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#ShopLimerick: Taking the first steps into the digital marketplace

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Noel Davidson Entrepreneurs AcademyFOR small businesses looking to get their products online fast, a monthly subscription to sell on marketplaces such as Shopify or Etsy is a good option.That’s according to Noel Davidson, lead trainer with the Entrepreneurs Academy, which delivers training for Local Enterprise Offices across the country.A level up from that comes off-the-shelf website builders such as Wix, Weebly and Squarespace, he says. By paying a monthly subscription, small business can use these tools to quickly and easily build a website, choosing from a selection of templates.“The downside is once you stop paying the subscription, you lose your website. The free version of these tools will give you a generic “@squarespace.com” website address, for example, but that may not look as professional,” says Davidson.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “You can buy a personalised website address option from these providers, but you will have to sort out a personalised email address yourself.“A website that looks great but doesn’t do a lot is really just a brochure and it won’t drive much business“The next level up is website builder WordPress, and paying for hosting with a separate provider. This gives businesses a branded email address.“It also provides the best option of future-proofing an online presence, with the ability to add downloadable plug-ins as a business’s needs grow. One such is the free WooCommerce plug-in from WordPress. You can bolt it on to your website and you are up and running in minutes with a full ecommerce platform,” says Davidson.All the platforms have easy ways to install a payment gateway such as Paypal, Stripe or Elavon. However, Squarespace, Wix and Weebly charge a fee for this to be switched on. With all payment options, when something is sold on your website, you pay a small percentage to the provider when the payment is processed.“A lot of website designers build for WordPress so if, at some stage, you want to link your accounting package to it, you can.”Features such as livechat or a booking engine are among other plug-ins.“Our advice is to give the business as much flexibility as possible, so a self-hosted WordPress website on one of the local Irish hosting companies is probably preferable. Hosting costs are about €70 to €80 a year.An SSL certificate, another plug-in that protects sensitive information such as credit card information, usernames and passwords, will cost about the same annually.“Google Ads is where Google displays your ad when people search for products and services like yours. You pay for results, like when someone clicks your ad to call your business or visit your website.If you don’t have budget for that, you can help yourself in other ways. It’s about putting yourself in customers’ shoes. A chiropractor may have the word ‘chiropractor’ all over their website, but if potential customers use the search phrase ‘back pain’, local chiropractors may miss out.“Ask your customers how they found you – that’s the easiest way to source search terms. Update your website regularly with the search terms customers are using, perhaps through a value-add blog or company updates. Glowing reviews and testimonials from customers also cut through”, he explained.Read the Limerick Post Newspaper’s guide to local retailers HERE Print BusinessNews#ShopLimerick: Taking the first steps into the digital marketplaceBy Staff Reporter – December 2, 2020 80 Emailcenter_img Linkedin Twitter Advertisement Previous articleNew fuel and fast food outlet plazas on Galway RoadNext article#ShopLimerick: Finding a way out of the digital desert Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Alleged robber at Bellagio casino trades gunfire with police on Las Vegas strip

first_imgMGM Resorts International(LAS VEGAS) — An attempted robbery at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas ended in a gunfight between police and the suspect late Friday.The suspect attempted to carjack someone at the valet, but was confronted immediately by four uniformed officers.The man turned and fired at least one shot in the direction of an officer, who was struck in the chest, police said.A second officer returned fire, striking the suspect.“The officer had his bulletproof vest on, which probably saved his life,” Las Vegas Police Department Capt. Nichole Splinter said.He was treated and released, police said.The suspect was also struck in the chest and remains in critical condition.There were two robberies at the Bellagio in 2017. In March 2017, three men in animal masks used sledgehammers to smash their way into a luxury jewelry store before at least one of those suspects was apprehended.In a robbery similar to Friday night, a man was able to make off with money from a poker cage at the Bellagio in November 2017. He was able to get away with an unspecified amount of cash.Almost a year later, that suspect had yet to be caught, according to CardPlayer, a casino gaming news site.The Bellagio, and its famous dancing fountains, play prominently as one of the casinos robbed in the film Ocean’s 11.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Reuters acts on employee concerns

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Global media firm Reuters has dramatically improved customer service andstaff motivation by developing leadership skills and encouraging greateremployee involvement in the business. The company reduced staff turnover from 49 per cent to 5 per cent in threeyears after introducing a new team climate system, which measured staff’smotivation and satisfaction. Managers were then able to use the scores from the system, based onconfidential staff surveys, to implement interventions including flexiblehours, training and mentoring. Staff were asked to design their own office environment to ensure they werefully involved in a major corporate reorganisation. Reuters also focused on its managers to improve the standard of leadershipby introducing training events, one-to-one coaching and focus groups. Staff satisfaction and engagement levels are regularly measured throughfeedback surveys with the results used to benchmark progress and compare teams.Martin Yates, customer services director at Reuters for the EMEA region,said the initiative had a direct affect on the bottom line, as customersatisfaction has risen by 10 per cent since its launch. “These measures are saving us money. It has allowed us to be moreeffective and a better performing organisation. The scores have enabled us toexpand the department,” he said. Reuters acts on employee concernsOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Watch Common Join Robert Glasper For A Surprise Collaboration During Jazz Fest

first_imgJazz Fest is, of course, a celebration of jazz. But it’s also a celebration of the many musical forms that have flowed from jazz, as well as the intersection of those new forms with the older styles that preceded them. This intersection was on full display this past Saturday night, when Grammy and Academy Award-winning rapper Common made a surprise appearance with the Robert Glasper Rotation Trio in New Orleans during Jazz Fest at Ace Hotel New Orleans’ Three Keys music venue.After joining the band for a brief collaboration during their first set, Common teamed up with the Robert Glasper Rotation Trio for an impromptu, hour-long second set. The rapper opted to make his second stanza free to the public, and the venue even opened its doors to the Ace Hotel lobby to allow additional fans and unsuspecting spectators to take in the music. Jazz Fest will continue this Thursday, May 3rd to Sunday, May 6th.Robert Glasper Rotation Trio feat. Common[Video: Three Keys]Live for Live Music will also be in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, where we’ll be putting on a series of after shows and daze between shows at clubs across town. You can check out our late night guide for a comprehensive list of what New Orleans has to offer during Jazz Fest, and you can take a look at our own late night calendar below.last_img read more

Mayweather defeats McGregor

first_imgConor McGregor’s first boxing experience ended in defeat to Floyd Mayweather Junior in Las Vegas.The mixed martial arts champion was stopped in the 10th round – as Mayweather extended his unbeaten professional career record to 50 fights.Mayweather told Sky Sports News this will be the last time he gets in the boxing ring – and he’s pleased to have gone out with a win.last_img

Mixed verdict in case against NY politician Jumaane D. Williams

first_imgCaribbean American New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams was sentenced to time served after a jury on Monday reached a mixed verdict on charges relating to his arrest for protesting the planned deportation of Trinidadian-born immigrant rights activist and community leader, Ravi Ragbir.Guilty on one count The jury found Williams, 42, the son of Grenadian immigrants, guilty of one count of obstructing an Emergency Medical Services, but not guilty on counts of disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration.Williams, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 45th Council District in Brooklyn and Lieutenant Governor candidate for the State of New York, was immediately sentenced to time served.Judge Steven M. Statsinger said the sentence was for the few hours that Williams had spent in police custody after his arrest.The misdemeanor conviction will not impact on Williams’s ability to run for public office or to vote.Moral compass went awry“I believe and still believe your heart was in the right place, and your moral compass, which is otherwise as far as I could tell completely accurate, went a little awry,” said Judge Statsinger after imposing the lenient sentence on Monday.Williams had objected to a lenient plea offer from the Manhattan district attorney. Instead, he said he wanted to go on trial to further highlight the Trump administration’s draconian immigration policy.Williams, later told reporters that the “rulings validate what I have known to be true- that the actions for which I was arrested were necessary and impactful.Williams and his attorneys, Ron Kuby and Rhiya Trivedi, had presented a case arguing that his actions to stop the deportation of Ragbir were reasonable, and that the actions by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and ICE, which Williams was impeding, were not themselves unlawful given New York City’s status as a sanctuary city and “the rough conduct which federal and local officials exhibited at the time of the arrest.” On January 11, Williams was arrested, along with 17 others, including New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, as he protested the detention and imminent deportation of Ragbir.Eighteen days after Ragbir was detained, a US federal judge ruled ICE’s actions to be unconstitutional.Ragbir’s deportation has since been stayed, and he remains in the United States.last_img read more