Gaining Momentum: Daithi O'Connor, Revive Active

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The latest in our series of briefings with influential Irish business leaders features Daithí O’Connor, founder and MD of health-food supplements company Revive Active.

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How to Create a Road Map For Your Business

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As a business owner, to achieve growth and success, you need to define where you want to be, preferably in the form of targets and milestones - your future "destination". Here's an exercise that will help you to create a road map for your business:

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How to Boost Your Content Marketing Strategy By Using Online Communities

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Online communities with user-generated content such as Reddit and Quora can be a gold mine when you need to refer traffic to your website, reach a niche audience, boost brand authority, and pick up some ideas for excellent contentHere are some tips that will help you boost your content marketing strategy using these online communities.

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Business Achievers: Joanne Sweeney and Digital Training Institute

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Our latest Business Achiever is Joanne Sweeney and Digital Training Institute. We asked Joanne to tell us a little bit about her digital-focussed business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Joanne Sweeney and Digital Training Institute.

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The Ins and Outs of Business Process Outsourcing

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Delegating tasks that range from bookkeeping to IT support can be an effective way for businesses to grow while remaining focused on core operations. Outsourcing has, to some extent, cast off its traditional reputation as a way for major corporations to cut costs and increase efficiency by delegating operations such as call centres or logistics to third-party suppliers. Here are the ins and outs of business process outsourcing:

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5 Sales Team Motivation Ideas To Help Up Performance

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A motivated sales team is a productive sales team. Improving motivation has long been a primary focus in the sales department because it translates into higher drive and increased revenue. But too often managers think monetary compensation is the ultimate motivator. For some, it is; however, many people are motivated through other means. Here are 5 sales team motivation ideas to help up performance:

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5 Recommended Small Business Accounting Software Options

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Unless you are a qualified accountant, odds are you’ll need some help with your business’s accounts. And you are probably going to need to invest in some accounting software. However, since there are so many products available, it can be tough to know what to choose. To help you make sense of it all, I have picked out some packages. Here are 5 recommended small business accounting software options:

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Checklist For Company Valuation

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Are you considering selling your business? If you are in the process of evaluating your company for sale then this checklist might be helpful, it's a list of things you need to consider when looking at your company valuation:

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Zeus Continues Its Growth with Acquisition of Essential Supplies

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Zeus, the Irish-owned global packaging solutions company, has announced the strategic acquisition of Essential Supplies, a leading Irish hygiene supplies company. It plans to continue growth and expansion through further acquisitions:

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6 Effective Types of Marketing Your Small Business Should Be Using

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At the core of any business’s success is their ability to effectively market themselves to their target audience. Without efficient marketing, a great product or service won’t sell; in fact, in this fast-paced world, it could very well go unnoticed. In a nutshell, if you’re not focusing on marketing on a regular basis, it could hinder your success. Here are 6 effective types of marketing your small business should be using:

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Building A Strong Business Brand

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A robust brand will reflect the heart of a business, benefiting every aspect of the company from recruitment to reputation and crucially – the bottom line. A powerful brand is vital if you want to take your business to the next level, helping to boost customer and staff loyalty, as well as positively impacting your profits. But what exactly constitutes a strong brand?

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Targeting And Evaluating Prospects for Company Acquisitions

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Acquisitions can play a key role in a company's growth as it may be more efficient to achieve objectives by buying assets and resources needed for growth. When considering acquisition prospects you need to look at a number of factors. Here's how to go about targeting and evaluating prospects for company acquisitions:

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What Is XR And How Can It Play A Role In The Future Of Your Business?

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As technology evolves ever more rapidly, more opportunities arise for businesses to incorporate affordable tech solutions into their day-to-day processes. Taking the time to research the latest tech on the market and implementing it into your company structure can yield invaluable results. In the field of communication alone, we’ve come a long way from fax machines and emails; now with Extended Reality (XR) it’s possible to broadcast live avatars of ourselves to other users across the globe. What is XR and how can it play a role in the future of your business?

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Importing To Ireland - A Guide For SMEs

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Globalisation continues to change the way businesses operate, enabling SME importers in Ireland to trade with new, previously difficult to reach markets. However, it’s easy to be caught out by unexpected or hidden costs. Importing can help businesses reduce manufacturing costs and gain an edge in a competitive local market. But firms need to be aware of and prepared for the various costs involved to make sure their import activity makes sound business sense. Here's a guide for SMEs to importing to Ireland:

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How Not to Kill Your Employees’ Motivation

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As you grow and build your business and beyond it is important to have motivated employees around you, so how do you make sure to keep them motivated and enthused? Here are 10 straightforward things to do to make sure not to kill your employees' motivation:

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Chain Reaction: Challenges and Opportunities For Exporters According to Lorcan Sheehan

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Lorcan Sheehan is the CEO and founder of PerformanSC Supply Chain, a consulting firm headquartered in Dublin with international offices in Chicago, London and Singapore. Read on to find out his thoughts on what the biggest challenges and also opportunities for exporters are. 

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Startup Investment Series A Term Sheet Example

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As a startup founder seeking investment, you will soon come across term sheets. Here's a quick explanation about term sheets and a term sheet example that you can download and use for your business:

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A Three-Stage Process For Segmenting Customers For Rapid Business Growth

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Fuelling rapid growth comes from gaining sustainable competitive advantage and differentiation - which will come from looking for ‘response bases’ to identify uncovered (unsatisfied) market segments. Here is a three-stage process for segmenting customers for rapid business growth:

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4 Key Business Mistakes To Avoid

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To err is human – but learning from those mistakes is what makes a successful business. Every entrepreneur has at some stage got something wrong. However, the successful ones learn from that experience. It’s okay to make mistakes – just don’t make the same ones twice. We asked some business owners about mistakes they have made and what they learned from those mistakes. Here are 4 key business mistakes to avoid:

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How To Stay In Business For 100 Years

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When you're building a business you are usually thinking short term but what if you could build a business that could last 100 years? Here are lessons on how to stay in business for 100 years, based on research into companies with over a century of dividend. 

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