The Congress on Tuesday alleged that the government’s approach to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was “weak, casual and ineffective” as it didn’t have any data on the actual number of illegal immigrants in the State. In an intervention during Zero Hour, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said that not all the 40 lakh people, who have not found a place in the draft NRC, were foreigners. Over 40 lakh people in Assam have been left out from the NRC, which is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in Assam. The second draft was published on Monday.“Despite spending around ₹1,200 crore and lot of efforts by officials, both the Centre and the State governments do not know the number of illegal immigrants in Assam,” said Mr. Gogoi. “The BJP’s approach to NRC has been weak, casual and ineffective,” he said.
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New Delhi, May 17 (PTI) The Indian football team will play against Nepal in an international friendly in Mumbai on June 6 after Lebanon pulled out of the match due to visa issues. Lebanon were to play India on June 7 at Mumbais Andheri Sports Complex but the west Asian nation informed the All Indian Football Federation yesterday that its foreign-based players will not be able to come to Beirut to apply for visas. As per rules of Government of India, Lebanese citizens cannot get visas on arrival in India. Nepal has agreed to fill the place of Lebanon and the match will be held at the same venue, but on June 6. All Nepal Football Association said in a statement on its official website that it has agreed to play against India after an approach by the AIFF. “The Nepal National mens team will be playing an international friendly against India national team in Mumbai on June 6,” the statement said. “The All India Football Federation approached the ANFA for the friendly. The friendly will be benefiting both the teams as they are preparing for the second matches of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers,” it added. Nepal are playing against Yemen at home on June 13 in its AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers. India will be using the match against Nepal as a build-up for the crucial Asian Cup qualifying game against Kyrgyz Republic on June 13 in Bengaluru. The last time the two sides met each other, India had beaten Nepal 4-1 in a South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship fixture in December 2015. PTI PDS AH AHadvertisement
Post navigation Except during bouts of insomnia, I’ve never given much thought to the issue of business structure.Sure, I know in theory that a business can incorporate, and that incorporation provides the business with benefits such as tax flexibility, protecting the owners from personal liability, and raising money by selling stock.Every time I’ve looked into whether I should incorporate my own business, however, it has never made sense.It would require a stack of paperwork. I’d have to pay a registration fee and annual renewal fee to the state of Washington. It would make my taxes more complicated without saving me more than a few dollars, if that.And because my business consists of one person writing columns, incorporating would be unlikely to provide me legal protection if I were to commit libel or otherwise get sued.So I’ve stuck with the most common business type in the US: a sole proprietorship. According to the Census Bureau, about 71.5% of US businesses are sole props.Tax-wise, being a sole prop is relatively simple.You have to file quarterly estimated taxes with the IRS, and then file a Schedule C and Schedule SE with your 1040 in April, but TurboTax and other tax software makes it easy. The state business license cost me $15, and renewal is free.Recently, however, one of my hobbies has turned into a business, and a sole proprietorship isn’t going to cut it. I’m going to have to learn about business structure, whether I like it or not.Two heads are better than one, except for tax purposesMy friend Molly and I co-host a comedy podcast. I’m not going to mention the name because lord knows I’ve promoted my own stuff in this column enough lately.We’ve been doing the podcast for over three years and, except for one advertisement from a local company in the early days, have never made any money at it.But we’ve slowly built up a loyal audience of listeners around the world. (The fact that you can crack a joke in Seattle and make people laugh in Singapore is one of my favorite things about the modern world.)A couple of months ago, perhaps inspired by that Amanda Palmer TED Talk, we realized, hey, we could ask our listeners for money.For $5/month, we offered listeners a handwritten postcard and access to a growing library of premium content.To our surprise, people actually signed up. Not a huge number, but enough that suddenly our dumb hobby was paying for itself.Great for us, but we’d need to share the news of our minor success with our friends at the IRS, the Washington Department of Revenue, and the city of Seattle.Easy, I said: I’ll just consider the podcast part of my sole proprietorship, pay Molly as a contractor, and issue her a 1099.This is perfectly legal, but (a) it’s a pain to disentangle the podcast income and expenses from those of my writing business, and (b) it’s not especially fair, since the podcast isn’t really my business, it’s a joint effort.Furthermore, if we wanted to hire a tax preparer to handle our business taxes (which we might want to do), it would be impossible to do so without also turning over responsibility for preparing my own tax return (which I don’t want to do).So we need to look at a business structure that reflects Molly’s and my joint ownership of the enterprise (trust me, describing our show as an “enterprise” is droll) and separates the potentially hairy parts of the business taxes from my own taxes.As the personal finance columnist in this business relationship, it falls to me to investigate the possibilities, and I’m looking at three.A general partnershipA partnership is essentially the group version of a sole proprietorship. It requires no special paperwork to form one, just a business license.Partnerships file a tax return with the IRS and pass all profit or loss on to the partners via the K-1 form. Partners are personally liable for all of the partnership’s debts.A limited liability company (LLC)An LLC, in most cases, works the same way as a partnership, but as the name implies, the legal liability of the owners is limited. If our company goes bankrupt, creditors can’t come after my personal funds unless I act negligently.We don’t have any creditors at this point, but that could change when we decide to construct a theme park.LLCs require more paperwork and fees than partnerships. In Washington State, the initial fee is about $200 and there’s an annual renewal fee of $69. The federal and state tax filing is similar to a partnership.An S CorporationThe “S” actually stands for subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code, but you can think of it as a “Small” corporation.An S Corporation is limited to 100 or fewer stockholders and is restricted in other ways compared to (usually larger) C Corporations.In exchange for meeting the restrictions, S Corporations can save their owners on taxes in various ways and are generally more flexible in structure than a partnership or LLC.The fees for an S Corporation in Washington are the same as for an LLC, but the paperwork is much more heavy-duty.You have to hold an annual board of directors meeting and take minutes (adult beverages may be served), and the corporation would have to file its own tax return and pay Molly and me as employees.I’ve tentatively decided that an LLC makes the most sense.It keeps the paperwork to a minimum while providing us some legal protection in the event that, well, I can’t actually think of how we could end up in debt since our business consists of sitting around and talking. But it couldn’t hurt.Plus, we get to put “LLC” at the end of our business name, which sounds totally legit.There are a lot of other nuances to the decision of when and how to incorporate. These are just the very basics.(It’s possible, for example, to be an LLC but be taxed as an S Corporation and zzzz….)For a more detailed but still gentle overview, I recommend Mike Piper’s book LLC vs. S-Corp vs. C-Corp Explained in 100 Pages or Less.If you own a small business, how did you decide on a business structure, and have you been satisfied with the decision?Matthew Amster-Burton is a personal finance columnist at Mint.com. His new book, Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo, is available now. Find him on Twitter @Mint_Mamster.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related
Meanwhile, observations over the last 40 years indicate with high confidence that increased heat in the oceans, as well as glacier loss in areas such as Greenland, account for the overwhelming majority of sea level rise. Indeed, the impact of human-driven warming is widespread— in the ocean, in changes to the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in sea level rise and in many extreme weather events.4) Without Action, Things Are Poised to Worsen.What we have witnessed to date is only a small taste of what is in store if emissions continue unabated. Scientists have found:It is virtually certain there will be more frequent hot and fewer cold extremes in temperature over the majority of land areas. Heat waves will very likely occur with higher frequency and last longer. The western United States, and especially the Southwest, is expected to become drier. The ocean is becoming so acidic so quickly, it is unclear whether and how ocean life can adapt. Livestock and fish production are expected to decline, as are many crop yields as a result of altered rainfall, extreme weather and increased pests.A Time for ActionIt is overwhelmingly clear that if human beings continue to burn fossil fuels, cut down their forests, and build high-carbon and inefficient buildings, among other activities that spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it will produce a climate that our planet has not seen since before human civilization emerged.Although we can’t predict with exact precision how climate change impacts will unfold, that doesn’t mean we don’t have more than enough information to take action. Most of us take reasonable precautions and purchase insurance for fires or floods to reduce risks in our own lives. We certainly expect the government to protect us against societal threats—whether they are related to national security or pandemics—even when information is not perfect. So, too, we need the government to continue to set policies that will make people, infrastructure and businesses safer from the threat of climate change.Science also tells us this: We can avoid the worst risks of climate change by cutting emissions and moving to a low-carbon economy. We expect those charged with protecting human health and the environment to face facts. The truth is that the threat is far too grave to ignore. This post is part of WRI’s blog series, The Trump Administration. The series analyzes policies and actions by the administration and their implications for climate change, energy, economics and more.During the recent confirmation hearings of President Trump’s cabinet nominees, a familiar pattern has emerged. Many of them have acknowledged that climate change is happening, but each has then sowed doubt by either understating the connection between human activity and climate change or by suggesting that there’s too much uncertainty to act. The overall effect of these statements is to confuse or stall progress.The reality is that we know plenty about the role of people as a primary driver of climate change, and government officials certainly know more than enough to act.For example, during his hearing to become the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt claimed: “There is a diverse range of views regarding the key drivers of our changing climate among scientists.”Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s selection to become the next Secretary of State, remarked: “I agree with the consensus view that combustion of fossil fuels is a leading cause for increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. I understand these gases to be a factor in rising temperatures, but I do not believe the scientific consensus supports their characterization as the ‘key’ factor.”Simply put, these views are not accurate and fly in the face of well-established science. The underlying research showing the connection between increasing CO2 concentrations and a warming planet was established more than 150 years ago. The statements above conflict with conclusions from all leading national and international scientific institutions (IPCC, NCA, WMO, NAS and UK MET Office), and they contradict the findings of the departments and agencies these appointees may soon be leading.It is time for these leaders to look carefully at the climate science and establish policies based on the best scientific information available.Here’s a brief reminder of some of our fundamental understanding about climate science:1) Global Temperatures Are Rising at Unprecedented Levels.2016 was the third consecutive year of record-warm global average temperatures. 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred this century. Average global temperatures have been above the 20th-century average for the past 40 consecutive years. Since 1880, global temperatures have risen by more than 1˚C (1.8˚F), while levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have increased from 280 parts per million (ppm) to more than 400ppm. 2) As Global Temperatures Rise, Extreme Weather Events Are Becoming More Frequent and Severe.As the atmosphere and ocean warm, they provide additional energy for extreme weather to tap into. For example, warmer temperatures allow the atmosphere to hold more moisture, which can drive heavier downpours. Melting land-based ice combined with warming oceans fuels global sea level rise, which amplifies storm surge and coastal flooding:Coastal flooding from high tides has increased by 364 percent to 925 percent in locations on all three U.S. coasts over the last 50 years. Heavy precipitation events have increased in every region of the contiguous United States since the late 1950s. The record rainfall that devastated Louisiana last August was one of six 1-in-1,000 year rainfall events that occurred in the United States last year. The deluge caused $10 billion in damages while inundating the state with more than 7 trillion gallons of water (3 times as much rain as the state received during Hurricane Katrina). Scientists found it to be 40 percent more likely to occur today than in 1900 as a result of climate change. 15 extreme weather events each costing $1 billion or more occurred in the United States in 2016, causing $46 billion in aggregate damages. Even when adjusting for inflation, four of the five years with the most billion-dollar extreme weather events in the United States have occurred since 2010.3) Human Activity is the Main Cause of Climate Change.Scientists have determined that it is extremely likely that the increase in greenhouse gas emissions from human activity has caused more than half of the observed increase in temperature over the last 60 years, making it the largest driver of climate change.When models only include natural drivers of climate change, such as natural variability and volcanic eruptions, they cannot reproduce the recent increase in temperature. Only when models include the increase in greenhouse gas emissions due to human activities can they replicate the observed changes.
New Delhi, Jun 18 (PTI) The following are the top/ expected stories at 1700 hours. EXPECTED STORIES:*Report of FIFA World Cup match between Sweden and South Korea.*Report of FIFA World Cup match between Belgium and Panama.*Report of FIFA World Cup match between England and Tunisia STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-FOOT-IND India set to play Saudi Arabia, China in run-up to AFC Asian Cup By Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Jun 18 (PTI) The Indian football team is set to play international friendlies against higher-ranked Saudi Arabia and China in the run-up to next year’s AFC Asian Cup, according to a top official of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). SPO-RALLY-TAKALETakale finishes 2nd in Thailand Rally New Delhi, June 18 (PTI) Sanjay Takale overcame a wrong selection of tyres to finish a creditable second in the 4×4 Open class in round 1 of the Thailand Pre-Rally Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, bordering Cambodia. SPO-ISL-GOAFC Goa sign midfielder Lenny Rodrigues Margao, June 18 (PTI) Indian Super League side FC Goa has roped in the services of midfielder Lenny Rodrigues ahead of the upcoming season. SPO-DHONIFar from madding crowd, Dhoni trains alone at NCA By Kushan Sarkar Bengaluru, Jun 18 (PTI) The best in the business prepare quietly for tougher battles and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no exception as he went through a rigorous net session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), far from public gaze, ahead of England tour.SPO-IND A India A begin UK tour with big win over ECB XILeeds, June 18 (PTI) India A began their UK tour on a promising note, thrashing England Cricket Board XI by 125 runs following half centuries from captain Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan.advertisement SPO-SA-SQUAD Spin rivals in South African squad Johannesburg, Jun 18 (AFP) Spin rivals Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj were both included today in South Africa’s squad for a five-match one-day international series in Sri Lanka starting next month. PTI APAAPA
Originally published Jan 27, 2012 3:45:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Lead Nurturing Walk into any active sales room, and it’s easy to tell how time-intensive most sales operations are. To make the hours spent worthwhile, it’s important to ensure that your sales team is only talking to the most qualified leads. Lead management is a strategy and set of corresponding tools that help companies filter out unqualified leads and better understand the buying cycle of their good leads. When executed well, lead management makes your marketing team more effective, your sales team more precise, and your leads happier. Lead management programs vary from company to company, but here are several important components to consider. Prospect Intelligence For B2B companies, lead management should actually begin before a lead ever fills out a form. Individual website visitors who are still in the browsing stage can actually tell you a great deal about what content is attracting them to your company. By using prospect tracking software , which reports on the IP address associated with site visitors, you can understand which types of companies are visiting your site. Connecting company activity on your site with a certain type of content or topic can help you better prepare your sales team for when a lead from that company later converts on your site. Lead Intelligence When someone converts on your website by completing a form or downloading a piece of content, the relationship with that lead begins. By using analytics to keep tabs of the content leads view and the interactions they have with your company, you can build a more relevant, personalized experience for each lead. Lead intelligence begins by developing a profile for your lead with the information provided and creating a place to store all future interactions and data on that lead. After you have that profile created, you can begin to segment your leads based on their interests and send emails and other communications that are targeted and relevant to them. Lead Scoring The good news about inbound marketing is that it can attract high volumes of leads. The challenge then becomes, how do you separate the good, quality leads from the people who are just looking around? That’s where lead scoring comes in. With lead scoring , you can attach values to each of your leads based on their professional information and the behavior they’ve displayed on your website. Get started by meeting with your sales team and coming to an agreement about what makes a quality lead. What types of pages viewed or content downloaded indicate that the lead is getting close to a decision point? What lead activities do you want to prioritize? After you’ve come to an agreement on quality indicators, you can use a lead scoring app like HubSpot’s Lead Grader to assign custom scores to each activity so your most qualified leads float to the top. Customer Relationship Management Another key component of successful lead management is the integration of your marketing software and your customer relationship management (CRM) software. Too often, there is a divide between marketing efforts and the revenue that those efforts drive. Connecting your marketing software to your CRM system enables you to bridge that gap and get a complete view of your marketing funnel, from the campaigns and channels that first brought customers into to your company to their most recent point of sale. Marketers call this kind of end-to-end view “closed-loop reporting.” Closed-loop reporting can help you understand which marketing efforts resulted in actual purchases so you know how to invest your marketing budget more strategically. To get started, make sure you have a marketing platform and a CRM system that have the ability to integrate through APIs. Lead Nurturing Lead nurturing is all about understanding the nuances of your leads’ timing and needs. Basic lead nurturing involves a tightly connected series of emails with a coherent purpose and an abundance of useful, relevant content. Lead nurturing campaigns are typically kicked off in a scheduled cadence after someone takes a specific action on your site, like requesting a trial or signing up for a webinar, and they reflect the action taken. Alternately, behavior-based lead nurturing , often called marketing automation , enables a company to trigger communications based on real-time customer behavior. Warming leads up over time through helpful, educational emails will help them get to a decision point more quickly. To set up your first lead nurturing campaign, think about the typical buying cycle of your leads. Design related emails that address the goals of each of these stages (for example: education, comparison shopping, cost-assessment). Remember, lead nurturing emails should be designed to help your leads, not push an immediate sale. Use a lead nurturing program to time these communications appropriately throughout the buying cycle. The Complete Picture Customer relationships take time. Research from Gleanster suggests that even when it comes to qualified leads, more than 50% aren’t ready to buy on the day they first convert on your site . You’ve put a lot of work into attracting leads, and often, it’s how you manage them after the conversion that will determine if your time was well spent. The power of lead management comes in adapting your communications to reflect a comprehensive understanding of your leads’ needs and timeline so that when you hand them over to your sales team, all parties are informed and ready to move forward. To learn more about how to get started with lead management, download our free ebook, Lead Management Made Simple . Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:
, we have a feeling these targeted categories are going to make a huge impact on your marketing. Can we count you in and persuing some of the marketing stories from this week you might have missed? We have something to strike everyone’s fancy, from Twitter data to SEO to insights from CMOs. You know, if you’re looking to make it to the C-suite one day. CMOs Tapping Into Social Data for Consumer Insights From Bazaarvoice A Look at the People Who Use Twitter From Brian Solis Brian Solis published an excellent analysis of some Twitter-focused Pew data on his blog this week. Hailing Twitter as a “human seismograph measuring world events, popular culture, everyday sentiment,” he plucks out some fascinating statistics from the study. When it comes to Twitter use, for example, it’s still dwarfed by Facebook, but rapidly growing: barockschloss And as always, let us know what other interesting marketing stories popped up this week that we should be reading! We’re always looking for more writers and websites to follow and keep us in-the-know. . Of the people who do use Twitter, though, almost half of them are Twitter fanatics, with It’s a scorcher out there — well, it is here in Boston, anyway. Why not cool down by Facebook Launching 9 More Targeting Options for Organic Updates The New Knowledge Management: What Does a Collaborative Hub Look Like? From Forrester 83% of CMOs feel that social data is useful for discerning trends or patterns that may impact business Image credit: this isn’t for your paid advertisements . Check out the full infographic and story here . Yikes. Check out the full story here attracting customers with Facebook . . But we also picked up on a statistic we found somewhat disturbing: only . . 18-24 year old are also pretty fanatical, with . Hungry for more stats? -like tactics for your collection of Facebook fans. Yeah, you read that right, Check out the full story here 20% of all internet users in the United States use Twitter in some capacity . The categories available for segmentation include age, gender, education status, and romantic preference. When it comes to 36.8% of CMOs report that their sales teams have access to social data , and . By the way: — and we wholeheartedly believe they’re right. Addtionally, 81% of CMOs believe that social media impacts customer loyalty ( Continuing with the infographic trend, Kate Leggett posted an excellent illustration and explanation of a collaborative content hub on the Forrester blog this week. A tree illustrates the hub itself, with search firmly rooted at the base of the trunk and social listening, analytics, and feedback balancing on the tips of the branches. As outlined in the article, some of the most important features of a content hub include The folks over at Bazaarvoice also gave some attention to social data this week. They created an infographic detailing how CMOs, whose role they think entitle them to be called Chief Customer Offers, interpret social data. A whopping 15% reporting daily use of Twitter for mobile . What was the best inbound marketing story you read this week? Share it with us in the comments! Check out the full story here curated and non-curated content . , social content, and integration with This week, reports circulated that Facebook has started rolling out nine new options for organic updates, allowing for email list segmentation Check out the full story here Topics: 1 in 5 18-24 year olds reporting using Twitter on their mobile phones ?) HubSpot’s Dharmesh Shah and SEOmoz’s Rand Fishkin are hosting a webinar together on August 20! Internal Linking Strategies for 2012 and Beyond From SEOmoz analytics platforms Originally published Aug 5, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Twitter Marketing We can always count on our friends at SEOmoz to take deep dives into the SEO topics we all need to learn about. This week, the discussion is pointed towards internal linking. One widely-discussed topic that you might not even think to consider: the value and risk of sitewide footers. The verdict: they’re great for user experience, people tend to expect them, but you’ve got to be careful when they’re scaled out across a full website — that’s when your SEO can take a hit. Interested in learning more? 8% of internet users clocking in at least some Twitter use every day staying the heck inside Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Automaker ISUZU Motors India, a subsidiary of Japan-based ISUZU Motors, Tuesday unveiled new seven-seater sports utility vehicle mu-X priced up to Rs 28.19 lakh (ex-showroom Chennai).The mu-X is currently produced at the manufacturing facility in Sri City, Tada situated about 100kms from here.Isuzu Motors Ltd, President, Masanori Katayama, noted cricketer and brand ambassador Jonty Rhodes, senior officials took part in the unveiling of the new SUV.”India is one of the key growth markets for ISUZU and we have made significant progress since we began operations in 2012,” Katayama said.”ISUZU is in the midst of creating a new lifestyle in India with these globally proven vehicles. The India-made range of D-MAX and mu-X SUV vehicles will strengthen our export operations and will play an important role in the growth of ISUZU in future,” he said in a statement.The new mu-X projects a new design in front and rear and comes with sportier ‘Lava Black’ premium interior and leather seats.The drivetrain is powered by a three-liter ISUZU 4JJ1 diesel engine and would be available in 4×2 and 4×4 variants with a five-speed automatic transmission.The new mu-X has a higher ground clearance and enhanced safety features including six airbags and hill descent control.The company on the occasion unveiled new retail outlet KUN ISUZU in the city.ISUZU currently retails adventure pickup vehicle ‘D-MAX V-Cross’, five-seaters, smart commercial pickup ‘D-MAX S-CAB’ and for cargo applications ‘D-MAX Regular CAB’.(With inputs from PTI)
Originally published Feb 9, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Instagram Marketing Topics: Instagram for business has become an essential element of social media marketing. With 400 million users, over 80 million posts per day, and a 93% growth month-over-month for businesses using it, Instagram is an extremely useful social media platform to take advantage of. While other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn each serve their own purpose, Instagram is a platform where you can show your company’s human side.It’s not too late to get your business started with Instagram, but it’s important that when you do, you go about it in the right way. That’s why Hubspot and Iconosquare teamed up to bring you How to Use Instagram for Business. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to leverage Instagram for your business, from determining your brand guidelines to understanding the anatomy of a perfect post. You’ll also learn:What, when, and how to post on Instagram to get followersHow to set goalsHow to use contests to grow followers fastBest practices for using hashtagsTips for measuring success and proving value to your executivesExamples of brands to pull inspiration fromAnd more!Click here to download How to Use Instagram for Business today. 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 May 2, 2016 7:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Video has quickly become one of the most powerful mediums for sharing your message: 78% of people watch videos online every week. What’s more, 55% of people watch videos online every day.But like any new marketing tactic, video needs to be done right to have an impact on your business. This means creating the right videos to be used at the right time to reach the right audience. How do you do this? Start by focusing on the buyer’s journey. The buyer’s journey is the active research process a buyer goes through leading up to a purchase. It includes three main stages: awareness, consideration, and decision. There are several opportunities within each stage to use video, and by creating different videos for each stage, you’re more likely to connect with your customers and achieve higher engagement, brand activation, and trust. In How to Use Video in Each Stage of the Buyer’s Journey, you’ll learn how to successfully incorporate video into your marketing to increase SEO and engagement, track where prospects are coming from, and ultimately grow your business as a whole. You’ll also learn:A breakdown of the buyer’s journey and where your business can incorporate videoHow to create specific types of videos to be used in the awareness, consideration, and decision stages How to optimize your videos for each stage How to improve any video content you already haveExamples from great video marketing from brands like BuzzFeed and AirbnbMuch more about growing your business by using video in your marketing! Click here to download the free interactive guide today. Topics: Buyer’s Journey Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Saand Ki Aankh has been exempted from the state Goods and Services Tax (SGST) in Rajasthan.The film is based on the life of two Haryana based sharpshooters who discovered their love for shooting very late in life but went on to win multiple championships.Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot has approved the proposal to exempt SGST from the screening of the film ‘Sand Ki Aankh’ based on women empowerment and sports on multiplexes and theaters in the state. pic.twitter.com/eC0epNlC7NCMO Rajasthan (@RajCMO) October 10, 2019Directed by Tushar Hiranandani, the film revolves around the grannies – Chandro and Prakashi – who take up shooting at the age of 60 to encourage their daughters towards a bright future as they did not want their daughters to go through a lifetime of suppression.What unfolded was nothing short of miraculous, as they discovered their skill of being exceptional shooters.Despite all odds, they won 352 medals each in the course of their professional life as shooters. The story had also recently received praises from Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.The film which also stars Prakash Jha, Vineet Kumar, and Shaad Randhawa is produced by Anurag Kashyap and Nidhi Parmar and is scheduled to hit theatres this Diwali.Watch the official trailer of Saand Ki AankhALSO READ | Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar hold Saand Ki Aankh screening for Vice-President M Venkaiah NaiduALSO READ | Saand Ki Aankh trailer out. Taapsee and Bhumi Pednekar hit the bulls-eyeALSO WATCH | Taapsee Pannu talks about love life, surviving Bollywood and dealing with trolls
Clearly, he was not the same after the fumble-six. Gundy pointed out he had a menial hand injury and that could have factored in. I’m guessing his first road Big 12 game as the favorite factored in more.Did you expect perfection out of him? Did you expect that there wouldn’t be bumps along the way?Rudolph had all the right answers on Saturday (start it at 3:15 below).“It’s always good to have some adversity early on in the season,” said Rudolph on Saturday. “When it’s going against you, when it’s going against me, when it’s going against the offense, it’s always good to see your team rally.“We’ve (alternated) a little bit up to this point. I’m trying to win. I’m trying to be the best player I can be for Oklahoma State. Whoever that’s going to be. If we’re going to switch out. We’re just happy to get the win.” I wrote a fairly lofty post about Mason Rudolph after his first game against Central Michigan. He’s looked shaky in spots since then and downright egregious for a quarter against Texas on Saturday which led to all sorts of irrational consternation on social media about what the QB situation in Stillwater should actually be.No bother though. Mason Rudolph is still the truth.Nobody wants their baby-faced kid king laced with a few still-growing-up pimples, but that’s what Saturday reminded us of. Rudolph is still young enough to not have been rid of the blemishes that often come alongside with franchise QBs.“He’s been pretty good with things like that — for as early and as young as he is in his career,” Gundy said. “… Two things. Today was his, I think, seventh game, so he’s kind of running out of the ‘early in his career’ (excuse). He needs to pick it up a little bit. But this is the best team he’s played this year. This team has got speed, they’ve got size and they’ve got strength. He is early in his career, but he needs to play better, period.”AdChoices广告Heck, Brandon Weeden threw two or more picks in nine games in his college career. Nobody was calling for his spot to be handed to J.W. Walsh or Clint Chelf.I was disappointed with Mike Gundy’s benching of Rudolph in favor of J.W. Walsh in the 4th quarter, but I understand what he was doing. He’s afforded a little leeway here because Walsh plays in various situations. That’s a privilege most coaches don’t have.If you put in QB2 for QB1 at most schools, there’s an auto-controversy. Gundy can write it off by saying, “trying to help the run game and we have packages for Walsh and we felt like we were going to use them then and I have to coach and think at the same time and stop asking me these questions!”Must be nice.That fourth quarter was the biggest cluster I’ve seen in quite a while for OSU (maybe this is what we get when Mike Yurcich traipses down to the field?) This stuff happens, though, and just because Gundy is afforded a safety net in Walsh doesn’t mean anything has changed when it comes to who’s starting. My hope now is that OSU doesn’t try to put the shackles back on No. 2. Go watch that first quarter over again. He was lights out. He completed 8/9 for 130 yards and a TD in the first quarter. Then Yurcich put on his “Make America Great Again” hat and went uber conservative.[1. OK, it’s not all Yurcich’s fault. I just needed to get rid of the Trump line.]It feels like OSU is trying to graduate its young QB into high school and college without going through the growing pains middle school (and puberty) bring. Maybe that can work with your 29-year veteran (Walsh) filling in the gaps. Maybe not.But make no mistake about what you’ve seen through 28 quarters with this kid. There will be valleys, for sure, there always are. And he’ll throw another back-breaking pick-six at some point. And he will struggle a little but succeed a lot. Maybe he’s not the perfect fit for this offense, but the franchise is the franchise. There’s not a lot you can do about it.And Mason Rudolph is (still) the truth. Gundy on Mason Rudolph: “He didn’t fall off as much as you would think after watching the tape.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 28, 2015The way Rudolph guided the ship in that first quarter was impressive. I noted this in something I wrote on Saturday night after the game (it’s all a blur) but on OSU’s first two drives it rushed for 11 yards and threw for 119.There’s a part of me that thinks Mike and Mike would rather play Walsh than Rudolph because No. 4 represents the safer option. As we discussed last week, this team is hell bent on creating a positive turnover margin and winning with defense. This is why Gundy is so tough on Rudolph when he turns it over.But playing Walsh is a nonstarter because Rudolph is too good and represents too big of a threat to opposing defense to keep him away.Gundy on Mason Rudolph bouncing back: “I don’t see that as an issue at all. Mentally, he’s been very strong ever since he arrived on campus”— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 28, 2015 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. 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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. If you watched the Baylor-Oklahoma game Saturday, you watched an absolute drubbing by the Oklahoma defense – and apparently Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham may have suffered an injury in the process.A social media report, citing “two Baylor sources”, stated that Jarrett Stidham is likely ruled out for Saturdays game against Oklahoma State.But Art Briles noted that wasn’t the case on Monday morning. “Actually the MRI came back clean,” Briles said in his press conference. “So he’s going to be OK, it’s just bruised and sore. We’re grateful for that.”Stidham suffered through back spasms throughout the game on Saturday, and Briles noted after the game Saturday that “He’s not very good, quite honestly.”AdChoices广告#Baylor coach Art Briles said QB @Jarrett_Stidham’s MRI showed no structural issues w lower back. Just bruising. Stidham will play vs #OkSt— Jimmy Burch (@Jimmy_Burch) November 16, 2015Despite the fact that Stidham will suit up, it sounds like he’ll head into Stillwater pretty banged up after this weekend.(Note: Title of article changed from “Report: Baylor starting QB “likely” out saturday) after confirmation from Art Briles that he will play).
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. Bedlam next Saturday will feature two of the hottest teams in the country. Neither school lost in October or November as they hurtled towards a de facto conference championship game. But it’s not just the Big 12 where they’re succeeding. OU and Oklahoma State have two of the current longest winning streaks nationally as well.Here are the top six.Alabama: 24Western Michigan: 14USC: 8Penn State: 8Oklahoma: 8Oklahoma State: 7Alabama, my gosh. Also, somebody hire P.J. Fleck.Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have won a combined 15 in a row. Somebody is going to be scorching hot heading into the postseason (likely the Sugar Bowl) with a final leaping off point of a Bedlam win.Might the momentum of each team be stymied by the off week and Thanksgiving? Perhaps, but it’s doubtful. I think it’s actually difficult to lose the flow this time of year. If anything, the bye week will provide a re-grouping of sorts — more time to watch film and more time to mentally and physically prepare for what should be one of the great Bedlams ever.“Everyone is focused on the team. We all know what we’re playing for and we all know what’s at stake,” OU safety Steven Parker told the Norman Transcript. “It’s about being smart this week and being safe throughout the holiday and coming back with an edge.”
Junior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor is foregoing his senior year and declaring for the NFL draft.It’s a huge blow for the defensive line group and defense on the whole. Taylor was the anchor of one of the strongest position groups for Oklahoma State this season. He could force extra attention on the inside. He opened up lanes for the young Cowboy defensive ends on the outside. And he could get after the quarterback as good as any defensive tackle in Oklahoma State history.Replacing his 7-sack production will be tough to do. Replacing his wish-bone offensive ability to option the ball with a flicka-da-wrist will be impossible.But for this particular situation, OSU may be in the best position it’s ever been in to replace a talent of his caliber. Recruiting lead by Joe Bob Clements has been nothing short of excellent, and development of that talent has been even better. OSU could, for the first time under Mike Gundy, go legitimately three-deep on the depth chart at defensive tackle last season. And even losing Mote Maile to graduation and Vincent Taylor to the NFL won’t slow them anytime soon.Here’s a look at who I think will likely step into starting roles for OSU next season for the Pokes, and who will be elevated into enhanced roles:DT1: Darrion DanielsDT1: DeQuinton OsborneDT2: Vili LeveniDT2: Enoch Smith Jr. DT3: Taaj BakariDT3: Cameron MurrayThat’s 3-deep once again. Who knows if any transfers, dismissals, etc. pop up. But that’s what I would project in any variation for next season. I could even add to that list of 6 who could contribute next season. Ioane Leilua, a junior college recruit, is a wild-card who will be in the mix as well. And Enoch Smith Jr., who I listed on the second unit, is a former Michigan State defensive tackle with legitimate Division I experience already. He too is a wild card who could come in right away and play.The recruitment and development of the defensive line shows preparedness and foresight from the coaching staff. Did they have a feeling about Vincent Taylor? Perhaps. Before they knew though, they added Smith as a contingency plan. They have Daniels who played like a starter in spots last season, and get Leveni coming back from injury next season.The mix of veteran presences and youth is perfect, as well. Four of those players on the first and second units have more than 2 years of experience either at the junior college or Division I level. Taaj Bakari has seen the field sparingly but still has his best days ahead of him, and Cameron Murray is an ace-in-the-hole freshman who redshirted in 2016. He has the potential to be yet another Joe Bob Clements product who makes it to the next level.Remember when we were worried about the defensive line after losing Emmanuel Ogbah? The following year’s on-field product ended up as one of the most vaunted defensive line groups in OSU history. It’s just a sign of how far Oklahoma State has come in developing and producing big talent along the defensive line.Based on how Joe Bob Clements has recruited — and how his talent has developed under his tutelage — it seems pretty likely the defensive line will continue to roll in 2017 and beyond. 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.
Other position previews: RB | CW | WRThe Oklahoma State offensive line has taken plenty of criticism over the last three or so years — and for good reason. But around the halfway point of the 2016 season, the group finally began to hit its stride under the tutelage of Greg Adkins. The result helped contribute to the Cowboys most effective ground-game showing since 2012.But “improved” is not “elite” and the unit loses two-year starting left tackle Victor Salako as well as Michael Wilson who has either been a starter or at least a key contributor at guard for the last three seasons.During his post-Alamo Bowl press conference, Mike Gundy spoke about the loss of Salako and Wilson.“It’s exciting to be around young men like that,” Gundy said. “We’re going to miss those guys, yes. Wilson has been a warrior for us. He ought to get a degree in kinesiology without even going to class with all the treatment he’s had, the medical help, the rehab. Then Victor Salako was awesome. What a great take for us to bring him in and start two years at left tackle. A great young man. Humble. Makes 3.5 GPA, is going to graduate, never says a word. Great family.“But now we have to have two other guys step up. We have young guys in our program. What’s helped us is I think we’ve settled in on how we want to run the ball, more so than we have in those three years that weren’t very exciting running the ball.”Two years ago, Adkins took over a bare cupboard in terms of depth, but he’s gotten the group this far. Let’s see who he’ll have to work with in 2017. As far as next year’s depth goes, I think there could still be some shuffling around, but this is a good place to start.2017 Projection RG3Matt KegelRS Freshman6-5295 It’s possible that Crabtree — who has been the starter at right tackle the last two seasons — may move to the left tackle spot if the coaching staff is not as confident in Victor Salako’s would-be replacement.Mason Rudolph is the Cowboys’ single most important player. They need to keep him off the turf as much as possible. Highly-touted JUCO transfer Shane Richards figures to compete with the likes of Matt Mucha, Dylan Galloway and Teven Jenkins for the tackle spot opposite Crabtree.Marcus Keyes and Larry Williams should retain their starting roles at either guard spot with several other guys ready to compete for time like Lemaefe Galea’i and youngsters Matt Kegel and Johnny Wilson.Brad Lundblade should continue as the starting center. We’ll leave Johnny Wilson as his backup for the time being.It’s important to remember that Adkins is not opposed to moving guys around. Early in 2016, when the Cowboys were struggling in pass protection and the running game, there were several guys shuffled in and out of rotations before they found one that worked.While the offensive line saw improvement towards the end of last season, the group gets even younger with the departure of Salako, Wilson and with the news of redshirt junior Brandon Pertile’s transfer from the program. And since the Cowboys only having one 2017 OL prospect currently committed with just two weeks until signing day, the pressure will be on Greg Adkins to hit on these young guys he’s brought in.Gundy spoke about his desire to roll guys in and out almost like hockey line changes. This coming spring and fall are all about building continuity up front. Hopefully, the unit is working as one by September. LT2Matt MuchaRS Junior6-5300 C1Brad LundbladeSenior6-3300 C2Johnny WilsonRS Sophomore6-3305 LG3Deonte NoelRS Junior6-2330 LG2Jesse RobinsonRS Senior6-5315 C RT2Dylan GallowayRS Freshman6-5279 Depth ChartPlayerClassHeightWeight RG1Larry WilliamsRS Senior6-4318 RT1Zach CrabtreeRS Senior6-7310 RT3Teven JenkinsRS Freshman6-6290 LG1Marcus KeyesRS Sophomore6-3300 LT1Shane RichardsSenior6-8330 RG2Lemaefe Galea’iRS Junior6-4325 LT3Dylan GallowayRS Freshman6-5279 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.
Oklahoma State will play its 2017 Spring Game on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in Stillwater. The format will be 10-minute quarters on Saturday without a running clock. Everyone will get plenty of playing time, but if you want to catch Mason Rudolph, get there early as he’s only expected to play a couple of series.The Spring Game day in Stillwater is always a fun, familial atmosphere with the Remember the 10 Run that morning at 9 a.m. and the fact that you can go on the field afterwards to visit and take photos with players.There will also be inflatables and face painting on the south side of the stadium for the kids (or adults, I suppose) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Just wrapped up our last practice before Saturday’s Spring Game at 1 p.m. Gates open at noon with free parking and free admission! #okstate pic.twitter.com/7Gm1q4fvcF— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 13, 2017The game will not be televised but PFB will have a reporter and a photographer in attendance so we will have full coverage of the festivities on Saturday afternoon.It should be a fun one — Vegas has set the over/under for layers of bubble wrap covering QB1 is 97.5. I’ll take the over.It’s coming to BPS! Let’s get it!! #GoPokes #okstate #CowboyUp18 pic.twitter.com/VIhY4WFUYT— Cowboy FB Recruiting (@CowboyFB_Elite) April 11, 2017 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.
PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans answers questions after defeating the Stanford Cardinal 24-20 in the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)In the aftermath of Michigan’s win over rival Michigan State, there has been a lot of talk about a confrontation between the players of both teams just before the game.A day later, Spartans HC Mark Dantonio has chimed in again on the behavior of the two sides.“I’m not gonna bother commenting on it. The whole thing to me was sort of juvenile to me,” Dantonio said, per Matt Charboneau.According to USA Today, Michigan and Michigan State players exchanged words as Spartans players walked across the field.Dantonio on pregame: “I’m not gonna bother commenting on it. The whole thing to me was sort of juvenile to me.”— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) October 21, 2018Michigan captain Devin Bush Jr., in particular, had to be held back by staffers after one heated exchange.Bush proceeded to drag his feet across the Spartan logo at midfield, damaging the white paint.Devin Bush was ruining the Michigan State logo at midfield before the game. pic.twitter.com/dx7GqdwplX— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) October 20, 2018Michigan ended up winning the game, 21-7. The Wolverines are now ranked No. 5 in the country.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Electronic Single Window (ESW) will be a game changer for importers and exporters. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Electronic Single Window (ESW) will be a game changer for importers and exporters.The system, which forms part of Jamaica’s Trade Facilitation Programme, integrates approximately 20 border regulatory agencies into a single platform for all documentation relating to trade.It is being implemented by the Jamaica Customs Agency in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Minister Shaw, who was speaking at the official launch of the Jamaica Trade Information Portal at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on May 16, said that the window will result in greater efficiency in doing business, by reducing turnaround time and cost for transactions, and ensure better use of resources.It will allow importers and exporters to lodge documents electronically and facilitate the exchange of information between government agencies and traders. It will reduce traders’ points of contact from as many as five entities to one single agency.Minister Shaw said that the integration of the Trade Board Limited (TBL) into the single window has already commenced, with key Ministry agencies to follow suit in short order, namely the Plant Quarantine Division, the Veterinary Services Division, and the National Compliance Regulatory Authority.The Jamaica Trade Information Portal, managed by the TBL, provides details on import-export regulations, processes and requirements for trade.Its rich database provides information on standards, tariffs, fees, levies and applicable penalties; various authorisations; inspections and verifications, trade agreements details and opportunities.It includes downloadable forms for applications, licences and permits as well as links to regulatory and various bodies engaged in trade facilitation.Meanwhile, Minister Shaw informed that the Trade Board has removed the licensing requirement for more than 14 products.He said the move forms a part of the Ministry’s work, through the Trade Facilitation Task Force, to gradually reduce the unnecessary and burdensome red tape associated with regulatory compliance in the trade environment.“[It] is also being undertaken within the context of our commitment under the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), to reduce the overall time and cost to trade, creating a more agile business and trading environment,” Mr. Shaw said.He said that the country’s quest to improve the platform for trade will require that certain elements, such as the legislative agenda, are brought in line with prevailing global trends and current needs.“Jamaica must bring its trade-related laws into the 21st century. Currently, we have laws which are dated 1945 regulating our trade. Thus, the repeal and replacement of the Customs Act is a pivotal step in this direction,” he said.He noted that “through the Technical Committee on Legislative Review, our ability to respond with current legislation to the demands of new sectors, such as nutraceuticals and cannabis, is a signal of a forward-thinking approach to creating a conducive and business-friendly environment, allowing us to truly compete on a global scale”. Story Highlights The system, which forms part of Jamaica’s Trade Facilitation Programme, integrates approximately 20 border regulatory agencies into a single platform for all documentation relating to trade. It is being implemented by the Jamaica Customs Agency in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.