The Irish Internet Association is delighted to welcome our second new member today: PostBank. PostBank are a relatively new player in the banking field built “on a commitment to make banking more accessible throughout Ireland, Postbank can be found in Post Offices, providing a friendly service in an atmosphere you know and trust.” They also have great plans for future products including a range of account types and credit cards. Although they have a fab looking site with charming illustrations methinks they have great plans to boost their internet activity, kicking off with joining the IIA. So welcome!
A big welcome to IEGDesign.com who just joined the IIA this morning. Some of you based in Limerick probably know IEG well: they designed and developed the Limerick County Enterprise Board site. They also write a regular column for Business Limerick and this month’s is a commentary on the use of video online.
IEGDesign.com describe themselves as “Web Design, Marketing & Software reseller” and it is clear from their portfolio that they have dealt with some complex customer needs. I’m only sorry I didn’t see their Irish Hurleys site before we bought ár bpéire camán at the weekend!
Are you always on the move? Do you miss important phonecalls while in meetings? Would you love an assistant but can’t afford to take on a full-time employee? Or do you just need someone to handle your admin while you are on holidays? Well then our newest member Secretarial & Complete Management Solutions is the answer to your prayers. They do it all: from day to day administration like meeting scheduling, accounts, correspondence; right up to preparing proposals, quotations and estimates and event management. And they joined the IIA while we were on the phone so they are smart cookies too! Welcome!
Joanne Byrne of Secretarial & Complete Management Solutions is out of the starting blocks like Zola Budd on Sunny D with an opening offer to IIA members. Read all about it on the IIA website.
Welcome today as well to Blueface who offer business and residential Voice over IP services. Using Blueface VOIP allows much more flexibility and includes call conferencing and call management. Their site allows you to purchase packages based on your talk requirements and they also sell VOIP phones. Currently they are running a very tempting introductory offer which includes a Siemens phone. They also have a busy discussion forum, the grandaddy of social networking tools so they are there to help anyone who would like to more about the future of the phone.
Yes I am aware of the fact that I could have used any of a selection of pop music related titles on this post too. Hanging on the telephone. Call me. etc. Please feel free to add your own suggestions. I’m running out of steam.
Right I’ll admit it. I had a great karaoke session at the weekend which is probably the reason why all of today’s blog posts have pop titles. However my weekend started off with a bout of meeting the neighbours at the Digital Hub Barbecue. I spoke to some lovely people from Zamano, IIA members, who very kindly took me under their wing on my arrival as all my colleagues are away so I was there by myself. And then the evening became the night in the company of Aoife from Clickstream, another member company, the two of us blathering away in Irish. I met Aoife originally on my second day working in the IIA at an event we ran about accessibility in April. There was a great buzz in the Digital Hub area as the students in the National College of Art and Design were holding their end of year exhibitions.
However I didn’t have an opportunity to meet some of our newest members who are also neighbours. The latest addition to the association are the accomplished Net Affinity who are also based in the Digital Hub. They are a digital marketing agency providing a range of integrated digital media services in Ireland since 2000. They combine their extensive wealth of marketing, design and technical expertise to creating smart, strategic & results driven campaigns. A great addition to the Association, bringing a wealth of experience in a diverse range of sectors. Are they party people? I can’t honestly say…YET but keep your eyes peeled and you should be hearing about an opportunity for us all to find out soon. Ooooh mysterious!
But’s it getting much easier all the time with technology to help us. Our newest member 1TimeTracking is going to make resource tracking a whole lot easier for all of us. It will free up managers to concentrate on the bigger picture, rather than wasting precious time emailing their team for timesheets. It allows the self-employed to track time and expenses for specific clients and projects ensuring cost-effectiveness for all. As its charged per employee it is itself a cost effective solution for the microtrader trying to juggle a number of clients. For those with employees it’s an easy way to ensure compliance to the Working Time Act as well. There’s a free trial for the first month so go on, give it a whirl and tell us what you think.
Because our newest member, Micheal Kelly, from MikeKellyTv.com has great plans for online video. He doesn’t mess about either. His business is up and running only a short time and already he has joined the IIA and nominated himself to join our Social Media Working Group. Video is, of course, a huge element in social media so it is great to have him on board.
Our mission is the realisation of your business benefits through successful projects. We believe the success lies in the attitude & skill set the person brings, combined with the support that is given to our people.
Attitude, skills, support: you could say the three pillars of business wisdom!
You might be wondering why are all these people joining the IIA? I’ll tell you!
Membership is like Neapolitan Ice Cream with three flavours allowing companies to choose between Corporate (50+ employees,) SME (Up to 50 employees), or Individual (Less than 3 employees). We can generate usernames and passwords for all staff within a member company which allows lots of flexibility in the use of our extranet.
Members of the IIA get considerable discounts on all our events and access to member-only events. As a member-driven and member-focussed organisation we rely on members’ input to ensure a vibrant and cutting edge programme of events and therefore welcome all suggestions from our members. We welcome input from members as guest bloggers and as speakers at events throughout the year.
All members are welcome to post industry-related press releases, tenders, publications, vacancies and appointments via the IIA extranet. Members can also avail of special offers made available by members, discounts on events run by the IIA and member-only resources such as whitepapers, research and reports.
But sadly there is no free ice cream. So far. I’m working on it.
Welcome to another new member this week. (Was I the only one who took a break over the Bank Holiday?) Achieve-IT are a website design, hosting and IT Training company with a broad portfolio of clients. I’m particularly drawn to one of their clients’ sites: Accompanying Irish Music on the Guitar. Grafton Street busking, here I come!
Net Behaviour were on their best behaviour last week when they joined the IIA. They attended the recent IIA Congress and I subsequently made contact with them as I did with many of the non-member delegates. To quote their own website:
Net Behaviour are online experts fusing established planning methods, bespoke research and extensive experience to create key insights into the digital consumer which enables us to provide clients with great digital marketing campaigns.
When I read this I immediately thought of all our members who contact me looking for facts and figures about the nebulous net and who attend our events aimed at increasing sector skills in the area of developing, managing, and measuring online campaigns and I knew Net Behaviour would be a good fit.
Normally I include a new member company’s logo but I hope you will forgive me for using a different element of their site which caught my magpie eye. Instead of profile pictures they each have a personalised robot image. The image above is Managing Director Justin Cullen’s profile image. We will all be assimilated 🙂