Protest against proposed bird sanctuary in Manipur

first_imgThe Manipur government’s plan to set up a bird sanctuary at the Loktak lake in Bishnupur district has met with stiff opposition from the villagers in nearby areas.A large number of residents of Thingnunggei village took out a massive procession against the government’s proposal on Sunday.“The villagers of Thingnunggei are poor and they have no other means of earning a livelihood except for catching fish and plucking vegetables from the lake. If fishing is banned in the lake, the villagers would starve. We are all for protection of birds, most of whom are migratory, but the new scheme should not be implemented at the cost of the poor villagers,” said one of the protesters.Declining number Thousands of migratory birds flock to the Loktak lake, the largest freshwater lake in north-eastern India, every year. However, in the past few years there has been a sharp decline in the number of migratory birds coming to the lake.Reports indicate that bird poachers are active in the area, targeting the winged guests. Officials of the forest department’s wildlife wing say in view of the widespread bird poaching at the lake, setting up of the sanctuary is a must. Birdwatchers on the other hand blame human intrusion, bird poaching and hydroelectric power project near the lake for the decline in the number of migratory birds and brow-antlered deer in the Keibul Lamjao national park in the vicinity.Brow-antlered deerSome decades ago, the villagers of the lake islets had agitated against setting up of the Keibul Lamjao National Park, the natural habitat of the endangered brow-antlered deer. They wanted the land demarcated for the park to be made available to them for cultivating paddy.Now, several years later, the latest census suggests that there are only 260 brow-antlered deer in the Keibul Lamjao national park.last_img read more

5 Tips to Write a Really Quick Blog Article

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack If you blog you have probably gotten to the point where you needed an article last minute to keep up the pace of your content publishing.  Here are 5 tips that might help you put together an article really quickly (like I did with this one).Write an article that is a list of 5 ideas.  People love lists and tips, especially in blogs.  They are easy to scan and easy to digest.  Perfect for web surfing or scanning your RSS reader.  This article is an example.Publish a list of links.  Linking is the currency of the blogosphere, and if you link to other bloggers, they will notice (good ones should anyway, except for the really big/famous ones who get tons of traffic) and you might get a link or comment back.  Here is an example of a list of links article.Take a recent experience and share it.  Has something interesting happened to you?  Was it at all related to your blog subject?  Write a blog article about a recent experience, like this blog article I wrote about a spam email sent to me.Answer questions you have received recently.  We all get questions by phone or email from clients and prospects in our area of expertise.  Collect a few of them and then publish a blog article answering them.  Here is an example of a blog article that answers some questions.  A great tip is to start with the actual email question you received and the email answer you sent, and then just edit it so it is more general and not client specific.Comment on other blog articles.  Need ideas?  Read other blogs in your industry, and then provide your own point of view on the issue at hand.  Here is an example of a blog article that is responding to another blog article.Have other tips on how to get a blog article out quickly?  Share them by leaving a comment below. Originally published Dec 19, 2007 12:12:00 PM, updated October 01 2019last_img read more

Can PR Firms Lead the Inbound Marketing Revolution?

first_img PR firms are naturals at and the blogosphere because of their relationship building skills. I’m not saying that they can do what they did in the past, but if they follow Originally published Nov 17, 2009 8:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 are becoming more and more available and affordable. The knowledge of your average SEO consultant or lead generation expert is now being codified and made available. Even though the knowledge base is changing at a rapid rate and will continue to change at a rapid rate, it’s maturing like all knowledge industries do. So, PR firms that are equipped with writes and start providing direction for the many activities required for an inter-disciplinary inbound marketing strategy.  goes on to write can now do SEO, PPC and lead generation without a huge staff of technical resources and quants. to learn the findings from HubSpot’s recent research on new releases. leveraging social media While I applaud Brian’s focus on expanding the size of the funnel (lead dev), there are more nuanced activities that go on: positioning, messaging, crisis communications, relationship-building, training, etc. Such activities might only offer a tangential or indirect impact on lead development, but, they are still critically important to companies of all sizes. Based on my experience working with all kinds of agencies as HubSpot’s partner program manager, I believe that The Convergance of All Marketing Disciplines in-house analytical people PR firms are the best positioned Is PR Dead in order to serve clients effectively. : Based on my recent conversations with many different types of agencies, there is general agreement that now is an unprecedented time of convergence between all of the marketing disciplines.  Creative content creation A few weeks back, HubSpot’s CEO, Brian Halligan, asked the question, ” PR Firms Will Probably Lead the Inbound Marketing Revolution If I were asked Brian’s question, I’d answer, “PR is not dead. PR firms will probably lead the way.” There are few SEO firms that are signing up clients at $10k/month for SEO alone anymore. PR firms are having a difficult time getting the retainers they’re used to getting without knowing how to help clients attract traffic through social media and search. Ad agency budgets are shrinking and PR agents are being asked to help clients move online. Web developers are struggling to sign up new clients for $50k website development work without a clear plan that demonstrates a 3 month ROI on that expenditure. they may be able to use Social Media to help evolve their industry.  :  Understand the value you are getting from your PR agency and their services.center_img you need to be an expert at all things inbound marketing PR firms have tight ongoing high retainer relationships with their clients. PR firms are brought on as advisors and stewards of a company’s brand. From that perch, it’s much easier to Unless you are Rand-Fishkin-good at SEO or a Chris-Brogan-big in social media, PR is NOT dead. But, PR needs to change. With the highest retainers out of most types of agencies and often the least accountability to direct measurement of ROI,  PR firms seem to have the most to lose.  Brian wrote a follow-up post today that despite its provocative title is thoughtful and largely spot-on.   PR firms are excellent content creators. tree photo by The lines between ad agencies, PR firms, marketing consultants, SEO firms, web designers and developers, are blurring. Firms can no longer pretend that their industry isn’t changing. is the most time consuming and difficult and most critical part of inbound marketing. SEO and lead generation can not be done without effective and creative content creation.  We could probably spend a lot of time debating what’s more or less important in a PR mix, but we might miss the big point that PR and marketing are changing in a seismic way. Todd Video: How to be Smarter than Your PR Agency It’s a provocative question for a blog title. But, the blog post and the ensuing responses started a great conversation about how inbound marketing is changing PR. New PR guru, Todd Defren to offer inbound marketing services. Here’s why:  influence the most important people in a company Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack and Who do you think is best equipped to lead the inbound marketing revolution? Who has the most to gain? The most to lose? Who will lead the way? Inbound marketing training Download the free video ?”  marketing software Nezitic[x] Marshall Kirkpatrick’s guidelines for pitching bloggers None of this is new this year, but the problem with PR has become more acute.  last_img read more

Twitter Launches Gender Targeting, and Other Marketing Stories of the Week

first_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Oct 28, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 SEO and Social Media Isn’t it scary how quickly the marketing world is moving these days?Search engines and social networks will roll out a new feature one week, then BOO! They’re terrifying us with a whole new update that requires us to adapt quickly and learn the new rules of the game.These updates might seem like nasty little tricks, constantly keeping you on edge, but we see them as treats just waiting to be uncovered! To help you see the treats inside the tricks, we’ve provided you with a weekly round-up of the top marketing stories of the week. Don’t be scared, just read these top articles and you’ll be prepared for the bone-chilling week ahead!Twitter Launches Gender Targeting For Advertisers, From Marketing LandYou might recall Twitter’s previous update for advertisers in the beginning of September, when they launched their targeting by interest and username for promoted tweets. Now these ad targeting abilities are diving even deeper, giving advertisers the option to target by gender. What’s interesting about this is, users don’t actually need to specify whether they’re a male or female when creating a Twitter profile. So how does Twitter know? Well according to Twitter, the platform is determining gender through public signals, including profile names and the accounts he or she follows. And where Twitter can’t accurately predict the gender of the Twitter account, they don’t, and those accounts are not included in the targeting option. Marketing Land also hinted that Twitter might be looking at certain types of phrases that are generally more common amongst men such as, “What a comeback!” or women including, “My tummy hurts.” Will you leverage this new targeting capability once it rolls out to all advertisers? If you’re interested in learning more, you can read the full story here.Facebook Brand Engagement Grows 896% [Study], From Search Engine WatchHey, remember when Facebook profiles were just a long wall of comments instead of a timeline organized by year? Do you believe that change was made just about a year ago? My, how time flies! In that one year span, Facebook engagement for brands has grown 896%, as reported by Search Engine Watch, and about 25% of that engagement came from mobile. Agile marketers have not only taken advantage of Facebook’s timeline over the past year, but they are also taking advantage of this impressive trend towards mobile Facebook usage. Additionally, Search Engine Watch reported that one in five paid search clicks came from a smartphone or tablet. This just goes to show that if you’re not thinking about mobile marketing yet, you might want to start! To see more intriguing mobile marketing stats, check out the full story here.How to Verify Your Website on Pinterest [New Feature]It’s always comforting to see that little blue ‘verified’ checkmark on specific Twitter profiles, don’t you think? Well, Pinterest is now trying out a similar concept. This ‘verified’ feature is intended to help pinners learn more about each other, highlighting your full website URL on your Pinterest profile. Before this change, Pinterest users would only see a little globe icon as the link to a user’s website, next to all other social media icons. Now, users will see the actual full link with a red ‘verified’ checkmark next to it. Perhaps these signals are a step toward more Pinterest features tailored to businesses. Just note that website verification is not available to all Pinterest accounts just yet, so you might need to wait a bit before seeing the changes on your own profile. To see where and how to verify your own profile, check out the full post here.Uncovering Marketing Benchmarks from 7,000 BusinessesIt’s difficult to know how to grow and scale your business if you don’t have many benchmarks to compare your efforts to. You might be asking yourself questions like, “If I increase my blogging frequency from once a month to twice a week, what impact will I see?” or “How much will growing my Facebook reach improve my website traffic?” Lucky for you, these questions can be answered in two different ways. One option would be to jump in and experiment with your company’s blogging frequency or Facebook reach firsthand, then measure the results. Of course, this will take some time if you want to get a decent sample size for more accurate results. Option two would be to learn from our latest study based on real results from HubSpot’s 7,000 customers. You will see exactly what sort of impact blogging frequency had on these customers, at what number of Facebook Page likes these customers saw a significant boost in traffic to their website. To get a better idea of what you need to do in order to see significant results in your marketing, take a look at the full report here.YouTube Launches InVideo Programming To Boost Video And Channel Promotion, From TechCrunchHave you ever watched a YouTube video and noticed an annotation pop up, explaining a certain part of the video? Well, YouTube just introduced a similar feature where you can include a thumbnail inside the video that you’re currently watching. These clickable thumbnails can be linked to specific videos or entire YouTube channels to help drive more traffic internally. Not only will this feature increase viewership of individual videos, but it will also help to grow a brand’s reach on YouTube and boost channel subscriptions. When you watch YouTube videos, do you tend to click on the “Related Videos” on the side once you’re finished with the one you’re watching? This new feature will essentially create a similar, constant cycle of video viewing. So as a brand, make sure you’re taking advantage of this feature and optimizing your YouTube channel to keep the attention on YOU and not on the “Related Videos” that lead a viewer outside your channel. To read more about this new YouTube feature, check out the full story here.The REAL Benefits of Guest Blogging, From SEOmozHas your company taken part in guest blogging yet? If so, are you doing it the right way and taking advantage of all the opportunities it provides? Guest blogging is often seen as solely a SEO opportunity for link building, but it’s also so much more than that! Hopefully you’re leveraging guest blogging to help build relationships and discover new business opportunities, too. Through guest blogging, you are able to capture a wider audience that you normally wouldn’t have, and develop thought leadership to help you become an expert in your industry. So when you’re contemplating guest blogging for your company, make sure to think outside the box and seek out more than just the link. If you’re interested to learn more about how guest blogging can benefit your business, take a look at the full story from SEOmoz here.What else have you learned from this week’s marketing stories? Share your learnings in the comments below!Image credit: wwarbylast_img read more

How to Get Started with Pinterest, Write Captivating Intros, and More in HubSpot Content This Week

first_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Most of the time when I’m reading about marketing, I like to actually learn something I can take away and implement. While I certainly appreciate pontification about industry trends and inspirational thought leadership pieces at times, the content I truly find valuable is content that helps me do my job better. So this week, I put the HubSpot content roundup together with content that I know could help me — or any other marketer — do our jobs better. Hopefully, you’ll learn a thing or two that’ll make your job even easier this upcoming week! Let’s get a’learnin. How to Write an IntroductionOne of the things lots of writers struggle with — myself included — is writer’s block. You have a great blog post, ebook, or webinar idea and know exactly what you want to talk about in the body of your content … but you can’t seem to get the intro flowing. Well if that’s been you, you should definitely check out our Quick Tip to writing captivating introductions. With just three components, you’ll be banging out an intro and saying goodbye to writer’s block in no time.How to Use Pinterest for BusinessEven though Pinterest has been a hot social network for a while now, lots of marketers still haven’t jumped on the bandwagon. To get a comprehensive overview of the social network check out our Introduction to Pinterest for Business. We’ll answer questions like: What jargon do you need to know? How do you even sign up for an account? Will the social network help your marketing at all? So go on, download the ebook and get ready to pin!9 Do’s and Don’ts for Creating Outstanding Facebook Cover Photos [+Free Templates]One of the first places people look when they visit your Company Page on Facebook is at your Cover Photo. They can’t help it — it takes up almost a quarter of the page. So you want to make sure you’re making the most of that incredibly valuable real estate. Check out these nine do’s and dont’s for creating effective Cover Photos, and then get started making your own with our free social media cover photo templates. How to Convert Casual Blog Visitors Into Dedicated SubscribersIf you’ve been blogging for your company for a while, you most likely have the business blogging basics down pat. You’re writing effective blog posts, designing gorgeous calls-to-action, and racking up the social shares and comments … but you want to take your blog to the next level. You want your business blog to make a serious impact in your marketing results, but aren’t sure how. Look no further than our latest blog post on converting casual blog visitors into dedicated subscribers. Brush Up on Your Marketing TriviaLast but certainly not least, we have some fun content to help you learn about inbound marketing. Whether you’re an old pro who wants to teach your team about inbound or a newbie writing your first blog post, you’ll have a blast playing the Marketing Trivia game. In the game, we’ll walk you through each element of inbound marketing — and once you’ve finished, you can brag all you like on Twitter at #MktgTrivia. Click here to download the game, and then read up on the rules in this blog post. And that’s it for this week! What HubSpot content did you like this week, and what content do you want to see in the future?Image credit: Gibson Claire McGuire Regester Pinterest Marketing Originally published Sep 8, 2013 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

What the Best Business Bloggers Do (And You Should Too)

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack You know those business bloggers who never run out of innovative ideas, churn out a piece of content like it ain’t no thang, and are always one step ahead of industry trends?How annoying are they?Well, the good news is you can be like them! That’s right, you! All for the low, low price of reading this blog post!I’ve coached a lot of bloggers and businesses looking to get started with blogging, and I can say with full confidence there are concrete habits and characteristics the most successful bloggers adopt that separate them from the ones that end up flailing and trailing behind their competitors.Here’s what I’ve found the best business bloggers do. Where do you have room for improvement?What the Best Business Bloggers Do1) They read stuff that has nothing to do with their job.Variety is the spice of life! Want your blog posts to have a little more pizzazz? You need a variety of sources of inspiration for that to happen. The best writers read a lot — and so do the best bloggers, in both quantity and variety of content.Venture outside of your industry publications. Find a host of amazing content sources — a great podcast, a great magazine, a great YouTube channel, a great bunch of websites — and consume that content just because it’s high-quality, innovative, and interesting. It’ll help you improve skills like storytelling and story structuring, and give you ideas for new content formats to experiment with.2) They aren’t scared of writing.There’s no magic potion that makes blogging easier or faster. The only way to get to that point is to just write.Seriously, just go write.A lot of people are afraid of blogging — so if this rings true, you’re not alone. Maybe they’re scared of doing new things that are outside of their typical job function. Maybe they don’t fancy themselves good writers. And heck, maybe they’re not … yet, at least.But every blog post you write makes the next one just a little bit easier. The more you blog, the easier it’ll be. And before you know it, you’ll have no fear of blogging, and writing a blog post will be one of the easiest (dare I say enjoyable?) parts of your job.3) They write with empathy.Empathy is a powerful skill for content creators. The best business bloggers use empathy to guide all of their editorial decisions. It helps them choose topics that’ll address their audience’s pain points and solve their problems. It helps them structure content in a way that will resonate with readers. It helps them phrase things in a way that leaves their audience open to hearing more from them (nuance is a powerful thing, you know).Remember, in most cases, you are not your target audience. But if you blog with empathy, you’ll have a hard time creating stuff that falls flat.4) They take the right criticism.One of the best things about blogging is having something to show for your work. There are plenty of jobs that can require hours of serious effort — but all that you have to show for it is a calendar full of meetings. But when you blog? Look! You’ve created something!The downside to creating something? It’s there for someone — anyone — to critique. Now, some people will tear you apart no matter what. But you know what they say about those people:Then you’ll get some criticism that you should actually listen to. For instance, you’ll hear that you left out an important part of the story or that your advice doesn’t work for a significant segment of your target audience. Listen to these kinds of comments — and learn from them.Your criticism could take another form, too: total and utter silence. If your blogging is falling on deaf ears, it’s a good sign your topic choices or execution are a bit off. Don’t worry, though. Just revisit what you’ve written in the past that resonated and identify what people liked about it. Repeat more of that — and keep listening to what your productive readers have to say.5) They let themselves cut corners.Not every blog post is the be-all, end-all of your marketing. That means you can write some really short posts once in a while, because you just don’t have time for the lengthy, meaty thought leadership piece. Or maybe you don’t have time to locate the best image of all time for a piece — there’s other important stuff to do.That’s all totally fine! Sometimes, your time is, indeed, better spent on something else. It’s important to retain perspective on where business blogging fits into your overall inbound marketing strategy, and remember that perfecting every little detail isn’t always necessary. If you don’t give yourself a break once in a while, you’ll burn out on blogging.6) They don’t hide their personality.Somewhere along the way, people got to thinking anything associated with business meant the requisite hiding of all personal quirks. No smiling. No personality. All briefcases.Although you are doing business blogging, it doesn’t mean you can’t infuse personal elements in your content. In fact, the best business bloggers I see create posts that pack a hell of a lot of personality punch. My theory on why this works? People like people.It’s nice to feel like you’re reading something from a person — not a content farm or an encyclopedia entry. Have some fun, infuse your personality, and allow yourself to go “off-brand” for a bit. You might even find your blog becomes a good testing ground for new brand positioning.What else do the best business bloggers you know have in common? Share their habits and personality traits in the comments!Image credit: Gisela Giardino Blogging Advice Topics: Originally published Sep 25, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

Why Is This in My Inbox? Deconstructing the Worst Spam Email of All Time

first_imgAlmost 10 months ago, I had my first day at HubSpot. I was excited about lots of things — the candy wall in the kitchen, the free coffee, and, you know, working with some great people — but one of the things I was most looking forward to was a fresh, clean email address. It was brand new. No one was selling it to unscrupulous marketers to spam me with irrelevant and annoying sales tactics.I was free … but not for long.Ten months later, my spam filter gets more and more email garbage each day, mostly filled with cold emails pitches. I’m sure your email address experiences the same thing. Last week, I got a particularly horrendous spam email that somehow got through my spam filter. It was impersonal, confusing, and broke some CAN-SPAM best practices. Yikes!Since the best way to learn how to do something is to sometimes hear how not to do it, we’re going to pick apart the horrible email below. All identifying information has been removed, but everything else has remained unchanged.So let’s take a look at this horrible email and see just what the fuss is all about. The Anatomy of a Truly Horrendous Spam Email *) Sending Spam EmailsIt’s kind of like the first rule of Fight Club: The first no-no of sending bad spam emails is (you guessed it!) sending spam emails in the first place. There’s not really a “great” way to send a spam email.Instead, you should be organically growing your email lists and only sending emails to people who’ve opted in to receive them. Your Sender Score will be better and your subscriber list will be happier. 1) Irrelevant Subject LinesFrom the first thing I see, I know that this email is going to be irrelevant and spammy. I work for an inbound marketing company — why would I be interested in buying lists? On top of that, telling me that people opted in to those lists doesn’t really change that fact. (Honestly, I don’t even know why I clicked through.)If you’re going to be emailing people, you’ve got to make sure the subject line of the email aligns with your subscriber list’s interests. 2) Standard, Thoughtless Greetings”Hi,” “hello,” “hey”: all “acceptable” greetings you can use in your emails. But this email is forgetting one crucial element of a greeting: my name. It sounds so simple, but it’s something that lots of people get wrong.Even though most people know that personalized emails are usually customized by a machine, adding that small touch to your email makes people feel like you’re talking to them Most marketing software, like HubSpot, will let you personalize your email greetings. The point here is simple: Make sure you’re taking advantage of this feature!3) Confusing Opening LinesI’ll admit it — the opening line of this email was the deciding factor in writing about it here. It’s just so crazy. If the sender has just a few seconds to hook me, why would they include the most confusing opening line ever? Is “Happy New Year” a saying that deserves quotations? Am I supposed to imagine the sender actually saying that out loud? Or does the sender not know how to use quotation marks like in this scene from Friends?Seriously folks, you’ve only got a second or two to hook your email subscribers in your opening sentences, so use your time wisely.4) Irrelevant OffersAt this point in the email, I wondered again whether the person knew who they were emailing. I’m guessing no … because with a few seconds of research, it’d be very evident I — or anyone else at this inbound marketing company — wouldn’t want to hear about purchasing email lists. In your own emails, since you’re not going to be spamming random lists you’ve bought, make sure your message is tailored to the audience receiving the email. The easiest way to make sure this happens is to segment your lists properly. 5) Filler Keywords (?)At the bottom of the email, I can’t help but be confused — yet again. What the heck are those keywords doing there? It wasn’t a company tagline or a link to its products. In fact, the company name wasn’t anywhere in the email at all. Was it a way to game your inbox search? I really have no idea.In your own emails, cut anything that might seem out-of-place and irrelevant to your audience — it could be the difference between someone clicking through on an email and deleting it. 6) CAN-SPAM ViolationsNote: I didn’t redact this information in the email footer — it was already like this. I don’t even know which company is sending me this spam email unless I look at the end of the sender email address … and after Googling the company name, I found out that the sender and the company were fake. Seriously … just … yucky.If you’re sending emails, make sure it’s very obvious who you are sending email on behalf of.  7) Difficult UnsubscribesIf I’m not able to unsubscribe from your email list with the click of a button, your email is going in the spam folder and your sender name will get blocked. Though technically, according to CAN-SPAM, you only have to not make it difficult for people to unsubscribe and honor the unsubscribe in 10 days, it’s a PITA to unsubscribe from spam emails like this.Do your subscribers a favor and allow them to unsubscribe with a few clicks of their mouse — most email marketing solutions will make this process incredibly easy for you and your subscribers. Even if you’re not sending spam emails specifically, you should avoid all of these email no-no’s. Your subscribers will be more excited to receive emails from you and see the count next to their spam folder get smaller and smaller — a win-win for everyone. What horrible tactics have you seen in your spam email folder? Share your stories with us in the comments.  Topics: Originally published Jan 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Email Deliverability Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

What 15,000 People Read and You Didn’t

first_img Share Topics: Share Buzzfeed and Upworthy have had particular success using the full scope of social media to promote their respective content and websites. Check out this blog post to discover 13 lessons on creating viral content.15 Blog Optimization Stats You Need to Tweet … STAT This blog post (and featured video) will walk you through three essential tips to getting more people to open your email.4 Cool Little Things to Do With the New Twitter Profile [SlideShare] Originally published Jun 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Share Share Everyone on the Twittersphere has now been transferred over to the new profile design. This blog post will teach you about the neat new features that you can use to better promote your brand on Twitter.13 Lessons From Upworthy & BuzzFeed: Viral Content’s Secret Sauce Ready or not, Facebook has announced a new Facebook Page design. Learn all about the new features, and how you can get the new layout for your Page in this blog post.How to Get More People to Open Your Emails [Video] Read this blog post to find 15 statistics from TrackMaven’s Colossal Content Marketing Report and to get insight into how you should optimize your company’s blog.#FF, QR Codes, & Like-Gating: 6 Outdated Internet Trends We Should Leave Behind Share Share Social Media Engagement Read this blog post for a look back at six internet marketing trends of the last five years that have faded away, and discover some new alternatives to take advantage of now.What was the most interesting thing you learned this week on Inbound Hub? What do you want to see more of? Leave your feedback in the comments! At HubSpot, we spend a lot of time and effort each week attempting to create content that is relevant and valuable to you, our wonderful readers. We view social shares as an endorsement of sorts — they show us how many people found our content valuable enough to share it with their own contacts.In the past, we have always created our weekly roundups around a central theme. This week, we’re going to use our roundup to highlight the content that your peers thought was the best. So without any further ado, here are the five most-shared posts from this week that you absolutely do not want to miss.Ready or Not, Here It Comes: Facebook Rolls Out New Page Design to Everyone Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Why the ‘Pivot to Video’ Is Dangerous for Publishers

first_img Video Marketing When I read that the average American spends five-and-a-half hours per day watching video content, I scoffed. Between video explainers on Facebook, Game of Thrones, and Netflix, that average is closer to my daily minimum time spent watching videos.After all, 2017 was “the year of video” — why shouldn’t people consume more videos, and why shouldn’t creators make more?As it turns out, there is such a thing as too much video. Publishers like MTV News, which laid off most of its editorial crew last year to focus on video; and Vox Media, which scaled back its video team this year, have seen how hazardous a “pivot to video” can be.Click here to learn how to create and utilize video in your marketing to increase engagement and conversion rates.No, not that kind of pivot. I’m talking about the “pivot to video.”What is pivoting to video? It’s not changing seats on the couch to get a better view — it’s the latest example of marketers and content creators being so eager to adopt a new platform or medium that they ruin it.What Is a Pivot to Video?Pivot to video (verb): To decrease or entirely shutter written editorial operations to focus on creating more video contentSynonyms: restructuring, reorganizing, refocusingIf this sounds like a joke … well, the dictionary definition is kind of a joke. But “pivoting to video” consists of publications deciding to focus so entirely on video that entire writing and editorial staff are laid off completely.It started with MTV News.You might not be surpised to hear this — after all, the word “television” makes up two of the three letters in MTV. But after an organizational restructuring at MTV in 2015, long-form editorial and video content about politics, culture, and social issues helped improve the network’s ratings and engagement on web properties. MTV News staffed its team with content creators who produced documentary-style videos and 4,000-6,000-word long-form written pieces — most of whom were let go in June of this year, when MTV News “pivoted” to create more short-form music and entertainment video over long-form editorial pieces.Twitter was flooded with tweets from former employees announcing their newfound employment status, friends calling for publishers to hire them, and content creators from all media decrying — and defending — the strategic pivot. .@MTVNews I’m a fan of video. I work in video. But behind strong video, you also need strong storytellers. https://t.co/LBgJZpi9mw— Traci Lee (@traciglee) June 28, 2017 How’s that video push working out for everyone? – Vox Media Lays Off 50 Staffers, or 5% of Workforce https://t.co/wha3GyOVjo via @variety— Merrill Barr (@MerrillBarr) February 21, 2018 Topics: Originally published Mar 6, 2018 7:15:00 PM, updated March 07 2018 I’ve been in digital media for 12 years. One thing I’ve learned is that nobody wants to read anything over 1,000 words. MTV is more proof.— Andy Gray (@AndyGray35) June 28, 2017 I’ve been laid off by @MTVNews. I’ll miss seeing my brilliant, talented colleagues, and I look forward to continuing my career elsewhere.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 28, 2017center_img Fast-forward to this year (no pun intended): Facebook announces it will reduce brand and publisher content on its users’ news feeds, and Vox Media lays off 50 video producers across Racked, Curbed, SB Nation, and other online properties in its portfolio.With respect to social media, snarky tweets from within the industry aren’t the only reason to take your foot off the video gas pedal. There are a few big reasons a complete pivot to video is ill-advised. Keep reading — I’ll explain.The Reason People Pivot to VideoLet’s call a spade a spade — publishers are pivoting to video to make money.In the age of pre-roll and mid-roll advertising, it’s harder to ignore a video ad when it’s the only thing standing between you and a video you want to watch. Ads are easier to ignore when they live in the side margins and on top of written long-form articles, so publishers might see a greater opportunity to make money from placing video ads over video content.And the biggest piece of the digital advertising pie now goes not to advertisers or publishers — but to Facebook and Google. So it’s understandable that media companies and publications are doing whatever they can to drive ROI on the content they produce.But the pivot to video isn’t happening at random — these strategic reorganizations are also a nod to the growing popularity of video content, which we can’t deny — nor would we want to.We’ve blogged at length about video being engaging, in-demand, and a smart way for brands to diversify content and connect with audiences in new ways. And making videos is smart — it just shouldn’t be the only content your brand produces.It’s true that videos are growing in popularity — your audience wants to see videos, videos drive results for your business, and videos are an extremely favorable medium across different social media platforms. It’s also true that the human attention span is waning. But this doesn’t mean you should send your editorial staff packing. You don’t need to “pivot to video” to develop a smart video strategy as part of your content production engine — and we’ll show you how.What to Keep in Mind When Pivoting to Video1. People Like to ReadSetting aside for a moment the fact that the written word has been in existence for several thousand years (thank you, Flinstone family), the popularity of video content and written content aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, audiences want more written content and more videos — so can’t we all just get along?In 2017, we learned that roughly half of consumers want to see more video content — but almost the same amount also wanted to see more news articles.But in a new HubSpot Research survey released in February 2018, we learned that the popularity of video content is increasing — especially among people 18 to 24 years old. What’s a marketer to do?Content consumption preferences are always changing, and they vary across different age groups, content formats, and subject matter. There are some cases when the written word is a better way to share information than video content — especially as people are still browsing a business’s website (and the written content included on it) more than purely video.In some cases, audiences don’t want videos at all. For example, in the United States, NiemanLab found that video isn’t growing as rapidly as one might think.In fact, roughly half of those surveyed didn’t watch any online news videos — and more than two-thirds said they consumed most news in text format. Most video being consumed was short and sweet and entertaining — leaving plenty of room at the table for written content consumption, too.So, people are watching videos, but they’re also consuming a lot of text content, too. How should publishers and content producers address the diversifying content preferences of audiences?The SolutionMake great videos and write great articles. In fact, ideally, you should be writing articles and reports, and then incorporating videos and other multimedia elements into them. Give the people what they want — which is written, visual, and audio content.Think about how your audience wants to learn. According to the survey above, people are more interested in consuming in-depth news information by reading it, whereas they might be more interested in watching shorter, more consumable video content. While a video might be a good fit for briefly explaining a complicated topic, it might not be the best fit for a detailed breakdown of SEO best practices — like in these examples.If you don’t know the answer to this question, ask your audience. If you’re not sure about your industry or audience’s preferences, ask them. Using an email newsletter or a Twitter poll, ask questions like, “What would you most like us to produce a video about?” or “Do you prefer written or visual explainers?” to figure out where to get started.The answer to the question of what types of content your audience prefers is an evolving one — and one that we constantly experiment with here at HubSpot. Read about how we’re changing up our social media video strategy in this blog post.2. Videos Are Hard to MakeVideos are hard to make — and it shows.The internet is populated with far too many slideshows and photos set to music that are masquerading as videos — like this one:Videos like these don’t offer the viewer much more value than reading a story would, but publishers keep making them — presumably because they get more clicks on social media than an article would.I don’t know about you, but I find these videos extremely annoying — they either autoplay when I open an article, or I click them to learn more and get no additional information out of them.Instead, publishers and brands should be striving to make great videos — which are driven by great stories. You need good storytelling to create a compelling video, and — guess what? That will require the writing of a script or outline beforehand, and writers and editors can be of tremendous value there.Additionally, if you remember our finding above, audiences don’t just want one thing — they want it all. Consumers want multimedia articles, in-depth research reports, blog posts, and entertaining videos. There’s plenty of room for cross-collaboration between writers, editors, and video producers to create excellent content that solves for constantly-changing consumer preferences.The SolutionBefore implementing a video strategy, invest in resources to do it well, and experiment with creating different videos for different segments of your audience.This means taking the time (and resources) to invest in video equipment, filming, and editing software, and freelancers or new employees who can make videos — more specifically, who can make videos well.By investing in video content up front, you’ll ensure that your entire content production team is firing on all cylinders and creating video content that can both eventually rank in search results, and generate millions of views organically — not just as an ad.3. Videos Are Tough to DistributeWith the exception of a few major publications — with content production budgets in the millions — it’s hard to crack the code of not only how to make great videos, but how to monetize them and use them to drive leads, customers, and revenue.That’s partly because digital video is such a new content medium, and content creators are figuring out how to make great videos (see above). It’s also because Google search ranking factors and social media algorithms change so frequently, it’s hard to nail getting videos surfaced and seen by people on different platforms. Facebook’s shift to a more friends- and family-oriented news feed this year is a testament to this, and outlets like Vox Media know it all too well.Plus, now that more people are jumping on the video content creation bandwagon, search engines and social networks are getting saturated with more videos to compete against.So you might think that video creation is the hard part, but that’s just the beginning. It takes concerted effort for videos to rank in YouTube and Google search results, or to rack up thousands and millions of views on Instagram and Facebook. And even if you do everything right, there could be a reason your audience doesn’t want to watch your videos: They might not want to turn up the volume, they might be running low on their monthly data plan, or hey — they could even be sitting on the toilet.People have their preferences, and our recent survey above, we know consumers want to see video content alongside in-depth news articles and research content — and that they want to watch videos on social media. People stream millions of hours of video content across social platforms every day, but these popular social videos might not generate leads at the speed a growing business needs.The SolutionWe suggest creating multimedia content that serves a variety of purposes on a variety of different platforms. For example, keyword-specific blog posts and YouTube videos might quickly rank in Google and YouTube searches, to help drive visitors to landing pages and lead forms that help brands start selling. On the other hand, entertaining, short-form videos on Facebook and Instagram will help spread a brand’s message and attract more people to a website down the line.If you’re just getting started with video marketing, consider the type of video you should make first. Use them to help guide visitors along your marketing funnel — alongside written content and offers to capture lead information.Make specific types of videos for specific platforms in the same way you would for different types of written content. That way, the videos you create will have specific goals in mind — for example, video views, video view rate, or website clicks — that you can measure and iterate on.Videos achieve outcomes on social media that written content might not, and written content can achieve search engine rankings that videos might not. The best scenario is to create both types of content — along with multimedia content — to meet audiences’ ever-changing preferences, and to attract visitors and leads throughout the marketing funnel. But the pivot didn’t stop there.Over the past year thus far, several major publishers have pivoted, structured, reorganized, and refocused on creating video content — at the cost of writers’ and editors’ jobs. Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, Vice, and HuffPost have all focused efforts on creating short-form video content — and all have laid off writers and editors. One publication — Vocativ — laid off its entire editorial staff “to focus exclusively on video content.”In fact, “pivoting to video” has become such a ubiquitous term in the digital space that it’s become a joke in and of itself. Images: Tumblr, HubSpot Research, NiemanLab the WH communications department is pivoting to video— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) July 31, 2017 Quit doing this. No one wants video. We all read faster than people talk, it eats up data, and you can’t watch video on the toilet at work. https://t.co/cctmoHKiwz— Peter Lynn (@Peter_Lynn) July 21, 2017 Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

Improved Care for Premature Infants and High-Risk Pregnant Women

first_img The ceremony to symbolically break ground for the construction of the units was held at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston today (September 12). Construction of High Dependency Units (HDUs) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the Cornwall Regional and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals will improve the quality of care for premature infants and high-risk pregnant women. Story Highlights Construction of High Dependency Units (HDUs) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the Cornwall Regional and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals will improve the quality of care for premature infants and high-risk pregnant women.The ceremony to symbolically break ground for the construction of the units was held at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston today (September 12).These are the final three of five hospitals across Jamaica where the HDUs have been introduced. Ground was recently broken for the construction of HDUs at the St. Ann’s Bay and Spanish Town Hospitals.The HDU provides an intermediate level of care between that which is available on a general ward and in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).They are financed under the European Union (EU)-funded Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC). The EU is providing €22 million to fund PROMAC projects, a portion of which is to construct the HDUs.Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who delivered the keynote address at the ceremony, said the initiative seeks to alleviate some of the serious challenges associated with pregnancy.“Motherhood for too many women is about ill health and death. Globally, every one to two minutes a woman somewhere is dying in pregnancy or childbirth. Ninety per cent of those deaths are occurring in developing countries like Jamaica, which clearly shows that we have a huge gap in the developing world and why a lot more needs to be done,” he said.Citing figures by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), the Health Minister said that in 2015, the maternal mortality rate was 87.1 per 100,000 live births, and the infant mortality rate was 22.2 per 1,000 live births.“Given those numbers, the work of the EU-funded PROMAC is absolutely critical, and we thank the EU for working with us on this project. PROMAC was designed expressly to ensure that ourJamaican mothers and children have access to quality care, through infrastructure improvements; capacity building for healthcare workers; the promotion of positive health-seeking behaviours; and enabling civil society advocacy for maternal and child health, thus reducing the level of pregnancy-related mortality and morbidity,” the Minister said.“These HDUs help to afford mothers and newborns with life-threatening injuries and illnesses, including severe infections, the best chance at a positive health outcome,” he added.Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left); Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, Her Excellency Malgorzata Wasilewska and Member of Parliament for South Eastern St. Andrew, Julian Robinson, exchange pleasantries at a ground-breaking ceremony for a High Dependency Unit (HDU) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, today (September 12). The ceremony was also used to symbolically break ground for HDUs at the Cornwall Regional and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals. At second right is German Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Dr. Bernd von Münchow-Pohl. The project falls under the European Union (EU)-funded Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC).Expected outcomes from the HDUs include improved newborn and emergency obstetric care, and improved primary healthcare services for high-risk pregnant women.For her part, Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Her Excellency Malgorzata Wasilewska, said “it is unacceptable” for women to have (limited) access to decent health facilities when they are pregnant and go through what is supposed to be one of the most beautiful moments in a couple’s life – delivery of a child.“We are proud and honoured to support the ambitious plan by the Government of Jamaica to achieve its sustainable development goals and improve the conditions under which women go through pregnancy as well as under which they deliver children,” she said.The contract for the construction of the HDUs has been awarded to M&M Jamaica Limited, with completion set for next year.The PROMAC project is managed by the Ministry of Health under the supervision of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), which serves as the National Authorising Officer for the project.Construction of the HDUs and the training of medical staff fall under the five components of PROMAC. These are Newborn Care and Emergency Obstetric Care, Quality of Primary Healthcare Services and Referral Systems, Health Workers Training and Research, Support to the Health-seeking Behaviours of the Target Population and the Role of Civil Society, and Institutional Support for Programme Implementation. These are the final three of five hospitals across Jamaica where the HDUs have been introduced. Ground was recently broken for the construction of HDUs at the St. Ann’s Bay and Spanish Town Hospitals. last_img read more

Baltic Exchange Council Elects New Chairman

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under the CC0 Creative Commons license Maritime industry information provider Baltic Exchange Council has elected Braemar Tankers-founding partner Denis Petropoulos as its new chairman.Petropoulos will officially take over the role from Duncan Dunn on June 1.Petropoulos most recently headed up Braemar’s Singapore office for seven years, before returning to the UK.He has been a Baltic Exchange member since 1999 and has held positions on the Baltic board 2002-2007 and joined the council in January 2019.“Denis Petropoulos is a highly respected and well-known shipbroker who played a critical role in the setting up of the Baltic tanker indices in the late 1990s,” Mark Jackson, Baltic Exchange chief executive, said.“During my term in office I intend to pay particular attention to raising awareness of the maritime industry to the younger generation,” Petropoulos said.“At the same time I want to ensure that Baltic members’ ideas and concerns are heard at Council level as well as support the Baltic’s drive to increase its profile in Asia.”The Baltic Exchange Council is the governing body which oversees the Baltic, including its membership committee, in relation to the Baltic Exchange’s strategy for membership services, social responsibility and relationship with its members, governments, regulatory bodies and the global shipping community.last_img read more