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Latest News from Modus

Modus launches redesigned Peig.ie website

The revamped www.peig.ie is now live. The site is bilingual and responsive.

Peig.ie is the only site to publish local and national Irish language news in one place. It publishes the latest stories from a wide range of sources once they are published.

They cover news from Irish as well as news about the Irish language, including everything from current affairs to map-videos. Peig.ie supports a variety of news sites such as Tuairisc.ie, MeonEile.ie and Nos.ie. They also digitize the stories of local newspapers.

Visitors to Peig.ie can register here to receive their digital newsletter every morning, to ensure they are up to date with the latest news and events.

Peig.ie puts the biggest stories out on social media so make sure you follow their Facebook page and Twitter page to get the latest news on your own news series.

Visit www.peig.ie.

Google

Six Tips and Tricks to get a Higher Google Ranking

Buy and install an SSL certificate

If your site is http://www.whatever.ie instead of https://www.whatever.ie, Google will rank your site lower than a site with an SSL. Google’s Chrome browser will also flag the site as “Not Secure”, possibly scaring visitors away. You should install an SSL cert even if there’s no ecommerce transactions on your site. You can spot a site with an installed SSL cert as the web address starts with https and you can see the lock icon to the left of the website address bar. SSL certs need to be purchased and installed annually.

Put Your Video Content on YouTube

If you have video content, it’s best to upload it to YouTube or Vimeo instead of using up your bandwith when visitors download from your servers. Google owns YouTube so it’ll help your Google ranking to host the videos there and make sure you have relevant key words and phrases as well as links back to your site.

Get a Google for Business Listing

Having your business on a Google map also helps your search engine ranking and you can add key words and phrases, geographical areas that you cover as well as photos and video.

Install the Yoast Plugin

If you have a WordPress website, there’s a plugin called Yoast which will allow you to optimise pages search engine ranking. It operates on a traffic light system, so it’s red (poor), amber (good) and green (best) so you can see how well SEOed your site is as you play about with the wording.

Avoid Duplicate Content

If you you put up a post that’s verbatim copy of another elsewhere on the net, Google will mark down both. Be original and it’ll stand to you.

Update Your Site Frequently

Googles bots love a site that’s frequently updated, so keep a blog of latest news, announcements, awards, launches, testimonials, whatever. Just keep the website fresh and get that Google love. It also shows visitors and competitors that your business is alive and well. Noting says “Gone out of Business” like a most recent update more than a year ago.

Modus Christmas Holidays

Happy Christmas from Modus

Modus would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thanks very much for your business and support in 2018 and we look forward to working with you again in 2019 and beyond.

No Card for You!

As usual, instead of sending Christmas cards, Modus has made a donation to charity. This year we’re supporting Peter McVerry Trust.

Busy Year

2018 was another busy year and we have a lot of good news to look back on. Our LaoisToday.ie site made the Best in Media and Publishing short list at the Spiders. We are proud to continue to work and grow with long-term clients such as Aiken Promotions, Conradh na Gaeilge, Irish Music Rights Organisation, Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute and more. In 2018, we launched new sites for Shaws.ie, DesignYard.ie, WEP.ie and more. In the new year we’ll be launching new websites for PEIG.ie, CampbellJewellers.ie and many more.

New Services

Our content management systems service level agreements (CMS SLAs) are proving very popular to existing customers and non-Modus sites built on WordPress, Joomla, Prestashop, etc. We continually update the CMS and its plugins and make daily backups of your site. Think of it like an insurance policy for your website. Contact hello@modus.ie for more details.

Time Off

The Modus offices will be closed from 5pm on Friday 21st December and we re-open on Thursday 3rd January. Remember the best way to notify us of any issues is to email support@modus.ie or tweet us @ModusIT. You can also reach us by phone at 087 2807068 (Eamon) and 086 8300943 (David).

Be Social

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

DesignYard.com now live

Modus has just published the revamped DesignYard website. The site is fully responsive and works across a wide variety of devices and browsers.

DesignYard opened its doors in 1994 in Dublin, Ireland. Since then they have worked hard to become Ireland’s most established and best known contemporary jewellery, sculpture & art destination. They passionately foster, curate and promote the finest design and workmanship from both emerging and established artists. They constantly search Ireland and the World for our designers and only work with the best.

DesignYard stocks jewellery for him and her for all occasions. Their jewellery appeals to the discerning customer who appreciates exceptional design and workmanship. Their sculptures, ceramics and screen prints are coveted by design led interior enthusiasts whilst also making perfect corporate gifts or special prizes. You are always guaranteed to find something different and unique at DesignYard.

Visit designyard.com

Looking for an Ecommerce Website Grant?

If you’re planning to build a website and it’s going to have some ecommerce involved, then check out the Online Trading Voucher Scheme from your Local Enterprise Office (LEO). You can get 50% of the cost of the site up to a maximum of €2,500 excluding VAT. So, if you want to make a website with a pay an invoice form or selling a small number of products, your €5k + VAT site could only cost you half that. Here’s the link to the application form and information from Laois LEO, but it’s the same for all LEOs across the country.

There are some conditions.

The business must have:

– Limited Online Trading presence;

– 10 or less employees;

– Turnover less than €2m;

– Applicant business must be trading for at least 12 months;

– Business must be located in the area covered by this phase of the scheme i.e. within the remit of the participating LEOs.

Here’s how it works:

The voucher is a financial incentive to small businesses to develop or enhance their ability to trade online. Under the scheme a qualifying business may apply for matched funding to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (exclusive of VAT), whichever is the lesser. Following approval of their application, a successful applicant can engage suppliers and upon completion of the work, submit a request for payment to the LEO in line with the terms and conditions of their voucher.

Information seminars will be available to prospective applicants to support them in their application process and it will be a condition of applying for the vouchers that applicants attend one of these seminars. At each seminar attendees will be informed of the purpose of the scheme and how best to use and get value from the application of the voucher.

The application process for the vouchers will be a competitive process.

What projects are ineligible for the scheme?

– Companies with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce are not eligible to participate in the scheme;

– “Not for profit” and social entrepreneurship applicants unless they operate in a commercial domain;

– Professional services specialising in IT type services who are already capable of trading online using existing in-house systems;
– Conferences and Seminars;

– Projects which are contrary to public policy;

– Duplication of support for projects which would be eligible for assistance from otherState Agencies of EU funded Operational Programmes;

– Projects with employees in excess of 10 people;

– Projects deemed to be capable of proceeding in any event without scheme assistance i.e. deadweight;

– Projects essentially comprising importation and distribution.

What can you spend the money on?

– IT consultation;

– Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website;

– Implementing Online payments or booking systems;

– Purchase of Internet related software;

– Purchase of online advertising (this purchase cannot make up any more than 30% of approved Voucher costs and can only be drawn down in one payment phase);

– Developing an app (or multiplatform webpages);

– Development of a digital marketing strategy;

– Implementing a digital marketing strategy;

– Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an online trading activity.

What can you not spend the money on?

– Development of brochure websites; (no ecommerce on the site)

– Purchase of non-internet related software like PhotoShop or anti-virus software;

– Anything other than online trading related activity.

Are there terms and conditions?– Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense;

– Own labour is not an eligible expense;

– Third party costs only will be considered;

– All third party/supplier invoices must contain proper business details (e.g. tax or business registration details or proof that the supplier is a registered business in the territory in which the supplier is located).

OK, so what’s the voucher application and drawdown process?

– Read the terms & conditions;

– If satisfied you are eligible and wish to apply register to attend an information event;

– Attend information session;

– Submit copy of completed and signed application form in hard copy to your local LEO;

– Soft copy of completed application to be supplied by email to your local LEO.

Evaluation

– Evaluation of applications will be conducted by each LEO who will make recommendations for approval;

– An evaluation committee will assess the applications and make recommendations for approval;

– A competitive process will be put in place to assist with selection process. Selection of successful applicant will be based on the following criteria:

  •  Eligibility for scheme;
  • Value added potential;
  • Export potential;
  • Job creation potential;
  • Financial Sustainability.

– Record decisions and report to the Local Enterprise Office approvals committee;

– As part of the application process, applicants will be required to attend aninformation session on how to use and get the best value for money from the voucher.

What next?

– If your application is successful, a letter of offer will be sent to you for you to forward to your preferred supplier.

– The voucher is a letter of offer which is sent to the successful applicant;

– Letter of offer signed, accepted and returned;

– Successful applicant has four months to complete the work as per their application.

And then?

Payment will be made directly to the successful applicant upon satisfactory receipt of the following:

– Applicant and supplier(s) sign declaration on the voucher and submit to Local Enterprise Office (LEO);

– Applicant submits:

  • copy of their Company Registration Office (CRO) registration;
  • an up to date tax clearance certificate ;
  • the original invoice from the supplier(s), with supplier(s) CRO or Tax Registration or VAT details (or proof supplier is a registered business in the territory in which the supplier is located) when submitting claim for payment;
  • Bank statement(s) showing proof of payment from the client company to supplier(s).
  • Declaration of project completion by supplier(s);

– All work must be completed and paid for prior to claim.

Payments will only be made with relation to approved expenses which form part of this application form.
All successful applicants agree that they will allow reference be made to them in case study materials, which may be used to promote the voucher scheme more widely.

Is there any follow up?

By accepting a Trading Online Voucher, successful applicants agree to report on online trading from participation in the scheme, again in 6 months and at annual intervals up to three years thereafter. Reporting will include: jobs (new or reallocated), increased turnover, exports and/or domestic market expansion, reduced costs and expected follow on investment. This may be conducted by Local Enterprise Offices, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment or approved independent evaluators.

Suppliers will be required to report on the impact of their products and services supplied to the applicant business.

– Reporting will include how their product or service enabled trading online, improved business performance, reduced cost, opened markets etc.

Contact hello@modus.ie or call 1890 202107 for more information.

Shaws Department Stores new website

Modus has redesigned and redeveloped the website of Shaws Department Stores. The new responsive website showcases the dozens of brands sold in Shaws 16 stores across the Republic. There’s also Google maps showing the location of each store with contact details. Check out www.shaws.ie.

Aiken Promotions and Conradh na Gaeilge sites shortlisted for 2017 eir Spiders

We are delighted to announce that two Modus websites have been shortlisted in the 2017 eir Spiders. Conradh na Gaeilge is in the Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr category and Aiken Promotions made the Best in News, Publishing and Entertainment category. This will be the fourth time that Conradh na Gaeilge has made the final in this category. Best of luck to both sites on 30th November at the Mansion House.

The categories and shortlisted sites are:

Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr
(sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge)

AbairLeat Oide
Comhar.ie
Conradh na Gaeilge
Dúchas.ie
Oideas Gael

Best in News, Publishing and Entertainment
(sponsored by DMG Media)

Eumom
Foodoppi
Irish Film Institute & Axonista
That’s Farming
TheTaste.ie
OnTheQT.ie
Aiken Promotions
Buzz.ie

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