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The Spiders is almost upon us – who will be crowned the Best in the Business? (Press Release)

October 3rd, 2018

The Spiders is almost upon us – who will be crowned the Best in the Business?

With only a few weeks left to go until Spiders 2018, the competition is heating up.

After coming under the umbrella of Dublin Tech Summit, The Spider Awards, Ireland’s longest standing technology awards, will soon be upon us with a whole new look & feel for its 23rd year. Will Brightling, CEO of Dublin Tech Summit says: “The Spiders is singlehandedly the highest level of accreditation for digital excellence in Ireland. The awards has been witness and driver of digital growth and progress in the Irish SME market for the past 22 years, and will continue to be a benchmark of association for digital capabilities and competencies. DTS is proud to take over the Spiders, to continue and mirror the growth of technology in Ireland, and champion Irelands burgeoning SME and startup community.”

The Spiders is now under the DTS umbrella

Taking place on Thursday 29th November in the RDS Concert Hall, The Spiders will celebrate the best Ireland has to offer in digital, from SME’s and Start-Ups to established agencies, the awards will continue to recognise the extraordinary achievements of teams, founders and CEO’s.

Hosting the event this year will be Jess Kelly. With her background as Newstalk Tech Correspondent and having attended the event over the years Jess says: “The Spiders are like the Oscars of the online world, so I’m obviously delighted to be involved. It’s great to see so many different brands and businesses getting recognised for the brilliant work they’re doing.”

Nominations for the Spider Awards have been extended for one final week so get yours in before October 10th.

For more details on The Spiders please contact:
Krissie Lundy
E: Krissie@dublintechsummit.com
T: 237 7028

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Interview with 2017 Grand Prix winner of the Spiders: Rubicoin

October 1st, 2018

Interview with Rubicoin, Grand Prix winner of the Spider Awards 2017

As part of the #spiderwinners series, we spoke to Emmet Savage, CEO and Co-Founder of Rubicoin, to find out how his start-up has evolved since it won the Grand Prix at the Spider Awards last year, as well as the prize for Best Digital Start-Up.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formExtended deadline to 10th October at 5pm.

 

Founded in 2012, Rubicoin helps people on their journey towards becoming successful investors. Since this Irish fintech start-up won the Spiders last year, it has increased its usership by about 750,000 people, doubled its staff and significantly increased revenue.

The day after Rubicoin won the awards, the company had their annual general meeting of shareholders, and were pleased to share their great achievement. Emmet confirmed that it was very reassuring for shareholders to see Rubicoin win the two Spider awards, as it meant they were backing a business with aspirations and the ability to achieve greatness.

“The Spider Awards is the highest accolade you can receive in Ireland in the digital field. It’s been around for over twenty years so it has tenure and recognition and it also allows you to promote your business if you are lucky enough to win.” said Emmet.

Emmet’s advice for your applications

My first piece of advice for an applicant is to use video because a “picture paints a thousand words”. The judges will love seeing your business, hearing about it from the inside, and having a look around your office

My second piece of advice is to talk about your mission and your vision. You have to have a vision for how you’re going to change your part of the world so you need to make that clear to the judges. It should not only be about what you are out to do but what you’ve achieved today.

2017 Grand Prix winner of the Spiders: Rubicoin

Trends in the digital startup landscape

According to Emmet Savage, there are a few trends in the digital world. The first is the move to mobile; there are a lot of businesses that are mobile-first or mobile-only now. Rubicoin is mobile-only. They have a website but it’s simply to offer a window into their universe and product offering prior to downloading either app.

Another trend is community. More and more businesses are building a community amongst their users whether they are b2b or b2c. Other giants of the Irish business world, such as Intercom, are creating a mechanism to allow businesses to embrace their community.

The third trend is customer experience and user experience design. Businesses are getting far more interested in making sure that their products are easy to use, beautiful to use, and fulfill a very important function.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formExtended deadline to 10th October at 5pm.

About the company
Rubicoin helps people to take control of their financial future through investing on the stock market.

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Interview with 2016 Best Financial Services winner of the Spiders: KBC

October 1st, 2018

Interview with KBC, Best Financial Services winner of the Spider Awards 2016

As part of the #spiderwinners series, we spoke to Petrina Grady, Head of Contact Centre of KBC, to find out how her company has evolved since it won the Spider Awards in 2016 for Best Financial Services. KBC won the financial services award at the Spiders for its digital on boarding application.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formExtended deadline to 10th October at 5pm.

 

By winning the Spider Awards, it reinforced the message that KBC does not work as a traditional bank. KBC uses digital technology to make banking easier, simpler, personalised, and quicker. “As we know, The Spider Award nominees are from a wide range of digital technology industries so it helped KBC showcase the technology and innovative solutions that we were delivering for our customers.” said Head of Contact Centre of KBC, Petrina Grady.

“The Spider Awards are the most prestigious digital technology award ceremony in the market, and to be a part of them gives companies much sought-after recognition. It also helps companies compare how they’re doing next to other industry experts, and share knowledge and learning with those companies.” Petrina Grady.

Petrina’s advice for your applications

Petrina Grady’s key advice for the next applicants is not to forget the wider benefits that you can get from entering the Spider Awards. “It is absolutely fantastic to win an award, but even with that aside it gives you an opportunity to speak and share knowledge with industry experts in the field.” said Petrina.

KBC, Best Financial Services winner of the Spider Awards 2016

Trends in the financial services

Customers have never been as demanding as they are now, with expectations extremely high. Digital technology has created this level of expectation. Companies need to redefine how customers engage with and use their products and services.

KBC recognizes that one of the key trends is to collaborate with fintechs, as expertise can come from different areas. Working together is key to create a better, and quicker, customer solution. For KBC, it’s really important to keep an eye on what technologies will come in the future, and how it can help customers use those technologies in their banking (ex: virtual reality and voice search).  The idea is to find a way using those types of technologies to make banking easier.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formExtended deadline to 10th October at 5pm.

About the company
KBC, Ireland’s digital-first bank, has been providing banking services in Ireland for 40 years. Last year, KBC launched a new app to revolutionise account openings. Since KBC won the award, it has developed and launched a range of new digital propositions. Customers can now apply for an overdraft or a personal loan via their mobile app in five steps and it only takes five minutes. Moreover, it has launched a range of digital wallets, and most recently it has enhanced its card service offerings. So customers can access a range of card services via their mobile app. They can block a card or order a replacement card for a lost or stolen card. There is a lot more to come. Watch this space.

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Interview with 2017 Best in UX winner of The Spiders: Fillit

September 27th, 2018

Interview with Fillit, Best in UX of the Spider Awards 2017

As part of the #spiderwinners series, we spoke to Will Secor, Product Owner of Fillit, to find out how his startup has evolved since they won the Spider Awards last yearfor Best in UX.

For Fillit, winning the Best in UX Spider Award last year was an important validation from the largest tech companies with whom they were building world-class UX. Created two years ago, this Irish start-up connects people with spaces for promotions, pop-ups and events. UX is everything for this company. Will Secor adds “we regularly talk to our clients and are really attentive to their needs. It’s good to see that all these efforts are paying off and that the industry is acknowledging all our work”.

“Winning at the Spiders opened a lot of doors for us. It was very big. We were able to have conversations that we weren’t open to us before, and we actually had a bit more clout within the industry. Some of our customers were sceptical about using our product but seeing a spider award logo on the site reassured them that they would have a User Experience they could trust.”

Best in UX winner of The Spiders: Fillit

Since they won the award, Fillit has been really proud of their UX over the last year. They seized the opportunities offered by the award, and challenged themselves to build even better UX for their clients. The Spider award was a great source of inspiration for their next projects for their customers.

Top tips for new applicants

Secor’s advice, for the next Spider Award applicants, is that you must  be able to craft a story about the impact that your campaign or product is making on the industry and for your customers. For Will Secor, good UX is all about applying the fundamentals. First, listen to your customers and be empathetic.

Ask yourself these questions: What are their emotional and material needs? What platform are they using? Why are they using your product? Then, build a story from there. Build a best in class user journey from that process. Don’t focus on the design or functionalities but focus on the user.

And finally, keep it light and simple. It’s important to have a platform/product where changes can be made quickly.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formExtended deadline to 3rd October at 5pm.

About the company
Fillit’s mission is to get people to Rethink Space, not just how space is used, but how it could be used. This Irish Startup connects people with space for promotions, pop-ups and events. They already won many awards.

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Interview with 2016 Best Digital Start-Up winner of the Spiders: TenderScout

August 27th, 2018

Interview with TenderScout, Best Digital Start-Up of The Spiders 2016

As part of the #spiderwinners series, we spoke to Tony Corrigan, CEO and Founder of TenderScout, to find out how his company has evolved since they won the Spider Awards in 2016, for Best Digital Start-Up and for the ‘Grand Prix’.

“The Spiders have always been a premier award.”

When Tenderscout entered the awards, they were looking for investments and  struggling to gain credibility.  Winning an award was very impactful for the company and made a big difference in terms of getting investments and taking the business to the next level. With the credibility gained from achieving the award, it became much easier for them to find investors and their first investment. Since then, Tenderscout has won further funding and expanded their business internationally.

“I think, if you are entering awards ceremony the Spiders are really the one you should choose because there is no higher badge of credibility in the Tech industry in Ireland.”

His advice for the next Spiders’ Awards applicants

Tony Corrigan gave precious advice for the next Spiders’ Awards applicants. He thinks that, even if you feel a little unsure of your work, you should enter the awards. A lot of companies do not know how good they are, so it’s a great opportunity to benchmark your work. Even being shortlisted is a badge of honour and it’s something you can build on in the future. Corrigan says that, whether you are successful or not, you will receive press coverage and start to understand what the competition is like and what success might look like.

Best Digital Start-Up winner of the Spiders TenderScout

Trends in the digital startup landscape

We discussed how the digital start-up landscape is evolving in Ireland. Corrigan thinks that, until a few years ago, there was a really good ecosystem for start-ups in the country. For example, when Niamh Bushnell was the Dublin Startups Commissioner she pushed start-ups from the idea stage into becoming a successful reality.  However, this kind of initiative is not really happening right now and the ecosystem isn’t as strong as it used to be. Corrigan thinks that it’s very important for start-ups to meet each other, network with each other, and learn from each other, so that they can thrive successfully.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration form. Deadline: 26th September at 5pm.

A few words about the company
TenderScout is the most advanced tender discovery, qualification and bid platform in the world. The company helps businesses win more contracts.

 

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Interview with 2017 Best in Social Media winner of the Spiders: TheTaste.ie

August 25th, 2018

Interview with TheTaste.ie, Best in Social Media of the Spider Awards 2017

As part of the #spiderwinners series, we spoke to Jules Mahon, Co-founder of TheTaste.ie, to find out how her company has evolved since they were elected ‘Best in Social Media Optimisation’ last year.

“For us, The Spiders are the longest-running, and most esteemed awards to get in the technology field. To win this award in a room of your peers is just an awesome experience.

Since won the Spider Awards last year, Jules Mahon told us that their social media strategy has evolved even further and their stats have grown significantly. They attracted an international audience that they hadn’t accessed before. From a client perspective, it showed that they really delivered on social media campaigns. From a brand perspective, it’s an amazing distinction because most brands see it’s all about social and video content. That’s really what clients and consumers are looking for: a story. So from a content perspective, social media has been key for them to reach wider audiences.

Jules Mahon says about winning a Spider award that “from a client perspective and from an agency perspective, it really puts us on the map. It shows that our social media strategies are not only tangible as we have a really big reach, but that they are really connected with our communities. Our strategies are working.”

Her advice for the next Spiders applicants

“Make sure you enter. It’s worth it to see what everybody else is doing within the same space as you. If you win your business will gain a high profile. It’s free marketing and instantly, on the night, it’s everywhere – on Twitter and Instagram as well. Not only is it good from a client perspective, but also from a consumer perspective. It’s amazing, the amount of people that came to us, even weeks later,  to congratulate us. Moreover, it’s a brilliant networking event. You get to meet a lot of professionals in the creative industry. Certainly, we had some great ideas but we were also inspired by some of the digital campaigns that were run by some of our competitors on  the night. You can pick up some great ideas.”

TheTaste.ie Best in Social Media of the Spider Awards 2017

Trends on social media

When we spoke about the next trends in social media, she told us that, in her opinion, it will be video creation, podcasts and Instagram. She thinks that Instagram is really taking over as a powerful platform for businesses and it actually drives traffic to the website. She noticed an amazing shift from TheTaste.ie audience on this platform, particularly for the food industry. People love beautiful imagery of lovely dishes but they also love the life element of stories, where you are immersed in the experience.

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration form. Deadline: 26th September at 5pm.

A few words about the company
TheTaste.ie is an online magazine dedicated to Ireland’s growing food culture. They bring you the best food, drink and travel experiences every month.

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Interview with 2017 Best Campaign winner of the Spiders: Core

August 24th, 2018

Interview with Core, Best Campaign of the Spider Awards 2017

As part of the #spiderwinners series, we spoke to Aisling Blake, Chief Digital Officer of Core to find out how her marketing communications company has evolved since they won the Spider Awards last year. Aisling Blake thinks that winning the Spider Award demonstrates not only industry recognition for her team and the work they do but also delivering effective campaigns for their clients that bring in results for their businesses.


Advertising content agency Radical, who won last year’s Best Campaign award, has re-branded to Core. They have recently re-organised their team: creative thinkers, digital natives, designers and UX specialist are now under one roof. Core has evolved a lot since they won the awards. Their new business plan is based on collaboration and integration.

Winning the award for ‘Best Campaign’ was the start of the agency’s transformation. It isn’t just about using digital channels and digital advertising or technology; it is about how you can layer different types of advertising, as well as digital solutions, to really bring a campaign to life.

Her three tips for new applicants

1. Tell a story. It’s very important to take time for crafting a compelling story that will engage with the judges.
2. Don’t use jargon. Try to write and explain your project and campaign with words that anyone can understand no matter what their background or expertise is.
3. Tie any digital initiatives back to business results. It is great to achieve likes, engagements, conversions but how do they ladder up to growing the business and driving results for the business.

Don’t wait. Now is the time to enter the Spider Awards.

Best Campaign of The Spiders 2017

“Winning a Spider Award is also an advantage when approaching new clients.”

A few words about the company
Core is Ireland’s largest marketing communications company. They are now a collective of nine practices: Strategy, Data, Research, Media, Creative, Sponsorship, Recruitment, Investment and Learning working towards a single purpose, to expand the possibilities of what brands can achieve.

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Interview with 2017 Agency of the Year winner of the Spiders: Continuum

August 23rd, 2018

Interview with Continuum, Spider Awards Agency of the Year 2017

As part of the #spiderwinners series, we spoke to Colin Meagle, CEO of The Continuum Group, to find out how Continuum, his digital agency, has evolved since it won the Spider Award last year. Three years ago, The Continuum Group developed an ambitious strategy to shift their market position and to address the needs of different types of clients. Winning the award was a milestone for the agency, endorsing their new strategy, and was the first step of a successful change.


“Winning the Agency of the Year award at the Spiders is a real validation for our staff and for our customers.”

In a very competitive industry with amazing campaigns and projects launched every year, The Spider Awards act as an incentive to challenge your staff to up their game. It is a benchmark for distinction and excellence in digital strategies.

Continuum, Agency of the Year winner, The Spiders 2017.

“It is really important to us to be able to show to our staff and our clients that we are at the level that the industry deems as the best in the country.”

Colin Meagle also shares with us his advice for prospective applicants: “At Continuum, one the pillars of our company’s values is the phrase ‘be deliberate’. When you apply for the Spider Awards, it’s not enough to just show nice concepts or good ideas. It’s really important to see the full execution at that instant of an idea, a project or a campaign so the work in planning, execution, results, and goals that are achieved along the way.”

The ethos of The Continuum Group is #neverstandstill, and this promises surprises and successes to come.

Don’t wait. Now is the time to enter the Spider Awards.

A few words about the company
The Continuum Group is a collection of six companies who deliver award-winning digital channels, thanks to excellent planning and digital transformation strategy: Continuum, Trilabyrinth, Tribe, Bxp Software, App.laud and NTES.

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Arekibo: sponsor of B2B category at The Spiders 2018

August 22nd, 2018

Spider Awards Agency of the Year 2015 Arekibo is sponsoring the Best in B2B category

Arekibo was the best ‘Large Agency of the Year’ winner in 2015 at The Spiders. This year, Arekibo is sponsoring the Best in B2B category at the awards. Hear why the agency has been supporting the awards for many years.

“We’ve been supporting the Spiders for over 15 years. It’s important for us to commit to a number of projects every year and The Spiders is one of them. It’s great to get everyone in the same room to celebrate the best work that has been done this year” says Managing Director Martin Casey of Arekibo.

Strategic digital consultancy Arekibo recently participated in a number of  B2B projects. They see a huge potential in this area.

“I think, for a business in Ireland, it’s a vital area and it’s kind of great to be associated with the best products that have been developed in B2B.”

To nominate your campaign, company or project for the Spiders, you just need to complete the online registration formDeadline: 26th September at 5pm.

Arekibo sponsor B2B category Spiders 2018

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The Spider Awards launch their new brand – PR

July 17th, 2018

Spiders-X

The Spider Awards launch their new brand while keeping the focus on digital excellence.

The Spider Awards, Ireland’s longest standing technology awards, is back with a whole new look and feel to host the 23rd year of this prestigious event. After being acquired by the folks at Dublin Tech Summit, be prepared for the Spiders like you’ve never seen them before.

Taking place on Thursday 29th November in the RDS Concert Hall, the Spiders will celebrate the best Ireland has to offer in digital, from SME’s and Start-Ups to established agencies, the awards will continue to recognise the extraordinary achievements of teams, founders and CEO’s.

Established in 1996, the Spider Awards have been considered an important benchmark for distinction and excellence in web-based business strategies for almost a quarter of a century. Previous winners have been on the cutting edge of their chosen fields and have gone on to great success in their respective industries.

Standards remain incredibly high for these awards with each year’s winners showcasing their incredible innovation and creativity. With 15 categories including Best Campaign, Best Digital Start-Up and Best in User Experience & Design, the stage is set for some incredible talents to make their mark.

The judging committee is made up of Ireland’s leading web experts, business leaders and authorities on all things digital including but not limited to Phil Cottier, Ipsum Marketing; Robert Farrell, Digital Marketing Academy of Ireland; Alan Devlin, eDot Invest and Noreen D’arcy, D’Arcy Marketing & PR.

Previous winners at the Spiders, including cite the huge impact the awards have on their business:

‘At a personal level it is very rewarding for the team, who work so hard all year long, to have their work recognised and to be able to enjoy themselves and celebrate on a night out. From a business perspective it is good to continually wish to better ourselves, and measure ourselves against other businesses and benchmark ourselves internationally. [the Spider Awards] have given us real credibility in the marketplace, particularly during business development.’ – Gareth Dunlop, Fathom (Winner of the Best in User Experience at the 2016 Spider Awards).
Spiders’ judge Alan Devlin, founder of EDot Invest (and previous Commercial Director of Webfactory which became the largest digital agency in Ireland under his watch) claimed that winning a Spider Award ‘really helped [Webfactory’s] profile and added at least 10% to our revenue above standard growth’.

Speaking on the new event in the portfolio, William Brightling CEO of DTS said: “The Spiders are the highest level of accreditation for digital excellence in Ireland. The awards have been witness and driver of digital growth and progress in the Irish digital technology SME market for the past 25 years, and will continue to be a benchmark of association for digital capabilities and competencies. DTS is proud take over the Spiders, to continue and mirror the growth of technology in Ireland, and champion Ireland’s burgeoning SME and startup community.”

Nominations are now open & will run until September 29th.

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For more details on Spiders X please contact:
Krissie Lundy
E: Krissie@dublintechsummit.com
T: 237 7028

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