Sonics job should be a breeze for new coach Hill

first_img McGrady collapsed in pain with severe back spasms just before halftime of last Sunday’s loss to Denver. He left the floor on a stretcher, was taken to a hospital and missed the Rockets’ next two games. McGrady practiced on Friday and said he felt good enough to play, but left the final decision to Van Gundy. McGrady, who first developed back problems when he played in Orlando, strained his back in practice on Nov. 4 and missed three games. He returned for four games, then missed the next five when the back pain returned. McGrady said Friday that the injury is starting to take a psychological toll. “You’re just afraid to make certain movements out there,” McGrady said. “You think about, ‘OK, if I go up on this jump shot, what’s going to happen on the landing?’ All kinds of things go through your head.” McGrady is one of six Rockets players out with either injuries or illness. Houston’s other star, 7-6 Yao Ming, has missed 12 games since undergoing toe surgery in late December. Yao is expected to be out at least another two weeks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “The players really worked hard,” Hill said. “At one point – back then you didn’t have active or inactive or injured list – we had six CBA guys that were sitting on the bench.” Hill went on to have success in Indiana and later in San Antonio, where he went 121-43 and won two division titles from 1994-96. He joined the SuperSonics as an assistant this season, then was quickly promoted after the defending Northwest Division champions fired Weiss after a disappointing start. McGrady still hurting: Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady missed Saturday night’s game against New Orleans, the 11th game he’s sat out this season because of back problems. The Rockets lost all 10 previous games they’ve played without McGrady. Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy gave no timetable for when McGrady might return. “When he feels like he’s capable of playing and the trainers and doctors concur and I concur, then he’ll go back out there and play,” Van Gundy said. Bob Hill’s first NBA head coaching job was so tough that it came with a warning. Hill’s third game after replacing Bob Weiss as Seattle coach was in New York, and he recalled his first head coaching chance – though it’s hard to say he had a chance at all. center_img “I was 31 years old and I found myself the head coach of the New York Knicks with a pretty decimated group of guys,” Hill said. “And the beat writers were great, they really were. They said, ‘You got no shot of keeping this job unless you make the playoffs, and your chances of making the playoffs are pretty slim. So you have a job, but you need to find one while you have one because you’re probably not going to have this one.’ ” Hill replaced Hubie Brown in December 1986 and went 20-46 the rest of the season while often playing short-handed. Bernard King, New York’s best player, played only six games that season because of injuries, and Patrick Ewing missed 19 games. last_img read more

Delight as restoration works to ancient church in Fahan unveiled

first_imgA local county councillor has congratulated a local community group following the completion of restoration works to St Mura’s Church last week. Cllr Jack Murray said the site was of “huge historical significance” with works to restore the 7th Century St Mura’s Cross ongoing.St Mura’s Cross is an ancient and unique carved cross-slab in Fahan, County Donegal but it was in danger of being completely eroded and the church gable next to it was crumbling. Sinn Fein’s Cllr Jack Murray, Cllr Albert Doherty and Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn at the site in FahanThe patron saint of the Cineál Eoghain including the Uí Neill who were among the High Kings of Ireland, St Mura died in 645 at the age of 94.The cross was erected in his memory and is now one of the oldest in Ireland and is the only one to bear an inscription of The Gloria written in ancient Greek.The gable wall dates back to 1608 but contains stones from the original monastery of St Mura.Proceeds from several events have be donated to the Save St Mura’s Cross Fahan project, which is dedicated to the conservation of the site of St Mura’s early Christian monastery, particularly the 7th-century cross. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Cllr Jack Murray said: Delighted to be in Fahan for the celebration of the completion of the restoration works at St Mura’s Church, with ongoing works to restore the 7th Century St Mura’s Cross.As a site of huge historical significance, it’s brilliant to see such a positive initiative here.“Fair play to everybody involved in making it happen.”Delight as restoration works to ancient church in Fahan unveiled was last modified: November 11th, 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:FahanSt Mura’s Crosslast_img read more

Cities combat climate change

first_imgPublic transport is the best solution to reduce carbon emissions.(Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brett HerronCouncillor: Cape Town Municipality+27 21 400 1384.• Quathar JacobsMedia Officer: WWF, South Africa+27 21 657 6600.Sulaiman PhilipThe city of Cape Town monitors sea levels and has begun education and awareness programmes highlighting the effects of raised ocean levels. In Johannesburg, the city is implementing a programme to harness the methane produced in landfills as a green energy source.Both municipalities are also improving their mass transit systems. They have identified traffic congestion and its contribution to carbon emissions as one area in which they can make inroads to help prevent climate change in the medium term.These initiatives and other green programmes have put the cities in the running to be named the Global Earth Hour Capital. The WWF Earth Hour Challenge highlights and rewards municipalities that have enacted substantial and long-term programmes to combat climate change. Of the six South African cities eligible to participate – Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini, Tshwane, Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay – the first three have uploaded data on carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR).Morné du Plessis, the chief executive of WWF-SA, the South African branch of the World Wildlife Fund, says that South African municipalities understand the need to plan and work towards a low carbon future. “Every disclosure of carbon emissions is an achievement, every project is a ray of hope, every reduction is a celebration and every entry to the challenge is a bold step towards a better present and brighter future,” he said in September.The cities have till 14 October to report their urban development plans designed to improve living standards and make their city greener. These policies will be evaluated by an international jury and the winner will be announced in March 2014.Green MapWhen eThekwini hosted COP17 in 2012, it joined 850 communities in 65 countries by developing a Green Map, the most high-profile and interactive of the municipalities’ programmes. It has also been the most active South African municipality in terms of registering its greenhouse gas emissions and reporting its adaptation and mitigation plans. But Derek Morgan, the head of the city’s energy unit, stresses that being named Global Earth Hour Capital is not the motivation behind the city’s participation. “We are at a point where we simply must do everything we can to slow down global warming. Change can happen most effectively at a local level.”The WWF has put cities at the forefront of attempts to combat climate change for two reasons: firstly, they are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions; and secondly, it’s easier for municipalities than governments to make concrete policy that will help to halt the effects of climate change. In a report released at the end of September 2013, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calculated that the amount of carbon in the atmosphere must not exceed a trillion tonnes. Beyond that figure, they hypothesize, the effects of climate change become more devastating. In the last 300 years, 570 billion tons of greenhouse gases, or 57 percent of the total, have been released into the atmosphere.Economic growth of developing economies, especially in South Africa and its Brics partners – Brazil, Russia, India and China – could result in about 330 billion tons of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere by 2040. This will bring the planet closer to the critical level that will cause a 2°C increase in global temperatures. A two degree climb in global temperatures would cause crop failures and increase the size of deserts, melt glaciers and raise sea levels.Mayors SummitIn February 2014, Johannesburg will host the C40 Mayors Summit. C40 is a network of 58 of the world’s largest cities that have made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They share expertise on climate risk and the impact of change locally and globally. With over 10 million trees and 2 000 developed parks, Johannesburg is the greenest South African city, according to a December 2012 study conducted by Siemens. The study, African Green City Index, compared 15 major cities in 11 African countries to provide insight into the strengths and weaknesses of local government responses to climate change.The four South African cities studied – Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini and Tshwane – along with Accra, Tunis and Casablanca, scored average or above average in the eight categories measured: energy and CO2, land use, transport, waste, water, sanitation, air quality, and environmental governance.Climate modelling by the city of Johannesburg suggests that temperatures in the region will rise by 2.3°C by 2056 if no action is taken to solve the problems facing the area. The municipality’s dependence on coal generated electricity, urban sprawl and congestion, high water consumption and low rates of recycling remain challenges.Development roadmapExecutive Mayor Parks Tau, speaking at the launch of the study, said these challenges were taken into account and with input from its international and local partners, it drew up the Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Plan as the municipality’s development roadmap. “We are faced with a formidable challenge but it is easier because we know the route forward. We can learn lessons from our partners to make our city and infrastructure more resilient.”Over the next two years the city, in partnership with Siemens, will create 500 green jobs. “These will be people employed directly by the city to, for example, plant trees. However, by 2020 we foresee 30 000 new green jobs in the fields of renewable energy, building retrofits, recycling, water and waste management.” These were jobs in industries that did not exist today but by taking climate action, South African cities would be able to raise the living standards of its citizens by creating economic opportunity, the mayor explained.Paul Kielstra, a contributing editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit and the head of the study, said climate challenge solutions provided an opportunity for Johannesburg to create jobs in new industries. “Climate change is an opportunity masquerading as a crisis. Governments need to take the lead in jumpstarting this next economy. By laying the foundation for a green industrial future now, South African municipalities are building wealthier and healthier futures.”last_img read more

Comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys’ celebrated in new documentary

first_imgComedian, writer and satirist-in-chief Pieter-Dirk Uys is a true South African icon. Almost everyone knows who he is and what he’s done. He has contributed greatly to South Africa’s collective pop psyche and funny bone.A new documentary, Nobody’s Died Laughing, celebrates the life of Pieter-Dirk Uys and his career, which expands over 50 years in performance. The film, which debuted at the Durban International Film Festival (Diff) at the end of June, is set for a nationwide theatrical release on 29 July 2016.Directed by Willem Oelofsen, the film features interviews with friends, family and well known South Africans in arts and politics, all reminiscing about their favourite Uys moments. Interviewees include singers David Kramer and Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground; actresses Charlize Theron and Janet Suzman; and others such as former president FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela’s former private secretary Zelda la Grange. Italian actress Sophia Loren – one of Uys’ childhood idols – makes a special appearance to talk about their lifelong friendship.The film also covers campaigns he is passionate about such as his travelling Aids-awareness entertainment programme, which he performed to over 1.5-million people across South Africa.Spice up your popcorn for Nobody’s Died Laughing @numetro @numetrowoodland 29 JULY. Trailer https://t.co/rPkILTabaf pic.twitter.com/VBdrtn53KQ— NobodysDiedLaughing (@whoEntProjects) July 12, 2016The film looks at the over 100 performances around the world, with particular attention on his apartheid-era satire. He took his anti-establishment message to forefront of the country’s dark political landscape while making all South Africans laugh at themselves.Uys is the only entertainer to win South Africa’s prestigious Truth andReconciliation Award.During his long career, Uys has enjoyed audiences with political figures such as former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pik Botha, former president Thabo Mbeki and Mandela too. He has also formed long friendships with fellow social justice warriors such as U2’s frontman Bono, Mandela’s widow Graça Machel and the late Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Taylor.“This film captures a man and a lifetime commitment to a country by using satire to affect change,” Oelofsen told News24.The film also goes beyond Pieter-Dirk Uys the performer. It gets to know the man himself and what he thinks about a life spent in the limelight, drawing the ire of politicians and doing his best to change the world for the better.“I found it fascinating that after 50 years in the entertainment industry he was still working at the same pace and with the same vigour as when he started,” Oelofsen said, “I believe audiences will be intrigued to experience more about the man who refuses to be silenced while using the arts as his weapon against discrimination and confronting intolerance.”Popular online film critic duo, simply known as The Critics, call the film “an incredible South African experience”. They recommend it as compulsory viewing for every South African. Watch their full review below:Durban film critic Fred Felton calls the film “deeply thought provoking, emotional, very funny.”Watch a discussion between Uys and Oelofsen, recorded during Diff 2016.Source: SA People Newslast_img read more

What Browser? Don’t Ask Google

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Ever since the browser wars and the 1998 Microsoft antitrust trial (during which the software giant was convicted of monopolistic and illegal business practices for its bundling of Windows with Internet Explorer), consumers have been largely unaware of how they access the Internet. These magical portals are too often “chosen” by consumers through a manipulative dance during which the partner – generally a huge corporation with mind share and stock shares at stake – remains unseen.“Some folks at Google,” as the project team is quaintly described on Google’s new What Browser site, were charged with explaining what a browser is and what choices consumers have. They got halfway there; but as far as helping consumers make informed choices, information is still limited to pretty colors and shiny logos.Browsers Made SimpleThe cornerstone of the site is this average user-friendly animated video explaining in painfully simple terms what a web browser does. It’s not an OS, and it’s not a search engine. It was simple enough that my 8-year-old niece didn’t have too much of a problem with the post-video comprehension check I gave her. What browser? indeed. We’re still waiting to see what result the Google site will return.Which brings us to our final and most serious criticism. The site features the logos of the five major web browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Opera. No mention is made of the many other available options nor of their current existence.The reason we feel these browsers should have been in some way included in Google’s browser icebreaker is the same reason we feel there should have been at least some discussion of each browser’s corporate affiliations, best uses, and technical capabilities: Out of fairness to the aforementioned casual Internet user who, after looking at this page, might know what his browser is but still won’t have a clear idea of whether or why he should consider using other browsers.I’m primarily a Chrome user, and I love the lightweight interface and speed. But it’s not the most reliable for enterprise web-based software such as WebEx and certain other web applications. When I’m testing web apps for work, I very often have to break out one of my standby browsers.The flip side of that coin is that, since IE is still a dominant figure in the territory, most apps and sites will still perform well enough in Internet Explorer. I can think of just one app I’ve tested this year that didn’t have any IE support.Some users will care whether or not their browser is open-sourced, or whether or not it’s standards-compliant. Some will care much more that it’s reliable for using enterprise web-based software. But the glaring absence of this information from Google’s presentation shows us that, in the effort to avoid obvious accusations of favoritism, they’ve neglected a great opportunity to create an informed consumer culture around web browsers.By presenting just the logos of five browsers, Google has done something to make consumers slightly more aware of their options but nothing to break down the rhetoric- and sentiment-driven attitudes of average users toward technology products.So, let’s have a little conversation about that now: What’s your browser of choice, and why? When did you start thinking critically about your browser? What performance or other issues trouble you most? Let us know in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img The site gives equally simple text tutorials on how to change a homepage, a default search engine, and a default browser. Credit must go to the “folks” at Google for making these parts of the site accessible to the average Internet user, something that is difficult for a justifiably biased technology company to do.Talk Nerdy to MeThe “Under the Hood” section of the site seemed like it might give the geekier among us some food for thought with regard to browser performance. It contained this history lesson of a browser timeline from Wikipedia and a series of diagnostic tests, mostly related to browsers’ processing of JavaScript.We ran the Google-developed V8 Benchmark Suite on four major browsers. It broke Internet Explorer, and returned seemingly arbitrary results of 164, 673, and 1794 for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome, respectively, on a scale of “bigger is better.” We ran the WebKit SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark on all four browsers, as well. You can click through to see our results for Chrome, IE, Safari, and Firefox.Google’s Still Got Some ‘Splainin’ To DoWe also opened the site with Epiphany, and WhatBrowser said it was Firefox 3. When we tried it out on Konqueror, well… Related Posts jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Houdini 14: Visual Effects and Animation on Steroids

first_imgAhead of the product release in January 2015, a new demo shows off the insane capabilities of Houdini 14.If you’re not already familiar, Houdini is a professional VFX/modeling/animation application designed to give users the ability to create amazingly realistic effects in less render time that it would take in similar 3D programs. With multiple options in the compositing, animation and modeling space, Houdini 14 is one contender worth checking out.The video outlines a few of the new features that will be included in the next update, Houdini 14:As you can see from the video there are a lot of great features to get excited about including:Position Based DynamicsSand SimulatorsWire SimulationEfficient StackingSoft Body DynamicsBead StackingCloth DynamicsUpdated UINew AnimatorCustom Python PanelsPre-selection HighlightingGroup SelectionMantra RenderArtist Controlled Grooming toolsCrowd DynamicsPricing and AvailabilityHoudini 14 will be released in January of 2015. In the meantime you can download either a free trial of Houdini FX or a free non-commercial version called Houdini Apprentice.Are you excited about Houdini 14? Share in the comments below.Resources:New Features in Houdini 14 – SideFXSneak Peak at Houdini 14 – Lester Bankslast_img read more

Gilas draws much-needed spark from youthful Ravena

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena is the youngest player in Gilas Pilipinas and he showed that youthful energy kn sparking the Filipinos’ win over Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Gilas was down, 20-4, midway through the first quarter when Ravena singlehandedly started a revolution against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT He was also given the task to be part of the closeout crew with Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, and Gabe Norwwod.“I guess the preparation is just a matter of playing together, trusting the system, and trusting yourself as well, so all of us can step up in the big stage,” said Ravena. “The trust your coaches and your teammates give you is a big help.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Read Nextcenter_img Romeo vows to be ‘ready’ for Gilas in 3rd window Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And the rally began with a 3-pointer by Ravena, three simple points that became the foundation to a massive 37-6 run that gave Gilas a 41-26 lead at the 4:58 mark of the second quarter.The 24-year-old PBA rookie said spending time with his older, and better, teammates allowed him to perform under the bright lights of Fiba.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In terms of preparing for the big stage, I think it was a big thing that every day you get to spend time with the best players here in the Philippines,” said Ravena in Filipino after their 89-84 win Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Ravena finished with 13 points, eight coming in the first quarter, a period that the Philippines ended with a 22-21 lead, with five assists and two steals. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

Russel Westbrook explodes for 40 as Thunder pull away to beat Suns

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Suns: Host Denver on Saturday night. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening T.J. Warren scored 19 and Deandre Ayton 16 for Phoenix, which had won five of its previous seven games after opening the season 4-24.“That’s a very winnable game for us,” Booker said. “We just let it slip. That team’s been together a long time. They know what it takes to close out games. We’re still learning.”The Thunder swept the four-game season series from the Suns.Schroder scored 10, including a pair of 3s, in what proved to be the decisive 17-2 fourth-quarter run that put Oklahoma City ahead 102-88 with 6:09 to play. Westbrook capped the outburst with a 3 and pretty much took over the game from there.“In the first half, my shot wasn’t falling and everybody else stepped up doing a great job,” Schroder said. “In the second half, everybody gave me confidence, told me to keep shooting and I did and in the fourth quarter I kept it going, shot every shot I could get and it went in.”ADVERTISEMENT The Suns’ reserves were the main contributors in a 16-4 second-quarter run.Nader converted a three-point play then scored again inside to put the Thunder up 43-35 with 10:02 left in the first half.But Josh Jackson sank a 19-footer, followed by a 3-pointer, to ignite the surge. Booker also hit a 3-pointer and Mikal Bridges scored from the baseline to put the Suns ahead 51-47 with 5:22 to go. There were five lead changes the rest of the half, with Oklahoma City leading 58-57 at the break.Phoenix scored the first six points of the second half to lead 63-55 and was up 82-77 after Warren’s 3-pointer, but Raymond Felton’s steal and layup cut it to 82-79. The Suns led 84-81 entering the fourth.“We can be pleased with the three quarters that we played and how we played, how we competed,” Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said, “but unfortunately it’s a 48-minute game.”TIP-INSThunder: Terrance Ferguson left the game due to stomach illness in the first quarter. Alex Abrines missed his second straight game due to stomach illness. … Oklahoma City has not lost three in a row since starting the season 0-4. … Thunder have beaten Phoenix six straight times. … George had started all 33 games this season. … Schroder made 3 of 12 shots in the first three quarters, 5 of 6 in the fourth. … Oklahoma City moved into second in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Denver.Suns: The Suns opened a season-long, seven-game home stand after a 3-2 road trip. … Booker missed his first six shots and was 1-for-7 shooting in the first quarter but with six assists. … Phoenix had won more games in the last seven than it had in the previous 28. … Kelly Oubre Jr. was 2 of 8 shooting, 0 of 4 on 3s, for four points in his home debut for the Suns.UP NEXTThunder: At Dallas on Sunday. Lou Williams’ 36 sends Clippers past Lakers in first clash of year Westbrook scored 40 points, 15 in the game’s final 6 ½ minutes, Schroder scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma City snapped a two-game skid despite the absence of Paul George, who missed his first game of the season due to a right quad contusion. Abdel Nader scored a career-high 18 for the Thunder.When the game was on the line, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, “We defended really well, we rebounded really well and we took care of the basketball and were able to score points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDevin Booker had 25 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who had a three-point lead after three quarters but were outscored 37-18 in the fourth.“We lean on defense all season,” Westbrook said, “and it’s important that we constantly keep leaning on that to win games.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gets fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — For three quarters on Friday night, the improving Phoenix Suns gave Oklahoma City everything it could handle.Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder took over from there, and the Thunder rolled to a 118-102 victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

6 iPhone Apps for the Modern Marketer

first_img Topics:  PR: wait… I: wait… L: wait… LD: wait… I: wait…wait… C: wait… SD: wait… As mobile technology gets more sophisiticated, businesses operate increasingly in real time. As a result, marketing on-the-go becomes more commonplace. Here are 6 iPhone apps that every modern marketer should check out.1. FacebookFacebook users are likely to find its iPhone app counterpart familiar. The mobile app includes many of the same features under a similar interface.One critique of this app is it that where it makes a compromise, it does so at the expense of the businesses aspects of Facebook. Examples are editing pages and groups, as well as managing Facebook ads. Nevetheless, this app can be useful for managing the communications aspects of Facebook.Price: Free Get the Facebook iPhone app2. TwitterrificTwitterrific is a popular Twitter iPhone app. It is similar to the original Twitter.com interface, so if you never left that boat, you will be able to adjust easily. Its easy photo uploading interface might even be an improvement from web applications, due to the iPhone’s handy built-in camera.For those used to desktop Twitter applications like TweetDeck and HootSuite, Twitterrific is admittedly less sophisiticated. Features it lacks are viewing multiple columns, scheduling tweets, and autocomplete on Twitter usernames. Since Twitter has such a real-time nature, it is worth overlooking these minor shortcomings and getting a mobile Twitter app.Price: Free Get Twitterrific3. GraderGrader is the new iPhone app from HubSpot. The Grader.com website it is based on is a ‘suite of tools that helps you measure and analyze your marketing efforts’. The iPhone app grades and provides data about the online influence of your website or twitter account.Price: Free Get Grader4. Analytics ProAnalytics Pro is the online version of Google Analytics. True to the original, the app offers detailed information on your website’s visitors, referral sources, top content, and more. The app even supports multiple Google Analytics accounts. All these rich features are nicely packed into a mobile interface.Any good marketer doesn’t just ‘do’ marketing, but also measures the results of their marketing efforts. Analytics Pro will help get this job done, anytime and anywhere.Price: $6.99 Get Analytics Pro5. LinkedInThe LinkedIn iPhone app helps you manage your online professional network on-the-go. This can be quite useful if you post updates to LinkedIn, or actively use LinkedIn features such as Groups or Answers.Price: Free Get LinkedIn for iPhone6. GoDaddy.com MobileGoDaddy.com is a popular domain registrar. It helps you buy and manage your online domains. The iPhone app provides a neat interface for you to do these things whenever the inspiration or need strikes.Price: Free Get GoDaddy.com MobileAre there other iPhone applications you rely on for marketing? Share them in the comments.Photo Credit: Jorge Quinteros Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img Mobile Apps Originally published Jul 8, 2010 11:30:00 AM, updated July 03 2013last_img read more

Marketing Experts Say Google and Facebook Will Decline in Importance

first_img Social Media Strategy 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:  Source: http://www.thewholebraingroup.com/center_img Many businesses find social media overwhelming – there are so many networks available, and they’re always adding new features for you to learn and integrate into your plan. If you don’t have a full-time team of social media experts at your disposal, your success depends on creating a simple and sensible strategy that fits your resources and goals.Here are a few steps you can take to focus your energy:1. Define your target audience.If you haven’t already identified and documented your buyer personas, start by defining the key demographics of the audience you’re trying to reach – age, gender, occupation, income, hobbies and interests, etc. Think about the challenges they’re faced with, and what problems they’re trying to solve on daily basis. Try to focus on the 3-4 types of people that represent the majority of your buyers – don’t get hung up on all the exceptions, or you’ll never get started!2. Start blogging.Fresh content is the linchpin of a successful social strategy, so you’ll need to commit to creating fresh, quality content on a consistent basis. Brainstorm a list of the most common questions you hear from your prospects, and commit to writing at least one new blog post a week focused on addressing these questions. 3. Create educational content.Consider creating downloadable content like ebooks, checklists, videos, and infographics that address your buyer’s pains. If the content is truly helpful and educational, people will be more likely to share it on social media and extend your reach.4. Focus on a few key social channelsMost small businesses don’t have the bandwidth to establish and sustain a great social media presence on more than a handful of channels. It can also be overwhelming to learn the rules of engagement on a bunch of different networks at one time.Here’s a video by HubSpot Academy explaining all the possible social channels to which you might post content on behalf your business.So, start small. Research key networks to learn where your target audience is most likely to spend time, and focus your effort on building, nurturing, and sustaining a community there before moving on to another channel.5. Develop a recipe card to guide you.Social media isn’t an exact science, so you need to establish a consistent posting and engagement schedule to start seeing results. Start by developing a reasonable recipe card you feel comfortable sticking to. Set goals for how frequently you’ll post content and engage your followers, and hold yourself accountable to following your recipe. (Get a free social media content calendar here to organize your efforts.)6. Measure your results.There are a million things you can track related to social media, so start by looking at how much traffic is being driven to your website or blog from social media. Watch your posts to see what people are responding to, and look for trends related to particular topics or keywords that generate more interest than others. Once you have a sense of what’s possible, set goals for key metrics and start keeping a scorecard to measure your progress. Be sure to chose metrics that are easy to gather – if it’s too time-consuming to track, you’ll fall off the wagon!Net new fans and followers# of interactionsVisits to your site from social7. Adjust your tactics.Unless you’re a celebrity, social media doesn’t start working overnight. It takes time to build a following, establish yourself as an influencer, and start seeing results.  You’ll need to experiment a bit to find the right combination of channels, content, and messaging that works for your audience. Over time, you’ll be able to adjust your recipe card, content, and personas based on the information you’re gathering – which will help you fine tune your strategy and generate more consistent results!Still overwhelmed? Try using the Whole Brain Group’s handy Sensible Social Media Checklist for Businesses – newly updated for 2016 – to get yourself organized. Originally published Feb 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM, updated August 09 2017last_img read more