I can handle EPL pressure, says new Swansea manager Bradley

first_imgThe first American to take charge at a top division club in Europe, newly-appointed Swansea City manager Bob Bradley insists that he can handle the pressure of the English Premier League (EPL).New Jersey-born Bradley’s first game is expected to be a tough one as Swansea will travel to Arsenal for an EPL clash on October 15.”One thing you learn in management is they can get rid of you any time. The first time I was USA manager I was the interim coach. But we’re all interim managers in football,” Bradley said. (Angry Klopp sparks Liverpool revival at Swansea)”Whether I am judged after one, two, three or five games, it’s no problem. I can take it. But one thing you can’t be is fazed by it when you stand in front of the players. The second they sense you are worried about your job you are finished,” he added.”I’ve been fired five times before. So I get the pressure in football — but I am not fazed by it.”The fact that Bradley has no previous experience of the high pressure atmosphere of the EPL may not go down well with the club’s supporters, specially since the Swansea Supporters’ Trust, which owns 21 percent share in the club and has a place on the board, was not even consulted when he was drafted in from French Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre.Bradley, however, is confident that he will win over the sceptics. (EPL: Aguero leads Man City past Swansea, Liverpool crush Hull)advertisement”The fans are the lifeblood of every team. I remind players every day that when you step on the pitch that you must always understand all of the people who love the club and come rain or shine stand behind the colours.”For me, the number one responsibility you have as a manager and as players is to make the fans feel proud,” Bradley was quoted as saying by the Daily Express on Sunday.”The connection between the club and community, and the passion with the supporters is so important. (Premier League: Controversial Costa scores twice as Chelsea hold Swansea)”I will work hard every single day to make sure we step onto the pitch and remember how much our team means to our supporters,” he added.last_img read more

How To Make Barista-Worthy Coffee At Home

first_imgMake coffee at home instead of buying fancy lattes at the local cafe (or, OK, Starbucks outpost), and you’ll save boatloads of cash each year.Shocking, right? If only it were that simple.Although financial gurus repeatedly trot out the so-called latte factor as a prime example of how we’re all busting our budgets, the tired tip fails to account for one major hurdle: taste. If we all boasted barista skills and our home kitchens had $1,000-plus espresso machines, the venti whatevers wouldn’t stand a chance. As it is… well, let’s just say it’s no surprise that so many people are willing to fork over $5 for a caffeine fix.The good news is, even cooks with little skill and a basic drip coffeemaker can improve the flavor of their home brew. It may not prompt you to switch altogether — despite her $0.40 blended coffee drink recipe, Frugal Foodie still occasionally indulges in the real thing from Starbucks — but even buying two fewer fancy coffee drinks per week save up to $520 a year.Use these tricks and recipes to make your homemade coffee more palatable straight up, or mixed into a fancier drink. (Plus, check out the food recipes below to further indulge your coffee addiction.)1. Stir the grounds mid-brewIt extracts more flavor and releases the essential oils, says Jill Houk, a chef with Centered Chef Food Studios in Chicago. Just pull out the basket a little bit to briefly stir the soppy grounds and water with a spoon. “You’ll be shocked how different this coffee tastes,” she says.2. Store beans with careDon’t keep beans or grounds in the refrigerator, advises former Starbucks barista Will Kruisbrink. “The environment dries up the essential oils that make coffee taste fresh,” he says. To maintain flavor, keep whole beans in an airtight container at room temperature, and grind them “at the last possible second.” Don’t store them too long, though, says Scott Lush, the founder of coffee roasting company RoastE. The flavors are best within 10 days of roasting. (Many companies will post the date of roasting on the bag.)3. Preheat the waterThe best flavors make their way out of the bean in the first four minutes of brew-time, but most drip coffee makers take a full 10 to 15 minutes, points out Chef Tom of Salt Lake City’s ABC4 “Cook With Tom.” That adds astringency and bitterness. Heat cold water in a tea kettle, and add it to the coffee pot just prior to brewing. “Your brew time will decrease dramatically, and you’ll get more of the good stuff, and less of the bad stuff in your java,” he says. (Don’t use the shortcut of taking hot tap water, which has lost much of its dissolved gas and results in blander coffee.)4. Make iced coffee the right wayHot coffee + ice = a too-bitter brew. Self-professed coffee snob Rob Pitingolo of Arlington, Va., uses a French press for a cold-brewing method. No press? Frugal Foodie has made a slightly messier version using a covered bowl, straining the grounds out with a fine sieve and cheesecloth.5. Get it off the heat“Transfer your coffee off the burner as rapidly as possible,” says Chef Tom.  Letting it linger at a high temperature keeps coffee warm, but also transforms some of the chemicals released by the bean into sour acids that ruin the taste.6. Experiment with flavorsAdd a cinnamon stick or a pinch of ground cinnamon to grounds before brewing for spicy kick, suggests Gail Dosik, the New York confectioner behind One Tough Cookie. Cardamom pods in the grounds offer “an exotic, citrus-y” kick, she says. Mint leaves can also be a great addition to iced coffee drinks.7. Add milk barista-styleOnly pour milk into the center of the cup, and not on the sides of the cup or in a swirling motion, Lush says. That keeps the milk in the middle for a perfect mix while you sip. A bonus for those looking for a prettier drink: it also creates a nice leaf-like pattern.Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie.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

5 Different Types of Insurance Policies & Coverage That You Need

first_imgThere are an overwhelming amount of insurance options on the market. While thorough coverage is important, it’s also possible that you can have too much coverage. Paying too much money for insurance could leave you financially vulnerable in other areas, like your emergency fund or retirement savings. How do you know what types of insurance are absolutely necessary, and what’s superfluous?Let’s start with the 5 basic types of insurance that everyone needs:1. Health InsuranceWhat does it cover?Health insurance covers your necessary medical costs, from doctor’s appointments to surgeries.Do you need it?Health insurance is arguably the most important type of insurance. In 2009, over 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies were due to health insurance costs.When you’re going to purchase health insurance, consider the following:Needs: Young and healthy single persons require less coverage than those with families, the elderly, or persons with chronic health issues. If you think you’re going to be using your insurance frequently, you’ll want to find a plan that has a low deductible and copays.Doctors: If you like your doctor, try and find a plan that allows you to keep your current physician.Cost: Analyze your budget and determine what you can afford. Remember that plans with higher copays and deductibles also have lower premiums, while plans with high premiums usually have lower copays and deductibles.You probably don’t need it if…Every adult should have health insurance. Children are usually covered under one of their parents’ plans.2. Car InsuranceWhat does it cover?There are several different types of car insurance: Liability: Liability insurance comes in two forms: bodily injury and property damage liability. These do not cover the driver or passengers–only pedestrians.Personal Injury Protection: This type of coverage will cover medical expenses related to driver and passenger injuries.Collision: Collision insurance will cover the cost of the damage to your car if you get into an accident, whether you’re at fault or not.Comprehensive: Whereas collision insurance only covers damage  to your car caused byan accident. Comprehensive insurance covers damage related to any cause (it would cover, for instance, a tree falling on your car).Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist: This covers you in the event that the person who hits your car does not have enough insurance to cover the damage.Always be on the lookout for car insurance discounts when you’re shopping for a plan.Do you need it?Yes! Every state requires you to have auto insurance if you’re going to drive a vehicle.You probably don’t need it if…If you don’t own a vehicle or have a driver’s license, you won’t need car insurance.3. Homeowners or Renters InsuranceWhat does it cover?Homeowners insurance covers your home against damage and theft. However, you may need additional insurance to cover natural disasters, like flooding, earthquakes, and wildfires.Renters insurance covers you against damage or theft of personal items in an apartment. Do you need it?Homeowners insurance is absolutely essential because a home is oftentimes one’s most valuable asset.Renters insurance isn’t as crucial, unless you have a large apartment that has plenty of valuables. But even if you don’t, know that renter’s insurance is usually very low-cost, so it might be well worth the peace of mind it provides.You probably don’t need it if…You don’t need homeowners insurance if you don’t own a house. Likewise, you won’t need renters insurance if you’re not renting an apartment.4. Life InsuranceWhat does it cover?Life insurance covers costs associated with dying, such as burial and mortuary fees. If you’re the primary breadwinner of the family, life insurance will also help your family offset lost income. The latter is the main reason why people buy life insurance.Do you need it?Life insurance is the type of insurance that most people want to avoid thinking about. However, it’s incredibly important. If you have a family, you also have a responsibility to make sure they’re provided for in the event that you pass before your time, especially if you have children or if you have a spouse that’s not working.You probably don’t need it if…Single persons usually don’t need life insurance, although there are other important types of insurance for singles.5. Disability InsuranceWhat does it cover?Disability insurance is similar to life insurance because it provides financial coverage if something happens to you. If you get injured and aren’t able to work, disability insurance will reimburse you for lost income. Disability insurance can cover permanent, temporary, partial, or total disability.Do you need it?One-third of all Americans are disabled at some point, so this type of insurance is sensible for everyone, even if you’re young and single.Disability insurance is relatively affordable, but it could provide tremendous financial help if you become disabled for any length of time. You can learn more at Ssa.gov.You probably don’t need it if:Children don’t need disability insurance because they have no income.5 Unnecessary Insurance PoliciesThere’s lots of insurance you might not need, such as:Flight Insurance: Flying is one of the safest modes of travel.Life Insurance for Kids: Life insurance exists to replace lost income. Children have no income.Accidental Death Insurance: Even the accident-prone should skip this type of insurance. It generally contains so many restrictions, that it’s nearly impossible to collect.Disease Insurance: A good health insurance policy is probably a far better investment than trying to cover yourself for every type of ailment that’s out there.Mortgage Life Insurance: Here’s another redundant form of insurance. A good life insurance policy with a long term will cover your mortgage in the event of your death.Should I get pet insurance?The problem with pet insurance is that it typically doesn’t cover annual vaccinations, spaying, and neutering. Thus, it only becomes valuable if your pet has a serious injury or chronic illness.However, if your pet is an ingrained part of your family and you’re willing to pay high veterinary costs to treat major illnesses and injuries, pet insurance might be worth the money.Be Secure, Not ParanoidHumans have a pretty strong sense of self-preservation, so it’s natural to feel an urge to protect yourself against any and every calamity. Most people would rather pay a little bit of money each month than struggle to come up with a larger amount of money in a time of crisis.On the flip side, there are lots of people who think they have nothing to worry about, that they probably won’t ever need insurance coverage.It’s best to take a stance somewhere in between these two mentalities. You should definitely consider buying all or most of the 5 necessary types of insurance mentioned above. These are the most important insurance types that provide huge financial relief for very realistic scenarios.Outside of the 5 main types of insurance, you should think carefully before buying any additional insurance. If you pay too much money for insurance, you could significantly restrict your budget, and thus, your quality of life.Only buy additional insurance policies when there’s a reasonable chance you’ll collect. For instance, if you live in earthquake-prone areas of California, earthquake insurance would be a smart investment. Likewise, flood insurance is recommended if you live somewhere that’s prone to flooding. But even if you’re a frequent flyer, you still probably won’t need flight insurance.Finally, when buying insurance, always make sure you can afford it. Remember, insurance is meant to protect you and your finances, not hurt them. If you need assistance with budgeting, try using a bill payment tracker which can help you maintain all of your insurance payments so you’ll have a better grip on your personal finances.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedInsurance Needs for Single PeopleOctober 11, 2018In “Life Insurance”How to Care for a Loved One Without Breaking the Bank: The Complete GuideJune 12, 2019In “Family Finances”How to Shop for and Save Money on Your Life Insurance on MintSeptember 21, 2018In “Life Insurance” Post navigationlast_img read more

The 12-Step Social Media Program for Traditional Marketers

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 Jun 24, 2009 8:45:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 When I wrote about the need for a social network like Twitter – several years before Twitter was conceived – I never thought that my days would be filled teaching veteran marketers how to build social media service offerings. Based on my daily interactions with marketing agencies, I believe we’ve finally reached the point where convincing companies that they need to be using social media to build awareness, audiences, traffic and leads is almost over.Now it’s about being able to speak to them in terms they understand (rather than in terms our social media peers understand), to explain why a social media strategy is absolutely necessary.A new e-book from Channel V Media (a HubSpot customer and partner) lays out a good plan for agencies and companies trying to develop a social media plan.They’ve spelled out 12 key things you must consider when developing a social media program for your business.It’s a good handbook for in-house marketers, as well as agencies, who are still trying to figure out how to replace their piece-meal campaign-after-campaign approach with a full-blown social media program.Here’s the 12 Steps:Audience Identification. If you know who your audience is, you’re already one step ahead of the game. The next step is to figure out where they interact online.Platform Development & Design. Figuring out how to engage and interact with this audience.Brand Campaign Integration. It’s possible for a social media program to piggyback off a good brand campaign, but it has to be transformed into its cooler younger brother.Content Creation/Coordination. You must create a consistent message.Goal Mapping. In other words, how do you measure your success? Is it brand mentions? Traffic? Email sign ups? Leads? Sales? Brand Identity. Everyone that is engaging via social media on your team must understand your goals and messaging.Audience Attraction. Larger brands like to start spreading the word of their new, fancy and glossy initiatives at the outset, but if your social media program is good, your audience will find them on their own and the spread the word for you.  Social Media Listening. If you don’t know what people are saying about you and your products, their related interests and more, how are you going to interact with them?Community & Social Responsibility. Social responsibility is increasingly expected of everyone – and this engagement is an essential part of your online identity. Internal/External Community Engagement & Response. Be everywhere. All the time. It’s up to you to let people know that you are listening, engaging, helping, and offering solutions.Brand Advocacy. Authenticity and transparency are such huge aspects of social media, your social media and management team must be 100% on board.Customer Service. Good customer service involves listening (within and outside of social media) and responding appropriately. Photo: fotopakismolast_img read more

How to Enhance Your eCommerce Product Listings With Google

first_img Local SEO Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Nov 10, 2010 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Last week Google announced they will be including “rich snippets” to product related search results . What exactly does a “rich snippet” entail? Now product results will have detailed information including price, availability, reviews as well as any specific product offerings.  This recent enhancement comes at an opportune time for eCommerce companies who will be making a big holiday push, but need to act fast to take advantage of this opportunity and capture the attention of those already starting their shopping.Optimizing eCommerce Product ListingsSo, what does an eCommerce website need to do to get their products listed with this valuable information? They need to sign up for Google’s Merchant Center . Once they’ve become a merchant they’ll want to submit their products. Then in order for the rich snippet data to appear eCommerce sites need to follow instructions to marking up structured HTML data for Google to interpret and produce the appropriate snippet of information with the search listing. Ecommerce sites can test if Google is able to view and reproduce the information after they’ve marked up their HTML. Undoubtedly product results with information crucial to consumers purchasing decision will be considered over products with just a basic listing.  Consumers now have the ability to compare product offerings, reviews, and prices from different vendors directly from the search results page, making it even more critical to have information available and enticing enough to elicit a click-through to your website.Besides the recent enhancement to SERP’s eCommerce companies should register with the Google Merchant Center to take advantage of the Shopping search filter. Despite rich snippets appearing in main search results  listing your products with Google to appear in the Shopping search section puts you right infront of users who’ve decided they are searching to shop, and not just to find information which the basic web search filter primarily provides.Improving Your eCommerce Marketing StrategyEcommerce websites need to make sure their products are visible in multiple spaces and marketplaces, including search engines. Your eCommerce marketing strategy should be focused on driving traffic back to your website, but from different avenues including social media, shopping sites, and search engines. Google Merchant Center is just one of many avenues, but including your products and any other information they’ll present on the most widely used search engine is essential to competing on a level playing field.Photo credit: farnoosh last_img read more

How Traditional PR Is Becoming More Social with @PeterShankman [@InboundNow #7]

first_img View the full transcript here:  Started as a Facebook Fan Page Help a Reporter Out (HARO) how traditional PR is dead Shankman.com “You’re getting in front of the problem and saying, ‘You know what? We did screw up. Here’s how we’re going to fix it and here’s how we’re going to learn from it.’” Connect with peter online That Work And Why Your Company Needs Them Give customers a reason to go out and tell people about the awesome experience they have had with your business. “Going up to a woman at a bar and going, “You don’t know me but I’m awesome. You should come home with me.” She’s going to throw a drink in your face. Common Mistakes to Avoid In episode #7 of Inbound Now, Peter Shankman is founder of How PR is changing   It’s important that he switched over to his name because it is in line with his personal brand. Stay in touch with your business contacts and personal contacts on a regular basis, this will help cultivate those relationships to the point where you if you do need something some them they are far more willing to help you out. Topics: Help a Reporter Out Fan questions like “Is traditional PR dead?” Past Episodes was founded by Peter to help some of his reporter friends find sources for stories.  Know Where Your Journalists Hang Out He currently runs his own agency The Geek factory, Inc. “Publicity can always really help your brand and help really build your business or build you yourself into a bigger powerhouse.” Does your business has a strong focus on customer service? Being Transparent Online Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack How PR Is Changing joins us to share some PR tips and insights. Reporters are always looking for sources for stories and if you can get to them first and provide them with useful information, it’s a great way to score free press. Trying to build a relationship quickly or asking for something before helping them out in some way is going to turn out badly for you. Where are the journalist you want to connect with hanging out? Approach them in their own habitat and be useful to them.  Turn the conversation around and highlight your fans and customers, give them the spotlight. In the show we chat about: Gauging Online Influence with Jason Keath of Social Fresh How Traditional PR is changing w/ Peter Shankman But if her best friend sees you and goes, “Oh my God, you should go home with him. He’s awesome. I know him,” you’re going to get laid. When you make happy customers they are going to get out there and spread the word of your company. In today’s world, everyone is a publisher and everyone has an opinion. News is becoming more and more real-time because of this it is more important than ever to be transparent with your customers and within the social web. By being transparent about how your company operates and getting in front of problems and admitting to them first you’re preventing anyone from finding out anything about you and saying, “Look how bad they are.” PR has moved more and more into the world of customer service.  Originally published Feb 10, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated July 03 2013 @PeterShankmancenter_img Don’t start out the relationship with an ask of them! Maybe you should. Stay Top of Mind and @PeterShankman Peter Shankman says a simply happy birthday to all of his friends on Facebook and looks to see what they are into on their profile and sends them something they might be interested in. How to Market Smarter, Faster, and Cheaper with David Siteman Garland One of the biggest things you want to do is you really want to talk to people, again, not trying for anything. Peter is the author of two books: Podcasting for Business & Email Marketing Best Practices w/ Christopher S. Penn Don’t Brag About Yourself, Have Your Fans Do It For You You need to build a relationship with the person and give, give, give before you ask for anything in return. Becoming a Trust Agent w/ @ChrisBrogan [@InboundNow #6] . The service quickly evolved into an email list in which journalists shared requests for story sources. Inbound Marketing Don’t talk about yourself all the time. Too many companies and brands have a “me me me” mentality and this really turns people off especially in these new social channels. Is Your Brand Solidified Online? Peter went by the twitter handle @Skydiver for a long time, until he decided to switch over to What kind of company do you want to be perceived as? Brian Halligan wrote a post a while back talking about Stop Marketing and Start Engaging with Scott Stratten (@unmarketing) The story behind HARO . It needs to be much more about using good SEO and making sure that the information you have in it can be shared and replicated. It’s not just sending a release out to a journalist and hoping they write about it. That doesn’t work anymore. So press releases are still valuable, but they have to be valuable for the right reasons.” Peter sums this point up: Are you blogging about company news in an “news” section on your site to give people an inside look into your company? Peter think’s that “the press release is not necessarily dead, but you really need to be much more aware of what you’re saying in it. . and his blog at  . Make sure your companies social media handles are in line with the companies branding and not something that has the potential to confuse people. How to Rock Your Facebook Fan Page with John Haydon Sources get exposure, journalist get sources, it’s a win win situation. Customer Service: New Rules for a Social Media World Outrageous PR Stunts People respond positively to this sort of openness as opposed to companies who try and spin the story and claim no responsibility for something that they clearly could have done something about. HARO : What are some of your secrets to building relationships with media and influencers?last_img read more

5 Steps to a Successful Email Lead Nurturing Campaign

first_img Read more about how to set yourself up for smarketing success here. Deliver Results with Automated Email Lead Nurturing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack When prospects first come to your site, they’re researching information and aren’t ready to have a sales conversation. You need to create content that attracts them to your website and provides educational thought leadership content. Then as they continue to do their research and are ready to learn about your product, you want to have content that connects their problems to the solutions you offer. You need this combination of content to match leads at every stage of the sales and marketing funnel. Flickr photo by If you’re generating great leads but your sales team isn’t following up, your effort is wasted. Make sure you’re set up for success by working with the sales team effectively. Step 3: Map Content to Every Stage of the Sales Funnel Do not skimp on this step. It will direct your entire campaign – audience, content, and success metrics. Are you trying to reawaken cold leads? Increase lead quality? Generate new leads? View the Full Presentation with Example Campaigns Well, not a PhD or special expertise. Here are Step 2: Select a Persona and Business Problem judepics Step 4: Set Yourself for Smarketing Success 5 steps to creating a successful email lead nurturing campaign. Who are you trying to reach? What problem are you helping them solve? This is key for helping you create the content for your lead nurturing campaign. Your persona should be a pretty vivid picture of who you’re ideally trying to reach. Go as far as giving them a name, a job, responsibilities, hobbies.center_img Topics: Marketing is not a set-it-and-forget-it job. Things change quickly and regularly. Make sure you know what’s working and what’s not so you can continue to improve. Have metrics in place that tie to your goals set in step 1. Looking to drive branding and awareness? Measure branded search or direct traffic to your website. Looking to increase lead quality? Measure quality conversions or lead ratings over time. Interested in generating new leads or email opt-ins? Measure how you’re growing your database from your lead nurturing efforts. Step 1: Determine Your Goal . I encourage you to get your first campaign up and running immediately. You can spend months putting together a complicated campaign that may or may not deliver results. In the meantime you could be nurturing your leads and learning how different types of content or campaigns perform with your audience. I had the great pleasure of geeking out about lead nurturing at the American Marketing Association in Tampa Bay last week. It’s not often you can get a room full of marketers to get excited about lead nurturing, which is unfortunate because View more presentations from What does it take to put together a successful email lead nurturing campaign? lead nurturing is such a powerful marketing tool Originally published Mar 22, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 HubSpot Internet Marketing Lead Nurturing Step 5: Measure and Improvelast_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: June 25, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi: Seychelles President’s visit(A+B)New Delhi: Kerala Congress and UDF MP protest outside Rail Bhawan(A)Muzaffarnagar: Explosion at Muzaffarnagar scrap dealer’s shop(A)Mumbai/Thane/Kolkata: Heavy rains(B+A)Gurugram: Road accident in Gurugram(B)New Delhi: ‘Atrocities during Emergency’ exhibition(B)Bhopal: Monsoon session MP assembly(B)NewDelhi: EAM Sushma Swaraj meets UAE counterpart (B)Mumbai: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer inMumbai(B+A)New DElhi: MoU signing between Saudi Aramco & ADNOC (A)INTERNATIONALIstanbul: Turkey’s President delivers a statement onnational television from his official residence (A)Seoul; 68th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul(A)Cotacachi: Indigenous mean in traditional costumes dance on the road to Cotacachi(B)Tysons: First lady Melania Trump speaking at the annualconference of SADD(A)Clearlake Oaks: An air tanker drops retardant on awildfire above the Spring Lakes community(B)Beijing: French pm shakes hands with Chinese President (B)Istanbul/Ankara : Turkey’s presidential election showincumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a commanding lead(B)San Francisco: Pride Parade participants carry Love signs down Market Street(B)Ha Giang: Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains hit northern Vietnam(A)Toronto: Toronto Pride parade in Toronto, (A)Mexico City: Presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya during his campaign rally in Mexico City(B)Los Angeles: BET Awards at the Microsoft Theateradvertisement(B)SPORTSYekaterinburg/Bronnitsy/Kazan/: 2018 soccer World Cup(B+A)Cronwell: Travelers Championship golf tournament(B)Atlanta: MLS soccer match(B)Colorado Springs: France’s Romain Dumas celebratesafter becoming the first to break the eight -minute mark(B)Fuwahati: Athlete PT Usha PC(B)PTI PHOTO VNA DLDLlast_img read more

How to Crush Your SaaS Marketing With Cohort Analysis

first_imgThere is no doubt that for many software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies, a free trial is a key component of their customer-acquisition strategy. Large amounts of their marketing budgets are focused on driving leads into a free trial. Many of them will also run email nurture streams and calling campaigns in the hope that users will activate the trial and convert to customers.This isn’t enough.SaaS marketers must be able to look further down the funnel and see the impact that their free-trial marketing efforts have over the entire lifetime of the customer. To accomplish this, you can use cohort analysis, as Nick Franklin of ChartMogul has discussed in his growth-hacking course.In today’s post, I’m going to share one of the most important ways that SaaS marketers can use cohort analysis to help improve their user onboarding and free-trial conversion rate. But first, here’s a little background on cohort analysis in general.SaaS Marketing and the Importance of Cohort AnalysisAccording to Gartner, a full 80 percent of all future SaaS revenue will come from only 20 percent of your current customers. Therefore, an increase in customer retention of 5 percent can increase your business’s profitability by 75 percent, say researchers at Bain & Co.With payback periods (the length of time it takes to recover acquisition cost) ranging more than 12 months, ensuring that customers are retained well past this timeframe is the only way to achieve profitability. Many SaaS companies use cohort analysis to measure customer lifetime value, revenue per customer and churn to ensure their customer-acquisition strategy is effective.Benn Stancil of Mode Analytics just wrote a great piece on Cohort Analysis That Helps You Look Ahead. In it he discussed the drawbacks of temporal cohort analysis and how cohort analysis can be used to dive into acquisition trends such as user language and sign-up device type. These are clearly both important ways that you should be analyzing your user base. However, one of the best ways for SaaS marketers to understand and optimize their free trials is to break down their free trials by their different buyer personas.Free-Trial Conversion-Rate Optimization Using Buyer PersonasYou’re likely already familiar with the concept of buyer personas, or archetypes of your ideal customers, especially with SaaS, understanding their needs and pain points is critical to product development as well as marketing.The messaging and communication within your free trial should be customized to the unique needs of your buyer persona the exact same way your marketing messages that got them into the free trial in the first place were. Otherwise you’re just shooting yourself in the foot.For example, an ecommerce company could change their free trial messaging for someone who is just starting out with ecommerce compared to someone who is an experienced ecommerce user because the key features they need to be introduced to in the platform will be entirely different. An advanced user might be more interested in the reports they can run on their store performance, while someone who is just getting started needs to be instructed on how to add a product to their store to begin with.Now that we’re providing a more personalized experience to each of our personas within the free trial, Lincoln Murphy has discussed the concept of common conversion activities (CCA) as a key metric to free trial/user onboarding success to increase activation and free to paid conversion rates. This is most certainly true as it “put[s] the emphasis of the free trial on the prospective customer” to ensure that you are meeting their unique needs.Free Trial Cohort Analysis by Buyer PersonaWith personalized free-trial experiences in place for each of your company’s buyer personas, it’s now time to analyze the results. This is where cohort analysis comes into play (finally).Instead of looking at a temporal analysis of your free-trial conversion rates and lifetime value, MRR and churn, you can now analyze all these different factors with a better understanding of the actual users behind these numbers. You can also see how they are converting in your trial and how valuable they are to your business over their entire lifetime.This analysis can have a profound impact not only on the effectiveness of your marketing efforts and which customers can be acquired the most efficiently, but also on your product itself and which users are finding the most value and turning into your best customers.Getting StartedTo help make this type of analysis easier we just released a Free Trial and Buyer Persona Cohort Analysis Template that you can use to track metrics such as:Free-trial-to-paid conversion rate by personaMRR generated by free trial by personaFree-trial sales efficiency by personaCustomer churn by personaMRR churn by personaLifetime value (revenue) vs. CAC by personaWe hope you find the template useful, and we look forward to continuing the conversation as you work to build and optimize your pipeline marketing efforts.(Special thanks to Christoph Janz for allowing us to adapt his cohort analysis template to fit this buyer-persona model. You can read more phenomenal SaaS advice on his blog). Originally published Jun 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Marketing Analytics Topics: 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

The Complete Guide to Instagram Advertising [Ebook]

first_img Topics: Instagram Marketing Originally published Jun 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM, updated October 30 2019 As of just last week, Instagram hit a major milestone: the platform doubled its monthly active users to 500 million in just two short years. What’s more, over half of those monthly users — 300 million, to be exact — are active on the platform daily. That’s a whole lot of action.All that said, it should come as no surprise that Instagram has become a place of interest for businesses. And with the massive potential audience in mind, those businesses are looking for ways to create meaningful, quality experiences through Instagram’s ad solutions.You see, ads on Instagram are separate from posts to your account, allowing for much more freedom and a bigger, more targeted audience than just your followers. And while you have to “pay to play,” the benefits of Instagram advertising are notable.To help you learn more about how to effectively advertise on Instagram, HubSpot teamed up with Iconosquare to bring you The Essential Guide to Instagram Advertising.Here are a few thing we cover in this guide:Integrating Instagram ads into your current advertising strategy.Setting clear campaign objectives focused on improving your business.Creating an optimized Instagram ad with our step by step guide.Monitoring performance metrics and moderating engagement with your Ads.Insights and takeaways from exclusive experimentation.Bonus: Cheat sheet “The Perfect Instagram Ad.”Download your copy here to get started with Instagram advertising today. 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

9 of the Best Professional Bio Examples We’ve Ever Seen [+ Bio Templates]

first_imgBefore you can publish your professional bio, you need a living space for it. Here are a few to consider (some of these you might already have in place):Facebook Business pageLinkedIn profileInstagram accountPersonal websitePersonal blogIndustry websiteIndustry blog bylineAs you’ll see in the professional bio examples below, the length and tone of your bio will differ depending on which of the above platforms you choose to be on. Instagram, for example, allows only 150 characters of bio space, whereas you can write virtually as much as you want on your personal website — or even your Facebook Business page. But once created, this bio should represent who you are in the eyes of your audience. End your professional bio on a good note — or, more specifically, a funny note. Leaving your audience with something quirky or uniquely you can ensure they’ll leave your website with a pleasant impression of you.It’s important to follow the steps above when writing your bio, but don’t obsess over any one section. Remember, the people reading your bio are suffering from information fatigue. If you don’t hook ’em in the first line, you’ll lose them quickly. Hi 👋 What’s your name?First NameLast NameHi null, what’s your email address?Email AddressAnd your phone number?Phone NumberWhat is your company’s name and website?CompanyWebsiteHow many employees work there?1Does your company provide any of the following services?Web DesignOnline MarketingSEO/SEMAdvertising Agency ServicesYesNoGet Your Free Templates! If your readers don’t remember anything else about your bio, make sure they remember your name. For that reason, it’s a good idea for your first and last name to be the first two words of your professional bio. Even if your name is printed above this bio (hint: it should), this is a rare moment where it’s okay to be redundant.For example, if I were writing my own bio, I might start it like this:Lindsay KolowichLindsay Kolowich is a Senior Marketing Manager at HubSpot. 8. Consider adding humor or a personal story to add flavor to your professional bio. Writing a professional bio that captures your brand and what you offer to your audience can help you grow better. But doing it right is just as important. Here’s how to write a bio, step-by-step. Don’t forget to share this post! Create an ‘About’ page for your website or profile.Begin writing your bio with your first and last name.Mention any associated brand name you might use.State your current position and what you do.Include at least one professional accomplishment.Describe your values and how they inform your career.Briefly tell your readers who you are outside of work.Consider adding humor or a personal story to add flavor to your professional bio. Originally published Nov 7, 2019 12:45:00 AM, updated November 12 2019 1. Create an ‘About’ page for your website or profile. Is your professional bio as good as it can be?In this article, we have nine real bio examples you should definitely compare yours to — and a series of free bio templates you can use to perfect it.Most people don’t think about their professional bio until they’re suddenly asked to “shoot one over via email,” and have approximately one afternoon to come up with it. That’s when we scramble, and our bio ends up reading like this:Rodney Erickson is a content marketing professional at HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. Previously, Rodney worked as a marketing manager for a tech software startup. He graduated with honors from Columbia University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing.”Woof, that was dull. Are you still with me? I swear, not even adding a tidbit about his cats would liven that bio up.Access 80 Professional Bio Templates + Examples.To be fair, in certain contexts, your professional bio does need to be more formal, like Mr. Erickson’s up there. But in many cases, writing a bio that’s readable — even conversational — is actually a really good thing. That means dropping that traditional format of listing your accomplishments like a robot and cramming as much professional-sounding jargon in there as you can. How to Write a Bio Why do you do what you do? What might make your contribution to the market different than your colleagues? Better yet, what values do you and your colleagues share that would make your business a worthwhile investment to others? Start to wrap up your professional bio by simply explaining what gets you up in the morning. 3. Mention any associated brand name you might use. Will your professional bio represent yourself, or a business you work for? Make sure the brand you want to be associated with is mentioned in your bio. If you’re a freelancer, perhaps you have a personal business name or pseudonym you advertise to your clients. Here are a few examples:Lindsay Kolowich MarketingSEO LindsayKolowich ConsultingContent by Kolowich (what do you think … too cheesy?)Maybe you founded your own company, and you want its name to be separate from your real name. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple: “Lindsay Kolowich is the founder and CEO of Kolowich Consulting.” 6. Describe your values and how they inform your career. Whether you’re the founder of your company or a mid-level specialist, use the next few lines of your bio to describe what you do in that position. Don’t assume your audience will naturally know what your job title entails. Make your primary responsibilities known for the reader, helping them paint a picture of who you are during the day and what you have to offer the industry. Just as a business touts its client successes in the form of case studies, your professional bio should let your own audience know what you’ve already achieved. What have you done for yourself — as well as for others — that makes you a valuable player in your industry? 9 of the Best Professional Bio Examples We’ve Ever Seen1. Ann HandleyBio Platform: Personal WebsiteIf you’re a marketer, you’ve likely heard of Ann Handley. Her list of credentials is lengthy, and if she really wanted to, she could go on and on and on about her accomplishments.But when people list out all their accomplishments in their bios, they risk sounding a little egotistical. Sure, you might impress a handful of people with all those laurels, but many people who read your bio will end up feeling either intimidated or annoyed. Think about it: Is that how you want the majority of your readers to feel when they read your bio?To minimize the egoism that comes with talking about yourself, think about how you can list out your accomplishments without sounding like you’re bragging. Ann does this really well, choosing a tone in her bio that’s more approachable.It starts with the excerpt in the footer of her personal website. Give it a quick read, paying close attention to the opening and closing lines:”This is Ann Handley’s website, and this is a bit of copy about her … That’s not giving you a lot of detail, is it? So read more here.” This is the kind of simple, friendly language that invites the reader in rather than shutting them out.Follow the link and you’ll be led to a page dedicated to a fuller bio, which she’s divided into two parts: a “short version” (literally a bulleted list of key facts) and a “long version,” which includes traditional paragraphs. There’s something in there for everyone.2. Rebecca BollwittBio platform: InstagramInstagram is a notoriously difficult platform on which to write a good bio. Similar to Twitter, you simply don’t have room for a professional bio that includes everything about you. And because Instagram is primarily a mobile app, many viewers are reading about you passively on their mobile device.Instagram’s limited bio space requires you to highlight just your most important qualities, and blogging icon Rebecca Bollwitt does so in her own Instagram bio in an excellent way.Rebecca’s brand name is Miss604, and cleverly uses emojis in her Instagram bio to tell visitors exactly what makes her a valuable content creator. Take a look in the screenshot below.Starting with a trophy emoji, Miss604 says she’s won more than 30 awards for her blogging services. I haven’t even looked at her pictures yet and the introduction of her bio has already sucked me in.The rest of her bio follows suit, breaking up the text with an appropriate emoji and a perfect collection of nouns to tell me who she is as a person. She even links out to her husband’s Instagram account after the heart emoji (an adorable addition), and assures her followers that all of her pictures are authentically hers.Take a lesson from Miss604, and show your personal side. Just because you’re branding yourself as a professional doesn’t mean you have to take your human being hat off. Often your most personal attributes make for the best professional bio content.3. Mark GallionBio Platform: TwitterAs a venture capitalist and an executive at several start-ups, Mark Gallion has different versions of his bio all over the internet. You can imagine some are more formal than others. But when it comes to his Twitter bio, he carefully phrased his information in a way that helps him connect with his audience — specifically, through the use of humor.Why would he choose humor when he runs four start-ups and constantly seeks funding for them? Well, Mark’s tactic is totally intentional: it’s a lever he pulls to refresh his brand while maintaining his already impressive and established identity as an entrepreneur.Mark leverages his Twitter bio because it’s place where he can be human. And it helps him relate to his followers and potential investors.When crafting your own Twitter bio, consider your audience and the personal brand you’re trying to create for yourself. Use it as an opportunity to be relatable. (And check out this list of amusing Twitter bios for inspiration.)4. DJ NexusBio Platform: FacebookThis New England-based DJ has single-handedly captured the Likes of more than 2,000 people in and beyond Boston, MA. And even if you don’t listen to the type of music he produces, it’s hard not to listen to his compelling Facebook bio.Stage-named DJ Nexus, Jamerson’s professional bio makes use of nearly every Page field inside the About tab. Right away, his audience knows which genres he plays in, where he’s from, and who else he’s worked with. The latter — under “Affiliation,” as shown in the screenshot below — is unique and seldom mentioned in professional bios today.Our favorite part about DJ Nexus’s bio? His tagline, under “About” — “Quiet during the day. QUITE LOUD at night!” DJ Nexus tells you when he works in an awesome way. I got goosebumps just imagining a dance club he might play his music in.DJ Nexus’s bio brilliance doesn’t stop there.The great thing about Facebook Business Pages is that you can write as much as you want without overwhelming your Page visitors. For those who just want Jamerson’s basic info, they have the four categories shown above. For those who want to learn more about him, he tells an excellent story of his career. Here’s just a preview of his story, below:In this story, DJ Nexus describes both when he “became known as DJ Nexus” and a company he founded shortly afterward — all before going to college. This is a terrific lesson for Facebook Businesses today: customers want to learn about you, and as Facebook increasingly becomes a place for meaningful interactions, there’s no better place to tell your story than on your Facebook Business Page.5. Lena AxelssonBio Platform: Industry WebsiteWhen it all comes down to it, your professional bio is no different than any other piece of persuasive copy — no matter where it lives. One of the most common mistakes people make is thinking of it as its own beast, separate from other pieces of writing. If you think about it that way, you’re far more likely to write something painfully uninteresting.When you sit down to write your professional bio and you’re watching that cursor blinking on the screen, think about how you would introduce a blog post. You don’t just dive right into the meat of the thing, now, do you? No. You start with an introduction.The best bios are often concise (around 200–300 words), so you don’t have a lot of room to play around. But a single sentence that tees your reader up and provides context for the accomplishments that follow could make the rest of your bio that much more persuasive.Take Lena Axelsson’s bio, for instance. She’s a marriage and family therapist — a job where empathy and compassion are a big part of the job description. That’s why she chooses to open her bio with a great introductory sentence: “When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel.”Then, she goes into why she’s passionate about her job, how she helps her clients, and how she caters her approach to each individual patient. The necessary educational information is left for the end, after the reader has been hooked.Your bio doesn’t have to be super serious, nor does it have to start with a joke. This bio shows how you can capture your reader’s attention by being empathetic and showing how that empathy shapes a valuable professional.6. Mark LevyBio Platform: Personal WebsiteMark Levy is a small business owner who’s taken a more traditional approach to the professional bio on his website — but in a way that takes care to speak to his intended audience.What we love about his bio is the way he’s set it up: On his business’ “About” page, he’s listed two biographies, which he’s labeled “Mark Levy’s Biography #1” and “Mark Levy’s Biography #2.”Click here to see the full version.Like Ann, Mark’s given his readers two different options. The first biography is a “short version,” which includes a combination of bullet points listing his credentials and a few short paragraphs.The second is the “long version,” which is actually even more interesting than the first one. Why? Because it reads like a story — a compelling one, at that. In fact, it gets really funny at parts.The second sentence of the bio reads: “He was frightened of public school, loved playing baseball and football, ran home to watch ape films on the 4:30 Movie, listened to The Jam and The Buzzcocks, and read magic trick books.”Here’s another excerpt from the middle:Of course, the fantastic copywriting isn’t a surprise, given that this guy wrote several books. But the conversational tone and entertaining copy let his quirky personality (and great writing skills) shine.7. Corey WainwrightBio Platform: Blog BylineFinally, we have Corey Wainwright, who’s the director of content here at HubSpot. She’s written content for HubSpot’s Marketing Blog for years, and her blog author bio has caught my eye since before I ever started working for HubSpot. (Back then, it started with, “Corey just took a cool vacation.”)What I love most about Corey’s bio is that it’s a great example of how to deliver information about yourself without taking things too seriously. And in this context, that’s totally appropriate.Despite having a number of impressive accomplishments under her belt, she simply doesn’t like displaying them publicly. So, she prefers making her author bio a little more “light.”Her bio (pictured below) reads, “Corey is a Bruce Springsteen fan who does content marketing, in that order.”It works in this particular context because, at HubSpot, our blog authors often prefer to make themselves as friendly and approachable as possible — while letting the content speak for itself.It helps that authors’ social media accounts are located right below our names and above our pictures. For folks who really do want a list of Corey’s credentials, they can click the LinkedIn button to go to her LinkedIn page. (You can read this blog post to learn how to create social media buttons and add them to your website.)8. Marie MikhailBio Platform: LinkedInMarie Mikhail checks off nearly every box for what makes an excellent bio. A professional recruiter, she expresses her “passion for recruiting” upfront, in the first sentence, while using that sentence to hook her profile visitors into a brief story of her background.But there are a lot of recruiters out there, and Marie knows that. So, to differentiate herself, she closes the first paragraph of her bio explaining that she likes “getting people excited about the things [she’s] excited about.” It’s a well-put value proposition that sets her apart from the rest of the HR industry.Marie Mikhail finishes off her bio by including a smooth mixture of professional skills, such as her Spanish fluency; and personal interests, such as podcasting and Star Wars (she mentions the latter with just the right amount of humor).9. Wonbo WooBio Platform: Personal WebsiteWonbo Woo is the executive producer of WIRED’s video content, and he has a number of impressive credits to his name. What does this mean for his professional bio? He has to prioritize. With this in mind, Wonbo opens his bio with the most eye-catching details first (if the image below is hard to read, click it to see the full copy).Not only does Wonbo’s bio start strong, but he also takes readers on a suspenseful journey through some of his most harrowing assignments — where he was when news broke and how he responded. You can see this quality below.The accomplished journalist concludes his gripping bio as strong as it began, measuring his experience by the number of states, countries, and continents to which he’s traveled in his career. See how this looks above. All in all, it’s a fantastically concise bio for as much detail as it holds.Want more? Read How to Write a Cover Letter That Gets You the Job [Bookmarkable Template + Examples]. 4. State your current position and what you do. Tell us a little about yourself below to gain access today: (P.S. Want to give your professional brand a boost? Take one of HubSpot Academy’s free certification courses. In just one weekend, you can add a line to your resume and bio that’s coveted by over 60,000 marketers.)Why Good Bios Are Important for a ProfessionalAlright, I know what you may be thinking … So what? It’s just a bio. I mean, how many people actually read professional bios, anyway?The answer: A lot of people. More importantly, though, there’s no way to tell exactly who is reading it — and you always want it to be ready for when the right people to come across it. And when they do, you want it to catch their eye. In a good way.You see, while your resume is only useful for when you’re actively applying for specific positions, your professional bio is much more visible. It can live on your LinkedIn profile, your company’s website, your guest blog posts, your speaker profiles, your Twitter bio, and many other places.And, most importantly, it’s the tool that you can leverage most when you’re networking.Bottom line? People will read your professional bio. Whether they remember it, and whether it makes them actually care about you, is a matter of how well you present yourself to your intended audience.So, what does a top-notch professional bio look like?Below, we’ve curated some of the best real professional bio examples we’ve ever seen on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the various websites where you might describe yourself.Check ’em out, and use them as inspiration when crafting your own. Transition from describing your values in work to describing who you are outside of work. This may include:Your familyYour hometownSports you playHobbies and interestsFavorite music and travel destinationsSide hustles you’re working onPeople like connecting with other people. The more transparent you are about who you are personally, the more likable you’ll be to the people reading about who you are professionally. Professional Bio Templates Ann HandleyRebecca BollwittMark GallionDJ NexusLena AxelssonMark LevyCorey WainwrightMarie MikhailWonbo Woo Free Download How to Write a Bio Resume Best Bio Examples 5. Include at least one professional accomplishment. 2. Begin writing your bio with your first and last name. 7. Briefly tell your readers who you are outside of work. Topics:last_img read more

India head coach interviews: Phil Simmons backs out; announcement soon

first_imgFormer Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons backed out ahead of his interview for the role of India head coach on Friday, citing personal reasons. Simmons was among the 6 candidates shortlisted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the high-profile role.Phil Simmons was scheduled to attend the interview conducted by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee at the BCCI headquarters on Friday. He was among the 3 candidates, including incumbent Ravi Shastri and former Australia cricketer Tom Moody, to take the interview via Skype.Phil Simmons, who won the T20 World Cup in 2016 with West Indies, was appointed as the head coach of Afghanistan in 2017. The West Indies tactician took Afghanistan to the 10-team World Cup and stepped down from the role after the end of quadrennial tournament earlier this year.Kapil Dev-led CAC, which also has Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy, conducted the interviews for the shortlisted candidates. Robin Singh, who had earlier worked with the Indian team as its support staff, was the first to attend the interview and was followed by Lalchand Rajput and former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson.Ravi Shastri, who is currently in the West Indies, is all set to give his interview around 5 PM IST.Kapil Dev and the other 2 members of the CAC are expected to make the announcement about the new India head coach in a press conference at 6 PM IST. It was earlier reported that the press conference would be conducted at 7 PM but it has been moved after Phil Simmon’s exit.advertisementThe newly-appointed head coach on Friday will reportedly be handed 2-year contracts until the T20 World Cup in 2021. The batting, bowling and the fielding coaches who are set to be selected by MSK Prasad-led senior selection committee will also be given 2-year contracts.Ravi Shastri is the overwhelming favourite to retain his job, considering the amount of success Team India have had in the last 2 years. Apart from winning historic series in South Africa (ODIs) and Australia (ODIs and Tests), India’s World Cup 2019 performance was impressive until the semi-final wherein they were knocked out by New Zealand.Also Read | Kapil Dev-led CAC begins interviews for India head coach job: All you need to knowAlso Read | India cricket team head coach interviews: A look at the final candidatesAlso See:last_img read more

PM Narendra Modi meets PV Sindhu after her historic triumph

first_imgIndia Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met PV Sindhu, who scripted history by becoming the first Indian world champion in badminton.Sindhu arrived in India on Tuesday morning, along with coach Pullela Gopichand, and received a warm reception at the airport on her return to the country as the Rio Olympic silver medallist promised to work harder and clinch many more medals.After arriving, Sindhu met Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and later also had an interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After meeting Sindhu, PM Modi tweeted, “India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory!”Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also presented a Rs 10 lakh cheque to PV Sindhu for her historic triumph. Also present on the occasion were Badminton Association of India president Himanta Biswa Sarma, coaches Pullela Gopichand and Kim Ji-Hyun and Sindhu’s father P V Ramana, a former bronze medallist in volleyball at the 1986 Asian Games.India’s pride, a champion who has brought home a Gold and lots of glory!Happy to have met @Pvsindhu1. Congratulated her and wished her the very best for her future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/4WvwXuAPqrNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 27, 2019Also extended honour to @Pvsindhu1 ‘s father PV Ramana, coach P. Gopichand & Kim from the Govt and BAI President @himantabiswa ji. pic.twitter.com/lfuvICj3y3Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 27, 2019The minister also extended his congratulations to Sai Praneeth besides rewarding him with a cheque of Rs 4 lakh for winning a bronze medal at the championships, India’s first men’s singles medal at the worlds since Prakash Padukone’s feat in 1983.advertisementPV Sindhu outclassed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in of the most lop-sided final in the history of the tournament to win her fifth medal and first gold at the BWF World Championships.Sindhu defeated Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes to win create history.#WATCH: Shuttler PV Sindhu meets PM Narendra Modi in Delhi; Sindhu won a gold medal at the BWF World Championships on August 25. pic.twitter.com/RYR1hAWswL ANI (@ANI) August 27, 2019In the six appearances that World No. 5 Sindhu has made at the BWF World Championships, she has won 2 silver, 2 bronze and 1 gold medal to become the joint-most successful women’s singles shuttler at the world meet.PV Sindhu also became only the 4th singles player ever to have a full set of world championship medals.Also Read | This is my answer to those who questioned me: PV SindhuAlso Read | PV Sindhu wins historic gold, crushes Nozomi Okuhara in BWF World Championships finalAlso Seelast_img read more

Berisha strike downs Jets

first_imgBesart Berisha Melbourne Victory 2 Newcastle Jets 1: Berisha strike boosts leaders Sydney Joe Wright 19:12 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) besart berisha - cropped Getty Images Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets Newcastle Jets Melbourne Victory A-League Melbourne Victory ended their long wait for a home win this season as they battled past Newcastle Jets on Friday. Besart Berisha struck a second-half winner as Melbourne Victory edged Newcastle Jets 2-1 in Friday’s A-League clash at AAMI Park.The 32-year-old steered home eight minutes after the break to give the home side the win after Jason Hoffman had cancelled out Kosta Barbarouses’ opener.Mark Milligan missed the chance to make it 3-1 from the penalty spot, but Victory held out for a win that gives leaders Sydney FC the chance to move eight points clear at the top when they face Perth Glory on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barbarouses stylishly curled home from Jason Geria’s low cross to give Kevin Muscat’s side the lead 33 minutes in, but Hoffman burst through the defence before slotting beneath goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas to level the scores before the break.Berisha’s clever finish from inside the penalty area put Victory back in front and they survived some late pressure to claim a first home win of the season, despite Milligan’s tame penalty being saved by the legs of Glen Moss.The result takes them above rivals Melbourne City and to within seven points of second-place Jets, who remain five points behind Sydney, having played a game more.FULL TIME | That’s three wins in a row for Melbourne Victory!Highlights: https://t.co/e49UrYGs9D#MVCvNEW #ALeague pic.twitter.com/IFHzmwpBu9— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) December 29, 2017last_img read more

Mike Gundy: ‘It’s Really a Special Time for Oklahoma State’

first_imgIt sort of feels like“The players just bought in and had a great week of practice,” Gundy told FOX. I’m very happy for ’em. These guys just like to practice hard and they like being around each other. We’re very proud of them. This is a great day for the Oklahoma State people. It’s a really good time. For the tragedy we had … it’s really a special time for Oklahoma State.”Yes, yes it is. 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

All-Sports Roundup: Tennis Stumbles Against No. 2 Wake, Edwards Sets Elite Mile Mark

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. Ed. note: We wanted to take a look back at what you might have missed recently in some of OSU’s non-revenue sports, and our tennis guy Nick Welch gamely tossed that together. Hope you guys enjoy it.By: Nick WelchCowboy TennisThe OSU men’s tennis team went 2-1 this weekend winning matches against Alabama (7-0) and UMKC (7-0), and dropping a tightly contested battle against No. 2 Wake Forest (4-3).The highlight of the weekend was clearly the top-15 matchup against the Demon Deacons. The Cowboys went into an early 3-1 hole before mounting a monstrous comeback to even the score at 3-3, leaving the final singles match as the overall deciding factor.Nonetheless, the No. 12 Cowboys went toe to toe with their counterparts despite having to take on the No. 1 singles player and No. 1 doubles team in the nation, both both of which happen to play at Wake Forest. With a 2-1 record this weekend, the Cowboys moved to 7-1 on the year.Final score from Stillwater. #okstate pushes No. 2 Wake Forest to the limit, but the comeback falls just short in the end. pic.twitter.com/qsKsn7mA0w— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) February 12, 2017The Cowboys will next travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to compete in the ITA Indoor Regional Championships.Cowgirl TennisThe OSU women’s team missed out on the warm Oklahoma weather this weekend in exchange for a snowy trip northeast to New Haven, Connecticut to compete in the ITA Regional Indoor Championships.A motivated Cowgirl team annihilated No. 19 Ole Miss 4-0 in Round 1 before falling to No. 7 Ohio State 4-3 in the quarterfinals in the battle of OSUs. This was the first time an OSU women’s team had reached the quarterfinals of this event.The Cowgirls were rewarded with a consolation matchup against No. 8 California and came away victorious 4-2. With their first loss of the season, the No. 5 Cowgirls fell to 8-1 on the season.Thanks to @CowgirlTennis coaches Chris Young and @Matt_Manasse for helping us out of a jam @OleMissWTennis pic.twitter.com/h8eBrfvA8j— Jason Ontog (@JasonOntog) February 9, 2017The Cowgirls will play one more ITA game before heading down to the sunshine state to play two incredibly tough opponents in No. 4 Stanford and No. 1 Florida.Cowgirl BasketballThe Cowgirl basketball squad dropped their fifth game in a row, losing in Morgantown Saturday to the Lady Mountaineers, 79-53. A huge second quarter by West Virginia propelled them to an easy home victory over Oklahoma State (13-11, 3-10 Big XII).The Cowgirls shot just 37 percent from the field and 16 percentfrom three in the loss. Forward Mandy Coleman led all Cowgirls with 17 points and shooting 8-12 from the field. Final from Morgantown. #okstate falls to West Virginia in the first meeting this season between the two schools. pic.twitter.com/7d5dtoCxLY— Cowgirl Basketball (@OSUWBB) February 12, 2017The ladies will look to end their slide at home against TCU (12-12, 4-9 Big XII) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena.Cowgirl SoftballThe Cowgirls played five games in Baton Rouge over the weekend at the Tiger Classic. They went 3-2 in those games with the following results.McNeese State (5-1 win)LSU (14-2 loss)McNeese State (6-5 win)Penn State (1-0 win)LSU (5-2 loss)“There are some positives, without a doubt,” head coach Kenny Gajewski said. “I thought we really laid an egg the first game against LSU so I wanted to see how this team would respond in the next one. I thought we came out great, set the tone with a big home run. Then we kind of let this one get away. Credit them, they got clutch hitting when they had to.”#AirCowgirlOne is loaded up and heading back home. See you soon, Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/iCdO5Da4ik— Cowgirl Softball (@CowgirlSB) February 12, 2017Track and FieldSuperstar Kaela Edwards ran the seventh-fastest mile in NCAA history in New York at the Millrose Games. Her time was 4:28.75. She raced against mostly pros.“It was really fun to run at that level and hold my own against all of those pros,” Edwards said. “I had some bigger goals going into the race, but a four second PR and a time that’s top-10 in collegiate history is pretty good. Competing in something like this is only going to make me better, and it was great to be a part of that.”A new NCAA leading time for @run4okstate’s Kaela Edwards in the #NYRRMillroseGames Wanamaker Mile, 4:28.75 -> https://t.co/qzlF2Fruct pic.twitter.com/9akUBYwxzo— FloTrack (@FloTrack) February 11, 2017At the Husky Classic in Seattle, three men’s runners dipped below four minutes in the mile. OSU joins Syracuse, Michigan and Colorado as the only programs to produce three sub-four minute miles this season.last_img read more

ESPN Names Oklahoma State Most Binge-Worthy Team in 2017

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. Oklahoma State’s preseason accolades have been rolling in of late — from SI picking the Pokes as a CFP team, to Mason Rudolph gracing the cover, to now ESPN hopping aboard by dubbing them as the most “binge-worthy” team in the sport.In an unofficial eye test list released by The Worldwide Leader that factors in the Finebaum Factor, the Cage Factor, the Spurrier Factor, Corso Factor and Freeze Factor, it was the Pokes who finished No. 1 because of the high-flying offense it brings into the season.Yes, you’re reading this right. With one of the country’s best quarterbacks (Mason Rudolph) and best wide receivers (James Washington) leading a high-flying offense, and their mullet-wearing, rattlesnake-hunting head coach running the show, the Cowboys are the most entertaining team to watch in college football. And, if Mike Gundy screws it up, OSU billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens won’t be afraid to tell us all about it. [ESPN]AdChoices广告That’s uh … wildly ack-rut, although I’m skeptical of any list that features “entertaining” and “LSU” in the same article (or three Big Ten teams).OSU features a freakish group of wide receivers led by Washington, a preseason Heisman candidate in Mason Rudolph, a Freshman All-American tailback in Justice Hill, and enough young weapons in the backfield to provide fireworks in between. Did I mention Tyron Johnson is eligible?All that should add up for one heck of a season. And while there’s nothing guaranteed in the way of hardware, I can guarantee this team will be fun to watch from opening to kick to final whistle every game.last_img read more

No FIFA action on Neymar bonus

first_imgBarcelona FIFA closes Neymar’s Barcelona bonus case Dom Farrell 22:59 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Neymar - cropped AFP Barcelona PSG Ligue 1 Primera División UEFA Champions League Neymar The Brazilian has claimed that he is owed a €30m bonus payment from the Catalan giants, but the governing body has stepped away from the case Barcelona will face no action from FIFA in relation to an unpaid bonus to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.The Brazil forward completed a world-record €222 million move from Barca to PSG in August after the Ligue 1 giants sensationally met his release clause.Neymar claims he is still entitled to a €30m renewal bonus after signing a contract extension at Camp Nou until 2021, although Barca maintain that terms of that agreement were breached when the 26-year-old joined PSG. 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 FIFA has confirmed they will step away from the dispute after legal action was taken elsewhere over the same complaint.A statement released by world football’s governing body read: “After having been made aware that, apparently, the same matter had been submitted in parallel before different jurisdictions by the same party, the FIFA administration informed the parties to the dispute that based on the long-standing and well-established jurisprudence of FIFA’s deciding bodies, it did not seem to be in a position to continue with the investigation of the affair.”The proceedings were therefore closed for formal reasons.”Neymar has impressed at PSG this season, scoring 28 goals in 29 appearances for Unai Emery’s side.last_img read more

‘Wilshere the key to Arsenal beating Man City’

first_imgArsenal v Manchester City Wilshere key to Arsenal beating Man City in Carabao Cup final, says Gilberto Silva Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 20:53 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Wilshere - cropped Getty Images Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal League Cup The former Gunners star has hailed the midfielder’s return to form, backing him to make his mark in the Carabao Cup final Jack Wilshere’s injury problems have given the Arsenal midfielder the mental strength required to perform on the biggest stage, according to former Gunners player Gilberto Silva.Upon his emergence into Arsenal’s first team, Wilshere had been touted as a player able to fill the void left by Silva, who won two FA Cups and the Premier League title during his time at the club between 2002 and 2008.Injuries have derailed Wilshere’s career, though, with a loan move to Bournemouth last term seemingly signalling the end of his time at Arsenal. 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 However, the England international has enjoyed a resurgence this season, and Silva feels that Sunday’s EFL Cup final clash against Manchester City will provide the perfect opportunity for Wilshere to prove his quality.”I still remember when I first saw him. Jack was about 16 years old and I can remember how easy it was to see his talent on that first day when he trained with the squad,” Silva told the Sunday Mirror.”You could see the quality – and you never lose that quality. He is brave with the ball and has good vision. Arsenal need a player like him.”But the last few years have been a struggle. Jack has suffered with injuries and then was allowed to go on loan to Bournemouth.”From the outside, it looked like he had lost his direction. But, in my opinion, all the problems he’s had will have taught him a lot.”If he didn’t have strength then it would have been impossible to get through the frustration he has suffered with injuries. This game against City is a big opportunity for him.”When you play in a final, against a big team, the best players look at it as a chance to do well.”It is a special game, the chance to show that you have the strength to become a champion.”Hopefully he can show how good he is because Arsenal need players like him who understand the club’s culture.”last_img read more