Archive for June, 2009

Changing your Facebook Fan Page Username

Facebook announced a while back that personal Facebook users could change their Facebook url from a randomly selected id to a meaningful url. This was possible for personal facebook pages from last week. So my own facebook profile is now at

However, there was a limitation for businesses with Facebook Fan pages. Initially, You needed to have 1000 fans on your page in order to change the url. We didn’t qualify for this as we have around 130 fans signed up on the PuddleDucks fan page.

From today (June 29th), Facebook fan pages with over 100 fans can now get their customised url. To do this go to and select the username for any fan pages that you administer.

Later Update: It is now 25 fans to qualify for a customised username.

Therefore our page which in the past could be found at:

can now be found at

facebook fan page

This will make it easier to let people know about our page and to include on marketing material, press releases, email signatures, etc.

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Our new competition on Pigsback

We have a new competition up on The prize is a “goody bag” of PuddleDucks waterproofs worth €350. It’s simple to enter – you can do it here.


 Thanks so much to the folks at Pigsback for setting up the competition for us.

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Win a Voucher or Two in Our Prize Draws

We have two prize draws for PuddleDucks vouchers on the go at the moment:

1. Facebook Fan Page Draw

We’re running another prize draw among our Facebook fans at the end of June. One lucky member will win a €50 PuddleDucks voucher. All you need to do is to sign up as a fan of our page. You can do so here. The PuddleDucks Facebook page features news, special offers and new product information.

Pepper the Puppy says "G'wan enter the Draw"

Pepper the Puppy says "G'wan enter the Draw"

2. Customer Review Draw

If you’d like to add a customer review on the PuddleDucks products or service, you will be entered into a draw for a €50 PuddleDucks gift voucher. The draw will be made on August 1st.

You can enter a review here. You will need to log in first.

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Two new noisy Fleeces

We have recently introduced two new noisy fleeces to our range of children’s fleeces.

1. Dozy Mares Fleece (with Sound)

A lovely soft and cosy fleece featuring three dozy mares. They will neigh when the button is pressed. 


2. Hillside Trucks Fleece (with Sound)

This cosy fleece will keep little truckers amused and warm.  The fleece features three trucks hard at work – just press the button to hear their engines chugging.

Hillside Trucks

Both fleeces are priced at €28. We now have 17 different styles of kids fleece in our range. See them all here.

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Reviews on the Go from LouderVoice

As you may know, we have recenttly introduced customer reviews on the PuddleDucks shopping site, powered by LouderVoice. It is proving to be very successful and we are very grateful to have recived some great feedback from our customers on our products and service. As well as appearing on the PuddleDucks webiste, the reviews are stored and displayed on the LouderVoice review site at

It is a simple installation to add the LouderVoice widget to the site and it adds greatly to the customer experience. It has the potential to increase sales conversions as potential customers get guideance on their new purchases.

Now the folks at LouderVoice have introduced a new way to create and display their reviews by delivering a new application for Google Android driven mobile devices.

Android is the mobile platform created by Google and is about to be launched on a number up upcoming phones from well known and less well known manufacturers. The HTC Magic should be the first Android phone that will be launched on the Irish market.


The new application allows users to access and write reviews on their Android device as well as using GPS and location based services to access reviews targeted for where they are at any particular time. As well as the countless reviews entered on the the LouderVoice website, the application will also show reviews from ourselves,  BubbleBrothersRoomex and Klipsch.

You can find the free application as “LouderVoice Reviews” in the Lifestyle section of the Android Market.

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PuddleDuckers Out and About 9

The latest in the series of PuddleDuckers Out and About is really a PuddleDuckers In … and In Bed.

It was sent to us from Joanne Hession from Co. Kildare. It shows Joanne’s two year old daughter Megan ready for bed in her unusual bed time footwear. Megan loves her Strawberry Pink Smelly Wellies so much that she doesn’t want to take them off at all – not even at bedtime. This photo was taken by Megan’s sister and budding photographer Hannah aged six.

JHession Wellies

Many thanks Joanne, Megan and Hannah for the photo and story. 

If any other parents would like to tell us their experiences of their children wearing their PuddleDucks please contact us at

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Facebook Page Insights – Two of our Fans are Pirates and other Interesting Facts.

If you have a Facebook fan page you can learn lots of interesting statistics by looking at your Page Insights. This shows analytical information about your page, your fans and their interaction with your fan page.

We have the PuddleDucks fan page up and running for over six months now and we have recently passed the milestone of 100 fans. So I think it’s a good time to look at our Page Insights and here are some of the highlights.

All Fans over Time:

This shows that there is a fairly steady organic growth in new fans at about 10 new fans a month. The big jump at the end of March was due to a campaign to get more new fans by using Facebook Ads and holding a prize draw among fans. Note to self – Must do that again soon.

FB Insights 1

Gender Breakdown:

This is an interesting breakdown which I think closely reflects the normal gender breakdown of our customers.

Looking at the breakdown, I see we have 22% Male and 77% Female fans. Wonder what gender the remaining 1% is?!

 FB Insights 2

Location Breakdown:

No surprises here – our business is mostly targeted at the Irish market so this is the expected breakdown. But it’s nice to see we have one fan out there in the UAE – not a market I had considered as a big one for waterproof clothes. Maybe I’ll look into that now (joke!).

FB Insights 3

Language Breakdown:

Now this was a surprise. Two of our fans are Pirates! Well, two of our fans have switched their language in Facebook to English (Pirate) which changes the normal Facebook terms to “Pirate Language” terms. Here’s a few examples:

  • Fans = Crewmembers
  • Friends = Me Hearties
  • Log Out = Abandon Ship
  • Info = Cap’n’s Log
  • What’s on your mind? = What be troublin’ ye

Try it out – it’s good fun to set your language to English (Pirate) for a while. Just go to Settings, Language to do it. But I’m not sure that I’d like to keep it as a permanent setting though.

So to finish, I’d just like to say “Aaar, mateys. It be pleasin’ to have you on board” to our two Pirate crewmembers.

FB insights 4

PS: If you’d like to join as a fan on our page – if you’re a Pirate or not – you can do it here.

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Customer Reviews – Winner of May Draw

During April, we introduced a new facility for customers to enter reviews on the PuddleDucks website and we have been delighted with the response since. The review technology was introduced in association with LouderVoice.

The reviews appear on the home page and on the product pages. We feel that the reviews allow customers to help each other find the right product for their needs.

Here’s how the reviews now look on the home page:


We arranged a draw among the customers who submitted a review up to the end of May. The draw was made today by our son, Jake and the winner is Brenda McColgan from Co. Dublin. Well done Brenda – you are the winner of a €50 PuddleDucks Voucher.

We will have another draw among new reviews submitted between now and at the end of July. To enter your review please click here. We’d love to hear your feedback on our products and service.

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