‘He’s a typical Man United player’ – Rene Meulensteen backs Memphis Depay to be Old Trafford star

first_imgMemphis Depay is perfectly suited to Manchester United, according to the club’s former coach Rene Meulensteen.The 21-year-old has agreed to join his former Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in a £25million deal after an impressive season for PSV Eindhoven, and Meulensteen believes his fellow countryman will prove a hit in the Premier League.“It is a very promising signing for Manchester United,” said the Dutch coach, who spent more than a decade on United’s coaching staff under Sir Alex Ferguson.“He is another one that comes off the conveyor belt of Holland that has produced many good players over the years. And I think he is a typical Manchester United player.“The biggest advantage for Memphis coming to Man United is Louis van Gaal being there. He knows him, he had him as a player in the national team, and he knows exactly how he is going to use him.“I can see Man United moving to a 4-3-3 and he is a typical winger who can play on either side.“He has got a great combination of power and strength and pace. He is very, very quick. If you have got pace, especially in a strong league like the Premier League, it is a great asset to have.”last_img read more

College of the Redwoods pitcher Matt Becker signs on to play at Lewis-Clark State College

first_imgEureka >> Matt Becker has been a California kid his entire life.It doesn’t matter if it’s growing up and going to high school in Sonoma County or spending the past year in Humboldt County playing baseball, Becker has known nothing but what the West Coast has to offer.Come a few weeks from now, that will all soon change.Becker, who spent his sophomore season at College of the Redwoods and is currently playing for the Humboldt Crabs, signed a letter of intent on Thursday afternoon to play at …last_img read more

Brand South Africa to connect with expats Down Under

first_imgBrand South Africa is returning to Australia for the third time to meet with expatriates. This time, it will try to get those South Africans to get involved with initiatives back home.Globals South Africans (GSAs) living in Australia will have a chance to voice their concerns about their home nation when Brand South Africa hosts the GSA event Down Under. (Image: Nicki Mannix, via Flickr)Brand South Africa ReporterBrand South Africa are returning to Australia this month to meet and network with South Africans currently living Down Under.Two dinner gatherings, the first taking place tonight, 7 March, in Sydney and the second in Melbourne on 9 March, will look to incite pride and patriotism in the expatriates.The events are part of the Brand South Africa’s Global South Africans (GSA) initiative, which reaches out to expatriates living and working abroad. Through GSA, the organisation keeps South Africans updated on developments in the country and involve them directly in efforts to promote and market the nation brand.According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia is home to an estimated 150 000 South African immigrants. Many families have been living there since the 1970’s. However, they still maintain active contact through investments, family and friends.They are also unquestionably proud of their roots, as a delegation led by the late Minister Collins Chabane, discovered in the first GSA visit to Australia in November 2014. They found that the South Africans still felt strongly about the country and were still willing to give back.In the last visit to Australia in March 2015, Brand South Africa tried to understand the expats’ needs and perceptions, and identify ways the organisation can work directly with them.For this year’s visit, Brand South Africa will be responding to some of the issues raised in 2015. The organisation will also:Provide updated information and feedback on the performance of the nation brand domestically and internationally.Share information on the GSA programme in other countries such as the US, UK, Africa and the Middle East.Make GSAs aware of Brand South Africa’s long-term partners – such as Gift of the Givers, Partners for Possibility and the Nelson Mandela Foundation – and try to get them involved. This will also involve starting student exchange programmes between learning institutions in both countries.For more information, follow #SADownUnder on Twitter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Red Hat’s Big Data Push: All Hat, No Cattle

first_imgTags:#Big Data#Hadoop#Open Source#Red Hat 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now david hamilton Big Data is, well, big these days. (Maybe too big for its own good.) So it should surprise exactly no one that Red Hat, itself a big open-source enterprise software and services company, wants to wear the Big Data hat, too. Which is exactly what it announced in an hour-long Webcast on Wednesday.So, terrific. Red Hat is now a Big Data company – at least, that is, if you believe Red Hat. What does that mean, exactly? Surprisingly little.Let’s put it this way: Red Hat’s big news was that it is open-sourcing its storage plug-in for Hadoop, a popular open-source software framework that supports both distributed data and distributed applications. (Simpler explanation: Hadoop makes it possible to run data-intensive applications physically near the data itself, which greatly speeds things up because it’s no longer necessary to shuttle great piles of data across a network.)As a step toward transforming Red Hat’s own storage file system into a “fully-supported, Hadoop-compatible file system for big data environments,” as the company puts it, this is doubtless noteworthy. As something concrete on which enterprise customers can, uh, hang their hat, it leaves a lot to be filled in later.That wouldn’t be a problem if Red Hat had provided other noteworthy details, such as a road map for its development of what it calls an “open hybrid cloud.” It’s a nifty enough idea, essentially amounting to a data environment that would help business move their applications from in-house servers to those offered by cloud providers such as Amazon’s Web Services unit without having to rewrite them.But while Ranga Rangachari, Red Hat’s vice president of storage, talked up the open hybrid cloud and the “robust network” of partners Red Hat plans to work with to make it a reality, he had nothing to say about time frames or even the identities of its partners. “Just stay tuned as we come up with more definite dates and times and start – we’ll absolutely make those partners available,” Rangachari pleaded at the end of the event.Maybe Red Hat is saving the details for the next roundup.(See also Big Data: Red Hat’s Jim Whitehurst Looks 20 Years Into The Future)Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Dalit man beaten and forced to drink urine

first_imgFour persons have been arrested in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh on the charges of beating a Dalit man and forcing him to drink urine after he refused to work on their fields, the police said on Tuesday.The station house officer of Hazratpur police station, Rajesh Kashyap, was also suspended for negligence in failing to lodge a case on the victim’s initial complaint.Sitaram Valmiki, in his complaint, said that some influential men in his village beat him with shoes and slippers and abused him after he refused to harvest their crops. Mr. Valmiki said he wanted to work on his own field first. He said the accused started hitting him when they found him gathering fodder in his field. He was then tied to a neem tree and beaten with slippers and shoes, he claimed.“They also pulled my moustache and forced me to drink urine,” Mr. Valmiki told reporters. Though the incident took place last week, it came to light only after the newly appointed U.P. SC/ST Commission Chairman Brij Lal wrote to the police to take action.last_img read more

BJP to offer tarpan for ‘slain’ Bengal cadre

first_imgThis Mahalaya, the last day of the Shraadh period of the Hindu calendar, BJP working president J.P. Nadda will, in Kolkata, participate in offering “tarpan” to nearly 78 BJP workers, who, the BJP says, lost their lives in political violence since 2013. It will mark, what party leaders say, a systematic block-level upward plan to combat the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.“On September 28, Naddaji will be in Balurghat in Kolkata along with family members of around 78 of our party workers who had been slain because of political violence, and will offer ‘tarpan’ for their souls,” Lok Sabha MP and State president of the BJP Dilip Ghosh told The Hindu.The event seeks to push the narrative of not just “widespread violence” against the BJP allegedly by the Trinamool but also that the party is the only one that has the ‘stomach’ to take on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her turf.Party president Amit Shah held a meeting of office bearers involved in the State a few days ago, and as a starting point has asked that a four-member committee be set up for each Assembly constituency. “Each of these committees will include an MP, a legislator and two West Bengal leaders who will not be local to that constituency, in order that a correct report of the situation in the area be recorded, away from any local prejudices. The committees will be constituted by October 8 and the report handed over to the State core group. All reports will then be reviewed by Amitbhai [party president Amit Shah] in the first week of November,” said a senior source in the party.Political programmes on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill will also be undertaken across the State. “Protests over the ‘appeasement politics’ of the Trinamool in each block of the State, will be undertaken from October 15 onwards,” added the source.The BJP is hopeful that these programmes will not only strengthen the basic organisation of the party down to the block level, but will give a momentum to the campaign for the 2021 Assembly polls.last_img read more

Five Ways the YouTube Generation Is Replacing the MTV Generation

first_img When MTV went on air in 1981, .]  2. Stay Relevant Will It Blend Today there’s a new revolution happening: YouTube is killing the MTV star. MTV and cable television is steadily being replaced by online videos produced independently by high school kids in their bedrooms, software executives with senses of humor and millions of others. Youtube Marketing [This article was written by guest contributor Kate Morris of 5. Make it Known the first video it played PlumberSurplus Viral Campaign Making a wildly popular video that has nothing to do with your business or doesn’t talk to your customer will create traffic on your site, but no business. That is ultimately what you DON’T want (in most cases). (Example: As a consumer, you no longer need to wait on your couch to see what the vee-jay plays next. Videos like this one mocking the Backstreet Boys spread across the web like wildfire. All this creates a huge opportunity for you as an individual and as a marketer. With quality videos, you can reach a broad audience, and become part of the independent production movement replacing MTV. Just as if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, you can’t hide your video on your site and tell no one. Put it on YouTube, tell friends, send out an email, use other mediums to announce it. Buzz is king, and to get buzz about your video going, you have to start it yourself. Anybody with a video camera has a chance to get the world’s attention. The power is no longer in the hands of production companies and professional artists. People have a real say in what is shown, what is popular, and what’s just plain bad. So how do you produce quality videos that spread? Here are my top five tips:center_img 4. Don’t Be Pushy www.longhornkate.com ) — Video marketing is a powerful tool that can take your business to the next level, but also runs the risk of getting buried with everyone else’s videos. You need to make sure that you stand out in the crowd and reach who you need to talk to. (Example: Why make something if it’s not going to benefit your company in some way? Make sure people know that you are behind the awesome videos you create and give them a way to find you. ) 1. Be Memorable 3. Make Your Point was “Video Killed the Radio Star.” That marked the beginning of a revolution in television and music for an entire generation. If you have the right product or idea, the traffic and buzz will come to you. The key is to stay on top of trends and reach people where they are. Let them have the power and be rewarded in return. Originally published Sep 3, 2008 9:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Topics: While you need to make your point, you can’t “sell” people too hard. Make your video something fun, something people will want to see and share. Let it sell your services for you. 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

Marketing Headlines of the Week: Know Yourself, Know Your Customer

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jul 3, 2009 11:30:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 My mom used to leave me notes and lists of chores right in my spot at the kitchen table, an easy drop for her on her way out in the morning. I couldn’t eat breakfast without moving it out of the way, making the lists hard to ignore.This should be the case with your company’s online presence — you need to be found in places where your target audience will naturally look for information. One of the keys to getting found online is to have a broad online presence, but targeted in the places that make sense for you and for your potential clients, which is a recurring lesson among this week’s top five news stories from InboundMarketing.com:1. How Broad is Your Footprint on the Web?Author: Bernie BorgesLesson: Spread and Diversify Your ContentWith millions of pages and more being created every day, it may seem impossible for your company to get found online. But according to Borges, broadening your online footprint is best accomplished by spreading and diversifying fresh content. As he says, “most marketers still think being found on the web means being found in a search engine either in an organic listing, or in a paid listing (PPC). This is a limited view of effective inbound marketing on the web.”Borges recently spoke to a prospective buyer who could not pinpoint where he had come across Borges, yet in the past week he had found his company’s website, blog and a podcast. Borges emphasizes that sellers who want to succeed in the coming decades need to have strong content across a variety of web platforms and engage with relevant communities.2. YouTube CTA Overlay Lets You Drive Users ElsewhereAuthor: Marketing VoxLesson: Use Multimedia Channels to Drive TrafficThis new feature on YouTube adds a call-to-action overlay to videos; advertisers can now redirect viewers to their site or product through links in this overlay. (Here’s an article that explains how to add the overlays.) Before, a viewer might have watched a video or commercial and then moved on to another clip, promptly forgetting any marketing messages. Now, an organization can bring the viewer to their site instantly.Non-profits such as charity:water have already benefited from this new feature. YouTube recently put a video supporting charity:water on its homepage, which resulted in $10,000 in donations for the organization in a single day.3. A Checklist to Choose Which Internet Marketing Channel is Right for Your BusinessAuthor: Rand FishkinLesson: Know Your Company & Your ResourcesIn his post, Fishkin addresses the following question: “If a client came to you with $1 million to invest in a single Internet marketing channel, which one would you choose?” Fishkin has put together a series of graphs and charts that show how a company could measure its budget, goals and available talent to determine which channel would have the highest ROI.So, before you can attempt to bring in more visitors to your site and convert more of these visitors to leads, it’s important to know your own capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. After taking these into account, you will have more insight to choose the internet marketing channel that will be the most effective for you.4. Strategic Blogging and Some Tactics to Nail ItAuthor: Chris BroganLesson: Go With What Works for YouThis post by Brogan discusses various strategies to take with blogging for business to get back that ROI. Brogan emphasizes that a strategy does not have to be set in stone, it should be malleable, aligning with your company’s current needs and goals. There are many different ways to use a blog to accomplish a goal — from how-to posts to posts that spotlight a customer or a case study. Figure out your goals first, and then choose the best strategy for you.5. 7 Tips on how B2B marketers can leverage social mediaAuthor: Brian CarrollLesson: You Have to Give to GetThe lesson here reflects a basic principle of good inbound marketing. Carroll’s tips reiterate the teaching that you cannot expect to get visitors, leads, comments, customers, retweets, or whatever it may be, unless you give valuable content by sharing blog posts, e-books, whitepapers, presentations, webinars with people who are interested in that information.Using social media is an easy way to share content, absorb others’ content, to be helpful and to receive help from others. Establishing yourself as a trusted source in your industry can be accomplished through the continued use of social networks, but only if you are willing to listen and share.Photo: SewPixie .: actually sewing :. Webinar: How to Sell Social Media to Your Boss Social media guru Chris Brogan explains how to demonstrate the value of social media marketing. Download the free webinar to learn how to get your company started with social media.last_img read more

The Power of Long Tail Keywords: an Interview with HubSpot’s Favorite 80’s Hair Metal Guitarist

first_img He had an interesting story to tell recently, and we thought our blog subscribers would like to learn more about a recent lead of his that turned into a sale. Andrew Quinn: mild mannered sales trainer by day, scary 80’s hair metal guitarist by night. , fine brewers of Jean Sam Adams Download our (full disclosure: we sit next to each other on the 5th floor of One Broadway, Cambridge) Andrew: Jeanne: SEO for Lead Generation Kit that made sense to my prospect, and in the geography that I was willing to travel and play in.  We are a niche band, and we want to stay in Eastern Massachusetts, getting the best gigs possible, here.  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack that helped to find my band, Wildside, was “80’s cover band in Boston area”.  And, because I optimized my I looked for a market segment that there wasn’t much competition in, and since 80s music is tough to play, I thought there was an opportunity for my band.  It’s really worked out for us.  And, we were able to have fun with the site.  convert site visitors into leads Andrew: Wild Side band website Jeanne: Well, the Originally published Jan 1, 2010 1:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 I have form and a Keyword Optimization I thought about the Almost everyone that works at HubSpot has an avocation that absorbs them off-hours.  Most are avid ping-pong enthusiasts, sci-fi addicts, or foodies.  Not many – if any – are into heavy metal, particularly 80s “hair bands”.  Of course, we have one such individual.  He is our main man in the training area responsible for graduating successful inbound marketing specialists, consultants, customer success managers, engineers, and marketers. long-tail keyword for paying gigs.  I keep my show schedule up-to-date and I post YouTube videos from recent performances.  Andrew: on every page, so that I can Andrew: : for that key search term and 421 others by using Keyword Grader, my band was found by the words and phrases , Andrew, I overheard you talking to someone yesterday about a gig for your band.  Can you tell me where the lead came from?   If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking of starting to work on their web presence, what would it be? ew: Topics: Learn moreabout how you can optimize your site to get found online in searchengines to generate more leads for your business. Jeanne: Any final thoughts? ne: . call to action Andr ale, lager, and beer.  They want us to play at their 25th anniversary party at Lansdowne Pub in Boston on January 20th. searchengine optimization for lead generation kit Doors open at 8 PM.  Tease your hair and bring a friend! Jeanne:  How do you come up with relevant content for your site? What did you do to make your site special? Boston Beer Companylast_img read more

Why Inbound Marketing Might Not Be Working for You

first_img Photo courtesy of .  Email marketing ROI? What email marketing ROI? wrong.  You can put in the time and energy but still sligthly miss one or two essential things that are the difference between ho-hum and amazing results.  Diagnosing the problem and correcting it can make a huge difference in your results.    You’ve been blogging carefully away. You’re using your long-tail keyword phrases strategically in your blog titles.  You’re linking to other pages on your website with keyword phrase anchor text.  You have relevant calls to action at the end of each article, and you blog twice a week without fail.  Why isn’t anyone subscribing to it?  Why don’t you have any followers and only your mom has left a comment? Your blog is stuffed with sales content.  You haven’t considered your prospects’ interests or needs, and you’re pretty much just tooting your own horn. just Your blog is a desolate, lonely place. These are only three examples of many.  Have you ever seen inbound marketing go from just okay to terrific?  How can we learn from your pain?  You spend hours on each email marketing campaign you send.  You are very carefully reusing old blog content to provide perfect value to your prospects (and you haven’t made the mistake in the last paragraph!).  You have engaging subject lines and people actually click on some of the links in the email.  But are you actually Do you have a stunning, shiny call to action button? Yes.  Do you have a naked landing page with a short form and a sexy picture?  Yes.  So why aren’t you getting conversions?  You don’t have a quick description of what people will get when they fill out the form, so instead of getting leads, you get bounces. gettingcenter_img something from your efforts?  How can you justify the time you’re spending?  By including calls to action.  Give your recipients something to do or to get for free (via a landing page, of course), and you’ll discover that you’re getting a lot of response from leads you thought were ice cold.  You’ll even discover that you can measure your ROI. You’re not getting leads.  For example… Topics: Unless you’ve been living in a hole for a while (or this is your first visit to our blog), you may have noticed that we’re a bit, uh, enthusiastic about inbound marketing.  And we give a ton of tips & advice to you about how to do it.  What I’ve noticed, however, is that it’s easier than I expected to get inbound marketing Originally published Jun 10, 2010 3:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier Blogging 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