Aonach Deliver New Site for Hotelplan

December 30th, 2013 by John Prendergast

Hotelplan are one of Europe’s largest travel companies and they selected Aonach to design and deliver a new responsive website site for their Ski Chalet Holiday businesses SkiTotal.com.

The new site has a fresh new responsive design which allows users to browse the site on a variety of mobile and tablet devices. It also has a powerful holiday search and refine feature and an exciting ski deals explorer, which allows consumers to find the best ski holiday deals. Ski Total has been arranging catered ski chalet holidays in the Alps for over 30 years and has one of the most expansive selections of high altitude ski chalets in some of the best Ski Resorts in the French, Italian, Austrian and Swiss Alps.

Ski Total

Happy Christmas

December 19th, 2013 by John Prendergast

We would like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year! Best regards from all the team at Aonach. We look forward to talking to you in the new year. Our offices will be closed from 23rd of December until Thurs 2nd of January 2013

New Ladies Golf Clothing Site

October 8th, 2013 by John Prendergast

Miss Designer Golf is an exciting new concept in Women’s Golf retail. It is the biggest dedicated ladies golf clothing outlet store online, offering discounts from 50% to 70% on all products.

Aonach worked closely with the team at Miss Designer Golf to deliver an exciting responsive design for the new website: www.missdesignergolf.com

Google Link Buying Warning Update

February 27th, 2013 by John Prendergast

Google has said for years that selling links that pass PageRank violates their quality guidelines. They have issued updated guidance to help remind site owners and webmasters of that policy:

Please be wary if someone approaches you and wants to pay you for links or “advertorial” pages on your site that pass PageRank. Selling links (or entire advertorial pages with embedded links) that pass PageRank violates our quality guidelines, and Google does take action on such violations. The consequences for a linkselling site start with losing trust in Google’s search results, as well as reduction of the site’s visible PageRank in the Google Toolbar. The consequences can also include lower rankings for that site in Google’s search results. (more…)

COOKIES, compliance and EU law

May 25th, 2012 by John Prendergast

On May 26th 2011 a new EU regulation came into effect that requires website owners in the EU to obtain informed consent from visitors before they can store or retrieve any information on a computer or any other web connected device. This is now law in member states and is currently in the news as the 12 month grace period for compliance in the UK has now come to an end.

Very simply the regulation means that you need to alert users to any Cookies you are using on your website and get them to consent to their use. What are cookies? – Also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in browser directories. They are used by us to help our users navigate this website efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing or enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain parts of this website (more…)

PHP Developer Job in Kerry

March 8th, 2012 by John Prendergast

Aonach are seeking a PHP developer to join their small but vibrant team.

We have a diverse portfolio of clients in different industries that results in a challenging set of projects and we’re looking for a developer with an insatiable drive to problem solve through code.

We’re looking for a lead developer to join our team in Kenmare to work on online projects arising from our internet strategy consultancy. We are looking for someone friendly, flexible and curious – and of course skilled. (more…)

This one is on fire!

March 7th, 2012 by John Prendergast

Startup dollarshaveclub have launched a spectacularly successful viral marketing campaign. The video is reported to have cost less than $5k and as I write this has already passed the 1.2M viewers mark (which is a fairly amazing spike in a couple of days).

Flight Search

September 14th, 2011 by edyta

Google has finally unveiled an early look at it’s Fight search Google.com/flights. Although it’s currently only serving a portion of the US airports it is a really interesting insight into their ongoing focus on the travel sector.

The speed is impressive and is a clear signal that Google is serious about speed as a usability issue.

Google flight search

They have focused on two consumer purchasing triggers for one of the filter options – Price and Duration of flights and have come up with an interesting approach.

Combining this with their Hotel Finder they are shaping up to a serious force in online travel. Is this a threat or an opportunity?

New Site Link Behaviour – Google

August 11th, 2011 by edyta

Google is experimenting with double column site links in the search results for brands. First reported back in April in the US this is now intermittently displaying in Europe.

See this search for Barry Packaging in Google.ie:

New style site-links

The new site links (12 in a double column) also have a URL and a little snippet. This dominates most of the above the fold real estate in the search results and will mean that brand owners will dominate the results for their brands should Google roll this out. Naturally it will have huge implications for affiliates and other distribution partners – particularly those who have invested heavily in SEO in an attempt to dominate the brand search results for Brands that have been slower to move online.

This is what the Site links were like in the “Classic” results:

Site links classic

Google Hotel Finder

August 2nd, 2011 by edyta

Google have just launched their latest experiment in the travel sector. Google Hotel Finder

In light of Google’s recent refocusing on prioritizing product efforts there may be an indication that they are serious about this – so probably worth paying attention to developments here…

Google Hotel Finder

The search is unsurprisingly very slick and the hotel details pre-load on the listing page so when you click on an individual hotel the speed is amazing! The mapping feature is uber-cool! You can select multiple within a destination that you are interested in by dragging a selection polygon around the hotels. I’ve no idea how useful this actually is, however it’s going to be a talking point. When you click the “Book” for a property you get a strange pop up list of advertisers (with pricing) for this property followed by the hotels own site. One interesting feature is that the price is quoted both with and without all taxes and fees for transparency. So at the moment it’s kind of like Tripadvisor without the advice. Although there is a strong emphasis on reviews and imagery for the property…

Only lists hotels in the U.S. for now.

Kind of hard to imagine how this type of project doesn’t lead to a conflict of interest with Google’s advertising base in the hospitality sector – but lets keep an open mind as we know that my favourite company can do no evil!

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