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In Praise of Social Media: an Unexpected Power Shift

Throughout the aeons of human existence we have understood we are a flawed species – capable of good and bad whether we are acting individually or collectively.  There is no field of human activity where this truth cannot be observed. It should surprise nobody, therefore, that social media is no different. As in ‘real’ life, […]

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How WordPress Works: seminar 28th May

The Fastnet Group presents: HOW WORDPRESS WORKS Making the most of the world’s No 1 website builder According to WordPress beginner: “WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. It is probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today. The best part […]


Blogging: How to Triple the Traffic to Your Website

This month We ran an online marketing seminar at the Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen about blogging – the most effective, least costly, yet least practiced of the promotion tools for your online outreach or marketing. The group who attended got to grips with the subject with enthusiasm – expect a variety of brilliant blog posts in […]


Facebook Workshop: 23rd April Ludgate Hub Skibbereen.

Bev Cotton and Phoebe Webb Present: FACEBOOK FOR PROMOTION: Making the most of the No 1 social media platform This is a hands on workshop for the not for profit sector to learn to use Facebook’s various tools (organic and paid) to reach customers, create awareness and bring traffic to your website. The 3 hour […]

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7 Great reasons why West Cork businesses should be online

The rise of the internet has mirrored the rise of the telephone 100 years ago. This technological breakthrough has completely changed the world of communication and how we do business.  Having no website today would be like having no telephone 50 years ago. Here’s why. Almost everyone is using the internet Using the internet to […]

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Improve Your Online Presence: A seminar for West Cork Businesses

Bantry Chamber present a seminar at the Maritime Hotel Bantry at 2.00 on Wednesday 24th October. Most local businesses are still in the 85% who have yet to take advantage of the marketing opportunities that the internet offers.   Those businesses will receive about a quarter of the inquiries that digitally savvy businesses do. Learn the […]


Why your business website must have SSL and https:

Some businesses are reluctant to commit to the expense of https.  The SSL cert is a new annual charge on being online, and the process of converting a website to https involves technical skills and server access that most will have to pay somebody to do for them.  But the tide has turned in favour […]

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Irish Online News Trends 2018

Online news takes over from print The annual Reuters and University of Oxford analysis of digital news consumption worldwide is out.  For Ireland (91% are now online) the trend is towards online news sources with most print newspapers recording a decline in sales of 6% or more.  Over 80% are turning to social media and online […]


Why have an SSL Certificate?

SSL certificates (Secure Sockets Layer) are now a must have for business websites. Here are seven reasons why. An SSL certificate will give credibility and reassurance to visitors to your website. Browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc)  will mark the site as safe to visit and transact with (as opposed to being marked unsafe). SSL certificates […]