Gujjars entitled to OBC quota too in Rajasthan: BJP

first_imgThe BJP government in Rajasthan clarified on Monday that the Gujjars and four other nomadic communities, classified as Most Backward Classes, were also entitled to 21% reservation in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi said at a press conference here that the State government was committed to implementing all agreements signed with the Gujjars and would ensure their socio-economic development.The community had threatened to stage protests during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally here later this week if their demand was not met. The State government had issued a notification on December 21, 2017 granting 1% reservation to MBCs, comprising Gujjars and four other communities, within the 50% ceiling mandated by the Supreme Court. The overall reservation in the State stood at 49% before the decision.Sub-categorisationAlong with Gujjars, the nomadic communities Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika and Gadariya have been included in the State’s OBC category since 1994 for quota in government jobs and admission to educational institutions. Gujjars have been demanding sub-categorisation of OBC reservation for extending the quota benefit to them.last_img read more

Abducted owner of BDM sporting goods, Sudhir Mahajan, rescued in UP

first_imgThe leading sports goods manufacturer and exporter from this town in Uttar Pradesh, who was abducted late Tuesday while he was headed home, has been rescued, police said on Wednesday.Sudhir Mahajan (55), the managing director of M/S BDM & Sons (Pvt) Ltd, was found tied to a tree in Khatauli town of Muzaffarnagar district late Wednesday, a police official said.Earlier, the abductors had demanded Rs.2 crore from the businessman’s family, Deputy Inspector General of Police Zaki Ahmad said. He added that teams were formed to nab the kidnappers. Mahajan was abducted late on Tuesday when he was headed to his Defence Colony residence at the Mawana road here. He left his factory at the Sports Goods Complex on Delhi road in his car around 8.30 p.m. According to police, the manufacturer of BDM cricket kit had stopped briefly to buy some paint boxes from the market. Around 10.30 p.m., the driver stopped the car around 300 metres before Defence Colony to check some noise in the boot space where the paint boxes were kept. However, when he was heading back to his seat, three kidnappers pounced on him from a nearby bush and forced themselves into the car and held the driver and the businessman at gunpoint, police said.Around 11.30 p.m., Mahajan’s son Siddharth received a text message and a phone call in which the kidnappers demanded Rs.2 crore for releasing his father, according to a police official.last_img read more

Boxing: Irish Superstar Michael Conlan wins his homecoming fight

first_imgIreland’s Conor McGregor, right, and Michael Conlan stand in the ring before a super bantamweight boxing match between Conlan and Tim Ibarra, Friday, March 17, 2017, in New York. Conlan stopped Ibarra in the third round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)AdvertisementFighting in his hometown for the first time since 2010 and the first time as a pro the Belfast boy Michael Conlan got a rapturous welcome as well as a nice “step up” win. It wasn’t all fireworks, but the world amateur gold medal winner came out a clear winner despite facing a genuine step up. The former Olympian emerged with 7 rounds to 1 points win over a recent world title challenger in just his eighth professional fight. Conlan not only seemed to be the better fighter physically but also the sharper mentally has he dominated Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos and look comfortable in against a fighter that reached world level when he challenged Jessie Magdaleno for the WBO super bantamweight title as recent as April of last year.The visiting fighter was game but was simply outmatched by Conlan. The win see’s Conlan push his unbeaten record to 8-0 with 5KO’s while Dos Santos falls to 19-5. Conlan will now look toward a revenge clash with former Olympic foe Vladimir Nikitin, who is also signed to Bob Arum’s Top Rank.Advertisementlast_img read more

Franchise players? NBA sophomore class full of rising stars

first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “What’s that, 7,000? Nah, I need more like 15. That was pretty light,” Ayton quipped. “I don’t have that little chest burn feeling when you’re at such a high altitude. It was fun.”So is winning. And the expectations are high for the former No. 1 draft pick, who is part of a promising 2018 NBA draft class that teams are looking at becoming the faces of rebuilding franchises.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDallas guard Luka Doncic was the rookie of the year after averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and six assists per game. Atlanta’s Trae Young finished second in the voting, averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 assists. Ayton was third.“This summer, I’ve never worked so hard in a gym before in my life,” said the 21-year-old Ayton, who averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds. “I’ve seen these lines so many times, I see them in regular life now. They beat me to the ground this summer.” First-year Suns coach Monty Williams said Ayton’s development isn’t as much about his physical skills because those have been evident all along. He said the guys who develop into great players are the ones who recognize the sweat equity involved.“They realize early in their first year that it takes a lot of work to be good, so their work ethic goes up that summer,” Williams said. “You see more consistent work from guys and a different mentality in the weight room. They take coaching a lot better because they know more stuff.”A look at some of the top second-year players in the NBA:DONCIC, DALLAS MAVERICKSThe 6-foot-7 Doncic wowed the NBA with his combination of shooting, passing and knack for producing in clutch moments. And he’s just 20 years old.ADVERTISEMENT “Not making the playoffs was something I thought about all summer,” Bagley said. “I just had that in the back of my mind that we still gotta get to the playoffs and show everybody what we can do.”JAREN JACKSON JR., MEMPHIS GRIZZLIESLast year’s No. 4 pick showed plenty of potential, averaging 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds over 58 games despite missing time with a quadriceps injury. The 6-11 forward just turned 20 years old.He’ll team with this year’s No. 2 overall pick, Ja Morant, on a remade Memphis roster.“You can’t be predictable, you’ve got to grow and find other ways to get to the basket,” Jackson said. “I know a lot of the ways I scored before aren’t always going to work just because people get better and scout better.”COLLIN SEXTON, CLEVELAND CAVALIERSSexton was a bright spot on a bad Cavaliers team. The 6-2 guard, the No. 8 pick, averaged 16.7 points and three assists per game.He said he spent the offseason watching hours of film and getting stronger in the weight room.“I felt like I needed to be stronger to finish at the rim a lot better,” Sexton said. “And I want to be able to fight over screens, instead of getting hit on them.” Filipino gymnastics, women’s boxing world champs to meet with Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers LATEST STORIES Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) gestures after a foul wasn’t called during the team’s NBA preseason basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Deandre Ayton strolled around the practice court, talking and laughing with coaches and teammates following a two-hour workout with the Phoenix Suns.It is clear he is comfortable operating in lofty surroundings, even on a morning in the mountains of Flagstaff, despite a sign on the wall that warned of the dangers of physical exertion at 7,000 feet of altitude.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle expects improvement from Doncic in year two, but it might look a little different than others are expecting.“He’s playing with more players and more better players,” Carlisle said. “And he’s playing with another star-caliber player with (Kristaps) Porzingis. The dynamics of the stats are going to be way different. I don’t know what the whole thing’s going to look like.”YOUNG, ATLANTA HAWKSThe 6-2 guard got off to a slow start as a rookie, which led to plenty of talk that the draft day Doncic-for-Young swap was going to end up heavily in favor of the Mavericks.But Young bounced back with an encouraging second half. He averaged more than 23 points and nine assists over his final 31 games.“I know it’s going to be even tougher this year, but that’s something you work on during the summer and something I knew I needed to be even more prepared for,” Young said.MARVIN BAGLEY III, SACRAMENTO KINGSThe 6-11 Bagley was much like Young in that he pushed through an up-and-down first half of the season before finishing with an impressive second half.The No. 2 pick averaged about 18 points and nine rebounds over the season’s final two months despite coming off the bench in most games. He made the All-Rookie team along with Doncic, Ayton, Young and Memphis’ Jaren Jackson.The Kings showed some promise last season with a young core that includes Bagley and De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield. View commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon ups security after London terror attacks

first_imgWimbledon has ramped up security following the recent wave of terror attacks in London, chief executive Richard Lewis said as the prestigious tennis tournament got under way today.Under-cover surveillance spotters, firearms officers and protective barriers are in place to protect the two-week tournament, which typically sees around 40,000 people per day visiting the site.Barriers have been placed along the route into Wimbledon, following vehicle-based terror attacks on pedestrians this year on bridges in central London.”They have been put in based upon a recommendation by the security service because of the recent terrorist attacks,” Lewis told reporters at the All England Club.”There’s an increase in surveillance from the security services and ourselves.”There’s other increased measures in place but most of them are below the radar,” he said, refusing to divulge details for security reasons.Lewis said the players were comfortable with the level of security.”The comments have been positive. They say they feel safe and secure and its something they’re used to around the world,” he said.Besides the firearms officers, a mobile reserve unit is on the ground to respond to emerging incidents.Police have not been informed of any specific threat to the championships.RAISING THE ROOFBesides the protective barriers, the most visible difference this year is the roof of the 11,000-seater Court One, which is being replaced with a retractable roof like the main Centre Court to keep play going during rain spells.The old fixed roof is gone and the first parts of of what will be a retractable roof are in place.advertisementConstruction will resume shortly after the tournament ends. The new 70 million pound (USD 90 million, 80 million euro) roof will be in operation for 2019 championships.Wedged in a triangle between two roads, the All England Club has little room to expand within its current boundaries.It owns a large swathe of parkland next to the tennis grounds but Wimbledon Park Golf Club has the lease until 2041 and has so far spurned the tennis club’s financial offers to leave early.”The biggest thing on the horizon, long-term, is the park,” said Lewis.”We’ll just continue monitoring the situation. The closer it gets to 2041 we might as well just wait till 2041. They turned down the invitation to negotiate.”Long term, the future is secure because we know we’ll have even more space in many years to come,” he said.NO TIE BREAKLast year the grass court season leading up to Wimbledon was extended from two weeks to three to give the players more time to adjust from the clay courts of the French Open.”It’s good. It helps a lot,” Lewis told AFP.”The players arrive feeling better prepared and more rested from Roland Garros. It affects us quite noticeably in terms of the number of players who arrive early and spend longer here. Strategically, it’s a big difference.”Another British institution, parliament, has relaxed the dress code in recent days after an MP was allowed to address the House of Commons without wearing a tie.But Wimbledon, a stickler for dress codes, will absolutely not be following suit.Players will still be wearing all white, match officials will still be in ties, while jackets and ties are required for gentlemen invited into Centre Court’s royal box.”I think it’s part of the charm of Wimbledon that in some places, like the queue it’s incredibly relaxed, and in other parts it’s jacket and tie, so no plans to change,” Lewis told AFP.last_img read more

What You Need to Know This Morning: June 7, 2013

first_img Inbound Marketing Originally published Jun 7, 2013 6:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Topics: Don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty bad for Mindy Crandell, that Florida mom who let an 84-year-old woman cut in front of her in line for lottery tickets … and then the line-cutter won the $590.5 million Powerball jackpot.Mindy says she’s not upset, but come on. Check out the “my life is ruined” expression on her daughter’s face. The kid was quoted saying, of the jackpot winner, “I hope she’s blessed with it. Polite is better than being rich.” Zing! Anyway, send some inboundy, positive vibes in Mindy’s direction today. Maybe the line-cutter lady will grow a conscience and give Mindy and her heartbroken kids a cut of the loot. Meanwhile, in the world of marketing …1) Millennials Have Money, Won’t Spend ItThere are 73 million Millennials (people ages 18-34) in the U.S., and they have a lot of purchasing power — but the bad news is, they’re cheap, eMarketer reports. They “buy brands on sale vs. preferred brands” and love to use digital coupons. Yet at the same time, they want to be active participants in shaping brands, and they want to “co-create” products and services. Which presumably they will maybe someday possibly buy. On sale. Using a coupon. Bah. Kids these days.2) Pipe: File Transfer on FacebookCheck out a new app called Pipe that lets you transfer files over Facebook. Fast Company says it’s a bit like giving someone a thumb drive. Marketing Pilgrim has a good post on how to get started using Pipe. We’ll do something on it here on the HubSpot blog, too.3) YouTube Is Crushing it on MobileYouTube’s mobile ad sales have tripled in the past six months, Bloomberg reports. One analyst estimates YouTube delivers 10% of Google’s total revenues, which would work out to about $6 billion this year. Of that, he figures 20% to 25% comes from mobile. Big factor in this was YouTube’s falling out with Apple last year, the Guardian reports. When YouTube was baked into Apple’s iOS, Google couldn’t show ads. But when Google launched YouTube as a standalone app, it could start running ads on YouTube.4) Not from The Onion, HonestSocial media consultant Gary Vaynerchuk has hired someone to “follow him around, record his conversations and remarks, and turn them into social media content,” Forbes reports. Why? Because content is so important, and Vaynerchuk just can’t create enough of it on his own. Vaynerchuk predicts that loads of other top execs soon will hire people to “shadow” their lives too. While others are “doubling down” on content, Vaynerchuk says he is “tripling down.” Would it be possible to quadruple down? What would that look like? Maybe you could hire two people to shadow you, instead of just one. We’re trying to convince our CEO, Brian Halligan, to let us shadow him. More as it develops.5) A Win for TwitterTwitter signed another big ad deal, this time with WPP, which “has likely committed to spending a bunch of money on the service,” AllThingsD reports.6) Tumblr AdsMarissa Mayer is wasting no time trying to milk dollars out of Tumblr’s huge audience. Fresh off its $1.1 billion acquisition by Yahoo, Tumblr is rolling out new ads, Business Insider reports. The ads show up in your Tumblr feed, whether you like it or not. They look just like regular Tumblr posts, except for a little dollar sign. Below is an ad for a movie called The Purge. Coming soon: a Tumblr ad exchange, AdWeek reports.7) Guy Kawasaki on Steve JobsCheck out this TedX talk that our friend Guy Kawasaki gave recently — 12 things he learned from working for Steve Jobs.And finally …If Microsoft Made Its Own Version of Google Glass 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

Guard Against Theft: How to Add Watermarks to Pinterest Images

first_img Pinterest Marketing Originally published Dec 13, 2013 4:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 This post originally appeared on Inbound Insiders, a new section on Inbound Hub. To read more content like this, subscribe to Inbound Insiders.A few months ago, my cousin found an image of mine that I’d taken of my dog, Pepe, on a Facebook page with over 100,000 likes. Hot dog!While I was gratified by the hundreds of likes and comments (yes, my dog is adorable), I did kick myself a little for not having watermarked the image. Had I done so, I could have included my company name and even my website address.Free Resource: 12 Pinterest Templates for BusinessAside from the fact that Pepe’s insisted on a raise and a better office, no harm and no foul. Even though I didn’t get credit for it, I really didn’t mind that my image was used to entertain and ultimately raise the Facebook Page’s “talking-about-this” score — it was for a good cause.But, what if you made your money off your art, and an uncredited share like that felt more like stealing than a commentary on your dog’s cuteness?Or, what if you bristle at the thought of people pinning and repinning your images on Pinterest, where the only way you get credit is if someone properly links to you as the original source and the pinners click through to your site?This is where watermarks come in!How to Create a Watermark for a Pinterest ImageUsing an image-editing program that allows you to adjust transparency, create your watermark. It may be your business name, logo, URL, or a combination. Generally, it should be one color (usually white), have a transparent (not solid) background, and not so busy that it makes looking at a watermarked image completely unbearable!No image-editing software? That’s okay. If you have an image with a transparent background (as in our logo, shown above), we can adjust the transparency and remove the color in the next step. Even if you don’t, you can still make a super-simple watermark — no software required.For instance, PicMonkey gives simple directions for adding a watermark, assuming you have one all ready to go. If you don’t have an image to use, you can create one right in PicMonkey!No need to log in — just upload the image you need to watermark by hovering over “Edit a photo.” You can then click to upload or just drag a photo there.Then, if you have your own watermark image, you can:1) Click the “Overlay” (butterfly) button.2) Select “Your Own” and upload your watermark.3) If you don’t have a watermark image, you can use text. To do so:Click on Text.Choose a font.Type your text over the image.Adjust the size of the font with the Text control box.Adjust the size and position of the text box by dragging the corners or the entire box, respectively. Still, you might have an image without enough transparency and maybe too much color. No worries!While you still have your overlaid image or your added text selected, grab the color selector and drag it all the way up to make it white (or stop somewhere along the way if you prefer). Then, give the watermark the customary transparency by dragging the “fade” slider up until you are satisfied with the results.If I’d done that with my image of Pepe, I could have had all sorts of dog-lovers coming to our site. Who knew it would be so popular?!Another Way to Get Some Credit on PinterestIf your readers are pinning using the Pinterest bookmarklet on Chrome, the Alternative Text you put on the image will become the default pin description. You can include your Pinterest username here to increase chances that people will see the original source of the image. Most people don’t bother editing the description of pins.center_img 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

Why Business Blogging Works

first_img Topics: Business Blogging Every month, I run a new hire training class on blogging. While many of the people in that class know why blogging is important for business growth, I’m supposed to teach it as if that’s not the case. That’s because we never want to assume everyone understands inbound marketing just because we live and breathe it every day, and this class is meant to equip everyone with the ability to explain a core tenet of inbound — business blogging — to anyone that asks.Fresh off the heels of last month’s training class, I realized it’s a little ridiculous that I’ve never written a post that explains business blogging in those terms on this very blog. If you search for the content we’ve published on blogging, it runs the gamut from thought leadership, to optimization tips, to practical tips, to nitty gritty advanced nuances. But I never simply wrote about why it works.So … here’s why it works.First, let’s get on the same page about what a blog is.Here’s my favorite definition of a blog, with the most important parts to understand in bold:A blog is a website with frequently updated content about a specific keyword- or topic-oriented topic.A blog must be updated frequently — so it’s not a static part of your website, like your homepage or your About page.And it’s about a specific topic — not anything/everything in the wide world. For example, this blog writes about inbound marketing, because we sell inbound marketing software. We don’t write about dog grooming, fashion, or securing a low rate for your home loan — because we don’t sell anything related to any of those things.Okay, so who reads blogs?Well, lots of people, but for the purposes of this post, let’s focus on the two important groups:Search Engines: Search engines like Google “read” blogs to learn what your website is about, so they know whether they can return any of your website pages to their users who perform searches. For example, Google reads our website, so it knows it can return this blog post if someone searches “Why does blogging work?”Potential Customers: Potential customers read blogs to find helpful industry content.Now you may be saying to yourself, “my potential customers don’t read blogs.” Au contraire, my friend. You might be right to say that your potential customers don’t subscribe to blogs. But that doesn’t mean they don’t stumble upon blog posts when they’re doing research online. For example, when I was looking to buy a new TV, I went to Google to perform some research to figure out what my best option would be. I learned from technology bloggers what my best options were, and then went to make a purchase based off their advice.I don’t subscribe to any of those tech blogs — and I may not always even realize what I’m reading is a “blog” — but I use blogs to figure out where I want to spend my money.Knowing all that … why does blogging work to grow your business?Because blogging helps you grow traffic and trust. Let me break down what I mean by each of those.Blogging helps you drive more traffic to your website.Every time you publish a blog post, it’s a new opportunity for someone to find your business’ website and learn who you are. Said another way, it’s an opportunity to drive traffic to your website.For example, every time I write a blog post on this very blog about inbound marketing, it creates an opportunity for someone that needs help with inbound marketing to find that post about inbound marketing, and learn who HubSpot is. The more blog posts I create, then, the more chances I have to introduce HubSpot to someone new. A business that has 100 blog posts is creating 100 new opportunities to get their website found online. A business that has 500 blog posts is creating 500 new opportunities to get their website found online.Blogging — as a format — provides those chances like no other part of your website allows, because every blog post you publish is a brand new URL. Think about how many new page URLs you can add to your website without a blog. Hmmm … an About page. A Jobs page. A Product/Service page. What else? After a while, you’re gonna start scraping the bottom of the barrel. But if you have a blog, you have endless opportunities to create new page URLs that can be ranked in search and discovered by people that didn’t know about your business yet. A blog gives you endless opportunities to get found online.Not only does blogging helps you get more traffic to your website — it helps you get really good traffic. How? Because you can write about things that will bring in the type of lead you want to sell to. That’s why we don’t blog about dog grooming and home loans. We blog about inbound marketing — because we have something to sell to people that are interested in doing inbound marketing. Blogging helps you tailor the audience you bring in to your website, so they’re people that would conceivably purchase your product or service.Blogging helps you establish trust.Who would you rather buy a car from … someone that’s taken the time to educate you about cars by providing free, unbiased, educational content, or someone that you’ve never met or spoken to before in your entire life?The former, right?Blogging helps put you in that camp. People buy from people they know and trust. (And hopefully, like.) By investing in creating content that helps answer questions for your target customer, you’re establishing a trusting relationship that makes them more comfortable investing in you as a business partner or solution provider.Look, traffic and trust are nice, but what I really want are leads.That’s what blogging helps you get!You know how we talked about blogging opening up opportunities to bring in new traffic? Every person that lands on your website represents an opportunity to generate a new lead, too. If you write a blog post that 100 people read, you have 100 opportunities to turn those readers into leads by putting a call-to-action on that blog post. That call-to-action is anything that asks the reader to exchange their contact information for something — like a free ebook, a free checklist, a free consultation, etc.So, after someone is done reading a blog post about inbound marketing on this blog, they might want to learn more about it. If they do, they can find the call-to-action at the end of the blog post that offers a free ebook about inbound marketing, and fill out a form to receive it. That person is now a lead, and they might end up becoming a customer one day.The cherry on top?Blogging is the gift that keeps on giving. Once you publish a blog post, it’s out there on the internet working to bring in new traffic and leads forever. So even if we published a post several years ago about inbound marketing, people can still find that post in search engines like Google, or on social media if people still share it after reading it themselves. In other words, blogging can literally help you generate leads for your business while you sleep. The work you put in today can generate results for years and years to come. (Compare that to PPC — when you turn off the money, the traffic and leads turn off, too.)It helps me to think of blogging as an annuity. If you publish one blog post today, it might drive, say, 50 visits. That’s great, but it’ll trickle off over time to say, 10 visits month-over-month — which can seem depressing after that initial traffic influx. That’s why you don’t look at individual blog post performance in a silo. If you look at the gains your blog posts make over time as you publish post after post after post, those visits will stack on top of each other as they rank in search. Now you have a diverse portfolio that’s driving consistent returns month after month — with no extra work on your part.So if you ever feel guilty about taking a vacation, just tell people not to worry — your blog posts will take care of things while you’re gone. Originally published May 28, 2014 10:30:00 AM, 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

Which Type of Leader Are You? A Look at 6 Distinct Leadership Styles [Infographic]

first_img Leadership 686Save Topics: Originally published Jul 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017center_img This post originally appeared on HubSpot’s Sales blog. To read more content like this, subscribe to Sales.It can be a lot of pressure knowing that a team is looking to you to lead the way. When the burden of leadership starts to feel heavy, leaders can sometimes backslide into bad habits instead of consciously living the attitudes they’d like employees to emulate. But it doesn’t have to be this way.Simply becoming aware of what employees look for in a leader can help managers maintain a positive outlook and demonstrate the traits that foster a healthy and productive team.The following infographic from identifies six types of leaders: Authoritative, Affiliative, Democratic, Coaching, Pacesetting, and Coercive. The first four are good archetypes, and the latter two … not as much. Which reigns supreme? According to Harvard Business Review research, authoritative leaders — those who “mobilize people toward a vision” — boast the strongest correlation with a positive work environment. However, HBR notes that the best leaders become adept in a variety of different leadership styles.In addition to reading more about leadership types, dig into the image below to discover what emotional intelligence has to do with leadership and explore the ROI of employee motivation.686Save 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

Your Coworkers Really Hate When You Use These 3 Buzzwords, According to New Data

first_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! Office workers can pretty universally agree that buzzwords suck, but we’re all still guilty of peppering them into an email or a presentation here and there. There are certainly worse ways to bother your coworkers than corporate jargon, but intentionally cutting them out of your daily conversations can only benefit your company’s overall culture and your own work relationships. There’s almost always a better, more descriptive way to say something hiding behind the buzzword. To find out which corporate buzzwords bother American office workers the most, the folks at Summit Hosting conducted a survey of 1,000 people across a number of different industries. Read on to find out which words you should steer clear of to avoid irritating your coworkers — or even worse: losing their respect.  Company Culture Originally published Nov 3, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated November 02 2017last_img read more

How Building an Offline Community Can Help Your Online Marketing

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! 2. Determine a goal for your event.What do you want to achieve with your offline community? Whatever your goal, it should tie into your brand and your online marketing objectives. It should also be tailored to your business’ target audience.If you’re hosting events, make sure the events have a clear purpose that’s obvious to attendees.Clearly outline what your attendees can expect to get from the event — will you provide networking opportunities, insight from industry experts, or is the event just for fun. Rather than considering what’s in it for you, take the time to contemplate what’s in it for them.Whatever incentive you provide, map out how it will bring people closer to your company, and how it’ll encourage them share your company values with friends and coworkers.Hootsuite’s member-organized workshops are a fantastic example of this. They have a clear educational purpose that offers people a reason to engage with their brand. The events are free, and they bring together people who are passionate about social media.People can network and get industry insights — all while learning more about the Hootsuite app.3. Decide on a location.Offline communities can reinforce loyalty in places where you’re already popular, or boost brand awareness in more uncharted territory.Wherever you choose to host your event, make sure you understand the local community.Take inspiration from local businesses to see which issues they’re promoting. Once people know you care about the same things, you’ll be able to create a grassroots community that is loyal to your brand.For instance, the Orlando City Soccer Club organized a scavenger hunt on social media by hiding three pairs of tickets across their home city. Then, they linked the real life search to their online communities using Periscope, Twitter, and Instagram to offer clues on how fans could find the tickets.4. Encourage your customers to organize events.If your business is running on a tight budget, you might not have the resources to organize an event. So why not encourage your loyal customers to run their own?If your product or service is good enough, people will want to share the experience, and your following will grow organically — both online and offline.There’s no marketing tool more powerful than your own customers.Take kitchen appliance Instant Pot, for instance. Their product is worshipped by online communities, with fans setting up their own Facebook Groups. This has inspired offline communities who meet to swap recipes, and even Instant Pot cooking classes for students.5. Avoid a hard sell approach.You’ll want to think of offline communities as another channel that targets the top of the marketing funnel. Instead of centering these communities around selling your product, make it about giving back to the community or offering a unique service — even better if it’s free.Creating a face-to-face, human connection is key to getting people invested in your brand. If you offer a positive human interaction that really connects with people offline, then they’re much more likely to want to engage with you online.Grain Surfboards hosts events that teach people how to shape their own surfboards. The workshops don’t focus on selling, but instead on creating a community of like-minded people who are interested in making their own surfboards.These events drive sales during the classes themselves, and also serve as a powerful brand awareness tool. After a surf student leaves a class, Grain will be top of mind next time they run out of board wax.6. Make your offline and online communities talk to each other.Bringing online and offline communities together works in two ways.First, you can reward your loyal online community members and customers with exclusive access to your offline events, such as:Early registrationDiscounts on ticket pricesSpecial members-only eventsAdditionally, you can provide your offline event attendees with special access to online communities, events, or perks. This will help you build a holistic community.By forming a deeper relationship with your customers in this way, they’re more likely to respond positively if you ask them to leave a review, share your content, or take a survey.7. Moving forward: building a community that scales.A community is a powerful thing. When people feel like you care about them, they care more about your business.But any community must be able to scale to succeed. Once you’ve put in the hard work to build strong relationships offline, you need to make those people advocates of your brand. You need to empower them to spread the word through their own communities to get your name out there.HubSpot does this with their global HubSpot User Groups, HUGs. HubSpot users can apply to become HubSpot Agency partners, who lead local user groups. Each meeting is by users and for users, and covers themes related to marketing, sales, or services, with industry experts.This provides an emotional connection that endures both online and offline.Connecting like-minded people with groups like these is the foundation of healthy offline communities.An offline community represents a loyal following of people who are emotionally invested in your product. While an online connection to your company needs a good WiFi signal, emotional connections endure far beyond the limits of a laptop screen.  Originally published Aug 30, 2018 7:30:00 AM, updated September 05 2019 UCLA scientists found that sixth graders who went five days without using a smartphone or digital screen were better at reading human emotions than those who stayed online. As evident by UCLA’s study, offline communication is critical for maintaining relationships.In business, nearly 100% of people say face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term relationships. However, most business interactions exist primarily online.Online communities can create meaningful connections that lead to long-term relationships — but if you only have conversations online, you risk losing that personal touch.If you want to have more personal interactions with your customers, it might be time to add a human touch to your marketing by turning email flows and comment chains into offline communities.At Typeform, we host Meetups with industry experts to connect people with similar interests, and to elaborate on topics relevant to our product. If you want to host events for your own customers, you have a ton of options.To create a more well-rounded marketing strategy, let’s dive into the benefits of offline marketing communities and consider how they can sync up with your online methods.1. Align your offline community with your company’s mission.Every successful business has a purpose and something unique to offer. So if you want to create a successful offline community, figure out how you can create an event centered around something that nobody else offers.If you’re not sure where to start, ask your customers. Consider sending out a survey, or reach out to them on social media. Ask them: What do they come to you for? What do they like about you? Why do they choose you over your competitors?Of course, your product or service won’t appeal to everyone. But to foster a successful offline community, you’ll need to bring people together who truly believe in your business and what it stands for.For instance, Product Hunt recognized that giving its early adopters special status and connecting them with each other was a powerful way to drive growth.The company began hosting happy hours and offline events to bring together their product users in real life and build a sense of community. By listening to this group of dedicated customers and delivering value, Product Hunt went from 40,000 to 400,000 users in the span of four months.center_img Topics: Marketing Strategylast_img read more

Everyone is confident of their position: Rishabh Pant ahead of West Indies vs India 3rd ODI

first_imgYoung wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has often been criticised by many for throwing away his wicket and not playing according to the conditions. However, Pant has insisted that his focus remains just on playing positive brand of cricket and winning matches for India.”Obviously, as an individual, I would like to have a big score. But every time I go out there in the middle, I am not focusing on that,” Pant said on the eve of the third ODI between India and West Indies.”I just want to play positive cricket and win matches for the team. Every match is crucial for me. I want to keep on improving as a cricketer.After the first ODI got washed out, India took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series as they won the second match by 59 runs (DLS method). And the Men in Blue will have a chance to seal the series when they take on the Jason Holder-led side in the final ODI on Wednesday.Asked about the environment in the dressing room, Pant said, “Everyone is calm in the dressing room. We are just focusing on the match. We need to win the final ODI and end the series on a high.”Ever since the World Cup, Pant has been playing at the number four spot in ODIs. However, he has not had much success there. Even in the last ODI, he scored just 20 off 35 balls before getting bowled by Carlos Brathwaite.Shreyas Iyer, who came in to bat next, scored a 68-ball 71 and provided great support to skipper Virat Kohli who scored a match-winning hundred at the Queen’s Park Oval.advertisementFormer skipper Sunil Gavaskar even said that Iyer should bat at number four and Pant at five.However, the 21-year-old feels that currently, the team management is giving chances to every individual in the squad and looking for a settled middle-order.”We are not experimenting (with the middle order). We are just giving chance to everyone whosoever is in the team,” said Pant.”Everyone is confident of their position because the team management is supporting them.”Talking about the pitch conditions on offer in West Indies, Pant said, “The wicket is on the slower side. It’s not like flat wicket. So, you need to give yourself time and then score.”Also Read | 3rd ODI: High-flying India look to maintain clean slate vs West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma looks to surpass Yuvraj Singh in 3rd ODIAlso Read | No insecurity, we enjoy each other’s success: Krunal Pandya on Hardiklast_img read more

Age is just a number: West Indies pacer Cecil Wright set to retire at 85

first_imgWest Indies fast bowler Cecil Wright or Cec’ has finally announced that he will retire from the game in two weeks at the age of 85. Wrigh played with the likes of Viv Richards and Joel Garner and will become the oldest cricketer to play and retire from the game.Wright made his first-class debut for Jamaica against a Barbados side with legends like Wes Hall and Sir Garfield Sobers. In 1959, he moved to England and played for Crompton in the Central Lancashire League. In the year 1962, he decided to stay back permanently in England and started his career as a professional cricketer.According to reports, Wright has grabbed 7000 wickets in his long career. He also took 538 wickets, in five seasons at a very impressive average of 27.Interestingly, Cecil Wright was 49 years old when he made his Test debut against Australia in Ashes. He had estimated that he had played in over two million games.”I wish I knew the reason for my longevity, but I couldn’t tell you what it is,” Wright told The Daily Mirror.Cecil Wright, who has decided to bring down the curtains on his career on September 7, has also revealed about his eating habits.”To be honest, I eat anything that’s going but I don’t drink much, just the odd beer,” he said.”And I keep fit, although these days I use my age as an excuse to miss training. I find keeping active helps to ease aches and pains.””I don’t like to sit still and watch TV, I would rather have a walk or potter about in the garage”.advertisementAlso Read | Ashes 2019: James Anderson steps up recovery from injury ahead of fourth TestAlso see:last_img read more

Amit Panghal, Manish Kaushik seal places in Olympics qualifiers with World Championships medals

first_imgAmit Panghal (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (63kg) have made the Indian boxing squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers owing to their medal-winning show at the ongoing World Championships.Panghal and Kaushik have entered the semifinals here, making it the first time when India have more than one boxer left in the fray for the medal rounds of the marquee event.The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) had made it clear that boxers who win medals at the World Championships will be automatic picks for the Olympic qualifiers scheduled in February in China.”Yes, Amit and Manish will be going to the qualifiers. There will not be any trials in their weight categories now,” Indian Boxing’s High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI.The rest of the squad will be picked on the basis of camp performance, points accumulated at international events and in some cases, trials.While Panghal will face Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov in the last-four stage, Kaushik will be up against top-seeded Cuban Andy Gomez Cruz in his semifinal clash.The 23-year-old Panghal and the 25-year-old Kaushik will be gunning for their maiden Olympic spots next year.Both rose to prominence after the 2016 Rio Games, where India drew a blank in boxing.While Panghal has gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games as well as this year’s Asian Championships apart from the now assured Worlds medal, Kaushik won a silver medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.Kaushik is also a former national champion.Also Read | World Boxing Championships: Panghal, Manish assured of medals, Sanjeet loses quarter-finalAlso Read | Vinesh Phogat sets sight on maiden Olympics medal after World Championships bronzeadvertisementlast_img read more

FIFA unanimously appoints China as host of new Club World Cup 2021

first_imgChina will host the first edition of the new, expanded 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters on Thursday following a meeting of the global soccer body’s decision-making council in Shanghai.Infantino said the competition would take place in June-July of that year and that the format, slot allocation and criteria for selecting the teams would be decided in the next few weeks.Infantino did not give an exact breakdown of slots but said there would be eight teams from Europe.The competition is also expected to feature five or six teams from South America, one from Oceania, one from host nation China and three each from the other continental confederations.Infantino also announced that the hosts for the 2030 World Cup would be chosen in 2024, although he said the Council did not discuss the possibility of allowing Asian countries to bid — something which would require a change of FIFA rules on the rotation of World Cup hosting.”It is a historic decision for football,” Infantino said of the decision to choose China for the new-look competition, adding there were no other candidates.”The new (tournament) will be a competition which anyone who loves football is looking forward to. It is the first real and true (Club) World Cup where the best clubs will compete,” he added.Infantino said the new tournament would have a “major impact” financially. “It will allow us to generate significant revenues but I want to underline this, very, very clearly …..FIFA will have zero out of this because we will reinvest this in football,” he said.advertisementThe tournament has faced strong opposition from European clubs who say there is no room in the current international calendar.The Club World Cup currently consists of seven teams and is held every December. Qatar will stage the final two editions, including the one this year.Infantino said the bidding process for hosting of the 2030 World Cup would be launched in 2022 with the decisive vote at the FIFA Congress two years later.Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay have announced a four-way bid which could have sentimental value as Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930.The four British associations are contemplating a joint bid along with Ireland while Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania are also planning a joint bid as are Spain and Portugal.Asian countries are currently ruled out because Qatar will stage the 2022 World Cup and current regulations prevent the same continent from hosting either of the subsequent two tournaments.”We did not discuss that — we just discussed the timeline,” said Infantino when asked if the council had considered changing the rule. However, he added: “As FIFA president. ……the more bidders we have for the World Cup, the happier I am.”Infantino said FIFA would invest one billion dollars in women’s football during the current four-year cycle, double the amount originally planned. He said the extra would be taken from FIFA reserves.Also Read | ‘La Liga doesn’t agree with RFEF decision’ to postpone Barcelona vs Real Madrid to December 18Also see:last_img read more

Make your business card a marketing hero

first_imgI have a pretty boring business card, but that’s about to change. Ever since a designer friend handed me a clear plastic business card with a field for inking a personal note, I realized this is a neglected opportunity.What are you doing to make your card about your cause?Here’s a great source of inspiration from librarians. Librarians rock. Not only do I love them, I think they are marketing superheroes. Here’s the proof. Is this a fabulous card or what? I share her source of power, by the way: coffee.Write me if you have a heroic business card.last_img

ePhilanthropy Code of Ethics

first_imgNetwork for Good exists to foster the effective and safe use of the Internet for philanthropic purposes.  In its effort to promote high ethical standards in online fundraising and nonprofit marketing, and to build trust among contributors in making online transactions and contributions with the charity of their choice, this code is being offered as a guide to all who share this goal. Contributors are encouraged to be aware of non-internet related fundraising practices that fall outside the scope of this Code.Section A: Philanthropic ExperienceClearly and specifically display and describe the organization’s identity on the organization’s website;Employ practices on the website that exhibit integrity, honesty, and truthfulness and seek to safeguard the public trust.Section B: Privacy and SecuritySeek to inspire trust in every online transaction;Prominently display the opportunity for supporters to have their names removed from lists that are sold to, rented to, or exchanged with other organizations;Conduct online transactions through a system that employs high-level security technology to protect the donor’s personal information for both internal and external authorized use;Provide either an ‘opt in’ and ‘opt out’ mechanism to prevent unsolicited communications or solicitations by organizations that obtain email addresses directly from the donor. Should lists be rented or exchanged, only those verified as having been obtained through donors or prospects ‘opting in’ will be used by a charity;Protect the interests and privacy of individuals interacting with their website;Provide a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on its website telling visitors, at a minimum, what information is being collected, how it is being collected, how it can be updated or removed, how this information will be used and who has access to the data.Section C: DisclosuresDisclose the identity of the organization or provider processing an online transaction;Guarantee that the name, logo and likeness of all parties to an online transaction belong to the party and will not be used without express permission;Maintain all appropriate governmental and regulatory designations or certifications;Provide both online and offline contact information.Section D: TransactionsEnsure contributions are used to support the activities of the organization to which they were donated;Ensure that legal control of contributions or proceeds from online transactions are transferred directly to the charity or expedited in the fastest possible way;Companies providing online services to charities will provide clear and full communication with the charity on all aspects of donor transactions, including the accurate and timely transmission of data related to online transactions;Stay informed regarding the best methods to ensure the ethical, secure and private nature of online ePhilanthropy transactions;Adhere to the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, charity solicitation and tax laws;Ensure that all services, recognition and other transactions promised on a website, in consideration of gift or transaction, will be fulfilled on a timely basis;Disclose to the donor the nature of the relationship between the organization processing the gift or transaction and the charity intended to benefit from the gift.last_img read more

Going Beyond the E-Newsletter: Five Essentials for Crafting an Engaging Email Marketing Program

first_imgDo you have email newsletter fatigue? Maybe you’re struggling to find content for your monthly newsletter. Perhaps it’s just been tough to stick to a sending schedule. Or, maybe you’d much rather take a nap after hitting send than bother looking at those response numbers. Building loyal, engaged supporters starts with an engaging email strategy, so if you’re feeling a little fatigued with your newsletter (ugh!), there’s a chance your subscribers feel the same way (ack!).Join Suzanne Norman and Jim Hitch–our friends and partners at Emma–as they highlight the very best practices for crafting an engaging email strategy. From sign-up to send-off to follow-up, they’ll use nonprofit email examples to show you how to inspire at every turn. You’ll learn numerous tactics:    Growing your list    Developing fresh content    Working with your in-house team    Crafting stylish campaigns    Making the most of your response numbersAnd you’ll leave with everything you need to put together an email program that attracts, engages and inspires your audience. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES BELOW “RELATED DOCUMENTS,” OR VISIT TO VIEW THEM IN SLIDESHARE.last_img read more

Should We Accept Online Donations?

first_imgNeed help getting started online? Talk to one of our friendly team members who can give you the skinny on Network for Good’s online fundraising solution, DonateNow. Call 888.284.7978 x1 or email us. Question: “Our existing website is not great and we are currently not able to take online donations. Is it worth setting up online donation capabilities now or should we redo our website first?” – ArdenAnswer: Absolutely, completely and totally worth setting up online donations now. Your website may not be beautiful, but it can certainly be functional. Website visitors have come to expect donation capabilities for charities, just as they expect to be able to purchase goods through the Internet. This is an important and inexpensive channel to raise vital funds. It’s a missed opportunity to continue online-donation-less. (Be sure to read this article for more background on why getting started in a big way is important for your organization and your donors.)last_img read more