Small Business Show: Eddie McGuinness

Eddie McGuinnessEddie McGuinness runs EMCG PR and is one of the organisers of the #DigitalSME event held yesterday in Dublin’s Digital Exchange.  With its origin in the #SMECommunity hashtag on Twitter, the theme was an appropriate one: “Expanding Your Online Experience Offline”.

Items discussed on this week’s show: Sunshine Sickies; Tax Relief for the film industry; the retail slump; and Ireland’s role in space.

The Small Business Show is broadcast each weekend in syndication on Irish radio.  Items from the show are published as podcasts throughout the week on FocuSMEIreland.com.  You can subscribe for free to download the MP3s automatically using RSS or iTunes.

Small Business Show: Damien Mulley

Damien MulleySocial Media expert Damien Mulley is the keynote speaker at an event titled Harness the Power of the Internet.  It’s a free event organised by Clare Local Development Company on Wednesday 30th May in Killaloe, and will include a showcase of successful local enterprises.

In the meantime, Damien is our guest this week on the Small Business Show as we discuss the Double Dip; Retail Rejuvenation; S-Commerce; and selling America to the Americans!   Download it here, or click the player above!

The Small Business Show is broadcast each weekend in syndication on Irish radio.  Items from the show are published as podcasts throughout the week on FocuSMEIreland.com.  You can subscribe for free to download the MP3s automatically using RSS or iTunes.

Small Business Show: Pensions & Finance for the Self Employed

Ronan Bray is an independent financial consultant offering broad based professional financial advice with a speciality in pre and post retirement planning.  Recently he came into the Small Business Show studio to outline the options for entrepreneurs when it comes to retirement planning.

When it comes to pensions, it’s not a case of “one size for all”, especially when it comes to entrepreneurs.  For example, many business people may have no interest in retiring at 65.  Sometimes entrepreneurs say that they cannot afford a pension when they are building a business, but it’s worth remembering that pension contributions are a tax-efficient way to take money out of your business, and that even a modest contribution can make a significant impact on the final sum.

The Small Business Show is broadcast each weekend in syndication on Irish radio.  Items from the show are published as podcasts throughout the week on FocuSMEIreland.com.  You can subscribe for free to download the MP3s automatically using RSS or iTunes.

Small Business Show: Referendum Debate

We’ve invited two friends of the Small Business Show to join us this week for a discussion on the upcoming Fiscal Compact Treaty referendum.  What does it mean for Small Business in Ireland?

Brian Cleary is CEO of Clonmel Chamber of Commerce, which is calling for a Yes vote as is the national organisation Chambers Ireland.

Mark McCutcheon is an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor who’s helped us with our Budget coverage in the past.  He is opposed to ratification of the Fiscal Compact Treaty.

Small Business Show: Bachelors & Farmers

Will Humphries of Bachelor MagazineWill Humphries of Bachelor Magazine joins us to review the week’s business news.  Bachelor Magazine, he explains, started as a blog and has grown to something much bigger, with 9 writers covering topics such as Motoring, Food, Technology fashion and more.  Their new initiative is called Pay it Forward, where they cover small businesses who then nominate others for coverage.

Stories covered in this week’s podcast include: Independence for Shannon Airport; 9% VAT to be retained; SFA vs. Farmers; and AIB’s €250m agri-investment package.

The Small Business Show is broadcast each weekend in syndication on Irish radio.  Items from the show are published as podcasts throughout the week on FocuSMEIreland.com.  You can subscribe for free to download the MP3s automatically using RSS or iTunes.

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Small Business Show with Gabriela Avram of 3D Camp

Gabriela AvramGabriela Avram is a lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Limerick, and one of the organisers of 3D Camp, which will be held on May 26th.  3D camp, she explains, is about how we interact with computers in the physical world and will cover topics such as mobile computing, augmented reality, geocaching and DIY Synthetic Biology!  It’s an informal conference on the ‘Barcamp‘ model, so it’s not only free to attend but participants are invited to shape the agenda, contribute and speak.

Also discussed in this week’s business news: Athlone’s planned Chinese exhibition centre; the latest data on new company registrations; free WiFi is launched in Clonmel; and Google bring Streetview indoors.

The Small Business Show is broadcast each weekend in syndication on Irish radio.  Items from the show are published as podcasts throughout the week on FocuSMEIreland.com.  You can subscribe for free to download the MP3s automatically using RSS or iTunes.

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Small Business Show: David Quaid Spills the Beans on SEO

David Quaid of PrimaryPosition.comDavid Quaid runs Primary Position, an agency which specialises in Search Engine Optimisation or SEO.  Recently he met Conn for a coffee and an interview for the Small Business Show.

David points out that SEO and marketing is the first step in online business.  Before you build the site – before you choose a domain name – you need to consider your target audience: who they are, and how they will find you.

Content is critically important, he explains.  It should be meaningful and useful, in the language of your customers – not of the ‘trade’.  Users go online to research solutions to their problems but they may not know the technical terms for those solutions.  Good SEO anticipates these searches and responds with meaningful content that draws traffic.

Links are important, he says, but they must be relevant, in the context of the text where they are found and in the overall nature of the subject matter or business in question.  You can’t fake this stuff – he says.  Search engines devote considerable resources to making sure their results are relevant – otherwise they lose trust and, as a consequence, business.  Good SEO, he agrees, is about good marketing and good customer relations.

The Small Business Show is broadcast each weekend in syndication on Irish radio.  Items from the show are published as podcasts throughout the week on FocuSMEIreland.com.  You can subscribe for free to download the MP3s automatically using RSS or iTunes.

This podcast is sponsored by mailpak.ie – Custom design, print & mail service