British Baker is delighted to announce the winning products in the 2019 Christmas Stars competition!Bakery experts judged dozens of festive products across eight categories, including mince pies, Christmas pudding and free-from.The winners and runners-up in each of these will be able to use the ‘Winner’ or ‘Highly Commended’ logo on all marketing materials and packs.All entries were scored ‘blind’, with judges initially unaware of the identity of the manufacturer or retailer of the products. Products were scored on a range of criteria including appearance, taste, aroma and value for money as well as innovation.“Once again, the standard of products judged in this year’s Christmas Stars awards was extremely high,” said British Baker deputy editor Amy North. “Retailers and their suppliers continue to offer festive shoppers great innovation, quality and value for money.”Christmas Cakes, Pastries & TartsWinner: Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Christmas Cake SelectionHighly Commended: Lidl Chocolate Orange Muffin. Supplied by Cherrytree BakeryChristmas PuddingsWinner: Aldi Specially Selected 18 Month Matured Christmas PuddingHighly Commended: Aldi Specially Selected Golden Topped Christmas Wreath PuddingFestive Biscuits (Sweet & Savoury) including GingerbreadWinner: Aldi Specially Selected Charcoal & Cranberry CrackersFestive Bread including PanettoneWinner: Lidl Caramelised Red Onion & French Camembert Doughball Wreath. Supplied by Crust & Crumb BakeryHighly Commended: Lidl Turkey, Brie & Cranberry Festive Feast Hand-Stretched Sourdough Pizza. Supplied by Crust & Crumb BakeryFestive Savoury Pies & PastriesWinner: PieWich Chicken, Cranberries and Walnuts. Supplied by The Russian Food CompanyFree from Christmas BakeryWinner: Costa Black and White Wreath Cake. Supplied by CSM Bakery SolutionsHighly Commended: Co-op Free From Irresistible Hand Finished Yule Logs. Supplied by CSM Bakery SolutionsMince Pies (Sponsored by Flemings Zeelandia)Winner: Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Mince PiesHighly Commended: Asda Extra Special Luxury Mince PiesStollenWinner: Aldi Specially Selected Stollen with Jamaican Rum
Tell your mother, because The Floozies are headlining Red Rocks this fall! On October 8th, The Floozies will be performing alongside Michal Menert + The Pretty Fantastics, SunSquabi and Russ Liquid for one night of musical insanity. Morrison, CO is about to get electro-funky with all four of these great actsThe Floozies are currently on tour with SunSquabi, while Menert has been opening up select shows for Lotus on recent dates. These bands are primed and ready to go, and after a full schedule of summer festivals, they’ll be itching to get out to the acclaimed Red Rocks venue. Oh yeah!Interview: How Kool & The Gang And The Floozies Are Both The Essence Of FunkPre-sale tickets can be found here, and they come with an exclusive signed poster! Don’t miss out.
‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “It’s clear today, Manchester City is demanding our best performance,” the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla coach said. “We need to continue working. But I am happy with the players because they run and they fight, and also we need (to) continue working tactically.”It was a serene afternoon on the touchline for Guardiola, just like so much of last season which ended with City setting a series of Premier League records, notably by amassing 100 points.“The desire to run and run, it was the same as the last season,” Guardiola said. “The first game away against Arsenal, nobody can deny that it’s complicated. A new manager after 20 years.”Guardiola, whose Barcelona came up against Emery as Valencia coach, is in only his third season at City.“Manchester City’s performance is showing us we need to continue in our process, improving,” Emery said. “They deserved this, the result. But we were improving (across) the 90 minutes. I think we need (that) for the next week.”ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil That is a challenging trip across London to Chelsea, which opened the season under new manager Maurizio Sarri with a 3-0 victory at Huddersfield on Saturday.LIVERPOOL CHALLENGELiverpool signaled its determination to challenge for the title by spending more than $200 million on players, more than any other Premier League team in the summer transfer window.With debuts for Alisson in goal and Naby Keita in midfield, Liverpool opened with a 4-0 victory over West Ham.Mohamed Salah, who scored 44 times in his first season at Liverpool, took only 19 minutes to get off the mark at Anfield by meeting Andrew Robertson’s cross with a tap-in.Another cross from Robertson opened up West Ham for Liverpool’s second in first-half stoppage time. James Milner’s cutback was turned into the net by Sadio Mane, who added a third eight minutes after the break.Even after Salah was taken off, the Egyptian’s replacement, Daniel Sturridge, found the net late.Liverpool, which finished fourth last season, hasn’t won the English title since 1990.“We know about our expectations and we realize there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season,” manager Juergen Klopp said. “That is good that people are positive, but this season will be unbelievably hard. We cannot be anything different than the challenger because we haven’t won anything since I came in.”Also Sunday, Southampton and Burnley drew 0-0. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sterling shines as City beats Arsenal in Emery’s 1st game City rarely looked troubled by Arsenal as the champions opened their Premier League title defense with a 2-0 victory on Sunday. Raheem Sterling cut through the defense with ease before putting City ahead in the 14th minute, and Bernardo Silva curled in the second in the 64th at the Emirates Stadium.It was the first time since 1996 that Arsenal has opened a season without Wenger in charge. The “Merci Arsene” banner was the only indication that it has been a summer of transition at the north London club since Wenger was pushed toward resigning after 22 years in charge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Catching City isn’t the immediate target for the Gunners, who last won the title in 2004. It’s just about returning to the top four — to qualify for the Champions League — after slumping to sixth in Wenger’s final campaign.Emery now has a clear sense of the task he faces, throwing his arms in the air in frustration as the goals were conceded. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Arsenal manager Unai Emery reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates stadium in London, England, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — All that’s changed for Arsenal fans is that they can no longer blame Arsene Wenger.And Unai Emery will be relieved he doesn’t have to come up against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City every week.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
15. United marched on in 2008 – The Red Devils beat Chelsea to top spot and defeated them again in the Champions League final for a memorable trophy double. 23 23 5. Eric Cantona lifted the Premiership trophy for United in 1997 – In less than six full seasons in English football, Cantona won the title five times – four with Man United and once with Leeds (in the final season of the old Division One). He was captain of the 1997 champions in his final season before retiring. 8. United cantered to the title in 2000 – Fresh from their treble glory, Man United were unstoppable as they won the Premiership by a margin of 18 points in 2000. 23 23 21. City were crowned champions in 2014 – Liverpool seemed set to be crowned surprise champions as they led the league with just three games to go, but they stumbled and City kept their nerve to win the trophy again. 23 23 4. Manchester United grabbed the trophy back in 1996 – Newcastle United were 12 points clear in January, but United reeled them in to win the league again, adding the FA Cup in May. 9. The Red Devils claimed the first Premier League hat-trick in 2001 – United won the league with ease again. Who could stop them making it an unprecedented four in a row? 23 23 7. Manchester United ruled in 1999 – Not only did United pip Arsenal to the Premiership in 1999, they also won the FA Cup and Champions League. 13. The Blues successfully defended the trophy in 2006 – Another dominant season for Chelsea, easing to the title ahead of Manchester United, it seemed like they would go on to dominate in the years to come. This was also the last season in which the division was known as the Premiership, reverting to the Premier League. 23 2. United retained the trophy in 1994 – Now sponsored by Carling and rebranded the FA Carling Premiership, United won the title with ease, en route to claiming their first ever league and FA Cup double. 23 11. Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ lifted the trophy in 2004 – The only unbeaten season in the Premier League era, the Gunners went 38 games without loss to memorably win the title. 23 23 14. Man United were back for more Premier League glory in 2007 – Four years after last lifting the trophy, United were back on top with Ronaldo and Rooney coming of age to edge ahead of Chelsea when it counted. 6. Arsenal were champions in 1998 – The Gunners claimed their first Premiership title, under the management of Arsene Wenger, going on to claim the league and FA Cup double. 19. Manchester City lifted the trophy in dramatic style in 2012 – The most dramatic climax to a Premier League season, as big spending City needed to score twice in added time on the final day of the season to be crowned champions at local rivals United’s expense. Goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero sealed a never-to-be-forgotten success. 12. Chelsea made their mark in 2005 – Jose Mourinho was in charge as Russian owner Roman Abramovich’s big spending helped bring the trophy to Stamford Bridge, ending a 50-year wait for Chelsea’s second top flight title. The champions finished the campaign with a record 95 points, suffering just one defeat and conceding a measly 15 goals. 20. Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out as United won the trophy yet again in 2013 – Title number 20 for United, and the last of Sir Alex Ferguson’s 13 Premier League trophies before he retired. The great Scot went out in a blaze of glory, thanks largely to the goals of big money signing Robin van Persie. 16. United achieved another hat-trick of titles in 2009 – Ronaldo’s final season in red, as Man United drew level with Liverpool’s all-time record of 18 top flight titles. 9. Arsenal interrupted United’s run of success in 2002 – Including a run of 13 successive wins, Arsenal wrapped up the title with victory at Old Trafford, to make it a league and FA Cup double. 23 10. United won it again in 2003 – After another titanic tussle with Arsenal, Man United claimed the trophy again. 23 23 23 17. Chelsea topped the pile in 2010 – The Blues thwarted United’s hopes of winning four in a row, as Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti led them to the club’s first league and FA Cup double. They also became the first club to score over 100 goals in the Premier League era. It looks very much like Leicester City will be crowned Premier League champions thanks to a remarkable campaign which sees them needing just one victory to guarantee top spot.The Foxes have three games remaining and lead second-place Tottenham Hotspur by seven points, as they bid to win the league for the first time in their history.Leicester first played in the top flight in 1908/09, when English football’s top division was governed by the Football League.In 1929 they finished runners up in Division One, just a point behind champions The Wednesday, but have mostly yo-yoed between the top two divisions since.Before this season, Leicester’s best top flight finish since 1929 had been seventh place in 1976, under the management of Jimmy Bloomfield.Now Italian manager Claudio Ranieri is carving his name into Foxes folklore, as Leicester aim to become the 24th different club to be crowned English champions.They will also become just the sixth club to claim the Premier League trophy, since the top flight was reorganised in 1992.Take a look at every Premier League trophy presentation, through the years, in our slideshow above. 23 23 18. Man United were back on top in 2011 – United’s record 19th top flight title, taking them clear of Liverpool. 1. Manchester United claimed the first Premier League crown in 1993 – to see fantastic photos of Premier League trophy presentations from down the years, click the arrow above, right – After 104 years of the Football League governing English football’s top division, the 1992/93 season marked the first staging of the FA Premier League, replacing the First Division as the – pun intended – premier competition. With it came a new trophy for the champions of England, lifted first by Manchester United, as the Red Devils ended a wait of 26 years since their last top flight success. 22. Chelsea were celebrating again in 2015 – Jose Mourinho was back at the Bridge to guide Chelsea to another title. 23 23 23 23 23 3. Blackburn Rovers were 1995 Premiership champions – When United won the first Premier League crown in 1993, Rovers were in their first season back among the elite, having claimed promotion to the top flight via the play-offs. Two years later, under the management of Kenny Dalglish, bankrolled by wealthy supporter-chairman Jack Walker, and boasting the firepower of Alan Shearer and British record signing Chris Sutton, Blackburn became champions for the first time in 81 years.
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The 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.
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack This is a guest blog post written by Hunter Boyle. He is the senior business development manager for AWeber and a seasoned optimization and content marketing strategist. Hunter also speaks and blogs about multichannel marketing with an emphasis on SMBs and nonprofits.We all know that today, high quality content that helps prospects and customers solve business problems is the most effective type of marketing.And no matter which channels deliver that help, from blogs and social sites to webinars and whitepapers, email is still playing an integral role in cultivating those business relationships.When asked about their top email marketing priorities for 2012 in a recent MarketingSherpa survey of more than 2,700 email marketers, “delivering highly relevant content” ranked first among large and mid-sized companies (70% and 62% respectively), and second among small businesses (71%), surpassed only by “growing and retaining subscribers” — which, of course, largely depends on content also. This is great news, because it suggests that email will continue to improve in 2012.The trick is, how do we keep making those content-driven email relationships better and more profitable for all involved, marketers and customers alike? We set out to answer that question, and the result was a new special report ebook and email series that explores five key ways to maximize your email marketing:1. Approach List Building StrategicallyThere’s no shortage of tactics for growing email lists, but it’s all too easy to get caught up in them at the expense of a fully developed plan. Does your email strategy account for how and when to apply various tactics, when to test others, and a consistent process for analysis and adjustments? With less than a third of email marketers saying they send relevant emails to segmented audiences with a clear conversion goal, this is an area ripe for improvement.2. Set Clear Expectations for SubscribersAs marketers, we often don’t see the disconnect between our perception of how our offers are presented and how prospects see and understand them. In particular, short email forms that simply ask for name and email and offer little context or information about send frequency, specific content options, or address validation, tend to generate larger lists but include lower quality contacts. We may know what’s behind our opt-in form, but how clear is it really to a first-time site visitor who got served a pop-up window before even reading the page? That’s why it’s critical to set expectations with your potential subscribers so they know exactly what they’re signing up for and exactly what the value is.3. Segment Lists to Match Your PrioritiesWhether you’re segmenting lists based on behaviors such as opens, clicks, and downloads (or lack thereof); on stage in the sales cycle; or on more specific demographic data, the bottom line is that segmentation is a huge factor in establishing relevance. Matching segments to your organization’s ideal customer personas makes your content more engaging and your offers and campaigns more likely to succeed. So why are only about half of email marketers using these techniques regularly?4. Automate Your CampaignsThank you, welcome, and transactional emails are widely used by organizations of all sizes, but research shows a significant drop-off in other types of automated messages. Lead nurturing, drip campaigns, re-engagement campaigns, and auto-responders make it easier for marketers to create email series with the intent of building relationships; however, these types account for roughly one-third or fewer of the emails sent by survey respondents. If your content mix includes “evergreen” information such as how-to articles or training videos that won’t lose their news value, marketing automation is definitely an option worth exploring.5. Optimize and Test RegularlyTo quote the MarketingSherpa report, “Continuous experimentation is the quickest path to peak performance.” Yet only 28% of small businesses regularly test and optimize email messages. Mid-sized and larger organizations fared better, but still only around half test regularly. Deadlines and full workloads are a common culprit, but let’s say you run a test that yields an 18% lift in response — you’d probably find time to test more consistently next time, right? Interestingly, subject lines are among the most popular tests, yet they often produce the smallest gains compared to other areas such as landing pages and target audiences. Don’t be afraid to test various elements of your email marketing efforts to optimize email performance.The tips above are a starting point, but for more detailed charts from the survey plus recommendations and links to case studies, how-to articles, and online tools related to these five steps, you’ll want to get the complete special report ebook and email series. MarketingSherpa and AWeber are providing the series for free through December 31. Originally published Dec 14, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Email Marketing Topics:
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Email Marketing Topics: As we’ve said before on this blog, the various channels you leverage in your overall marketing strategy should work in tandem, not in silos. When individual marketing channels — social media, blogging, email, search, etc. — work together to promote an offer, promotion, or even a full-blown campaign, they can generate even better results than they would have on an individual level.Email, for example, is one of those channels that is most powerful when it’s integrated with the rest of your marketing efforts. So let’s review some of the different ways you can achieve integration between email and other marketing assets , such as search, social media, mobile, and analytics. Email & Social Media Integration Study after study shows that email strategies that integrate social media lead to better results. According to Aberdeen Research, 65% of the top 20% of B2B marketers in social media lead generation integrate email with social media, compared to the industry average of 51% .Integrating social media into your email strategy is easier than you might think. Here are some tactics to help you get started: Add Social Media Sharing Buttons to Your Emails Adding social media sharing and follow buttons to your emails will extend the reach of your email sends beyond the recipients in your database, expanding the visibility of your content and brand. Make social media buttons a part of your email templates so recipients can easily share your email content with their individual networks. Leverage Social Media Insights for Email Sends Send targeted emails to subscribers who have mentioned you in social media. Using integrated marketing analytics ( like HubSpot’s ), you should be able to see a list of email subscribers and leads who have mentioned your company on Twitter. In addition to responding to those highly engaged leads via social media, you could also send them a follow-up email with targeted information and content. Grow Your Email List Through Social Media Leverage your social media presence to give followers a reason to subscribe to your email list. For example, consider placing a call-to-action on your Facebook page or in a dedicated Facebook page tab . Make sure you demonstrate the clear benefits of your email subscription so you can convert your social media followers into subscribers. Email & Search Integration It’s true: Optimized emails can help you get found in search. Many email tools, like HubSpot , enable you to create and host HTML versions of your emails on the web for people who are having trouble viewing email in their inbox. Not only is this web-based version beneficial for usability, but it also helps you boost your SEO. Knowing that an online archive of your email will exist, make sure your email content follows the same SEO best practices as your website and other content does. Use your best keywords and anchor text when constructing the body of the message. Ensure all images have alt tags and include social media sharing buttons to stretch the content further. Originally published May 9, 2012 12:30:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Email & Mobile Integration According to Return Path, 16% of all emails are opened on mobile devices , and this number can rise to 50% for some companies and industries . Creating a strategy that reflects the changing way recipients open and read emails is only going to increase in importance in the coming years. So what does it take to make your email strategy mobile?Test your email templates to see how they comes across on different mobile devices.Give your calls-to-action (CTAs) wiggle room – make sure buttons and links are easy to click for readers using touch screens.Offer both plain text and HTML versions of your email .Use descriptive alt text with all your images in case they don’t display. Optimize for mobile on the landing pages and forms your email links to.HubSpot’s marketing software automatically optimizes your emails and landing pages for mobile viewing, so if you are a customer, you’re all set! This article is an excerpt from our free ebook, The Complete Guide to Optimizing Email Marketing for Conversions . Learn more about how to increase the ROI of your email marketing by downloading the ebook here . Email & Analytics Integration Today’s marketing should extend well beyond the boundaries of your website. As a result, individual analytics for your website, social media, email, and other channels just aren’t enough anymore. A multichannel view enables you to see how prospects are navigating their experience with you across various marketing properties. Marketing analytics data can answer cross-channel questions, such as: How many people clicked through on your email but didn’t convert?Of the people who converted on your website, how many of them came from social media?How many opened your last email message?Which results in more leads: PPC or organic search, email or social?Not only do integrated analytics reports show you the effectiveness of your marketing strategy, but they also help you get more targeted in your email sends. According to B2B Magazine, 37% of B2B marketers say lack of user data is the major obstacle to effective segment targeting . By exchanging single channel analytics for integrated marketing analytics, you can begin to segment your mailing list and send communications based on the lead’s history of downloads and pages viewed.In the screenshot below (of HubSpot’s Sources tool ), you will see that email and its analytics are only one piece of the inbound marketing puzzle. You need to look at the entire context in order to make smart decisions on segmentation and nurturing.
Originally published Aug 3, 2013 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Have you ever wondered what the future of business will look like? Maybe you figured it’s going to be something like business in the past: buy stuff, sell stuff, try to make a profit by selling stuff for more than it cost you to make it, building a better mousetrap, winning friends and influencing people, crossing the chasm, riding the long tail to the tipping point with the other outliers, going from good to great, and dealing with cheese that keeps moving around.The future of business won’t be like that. The future of business is all about dazzling people with amazing customer experiences, says Brian Solis, whose new book, What’s the Future of Business? Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences, has a cover with the letters “WTF” in huge block letters — a hint, perhaps, that this is not going to be some ordinary business book, but rather a radical manifesto about change, innovation, and disruption. It’s business with a dash of irreverence and punk rock thrown in, a little sneer that says, Look, people, the world has changed, there’s this thing called social media, have you heard of it? In this new world, the marketing of products becomes as important as the products themselves. Marketers are the ones who create experiences. Which means suddenly marketers stand at center stage, instead of off in the wings. Suddenly all eyes are on you. Are you ready for your close-up? Read this book and you will be.The Influencers’ InfluencerWho is this Brian Solis? Folks at HubSpot know him as a pal who will be speaking at our INBOUND conference this August alongside Arianna Huffington, Seth Godin, and Nate Silver. But according to the book jacket, Solis is “globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in new media,” as well as a “digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist.” He’s an influencer’s influencer, whose blog, BrianSolis.com, is considered a must-read for marketers. Solis is a rare web intellectual, a guy who can melt your brain on Twitter but can also think and write convincingly in chunks of more than 140 characters. At INBOUND, Brian will talk about how the pace of innovation has sped up and impacted the pace of change within business overall, and probably expand upon the ideas presented in his book.His Bold IdeasBut what is the book about? It has one big takeaway. Companies are on a journey of transformation. We’re living in an age of digital Darwinism where you must innovate or die, all because consumers are more empowered than ever with the internet at their disposal.And in this new age, Solis argues that we shouldn’t segment these consumers by age — Generation X, Generation Y, Generation Z, Boomers, and Matures. Instead, we should use “Generation C,” in which the C stands for Connected. Generation C serves as umbrella to describe consumers who are active on the internet and social media, regardless of age. “Gen C is not an age group — it is a way of life,” he proclaims.In this worldview, the binary is between those who are Connected and those who are Not Connected. The chief distinction is that, “To Gen C, experience is everything. What they feel about your products and services now and over time is shared through these connected networks.” The challenge for brands is to design the experience that those people will have, and “design the journey that they will embark on.”Too many companies are using social media but still not really talking to customers — and that’s partly why they fail to deliver a complete experience, Solis asserts. Presumably these companies deserve points for trying, and it’s nice that they’ve hired someone to run their Twitter feed, but they’re not making the most of the medium. To paraphrase the late great Steve Jobs: You’re doing it wrong. Solis shows you how to do it right.What’s the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences is an ambitious and ultimately optimistic look at the challenges companies face as they adapt to a digital world, a world where empowered and ever more demanding consumers bring to each transaction a new set of expectations. It’s not just a how-to book, though plenty of advice is offered. Rather it is a call to arms, a call to action, a wake-up call to brands in every industry, a book that will help anyone in marketing do a better job of surfing the storm of change that surrounds us. A must read.Also, don’t forget to come see Brian Solis speak at the INBOUND conference Aug. 19–22 in good old Boston.Image credit: Brian Solis Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Marketing Trends
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Oct 2, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Business Blogging I’m still not entirely convinced people know what I do. I get questions all the time like, “Wait … so you just write all day?” Or, “Is that a full-time job?” Or, my personal favorite, “Is that even a real job?”I get lots of questions because the reality is most people really aren’t sure what the heck a blogger does in this wide world of professions. And I’m just one type of blogger — a business blogger — but there’s way more questions about the world of blogging than those that revolve around day-to-day responsibilities. How many people read blogs? If you write for a business’ blog, what kind of business metrics can you drive? If you’re a full-time blogger, how much money can you make? These are just a few of the questions that most people wonder about.Lucky for us, Ignite Social will answer your most burning questions about blogging in the infographic below and even give you eight quick tips to help you up your blogging game. So go on, read it! And if you love it, don’t forget to “Pin It” to your favorite marketing-related board.SaveSaveImage credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com Topics: