“Brands use a media monitoring service that tells them what stories have been published. But you need to get past that and see what stories people are engaging with”
8th Jul, 2020
The Irish social media analytics firm Newswhip has raised $9m from investors and counts Walmart, IBM, the Washington Post and Microsoft among its clients. In a podcast with Ian Kehoe, co-founder and CEO Paul Quigley talks about the company’s journey over the last nine years – and outlines its plans for the future. Quigley also talks about how the company helps publishers and companies track online engagement, something that he believes improves business decision making. He also discusses the media landscape, fake news and the importance of recurring revenue.
“You can never divorce culture from economics because economics is an expression of culture”
1st Jul, 2020
The economist David McWilliams has always been quick to spot societal and economic shifts. In this interview with Sam Smyth, he explains why Covid-19 offers an opportunity for the government to reimagine the Irish economy and the interaction between business and the state. McWilliams also talks about wealth, the future of the media, the Irish housing crisis, the importance of accessible economics and why Dickens was ahead of his time.
“Do we have a viable business? It will probably be September before we know. That is a scary place to be. But the alternative is not opening, and that is not what we want.”
24th Jun, 2020
As the co-owner of Fire Steakhouse & Grill in Dublin’s Mansion House and Sole Seafood & Grill on South William Street, Padraic O’Kane runs two of the city’s largest restaurants. Shuttered for three months, both will reopen on Monday, but, due to social distancing, capacity at both will be reduced by 40 per cent. In this podcast, O’Kane talks about the economics of the restaurant business in the world of Covid-19 and outlines a range of measures to help the embattled hospitality sector – from Vat reform to new rental agreements. Plus, as the man who brings American football to Dublin each year, he talks about the impact of the pandemic on Irish tourism.
“Consumer confidence is central to this recovery – policymakers and business leaders need to focus on giving confidence to people”
17th Jun, 2020
As managing partner of professional services firm KPMG, Seamus Hand has spent the last three months helping his clients – and his own firm – navigate through the crisis. In this podcast, he talks about the impact of the lockdown on different sectors of the economy and called for innovative policies to get liquidity to cash strapped businesses – including a zero Vat rate for some firms. Hand, who took over as managing partner last year, also spoke about why consumer confidence is key to a quick economic recovery, the opportunities for Ireland in a post-Covid-19 global landscape and the importance of learning lessons from this crisis.