Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) 52 Facts About Christmas You Probably Didn’t Know
After queuing up to get your turkey, you arrive home only to find the cat has swallowed most of the tinsel and you completely forgot to buy any tangerines.
But have you ever stopped to wonder how these traditions started – why we kiss under the mistletoe, or give each other stockings full of goodies?
Here are 52 festive facts to get you even more in the mood for Christmas…
1. Speedy Santa
US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.
Robins on cards were a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.
3. Mince Pies
Although now mostly vegetarian, in the 1800s mince pies were made with beef and spices.
The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.
5. Three Wise Men?
Despite the tale of three wise men paying homage to baby Jesus, the Bible never gives a number. Matthew’s Gospel refers to merely “wise men”.
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2) Joe.ie Owner Maximum Media On Target For Record Revenues
Maximum Media, the Irish digital media company behind the Joe, SportsJoe, Her and HerFamily websites, has raised €1.15 million from investors and said it is on target to achieve record revenues this year in both Ireland and the UK.
Speaking to The Irish Times, company founder Niall McGarry said the additional capital raised would be primarily used to help aid growth in the UK, add headcount locally and to invest in its technology offering.
Mr McGarry said the company was expecting to close off its financial year with record revenues of just under the €8 million mark for its Irish business and a net profit of about €1.7 million. This compares to a previous guidance of €6 million made earlier this year, and a reported turnover of €4.1 million and net profit of €552,000 before corporation tax two years ago.
“We are significantly up. Turnover has almost doubled in the last 18 months in Ireland and it is on the back of a lot of hard work. We will also have grown staff numbers here to about 120 by early next year,” he said.
The company was established by Mr McGarry, who remains the company’s biggest shareholder, in 2010. Former Irish rugby international Jerry Flannery also has a minority stake in the publisher.
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3) 11 Tricks To Create Great Facebook Ad Designs
With more than 2 billion monthly users, Facebook stands out as the most powerful player in digital marketing today. The social network giant offers multiple possibilities to businesses, both big and small, to promote their products and services in a cost-effective manner. One of the easiest ways to reach a target audience on this platform is through Facebook ads, but to make that happen it’s crucial to develop a great design to perfectly represent your company or organization and catch someone’s attention.
Why use Facebook ads?
Reasons to start using Facebook ads in your digital marketing strategy are numerous. Here are the most important factors that will inspire you to try Facebook ads or optimize them with a better design.
People spend a lot of time on Facebook
We love social media platforms although most of us are reluctant to admit it. Despite trying to limit the use of these websites, we find ourselves scrolling through the timeline, liking posts, commenting, messaging others, and basically everything else but focusing o work or studying.
But, how much time do we really spend on Facebook? An average user spends 28 percent of their time on social media. More precisely, you spend at least 1.72 hours every day on these websites. In addition, the average American spends about 40 minutes on Facebook alone. People like more than 4.1 million posts, status updates, and photos every minute on Facebook. The popular social network is too important for any business to ignore.
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4) AOL Instant Messenger Signs Off For Good
Its the end of an era that realistically ended a decade ago. On Friday, AOL shut down AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) permanently. Plans for its death were first announced in October.
The rise of social networks like Facebook and Whatsapp were the final nail in AIM’s coffin. AOL company acknowledged that the times aren’t just a-changing now that we’re in the smartphone era – they’ve already been altered forever. “AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” wrote Michael Albers, VP of communications at Oath (the Verizon brand that owns AOL).
AOL discontinued active AIM development in 2012, and cut off third party apps (like Adium, Trillian, and Pidgin) earlier this year. AOL Instant Messenger isn’t the only turn of the century vanguard to fall on hard times; Microsoft shut down MSN Messenger in 2014, while Yahoo Messenger closed up shop last year.
An AOL help page says you’ll continue to have access to your @aim.com e-mail address, but there was no way to save or export your AIM buddy list for posterity. That era is really, truly dead.
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5) Virgin Switches On Free Public Wi-Fi In Drogheda & Gorey
Wireless town centres get connected just in time for Christmas.
Virgin Media has switched on free public Wi-Fi in two Irish towns – Drogheda and Gorey – which could prove vital to their local economies.
Last week, Virgin Media switched on free public Wi-Fi in Louth’s principal town, Drogheda. The Wi-Fi is located from Westcourt Hotel, West Street, and extends to Dominic Street. The services could prove a welcome boost to the local economy of the towns as shoppers and visitors toting smartphones can enjoy free connectivity to stay in touch and suss out deals.
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6) Viral Of The Week – Irish Dad Creates The Best ‘Elf On The Shelf’ Moment Of The Year
Dublin Dad Patrick Lawlor, like thousands of other parents around the country, has been busy trying to come up with unique ‘Elf On The Shelf’ moments every night for his four year old son Sam in the lead up to Christmas.
Their Elf has been swimming in the sugar bowl, he’s been caught hanging out the window and jumping into piles of washing.
However Patrick outdid himself this week, by installing a security camera (called Elf Cam at home!) and then waking Sam up the following morning to watch back the footage of the night before.
The camera managed to capture the magic of their elf making his way upstairs.Sam could hardly believe his eyes and spent the morning watching and re-watching his mischievous elf up to no good right in front of his eyes. There are serious Elf On The Shelf goals in this house!
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