Anurag Thakur becomes youngest BCCI president, Ajay Shirke nominated SecretaryAnurag Thakur was elected BCCI president unanimously at a Special General Meeting in Mumbai today. All you need to know about the new BCCI boss Anurag Thakur Anurag Thakur, the youngest BCCI president in independent India, will have tough time ahead in handling the board against a complete restructuring recommended by the Supreme Court.Manchester United edge past Crystal Palace to win FA Cup Manchester United clinched their first trophy in three years at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday after substitute Jesse Lingard found the back of the net in extra time.Knight Riders host Sunrisers in a rain-threatened must-win game Kolkata Knight Riders take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens in a do-or-die game on Sunday and it is likely to be affected due to rain.Red-hot Royal Challengers Bangalore meet Delhi Daredevils in virtual knockout Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have notched up three consecutive wins to stay alive in the Indian Premier League, meet Delhi Daredevils in a virtual knockout game in Raipur tonight.
India Test skipper Virat Kohli on Tuesday congratulated his coach Raj Kumar Sharma, who was selected for this year’s prestigious Dronacharya award.Kohli took to Twitter to wish his coach after Sharma was on Monday named along with three others for the award, which will be given by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan on August 29. (India vs West Indies 4th Test ends in a draw)”Congratulations Raj Kumar Sir. All the hard work behind the bigger picture never gets noticed. I am delighted for you on getting the Dronacharya Award,” Kohli tweeted.I am delighted for you on getting the Dronacharya Award (2/2) Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 23, 2016Congratulations Raj Kumar Sir.All the hard work behind the bigger picture never gets noticed. (1/2) Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 23, 2016Apart from Sharma, gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s coach Bisheshwar Nandi, athletics coach Nagapuri Ramesh and boxing coach Sagar Mal Dhayal have been selected for the coveted award. (Ashwin breaks Sehwag’s record for most MoS awards for India in Tests)The Dronacharya awards for lifetime will be awarded to veteran swimming coach S. Pradeep Kumar and wrestling coach Mahabir Singh. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each with a medal and a citation. (Probe launched after farcical washout of WI-India 4th Test)
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Post navigation Holly Perez is a consumer money expert at Intuit and Mint spokeswoman, a leading money management tool that helps people understand and do more with their money so they can achieve their dreams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related “Saving my sanity!”That’s how Anne Postic, a contributor to Mortgages.com, describes her experience using Mint. We sat down with this full-time working mom of three kids to hear more about her financial journey and how Mint is helping her to achieve her dreams.So tell us a little bit about you and your money habits. My husband and I are in our 40s and are parents to a 17, 14 and 9 year old. I’d say our money habits have fluctuated based on life circumstances. When I first met my husband, he was the spender and I was the saver, both to an extreme at times. We helped balance each other out. As we started making more money, he leaned in to saving and I felt relaxed enough to spend. Now, with the kids in private school and headed to college, I’ve gotten conservative about saving again.We’re good about treating our savings as a bill, automatically putting aside money monthly for retirement and 529 savings plans.We also overpaid our mortgage a little bit when we could and on top of that, six years ago, we refinanced to a 15-year mortgage at a good interest rate.What were your money challenges before using Mint? As we started making more money, I found I wasn’t being as careful as I could or should be with purchases on things like groceries and dining out. We caved to convenience rather than thinking about our spending.We also had children years before any of our friends did. That put us in a different mindset. We didn’t realize that as our income grew, we were actually in a position to really save and build something substantial. For years, we were proud just to pay the bills, keep the kids alive and enjoy an occasional night out. Now that we’re closer to retirement than we think (everyone is!) and the kids are preparing for college, its crunch time.Why did you start using Mint? I signed up out of curiosity. Several years ago, my mother died of breast cancer and my dad died three years later. They were great about saving and talked openly with me about money matters. They were able to pay for me and three siblings to go to private school and college, which is something I want to be able to do for my kids.We’ve done pretty well on saving, but it was never enough, and I wanted to make sure I was spending wisely.I also wanted to be able to have money to spend on things like family vacations, owning part of a second home and not panicking when my car needed a repair.How do you make Mint work for you?I check Mint almost every day. It helps me identify where I’m overspending, especially in areas where I’m not even enjoying it. Like those nights when you buy a pizza out of convenience, but it would have been so easy (and cheaper) to throw together something simple at home.I also set financial goals in Mint. I recently met a savings goal that allows me to pay my bills as soon as I get them which inspired me to raise it even further. I’ll probably have to spend that money on tuition before I reach my new goal, but it is so nice to have that cash, ready when I need it.Are there any tips or “secret tricks” you use within Mint? I really like setting individual budgets and looking at the big picture. I might spend nothing on travel for a few months, but then spend quite a bit in the following month. It’s nice to know how much I’m spending per year, not just in the moment. I also set a monthly goal for charitable giving, carrying the remaining balance to the next month, based on a percentage of what I make. I love knowing that I met that goal for the year.How has Mint helped ease your financial challenge(s)? It helps me focus on cash savings, rather than just investments. It also helped me cut grocery spending by about 30 percent and eliminated spending on clothes I don’t need. When I worry I’m not saving enough, it’s nice to log in and look at my investment accounts to remind myself why I save.What was the most surprising or coolest benefit of using Mint?I like having liquid cash. When my dad died, my uncle was in charge of his estate. As he started paying bills in the months after dad’s death, he said, “Managing your dad’s stuff is so easy. When a bill comes, I just pay it. The money’s there. He didn’t have to wait for a paycheck.”I took that to heart. I mean, I had always paid bills on time, and didn’t feel that stressed about it, but it sure is nice to be a few months ahead, and to not have to ask which account to take the money from, or when to pay the bill. Who wants to break into an investment account for tuition? Not me!
In this episode of Inbound Now, Tamar Weinberg, of “For social media to really be effective, it’s about understanding who the types of people are that would actually be interested in your product and then building relationships around these communities.” Why understanding and finding your industries influencers is key to your blogging success Again, find where your target audience is consuming and sharing content and reach out to them! Mutually beneficial pitches are always more like to get read and written about on their blog. “So, for example, if you’re interested in a number of, like if you’re doing finance, for example, there are a number of niche financial websites out there. For example, like, Tipd.com, which is a social bookmarking site, but there’s also and it seems that, the Inc. 500 are actually finding that the best targets out there of their social media efforts are actually niche forums.” Connecting with your community and infleuncers online 7 truths about social media where she states unless you figure out who would be interested in your project and then figure out how to interact with them in a meaningful way, you are destined for failure. , joins us to talk about the ins and outs of social media marketing on the web. Niche Communities Matter In the show we chat about: Stop Marketing and Start Engaging with Scott Stratten (@unmarketing) Blogging Is Not an Overnight Process Brass Tack thinking Where Should a Business New to Social Media Start? It really depends on the communities that your service or product targets. Gauging Online Influence with Jason Keath of Social Fresh Originally published Feb 17, 2011 9:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 There are a ton of highly targeted micro communities online that you can interact with super fans. or on her blog How Tamar Got Started With Social Sedia Public Relations Faux Paus Seth Goden Without An Understanding of Your Community and Infleuncers You Are Destined to Fail Look for negative mentions of competitors and interact with that person, try and solve the issue, and let them know you exist. Rapportive for gmail – This extension for gmail pulls in the contacts social media profiles and helps give you a deeper context of what they have been up too. Think mini social CRM. Set yourself up with an editorial calendar filled with engaging content (with some long tail keywords weaved into the mix) and stick to that schedule. We dive into some of Tamar’s Favorite social media resources. Hootsuite How social media is not just a one off campaign but a constant in your marketing mix. ) “Hi nice to meet you, buy my stuff!” doesn’t work and will ultimately get you branded as a spammer. @Tamar , & Becoming a Trust Agent w/ @ChrisBrogan [@InboundNow #6] Don’t send blind pitches to bloggers. Do you homework and make sure your motivations align with the interests of the blogger before reaching out to them. Most blogs that except guest bloggers allow them to link back to relevant articles on their own site, thus giving them the ability to grab some of that readership, not to mention the SEO benefit from the inbound links! HubSpot User Group Conference This can be a great way to grab some business from people who are unhappy with their current solution. Must See Social Media Resources “It is really important not to just go out there and just broadcast” in social media, Tamar states. We do this at HubSpot with our annual HUG ( Past Episodes Techipedia Marketing you blog is something that must happen. Building relationships with the right networks with people who would be interested in sharing your content, is key. The importance of understanding your online community Social Media Is a Continuous Effort : Connect with Tamar online: Meeting your fans, customers, etc. in person and really help solidify the relationship you started with them online. Fan question: . Online Meets IRL Topics: Tamar wrote a great post about the on twitter Leverage Guest Blogging Opportunities “Social media” and online engagement really started right when the internet was invented. It was kind of the point. Mashable Mark Mathson asks It’s Not Over After You Hit Publish Come bearing gifts and helpful advice. Give back to the network long before you make any ask. – great way to have a columned layout of social media searchs and will help you manage multiple accounts. In other words there is more to social media than Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn. PR squared , Some of Tamar’s favorite resources to keep up with the changing trends of social media include: Mashable . Brian Solis , Brand awareness is something that must be built over time by being active and engaging within social media. Remember, don’t get discouraged, It took Chris Brogan 8 years to get his first 100 subscribers! , How to Market Smarter, Faster, and Cheaper with David Siteman Garland Social media is not a one off campaign. “What social media marketing tool is necessity for every marketer?” , Don’t Spam Social Media After crafting an awesome SEO friendly blog post and hitting the publish button, your job is not done! Podcasting for Business & Email Marketing Best Practices w/ Christopher S. Penn Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Chris Brogan When first launching a blog, one of the best ways to pull in new readers is by guest blogging for an already established blog in the space. For audio and the complete transcript head click here: Writing for the established blog instantly helps build the credibility of your own blog. How to Rock Your Facebook Fan Page with John Haydon Don’t underestimate the power of holding live meetups and user groups. This is a great way to foster and build brand evangelists. Techipedia She knew when she was 12 years old that she wanted to do something in the social media realm. “There is something very interesting about the way that the internet and social media break down geographic boundaries.” Social media explorer Seize The Day Influencer Marketing ,
marketing campaign Then, for the big finale of the lecture, Dan explained that, just like all other great frameworks, FN and LN had acronyms. He revealed that the FN acronym for Design, Adoption, and New product was DAN, and the LN acronym for Attitude, Research, Image, Education, Learning, and Yield was, of course, ARIELY. Naturally, FN stands for First Name and LN stands for Last Name. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you keep an open mind when you face your next marketing challenge. Take a lesson from Dan Ariely, and don’t let the joke be on you. Inbound Marketing Frameworks Stifle Creativity Here are some ideas: A Lesson About Frameworks Dan shared a video on his . Company, Collaborators, Customers, Competitors, and Climate – these are important tools for evaluating the background of a situation before diving in to solve your marketing problem. But Dan Ariely, famous author of blog . To hear the story in Dan’s own words, check out his Instead of following a specific framework exactly, expand upon the factors it includes. This way you can build off of a solid foundation and still make sure you cover everything you need to take into consideration in order to fully evaluate the situation. Collaborate with another person and see if you take different approaches to the same situation. Figure out what reasoning you’re each using and try to determine what components of the other person’s approach you should incorporate into your own. marketing in which he tells the story of the “most interesting teaching experience” he’s ever had. He was teaching an introductory marketing class to MBA students at MIT, and he opened up the class by explaining that he was not interested in the textbook, and would teach them other things. As the class continued and he seldom referenced the textbook principles, his students began to complain with growing frequency that they wanted to learn marketing frameworks. So Dan decided to teach them a lesson. “The point is that we often can create frameworks, and even though I made fun of them, the fact is, we create these frameworks, and at the moment when we think about them, they make obvious sense. And the way you think about it is, what else could it be? And if it doesn’t get you to think differently, how useful is it? And those things that look so intuitive are often not very useful. The other point is that we can all often force the world into some framework without it being very useful, and by doing that, we often don’t look at the nuances and don’t evaluate situations close to each other.” Topics: Try to view the situation from the perspectives of others, like your customers or co-workers. Compare what you think their perspectives would be with your own perspective. For those of us who have taken any sort of marketing course, the 4 P’s and the 5 C’s are nothing new. Product, Price, Place, and Promotion give us 4 dimensions over which to analyze the scope of any given Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions Originally published Jun 16, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated July 11 2013 , has a question. Are these frameworks really all that useful? So what’s the takeaway here? Sometimes you need to think outside the box. Broaden your perspective, and look at the big picture. If you just focus on fitting everything perfectly into where it belongs and following exactly the guidelines outlined for you by a textbook or some acronym, you’re probably missing something, and it might be something important. Dan questions how useful a framework could be if it doesn’t get you to think differently. So take the time to reevaluate the frameworks you use, and ask yourself, “How could I look at this information in a new way?” video The students were thrilled and paid close attention as Dan spent the class explaining that there were two important frameworks, FN and LN. The FN framework consisted of 3 principles: design of the product, adoption of the product, and new product cycles. The LN framework had 6 components: attitude, research, image, education, learning, and yield. He and the students had a lively discussion about each of these elements, why they were important, and how they help us organize our thoughts when thinking critically about At this point, maybe you’re laughing — or maybe you’re marveling at Dan’s creative sense of humor — but that’s not the lesson here. As Dan explains: Marketers: Think Outside the Box! . Do you think outside the box? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
1. Review Your Event With Someone Uninvolved Sit down with everyone (colleagues, vendors, etc.) who has worked with you to plan the event, and run through the day’s activities. While reviewing the schedule of the day(s)’ events, brainstorm a list of everything that could possibly go wrong. Make up scenarios of problems that could arise, and solve them ahead of time. In the event that any of these issues come to fruition, you’ll be glad that you’ve already created a plan for solving them. It’s always a great idea to review your event’s plan and schedule with someone completely removed from your event. A fresh set of eyes can do a lot of good because that person may notice something you haven’t. As an event coordinator, you are trying to juggle a lot of the event’s moving parts, so someone who knows nothing about it might come up with a fresh idea you never even thought of, and it might even improve your event. During conferences, people love tweeting about presentations and content. Unfortunately, they also love tweeting their complaints about the event’s venue, food, or even speakers’ presentations. By . What else do you do to prepare for problems that might arise during an event? Event Marketing There will always be people who fail to show up for your event, even when they said they would. But for every person who doesn’t show up, there may be two more people who profholtz wouldn’t You plan for months and months to make sure everything runs smoothly for . You are in regular contact with your speakers, you have worked with the caterers for many years and know they are reliable, and your guest list has far exceeded your expectations. So what could go wrong? Even the most experienced event planners have to deal with problems that arise during an event. But there are ways to plan for issues in advance. do during the event, you may be able to eradicate any significant problems on the spot. Designate a hashtag for your event and monitor its stream of tweets as a way to keep track of any issues that arise. By immediately solving problems as they occur, you could be saving your event from even larger problems that might escalate and become potentially damaging to the success of your event as a whole. 5. If the Event Is Annual, Take Surveys and Use the Feedback keeping track of these tweets 4. Monitor Twitter for Any Problems or Complaints Photo Credit: ). Plan accordingly, keeping in mind that a lot of people decide last minute to attend an event they may have heard buzz about for months. When ordering food, giveaways, chairs, and other accommodations, order more than you think is necessary. You might spend a few extra dollars, but you’d rather have more than enough to ensure all of your attendees are happy and your event runs smoothly. You may have many creative and innovative things planned as part of your event, but attendees will always prefer some event features over others. For example, they may have liked more time to network and meet speakers, or perhaps they would have preferred a different venue. Surveying attendees and using their feedback to plan future events will not only encourage people to come back in the future, but it will lead to positive your event feedback about your event 2. Schedule a Walk-Through a Few Weeks Before Your Event Originally published Aug 12, 2011 11:01:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 show up (even when they said they 3. Be Generous and Think MORE, Not Less Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
For local businesses, there’s now all the more reason to create a Facebook Page. Yesterday, Facebook announced updates to the ‘Nearby’ tab within its mobile app, giving local businesses an even better opportunity to get discovered by Facebook mobile users. And considering there are more than 600 million of them, this isn’t really a benefit brick-and-mortar businesses should overlook. In fact, with Facebook’s latest update, it seems like Google might have some new competition when it comes to local search.Let’s take a quick look at what Facebook’s updates actually entail, and how local businesses can win their piece of the Facebook local search pie.What Exactly Did Facebook Do to Its Nearby Tab?Before yesterday’s update, the Nearby tab was dedicated to showing users where their Facebook friends had checked in. With Facebook’s update, now users of the Facebook app (for both iOS and Android) will not only see which friends have checked in at specific places, but they’ll also be able to discover places and businesses that are nearby. These results are ranked primarily by the recommendations of the particular user’s friends, which factor in criteria such as star ratings, check-ins, and Likes. And if there are no recommendations from the user’s network available, result rankings will default to the larger Facebook community’s engagement with that business or place. Finally, users will also have the ability to connect to businesses directly within the Nearby tab on their smartphone by performing actions like Liking, checking in, calling, or getting directions. They’ll also have the opportunity to share their recommendations with either the public (by default) or just to specific Facebook connections, as well as rate places using a five-star rating system (which are always public, but editable over time). That being said, users will only be able to leave ratings if they’ve legitimately checked in.How Should Local Businesses Make the Most of These Updates?Great question! If your business has a brick-and-mortar location, here’s what you should be doing to make sure you show up in the Nearby tab …First and foremost, create a Facebook business page! Follow our simple step-by-step instructions, accompanied by a video tutorial, to get set yours up today.Make sure your page is updated with all your business’ basic information in its ‘About’ section, especially your physical address, store hours, phone number, and other critical company details.Check to ensure your page category is accurate, so people will be able to find you when looking for your specific type of business. To change your page’s category, click ‘Edit Page’ from the top of your page, select ‘Update Info,’ choose the page grouping and the appropriate category for your page, and then click ‘Save Changes.’Encourage engagement! Use your marketing assets to motivate your mobile Facebook users to Like, check into, rate, and recommend your place page in Facebook mobile.For more information about these updates check out Facebook’s FAQ page about Nearby.What do you think of Facebook’s updates? Do you think it will become a local search contender? Image Credit: mootown Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Dec 18, 2012 5:49:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Facebook Business Pages Furthermore, Facebook mobile users will now be able to search for places by category — such as restaurants, coffee, nightlife, outdoors, arts, hotels, and shopping.
I just picked up a new hobby. I call it “Waybacking.”It’s kinda like Googling, but even better. Using the Wayback Machine, I can see what my favorite websites looked like two years ago, four years ago, or even 16 years ago. (My, they have come a long way!)Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignIt’s nice to see the humble beginnings of very successful websites today — especially when you’re in the middle of planning a website redesign and need a little confidence. Every company starts somewhere, and you don’t always need to nail your logo, colors, or tagline on the first try.So without further ado, I’d like to present you with 20 of my favorite websites, but way back in their early days:1) GoogleRemember when Google was in Beta? Just picture Larry Page back in 1998 saying, “Our goal is to organize the world’s information and to make it universally accessible and useful.” Do you think they’ve reached their goal in 2014? I do. Tweet about Google.2) AppleRemember the iBook? Colorful, customizable — I’m talking back when Elle Woods was rocking a cotton candy pink one in Legally Blonde. As Steve Jobs once said, “We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.” Which version of Apple.com would you rather lick? If Steve had it right, you’ll want to lick both. Tweet about Apple.3) MicrosoftIn 2000, Microsoft’s website looked an awful lot like the Windows 2000 you know from your friendly desktop computer. You’ll see the same fonts, same colors, and same iconic imagery. Today, Microsoft’s website looks more like Windows 8.1 with a heavy focus on the tablet. Forget “the year of mobile,” we’re now in the era of mobile … and that’s not changing anytime soon. Tweet about Microsoft.4) MashableThis is not a joke. Yes, Mashable was once covered in a gradient background and had one author: Pete Cashmore. Now, the site is highly visual and has multiple authors pumping out content daily. It’s also interesting to see how the general theme of “Web 2.0” evolved into social media, tech, business, entertainment, and even politics. Tweet about Mashable.5) HubSpotIn 2006, the tech and marketing world was focused heavily on surviving and succeeding in a web 2.0 world. (In fact, here’s HubSpot’s very first blog post, which elaborates on that exact topic.) Small businesses were popping up all over the world, focusing more on brain size, not wallet size. Today, HubSpot still caters to small businesses, but also medium and enterprise businesses, as well. Tweet about HubSpot.6) BuzzFeedLiterally starting out as your ‘feed’ for popular ‘buzz,’ BuzzFeed was created to help users find their favorite things including movies, music, fashion, ideas, and technology. The site still achieves this today, but with a more visual and interactive approach. This seems to be the trend for websites in 2014. Would you agree? Tweet about BuzzFeed.7) The White HouseIn 2000, Bill Clinton was the President of the United States, Al Gore was Vice President, and whitehouse.gov had a very different look and feel. I personally love the sandy, textured background with the scripty font on top. Were they going for that nostalgic “Declaration of Independence” look? Oh, and we can’t forget about those patriotic flags on either side of the White House. These were actually animated (like a MySpace profile GIF) so the flags would wave. Today, the White House brand remains classy, but modern, with a focus on educating U.S. citizens on pressing issues. Tweet about the White House.8) TEDI’m really impressed with 2003’s TED.com. Why? Because they really nailed visual content way ahead of their time. The website in 2014 looks more modern, but still focuses heavily on images. Tweet about TED.9) SkypeOkay, I understand the gradient thing was popular in the early 2000’s … but Skype’s logo was once red?! Who knew? Another fun fact: Skype was created by the people who brought you music downloading service, KaZaA. I didn’t know that, either, until I read it on their website from 2004. I guess you learn something new every day. Tweet about Skype.10) AOLOh, AOL, you nostalgic beauty. I miss hearing your “You’ve got mail!” greeting (but only after I’ve listened to that dial up internet sound for 20 minutes). In 2014, AOL is taking the news aggregator approach to accompany your morning coffee and daily email routine. Tweet about AOL.11) Ask JeevesAsk Jeeves — another oldie, but goodie. Did you ever ask your questions on askjeeves.com instead of google.com back in 2000? I know I did. I just couldn’t resist the cartoon butler! Still taking the Q&A approach in 2014, Ask Jeeves is now called Ask. Why did they change the name? I don’t know. Why don’t you go to ask.com to find out? Tweet about Ask Jeeves.12) BlockbusterSticking with the theme of “oldie, but goodie,” I give you Blockbuster. Remember back in 1996 when Blockbuster was a thriving business? You could rent movies, music, books, and even video games for your Sega Genesis system. Today, Blockbuster takes the simplified approach, offering videos on demand to compete with companies like Netflix and Hulu. Tweet about Blockbuster.13) Coca-ColaTalk about timeless branding! Coca-Cola’s website from 2000 doesn’t look too shabby compared to many of the outdated websites listed here. Coke really understood the importance of visual content and simplicity in 2000, and they still do today. Tweet about Coca-Cola.14) PepsiIt’s not easy to achieve a timeless look like Coca-Cola has. Since 2000, Pepsi has changed a lot, including its logo, fonts, and colors. Although Pepsi has always recognized and emphasized music as a strong persona interest, the 2014 approach is much more modern and visually appealing. Tweet about Pepsi.15) Macy’sNice graphics, Macy’s. Are those clip art images from Microsoft Word’s 1999 collection? They’re super snazzy and go along so niceley with your green logo and color scheme. I find this very interesting because according to Wikipedia, Macy’s present day logo was designed in 1988, long before the website was created. Tweet about Macy’s.16) AmazonBefore looking up Amazon’s website in 1999, I assumed the colors, logo, and layout of the website remained unchanged. It looks like I was wrong. In 2000, Amazon’s logo changed to feature an arrow from A to Z, which is the logo you know and love today. Additionally, Amazon’s site features a lot more Amazon-specific products in addition to products from third-party sellers. Tweet about Amazon.17) Yahoo!Yahoo! has had many ups and downs since 1999, including a drastic redesign … multiple times over. The 2014 website looks like a completely different brand, but still aims to be your go-to place for checking email and reading news with your morning cup o’ Joe. Tweet about Yahoo!18) TumblrSpeaking of Yahoo!, let’s see how Tumblr has changed from the early days to 2014, after Yahoo! acquired it. I have to admit, I think “tumblelog” is the most adorable name for a blog post. This word was used to help differentiate Tumblr from other blogging platforms. Tumblr has always been much more visual, and more social, with shorter-form content. Tweet about Tumblr.19) PinterestRemember when Pinterest was invite-only? Although Pinterest hasn’t changed all that much since 2010, the logo sure looks different. You’ll notice the images are also much bigger now that the white border has been eliminated. Do you still use Pinterest the same way you did in 2010? Tweet about Pinterest.20) RedditThe final website I want to showcase on our tour down memory lane is Reddit. Is it just me, or is Reddit pretty much the same as it was nine years ago? Yes, the site is slightly more visual and it now features ads, but the structure is the same. Redditors seem to love the simplicity of the site, so I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Tweet about Reddit.Which of these websites shocked you the most? Are there other websites you wish we included here? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 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: Website Redesign Originally published Apr 10, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jul 15, 2014 2:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Ecommerce Marketing Topics: Picture this.You’re the owner of AtoZJeans.com.Your customer Patty checks her email inbox and finds an email from AtoZJeans.com that tells her about a sale on patterned skinny jeans that she’s had her eye on for the longest time. She quickly clicks on the email and goes to your website.She browses for a while, but after spending about 15 minutes checking out various options, she closes the tab and leaves your site.What made Patty leave? She wanted to buy patterned jeans, didn’t she? What went wrong?This is a story that all marketers — ecommerce marketers, in particular — go through every day. In fact, a checkout usability study by Baymard Institute shows that 67.91% of all shopping carts are abandoned. That’s a ridiculously large chunk of real prospects that you’re losing day in and day out. So, going back to the original question: What’s going wrong? Let’s see.1) Poor Showcasing of MerchandiseLeading brick and mortar retailers like Macy’s and Harrods are known to spend small fortunes on window dressing their stores. After all, first impressions are crucial to draw in a potential customer. Similarly, your website is your window to the world. You might have the best products out there, but if you don’t showcase them well, even the most willing customer will get put off.The Fix:Aesthetics are important. Keep the site easy on the eye and don’t overwhelm the customer with disorganized merchandising.Have a lot of variety in SKUs of each product? Showcase them, but in a sane, easy-to-navigate manner. Customers like to see what they’re buying. Use high quality images and allow customers to zoom in to see details.2) No Trust Building MeasuresA user who visits your site for the first time has no clue whether they can trust you, particularly when it comes to payment systems. With major gaffes like Target’s security breach, shoppers are extremely wary of where they swipe their credit cards and what information they share with businesses.The Fix:A professional-looking website that keeps up with the latest web design trends does wonders for customer confidence. It’s an indication to the customer of the level of commitment business owners have toward the ecommerce venture.Your website probably uses various security services like Verisign, Norton, etc. Online shoppers are subconsciously tuned to recognize these logos on ecommerce sites as a measure of security. Give them what they need, and display logos of your security partners across your site.Image source: Baymard.comAdditionally, if you have a customer protection program, by all means highlight it. eBay reinforces its buyer protection messaging on the homepage (in some countries), on the product listing pages, during checkout, and on emails sent out to customers to reinforce their confidence in the brand.Product reviews by existing customers are also a great way of telling a prospective buyer how good a particular product is. Don’t skip including customer reviews in your product page to ensure conversion.3) Painful NavigationImagine walking into a basement filled with old junk. You’d probably spend hours combing through the mess if you had to try and find something. This is exactly what you put your customer through when you don’t have a clear site navigation structure.The Fix:Keep it simple. Avoid overwhelming the user with unnecessary pop ups and flashing banners. Spend time and resources on perfecting product groupings and creating logical and easily comprehensible categories, sub categories, variants, color choices, and SKUs.(You can also put in a prominent search bar on your homepage so that even if your navigation is not the best in the world, a user can still search and find what they’re looking for.)4) Inventory IssuesLet’s say you have a customer buying an elusive first edition copy of Batman: Shadow of the Bat on your site. Just as they’re about to complete the transaction, they get a message saying, “Sorry, item not in stock.” They get frustrated and leave your site. Probably for good.This is an inventory nightmare for any retailer. It could happen because the item got sold on a different platform (maybe a traditional brick and mortar store?) owned by the retailer, it could be because inventory positions are not linked to the checkout process, or could even be a straightforward error on the part of the retailer.The Fix:Use technology to your advantage. If you have an offline and an online presence, don’t depend on luck. Manage the inventory between the two using smart tools — such as Shopify’s online POS system. You can also use inventory as a tool to create urgency. By showing the number of items left for a particular product, you can encourage a customer to buy right away instead of postponing the purchase.Expedia does a great job of communicating the exact inventory available and motivating the user to buy right away:When you’re running short on a particular item, cross-sell a similar item that has decent stocks. Cross-sells are a powerful tool that can generate tons of revenue if applied correctly. In fact, according to Amazon, 35% of their sales in 2006, came from cross-selling items.5) No Guest CheckoutHow many different websites have you shopped on to date? Five? Ten? More? And how many login IDs and passwords do you remember for these? A very small handful is my guess.Jared Spool from User Interface Engineering talks about a client who lost over $300 million dollars a year in sales due to the absence of a guest checkout option.The Fix:It’s really simple. Allow guest checkouts.In the case of first-time customers, guest checkouts avoid diverting them into a new process. For returning customers who may not remember their passwords, they prevent frustration and drop-offs.In the case study referred to above, Spool and his team found that 40% of returning customers requested password resets. Of these, only 25% actually reset their passwords and of these only 20% completed the purchase. 6) Long Checkout ProcessMost of us dread going to a supermarket or a big box retail store, thanks to the serpentine queues at their checkout counters. So what do we do instead?Go online, right?The trouble is, ecommerce businesses sometimes don’t realize how their frustratingly long checkout processes are actually counterproductive and replicate the same problems that traditional retail suffers from.The Fix:There are verifiable merits in shortening your checkout process. A study of the top 100 ecommerce sites conducted by Baymard Institute, showed that their checkout process was an average of 5.08 steps long. As the checkout process grows longer, user satisfaction with the purchase process starts to drop.Ask only for information that is absolutely essential to complete a purchase. Most organizations never use the tons of information they collect from their customers, and customers find it highly annoying to part with irrelevant personal details.Additionally, autofill entries wherever possible to reduce the overall time taken by the customer to check out. For example, when a customer provides their ZIP code, prefill country and state based on the given information.Do not ask for the same information twice. If you’ve already collected the user’s shipping information, ask if you can replicate the same address for billing, instead of creating a new form for billing address and forcing the customer to refill it all over again.If you do not have a one page checkout process, include a checkout progress indicator prominently in your checkout section to inform the customer exactly how many steps away they are from the purchase.Finally, add a “Save for Later” option. There is only so much pruning that you can do to a checkout process. For customers in a real hurry, this option will allow them to save the items they want to buy and come back to them later. A good way to use this feature and ensure the customer returns would be to send a follow-up email within 48 hours of the customer creating the saved cart.7) Hidden CostsHow do you think a customer reacts when the price of their purchase jumps up by 10-15% by the time they reach the end of the checkout page? Not very kindly at all.Research shows that hidden or unexpected costs are the #1 cause of abandoned shopping carts.Unless mentioned alongside the price of the product, “hidden costs” in a customer’s book includeConvenience feesShipping & handling costsTaxesIn fact, according to a ComScore study, at least 61% of users are likely to cancel their entire purchase if they eventually find that free shipping is not offered.The Fix:Being as upfront as possible about all costs related to a purchase is the safest way to go. Include all additional costs on the product page to avoid any ambiguity. The online travel industry was plagued with bad customer experiences in the past when just base fare used to be displayed at the start, and on entering the checkout process, numerous other fees like fuel surcharge, airline fees, and airport terminal user fees were added on to the original price. This is now changing with bundled fares being displayed at the search stage itself to ensure complete clarity.Shipping is an unavoidable cost in ecommerce, so if free shipping isn’t possible at all times, build in shipping cost calculators so the customer can check the actual cost of shipping before heading to checkout. eBay is a good example, which has been offering a shipping calculator for years on every product page.8) Limited Payment OptionsImagine a shopper who’s found exactly what she wants, at the right price, at the right time, but not being able to complete the purchase just because her preferred payment mode was not offered by your site.After doing everything right in terms of attracting the right customer, guiding them through the entire search and checkout process, only to fail at the final step is truly a criminal waste of the marketing resources spent on getting the customer to your site in the first place.The Fix:Research by WorldPay shows that alternate payments will account for over half of all payments by 2017. They already account for over 22% of all ecommerce transactions worldwide.Given these numbers, the only real alternative that any ecommerce business has is to incorporate as many different payment options into their system as possible.Clear messaging about the various payment types accepted is also equally important to ensure that the customer does not miss the options and move on.9) No Live HelpWho do you turn to when you’re shopping for a shirt in a department store and can’t find the right size? The sales assistant.While ecommerce sites are obviously handicapped in terms of providing in-the-flesh guidance to a confused customer, most do provide a call center number or email contact details. Unfortunately, both of those communication modes are time consuming — it usually takes at least 24 hours to respond to customer queries via email, while call center numbers are notorious for their long wait times, ruining the customer experience.The Fix:Offer Live Chat as an option to customers. According to a study by Forrester Research, 44% of online shoppers considered live chat one of the most important features of ecommerce sites. An eMarketer study shows that most buyers who use live chat — a whopping 63% — were likely to return to the site for a repeat purchase.So these were some of the big ways product marketers and online retailers have been shooing customers off of their sites. Did you recognize anything on this list that you’re guilty of, or any big ones I missed?
This post originally appeared on the Sales section of Inbound Hub. To read more content like this, subscribe to Sales.To sell something, you have to convince a buyer that they not only want your offering, they need it. To be clear, I’m not talking about fooling them into buying a piece of junk. Oftentimes, prospects stand to benefit considerably from purchasing a new product or service. But that doesn’t mean they’re any more eager to fork over their money — and this is where the fine art of persuasion comes in.Most salespeople swear by personal persuasion tactics that “just work.” But what does science have to say about it? After researching scientific studies on tactics that prompt people to act in a certain way, the folks at Everreach put together the infographic shown below. Instead of deciding which method of persuasion to use based on gut feel, salespeople can now consult the science before proceeding. So before your next meeting or call, think: Which of these six tactics would hold the most sway over this particular buyer? Adjust your approach accordingly and you’ll have them signing on the dotted line in no time. It’s not magic; it’s science.3K+Save 3K+SaveEnjoy this post? To read more content like it, subscribe to Sales. Topics: Originally published Jan 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated January 22 2015 Persuasion Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Mohammad Amir became the seventh Pakistan bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in World Cup history when he came up with a fiery spell in their big-ticket clash against Australia in Taunton on Wednesday.Amir joined an elite list of Pakistan bowlers, including Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Saqlain Mushtaq, Abdul Qadir, Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan but became the first to achieve the feat against Australia in a World Cup game.Australia vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreAmir finished with his career-best figures of 5 for 30 and his maiden five-wicket haul as he led Pakistan’s fightback with the ball against Australia who were restricted to 307-all out in 49 overs after the defending champions raced to a strong start.Amir had struggled for form in the lead up to World Cup 2019 but the left-arm pacer is on top the bowling charts with 10 wickets from 4 matches.It’s game on at Taunton!Australia looked set for a mammoth total thanks to David Warner’s century, but Mohammad Amir’s five-wicket haul sees the batting side bowled out for 307. #AUSvPAK LIVE https://t.co/eEmVwQQPYP pic.twitter.com/jN5CEq4YmYCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019Amir made use of overcast conditions in Taunton to great effect even as his pace-bowling partners in Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz struggled for consistency against Australia openers David Warner and Aaron Finch.Amir hit the right length and got the ball to move both ways to create some problems for Warner and Finch.Amir broke the opening partnership in the 23rd over after Warner and Finch had added 146 runs. He sent Finch walking back with a slower one after Pakistan finally managed to hold on to one on the field.advertisementAmir then returned to rip apart Australia’s middle order, picking up the wickets of Shaun Marsh (23), Usman Khawaja (18) and Alex Carey (20). Amir helped Pakistan bowl Australia out by picking up Mitchell Starc’s wicket in the final ball of his 10-over spell.Australia were well set for 350-plus score but lost their last 8 wickets for just 84 runs, thanks to Amir’s spell with the relatively older ball in Taunton.Amir’s form with the ball augurs well for Pakistan who face India in their next match on Sunday in Manchester.Notably, Amir’s opening spell wherein he removed Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma with 2 unplayable deliveries set up Pakistan’s big win over India in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in London in 2017.Also Read | Mohammad Amir opened up on spot-fixing after Shahid Afridi slapped him: Abdul RazzaqAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza blasts cringeworthy’ TV ads ahead of India-Pakistan matchAlso See:
Don’t forget to share this post! Originally published Oct 20, 2016 7:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Management Advice Earlier this year, I wrote about a little thing called “imposter syndrome.” It refers to the feeling we get when, no matter how much we’ve achieved, we feel like we don’t belong or don’t deserve to be in a position of leadership.About 70% of us will experience it at some point, especially the bosses among us. No wonder why so many of us constantly ask if we stack up. And how do you measure that, anyway?It turns out, we’re probably overthinking it. Sometimes, a simple question-and-answer flowchart can help us with that introspection, and answer the question, “Am I a good boss?”You’re in luck. The folks over at Headway Capital have created such a flowchart, chock full of important questions to ask about your leadership style, priorities, and more. Check out the infographic below to see how you measure up as a boss — and where there might be room for improvement. (P.S. Love infographics but struggle with design? Download our free infographic templates here).30Save30Save
India’s head coach Ravi Shastri is a runaway favourite to retain his post when the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) interviews the six short-listed candidates here on Friday.Apart from Shastri, the other big names who will give presentations to the three-member committee include former Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, along with ex-New Zealand and Kings XI Punjab coach Mike Hesson.India’s 2007 World T20-winning cricket manager Lalchand Rajput, former Mumbai Indians head coach Robin Singh and West Indies’ Phil Simmons, who until recently was Afghanistan national team coach, are the other candidates in fray.Shastri’s record since his comeback in 2017 has been very impressive, having guided the team to its maiden Test series win on Australian soil last year.In 21 Tests since July 2017, under Shastri, India won 13 of them with a victory percentage of 52.38. It’s even better in T20Is with 25 wins from 36 games with a win percentage of 69.44. The ODI record takes the cake with 43 wins in 60 games and a success rate of 71.67.The only blip could be the fact that in 2015 World Cup in Australia (when he was Team Director) and the last edition in UK, the team couldn’t go beyond the semi-finals.But the complete domination in the Caribbean, in both T20s and ODIs, indicates that he has been doing most of the things correctly.With a very vocal and public backing from skipper Virat Kohli, it will be a major surprise if the ‘Champion of Champions’ is not back at the helm till the 2021 World T20 in India.advertisement”Well, the CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee headed by Kapil Dev) has not contacted me on this. But all of us share a great camaraderie with Ravi bhai and would definitely be very happy (to have him around),” Kohli had said prior to his departure for the West Indies, making it clear where he stands on the issue.Shastri is expected to appear via SKYPE while Rajput, Hesson and Singh are expected to appear in person in front of a panel that will also comprise former India women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy and opener Anshuman Gaekwad.Shastri, who has played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs, was contracted till the World Cup in England, but he was given a 45-day extension till the end of the ongoing West Indies tour, where the visitors have won both the T20 and ODI series.Shastri’s nearest competitor could be Hesson, considered one of the shrewdest coaches around and Moody, who has had a successful record as an IPL coach for Sunrisers Hyderabad.Moody has appeared a couple of times for the coaches’ interview but was not considered, and this time his task is even more uphill.Rajput has also tried to get the coveted job multiple times and he might miss out again as Shastri’s credentials are too strong to be ignored.There could, however, be some debate over if Shastri will be able to retain his complete support staff. The interviews for batting, bowling and fielding coaches will be conducted by the selection committee headed by MSK Prasad.The position for the administrative manager — Sunil Subramaniam’s poor conduct has been criticized by one and all — will also be up for grabs.While Bharath Arun is all but certain to be retained as bowling coach having played his part in creating a potent pace attack, the same can’t be said of former all-rounder Sanjay Bangar.The only thing that can save Bangar is if Shastri, in his capacity, demand his own support staff.Vikram Rathour is in running for the post with a fair amount of backing from one of the influential figures in Indian cricket’s junior set-up. Unless things change drastically, Rathour remains the favourite to pip Bangar.Incumbent R Sridhar is also ahead in the fielding coach’s race even though he will be in direct competition with the legendary Jonty Rhodes, who has worked with Mumbai Indians.Also See:
In a gaffe that left Visakhapatnam red-faced, the organisers of National Sports Day celebrations mistook P.T. Usha for tennis star Sania Mirza and installed a poster with a photograph of the latter bearing the name of the legendary athlete.The poster, put up near the Submarine museum on Beach Road in Visakhapatnam, went viral on social media as people were left in splits. It also underlined the lack of basic awareness. The poster surfaced on Twitter as singer Smita, known for her work in Telugu cinema, shared it.See the poster here:Epic can u help me hashtag # it pic.twitter.com/ItWzCo6nvYSmita (@smitapop) August 29, 2019Twitter was equally surprised:All these years I thought she is Sania Mirza pic.twitter.com/A43yaO1l77- (@KDRtweets) August 29, 2019Sania mirza @MirzaSania is called PT usha in AndhrapradeshSuch ignorance level of Ap government ?? pic.twitter.com/65SEkEb1fmKiran (@kirankonnects) August 29, 2019ohhh @MirzaSania name turned into P. T. Usha what happened suddenlyRakesh Muppirisetty (@RakesshMuppiri1) August 29, 2019ShameAnnapureddy Achyuthreddy (@AnnapureddyAch2) August 29, 2019Sai Pspk (@SaiPspk21308470) August 29, 2019When did @MirzaSania change her name ? pic.twitter.com/UrW6PvqFSJAnima Sonkar (@AnimaSonkar) August 29, 2019Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced cash awards for sportspersons who won medals at the national level in the name of ‘YSR Kreeda Protasahakalu’ and it was also decided to organise functions on the occasion of National Sports Day.ALSO READ: Astronaut walks on surface of moon. But in Bengaluru. Artist’s stunning 3D street art trending nowadvertisementALSO WATCH: The moment Chandrayaan 2 launched from Sriharikota
Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff has confirmed that he will undergo a lower spine surgery as his injury continues to return.”Unfortunately, I’ve had the same injury over the last few years and we’ve tried a number of things and the injury continues to return,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Behrendorff as saying.”After a lot of thought and discussion we’ve decided that surgery is the best opportunity to find a more permanent fix,” he added.The 29-year-old was part of Australia’s ICC World Cup squad and had played five matches in which he scalped nine wickets.”I’m feeling good about the surgery, I’ve spoken to a number of Aussie and Kiwi bowlers who’ve had a similar surgery and they were all very positive about the results,” Bahrendorff said.Behrendorff will head to New Zealand with his family for surgery in the coming weeks. He will miss the entire domestic summer. His participation in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in October is uncertain, but the timing of the surgery has been designed to give him every chance to be fit.Fast bowler James Pattinson too underwent a similar surgery in 2017, which helped him make a comeback in the Australian team.”This particular procedure has had good success rates in other professional pace bowlers with similar reoccurring issues,” Behrendorff said.Behrendorff was ruled out from T20 Blast in late August after having a back injury. He appeared in only two matches against Essex and Glamorgan and wasn’t able to pick a single wicket in the two games.advertisementThe 29-year-old had stepped away from first-class cricket completely to play limited-overs. He has 126 wickets under his belt with an average of 23.85 in first-class cricket.Also Read | Steve Smith, David Warner back in Australia T20 squad for Sri Lanka and Pakistan seriesAlso see:
Transfers Barcelona signing Coutinho could ‘do everything’ at just 18 years old, says former manager Benitez Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 22:24 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Liverpool Newcastle United Internazionale Premier League Primera División Serie A Philippe Coutinho Rafael Benitez has recalled how impressed the coaches were at Inter by a young Philippe Coutinho, who is now Barcelona’s record signing. Philippe Coutinho was a “humble” boy who had “everything” in terms of ability even at the age of 18, according to Rafael Benitez.The Brazil star completed his protracted transfer to Barcelona on Saturday for a fee that could reportedly reach a club-record €160 million.Coutinho’s blockbuster move to Camp Nou comes almost five years on from his transfer to Liverpool from Inter for a bargain price said to have been just €10m. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Benitez coached Coutinho for just a few months during his ill-fated spell with the Nerazzurri in 2010 but the Newcastle United boss admits it was clear then that they had a special talent.”It was a pleasant surprise to meet a player with the abilities of Philippe Coutinho,” Benitez told Mundo Deportivo. “We had the chance to have a boy who, even then, in our era at Inter, had a lot of quality, a great ability to cause problems.”He had an excellent pass, shot… he had everything, despite his young age, and a wide margin for improvement.97 – Since his debut in February 2013, Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions than any other Liverpool player (54 goals, 43 assists). Impact.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 6, 2018″I remember that, aside from all of that, we were struck by the great vision he had to make the final pass, the decisive one. That’s something very important in football.”Best of all is that he was a very humble kid, a very hard-working professional and very eager to learn. He was willing to listen to improve his abilities. He had everything, everything.“He was barely 18 years old but we were surprised in a very positive way by the things he represented, the characteristics he combined, the values he prized and by the huge potential for his future.”@Phil_Coutinho #BeBarça #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/E2QOxcg9nK— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2018Benitez admits Coutinho could be shy at San Siro but insists it is difficult to find flaws in the playmaker’s game.”Something negative? Well, I don’t know if it’s negative or the result of his age, but I remember he was pretty shy,” added the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss.”But that does not necessarily have to be something negative. It was his way of being back then. What interested us, and they really did, were the skills he had.”
I’m not trying to make light what should be heavy, but you know when Glenn Spencer doesn’t care about playing football, it’s bad. “I don’t know. I’ve never been through that before in my life. I’d love to say I had a great prophetic answer to [how I dealt with the news], but I don’t. I don’t even want to see a stat sheet because I really don’t care. People lost their lives today, and this is a game so it’s hard to celebrate.“I think hearts are heavy. We just did what we did. We hurt, we recognized there was a great tragedy and we played a football game. To be honest with you, it wouldn’t have upset me if we hadn’t played today, but we did and the kids went out and played a game. They knew what happened and there were some heavy hearts, and I really didn’t know how they were going to react. I wish I had some magic words for any of this, but I don’t. I just know there’s a lot of people hurting right now.AdChoices广告“I wouldn’t have been upset if they hadn’t played a good game. I grieve for those people. I’m staying focused because it’s my job, but it’s in the back of your head. There were a few times where I’m going ‘Are you serious? There’s people grieving who lost loved ones,’ and we’re out there playing a game.”Well said. But he wasn’t done there.#OKstate More from an emotional Glenn Spencer: “To be honest with you, it wouldn’t have upset me if they said we’re not playing today.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 25, 2015There was a lot of good perspective from Spencer, Mike Gundy and Kansas coach David Beaty after the game. That’s good. Like I said in my 10 thoughts, football is football. It’s good to remember that although I wish it didn’t take something like this to do it. 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.