ChannelSight is very proud to support clients and partners in every corner of the world from our HQ in Dublin, Ireland. When the covid-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, the overwhelming initial reaction was fear amid ever greater waves of uncertainty. Like most businesses, we were mainly concerned over everything from the health and wellbeing of our team and their families, to how our clients, investors and the wider economy would be impacted in the short and longer term.
Ultimately, allowing ourselves to be preoccupied with worry about things outside of our control was futile, so we began thinking deeply about how we could support not only our clients with the unique and valuable data and insights we provide, but what we could do locally in Ireland to support small business and retailers who were so negatively impacted by lockdown, and who didn’t have the resources, relationships or skills to transition to or ramp up online-only sales overnight.
We brainstormed and worked closely together on formulating ideas that could help, and settled on the idea of using our technology to build a portal that would provide the best small Irish-located retailers with an immediate flow of new customers, and leverage the intense desire of the wider population to support buying local, encouraged by the media.
Buy Irish - Powered by ChannelSight was the result.
As small businesses continue to fight to carve out their slice of the ever-growing ecommerce ‘pie’, we look back at this project, which was live for 18 months. By Dec 2020 we had indexed 150000 products from over 300 Irish retailers generating leads & sales for more than 120 of the most innovative and exciting small Irish businesses.