Simply the best! Tobin’s Spar wins national award

first_imgIt’s official! Eddie and Annette Tobin’s SPAR Express Service Station in Letterkenny has been hailed the ‘best of the best’ after winning the EIQA Award in the Recognised for Excellence category at this year’s National Q Mark Awards.The Q Mark Awards are forever associated with Quality and Excellence in the minds of Irish consumers and it is the only system which allows businesses monitor 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time.Winning this award has shown that the Tobin’s SPAR Express on the Port Road truly cares about their customers and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that it achieves the highest possible standards at all times. According to Colin Donnelly, SPAR Sales Director, “Eddie and Annette and the team at Tobin’s SPAR Express Service Station are very worthy winners of this award. The standards in this store always extremely high and they are always striving for excellence. We are delighted to see them being recognised for their efforts and are very proud of the team.”Simply the best! Tobin’s Spar wins national award was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:SparTobin’s Service Stationlast_img read more

Two orphaned tiger cubs die of viral infection

first_imgTwo orphaned tiger cubs died of a viral infection at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, a forest official said today.One of the cubs died at around midnight yesterday and the other succumbed this morning, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve’s field director Mridul Pathak said.Both the cubs were four months’ old.They were among the three cubs found on January 22 this year at Sarwahi village on the periphery of the Sanjay Gandhi Tiger Reserve in the state.The poachers had killed the mother of the cubs.Later, the three cubs were shifted to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve to be put in foster care, he said.“We tried our best to save the cubs who were infected with parvovirus. This virus generally infects dogs, but it infected the cubs here. The doctors from Panna and Jabalpur were called and proper medicines were also administered to the felines but they could not be saved,” Pathak said.The third cub also has the infection and a team of doctors is trying to save the feline, he added.last_img read more

Sathya Sai Baba’s niece claims threat to life from trustees

first_imgA fresh controversy hit Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, which was rocked by the cash seizure scandal last week, after Sathya Sai Baba’s niece Chetana Raju alleged that she was facing a life threat from some trust members. Chetana – the chairperson of Eeswaramma Women’s Welfare Trust in Prasanthi Nilayam – alleged on Monday that she felt threatened from some trust members. She however refused to name the trustees from whom she feared a threat. Chetana had earlier alleged that all was not well within the trust. She said the threat perception was due to the fact that she had sought action against those responsible for not allowing close relatives during the inventory at Yajur Mandir. The Anantapur Police had on Saturday seized Rs 35 lakh from three people. Even as the police claimed that the cash belonged to Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, the latter has been denying it.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

We saw the ugly side of cricket: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

first_imgFrustrated after rain interruptions forced a tie in the fourth ODI against England, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the “ugly side of cricket” came to fore in the match as the side which had the upperhand “didn’t want to play.”Sunday’s tie gave England the five-match series after the first game was washed out and the hosts won the next two.India had set England a formidable target of 281 in Sunday’s match before rain interruptions forced a tie with the hosts at the Duckworth-Lewis par score of 270 for eight.”We just saw the ugly side of cricket. Whichever team has the upper hand, doesn’t want to play. Whichever team is not on winning side, will stick around and even play football. That’s what people do and that’s what both sides did,” Dhoni said after the match.There were as many as three interruptions – first when England were up and second when the Indians were ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis rule. The intervening showers did cease 10 minutes after the proceedings were ended but the rules didn’t permit the game to be played under lights.”If you have a day game, you need different guidelines and principles to follow. If you put it under lights, it doesn’t look nice,” he said.Dhoni said some of the Indian players were confused about the result. “Some of the guys were confused. Some thought we had won it. Most of us thought it was a passing shower and we would be able to get back on the field,” said Dhoni.advertisement”Once inside the dressing room, we saw the final sheet of paper. After looking at it, it was apparent it was a tie and none of the side had won the game,” he added.Expressing his frustration with the interruptions, which robbed his side of a win in the series, Dhoni said, “This is not the first time. We were close to winning the first game also. But as I said, you can’t control the weather.”Dhoni’s batting was quite refreshing as was the knock of Suresh Raina who top-scored with 84 runs.”We got off to a good start. Openers did well. When I came in, we wanted to make sure we play a number of overs. We didn’t have a target in mind. We wanted to try and rotate the strike. Not to play shots which were risky and get closer to the 40-over mark. In the last 10 overs, we were able to get 110 runs which really made a difference.”For the second game running, India did well in batting powerplay. In the last game at the Oval, they made 51 runs from five overs and here at the Lord’s, they plundered 58.”It has been good in the last two games. It’s important not to look for 60 runs in five overs. You look at 40 runs as a benchmark. If you have explosive power, the last three overs can really make a difference. You can even get 50 runs. But it’s important not to aim too high,” Dhoni said. .There was a feeling that with so much on his plate, Dhoni was better off in giving the keeping responsibility to Parthiv Patel.”I am not a very good fielder. I love fielding on the boundary. But you can’t lead the side from there. So that option (of letting Patel keep) is not there right now.”Dhoni said it would be India’s aim to win the final game at Cardiff on Friday.”Every game is important. Every game is an international game. It’s important to get the most out of it. It wouldn’t be bad to get a victory finally in the whole of series.”England will be visiting India in October and after the encouraging show by a few youngsters, speculation is rife about the seniors retaining their spots.”Quite a few players would be fit by then. We then may not have a very good fielding side. But then grounds in India are small and there is not much opportunity for batters to take singles or twos. You have to see which all players are available. It becomes difficult when senior players are available. It’s tough for the youngsters but (this tour) has been a good grooming period for them. When the time comes, they could be around for 5-10 years.”last_img read more

Lead Generation for a Thought Leadership Authority – Blogs, Books, Speaking, Podcasts and eBooks

first_img Originally published Oct 19, 2007 12:11:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Blogging I recently watched a presentation from Brian Carroll, author of Lead Generation for the Complex Sale and author of a blog called the B2B Lead Generation Blog. His presentation was quite interesting and he had these 5 suggestions for tactics to use for lead generation for a company that is trying to build thought leadership or become an authority.1) Blog.  Brian has been blogging for a year and thinks it is one of the most effective ways to get his ideas out there.  He posts 1 to 3 times per week spending an average of 2 hours per week in his blog.  I agree that this is a great technique to get your message out into the market – that’s why we at HubSpot started this blog!2) Speak.  Speaking opportunities are often overlooked as a marketing tactic, especially speaking at smaller events.  Brian likes the personal connection and says that he gets a lot more leads from in person events than web-based events.  Brian likes to speak 2 to 4 times per month.  the great news is that while preparing for one speaking opportunity can take a lot of time, if you can re-use the same presentation, you can get a lot of leverage out of your time.3) Book. Writing a book is a lot of work, and does very little to generate leads now.  But, a book is a great way to show people that you are a thought leader.  Seth Godin says that “a book is a souvenir of the ideas.”  So, don’t think about the book as a way to promote your ideas, but it is a great way to validate them and make them credible.  Finally, some interesting facts: according to some book researchers, 90% of nonfiction books sell less than 5000 copies, and it takes at least 5000 copies to make a thought leadership impact in the market.  Brian sees the book as a useful sales tool because it provides a lot of credibility and is a great leave behind for your salespeople.4) Podcast.  Brian does a Podcast once a month.  He does not think it is a great lead generation tool, he only has a couple hundred subscribers.  But, it is great for branding, because his data shows that when people do listen to podcasts, they really pay attention to them and tend to do it while driving or working out, and focus a fair amount on the content.5) eBook.  Brian defines an eBook as a “hipper version of whitepapers” (David Meerman Scott agrees).  eBooks are similar to whitepapers, but are typically more graphical and usually do not require registration.Does your company do any thought leadership?  Do you want to serve as an authority in your market?  What techniques do you use for marketing and lead generation below?  Leave a comment below. Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Two TechCrunch Marketing Tips

first_img , its database of startup companies and people. TechCrunch announced it’s making it easier to Specifically, CrunchBase illustrates two important new rules of inbound marketing: . ). Obviously, you can’t post promotional material. However, quality edits can be a good way to get your name onto TechCrunch without , this approach seems to be working. http://www.crunchbase.com/about breaking into Michael Arrington’s house traffic I thought this was a very cool announcement, so I sent off an email to a few folks here at HubSpot, and we came up with a bunch of ways we could use CrunchBase to help our users. As I was digging around, I realized that CrunchBase itself is a great example of top-notch Inbound Marketing. Originally published Jul 16, 2008 10:48:00 AM, updated July 08 2013 If you have good data, share it. take advantage of information in CrunchBase Don’t forget the simple stuff! Anybody can edit CrunchBase, so make sure your information on the site is accurate and up-to-date. The policy on updating is explained here ( Yesterday the popular technology blog Data is like content — if you publish and distribute it, it will help drive traffic and leads back to your site. CrunchBase is a great example. By opening up its database, the site has dramatically improved its position versus a big competitor in professional data, LinkedIn. LinkedIn probably has more and better data than CrunchBase, but it’s harder for third parties to use LinkedIn data. That means many of those third parties will use CrunchBase, which will in turn make their data more important, and drive readers back to TechCrunch. When in doubt, create valuable content . High-quality, useful content like CrunchBase draws people in. It’s probably not making much money, but that’s ok — the goal isn’t to create a new business, it’s to create content that (a) enhances the brand of TechCrunch, an existing lucrative business, and (b) shows up in search-result pages, driving new people TechCrunch. Judging by Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack SEO Topics: Bonus Tip For Marketers at Startup Companies – Update Your Profile on CrunchBaselast_img read more

Make Media or Be Left Out of the Conversation

first_imgFinancial aid — it’s about as far as you can get from media. No way to create content in that business, right? Absolutely not, said Chris Penn when I spoke with him at the You can hear more from Chris in Even better, if you hurry, you can get one of the last tickets to the . , where Chris will be speaking on Sept. 8. in Boston earlier this month. Originally published Aug 25, 2008 9:15:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Affiliate Marketing Summit Chris is the Chief Technology Officer of the His podcast is a highly successful content-based inbound marketing strategy. It’s introduced tens of thousands of people to The Student Loan Network, and demonstrates the marketing value of great content, no matter what your line of business.center_img , as well as founder and producer of the Financial Aid Podcast the video of our conversation , posted below. Inbound Marketing Summit “Every business is media, and you need to be participating in media, or be left out of the conversation.” Student Loan Network Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Why Your Content Doesn’t Attract Links and Other Marketing Stories of the Week

first_img lead generation tool diligent marketers This one comes to us from our friends at SEOmoz, telling the tale of a story that was presented at MozCon: how optimizing a Google+ profile dramatically increased a blogger’s traffic. The . Without a Strategy, There is No ROI From Brian Solis Content is the key to check out the full story here Topics: and Once again, we have the honor of bringing you this week’s edition of “Latest Facebook Update.” Facebook’s trying hard to monetize with this update to Promoted Posts, in which advertisers they can now be seen in the news feeds of users who flat-out aren’t fans of a brand’s page. Talk about growing your brand’s check out the full story here . Image credit: rankings department. We especially loved their tip on taking a fresh spin on the subject matters you tackle in your content. If your post doesn’t differ from the million other blog posts out there with the same keywords, nobody’s going to pay attention, right? To read the rest of their link building tips, . To read more about designing a marketing strategy that yields actual ROI for your business, The Best Memes of 2012 (So Far) From Mashable rise of Google+ , you. check out the full story here memes can be quick, easy pieces of content to create Did you come across an inbound marketing gem this week? Share it in the comments! check out the full story here . check out the full story here If you’re spending this Sunday on your computer, it’s time to take a break and read up on some interesting inbound marketing content that came to us from around the internet this week. And if you’re spending this Sunday gallavanting around in the great outdoors, well, good for you — you can scroll through this content to assuage any guilt for your working colleagues, and maybe get you a little better prepared for work tomorrow morning! that your social networks will eat right up. There’s nothing wrong with showing a little personality and wit online! If you want to browse Mashable’s full meme round-up, Be honest. Are you as addicted to memes as we are? If so, enjoy a leisurely browse of Mashable’s compilation of 2012’s best memes so far. And although any see them as simply funny, time-sucking procrastination tools, remember that How Optimizing My Ugly Google+ Profile Pic Increased Free Traffic 35% From SEOmoz 10 Reasons Your Content Doesn’t Attract Links From CopyPressed . Brian Solis published this piece on strategy, social media, and return on investment this week on his blog, and we think it’s a winning read. Social media, he says, is the newest shiny toy marketers have to play with; but if it is treated like an experiment or mere plaything, it’s hugely detrimental to your business. We couldn’t agree more. Social media is, like every other marketing channel your business possesses, a social reach Link Building ! Except, you know, for the whole complete opposite of inbound marketing thing. It remains to be seen if these uninvited ads will have decent click-through rates to back up their presence — this whole thing is still in the testing stage. But if you’d like to learn more about it, Some people spend their Sundays in August living the high life; swimming, grilling, tossing around the frisbee. Others spend it working — good for you, you Facebook Tests Promoted Posts in Newsfeeds of Non-Fans . has given marketers what the author calls “rich snippets,” one of which includes your Google+ profile picture. The author navigated Google’s markup instructions to get his profile picture to appear in search, but to no avail — his traffic stayed flat, and he heard of others whose traffic actually dropped. Upon investigating, he realized he needed to improve the quality of his photo. To read more about how he improved the quality of his Google+ profile picture and how that led to a traffic boost, Kevin Zollman Originally published Aug 19, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 ; but what if your content isn’t getting the links you’re sure it deserves? CopyPressed delivered this handy little checklist of 10 reasons why your content probably isn’t attracting links. Things such as bad titles and unattractive page design can drag down otherwise great content — in the links getting inbound links Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The 2013 Design Guide to Email Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

first_img Email Templates 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 13, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Any experienced email marketer knows that crafting the perfect marketing email is somewhat of an art form. Not only do you have to nail copywriting, messaging, personalization, and proper segmentation and targeting — but you also have to worry about how that email actually looks. On both desktops and mobile devices. And if your background isn’t in design, let’s just say it’s not exactly a piece of cake to craft an email that achieves both form and function.But with HubSpot’s 2012 Science of Email Marketing research revealing that 65% of people prefer emails with mostly images rather than text — and a whopping 88% opting for HTML emails over plain text — email design isn’t exactly something a marketer can afford to overlook.To give you a better sense of why expertly designed email marketing is so important these days, check out the infographic below and start 2013 off with an email marketing bang!(Click infographic to enlarge.)center_img Topics: Are you leveraging techniques like personalization and dynamic content in your email marketing? Are your emails mobile-optimized and triggered by your leads’ behavior? There’s no better time to start than the new year.last_img read more