Ring of Kerry cycle finished. What’s next?

So you’ve finished the Ring of Kerry cycle…

I can only imagine you are equal parts tired and inspired. The beautiful scenery. The mountains and lush valleys. It truly is a great adventure. Cross the ring of Kerry cycle off your bucket list.

But the question remains. What’s next?

Well, there’s always tons of great things to do in Ireland. Whether you want to continue along the Wild Atlantic Way. North or South. Or you want to head across the country towards Dublin. You’ll be sure to find a friendly greeting from the locals along the way.

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Couple enjoying Cork City.

Why not come to Cork City? After cycling the Ring of Kerry.

Just a 30 min drive from the southernmost tip of the Wild Atlantic Way. Cork city is well worth a visit in our opinion. Not only does it have great food. But it also has tons of attractions to keep you entertained.

We might be a little biased of course. Because we love our home town. If you don’t believe us though. Ask the Lonely Planet. Which rated Cork city among its top 10 destinations in the world to visit.

Stuck for something to do in Cork city? Check out our things to do in Cork city blog post.

Is Cork city cycle-friendly?

Cork city is a cyclist’s dream. Not only are there cycle paths everywhere. But you can also rent a bike from any number of central locations spread across the city.

You can explore one of the world’s largest natural harbours. Visit the last stopping point of the Titanic before the doomed ship took its final journey.

Or how about visiting Spike Island? An ex-prison and fort off the Cork coast. And now a popular tourist spot.

All these experiences and many more are within cycling distance of the city centre.

Cycling In Cork City
Cycling in Cork City.

Are there organized bike tours in Cork?

Sure. If you want to go on an organized bike tour. There are tons of options out there. Check out these tour operators with rave reviews on TripAdvisor.

And don’t worry. If you don’t have a bike. You can hire one. Or if your bike is broken. There are tons of bike shops in the city that would love to help you out.

Great accommodation, fantastic views and more importantly. Lots of fun. Guaranteed when you take one of these bike rides.

After the Ring of Kerry cycle. What if I want to socialize with the locals?

It’s only natural that you might wish to let your hair down after the physical effort of completing the Ring of Kerry cycle route.

Well, you are in luck. Cork has a dizzying array of pubs, clubs and bars. Where locals and out-of-towners can meet up and let it all hang out.

In fact, I’ve just been reliably informed. That there’s a pub in the city with a pint of Murphy’s stout with your name on it…

Family experiences at the old waterworks in Cork city
Cork city old waterworks

Is there any family-orientated experiences in Cork city?

Yes. Tons.

Everything from chasing and feeding the local wildlife. Described in our things to do in Cork city blog post. To experiencing mayhem and murder on the Rebel City Tour of Cork.

Whether your family is young or older. You’ll certainly find lots of ways to keep them entertained in Cork city.

Come to Cork!

Cork is located right next door to Kerry. So after you’ve finished the cycle of the Ring of Kerry. You’ll find that Ireland’s real capital as the locals would have you believe.

Is the perfect destination for experience and leisure travel. So make sure to stop by and say hello.

Happy Hunting!

6 Things To Do In Cork City for Free – NOT In The Guidebook

Looking for things to do in Cork city…?

Thinking of visiting Cork city this year? Let us show you a list of experiences in the city that you won’t get if you go elsewhere. We have everything from War of Independence anniversary tours to feeding the local wildlife in the city centre.

Experience Cork city like a true local with our free immersive experiences. Hear the stories behind the city’s most popular attractions. Take a leisurely bike ride. Party during a local festival.

Whether you are coming from touring the WIld Atlantic Way. You are coming down from Dublin directly. Or you have just finished the Ring of Kerry cycle.

You’ll find Cork to be a great destination for experience holidays in Ireland.

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The Burning Of Cork City During The Irish War of Independence. Smartphone Tour by Hahamarketing.com.

1. Take the War Of Indpendence Smartphone Tour.

Assassinations. Armed robberies. Bomb factories exploding.

Strolling around the city today. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Cork has always been a peaceful town. Little would you know that 100 years ago the streets were erupting with violence.

With roaming gangs of British military and police looting, shooting and burning their way through the city. On the other side were a group of plucky Republican volunteers. Members of what was then known as the IRA. Conducting raids, ambushes and using hit and run tactics against the – much larger in number – Crown forces.

The smartphone tour is an immersive experience bringing you back to the days of the Irish war of independence 100 years ago.

Not only is it free. But it’s accessible 24/7. All you need to bring is a smartphone – and preferably, a pair of headphones. Enjoy!

To take the tour. Pls. click Rebel City Tour of Cork by Hahamarketing.com.

Cork City's Grey Herons, English Market
Grey Herons on the Grand Parade in Cork City.

2. Visit the English Market Grey Herons.

Now for something a little more sedate. After experiencing the highs and lows of the war of independence tour. Why not get up early in the morning and visit the English Market Grey Herons?

These local Cork residents congregate outside the English Market in the heart of the city early every morning. In the hopes of begging some free fish from the fish delivery men in the market. Indeed they are such a regular sight. The English Market caretaker has named them all.

Bring along some fish for the birds if you’d like. Yes. They do eat canned tuna. Or alternatively, visit the famous fish merchants the day before and stock up on fresh fish pick and mix.

These hungry local fishermen only attend the market for the fish deliveries. Which happen around 5.30 AM. So set your alarm clock early and visit the city centre. For more info on this Cork city experience – pls click English Market Grey Herons.

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Free Bike Hire In Cork City.

3. Take a Bike Ride.

Looking for a way to pass the time in the city? Want to see the sights and experience one of the world’s largest natural harbours?

Why not take a bike ride on the Coke Zero bikes?

These bikes are available to rent for locals and tourists alike. The first 30 mins are free. With only a small charge per half hour after that.

For more info on how you can register to rent a Coca-cola Zero bike. Pls click Coca-cola zero bike Cork.

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Walking Shandon Tour of Cork City. Developed by Hahamarketing.com

4. Take the Walking Shandon Tour.

The walking tour of Shandon covers many of Cork city’s top attractions. Everything from Shandon Church to St. Finbarr’s Cathedral.

The Walking Shandon tour is free and available to anyone with a smartphone and headphones. Take a tour through the streets of the city and be transported back to the days of old.

Hear the stories about Cork’s oldest attractions. That only locals know.

To take the tour. Pls. click Walking Shandon Tour.

My Personal Favourite Thing To Do In Cork City.

5. See the Herring Gulls Take Flight.

One of my favourite things to do in the city.

Similar to the English Market Grey Herons experience above. The local Cork city Herring Gulls only make an appearance for part of the year.

With the Herring Gulls being migratory birds. They only appear in the city during the winter months, unfortunately.

However, if you are lucky enough to see them on the banks of the River Lee in the city. You can have fun for all the family watching them take flight.

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St. Patrick’s Day Festival Cork City.

6. Visit a Cork City Festival.

When better to experience Cork city. Then during a local festival?

They say the Irish know how to throw a party. Well if it’s a party you are looking for. We have many, many of them in Cork city.

Amongst the annual festivals in the city. There are gems such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Cork Heritage Week, Cork Harbour Festival and many, many others.

For up to date info on Cork city festivals pls visit Pure Cork festivals.

Finally

Now, do you believe us that Cork city is a great experience destination in Ireland?

Whether you are a local, an Irish tourist, or an international tourist. You’ll love these experiences when you come to Cork.

See you soon!

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Whether you are an industry player or you are a small fish juggling many roles. It’s always interesting to find out how long it takes your support staff or sales team to reply to customer leads.

Our Secret Shopper Email Facility will let you send an email lead to your business from our Hahamarketing domain. So it’ll appear as if we are inquiring about your products or services.

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Secret shopper email facility

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Don’t forget to try our Calculated Spreadsheet Speed-to-Lead form to record the difference your lead response time software makes to your business.

Also, find out how much your Lead Response Time is costing your business per lead on average with our Lead Response Cost Estimator Tool.

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Enjoy using our tools and considering coming up with an online tool for your own business?

Not only are online tools a great way to get noticed online. Attracting visitors to your website. But they are also great at attracting coveted backlinks from other websites to your own. Raising your Google ranking in the process.

We offer a free consultation to help get you started. Talk to us today!

Form2Text Lead Response Time Tool For WordPress Websites…

Looking for easy-to-use lead response time solution for your WordPress site? Look no further than our Hahamarketing Form2Text Plugin software for WordPress. Ask about our bespoke rollout.

Not running WordPress on your website? We can custom coded solution that’ll suit your workflow.

8 Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Small Business Website.

So without further ado, we’ll pick the top 8 WordPress plugins that your small business website will need to get started. By installing and configuring these plugins you will get a head-start on the competition and run a more streamlined WordPress website than others in your niche.

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Hahamarketing.com Form2Text WordPress Software Plugin

1. Form2Text WordPress Plugin By Hahamarketing.com

The Hahamarketing.com Form2Text plugin is an easy win for any online business running WordPress. After all, it costs you nothing to be the first to respond to customer leads from your website. And the stats show that it is one of the biggest factors in closing leads to customers.

If you’re not familiar with Form2Text, it works by text messaging your phone whenever someone fills out a contact form on your website. It’s easy to use, comes with direct support and bespoke roll out is available.

For more info on Form2Text please go here. Also, make sure you use the Form2Text Calculated Spreadsheet which helps you calculate your lead response times and the number of times you check your email daily.

Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin Software

2. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO helps you get more search engine traffic to your website. It does this by helping you with on-page and technical SEO work. Such as getting your content keyword density just right and creating a compelling meta descritpion.

Don’t forget to also install Yoast Local SEO if you get local traffic and customers to your business or website.

Yoast also has a great tutorial and exam facility where you can train yourself on the Yoast products. Certainly a must try.

WordPress WooCommerce Software Plugin

3. WooCommerce ECommerce Plugin.

WooCommerce is the world’s most popular eCommerce platform and runs on WordPress. Not only is it free and easy to install and configure. But it also interfaces with payment gateways such as Paypal and Stripe.

If you are running a WordPress website and want to start selling online. Then WooCommerce is your best bet.

The WooCommerce community is large and helpful to newbies. You can sell both physical and digital goods. It also has product variations, custom configurations, instant downloads, and affiliate items.

Bookings, memberships, subscriptions, and dynamic pricing rules are also possible.

Wordfence WordPress Security Plugin

4. Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security is a WordPress Application Firewall (WAF) that keeps your WordPress site free from a whole host of malware, sql injection attacks, brute force attacks and malicious traffic IP’s.

Wordfence is one of the most comprehensive WordPress security solutions available. Since getting your site hacked can lead to a Google manual action or penalty.

Which could include a removal of your website from the Google index. It’s important to have one WAF installed on your site. More than one WAF though can lead to complications as each plugin begins to step on each others toes, so to speak.

It’s best to install just one WAF. And that WAF should be Wordfence Security in our opinion.

Updraft Plus WordPress Software Plugin

5. Updraft Plus Backup Software

Every webmaster should know that it’s essential to have regular and consistent backups of your website. Depending on your website type, a 24 hour backup schedule is advised.

However if you have alot of User Generated Content (UGC) or you update your site often. Then you should back up more often.

Updraft Plus is the most popular backup plugin available for WordPress and comes with a one click restore feature. Which will restore your WordPress site from backup with the click of a button. Life saver.

Akismet Anti-Spam WordPress Plugin

6. Akismet Spam Protection

Not only is spam annoying and a waste of your time and resources. It can also lead to your site slipping in the search engine rankings when it’s noticed by search engines such as Google and Bing.

Akismet monitors your blog comments and blocks spam comments from bad actors and spam bots which troll the Internet looking for WordPress blogs to comment on.

Google Site Kit For WordPress

7. Site Kit By Google

Site Kit By Google is Google’s attempt to join the WordPress bandwagon and make all of it’s tools available to WordPress users without having to go through a laborious installation, configuration and monitoring process.

If you just want some basic statistics on how your website is doing in Google. Then Site Key is the answer. It interfaces with Google Ads, Google Search Console and Google Analytics.

Mailchimp WordPress Plugin

8. MailChimp

Mailchimp is one of the best and easiest ways of building an email subscriber list with your WordPress website.

Simply sign up to Mailchimp. Then install and configure the Mailchimp plugin. And start your very own email marketing campaign.

Mailchimp is free initially until you reach the threshold of number of subscribers. Then it’s a paid model.

Signing Off

So these are a pick of my top 8 WordPress software plugins for your small business site. What are your favorite plugins for your business WordPress website?

Let us know what works for your business and I can include the best choices in our list maybe. Any other WordPress plugin tips that you’d like to share?

6 Of The Best WordPress Software Plugins To Improve Your Lead Response Times.

Being the first to respond to leads is free. And since the majority of customers on the web shop around for services. With 78% of customers going with the first responder. It makes sense to optimize your lead response time process.

If you are serious about maximizing your online potential through improving your customer response time. Make sure to get your free copy of the Form2Text Calculated Spreadsheet.

Which you can use to gain a full picture of how your speed-to-lead software is benefiting your business. Along with calculated graphs and charts that’ll track your speed-to-lead progress over time and an email checking counter.

It’s built with Form2Text in mind, but can be used with any speed-to-lead software solution.

Also, don’t forget to take the Lead Response Time Test to see how long it takes your business to respond to customer leads. It just takes one minute. Want to find out how much you are losing every minute you don’t respond to a customer query?

Try the Lead Response Cost Estimator Tool. It too only takes a minute and is so worth it for your business.

Selection Of Speed To Lead Software For WordPress

So let’s dive right in then. We’ll have a look at some of the best speed to lead software out there for WordPress.

Note: software that integrates with WordPress is generally called a plugin. So that’s what we’ll be calling these pieces of software in this blog post.

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Form2Text Lead Response Software by Hahamarketing.com

1. Form2Text by Hahamarketing.com

Hahamarketing.com’s very own custom developed WordPress plugin (software). We developed this piece of lead response time software because we were tired of constantly missing out on leads that went to competitors that responded more quickly.

Form2Text works by sending an SMS message to your phone whenever someone submits a contact form on your WordPress website.

It also comes with a Math Spam Captcha to halt those nasty spam messages and save you time. It even features a privacy mode so your messages can stay off third party servers.

What’s more, it’s free to download and install. It comes with direct support. It’s easy to use. Bespoke rollout is available.

Live Call Callback Plugin

2. Live Call: Callback Plugin For WordPress.

Live Call is a plugin for WordPress that allows your customers/leads to contact you immediately by phone.

It works like this – a customer comes to your website. Enters his name in the Live Call widget. Then gets connected with someone on your sales team automatically by phone.

LiveCall also comes with a call back scheduler. An exit intent popup that’ll appear if a visitor to your site appears to be leaving your website.

Overall, if you have someone available to talk on an immediate basis. Then Live Call is definitely a good option. However if you do alot of international business and don’t have a 24/7 sales staff you might run into issues.

Chat Bot WordPress Software

3. ChatBot For WordPress.

ChatBot for WordPress is a simple, light-weight, programmable chatbot that won’t slow down your website. You can interact with your customers 24/7 using this plugin.

ChatBot is designed to be easy to use and doesn’t require any technical knowledge to use

However ChatBot, like any conversation bot. Does have its drawbacks. Some customers just don’t like talking to bots. Plus it can take some time to configure and finesse correctly for your customer interactions.

Real Time Statistics WordPress Plugin

4. Visitor Real Time Statistics

If you are a local business with local customers. Especially if you are a brick and mortar business with no online ecommerce facility. Then it’ll pay to know exactly where your customers are coming from.

Visitor Real Time Statistics can help you discover which of your customers come from your local area and doesn’t require the applied knowledge of a heavy weight tool like Google Analytics.

If however you sell internationally and have customers from other countries. Knowing which of your customers are locals won’t help much.

Also, it’s harder for systems such as these to track Desktop locations because many of the Internet Service Providers terminate the Internet connections far away from where the customers are actually living.

Appointment Hour Booking Software

5. Appointment Hour Booking WordPress Plugin.

The Appointment Hour Booking plugin for WordPress allows your customers to schedule an appointment to meet you or one of your sales staff at a time that suits both of you.

This plugin allows you to define opening hours, services type, price and duration and can come in handy if you are advertising to locals who want to see a real live person before making a purchasing decision.

The only problem is though unless you are specifically advertising and targeting local traffic. Or you are willing to travel great distances to sell your services. The Appointment Hour Booking software isn’t suitable.

Hubspot CRM Software Plugin WordPress
HubSpot CRM Software For WordPress

6. HubSpot – CRM, Email Marketing, Live Chat, Forms & Analytics

Last but not least we come to the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) WordPress plugin from Hubspot. This tool is a one size fits all affair. Integrating your WordPress site with the Hubspot CRM.

It does email marketing, live video and text chat, web forms and even provides analytics. It’s free to download and install.

For businesses familiar with Hubspot, this plugin is essential for integrating the CRM with your businesses WordPress site. The only issue is however is that the tool can get expensive to users for certain essential features.

Although using a CRM is something we’d recommend for your business. The Hubspot charges can add up for a smaller enterprise.

Finally,

So there you have it. 6 of the best, free tools to use to dramatically improve your speed to lead response times from your WordPress site.

Do you have any experience with these tools? We’d be happy to hear your thoughts. Let us know how you handle customer response processes in your business. What is your average lead response time ?

The Ultimate Guide To Improving Lead Response Time For Your Small Business Running WordPress.

The Problem

So you put in the hard work. Getting your name out there. You are investing in advertising, marketing and all the rest. Leads are contacting you. Only you’re falling at the last hurdle. Your competitors are stealing your leads because they respond quickly. Whereas you are busy working with the customers you have already so you’re missing out.

The odds of contacting a lead if called in 5 minutes versus 30 minutes drop 100 times.

Lead Response Management Study

Let’s take Tom. He’s an accountant from Cork. His business is growing year-on-year and he’s gotten to the stage where he can invest in Google and Facebook ads. Tom also has a website – from which he gets enquiries from customers/leads online. Tom works mostly in the Business-To-Business sector.

After all, the website was expensive. But turned out to be an investment in his business. It’s where the people who click on the Google Ads and Facebook Ads end up. And is Tom’s most effective marketing channel.

Tom spends the day balancing the books for his clients. Some say his work is boring, but Tom doesn’t mind. He finds it stimulating and doesn’t have a moment to lose during the hours of 9-5 Mon-Fri.

Tom can’t be checking his email every few minutes because he’s busy taking care of his existing customers. The problem is though, Tom finds that many of his leads go with the first accountant that offers them a free consultation online or over the phone.

Tom can’t afford a secretary like his bigger competitors. And doesn’t have the time to respond to emails like less-busy competitors of his own size. Time is Tom’s most valuable resource. After all the bank loan Tom took out isn’t going to pay for itself.

Flushing Money Down The Drain

Flushing Money Down The Drain

Since Tom spends hundreds of Euros every week on Facebook and Google ads. Yet he has an average lead response time of well over an hour. Tom is essentially flushing his advertising budget down the drain.

Unless Tom can get his response time down to 5 minutes or less. He is doing himself a major disservice. And is not helping his cash flow situation one bit.

The Kicker

So what can Tom do to fix his problem? He’s tried a number of solutions already but has found them either so intrusive that they break his concentration and workflow.

Or else he has encountered solutions that don’t work because they share confidential financial information with third-party computers which doesn’t comply with GDPR regulations. Still, more fixes fail to stop spam and so he gets bombarded with marketing messages all the time.

Tom also has a special contact form with a menu whereby the customer picks the service they are inquiring about and fills out their information first. Tom wants to know why and not just who is contacting him.

Possible Solutions

So Tom wants to save time, slash lead response time, preserve his concentration and workflow and develop a bespoke rollout that fits the software directly to his site. He needs an easy to use piece of software and would like to avoid having to wait while newbie support staff consult their boss on simple questions.

Facebook Messenger Chat App

1. Facebook Messenger

Facebook messenger is certainly one solution to Tom’s problem. Not only is it easy to use, but it comes with its own mobile app that means Tom can get notified of messages on his phone. What’s more, you can program a chatbot into Facebook Messenger to answer simple questions and take information from customers.

The major problem with Facebook Messenger is that it’s not private. So is unsuitable for confidential information. Also many people won’t use Facebook Messenger because they know that all too often they’ll end up talking to a chat bot. Chat bots are not only impersonal, but take time to finesse, program and install.

At over 120MB the Facebook Messenger App is too big for many phones.

Email Automation

2. Email Automation

The best thing about email automation is that it’s free. It’s also relatively easy to set up and doesn’t require a lot of support. You can respond to customer leads in minutes without breaking your workflow.

One problem with automated email responses though, is that they are canned responses. They aren’t personalized for the most part. They are also one-size-fits-all and are difficult to configure if you want different responses to different inquiries.

They also aren’t great at converting leads to customers. And because much of your email from your website is bot-spam. It doesn’t look good to your mail provider that you are constantly emailing spam addresses.

Customer Relationship Management Software

3. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software

Customer Relationship Management software is great for capturing email addresses and telephone numbers and assisting you in turning leads into customers. It keeps track of contacts, provides template sales emails and generally keeps track of your sales performance.

CRM software however can be an added expense for a small business. Especially if you use it infrequently. Plus you have to check your CRM database regularly.

There are also privacy issues and with a large number of businesses using CRM software, it’s tough to make the advantage count.

Hahamarketing Telephone Marketing

4. Telephone

Google recommends you display your telephone contact details prominently on your website. Many customers like to be able to talk on the phone. The personal contact and instant communication is great for closing leads.

The problem with the telephone though, is many prospects aren’t ready yet to enter your sales funnel. They want basic information and for that, they want to communicate over email only.

Many customers fear the hard sell tactics of having a telephone conversation with a business owner and/or salesperson. Especially one that now has their telephone number in their database.

Form2Text WordPress Software from Hahamarketing.com

5. Form2Text WordPress Software

Last but not least is the Form2Text WordPress website software. Not only does it have a Math Captcha Spam filter for stopping all those spam messages. But it also has a privacy mode setting for confidential information.

Gone will be the days of checking email every 30 minutes. Breaking your concentration and workflow. You’ll be able to slash your lead response time and convert more leads into customers from your website.

Form2Text works by sending an SMS to your phone whenever someone submits a contact form on your website.

It’s easy to use, has direct support and comes with bespoke rollout so you can integrate extra functionality and features based on your website lead process. What’s more, the Form2Text WordPress plugin is free to download and install.

Final Thoughts

Whichever solution works best for you. The statistics show that you need to have a method of cutting your lead response to 5 minutes or less. Whether you get most of your traffic from Google organically or you pay for Google/Facebook/LinkedIn ads.

You can save both time and money while eliminating waste by having a process in place to optimize your lead response times.