BALLYSHANNON 5K RESULTS: DOHERTY AND McGLOIN TAKE HONOURS

first_imgCiaran Doherty, LAC, smashed the course record. with an impressive 14mins 56secs winning time at the Ballyshannon 5k earlier this evening. Equally dominant was ‘better half’ Teresa McGloin in the women’s section – 16mins 50 secs.The PJ Branley Cups for winning male/female were presented by the late PJ’s grand daughters Aoife and Lana while Tir Chonaill Chairman, David Doherty, made presentations to the followingSenior Men 1 Ciaran Doherty, LAC, 14.56; 2 James Speight, FV, 15.27;3 Gary Slevin, City of Derry,15.46Senior Women1 Teresa McGloin, FV, 16.50; 2 Angela Speight, FV, 18.28; 3 Aisling Van Rannsberg, North Sligo, 18.36Men 40 1 James Brown, City of Derry, 16.13; 2 Paul Ward, Tir Chonaill, 16.43; 3 Aidan McKenna, LAC, 17.18Women 401 Helen Stockdale, FV 18.02; 2 Noleen Porter, FV,19.20; 3 Julie McMullan, 20.46;Men 501Jmmy Renfrew, FV, 17.48; 2 Richard McCarthy, Tir Chonaill, 18.27; 3 Gerry McManus, Tir Chonaill, 18.54 Women 501 Mary Teresa Speight, FV, 22.02; Ann Morrow, MSC, 22.55Men 601 Hugh Gallagher, LAC, 20.13; Anthony Murray, U/A,20.41; 3 Joe Flannery, Tir Chonaill, 22.51 Women 601 Mary Martin, FV, 27.58Junior Men1 Daniel Mannion, Tir ChonaillAC 18.47;Junior Women1 Lisa McHenry, Bundoran, 27.549th May 2014PositionRace NumberTimeNameCategoryClub139 14.56 Ciaran DohertySMLetterkenny AC259 15.27 James SpeaghtSMFinn Valley AC313 15.46 Gary SlevinSMCity of Derry AC412 16.13 Paul McGluncheySMLetterkenny AC515 16.13 James BrownM40City of Derry AC678 16.43 Paul WardM40Tir Chonaill AC738 16.50 Teresa McGloinSWFinn Valley AC874 17.17 shane GallagherSMFinn Valley AC918 17.18 Aidan McKennaM40Letterkenny AC1051 17.28 Martin DevenneySM24/7 Triathlon1145 17.48 Derck CallaghanSMFinn Valley AC1272 17.48 Jimmy RenfrewM50Finn Valley AC139 18.01 Liam MurraySMn/a1431 18.02 Helen StockdaleW40Finn Valley AC1525 18.12 Padraig FrielSMLetterkenny AC1667 18.16 Ciaran O’DonnellM40Letterkenny AC1749 18.23 Conor GallagherSMFinn Valley AC1832 18.26 Roan MatthewsSMn/a1971 18.27 Richard Mc CarthyM50Tir Chonaill AC2011 18.28 Angela SpeigltSWFinn Valley AC2150 18.31 Gabriel O’LearySMFinn Valley AC2268 18.35 Paul McMonagleSMLetterkenny AC2370 18.36 Aisling Van RensburySWNorth Sligo AC2448 18.47 Daniel MannionJMTir Chonaill AC2561 18.54 Gerry McManusM50Tir Chonaill AC2617 18.57 Martin McGlincheySMConvoy Runners274 18.58 Christy Mc PartlandM40Sligo AC2855 18.59 Catherine DooherSWFinn Valley AC2920 19.00 Ben GeorgeSMLetterkenny AC3099 19.06 Brian McCabeSMn/a3173 19.08 Barry GallagherSMFinn Valley AC3221 19.09 Martin McNaneeM50n/a3356 19.20 noeleen PorterW40Finn Valley AC3486 19.21 Martin O Halloran M40MSC3543 19.24 Michael CarrollSMNorth Sligo AC367 19.27 Colin MooneySMn/a3765 19.28 Shaun BoyceM40n/a3823 19.31 Donal HaugheyM50Tir Chonaill AC3998 19.32 Chris GoanSMn/a40101 19.33 Brain Mc GonagleM40Tir Chonaill AC4130 19.41 Patricia FoySWSligo AC4269 19.41 Andren HorganSWNorth Sligo AC4390 19.44 Phil BoyleM40Letterkenny AC4463 19.52 Hoel HoeyM40Tir Chonaill AC4529 19.57 Tony GallagherM40Finn Valley AC4683 20.04 Ronan Mc MullinJMTir Chonaill AC4742 20.07 Gerard KilfeatherM50North Sligo AC48100 20.10 Vinnie DuffyM40Tir Chonaill AC498 20.10 Barry ChanbersSMFinn Valley AC5088 20.12 Liam McHughM50n/a5144 20.13 Hugh GallagherM60Letterkenny AC5226 20.22 Marie BoyleSMLetterkenny AC5394 20.28 Eamon ConnollySMAghyaran 5422 20.34 Rodney IrwinM40n/a5575 20.40 Cathal HarveySMn/a5610 20.41 Anthony MurrayM60n/a576 20.42 Sean CassidyM40n/a5881 20.46 Julie Mc MullinW40Tir Chonaill AC5962 20.56 Gerard Mc CaffertyM40Tir Chonaill AC6080 20.57 Darragh WardJMTir Chonaill AC6153 21.12 Gabrial Mc CrossanM50Letterkenny AC6276 21.25 Ollie HarveySMn/a6346 21.59 Canice NicholasSMTir Chonaill AC6414 22.02 Marie Teresa SpeigltW50Finn Valley AC6577 22.05 Paul Sweeney M40n/a6660 22.05 Pat ByrneM50Killybegs AC6782 22.17 Brain Mc MullinM40Tir Chonaill AC6891 22.24 Ciaran LiddySMLetterkenny AC695 22.28 Claire FloodW40Tir Chonaill AC7037 22.41 Pauric Keenaghan JMTir Chonaill AC7136 22.41 Pauric Keenaghan M40Tir Chonaill AC7285 22.50 Kay DrummondW40Tir Chonaill AC7387 22.51 Joe FlanneryM60Ballyshannon Rugby7492 22.53 Eleanor RooneyW40Tir Chonaill AC7566 22.55 Ann MorrowW50MSC7693 23.15 Aidan Mc GonagleSMTir Chonaill AC7719 23.16 Caroline McNultySWFinn Valley AC7889 23.47 Pol MagAoidhaSMn/a7979 23.49 Lynda LoughlinSWMSC8054 24.05 Craig HillSMn/a8184 24.09 Richard OrrM40Tir Chonaill AC8234 24.18 Hugh McNultyM40Tir Chonaill AC83102 24.30 majella CunnibghamSWBruckless8427 25.33 Gabbie Mc GloinW40n/a8528 25.33 Louise FoyW40n/a8652 25.43 Sarah McGroaryW40Tir Chonaill AC8757 25.46 Billy BroderickM50Killybegs AC88 25.52 Jane Gormley8947 26.07 JJ GoonJMn/a9095 26.08 Dolores mc WeeneySWn/a9124 26.13 Kieran mcHaleM50Finn Valley AC9297 27.19 Deirdre BrowneSWFinn Valley AC9316 27.27 Desmond BrownlieM60Lagan Valley AC9464 27.33 Sinead BoyceSWFinn Valley AC9558 27.47 John BoyleSMKillybegs AC96104 27.54 Riona McHenryW40Tir Chonaill AC97105 27.54 Aoise McHenryJWn/a9896 27.58 Dane McGarragleSWFinn Valley AC99103 27.58 Mary MartinW60Finn Valley AC10033 28.54 Mags Mc NultySWTir Chonaill AC10140 29.08 Orla Monaghan SWn/a10235 29.55 Frances SpencerSWTir Chonaill AC10341 30.24 Laura RooneySWTir Chonaill AC1041 46.51 Rosaleen BranleyW40n/a1052 46.51 Kama BranleySWn/a1063 46.51 Lana BranleyJWn/aBALLYSHANNON 5K RESULTS: DOHERTY AND McGLOIN TAKE HONOURS was last modified: May 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2014Ballyshannon 5kResultslast_img read more

Community praised after huge blaze destroys homes in West Donegal

first_imgA Donegal Councillor has vowed to ‘rebuild’ homes in West Donegal that were destroyed during Friday’s massive gorse fire. Cllr Micheál Mac Giolla Easbuig praised the local community for coming out and saving as many homes as they could close to Annagry.  Two houses were destroyed as dozens of firefighters alongside the community tried to tackle the blaze.Eight units of the Donegal fire service attended the scene of the fire which was stretched out over a large area.Dozens of local people joined the cause yesterday afternoon, helping firefighters to bring the blaze under control. Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig, who was also helping to battle the fires along with scores of other locals, said: “I would like to thank everybody who fought to save as many homes as we could today but unfortunately not all could be saved.“Women and men, young and old, our emergency services worked tirelessly for hours on end.“Well done to you all.“(It is a) very sad day for our community but we will rebuild.”Community praised after huge blaze destroys homes in West Donegal was last modified: April 20th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Annagrygorse firegorse firesWest Donegallast_img read more

H-DNL football: St. Bernard’s erases early deficit, downs Ferndale to remain perfect in 2019

first_imgWill Omey added five more touchdowns to his 2019 bounty as St. Bernard’s scored 33 unanswered points en route to a 47-27 road-win over Ferndale, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field.St. Bernard’s scored its second-most points of the season Saturday — and, for the most part, they did it without the No. 1 receiver in the state.Lane Thrap exited the game with an upper-body injury early in the first quarter and did not return to play.So a few new Crusaders faces stood tall in the …last_img

Miracles in Solar System Origin Theories

first_imgSkipping over a difficulty because it can’t be solved scientifically: that’s one giant backward leap for theory kind.Finagle’s Rule #6 for scientists recommends, “Do not believe in miracles. Rely on them.” Secular materialists follow that rule implicitly when trying to account for the origin of the solar system. They know full well that the “building blocks” of small grains, thought to have condensed out of a primordial gas cloud, do not stick together. They bounce off each other or, worse, erode each other into smaller grains. Only when an accreting ball of grains grows to about a kilometer in diameter will the so-called “planetesimal” begin to accrete more material through gravity. That’s the problem; you have to start with small planets to get planets. But materialists need a theory from the bottom up: from molecules to planets. How can they deal with this giant hurdle? Two ways: (1) invoke miracles, and (2) use the Big Lie tactic while doing it to make it sound convincing. Need proof? Look right here.In Science Magazine, Francesco DeMeo introduces a family reunion of sorts: “Meet the primordial asteroid family.” Drum roll. Here comes the miracle and the big lie.One of the major goals of planetary science is to understand the formation of all the bodies within our solar system, including the nearly one million known asteroids. There are two main competing theories (see the figure). The first and classical theory suggests that these bodies formed incrementally, starting as dust grains and accumulating bit by bit until they reached their final size. The second and more recent theory suggests that these bodies formed almost instantly through the gravitational collapse of clusters of pebble-sized material in the protoplanetary disk into single bodies hundreds or thousands of kilometers in diameter [the miracle]. This method skips the meter-to-kilometer intermediate size range that has been problematic to quantify with the classical method. On page 1026 of this issue, Delbo et al. find compelling observational evidence that when the asteroids formed, they were initially of large size, thus favoring the second model [the big lie].Notice first that the evolutionists exclude creation as a model from the outset. That leaves secular materialists with only two models: gradualism and secular miracles. Instant planets thousands of kilometers in diameter? How can they propose that? If you thought punctuated equilibria was a miraculous theory in biology, look at the miracle here. What physical force could possibly bring this about?The paper by Delbo et al. actually infers the secular miracle in a roundabout way. They never test if grains can actually condense into planetesimals with any experiments in a lab. All they do is count and measure asteroids. They find some orphan asteroids that they claim are 4 billion years old (Darwin Years, that is). Through their convoluted thinking, this can only mean one thing:We discovered a 4-billion-year-old asteroid family extending across the entire inner part of the main belt whose members include most of the dark asteroids previously unlinked to families. This allows us to identify some original planetesimals, which are all larger than 35 kilometers, supporting the view of asteroids being born big.“Born big”? That is worse than claiming that humans exit the birth canal as adults. Here’s how they present the miracle of instant planetesimals: they only refer to previous papers, particularly one in 2008 (see arXiv) that only proposed a “scenario” because of “the poorly understood sticking of mineral particle aggregates and the apparent difficulty of growing beyond meter size due to rapid inward migration and collisional disruption.” Now, nine years since that proposal, Delbo et al. know that the problem remains unsolved:Understanding the formation of the planetesimals, the building blocks of planets, is a crucial problem in planetary science. Traditionally, a coagulation process is invoked, in which accreting collisions create bodies of all sizes up to several hundreds of kilometers. However, new models propose that planetesimals can form preferentially as 102 to 104 km in size directly from the clumping of dust particles in the protoplanetary disk, essentially skipping the formation of kilometer-sized and smaller bodies (1–4).The authors speak of “objects that were lost because of the collisional and dynamical evolution.” That makes sense; we know from experience that collisions break things down. Dynamical evolution can fling objects out of the solar system. But can chance instabilities organize planets instantly? Alan Boss felt like a heretic when he embraced the theory of disk instabilities forming instant gas giant planets (3/21/06, 8/15/15), but he thought core accretion would work for inner planets. This paper shows it does not. It appears that heresy is becoming orthodoxy.Everybody believes in miracles. Some believe in guided miracles by an all-wise, omniscient Creator. Some believe in miracles of chance. Everyone believes in the supernatural. Some refer to it as God’s realm. Others restrict it to science, which is supernatural, because it is not composed of matter in motion.So don’t be fooled into falling for the faith vs science dichotomy. The choice is not between supernatural and natural, but which supernatural worldview logically coheres with the evidence. (Visited 614 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fans ‘blown away’ by atmosphere

first_img19 June 2009 Flying in from Canada to experience African football first-hand, Peter Severinac from Ontario, Canada was blown away by the electric atmosphere inside the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Wednesday evening, when Bafana Bafana took on New Zealand in a 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup match. Surrounded by thousands of celebrating South African fans, all making their way out of the stadium, Severniac could hardly contain his amazement at what he experienced during the game. “Those trumpets are great, I have never experienced anything like it,” Severinac said, referring to the air horns that distinguish football matches in South Africa from anywhere else in the world. “Nothing compares to the feeling of being in the stands with all that dancing and noise. “They treated me like a member of their family when they found out I was from outside South Africa. I will definitely be back next year for the World Cup, and will bring back as many friends as I can,” said Severinac before he was swallowed up by the moving crowd. Benito Lenon, who travelled from Madrid, Spain to watch La Furia Roja play in Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, said South Africa “seems like such a good country. “I have been here for six days now watching football, and I really love the friendly people here,” Lenon said. “I must tell you, South Africans are the most friendly and hospitable people I have met.” Although Spain were playing Iraq in Bloemfontein on the same day, Lenon chose to experience a Bafana Bafana match in Rustenburg instead, having heard from friends that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate football in South Africa. He certainly wasn’t disappointed. As tens of thousands of spectators made their way to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium before the game, the city of Rustenburg, in South Africa’s North West province, came alive with the sound of a distinctively African Fifa Confederations Cup. The drone of vuvuzelas competed with hooting and cheering as fans made their way toward the stadium through the city, hoping for – and getting – a night of celebration as South Africa beat New Zealand 2-0. Hours before the match had even started, crowds were gathering outside the stadium as music and dancers entertained the excited crowd. “I am here to support my country, and the vibe around the city is great,” said Lebogang Molefe, adding that the Confederations Cup was all about showing the world what South Africa is all about. “We are a nation that likes to sing, and we are a happy nation,” Molefe said. “I hope our visitors see this now and on television, and I hope they come back for the 2010 World Cup”. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

South African art part of the David Bowie collection

first_imgFanagalo Store, a mixed media piece by South African artist Norman Catherine and part of the David Bowie art collection, sold for R1.4-million on auction at Sotheby’s London on 10 November 2016. (Photo: Sotheby’s)CD AndersonThe impressive art collection owned by musician, songwriter, actor and writer David Bowie was sold on auction at Sotheby’s, London in mid-November 2016. The collection of more than 300 sought-after works included a number of pieces by African and South African artists. The collection sold for £24.3-million, or R424.37-million.Bowie, who died on 10 January 2016, was renowned not only for his music and film work, but also as a dedicated patron of the arts. His notable art collection, accumulated over 40 years, featured examples of some of the world’s best modern works.A love of African artHis fondness stretched beyond post-modern outsider art – including US trailblazer Jean-Michel Basquiat and English art provocateur Damien Hirst – and influential post-war British painters such as figurative painter Frank Auerbach. Bowie also collected numerous contemporary African art pieces, including work by South African artists. He developed a great love of and enthusiasm for Africa and its artists during an extended visit to the continent in the late 1990s, which included visits to Kenya, Benin and South Africa.In an 1995 essay for Modern Painters magazine, Bowie wrote enthusiastically about his love of African art, describing the artists he met as having “only one common thread: an unquenched thirst for national- and self-understanding”.A visit to a wide-ranging exhibition of African artists at the Johannesburg Biennale during this time, Bowie described “as mind-jarringly moving as any major art-thing I’ve seen, East, West or Middle, in any year”.He went on to champion the continent’s artists with a number of exhibitions of his ever-growing collection in New York and London, hoping to “challenge our preconceptions of otherness and establish African art as being some of the most tantalising and provocative work to be seen”.Bowie presented his first solo exhibition of art influenced by his relationship with African artists in London in 1996, which included a critically acclaimed collaboration with South African artist Beezy Bailey.He had hoped that by using his influence to bring African art to an international audience, art lovers could bypass the often clichéd categorisation of African art as artefact, curio and low brow, and give it its rightful significance in the global cultural experience.African artists in the David Bowie collectionArtists Norman Catherine, David Koloane, Peter Bongani Shange, Percy Konqobe, Willie Bester and Penny Siopis represented the continent in the Bowie collection. Following the auction, Sotherby’s said that the South African art drew almost 10 times its presale estimate, setting new international records for five of the local artists.Fanagalo Store by SA artist Norman Catherine sold for R1,4 million as part of the David Bowie art collectionimage: https://t.co/3l9oqMQu4p pic.twitter.com/Tbz4U64YsR— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) November 22, 2016Three of Catherine’s pieces, Fanagalo Store, Cat Man and Back Chat II, were sold for more than R2-million combined.Catherine, a former Walter Batiss collaborator, is one of South Africa’s most popular contemporary artists, specialising in canvases, sculpture and mixed media. Speaking to TimesLive following the sale, the artist said he was surprised at the prices his relatively smaller pieces reached.Yet he thought the R1.4-million price for Fanagalo Store, a six-shelf mixed media presentation of numerous African-inspired figurines and one of Catherine’s favourite pieces, was a worthy value for such a special piece. Bowie bought it directly from Catherine during a visit to the artist’s home gallery, Fook Manor, near Hartbeespoort Dam outside Pretoria in 1995.SA artist Willie Bester’s What Happened in the Western Cape?, part of the David Bowie art collection. image: https://t.co/ms5at3SaTG pic.twitter.com/jbHBrILjtz— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) November 22, 2016Other South African works included in the auction were Willie Bester’s What Happened in the Western Cape? sold for R358,000, and two of Peter Bongani Shange’s bronze Mayibuye Head sculptures, which sold for R292,000 each.SA artist Peter Bongani Shange’s bronze Mayibuye Head sculptures, part of the David Bowie art collection image: https://t.co/3xZ2KJJpZX pic.twitter.com/zFhh3roroZ— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) November 22, 2016The powerful mixed media portrait South African Postcard II by Cape Town painter Penny Siopis fetched almost double what was expected before the auction, selling for almost R180,000.South African Postcard II by Penny Siopis, part of the David Bowie collection image: Sotheby’s pic.twitter.com/cdNIugCoBc— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) November 22, 2016International pieces in the David Bowie collectionThe highest-selling item in the collection was the graffiti-inspired Air Power canvas by Basquiat, which sold for $8.9-million (R123-million).Air Power, by Jean Michel Basquiat, part of the David Bowie collection, sold for US$8.9 million image: Sotheby’s pic.twitter.com/acveeVziw0— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) November 22, 2016Bowie’s own 1995 collaboration with Damien Hirst, the kaleidoscopic Beautiful, Hallo Space-Boy, sold for $98,000 (R13-million).Beautiful, Hallo Space-Boy, a collaboration between Damien Hirst and David Bowie image: Sotheby’s pic.twitter.com/e689BZuyDa— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) November 22, 2016Watch a full tour of the Sotheby’s exhibition:Source: TimesLIVElast_img read more

4 Unexpected Situations For Creating Content

first_img Want to learn more about publishing a blog on your business website? Download the free webinar to learn how to create a thriving inbound marketing blog. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack There are many opportunities you may be missing to create content in your day to day lives. I remember reading an article by Chris Brogan about how he “does it all”. Chris is a speaker, author, consultant, and father… And on top of that, he regularly blogs multiple times per day. How does he do it? He makes the most of every moment. He’s always thinking or doing something (even if that something is playing with his kids).So when do you find time to create content? Here are a few underused opportunities.Waiting for a Delayed FlightIn fact, this article was written while waiting for a delayed flight! With this unexpected free time, I pulled out my iPhone and started typing with my thumbs. I managed to finish 2 articles before boarding the plane.In the Car or Grocery StoreWhile this takes some setup time so as to stay safe, you can setup a video camera to film you while you drive to your next appointment. Or maybe you get an audio recording device, stick it in your shirt pocket while you go grocery shopping. Just start talking and answer a common customer question as if you were talking to your customer there in the grocery store. For many folks, this is a much faster way to create great content.Live Blogging While at an EventThis means taking out your computer and taking advantage of the ever pervasive wireless Internet at many conferences and sharing the learnings from the event itself . By the end of the event, you’re done! You would have spent that time there anyway, so why not create a blog post or two in during the process.Outsource Content by EmailOk this was a trick answer I suppose but still results in great content with limited time. Think about the top 3 questions in your industry and send them out to experts you know in the field. Send them by email, get their answers by email, and combine them into a blog post. This curated type of content actually works great becasue it draws the credibility of each person that contributes.Other ideas of great times to leverage for content creation? Please share in the comments below! Photo Credit: Dr Stephen Dann Free Download: Blogging for Business Originally published Nov 10, 2010 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017center_img Topics: Content Creationlast_img read more

30 Brilliant Social Media Marketing Tips From 2011

first_imgWith so many great social media marketing tips getting shared in the blogosphere, we wanted to pass along some of the best tips and ideas that came up in 2011. These are tips that, if you haven’t benefitted from them yet, are evergreen enough that you can continue to leverage them well into 2012 to make your social media marketing rock.1. Write blog content for your target audience, which is not necessarily yourself. This happens with startups a lot. They blog about being entrepreneurs, which is great – if your target audience is entrepreneurs. Blog about the things that your community wants to know about. (Source: Mark Suster)2. If you’re going to use social media for customer service, mirror your hours of operation on Twitter to the hours of operation you have for your support team. (Source: Jeff Esposito)3. Measure social media ROI by analyzing how it performs compared to more established channels or advertising methods. It’s not comparing apples-to-apples when it comes to cost, but you can compare the quality of traffic they drive to your website. (Source: The Next Web)4. Mobile check-in deals aren’t just for restaurants and bars. See how one medical practice creatively offered a special to his tech-savvy patients for checking in. It’s something any small business marketer can learn from. (Source: Mashable)5. How frequently you blog does count. Businesses that blog daily generate 5 times more traffic than those that post only weekly or daily. (Source: Social Media Examiner) Bonus tip: need ideas for all that content? Here’s 100 of them to get you started.6. Hashtag-stuffing tweets doesn’t work. A study from Argyle Social shows that (in their sample) tweets with hashtags got 5% fewer click-throughs than those without hashtags. (Source: Social Media B2B)7. If you follow more people than are following you, you could harm your Twitter account’s SEO potential. Search engines “trust” those with more Twitter influence, and following many more people than follow you isn’t always an indicator of that. (Source: Marketing Profs)8. Building an online community? Show your power users that you appreciate their contributions. Do this by asking them for feedback, offering prizes and giveaways, and actually saying “thank you” for their interactions, mentions, and good content. (Source: Social Media Today)9. Blog about the problems your product or service solves – not about the product or service. No one cares about you (yet.) Everyone cares about their own problems and if your product or service can help. (Source: Social Fresh)10. Think of marketing as storytelling, and think of your customers as the characters. Think about what motivates them. Measure what patterns they display. Let their actions, wants, and needs drive the story. (Source: Joey Strawn)11. Depressing tweets, vague tweets, tweets about your weight loss – and of course, our favorite, the humblebrag – these are all messages that are better kept to yourself. A little personality is fun. But for the most part, stay professional and positive. And always, always stay classy, of course. (Source: BostInnovation)12. What does your social media strategy really need? It needs to answer simple questions. Who am I speaking to? What do they want from me online? How will this strategy evolve? It’s not tools or tactics or having the perfect definition for either one. It comes down to these basic ideas that are all about tying social media to your businesses needs. (Source: Smart Blogs on Social Media)13. Publishing a blog post on your company blog? Post several tweets of that post and track the success of different times and keywords for your followers. (Source: Social Media B2B)14. Stop talking about yourself if you want more retweets. Want to get more RTs? Of course you do. They drive traffic to your blog posts, can boost SEO, and connect you with with more followers. According to Social Media Scientist Dan Zarrella’s latest research, tweets with self-reference get fewer retweets than those with other information. So be relevant, share good information, and don’t make it about yourself. (Source: Dan Zarrella)15. The medium isn’t the message. Remember that Twitter, Facebook, or whatever platform you’re using isn’t the strategy; it’s a tool to distribute your message. (Source: Entrepreneur)16. Choose to measure social media metrics that tell you how you’re doing based on why you’re doing social media in the first place. This will require you to step back and think about why you are tweeting, or why you have a Facebook Page. Is it because you want sales? Then measure conversion rates. Is it for market research? Then monitor trending topics. (Source: Clickz)17. Use geo-location Twitter searches to identify local prospects to connect with. In Twitter’s advanced search, you can refine your search by keyword and location. (Source: Jeff Bullas)18. Use social media data to find your key influencers, outline your media plan, and develop your messaging. By listening to customer conversations on social media, companies can learn a lot of information about their competitors and industries that will help them better craft their marketing programs. (Source: Mashable)19. Create a Facebook group to stay connected with those you meet at conferences months after the last panel. The new Facebook groups aren’t the old “I lost my cell phone number” most people have been invited to at some point. New groups allow you to email content, use collaborative group docs similar to Google Docs (perfect for sharing Twitter usernames or other contact information), and message the whole group at the same time. (Source: Social Fresh)20. Consider the timing of your social media posts – time of day, time of week, and time of year. If you’re posting to your Facebook Page in the mornings but your audience isn’t looking until after office hours, your updates are lost in the mix. If you work for a seasonal brand (think snowboards), how do you need to better tailor your content during the summer vs. the “on-season?” (Source: Search Engine Optimization Journal)21. You don’t need the voice of influencers – you need your brand advocates. Engaging with influencers just for the sake of having someone with 100,000 Twitter followers talk or blog about your product isn’t useful because they aren’t invested in your product. Your brand’s existing advocates are. An influencer might get you quick buzz, but your brand advocates offer longevity. (Source: Danny Brown)22. Have a common name? Use checkusernames.com to test personal brand monikers that will work for your social media handles and domain. It’s likely that DanTaylor.com is already taken, but you can check to see what variations are available so you can create a cohesive personal brand across all social networks. (Source: The Next Web)23. Plan your editorial calendar for what ebooks can result from your blog posts.  Cranking out content for a company blog each day isn’t easy, but if you approach your content creation strategically, you can do it in a way that scales for your business. (Source: Social Media B2B)24. If you’re going to tell people to “like” your company on Facebook, have something of value waiting there for them. Give them a reason why they should “like” you. (Source: Outspoken Media)25. If your company makes a mistake on social media – think rogue tweets – step out and own up to the mistake. Don’t pull any tricks and pretend you were hacked. (Source: Smart Blogs on Social Media)26. Use social media contests as an opportunity to learn more about your customers. Ask them how they heard about your promotion to get a sense of what channels people use to learn more about your brand. (Source: Mashable)27. Here are three universal content blueprints to include in your company’s blogs: offer a new opinion, create a killer list, or teach your customers how to do something. (Source: Social Fresh)28. Leverage social search and boost your rankings for target keywords by offering content (ebooks, webinars, etc.) and having community members pay with a tweet. Use hashtags.org to find hashtags that matter to your audience and work them into your pay with a tweet offering to tap into prospective community members on the web. (Source: SEOmoz)29.) Include social sharing and follow buttons on your site, your blog, and in your emails. Use this how-to guide to learn how you can create them for all the major social media networks. (Source: HubSpot)30. It seems obvious, but an often disregarded quality of great community and social media managers is great social skills. Tact and discernment go a long way. (Source: SocialFresh)What social media marketing tips helped you out in 2011? Let us know in the comments!Image Credit: daniel_iversen Social Media 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 9, 2011 5:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016last_img read more

New Facebook Data Shows How Questions Impact Comments, Shares & Likes [INFOGRAPHIC]

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Marketing TakeawayAs you can see in the infographic, I found that while posts with questions tend to generate more comments, they also tend to garner fewer Likes and shares than non-question posts. In other words, the data shows that periodically using questions to encourage commenting does work, but they are not an all-encompassing engagement panacea. Posing questions can be a great way to elicit feedback from your Facebook fans and page visitors, but it’s not the most effective way to drive overall Facebook engagement.In addition, we can also see that question words that yield “yes” or “no” responses such as “should” and “would” — as well as multiple choice questions like “which” — tend to generate more comments than nebulous, open-ended questions like “why” and “how.” The takeaway here is, if you’re using questions to generate more comments on your Facebook Page, post questions that are quick and easy to answer.How are you using questions on your Facebook Page timeline? Have you experienced similar results? Originally published Nov 26, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Social Media Engagementcenter_img Topics: Last week, we presented our readers with some interesting data about the impact of social CTAs on Facebook engagement. But we got to wondering — what about posing questions in your Facebook posts? How would that impact engagement metrics such as Likes, shares, and comments?If you’re an active Facebook marketer, you’ve probably seen countless brands using questions as a fan engagement tactic. By asking questions, the social media managers behind those pages are hoping to generate responses, thereby increasing engagement rates. In fact, the power of questions on Facebook has been accepted conventional wisdom for some time now.Digging into a large data set of more than 1.2 million posts from the 10,000 most Liked Facebook Pages, I was able to not only verify that anecdotal evidence, but also figure out specifically which types of questions work best. Let’s take a look at what I uncovered …last_img read more