As part of its diversification strategy, Puma is launching a mobile phone in the second quarter of 2010. The sportswear company has signed a license agreement with French mobile phone manufacturer Sagem Wireless. According to Puma, the agreement is in line with its strategy to move into new categories that complement its range of sport and lifestyle footwear, apparel, and accessories. In a statement, it said: “Puma’s entry into mobile leverages its innovative brand and design skill to improve user experience and connect its community.” The phone will be sold globally in Puma’s own stores and through operators. The phone will be solar-powered (the solar implement will be on the back of…

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Oireachtas TV

UPC has welcomed the first broadcast of Ireland’s first fully fledged, dedicated parliamentary channel Oireachtas TV, which is being carried on UPC channel 207. Oireachtas TV will now provide unfiltered access to the parliamentary process to over one million households nationwide, including debates, committees and other proceedings from both houses of the Oireachtas. Since its launch on UPC, Oireachtas TV has increasd its viewership by 20pc following its move to channel 207, having previously being broadcast on channel 801. Now available alongside mainstream news and current affairs channels, the Oireachtas TV channel is regularly viewed by 55pc of UPC subscribers. “This channel ensures the citizens we serve can see for…

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Irish Wi-Fi provider Bitbuzz has integrated its offering with the Costa customer loyalty programme, the Coffee Club, in what the partners are saying is the first scheme of its kind in Ireland. Costa launched its first store in Ireland in 2004 at Belfast City Airport and now has 60 stores employing over 600 people in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Bitbuzz has been providing complimentary Wi-Fi to all Costa stores in Ireland since 2010. Registered Costa Coffee Club members can now avail of complimentary Bitbuzz Wi-Fi, without the need for vouchers. Bitbuzz has been working with its location partners, such as Costa, to introduce brand loyalty through Wi-Fi for some time.…

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The Setanta team at the launch of the new HD channel

Setanta Ireland is set to become the first Irish channel to broadcast in high definition when it launches Setenta HD tomorrow (Saturday 27 November). The channel’s first day of live HD content will include Man United v Blackburn at 3pm, the second round of the FA Cup, Wales v New Zealand in international rugby and Juventus v Fiorentina. Setanta HD launches exclusively on UPC’s HD service and will be available from Saturday on UPC channel 412. “We announced in September that we would commence broadcasting in HD by Jan 2011, and with the help of UPC we are delighted to be able to start ahead of schedule,” said Colin Morgan,…

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Ireland’s first broadcast of Gaelic games in high definition is set to take place this Saturday evening when Setanta shows the Armagh vs Dublin football match. The game will be available on Setanta HD to UPC digital customers, as will at least seven other Allianz League games, including Dublin’s big football clashes with Cork, Kerry and Down. Hurling fans, meanwhile, will get to see the Tipperary and Kilkenny match in high definition on 12 February. “Setanta are showing 15 games in total and a minimum of eight will be in HD on the UPC service, including four Dublin games,” said Colin Morgan, CEO of Setanta Ireland.  “All of Setanta’s games are on…

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Irish Home Improvement

Updated: Aug. 13, 2019 Looking for KBC Home Improvement Ideas? New research released by KBC Bank Ireland shows that Irish consumers are on a home improvement buzz. There are good reasons for this trend as rates are low and an influx of good workers are available for hire locally and nearby. A total of 41pc of Irish consumers are planning to tackle home improvements over the next 12–18 months. With a further 23pc having just completed home improvement work in the past year. A desire to freshen up the home (63pc) and create more storage space (30pc) are among the main reasons for upcoming home improvements. Almost one-third (32pc) of prospective DIY-ers said they…

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Steve Jobs Marketing Genius When it comes to marketing, there is very little which is invented. Just as Mick Jagger of the Stones so poignantly summarized, “There is no future in rock ‘n roll music, it is all only recycled past.” Steve Jobs marketing genius was in seeing the brilliance of Nike, in showcasing star athletes of the 80s such as Michael Jordan, John McEnroe, and Lester Hayes, and slapping their logo next to them. Nike knew the psychology would take over, and take over it did. Jobs’ did the same, but instead of star athletes, he created sexy products and used psychology to build an “elite brand.” He knew…

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Email

When using E-mail for customer service purposes, be sure to follow this helpful advice: Answer quickly—customers using E-mail expect a prompt response, usually within the same business day. Use the “Reply” key in your E-mail program so that the customer’s note is part of your response. Avoid slang, jargon and anything else that could be considered insulting, such as writing in all capital letters. Don’t send attachments—not everyone can open them, and some users are afraid to open them because of the threat of viruses. Instead, paste the contents of the attachment directly into the body of the E-mail. Treat E-mail as you would paper documents—assume it will be kept…

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What is a hashtag? Well, the obvious answer is that if something is quite popular, it is going to get retweeted a lot. But it is possible to pay someone to make something trend artificially? Of course. Where there is money to be made, rules will be broken. Twitter makes money by allowing businesses to push “Promoted Tweets.” However, those adverts are clearly marked. But there are companies that try and get around Twitter’s rules. They offer to make something trend for a price. How do they do that? They use bots. Bots are automated accounts, and you can make them say anything you like. If you’ve got enough of them, you can make it…

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Social Media Engagement

Social Media Engagement Global digital marketing spend is expected to increase in 2018. As we enter the new year consumer engagement levels and analytical skills remain limited. This includes across channels, according to Alterian’s annual marketer survey. The survey polled nearly 1,500 marketers, agencies, marketing service providers and systems integrators worldwide. This year’s topic, ‘ How Engaged is Your Brand? ’, examined marketing expenditure, social media measurement and the level of personalization across digital channels. About half of survey respondents estimate that overall marketing expenditure will increase slightly (5-25pc) over the next year. It is also seen that an additional 9pc said it would improve significantly (25pc or more). This, according to Alterian, suggests an opportunity for industry…

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