If Giants’ front office is convinced by team’s success, Zaidi can’t trade Bumgarner

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants truly believe they can shock the rest of baseball and storm their way into the playoffs, then Madison Bumgarner isn’t going anywhere.There’s no doubting the significance of what Bumgarner means to the franchise, where he stands in the club’s storied history and how much his postseason performances resonate with Giants fans.But for the first two months of the season, there was concern over what type of value a free agent-to-be held on a team that appeared destined …last_img read more

Kurtenbach: One defining question for every Warriors player this season

first_imgThe Warriors have undergone some serious changes over the last few months, and as the head into what is poised to be one of the most interesting campaigns in years, I have one question for every Dubs player:Stephen CurryCan you be the best you’ve ever been?(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)It really is as simple as that for the two-time NBA MVP — can he win a third this year? The Warriors need that level of production not just to win a title, but to even make the playoffs.I’m on …last_img read more

Oklahoma State DE Vili Leveni Suffers Season Ending Injury

first_imgOklahoma State lost a key cog in one of the most productive units of the defense on Saturday, as Mike Gundy announced that redshirt junior defensive end Vili Leveni suffered a season-ending injury during the game against Kansas State.“We lost Vili today,” Gundy said after the game via The O’Colly. “Vili’s got an injury and he’s out for the year. We were kind of down one guy there.”Leveni was a key piece along the defensive line for the Pokes, as he provided a versatility that allowed OSU to plug him in both at defensive tackle and defensive end.There has yet to be an official report on the nature of the injury suffered, but it is worth noting that he also suffered a season ending injury last year that forced him to miss the entire football season.Glenn Spencer was bummed out about the whole thing.“He said, ‘I’m sorry, Coach. My bad,’” Spencer told the Tulsa World after the game. “Are you kidding me? I just hugged his neck and said, ‘You don’t have to be sorry about anything. You’re out there fighting, man, you’re a warrior.’ Yeah, he said that to me. I couldn’t believe that. That’s just how bad he wants to be out there.”This season, he racked up two sacks, and twelve tackles, and will now leave OSU dangerously thin at defensive end, with Jordan Brailford also still out after suffering an injury in the preseason.Cole Walterscheid and Jarrell Owens have taken over as starters, and with Leveni out, it’s likely that junior college transfer Tralund Webber and redshirt sophomore Trey Carter will see their playing time increased over the final weeks of the season. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Poll Results: Slight Majority Think 2017 More Loaded Than 2011

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Hey, it’s the offseason … we have nothing better to discuss! On Tuesday I threw out the poll question of whether the 2011 offense or 2017 offense was more loaded. Carson and I discussed it more in-depth on the podcast on Wednesday, but I’m voting in favor of 2011. I’m in the slight minority, though, as 54 percent of you took this year’s offense.All of it sort of comes down to how you view the term “loaded” — this year’s team is probably deeper, but I trusted the top talent in 2011 more than I trust this year’s top talent. Joe Randle was better than Justice Hill. Justin Blackmon was better than James Washington. Brandon Weeden was better than Mason Rudolph. That 2011 team was legit.So again, quantity or quality? This year’s squad has a lot of both, but I think the 2011 team — especially on the offensive line — was just slightly better when it comes to the best players. If football was a 18-player game on offense instead of 11, I might have voted differently.Tuesday poll question: Which #okstate offense was more loaded?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 16, 2017Comments from readers are below.JT: 2011. Better O-line, depth at RB, and a OC who coached with 2 middle fingers extended.Laith: Preseason, 2017. My guess is after this season is over and yards per play, 2011. We have more studs this year but we knew going into 2011 we were going to be great. Do we feel that way this year? We seemed unstoppable back then. Not quite as unstoppable this time around. 2011 had a better o-line, and a proven 1 and 2 at RB.Guest: 2011. They played more consistent than this team has. Consistently blew teams out with high scoring. The current team has had to claw their way back to win multiple times during the last two seasons. The 2017 WR corps is absolutely insane, and as a whole is better than 2011 team. However, that does not make up for everything else though.Ryan O: Could be premature, but I will go with 2011. That team was special, and we may never see anything like it again at OSU. While in BPS that season, my cousin and I would place an O/U bet prior to a series on how many plays it would take us to score … that is how good that offense was. I had a supreme confidence that Weeden would make the throw when we needed it. Case in point, the 4th down slant to Blackmon in the Fiesta Bowl. Everyone in the stadium knew where it was going and they completed it like they were in practice. Just an outstanding season full of incredible talent.Chris Saxon: The fact that this is a legit debate is a really good sign. 2011 team was national Champion caliber.James: This is a really good question! Keeping in mind that hindsight is 20/20 is really important here. So you have to look at this from the timing perspective of going into 2011 vs today. For example, we all know that Joe Randle was immense that year, but we didn’t know for sure going in that he would be.QB – Push – This is a good debate by itself, I think.HB – 2017 – Hill and Co. trumps Randle and Smith here I thinkWR – 2017 – Let’s be real, Cooper and Moore wouldn’t start on this teamOL – 2011 – Given a draft of both units, I’m not sure I take anyone from this year’s team other than CochranOC – 2017 – Not even close. Sorry to all of the haters. It was Monken’s first year and Yurcich has had more than 1,000 days with his QB.Now, let’s revisit this in about 7 months and see what we say about the performance.last_img read more

The Reload: Darrell Simpson Sets Commitment Date, Top DL Offered on Visit

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU is hopping in the game late with Brown, which leads me to ask two questions: Do they know their fate with Israel Antwine, the newly decommitted OKC area prospect? And are they still in it with Tayland Humphrey, the top JUCO d-tackle? My guess is that both questions don’t have answers. But if I were betting, I’d say OSU has a better shot at landing the latter than the former.Brown is a pipe-dreamer, in my opinion. But his evaluation from Scout suggests he’s a cant-miss player worth taking a shot on.With outstanding frame potential for the interior defensive line in multiple schemes, Bobby Brown has emerged as one of the top D-line prospects in the state of Texas for the 2018 class. Brown possesses good height and rare length, even for a defensive end, though he projects best to the interior as a tackle, most likely in a four-man front. That said, Brown has the athleticism to fit multiple roles in varying schemes, giving him coveted scheme- and position-versatility. Brown is a high-motor prospect who comes from a good program (Arlington Lamar) that competes in Texas high school football’s largest classification. He shows the ability to maintain his balance and leverage mid-contact, which is not often the case with young prospects who possess his height and length. Once he gets more consistent with his get-off at the snap, Brown will be a dangerous pass-rusher, especially considering his wingspan. Brown is raw right now, but possesses uncommon physical characteristics that suggest he’s primed to emerge as one of the top defensive line prospects in the state – and potentially the nation – for the 2018 recruiting cycle. — Gabe BrooksPrediction: Alabama2020 cornerback Korie Black offeredWaco area prospect Korie Black reported his second Division-I offer after mini-camp Saturday from OSU. Being from Waco, Black was first discovered by the Baylor Bears early in Matt Rhule’s regime.Blessed and honored to have received my second offer from Oklahoma State University #gopokes ??? pic.twitter.com/JPMlgKcDM1— 2 (@Mightyy_K2) July 30, 2017Black is a 6-foot standout from Connally High School, and while his recruitment is way too early to call, I’ll predict he stays home and plays for Baylor. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.Four-star 2018 tackle sets commitment dateTop-ranked offensive tackle prospect Darrell Simpson has set his commitment date for August 12, he announced this week on Twitter.Simpson is a four-star, top-200 talent from Northwest High School in Justin, Texas, widely viewed as a top-10 prospect at his position in the region. He has been on OSU’s radar for years now and recently included OSU in his group of final 8 schools.I predicted this spring (a bold prediction, admittedly) that OSU would be his landing spot. But I don’t see the Cowboys winning this battle. The 6-7 talent is a heavy OU lean by most prognosticators, and I think that’s where he ultimately winds up. But keep an eye on any late developments that could swing his recruitment in the final days before he pledges.Oklahoma State has commitments at offensive line from Bryce Bray, Hunter Anthony, Hunter Woodard, Tyrese Williams and Jacob Farrell, but Simpson would be a must-take under any circumstance. Despite Josh Henson’s accomplishments in filling out a star-studded class to this point, landing Simpson would be the crown jewel of not only his group, but also of the 2018 class.Prediction: OklahomaFour-star 2018 d-lineman offeredFour-star defensive lineman Bobby Brown was one of two prospects to pick up an offer over the weekend at OSU’s final mini-camp of the summer.Brown is an Arlington Lamar prospect with 20 scholarship opportunities and counting, rated as the No. 14 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by 247Sports.last_img read more

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first_imgLove reading this blog? Don’t miss out! For those of you reading this blog via Google Reader: Google Reader will be retired on July 1, 2013, which means you won’t be able to read your blog and news feeds through the Google Reader service after that date. We love our readers and want to make sure you stay in touch!The easiest way to stay updated is to receive the latest posts via email, powered by FeedBlitz. To subscribe to this blog via email, just visit:http://www.nonprofitmarketingblog.com and enter your email address in the subscription sign up box in the left column of the page.To add this blog to another feed reader (we like Feedly), use this RSS URL:http://feeds.feedblitz.com/KatyasNon-ProfitMarketingBlog (For more information on how to export all of your Google Reader information — including this blog’s feed, visit this support page on Google.)Have another feed reader you like? Suggest it in the comments!last_img read more

Gmail’s New Inbox: What to Say to Your Nonprofit’s Gmail Subscribers

first_imgThat should do the trick! If you’re a Constant Contact customer, we created a special template you can use as well.How to find the “New Gmail Tabs” template:Just log in to your account, create a new email, and type “Gmail” in the search box. You’ll then be able to select the “New Gmail Tabs” template. *Drag and drop [my/our] email into your Primary tab and click “yes” when Gmail asks if you’d like future messages from this email address to go to your Primary tab. As you may know, Gmail recently rolled out a newly designed inbox. If you’ve been using the new design, you also know your emails are now being sorted into three tabs – Primary, Social, and Promotions – with two additional tabs, Updates and Forums, available from the Configure inbox section of your Gmail Settings. As Constant Contact’s Content Developer, Ryan Pinkham helps small businesses and nonprofits recognize their full potential through marketing and social media. [I/We] hope this information helps. If you have any additional questions please let [me/us] know. You may also have noticed that [my/our] emails, maybe even this one, now appear in your Promotions or Updates tab. If you’d rather receive the emails [I/we] send in your Primary tab, it’s simple to tell Gmail where these emails should go. [Dear subscriber/first name], Thanks!center_img [Your name/organization name] Here’s how: That’s it! At this point, you’ve probably heard about Gmail’s new inbox. Although it’s still too early to tell what impact the new tabs will have on your nonprofit email marketing, you may be wondering if there’s anything you can do to be proactive with the Gmail subscribers on your list.The first thing you can do is to continue to send relevant, valuable content to your donors, supporters, volunteers, and everyone else who has signed up to receive emails from your organization. This is the content people will look for regardless of which tab Gmail sends it to.Next, you may consider sending an email to your Gmail subscribers showing them how to move your emails to the Primary tab.Here’s a sample email that you can modify to match the voice of your organization or copy and paste (just be sure to make changes where appropriate) and send to your Gmail subscribers. It explains the recent changes to Gmail’s inbox and what your customers should do to move your emails into their Primary tab if they’d rather get your emails there. Here’s the sample nonprofit email you can use. Just remember to change the bold sections appropriately for your situation before sending:Subject line: Did Gmail put this email where you want it? Aside from teaching your readers about Gmail’s new inbox, it has never been more important to offer relevant, helpful content that your supporters will thank you for. Here’s how to create a list of your Gmail subscribers:Go to the Contacts section of your Constant Contact account. Search for email addresses ending in “gmail.com” and save the search results as a new list which you can label “Gmail Subscribers.” That way you’ll be able to send this email to just your Gmail subscribers.last_img read more

What is your biggest fundraising challenge?

first_imgWe recently asked our nonprofit Learning Center community about their biggest fundraising challenges. These fundraisers and marketers overwhelmingly indicated that acquiring new donors was the biggest challenge, with 61% choosing this as their top issue, followed by diversifying funding sources (16%), donor retention (9%), and increasing demand/staff constraints (both coming in at 7%).There’s a lot that goes into a successful donor acquisition strategy. Once you have a strong marketing plan in place, it’s important to understand how to effectively tell your nonprofit’s story and make the case for giving to actually convert your target audience into donors. We have two free guides that will help you do just that:Storytelling for NonprofitsHow to Make the Case for GivingWhat’s your biggest fundraising challenge and how are you working to solve it? Share your story in the comments below and we’ll feature selected responses in an upcoming post.last_img read more

Rallying the Troops: the Staff Plan for #GivingTuesday

first_imgThank key partners and sponsorsAlert the community to Day-of challenges and contests (especially if they change hourly)Inspire the community with Day-of rewards or incentivesAsk the community to GIVE and SHAREMention the Campaign Hashtag and URL Volunteer Event coordinatorIf your nonprofit is hosting a hands-on service event for #GivingTuesday, the volunteer service coordinator should be part of the war room team. Ask them to provide photos, quotes, and results from the volunteer activity that can be shared with potential supporters online and in email. Make this #GivingTuesday your best yet! Kick off your year-end fundraising with our tools, training and matching funds. It doesn’t matter if your organization has 2 staff members or 200, you can raise money on #GivingTuesday and we can help.Free #GivingTuesday resources are available to all nonprofits through Network for Good’s All TUEgether campaign. Network for Good customers can leverage matching funds for all donations made on December 1, 2015. Plus, customers have access to expert coaching, new donors, and exclusive resources to help plan a stellar #GivingTuesday campaign.Not a Network for Good customer yet? No problem. Sign up for a demo and find out how easy it is to raise money online. Get ready to have your best giving season ever. Work hard, have fun, focus on your goals, and it will be a great #GivingTuesday! Set up a #Givingtuesday ‘war room’ so the team is all together in one place. There will be hard work to do and a party atmosphere will make a long day more fun.Consider these suggestions to elevate the excitement and spur the efforts of your staff and volunteers: Make #GivingTuesday an event for your team, and a win for those you serve. In just a few days #GivingTuesday will be here. Whether you’ve planned for months or just for a week or two, there’s one more thing you can do to make it a great day for your nonprofit.Organizations large and small can put their campaigns over the top on #GivingTuesday by creating a “day of generosity” that involves your staff, board, and volunteers. Plan a day of hard-working fun that involves your team in outreach and celebration as you hit milestones toward your goal.The recommendations below are targeted at a mid-sized organization, so scale the plan for your day up or down to fit your organization’s capacity. Make it a party! Provide special t-shirts, wristbands, hats or other swag if you have it. If you don’t, consider asking each team member to wear something in the colors of your organization’s logo to create that spirit of a team.Have food throughout the day.Have a first gift ceremony, where the team members contribute whatever they can to the campaign and put that total on the board as the “founders” gifts for the campaign.Take an UNselfie of each team member and one of the whole team together and post on social media.Have a visible tally board so everyone can see when you are getting close to key milestones Phone outreach teamYour phones can be the most powerful weapon on #GivingTuesday. You can organize an actual phone-a-thon of sorts, reaching out to supporters to thank them for past generosity and invite them to join your #GivingTuesday campaign. At a minimum, you should reach out to board members, key friends of your organization, and active volunteers to enlist their participation as givers or sharers.Donor supportAssign one or more people to be available to answer questions from donors should they arise.Social outreach staff The social team will be the ambassadors of excitement for the campaign. They will focus on: Covering the dayYour #GivingTuesday staff plan should cover a time period from about 8am to 10pm. The busiest donation periods are likely to be from 9am to 3pm and 7pm to 10pm, and these are the windows when you’ll want the most coverage.Suggested staff rolesLeaderAppoint a leader so campaign staff have a single point of contact for questions throughout the day. The leader should have a list of contact information for all staff and partners (include cell phone numbers and email addresses). He or she should be ready to address technology issues should there be problems with your online giving site. Have the phone number of your software provider handy in the event there is an issue. He or she may also be assigned as designated representative to talk with the media if there is press interest in your campaign.The leader (or a designee) should be ready with talking points highlighting the key aspects of the campaign. · Building excitement by posting content to social media channels.Engaging with followers, fans, tweets.Promoting key milestone content such as Goal Updates, Prize winners, media coverage.Alerting other staff to any social postings related to issues or questions.Forwarding any social postings from the media to the team leader.last_img read more