O2 Ireland commissioned TNS mrbi to survey 300 owners, managers, or directors of Irish businesses employing less than 250 employees
According to the research, only 37 percent of SMEs have a website. “Twenty-eight percent of firms employing less than three people have a website which is perhaps understandable, but we were a little surprised that only 56 percent of those employing more than ten people possess a website,” commented Farrell.
Wuh? Are we still so far behind in these things that businesses don’t see the benefit of websites? That’s a very disappointing figure.
I do not think the figure is that bad: a lot of SMEs do not need a website. Think about your local butcher, your pub, your plumber… Sure, they could have a website but it wouldn’t make much of a difference to their bottom-line, would it?
Btw, I’ve been silently reading your blog for a couple of months. So I’d just like to take the occasion to say thanks and keep up the good work!
Just saw that an Irish web design company has taken an extra initiative to eliminate this gap among Irish SMEs – acubesoftware.com (http://www.acubesoftware.com) – who are giving away 1 free website every month for one year to Irish SMEs. Surely a marketing gimmick but definitely worth appreciating – they are calling it “unique irish campaign” saw it here – http://www.acubesoftware.com/irish.html
By the way – your blog is quite good!