Independent Retailers vs. Amazon – 7 Tips To Compete

With online giants like Amazon increasingly vying to take over the retail market, independent store owners need to be better than ever before in order to stay competitive. Here at Pointy, we work with retailers across the world – from the oldest independent bookstore chain globally in San Francisco to newly-opened bike stores in Dublin –…

Late Late Toy Show Favourites

We hope you and your little ones enjoyed the Late Late Toy Show on Friday night! Here’s a list of our favourite toys – find your nearest stockist using the Pointy App.  Speak Out  This game challenges you to say different phrases with a mouthpiece in that won’t let you close your mouth – a great…

Pointy Retailer Spotlight: Bookworm Bookshop

When John Butler first opened Bookworm Bookshop in 1993, it was just a tiny premises on the outskirts of town. Over the last 20 years the store has grown from strength to strength, moving to a much larger location and establishing itself as one of the country’s leading independent bookstores. The independent bookstore landscape has…

7 Tips For Creating The Perfect Christmas

Here at the Pointy HQ the countdown to Christmas is on. With so much to organise and so many presents to buy, we thought we’d help you out a little by telling you our Christmas must haves and where you can find them – make sure you add them to your list! 1. Cracking Christmas…

Christmas Gifts For Him

Have you been lumped with the task of choosing a christmas gift for your dad or brother this year? Or are you searching frantically for the perfect present for your husband or boyfriend? If a pair of socks just isn’t going to cut it this year, here’s a list of gift ideas that we think…

Christmas Gifts For Her

With the festive season well under way  it’s time to face the dreaded task of present buying. Whether you’re looking for a gift for your wife, girlfriend, sister, mum or friend Pointy has got you covered. Here’s some of our top present picks: For The Makeup Junkie Who doesn’t love a bit of extra glamour…

5 Healthy Treats You Can Make In Minutes

Here at Pointy we know that staying on track with healthy eating and keeping those pesky sugar cravings at bay can be really tough. We’ve teamed up with our Pointy retailer Fresh to bring you some really simple sweet recipes that are guilt-free and delicious! Find all of the ingredients mentioned using the Pointy App….

5 Quick and Healthy School Lunch Box Ideas

This week we caught up with our Pointy retailer The Health Store who have a huge range of delicious and healthy lunch box treats for your little ones. Check out some of their school lunch ideas below.  Find all of the Products Mentioned Using The Pointy App! 1. Healthy Bars Luckily, a lot of schools…

Beauty Blogger Favourites

This week I visited our Pointy retailer Roches Pharmacy in Rathmines. Manager Elaine McDonald who is an expert in all things beauty showed me some of the top beauty blogger favourites they have on offer. You can find all of the products mentioned in shops near you using the Pointy App! Win All Of These…

10 Gins You Need To Try

This week I caught up with Martin’s Off Licence owner Declan to talk about one of Ireland’s current crazes – gin! Here’s a list of some of his favourites along with a few tasty drinks recipes. You can find your nearest stockist of all the products mentioned using the Pointy App. 1. Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin…

How To Target Your Local Audience

93% of today’s commerce still takes place in-store, which is great news for bricks and mortar retailers. However the way in which retailers communicate with their local audience has changed dramatically in the last few years. With 2 billion people using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the days of solely relying on noticeboard…

5 Tips To Get Your Shop Found Online

There is no doubt about it – retail is hard. Opening a store requires a large financial investment and a lot of blood, sweat and tears.  Once the shop doors are opened you quickly realize that all the work to get to that stage was child’s play in comparison to the unending amount of work…

Special Diets 101

Having a special dietary requirement can be really tough – especially when you can’t find the right foods. Luckily Pointy app is here to help! It’s really easy to use – just type the name of the product you’re looking for into the app and we’ll show you a whole list of local shops that sell it. We’ve…

Top Sci-Fi Reads

Today I met with Kevin Hanna from Alan Hanna’s Bookshop. He’s a self confessed sci-fi fanatic and in his own words loves “a good auld robot laser battle”. Here are his top sci-fi reads which can all be found on Pointy: 1. Songs of a Distant Earth – Arthur C. Clarke Classic ‘hard’ science fiction, the forefather…

Top 10 Outdoor Essentials

Today I visited Alan Moore in Basecamp Outdoor & Adventure Centre. Here’s a list of 10 items Alan recommends every outdoor enthusiast, backpacker and hiker should have. To be in with a chance of WINNING ALL THE PRODUCTS IN THIS LIST simply download the app and search for ‘hiking’. 1. Buff Multi-Function Headwear Versatile headwear accessory that can…

10 Delicious Vegan Foods You Can Find Using Pointy

Whether you are interested in discovering new Vegan foods or simply where you can buy something you already like, the Pointy app can help. Simply search the name of a product and it will show you the shops near you that sell it.  Check it out here! The list below is some of our favourite vegan…

10 Irish Food & Drink Brands You Need To Try

I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite Irish food and drink brands all of which can be found using the Pointy app. Hope you enjoy!   1. Strong Roots Oven Baked Sweet Potato I came across these sweet potato fries in Fresh Supermarket a few months ago and have been buying them in bulk ever since….

Top 10 Bargain Beauty Products

Here are the top 10 bargain beauty products featured on the Pointy app. 1. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water  I refer to it as the holy grail of make up removers. With products like this on market, we really have no excuse for not taking off our make up and cleansing our skin. It’s suitable for…

Introducing ProductAds

  One of our top priorities at Pointy is to come up with effective ways to help brick & mortar stores compete with online giants like Amazon. Every day, we ask ourselves two questions: What are the biggest advantages that online retailers have over brick-and-mortar stores? Which of these advantages can we give to brick-and-mortar…

Pointy Retailer Spotlight: Tipperary Irish Importer

Tom McGrath had just left for college when his mother decided to open a small gift shop selling Irish imports in the side wing of their family home. Over the years Tipperary Irish Importer grew quickly and is now famous across the US for its eclectic range of Irish made products. After graduating from college, Tom…

The Pointy App

Our mission at Pointy is making sure your store is found by customers. It’s all about bringing the convenience of instant search to local shopping, keeping sales in the local economy. The Pointy App is another way to help make that happen. In a world where people use their phones for almost everything, the app…

Understanding Your Pointy Shop Statistics

Here at Pointy we think it’s really important that retailers can see how their Pointy Page is doing and make sure that they’re getting the most out of our service. That’s why we’ve created a dashboard which provides you with access to useful statistics that are updated daily. You can access your dashboard at any time…

How To Share Your Products On Social Media

With 8 out 10 adults now using social media, it is a great place to be active online. Using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will provide you with information about your customers and will help you to spread the word about your store and the products that you stock. If you post a lot…

How To Rank Higher On Google & Other Search Engines

A lot of shop owners ask us how can they make their pages rank highly on Google and other search engines. Doing well in search results is a powerful and easy way to attract new customers. The good news is that Pointy pages already do very well on Google. We do a lot of work…

Pointy Retailer Spotlight: Good Earth Natural Food Co

Good Earth Natural Food Co opened in a little house on the canal in Broad Ripple in 1971 and became the first health food store in Indiana. Bob Landman, who was a loyal customer of the store decided to buy it in 1974. He worked seven days a week for the next 36 years, building…

7 Tips To Attract More Customers To Your Bookstore

In a sea of smartphones, tablets, and laptops it can be difficult for a brick-and-mortar bookseller to lure people away from their screens and into a physical store. Many independent bookstores feel that they can no longer compete with online giants such as Amazon. However, a recent study by Google found that 93% of commerce…

Top 10 Christmas Wines

Wondering what wine will work best with your Christmas turkey? Or looking for the perfect wine to give as gift? Well look no further! We visited Clontarf Wine owners Ronnie and Helena Caraher this week. They both have the WSET Diploma in wine and gave us some excellent festive wine recommendations. 1. Charbonniere Chateauneuf du Pape…

7 Tips To Attract More Customers To Your Toy Store

In a sea of smartphones, tablets, and laptops it can be difficult for a brick-and-mortar toy retailer to lure people away from their screens and into a physical store. Many independent toy stores feel that they can no longer compete with online giants such as Amazon. However, a recent study by Google found that 93% of…

7 Tips To Attract More Customers To Your Health Food Store

In a sea of smartphones, tablets, and laptops it can be difficult for a brick-and-mortar health food retailer to lure people away from their screens and into a physical store. Many independent health food stores feel that they can no longer compete with online giants such as Amazon. However, a recent study by Google found…

7 Tips To Attract More Customers To Your Hardware Store

In a sea of smartphones, tablets, and laptops it can be difficult for a brick-and-mortar hardware retailer to lure people away from their screens and into a physical store. Many independent hardware stores feel that they can no longer compete with online giants such as Amazon. However, a recent study by Google found that 93% of commerce…