AS Facebook and social networking are becoming more and more popular, two Abbeyleix men decided to create a niche in the market by setting up a company to help other businesses make the most of social media.
Custom IT was set up in 2010 by Kieran Kelly and Pat Kennedy, and helps businesses take full advantage of what Facebook has to offer by developing website apps such as competition apps, enquiry apps, and product and profile apps.
“We are restructuring what is already there”, said Kieran who said that the apps are a much cheaper alternative to maintaining a website.
“We also have a content management system that people can log into themselves so they can change competitions or whatever. They are in total power”.
Already Custom IT have a number of clients on their books including the Irish School of Motoring, Downtown Portlaoise, Joe Mallon Car Sales, Maltings Training in Portlaoise and a number of credit unions throughout the county. They also have a long list of local customers.
Kieran has a background in web and IT told the Leinster Express that he always had a passion to work for himself.
“There are great possibilities in the recession and people need to change. When you’re positive it helps. We have enthusiasm and dedication and we are constantly re-investing to be the best app developers on Facebook”.
Kieran said that it is a great feeling to help other companies and make a difference. Pat also has an IT background and previously ran a tendering website for the construction industry. The two have known eachother for many years and decided to pool their skills together.
They are hoping to set up Portlaosie and Dublin offices in the very near future, but at the moment are on the road a lot and work out of a virtual office, as well as having a base at the Heritage House in Abbeyleix.
“We are developing our product more and more and getting more and more customers on board. People need to be able to drive their business and engage their customers and they need the business tools behind them. We know how to help businesses get the most out of Facebook, for instance pages always run the risk of being shut down and we can move companies from a friends page to a business page”, added Kieran.
“We’ve got a great product here, it is new and innovative and it works out a lot cheaper for people. It’s a very exciting time and a great time to start a business, when you have to sink or swim”. To find out more about what Custom IT are about, visit their website www.customit.ie.