Amid speculation that the rift between the two ruling alliance partners, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Janata Dal (United), is widening, JD(U) leaders on Sunday said Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar could attend the RJD’s proposed rally here on August 27. “Our leader Nitish Kumar will be attending the RJD’s anti-BJP rally in his personal capacity, if he is invited”, JD(U) spokesperson Sanjay Singh told journalists after the party’s state executive committee meeting. Mr. Kumar, earlier, had addressed the meeting and appealed to leaders to strengthen the party organisation. Party sources told The Hindu that Mr. Kumar also asked party spokespersons to refrain from making contentious comments.He made it clear that he had no political plans outside the State. “I will remain in Bihar,” he told the executive. Mr. Kumar was emphatic that his party had been following the coalition dharma and would always follow it. “I will continue following my own ideology unmindful of its consequences”, he told the meeting.Earlier, some senior JD(U) leaders had said that the party would not be attending the RJD’s proposed mega rally BJP hatao, Desh bachao. “The rally is being called by the RJD and not by the JD(U)”, said JD(U) leader RCP Singh. Facing dubious land deal charges against his family members and reopening of fodder scam cases in which he is an accused, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had called the anti-BJP rally saying all non-BJP party leaders like Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati and Left party leaders would participate in it. Party sources said Ms. Banerjee, Ms. Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav have already sent their consent to attend the rally.At the JD(U) meeting, while making oblique reference to the Congress party’s apparent displeasure over his support to NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Mr. Kumar reportedly said “the Congress party has been changing its political principles but he would not change his principles whatever be the consequences.” “Hamare neta pichhlaggu nahin, dusare log pichhlaggu honge (Our leader would not be pillion of anybody, others could be)”, Mr. Sanjay Singh later told the media.
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Former Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)The off-season continues to be a busy one in the National Basketball Association, as the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler was recently shipped to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick Lauri Markkanen.READ: Sources: Bulls trade Butler to TimberwolvesADVERTISEMENT Although the 27-year-old swingman has been at the center of trade talks in recent weeks, his personal trainer, Travelle Gaines, couldn’t help but lambast the Bulls organization, particularly General Manager Gar Forman.“0-82.worst culture in the league.I met drug dealers with better morals then their GM,” he tweeted, shortly after the deal was announced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He is a liar and everyone knows,” he added.Turmoil inside the Bulls’ front office has been reported in multiple instances in the past, but Gaines comparing Forman to drug dealers might just be the boldest one yet. LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Butler, meanwhile, will reunite with his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota and form a “Big 3” alongside promising studs Karl Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Reyes impressed by Fil-Nigerian Edu: ‘Unbelievable’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PBA IMAGESTerrence Watson is just grateful for the chance to finally suit up in the PBA after four years of courtship.“I’ve been studying and wanting to play in this league for the past four years, and every team I think kind of passed up on me,” Watson said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side A veteran of the international leagues with stints in Iceland, Finland, and Israel, Watson finally got the shot to play in the PBA when San Miguel tapped him as its third import for the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“They finally gave me a shot, so I’m just studying and I know they’re going for a Grand Slam. I’m just happy they brought me here to be a part of it,” said Watson, who replaced the underwhelming Terik Bridgeman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd Watson made sure that the Beermen made the right decision in giving him the call.The 6-foot-5 bruiser impressed in his debut, tallying 28 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal in San Miguel’s 107-103 victory over Ginebra on Sunday. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim But he knows that when you’re tasked to backstop a team with the caliber of San Miguel, playing well isn’t good enough.“I’ve been playing basketball professionally for eight years now, so having that pressure is tend to happen,” Watson said.“There are a lot of guys who get cut if you don’t win; there’s always pressure no matter what team you go to. There’s pressure for guys in last place – they don’t want to finish in last place. The guys in the middle want to be up top, so there’s pressure for everybody. But I just have the pressure of wanting to win a championship and I think it’s good pressure to have.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul His immediate impact is more impressive given that he only had three days to prepare for the duel against the league-leading Gin Kings.“I had like three days to prepare, but when you’re playing with guys like that, when you’re playing with June Mar (Fajardo), Alex (Cabagnot), (Chris) Ross, and those type of guys, they make it just really easy for me,” he said.Watson’s performance also backed up his credentials, much to the delight of coach Leo Austria.“He’s a big help and he’s a big factor for us. I’m happy for him that in only his first game, he played really well,” Austria said.Watson has had a pretty gaudy resume in his international career, leading his past teams to the championship and a runner-up finish with Hapoel Kfar Saba/ Kohav Yair in the Israeli National League last season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments
Send a raven! OREO and HBO are bringing fans the mother of all TV watching snacks—OREO Game of Thrones cookies—thanks to a new alliance conceived of and executed by agency partner 360i.A tasty tribute to the final season of Game of Thrones, the new limited edition OREO cookies feature four unique embossments that spotlight both the iconic sigils of the three Great Houses still battling for the Iron Throne, as well as the enemy White Walkers beyond the wall. The collaborative effort delivers a playful new take on the original cookie, with each pack featuring four unique embossments on top of the chocolate wafers that represent: House Lannister, House Targaryen, House Stark and The Night King.Throughout the season, OREO is encouraging fans to pledge their fealty for House Lannister, House Targaryen, House Stark, or The Night King by visiting oreo.com and OREO’s Facebook and Twitter channels. Select engaging fans could be surprised throughout the season with a special treat for pledging their chosen house. Follow the conversation on social using hashtags #GameOfCookies and #ForTheThrone.To celebrate this momentous collaboration, 360i creatives teamed with Elastic—the design studio behind the original Game of Thrones opening sequence—to create an all-OREO version of the show’s iconic opening credits. The film showcases the houses still in play for the throne with an animated landscape built entirely out of OREO cookies. Featuring more than 2,750 animated original and OREO Game of Thrones cookies, the land, forts and towers are all made out of the cookie base, while lakes and rivers are represented by the beloved OREO creme.OREO Game of Thrones is expected to be one of the brand’s largest Limited Editions ever. OREO Game of Thrones cookies are available for a limited time starting April 8, nationwide wherever OREO cookies are sold, while supplies last.
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You know what they say – never judge a book by its cover. And it’s completely true. However, on a realistic level, it takes quite a while to get to know someone. To form a deep connection can often take months, if not years, of time together, having conversations about everything under the sun and getting to know their opinions, dreams, and more. It’s tough to establish that kind of compatibility over the course of one drink, or even one meal together. So, it’s a reality that sometimes, there are things that you notice right away. And this is as true for guys as it is for girls.So, have you ever wondered what exactly it is that makes someone go across a crowded coffee shop to say hello? What exactly causes that initial spark? Here are 14 things that men notice about a woman instantly.14 Her smileA smile is one of the most beautiful things a woman can wear, and guys definitely take notice. If your smile is friendly and genuine, something that comes easily in response to his silly jokes, it says something about you. If all he sees is sarcastic or mocking smiles, that also says something about you – something that might make it less likely that he’ll choose to approach you out of the blue. When a girl has a genuine, open smile, not only does it send a positive message to guys about their personality, it also just really makes it easier for them to feel comfortable approaching her.13 Her laughLet’s face it – men love it when you laugh at their jokes. It makes them feel hilarious and entertaining and just gives them a little confidence boost. So it only makes sense that he’s always listening for your laugh – but don’t just bust out your fake giggle because you think that’s what he wants to hear. It can get irritating when someone giggles at absolutely every comment and statement, particularly if your giggle is very obviously fake. However, just like a real smile, a genuine laugh is something he definitely notices.12 Her eyesThe saying that the eyes are a window to a person’s soul exists for a reason – eyes can be one of your most expressive features, and can often communicate whether you’re truly interested or not, whether you’re nervous, happy, etc. So, while you might assume that a man’s attention would immediately go to some aspect of your physique, think again – many polls and studies confirm the fact that, when it comes to first impressions and things that men notice instantly, eyes are at the top of the list. If there’s a guy who isn’t making eye contact and is instead just checking out your assets, just move on to someone else – that’s not the guy for you.11 Her hygieneThis is one of those things that isn’t really something men notice – until it is. If your personal hygiene is top notch, you’re always freshly showered with freshly laundered clothing, he likely won’t notice – he’ll just notice things like your gorgeous locks or your awesome outfit. However, if a man meets someone with greasy, unwashed hair, someone who emits an unpleasant odour, someone whose clothes are obviously soiled and wrinkled, it’s a definite turn off. In fact, a recent match.com poll suggests that bad personal hygiene is actually one of the biggest first date turn-offs. So, while some men may get a bad rap for being a little messy, trust us – they definitely care about hygiene.10 Her personal styleUnless he works in fashion or is very, very interested in clothing, chances are a man won’t be able to tell your Balenciaga from your Kate Spade. He probably won’t be able to name what cut your jeans are, or immediately know where your killer heels are from. However, men definitely notice your outfit because it says a lot about your personality. There are no hard and fast rules – some guys love a girl who gets all glammed up, others love someone who shows up to a date with sneakers, a fresh face, and a basic t-shirt. Men just notice when you’re rocking an outfit that obviously suits you, and your personality.9 Her hairLet’s face it – many women put a lot of time into their hair, from getting it cut and colored to styling it before dates. It can take a lot of effort to tame those tresses some days. And, while a man might not really be able to comment on that subtle ombre effect you recently incorporated, or discuss the various styles of bangs you’re contemplating, he’ll definitely notice your locks in general. It’s a biological thing – once upon a time, men saw thick and lustrous hair as a sign of a woman’s health, so they’re naturally drawn to someone whose hair looks healthy.8 Her sense of humourIt can be intimidating to meet someone who is serious all of the time and never cracks a joke. While it might be tough to be outgoing and toss jokes left and right if you’re a very shy, introverted type of person, even a dry and sarcastic sense of humour will catch his attention. Guys love when you laugh at their jokes, but they also love when you’re able to make them laugh. So, whether your sense of humour is more subtle and witty or whether you crack up over fart jokes and physical comedy, he’ll definitely take notice. Perhaps it’ll even help him decide which comedic film to take you to on your first date!7 Her friendsLet’s face it – your group of friends is your group of friends for a reason. Even though you might think you’re totally different from some of the ladies in your circle of friends, the fact that you’re able to remain close suggests you likely have a lot in common, even if it’s just more abstract values. Guys know this. A quiet homebody likely isn’t going to be BFFs with the biggest party girl on the block, for example. So, if he spots you on a girl’s night out, even if it’s you he’s interested in, he likely will notice the company you keep.6 Her scentGuys are pretty much fascinated by the way women smell. While some guys will try to amp things up by wearing cologne, or sniffing a few extra deodorants to find that perfect scent, there isn’t quite as much variety in the world of men’s scents as in women’s. As a result, most women have a distinct scent that will definitely linger in a guy’s mind, whether it’s the simple smell of the detergent you use, the shampoo you washed your hair with while getting ready, or the signature perfume that you spritz on every time you leave the house- it could even be your natural pheromones!5 Her confidenceThere are a lot of different girls in this world, and it can be easy to assume that men will only notice the loud, in-your-face extroverts who are shouting over the music at whatever bar you’re at. That couldn’t be further from the truth. While a drunken yell might catch a guy’s attention for a moment, what they really notice is something simpler – confidence. Confidence comes in all shapes and sizes, and even a relatively shy woman can still pack a huge punch of confidence. Whether his values align with yours, whether you’re his ‘type,’ whatever, if a man senses that a woman is confident, that’s sexy.4 Her make-upUnless you’ve caught the eye of a professional make-up artist, chances are men will never know the difference between the original Naked palette and the Naked 3. When they hear about a Too Faced Chocolate Bar, they assume it’s just a brand of literal chocolate that they’re unfamiliar with. However, make no mistake – guys will definitely notice your make-up. Make-up is a great way to express yourself, so even though you might rock a cat eye and bold lip one night and a simple, fresh-faced look another, your make-up on any given night says something about your personality that he’s sure to take note of.3 Her voiceWhile what keeps a man’s attention in the long run will be the conversations you have and the actual words that come out of your mouth, your voice is definitely what he notices instantly. Do you have a lower, sultry voice that will make his pulse race, or will you charm him with your feminine vocals? Do you have a bit of a Valley Girl thing going on, or do you rock the full Jersey accent? Southern drawl? An accent from a foreign country? Whatever you were blessed with, he’ll notice as soon as you utter the first “hello.”2 Her heightWith height, as with most other physical characteristics, every guy has a preference. Some men love statuesque women 5’10 and above who would fit right in strutting their stuff on the runway, while others love petite ladies. However, regardless of a man’s preference, he’ll definitely notice your height. I mean, you notice a guy’s height, right? It’s kind of hard to ignore such a basic physical characteristic. So whether you decide to rock flats or your biggest sky-high heels, he’ll notice how tall you are.1 Her overall attitudeWhile it’s incredibly difficult to notice more personality-driven things right off the bat, compared to physical traits like eye color or height, there’s one thing that every guy will notice almost immediately – your overall attitude. Let us explain. While it takes awhile to truly get to know someone, your attitude comes through in pretty much everything you saw, and can either send a warning signal or a sign that he’s found a great girl. For example – are you constantly insulting the waitress and complaining about every aspect of your meal? Or are you able to laugh things off when they go wrong, and treat others with kindness? Whatever your overall attitude is, it will come through in your actions and words almost immediately.Source
Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the historically richly forested island of Borneo suffers from high rates of deforestation, but understanding this dynamic is made difficult by government secrecy and lack of transparency. Official maps of logging, oil palm and wood fiber concessions for Sarawak are hard to come by; the government does not publish this data in a publicly usable format. It is not surprising that Sarawak wanted to keep this information opaque. According to new maps of industrial logging, oil palm, and planted forest concessions complied and published by Global Forest Watch, these concessions cover over half the state of Sarawak, often overlapping with sensitive intact forests that are being exploited and degraded at one of the highest rates in the world.The new data launched by GFW offers the first detailed look at the extent of industrial concessions in Sarawak. These maps show the presence and extent of industrial forest timber licenses, oil palm concessions and license planted forests (LPF). This data was assembled from official documents in the public domain, including two State Forestry Department (SFD) 2010 maps, and supplemented with information from Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). While the resulting datasets are likely incomplete, they represent the most comprehensive and interactive picture of the distribution of concessions across Sarawak to date. (WRI invited the Sarawak State Forest Department to share information for inclusion on Global Forest Watch, but they did not respond).When combined with other data on Global Forest Watch, the impacts of logging and other land uses on forests can be monitored with more consistency and precision than ever before. Powerful remote sensing data, combined with the boundaries of concessions, sheds light on where forests are being cleared or degraded, how quickly and by whom.Animation of tree cover loss over time within Sarawak logging concessionsThese new maps reveal that timber license concessions alone cover a total of 6,542,852 hectares (nearly 16 million acres), over half (53 percent) of Sarawak’s total land area. The logging concessions are concentrated toward inland Borneo, on the border with Indonesian Kalimantan, home to some of the densest and most biodiverse remaining forests on the island. However, as previous research confirms, this area has been “impacted by selective logging, fire and conversion to plantations at unprecedented scales since industrial-scale extractive industries began in the early 1970s.”The data also reveals where logging concessions overlap with the last remaining Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) in the country. Although Sarawak has very few remaining IFLs compared to neighboring Indonesia, Malaysia has one of the highest rates of IFL degradation in the world in both area and percentage. These new maps confirm that logging is in part responsible for the degradation of these landscapes in Sarawak between 2000 and 2013. Satellite images of deforestation in Shin Yan T/3342 concession. Image Courtesy of DigitalGlobe © 2015. Includes material © CNES 2015, Distribution Airbus DS Geo SA / Airbus DS Geo Inc., all rights reserved For example, the Shin Yang T/3342 logging concession, located on the border with Kalimantan, covers around 200,000 hectares (nearly 500,000 acres) of forest, much of which was considered intact as of 2000. But logging activity within this concession boundary fragmented and degraded one of the few remaining IFLs in Sarawak. Since 2000, almost 40,000 hectares (nearly 100,000 acres) of trees have been cleared within this concession, over 70 percent of which occurred within an IFL.Animation of tree cover loss/IFL degradation over time within Shin Yan T/3342 concessionAccording to our analysis, only 26 percent of land with tree cover in Sarawak remains outside industrial concessions and protected areas. While reforms have been promised, much of the damage is already done: Sarawak is running out of forests. The new data show just how urgent it has become for the government of Sarawak to preserve what is left. The international business community must also play a role by sourcing only truly sustainable timber and looking with caution at logs and oil palm flowing from the highly deforested areas of Sarawak. This is relevant to all consumers. Take a look at GFW today to learn more about the link between commodities and deforestation and what you can do.Explore Sarawak logging, oil palm and planted forest concessions on Global Forest Watch or learn more about the history of forest exploitation in Sarawak in our blog 25 Years of So-Called “Sustainable Forest Management” in Sarawak.
Today, LinkedIn, the social network targeted towards business professionals, released its offical share button . The button allows LinkedIn users to easily share content they find interesting and relevant with their network. Publishers can find instructions for how to add the share button on the Marketing Takeaway With all easily implemented options for sharing content such as Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious, etc. it probably isn’t going to be the ease of execution that determines how successful LinkedIn’s share button is. At 85 million users and a new users joining every second the success of LinkedIn’s share button is going to fall in the hands of it’s users. Once you have taken the time to create remarkable content make sure that you are doing everything you can to share it with your entire network. Since your LinkedIn network may find your content relevant this is an excellent way allow them to help you spread your content beyond your immediate reach. Head on over to LinkedIn to try out your share button today. Originally published Nov 30, 2010 3:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Social Media Engagement Since those connected on LinkedIn most likely share business interests, it is very likely that the LinkedIn share button becomes a standard for business related content. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack portion of the LinkedIn site. LinkedIn is offering three options to choose from: a vertical button with a share counter, a horizontal button with a share counter, and a horizontal button without a counter. To add a button to your website or blog all you need to do is choose a button style and copy and paste a few lines of code. publishers Topics:
only 19% saying the medium was completely or very trustworthy my previous post only a third of the online population used both Further research showed that even though Facebook and Youtube were popular sites Social Media In the UK among users aged 16-24 attributes of each, while content is the driving force for 20% of social networking time was spend on a mobile device this post earlier this week, online ad spending in the UK is far and away the largest per user spend of any country in the world. social media advertising is predicted to grow at a rate of about 45% over the next two years Inbound Marketing In 2010 most consumers were pretty skeptical of information published on social networks with eMarketer just released a comprehensive report on the state of social network advertising and the findings are pretty interesting. It’s no surprise that , utilizing two channels such as video with social media can create a synergy that can often result in increased adoption and an overall success. With the ease of multimedia production these days, video offers another great method for driving engagement. Bruce Daisley, head of YouTube and display at Google UK had this to say about video and engagement: and this number is growing. As the sharing of media becomes easier and easier on mobile devices it is essential that your content is presented in a way so that when it is shared it can be easily consumed. . According to a poll by the Ipsos Marketing’s Consumer Goods team, consumers were more likely to visit a company’s website than become a Facebook fan or follow a company on Twitter. However, when looking to connect with other customers or share opinions Facebook was the preferred method. How do you take advantage of this? Use social media to communicate with your loyal following and let them be evangelists for your company. Listen to the feedback your getting and respond to customer requests, so that when a new visitor comes to your Facebook page they are confronted with glowing recommendations from your existing customers. Originally published Jan 21, 2011 3:00:00 AM, updated July 11 2013 . However, of the complainers that did receive responses only 40% received a quick response , so make sure you respond to those complaints! In a IAB UK study of the 7.7% of respondents who said they had complained about a brand on a social network or forum Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Engage With Your Followers Once again this reinforces the idea that content is the driving factor for a lot of a websites traffic. The key takeaway from this quote is that “content is the driving force.” Whether it’s a video, a blog post, an audio clip, or an online game, remarkable content is going to be what gets shared. Topics: strategies, and this research shows the complementary Keep Creating Great Content . As mentioned in roles the two sites can take. Key findings are that brands “More brands are trying to work out how to drive their social As I mentioned in I hope that some of these tips were helpful in helping you to understand the importance of social media in regards to the future of online marketing and getting started with your social media marketing strategy. Advertisers, especially small and medium sized businesses, need to start thinking about alternative advertising channels in order to stay competitive without burning through their marketing budget. Inbound Marketing offers a great alternative to traditional advertising methods. Inbound Marketing levels the playing field by rewarding quality of content instead of size of marketing budget. Another area that small and medium sized businesses can utilize in order to stay ahead of their competition is social media. whether users share or ‘like’ a brand.” . What I did find surprising was that social network ad spending is currently only 3% of total ad spending and that this number is only expected to grow to 6% in 2012. What this says to me is that social media marketing is a huge opportunity for businesses looking to increase their online presence in the near future. Once again, the time is now and below I’ve listed a few ways you can start to take advantage of this. Establish Trust With Your Audience Optimize for Mobile 78% said they were pleased with the replies advertising on YouTube and Facebook benefit from the
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was on Monday brought under the RTI (Right to Information) Act by a ruling of the Central Information Commission (CIC).The ruling means that BCCI would be listed as a National Spotrs Federation (NSF) covered under the RTI Act. The RTI Act should be made applicable to the BCCI along with its entire constituent member cricketing associations, provided they fulfill the criteria applicable to the BCCI, as discussed in the Law Commission’s report.Head of BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) Vinod Rai, has welcomed the ruling saying it will bring transparency of the operation of the board.READ – BCCI brought under RTI Act by Central Information Commission”In continuance of the CIC order, we would like to convey that we wholeheartedly support transparency and have created a robust platform in the form of the website. Through this medium, we have been putting our processes and decisions out in public domain,” he said in a statement.”Our website is becoming more vibrant with increased emphasis on openness and accountability. The COA is committed to probity and openness in the BCCI and have introduced good governance with professional administration.”Lastly, I am passionate and totally dedicated to set up an edifice of good governance which will be premised on probity, transparency and ethical standards,” he added.Some BCCI officials, who has resented coming under the act, feel that the COA is to be blamed for the setback which hit the board.”I believe there has been willful negligence on part of the COA in botching up BCCI’s right to legal representation,” a senior BCCI official, while talking about the legal ramifications of the CIC order, told PTI Tuesday.advertisementREAD – BCCI office bearers question COA role, to challenge RTI verdict”There was a CIC hearing on July 10 when it was asked as to why BCCI shouldn’t come under the RTI? The BCCI didn’t even file a reply and sat on the show-cause notice. Now the only way is to challenge the order in High Court and take it from there on,” the official said.Another BCCI official said the COA, comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, might just “tie the albatross of RTI” around the board’s neck before announcing elections.”We hear that BCCI wants to partially come under the RTI and not reveal things like team selection and all? Is it a joke? If BCCI challenges, there won’t be any half measures. It will be all or nothing,” he said.(With inputs from PTI)
Topics: Originally published Mar 18, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 It’s 7:54 on a frigid January morning in San Francisco. You’re waiting outside the Moscone Center, in a queue of several thousand people, many of whom have been camping out in the cold for over 12 hours. The security detail for this event rivals the Democratic National Convention. Another hour passes before you’re comfortably seated in a giant auditorium that’s crackling with anticipation.Finally, at 9:43 a.m., the moment you’ve been waiting for arrives. The thin, soft-spoken man gracing the stage in his signature turtleneck and jeans, clears his throat, takes a sip from his water bottle, then pauses for a full 12 seconds before uttering these words:”This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two and a half years. Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” Click here for our free guide to improving your presentation skills.Such was the scene on January 9, 2007, when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in one of the most captivating product launches in history. Indeed the iPhone was a revolutionary product, but it wasn’t the iPhone that inspired thousands of people to camp out in the cold over night. It was Jobs’ unique presentation style — which Apple fans referred to as a “Stevenote” — that helped make this among the most awe-inspiring, memorable keynotes ever delivered.As Carmine Gallo puts it in his book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, Steve “transformed the typical, dull, technical, plodding slideshow into a theatrical event complete with heroes, villains, a supporting cast, and stunning backdrops. People who witness a Steve Jobs presentation for the first time describe it as an extraordinary experience.”At LeWeb Paris in December 2012, I had the opportunity to witness another kind of extraordinary experience. This wasn’t a product launch; it was a keynote delivered by charity: water Founder and CEO Scott Harrison. Scott shared the remarkable and very personal story of how a “spiritually bankrupt” New York City night club promoter found courage, purpose — and a new mission in life — on a trip to one of the poorest countries in West Africa. (Hear more about Scott’s story on this episode of The Grow Show.)Scott’s presentation moved people to tears and drew a standing ovation. And that’s not the sort of thing that typically happens at a tech conference.Last year at INBOUND, the world’s largest gathering of inbound marketers, before an audience of 2800, Gary Vaynerchuck did the unthinkable. No, it wasn’t “dropping the f-bomb 76 times” (he did, in fact, drop the f-bomb 76 times, but that’s not the “unthinkable” I’m referring to). Gary gave an impassioned, inspiring 45-minute keynote — at 9 o’clock in the morning — without a single PowerPoint slide. He had the audience laughing, cheering, and tweeting like mad. He, too, earned his standing ovation.Steve, Scott, and Gary are three of the world’s most captivating communicators. Their ability to influence, entertain, and inspire an audience is incredible. And yet, their presentation styles are totally different.What, if anything, do they have in common? What can we learn from them to improve our own presentation skills?In a word: plenty.Because even if you’re not the star of a highly anticipated product launch, or the CEO of an organization that is reinventing charity, or a best-selling author/entrepreneur who can say “F**K!” 76 times in 45 minutes and still get a standing ovation — chances are, you’re going to be standing in front of an audience delivering a presentation of some kind at some point in your career.So learn from the best. Take these 7 lessons from the world’s most captivating presenters, and apply them to your next presentation. You’ll also find them in the SlideShare below, sliced up into 10 lessons. What Would Steve Do? 10 Lessons from the World’s Most Captivating Presenters from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing Software7 Public Speaking Tips From the World’s Best Public Speakers & PresentersTIP #1: START WITH PAPER, NOT POWERPOINT.Think back to the last time you prepared for a presentation. Did you start by outlining the story you would tell on paper? Did you then gradually weave in meaningful data, examples, and supporting points, based on that outline? Did you have a clear unifying message that your audience would remember even without the benefit of a transcript or notes?Chances are, you answered “no” to those questions. If you’re like most people, you probably “prepared” by opening up PowerPoint the night before your presentation, cobbling together a few dozen slides from decks you or your colleagues have used in the past, peppering in a few stock photos, and counting on your ability to “wing it” in person. “The single most important thing you can do to dramatically improve your presentations is to have a story to tell before you work on your PowerPoint file.” —Cliff Atkinson, Beyond Bullet PointsThe world’s most captivating communicators know better. They carefully, painstakingly plan, storyboard, script, design, and rehearse their presentations like an Oscar-winning Hollywood director prepares their film for the big screen. They’ve seen the impact that a carefully crafted story can have on influencing an audience, and they know that skipping this crucial first step is what separates average communicators from extraordinary ones.According to Nancy Duarte, the communications expert behind Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, presenters should dedicate roughly 30 hours to researching, organizing, sketching, storyboarding, scripting, and revising the story for a one-hour presentation. (Later, they’ll invest another 30 hours to building their slides, and a final 30 hours to rehearsing the delivery.)TAKEAWAY:Don’t sell yourself short by jumping head-first into presentation software. Take the time to thoughtfully craft your story on paper before you even think about creating a single slide.TIP #2: TELL YOUR STORY IN 3 ACTS.Most presentations follow some variation on the following format:Who I am What I do (or what my company does)How my product/company/idea is differentWhy you should buy/invest/support me nowThe world’s most captivating communicators typically rely on a three-act structure, more common in modern storytelling than in corporate conference rooms. The narrative is divided into three parts — the setup, the confrontation, and the resolution — and comes complete with vivid characters, heroes, and villains.The following table provides a snapshot of the three-act structure and which critical questions are answered for the audience in each:Notice that this structure turns the typical presentation “flow” on its head.Instead of following a WHO > WHAT > HOW > WHY flow, master communicators like Steve Jobs prefer a WHY > HOW > WHAT format, because they recognize that the first thing they need to do when standing in front of an audience is get them to care. So they begin by answering the one question everyone in the audience is silently asking: “Why should I care?” From there, they focus on answering the question, “How will this make my life better?” and finally, they spell out the “WHAT,” as in, “What action do I need to take now?”TAKEAWAY:By structuring your presentation with a clear and compelling beginning, middle, and end, you’ll take your audience on an exciting journey … the kind that inspires action, sells products, and funds businesses.TIP #3: A PICTURE IS WORTH 1000 WORDS.There’s a reason why expressions like, “Seeing is believing” and, “A picture is worth 1000 words” are so universally recognized — and that reason is based in science.It’s called the Picture Superiority Effect, and it refers to a large body of research, which shows that humans more easily learn and recall information that is presented as pictures than when the same information is presented in words.In one experiment, for instance, subjects who were presented with information orally could remember about 10% of the content 72 hours later. Those who were presented with information in picture format were able to recall 65% of the content.Not only do we remember visual input better, but we also process visual information 60,000x faster in the brain than we do text.Which of the following did you comprehend faster, for example?Sure, it takes more time to find and select awesome images to replace text, but master communicators know that it’s worth the extra effort to achieve maximum impact and maximum audience retention.TAKEAWAY: Images are wicked powerful. Use them liberally.TIP #4: EMOTIONS GET OUR ATTENTION.Virtually every presentation relies on some form of data to illustrate or emphasize the core point. Master communicators like Steve Jobs leverage data skillfully — but they also know that data alone ain’t enough.Think of it this way: If data were sufficient to truly change the way people think or behave, nobody would smoke. Organized religion would have no followers. And who in their right mind would have unprotected sex with a stranger?Clearly, humans are creatures guided by more than logic alone.Science again comes to our aid in explaining how and why this is important. In his book, Brain Rules, molecular biologist John Medina has this to say about the role of emotion on the human brain:“An emotionally charged event (usually called an ECS, short for emotionally competent stimulus) is the best-processed kind of external stimulus ever measured. Emotionally charged events persist much longer in our memories and are recalled with greater accuracy than neutral memories.” Chip and Dan Heath further elaborate on the impact that emotion can have on persuasive communication in their book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. The authors describe an exercise that Chip does with his students at Stanford University. The students are tasked with giving a one-minute persuasive speech. Everyone must present on the same topic, with half the class arguing for one point of view and the other half arguing for the opposite point of view.After everyone has given their one-minute speech, the students are invited to rate each other on the effectiveness of the presentations, and then instructed to write down key points made by each speaker.Here’s the data they collected from this exercise:On average, the students used 2.5 statistics during their one-minute speeches1/10 of the students used a personal story to make their point63% of the class remembered details from the speeches that used storiesOnly 5% remember the statistics that were sharedThe Heaths drew this conclusion from the data:“The stars of stickiness are the students who made their case by telling stories, or by tapping into emotion, or by stressing a single point rather than ten.”Perhaps nobody more succinctly emphasizes the importance of making your audience feel than Pulitzer Prize-winning author Maya Angelou:“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”TAKEAWAY: Make sure your presentation content goes beyond pure “facts.” Triggering audience emotion is a guaranteed way to increase retention and impact of your core message.TIP #5: USE PLAIN ENGLISH.When Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPod, he could have said something like this: “Today we’re introducing a new, portable music player that weighs a mere 6.5 ounces, is about the size of a sardine can, and boasts voluminous capacity, long battery life, and lightning-fast transfer speeds.”But he didn’t. Instead, he said: “iPod. One thousand songs in your pocket.”Jobs could have described the MacBook Air as a “smaller, lighter MacBook Pro with a generously-sized 13.3-inch, 1280- by 800-pixel, glossy LED screen and a full-size keyboard.”Instead, he walked on stage with an office-sized manila envelope, pulled the notebook out and simply said, “What is MacBook Air? In a sentence, it’s the world’s thinnest notebook.” Unlike most of his contemporaries, Jobs generally avoided complicated stats, technical data, buzzwords, and jargon in his presentations. Instead, he relied on simple, clear, direct language that was easy to understand, easy to remember, and better yet, was extremely “tweetable.” Jobs frequently used metaphors and analogies to bring meaning to numbers — for instance, when he described the iPod as “a thousand songs in your pocket” instead of “5GB of memory.”A closer look at some of Jobs’ most famous keynotes reads like a presentation in “headlines” — powerful, memorable, specific statements that consistently add up to fewer than 140 characters.Now take a look at one of your recent presentations. Is it buoyant with simple, specific, tweetable headlines? Does the script read like plain English that a 7-year-old could understand? Do you put data and stats in context so their meaning is clear and easy-to-digest? Have you ruthlessly pruned out all of the jargon, including overused, meaningless terms like “integrated,” “platform,” “leading-edge,” “synergy,” and so on?TAKEAWAY: If you want to improve your ability to persuade an audience, do your best Steve Jobs impression. Use simple language, free of jargon. Make sure your key messages are concrete and consistent. And don’t forget to use vivid metaphors or analogies to provide context and clarity around big numbers and complex ideas. TIP #6: DITCH THE BULLET POINTS.This may be hard to believe, but Steve Jobs never used a single bullet point. Not once. His presentations were always remarkable spare, relying on a few powerful images and carefully selected words or phrases.Even during product demos where Jobs explains or demonstrates key benefits of a new product, his slides are refreshingly devoid of bullet points. As Seth Godin explains in a 2007 ebook called Really Bad PowerPoint, “The minute you put bullet points on the screen, you are announcing ‘write this down, but don’t really pay attention to it now.’ People don’t take notes at the opera.”Seth’s right. Researchers have demonstrated time and time again that text and bullet points are the least effective way to deliver important information. Yet despite clear evidence that wordy, bullet-point-heavy slides don’t work, the average PowerPoint slide has 40 words. No wonder SlideRocket has found that 32% of people fall asleep during PowerPoint presentations, and 20% would rather go to the dentist than sit through another one!Fact: the human brain has this function called “short-term memory,” which is basically the ability to process and retain a small amount of information at the same time. Think of short-term memory as your brain’s Post-It note. Like a Post-It note, it doesn’t have huge capacity. On average, our short-term memory can hold onto fewer than 7 items for no longer than 10-15 seconds.So, imagine you’re introducing the world’s thinnest notebook. Replace the bulleted list of techie product features with a photograph of a large, manila office envelope.Or perhaps you’re trying to inspire an audience to help your nonprofit end the water crisis? Skip the bulleted list of statistics in favor of a short, powerful video that shows rather than tells why everyone in the room should care.The next time you’re tempted to cram a dozen facts onto a slide, remind yourself of the Leonardo Da Vinci philosophy that Steve Jobs frequently quoted:“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”Or take a page from Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, and ditch the slides altogether!TAKEAWAY: Guns don’t kill people. Bullets do.TIP #7: REHEARSE LIKE CRAZY.As communications expert Nancy Duarte pointed out in Lesson #1, creating a presentation that informs, entertains, AND inspires an audience takes a lot of time. The first 30 hours will be spent researching, sketching, planning, and revising your story. The next 30 hours will go toward building simple, highly visual slides with very few words and NO BULLETS.The final 30 hours will go toward rehearsing the delivery.When was the last time you spent 30 hours rehearsing for a presentation?Of all of the lessons revealed above, this one is undoubtedly the most often overlooked. Don’t be the person who does everything by the book, only to blow it all at the very end by failing to practice. A lot.TAKEAWAY:30 hours of rehearsing may be painful. It’s definitely time-consuming. But there are no shortcuts to excellence.A FEW FINAL THOUGHTS.On September 28, 1997, Apple debuted its now famous “Think Different” ad campaign, which featured a series of black-and-white images of iconic figures like Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., and Amelia Earhart. While their images flashed on the screen, the following words were spoken:“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”The goal of the “Think Different” campaign was to sell computers. Notice how the word “computer” didn’t appear even once in the script.I point this out as a final thought, because it summarizes a crucial, remarkable quality shared by most of the world’s most captivating communicators, including Steve Jobs, Scott Harrison, and Gary Vaynerchuk. They may have wildly different presentation styles, but they all have this in common:They don’t just provide “information;” they convey meaning — and they do it with passion.They don’t simply tell people “what is,” they paint a vivid picture of what could be — and then they arm their audience with a roadmap to get there.World-class presenters like Jobs, Harrison, and Vaynerchuk aren’t selling computers, clean water, or wine. They’re selling the dream of a better tomorrow.By applying the 7 lessons described above, perhaps you can, too.Image Credits: iphonsavior.com, Inc.com Presentations Don’t forget to share this post! 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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 SlackSlack
These days, I spend a lot of my time on blog optimization. I’m constantly trying to figure out how we can fill the top of our funnel with more blog visitors, and how we convert more of those visitors into subscribers and leads. Because my role is focused on optimization and growth, I try to make sure we’re always testing something. After all, if we only do what we know works, we may see growth, but it will only ever be incremental growth. And we have ambitious goals here at HubSpot, so we need to be focused on achieving exceptional growth.That’s why testing is so critical — it enables you to discover those groundbreaking strategies and tactics that lead to exceptional growth. Try out our free marketing tool that helps you test out various types of popup CTAs and gives you information about your site visitors. Luckily, there are a ton of tests you can run to optimize your blog for clicks and conversions. So, to help you get into the habit of always testing stuff on your own blog, here is a list of things you should try out for yourself. Remember — what doesn’t work for one blog, might work for you! Note: Blogs are very variable by nature, oftentimes making it difficult to completely isolate the variables you’re trying to test. While you should do your best to isolate your variables, keep in mind that your tests may not be perfectly scientific. Blog Publishing Optimization Things you can test to optimize your blog publishing activity …1) FrequencyIs more always better? Test your publishing frequency to identify your “sweet spot.” Is there a point at which an increase in volume of posts doesn’t actually equate to more or better results? At what point are you sacrificing content quality for the sake of quantity? Suggested Testing Methodology: Increase (or decrease) your publishing frequency by a certain amount for 1-2 weeks. Then, isolate the number of views you received to those new posts and compare it to the views of the new posts you published during one of your typical 1-2 week time frames. Continue testing until you find your frequency sweet spot.2) Timing Do certain times of the day and days of the week correlate with better traffic results? What about how far apart you space your published posts — does that impact an individual post’s performance? Suggested Testing Methodology: Test publishing at a variety of times. Then export your blog analytics (e.g. HubSpot’s Pages Report), sort by time of day and day of week, and analyze trends you see in performance.3) Content Balance Which blog content types (e.g. text-only, SlideShare-based, infographics) and topics perform better for you? Knowing this, what’s the ideal content balance? In other words, while SlideShare-based posts may perform best in terms of traffic, you probably can’t only publish SlideShare posts.Suggested Testing Methodology: Test different content types and subjects on your blog, then analyze how those posts perform. Map blog content to your various content goals to determine what your ideal content balance is (e.g. X SlideShare posts per month for traffic, X posts per month about subject A to support campaign B, etc.).Blog Subscriber Email Optimization Things you can test to optimize the notification emails you send to blog subscribers …4) Email Subject Line Do your subscriber emails generate more clickthroughs when you use a generic subject line (e.g. “Here’s Your Latest Blog Post”), or when the subject line matches the title of the blog post you’re emailing about?Suggested Testing Methodology: Test a generic subject line for a period of time until you have a large enough sample size of emails that your test is statistically significant. (Learn what “statistically significant” means for marketers here.) Then, test subject lines that match titles of the blog posts you’re emailing about for the same number of emails. Compare the performance (in terms of clickthrough rate) of those emails.5) Email Timing For any instant subscriber emails you have set up (i.e. an email triggered every time you publish a new post), email timing will obviously go hand-in-hand with publish timing. For other subscriber email frequencies such as daily, weekly, or monthly digests, timing is a great thing to test. Which time of day and day of the week (for weekly and monthly emails) perform best?Suggested Testing Methodology: Send a sample of emails at a certain time of day, and compare the clickthrough rates of those emails to a sample of emails sent at a different time of day. Keep testing until you find the time of day and day of week that generates the best clickthrough rate.6) Calls-to-Action (CTAs) Within Emails Should you include calls-to-action within your blog emails? Does the inclusion of CTAs distract recipients from visiting your blog? If so, are the conversions you’re getting worth sacrificing that blog traffic?Suggested Testing Methodology: Compare the performance of subscriber emails that include CTAs with emails that do not, using the same sample size of emails. Look at the emails’ clickthrough rates and referral traffic to your blog as well as the performance of the CTAs you used (HubSpot customers can use HubSpot’s Calls-to-Action App for this). Also, be sure to consider your goals: Which is more of a priority to your team: Traffic or conversion rate? Consider testing different types of CTAs as well. Blog CTA OptimizationThings you can test to optimize the calls-to-action on your blog …7) End-of-Post CTAs vs. End-of-Post FormsWhich performs better for generating leads and conversions: A standard CTA at the end of your blog post, or the full conversion form embedded right there? Test it out, just like we did! Suggested Testing Methodology: Take two separate posts, similar in subject matter and format, and publish them both at the same time of day and day of the week, one week apart. On one post, use a standard CTA; on the other post, use an embedded form for the same offer you used in the CTA on the first post. Keep the copy on the CTA and the form the same as well. After each post has been up for a week, compare the view-to-submission rate of the CTA and the view-to-submission rate of the form. Check out this post for more details about how we tested it on our own blog.8) Slide-In CTAsSlide-in CTAs are CTAs that slide in from the side as readers scroll down the page. They capture visitors’ attention without covering the copy of the blog post and thus, being too obtrusive. Does adding slide-in CTAs to your blog posts increase conversions? How does their performance compare to your blog’s standard end-of-post CTAs? Should you include one or the other, or both? If so, should they be CTAs for the same or different offers?Suggested Testing Methodology: Add slide-in CTAs to a sample of old blog posts that still generate traffic. Wait a week or two, and then compare the visit-to-lead conversion rate of those posts to their visit-to-lead conversion rate prior to the addition of the slide-ins. HubSpot customers can also use HubSpot’s Calls-to-Action App to look at the view-to-submission rates of slide-ins vs. standard end-of-post CTAs to compare performance. To learn how to add slide-in CTAs to you blog posts, check out this tutorial. 9) Dynamic (or “Smart”) CTA Segmentation Which is more effective: Segmenting the dynamic CTAs on your blog by lifecycle stage, or by persona? Are there other, more effective ways to segment them?Suggested Testing Methodology: Test a variety of CTA segmentation strategies (click here for some CTA segmentation ideas) across various samples of blog posts to determine what works best for your audience. If you’re a HubSpot customer, use the analytics available in the Calls-to-Action App to measure effectiveness.10) CTA Offer, Design & Copy How do design and copy choices impact the performance of your CTAs, both on individual blog posts and in the sidebar/top/bottom of your overall blog layout? What about the offers you’re promoting on specific posts? Would other offers perform better?Suggested Testing Methodology: A/B test variations in CTA copy, design, and offer type on individual posts. If you have a tool (like HubSpot’s Calls-to-Action App) that offers A/B testing functionality, this is even easier and more scientific. (Learn how to run an A/B test here.)11) Text-Based, In-Line CTAsCan you increase conversions by including text-based, in-line CTAs within the copy of your blog articles, like the one you see pictured below? How does the placement of these text-based CTAs impact performance (i.e. are people more likely to click them if they’re placed earlier or later in the post)? Does more direct copy work better than something subtler? Suggested Testing Methodology: Add in-line CTAs to a sampling of older posts that still generate traffic (likely from search). Let them collect data for a week or two, and then calculate those posts’ visit-to-lead conversion rates. Compare those conversion rates to the conversion rates of the posts prior to adding the slide-in CTA. HubSpot customers can also create these in-line CTAs using the Calls-to-Action App (check out this post to learn how — see section on “Magic Copy”) and reference the data collected in that app.What other tests can you run to improve the optimization of your blog? Share them in the comments below! Conversion Rate Optimization Topics: Originally published Sep 26, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated October 30 2019 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: E-Commerce Websites For ecommerce retailers, website security is the cornerstone of a successful online business. Why? It’s simple: people only want to give their money and their business to companies and organizations that they can trust.If a retailer has an insecure website, then, all other marketing and inbound efforts simply won’t bring results. Here, we run through some basic security practices that all ecommerce retailers should employ to make sure that their website is a secure, successful online destination.PCI ComplianceThe PCI Security Standards Council is a global group — whose founding members include American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard and Visa Inc. — formed to develop, enhance and maintain security standards for payment account security.Together, the members of this group came up with a set of security requirements, known as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) that all merchants or organizations that process, store, or transmit credit card information must adhere to. There is good reason for this: these guidelines ensure that all stored credit card data is protected and that sensitive information is secure throughout the transaction process.Many companies meet these guidelines through the use of tokenization:Tokenization is when sensitive information —such as digits in a credit card number —is replaced by non-sensitive information, or tokens, so that it cannot be read. This is an effective means of encrypting data because it’s extremely secure: the tokenized information can only be detokenized to redeem the sensitive data under strict security controls and the storage of tokens and payment card data must comply with PCI standards, including the use of strong cryptography.Staying PCI Compliant and ensuring that all stored credit card data is fully tokenized in this way greatly reduces the risk of this sensitive information being stolen and used. Keeping this data secure is extremely important for all online retailers: if cardholder data is stolen, their credit can be negatively affected and they could lose credibility, money, and even their business.SEE ALSO: Top 5 Considerations for Creating a Successful ecommerce Website SSL CertificateThe SSL Certificate — also mandatory per PCI — also works to ensure that the sensitive information that is sent over the internet is encrypted and secure. When retailers or site visitors send information or data over the internet, it gets passed through multiple computers before reaching its destination server. At any point during this chain, it could get stolen if it is not encrypted with an SSL Certificate.How does the certificate work? It essentially makes all sensitive information —which includes passwords, credit card information, and usernames — unreadable for everyone except the destination server, thereby protecting all communication from eavesdropping and theft.It is particularly valuable for ecommerce retailers not just for security reasons, but also to build trust with site visitors and prospective customers: attaining an SSL certificate essentially verifies an entity’s credentials, certifying that they are who they say they are and that their site is safe to visit.Make sure to watch for changes in requirements – such as the recent change from SHA1 encryption to SHA2 encryption – to make sure your company stays compliant.Use HTTPSHypertext Transfer Protocol with Secure Sockets Layer, or HTTPS, is a protocol to transfer data over the web that should be used instead of HTTP on all pages where data is created. Once again, the issue here is all about encryption. With HTTP, information is not encrypted — instead, it is sent as plain text, which means that anyone can intercept it and read what has been sent.Further, many customers know about this insecurity and tend to avoid ecommerce websites that use HTTP. This means that keeping HTTP could hurt a retailer’s security and their business over time. It’s important to note, though, that HTTPS isn’t necessary on every page of a website. Why? If retailers try to include it everywhere, it will slow their page load speed and likely hurt their business. Instead, HTTPS should just be used on pages that collect and store data so that site visitors customers can feel secure sending their information. That means skip the homepage, about us page, etc. DoS and DDOS protectionDoS and DDOS protection work to guard against denial of service and distributed denial of service attacks.Denial of Service and Distributed denial of service: During both denial-of-service (DoS) and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, attackers attempt to block legitimate users from accessing information or services by flooding a network with requests, thereby overwhelming the bandwidth of the targeted system and preventing legitimate requests from coming through.While both attacks work in the same way, the key difference is that a DoS attacker usually uses a single computer and internet connection, while a DDoS attacker uses multiple connected devices, making the flood of information that much larger harder to deflect.There are many ways to protect from DoS and DDoS attacks. The easiest and most expensive way is to buy more bandwidth. Think about it: during these attacks, they’re trying to flood your space, so if you have a ton of space it will be more difficult for attackers to overwhelm you. However, this is a largely impractical solution -especially for DDoS attacks – since in today’s day and age the attacks are just too large to overcome.However, there are more inexpensive and effective other ways to mitigate attacks. Setting up effective, well-configured firewalls, for example, can prevent this attack traffic from reaching your computer.Use a Firewall As the name suggests, a firewall is a hardware or software system that essentially works as a wall or gateway between two or more networks, permitting authorized traffic and blocking unauthorized or potentially malicious traffic from accessing a network or system. Like an actual wall.It essentially protects what is inside a network from the outside — a.k.a from other networks or from threats on the internet like backdoor and DDoS attacks. Since ecommerce websites have a lot of inbound traffic, they need firewalls to protect themselves against malicious entry.There are many different kinds of firewalls, but two very effective firewalls for online retailers are application gateways and proxy firewalls. Both function as intermediary programs between two or more networks, meaning that incoming traffic has no direct connection or access to a retailer’s network.Application GatewaysWith an application gateway in place, there are two lines of communication: one between your computer and the proxy, then one between the proxy and the destination computer or network. It’s essentially a checkpoint that all network information has to stop at. By serving as this middle point, the application gateways help hide and protect your network from others’, only letting in traffic -or packets -that have been authorized.Proxy FirewallsProxy firewalls are among the most secure. Why? Like the application gateway, the proxy serves as an intermediary connection. However, they take it one step further -instead of your network connection going all the way through, a new network connection is started at the proxy firewall. This means that there is no direct connection between systems at all, which makes it even harder for attackers to discover your network and get in.It is important to note that, for a firewall to be effective, it has to be properly configured. What does this mean? Well, firewalls don’t automatically know which traffic is malicious — they need to be programmed with this information. Make sure, then, that whoever sets up the firewall is properly configuring it so that all of the right information gets through.By staying on top of all these security measures, online retailers can effectively build their customers’ trust and their own company’s reputability, taking the first steps to ensuring that they have a successful, long-lasting online presence. Originally published Apr 19, 2016 1:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017
What is an editorial calendar? Don’t forget to share this post! Content Planning An editorial calendar is a visual workflow that helps a team of content creators schedule their work on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Editorial calendars can help you track content types, promotional channels, authors, and most importantly, publish dates. There’s no such thing as a perfect editorial calendar — it all depends on the needs of your team. Nonetheless, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself to determine what your editorial calendar should look like. These include:How frequently are you publishing content? Do you have stuff going live every day? Once a week? Perhaps multiple times a day? Finding out how often you publish can tell you how best to visualize your editorial calendar on a regular basis.Do you create more than one type of content? If you upload as many videos to YouTube as you publish articles to your company blog, your editorial calendar will need to distinguish between the two.How many people will use this editorial calendar? The best editorial calendars allow multiple people to brainstorm, collaborate, and provide feedback on assignments in real time — directly on the calendar.What are the various stages content goes through before it’s published? How complex is your content pipeline? Is there a substantial review or approval process that each piece of content goes through? Make sure your calendar can distinguish between two similar assignments that are in different stages of creation.What platform will you use to manage this calendar? There’s no such thing as a perfect editorial calendar, but some software is better than others at helping you solve for your team’s goals. Pick a platform that offers the features or interface that your company needs the most. Your free options include Trello, Airtable, Meistertask, and Google Sheets.Editorial Calendar ExamplesTo help you implement an editorial calendar, we’ve also included two real examples from a few of the most successful content teams out there. Check them out below and find out what makes their calendar so useful.Buffer’s Editorial CalendarPlatform: TrelloThis is the actual editorial calendar of Buffer, a social media content scheduling platform. Naturally, the company’s own content is supported by an editorial calendar that describes an assignment’s author, title, publish date, and where it is in the company’s editorial workflow (content can be in the “Ideas” stage, in the “Pipeline,” “In Progress,” or “Editing”).Each rectangular tile shown above represents an individual piece of content — whether it’s a blog post, video, or even a podcast episode.As you might be able to tell, Buffer’s editorial calendar is built on Trello, a common project management tool. And although you can use Trello more than one way, Buffer uses most of its available features so everyone has the information they need within a few clicks — regardless of what they do for the company and how the calendar affects their work.”An editorial calendar should be a resource for your whole team, not just content creators,” says Ash Read, Buffer’s editorial director. “It should be something anyone can easily access to see what’s coming up and also suggest content ideas. Sometimes the best content suggestions will come from people outside of your marketing team.”In the next screenshot, above, you can see what’s inside each rectangular tile. When you click on an assignment, Buffer logs feedback as the content is created and reviewed. Says Ash: “It’s not just a calendar, but a place to share feedback, editing notes, pitches, ideas and more.”Unbounce’s Editorial CalendarPlatform: Google SheetsThis is the editorial calendar of Unbounce, a creator of landing pages and related conversion tools for marketers, as well as a HubSpot integration partner. Unlike Buffer, this company uses Google Sheets to manage their entire content production, and the way they’ve customized the spreadsheet above would be pleasing to the eyes of any content creator.In addition to organizing their projects by month, what you might notice from the screenshot above is that Unbounce also sorts their content by the campaign they’re serving — as per the first two columns on the lefthand side. This allows the business to see what multiple assignments — listed vertically down the third column — have in common, and track content that extends beyond the Unbounce blog.Shown below, the Unbounce blog has a separate editorial calendar in Google Sheets that allows the blog to work alongside the larger company initiatives. Nonetheless, using spreadsheets for both content workflows has proven to be the best choice for the company’s growing operation.”We’re a small content team, so other platforms would likely overcomplicate things,” says Colin Loughran, editor in chief at Unbounce.Ultimately, this editorial calendar keeps Colin’s team in sync. “While we try to lock dates a few weeks in advance,” he explains, “the reality is that sometimes we need to make changes very quickly. A product launch might move into a slot we’d planned for something else, for instance, or a guest contributor will be delayed in delivering a revised draft. When that’s the case, having a centralized resource that everyone can check is a necessary safety blanket.”Editorial Calendar TemplateReady to make your own editorial calendar? No matter which platform you ultimately want to work out of, a spreadsheet can help you take inventory of what content you have and how quickly it moves from start to finish. That’s where our free Blog Editorial Calendar Templates come in.Using the templates linked above, you’ll be able to organize, categorize, and color code to your heart’s content. Use these templates to target the right readers, optimize posts with the best keywords, and pair each topic with a killer call-to-action.In this download, we’ve included three different templates for you to choose from. Why three? We recognize that not all content teams are the same. While some feel most efficient with a centralized editorial calendar solution, others may need the gentle push of an upcoming deadline right on their personal calendar. Therefore, you’ll have access to all three templates in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and Google Calendar.With a little customization, your blog calendar will be running smoothly, leaving you time to be the content-writing, lead-generating machine you strive to be. Topics: Originally published Apr 18, 2019 10:31:00 PM, updated April 19 2019 If you’re anything like me, you’re consistently working out of at least 20 browser tabs, four journals, a yellow legal pad or two, and a myriad of Post-it notes stuck around your computer monitor.To the average overseer, it’s nothing short of chaos. To the blogger, it’s evidence of a (desperate) need for an editorial calendar.Free Download: Marketing Editorial Calendar TemplateMy muddled system transforms dramatically when I work with a team. I realize the need for organization and structure, and this could not be more necessary than with managing a blog. Without a mutually agreed-upon system for planning, writing, and scheduling content every week, you can find yourself in a pile of missed deadlines, unedited blog posts, and a fair amount of team tension.
It was not a difficult task for Baahubali star Prabhas to get into shape for his upcoming film Saaho, says actor’s fitness trainer Laxman Reddy. The actor, who considers fitness treating a stress-buster, trains every day come what may.In an interview with Mid-day, the Baahubali actor’s trainer Laxman Reddy revealed that unlike many actors who find it difficult to lose extra kilos after gaining it for their previous films, losing wait for Prabhas was not that difficult. He said, “For Prabhas, fitness training is a stress-buster. It is something he genuinely enjoys. So, even if he’d wrap up filming at 12 at night, and regardless of how intense his action sequences of the day were, we would still train later.”Talking about the South star’s weight lose routine for Saaho, Reddy said, “Since he had to lose 10 kilos for Saaho, the hour-long cardio sessions would be either swimming, cycling or playing volleyball. Prabhas loves to play the sport, and it’s only a coincidence that I am also a national-level volleyball player. So, we play together.”Reddy has been working with Prabhas for seven years and says that the actor finds his way out to follow his work-out routine even if he is filming abroad. He said, “We’d carry dumbbells, weights and resistance bands. If we didn’t find a gym, we’d train in rooms. With a pair of dumbbells, you can pull off a large number of variations. Without accessories, we would execute about 100 free squats and walking lunges over hour-long training sessions.”advertisementTalking about Prabhas’s diet plan for Saaho, the trainer said that he had put the actor on a seven meal diet, comprising both, high proportions of carbohydrates and protein, to up his calorie intake. He said, “He had generous portions of rice, bread, egg whites and chicken, and a lot of fats like nuts, as well.”The star trainer also revealed Prabhas’s fitness regime for Baahubali series. He said, “For Baahubali, we took to old-school methods, targeting one body part, like chest, arms or legs every day. Weights would be heavy to enable us to create that bulk. There was a point when he was lifting as much as body builders do.”Prabhas’s Saaho is scheduled to release on August 30. Directed by Sujeeth, the film also stars Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jackie Shroff, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Pandey and Mahesh Manjrekar in pivotal roles. The film will be released in four Indian language- Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malyalam.ALSO READ | Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor have a blast at Saaho event in Hyderabad. See picsALSO READ | Saaho makers to spend Rs 2.5 crore on pre-release event for Prabhas filmALSO WATCH | Baahubali 2: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati talk about the ultimate face-off
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Thursday wrote to United World Wrestling (UWW) following the defeat of Bajrang Punia in a World Wrestling Championships semi-final clash against Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov.”We sent only a request to review the bout and in a reply, Friday morning the chairman of Officiation Commission realised that some decisions were incorrect and assured that special attention will be given to Indian bouts,” a WFI source told ANI.Punia secured a spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after an impressive 8-1 win over North Korea’s Jong Son in a quarter-final march in the championships in Kazakhastan on Thursday.Following that, the world number one wrestler had entered the semi-finals of the tournament in the 65-kg category. Both were locked at 9-9 at the end of the bout and Niyazbekov was declared a winner by the umpires.This decision was criticised by 2012 Olympics bronze medalist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt.Dutt took to Twitter and wrote in Hindi: “Anyone can differentiate between right or wrong after watching the semi-final between Bajrang and Niyazbekov. Then why the umpire could not see? Such carelessness in a big tournament…Everyone saw that Kazakhstan was playing in a very wrong way.Also Read | Yogeshwar Dutt slams umpiring post Bajrang Punia’s controversial lossAlso see:
Have you been a victim of your friend not walking away after getting out in a street cricket session? How hard was it for you and friends to convince that one person who never believed he was out?Well, if you’re one of them, don’t miss the latest video on MS Dhoni’s Instagram page. It seems the legendary India cricketer has also been on the recieving end. In the video, MS Dhoni’s childhood friend can be seen getting out bowled but he refuses to walk away from the middle.Dhoni’s friend can be seen arguing with his mates during a game of street cricket. “Trail ball”, “umpire’s decision is final” are some the lingos that can be heard in the video.”Wen U know what’s coming and start the camera and u get it in the nxt 1min, sorry for the bad light but it’s the lingo that’s fun trial ball, umpires decision last decision.brings back memory from school days.he wd have never accepted this ever happened if v didn’t have this video.all of us have witnessed this at some point of time in cricket.enjoy (sic),” MS Dhoni wrote as caption.MS Dhoni, known for his street-smart approach, started his cricketing journey from the streets of Ranchi to the highest level in world cricket. The 38-year-old is still among the highly-rated wicketkeeper-batsmen going around.MS Dhoni though has not played international cricket since the 2019 World Cup in England. Dhoni made himself unavailable for the limited-overs series in West Indies. Dhoni, who retired from Tests as early as 2014, was not picked for the recently-concluded 3-match T20I series against South Africa.As it turns out, MS Dhoni will reportedly be unavailable for selection till November 2019. The extension of the break means that he will miss out on the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the home T20I series against Bangladesh as well.This means that Dhoni would be available to play for India only in December when the West Indies tour the country for three T20Is and as many ODIs. The series is scheduled to start on December 6.Also Read | MS Dhoni unavailable for selection until NovemberAlso Read | MS Dhoni should go without being pushed out: Sunil Gavaskar to India TodayAlso See: