At the IIA Congress 2009 “Better Business Online in a Tough Economy: Money, Marketing, Monitoring & Mobile”, sponsored by Realex Payments, over 300 delegates from a broad range of Irish business sectors were provided with two days of information, advice and networking.
Speaking at their largest industry event to date in Ireland, Facebook’s Director of Online Operations, Colm Long, highlighted how businesses can take advantage of the Facebook platform, saying: “There has never been such a great opportunity for businesses and organisations to connect with new users and customers around the globe. The web is now firmly at the centre of our daily lives and allows businesses of all sizes to raise awareness, connect with new customers and grow not only in Ireland but more importantly in export markets also.”
Maeve Kneafsey, IIA Chair, addressing the delegates during the plenary session, acknowledged that the needs of Irish businesses have changed with the recent economic upheaval.
“What Irish businesses need today are insights that will allow them to take action, not theorise. This is always a test for most businesses when you start to apply Web technology to help solve real business challenges.
“The 2009 IIA Congress was all about sharing real experiences that illustrate the successful use of the Web to build business, engage customers and make good choices on how to use the Web effectively. It is clear from the examples shared by companies such as Realex Payments, dotMobi and the other speakers, that Irish online businesses are and can successfully compete on a world stage.
“The 2009 IIA Congress also looked down the line, and provided us with a foretaste of how the latest Web innovations will provide new opportunities for the consumer and business. In particular, allowing us to search for information in a less time consuming way and returning results that are far more personalised to suit our needs.
“Colm Long from Facebook, one of the most innovative users of the next stage in web communications, offered us a direct insight into how the web of the future will look, while Trey Harvin, CEO of dotMobi, pointed to the likely explosion in Ireland of mobile web content. One thing is certain, the Web will continue to be the most dynamic, constantly changing and preferred source of information across multiple media channels.”
Colm Lyon, CEO Realex Payments, spoke about devising a strategy for accelerating growth in an internet business, finishing his presentation with the announcement that Realex Payments were one of a group of five founding members of the Internet Growth Alliance initiated by Enterprise Ireland which aims to support in a practical way the international growth ambitions of Irish businesses. More information available at www.alliance.ie.
A key industry event, the Congress also included an afternoon of breakout sessions coordinated by the IIA’s Working Groups. Delegates also had the option of attending one to one web strategy clinics on specific topics. These clinics were booked out well in advance of Congress.
This year the IIA & Enterprise Ireland Net Visionary Awards took place on the evening of May 21st allowing delegates to mix a productive day of business with a celebratory evening of pleasure.
The newest feature of this two day event is Meetball, a free Demonstration and Networking Breakfast on Day 2 which allowed those who could not make it on May 21st to meet some of the IIA members and find out more about their products and services.
The Irish Internet Association is pleased to announce the speakers in the plenary sessions at their annual Congress on May 21st in Dublin.
The IIA National Congress 2009, entitled Better Business Online in a Tough Economy: Money, Marketing, Monitoring & Mobile sponsored by Realex Payments, will take place on May 21st – 22nd 2009 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Focusing on this theme, the IIA are delighted to announce the speakers for the plenary session as follows:
- Colm Long, Director of Online Operations, Facebook, will detail how Irish businesses can use Facebook’s platform to connect with new customers and maximize their return on investment in online advertising. This is the largest Internet industry event that Facebook will have spoken at in Ireland to date.
- Colm Lyon, Managing Director of Realex Payments, will address how to leverage eCommerce and ePayments in order to do better, profitable business online.
- Trey Harvin – CEO, dotMobi, will speak about the role mobile plays in leveraging the revenue potential of the web.
- Ronan Harris – Online Sales & Operations Director, Google, will examine the role Analytics and Conversion Tracking plays in getting far better results online.
Fergal O’Byrne, IIA CEO, announcing the final programme of plenary speakers, commented, “These four speakers are a great fit to our chosen theme. They can speak from a wealth of knowledge and experience about their specific sectors. Their products and services level the playing field for business users allowing them to extend their reach beyond Irish shores and monitor and develop their online business.”
A key industry event, the Congress will also include an afternoon of breakout sessionscoordinated by the IIA’s Working Groups.These groups focus on web development, social media, online marketing, legal issues, user experience and physical infrastructure. Delegates will also have the option of attending one to one web strategy clinics on specific topics. These clinics proved very popular last year.
This year the IIA Annual Net Visionary Awards take place on the evening of May 21st allowing delegates to mix a productive day of business with a celebratory evening of pleasure.
The newest feature of this two day event is Meetball, a Demonstration and Networking Breakfast on May 22nd allowing those who cannot make it on May 21st to meet some of the IIA members and find out more about their products and services.
The Irish Internet Association are delighted to have received 351 nominations for the 2009 Net Visionary Awards. Online nominations closed on Friday 27th March at 6pm. This is the most nominations received for the long running online business awards ever so nominees should expect some stiff competition.
Established in 1997, this year’s Net Visionary Awardswill take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Thursday May 21st 2009. In the interim a panel of judges will review all of the nominations and create shortlists of five in all 15 categories. On Tuesday 14th April 2009 the shortlists will be announced and voting will open to the public. Voting will close on the Friday 1st May and then a nail-biting 3 weeks will ensue for those shortlisted until the big night on May 21st!
This year’s judges are Keith Bohanna, internet consultant and trainer who is also an IIA Board Member; Irene Dehaene, IIA Events Manager; Brendan Hughes, e-Commerce Manager with FBD Insurance and chair of the IIA Social Media Working Group; Shenda Loughnane, Managing Director of ICAN and IIA Board Member; and finally Pat Phelan, CEO of MAXroam and 2008 Overall Net Visionary Award Winner.
The 15 categories cover all aspects of online business and include business blogger, online entrepreneur, best use of social media, web development and design among others. A new category in the awards this year is the Online Tourism Award sponsored by Fáilte Ireland. This award celebrates and acknowledges the work that small to medium tourism enterprises throughout Ireland have been doing, with assistance from the IIA and Fáilte Ireland, getting online and making the most of the internet as a marketing and communications tool for indigenous and overseas customers.
The IIA National Congress 2009, entitled Better Business Online in a Tough Economy: Money, Marketing, Monitoring & Mobile, will also take place on May 21st 2009 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, allowing delegates to mix a productive day of business with a celebratory evening of pleasure at the 2009 Net Visionary Awards.
The annual ICS Data Protection Conference will take place on the 2nd April at the Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2. The conference is organised by the Irish Computer Society’s Privacy Forum, a special interest group for privacy professionals and those with data protection responsibilities.
This event’s unique balance of real-life case studies and expert opinion makes it the ideal opportunity for organisations that handle personal information to build on their existing knowledge. Leading Irish companies, such as An Post, Bank of Ireland and BT Ireland, will share their experiences so that you can implement proven best practice in your organisation. Some of Ireland’s foremost data protection and information security experts will give practical advice to help you adhere to the most important data protection rules.
Full agenda: http://www.ics.ie/dp/DPcon09agenda.html
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BizCamp is a user generated business conference with open, participatory workshop-events, where content is provided by the participants. It is a new feature on the Irish business events calendar and is based on principles of interaction, engagement and conversation. It’s a free event and therefore sponsors are very welcome 🙂
I had my first experience of a camp-style conference last September which focussed on one of my main interests: social media. At that camp, I learnt lots of interest in that arena. So I didn’t hesitate to sign up for Bizcamp either – I figured if I learnt half as much as I did at Podcamp Ireland and met half as many people who have been a boon to my work with the IIA it would be a day well spent. Bizcamp Dublin is being organised by, among others, Keith Bohanna, who is on the IIA Board, and Alan O’Rourke of Spoiltchild, an IIA member. In the video below Keith explains a bit more about what to expect at Bizcamp. Watch it and then go register!
The Irish Internet Association’s Annual Congress will take place on 21-22 May, 2009 in the Crowne Plaza Conference Hotel, Dublin. The annual Net Visionary Awards will also be held on the first night of the conference. This premier event will be attended by over 400 industry professionals.
The audience last year comprised senior managers, decision makers and key industry personnel and the event was a complete sell-out. 38% of delegates at last year’s Congress in Croke Park were C- or Director level. (Watch a video review of last year’s event)
The IIA Congress is unique in that it provides excellent content in an educational and networking environment. Previous keynote speakers come from companies such as Bebo, eBay, Microsoft, Dell, Google, Yahoo, Aer Lingus and Jupiter Research. The format of this 2-day event includes plenary sessions, breakout sessions, clinics and ample networking opportunities.
Fergal O’Byrne, IIA CEO, speaking about this year’s theme, commented, "The IIA holds a strong conviction that when times are tough, the internet offers solutions for a broad variety of enterprises. The focus this year will be the potential of the internet to allow businesses to market their products and services, protect and profit from their resources and leverage the latest internet innovations to maximise the opportunities available."
Nominations for this year’s Net Visionary Awards will open mid-February followed by the creation of shortlists created by judges chosen from the Irish Internet sector and culminating in a public online vote. Last year’s awards saw the largest number of nominations and votes than any year previously and the IIA hope that running the two events at the same time will facilitate more companies attending both of these events.
The IIA is currently seeking expressions of interest from amongst its members for the many speaker and sponsorship opportunities that an event like this affords.
More information and updates: www.iia.ie/congress09/
Joshue O’Connor, a member of the IIA User Experience Working Group from the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, outlines what delegates can expect from the IIA User Experience Conference next Tuesday 25 November in the Burlington Hotel Dublin.
In business there are many confounding variables that face you. Internal and external pressures at every corner. If you sell products then you must have people who must decide to buy and use your products, the same for any services that you provide. The web has opened up new horizons of possibility but how do you really get it right? Trying to understand what makes your users tick is a full time job in itself and not exactly an exact science.
Therefore coming to the IIA User Experience Working Group’s annual conference on the theme of “Brand building, profitability and customer loyalty through better User Experience” will really help you. Meet with some practitioners who spend their time trying to understand the user experience. There are many diverse and experienced speakers at this event who will endeavour to share what they have learned as practitioners. You will come away from this event with, at the very least, the realisation that there is a lot to be learned when you consider the complexity of the very people you are trying to reach, and hopefully a trick or two that may help you to improve the quality of the services that you offer.
Click here to check out the progamme, speakers and register for this event. Readers of this blog can get 10% off by using the code “UEBlog” when prompted during registering. At €145.00 for non-members and €75.00 for IIA members it’s a bargain even without the discount. As they say in Irish may you enjoy and gain benefit from it!