Suarez thanks Barcelona for European Golden Shoe

first_imgLuis Suarez has received a second European Golden Shoe of his career after becoming the leading scorer in Europe’s top domestic leagues last season.The Barcelona forward scored 40 goals in 35 La Liga starts, helping Barca retain the Spanish title. He ended the 2015-16 campaign with 59 goals in 52 appearances for Barca in all competitions.”I want to thank Barcelona for being here, for allowing me to achieve my dream and my aims,” the 29-year-old Uruguay international said in his acceptance speech on Thursday. (Pep Guardiola denies trying to take Lionel Messi, Neymar to Manchester City)”I have spectacular team mates, who make things easy for me although you have to be there to put the ball in,” Suarez said, acknowledging he had had “difficult times” before joining the club.Those difficult times included a four month ban from FIFA after Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A Liverpool player at the time, Suarez signed for Barcelona after the tournament but missed the start of the season because of the suspension.He ended up winning the La Liga, King’s Cup and Champions League treble in his first campaign at Barca and last season, Suarez helped the club retain the league title and the King’s Cup. (Neymar poised to sign new Barcelona contract)His other golden shoe award came with Liverpool in the 2013-14 when he scored 31 times to help the Reds finish runners-up in the Premier League. He shared the prize that year with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.advertisementlast_img read more

How to Negotiate Your Salary: A Guide for Recent Grads

first_imgWhen I graduated from college, the only experience I had in negotiating was haggling for a better deal on cat trinkets in a Chinatown shop. I was certainly proud of scoring the pair of ceramic felines for a fraction of the stated price. But it didn’t prepare me to sit straight-backed in a conference room with a potential future employer, asking for a better job offer.  For most, the practice of asking for a higher salary than what was initially offered is bewildering and scary. Fresh-faced and new to the working world, one would simply feel lucky enough to land a job in the first place.As you might expect, I’m not alone in having a case of the negotiation heebie-jeebies. According to a survey by the staffing agency Robert Half, only 39 percent of job candidates negotiated for a higher salary. What’s more, 70 percent of hiring managers don’t anticipate candidates to take the first offer. Knowing and doing are two completely different things. Even though you might know exactly what kind of compensation you’d like, it can be hard to ask for what you really want. You might be afraid of appearing greedy, or that your ask will be met with uncomfortable silence.  Being good at negotiating isn’t necessarily an inherent trait. It just takes a bit of practice and know-how. Whether you’re freelancing, or applying for a full-time job at a company, here are some dos and don’ts on negotiating a job offer:  Don’t: Just Chase a High Salary  While a decent salary is important, you’ll also want to factor in personal growth, expanding your professional network, and adding to your skillset. “If you have more than one job [offer] that pays you enough, don’t pick the job that pays more,” says Jason Patel, founder of Transizion, a college and career services company. “Instead, pick the job that’s a better investment for your long-term growth.”  Once you have several offers with a competitive salary, Patel suggests selecting the job that offers more expansive in-company growth, on-the-job learning experiences, and a chance to meet smart, successful people. “You’ll be able to swap business cards, learn from senior-level talent, and explore what a true professional in your industry does,” he says. Instead of trying to nab the highest entry-level salary you can find, think of your first job as an opportunity to put more money in your pocket several years from now.  Don’t: Undercharge YourselfFreelancers, in particular, are notorious for undercharging themselves. “Every first-time freelancer goes through it, but it’s part of the learning curve,” says Carissa Lintao, the 22-year-old CEO of Apptuitive.  “When it comes down to it, freelancers can ask for however much they want—so ask for whatever you want.” The worst they can say is that it’s too high for their budget, and ask if you might be willing to lower your rate. Lintao offers a hot tip: If you don’t feel comfortable tripling your current asking price off the bat, you can start by increasing your rate by 10% to get comfortable. You can then bump it to 20%, and so forth.  Do: Factor in Living Expenses  It turns out that a high percentage of recent college graduates students don’t factor in living expenses when negotiating a salary. Sure, you were able to sustain yourself off cheap ramen and day-old pastries during college, but when you graduate, you’ll most likely have higher living expenses—not to mention student loan debt. Factor in groceries, rent, commuting expenses, and the cost of an emergency fund when researching how much you should make. And if you relocated for a job opportunity, you’ll want to make adjustments to your personal budget to adjust for any changes in costs in the new city. Don’t lowball yourself simply because you’re desperate for a job, advises Patel. “A job with a low salary that doesn’t cover your bills will only add stress and other costs to your life,” he says.  Do: Do Your Research  In our modern digital era, you don’t have to go to the career center and pore over massive tomes with outdated data to figure out how much you’re worth. It’s called the internet—take advantage!  Go to a major career or salary comparison site such as PayScale, Comparably, and Glassdoor, and look at the entry-level salaries for your field, recommends Patel. Next, look through forums and talk to people about the salaries offered at the company (or other similar ones) with which you’re negotiating. It’s also important to just pick a specific number in that range. For instance, instead of saying you’d like to be paid $50,000 to $60,000 a year, ask for $55,000. “Don’t give a salary range when negotiating, advises Patel. “That’s because if you offer a salary range, the company will probably offer you the lowest number in that range.”  Do: Focus on How You’ll Contribute to the Company  When discussing what you have to offer to your potential future employer, think of results for the company, says Patel. Sure, you’re kind, charming, and graduated with honors, but never talk about how great you are. “Simply put, the company doesn’t care,” says Patel.  “The hiring manager and department heads have their own company-related problems to address, and that’s why they’re hiring you.”  Instead, focus on how you will boost sales, improve things like efficiency, productivity, or customer retention, or otherwise help the company and its bottom line. “Don’t discuss the achievements featured on your resume—unless it relates to the job,” says Patel. “Instead, always think about how you will benefit the organization. They will be much more receptive to your point of view and say ‘yes’ to your ask.”  Don’t: Use Personal Reasons to PersuadeSo you have tons of student debt to pay off, or your car is in serious need of repairs. But don’t add your personal woes to the litany of reasons why you’re deserving of a better offer. “You need to have factored in those reasons beforehand,” points out Patel. If you couldn’t reasonably live off the salary range you were expecting, why apply for the job in the first place?“ The company has enough business-related problems, and aren’t looking to make your problems theirs,” says Patel.Do: Lean on Recommendations and Testimonials  What’s better than tooting your own horn? Having others toot it for you. Ask your supervisor at an old internship or job to write a letter of recommendation or a testimonial on your LinkedIn profile. Flattery gets you everywhere, according to Lintao. “Do your due diligence and give credit where credit is due before mentioning price,” she says. “Whatever number you throw out, they’ll most likely say yes if you and your services are as great as they seem to be,” she says. “A few compliments will help you close the project quickly and your newfound client will be in love with you—or close to it.” Don’t: Say Anything After the Ask  Once you ask for a better offer and state your position, don’t say anything. It’s hard to be met with radio silence a few days after you ask for more. “Negotiation in good faith is about compromise with dignity, but you can only do that when the other party respects your position,” says Patel.  “If you state your position and then try to justify on why you’re deserving of the salary, it’s a sign of insecurity and surrender, that you aren’t confident in your position.” (The freelancer equivalent is saying that you’re flexible in your rates and willing to work with their budget.) “That’s why you want to explain why you’re worth it and state the number thereafter,” says Patel. “Then keep your mouth shut and let them speak!” So when considering an offer for your first gig after you graduate, prize long-term growth over short-term cash. Do your research on the company and factor in your own expenses well in advance. Emphasize how you can help the company, not how they can help you. And once you’ve made your counter-offer, sit tight and stick your guns.Learning to assert the value of your work and contributions is a lifelong skill that will serve you well for your entire professional life. The best way to learn is in trying. Over time, it will be less painful and get easier. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedWhat is a Stipend: Everything You Need to KnowSeptember 5, 2019In “Financial IQ”Newly Unemployed? How to Get Your Money Situation in OrderDecember 5, 2018In “Early Career”Is Unemployment Taxable? (Guide to Taxes on Unemployment Benefits)July 25, 2012In “Financial Planning” Post navigationlast_img read more

Why Content & Curation is Critical to Business with @CC_Chapman [@InboundNow #14]

first_img For the full transcript of the show and the audio, head over here: Offer Something of Value on Your Site , joins us for another episode of of inbound marketing success and we cannot stress that enough. ! Far to many people wait strive for absolute perfection when creating content. C.C. is the founder of, a marketing consultant and frequently speaks at industry events on the topic of content marketing. This is a Content Creation C.C. Chapman, author of Thinking about what content you are going to produce doesn’t have to be rocket science. Start with a big idea and break it into smaller chunks Your brochure-ware website will not cut it anymore. You need a site that is the hub (no pun intended) of your industry that keeps prospects and customers coming back into your site. Content Rules Metrics For Content?Emily Evelina: Could you ask how to measure content value when clients are so hooked on SEO metrics? You talk about this in the book, what are some core metrics to keep an eye on? How to use content marketing and curation for your business The Shift Provide useful and valuable information that answers questions your would be buyers are searching for. Pulling together the top resources from your industry can be a great way to supplement the content you are producing. Originally published Mar 31, 2011 11:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Content Rules Remember, content curation is not a replacement for content creation Make sure you are linking back to the originals and by all means try and add in your 2 cents as to why you are sharing the content. This is both to avoid penalties from Google and to add value and context to whats being shared. How curating content can be a powerful way to help supplement your content creation efforts and share valuable information with your community. Why producing content for your market is more important than ever. Perfection Is The Enemy of Shipping For more about the book see: This drags out blog posts, puts off that video being produced 8 months into the horizon, and nothing gets shipped. Not every piece of content will be the Mona Lisa, especially when starting out. These imperfections and rough spots when first getting into producing a piece of content helps share your companies authenticity with the world and shows a more human side to your business.center_img How Do Your Customer Consume Content? Creating (Good) Content Is Hard “The hardest thing is you really need to figure out what you want to create. Because let’s face it, content is a beast. Once you start doing it, to do it right, this is not a one and done thing. This isn’t, oh, we’re going to set up the website and then forget about it. This is something that has to become part of your core DNA, that you keep doing on a regular basis” How to get started in the content marketing game. In the show we talk about: “One of the first rules we laid out was you need to embrace that you’re a publisher.” OR start with smaller ideas and piece them together into something bigger. Creating content has to become a major part of your company and it’s not a one off project. It’s a continual process that you can refine over time. Repurposing content is key. Ask yourself “What else can we do with this?” Do a content audit of the pieces of content you have right now and tackle the beast one way or another.  “The key part is figuring up front how you’re going to measure. Say, for the next three months, we want to increase . . . one of the things I say is don’t say we want more views. Say we want to increase our viewership by 10,000 or whatever the number is. Pick the number that’s right for you. But then you can look at it and do it short term, look at three months. We want to increase our readership by X. Then you can look and go, “Did we hit it or did we not? How can we ramp it up even more?” “Oh, look we did do this with like no budget. What if we add some budget, what could we do then?”Content takes a while to get going. Connect with CC Online The content that you are creating online is what is going to bring in more organic traffic and help build your companies position as thought leaders in your space. Topics: ! and you can tweet him Content Curation Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack “Content curation is a great way, especially for small businesses or companies who don’t think they have the time to create all their own content, to pull together relevant content and share it with your community” Inbound Now How does your target audience consume content? In what scenarios do they commonly find themselves in? Do they typically have a long commute? Does your content need to be snack sized or can it be consumed in a longer time frame? critical piece Companies need to start thinking about themselves as content publishers. Reimagine Don’t Recycle @cc_chapman Ask yourself this question before you being creating different pieces of content. CC blogs regularly over onlast_img read more

10 User Generated Content Campaigns That Actually Worked

first_img Originally published Mar 12, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated November 21 2017 Topics: Tired of struggling to crank out the endless streams of content needed to appease today’s consumers? You’re in luck! There is an option for burned out business owners, and that’s user generated content. This technique, in conjunction with the growth of popular social media websites, allows modern businesses to delegate some of these brand-building responsibilities to an unlikely voice — their customer.Having users contribute to your content creation efforts has another interesting advantage, as consumers are more interested in hearing the views of their peers than reading cleverly written sales messages. According to Bazaar Voice, 64% of millennials and 53% of baby boomers want more options to share their opinions about brands, while other studies show consumers trust user generated content more than all other forms of media.Download 195+ visual marketing design templates to use for social media posts, infographics, and more. In light of these trends, there’s never been a better time to start using user generated content to engage your readers and build trust with them. Here are ten brands that have leveraged user generated content in the past to help inspire your own campaigns:10 Examples of Excellent User Generated Campaigns1) BurberryBurberry is a British clothing company that was founded in 1856. Angela Ahrendts took over as CEO in 2006 and decided to launch a user generated content strategy as part of her goal of changing the company’s aging brand. The company launched The Art of the Trench website in 2009, where users could upload and comment on pictures of people wearing Burberry products. Burberry’s ecommerce sales surged 50% year-over-year following the launch of the site.2) BelkinIn 2013, Belkin and Lego collectively developed a line of customizable iPhone cases. The company then created a social platform for customers, giving them a place to share pictures of their cool new cases and to show others the benefits of making their own.3) StarbucksAnother great example of user generated content, Starbucks’ White Cup Contest launched in April 2014. Customers across the country were asked to doodle on their Starbucks cups and submit pictures as entries. The winning entry would be the template for a new limited edition Starbucks cup. Nearly 4,000 customers submitted entries in a three week span. The contest was a great way for Starbucks to earn publicity and prove that it strongly valued customer feedback.4) Tourism QueenslandIn its quest to find new ways to draw tourists to the Queensland Islands, Tourism Queensland launched its “Best Job in the World” promotion in 2009, which proved to be a remarkably effective campaign. Over 34,000 people from over 200 countries submitted videos to win a six month caretaker job that paid $150,000 AUD in one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world, while countless others enhanced their understanding of Queensland as a vacation option.5) TargetIn 2010, Target pledged to donate $500 million to education and promised to double contributions down the road with a popular college acceptance letter competition. Throughout the campaign, customers were asked to submit videos of themselves opening their college letters. The best videos were used in a new commercial, which helped Target draw attention to its philanthropic campaign.6) Coca-ColaTo help boost top-of-mind awareness, Coca-Cola created the “Share a Coke” campaign, throughout which the company produced Coke bottles with customers’ names on the labels and handed them out throughout different cities, in order to increase its exposure on Twitter. Customers were then asked to share the pictures of their personalized coke bottle on Twitter and other social media platforms.Coca-Cola first launched the campaign in Australia in 2011, but expanded it to the United States, United Kingdom, and other regions across the world. The company attributes the campaign to a 2% increase in U.S. sales after over a decade of declining revenues.7) ChobaniChobani, a Greek yogurt company that was founded in 2005, is another brand that decided to use its customer base to improve its image and boost sales. The company asked its loyal customers to submit videos and images praising its yogurt. The content was shared on the company website, billboards, and across other mediums. Chobani attributes the campaign to a 225.9% increase in revenue between 2009 and 2010.8) Pepsi MAXPepsi MAX is another multinational soft drink manufacturer that leveraged user generated content to craft a new brand image. The company created a campaign urging customers to share reasons they prefer Pepsi MAX to Coke, asking customers to share pictures on Instagram and other social networks, as well as a mini-site that was specific to the promotion. The best entries were eligible for numerous prizes, including a year’s supply of free Pepsi MAX.Unsurprisingly, the campaign turned out to be very popular. Over 7,000 entries were submitted and the site received over 50,000 unique visits. The level of participation was even more impressive, as the average visitor spent about six minutes on the site, showing that customers were highly engaged with the brand.9) HeinekenHeineken recognized that many of its consumers were looking for a more original type of draught. Acting on this trend, the beer manufacturer enlisted input from its customers to redefine the beer it has produced for the past 150 years. The Heineken “Reinvent the Draught Beer Experience” challenge, which was rolled out in 2012, gave customers the opportunity to share videos, images, and ideas to help change the experience. Customers were very receptive to the challenge and submitted hundreds of ideas, helping Heineken improve its product while generating brand interest at the same time.10) Coffee for LessCoffee for Less recognized that organic search traffic is highly targeted and likely to convert. Additionally, the company determined that relying on user generated content was one of the best ways to improve its SEO, leading the company to provide new features on its website that made it easier for users to read and share comments.For its efforts, the company received about 6,000 comments between 2008 and 2011. Research from MarketingSherpa concludes that these reviews successfully boosted search engine traffic and conversions by 10% and 125% respectively.How to Run Your Own User Generated Content CampaignLaunching a user generated content campaign can be one of the most effective ways to build your brand, as demonstrated by the companies listed above. While each of their campaigns were slightly different, there were some commonalities between them:Each brand promoted its campaign over its own website and social profiles to gain traction.Each brand offered consumers a prize to encourage participation.Each brand rewarded customers for presenting its products or services in a positive light.So how can you take advantage of these powerful benefits by creating your own user generated content campaign? Consider any of the following tips as you plan your promotion:Match your promotion type to your audience.Several of the different promotions described above involve requests made to users to submit video clips sharing their experiences with a particular brand or product. But it’s worth keeping in mind that creating and submitting video clips requires a certain level of technical expertise that your average customer may or may not have. If, for example, your brand targets elderly customers, this type of user generated campaign may not be the right fit.Request entries that you can use in your marketing campaigns.Remember, you aren’t running your user generated content promotion out of a sense of altruism — you want to end up with something tangible that can be repackaged and used in your future marketing materials. So as you design your promotion, consider the types of “entries” that you’ll accept. Pictures, videos, or testimonials are all powerful content types that can be easily converted for advertising purposes.Make the effort required commensurate with the reward being offered.If you’re giving away thousands of dollars in value as part of your user generated content campaign, you’ll probably want users to demonstrate a more substantial level of buy-in than if you were offering simple coupons or discounts. If the prize you’re offering is big, making participants deliver something of value in return guarantees you’ll wind up with content you can use in your future marketing campaigns.Eliminate the red tape.No matter how much effort you decide to require from your participants, don’t make them jump through unnecessary hoops in order to participate. At a minimum, your entry instructions should be clear, your submission website should be easy to navigate, and your forms require only the fields needed to process an entry and comply with any legal restrictions your giveaway is subject to.Straighten out any legal issues.Before launching your user generated content campaign, you’d be wise to consult legal counsel on two important issues: the rights you’ll hold over any content submitted to your promotion, and any restrictions that govern giveaways. First, you need to inform participants about what will happen to the content they create following submission in clear, easy-to-understand language. But also, if your state or municipality (or the mediums through which you run the contest) control how, when, and under what circumstances giveaways can occur, you’ll want to be sure your promotion is in compliance before running afoul of the law.Given the breadth of the different industries highlighted above, it’s clear that any brand can follow a similar model to promote customer engagement and generate favorable publicity.Have you ever run a user generated content campaign before? Feel free to share your insights in the comments below! Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack User-Generated Contentlast_img read more

Are You Addicted to Being Busy?

first_imgIt was senior year of college. My friend and I were walking home from squash practice and she asked me what I’d been up to that day.I started with my overnight shift as an EMT and ambulance driver. Then, I told her about my early morning classes, followed by the long bus ride to an even longer day at my internship. I went on to talk about the other class I attended, and how I stopped to grab a quick bite to eat before making my way to squash practice.She stopped me.”Lindsay, I think you’re addicted to doing things.” I laughed. At the time, I didn’t fully understanding the gravity of the problem. Years later, although the activities have changed, the addiction — or whatever it is — certainly hasn’t. And the struggle to keep it under control can sometimes feel very real.Is Busyness an Addiction?How many of you out there wrestle with the urge to jam-pack your schedule? You might crave free time, but that white space on your calendar can actually induce anxiety.Some people call this “chaos addiction.” It’s not an official diagnosis — and, frankly, the word “addiction” seems a little heavy to me. Busyness isn’t a chemical, nor is it even a specific act. My interpretation is that this “addiction” is more an expression of anxiety or compulsive behavior.This feeling might seem familiar to you if …You feel “at your best” when you’re at your busiest.When you do find yourself doing nothing, you feel guilty for not being measurably productive.You like when people point out how busy you are.You have trouble distinguishing the importance of time spent with loved ones, for example, over time spent checking things off the list.I want to make a careful distinction here: This isn’t the same as being a “workaholic.” It’s not that we feel the urge to fill up our free time with work. Instead, we want to fill it with stuff — playing in a softball league, helping out a friend with her latest app idea, grabbing coffee with our middle school friend’s sister’s boyfriend who just moved into town … you get the picture. In 2007, Psychologist Dr. Keith Lee wrote a book about his own and others’ experiences with chaos addiction, called Addicted to Chaos: The Journey from Extreme to Serene. The description reads,In a culture where the ‘extreme theme’ has become the norm, people are increasingly seduced into believing that intensity equals being alive. This type of life may produce heart-pounding excitement, but the absence of this addictive energy can bring about withdrawal, fear, and restlessness that is unbearable.”Dr. Lee isn’t alone in thinking perennial busyness can be detrimental. Others have theorized that it serves as an effective escape, or a way to numb yourself — hence the comparison to an addiction.Are You Falling Into the ‘Busy’ Trap?We live in a culture that celebrates being crazy busy: “Western society puts a high value on being busy,” wrote Dr. Christiane Northup, a women’s health expert and New York Times best-selling author. “We are conditioned to believe that being busy equates to being good, worthy, and successful.”One way people justify the addiction? By humblebragging about just how busy they are. We’ve all encountered this type of bragging: It’s that modest, even self-deprecating rundown of how much someone did or has to do, with the underlying purpose of drawing attention to how accomplished they are.In his article for Harvard Business Review, renowned business leader Greg McKeown calls it “The More Bubble,” and argues society has granted us permission to be proud of it.”This bubble is being enabled by an unholy alliance between three powerful trends: smart phones, social media, and extreme consumerism,” he explained. “The result is not just information overload, but opinion overload. We are more aware than at any time in history of what everyone else is doing and, therefore, what we ‘should’ be doing.””In the process, we have been sold a bill of goods: that success means being supermen and superwomen who can get it all done. Of course, we back-door-brag about being busy: it’s code for being successful and important,” he went on to suggest. Where does the “supermen and superwomen” imperative come from? In the business world, it often comes from the cultural expectations of high achievement. As McKeown explains, it also comes from the impression we get that everyone is doing tons of cool stuff all the time. It’s an interesting take: Is our “addiction” to chaos and busyness driven more by habit and boredom — even shame?Whatever it is, the busy humblebrag is just a coping mechanism. Most of us aren’t genuinely proud of our chaotic lives … we just hide behind the reverence every time we fail to break the cycle. And while being ambitious (to some degree) is obviously a great thing, it’s important that we don’t allow these cultural expectations to push us to the point of burnout. Are you “addicted” to being busy? How do you cope? Share your thoughts with us in the comments. Topics: Originally published Apr 11, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Productivity Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

10 Handy Gmail Tips That’ll Help You Stay Organized & Productive [Infographic]

first_img Originally published Jul 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Gmail is one of the most popular email clients for webmail right now — and with good reason. It’s one of the most powerful and reliable email clients available, and makes checking and organizing email easy. (And dare I say fun?)But there are a whole lot of cool things you can do in Gmail that not a lot of people know about.For example, did you know that you can automatically categorize some of your incoming emails so they’re labeled, archived, deleted, or forwarded — without ever having to see them in your inbox? Or that you can save and send canned emails so you’re not typing out the same response to different folks over and over and over again?Check out the infographic below from NeoMam Studios to learn 10 tips to help you become a Gmail power user. You’ll find yourself spending a lot less time looking through email — and more time doing the things that actually matter. (And read this blog post to learn how to get to inbox zero in Gmail, once and for all.)6Save6SaveWhat other tips do you have for being a Gmail power user? Share with us in the comments. Email Inbox Tips Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:last_img read more

Inbound Marketing for Independent Schools

first_imgToday nearly a quarter of all K-12 schools in this country are private schools—that’s over 30,000 schools. With 5 million seats to fill each year, these stats demonstrate the urgency for marketers to attract their share of prospective parents, and nurture them along to their child’s enrollment.Every student goes through her own enrollment journey, but the inbound marketing journey phases are the same for every prospect. A key to inbound success is understanding each of these phases and what different inbound marketing strategies and tactics are needed in each.Getting Noticed: Attracting Qualified Prospective ParentsParents can’t enroll their children if they don’t know you’re out there. The first phase is getting attention for your school, but not just from anyone. You want to make sure you attract parents of students (prospects) who are looking for an alternative to public education, who have children who will thrive at your school, and who are going to ultimately help better your school.To make sure you’re attracting the right prospects, you need to understand, deeply, who they are. These are your personas, which you’ll write up in detailed descriptions for fictionalized versions of your ideal parents. You may have more than one persona for your school. For example, parents looking to enroll their child in a private school right from kindergarten, might have different questions and needs than one looking to transfer their students in for 8th grade.  One may be curious about after-school care, while the other might care more about whether or not their child has been adequately prepped for successWhen you do research to build your personas, talk with your academic and career counselors, admissions folks, current students, local libraries, even other schools if possible.  You want to learn what questions and concerns your ideal parents have when they start looking for an independent school.The information you discover isn’t just for your personas. It’s also the foundation of SEO strategy, to guide you in the selection of what keywords and phrases will generate the right kind of organic traffic to your website and blog. The right keywords help keep your traffic targeted.Are you trying to increase awareness for your best-in-class soccer program for the state of Maine? Then search phrases like “youth soccer in Maine” and “Maine soccer leagues for children” may need to be part of your keyword list.Do What Your School Does Best – Educate ProspectsYou want to convert your website and blog visitors into prospects you can nurture. A visitor becomes a prospect when you start learning enough about them to push out personalized content. The best way to do this is offer them some remarkable content for which they’re willing to exchange their email address.Remarkable content has to provide detailed, actionable answers to the specific questions prospects have when deciding whether to go to an independent school versus a public school, how to apply, or how to decide what sort of school or program best suits them.Whether your school is co-ed or single sex, day school or boarding school, you’re driven by a unique philosophy, set of values, and approach to teaching. Your content is a vehicle to showcase what makes you different, and why students might be a good fit for the qualities your school is known for.Return to your personas and what you learned about them during your research. You should see a broad range of concerns, questions, and interests you can dig into. Set out to create remarkable content that educates your prospects about their most pressing questions.Getting Those Applications and Enrollments A prospect can spend a lot of time in the education phase. Use your content and its carefully selected topics to nurture prospects towards inquiries, applications, or enrollments. To do this, nudge prospects along with content that starts answering the questions they have about your specific independent school.You’re still educating them, but now you’re educating about what they can expect at your school and why your school is a good option for them. This is also the time to start “closing” on your best prospects. Include calls-to-action (CTAs) on your blog posts, emails, and other content geared towards prospects in this phase that start building offline connections between them and your school. Strong CTAs for this phase include inviting them for on-campus tours and meetings with career and academic counselors and financial aid advisors. Making this pivot successful requires good timing and persistence. Identify behavioral triggers that indicate a prospect’s high readiness to fix their short list of schools. You can use email series and other automated workflows to drip the right mix of content and CTAs to move a prospect towards application and then on to enrollment.Create Your School’s Best AmbassadorsCongratulations! Your inbound marketing program has resulted in a full enrollment class of exactly the kind of students you want.Your work isn’t done.These students and their parents are an invaluable resource. Use surveys to find what their preferences and interests are. Learn about what the specific motivators were that lead them to choose your school over others.  Do you need to refine your personas based on what you learned?They’re also great content sources. Delighted parents and students can write blog posts, post at-school videos, and share your school’s content through their own social media profiles. So don’t forget to continue to publish remarkable content that appeals to their new questions and challenges now that they’re enrolled. The Never-Ending Cycle As you well know, there’s always another semester and new classes to fill. The more you execute on an inbound marketing strategy, the more you’ll learn about what works, what your best prospects respond to, and what can (and should) be discarded. Use this never-ending cycle of new prospects to keep improving the content and lead nurture flows you implement to enroll your new students. Education Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! 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The 17 Best Resume Templates for Every Type of Professional

first_img Resume While an eye-catching resume alone probably won’t land you your dream gig, it doesn’t hurt to put a little extra effort into how you present yourself on paper.The right resume design speaks to your individual skills and personality, and can propel your application to the top of the stack. But finding a cool design that also fits your professional identity can be a major hassle — and applying for jobs is already hard enough.We’ve scoured the web for some of the best resume templates to help you stand out in a sea of Times New Roman and crowded copy.Download free resume templates to create a killer resume.You’ll want to steal each and every one of these creative resume templates — and the good news is: You can! These generous designers have made their work available for free download. Read on to check them out and find a great fit for your next job application.We’ve organized them by the type of candidate they’re best for.The 17 Best Resume Templates for Every Type of ProfessionalBest for CreativesThese templates emphasize the design, color, and typography skills that creatives need to show from the get-go.1. Resume Template with a Photo BackgroundThis template from Polish designer Patryk Korycki is perfect for photographers, graphic designers, and other creatives looking to showcase a sample of their best work. The template can be downloaded here for free.2. Monochromatic and Retro Resume TemplateThis design from freelancer Fay Zodiac is a whimsical take on traditional resumes. The retro typography adds a playful element, while the boxy layout keeps everything from looking too busy or crowded. You can download this resume design here for free.3. Vibrant and Visual Resume TemplateAlessia Curcio, a Copenhagen-based designer, gives us a perfect example of how to incorporate kaleidoscopic color without going over the top. Infographic-inspired elements help clearly display work experience and skills with minimal text. Download Curcio’s free template here.4. Infographic Style Resume TemplateCreated by digital art director and freelance designer Fernando Báez, this unique, infographic-inspired resume template helps you organize your work experience and skills into a minimal visual layout. Báez has made the template available for free download here.Best for FreelancersThese templates emphasize the headshot photo for freelancers who might not meet their employers in person, and need substantial text space and a visual to offer something memorable.5. Resume Template with a Simple Color AccentAdding color to a resume might seem intimidating at first — especially if you’re applying to a more traditional workplace — but a few sophisticated pops of color can add some interest without compromising on professionalism. This template from designer Eduardo Ogawa uses bright accents to spice up the traditional layout. You can download it for free here.6. Bold Classic Resume TemplateIf you’re looking for a more traditional resume template that still makes a bold impression, check out this creation from Finish designer Mats-Peter Forss. The template includes space for a headshot, and is available for free download here.7. Resume Template with Pops of Primary ColorsProof that color can be professional, this template boasts a compact, sophisticated layout and bright, colorful accents. It also has room for a substantial summary. Designer David Gómez actually uses this resume template himself, and he’s been generous enough to share it for free download here.Best for Recent GraduatesThese templates make great use of empty space — perfect for students who are still building experience — through eye-catching designs that help these candidates make a splash in their industry.8. Graphic and Adventurous Resume TemplateThis is not a resume template for wallflowers. The folks at Createer whipped up this daring design as part of a free resume template pack, which you can check out here.9. Resume Template with an Unexpected FormatIf you want to really stand out in a crowded applicant pool, then this resume is definitely for you. Graphic designer and freelance photographer Paolo Pettigiani created this bold template for his own professional use, but has made it available for free download here.10. Center-Aligned Resume TemplateIf you want to mix up your resume format without going too crazy, try a center-aligned layout, like this clean, modern design by Zohan Habib. The custom icons and colored border add a nice creative touch. This template is available for free download here.Best for Executive/Upper-Level ProfessionalsThese templates offer ample real estate for candidates to express their deep experience in the plain but formal manner that many employers expect.11. Black and White Resume TemplateRunning low on colored ink? Check out this minimal black and white template from editorial designer Bro Luthfi. The simple design is anything but boring, and includes a set of custom icons to add some visual interest. You can download the free template here.12. Clean and Modern Resume TemplateYour resume is really your first impression with a potential employer, and this template design from the team at GoaShape is modern without being too edgy. The template pack includes a two-page resume layout and cover letter design, and can be downloaded for free here.13. Resume Template with Subtle Color SchemeBeirut-based designer Wassim Awadallah serves up a simple, two-page resume template for more advanced professionals. Displaying the headshot and contact information on the cover leaves plenty of room on the second page to document all your career highlights and accomplishments. Download the template for free here.Best for People Changing CareersThese templates help those who are changing industries organize their experience by skill, rather than employer. Sections can be customized to the candidate who needs to show how his/her background can transfer.14. Resume Template with an Organized Use of SpaceWhen you’re trying to crunch years of work experience and a laundry list of skills onto a single sheet of paper, things tend to get crowded quickly. This template from designer Tina Von Helsinki invites you to simplify. The distinct sections highlight different aspects of your qualifications — eliminating anything extraneous and putting the focus on what matters to your potential employers the most. Download the template here.15. Playful and Professional Resume TemplateItalian designer Martina Cavalieri created this resume template with a set of 16 custom icons to highlight your interests and skills. The modern layout is anchored by a bold two-toned border: just enough color to help your resume stand out in the pile. Cavalieri offers this template for free download here.Best for Hardcore MarketersWe couldn’t help ourselves. Although every template in this blog post can work for marketers, the templates below are perfect for those who love to brand themselves.16. Heavy Header Resume Template”Hey, you!” That’s what I think of when I see this flashy yet classy template. Made by designer Mike Bradshaw, the resume features a variety of sections without seeming too cluttered. Long first or last names might look overwhelming with this header, but it certainly does a good job conveying a breadth of information. Download it for free here.17. Profile Style Resume TemplateThis last resume was actually designed by the company, Hloom, and is rather plain. But there’s something so familiar about it: The resume header looks like a Facebook profile! While Hloom suggests the lengthy skills section could make this template appealing to the IT industry, we think it is equally perfect for digital marketers — especially those who work in social media. Download it for free here.Didn’t find the design you were looking for? We bet you’ll find an awesome template in this free resume template pack. Originally published Mar 25, 2018 8:13:00 PM, updated March 26 2018 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

How to Take Your Instagram Stories to the Next Level With Stickers

first_imgInstagram StickersLet’s take a look at a few different ways you can use Stickers in your next Instagram Story (featuring HubSpot’s Desirae Smith as our Instagram Story model!).1. Open up the Instagram app, and click the camera icon in the top left. This will open your Instagram Story.2. Take a picture (or upload one). Click the peeling square smiley face in the top right — that is your Stickers icon. 3. Here is your complete list of stickers. You can scroll through them, or search for one in the search box at the top.4. To create a poll, click the “poll” sticker, and then type your question. Drag to reposition the sticker on your image. 5. To add a GIF to your image, click the “GIF” icon and then scroll through trending GIFs, or search in the search box.6. The best way to learn about stickers is by experimenting. Try clicking on different stickers, like temperature, location, or emojis, to decide what works best for you. 7. When you’re happy with the finished product, click “Your Story” in the bottom left to add the post to your Instagram Story (but beware — too many Stickers can quickly become overwhelming). There you have it! Stickers are one of the easiest and most effective tools at your disposal to ensure your Instagram Stories are fun, captivating, and original. For more Instagram Stories tips, check out “How to Make an Instagram Story Like a Pro”. With over 250 million people using Instagram Stories daily, it’s no surprise you want in on the action. But the sheer quantity of Stories can be overwhelming — how’s your business supposed to stand out?One of the easiest ways to add personality and flair to your Stories is through Instagram Stickers.Get the essential tips to starting a successful Instagram account for your business.With Stickers, you can ask questions and create polls for your audience, add GIFs to an otherwise average photo, and include relevant information like temperature and location. Or, you could simply include an emoji to make your post more captivating.Let’s explore the full range of possibilities with Instagram Stickers.How to add stickers to your Instagram storyOpen the Instagram appClick on the camera in the top left to open your StoriesTake a picture, or upload oneClick the peeling smiley face icon at the top rightPeruse your stickers and click on one you likeRearrange it on the page, make it bigger or smaller, or tap it to change design Originally published Aug 24, 2018 6:00:00 AM, updated October 30 2019 Don’t forget to share this post!center_img Topics: Instagram Marketinglast_img read more

Lionel Messi votes for Ronaldo at Best FIFA Player awards. But did Cristiano return the favour?

first_imgLionel Messi actually had Cristiano Ronaldo’s name in his three-man shortlist for the best FIFA player of the year award before the Barcelona superstar eventually bagged the top prize himself in the men’s category after edging out Ronaldo and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dyk in the final three shortlist.The captain, coaches and selected media personnel from every FIFA member votes for the men’s player of the year award. They name three players and while the first choice carries five points, the second choice carries three and the third choice only one point.Messi named Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus/Portugal) and Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona/Netherlands) as his top three picks.But Ronaldo didn’t return the favour to Messi as the Portugal captain voted for Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus/Netherlands), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona/Netherlands) and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain/France).Third finalist Virgil van Dyk chose Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt) and Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal) as his three picks.Even though Messi voted for Ronaldo, Ronaldo didn’t vote for Messi.If anything, that shows his inferiority complex.The best part? Messi is the best, and he doesn’t constantly repeat he’s the best. Unlike Cristiano, who WANTS to be the best, and tries to say he is. Universal (@BarcaUniversal) September 23, 2019Messi, who won the Spanish La Liga title with Barcelona last season as well as the European golden boot having scored 54 goals in 58 games in all competitions, won the best FIFA player of the year for a record sixth time in his career. He had last won the award in 2015.advertisementMessi’s win at the La Scala Opera house in Milan also marks a return to the dominance of the Argentine and Ronaldo, who between them have won the award all but once since 2007.Messi said it has been a long time without winning an individual prize for him after he bagged the top prize in the men’s category.”It has been a long time without winning an individual prize. It is good to have this award,” quoted Messi as saying.#TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019USA co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the women’s top award after helping her country to the World Cup title this year in a tournament considered to be a milestone in the development and expansion of women’s football internationally.Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp was voted men’s coach of the year while USA national team coach Jill Ellis took home the best women’s coach trophy.Also Read | Been a long time without winning an individual prize: Lionel Messi after FIFA player of the year awardAlso Read | Lionel Messi wins best FIFA player of the year award for record 6th timeAlso Read | Silvia Grecco, who was seen narrating game to her blind son, named FIFA’s Best Fanlast_img read more

Met Amit Shah for first time, there was no political development: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is set to take charge as the head of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Tuesday spoke about his meeting with BJP President Amit Shah a day before he emerged as the lone contender in the race to be BCCI president.After Ganguly met Shah, the rumours of the former India crickter joining the ruling party in India started doing the rounds. There were speculations about a deal between Ganguly and Shah over the BCCI presidentship in return of the former representing the BJP in Bengal for elections in 2021.However, Ganguly has rubbished all such reports, saying, there was no political development in his meeting with Union Home Minister.”I met Amit Shah for the first time ever. Neither did I ask a question on BCCI, whether I was going to get a post or not, nor any discussion of you will only get this if you agree to that’ happened. There is no political development.””I’ve heard these political questions before too when I met Mamata didi, the chief minister of West Bengal,” Ganguly told reporters.In an exclusive interview to India Today, Amit Shah had also denied taking the decision to appoint the BCCI president.”I did not decide who will be BCCI President. BCCI has its own election process for it,” Amit Shah said.When asked about Sourav Ganguly meeting Amit Shah, the home minister said, “He can come see me. I have been associated with cricket for years. There is no harm in Sourav Ganguly meeting me.”advertisementSourav Ganguly is set to take charge as the head of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after he filed his nomination for the top post for the elections to be held on October 23.last_img read more

Watch: Top OSU Receiver Target Breaks Long Jump Record

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 apparently was not the first time he broke the school record according to a tweet from April 14.NEW SCHOOL LONG JUMP RECORD!!??— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) April 14, 2017But long jumping is not the only reason to love Moore as a prospect.At 6 foot 5, he would be the tallest receiver on the roster next season. That’s one inch taller than senior outside threat Marcell Ateman. Give Moore a couple years to fill in and factor in Rob Glass and Co.’s potential influence and you’ve got an absolute freak on your hands.Currently, Moore has all you could want from a high school prospect — speed, size, good hands and he’s stronger than he looks.Cue the Jelani Woods-to-CJ Moore highlights. You must be this tall to ride this ride. There’s a lot to like about CJ Moore.The 2018 wide receiver prospect is the current No. 3. high school player in Oklahoma according to 247Sports. He’s also got the size and skill that causes offensive coaches to salivate and keeps defensive coaches up at night.The Tulsa Union product recently whittled down his list of top schools to six. Oklahoma State made the cut. If Kasey Dunn hopes to keep this premiere talent in-state, he’ll have to fend off the likes of Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Oregon.Strangely enough, Oklahoma has yet to offer one of the premiere talents in the state. But you can bet more invitations are on the horizon as Moore looks to follow up a breakout junior season this fall.Moore recently showed off his athleticism with this ridiculous long jump, breaking the Union High School record. (It looks like they need to dig a longer pit.)new school record again!! 24″9.5— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) April 28, 2017last_img read more

Sports Roundup: Men’s & Women’s Tennis Receive All-Academic Team Honors

first_imgWith the football season officially underway as of Sunday, it’s easy to forget about the non-revenue sports. But we’re here to make sure you’re in the loop when it comes to baseball, golf, tennis and wrestling, too.Here’s a roundup of news from around the horn this week.BaseballCheck out how OSU alums are doing in the pro leagues in this separate roundup by OSU Athletics:The Cowboys of Summer are doing their thing – check out how your favorite Pokes are doing in pro ball here: #okstate— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) July 25, 2017AdChoices广告GolfKarsten Creek recently received new sand, which is the same sand used by Augusta National/If you’ve watched @TheMasters you’ll recognize @KarstenCreek’s new sand. It’s the same used by the fine folks at Augusta National. #okstate— Oklahoma State Golf (@OSUCowboyGolf) July 29, 2017 OSU golfers Zachary Olsen and Sam Stevens were recently named to the list of Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America:Two Cowboys Earn All-America Scholar Status #okstate— Oklahoma State Golf (@OSUCowboyGolf) July 26, 2017Cowgirl golfer Linnea Nelsen played in her first professional tournament in Johannesberg, Sweden:Cowgirl @LinneaLinnyJ is on the course for her 1st career pro event in Sweden. Congrats Linny! #okstate➡️— OSU Cowgirl Golf (@OSUcowgirlgolf) July 28, 2017TennisThe women’s tennis was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team for 2017:We’ve been named an ITA All-Academic Team for 2017! Congrats to our six ITA Scholar Athletes! #okstate— OSU Women’s Tennis (@CowgirlTennis) July 25, 2017The men received the same award — six from the men’s team were named Scholar-Athletes, which was a new school record for men’s tennis:Another #okstate record falls as the Cowboys collect six ITA Scholar-Athlete honors this year! ▶️— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) July 25, 2017Wrestling:OSU’s Daton Fix and Zach Esposito are headed to Tampere, Finland to represent OSU at the Junior World Wrestling Championships. We’ll have more on that later this evening.Good luck to @_Greatest_Ever1 & Coach @zack_espo who head to Finland next week to rep the US at the Jr World Champs— OSU Cowboy Wrestling (@CowboyWrestling) July 28, 2017 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

Why €100m Griezmann is Barca’s top target

first_imgTransfers Why €100 million Griezmann remains Barcelona’s top transfer target Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Getty Transfers Primera División Antoine Griezmann Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Barcelona Atlético Madrid The France forward is in fantastic form for Atletico ahead of Sunday’s trip to Camp Nou, but the Catalan club hope he will be on their team in 2018-19 Antoine Griezmann is the man of the moment. With seven goals in his last two games, the 26-year-old will be the biggest threat to Barcelona’s unbeaten record and also their title hopes as Atletico travel to the Catalan capital on Sunday.A few weeks ago, Diego Simeone’s side looked to be out of the race for La Liga, but the Rojiblancos have gained ground on Barca and the gap is only five points now. Thanks, in part, to Griezmann, who hit a hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Sevilla last weekend and followed up with all four goals against Leganes on Wednesday.”Now, let’s go to Barcelona to see if we can do something beautiful,” the France forward said after that 4-0 victory. “We have 12 games left and we are going to try to win all of them and we will see how far we can go.” 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 Griezmann, who now has 103 goals in 193 appearances for Atletico and is clearly benefitting from the return of Diego Costa and the Brazilian’s ability to drop deep and drag defenders away to create more spaces, also revealed he hoped to score at Camp Nou on Sunday.But Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said: “Well, I would rather he saved his goals for another time.” Presumably, he means some time in future – as a Barcelona player.Griezmann considered leaving Atletico last summer, but ultimately stayed due to the club’s transfer ban. However, his prohibitive release clause of €200 million drops down to €100m in June and he will be Barca’s top transfer target for next season.Valverde would not be drawn on that in the pre-match press conference on Saturday. “As for his future, I can’t tell you,” he said. “But he is a player who is in excellent form at the moment.”Despite his recent flurry of goals, there are still many who cannot see exactly how Griezmann would fit in at Barca. But the Blaugrana are determined to make him their player in the summer and have been told by the Frenchman’s advisers that he is keen on a move to Camp Nou.Griezmann 103 goals graphicFinancially, at least, a move makes sense. Not so long ago, €100m was what the world’s most expensive players cost. But not now. After Neymar’s €222m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, even the 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele went for in excess of €100m last summer. And, in January, Barca paid €120m, plus a possible €40m in variables, for Philippe Coutinho.In the meantime, a possible price of around €200m is being quoted for Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Forward players who can guarantee goals are always more expensive and a 27-year-old Griezmann – it is his birthday later this month – for €100m would be smart business for Barca.How he would fit in is up to Valverde, but he could play either alongside Luis Suarez, with Lionel Messi dropping deeper, or as a winger with the Uruguayan further forward. It would give the Blaugrana an embarrassment of riches in attack.And, with Messi 31 this year and Suarez already that age, the thinking is that a move for Griezmann, following the arrivals of Dembele and Coutinho, would continue the transition to a younger attack to complement and ultimately replace some of the ageing players at Camp Nou.Before attempting to buy him, however, Barca will first have to try and stop him.last_img read more

Can hopes to avoid all-English quarter-final

first_imgLiverpool Can hoping Liverpool can avoid all-English quarter-final Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 13:28 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Liverpool Liverpool v Porto Porto UEFA Champions League Videos With several English clubs set for the Champions League quarter-finals, the midfielder would prefer to avoid them Liverpool midfielder Emre Can would prefer to avoid playing an English club in the Champions League quarter-finals.Jurgen Klopp’s men cruised through the last 16, drawing 0-0 with Porto on Tuesday to complete a 5-0 aggregate success.There could be five English clubs in the last eight, with Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United potentially joining Liverpool. 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 While Can is unfazed by his team’s next opponents, he would like to avoid facing a fellow Premier League club.”I think you are wrong if you play a Champions League game and you don’t find motivation,” he said.”I think it was OK, we did our job and we are through the round. I prefer to not play an English team, but I don’t care who.”Overcoming Porto saw Liverpool into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008-09, and while Can would like to avoid another English side, midfield partner Jordan Henderson says it doesn’t matter who Liverpool come up against. “It doesn’t matter,” he told BT Sport. “They are all big teams and good teams. Whoever you get, you’ve got to be prepared to go and win. So it doesn’t matter. We’ll be ready.“This is the business end of the season. The next few months are very important for us as a team, we’ve got some big games coming up. We’ve got to keep going, keep working hard and put in performances like we have been – then the results will follow.”Liverpool return to Premier League action Saturday with a crucial match against Manchester United.last_img read more

Panthers Pretty In Pink

first_imgAnd it was about more than winning for this bunch of Year Seven students.The St Anthony’s Pink Panthers team competed in the Under 12’s Boys division at the event, and decked out in pink uniforms, helped to raise money for those with cancer. Working together with the registered charity, Play For A Cure, the team dedicated the weekend to raising funds for breast cancer.Local business Buddy’s Fire Sales and Services sponsored the Pink Panthers $5 for every touchdown scored, with the Rockhampton Touch Association kick starting their fundraising with a $50 donation.  They were impressive on the field, scoring 30 touchdowns during the event, while they were also busy between games asking for donations as well. Through donations of over $500 and through the generosity of their sponsor, the Panthers were able to raise $1,000 for Play For A Cure, something they should definitely be proud of. Check out the photos to the right of this article to see the boys in action. For more information on Play For A Cure, please click on the link below: read more

‘Southgate ranks up there with Mourinho’

first_imgWorld Cup Southgate ranks up there with Mourinho, says England assistant Holland Chris Burton 16:49 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Gareth Southgate Getty World Cup England José Mourinho Antonio Conte England v Panama Panama The Three Lions coach has worked with some big names in the past, including Antonio Conte and Rafa Benitez, but is a big fan of his current colleague England boss Gareth Southgate is as good a coach as the likes of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea tactician Antonio Conte, says Steve Holland.The man currently steering the Three Lions through World Cup 2018 campaign is relatively inexperienced when it comes to life in the dugout at the very highest level.He did spend three years in charge of Middlesbrough between 2006 and 2009 and a similar amount of time with the England U21 side prior to landing the top post, but he is still learning on the job. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Southgate is, however, being backed to be a resounding success, with his assistant manager of the opinion that the 47-year-old boasts many of the qualities which have delivered silverware aplenty to some of the biggest names in the game.Holland, who spent six years as a first-team coach at Chelsea prior to linking up with England, told reporters in Russia: “Gareth ticks so many of the boxes that the best that I’ve worked with tick.”I worked with Mourinho, I worked with [Carlo] Ancelotti, I worked with [Rafa] Benitez, Conte…it was an incredible environment.”All of the managers I worked for had different qualities, different strengths and different weaknesses, but they were all the same in that they were totally single-minded. Very, very clear on how they wanted things to be done.”Gareth is very clear on what he wants and has been right from the start.”Southgate’s ambition helped to lure Holland away from Stamford Bridge, with a stable position given up in order to join the international ranks.He maintains that it was an easy decision to link up with England, despite having enjoyed considerable success with a club side that savoured domestic and European triumphs during his time on the touchline.Holland, speaking ahead of a crunch clash with Panama on Sunday, added: “I loved working for Chelsea. It’s the most exciting club in the world, never a dull moment.”In the six years I worked with the first team, I experienced a World Club Championship final, a Champions League final, a Europa League final, an FA Cup final, a Capital One Cup final, two successful Premier League title run-ins.”Why did I leave? Because of this. To be at a World Cup with England, wow.”last_img read more

Lukaku and Hazard likely to miss England clash

first_imgWorld Cup Lukaku and Hazard likely to miss England showdown with injury concern Jon Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 02:36 6/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) lukakumertenshazard-cropped Getty Images World Cup Belgium Romelu Lukaku Eden Hazard Belgium v Tunisia Tunisia The Red Devils suffered a trio of injury worries in the 5-2 defeat of Tunisia that puts them on the brink of qualifying for the last 16 Roberto Martinez will make “major changes” for Belgium’s final Group G fixture against England after key trio Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens all sustained minor knocks. Lukaku and Hazard scored twice in Saturday’s 5-2 rout of Tunisia before being replaced in the second half, while Mertens also made way with four minutes to go after a typically energetic display.Martinez was already planning to shake-up his side to face the Three Lions on Thursday with qualification to the last 16 guaranteed if, as expected, England avoid defeat to Panama on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The Spaniard said: “If we had seven days to prepare, and then have another seven days after the England game we would carry on with the same team.”I do believe in international football it’s important to have an understanding between the players. The reality is we are qualified and you are only as good as the 23 players. There will be opportunities for other players, we can give minutes to players who deserve to be at the World Cup.”On the injuries, he added: “Lukaku picked up an ankle injury, Hazard picked up a calf injury, and Dries Mertens had a knock on his ankle. We will assess them. There will be major changes against England.”Romelu has external ankle ligament damage to his left foot. It was a knock he had late in the first half. He tried to play through it, but he couldn’t. He did well to last what he lasted. He will be assessed and then we will find out in 48 hours.”Another quick change to the full-time graphic!A blistering performance from #BEL who join #RUS on EIGHT goals from their opening two #WorldCup matches! — FIFA World Cup(@FIFAWorldCup) June 23, 2018 Martinez also dismissed suggestions winning Group G may not be beneficial due to the raft of surprise results elsewhere.Although it remains guesswork at this stage, the pool winners could end up facing the winner of Brazil and Germany in the last eight, while the runners-up may get one of Mexico, Sweden or Switzerland assuming they dispense with the winner of Group H in the last-16.Going easy against England has not crossed Martinez’s mind, though. He said: “Football has a strange knack of punishing you when you don’t treat things professionally.”What’s important for us is that every player who deserves to be on the field will have a role to play. We need to approach the game with England really well, we shouldn’t be thinking of anything else other than preparing the team that will be starting that match.”Despite the emphatic scoreline against Tunisia, Belgium’s display was far from perfect and Martinez admitted there was still much work to do.Romelu Lukaku Belgium 2018 World Cup“We must remember that it was a game that suited our style,” he said.”Give huge credit to Tunisia, they wanted to win from the beginning, they pressed high up, they were happy to leave space and the credit we deserve is that we used that space well.”We are still growing, we need to do better, we didn’t manage the game well enough in moments.”In scoring twice, Lukaku not only joined Cristiano Ronaldo as the leading marksman in the World Cup with four, he also became the first man since Diego Maradona in 1986 to score successive braces at the tournament.But, as he did on Friday, Martinez played down the importance of individual awards.”Romelu will try to score as many goals as he can but not at all costs,” he said.”What’s important is that we have the right attitude on the pitch that allows you to work well as a team. Rom, like any other player, is aware the only thing that matters is to keep working, to keep getting better as a team and then if you do that well, you will get individual rewards.”He was incisive, he was in the right position, in a confident mood and in front of goal he was as clinical as you would expect.”last_img read more

PSG move on from Fabinho & Fabregas

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are keen to recruit a midfielder in the January transfer window to replace Adrien Rabiot, but are unlikely to sign either Fabinho or Cesc Fabregas.Rabiot has decided against extending his contract at Parc des Princes, and will either leave the club in the January transfer window or sit on the bench until the summer, when he will be able to depart on a free transfer.Liverpool midfielder Fabinho only left Ligue 1 in the summer, joining the Reds from Monaco in a £43.7 million deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After initially struggling to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans Fabinho has played 90 minutes in Liverpool’s last three games, and appears integral to the German manager’s plans.The Brazil international is viewed as unattainable by PSG at the turn of the year, with a loan particularly unlikely.Fabregas, too, has struggled for game time under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea this season, playing 90 minutes just once, in the 2-1 defeat to Wolves.Away from that game, the Spain international has played 48 minutes in the Premier League, with most of his game time restricted to the Europa League.Fabregas would only cost around €8 million, but his salary is prohibitive, while Sarri is open to the possibility of keeping the midfielder.The former Arsenal and Barcelona star has been linked with a number of clubs along with PSG, including Monaco and AC Milan.A number of similar profile midfielders are being scouted by the capital club, including Everton star Idrissa Gueye, Zenit’s Leandro Paredes and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl.Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure is another potential target, although the Premier League club are unlikely to sanction a sale in the January transfer window given his importance to the club.Nevertheless, PSG will continue to keep tabs on the player as they look to reinforce their midfield.Thomas Tuchel’s side would also like to purchase a defender to deepen their backline.last_img read more