The Man City youngster with Paul Pogba as his mentor

first_imgManchester City’s youth teams have continued to have their ups and downs since the start of October, with defeats common but hope coming in the form of a rousing UEFA Youth League win that keeps the Under-19s alive in the tournament following a poor start.That 4-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at the ‘Mini-had’ came after City snatched a last-minute equaliser in Ukraine to keep their faint hopes alive.Other than that, results have generally been poor, with City’s EDS side sixth in the Premier League 2 table and seventh in the U18s standings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Yet development is the aim of the game at that age and November was a particularly good month for Taylor Richards, who kick-started the Shakhtar victory to announce his return to regular football following a knee injury that hampered his progress last season.Taylor RichardsTaylor Richards Manchester CityRichards missed most of the 2017-18 season with that knee injury but at just 17 years old he has already become a regular for City’s Under-23s.And the right-sided attacking midfielder, signed from Fulham in 2015, has been able to count on Paul Pogba as a mentor.Though it has been a difficult season for City so far, Richards played a crucial role in what is probably the academy’s stand-out result of the campaign. A last-gasp draw against Shakthar in October kept Paul Harsley’s team alive in the competition, albeit only just, and when they went a goal down in the return fixture back in Manchester it appeared that the club’s Youth League campaign, of which so much was hoped at the start of the season, was heading for the rocks.But two goals from Richards, one a fine curling effort, inside the first 20 minutes of the second half turned the game on its head, with City going on to win 4-1 with further goals from regular scorers Benjamin Garre and Lorenzo Gonzalez.City are still three points behind Lyon and six behind Hoffenheim with two games to play, but Richards, speaking to the City website after his decisive display, believes all is not yet lost.“Qualification is still on,” he said. “It’s a tough task but never say never. We are all going to work hard after the international break and get back into training and keep pushing on.”Richards may well have benefitted from a word of advice from Pogba. The two have been friends since they were introduced when the France midfielder was at Juventus, and they are in regular contact to this day.”Paul’s like my big brother up here,” he said recently. “He always helps me. He gives me advice on what to do and if I have a rubbish game then he tells me.”He has [been to watch me and] tells me if I need to run more but that’s just Paul.”I feel like when I’m with him he gives me inspiration to go to the top and to be the best player I can be because I don’t want to leave anything behind. I just want to be at the top and he shows it’s there for you if you want to get it.”When he was at Juventus he came down and I met him and since then we’ve always been close. Sometimes I go over to his house for dinner.”It would be unfair right now to expect the youngster to replicate the kind of first-team exploits displayed by either Phil Foden at City or Jadon Sancho, who left the Blues for Dortmund.There had also been questions about his attitude at times, but after returning to fitness and now form, Richards admits he had been “lazy” in the past but is aiming to put that behind him.”It was a slow start to be honest — not playing and not being the Taylor I was before,” he said. “It was my first real injury. It was quite hard to take but with other people doing well you feel like you could push on yourself a bit.”But it happens in the game. My family was there for me and my teammates and now I’m here on the pitch and I’m just trying to push on.”Now I just don’t want to leave anything on the pitch. I run until I feel like I can’t run anymore and that’s what I’ve added to my game. Last time I wasn’t really running but now I feel like I work much harder than I did before.”To be honest I was a bit lazy. Now I feel like, since the injury, it wasn’t a good place where I was. Now I just don’t want to leave anything on the pitch, I want to go for it.”Other academy talking points Alongside Richards, Benjamin Garre, Felix Nmecha, Rabbi Matondo and Lorenzo Gonzalez have all scored twice for the EDS or U19s since the start of October. Matondo’s strike against Tranmere also sent the U21s through to the Checkatrade Trophy round of 32. Matondo, 18, was rewarded for his fine form when he was given his first senior Wales cap on Tuesday. The EDS shipped five against Hoffenheim and four against Chelsea in October but have rallied with wins against Tranmere, Blackburn and Shakhtar since. Things have not been much better for the U18s, who drew one and lost two of their three most recent games, with former City academy prospect Bobby Duncan sealing a last-minute victory for Liverpool. D’Margio Wright-Phillips, son of City hero Shaun, provided another assist for Cole Palmer in the U18s’ draw with Blackburn. Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Jayden Braaf were on target as City’s U18s lost 3-2 to West Ham in the U18s Premier League Cup.Premier League 2 resultsMan City 1-4 Chelsea Everton 1-0 ChelseaMan City 3-0 BlackburnUEFA Youth League resultsHoffenheim 5-2 Man CityShakhtar 1-1 Man CityMan City 4-1 ShakhtarU18 Premier League resultsLiverpool 1-0 Man CityBlackburn 1-1 Man City All results since start of October Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

GST: Honda, Ford, TVS, Suzuki Motorcycle slash prices of select models in India

first_imgPassing on to customers the benefits under the new GST regime, automakers on Monday announced price cuts ranging from Rs 350 in case of two-wheelers to Rs 3 lakh on Ford’s SUV Endeavour.Honda Cars India, Ford as well as two-wheeler makers TVS Motor Company, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India and Suzuki Motorcycle — all announced rate cuts arising out of the introduction of Goods and Services Tax from July 1.With the overall tax incidence on many of its car models coming down under GST, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) cut prices by up to Rs 1.31 lakh with immediate effect to pass on the benefit to consumers.The company reduced price of its hatchback Brio by up to Rs 12,279 and that of compact sedan Amaze by up to Rs 14,825.  2017 Hyundai Xcent   Besides, it has slashed price of premium hatchback Jazz by up to Rs 10,031 and that of its recently launched model WR-V by up to Rs 10,064.Likewise, price of mid-sized sedan City has been reduced in the range of Rs 16,510 and Rs 28,005. The company’s SUV BR-V prices will come down by up to Rs 30,387.Its premium SUV CR-V has also seen a price drop of up to Rs 1,31,663. The revised prices are for ex-showroom Delhi and will vary from state to state.HCIL, however, is yet to decide on the revised pricing of Accord Hybrid, which is set to become costlier with GST rates on hybrid vehicles going up.TVS Apache RTR 160Ford India has also reduced vehicle prices by up to 4.5 per cent with immediate effect. While the reduction in prices will vary from state to state, the highest cut will be in Mumbai with the company’s flagship SUV Endeavour becoming cheaper by up to Rs 3 lakh.advertisementIn Mumbai, the prices will go down in the range of Rs 28,000 on Figo to Rs 3 lakh on Endeavour.”We will pass on the benefits in the range of up to 4.5 per cent across the range,” a Ford India spokesperson told PTI.In Delhi, price of hatchback Figo has been cut by Rs 2,000 and that of compact SUV Ecosport by up to Rs 8,000. Price of premium SUV Endeavour has been reduced by up to Rs 1.5 lakh.Ford India sells a range of vehicles starting from hatchback Figo to premium SUV Endeavour, that were priced between Rs 4.75 lakh to Rs 31.5 lakh (ex-showroom).     Ford AspireThe company, however, did not share details about the revised pricing of its iconic sports car Mustang. It is expected to go up.In the two-wheeler segment, TVS Motor Company has reduced prices of its models by up to Rs 4,150.”The price reduction is in the range of Rs 350 to Rs 1,500 in the commuter segment. In the premium segment products, the prices are reduced up to Rs 4,150 depending on each state,” TVS Motor Company said in a statement.      Another two-wheeler maker Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) said it has slashed prices of its products by up to Rs 5,500 depending on model and state.      The reduced prices effective from July 1, HMSI Senior Vice-President, sales and marketing, Yadvinder Singh Guleria said.Suzuki Motorcycle India and Yamaha have also reduced prices passing on GST benefit to customers.Suzuki GixxerMarket leader Hero MotoCorp has also cut prices by up to Rs 1,800 banking on the GST launch.Various automakers such as Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have already reduced prices post GST implementation.ALSO READ:GST: Honda cuts vehicle prices by up to Rs 1.31 lakh in IndiaALSO READ:GST: Ford slash prices of Figo, EcoSport, Endeavour in India by up to Rs 1.5 lakhALSO READ:Toyota slashes prices of Fortuner, Innova Crysta and Corolla Altis post GSTlast_img read more

Aamby Valley auction process starts at Rs 37k cr reserve price

first_img(Eds: Updating with Sahara groups reaction)Mumbai, Aug 14 (PTI) A Supreme Court ordered auction process began today for embattled Sahara groups luxurious Aamby Valley resort town with the official liquidator inviting bids at a reserve price of Rs 37,392 crore.Sahara, which pegs the projects market valuation at over Rs 1 lakh crore, said the liquidator has initiated only first two steps of the auction by issuing advertisement for interested bidders and verifying their KYC (Know Your Clients) and the sale would be withdrawn if Rs 1,500 crore is deposited before the next date of hearing in the Supreme Court.The property, described by the liquidator as an “ultra- exclusive chartered city”, includes timber chalets, modern villas, golf course, hospital, school and airport, among other amenities.The official liquidator of the Bombay High Court published an auction notice today inviting prospective bidders for the integrated hill city township spread over 6,761.6 acres near Lonavala in Pune district, as also two land parcels measuring over 1,700 acres.The auction process has been initiated even as a Mauritius-based investor, Royale Partners Investment Fund, last week said it has offered to invest USD 1.67 billion (over Rs 10,700 crore) in the Aamby Valley project.Reacting to the publication of notice, Saharas advocate Gautam Awasthi said in a statement there are several steps before the auction takes place.Referring to the Supreme Courts direction last week, he said it allowed official Liquidator to execute initial two steps of auction process of Aamby Valley.”The first step is to issue an advertisement for seeking an invitation of the interested parties and the second step is of verifying the KYC of the interested parties. Beyond these, the Supreme Court has not directed any steps till the date of next hearing,” he said.advertisementAwasthi said Sahara had moved an application before the Supreme Court seeking permission for entering into an agreement with Viktor Koenig UK Limited with the nominee Royale Partners Investment Fund Ltd for inviting an investment of USD 1.67 billion into its Aamby Valley project.Stating that the court has permitted Sahara to enter into negotiation with this investor and deposit deposit Rs 1,500 crore before the next hearing, he said, “The Supreme Court has also said that if Rs 1,500 crore stand deposited before the next date, then the auction process will be withdrawn”.In reply to an emailed query by PTI, RPMG Investment, which owns this fund, had also confirmed the proposed funding.Last week, the Supreme Court had said the auction process can start on August 14, as scheduled, after the group requested for the auction to be postponed till September 16 to enable Sahara group chief Subrata Roy arrange the money.The official liquidator said in the auction notice that the prospective bidders need to submit their KYC forms and on qualification they will have to submit bids along with 15 per cent of the reserve price as earnest money.The properties on auction include an integrated hill city township spread over 6,761.642 acres in the great Sahayadri mountain range, 1,409.865 acres of land surrounding Aamby Valley City Development and land measuring 321.656 acres within the Satara district.The liquidator said the properties are being sold under two distinct phases over a period of two days, as an alternate to each other, “given the quantum of the properties to be sold”.About the resort town, the liquidator said: “The ultra- exclusive chartered city has residential options ranging from the Timber Chalets to fabulously modern and customised villas in distinct architectural styles and several amenities such as golf course, airport, hospital, adventure sports, retail, entertainment, international school and hospitality”.It also said the properties being auctioned will be sold /leased along with all subsisting licences, consents, permissions, registrations, approvals, grants and pending applications (as applicable) as per the Supreme Court order of July 25, 2017.Sahara lawyers had told the court that hotels in New York have been sold and soon money would be coming into the Sahara account after which Rs 1,500 crore would be deposited into the Sebi-Sahara refund account by September 7, as directed by the court.Sahara has been engaged in a long-running battle with the capital market regulator Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India).The apex court had on July 25 asked the Sahara chief to deposit Rs 1,500 crore in the Sebi-Sahara account by September 7 and said that it might then deliberate upon his plea seeking 18 months more time for making complete repayment. PTI BJ BALlast_img read more

Does Copycat Investing Really Work?

first_imgOne of the biggest tests for investors — and, for savvy investors, one of the biggest opportunities — is how they behave when the market gets rocky. There are essentially two things every investor can do when the market suffers a… Full Story,There are a number of reasons why it might be tempting to cash out your hard-earned 401k savings before retirement. From hefty car or home repairs to emergency medical expenses, sometimes unexpected circumstances cause us to seek out extra cash…. Full Story,2018 was a roller coaster for the stock market. If you’re an investor, you were probably impacted more than once – for better or worse. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), Nasdaq Composite, and S&P 500 each hit new all-time… Full Story,You’re bound to make a few rookie errors when trying out anything for the first time, whether it’s making homemade greek yogurt, growing heirloom tomatoes, or learning to drive. After all, learning is a process, and trial and error is… Full Story,It’s easy to think of investments as existing in a vacuum. You contribute money, wait a certain amount of time and watch your portfolio grow. Where that money goes – and how it grows – are questions most people would… Full Story,Out of the main pillars of financial wellness—earn, save, spend, invest, and protect—investing can oftentimes feel like the scary, unknown thing lurking in the closet. Being frugal, creating a spending plan, and buying insurance seem to operate within the warm,… Full Story,Getting ahead financially is a game of inches. It’s about finding every trick, tip, and loophole you can find to maximize the growth potential of your money. There’s no topic where the phrase “work smarter, not harder” is more relevant…. Full Story,When you make a mistake in daily life, you usually have the opportunity to immediately make things right. If you spill soda on the floor, you can mop it up. If you burn the chicken you’re roasting for dinner, you… Full Story,One of the precious, oh-so-sweet things you give up when you go freelance is an employer-sponsored 401(k)—along with any matching contributions. But on the flipside, freelancers have quite a few options when it comes to saving for a retirement nest… Full Story,As the VP of Investments at a fintech company, it’s my job to pay close attention to the ever-changing trends and progress within the world of money. Working at Fundrise also means I’m directly involved with the development of the… Full Storylast_img read more

Oscar, Emmy, or Grammy: Which Award Pays the Most at a Pawn Shop?

first_imgAward season is upon us, which means our TVs will soon be dominated by rich and beautiful people, expensive gowns and tuxedos, shiny golden statues, and incredibly impatient orchestras that just want the beautiful people to shut up and get off the stage.For most of these celebrities, receiving an award is an incredible honor, the culmination of all their hard work over the past year.Occasionally though, the award simply becomes one more thing for somebody to hawk.Whether it be through a pawn shop, private sale, or eBay, it’s not unheard of for an entertainment award to be put on sale.While most academies have very strict rules against selling an award, and will invoke right of ownership should they discover a sale, they do happen occasionally.So, if you’re on the market for an iconic trophy that you didn’t earn, here are some prices to keep in mind:OscarThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are very serious about their Oscars not ending up on some pawnbroker’s shelf.Every actor who wins one has to sign an agreement saying that if they want to sell their Oscar, they first have to offer it to the Academy for $1.This is a perfect deal for the starving celebrity who just wants to buy fill their tummy with most of a candy bar.This rule only applies to Oscars awarded after 1950, as well as Oscars awarded before that date to people who also won an Oscar AFTER 1950.That’s fairly confusing, but unless you won an Oscar before 1950, you probably don’t have to think too much about it.Just know that, because of this, a 1939 Oscar was sold for $1.5 million, and there was nothing the Academy could do about it.So who could afford to pay that much? Michael Jackson, that’s who.The King of Pop paid Sotheby’s, the famed auction company, all that money for the 1939 Best Picture Oscar, originally awarded to Gone with the Wind.But don’t fret if you don’t have $1.5 million — many pawned Oscars, particularly the illegal post-1950 ones, can be yours for the low, low price of $60,000.GrammyDespite less-strict rules against pawning a Grammy than an Oscar, very few Grammys have actually left the winner’s mantles, making the world’s inventory of black market Grammys shockingly low.There’s one famous example of a pawned Grammy, which played out on TV. Back in 2010, the reality show Pawn Stars featured a man attempting to sell the 1970 Best R&B Recording Grammy, originally awarded to Ronald Dunbar for “Patches.”Despite attempting to get over $6,000 for it, the man ultimately sealed the deal for $2,350.However, Dunbar himself was not amused. Though it was never revealed how the seller got his hands on the Grammy, Dunbar’s immediate attempts to get it back suggest that it wasn’t a Christmas present.Dunbar claimed legal ownership of the Grammy, got a court to forbid the Pawn Star people from re-selling it, and won his prize back. But at least he knows he can get a couple grand for it if ever wants to.EmmyMuch like the Oscars, the Emmys really don’t like when their statues get re-sold.Usually, when one goes on sale, the Committee immediately leaps into legal action and halts the sale, such as when somebody unsuccessfully attempted to hawk Estelle Getty’s 1988 Best Actress Emmy on eBay for $15,000.However, since money screams louder than any human voice, sales do happen, with at least one auction company making a nice living off of them.Auction company Nate D. Sanders has sold off over 20 Emmys, with most of them selling for five digits.The most expensive appears to be a 1954 Station Achievement Award without a winning name engraved on the bottom. This Emmy went for $17,365, though others went for prices as low as $6,000.So if you roll the dice well (and don’t run afoul of the Emmy Committee), you could very well wind up with your own Emmy award.RazzieYes, even the award that recognizes horrible film making can pay well on the street, despite it being nothing but a gold-painted piece of plastic with a street value of $4.89.In 2004, Razzie founder John Wilson put up a Razzie for auction that a popular star had refused.He eventually sold it for $1,375, which more than paid off the room for the following year’s Razzie ceremony.Mary Hiers is a personal finance writer who helps people earn more and spend less.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more

3 Problems with Inbound Marketing

first_img However, Inbound Marketing is hard. Creating content isn’t easy for every business and ROI results varify based on the time commitment and expertise of the individuals within the company. – But seriously, SEO does take time but you can ensure a high ranking by having a lot of quality links, keyword optimization and by genuinely having the best content for that subject. In the long-run, quality will always win over. You need to make sure that your SEO strategy is multi-dimensional and that you aren’t just doing only link building, only keyword optimization or only content creation. – While you can’t really influence your users to create a website or blog and link to you, there are some other niche bloggers who can stumble upon the website and might do concept or product reviews. You can also submit the items for sale on your website to comparison shopping sites (while most would be ‘nofollow’ links, you get the benefit of more distribution!). @dharmesh – Most people are not patient and it is uncertain where you will be ranked when enough time has elapsed for the rankings to readjust on a more secure basis. You could be chasing a carrot on a stick forever without increasing your rank significantly (there is the possibility your ranking will drop too). Another issue is that you might be pursuing a vertical SEO strategy that might not work and you won’t know that for a few weeks or a few months, at which point your competitors will have increased their rankings or will have improved the ‘barrier to entry’ for the top rankings. HubSpot 3 Problems with Inbound Marketing 3 Resolutions to My Problems with Inbound Marketing 2. Good Things Come to Those Who Wait . – Your average shopper does not have a blog nor are they interested in blogging, though in a few niche communities like haute couture and streetwear, many shoppers have their own blogs. Even if your visitors are really engaged with your site and its content, shoppers aren’t going to start a blog just to buzz about their amazing experience with you. For the most part, you have to outbound links through Blogger and Media Relations. Anyone have other resolutions for these Inbound Marketing problems? Originally published Jun 30, 2010 11:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Free Download: Marketing Data: 50+ Marketing Charts and Graphs because he can take it? The following is a guest post by – You still have to allocate time towards inbounding traffic, users and customers. That time has an opportunity cost associated with it, and if you’re more than a bootstrapped startup, you pay salaries which go towards paying for your time, and so the time spent on Inbound Marketing costs money for the company. , the co-founder of Blank Label, an ecommerce startup specializing in 1.  E-commerce Companies Have Trouble Building Inbounding Linkscenter_img Download the ebook now! to have access to these charts for use in your own presentations custom men’s dress shirts 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 Inbound Marketing Danny Wong – Evaluate the customer acquisition cost (including salary) for both the Inbound and the Outbound campaigns – if of course the Inbound campaigns take much more time than the Outbound. Clearly, if they took the same amount of time, the customer acquisition cost from Outbound would be higher since same time and same employees equals the same cost, but Outbound has the added cost of the campaign budget itself. Hunterrrr Photo Credit: 1. Influencers Matter HubSpot has compiled over 50 original marketing charts and graphs on topics including Lead Generation, Blogging and Social Media, Marketing Budgets, Twitter and Facebook 3. Inbound Marketing is Not Entirely Free has made a really compelling point that Inbound Marketing is important, and that it is definitely is something all businesses should practice because the ROI higher than other forms of marketing. 3. Nothing Is Free 2. Search Engine Optimization Takes Time Anyone else have gripes with Inbound Marketing? Perhaps something just to telllast_img read more

Assam baby league to kick off next month

first_imgGuwahati, Oct 9 (PTI) Assam will soon get its first ever structured football league for children in the age group of 6 to 13 years to promote football culture in the state. Sports management company Sportscraft Management and Guwahati City Football Club (GCFC) on Tuesday announced the Greater Guwahati Baby League (GGBL) which will be organised with support from the Assam Football Association (AFA). The league, to kick off from next month, will be organised under the rules and regulations of AIFF’s Baby League project, Sportscraft and GCFC’s co-founder Darick Ranjan Deka told a press conference. The GGBL has already got the green signal from the AIFF, he said. The 6 to 13-year-old children will be divided into four age categories (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13) and they will play every weekend, Deka said. “The objective is to bring these children to the field regularly, create football culture, give these young footballers experience of professional football, give them enough competitive time every season and bring out the best when they reach the age of 13 as this is the age when kids become ready to be professional footballers,” Deka said. “We want to provide those seven crucial years to our children which is often missed out because of lack of such youth leagues,” Deka added. Schools, clubs, societies, companies, individuals of greater Guwahati area can participate in the league by forming teams of the given age categories under rules and regulations laid down by AIFF. Baby League is a player development initiative by the AIFF, ratified by its Executive Committee in March last year. PTI DG NN PDSPDSadvertisementlast_img read more

How to Run a Twitter Campaign the Right Way (#JayZSyncShow)

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 Originally published Mar 14, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Twitter Marketing Examples You’ve probably heard about SXSW, currently in full swing in Austin, TX. But did you hear about Jay-Z’s South by Southwest Amex Sync Show? It was an interactive, 90-minute event hosted Monday night that was broadcast live in Austin, live on YouTube, on the Vevo mobile and tablet platform, and now on-demand until March 19th on Xbox Live and the American Express Twitter account and YouTube channel.The event was free to attend in Austin for American Express cardholders, and fans who couldn’t attend in person and wanted to interact were invited to tweet song requests to Jay-Z using the hashtag #JayZSyncShow.So what was all this hoopla for? And who cares?About the #JayZSyncShow CampaignIt was a campaign to promote the new American Express and Twitter relationship that lets you “sync” (it’s all coming together now, right?) your Amex card and Twitter account, tweet special hashtags, and then redeem couponless offers from the participating companies. This Jay-Z concert was the official launch of the cardholder’s program, and one of the 25,000 tickets to the show was offered to every cardholder, for free, who synced their Amex card and Twitter account.Okay, I still haven’t answered the second question — who cares? Aside from what a great idea the Twitter and Amex couponless offer relationship is, marketers should care because this is an example of not just one brand, but many brands coming together and actually executing a large scale Twitter campaign correctly. Whether you’ve tried one yourself in the past or have just seen other brands fall flat, you probably know that’s not so easy to do. If you’re a marketer looking for new ways to use Twitter other than posting new content, then this case study is the place to look for inspiration. Let’s break down exactly why this Twitter campaign was successful, and the best practices marketers should extract from it to transfer to their own.How to Run a Successful Twitter CampaignDon’t talk about yourself directly.Okay, calling this a Jay-Z campaign is a little misleading…but it’s one of the reasons the campaign was so effective. This campaign isn’t actually about Jay-Z at all. It’s about American Express and the brands participating in its new program. But Amex understood that no one really cares about yet another credit card discount program. After all, how unsexy is that?So hey, all you “unsexy” industries out there (I work at a SaaS company, so I know a thing or two about the subject): this is proof that social media campaigns can work for you, too. The trick is, you can’t talk directly about yourself. In fact, no matter how sexy your industry is, it’s probably wise not to talk about yourself too directly when launching a Twitter campaign (more about that in the next section). Using a hashtag or campaign name that highlighed American Express is unremarkable. Free tickets to a Jay-Z concert and the ability to request the next song he performs? That’s way more interesting, and it spreads like wildfire.Don’t let negativity be an option.Lots of brands have suffered the wrath of negative Twitter backlash on what was supposed to be a positive campaign. Remember the McDonald’s campaign in February, better known as the #McDStories fiasco? Twitter users were asked to share fun stories about their experiences at McDonald’s. Maybe hindsight is 20/20, but how could they not have envisioned a barrage of tweets like this one?I’d pet a million stray pit bulls before I’d eat a single pink-slimy McBite. #McDStories— Laura Goldman (@lauragoldman) February 4, 2012The sentiment behind #McDStories was positive, but it was so vague and too closely associated with the brand to prevent the PR nightmare. In short…it was too easy to make fun of them, and poking fun is something tweeters love to do.But it’s pretty hard to be negative — or even emotional — about the Amex campaign’s hashtag, #JayZSyncShow. The only allusion to American Express is the word ‘Sync,’ but tweeters would only know this association if they’d already gotten engaged in the campaign and realized it supported the syncing of Twitter accounts and American Express cards. Plus, it’s hard to be negative about a very helpful campaign — helping consumers get discounts for popular companies like Best Buy,, and Whole Foods Market in a fast, paper-free way.This campaign was able to find something that brings people together — music — as the focus of the campaign instead of something polarizing — credit card companies — that could cause a PR backlash and hashtag hijacking.Give people a reason to participate.Access to the content of your campaign should be simple but still provide value for your business. American Express had a compelling enough offer — simply sync your Twitter account with your credit card, and get a free ticket to a Jay-Z concert. And for remote viewers, all they had to do was give the hashtag some visibility, and in return they got to request a song from Jay-Z. These are both pretty low barriers to entry, but provide appropriate value for all parties.Launch at the right time, at the right place, to the right people.Finding the right audience to get your campaign off the ground is crucial. American Express launched the promotion at SXSW on Twitter — a congregation of a highly engaged audience of influencers who are Twitter power users. Just take a look at this graph from Topsy that shows the huge spike in mentions of the hashtag #JayZSyncShow.This SXSW group alone would not have made the campaign as successful as it was, but their discussion of and excitement over the campaign is what spread it to the rest of the country who was not in Austin, TX, causing the spike in hashtag mentions you see represented in the Topsy graph.The timing of the launch is also crucial to the event’s success — timing it for the evening ensures people are at home, able to watch the live stream of the concert, actively tweet song requests to get the hashtag more mentions, and wait to see if their request is performed — Jay-Z songs actually showed up in the Top 10 Trending Topics on Twitter many times as a result. This timing provided for optimum engagement with the campaign nationwide, not just at SXSW.Make sure there’s something in it for everyone.Not only did remote and live viewers get something — entertainment and, for some of them, access to coupons — the brands participating in the campaign received coverage that incentivized them to leverage their large social networks to bolster the campaign’s success. Jay-Z ended up in the trending topics. American Express synced thousands upon thousands of cardholders’ Twitter accounts to their credit card. The brands partnering with American Express to offer coupons to synced Amex cardholders received press and will soon receive countless sales from members redeeming their paperless coupons. Making your campaign beneficial for all gives each participating party a vested interest in the success of the campaign, which means you have more people working actively toward a common goal.Even Twitter and American Express get something out of the deal, other than the publicity, of course. Amex has successfully launched a customer loyalty program that gives customers something truly useful for their everyday lives — coupons for groceries, not airline miles many will never redeem. And Twitter offers their users one more reason to return to its platform on a regular basis, not to mention they will likely reawaken some inactive users, and generate brand new ones.Distribute campaign content far and wide.Like all of your best content, it should be easy for people to consume. The content of this campaign — both in real time and afterwards — was so easily accessible. To recap, you could watch this concert live in Austin, live on YouTube, and on the Vevo mobile and tablet platform while the performance was occurring. Or, if you missed it, you have until March 19th to watch on Xbox Live, on the American Express Twitter account, or on its YouTube channel. By making it available even after the fact, Amex is giving people the opportunity to learn more about the campaign and keep the buzz going.Have you used Twitter to run a marketing campaign? Share what you learned — good and bad — with us in the comments!Image credit: simonwheatleylast_img read more

How to Create a Pinterest Board for Halloween

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 Originally published Oct 28, 2013 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Pinterest Marketingcenter_img Guess what, guys … it’s October 28. I know, today’s date isn’t all that surprising, but it means that Halloween is on Thursday. I don’t know about you, but realizing that kinda freaked me out. For all of us who haven’t planned our costumes (cough, me, cough), you have less than a week to get one. For all of us who haven’t bought Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters (cough, me, cough), yeah, we gotta get on that. And for all of us who haven’t planned marketing activities around Halloween, we definitely need to get on that. If you’re a B2B brand, you may be asking “How could doing Halloween marketing help me reach my goals?” It’s simple: taking advantage of Halloween is just like newsjacking a story in your industry … but it has a wider appeal.In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, nearly one in 10 people in America (9.3%) will scour the visually appealing Pinterest for costume ideas, up from 7.1% last year. So, with such a huge audience interested and engaged with Halloween on Pinterest, there’s a huge — and easy — opportunity for you to plan some last-minute marketing activities for Halloween on the platform.Bonus: You won’t have to drop everything you have going on or inject any budget into the campaign — we’ve got all the resources you’ll need to build your board and we’ll walk you through how to do it in the post below. So read on to get the lowdown and then start whipping up your Pinterest campaign. The Resources You Need to Build the Perfect Halloween Pinterest Board Because we really love being meta (hey, that could be a cool costume, right?) we decided to put together a Pinterest board with allll the resources you need for Halloween Pinterest boards. Here you go! How to Put Your Halloween Board TogetherNeed help putting together your Halloween Pinterest board? All you have to do is follow the steps below.1) Pick your board topic — DIY-esque themes can work for any brand. You don’t have to be a B2C brand to rock Pinterest. The good news is that Pinterest users love DIY content … which is likely what you’re providing in your inbound marketing.For example, if you’re a finance company, chances are you’re writing about how to put a budget together on your blog. So, why not take it to the next level and create a Pinterest board about it? You could pin a free online calculator, your free budget template on your website, and some people to follow on Twitter for budgeting tips — but give it a Halloween twist.Okay, you want a real life example of how this works? Our friends over at AmeriFirst created an awesome Halloween-themed board called Zombie Home Buyers. Yep, a home mortgage company embraced Halloween and taught its Pinterest followers something new. Moral of the story here: Get creative! There are lots of ways you can incorporate Halloween into your Pinterest board — so whether you decide to compile a list of supplies for Halloween office parties or make a Ghoul’s Guide to Gardening Supplies, it’s up to you.2) Wrangle your content.Okay, you’ve got your board idea. Now, you’ve got to figure out what content you should be pinning. Just your own company’s blog posts and marketing offers? Influencer posts? Content from your community? Random images and articles?You should have a mixture of all of the above, but how much content from each category depends on your goals.If you’re trying to get leads from this Halloween board, for instance, you should have more lead gen content. If you’re trying to strengthen ties with influencers, try pinning more of their content. Want to engage your community? Repin more of their content. And if you want to get more followers, random images and articles that are relevant to your board topic are the way to go. Figure out your mix, find all the links you want to pin, and organize them in some way. I’d recommend an Excel or Google spreadsheet — that way, you can get a good understanding of the content source balance you’re trying to achieve. 3) Get or create the right imagery.You’ve got your theme, your links … now you want to make sure your images are top-notch. You can’t always rely on the link you’re pinning to pull in the right image — maybe the link isn’t written specifically for Halloween, so it doesn’t have great images, or maybe it just doesn’t have great images at all. Since images are the crux of your Pinterest board, you need to make sure every image is awesome. But how do you do that if you don’t have budget to buy high quality photos or design time? You just gotta know which resources to use. There are lots of helpful resources, tutorials, and free tools to help you create or find images. Here are a handful that we offer:The Marketer’s Crash Course in Visual Content Creation: Get some really helpful tips on design with this helpful crash course.Halloween Stock Photos: As a part of our holiday stock photo collection, we have a bunch of Halloween-specific photos that will set the mood for any pin you want to create. We also have a bunch of general or business-themed stock photos in case you want to use those, too.135 Free Icons: Get your graphic design on with these great icons. Use them in your favorite design program or simply copy and paste them into PowerPoint to create original graphics for your Pinterest followers.Create Five Fabulous Infographics in PowerPoint: Want to go above and beyond and create an infographic for Halloween? Download this template and follow the steps in this blog post to quickly create an infographic your followers will love.Make Your Board Halloween Colors: Want to change up images and graphics you have to be Halloween colors? Here’s how you do it in PowerPoint.4) Brand original content with watermarks.If you’re creating any graphics for Pinterest, don’t forget to brand it with your logo or website URL as watermark. The tough truth is that images regularly get stolen from Pinterest — so, if you want to defend your content, be sure to watermark it. It’s super simple to do: Just add text or logo at the bottom of your image. (If you want to get especially Halloween-y, you can use black and orange for font colors!)With a watermark, wherever your graphics travel outside of your Pinterest board, people will know your brand created it — which could be direct traffic and leads down the road for you, too. 5) Add a shortened URL with UTM parameters to your pin description. Editor’s note: Since publishing this post, Pinterest has allowed UTM tracking codes to be included on pins. If you need a refresher on UTM codes, click here.Alright, you’re all done fighting back prematurely against Halloween content thieves. What next? Go ahead and post already, right?Nope, you’ve gotta do one more thing before pinning. If you want to track the success of this Halloween marketing campaign (and prove to your boss that you should do something even better next year), you should include a URL in each pin’s description — that way, you can actually track clicks. And, if you include links back to your website, you should add UTM parameters as well to track this campaign’s success.  To be clear, URL you add in a description is different than the URL you add to the pin — the URL in the description is in the text below each pin. The reason you want to include a shortened URL in the description of the pin is because the URL attached to the pin won’t allow you to use shorted URLs or UTM parameters.While not everyone will be clicking on the link in the description, that extra link gives you a chance to collect more specific information from your Halloween Pinterest campaign.6) Add relevant Halloween keywords to your pin descriptions.You want to make it as easy as possible for people to discover your pins — so add popular, yet relevant, keywords about Halloween to your pins.They don’t necessarily need to be hashtags — though hashtags do help people discover additional content when viewing individual pins. Ones you should start with? #Halloween (obviously). Just be sure to do some Pinterest keyword research before you post so you can attract even more people to your pins through relevant, popular search terms.7) Strategically post your pins.Now, we’re ready to post. And this is where I’m going to get real with you. Lots of people will say that you should be adding one pin every hour on the hour so that you get more exposure in your followers’ newsfeeds. That strategy can work … that is, if you have all the time in the world and no meetings or obligations you need to do during your day.Yeah, exactly — that’s definitely not my life, and I doubt it’s yours either.Because of these time limitations, be realistic and strategic about your Halloween campaign. Think about your end goal before you start posting. Are you going to syndicate or embed this board elsewhere? Well then, just do it all at once since the board is the focus of your campaign, not individual pins. If you’re not going to embed this board elsewhere, block off three chunks of time throughout the day to post: once in the morning, once before lunch, and once in your mid-afternoon break. You could even set a calendar invite so you can be reminded to do it. Because you have planned out all the content already, it probably won’t take too long.The reason you want to spread out how often you’d post if you’re not syndicating it elsewhere? Individual pins are how you want your followers to discover your content. Make sense?Of course, it should be said that there are paid tools out there that can schedule pins for you: Curalate and Viraltag are two of the top options out there. It’s up to you whether you want to spend money on a one-off Halloween Pinterest board, but keep in mind there are definitely other (free) ways to make it all work. 8) Brag about your success to your boss … through data.So you put your board up and watched the followers, website traffic, and leads pour in through your closed-loop analytics? Awesome! Make sure your boss know how awesome you and your campaign are — objectively, of course. Compile a little campaign report that documents the key metrics and successes from the campaign. Be sure to talk about your overall growth numbers (followers, repins, comments, traffic to your website, and leads), but also consider including standout individual pin metrics.For example, let’s say one pin drove an insane number of leads. In this case, you’ll probably want to show your boss and explain why you think that pin performed well.If you want a simple way to show this campaign and the rest of your monthly metrics to your boss, we have a free downloadable template here. And that’s it! Once you have your campaign metrics in-hand and made your boss proud, you can use those learning for next time. It’s never too early to start planning for next Halloween. :)So go forth an have a pintastic Halloween campaign! If you want to share your boards with us in the comments, we’d love to see them.last_img read more

The Definition of an Inbound Marketing Campaign [In Under 100 Words]

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 Inbound marketing campaigns are concentrated efforts that align all of your marketing channels around a single message and goal.It starts with a marketing offer — something valuable and relevant for your audience that you promote through your marketing channels.Then, you nurture the leads from that offer and move them along your marketing funnel so they can become your customers. And don’t forget to measure and analyze your campaign.And that’s how you run an inbound marketing campaign! Get started with this quick-and-dirty campaigns checklist or a deep dive on how to run inbound marketing campaigns.Now get your campaign underway! Topics: Originally published Jan 11, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Marketing Campaignslast_img read more

A Science-Backed Method for Better Writing: How to Find Your Ideal Time of Day

first_img Time Management 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 Every individual has a unique timeline for work, energy, and creativity. Some work best at the crack of dawn, while others prefer to write into all hours of the night. But if you want to do your best writing, you have to find your best time to do it.Why?Because science says so.To learn why this is true, and how you can figure out an ideal writing time for yourself, keep reading. After reading this article, you should come away with a powerful method for finding the best time of day to write so you can leverage that time and energy to unleash your most creative, insightful, and powerful content.The Surprising Truth About Ultradian RhythmsHave you ever heard of ultradian rhythms?Image Credit: Accurate ExpressionsUltradian rhythms are any biological cycles that recur or repeat throughout a 24-hour circadian day. By definition, ultradian rhythms are longer than an hour, but shorter than a day.The body has all kinds of biological rhythms. The primary biological rhythms are clumped under ultradian, circadian, and infradian. The body’s ultradian rhythms regulate energy, mood, and cognitive function. A whole medley of hormones, metabolic processes, and cardiovascular functions carry out our ultradian rhythms, but the basic takeaway is this: Our bodies operate according to rhythmic biological dictates.You might be wondering what in the world does this have to do with writing?Everything. Here’s why …Most people do their best writing when they have the most mental energy. More energy means more action. When your body is naturally energized, you will experience your mind firing on all cylinders. You process information quickly, you are more creative, and you possess an ability to synthesize your thoughts into writing. You can determine your peak energy phase by being attuned to your ultradian rhythms. As I mentioned, ultradian rhythms typically operate in 90-minute cycles. Thus, your productivity will peak and trough according to 90-minute intervals.This is what Fast Company calls the Waveform of Life. It’s also why they suggest taking a break every 90 minutes.Image Credit: Fast CompanyAt first, scientists thought that sleep was the only ultradian rhythm. “In the 1950s, the researchers William Dement and Nathaniel Kleitman discovered that we sleep in cycles of roughly 90 minutes, moving from light to deep sleep and back out again. They named this pattern the Basic-Rest Activity Cycle or BRAC,” explains productivity expert Tony Shwartz in an article for The New York Times. Then, when they studied it again, they found out that ultradian rhythm is exhibited in waking hours, too.”Working in 90-minute intervals turns out to be a prescription for maximizing productivity,” explains Shwartz in the same article. The reason for this, as we see, is due to the body’s natural ultradian rhythms. Instead of forcing yourself to write at a non-optimal time, you are working with the body to maximize your most energetic mental time of the day.This insight will change the way you work. Check out this breakdown: For 90 minutes, you are in a state of alertness, creativity, mental stamina, and emotional resilience.Then, for a period of 20 minutes, your body needs to cycle down, reenergize, and warm up again.The cycle repeats itself, though your energy will likely wane in every subsequent 90-minute cycle.It is unwise to push yourself to write when your ultradian rhythm is at a trough point. Why? Because it’s simply not productive time. It’s similar to pushing against a rebar-reinforced concrete wall. Your muscles will not be able to topple the wall, because they aren’t strong enough.In much the same way your energy, mind, and creative powers are not in a position to overcome the natural slump in your mental energy levels.Remember this: You will be most effective if you work in 90-minute cycles, in keeping with the body’s natural rhythms and timeline.How to Use Ultradian Rhythms to Determine When You Should WriteSo, you should write when your energy is at its peak, and you shouldn’t push yourself past the average 90-minute ultradian cycle. But when? What time of day?That’s where it gets a bit tricky.Everyone’s rhythm operates on a different timeline. Just like my hair, my complexion, my facial features, my eye color, and my head shape are unique from anyone else’s, so too are my peak and rest periods.Thankfully, we have decades of scientific research and general patterns that can help us narrow down the options of when we should write. As I said, ultradian rhythms operate in about 90-minute cycles, but they don’t each provide the same degree of energy. One ultradian peak might provide us with energy to hike a mountain or to hit the dance floor. Another ultradian peak, however, might give us the cognitive ability to have a long conversation or sit at our desks working on a project.All energy is not equal. That’s why you must identify the specific point in your day when you have mental energy from your ultradian rhythm. Here’s how your ultradian cycles work on average:Image Credit: NuTelsaAccording to the chart above, we have the greatest amount of energy early in the morning, soon after we awake. You’ll notice that these cycles refer to mental energy– in the chart, it is described as wakefulness. While you may have physical energy at those times as well, it’s the mental energy that I’m focusing on.Again, this is not uniform throughout the population. Some people wake up at 4:30 a.m. and their productivity and creativity peak at 6:00 a.m. Some people wake up later, and their productivity peaks at a different time.Lack of sleep and caffeine can also affect the rhythms, but not necessarily in negative ways. Caffeine, for example, might boost the peak of a rhythm or cause it to spark sooner. And lack of sleep can inhibit normal judgment barriers, making us more creative.When it comes to writing, most people write better first thing in the morning — I know that this is true for me. I carve out substantial time each morning to produce content. The content that I write is better, fresher, more creative, and more insightful than the stuff I try to write at night or in the afternoon.How to Narrow Down Your Best Time for WritingNow, let’s get super practical.You need to figure out the perfect time for creating the best content. To help, check out these two tips from TeamGantt’s article, “Best Time of the Day to Work”:Identify what time of the day you possess the greatest amount of energy. Ask yourself this question at five intervals throughout the day: 6 a.m. (or when you wake), 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m., and 9 p.m.Discover what time of day you have the least amount of distractions. Interruptions can destroy creative flow, so make sure you establish a time and place that is totally distraction-free.Ideally, the two times you have identified should match. If they don’t, then you can either find a time when you’re at your next-best level of energy, or, better yet, change your schedule to eliminate the distractions during your peak energy period.Now, during this time, schedule a 90-minute appointment to write. This is your magic hour-and-a-half. You’re going to create content that is creative, powerful, smart, intelligent, and unbeatable.What if you picked the wrong time? Try again.I would encourage you to pick a time and stick with it for a few weeks.Why?Because a second biological phenomenon kicks in — neuroplasticity. The more we repeat an action or behavior, the better we become at it. By writing at the same time each day, you train your brain that it’s time to kick into action. Eventually, your brain will get the idea — to turn on, fire up, and get busy helping you to create great content.Be Aware That Results May VaryDon’t let anyone else tell you what time of day you should write. Only you can figure this out.Keep in mind that there is some truth to the morning person/evening person dichotomy. Some people are truly more creative in the morning, while other people have their burst of creative power at night.Instead of falling into some preconceived mold, seek to know yourself — your rhythms, your energy, and your times of productivity. Whatever time you choose to write, make it a daily habit.Image Credit: Quick SproutYour mind will fall into a regular pattern, allowing its ultradian rhythm and neural circuitry to enhance your energy and insight during this time.Ready to Find Your Ideal Writing Time?Productivity experts tell us to manage our energy, not our time. This is slightly misleading, as we should manage our energy and our time, because our energy works with time.If you want to improve your writing productivity, I recommend using the highest peak period in your ultradian rhythm for writing while also maximizing the energy that you have. When you identify the periods of peak power in your biological timeline, then you will unlock the secret to better writing.What is your best time of day for writing? Share your experiences in the comments section below.  Originally published Dec 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017last_img read more

Where We Are: The 2017 State of Content Marketing [Infographic]

first_img Originally published Apr 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! Content Marketing “Less than 10% of those surveyed were definitely sure how to implement content marketing.”Sound familiar?If it does, you’re clearly not alone. Content marketing — and keeping up with it — can be confusing, even to those who understand its importance. Many of us have heard the phrase “content is king.” But what, exactly, does that look like here and now, in such a rapidly changing landscape? Download 195+ visual marketing design templates to use for social media posts, infographics, and more. We grabbed that opening statistic from the helpful, intriguing infographic below, compiled by Zazzle, based on the results of its 2017 State of Content Marketing Survey of marketers in the UK. But instead of simply looking at the latest trends, it sought to examine the pain points and decision-making process of today’s content marketer. And if you’re in the business of making life easier for that audience — well, we suggest having a look.Do you think the same trends hold true in your neck of the woods? Read on, and see where your current strategy and priorities align with the data illustrated here.1K+Save1K+Save 1K+Save last_img read more

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Productivity Apps

first_img Workplace Apps To say that I’m a planner is an understatement. I’m always making to-do lists and live by my calendar that has repeat reminders for weekly and monthly things I need to get done. When “The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up” became popular, I felt instantly validated.The problem was that all this planning and list making and calendar organization — well it wasn’t actually very organized. I’d have a few different notebooks and sticky notes scattered throughout my apartment, car, and various bags for work. My calendar was stuffed with random papers and often got left at home or work — never where I was when I needed it most.Download our complete workplace productivity guide here.So you can imagine that it was actually “life changing” when I discovered a few key productivity apps for my phone. Now, I had my to-do lists with me at all times. (Let’s face it: Are we ever more than a few feet away from our phones?) I could sync my calendars and share them with friends and family to keep us all on track. I could get push notifications to remind me to make that doctor’s appointment 6 months from now and send a friend a birthday message.It’s no surprise that productivity apps have become so popular. Most of us have too many priorities, commitments, work, and other things — and not enough time. But luckily, there are apps — most of them free — you can download to make your life easier, more balanced, more productive, and most importantly, more in control of your time.Check out this list of some of the year’s most popular apps, organized by category. And download a few to become the most efficient version of yourself. Productivity Apps Time Management Apps Writing & Note-Taking Apps Topics: Time Management & Scheduling AppsIf you’re someone who admittedly needs a little help in the organization department, or if you’re a “Type A” personality who loves planning, then time management and scheduling apps could be a great option for you. These apps help with short- and long-term planning, as well as efficiency, so you can enjoy as much free time as possible.BlinkYou want to plan out your days and create to-do lists, but you’re also a minimalist. Blink is the app for you.For just $0.99, you can create quick memos and reminders in a non-list format. The horizontal layout of information is beneficial to someone who prefers a unique way to list tasks and create reminders or repeating notifications.ThingsIf you’re somebody who loves to organize your tasks by the time of the day, Things may be of interest to you. The app, which costs $9.99, has a feature that helps you manage your time by separating your daily tasks into three sections: Today, This Evening, and Tomorrow.Things also links your to-do lists with your other devices, like your laptop, iPad, etc. In addition to tracking tasks, you can set both short- and long-term goals, and check off the steps that you complete along the way.TaskfulTaskful’s progress bar takes completing your to-do list to a new level. The bar moves forward as you continue to check off your tasks throughout the day, giving you a sense of accomplishment. The app even tracks your steps so you can stay in line with both your work and health goals.Users can create an inbox in Taskful that syncs with other devices and sends email reminders. The app even pushes encouraging messages throughout the day to your device to keep users motivated. If you’re a fan of bright colors, you’ll enjoy the app’s aesthetic as well. Added bonus: Taskful is free. Google CalendarIf you have a Gmail account, chances are you’ve heard about Google Calendar. The app gives users smart suggestions to help them be more productive during the day. These suggestions include ways to easily find times for meetings as well as how to quickly book meeting rooms and locations.You can invite people to join events on your calendar and create repeating notifications for personal (and group) events or reminders. If you create tasks from your email and want everything to seamlessly integrate, Google Calendar may be the best fit for you.TodoistWith Todoist, a user can remind themselves of tasks they need to complete by quickly jotting them down in the app in the same way that you might text a friend. The app will interpret your message and set a task for you based off of the language you used. You can even use a hashtag to categorize the reminder.For example, if you write, “Send in final draft of paper tomorrow by 4 p.m. #journalism,” the app will then set a reminder for you at 4 p.m. tomorrow in your “Journalism” project. Todoist, which is free, also allows you to effectively manage group work by assigning tasks to different people.Additionally, you can integrate Todoist with over 60 other apps, including Amazon, Alexa, Dropbox, and Slack, making this a great option for someone who wants to connect their personal to-do list with their workplace to-do list.Focus AppsDo you ever find yourself aimlessly browsing the internet? Scrolling through your Instagram feed even though you know there is significantly more important work to be done? Staying focused is hard these days — distractions are everywhere. Focus apps will help you stay in control of your tasks and manage your time more effectively.FocusAre you someone who likes to work in short bursts? Then maybe take a walk, listen to some music, check your emails, or send a text? Focus might be a great addition to your routine.This free app uses the Pomodoro Technique and places individuals in “Focus Sessions” for 25 minutes at a time. During that 25-minute period, users focus on a task and try to get as much done as possible. After the session ends, they can take a short break. Once the individual completes four 25-minute sessions, they get a 15-20-minute break to do whatever they want.This task manager also allows you to keep track of the work you have completed throughout the day, so you know what still needs to get done. This is a great option for someone seeking structure and motivation.ForestForest is a pretty unique productivity app that works on any iOS device. If you consider yourself an environmentalist, you’re going to love this. When you want to focus, you open the app and virtual trees begin to grow. If you close the app while a tree is growing, you’ll watch it deteriorate.The app works well for group projects too. It has a feature where the trees can only grow if everyone in the group is on task. As you continue to use Forest, you collect virtual gold coins. When you decide to spend a gold coin, Forest will work with its partner organization, Trees for the Future, to plant a real tree.Over 273,000 trees have been planted thanks to Forest users. This app is great for people who need a little bit of visual stimulation and motivation, and it only costs $1.99.FreedomFreedom is a good option for people you who find a way around other focus apps and seriously struggle with distractions.Freedom allows you to block specific sites during the time you want to focus and get work done. There is a pre-generated list of sites you can choose to be blocked from. You can also add to that list if your time-wasting sites aren’t there. You can schedule these focus sessions in advance and even make recurring sessions.“Lockdown Mode” ensures even the sneakiest of users won’t be able to work around the system and become distracted. Freedom offers users seven free blocking sessions before requiring a subscription fee.Stay FocusdStay Focusd is a Google Chrome extension that promotes productivity through focus and discipline. The app restricts how long users can stay on the sites that they waste time on.Once the allotted amount of time on a specific site is up, the user cannot go to that site for the rest of the day. The app blocks all types of sites, subdomains, specific pages, as well as in-page content (videos, games, etc.).Stay Focusd is a good option for those of you who like to keep a bunch of tabs open while working to occasionally scroll through a social media newsfeed or watch a video on YouTube.The app forces you to practice good focus habits. And if you don’t feel like working on those habits, don’t worry — the app will block you from all of your time-wasting sites anyway!Personal AppsPersonal productivity apps help you organize your life when things get messy or stressful. They remind individuals of which groceries they need to pick up, what errands they have to run, or who they need to call to say happy birthday.They tell users how many more steps they need to take to reach that arbitrary, daily goal of 10,000 that we all supposedly need to hit. There are even personal productivity apps that help us meditate and stay in control of our stress levels.MindfulnessAre you feeling a little high strung? Anxious? Someone who needs a reminder to breathe and relax every now and then?Mindfulness can help you do just that. Individuals use the app to meditate, relax, and be more present in their daily lives. There are over 200 timed and guided meditation sessions with statistics that help you keep track of your journey.Mindfulness also has an integration with Apple’s Health App, so you can continue to keep track of all of your personal health goals in one place. The app is free, and the guided meditations range in time from 3-30 minutes. That’s right – 3 minutes. Now you have every excuse to start meditating.StridesDo you have a bad habit you’re hoping to get rid of completely? Or a good habit you want to retain? Strides combines all of your good habits, the routines you want to continue, and your personal goals into one app.It has a SMART tracker, meaning the app holds you accountable with reminders and charts to keep you motivated and focused on achieving your goal. The app works well for people who are more visual. Green and red pace line systems track your progress. Strides is a good (and free) option for those of you who want detailed reminders for your daily routines.Google KeepGoogle Keep works a bit like a virtual Post-It Note. Individuals can use this free app on any iOS device. You can write quick lists, create reminders, record a voice memo, and organize all of your notes by color, category, and label.This app is great for those who need to quickly jot down something while on the move. You can also set reminders for specific notes. Google Keep is a simple way to stay organized and remember tasks that need to be completed.KiwakeWe are all guilty of oversleeping now and then. Some of us simply aren’t morning people, hitting snooze over and over again and ending up being late for work or other important events. That’s where Kiwake comes into play.This inexpensive app ($2.99) gets you out of bed with a complete wake-up process that has three main categories: body, brain, and motivation. The app has you take a picture of an object far away from bed prior to going to sleep so you can prove that you got out of bed in the morning.You can also play a mini-game to wake up your brain while laying in bed. And lastly, you can review your tasks for the day to get motivated and up to speed on what needs to be accomplished. Kiwake does not have a snooze button, so there’s no way around getting up for the day.It’s safe to say you’ll have time to make breakfast every morning after downloading this app. Extra points for your personal health goals!Workplace AppsOne of the most notorious places where people get distracted and fall behind on their work is while they are actually at work. Anyone who sits at a desk behind a computer for an entire week has plenty of opportunities to be inefficient and lose focus.Workplace productivity apps not only keep you on track with work tasks, but also assist you with managing teams of people, communicating with colleagues, organizing important documents and files, working with PDFs, and more.QuipQuip is a free app that works well for teams of all sizes that are looking to collaborate easily and share thoughts. Users can edit documents, create spreadsheets, revise task lists, take notes, and message other team members in real time.You can gain access to all that Quip has to offer on any device, at any time. Quip has integrations with numerous other apps, such as Dropbox and Slack, to make your team’s experience even more streamlined. This is a really simple option for anyone looking to improve organization and communication among team members at work.PDF ExpertIf you have ever tried working with a PDF document, you know how finicky they can be.The PDF Editor is $9.99 and allows you to do all of that. For starters, you’ll be able to change text and images on any PDF that comes your way. Users can even sign, send, and export documents straight from the app.PDF Expert allows you to write notes and set reminders about different sections of the PDF as you work through the file. This app is great for anyone who needs to give feedback, annotate, or mark up a PDF.TrelloTrello is a free app made for solo or group work. Whether it’s making a to-do list for a quick-turnaround project, managing an editorial calendar, or tracking a 6-month redesign, the app has a layout that works.Users can list multiple projects at once and make them visible to their whole team on the app’s dashboard. There are project boards with deadlines to clearly lay out the steps necessary to achieve success at the end of the project.The boards and steps within them can be assigned to a group or one person. Trello has features that give users the ability to attach documents, videos, and pictures. If you’re on a team where people are all working on different pieces of the puzzle at once, Trello is a great way to ensure everyone is on the same page and aware of overall progress.Documents 6Do you use cloud-based file storage? Dropbox? iCloud? Google Drive? If you need to share text files, music, videos, or photos frequently, this app can help.Documents 6 lets you sync the files and folders you save to the cloud. The app also has a web browser for file downloads and a feature to read, annotate, and edit files.This file manager is free and a great addition to your toolbox if you’re frequently using cloud-based storage.LastPassWhether it’s your email, your workspace, or one of the numerous other accounts you have to sign into every day, it’s safe to say there are a few of us with lists of our usernames and passwords hidden somewhere “safe.” (Yes, I’m guilty too. No, I’m not telling you where my password list is.)The app is free and securely stores all of your usernames and passwords in the “Vault.” It helps you generate strong passwords and creates online shopping profiles for the sites you frequent most. LastPass automatically enters your login information for you when you visit a site, so there’s no scrambling to find that hidden password list you created.For those of you who are slightly skeptical about security, LastPass lists their advanced protection system features online, which includes an AES-256 bit encryption (you’re the only one with the password to your encryption key) and the option for additional security, like an optional pin, multi-factor authentication, TouchID, and offline options. With LastPass, you only need to remember one password (your encryption key) to get into all of your online profiles.SlackSlack is the ultimate team communication app. Whether you have a team of three or 3,000, you can all easily communicate and connect on Slack.You can communicate in groups of users or channels, which you can name by team or topic. The channels can be company-wide or include just a select group of people. You can also send a direct message to one other person, cutting down on email and speeding up the communication process.Not only is the chat function easy to use, but you can also share documents, photos, videos, and more. Personally, I’m a fan of the feature that allows you to send GIFs to your co-workers.There is also app integration with numerous other resources you may be using at the office, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Twitter. Slack is ideal for those looking to easily communicate and collaborate with a team of any size.Email AppsBetween work-related emails, personal emails, special offers, and spam, most people have at least one new message every time they open their inbox. There are several productivity apps that help you spend as little time as possible organizing and reading those emails so you can get back to your life and complete your most important tasks.TroveFor those of you who feel bombarded by emails throughout the day, fear not! Trove was created to relieve that stress and help you flag the most important emails you need to read and respond to immediately — or later on.The app provides insights on the mail you are receiving and sending. You can flag an email as Radar, Nudge, or Connect. You can use these flags to remind yourself about which messages you need to respond to and which people you need to follow up with for a response.If you’re someone who not only receives a lot of emails but also needs to respond to them quickly, then Trove is a great (and free) opportunity to keep your connections and thoughts organized.AstroAstro assists with both your email and calendar productivity. The app provides users with an assistant – virtual, of course – that helps you organize your emails by importance. The assistant works with you to create follow-up reminders and adds them to your in-app calendar.Astro efficiently manages your email and calendar so you know exactly what needs to get done first. Any email that needs immediate attention is highlighted. You can unsubscribe from emails while in the app, as well as move your most important messages into a “Focus Inbox.” Astro is free and has a Slack integration.NewtonNewton is another popular email productivity app that has several more features than the other two options mentioned above. It’ll cost you a monthly subscription fee, but it may be worth it.Newton has read receipts, sender profiles, instant push notifications, undo send, snooze (so your emails come back to you at a more convenient time), and a “Tidy Inbox,” which separates important emails from junk mail and spam.Users can access Newton through all devices, and it works with other email platforms, such as Gmail, Outlook, iCloud, Google Apps, and more. Newton is a much more in-depth email productivity app for those who find themselves overwhelmed by a constant flow of incoming messages.Writing Apps & Note-Taking AppsAre you someone who’s constantly jotting down notes, thoughts, and to-do lists, and then forgetting where those lists are? Sometimes you need to quickly record information, and other times you need extensive notes on a specific topic. Writing and note-taking productivity apps have functions that help users record information in an efficient manner, with plenty of editing, sharing, annotating, organizing, and exporting options.BearBear is a free app that works well for anyone looking to type out a quick list of things to remember or even those who need to write a long essay. Users can link their notes together, organize their thoughts in a way that makes sense to them, and write in plain text so exporting and converting notes to a PDF or uploading to a CMS is simple.Bear has a clean, minimalist aesthetic for those who prefer a minimalist look. The app organizes your notes through hashtags, so you always know in which section your work is located.NotabilityProfessionals, teachers, and students can all benefit from this writing app. The app, which costs $9.99, is a simple tool used for paperless note-taking, PDF annotating, free handwriting, and sketching (if you aren’t a fan of typing). Users can complete and sign all types of documents with Notability, and send them straight from the app.If you’re someone who enjoys both writing and typing notes, then Notability could be a great option for you. The app has a feature that turns written notes into typed notes, so you can keep all of your information in one place. Additionally, if you’re in an important meeting or class and want to ensure you don’t miss a beat, you can record audio as well.The app even has a function to build checklists and detailed outlines if you want to write in-depth pieces while in class or at work. And don’t worry about saving all of your information to Notability and losing it. All of your work is backed up to the cloud, making it easy to access it from anywhere.This app is the modern way to take notes and has useful features for personal, educational, and professional use.EvernoteEvernote is more of a notepad-planner hybrid. If you find yourself writing shorter notes or wanting a place to jot down a to-do list, Evernote might be more tailored to your needs than Notability (though they do share many of the same features).The app allows users to write or dictate notes, sketch, and share documents with other devices. You can also make an agenda and create a checklist. If you like having your notes and to-do lists in the same place, then Evernote works well.Evernote is free, but you can always upgrade for a monthly fee to get access to premium features.Hemingway EditorThe Hemingway Editor app is exceptionally useful to anyone who writes often. The app makes your writing as clear and concise as possible by bringing wordy prose to your attention. It’s kind of like having your own virtual editor.Additionally, the app highlights adverbs, passive voice, and complicated statements to help you become a more impactful writer. The Hemingway Editor also allows you to publish directly to Medium and WordPress. All of these features make the $19.99 price tag worth it.And don’t worry if you’re thinking, “Sounds great, but I like to write from the beach or the mountains.” The app works offline, so you can continue writing from your favorite internet-free, inspirational locations.Voice-to-Text AppsAre you someone who finds handwriting notes inefficient? Maybe you’re a fast typer but you still find yourself in situations where you can’t keep up with a speaker or lecturer? Voice-to-text productivity apps are a great solution to these problems. Just hit record, and the app will transcribe the audio, so you can go back and listen later.OtterOtter is a note-taking app that combines audio, speaker identification, and transcription. The app is a useful tool for journalists and students alike. If you ever need a “chill” day where you can sit back and listen rather than furiously take notes, you should try this app.The app is designed to transcribe long-form conversation, so don’t worry if you find yourself in a long lecture. Otter will identify each of the people based on their voices if you’re listening to multiple speakers or are interviewing multiple people. If you’re a visual person, then the app will also work well for you — it highlights the words it transcribes in real time.And if 600 free minutes of transcription isn’t enough for your lectures, classes, and interviews, you can upgrade your account to premium and get 6,000 minutes of recording time.DescriptDescript is another transcribing app with audio word processing and web publishing functions. It’s a useful tool for those who conduct regular interviews, want accurate quotes from their subjects, and hope to share their audio with listeners online. This is a great option for those times that require you to take in a lot of information both efficiently and accurately.Descript is exceptionally helpful in interview scenarios. Once the app transcribes your audio, you can edit, cut, and remix the recording. The editing “Wordbar” is a feature that sets this app apart from competitors. The horizontal bar allows you to easily drag words closer together to get rid of unnatural pauses or separate them to give the listener a moment to breathe and understand what they just heard.With Descript, you can also publish your audio and collect comments from listeners on the web. You can also export your audio from Descript to multiple other platforms, including Avid Pro Tools and Apple Logic Pro X.The app costs $0.07 per minute (after you use your first free 30 minutes of transcription).Meeting & Scheduling AppsThe last type of productivity app I’ll mention is helpful for those of you who need scheduling support. This includes social media planning, scheduling in-person workplace meetings, and event planning.These apps will make it easy to stay on top of your editorial calendar and reduce the frustrating back and forth that happens when trying to schedule meetings.CrowdfireDo you run multiple social media accounts? Post to one or more platform multiple times per day? Search the web for images and fun articles to inspire your work and engage your followers? Crowdfire can help you with all of these tasks.The app, which is free, is a way for users to schedule their social media posts — which may include multiple pictures and videos — in advance. Crowdfire then gives users the analytics behind their posts so they are able to track engagement and see what’s working and what needs to be modified.Crowdfire is a simple app with features that go a long way since successful social media planning takes time and effort. With a planning app like Crowdfire, you can sit down and work on your company’s social media accounts for a specific amount of time, then have your work automatically post whenever you choose. No more headaches when it comes to social!DoodleWhen you’re trying to book a meeting, get together with friends, schedule a book club, or plan any other event that includes multiple people, it can be hard to find a day and time that works for everyone. Sending texts and emails back and forth to find a date that works is inefficient and time-consuming. That’s where Doodle comes in.This free app allows users to find the best date and time for any event by suggesting a number of options for invitees to select their preferences. Doodle is so user-friendly that your invitees don’t even need the app to choose their preferences. It works via iMessage, Facebook, WhatsApp email, and more. There is even a calendar integration to avoid any confusion between you and your invitees. Doodle is the ultimate way to get as many people as possible to attend your important meeting, party, or event.ConclusionDistractions, mismanaged time, and procrastination are all cutting into our ability to be productive. No matter your personality or work ethic, there is a productivity app that can help you. Think of them as friendly bits of technology that can measurably improve your ability to work efficiently.Productivity apps are tools that not only impact the quality of your work but the time you spend away from work. Who doesn’t want to spend less time worrying about being productive and more time actually getting things done?center_img Originally published Jun 25, 2018 7:30:00 AM, updated July 12 2019 Meeting & Scheduling Apps Personal Apps Voice-to-Text Apps Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

Mike Gundy: ‘I Invented the Dance in the Locker Room’

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This Mike Gundy clip is not new, but this video is. ESPN explored the “epidemic” of coaches dancing in their locker rooms after big wins and Gundy was brought back up saying “I’m the dance circle king. I invented the dance in the locker room.”Mike Gundy, always the best.”I’m the dance circle king. I invented the dance in the locker room.” – Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 3, 2015AdChoices广告last_img read more

Midseason Position Grades: Linebackers

first_imgOklahoma State’s collection of linebackers this year is a good microcosm for its linebackers historically. Guys who give great effort but are probably a little undersized and lack the speed to be elite. A solid group with no huge names (although Jordan Burton’s star status has grown) or egos that works hard and more or less gets the job done.OSU’s main trio of Burton, Devante Averette and Chad Whitener has combined for 113 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three interceptions and maybe most importantly has stayed mostly healthy for the entirety of the season.One of the main issues I have noticed with this linebacking crew is its propensity to drop too deep to help in coverage while teams rack up first-down conversions on long third downs. Opponents are completing third downs at a 36 percent clip which is barely top 50 in the country (although it is better than last year).Maybe they feel the need to help out with a secondary that has been pretty poor so far or maybe it’s jut the opponents they have faced so far, but Spencer’s dudes have been out of position a lot throughout the first six games which has led to a so-so performance in points per drive allowed so far.They have also made some great plays. Jordan Burton had an interception against Baylor and then another wilder one against Iowa State last week when Averette tipped the ball to him. “We have had some good quarters this year,” said Spencer on Wednesday. “Not just that [final one against Iowa State]. We have yet to put together a whole game, which is what we need to do. To answer the bell, we had to do some things to win that game. We had to produce, we had to get the ball back. That was a lot of possessions for us – 17 possessions. So they answered the bell a lot of those possessions, in a critical time.”OSU has faced a lot of possessions without a ton of help (only 24 teams have faced more plays). The next-leading tackler behind those three main LBs though is Justin Phillips with 13 tackles which is I believe the same number he had in a single game against OU in Bedlam 2014 as a freshman. After that nobody else has double digit tackles.Calvin Bundage has been a fun addition at times, but it’s clear the staff doesn’t trust him as much as it trusts its veterans. Kevin Henry and Gyasi Akem have combined for 15 tackles over the first half of the season.So from a statistical standpoint, OSU has been pretty decent. And I’m certainly glad for its ability to stay healthy at a seemingly thin position thus far. But it has also whiffed in big spots (the Central Michigan game comes to mind — 8/15 on third down conversions).As a group, we gave the linebackers a B which coincides with what my grade for them was as well. A solid group with one star (no pun intended) in Burton and a lot of room for improvement. Heck, that kind of sounds like the OSU team as a whole.2016gradesGrade: B While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State QB Pledge Spencer Sanders Leads Denton Ryan to District Title

first_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Denton Ryan Raiders secured their second consecutive unbeaton regular season this past weekend, with a 38-14 win over the Wichita Falls Riders on Friday night. The win boosted the Raiders to a perfect 10-0 record on the season as they captured the District 5-5A title.Oklahoma State quarterback commit Spencer Sanders lead the way on the night on offense, throwing for 296 yards and accounting for four touchdowns. As a team, Ryan earned nearly 500 yards and jumped out to a commanding 38-0 lead.Sanders showed off a few tools in the arsenal that has earned him a four-star ranking from 247sports, and one of the top dual-threat quarterback recruits in the country. When he has time in the pocket and a chance to step into the throw, he’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks throwing down the field. He’s perfected the run-pass-option offense for Ryan, something that OSU will almost certainly be able to utilize him in during his time in Stillwater.And he’s a heck of a competitor who isn’t afraid to pull it down and call his own number, as you can see around the 4:00 minute mark where he tucks it to run from about 35 yards out:Here’a a recap of Sanders’ scores from the game (via Sportsday Dallas):54-yard TD pass24-yard TD pass32-yard TD pass33-yard TD runRyan will travel to Fort Worth Brewer at 7 p.m. Thursday for its first-round game. The Spencer Sanders Raider team has not lost a regular season football game dating back to Nov. 7, 2014, per the Denton Ryan Chronicle. Sanders is currently the only player committed to Oklahoma State in their 2018 recruiting class.last_img read more

Why Didn’t Texas Tech Go For Two On Saturday?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This is all of us.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016Mike Gundy felt horrendous for the kid. So did I. That’s not how you want a game to end. But it adds to an ever-growing list of ways OSU has won single-digit games. And to be fair to OSU on Saturday, it didn’t exactly get lucky. The Pokes never trailed and led for about 50 of 60 minutes of actual game time.They completely controlled the game on offense and still had nearly two minutes to go down and kick a field goal for the win. There was a lot of time left, and Tech isn’t exactly a defense built to stop a two-minute drill from Mason Rudolph and Justice Hill. But still, it was a turning point in a season full of the for the Pokes. They have been on the wrong end of that equation before. This time, the fortune favored the team that didn’t miss the extra point. When I told Gundy I thought Tech might go for 2 late, given way Kingsbury called game to that point, he replied: “I did too.” #OKState— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) November 13, 2016“I thought they would go for two,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. “If you look at it from (Kingsbury’s) point of view, two-point conversions are 33 percent effective. If you’re in Vegas, and 33 percent says to take the hit, you’re not gonna take the hit, right? I’m guessing that crossed his mind.”[Gundy drops a random percentage into a press conference — BINGO]I think this is what was going through everyone’s heads, but Kingsbury wasn’t necessarily wrong in his decision based on where the game was at at the moment. Tech had scored nine unanswered, and Oklahoma State had not scored the entire fourth quarter. If he was able to tie it up and get it into overtime, Pat Mahomes is a good dude to have on your side when you need to score from 25 yards out repeatedly.But then Texas Tech’s holder inexplicably let the ball fall off at the end and the kicker dialed up a cold, hard shank.The ball moved at the very end. Watch it.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016center_img We all knew it was coming. Mr. Fortune Favors The Bold was going to go for two, beat Oklahoma State 46-45 in Stillwater for the first time since he was playing QB back in 2001 and then juggle his man parts at midfield in front of Mike Gundy. It was meant to be.But then the same coach who had faked a punt inside his own 40 and tried an onside kick after a field goal decided to lay up from 200 yards out. What happened, Kliff?“We didn’t even talk about it,” said wide receiver Dylan Cantrell. “We didn’t feel confident. I feel confident with our offense in overtime situations. So, we were trying to even it up and get the for sure play, hopefully go into overtime and see what happened from there.”“I felt the same vibe,” Kingsbury told the Tulsa World on Saturday as he did in the TCU game a few weeks ago when they were presented with the same opportunity and kicked the extra point. “We had the momentum. I liked what we were doing offensively. I liked what we were doing defensively. I felt great about going to overtime.”They might have been the only ones who didn’t talk about it. I actually first realized this a few plays before Tech scored to pull within one. Kingsbury though Mahomes had dove and touched the pylon for six, but he had narrowly missed. Kingsbury was shown on the sideline holding up a “1.” I was surprised.“I was telling the guys I thought they were gonna go for two and try to put us away,” Vincent Taylor told the Tulsa World. His head coach agreed with him.last_img read more

Oklahoma State QB Recruit Spencer Sanders Picks up TCU Offer; Still “Very Firm” in OSU Commitment

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. For as crazy as the last few days have been around Stillwater, one bright light continues to shine: 2018 quarterback commit Spencer Sanders.Sanders is widely considered to be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks. Not just in Texas — but in the country. Rated as a four-star prospect, he picked OSU over many offers — and garnered yet another on Tuesday in TCU.He took the time to announce his offer, and also made it very clear where his loyalty lies: With Oklahoma State. I am VERY firm with OSU, but still honored and blessed to receive an offer from TCU??— Spencer Sanders (@SpenceSanders) December 7, 2016Sanders has been a commitment of the Cowboys for a few months. He is the only recruit committed in the 2018 class. So having him on board and fully committed will be a huge piece in adding around him to fill out the class.Don’t be surprised when other schools continue to keep giving him a shout with scholarship offers, especially this offseason as he prepares for his senior year at Denton Ryan. But at this time, Sanders appears to be all OSU. Having him solid in his commitment says a lot about his integrity, and will go a long ways for the OSU staff in recruiting the rest of the class.last_img read more

Former USMNT forward Davies announces retirement

first_imgMLS Former U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies announces retirement Seth Vertelney 04:37 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Charlie Davies Philadelphia Union MLS 101616 Derik Hamilton MLS After a promising start to his career, the striker overcame a devastating car accident to return to the professional game Former U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies has announced his retirement from professional soccer. The 31 year-old, who last played in MLS with the Philadelphia Union, made the announcement in a video posted on his Twitter account. Davies burst onto the scene at club level with Swedish side Hammarby, earning a 2009 move to Sochaux in Ligue 1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp In the meantime the Boston College product broke out with the national team, helping Bob Bradley’s side to the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup. With his potential looking limitless, Davies’ career was brought to a devastating halt by a 2009 car accident that left one passenger dead and left Davies with a lacerated bladder, fractured right tibia and femur, a fractured elbow, multiple facial fractures, and bleeding on the brain. With his career in danger, Davies embarked on a long and painful rehab that resulted in a successful return to the playing field in 2011 with MLS side D.C. United. The striker would go on to feature for the New England Revolution and Philadelphia, scoring 25 goals over six total MLS seasons.Davies had to overcome another obstacle in 2016 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but he announced that he was in remission at the same time he revealed his diagnosis. Davies ends his career with 11 professional seasons played and 17 caps for the U.S. national team. He never played for the USMNT again after his 2009 car accident. “I’ve loved every second of my time on the field even the desperate lows of injury and cancer that have made the highs all that much sweeter,” Davies said in the video on Twitter.”I’ve loved the friendships, the competition and I’ve loved all the amazing people on both sides of the fence.”last_img read more

Costa takes swipe at Chelsea boss Conte

first_imgChelsea Costa takes swipe at Chelsea boss Conte Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 05:26 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Diego Costa and Antonio Conte Getty Images Chelsea Barcelona v Chelsea Chelsea v Crystal Palace Barcelona UEFA Champions League Premier League Atlético Madrid v Getafe Atlético Madrid Primera División Antonio Conte The Blues manager froze the Spain international out at Stamford Bridge – and the striker has seemingly not forgiven his old boss Diego Costa aimed a cheeky dig at Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte ahead of his old side’s Champions League game against Barcelona. Costa and Conte had a tempestuous relationship at Stamford Bridge despite the striker’s goals firing the Blues to the Premier League title last season.The Brazil-born Spain international was subsequently frozen out by Conte, claiming the Italian informed him he was no longer needed at the club via text message. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Costa returned to former club Atletico Madrid when their transfer ban was lifted in January, but he was a keen observer of Chelsea’s trip to Camp Nou on Wednesday.Watching #FCB versus #CFC at home, former Chelsea star Diego Costa has been having a bit of fun.Which name is missing from this graphic? #ChampionsLeague — Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) March 14, 2018 Watching on at home, Costa posted a shot of a team news graphic to his Instagram stories. But there was one omission from the Chelsea squad list, with Costa scribbling out Conte’s name.Costa, 29, has thrived on his return to Atletico despite a string of niggling injuries, scoring six goals for the La Liga side.last_img read more