This week in our #MeetTheMembers series, we’re profiling one of the founding members of Donegal Business Network, Michael MacGinty of MEANit Website Design Agency.
MEANit helps professional services’ businesses to be effective online to get the customers they really want, to do the work they like to do and to make the profit they deserve to make.
Services include website design, website support and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
Our Team is 100% based in Ireland, mostly Donegal. We do not offshore work, as we want to create jobs in our own county and country.
How long have you been a member of Donegal Business Network?
From day one in 2013, I’m a founder member of the group.
Referrals to new clients from members.
Partnerships, we work with other members on projects.
Other members hold us accountable when we say we are going to do something; they give us honest feedback on our performance and general approach to business, which is always useful.
Yes. Donegal Business Network referrals account for over 25% of our annual turnover and often it is closer to 33%.
Website costs vary, just like cars or houses, from free to tens of thousands plus, but a reasonable rule of thumb for affordable web design by a competent developer is to expect to invest about €250 to €300 a page. Any less and you worry that the developer is inexperienced or is charging too little and will deliver little of use or of value to you. Why pay less when you can pay more and get better returns?
Surround yourself with good people; a business is not a person, it is a team.
I like the SalesMan Podcast with Will Barron – great guests, good questions, it’s fast and incisive.
Building a Story Brand with Donald Miller is also good.
The e-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber is an easy read that always gets you thinking.
The Go Giver by Bob Burg is a story of reciprocity; give value and be rewarded – a simple concept, rarely practised. Another parable, with advice from Pindar.
Let’s Get Real or Let’s Not Play by Mahan Khalsa. “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
Networking isn’t about having to do a hard sell; it’s about forming new connections and building working relationships with people where you try and mutually look out for each other. I only want to do good work with good people so for me it’s a perfect way to grow.