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Dear readers of the Startups blog,
My name is Stefano Messori and I am the founder of Messori Marketing a new and independent strategy consultancy business based in Dublin.
Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship Propeller Accelerator outlines the first
cohort of six companies on its Techstars Network member programme:
I was watching a you tube video of an interview with Mark Zuckerberg – founder of Facebook, and I noticed the words ‘Fail Harder’ scrawled on the Facebook office walls in the background.
The DCU Ryan Academy’s Propeller Accelerator Joins TechStars Network To Accelerate
Startup Businesses and Enhance Entrepreneurship in Dublin
Company: Tobin Shipping & Transport Ltd
Website: www.tobinshipping.ie (off line in Jan for re work)
Founders: Simon & Simone Tobin
Staff Number: 3
Date started: 11th October 2010
Tell us what your business does?
Tobin Shipping & Transport is a European logistics Company, providing a comprehensive intelligent logistical service.
What does this mean?
It means that we draw on years of experience and a large global logistical network that has daily co-operation between a large numbers of highly motivated people, from a variety of countries and cultures.
Tobin Shipping & Transport uses this know-how to set high standards in the industry. Our European & Global network is constantly growing. The standards of the European Logistics business network also extend to transport solutions in the Middle East, Asia and the USA.
Our aim is always to be a premier logistics service provider with a strong focus on a partnership approach to Customers and Suppliers. Since our establishment, we have achieved consistent tailored logistical solutions through continued research and development, and through strategic partnerships.
· National transport & distribution
· Daily UK Transport
· European Transport & shipping
· Ocean Freight
Where did the idea for your business come from?
Our family have been in the shipping and transport industry since 1946, and have built up many business in Ireland & the UK. I have now taken on the legacy and established a new business with a reach into Europe, Asia and the USA.
I had worked in the industry for the past 19 years and achieved senior roles in major European logistics companies and plc’s, following restructuring of the company I last worked for I was made redundant, and decided to take up the family tradition and commenced my own business.
Have you always wanted to run your own business?
Yes, I stayed out of the family business and went my own way in the corporate world but always had the itch to do it for myself.
What planning did you do before you started up?
5 months of planning, networking and seeking agents / suppliers globally. Draft business plans and all the legalities and administration infrastructure that is required.
Which entrepreneurs do you admire?
Denis O Brien
Michael O Leary
What challenges have you faced how have you overcome them?
Rising Fuel Prices
These are the two main challenges that are a daily on-going problem, we are striving to partner up with other similar / related business to collectively buy services and negotiate on credit terms. With regard to fuel which is 32 % of cost in road transport, we constantly seek to try get a fuel surcharges but struggle. It is the norm in the UK and Europe.
How have you promoted your business?
Daily and hourly, via networking
Are you optimistic about 2011?
Yes, down to my own belief in myself and the will and drive to succeed.
What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
Do your research, you are always leaning, you will never be an expert or know everything, constantly network and meet people, be honest and humble, know who you are and where you came from, never give up, work hard but keep your family values and work life balance, take calculated risks but never gamble, close your eyes and imagine where you want to be in life and business, and live it, act ON IT > GO FOR IT !
I like the start of a new year, after all the hustle and bustle (read -stress) of Christmas it is a period of reflection, a time to think of the year just gone and to plan for the one ahead.
I was lucky enough to get invited to Google HQ in Dublin for a day of training last week. The amount of information Google gave was fantastic. Each session was broke into 30 minute blocks with experts from that area in Google. I will add some short posts on what was covered as it may help people understand exactly what Big Brother Google thinks and how they would like us to build our sites.
We were introduced to teams from organic search, adwords, adsense, webmaster and a number of other experts. They also provide a lot of great free tools to help people get more out of their site. I will link to them in posts too.
Internet Usage in Ireland
52% internet usage (2005)
77% coverage in 2010 (thats 3.5 million people)
15th highest in world for broadband
In 1-2 years we will have higher internet penetration than UK
Time spent online in Ireland
European average is 12.1 hours a week
Irish average is 19.4 hours a week spent online
Next year there will be more people online than watching TV
What do people do online?
(stats from last 3 month in 2009)
Buying / Shopping (53%)
Social Networking (52%)
Online Banking (51%)
Travel Bookings (50%)
Ireland are the 4th highest in Europe for Online Buying.
We are number 1 for Online Travel Bookings (might have something to do with Ryanair)
YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world.
It is very clear from these stats provided by Google that more and more people are spending time and money online. The fact that people spend so much time online is now common place. Not many people go to the Golden Pages to find a business. They GOOGLE IT. Ireland is usually slow to adopt new technology (mobiles, digital tv, etc), but once we take something onboard we are very loyal and become very big users of products.
Research for a product or service is often forgotten about with businesses. If your customer meets a sales rep or views a product in a shop and don’t buy it who will do the follow up sales with them? With a good website you can answer commonly asked pre & after sales questions. Show your product working and list all it’s benefits. People often think if someone visits their site and does not buy a product that the sale is lost. This is not the case. A lot of people show around online as they do in the real world. The difference is online they can shop around much faster and more efficiently. They may decide to return to your site in a few days and purchase. They may contact your directly to buy instead. This is where a good strategy and analytical tracking of the site comes in play.
For more info on analytics I wrote an earlier post here.
Buying Online is growing every single day. People now have trust in Ireland vendors and are happy to purchase products online. A lot more companies are offering ways for people to pay for services online.
Social Networking has exploded in the last few years with the likes of Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Blogging, etc. As humans we all want to connect and we are all nosy too. We want to feel part of a group. Facebook has more than 500 MILLION members now. Twitter is so popular that companies such as ASOS ( As Seen on Screen) now offer customer support solely through twitter. ASOS has 50 staff members who handle their twitter customer services channel.
YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine. This is fantastic for companies who may use YouTube to showcase their product demos. You can also embed YouTube videos directly on your site too so you get the best of both worlds. For a very nice example of how to use YouTube to sell your business visit OwenFitzpatrick.com