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2010 IIA Net Visionary Awards

We’re delighted to be shortlisted in this year’s IIA Net Visionary Awards in the category “Best Use of Social Media”. The award ceremony will take place on May 20th in Dublin on the evening of the IIA Annual Congress. We have some fantastic memories from last years awards where we were voted “Best Online Trader”.

There are some great people and businesses in this year’s shortlist and we’re flattered to be in the mix again this year.

You can vote in our category here. Many thanks if you have given us your vote.

Or vote in all the categories here.

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Irish Blog Awards 2010

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Looking back at 2009

I’ve been meaning to do a bit of a look back at last year for some time but haven’t found the time until now. So before it’s too late here goes …

2009 was another good year for PuddleDucks. We are surviving the recession, we won an award, added reviews to the site and much more. Rather than write a long wordy post about all the good things that happened in 2009, here’s some photos and images of our high points of last year.

1. Irish Internet Association Best Online Trader Award

Winning the IIA Award was such a big deal for us. It added credibility and trustworthyness to the site which helped in increasing sales. It was especially sweet because the award was voted on by the public

2. Adding LouderVoice Reviews to the site

Adding customer reviews - powered by LouderVoice - to the website was a major step forward for our business. It built on our word of mouth referrals and allowed customers to share their feedback in a user friendly and easily accessable way.

3. Suzanne’s interview on The Business on RTE Radio

Suzanne's interview with John Murray on The Business on RTE Radio 1 on November 14th brought loads of visibility, increased interest in our products and sales. It demonstrated the great value to a small business of a high profile media appearance

4. Our Facebook Fan page

Of all the social media platforms we are involved in, the most impotant to us is now the Facebook Fan Page. During 2009 it went from a small beginning to now having over 500 fans. It is a great platform to engage with our community of customers and "fans".

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PuddleDucks make a Splash at the Net Visionary Awards

We’re delighted to say that we at PuddleDucks have been voted as the winner of the Best Online Trader award at the Irish Internet Association/Enterprise Ireland 2009 Net Visionary Awards (quite a handful). The award was announced at a ceremony on Thursday 21st May at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dublin. Winning the award was very unexpected as we were shortlisted with four other great online businesses – some of them much bigger than us.

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So we’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who voted for us. It will mean a huge amount to PuddleDucks to have the added credibility and recognition that the award provides.

Thanks too to the Irish Internet Association for organising the awards and for a fantastic ceremony and to Realex Payments for sponsoring the Online Trader category.

Below is the text of a Press Release we have sent out today:

Co. Cork, IRELAND, 25th May 2009 – For immediate release.
 
PuddleDucks.ie was voted Best Online Trader at the 2009 Irish Internet Association & Enterprise Ireland Net Visionary Awards at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin on Thursday evening.  A small family run business, PuddleDucks.ie specialises in selling waterproof clothing for children and adults.  
 
The award of Best Online Trader was awarded after a three-stage process of nominations from the public, judging by an industry panel of experts and voting by the public.
 
PuddleDucks.ie (www.puddleducks.ie) was founded in 2005 by husband and wife team, Suzanne Kingston and Aedan Ryan.
 
“We are delighted and honoured to receive this award.” commented Suzanne Kingston, “It gives recognition and credibility to small internet-based companies like us, that trade alongside much larger and better known companies. Our business model of secure online retailing of unique products combined with a high level of customer service seems to be paying off.”
 
The Cork-based business was set up in 2005 as a part-time home based business for mum Suzanne.  Two years later when Aedan was made redundant from a US multinational, the couple decided to invest the redundancy money into expanding PuddleDucks.  The product range was increased and the website redesigned and upgraded.   Aedan said ‘It was a lifestyle choice as much as a financial decision and it’s been a huge learning curve for both of us. Thankfully we now know it was the right decision and look forward to building on this in the future”
 
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Get Voting Now in the IIA Net Visionary Awards

There’s only a few days of voting left for the 2009 Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards – voting closes on May1st. So there’s no time to waste – get voting now.

We’re delighted to be shortlisted in the following categories along with these brilliant people and businesses.

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Best Online Trader – sponsored by Realex Payments

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Best Business Blogger

Best of luck to all those shortlisted. See you all at the Awards on May 21st.

It would means a huge amount if we were to win one of the categories.

To cast your vote now please click here.

Thanks a lot.

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Shortlisted for Pigsback.com Irish Enterprise Award

There’s been a lot of good stuff going on for PuddleDucks over the last few weeks. As well as being shortlisted for two awards in the IIA Net Visionary awards, we have also been shortlisted for a fantastic prize sponsored by Pigsback.com. The prize is for an online campaign on Pigsback worth over €25k which includes newsletter sponsorship, a competition on Pigsback, an article in Checkout magazine and much more! It would mean a huge amount for PuddleDucks if we were to win the prize. The winner will be announced at a reception in Dublin next Monday (27th) – we’ll be there.

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We’d like to thank Pigsback for organising and sponsoring such a generous prize and wish good luck to our fellow shortlist-ees: Cully and Sully, Healy’s Honey, Johnston Mooney & O’Brien, Dee’s Wholefoods and Rantorave.com.

Update 28th April:

The winner of the Pigsback prize is Culley & Sully. Congrats lads. The winner was announced at a great reception at Bentley’s on the Green in Dublin last evening. It’s great that another Cork business won the prize! We’re also delighted that all the runners-up (like us) will get the chance to run a competition campaign for free on Pigsback – that will mean a lot to us. Thanks again to Pigsback for running such a generous award and for continuing to support emerging Irish enterprises.

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Irish Web Awards 2008

We’ve never found Web Awards very accessible to small businesses like us. They either seem too expensive to nominate, you can’t nominate yourself and/or they have an expensive black tie ceremony for the winners. However, the Irish Web Awards seem like our kinda awards. It’s free to nominate, the nomination form seems straightforward and the awards ceremony only cost €30 to attend. And it’s not a black tie affair – no tie at all might even be acceptable.  Here’s a link to the Irish Web Awards blog and the nomination form is here.

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