Presidentof Wexford Rotary receiving his Paul Harris Felloship form Jurgen Sassmanhausen and Vice President Maura Bell

 

Niall has been a member of the Rotary Club of Wexford for over 5 years, lately having become the President of the club.  At this years Christmas Party Niall was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award.

Jurgen Sassman, Hon Sec of Rotary Wexford, also addressed the Rotarians.  He commented on the success of the Club under the watchful eye of Niall and drew our attention to the wonderful website and much improved social media platform of Wexford Rotary, something that has been driven by Niall through his company Graphedia.com here in Wexford. Jurgen, aided and abetted  by Maura Bell, currently VP of our Club, then presented Niall with a prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award.  Rotarians have a tradition of honouring individuals who have made significant contributions towards the wellbeing of their Club.  Niall has certainly earned this accolade.  Hearty congratulations on this Award came Niall’s way – very well deserved!!

On behalf of his wife Sarah and himself Niall said “ I know the great people that have been given this award in the past, I am truely honoured to be given this fellowship, Thank you to my Vice President Maura Bell (who used to be my boss in Whites hotel 20 odd years ago) and a big thank you to founding memeber Jurgen Sassmanhausen for his kind words, a man that used to teach me German in school, almost 25 years ago. I look forward to your continuing support in the New Year and in the meantime we would like to wish you and your families our very best wishes, and a peaceful 2017.”

What is the Paul Harris we hear you say?

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation. Today we have the honour and pleasure of recongising Niall Reck as he becomes a Paul Harris Fellow.

When a person is recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow, they are presented with a Certificate signed by the Rotary International President and the Chairman of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, and a lapel pin and medallion. The contribution to The Rotary Foundation can be made in one sum or by cumulative giving over a number of years. Individuals can make a personal contribution or the contribution can be from a club, a company or business.

From all of us here we wish Niall the continued success with rotary as it keeps him out of the office for a while 🙂

Niall Reck (Graphedia.com) with Ecommerce Award Winner, Anna Fortune, Senan Hogan and Louise Cunningham.

Congratulations to Team at Kildare Now for Winning the Ecommerce Social Media Award at this Years North Kildare Business Awards 2016 held in the K Club in November.  Commercial Manager of KildareNow Anna Fortune accepted the award with Content Manager Senan Hogan and Multimedia Account Manager Louise Cunningham.  Launched only 15 months ago, KildareNow won the E-Commerce & Social Media Category in which KBC bank and The Irish Biltong Co were also nominated.

Sarah & Niall Reck from Graphedia.com at The North Kildare Chamber AwardsNorth Kildare Chamber Business Awards 2016 in association with Clark, were held on the 18th November in The K Club. The awards are county wide awards recognising the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors. The awards honour industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success.

Graphedia are very proud to have Sponsored the Award for the past 2 years, This award category is aimed at businesses keen to show how they are harnessing the latest business thinking and technology to keep them at the cutting edge when selling or trading online. For this category, the judges are looking for evidence of successful E-commerce website, selling online, with good use of social media . The Business should be forward thinking with a determination to strive for continued success by pushing the boundaries. The winning business in this category should have an excellent appreciation of how new technology can deliver a competitive advantage.

Best of luck to the finalists Proud Sponsors of this years awards

Graphedia also supplied all the graphics and Video animation for this prestigious event

Niall Reck at Google Head Offices in London

 

Graphedia have been awarded Partner status with google on their expertise with Google Adwords.  The Google AdWords certification is a professional accreditation that Google offers to individuals who demonstrate proficiency in basic and advanced aspects of AdWords. An AdWords certification allows Google to recognize Graphedia as an expert in online advertising.

Achieving Partner status means that we have demonstrated AdWords skill and expertise, met AdWords spend requirements and delivered agency and client revenue growth.

Our profile can be viewed https://www.google.com/partners/#a_profile;idtf=8464777227;

Niall is clearly happy with partnership :)We now are credited with having the partner badge on our website showing that Google recognizes our agency as an AdWords certified partner.

Niall Reck the owner of Graphedia says “It is great for our company, we are absolutely thrilled with the partner status, we strive to moving forward and giving our customers the best and latest service, it shows the hard work we here at graphedia put into achieving results for our customers.”

 

So if you need help with your AdWord Campaign don’t hesitate to contact us

Wexford Business expo 2016

Seventh Annual Wexford Business Expo Brings Local Businesses Online

On Thursday November 10th, Wexford County Hall became the home for Google and Microsoft as the 2016 Wexford Business Expo provided local businesses with the knowledge and practical advice to establish and develop effective online sales strategies for their products and services.

Featuring many high profile speakers, who discussed the various factors that contribute to creating a successful e-commerce strategy. A particular highlight of this year’s Expo was the Google Digital Garage workshops, which took place throughout the day.  The Google Digital Garage, which has been described as the ‘Growth Engine for Digital Skills’, enables users to discover the complete range of Google tools that are at their disposal and how they can be used to maximise the effectiveness of an online presence.

The 2016 Wexford Business Expo was organised by the Wexford Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Wexford County Council, lead sponsors Zurich Insurance and ESET and media partner, the Sunday Business Post.

Business Expo Stands

Graphedia Also produced all the branding for the Expo, from Logo Design, Advertising Design, Posters, website, Banners and the Animated Promotional Video

8 Awesome Tips For Entrepreneurs to Keep You Movin’ This Week!

 

For most of us in business, entrepreneurship could be defined like this:  “I don’t have a 9-5. I have a when I open my eyes to when I close my eyes”…

Or like this…

“I am the maker of my products & services, the marketer, the accountant, the head of HR, the tax guy and the lunch lady!”

Running your own business ain’t for the faint hearted, that’s for sure. It takes graft, determination, business smarts, stubbornness and definitely a little madness!

There are, however, some awesome pearls of wisdom that have been passed down by the entrepreneurial greats along the way. And taking heed of those pearly words, could just make that path a little less crazy and complicated!

Here are some words from the greats to keep us motivated this week…..Gather round entrepreneurs!

Steve Jobs: “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become”

Richard Branson: “If someone offers you a great opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later”

James Dyson: “While Developing my vacuum, I went through 5126 failed prototypes and my life’s savings over 15 years. But the 5127th prototype worked, and the Dyson brand became the best-selling bagless vacuum brand in the United States”

Henry Ford: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

Timothy Ferriss: “Focus on being productive, instead of busy”

Yoda: “Do or do not. There is no try!” …(Yes, yes, we know Yoda is technically not an entrepreneur but he is one of the greats, so he had to make an appearance in our opinion!)

Mark Zuckerberg: “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”

Bill Gates: “The first rule of any technology applied in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency”

 

Well, we feel inspired – we hope you do too!

google-adwordsAnd we also wanted to add our own note on the great Bill Gate’s words on automation. You see, at Graphedia, getting our clients more online leads and sales is our business and let’s just say that business is gooooood! 😉

We believe that if you are following the sage advice above and you are working on something you are passionate about, you have a great product or service and an efficient business, then automation of your business is a step that can take your business to the next level and beyond.

What do we mean by automation? Well, its simple really, we mean driving warm/interested leads to your website and turning those leads into sales for your business through the use of online sales funnels, SEO, paid traffic and more.

…Essentially making sales while you sleep!!

If you would like to chat to us about automating your business and making more sales online while you sleep (!) then, why not give us a shout today.

P.S. We have a great summer offer running right now – sign up to 6 months of Google Adwords with us and receive a FREE €90 google adwords voucher! (We’re nice like that!!) Grab ‘em while they last.

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You might have noticed we have launched a ‘little project’ we have been working on for almost 10 YEARS!!

OUR BRAND NEW SUPER FUNKY, COMPLETELY OVERHAULED WEBSITE IS FINALLY LIVE!

Ta-da! Fan-fare! Trumpets! Drum Roll! Dancing Boys ….Ok, maybe not that last piece!

We are so excited to launch our new look Graphedia.com website that has been in the making for almost 10 years.

Phew, that was a lot of work and a long time coming!

The team here at Graphedia have been flat out working on a crazy amount of funky new websites for our clients that we barely had time to create our own super cool new site (See? We look after you first!)

Graphedia.com is a state of the art, mobile responsive site that we custom built, from scratch, to meet our own very specific company needs. Yep, we are just that good 😉

Super Awesome Website Design & Merketing Ireland

Our Creative-Juicy Bits!

We wanted to be able to showcase the very best of our work, our coolest designs, our most awesome apps and in general we wanted you to see all of our creative-juicy bits! (We even thought about making it glow in the dark!)

It was also important to us that we could give you heaps more great info about our services, provide a place for support and help for our clients and allow our clients to pay for our services right there on our website. Haaandy!

The site was custom designed , from scratch, with a whole new look, new branding and a heap of techy stuff that our incredible team of super-nerds worked on diligently until it was just right.

In fact, excuse us while we nerd out for a second;

The Techy Stuff

Graphedia.com is;

  • Fully responsive site, built on top of Twitter Bootstrap.
  • Custom developed AJAX portfolio section & portfolio sliders.
  • Custom developed share feature.
  • Custom social media feeds.
  • Parallax scrolling effects.
  • Uses the latest JavaScript and CSS3 techniques.
  • We used only minimal off the shelf plugins which increases the security of our site, as well as increase load times.
  • We use the latest caching techniques, gZIP compression and minification of our code to serve our site as fast as possible.
  • SEO optimised.
  • We use the latest SDK’s from Google+, Facebook & Twitter to analyse social interaction with the new website.
  • Full use of the latest techniques to get the most out of Google Bot such as “Schema” tags and “rel” tags on links.

 

Ah, that felt good!

Ok, time for the sentimental bit:

Its aliveI (Niall) want to extend a HUMUNGOUS thank you to my awesome team who drove this project and put up with all of my often picky, perfectionist requests! Sarah, Brendan, Corey, – you guys are legends (Hi Bobby, thank you too). And a huge thanks to my kids too for badgering me every morning for the last year – “Dad, Dad, is it done yet?”

And of course, a big shout out, to our fabulous clients. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love and nerd out on design on a daily basis!

Why not take some time to have a good mooch around the site and get to know us?

Enjoy!

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(The Interwebs Just Got Safer!!)

You know when you browse a website, you surf the net, you buy something online or just generally interact with websites? Well, have you ever wondered what happens to your personal data? Or how is it that marketers always know exactly which products you have been looking at and which ads to send your way?

Well, that is all done through … The Magic of Google Analytics.

Google Analytics is a Google product that essentially allows businesses to look at your interaction with their website and to check out how much time visitors spent on their sites, which pages they looked at, which products they browsed before eventually whipping out that credit card and making a purchase!

In the past, the communications between those businesses’ websites and Google Analytics was not always secure. Sites using HTTPS did benefit from secure (encrypted) communication between their website and Google Analytics, but those sites using HTTP did not and so personal data was not always secure.

Big Changes

However, that all changed last Wednesday when Google announced that they will now be securing all traffic communication of websites using Google Analytics, whether the website is HTTPS or not.

Google announced that “…with the increase in privacy related concerns we have made the decision to secure all communication to and from Google Analytics, protecting our clients, our client’s end users, and the broader internet”

So, What Does This Mean For You?

Well, for you, the end user (i.e. when you are browsing a website yourself) you can breath easy knowing that the data that is collected when you browse or interact with any website, either HTTP or HTTPS, is now encrypted and much more secure.

Essentially the inteweb is safer!

What Does This Mean If You Are A Business With A Website?

For you the business owner, this means two things:

  1. You can now tell your customers that their data is even more secure! Yay! Bonus!
  2. There is a downside, however for websites with SSL’s. Encrypted traffic is ever so slightly slower than unencrypted traffic and so you may see a slight increase in bounce rate – ie people not patient enough to wait an extra second before they leave your site! Did you really want them there anyway we ask you?

That’s about it.  We hope you found this little explainer blog useful.

 

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To get 10,000 Irish businesses online for the first time and to get a further 2,000 Irish SMEs trading online over a period of two years, the Government have introduced a “trade-onlinevoucher scheme as part of the National Digital Strategy.

This allows businesses to secure funding for 50% of their projects spend, up to a maximum reclaim of €2,500.

We have hundreds of customers selling online throughout Ireland and we would look forward to working with you too.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Us.

What the vouchers can be used for:

  • Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website
  • Implementing Online payments or booking systems
  • Purchase of Internet related software
  • Purchase of online advertising
  • Developing an app (or multiplatform webpages ?)
  • Implementing a digital marketing strategy i.e. Social media marketing
  • Consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online strategy
  • Training/ skills development specifically to establish and manage an on-line trading
  • Activity

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What the vouchers cannot be used for:

  • Businesses that are not already trading
  • Development of brochure websites
  • Purchase of non-internet related software
  • Anything other than online trading related activity

The vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:

  • No online presence or companies seeking to improve their online presence
  • < than 10 employees
  • < turnover of €2m per annum

3 Easy to Use Formulae for Creating Killer Headlines For Your Content

You’ve created an amazing vlog. Your hair looked great, your script was superlative and your content is groundbreaking!

You’re ready to send it out into the world and you’re hoping that a few hours from now, you’ll be sitting back with a mojito and watching as your content goes viral and takes the world by storm!

#OMG!

HOWEVER, before you send your precious work out there, be warned;

Without a great headline that attracts attention and drives people to click through and watch, your content may be dead in the water!

Take a look at this little explainer video to see how we like to craft a great headline using 3 handy ‘plug in and go’ formulae (you’re welcome!!)

 

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Graphedia win The Networker of the Year Award at North Kildare Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The award was Sponsored by Hanahoe & Hanahoe

North Kildare Chamber Business Awards 2015 in association with ISS Recruitment and Training were held on the 27th November in  The K Club.  The awards are county wide awards recognising the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors. The awards honour industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success.

Little Video from Tara Lane on the night, thanks tara


Graphedia also sponsored the “Ecommerce Social Media Award” which was won by Future Ticketing

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Graphedia are Runner Up at Wexford Chamber of Commerce  Service Provider Award sponsored by Datapac

The Wexford Business Awards, are countywide awards recognising the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors. The awards honour Wexford’s industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success. Central to the ethos of the Wexford Business Awards is sound environmental and green business practices, as the awards take into consideration the green credentials of all entries, across all categories.

“We are delighted to have been nominated in this years award, there are some great companies in the category and Kerlogue Nursing Homeare deserving  winners”

 

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2015 marks the 15 year in business for Graphedia, and to continue with the success of the company we have just opened our new offices in Sallins Road, Naas, County Kildare. We plan on recruiting more people to join our Kildare branch in the future, so if you feel you have the skills contact us. We put the success of Graphedia down to our excellent staff and superlative customers.

We are delighted with the move and look forward to working closely with the North Kildare Chamber in helping our company grow further. The big key if you are interested was to go with the opening phrase, “The Key to our Success” we do not sell keys, but we did have fun with it 🙂

See below some photos of the opening day with Minister Jed Nash, and other local businesses from Naas.

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Not holding the key this time, in the photo from Left to right Niall Reck (Graphedia), Ronon Twohig (house of Finance), Vice President Chamber Vivian Cummins, President Niall Browne & Keith Traynor (HTH Accountants)

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Vice President Chamber Vivian Cummins, Minister Jed Nash, President Niall Browne & Keith Traynor (HTH Accountants) in front Niall & Sarah Reck (Graphedia)

Due to rising demads for our services we have hired our another Developer / Programmer. Everybody say hello to Brendan Doyle from Enniscorthy, he like Pinna Colades and singing in the rain. (will change this ;))

Brendan (nerd) is a very talented developer and we be delighted to help in assisting you with any web development or APP development enquirers you may have.

Irish Companies now have to add their Company Registration Details on website & Email footer

Is your Irish Web Site Legal

From April 1st 2007, if you are a limited company there are specific details which must be included on your website. These details are the same as the ones you must already legally display on your traditional correspondence such as letterheads and invoices. From April 2007, these legal requirements extend to Irish Websites and E-Mails. Non-compliance can be very costly with a range of fines.

You need to include:

  • The place of registration of the company, the number with which it is registered and the address of its registered office
  • In the case of a company exempt from the obligation to use the word “limited” or “teoranta” as part of its name, the fact that it is a limited company
  • In the case of a company which is being wound up, the fact that it is being wound up
  • If there is reference to the share capital of the company on any page of the website, the reference shall be to the paid-up share capital

These need to be included on the following pages:

  • On the `about us` page as a minimum or on the footer of each page if you prefer, we recommend the footer include at a bare minimum your physical address and contact details
  • In all your email correspondence, so if you don`t already use a footer or signature on your emails this is the time to start!

If you are not a limited company, please don`t forget that the Office of Data Protection requirement is that all websites require a privacy statement if they collect personal information such as an email address on a contact form, or cookies used for web statistics.