Today’s Medal Hunt

first_imgARCHERYMen’s: Compound teamWomen’s: Compound teamATHLETICSMen’s: Shot put; 100mWomen’s: Hammer throw; 100mCYCLING (Track)Men’s: Sprint; 4,000m team pursuitWomen’s: 210-km scratch race; sprintGYMNASTICS (Artistic)Men’s: Floor; pommel horse; rings.Women’s: Vault; uneven barsSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMen’s: Double trap singlesPISTOL & SMALL BOREMen’s: 10m air pistol pairs; 25m rapid fire pistol pairsWomen’s: 50m rifle 3 positionsSWIMMINGMen’s: 100m freestyle; 400m individual medleyWomen’s: 100m butterfly; 800m freestyle; solo free routine; duet free routineWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s 77kgWomen’s 63kgWRESTLINGWomen’s: Freestyle (48kg, 55kg, 63kg, 72kg – repechage)last_img

Kyle Lowry shoved by fan after landing out of bounds

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Lowry got up and complained to officials, although nothing further happened. He told The Associated Press the fan repeatedly cursed at him and said he had spoken to the NBA about the incident before leaving the arena.Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder and security officials confirmed the fan who shoved Lowry was ejected and escorted from Oracle Arena.“Hopefully he never comes back to an NBA game,” Lowry said.Lowry said the incident was not like the high-profile one that involved Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook in Utah during the regular season, when the Thunder guard said a fan made racist remarks.“People who sit courtside, they might get in on the action,” Lowry said. “Don’t sit courtside if you don’t want somebody touching you.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Lowry was visibly upset.“There’s no place for that,” Lowry said. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There’s no place for people like that in our league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEarly in the fourth quarter Lowry ran down a loose ball and jumped in the air as it was going out of bounds, not far from where Warriors owner Joe Lacob was sitting. Lowry knocked the ball into a referee and landed in the lap of one male fan who appeared to grab Lowry’s jersey with two hands.A female who was standing nearby patted the veteran guard on his back. At the same time, a man wearing a blue shirt who was sitting down extended his left arm and gave Lowry a hard shove in his left shoulder. View comments Curry’s heroics not enough to save Warriors in Game 3 Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuecenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The incident overshadowed a breakout game for Lowry. He scored 15 points in the first half to get the Raptors going and finished 8 of 16 from the floor with five 3-pointers. Lowry also had nine assists and four rebounds.“He controls a lot of the pace for them,” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who had a career playoff-high 47 points. “He made shots tonight. Tip your cap to him. He was willing to take them. Historically when he plays well in the playoffs they usually go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, middle, gestures next to referee Marc Davis (8) near the front row of fans during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, California—A fan seated courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals was ejected after shoving Kyle Lowry when the Toronto Raptors star crashed into a row of seats while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds on Wednesday night.Lowry scored 23 points and made several big shots in a 123-109 victory that gave the Raptors a 2-1 lead over Golden State. There was as much buzz about Lowry’s dust-up with the fan as his offense.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board seeks Rs 447 crore in compensation from BCCI

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has demanded a compensation of Rs 447 crore from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not honouring the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to play six bilateral series between 2014 and 2023.The PCB had recently sent a notice to the BCCI, complaining that it suffered loses to the tune of USD 69,576,405 since the Indian team missed the November 2014 and December 2015 series.The BCCI is to respond within seven days of receipt of notice, sent on May 3.The MOU, signed in 2014, was part of a deal between the two boards under which Pakistan supported the “Big Three” governance and financial model in the International Cricket Council (ICC).The BCCI has repeatedly turned down offers from the PCB for bilateral matches on the grounds that it is not being given clearance by its government due to tense relations between the two neighbours.The PCB informally had told the BCCI representatives at the recent ICC meeting of its decision to start legal proceedings against them to claim compensation.last_img read more

Infantino says 40-team World Cup not a certainty

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino is not yet certain that the 2026 World Cup finals would feature 40 teams even though he personally favours an expanded tournament, he said on Tuesday.Infantino also said he would be happy for several countries to share the hosting of the World Cup, describing it as much a “social event for the whole world” as a global sporting competition.Infantino made a 40-team World Cup a key part of his campaign before his election in February but admitted it was not entirely up to him to decide whether the 2026 finals should be increased from the tournament’s current 32-team format.“My opinion has not changed on the 40 teams, but that’s my opinion. We will have to discuss it and see what’s the best for football,” he told reporters from international news agencies on Tuesday.FIFA expects to make decisions by October on the number of teams, the format for the tournament and the continents that will be eligible to stage the tournament.The latter would be a key decision as it would determine whether countries from Asia, where Qatar is staging the 2022 World Cup, can bid to be hosts.The final decision on the host nation will be made in May 2020.“For the moment, everything is open, but there is a question of who can and cannot bid…we will see,” Infantino said.“CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean) didn’t have a World Cup for a long time.“Nothing is definite. I believe in the 40 teams because I think it is positive for the development of football and we have seen that again at the Euro 2016 in France with eight more teams.“We need to realise that these kinds of events, like the World Cup or European Championship, are more than just a competition, they are really social events for the whole world.”Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

25 TEDTalk Quotes to Inspire You

first_imgHave you ever attended live or viewed an online TEDTalk? You know, those inspiring, funny, or fascinating talks from industry leaders and amazing people that take place around the world? Today, the TED nonprofit, which began in 1984 as an annual conference that brought together people from the technology, entertainment, and design industries, has launched TED Quotes, a web page on the TED.com website dedicated to featuring some of the best quotes from its TEDTalks.It’s a brilliant move; who doesn’t love a good, insighful quote? We’ve been scouring the TED Quotes today and wanted to highlight some of our favorite ones from the technology, internet, management, and business categories. These quotes are easily tweetable and Facebook sharable via the TED website, and they can make great additions to your presentations and other marketing content. Enjoy!TED Technology Quotes1) Clay Shirky: Time Warner has called and they want us all back on the couch, just consuming — not producing, not sharing — and we should say, ‘No.’ Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)2) Ian Ritchie: [Tim Berners-Lee] told me about his proposed system called the ‘World Wide Web.’ And I thought, well, that’s got a pretentious name. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)3) Roger Ebert: Because of the rush of human knowledge, because of the digital revolution, I have a voice, and I do not need to scream. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)4) Evan Grant: Everything gives out some kind of data, whether it’s sound or smell or vibration. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)5) Aaron Koblin: An interface can be a powerful narrative device. And as we collect more and more personally and socially relevant data, we have an opportunity, and maybe even an obligation, to maintain [our] humanity and tell some amazing stories. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)6) Ze Frank: On street corners everywhere, people are looking at their cell phones, and it’s easy to dismiss this as some sort of bad trend in human culture. But the truth is life is being lived there. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)7) Nicholas Christakis: Social networks are these intricate things of beauty, and they’re so elaborate and so complex and so ubiquitous that one has to ask what purpose they serve. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)8) John Underkoffler: That’s the old way, that’s the old mantra: one machine, one human, one mouse, one screen. Well, that doesn’t really cut it anymore. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)9) David Agus Quoting Andy Grove: No technology will win. Technology itself will win. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)TED Internet Quotes10) Clay Shirky: We are in a world where most American citizens over the age of 12 share things with each other online. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)11) Joe Sabia: In 6,000 years of storytelling, [people have] gone from depicting hunting on cave walls to depicting Shakespeare on Facebook walls. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)12) Adam Ostrow: By the end of this year, there’ll be nearly a billion people on this planet that actively use social networking sites. The one thing that all of them have in common is that they’re going to die. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)13) Eli Pariser: Facebook was looking at which links I clicked on, and it was noticing that I was clicking more on my liberal friends’ links than on my conservative friends’ links. And without consulting me about it, it had edited them out. They disappeared. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)14) Eli Pariser: In a broadcast society, there were these gatekeepers, the editors, and they controlled the flows of information. Along came the Internet and it swept them out of the way, and it allowed all of us to connect together, and it was awesome. But that’s not actually what’s happening right now. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)15) Eli Pariser: Your filter bubble is your own personal, unique universe of information that you live in online. What’s in your filter bubble depends on who you are, and it depends on what you do. But you don’t decide what gets in — and more importantly, you don’t see what gets edited out. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)16) David McCandless: Data is the new soil, because for me, it feels like a fertile, creative medium. Over the years, online, we’ve laid down a huge amount of information and data, and we irrigate it with networks and connectivity, and it’s been worked and tilled by unpaid workers and governments. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)17) Stephen Lawler: We’re so constrained by browsing the Web, remembering URLs, saving favorites. As we move to search, we rely on the relevance rankings, the Web matching, the index crawling. But we want to use our brain! We want to navigate, explore, discover information. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)TED Management Quotes18) Stanley McChrystal: Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)19) Elizabeth Lesser: Don’t persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)20) Jason Fried: [Facebook and Twitter] aren’t the real problems in the office. The real problems are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)21) R.A. Mashelkar: An innovator is one who does not know it cannot be done. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)22) Simon Sinek: If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)TED Business Quotes23) Jacek Utko: There is no reason — no practical reason — for newspapers to survive Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)24) Tim Harford: Ten percent of American businesses disappear every year. … It’s far higher than the failure rate of, say, Americans. Ten percent of Americans don’t disappear every year. Which leads us to conclude American businesses fail faster than Americans, and therefore American businesses are evolving faster than Americans. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)25) Lisa Gansky: A brand is a voice and a product is a souvenir. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)Which TEDTalk quote inspires you the most? Topics: Marketing Experts Originally published Feb 14, 2012 5:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 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

How to Write an In-Depth Post in Less Than Two Hours

first_imgFirst edit and proof: Revisions. After you’ve written the article, do a thorough edit job on it. Did you say things the way you wanted to? Do you need to add to a point, or move some information around? Does one section need more images? This is your chance to make the major changes that will affect the article. ConclusionThey say writing is an art, but I know it’s also a science. Because I write a lot and I try to write highly-researched and thorough articles, each article needs to have a process.That’s why I’ve developed this system. It doesn’t work for everyone, but it’s something I’ve found to be useful.What techniques do you use to write well-researched articles? Topics: The outline should be thorough. The best outlines are those that don’t simply provide the main points, but also provide subpoints. Subpoints are where the article goes deep and gets advanced. A thorough outline like this will help you when you go to do the writing and research. You can work through the article in an organized way, dividing your research into sections. Write a conclusion.A successful conclusion summarizes the article’s content and adds any lingering thoughts. Most of my conclusions are a final point that simply says: “Conclusion” and has a few sentences. I also like to wrap up my article with a question for the reader.Introductions and conclusions can be simple and formulaic. That’s why I can write them before I write the rest of the article. I know where I’m going, and how the article is going to look as it ends up. Writing an introduction and conclusion takes me four to six minutes. I do very little (if any) research during this phase.Step 3: Write and research.Write and research at the same time.For me, writing and research happens simultaneously. I already know what direction I’m heading in as I write an article, so I don’t necessarily need to learn about a topic before I write on it.This gives me an advantage. My research is focused. For example, if I’m writing an article on, say, saving time on social media, I know what kind of research to do. I’m not researching generic information about “social media.” Instead, I’m searching for advanced and specific things like “social media time expenditures marketing data.” Queries like this also help me pinpoint the right data to include in my post, faster. My primary research tool is Google. Sounds pretty simple, I know, but it’s the best tool there is for the kind of research that I do.But remember, Google is only as effective as the person who is doing the searching. Below are a few tips for getting better results out of Google.Also use Google Scholar.Often, I want to cite studies or advanced research in my articles. For this, I use Google Scholar.I have the main search page of Google Scholar bookmarked, so I can access it instantly. I type in queries, similar to the way I do in a general Google research. The results, however, are usually more advanced.Results like these are exceptional. They’re produced by authoritative researchers with great credentials. This is the kind of stuff that I want to cite in a well-researched article.Try out advanced query techniques.Another feature of my research involves my query techniques. Certain sites have some of the best information on certain topics. In order to confine my searches to a single site, I use different query techniques.For example, I used the following query: inurl:blog.hubspot.com social listening.What I come up with is results about social listening that only include blog.hubspot.com in the URL. I know that the HubSpot blog has some great articles on social listening, so I specifically targeted this site in my search.Use an image search.A lot of times, I’m looking for images that support my points and make my article more interesting.This sounds like a time-consuming endeavor. How do I save time on this? I use Google’s image search. In the screenshot below, notice how I used a typical query, but I did so using Image search.Instantly, I come up with a variety of visual elements that I might be able to use in my article. From this view, I can go check out the website hosting the image to see if I have permission to use it in a blog post.This phase comprises the bulk of my time and effort in writing an article. I move intentionally and sequentially through my outline until I’ve covered every point in sufficient detail.Step 4: Edit and proofread.The final phase, editing, is almost as important as the actual writing. When you edit an article, you are making it ready for publication. People are going to read your article and either scoff at it or benefit from it. Editing makes the difference.Here’s the process I recommend: Third edit and proof: Phone a friend. Finally, hand the article off to someone else so they can proof it, too. The more proofreading phases, the better. Originally published Oct 13, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated August 28 2017 Second edit and proof: Copy editing. Once the article has been written and edited in a rough sense, it’s time to go through with another copy edit phase. You can do your own copy editing, or you can hire a professional to do it for you. Either way, make sure that the article is thoroughly edited for readability, style, and grammar. It really helps to get a second pair of eyes on it at this point.center_img The outline should be logical. An outline has to make sense to the reader. The point of an outline is to provide a cognitive structure for the user to follow as they work through your article. The outline is also a tool for you, the writer and researcher. The basic idea is just to create a structure so that the article is well organized. Of all the writing methods that I’ve used, the one that saves me the most time is creating an outline ahead of time. I prefer to write the outline a day ahead of my writing. I often do it the night before, so the content is fresh in my mind the next morning. (I do most of my writing in the morning.)Step 2: Jot down a quick introduction and conclusion.After you’ve created your outline, you’re in the perfect mental state to write an introduction and conclusion.Write an introduction.The introduction doesn’t need to be long or complicated. I follow a simple model for writing an introduction:State the topic you’re dealing with. Before anything else, the reader needs to know what he or she is reading about.Discuss why it’s important. You want your reader to know that the topic is important, so you can encourage them to read the whole article.Sketch out a game plan for the article. Tell the reader where you’re going in the content that follows. In content marketing today, quality is more important than ever. Reputable marketers need to produce content that is well written, highly researched, data-backed, and visually engaging. To gain the attention of smart algorithms and smarter people, that content might need to be on the longer side, too.That’s a lot to ask of a single article. What’s more, it’s a lot to ask of a single person. So how should one person go about doing that all?I write a lot, which means that I need to use my time wisely. This is the system I’ve developed for creating quality content without sabotaging my schedule. This is how I write lengthy and well-researched articles in just two hours. While that time frame may not work for everyone, the process definitely can.Download Now: 6 Free Blog Post TemplatesAn Overview of the ProcessBefore launching into a detailed how-to of my process, I’ll give you a quick rundown of the process. To be as clear as possible, I’ll use this article that you’re reading as the basis of my timing benchmarks.Quick Disclaimer: This article is a bit unusual in that it’s not as highly researched as other articles I’ve written. The content involves more explanation and less data.Schedule OverviewThree weeks before: Came up with the idea, and jotted a few notes down. 2 minutes. How to Write a Blog Post Day before writing: Created the outline. 9 minutes.Day of writing: Conducted the bulk of my research and wrote the article. This includes the time I took for a restroom break, getting a cup of coffee, sending two texts, checking my email, and taking one phone call. 1 hour 12 minutes. First copy edit: 10 minutes.Total time expenditure: 93 minutes (1 hour, 33 minutes)What Tools Are Required?Every writer has his favorite tools and techniques. I don’t insist on any one right way to produce a blog post or article. I do, however, want to share some of the things that I’ve found to be helpful.1) Google Drive.I use Google Drive for the vast majority of my writing needs. Here’s why:It’s free.It’s cloud-based. I can access my writing on any device, anywhere, anytime.It’s browser-based. Because I do all my research in web-browsers, it helps to also do my writing in a web browser. My mind and fingers are accustomed to the keyboard shortcuts, the techniques, and the extensions.It’s shareable. I share the articles that I write with other team members so they can help me with the process of editing and proofreading.I can download or access files in any format. Some sites for which I contribute use Word documents. Even though I don’t write in Word, I can still download my documents in Word.Google Drive doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a full-fledged word processing platform, but it does have all the functionality that I need for writing articles.One great timesaving feature of Google Drive is that I can do nearly anything I want to do with a few swift keyboard shortcuts. In order to create that hyperlinked text, I copied the URL of a bookmark (command + c), highlighted the section (shift + alt/option + left arrow), opened the hyperlink menu (command + k), and pasted the URL (command + v). Keyboard shortcuts for the win.2) Enough screen space.I do most of my writing on a 15-inch screen. Sometimes, I use a triple monitor configuration for heavy-duty research. Usually, the single-screen display works just fine.When I’m writing a post, I resize my browser windows so I have one browser pane on one half of the screen and a second browser window on the other half.The left browser window is Google Drive. That’s where I’m actually doing my writing. The right window is where I do my research.  I took the screenshot above in the middle of my article writing. As I continue writing, the right browser window fills with tabs — as many as forty or fifty sometimes. I cycle through them using keyboard shortcuts to find the material that I’m using for research.3) Screen grab program.A great way for to increase your article’s reader engagement, social media CTR, and Google image search traffic is to add and optimize it for images and screenshots.I constantly create screenshots in order to add images to my articles. I use an app called Monosnap.To capture an area with Monosnap, I use a keyboard shortcut, which immediately opens up a set of crosshairs overlaid on my screen. I position these over the area that I’d like to capture. Monosnap also allows me to edit the screenshots with some minimal options.Using a screen grab program is indispensable for what I want to do — provide great content with visual appeal.4) The ability to read/research quickly and type comfortably.I tend to type fast. Here are the results from my latest speed typing test.If I were to type that quickly for two hours straight, I would produce 13,200 words. Obviously, I don’t create that much content for a single article. The vast majority of my time is spent researching.You don’t have to type really fast in order to complete an article quickly. Why? Because typing is just one aspect of the entire process of article creation. Most people can type a lengthy and well-researched article in roughly the same amount of time. Research is the critical time-consuming element, not typing.Step 1: Create the outline.Now, let’s jump into the actual process of writing and researching.Pick a topic and a title.Creating a title and settling on a topic is the important aspect of all. In the one-minute video below, I discuss the topic of article ideation in other articles. Use tools, and do brainstorming. It works.If you want to produce a piece quickly, you should pick topics that you’re comfortable with writing on. If you pick a topic, but can’t come up with an outline from your head, you may be writing about an area for which you lack sufficient knowledge. If you pick an area like this to write about, then you will have to spend more time researching, which means that you may not be able to do it in under two hours.Create a rough outline.Here’s what this article looked like after about three minutes of thinking and working.You see stuff in this rough outline that you don’t see in the finished product. I even spelled some words wrong. Big deal. This is where I’m simply scratching things down and getting my thought process going.The outline is very rough at this point, but as you continue to work on it, the following qualities should emerge: 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

Tool Overload is Slowing Your Marketing Team Down

first_img Topics: Marketing teams tend to pick up a new tool for every problem.An email marketing tool here, an ads tool there, a CRM somewhere else. Before you know it, accomplishing your daily tasks requires you to navigate a tangled, borderline incomprehensible web of point solutions, free trials, and complex, custom integrations that stall out when you need them the most.Building a marketing strategy around an à la carte selection of tools seems sustainable at first, but it can get messy fast — especially for growing companies with shifting needs.Consider this: over 50% of marketers say they use five or more tools a day, and over a quarter use more than ten.Wrangling this veritable hodgepodge of tools takes a lot of effort, and it’s stealing valuable time out of your day (not to mention, energy and patience from your employees).Over 50% of marketers reported spending over 30 minutes a day integrating marketing tools, maintaining existing integrations, and managing their marketing technology. 28% said they’re spending an hour or more each day managing tools.It shouldn’t be this challenging to keep the technology your team depends on functioning properly. All those tools don’t just create a major hassle for your marketing team — they also lead to a crummy experience for your customers.When your tools aren’t talking to each other, your customers get a subpar experience with your brand.So what does tool overload look like from your customers’ perspective?When your marketing tools are disjointed, you aren’t able to personalize content or offers to prospects when they take an action on your website, like filling out a form.For example, I filled out a form on a popular clothing retailer’s website and reported my gender as ‘male’. If this company’s marketing tools were all on the same page, they would be able to serve me emails and other relevant materials about their new men’s fashion offers. Unfortunately, the information they collected about me on a form doesn’t seem to be connected to their email marketing tool. As a result, I’m consistently receiving unpersonalized emails about women’s fashion.With too many disconnected tools in rotation, you also risk sending your existing customers offers or promotions for products they already have. For instance, I frequently receive emails from my credit card company asking me to sign up for the card I’ve already been using for months. That’s not just an annoying disconnect between their customer database and their marketing database — it’s a missed opportunity to introduce me to something new.So how do you beat tool overload?Instead of adopting an entirely new tool for each marketing problem you encounter, find a tool that can grow with you — adapting to your changing needs and connecting each part of your marketing strategy without a steep learning curve.Your marketing tools work better when they work together. Form submissions should populate immediately in your CRM. Your CRM should inform your email segmentation. Emails should be personalized based on CRM data. Sales and marketing should work in the same system. All the context for all your contacts should exist in one simple place.That all sounds great, but are people actually thinking that way? As it turns out, yes.34% of marketers are interested in switching to an all-in-one software provider for marketing.So what’s stopping them?Well, getting a lot of different features to work seamlessly together tends to be really expensive. And making that first significant investment can be scary.But what if you didn’t have to make a big, upfront investment to get your tools to talk to each other? What if there was a way to start with a system that had everything you need right now in one place, and would be able to grow and scale as you do?Marketing Hub Starter offers a complete suite of tools that work together and grow with you.With so many tools available, it’s easier than ever to start building out your marketing strategy. But it’s harder than ever to get started right. Originally published Jul 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM, updated July 12 2019 Inbound Marketing Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

Carolina Marin battles past Sayaka Takahashi to storm into China Open final

first_imgReigning Olympic champion shuttler Carolina Marin on Saturday advanced to the final of the China Open after securing a hard-fought win over Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi.The Spaniard came from behind to a register a 20-22, 21-13, 21-18 win over Takahashi in a thrilling semifinal that lasted 72 minutes.In the other semifinal, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying defeated China’s Chen Yufei 6-21, 21-13, 22-20 in 53 minutes to set up a summit clash with Marin, which will be played on Sunday.Marin is returning to the court after eight months following a knee surgery in January. She could not participate in the World Championships in Switzerland last month as she failed to recover completely.Also Read | China Open: Carolina Marin thrashes He Bing Jiao, proceeds to semi-finalsAlso see:last_img

Harmanpreet Kaur takes stunning catch in India’s 1-run loss to West Indies women

first_imgIndia’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur is among the finest fielders in world cricket. Kaur, who is known for her safe pair of hands, came up with a stunning catch in India’s ODI against West Indies women at North Sound, Antigua on Friday.Harmanrpreet Kaur took a one-handed stunner at the long-on boundary at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to dismiss West Indies captain Stafaine Taylor. Harmanpreet steadied herself at the boundary rope even as Taylor came up with a big swing of her bat in Ekta Bisht’s over.While it looked like the ball would sail over the boundary ropes for a Taylor hundred, Harmanpreet came up with a big jump to snatch the ball with her non-throwing arm. The India star got herself into an awkward position but managed to hold on to the catch with one hand.Here u go!!Penultimate ball SIX and then Harmanpreet Stunner in last ball of the innings !!#WIWvINDW pic.twitter.com/nMoZbDPx1N(@merin_kumar) November 1, 2019Barring flashes of brilliance on the field, there was disappointment for India in the 1st of a 3-match ODI series. India women were beaten by 1 run after they stumbled in chase of 226, finishing with 224 on the board at the end of 50 overs.Stafaine Taylor’s 94 and Natasha McClean’s fifty gave West Indies helped West Indies women post 225 for 7 in their quota of 50 overs. Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma shone with 2 wickets each but West Indies batters were able to stitch partnerships at regular intervals.In reply, India were given a fine start by Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues as the duo added 78 for the opening stand. Punia carried on and made a well-paced 75.advertisementIndia were cruising towards the target as they were 169 for 2 at point in time of the chase. However, the visitors suffered a collapse as they lost their last 8 wickets for just 55 runs.THE CROWD GOES CRAZY!!!WI WOMEN WIN BY 1 RUN! #WIWVINDW pic.twitter.com/bAxMiJkzNrWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) November 2, 2019Captain MIthali Raj failed to shine with the bat and Harmanpreet Kaur managed just 5 runs as India’s middle-order problems persisted in the 1st ODI.Meanwhile, star opener Smriti Mandhana, who missed the 1st ODI, will join the team in West Indies on November 3. Mandhana has successfully recovered from a toe injury she suffered during a home series against South Africa.India women and West Indies women will meet in the 2nd ODI on Sunday and Smriti Mandhana will be available to play the 3rd and final ODI on Wednesday.The two teams will also play 5 T20Is as part of build-up to next year’s T20 World Cup.Also read | Australia vs Sri Lanka: Steve Smith relays commentator’s inputs to captain Aaron Finch in MelbourneAlso See:last_img read more

Let’s break some records: Katy Perry to perform at 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup final

first_imgAmerican popstar Katy Perry announced on Tuesday that she will be performing at the final of the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The tournament is set to be held from February 21 to March 8 2020 in Australia with the final being held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).”Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi! Let’s break some records – join me in Melbourne on March 8, 2020 for the ICC @T20WorldCup Women’s Final. We’ll Roar in support of these awesome women on International Women’s Day!” said the popstar in an Instagram post.Perry has previously performed at the opening ceremony of the fifth season of the Indian Premier League in Mumbai. She is currently in the city where she is going to perform at the One Plus Music festival on November 16.The International Cricket Council (ICC) in its release said that Perry’s involvement in the Women’s T20 World Cup final gives a big boost as the event looks to break the record for highest attendance in a women’s sporting fixture.The current record crowd of 90,185 was set at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final in Pasadena, California. The MCG’s capacity, on the other hand, exceeds 100,000.advertisementAlso Read | Bhuvneshwar Kumar trains with India squad in Indore to test fitnessAlso Read | Pink and red balls: India batsmen mix and match at nets in IndoreAlso Read | Day-night Test between India and Bangladesh in Kolkata to start at 1pmAlso Watch:last_img read more

TOUCH SA STATE LEAGUE GRAND FINALS

first_imgWith Touch SA’s State League reaching completion this weekend, Jeremy Smith has provided ATA with his overview to the conclusion of SA’s premiere Touch competition… Mens Elimination Final 1 Wolves 6 def Scorpions 3 The Scorpions were never really in the match, despite having beaten the Wolves all season, the Scorpions fortunes have taken a dramatic tumble in the last few minor round games. Down 3-0 after the first 10 minutes, it was always a question of what the final winning score would be for the Wolves. The Scorpions fought hard but the Wolves held them at bay to go on to record a 6-3 victory. Qualifying Final Vipers 4 def Stingrays 3 With the Vipers up 1-0 at half time and the rain starting to fall quickly afterwards, it looked likely to be a low scoring finish. After scoring twice in a row to take it out to 3-0, it looked like the Vipers were home. However, the Stingrays rallied, bringing it back to 3-3 with some spectacular play, an inspirational touchdown by coach Peter Robbel leveling the scores. Just when it seemed the Stingrays would go on to finish all over the top of the Vipers, a spectacular touchdown to Tom Ainslie who literally fell on top of a stray pass, gave the Vipers a nail-biting 4-3 victory and a chance to win back to back winter State League Championship title. Preliminary Final Stingrays 10 def Wolves 4 The Wolves were simply outclassed and outgunned in this final. It was all over at halftime with the Wolves down to seven fit players for the match and trailing 6-2. Despite an early rally which saw the Wolves climb back to 6-4, the Stingrays simply ran away with the game in the last ten minutes, going on to a 10-4 victory. Starring for the Stingrays was Rob Page who collected four touchdowns. Womens Elimination Final Scorpions 5 def Vipers 4 In one of the most entertaining matches seen all season, it was the Scorpions who strung together their third win in a row, in a match that went to extra time. The scores were locked at 4-all just before full-time, and a last attacking play by the Vipers saw Kat Bradshaw go ever so close to scoring in the corner only to be touched by a desperate dive by former Viper Tracey Firth. Firth proved to be the star in extra time as well, as the teams got down to 3 on 3 before the Scorpions scored the `golden’ touchdown. Qualifying Final Stingrays 5 def Wolves 2 The Stingrays were a class above the Wolves all match and it showed with a comfortable win. Without playmakers Amelia Kent and Kate Lewicki, the Wolves hardly threatened the Stingrays who strolled into their second consecutive grand final. Preliminary Final Scorpions 6 def Wolves 5 The Wolves had earnt the double chance by finishing second and came into this match determined to earn another crack at the Stingrays. But the Scorpions were on an impressive three game winning streak and looking to make it four. It was a tight match throughout with the Scorpions grabbing an early lead before a Wolves fightback saw them come close. However, it was the Scorpions who prevailed, making it four wins from their last four starts and a shot at the Stingrays in the grand final. Grand Final Preview MENS The two form sides of the men’s competition have made it through to the Grand Final, meaning spectators should be in for a treat this Friday night. The Stingrays seemed to fade after winning their first four in a row, which included two victories against the Vipers. However, a 10-4 win over the Wolves in the preliminary final and a fighting loss to the Vipers in the Qualifying final should see them at full confidence and perhaps peaking at the right moment. The Vipers have been playing to their potential for the last four weeks or so and the only question is whether they will be able to keep it up come Friday night. With a tight qualifying final win over the Stingrays and two wins from two in their previous matches against the Stingrays, expect the Vipers to go in chock full of confidence. My tip is the Vipers by 3. Players to Watch Rob Page (Stingrays) Jason McNamara (Vipers) Previous Results R1 Stingrays 4 Vipers 3 R4 Stingrays 5 Vipers 4 R7 Vipers 7 Stingrays 5 WOMENS: The Womens Grand Final will no doubt be a thriller. This is the first time the Scorpions girls have made it to a grand final showdown for the past two years and they are doing so on the back of a four game winning streak. Their confidence will be high, not only from their winning streak but also from the fact they have beaten their grand final opponents twice already this season. On the other side of the ledger, the Stingrays have been the form team of the competition this season, having won seven out of nine matches, with their only losses coming at the hands of the Scorpions. They looked a polished unit last Friday night and it will be interesting to see how they back up after the game off. This one’s too tight to call, however I’m going to put my money on the Stingrays by 2. Players to Watch Tracey Firth (Scorpions) Carrie Atkinson (Stingrays) Previous Results R2 Scorpions 7 Stingrays 5 R5 Stingrays 5 Scorpions 3 R8 Scorpions 6 Stingrays 4 Written by Jeremy Smith, Touch SA. Keep an eye on the ATA website next week for the wrap up of Touch SA’s State League grand finals.last_img

Build Your House (file)…and Keep It Tidy, Too

first_imgDraw a map. Create a flowchart. Put together some document with all of your database fields and the naming conventions for those fields. Clean up duplicate records often. If you have the time to do this regularly, it can save you time in the future.Essentially the most important ingredient to keeping your housefile (list) clean is to dust it regularly. Empower your organization by coming up with a clear and outlined process of how you collect and store your data. Doing so will allow you keep a tidy housefile that is easy to report on and analyze. Make sure all individuals in your organization have that document. This will ensure that everyone in your organization will use the same naming conventions and mapping process when creating the online forms you use to collect constituents’ information. Source: Connection Cafecenter_img If you have uniform response options you want to have listed on multiple choice questions (that are going to be used on many of your online forms), decide upon the answer options and make sure everyone in your organization has a document outlining those response options. Building your housefile (list) is one of the key ingredients in developing a strong online presence. It is important to welcome a constant flow of constituents into your online home. But, what are the next steps in maintaining that list? Once you have a good list going, it is vital to keep that list clean, dust and clutter-free. Mom always told you to keep your room clean. Why should your constituent list be any different?Here are some tips to keeping a clean list:Decide on what data you want to collect and how you want it to be organized in your database. For example, if you want to have a field in your database to store information on constituents’ pets’ names, decide where you want that information to live in the database and how you want to get it there.last_img read more

10 Steps to Being Found on Search Engines

first_imgLet’s do an experiment. Go to Google and type in the most commonly used version of your organization’s name. Do you show up first in the resulting list of sites? What if you type in a short phrase describing the type of work you’d like to be known for? Do you show up in the top page of those search results, too?Your placement on search engines like Google or Yahoo Search is important. At a minimum, it should be easy for your current constituents to find your site using your organization’s name. Showing up on the first page of search results for key terms — for instance, something like “Cincinnati women’s shelter,” if that describes your organization — can also make a huge difference in your site traffic, not to mention in potential donors, volunteers, and clients’ ability to find and connect with you.You don’t have complete control over where and how your Web site shows up in search engines, but you have more power than you might think. The process of site tweaking and outreach that’s used to enhance your search engine placement is called search engine optimization (or SEO for short). While SEO is often described in ways that make it seem like a mystical art form, in fact none of the key steps are particularly hard to understand. They are often, however, time consuming, and most require at least the ability to update your site’s text, if not basic HTML skills.Investing time in comparatively straightforward tasks like including key phrases in titles and headlines can reap some substantial benefits. Below, we suggest 10 steps that can help search engines find and prioritize your site content. While some steps are more technical than others, these concepts can help anyone understand and prioritize search engine optimization for their organization.1. Ensure Your Site Has High-Quality InformationThe cornerstone of any optimization strategy — or just a good Web site strategy, for that matter — is a lot of great, relevant information tailored to those you’d like to attract to your site. A large volume of high-quality content helps with a number of the steps listed below — for instance, you’re more likely to have information that’s useful to any particular person, you’re more likely to include the key phrases for which people are searching, and other sites are more likely to link to yours.Not to mention, of course, that a terrific site is more likely to engage the people who find you through search engines, and encourage them to become not only repeat visitors, but friends of your organization.2. Help Search Engines Find Your SiteSearch engines read through huge volumes of information on the Web with software programs called “robots” or “spiders” (because they navigate, or “crawl,” through the Web). These spiders create an index which contains, essentially, all the pages they’ve found and the words that are contained on them.You need to make sure your Web site is included in those indexes. You can easily check to see if your site has been indexed by Google’s index by searching “site:www.yourdomain.org” — i.e. site:www.idealware.org. This search will show a list of all the pages from your site that are included in Google’s index (ideally, every page on your site).If you’re not included in the indexes — for instance, if you have a new Web site, or one without much traffic — none of the steps below will do much good until you are. How do you get included? You can submit your site to the search engines — to Google, or Yahoo for instance — but experts are divided on how useful this is. It’s certainly not a quick way to be included.A better way is to get other indexed sites to link to yours. You can start this effort with huge, general-interest directories like the DMOZ directory, but you’re likely to have as much or more success with directories or listings related to your field. Is there an online directory of children’s service organizations? Does your United Way have a listing of local organizations? Do your funders have a list of grantees online? Any of these (or ideally all of them, as per the next section) could provide the link you need to be indexed.Some online services say they’ll submit you to a lot of directories and search engines automatically. These generally aren’t worth the money, as indiscriminate listings aren’t nearly as useful as ones targeted to your sector.3. Encourage Others to Link to YouLinks from other sites to yours are a critical aspect of search engine optimization. A couple of links will help the search engines find your sites, but lots of links will show them that your site is a central, important resource for particular topics.The more incoming links you have from credible organizations (that is to say, organizations that show up high on search engines themselves), the higher you will be listed in search results. To check to see the links that Google has indexed for your site, enter “link:www.yourdomain.org” into the Google search bar. The resulting list doesn’t include every link from every site, but is a guide to the approximate quantity of high-quality links.How do you get people to link to you? As we mentioned above, there are likely a number of organizations that have a list of organizations like yours. Ensuring you’re included in all the relevant directories is a good start. See if partner organizations will link to you. Do a search on the phrases for which you’d like to be found and look for ways to get the organizations at the top of the search results to link to you. Think through content you could provide — perhaps reports, articles, toolkits, directories of your own — that would be so useful that organizations would be inspired to link to it.4. Identify the Keywords For Which You’d Like to Be FoundWe’ve talked so far about ways for people to find your site as a whole — but people are unlikely to be looking for your site specifically. They’re much more likely to be looking for good information or a resource on a particular topic, which they’ll identify by entering the first words that come to mind when they think about their topic, known as keywords in search engine optimization lingo.Identifying the keywords that people are likely to use, and for which you’d like to be found, is a critical step in search engine optimization. You should ideally think through keywords not just for your organization as a whole, but for each content page that might have useful information for your target audience. For instance, “Cincinnati women’s shelter” might lead people to your organization, but if you offer meaty content on your site, a search on “signs of domestic abuse” might also lead people to you.How do you identify your core keywords? It’s not a science. First off, try to identify phrases that are reasonably specific to your organization. Trying to show up in the top of the search results for “the environment” is likely to be a losing battle, but “measuring river-water quality” is a more achievable goal. In thinking through your keywords, consider: Be careful of duplicate pages.Search engines react badly to duplicate content, as it’s a common ploy of those trying to spam a search engine into better placement. Be careful of structures that show the same page content at multiple URLs (for instance, as a print-friendly version). If multiple versions are important, use the “robots” metatag to specify that additional versions shouldn’t be indexed. Also, take particular care not to set up a site so it can be seen in its entirety at multiple domains (for instance, at both http://www.idealware.org and http://idealware.org) — instead, redirect from one domain to the other. Page text.Repeating your keywords a number of times (but not so many times to annoy your readers, of course) throughout the page text is likely to boost your placement. If you are looking for a comparatively quick way to optimize each page, adding keywords in just the title and description metadata can provide substantial results without a wholesale rewrite of your site.Note that the keywords need to be shown as text. Spiders can’t read images, so any page, header, or feature that’s displayed as a graphic — regardless of how prominent on the page — is invisible to search engines.6. Ensure a Search-Friendly Web Site ArchitectureOkay, we need to delve into a bit of technical detail for a minute. Unfortunately, the detailed structure of a Web site can affect your search engine placement in important ways. If you’re not generally familiar with Web site construction concepts and HTML (the language of Web sites), you may need to flag this section to the attention of a trusted Web developer.Spiders don’t read in the same way that a human would, so it’s important to follow some basic site-structure guidelines to ensure that they can find and read your information: How many keywords should you have? That’s up to you. Ideally, you’d have a least a couple keyword phrases for each page on your site. Some organizations optimize for thousands of keywords. However, starting with just a few phrases and a few pages is far better than nothing.5. Place Keywords in Prime LocationsOnce you’ve identified your priority keywords, the next step is to integrate them into your Web pages. When someone searches on a key phrase, the search engine looks for pages that include prominent mentions of the phrase: ones that contain it a number of times, show it toward the top of the page, and include it in key locations.Unfortunately, there’s no substitute for the time-consuming task of incorporating your keywords into each content page. For each page, consider how you can incorporate your keywords into: Headlines and section titles.Text that is formatted prominently (bigger, bolder, higher on the page) is more likely to affect search engine placement than other text, so keywords will hold more weight in headlines. What search phrases are people using in your domain?Tools like Good Keywords or WordTracker can help you to brainstorm keywords related to the ones you’ve already identified, and to find the phrasing that searchers are most likely to use. Ensure there’s a simple link to every page on your site.JavaScript navigation schemes — particularly ones that use rollovers — can make it hard for spiders to recognize and follow a link. Dynamic URLs, particularly ones that indicate the parameter with a question mark, can also be problematic. If your site is dynamic, consider creating a site index that contains a link to every page. Ideally, convert your dynamic URLs so that they look like static pages with a command like mod_rewrite. What phrases are associated with your organization?Start the keyword process by listing the words and phrases that you’re already using in your marketing materials. The name of your organization is an obvious one, as is the name of any well-known people associated with you. Do you have a tagline or short mission statement that concisely and usefully summarizes what you do? What phrases do you use in that? How are people currently finding you?If you have access to a Web site analytics tool, you can likely see the search engine phrases that people are currently using to find you. These can be a useful starting point in understanding how people search for your information. Think about how you can increase the ease with which you can be found for these phrases, and use them to provide inspiration for more important phrases. Page description metadata.Each page has a “description” field, a longer description of page content that can be accessed in a similar way to the “title” metadata. The description is another important place to include your keywords, and is also sometimes shown by search engines as the description of your page in search results. Page title metadata.Each page has what’s called a “title metadata field,” which controls the text that shows up in header bar at the top of the browser window — and which is also frequently shown as the page title in search engine results. This is one of the most important places to include your keywords. This title field can be edited through the HTML code of the page, or through most methods you might use to update your site — for instance, through Dreamweaver, Contribute, and most content-management systems. Link text.The words used as a link to your page are prioritized highly when the search engines consider that page. Optimize the links within your own site and especially any external links you have control over, for example in your blog, email signatures, social network profiles, and so on. Encourage others to link to you using your keywords — for instance, by providing keyword-heavy titles and descriptions for resources on your site. Include content early in each HTML page.When looking for content keywords, search engines prioritize keywords that show up early in the text of the page — and that text includes all of the HTML code. Try to structure the page so that the HTML code includes the content as early as possible — as opposed to, for instance, including code for complex headers, navigation bars, and sidebars before getting to the actual page text. Use standard header tags.Some search engines prioritize text that is displayed in standard formatting tags such as H1 or H2, so it’s worthwhile using those as opposed to creating custom names for your header styles. Page URL.If you can control the actual filename of the page (e.g. “search_engines.html”), keywords embedded in the URL are also counted as highly relevant. One last caution: avoid tricks. In reading through this article and others, you may think you’ve found loopholes to get higher placement without the work. That’s very unlikely. Search engines spend a huge amount of time trying to preclude shortcuts, and they don’t take kindly to being tricked. If you set up your site in a way that looks to a search engine like you’re trying to fool them, they may remove your site from their listings altogether.7. Keep Your Site FreshSearch engines love new pages. Try to add new stories, reports, news releases, and the like so that search engines feel that your site is frequently updated and thus should be frequently indexed. If your site is rarely updated, it can take months for search engines to find your infrequent new additions.Blogs can be a particularly useful way to easily add new pages to your site — and can also provide great information that encourages links from others (not to mention all the other ways blogs can help in marketing and outreach!).8. Consider Google GrantsSo far, we’ve focused on ways to tweak and optimize your site in order to be listed for free on any search engine. There’s another way, though, to be listed on Google: Google gives away free search-engine advertising (the links listed as “Sponsored Links” down the right side of the search results page) through its Google Grants program.If you’re approved for the program (at the moment, Google appears to be using a non-competitive vetting process, although it can take up to six months or so to hear back), you can place text ads that show up each time someone enters key phrases into the Google search box. The grants often offer enough free advertising to allow you to place ads for hundreds of keywords.Google Grants isn’t a replacement for the steps above. It only affects Google and not other search engines, and many organizations find that an ad to a page doesn’t bring nearly as much traffic as a link to that page from the traditional search results. However, it’s a straightforward process that every nonprofit should consider.9. Be Patient, but Keep Checking InSearch engines don’t respond to changes overnight. In fact, it might take a month or more to see the results of your efforts reflected in search engine results. Don’t give up hope — keep including keywords in new content, and asking other organizations to link to your resources.Once you do see some results, don’t rest on your laurels. The Web is a dynamic place, and new Web sites, new articles, and changing search engine priorities can affect your placement. Check in on the search results for your keywords at least every month or so, to help maintain your position and continue to enhance your strategy.10. Enjoy the Fruits of Your LaborUnfortunately, search engine optimization isn’t a particularly short or easy road. But it’s important to take on at least some of the basic steps — for instance, ensuring your site is linked to from a few well-known sites, and including some of your most important keywords in page titles and headers.When your new donors, volunteers, and clients mention that they found you through Google or Yahoo Search, you’ll be glad you took the time.Many thanks to Heather Gardner-Madras of gardner-madras | strategic creative, Kevin Gottesman of Gott Advertising, and Michael Stein, Internet Strategist, who also contributed to this article.This article is courtesy of Idealware, which provides candid information to help nonprofits choose effective software. For more articles and reviews, go to www.idealware.org.Copyright © 2008 CompuMentor. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.last_img read more

Create an Online Fundraising Plan: Know Your Numbers

first_imgEmpathetic. Donor-centric. Sympathetic. Your marketing communications are “ticking” along as they should be. But, as we’re all painfully aware, the right-side of the  brain just loves piping in to talk about numbers, figures, trends and goals.Instead of telling that portion of the brain to buzz off (as I often do), use it to create the fourth and final piece of your online fundraising plan: The Numbers. Below, check out our tips for getting a jump on mapping what your numbers look like now and what you hope they look like later:Budget Tips:Planning to raise money online? Of course you are! Why else would you be developing an online fundraising plan? Be sure to build into your budget what you plan to spend for donation processing. For instance, you can check out our own DonateNow service–great value for a price that won’t eat up your budget.Fixing up your website? Be realistic about the features you need versus the features you want. Set up your budget ahead of time, and don’t be distracted by shiny objects: your website is a tool and a resource, not a fireworks show.Thinking about advertising? If you’re considering developing banner ads or other paid online outreach, remember to keep in mind the various items you’re paying for: design, development and placement costs.Hiring extra help? You may be planning to use the talents of a copywriter for your website or consultant to help you out. Those folks often like to get paid–go figure. And in planning this line item, do some brainstorming about how you might cut costs: Maybe a graphic designer (could be a student) will donate time or a communications intern can develop testimonials for your website.Tracking, Benchmarking, Reporting Tips:DonateNow. Are you a DonateNow customer? If so, don’t forget to log into your account to check out your donor reports. You can even track your campaigns by evaluating the tracking codes for different DonateNow buttons on your site and in your emails. Email messaging. Determine an evaluation schedule for monitoring your e-communications. Will you track the number of donors (past and new) directly tied to your email communications? Monitor giving levels of donors receiving your emails versus those who are not.Website traffic. Sign up for Google Analytics to evaluate site traffic. Work language into your online fundraising plan about how you will determine which content is most appealing and how you will increase visibility of that content while simultaneously finding a way to tie in giving opportunities.Testing. Not happy with your fundraising results? Test out new ideas! Vary your email messaging and mix around your website a bit. Testing is a vital piece of the puzzle when working to improve your numbers!last_img read more

Hello Mzungu, Bye Bye Mzungu

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on March 30, 2011June 20, 2017By: Faatimaa Ahmadi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faatimaa Ahmadi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.It is the voice of the children of Mawundo village, Luuka district, Eastern Uganda that are now friends with my son, Mahdiar. They welcome him and see him off every time we go there. The term Mzungu refers to an English man or anyone who has “white” color.This month was a unique January in my life. We started our Dialogue Education Method in maternal health in Mawundo village. The village is about 120km from Kampala. We passed Mabira Forest, Lake Victoria, and the Nile River to reach there. The roads are narrow with quite heavy traffic and all feeder roads are dusty and bumpy. The common transport is bicycle and Boda Boda. There is one health centre in the village. More than 99 percent of the houses don’t have access to the electricity. They take water from bore-hole and some of them walk long distances to reach there.Before visiting the village we acquired an excellent opportunity to connect with Jane Vella, the founder of Dialogue Education in the World. I am very pleased to inform you all that this lovely lady is supervising the project step by step and inspiring me incredibly.Fortunately, on the 30th of January we finished the first step of the project, which was to assess the health needs of the community (the next step is producing learning materials which will be informed by the assessment done and the last step will be to conduct the educational sessions in the community with the learning materials we create).After developing an interview guide and testing it, we all convened in Joyce Fertility Support Center to learn from each other on the principles of interviewing, especially in the community.We went to the village and formed our working group. As I have written in the past, in this method of education, which is based on Paulo Freire’s methodology, we consider our learners as precious resources that are participating in each and every step of educational activity. We believe that we are working WITH the people of the community and not FOR them to bring change in maternal health.We visited local leaders of the village to inform them about the project, gain their welcome and let them know that they are members of our group and each and every active local individual is welcomed to be a member of our group.We went to the village and lived there. I was proud of the presence of my son in this project next to me. He was breaking most of the cultural barriers by becoming close to the children in the village and making people of the community feel free to talk about their problems easily! He has also become our photographer in the village sometimes!We selected about 10 percent of the houses and visited them house by house. During these visits we wanted to find out what they knew about maternal health issues and what they wanted to learn. As Jane told me, “They are teaching YOU their context.”In the visits to the homes we realized that many girls of 16 and 17 become pregnant by men and then the men run away, leaving them with nothing to support themselves. Mothers in their twenties have about 5 children and when they were asked if they wanted more kids, they answered, “Yes, of course!” In the interviews many women told us they are suffering from syphilis.While we were talking with the people of the community on maternal health issues, we could hardly find any knowledge of maternal health to connect new knowledge to, especially in women who have been pregnant for the first time. This deep lack of knowledge and also their desire for more learning makes me consider myself as an educator more than a midwife.In the following months, the health needs assessment will be analyzed and the learning materials for this community will be produced. Then Joyce Fertility Support Centre group, with the young Mzungu and his mother, will go to the village to run the educational sessions.Share this:last_img read more

How Are Mothers Being Affected in Libya?

first_imgPosted on April 27, 2011August 17, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Maternal health in post-conflict or post-crisis settings is a topic that we’ve discussed here on the blog before. However, it is often hard to find data, or even anecdotal, that explains how mothers are impacted by an unfolding crisis. Reports from Benghazi, Libya suggest that the war there is having devastating effects on women. Problems such as a lack of supplies, increasing number of patients, pre-term deliveries, and miscarriages have seemingly increased at Al-Jamahiriya Hospital:The exhaustion of the nurses and midwives is eclipsed by the frightful spike in caesarians, premature births, intra-uterine deaths and miscarriages the staff have witnessed since February 17, when things turned violent…The hospital has dealt with 450 miscarriages since mid-February, an average of eight a day, compared with just two previously when “bad days” registered four to five cases “at the most.” The nurses have also observed and documented an increase in pre-term deliveries..Read the full article to find out more about the impacts of war on maternal and child health in LibyaShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Historic UN Ruling: States Must Ensure Access to Maternal Health Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 26, 2011June 19, 2017By: Emily Hsu, EngenderHealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following post originally appeared on EngenderHealth’s blog. It is reposted here with permission.Governments have a human rights obligation to guarantee women’s access to timely and nondiscriminatory maternal health services, according to a recent ruling by a major United Nations human rights body.The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) issued the Aug. 10 ruling, concluding the first maternal death case ever to be decided by an international human rights body.The case began in 2002 with the tragic death of Alyne da Silva Pimentel, a 28-year-old Brazilian of African descent. Alyne was denied timely care at a public health facility and later died after giving birth to a stillborn baby. Five years later, her mother brought the case to CEDAW, stating the government of Brazil violated her daughter’s right to life and health by failing to meet its obligation to ensure the health and rights of her daughter.In her complaint, Maria de Lourdes da Silva Pimentel invoked Articles 2 and 12 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which call on the government to pursue all appropriate means to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of health care.Brazil is an emerging economic power in South America. While the country has dramatically reduced maternal deaths in the last 10 years, the progress at the national level belies the extreme disparities in maternal health care that still exist based on race, socioeconomic status and geography.The ruling sends a powerful message in the international arena and demands that the government compensate Alyne’s family and take steps to ensure women’s rights to safe motherhood and health care. More broadly, it establishes that maternal health is a human rights responsibility of governments that must be taken seriously and that applies to all women, including indigenous, impoverished women who are most affected by maternal mortality.Created in 1982, the Committee is made up of 23 experts on women’s issues worldwide. The Committee mandate is to monitor progress for women in countries that are parties to the Convention. Members review national reports to assess the steps being taken to improve situations for women—a process that itself enables continuous dialogue and focus on anti-discrimination policies.Photo by C. Ngongo/EngenderHealthShare this:last_img read more

Negative Impacts of Male Involvement in PMTCT?

first_imgPosted on January 17, 2012November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)In the maternal and reproductive health fields, we often discuss the importance of involving men. While there is certainly evidence that male involvement can lead to better health outcomes, there are potential downsides that are rarely discussed.A new report from PlusNews investigates prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Kenya and finds some possible drawbacks to involving men in certain situations:There is limited research into the area of gender-based violence following HIV-testing, but a presentation by the NGO, the Sonke Gender Justice Network, at the 2010 International AIDS Society conference in Vienna, Austria, reported that women’s experiences upon disclosing their status to their male partners were often “complex and positive”: some studies reported violence levels of up to 14 percent, while others stated that about half of HIV-positive women said their partners reacted supportively to the disclosure.According to Beatrice Misoga, PMTCT programme officer with the AIDS Population Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA Plus), gender-based violence is more common in discordant relationships where the man is HIV-negative. “Male involvement has helped realize success with PMTCT programmes where it has been applied because prevention of mother to child transmission is a family issue, but yes, there have been challenges in certain aspects like the possibility of gender-based violence targeting women and more so in a situation where the male partner is not willing to be part of it.”Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Read what I’m reading: A feed of nonprofit blogs!

first_imgI was recently talking to a fundraising guru who has started her own blog – Jennifer McCrea – about the blogs I follow. I am sharing with her my nonprofit blog reading list in Google Reader. Then it occurred to me: Why not share it with everyone?Here’s a feed of posts from the 100+ nonprofit blogs I follow.If this overwhelms you, try putting some of your favorites into your own reader and follow a select few.last_img

Thriving in the social media gift economy

first_imgLet’s pretend you’ve invited me over to your house for dinner. I come to the occasion with a nice bottle of Marlborough region Sauvignon Blanc. Great, right?Now let’s pretend that instead, I show up and hand you $20 bucks to thank you for having me to dinner.You’d be offended, right? That’s because I would be applying market norms to a social norms situation. (See yesterday’s post for a definition of what are market vs. social norms.)Another way you can look at it is through the lens of a “gift economy.” That’s a way that anthropologists describe cultures or situations governed by social norms. Or, as Harvard Business Review blogger Mark Bonchek explains in this post, a gift economy is:1. About relationships, not transactions. Think of the dinner party example – bringing wine to share versus money to pay.2. About social currency (which is based in relationship), not financial currency. In the realm of social media, says Bonchek, “Facebook “Likes” are social currencies, while Facebook Credits are virtual currencies. There is no price on a Facebook Like, while Facebook Credits have a clear market value.”3. About earning, not buying status. Boncheck gives the example of in the Pacific Northwest, native tribes gave status not to those who accumulated the most wealth, but instead to those who gave the most to the community.So what does this have to do with social media?It is a gift economy, Boncheck rightfully asserts. People use social media to connect with other people, to exchange social media and to earn status.That’s why you can’t thrive on social media by focusing on transactions, money and self-promotion.Here’s how Boncheck recommends you conduct yourself (and I quote directly):1) Build relationships.• Push out information to drive transactions: Base• Create relationships with individuals: Better• Help people create relationships with each other: Best2) Earn status.• Celebrate your own accomplishments: Base• Celebrate the accomplishments of others: Better• Enable people to celebrate each other’s accomplishments: Best3) Create social currencies.• Focus on discounts and promotions: Base• Think of your product (or mission) as a social currency: Better• Create new social currencies related to your brand: BestSo what can nonprofits do? If you’re a diabetes organization, Tweet other people’s great recipes and healthy eating tips. If you’re a museum with a photography exhibit, use your Facebook page to facilitate people sharing their own work inspired by your latest exhibit . If you promote gardens, celebrate the most beautiful ones you find in your community and people’s yards in your Flickr account. You get the idea. It’s about the gifts – the gifts of others, the gifts of sharing and gift of generosity that you provide, rather than seek. That’s my kind of economy!last_img read more