Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada

first_img 23 23 23 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: 87,500 capacity CANADA 23 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta: 56,300 capacity 23 AT&T Stadium, Dallas, Texas: 93,000 capacity MEXICO MetLife Stadium, New York City, New York: 87,200 capacity 23 23 23 23 23 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland: 71,000 capacity Gillette Stadium, Boston, Massachusetts: 70,000 capacity 23 BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario: 45,500 capacity NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas: 71,800 capacity 23 23 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio: 67,400 capacity CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington: 69,000 capacity Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado: 76,100 capacity Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, California: 88,400 capacity Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee: 69,700 capacity Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri: 76,400 capacity 23 23 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 69,200 capacity Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida: 67,500 capacity 23 Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec: 61,000 capacity 23 The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the United Bid, split between the USA, Mexico and Canada.The United Bid overcame Morocco to win the right to host the tournament and have put forward 23 potential venues for matches at the tournament.The USA have submitted 17 venues, while Mexico and Canada have submitted three each.It is expected FIFA will approve all of the Mexican and Canadian stadiums, but whittle the American hosts down to ten.Here are all of the potential venues that have been submitted to FIFA.UNITED STATES Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia: 75,000 capacity 23 23 23 FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland: 70,200 capacity 23 Levi’s Stadium, San Francisco, California: 70,900 capacity 23 23 Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida: 60,200 capacity Estadio Akron, Guadalajara, Jalisco: 46,200 capacity Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon: 53,500 capacity last_img read more

Upbeat Theophane eyes Mexican mission

first_imgAshley Theophane features on the undercard of Ricky Hatton’s return to the ring later this month – after which his next port of call could be Mexico.The Kilburn man will face Chris Truman at the Manchester Arena on November 24, when former world champion Hatton, who is coming out of retirement, takes on Vyacheslav Senchenko.Theophane was expected to meet Venezuela’s Johan Perez, ranked number six by the World Boxing Association, but the deal fell through.The clash with Truman, from Birmingham, will be Theophane’s first fight in the UK since a surprise defeat against Darren Hamilton saw him lose the British light-welterweight title in May.He bounced back with a victory in the United States, where he has been based for much of his career.A showdown with Perez could still happen in the future, while there has also been talk of a fight against Senchenko – himself an ex-world champion.And Lenny Daws, the man he beat to win the British title, recently won the European crown, possibly paving the way for a rematch.But Theophane, who has also boxed in Germany and St Lucia, plans to carry on globe-trotting in 2013, with Mexico a possible destination.He told West London Sport: “Daws now has the EBU belt, so maybe that could happen. I’ve fought on shows by Mick Hennessy, his promoter, in the past.“But to be honest, there aren’t too many fighters in Britain I’d be looking at. I’m more interested in fighting on the international stage.“There was Perez, and maybe that fight could be made. Plus I’ve been speaking to a promoter in Mexico and there could be a chance to fight there.“Then you’ve got Senchenko. If Ricky wins that fight, which I expect him to, then a fight could be made there too.“I’ve fought around the world and have shown I’m willing to travel, and that’s still the case.”Theophane must first dispose of Truman, who lost to Daws on points earlier this year but produced a performance which suggested he should not be taken lightly.“I’ve don’t know that much about him but he lost a decision to Daws and many ringside observers felt he won that,” Theophane said.“That tells you he’s a decent fighter and I’m going to have to be 100% on my game to beat him, which I will be.“I’m looking to get the victory and then push on in 2013. If I can get a knockout then great, but the main thing is getting that victory.” 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Photos: How the Warriors celebrated Halloween at Oracle Arena

first_imgThe Golden State Warriors opened up Oracle Arena early for Halloween.To mark the holiday, the team gave away 10,000 Kevin Durant bobbleheads. The Warriors also welcomed in trick-or-treaters with several locations around the venue. Representatives also handed out bags to the first 2,000 youths to help with the collection of candy.The Warriors encouraged fans to wear costumes, but they had to abide by rules, including the removal of masks before entering the arena and the ban on clubs, bats and …last_img

South Africa’s ’30-day TV advert’

first_img18 August 2009 While most television advertisements only last for 30 seconds, the 2010 Fifa World Cup offers South Africa the opportunity to stage a 30-day advertisement to the world, says 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman Irvin Khoza. Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Khoza said the World Cup was a once-in-a-lifetime marketing opportunity for South Africa. “Think of the tournament as a 30-day commercial for South Africa – a 30-day television commercial to be watched by a cumulative audience of billions around the globe – this is the scale of our opportunity for South Africans to present this country effectively and proactively,” Khoza said. The LOC chairman said it was up to South Africans to decide what the message of the “30-day commercial” would be. The 2010 Fifa World Cup will be played in nine South African cities over a period of 30 days, with 32 teams playing 64 matches in the battle to be crowned football champions of the world. Assessed in terms of the number of worldwide viewers, the World Cup is the world’s biggest sporting event. It is expected to draw in a cumulative worldwide television audience of more than 26-billion spectators in 2010 – for Germany 2006, the total cumulative television audience was 26.3-billion. Using Monday’s occasion to give a 2010 stadium construction update, Khoza said the six stadiums that have not yet been completed are 80 percent complete and would be complete by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the latest research indicates a major shift in confidence among South Africans regarding the country’s ability to pull off a successful World Cup. During the first quarter of 2009, a Fifa-commissioned survey revealed that 88 percent of South Africans felt a sense of pride at being the first African country to host the World Cup, while 77 percent predicted the tournament would be a success. And in May this year, a separate survey by African Response found that 89 percent of South Africans believed the World Cup would benefit the country. Source: BuaNews / South Africa 2010last_img read more

Watch: Why we’re voting in South Africa’s 2014 elections

first_imgHey, we get a day off work … South African comedians, musicians, actors and ordinary working people have come together for a video campaign to urge everyone in the country, come Wednesday 7 May, to just get out and vote.To find out more about voting, see:Frequently asked questionsA guide to all the political partiesAn elections resource packThe campaign, driven by the Electoral Commission of South Africa, features celebrities such as Lira, Zolani Mahola and Joey Rasdien. It also gives voice to less famous South Africans. From what they say, voting in a democracy means a lot more than just a day off work.Watch a selection of videos from the campaign:Compiled by Mary Alexanderlast_img

Being an ordinary farmer is what made Grandpa extraordinary

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As I write this, there is a greasy DeKalb hat and a pair of Liberty overalls hanging on the wall of my office. Yellow work gloves are tucked into the back pocket of those overalls and a big pair of pliers is nestled in the side pocket. The front pocket of those bibs is filled with a blue handkerchief, a pouch of Half & Half tobacco and a corn cob pipe that has been charred by a thousand matches and smells like most of my childhood memories.These items and those memories are what I have left from my Grandpa “Popeye” Thompson, who recently passed away, leaving a gaping void in the Licking County agriculture community.Some of my greatest childhood moments happened when someone would connect the dots and figure out that I was Popeye’s grandson. The smiles on their faces made me realize that they had, in one way or another, been impacted by knowing my Grandpa. It made me feel so proud because you could tell that, because they thought so much of him, they thought I must be pretty special too.The reality of his passing hasn’t completely set in because he is always in my head, so to speak, even when he was living. I always hear him telling me to work smart, not hard and that if you always tell the truth, you’ll never have trouble remembering what you might have said. As I made my last few visits to Grandpa’s, I remembered the lessons that he taught me. Most of them were learned by just simply watching how Grandpa lived, how he treated others and how others treated him in return.As with most farmers, Grandpa was all about taking victories in stride and losses with grace. One of the prime examples of the latter was when he and Grandma lost their house in a fire. Before they were even allowed to search what was left of their home after the embers burned out, neighbors from every direction came together and built what is still affectionately known as “The Barndo” — a 500 square foot make-shift condominium that was nothing more than walls and a ceiling made of plywood in the back of the barn. This simplistic suite was complete with a firewood stove, running water and an outhouse. As usual over their 60 year marriage, Grandpa and Grandma made it work just fine as the new house was being built. That show of support from the whole community was proof enough for me that my Grandpa was a good man.Who wouldn’t want to learn from a man that like?As he approached his 70s he was looking for a way to leave what he had left, about 200 acres of land, to his 5 kids. His land is pretty nicely placed on a main state route and he was contacted multiple times to turn his corn and bean fields into housing developments…and he turned down every offer. Seeing more blacktop than green grass was not what he wanted. He wanted just the opposite and that is exactly what he was able to do when he made a business deal to turn his land into a golf course. After two years of construction, The Legends of Locust Lane was opened for play. The course was made up of 18 challenging holes with undulating hills, perfectly placed bunkers and lush greens.That golf course was exactly what Grandpa wanted. A viable business that would be able to give all five of his kids a cash flow for years to come and something that could even be passed down to my cousins and me to continue on down the line.Tee times were filling up and business was pretty good in a short period of time. Then, seven years into the venture, the Ohio Department of Transportation decided that a new state route 161 was going right through his property and taking out half of the 18 holes. The Legends at Locust Lane was no more and after 40 years of farming that ground and turning it into something viable, everything Grandpa knew…was gone.For many this would make the blood boil, but I learned a valuable lesson by watching how Grandpa handled such a difficult situation. As the surveyors were placing markers on the piece of Grandpa’s land that was soon going to be a four lane highway, they had some difficulty getting to some parts of the property. To help them get their job done, Grandpa lent them his tractor. You could tell the workers were a bit uncomfortable with how nice Grandpa was to them, considering the circumstances. That’s just the kind of man he was.After death, we talk a lot about legacies. And leaving a legacy can mean many different things to many different people. For Grandpa, a legacy wasn’t weighed by how much money he left behind, how much land he farmed or what kind of tractors he had (okay, it might have been a little about the tractors). His prized possessions were two Eagle Cs that were one serial number apart. One was his father’s and the other one he found for sale in a tractor magazine, inspiring him to drive to Wisconsin to reunite the “Long Lost Brothers.”For him, legacy was about family. And not just family, but how he raised his family. Over the final days of Grandpa’s life, I witnessed his five children and Grandma come together with the purpose of giving him comfort and strength. Through that process, they also gave him the certainty that everything would be alright after he left.Legacy is also measured by a man’s character, and not only by his character but by his characteristics as well. All of his grandkids have some of Grandpa’s characteristics. The curiosity and willingness to learn and his respect of livestock and nature as a whole, his tender heart that loves unconditionally, as well as his laughter, love of the outdoors, determination and the discipline to see every project through and the ability to tell a good story, all live on through the generations.Legacy for Grandpa wasn’t about being a farmer, but about the way he farmed. Grandpa loved the land and left it better than he found it. Grandpa believed in helping others and he always took others’ concerns and put them before his own. He believed in helping the next guy down the line and giving the younger farmers a hand. I know a few Licking County farmers who will tell you that some of the best advice and some much needed help in a difficult time came from Popeye Thompson.I know that what is left of him here on Earth is nothing but the shell that Grandpa used for his 79 years, but what remains of him can tell a story just about as good as he could. I will always remember the well-worn, grease stained hands that bled at one point or another from working the ground or rigging up some implement to make it just right for his uses of it and the wrinkled forehead from concerns of too much rain or not enough, depending on the year.The lines around his eyes formed from the smiles when a new Grandchild made their first visit to Sunday dinner or when grain or cattle prices made farming more fun than usual. His thought-filled eyes looked right into yours when what he was telling you was most important, waiting for you to acknowledge, “Yep Grandpa, I got it.”As a farmer, Grandpa planted many seeds. Millions upon millions on his Locust Lane Farm in Alexandria, and many more seeds that grew in the form of other farmers who needed a hand, friends that needed an ear and strangers that didn’t know they needed anything until they met Grandpa (and he was happy to oblige).Over the next few weeks I am sure I will hear about the many seeds that Grandpa had sown in the stories that I will hear when I proudly introduce myself, as I always will, as Popeye Thompson’s grandson.Thank you, Grandpa. We’ll see you down the road!last_img read more

Agricultural fertilizer certification training offered before Sept. 30 deadline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio farmers who still need to get fertilizer certification before the Sept. 30 deadline will have more than 20 opportunities to attend training sessions offered by experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The training, provided by Ohio State University Extension, fulfills the educational requirements of Ohio’s 2014 agricultural nutrients legislation which requires individuals who apply fertilizer on more than 50 acres to become certified by Sept. 30, 2017.Already, more than 17,000 Ohio farmers have gone through Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, or FACT, which offers information on best management practices to apply fertilizer for optimum crop yields, reduce the risk of nutrient runoff and improve water quality throughout the state, said Mary Ann Rose, program director for OSU Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program.FACT was developed by CFAES field specialists and is offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The training provides research-based tactics to keep nutrients in the field and available to crops while increasing stewardship of nearby and downstream water resources.The training sessions will be held across the state into mid-September. The three-hour programs are all free. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.“The certification training will help farmers learn better practices to use fertilizer efficiently, improve yields and prevent the loss of nutrients,” Rose said. “There has been a lot of environmental concerns with fertilizer runoff from fields, with a particular focus on phosphorus.”The certification requirement is in response to concern that nutrients from farm fields contribute to algal blooms in Lake Erie and other bodies of water. The training focuses on growers applying fertilizer at the correct rate, time and location in the field.According to the nutrients law, fertilizer is defined as any substance containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium or other plant nutrient in a dry or liquid form. Use of manure, start-up fertilizer applied through planters, and non-crop uses of fertilizer such as for lawn and landscape maintenance are exempt from the fertilizer certification regulations.In order to gain the Ohio Fertilizer Applicator Certification, farmers need to attend the FACT program in person and complete the necessary Ohio Department of Agriculture forms.Applicators who are a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Ohio Certified Livestock Manager (CLM) are not required to attend training to become certified for fertilizer applications, Rose said. However, those with a CCA or CLM exemption for training must still contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987 to complete the exemption paperwork and pay for the fertilizer certification if the applicator does not already have a pesticide applicator license.Information on where the trainings are being held can be found at nutrienteducation.osu.edu/trainingopportunities.The Ohio Pesticide Safety Education Program provides training, education and outreach to pesticide applicators about the safe, effective and legal use of pesticides. The program works with farmers, businesses and public agencies to protect human health and the environment and serves as a critical part of job training and business growth in Ohio.last_img read more

Blip.tv Partners with YouTube, Verizon, Tivo, and Others; Launches All-New Dashboard

first_imgNew York based video startup, blip.tv made a series of partnership announcements this morning at a live press conference held in the company’s offices. Today, blip.tv is expanding their distribution network thanks to new partnerships with YouTube, Vimeo, NBC Local Media New York, and Roku while expanding their current relationships with other current distributors. Along with these deals, the company also revealed their completely revamped content owner dashboard, the central hub for managing media using their service. So Many New Blip.tv Partnerships! Dina Kaplan, COO and one of blip.tv’s original co-founders, started this morning’s press event by noting that the company has been quiet over the past year because they had been working on closing a number of deals and doing the necessary QA work in order to launch the associated new features. Thanks to all the new partnerships announced, including those with YouTube, Vimeo, Roku, and NBC, content creators can send their videos straight to these new sites and services – and even to set-top boxes that allow viewers to watch the content on the big screen TV in their living room. Already, the company distributes to iTunes, AOL Video, MSN Video, Blinkx, Facebook, Twitter, Sony Bravia televisions with Bravia Internet Video Link, TiVo, Verizon FiOS Video On Demand, iPhones and the Internet Archive. The Roku box, best known for its ability to stream Netflix movies to your television set, currently provides access to over 50,000 TV shows and movies, but according to Jim Funk, VP of Business Development, the company wanted to offer more content to their users – something that will now be possible thanks to blip.tv. With the new SDK designed for Roku’s open platform, content creators will be able to launch their own channel on the Roku player. The update that provides this functionality will arrive this fall. Blip.tv also announced an expanded relationship with the makers of another well-known set-top box – that being the TiVo. Now, content creators will be able to publish their shows directly to the TiVo DVR from their content dashboards. The video service will help show creators make a splash on broadcast television, too, at least in New York City by way of a new partnership with WNBC, NBC’s flagship station. A new show called NY Nonstop will syndicate 5,000 to 10,000 of blip.tv’s top shows on a channel dedicated to information and lifestyle. Perhaps the biggest news, though, out of all the partnerships announced today, is blip.tv’s new distribution deal with YouTube. Show creators will be able to send shows directly to this major video portal directly from their blip.tv account. Blip.tv will also be able to serve its own advertisements within the YouTube player itself, providing a revenue share for the content creators. The main screen of the new dashboard features an easy-to-use interface where creators can quickly see the number of views and revenue earned for all their media. It also offers an “activity stream” which displays a list of everything happening with the content, like when a video gets a comment on YouTube, for example. The process of uploading videos to blip.tv is now easier, too, with a simplified feature that lets you just browse for a video on your computer then send it to the service where it’s uploaded in the background while you move on and fill in additional metadata about the video. Content creators can also better organize their episode list now, thanks to new features that let you re-order shows via drag-and-drop. As soon as you make the change in blip.tv to the order, other lists on the web – such as those on iTunes or in RSS feeds – will update as well. Videos can be batch-edited as well, allowing creators to quickly send multiple videos to YouTube, for example, or any other service they choose. On the dashboard’s analytics page, blip.tv users can track views and revenues on a chart, even adjusting the timeframe that displays via a provided drop-down box. Other information includes an engagement summary (how long people watch the video), referrer list, browsers used, episode details, and more are also shown on this page. Other partnerships announced include deals with TubeMogul and FreeWheel, for analytics and advertising, respectively. TubeMogul is providing the audience and engagement data to content creators via the revamped dashboard. They’re even able to track the “unofficial” views of unauthorized uploads. FreeWheel will provide optional advertising opportunities for blip.tv users across all of the service’s distribution network. Blip.tv’s New DashboardAlong with the numerous partnership deals, blip.tv also announced their revamped dashboard where content owners upload, manage, and track their videos. Some of the new features – like the “upload to YouTube” option – were added to facilitate interaction with the new distribution partners, while others – like the ability to reorganize episodes – are just great upgrades to the service. Tags:#news#NYT#Product Reviews#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting All the changes to the blip.tv dashboard should be live as of today. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Mayweather unfazed by ‘dirty’ McGregor Mayweather unfazed by ‘dirty’ McGregor LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Aside from the probability of receiving a high kick, Kimmel also asked the 40-year-old boxing icon about the possibility of a second fight, this time inside the Octagon under MMA rules.“As of right now, we gotta get past August 26,” Mayweather said. “Once we get past August 26, then we can talk about other things.”A clip of Mayweather’s full interview is available below.  /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next In a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mayweather was asked what would happen if his opponent decides to throw a kick or any other MMA technique during their 12-round boxing showdown on Aug. 26.“That’s a fine, that’s a huge fine,” he told host Jimmy Kimmel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I don’t think he’d want to lose, probably 90 percent of his money or even more. I don’t know what it’s gonna be, but it’s gonna be a heavy fine,” he added.Although it remains highly unlikely that McGregor would throw such a blatant illegal strike, the brash Irishman is known to be as unpredictable as it comes. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief It’s just over a week away from one of the most anticipated bouts in boxing, as undefeated fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns to the ring to face off UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.The former is known to be the ultimate boxing tactician, while the latter is a complete mixed martial artist, adept in using both his arms and legs in combat.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Why You Can’t Fully Outsource SEO

first_img . A big piece of search engine optimization is creating interesting and relevant content for your audience. That often means calling on your expertise for the content of a blog post, for example, even if it means hiring a writer or editor to put it down in sentences and paragraphs. Your Relationships quick fix on SEO 101 Your Content SEO Why Your Business Can’t Fully Outsource SEO: Topics: . Another big piece of search engine optimization is can quickly get you up to speed. All that said, this is not to say that you should not hire an SEO consultant. The key here is that you cannot fully outsource this project – you must be commited to being involved in your SEO initiatives (and should probably be wary of any SEO consultant that says they can do it all without your input). Whether you hire a consultant or decide to take on your SEO yourself, you should probably educate yourself on the basics and understand what you should be tracking and measuring to make sure you’re not wasting your time and money. Our one hour Or, really want a ? Originally published Jun 20, 2008 3:10:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 SEO Pixie Dust linkbuilding Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack . You (hopefully) know your business better than any SEO consultant you could hire. This means that you know your market and you can make the right judgments on the most relevant keywords to optimize around. When it comes to developing a smart Internet marketing strategy, you should do a full keyword research process to identify which keywords (1) have a high number of monthly searches, (2) are not as competitive or difficult to start ranking for, and (3) are relevant to your business. We talk to a lot of businesses who say they want a company to “do SEO” for them – they’re looking for a company or consultant to whom they can outsource their search engine optimization completely. Many people who are new to the space and don’t yet understand how SEO works – how it is an ongoing process that requires a business’ input – think that it’s simply a checklist of items that they can hand off to an outside consultant. But that is not actually the case. ? How about some – links serve as references for your site and signal to the search engines that you are important. Some linkbuilding you can outsource – getting listed in high quality directories, for example – but another piece of your linkbuilding strategy should include engaging in the blogosphere and developing relationships with bloggers in your industry. Much of building up your business’ reputation online involves building up your personal reputation online by interacting on a individual level with the consumers and peers in your industry – something a consultant cannot really do on your behalf. marketing webinar Your Keywordslast_img read more