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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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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5 Lessons From Henry Ford You Can Apply To Your Business

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Back in the 1900s, Henry Ford was presented with many of the same business challenges as the ones that are present today. The historic founder of Ford Motors was 40 when he created the company. His goal was to create a car that would be so affordable, everybody would be able to own one. What he did obviously worked as Ford cars are now considered to be one of the most popular vehicle brands on the market. So what can be learned from Ford’s success? Here are 5 lessons from Henry Ford you can apply to your business:

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How to Make Your Business Stand Out in a Crowded Market

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Does your business stand out in a crowded market? What differentiates your business from your competitors, and how do you make sure it receives the right attention? We speak to business leaders at the top of their game about how you can ensure you and your business make a positive lasting impression. Here are 10 key ways to make sure it gets noticed. 

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4 Virtual Office Services That Could Save Your Business Money

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Given the developments in technology and the opportunities that are available, virtual services are becoming more and more popular. With an increase in entrepreneurs and more small businesses starting up each year, the traditional model of a corporate office is changing. This process has been underway since the 1990s, but recent technological progressions and the current economic climate have contributed to a much quicker pace of change in the past few years. Here are 4 virtual office services that could save your business money:

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4 Ways to Maximise Efficiency in Your Business

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If you want to maximise efficiency in your business, you must take two initial steps. The first step involves identifying the business processes you use to conduct your business. Once you have identified the depths of your processes, you must then analyse them to figure out how you can improve them. Here are 4 ways to maximise efficiency in your business:

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A Quick Guide to Small Business Insurance

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The skill set required to start a business may often seem to be juggling (countless to-do lists), fire-fighting and crystal ball gazing. Building a business can be extremely rewarding, but without adequate protection in place the shiny new empire may be left vulnerable. From day one as an entrepreneur it is essential to have the right business insurance in place. Here is a quick guide to small business insurance:

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10 Things That Could Be Preventing You From Getting More Business

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There are businesses that do well. There are ones that hold the edge. There are businesses that lead the competition. And, there are the ones which struggle with getting more business. Here are 10 things that could be preventing you from getting more business:

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The Co-Innovate Programme and The Power of Partnerships

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Are you wanting to develop a new product, service or process? Have you ever considered a partnership to drive innovation in your business? Have you looked at The Co-Innovate Programme? Find out more about the programme and the power of partnerships:

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How to Create an Acquisition Strategy as a Small Business

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Many start up companies hope to eventually get acquired but don't have a clear acquisition strategy or plan on how to get there. In order to create an effective acquisition strategy as a small business, there are several aspect of their business that must be carefully planned out. While transparency is important, the particulars concerning the companies finance and legal aspects play a vital role in the success of the acquisition. In addition, there are organizational concerns, communication tasks and stakeholder assessments required. Let's take a look at developing a good acquisition strategy:

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7 Tips For Greater Focus At Work

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Trouble with focus and attention is a problem everyone has from time to time. However, work seems to bring it out the worst in some people. It often feels as if it should be easy. Just apply yourself and get to work. That's all you have to do. Yet it still feels difficult, almost as if "just apply yourself" isn't actually a solution! Here are 7 tips for greater focus at work:

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Why Your Business Needs to Focus on Sustainability (Plus 5 Simple Things You Can Do)

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From global fashion brands selling ‘conscious’ clothing to micro pubs serving ‘zero-miles beer’, today's companies are under increasing pressure to be sustainable. Here’s why your business should get a piece of the action and focus on sustainability,...
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3 Key Tasks That Small Businesses Can Outsource Easily

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Running a small business takes a great deal of finesse. It’s a job that can be stressful and time consuming, but outsourcing can relieve some of the pains of management. Outsourcing is a much better option than overpaying a full-time employee for tasks that don’t require in-house attention. Here are 3 key tasks that small businesses can outsource easily:

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Making a Franchise Work for You

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Franchising enables people to work for themselves without working by themselves, and buy into a brand with a proven business model and good reputation. Here are some tips on making a franchise work for you.

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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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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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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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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 Maximise PR for Your Business

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Public relations (PR) is an effective way for businesses to gain publicity, create a particular image for your business and attract new clients. Here are some tips on how to maximise PR for your business:

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6 Finance Tips Every Business Owner Needs to Follow

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If you’re running your own business, you know how difficult handling finances can be. No matter what industry you’re in, getting funds is never going to be easy. This means that every financial move you make is going to be crucial for the future of y...
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