5 Business Blogging Mistakes You Should Avoid

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If you have a business blog but it hasn't quite been delivering the results you were expecting then here are 10 blogging mistakes that are mostly made by small businesses. Avoiding them will help you get better results from your blogging efforts.

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Competition Time: Win a Copy of All Marketers by Seth Godin

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This month our featured business book is All Marketers are Liars, Tell Stories by best selling author Seth Godin. And you could win a copy!

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5 Simple But Effective Tech Hacks for Small Businesses

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A smart use of technology can make all the difference in keeping up with corporate competitors and even other small businesses. Considering that technology can either be devastatingly expensive or completely free, smart use of tech strategies is definitely the key phrase here. It’s not about how much money you do or don’t spend, but the types and ways in which your tech strategies can help promote your business and maybe even expand it. Here are 5 simple but effective tech hacks for small businesses:

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5 Health And Safety Issues Your Business Should Be Aware Of

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We like to think that we’re well past the point of having to tell people to take health & safety seriously. Every business is obliged to carry out a health & safety risk assessment, and most do so happily, with both the employer and employees benefitting from a clear set of rules and protections. Here are 5 health and safety issues your business should be aware of:

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How to Keep Talented Employees in Your Company

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Employee loyalty might seem difficult to obtain these days. Rather than sticking with a single career until retirement, the modern day workforce often jumps from one job to the next every few years. There are many reasons for this erratic career progression: employees are learning how to keep an eye out for higher paying opportunities, companies with more benefits, and roles that allow them to use their skill sets. It is becoming increasingly difficult to hang onto your talent. Here are a few ways your organisation can set itself apart from competitors and hang on to employees.

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What Local Enterprise Offices Offer In Terms of Business Supports

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If you are looking for business supports, then one of the largest business support organisation in Ireland are the the LEOs or Local Enterprise Offices, formerly known as Enterprise Boards. Here's what LEOs can offer in terms of business supports:

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A Quick Guide to A/B Testing for Email Marketing Campaigns

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When it comes to email marketing, we all know that it has a higher conversion rate as compared to all other inbound channels but in order to get the maximum benefit out of it, it is important to test your email marketing campaigns from time to time and see which one works the best for you. Here's a quick guide to A/B testing for email marketing campaigns:

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Latest Economics Commentary from Simon Barry and His Team at Ulster Bank

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Highlights from this week's commentary on the economy and financial markets from Ulster Bank Economics team Simon Barry and Ricardo Amaro.

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Four Problems Your Startup Will Face (And How to Fix Them)

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Whether you’re currently building your startup or have yet to create one, your business model, products and services are likely at the forefront of your mind. While startups fail all the time, it’s often for a few common reasons—many of which have little to do with the aspects of your business you’ve spent the most time developing. The following are four problems your startup will face, along with how to avoid and resolve them.

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Business Event Focus: Local Government Supplier Engagement Event

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Are you an SME business owner looking for new opportunities to become a supplier to the public sector? The upcoming Local Government Supplier Engagement Event takes place 1st October. We asked the organisers to tell us a bit about this event:

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Top Tips For A Smooth Office Relocation

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So it’s time to move your company on, but be warned: moving an office is not the same as moving a home. Moving house usually only affects a few people. There are usually only a few rooms to empty and move. You can usually inform everyone who needs to be told, such as banks and councils, within a day or so. Offices are tougher – there will be heavier and probably more expensive equipment, that can only be disconnected by experts. There are many more companies and parties that need to be informed. If the move is not slick, orders and money can be lost. And of course, there are two other sets of people to think of: employees and customers. Here are tips to make the move a smooth one.

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4 Key Things To Consider Before Expanding Your Business Abroad

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Expanding your business abroad is a big commitment, but it can be an attractive as new markets offer new opportunities for growth, greater stability and an opportunity to learn and grow on a business (and personal) level. But careful consideration is needed before you take this big step. Here are 4 key things to consider before expanding your business abroad.

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4 Quick Tips for Better Management of Your Payroll

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Payroll is typically one of the largest expenses for a small business. It takes a lot of resources to process pay, keep up with tax requirements, and hire competent people for the jobs you need done. Here are 4 quick tips for better management of your payroll:

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3 Golden Rules Of Developing Customer Loyalty On A Tight Budget

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Every company clearly benefits from customer loyalty. However, your business may not have the millions of dollars that the leaders in your industry have to put towards endless layers of advertising to attract those customers. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can develop customer loyalty on a tight budget. Here are 3 golden rules of developing customer loyalty on a tight budget:

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6 Smart Tips For International Expansion

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The time has come to get serious about international expansion. Maybe your growth has plateaued at home. Perhaps your international customers are demanding it, or you want the insurance of a different market that reacts differently to economic trends. No matter your reasoning, there are a few factors you have to consider before making the big move to ensure success. Here are 6 smart tips for international expansion:

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3 Key Principles of Data Storytelling You Can Apply To Your Business

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From user sign-ups and mailing lists, website analytics, proficient CRM systems and a myriad of other data-capture methods, modern businesses have more data than ever at their disposal. While this data comes with numerous security, permission and GDPR considerations, it also affords businesses of all sizes a wealth of information about their business and their customers. But how can you use this data to tell compelling stories? Here are 3 key principles of data storytelling you can apply to your business. 

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Business Event Focus: 24 Stories Conference

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The second 24 Stories Conference takes place Friday 13th September at Fota Island Resort in Cork. We asked organiser Stephen Ryan to tell us a bit about the upcoming event:

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5 Essentials Of Small Business Confidence

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How confident are you about your business right now? What factors feed into small business confidence? Here are 5 essentials of small business confidence.

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Why It's Crucial to Pay Attention To Your Business Facilities To Delight Customers

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It may surprise you to learn that the washroom experience can make or break a company’s image, and that bathrooms have become a key battleground for your branding, reputation and the customer experience. In fact, research suggests that people are increasingly happy to spend a little extra money just to use a nicer bathroom facility - even if it means ordering a coffee in a cafe they weren’t planning on going to. Here is why it's crucial to pay attention to your business facilities to delight customers:

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4 Ways That Expanding Companies Can Reduce Their Costs

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In today's economic environment, companies are taking significant steps to strengthen their bottom line. While bolstering income is important, reducing costs is also highly effective. There are numerous steps that some successful companies have taken to keep costs low, and you may want to emulate some of these steps in your own company's efforts for significant improvement to your bottom line. Here are 4 ways that expanding companies can reduce their costs:

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