• What can we learn from the recent Black Friday weekend?

    Posted by Monika Ghita | Dec 06, 2017

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become a global sensation over the past few years. For decades it has been a store-based American holiday and now, with the popularity of online shopping, it has taken over the world, with shoppers getting great deals from the convenience of their computer screens.

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  • Eircode Administrative Boundaries Update

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Dec 04, 2017

    One of the most useful tables in the Eircode Address Database is the ADMINISTRATIVE_INFO table. You can determine if a building is in a Gaeltacht area, what Local Authority its in, and its Townland. Most usefully you can use it to link to the Census to get information at Electoral Division and Small Area level. We have incorporated the latest data that provides compatibility with Census 2016, you'll need to make a minor change to how you call our API to upgrade to the latest data.
    When Eircode was launched the latest Census was 2011. Census 2016 has been released and Eircode have added fields to the latest ADMINISTRATIVE_INFO table to return both the original administrative data related to Census 2011 and updated data provided by Ordnance Survey that relates to Census 2016.
    As described in the Eircode Product Guide and Release Notes for Q317 the existing fields have been overwritten with the new 2017 data. The previous data is now stored in separate columns with _2015_ added to the column name. This is a major change, but it was well flagged in the Q217 release notes by Eircode.

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  • Eircode Q317 Housing Supply Update

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Dec 01, 2017

    We have run queries against the Eircode Address Database (Quarter 3 2017) to ​establish the increase in total residential units in Ireland in 2017. There was an increase of 4,642 residential addresses between July and September. This brings the year-to-date increase in residential units for 2017 to 11,675, with a further 7,074 under construction. This compares with figures of 10,410 and 5,226 for the equivalent period in 2016, an increase of 12% in new residential units with a 35% increase in units under construction. The breakdown by County...

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  • What can Eircode tell us about the Housing Market?

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Sep 11, 2017

    Can we use the Eircode database to ​establish the increase in residential units in Ireland in 2016? While it is obvious that building a new apartment block will increase the number, it is less obvious that a change of building use from residential to commercial or from a number of flats to a single residence will decrease the overall housing stock. To arrive at our figure we calculated the increase in residential addresses at the end of 2016 compared to the end of 2015, excluding all properties marked as under construction.

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  • Improving the Online Shopping Experience

    Posted by Monika Ghita | Aug 25, 2017

    How to Simplify the Tricky Parts of Buying Online – Optimising the eCommerce Checkout

    Even though retail eCommerce sales continue to rise and are expected to show solid gains in 2017, the rate of eCommerce growth is declining. As eCommerce and mCommerce (mobile commerce) are experiencing high rates of cart abandonment, companies are having to think about simplifying online purchase processes.

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  • Two years after launch: Who is using Eircode?

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Jul 08, 2017

    Two years already? Eircode was launched on 13th July 2015, and as its second birthday approaches this blog provides an update on Eircode usage by our customers. Which industries use Eircode the most? This table gives the top industry users of our API ranked by number of API calls.​

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  • It is surprisingly easy to determine the Eircode Routing Key for any address

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Jun 17, 2017

    The Eircode Routing Key is the first three characters of an Eircode. There are 139 of these in Ireland, which is five times more detailed than Counties. How easy is it to determine the Eircode Routing Key for an address? How much of the address needs to be matched in order to be confident? Surprisingly, you can easily and accurately determine the Eircode Routing Key for any address just by verifying one line of the address.

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  • A busy day at TechConnect Live 2017

    Posted by Monika Ghita | Jun 08, 2017

    Last week Ireland’s largest technology event, TechConnect Live 2017, was hosted at Dublin’s RDS. Over 5000 technology and business executives attended, including Ireland’s tech leaders, start-up founders and innovators. Obviously, we were keen to attend!

    At our stand we showed delegates how they can achieve not only an increase in sales and customer satisfaction but also improved data quality and fraud prevention.

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  • Autoaddress Status Page

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | May 04, 2017

    We have re-designed our API status page https://status.autoaddress.ie ​You can visit this page to determine if the Autoaddress API is experiencing any issues, or has experienced an issue in the past 24 hours. Our status page takes a live feed from our log files and displays this information on a Google Map in real-time, as well as updating the API calls counter for the day. Our service is in use 24/7 so you should see activity no matter what time you visit the page.

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  • Irish Addressing Explained: Postal, Geographic and Preferred Address

    Posted by Pat Donnelly | Feb 09, 2017

    There is no one official address for any location in Ireland. People living in the same street or townland or even the same house may write their addresses very differently. In the absence of an official address database for Ireland we can't say who is right or wrong, so essentially everyone is right (barring obvious errors such as wrong County or Dublin Postal District, etc.). This blog describes how addresses are constructed, the differences between Postal, Geographic and Preferred address and why differences in address formats can elicit an apoplectic "THEY'VE MOVED ME TO NAVAN!!!" response.

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