networks to enhance the profile of your business and fully utilise the tools available can be challenging. By devising a focused digital marketing strategy, small businesses can reap huge benefits ranging from increased exposure and sales to being associated with local community initiatives to ensuring your business stands out from the crowd.

Contact us today to enquire about our tailored digital training courses which are geared towards businesses of all shapes and sizes!

 

Written by Martin Gaffney.

Martin currently lives, studies and works for a large multinational in Cork City. He holds a Higher Certificate in Business and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business in Management at Cork Institute of Technology. Martin is an avid technophile and his interests range from engaging digital content to market research. Electronic music and Cork City FC are Martin’s other love interests. You can find him on Twitter @GaffKiiid.

Credit for header image: Dean Meyers under CC License.

Social Media Presentation at the Dublin Food Chain

Social Media Presentation at the Dublin Food Chain

We were really delighted to talk this morning at Dublin Food Chain.

Please visit Dublin Food Chain Breakfast Workshop for the full list of speakers and details about the event.

We hope you liked our presentation on How to serve up tasty social media for the food sector.

If you missed it you can find the presentation below

 

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