Somdev gets wild card for Australian Open

first_imgSomdev Devvarman has been awarded a prestigious wild card into the men’s singles main draw of the Australian Open to be held in Melbourne from January 17 to 30.According to Tennis Australia, the Indian has been given a wild card in recognition of his performances in 2010. He first broke into the top 100 and then won singles gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and then the Asian Games in Guangzhou against quality opposition.Tennis Australia started giving one wild card each in men’s and women’s singles seven years ago. Anil Khanna, president of the Asian Tennis Federation said: ” I am very happy Somdev has got the wild card. He richly deserves it.” Somdev was happy about the good news. ” I am keen to make amends for my performance in the Chennai Open,” he told reporters.To be sure this is a break which has come in time for Somdev.After the highs of 2010, he began badly at the Chennai Open when he lost in the first round. Somdev did try to play down the loss but it’s no secret that losing at a venue which he loves was hard to digest.Everyone knows how hard it is to qualify for a Grand Slam and Somdev can now focus on his preparations. As one who puts in hours in training, Somdev needs to use this chance well.Some of his former coaches in Chennai who worked with him six years ago, say that Somdev should not stand three feet behind the baseline and hope to win points.advertisementBut the bigger issue is one cannot run down Somdev for one first round exit at the Chennai Open. He is aware this is a big year for him as staying in the top 100 will be top priority.last_img read more

Unhappy Sri Lanka may not allow Lasith Malinga to play in IPL

first_imgDefending champions Mumbai Indians are set to suffer a major blow after Sri Lanka Cricket has hinted at not giving No Objection Certificate to Lasith Malinga to play in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League. (Full IPL Coverage)According to reports, SLC is unhappy with Malinga’s attitude of picking and choosing tournaments and the two have been at loggerheads since the Asia Cup T20 in Bangladesh in February.SLC chief Tilanga Sumathipala said that the current status of Malinga’s fitness needs to be assessed before the Board decides to give him the NOC.”He can’t go without our permission. If he defies us and go, he can only return after sitting on the bench,” Sumathipala said.The Board administration had asked Malinga to leave the captaincy before the World T20 last month in obvious annoyance.Although Malinga made it to Sri Lanka World T20 team as a player, he once again opted out of the crucial tournament, citing fitness issues.As a result, Sri Lanka were forced to play the tournament without their main bowler, which turned out to be one of the main reasons for the defending champions’ ouster from the World T20 in the first round itself.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Can My Boss or Employer Fire Me For Posting on Glassdoor?

first_imgWhether you live to work, or work for the weekend, our jobs are tremendously important in our lives. Our jobs provide for our families, they enable us to make a living, they give us a sense of purpose, and help us achieve our dreams.Therefore, doing anything that might jeopardize our ability to have a job can stir up anxiety—and more than a few questions.On Glassdoor, posting a company review or submitting salary can stir up many of those questions. Is my review really anonymous? How honest can I really be? Will my employer find out? Can my manager penalize me for posting on Glassdoor?You’ve got questions, and we have answers. Sure, being transparent about your job or workplace can seem scary, but the good news is that reviewing a company not only helps millions of job seekers who rely on Glassdoor’s reviews and other user-submitted content to find jobs and companies they love, it also helps the companies be better, do better.Don’t believe us? We asked the experts: Tom O’Brien, deputy general counsel at Glassdoor, and Brad Serwin, general counsel at Glassdoor. Between the two of them, they have over 40 years of experience in tackling legal matters, including issues around employment.Here’s what they had to say about posting company reviews, the protections you enjoy as employees, and some social media pitfalls we should all avoid.Question #1: Posting on social media has become commonplace. However, are there limits, legally, employees should be aware of when it comes to posting online about current employers?There are practical limits, there are company-specific limits and there are legal limits. Practically, don’t post anything publicly that you don’t want your friends, family and, importantly, your employer to see. We all remember when Michael Phelps posted pictures of himself smoking marijuana and it cost him lucrative product endorsements. Of course, there are platforms that allow you to post anonymously, so others won’t be able to associate you with your posts. Glassdoor, for example, is an anonymous platform because we want employees to have a place to speak their minds about their workplace experiences without their employers looking over their shoulder. But that doesn’t mean you can say whatever you want. No matter where you are posting online, you should be mindful to express only your honest opinion or truthful facts.[Related: What to Do When Your Coworkers Find You Intimidating]Your employer probably has a social media policy that prohibits posting confidential information about your company (and perhaps about posting anything about your company) without permission from your company’s public relations group. You are required to follow your company’s legally compliant policies even if they are stricter than what the law would otherwise let you do. If you violate your company’s policies you could be subject to employment discipline up to and including termination.That said, there are limits to the restrictions employers can place on what you can say about them online. In the US, the National Labor Relations Act is a Federal Law that protects the rights of workers to discuss wages and working conditions with other workers. These protections apply to posts on social media, so your employer isn’t allowed to prevent you from communicating with other employees online about your pay or working conditions – like when you submit a Glassdoor review. Also, while it’s appropriate for your employer to prohibit you from disclosing legitimately confidential business information, employers sometimes try to restrict too much in their employee confidentiality provisions and certain restrictions prove to be unenforceable when challenged.Finally, the law prohibits you from publishing anything, anywhere, that defames or libels anyone. In the US, your honest opinions are protected by the First Amendment. But if you state false facts that are harmful to your employer’s business reputation, your employer may have a legitimate basis for a claim against you. So it is generally advisable to stick to sharing your opinions rather than stating facts about someone online. If it’s important to you to discuss factual specifics, be sure they are truthful statements. It’s also a good idea to have support for your facts. And don’t bully or harass anyone online. It’s bad netiquette and potentially illegal. Ultimately, you are responsible for what you write, even if you post anonymously.[Related: Responding to Negative Glassdoor Reviews 101]Question #2: Legally, can a boss or manager punish employees for posting on company review sites like Glassdoor?In general; no. But keep in mind, when you post about your employer, you are responsible for abiding by the law and lawful contractual obligations you’ve agreed to. So, to be sure you cannot be punished by your employer, your reviews should state your opinion about workplace conditions, not make statements of fact that could be proven false. And your reviews should not disclose trade secrets or confidential business information.When it comes to discussing your bosses and other co-workers in your online reviews there are a few things to consider. As we explain in our Community Guidelines, on Glassdoor, we allow reviews that name individuals in the highest positions in a company who have broad influence over the work environment, as long as the review describes the individual’s behavior or performance at work. Individuals in this category include those who are the public face of the company (C-Suite, Executive Director, President, Owner, Founder, etc.). We allow this because we believe this information is generally representative of a company’s culture and can be informative to job candidates. But we don’t think Glassdoor is the place for criticism of your co-workers outside these most senior roles, so we don’t allow reviews that include negative comments about identifiable individuals outside of the very senior leadership group.While you can say more on Glassdoor about the most senior management in your company (like the CEO) than you can about other managers, remember that the general posting rules apply to anything you post online. If you divulge confidential information, spread damaging false information about your company and management, or use social media to bully someone online, you probably will violate your company’s policies – and possibly the law – and your employer can legitimately punish you for that if they find out that you did it.[Related: 7 Types of Companies You Should Never Work For]Question #3: Are there legal protections in place for employees of non-US based employees of US-headquartered companies?Legally, employees of US-headquartered companies who are working outside of the US are subject to the laws of the country in which they work and live and not the laws of the US.Practically, many US-headquartered companies have employment policies that apply worldwide to all their employees, not just to their US employees, and those policies conform to US law. Remember that employment policies are often very general and subject to interpretation. Also remember that managers outside the US may well be making those interpretations and they will bring usual custom and practice in your country to that decision.At Glassdoor, we take local custom and practice into account too. For instance because of local practice, on our site in Brazil, we don’t allow users to give their opinions about specific individuals even if they are senior management in their company even though we allow that on our and Western European local sites. We make that distinction based on custom and practice in Brazil even though it’s technically legal to give an opinion about senior management in a company there.[Related: Can You Sue If Salary Negotiations Turn Sour?]Question #4: Is reviewing your company on social media a fireable offense?In general, no. For the most part, it is legal to post your opinion about your company, your workplace environment, and your senior management on social media. But you could be fired if you post confidential information, post false damaging facts about your company, or harass or defame someone at your company on social media and those actions violate your company’s employment policies.If an employee feels that he/she has been improperly penalized for submitting a review on Glassdoor, what should they do? Do they have grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit?Most companies provide for a right of appeal of any disciplinary action to more senior management personnel who are unrelated to the disciplinary decision. If you believe you have been unfairly disciplined, you should file an appeal. Be sure to organize your facts and, if you have a chance to state your side of the matter live, practice, practice, practice.If you are fired for submitting a review on Glassdoor, consult a qualified employment law attorney to see if your company followed the law and all of their own policies in making that decision. If they didn’t you can sue for your back pay and your job.[Related: A Victim, An HR Exec & A Lawyer: 3 Perspectives on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace]You can also reach out to the National Labor Relations Board (the NLRB) for assistance. They are the administrative body charged with protecting workers who discuss wages and working conditions with their peers from employer retaliation. If you’ve been fired or disciplined for online speech of this kind, you can file a charge with NLRB against your employer and may be able to win reinstatement and/or back pay.In our time with Glassdoor, we have not heard of a single case of an employee being fired for posting a review on Glassdoor. And Glassdoor fights to preserve the anonymity of our users as far as the Courts will hear us. We also try to help you avoid posting reviews that are likely to become a problem by laying down some ground rules. See our Community Guidelines for what’s ok and what isn’t.EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog does not provide legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.last_img read more

Sponsors vs. Mentors: What’s the Difference & Why It Matters

first_imgMentorships help professionals learn about their fields and roles from senior practitioners.  Mentors serve as advisors, helping mentees shape their ambitions and plans. Mentors are qualified to serve in this capacity because they have a general expertise relevant to the professional experience that they share with mentees. It isn’t necessary for mentors to work at the same company as those they mentor.Economist, founder and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation Sylvia Ann Hewlett explains: “Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board – but they’re not your ticket to the top.” Sponsors, on the other hand, can be that ticket. Sponsors take a direct role in the advancement of their protégés.  Sponsors work at the same organizations as their protégés. They advocate for protégés, helping them earn raises and promotions and garner success in their shared environment. Sponsors put skin in game, using their connections to advance their protégés through their endorsement and guidance.  Having a sponsor, a career champion, is a game-changing asset that is especially important for minority and female professionals. A two-way relationshipA sponsorship serves both parties, just as a mentorship does. But, while mentorships tend to be more ideological and educational, sponsorship involves concrete action on both sides. Holly Brittingham, Senior Vice President of Global Talent and Organizational Development with Foote, Cone & Belding, FCB Global explains: “Sponsors actively seek out and facilitate career-expanding opportunities for their protégé, and, in turn, the protégé commits to stepping up and demonstrating value to the organization, even if this requires them to shift their way of thinking and their leadership behaviors, in order to be successful.”Sponsorship, then, is a symbiosis rooted in action that furthers both sides’ aspirations. Brittingham notes: “Sponsors open doors and provide access, while protégés support and drive a sponsor’s vision.”9 Companies That Offer Incredible Professional Development ProgramsWhy women and minorities especially need sponsorshipIn a recent Fortune Magazine post Grace Donnelly points out: “It’s well-documented that the C-suites and boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies are overwhelmingly white and male.” In fact, Stacy Jones, also writing for Fortune, explains that although only 3% of Fortune 500 companies shared full details about the diversity of their leadership and staff, among “high ranking officials, 80% are men and 72% of those men are white.” These figures indicate that because they are earning these roles, white men are already getting the support they need to advance. Meanwhile their non-white, non-male peers are clearly not earning leadership positions at the same rates; therefore, sponsorship can be an important key to advancement for these professionals.   Brittingham explains: “The barriers to advancement for women and minorities in organizations tend to be structural and rooted in unconscious bias. To put it simply, human beings are innately drawn to and trust people with whom they have things in common, and are thus more likely to extend themselves as advocates for those people. As you would imagine, this unintentionally creates a rather insular way of cultivating talent.” Purposeful sponsorship can remedy this. Brittingham explains how: “Breaking this pattern requires more than offering words of encouragement and support to those who fall outside the conventional profile of a leader or emerging leader. It requires taking a stance towards meaningful action. At FCB, we refer to this as Intentional Inclusion, which is the philosophical core of our Culture & Inclusion initiative. We believe that meaningful and sustainable change in this area requires a willingness to not only acknowledge unconscious bias, but to take concrete steps to mitigate its effects when it harms the business. And this is everyone’s responsibility.” While sponsorship enhances individual relationships, it also has implications that radiate throughout a professional culture, enhancing it in myriad ways. Brittingham asserts: “when a well-connected senior leader commits to advocating for someone from an underrepresented group – even when this requires more investment in building relationship capital required for success – this individual-level action translates, at an organizational level, to disrupting the patterns that prevent career advancement for women and minorities.” Sponsorship can have a tremendous impact on the organization, especially when it comes to cultivating diversity, retaining talent and training leaders.The Other CEO: Tony Prophet, Salesforce’s Chief Equality OfficerInitiating sponsorshipsAs with mentorship, certainly individuals can initiate their own symbiotic relationships. But because there’s more at stake in a sponsorship, it can prove helpful to have an institutional program in place to foster sponsorships. Brittingham explains: “It’s been customary for sponsorships to be informal and to emerge organically, but a more intentional effort is needed when seeking to improve diversity at the senior levels of an organization. Formal sponsorship or advocacy programs should contain elements that support the roles and development of both the sponsor and the protégé. For example, these could include focused leadership programs for protégés, selection/positioning of sponsors as agents of change in the organization, and strategic touch points and guidance for interaction between the two.” If your organization doesn’t have a sponsorship program in place, cultivating your own organic sponsoring relationship can stand to serve you well. Also, it’s likely that your colleagues in human resources are versed in the basics of sponsorship and they can provide input and support. Petition your HR colleagues to start discussing sponsorship with company leadership with an eye towards adopting a company-wide program. 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Six-Figure Jobs With the Most Competition

first_img6. Product ManagerMedian Base Salary: $114,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 3.92Number of Open Jobs: 7,979Companies Hiring: ShowPad, Blue Shield of California, ArcTouch, Esurance, Bridge Partners, NetApp & more.See Open Jobs 2. IT ManagerMedian Base Salary: $116,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 6.76Number of Open Jobs: 1,188Companies Hiring: Radisson Hotel Group, Brainshark, Change Healthcare, Curtis Instruments, USAA, App Annie & more.See Open Jobs 3. PharmacistMedian Base Salary: $120,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 5.11Number of Open Jobs: 1,228Companies Hiring: UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worldwide Clinical Trials, Albertsons Companies, Aurora HealthCare, ScriptDash Pharmacy, US Department of Veterans Affairs & more.See Open Jobs Driver Training Program – Full Time (Must have a valid Class A): Detroit Holland Romulus, MI 23 hours ago 23h Jobs with big salaries can equal big competition. Glassdoor’s Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell defines job competition as high when “there are at least two job seekers for every job, per job title,” and some well-paying positions can have as many as 10 applicants for every job listing on Glassdoor.The tech industry is home to many of the most sought-after positions, and Stansell explains that exciting perks and benefits in tech combined with impressive salaries are attracting a large number of applicants. “Many young, skilled workers are flooding into these roles,” she says. Keep reading to see if your dream job made it on the list, plus expert advice for candidates in competitive fields on how to stand out from the crowd.1. Data Scientist Median Base Salary: $110,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 9.51Number of Open Jobs: 3,702Companies Hiring: QuickenLoans, Walker Advertising, Sauce Labs, Grammarly, Tufts Medical Center, Hulu & more.See Open Jobs Physical Therapist Team Rehabilitation Madison Heights, MI 8. Data Engineer Median Base Salary: $100,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 3.06Number of Open Jobs: 2,572Companies Hiring: Asana, Coupa Software, eBay, Fanatics, Pinterest, Interfolio & more.See Open Jobs Diesel Mechanic RJ Logistics, LLC Chesterfield, MI RN’s and LPN’s Elite Care Nursing Grand Rapids, MI Are you a job seeker facing stiff competition? Fear not – just because the competition is high doesn’t mean your chances of scoring the job you want are nonexistent. Make sure you stand out from the crowd by being specific on how you – and only you – can best fit the company. Tim Toterhi, executive coach and founder of Plotline Leadership, advises supplementing your resume and cover letter with a “side by side one-pager that lists the big ticket items from the job description and how exactly you will tackle those if awarded the role.” Use previous experiences listed in your resume to demonstrate how you can deliver these promises: “If you can back up your assertions with metrics and proof points from prior positions that’s even better.” Ultimately an employer has already determined that you are qualified for the position – what’s important is what you specifically can bring to the position; Toterhi says, “What I need to know is why you can do it better than anyone else.” 23 hours ago 23h Diesel Technician – Romulus MI Kirk NationaLease Romulus, MI How to Beat the Competition In Your Next Job Search7. Strategy ManagerMedian Base Salary: $135,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 3.29Number of Open Jobs: 1,206Companies Hiring: Storyblocks, TMobile, MarketStar, MediFast, Unilever, seek & more.See Open Jobs Available Jobs in Michigan 23 hours ago 23h Ask a Resume Writer: How Do I Make My Resume More Competitive10. Engagement ManagerMedian Base Salary: $120,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 2.43Number of Open Jobs: 1,251Companies Hiring: Simplee, SHYFT Analytics, PCM, Travelers Companies, Slack, Collaborative Solutions & more.See Open Jobs 10 Jobs That Pay 100k With the Least Competition4. Software EngineerMedian Base Salary: $103,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 4.65Number of Open Jobs: 24,743Companies Hiring: ENSCO, Dynetics, Bentley Systems, Ayco, Sage, Brainshark, Applause & more.See Open Jobs 3.1★ Fleet Trainer/Teacher – Diesel Technician/Mechanic Star Truck Rentals, Inc. Comstock Park, MI 9. Technical Program ManagerMedian Base Salary: $130,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 2.47Number of Open Jobs: 1,338Companies Hiring: Credit Karma, Leanplum, Amazon, Apttus, Riverside Research Institute, Mercury Systems & more.See Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 4.6★ 23 hours ago 23h Find Jobs Near You 5. Finance ManagerMedian Base Salary: $120,000Ratio of Applies to Job: 4.35Number of Open Jobs: 2,286Companies Hiring: UMA Education, Meltwater, Kaufman Financial Group, LendingClub, Reddit, Allied Telecom Group & more.See Open Jobs 3.5★ 3.5★ Direct Care Worker Homes of Opportunity Washington Township, MI N/A 23 hours ago 23h 4.6★ 3.6★ Behavior Technician ABA Pathways West Branch, MI 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h CDL A Flatbed Driver – OTR Carrier One, Inc. Lansing, MI Methodology: For a job to be considered for “Six-Figure Jobs With the Most Competition” report, job titles must have 1,000 unique U.S. active direct employer openings as of 5/18/2018, and 100 apply starts between 4/10/2018 – 5/10/2018. A job must have also received at least 30 salary reports shared by U.S.-based employees between 6/1/2016 and 5/16/2018 on Glassdoor. This list reveals just a sample of jobs in which U.S. employees report a total median annual compensation of $100,000 or more. Glassdoor economic research analysts define “competition” for this report as the ratio of apply starts (in last 30 days) to unique count of open jobs. There is “most competition” when there are at least two job seekers for every job, per job title on Glassdoor. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. Intern level jobs were excluded from this report.Browse Open Jobs 3.6★ 3.1★ Property Maintenance Technicians – Floating – SIGN-ON BONUS! 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The Phone Interview Cheat Sheet

first_img View More Jobs RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 3.1★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 4.5★ LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL Hot New Jobs For You In some ways, phone interviews can be more stressful than in-person interviews — after all, you only get one shot to make a first impression. But phone interviews do have one major advantage over in-person interviews: The recruiter can’t see you, so they’ll be none the wiser if you need a little help from a cheat sheet.If you ever had a teacher or professor who let you bring an index card filled with notes to your final exam, the principle’s much the same. Just write down a few talking points and anecdotes that will help jog your memory when faced with a tricky question.To get you started, we came up with a cheat sheet with fields for all of the information you’ll need on hand to ace your next phone interview. Download it now, and read on for a breakdown of how to use it!About the CompanyIn this portion, you’ll fill out the most relevant high-level company information: their mission, the products and services they offer, the name of the CEO, notes on the culture and any recent news or updates on the company, such as an acquisition or the launch of a new product offering. You might be wondering: Why is this so important to know?Well, for one, each of these questions is completely fair game for an interviewer to ask. Interviewers often want to make sure that candidates care enough about an opportunity at a company to do some research on it, so if you can’t name the CEO or the products a company offers, you might just be disqualified. But for another, this will also help you craft intelligent questions to ask your interviewer — more on that later!50 Most Common Interview QuestionsAbout MeIn this section, you’ll jot down relevant information about yourself, including a brief elevator pitch, your relevant experience, strengths, weaknesses and why you are interested in this particular role/company. In a phone interview, recruiters are just getting to know you, so this high-level information will almost certainly be the basis for several of their questions. With a quick glance down at this section, you’ll be able to handle nearly any introductory question a recruiter throws your way!Questions for the Company At some point or another, interviewers almost always give you an opportunity to ask them a few questions. This might make you nervous, but don’t worry — it’s not a trick! In fact, it’s a gift. Not only does this give you the opportunity to understand the company and the position on a deeper level, but you can also use your research on the company to help you ask intelligent questions that show off what an informed candidate you are.Asking a question like “How does your mission of X manifest itself on a daily basis?” or “How does your newly-launched mobile app fit into your five-year business plan?” will prove that you’re invested in the opportunity and a critical thinker who does their homework.11 Questions to Ask In an Interview, According to a Hiring ManagerQuestions to Prepare forBetween the previous three sections, you should be ready to answer most of the questions that come your way — but there’s one tricky subset of interview questions you should still prepare for: behavioral interview questions. Behavioral interview questions ask you to share stories from your work experience, such as “Tell me about a time you made a mistake,” or “Tell me about a time you went above and beyond the requirements of a project.”Behavioral questions are among the most difficult to answer on the spot, since they require you to rack your brain to think of a relevant example. Luckily, all you need to do to eliminate that awkward silence is list out a few anecdotes you can share in advance. Pro tip: Write in bullet points, not full sentences — you don’t want to sound too rehearsed and robotic!The next time you have a phone interview, don’t be intimidated — all it takes is a little preparation beforehand. With your filled-out cheat sheet by your side, you’ll have nothing to worry about and everything to look forward to!Download the Phone Interview Cheat Sheet Now! 23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 23 hours ago 23h Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.5★ Part-time Day Associate Crew Carwash Indianapolis, IN 23 hours ago 23h Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 3.4★ N/A 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX 3.5★ 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Take the Survey–and Help the Maternal and Newborn Health Community Better Understand Clean Birth Kits

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 1, 2010June 1, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Saving Newborn Lives and Johns Hopkins University are leading a group conducting a short survey on implementation experiences with Clean Birth Kits, including contents, methods of distribution, and incentives/disincentives issues. The survey also includes potential CBK “add ons.” The results will be used to summarize the evidence on the use of birth kits in various contexts, to identify knowledge gaps, and, where appropriate, to make programmatic recommendations.Please click here to participate in the survey.To learn more about the Clean Birth Kits Working Group and its members, click here.Share this:last_img read more

Podcast: Chris Murray Discusses His Recent Research that Suggests a Drop in Global Maternal Deaths

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on May 19, 2010July 14, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)EarthSky: A Clear Voice for Science has posted two podcast interviews with Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington—and principal author of  the April 2010 study published in the Lancet that showed a decline in women dying in childbirth around the world.The first podcast is 90 seconds and the second is 8 minutes.Murray comments on his recent study and notes that, “The good news is that some countries have proven that we can make progress – countries like Egypt, or Bolivia, or China or even India.”Click here to access the podcasts–and read the accompanying post by Hilary Andersen on EarthSky. Share this:last_img read more

This Thursday: Policy Discussion on Improving Transportation and Referral for Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on May 17, 2010July 14, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Reminder: This event will occur this Thursday, May 20th!Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the fifth event of the series on Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health.This event will feature:Víctor Conde Altamirano, Obstetric Nets Manager, CARE BoliviaJohn Koku Awoonor-Williams, East Regional Director, Ghana Health ServiceSubodh Satyawadi, Chief Operating Officer, GVK Emergency Management & Research Institute of IndiaPatricia Bailey, Public Health Specialist, Family Health International and Columbia University.May 20, 20103:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.6th Floor Flom AuditoriumWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWPlease RSVP to with your name and affiliation.Access to skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetric care are key solutions to improving maternal morality, yet functioning referral systems and poor road infrastructure delay efficient care. Increased research, funding, knowledge sharing, and coordination between private and public sectors are necessary to make transportation and referral a global health priority.Today’s discussion will highlight the lessons and knowledge gaps identified at a Wilson Center workshop in Washington DC with 25 experts from the transportation and maternal health communities, as well as representatives from the private sector and donor community.Víctor Conde Altamirano, obstetric nets manager, CARE-Bolivia will discuss how transportation and referral data is being incorporated into Bolivia’s health system to improve maternal health. John Koku Awoonor-Williams, east regional director, Ghana Health Service, will address the utilization and maintenance of ambulances in rural Ghana. Subodh Satyawadi, chief operating officer, GVK Emergency Management Institute will discuss the lessons learned and challenges faced through India’s “Emergency 108” call system. Strategies and recommendations identified at the Wilson Center workshop in Washington DC will be provided by Patricia Bailey, public health specialist, Family Health International.About the Maternal Health Policy SeriesThe reproductive and maternal health community finds itself at a critical point, drawing increased attention and funding, but still confronting more than a half million deaths each year and a high unmet need for family planning. The Policy Dialogue series seeks to galvanize the community by focusing on important issues within the maternal health community.The Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative is pleased to present this series with its co-conveners, the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is grateful to USAID’s Bureau for Global Health for further technical assistance. The Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health provided valuable technical assistance to this transportation and referral meeting.If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast at The webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 6th Floor Flom Auditorium. A map to the Center is available at Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please allow additional time to pass through security.For information on previous and future events in this series, click here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

IHME Report Suggest “End of an Era” for Health Assistance, but MNCH Funding Continues to Grow

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 11, 2013March 21, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Last week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) released, Financing for Global Health: The End of the Golden Era? its fourth annual report analyzing trends in Development Assistance for Health (DAH) from 1990 through 2009, with estimates through 2011.From the report:In this year’s report, IHME built on its past data collection and analysis efforts to monitor the resources made available through development assistance for health (DAH) and government health expenditure (GHE). It confirms what many in the global health community expected: After reaching a historic high in 2010, overall DAH declined slightly in 2011, with some organizations and governments spending more and others spending less.One of the areas where there has been an increase in spending is the overall area of maternal, newborn and child health, including family planning. In a chapter devoted to outlining investments by health area, the authors point out that while MNCH investments have not increased as dramatically as other areas, such as HIV/AIDS, increases have been steady, and, indeed, continued to grow since 2009, even as funding for other health issues has declined.The authors attribute this increase to some specific sources:The Every Woman Every Child initiative has received over $20 billion in commitments since its inception in 2010. In 2012, the London Summit on Family Planning also succeeded in mobilizing billions of dollars for MNCH. The debut of the spending associated with Every Woman Every Child and other maternal and child health initiatives is manifested in MNCH growth rates. In 2010, UNICEF spending on MNCH jumped 60.9% (the response to the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan also contributed to this rise). MNCH DAH disbursements also grew significantly for the UK (38.8%). Other actors engaged in supporting MNCH also increased the DAH provided for the sector. A surge in funding for the WHO’s programs on MNCH (8.5%) as well as US bilateral (9.4%) and UNFPA support (2.3%) bolstered sector-wide growth.The report goes on to point out that the increased investments over the years have coincided with a decline in the proportion of the global burden of disease attributed to MNCH-related issues. In other words, these investments are paying off. This success makes the news that the European Union (EU) moved Friday to cut investments in global health and development overall particularly troubling. These cuts, which will affect the EU’s investments over the next seven years mark the first decrease in EU funding for international assistance in its history. While it is not quite clear what current investments will be affected most, some reports suggest that family planning programs are a likely target for cuts, a move that could hinder efforts to improve the health of women and children around the world.To read more, check out the full IHME report here, and NPR’s coverage of the report here.Share this:last_img read more

The Consequences of Job-Juggling

first_imgIn Gabrielle’s recent post on the rise in the number of people working multiple, part-time jobs, she voiced concern about the cumulative strain that juggling multiple jobs might have. As long as full-time jobs are scarce in industries ranging from health care to publishing to insurance,this is likely going to be a pressing and public mental health issue. One reader, Christopher, happens to be a therapist who’s worked with freelancers, and says that for them, having several jobs is a “significant stressor.” Whether they’re juggling because they need more income, are aiming for “breadth” in their careers, or are simply ambitious, he sees that being overworked for prolonged periods of time “ignores the need to have relationships, to foster marriages, to raise children, to care for our spirituality, to exercise and care for our health and all the other things we need to do.” See the rest of Christopher’s thoughtful response here.  Photo by Pedro Moura Pinheiro, via Flickr.last_img read more

What freelancers need to know about Trump’s actions on ObamaCare

first_imgUPDATE 11/1/17: Open Enrollment 2017 is here! Shop plans from Freelancers Union.There’s a lot of confusion out there about what is happening with health insurance, especially in the wake of President Trump’s recent executive orders.Here’s what freelancers need to know.Does the ACA (aka “ObamaCare”) still exist?YES. Yes, it does.Despite Trump’s false claims yesterday that “there is no such thing as ObamaCare anymore,” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is very much still in effect and freelancers can purchase insurance plans for 2018 when Open Enrollment for health insurance starts on November 1st. You need to make a selection by December 15 in order to ensure continuous coverage starting in January.While you’re at it, in anticipation of Open Enrollment on November 1st, sign up here for valuable information and resources about choosing health plans through Freelancers Union:What did Trump do?There are two primary ways the government subsidizes insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The first is by providing subsidies directly to low-income consumers who purchase insurance through ObamaCare health insurance exchanges.The second way is by paying subsidies directly to insurers in exchange for reducing out-of-pocket expenses for lower-income people. On October 12, Trump signed an executive order claiming the White House does not have the authority to pay this subsidy.Trump is relying on a narrow reading of a section of the ACA that stipulates that the Department of Health and Human Services should pay this subsidy, but does not explicitly state that Congress should appropriate these funds. While its future is uncertain, some observers believe Trump’s executive order is likely to fail in the courts.Trump also signed a separate executive order that ordered federal agencies to allow lower-cost plans with fewer benefits sold across state lines. While most of these changes will not go into effect until federal agencies draft the related regulations, they could lead to major changes for 2019 health plans.What will be the effect of Trump’s elimination of insurer subsidies?In the short term, eliminating the subsidy to insurers is primarily causing confusion and concern about the future. Most states have already locked in their insurance rates for 2018 (including New York) and the executive order will not affect those premiums, but some states are allowing insurers to increase 2018 premiums in response to the executive order.Longer term, assuming the executive order is not shot down by the courts, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that eliminating the subsidy will result in one million people losing their insurance, and that premiums will rise 25% within two years for people who purchase their own health plans but do not qualify for subsidies.Even though the subsidies are geared toward helping lower-income people decrease their out-of-pocket expenses, since lower-income people will still receive subsidies for purchasing insurance, the resulting premium increases will actually fall on:Taxpayers, who will now be paying more to subsidize lower-income people’s insurance. The CBO estimates the executive order will increase the federal deficit by $194 billion by 2026.People who purchase their own insurance but do not qualify for subsidies, who will have to pay rising premiums.Since freelancers are more likely to purchase their own health insurance than the average worker, these increases will fall hard on independent workers who earn too much to qualify for subsidies. Lucky us.What about Trump allowing lower cost plans sold across state lines and changes to association plans?The full effect of this executive order won’t really be known until there is more clarity around the resulting regulations, which federal agencies have yet to release.The executive order could allow for more consumer options and lower cost health plans. But there is concern that by allowing consumers to purchase skimpier plans across state lines, it could destabilize markets by driving younger and healthier people toward lower cost plans and sicker people to more robust plans.This could leave people who really need health insurance with fewer options and much higher premiums on the ACA market, potentially sending the ACA individual market into a death spiral.Freelancers Union is watching out for how this executive order gets implemented and will be on the lookout for opportunities to bring our members more options in the future. We are also actively talking with policymakers to advocate on behalf of our members’ needs.What can freelancers do about all of this?Spread the word that the ACA is still in effect and everyone should be aware of the following deadlines to purchase insurance:October 15: Medicare Open Enrollment beganNovember 1: Health Insurance Open Enrollment beginsDecember 7: Medicare Open Enrollment closesDecember 15: Deadline to sign up for health insurance that starts January 1Trump has not ended the individual mandate, so you will still be subject to an IRS penalty if you do not have health insurance.Want to take action? Here are some things you can do:Call your members of Congress. Demand a policy solution that actually works for freelancers.Buy your insurance through Freelancers Union. By buying through us, you help invest in a non-f*********d system and support resources and advocacy for your fellow freelancers. You’re buying insurance from people who have your back.Join Freelancers Union. Membership is free, and together we form a constituency that advocates for change.Stay tuned for more resources and information as Open Enrollment approaches.last_img read more

Oscar Mayer, 360i Receive Silver World Medal at New York Festivals

first_img“The Great American Bacon Barter,” a 360i-led campaign on behalf of Oscar Mayer, has taken home a Silver World Medal in this year’s New York Festivals International Advertising Awards. We are honored to be recognized by this prestigious competition awarding the “World’s Best Advertising.”“The Great American Bacon Barter” underwent seven rounds of judging by juries comprised of over 400 of the world’s most respected industry professionals. The juries awarded the work a Silver World Medal in the Public & Media Relations competition (Social Media) and also deemed it a Finalist in the Digital competition.When Oscar Mayer launched their new Butcher Thick Cut bacon, our mission was to raise awareness for the new product and prove they had the thickest, most bad-ass bacon on the market. Our strategy was to embark on a social media-powered journey where digital techniques harnessed real-world bacon passion to make Oscar Mayer the most talked about bacon brand in America. To learn more, watch the case study video below.Oscar Mayer – The Great American Bacon Barter from 360i on Vimeo. Congratulations to all of this year’s NYF honorees!Cover photo via Tribal Worldwidelast_img read more

Strategies to Avoid Overpricing or Overpaying for Home Features

first_imgHow much do you pay for heating? Depending on where you live, it’s a good chunk of money during the wintertime. Even though we live in the South (in lovely Raleigh!), we’re not immune to getting some cold weather.   With winter coming… Full Story,Tips to help turn those homebuying dreams into reality. From outstanding credit card debt to massive student loans, financial difficulties are barring more and more millennials from becoming homeowners. While the vision of buying a first home may seem hopelessly… Full Story,When most people imagine buying a house, they think about how many bedrooms they need or what kind of porch they want. When they think about homebuying costs, they decide how much to put down and what their maximum home… Full Story,One of my favorite shows is Sex and the City. Those women lived glamorous lives I could only dream about. And, Carrie, a writer, was living my dream life as a famous writer in Manhattan. One of the storylines that… Full Story,Last year, my husband and I were packing up our Denver apartment to prepare for our move back to his home state of Indiana. We’d put an offer in on a house and had only given ourselves a couple of… Full Story,A few years ago Dave Munson and his family decided to move from their 5,600-square-feet, 8-bedroom house in the city of San Antonio, Texas, to a smaller, unique living situation: tents. Well, fancy, upscale tents that total 2,000 square feet… Full Story,It’s a well-known fact that your personal environment affects your mental health. If you live in a beautifully decorated home with plenty of plants and green space nearby, your risk for anxiety and depression is lower. If you spend your… Full Story,My husband and I were so excited to buy our house. We’d been renting since college and were eager to have our own place. Finally, no one could tell us how many dogs we could have or how many posters… Full Story,Last summer, I was forced to relocate out of my cozy, bungalow-style apartment in West L.A. Living in one of the most unaffordable rental markets in the U.S., I was resigned to the fact that, to enjoy my ideal setup… Full Story,When you buy a home, you’re making an investment in yourself and your future. You’re building  financial stability, equity, and experience. You have a place to call your own and you can customize the space just how you want. As… Full Storylast_img read more

Summer 2013 Real Estate Trends

first_imgHow much do you pay for heating? Depending on where you live, it’s a good chunk of money during the wintertime. Even though we live in the South (in lovely Raleigh!), we’re not immune to getting some cold weather.   With winter coming… Full Story,Tips to help turn those homebuying dreams into reality. From outstanding credit card debt to massive student loans, financial difficulties are barring more and more millennials from becoming homeowners. While the vision of buying a first home may seem hopelessly… Full Story,When most people imagine buying a house, they think about how many bedrooms they need or what kind of porch they want. When they think about homebuying costs, they decide how much to put down and what their maximum home… Full Story,One of my favorite shows is Sex and the City. Those women lived glamorous lives I could only dream about. And, Carrie, a writer, was living my dream life as a famous writer in Manhattan. One of the storylines that… Full Story,Last year, my husband and I were packing up our Denver apartment to prepare for our move back to his home state of Indiana. We’d put an offer in on a house and had only given ourselves a couple of… Full Story,A few years ago Dave Munson and his family decided to move from their 5,600-square-feet, 8-bedroom house in the city of San Antonio, Texas, to a smaller, unique living situation: tents. Well, fancy, upscale tents that total 2,000 square feet… Full Story,It’s a well-known fact that your personal environment affects your mental health. If you live in a beautifully decorated home with plenty of plants and green space nearby, your risk for anxiety and depression is lower. If you spend your… Full Story,My husband and I were so excited to buy our house. We’d been renting since college and were eager to have our own place. Finally, no one could tell us how many dogs we could have or how many posters… Full Story,Last summer, I was forced to relocate out of my cozy, bungalow-style apartment in West L.A. Living in one of the most unaffordable rental markets in the U.S., I was resigned to the fact that, to enjoy my ideal setup… Full Story,When you buy a home, you’re making an investment in yourself and your future. You’re building  financial stability, equity, and experience. You have a place to call your own and you can customize the space just how you want. As… Full Storylast_img read more

Small, Steady Steps on US Clean Energy Can Realize Big Changes

first_imgA version of this piece originally appeared in The Environmental Forum, published by the Environmental Law Institute.Communities across the United States are experiencing the impacts of climate change: rising sea levels, heat waves, forest fires, and more. For now, these impacts might seem manageable, but computer models show global warming could accelerate so rapidly that our economic and political responses won’t be able to keep up. Policymakers need to keep all contingencies in mind, and plan accordingly.Fortunately, public demands to eliminate emissions and cut pollution could emerge even earlier than catastrophic climate impacts, and just as suddenly. After Japan’s Fukishima nuclear plant meltdown in 2011, political support in Germany quickly turned away from nuclear power. Smog events in London, Athens, and Los Angeles led to stricter pollution standards. Today in India’s and China’s booming cities, public demand for breathable air is pushing power-sector reform, including a move to renewable energy.While we’ve long wondered what the tipping point might be for climate change action — Hurricane Sandy, record-breaking heatwaves and droughts, and high-tide floods have all failed so far — some event will break the camel’s back and the public will eventually, and probably in the political blink of an eye, demand immediate pollution cuts.In the United States, public support for a transition to clean energy has increased in the last five years, but climate change is still a low priority for voters; a strong preference but not yet a political demand. A new Pew Research Center survey shows that 65 percent of Americans prefer wind and solar power to address our energy supply, versus 27 percent who prefer fossil fuels. However, the new administration looks set to roll back pollution standards and expand fossil fuel development.A wait-and-see approach, however, could land our energy system in a mess. If we delay implementing anti-pollution measures and energy development, a rapid transition will be expensive and high-risk. Premiums on capital and throughout the supply chain would spike. Skilled labor for the transition — wind turbine technicians, grid operators, solar installers, and efficiency experts — would be in short supply. The power grid would be less reliable, as the system worked to adapt quickly to a new way of operating.Meanwhile, the electricity system would bear mounting costs from global warming impacts: demand spikes with heat waves, flood risk for coastal plants, water competition, and powerful storms. Our manufacturing sector and broader economy would pay more for less reliable power. Postponing addressing pollution makes it far more expensive, not just in societal damage from climate change, but in actual dollars and cents on rate payers’ bills.Think of it like a savings plan for retirement. Starting at 45 won’t provide the savings you need in your senior years, but starting at age 25 will, and at less overall cost. In the electricity sector, incremental investments toward a long-term goal can deliver clean, affordable, reliable power.Aging power plants, transmission lines, and other grid infrastructure mean there will be enormous turnover in the next few years. Spending on new and upgraded energy infrastructure in the next 15 years could total $25 trillion. Directing that investment to clean energy is a no-regrets strategy that doesn’t necessarily cost ratepayers more than a fossil-fuel-intensive path. The National Renewable Energy Lab’s analysis of a low-carbon path for California’s grid found the state could halve its electric sector emissions by 2030 with minimal impact on rates. The price of wind and solar installation are dropping, with both now costing less than new natural gas in many markets.Some of the country’s largest utilities understand the need for a steady transition and are moving in the right direction. Berkshire Hathaway’s utilities division has proposed doubling its investment in renewable energy, putting another $15 billion into wind and solar power. American Electric Power plans to spend $15 billion to add 8 gigawatts of wind and solar by 2034.When utilities make steady investments in low-carbon power, ratepayers benefit from a predictable transition. Steady, incremental demand for clean energy avoids investment bubbles. Stable, long-term investments allow the clean energy supply chain and labor force to grow. Grid management evolves, maintaining reliable power for consumers.The risk of catastrophic climate change is reason enough to act. If we wait too long and try to accomplish in three years what we should have spent 30 years doing, we will also pay an enormous and unnecessary price for renewable power. But if we push forward incrementally, power companies will see lower costs and consumers and our industrial base will enjoy reliable, affordable — and clean — energy.last_img read more

PODCAST: “Everything Counts”: Unpacking the IPCC’s 1.5° Report

first_imgLast month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – nearly 100 of the world’s leading climate scientists, convened by the United Nations – released a report that has been a wake-up call to many, detailing the impacts of global warming beyond 1.5°Celsius. In this podcast, Lawrence MacDonald, our Vice President for Communications, calls up Kelly Levin, a Senior Associate in WRI’s Climate Program, to discuss what you need to know about this report.First, the two unpack the main findings: why 1.5 and 2° Celsius of warming are worlds apart, what kind of societal transformation we need to limit climate change, and why “limiting warming to 1.5°C” can mean different things.Levin says, “The IPCC is really a summary of the latest and greatest scientific research. It doesn’t necessarily have new findings. But it really puts them all together… And it really kind of hits you when you see impact after impact under 1.5° warming or 2° warming and how bad the future really could be if we don’t get our act together to reduce emissions.”This conversation draws on a blog by Kelly Levin, “8 Things to Know About the IPCC 1.5° Report.”But there is hope. Levin also shares what motivates her to keep working in the face of a planetary crisis.She says, “I think we’re already seeing demonstrated economic benefits of climate action, and real opportunities with new technologies and leadership there. And also, I think that every little bit counts. I know that this conversation was focused on 1.5 and 2 but there’s even a difference between 2.4 and 2.6. Even if we’re making small amounts of progress, it does help. There is no magic around 1.5 or 2. Everything counts, and we really need to just do everything we can to shift the math.”As MacDonald and Levin explain, while the IPCC report is sobering, this is no time for despair. The scale of the climate change challenge is enormous, but we do have the tools to address it. Now it’s a matter of everyone – countries, cities, the private sector, individuals – finding the motivation to pick up those tools and get to work.Listen to the podcast:last_img read more

5 Free Magazines Every Small Business Should Receive

first_img Originally published May 23, 2007 2:32:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 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: Entrepreneurship I know this seems terribly old fashioned in this Web 2.0 era of blogging, but there’s still something nice about reading a great magazine.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid reader of a number of blogs, and have been blogging myself for close to two years.  And I enjoy the conversations that blogs can create as well as the realtime stream of information the blogosphere provides.  But there’s something about thumbing through a colorful, glossy magazine with great content.. written by folks with professional editors at their disposal…ready, willing and able to fix bad grammar and other mistakes we tend to overlook… making it a little more challenging than it should be to read even the best blogs.  And as founder Bob Parsons once said,  people don’t curl up in front of a fire and read a nice blog.  And when you’re flying do you really print off a list of blog entries, or do you pick up an interesting magazine or two?  Before I hit the road I grab a handful of mags I enjoy so much I might even pay for them if I had to…..but I don’t.  Direct Direct is a magazine that bills itself as the information resource for direct marketers.  I’d have to say I agree, as it each month it comes packed with great stats, stories and best practices all around building, keeping and using customer lists.  It combines all this information into a slim 70 pages or so which makes it easy to carry around, and the articles are written in a way that entertains as well as informs.  And Ken Magill does a great job with his e-mail best practices articles.  Plus they have a nice companion website with tons of up to date info.Small Business Impact & Deliver magazinesI lumped these two together because they both are US Postal Service publications,  they are monthly mags that arrive at the same time, and together they amount to only 48 pages or thereabouts.  Small Business Impact covers a variety of subjects, challenges and other issues facing small businesses.  The articles are short, sweet and to the point cover everything from online marketing basics, to health care, to time management.  Just from an aesthetics standpoint, Deliver is really eye catching.  I find myself actually checking out the ads because they’re so good looking.  But going beyond its slick publishing, there are some great articles for those charged with marketing and brand building.  Articles include how today’s printing technology can impact customer relationships, and an interesting interview with Chris Anderson on how new media is forcing marketers to “keep it real”.    Streaming MediaI don’t even know how I started getting this but I’m glad I did.  This might not seem all that important to small businesses, but this magazine will prepare you for how people will be able to take in all kinds of content, and how you can use technology to put your company right in their faces, whether it be on a computer, TV, PDA, or whatever.  It comes monthly and weighs in at over 100 pages, but it’s an easy read.  This month’s issue had a good article on monetizing podcasts and video blogs, and another one on the television paradigm shift that had me thinking a bit.  Computer ShopperI used to get this about ten years ago but couldn’t take it anymore.  It was just too big and heavy to even attempt to read.  It must have gone on a diet or something because now it’s under a 100 pages.  And now I can’t wait to get it every month.  It gives me great reviews and coverage of products and services of which I need to at least be aware.  In many cases it helps me decide which way to go in terms of buying something.Now there are a ton of magazines out there you can get for free by giving up some contact information.  I probably get over 20 a month, but there’s no way I’m reading all of that stuff.  But the above mentioned and a few others (like 1to1, eWeek and BrandWeek) are easy to read, easy to carry and still packed with good information…and did I mention they are free?  You may want to check them out.  What freebies do you recommend? last_img read more

4 Ways to Get More Out of Marketing Automation

first_img Marketing Automation Originally published Nov 10, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Topics: The B2B marketing automation industry will reach $325 million in revenue in 2011. Despite this growth, 50% of companies surveyed in a 2011 Focus Study say they have not yet realized a return on investment for their marketing automation. There are any number of reasons this could be — from an over-reliance on email, to a skills gap, to technical limitations of the tool itself. Getting the most out of your marketing automation tool requires integrating it into a complete inbound marketing strategy and using it as a support rather than a replacement. Here are a few ways to get creative with your marketing automation.  1. Make Room for Complex Buyer MotivationsIt’s hard to diagnose buyer needs in a vacuum. Take shopping cart abandonment as an example. A 2010 Forrester Research survey reported that 88% of online shoppers have abandoned their shopping carts at one point or another. Was it a thrifty moment that made them reconsider? Sticker-shock at the shipping? Ambivalence about the product? According to the same Forrester report – reasons vary. This means there shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach to shopping-cart-fetchback campaigns either. When you’re using marketing automation to support the check-out process, take a look at the other data you have: Before the would-be-buyers abandoned their shopping carts, did they take a look at the shipping page or were they loitering on the returns page? The answer should motivate different content in response.2. Stop Thinking of Recipients as Buyers AloneThe golden opportunity with marketing automation may not rest with driving sales alone. Think about other ways you can leverage behavior-driven communications to inform and advance your company or organization. Request feedback from anyone who downloaded an ebook. Ask them what other topics they’d like to hear about in the future.Offer help to existing customers who have viewed the cancelation of returns page.Thank social media advocates who promote your company on Twitter.By shaking loose from a single objective, you can garner engagement and get valuable information to help you shape future marketing efforts, improve the product, or prevent churn.3. Use Marketing Automation for Internal NotificationsTypically, marketing automation is used to send customers automated emails based on their activity. But sometimes a personal phone call or email is just better. For those instances, think about also connecting your marketing automation tool to an internal chat system. Doing so will enable your team to get alerts when a highly qualified lead looks at the pricing page, for example, or when a valuable customer stops logging into your software as a service platform.  Setting internal notifications for major events in the customer lifecycle lets your account managers and sales team make a better decision about whether a more personal kind of outreach is necessary.5. Remember How Much Still Comes Down to ContentAll of the technology in the world can’t beat a thoughtful and compelling message. Your marketing automation campaign could be perfectly timed and tuned into customer motivations, but if the content is falling short – it still won’t deliver. To get the most out of your marketing automation, make sure you continually test different messages and subject lines to find the right match to your customers’ needs. What other ways have you started to bring more creativity and nuance into your marketing automation campaigns? Have a good example to share? Comment below or email us at Photo Credit: Peanuttt  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

This is the Google Home Hub smart speaker, may launch alongside Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL on Oct 9

first_imgLooks like Google has big plans for the October 9 event scheduled to take place in New York. At the event, the company will be launching the third generation of Pixel phones aka Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. Alongside the phones, Google is also expected to launch a smart speaker, which according to rumours will be called Google Home Hub. Until now, we did hear about Google working on a new smart speaker, but now a new leak coming from Mysmartprice reveals some concrete details about the smart speaker. This is also for the first time that pictures of the upcoming Google Home Hub have been leaked showing off the complete design of the smart speaker.With the Google Home Hub, the tech giant will be looking to take on the likes of Amazon’s Echo Show and Lenovo’s Smart Display. The new report reveals that the USP of the Home Hub will be its screen. The smart speaker is expected to sport a massive 7-inch LCD display which will house both the ambient light and colour sensors.Just like previous Google smart speakers, the yet-to-be-announced Google Home Hub will be compatible with all smart devices available in the market right now. Not just that, the Google Home Hub is also said to include a voice control feature which will help the smart speaker to understand voice commands and respond accordingly. The leaked pictures suggest that the 7-inch touchscreen of the Google Home Hub will show information like the time, date, weather and other related details using Google Maps.advertisement The leaked pictures show the Google Home Hub from all angles. On the front, as already mentioned, there will be a massive 7-inch display, while in the back there will be a large full-range speaker unit. The Home Hub comes with the similar Chalk White finish as other Google smart speakers. The speaker unit behind the display will include options like mute toggle.In addition to the pictures, the complete product listing of the Google Home Hub has also leaked. The Home Hub is said to come with Nest Cam support which will help users to improve security at home. To use this feature, all that the users need to do is, say “Hey Google, show me the front door camera” and the smart speaker will show the main door of the house. The control of the Home Hub is not just restricted to cameras but will also be compatible with other home appliances like lights, TVs and more.The features listing page also reveals that the upcoming Google smart speaker will allow access to Google Photos with simple voice commands. Home Hub will also come with other features like — Live Albums, among others. The leaked product page also reveals that the Google has partnered with over 400 brands for the Google Home Hub to make the smart speaker compatible with over 5000 smart devices in the market. The product listing also reveals that the Google Home Hub will come with support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connection.last_img read more