Irish Broadband Penetration

Broadband access

Broadband penetration, according to the OECD stands at 65% of all households. This leaves us behind the Euro 27 Average at 67.3%. Our near neighbour penetration rate stands at over 80% and top slot is taken by Korea (shout I’d assume) at just shy of 100%.   ComReg (data to Q4 2012) on the other […]

Media Revenues from 2009 to 2013

You have been handed the Media Revenue ‘crystal ball’, courtesy of the people over at PricewaterhouseCoopers Ireland– so which horse will you back? A recent survey on the Irish Entertainment and Media Landscape makes for some particularly interesting reading as it predicts (as much a one can) the revenues streams for the various media sectors […]

Used Car Websites and SEO

If you’ve been away, and I mean somewhere completely devoid of communications, then you missed the ‘crises’ in the car industry. New car sales have hit rock bottom and its been the worst year in recent times. In January alone new car sales were about 35% of the previous year’s level of sales. So, if […]

Irish Newspaper Circulations June 2009

Possibly a month where the recent declines seems to have, in the main, settled down. The Daily Mirror was the big loser in the mornings along with the Daily Mail. The Redtops had a torrid time in recent months, but last month it looks like the declines may have bottomed out. The Mail On Sunday […]

A ‘Tender’ request for help

At one point yesterday, about lunchtime, I got a massive attack of boredom… So I decided to see what the policy of Tender Me was either conservative or “publish and be dammed” It’s the latter, well it was momentarily. The ad removed not too long after posting.

Ireland Advertising Spend Q1 2009

Neilsen have just released some fairly sobering statistics on the state of the Advertising economy for the first quarter of 2009. Globally, ad spend is down just over 7% compared to the first quarter in 2008. North America took the brunt of the fall with spending declining by over 12%. Europe did only marginally better […]

Facebook coupons: Hot and not so hot

The words “Starbucks” and “coupons” would have to be predicated with the adage “once bitten..”. The reasons for this are legend and well documented. However it’s good to see that they seemed to have learned their lesson and, in a recent promotion, they teamed up with Facebook to offer their customers a chance to sample […]

Print Transferring to Online


Back in March, the Hearst Organisation made a decision to cease publication of the daily the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in favour of moving the newsgathering output online. A decision hoisted on the company after the title lost $14m in 2008. The decision was taken to stop the presses and push the news into the pixels. So, […]

SME’s and their Marketing Budget

The results of a survey conducted by Truvo for a recently held conference are particularly interesting for SME’s. The survey was conducted in three countries – Belgium, Ireland and Portugal. In total they canvassed 1850 small businesses and, as the survey was conducted in May 2009, it’s particularly topical. They posed the question: How do you […]