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Mobile Websites are a must have 

Mobile Websites are a must have

From today Google will punish those websites that are not ipad and mobile friendly.  This could see a huge shake up in the rankings of websites which will result in thousands of pounds being lost by some websites and thousands of pounds being gained by others.  If you have a website and it needs upgraded then you should do this straight away as the impact on your business could be severe.  The idea behind Google's decision is to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for.  If someone searches for something on their mobile phone and they cannot read the writing of the website or navigate the website because it is not mobile friendly then they are going to leave this website and go to another one.  Google wants people to find what they want in as a quick a time as possible and old websites that have not been upgraded are going to suffer as a result.

This will probably affect a lot of small businesses that do not realise that Google has done this.  Smaller businesses may not know what position their website is showing in rankings and the search terms that they are appearing for.   Google did actually announce these changes in February and gave websites time to prepare.  

 

 

Live Mass from Dominican Chapel 

Live Mass from Dominican Chapel

We are proud to announce that we have completed a website for the Dominican Chapel Newry.  It is called www.dominicanchapelnewry.com and we are very pleased with the reaction that this website has brought to us as Newry web designers.  We spent a long time with representatives of the Dominican Chapel in Newry and had many meetings to go over the design of the website and also decide what the website was trying to provide to the local community.  One of the greatest aspects of the website was to provide people access to be able to see Mass and other services online.  We worked with our partner company www.vadio.ie and have now a permanent link on our home page for people to click and access Mass and other services online.  This will be a great resource for those incapable of leaving their homes to attend mass.  It will allow them to feel part of the Dominican community and feel as if they are still attending Mass.  It will also be possible for people to view weddings if they cannot make the event.  Perhaps they are in a different country and unable to attend so this will be a great benefit for weddings in the chapel.  

The Dominican chapel wanted the website to get across the message of St.Dominic and St.Catherine.  This is why we have made their messages sit on a prominent place on the home page.  The "About Us" page gives a brilliant history of the Dominican Chapel.  It starts by talking about the history of the Dominican order and how they came to Ireland and finally how the Dominican Chapel in Newry was created.  It is amazing to understand the story behind the Dominican Chapel in Newry as well.

Another important page is the Lectio Divina page.  Lectio Divina is an ancient way of reading the bible and the page highlights this and talks about the Lectio Divina community at the Dominican Chapel in Newry.  There is a full page given to the list of times that Masses and other services take place at the Dominican Chapel.  This will allow people to find information easily as to when services are on.  The Gallery page shows a full slideshow of all the images of the chapel and its grounds.  Its amazing to see the full scale of the grounds and to see images of the different items in the chapel.  Finally we have the weekly notices to allow people to see the latest news on the Dominican Chapel.  This can keep everyone up to date on all that is happening with the chapel.  

There is also a special inclusion on the website.  It is of a drone video which is a camera mounted on a remote control device that shows video of the Dominican chapel and its grounds.  It is amazing to see this as the camera rises up above the chapel and over the back gardens.  It allows everyone to see the Dominican Chapel as it has never been seen before.  We are proud to see this extra service of Drone cameras that we will be offering all our clients from now on. 

So we are very proud to announce this latest website and hope we can support the Dominican Chapel with keeping the website optimised and maintained for many years to come.  

 

 

 

PPC Management Northern Ireland 

PPC Management Northern Ireland

At Destination Newry we are proud to have one of two recognised Google Partners.  This means that Google recognises us as capable of managing Pay per click campaigns for businesses and charities.  We now manage PPC in Ireland for companies and also carry out PPC Management for UK firms.  Pay per click is the ability to have your advert reach the top of the Google charts for terms that you would want to appear for.  So if you are a plumber in County Armagh you want to appear first when someone types in "Plumber County Armagh".  Each time someone clicks on your advert it costs the business money but the idea is to make more money from any business that you gain.  Our job is to manage your campaign so that you come up top for the lowest cost per click possible and gain you as many leads or sales as possible.  

With the introduction of Google Shopping in the UK businesses can now sell to millions and out their items in the form of images at the top of Google.  Google Shopping cost per click is actually cheaper on average than text based adverts and so can be very beneficial for companies if they have products that are priced competitively.  Google Shopping will soon becoming to Ireland and so there is a huge opportunity for companies in Ireland to increase their sales.  

Google recently said that its biggest rival is not Yahoo or Bing or any other traditional search engine.  It is Amazon.  This is becasue of the money that Google is losing in PPC adverts where people are instead selling on Amazon.  So Google with Google Shopping is offering a very competitive alternative and Google still holds the box seat in terms of where people first come to to find items on the internet so there is a lot more to come from PPC campaigns in the future.    

 

Create a modern multi device website is essential for business 

Create a modern multi device website is essential for business

Google has announced again the importance of websites being set up to be multi device websites.  This is to help web users have a better experience when they are searching online.  One of the main annoyances of web users is that they go on to websites that are not set up as multi device websites and so they waste their time opening and closing websites.  Google will probably start to penalise all websites that are not set up as multi device websites. 

In the USA it has already implemented a practice of telling web users in the search results if the website will not work properly on their device.  So for example when the search results come up it will list the name of the website but underneath have a message saying "Uses Flash. May not work on your device".  So it is essential that if you are getting a website created to have it created as a multi device website. In the same sense, if you have a website then it will need to be upgraded to a multi device website as soon as possible.  Over 50% of people now search the internet on mobile devices and most ecommerce purchases are started on one device and finished on another as the web user browses for information.

Google My Business 

Google My Business

The main thing to remember when growing your business online is Customers.  Customers are what grows your business and their passion for your services and products are what makes your business so rewarding.  For many customers are more than just shoppers. Their your regulars and the people who promote your business through word of mouth.  Finding these loyal customers may be very time consuming and expensive.  Google My Business allows you to find loyal customers easily and for free.

In Google My Business you can promote the following -  

Update all your business information in one place. This will allow customers who are searching for business on Google to see your business and see all the relevant information that they need such as your website name, Opening Times, Phone Number , Email Address, Map, Google + etc
Photos - you can add beautiful photos of your business and show your business off
Reviews - you can gain reviews of your business and give new people searching a good idea as to how popular you are and your amazing service.

 At Destination Newry Websites
www.destinationnewrywebsites.com we can set your Google Places account up as part of our website package.  Please contact us today if interested.

Mourne Country Hotel Website 

Mourne Country Hotel Website

Destination Newry Websites are pleased to present their latest website - www.mournecountryhotel.co.uk   This website was designed to show off all the qualities of the local hotel.  You can instantly see the splendid hotel entrance and all its other features on a flash image system.  The Accommodation section allows visitors to see the type of rooms available and what they look like.  They can also send an enquiry in to the hotel through this section.  The services section shows the range of services that the hotel provides while the entertainment section allows the visitor to see the upcoming bands and entertainment available at the Mourne Country.  This section as it is updated will help the SEO of the website as well.  The Gallery section gives visitors a quick way to see what the hotel looks like in every aspect.  Finally the contact page allows people to make contact with the hotel.  

 

So overall the website has been designed with the aim of alowing the visitor to navigate the site easily and to show the hotel off in its best light.  We wish them all the best with their website and hope it helps bring them a lot of business. 

 

 

Newry Fun House 

Newry Fun House

 DestinationNewryWebsites.com is proud to add another website to their growing portfolio.  http://www.newryfunhouse.com/ was designed and organised after a consultation with the clients.  We wanted to create a fun, colourful website that would display the full services of Newry Fun House to anyone that arrived at their website.

It is important to capture the visitor’s attention when they first go on to a website and we feel we did this with a large photo slide that allows the visitor to see all that the Fun House has to offer. 

We are digital marketing experts as well and so we set this website up for SEO purposes.  Adding items like clear breadcrumb navigation and SEO tags allows both a visitor and the search engines navigate around a website with ease and also understand what each page is about.

Videos are becoming more and more popular on websites.  As peoples surf the internet their attention span is limited and they want to see information quickly.  Reading pages of text about what a business does may be for some but when there is a video or images that tell you this quicker and in a better format then this is what a website needs. 

The website was designed with a fully operating CMS system to support it.  This means that the client can change most things on the website such as text and images.  They can also add information and can keep their latest news page up to date.  The news page is a great way of showing that the website is kept up to date and is it great way of the Fun House explaining to any visitors the latest developments in their business.   

For any help on web design in the Newry and Mourne, NI, Ireland or UK please contact us.  We can help with all aspects of running a successful online business for you with our digital marketing experience and Ad word Partner status. 

New Client website - sweetcart.ie 

New Client website - sweetcart.ie

SweetCart.ie is the latest website to join the Destination Newry Websites portfolio.  We met with the client and discussed their ideas for the website.  We then created a free design of the home page based on their needs.  They were delighted with the first design we done and so we got to work straight way.  We showed them designs for the inner pages and the website grew from there.  

In today's online market place your website needs to be easy to navigate, engaging with photos and videos, have an attractive design and a call to action such as a Contact Page or Special Offer section.  All these options are now available to Sweetcart.ie and so they should be able to use the website as one of their best marketing tools while growing their business.  

In order to create a website these days we believe it needs to better than anything else in that particular market.  It needs to be up to date in terms of being set up for SEO purposes.  We also created this website to be responsive so that it can appear conformably on any device such as an IPad, Smartphone or even Smart TV.  This is a must for any website to be successful in today market. Google has told us recently that up to 61% of smart phones users now research and purchase online via their phone.  This figure is set to increase rapidly as well. Sweetcart.ie is well placed to benefit.

McGuinness Plumbing 

McGuinness Plumbing

We are please to announce the latest website to our portfolio - www.mcguinessplumbing.com

This is a local company based in Camlough that were looking a stylish and informative website to showcase their work and explain their services.  They were also hoping to gain business through the website and to win many contracts based on its content.  The website has been set up for SEO purposes and will no doubt improve the business going forward.  We certainly wish them all the best and will be at hand to offer any online support that they require.

 

Website is Live 

Website is Live

We are proud to annouce that our new website is live.  Destination Newry Limited will now offer the service of providing websites to the local area and beyond.  Our team of programmers and desingers have been making websites for many years.  We offer a free consultation and design to any potential customers.  

We believe that there are so many businesses out there that ever dont have a website or have a website good enough to create more business for them.  Many web developers will offer template websites but we offer bespoke websites at a reasonable price.  Contact us today for a free consultation.