Dialogue is open to all: Mehbooba Mufti

first_imgThe Centre’s move to appoint an interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir on Monday was welcomed by all mainstream political parties in the Valley, but separatists remained muted to the dialogue offer “awaiting a formal invitation.”Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, whose party pledged to initiate a dialogue with the Hurriyat under the ‘Agenda of Alliance’ agreed to by the BJP, said: “A political process was necessary. I hope stakeholders in Kashmir take up the opportunity, move a step ahead and enter the dialogue process. It is open to all with no conditions on any side.”Also Read Ex-IB chief to initiate talks with all J&K stakeholders  “The representative (former IB director Dineshwar Sharma) has credibility and was involved in the dialogue process in the North-East for a long time,” Ms. Mufti said.Welcoming the initiative, former Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said, “The acceptance of the political nature of the Kashmir issue is a resounding defeat for those who could only see use of force as a solution.”Congress unimpressedJ&K Pradesh Congress Committee president G.A. Mir said his party “won’t welcome the move until the Centre names the stakeholders and makes the road map for dialogue public.” Parties like the CPI (M), the Peoples Democratic Front and the Democratic Party Nationalist welcomed the move.Sources in the separatist camp said there would be “a joint stand” and “a formal response” to the Centre’s move. “…However, neither has there been any formal invite nor a move in this direction so far. No one knows the contours,” a separatist leader told The Hindu.last_img read more

Indian STEM Students May Have Better Alternative Than Trump’s USA

first_imgStudies followed by OPT followed by H-1B followed by green card is the route taken by many international students, especially from India, to the promised land. Related Itemslast_img

Raising The Asian Flag

first_imgThere is a remarkable scene in Nikhil Advani’s film Kal Ho Na Ho (2003), in which Aman (the lead actor Shah Rukh Khan) tells Jennifer (Jaya Bhaduri), playing the role of an Indian restaurateur in New York, who is losing business to her competitor, a Chinese restaurant: “Look at the Chinese restaurant across the road. Why are they successful? The Chinese are successful because they carry their culture with themselves wherever they go.” Soon, the star-spangled American flag is replaced by a tiranga (India’s national flag), the interiors of the failing Indian restaurant are revamped, and lo and behold, business picks up in no time. It is not surprising the Shah Rukh Khan’s rise as India’s international matinee idol has been concurrent with India’s post-liberalization economic boom. I was reminded of this scene when I read the recent remarks of Hong Kong star Jackie Chan: “Asians should unite against American cinema.” The report came from Mumbai, India’s film capital, where Jackie was promoting his latest film, The Myth, co-starring Indian actress Mallika Sherawat. The report exhorted Asians: “Unite against U.S. movies, you have nothing to lose but your culture.” Hollywood movies are eroding the culture of Asian countries, Chan reportedly told The Times of India. He asked why did we need to ape American culture. “I see an Indian saying, ‘Yo Man!,’ but that’s not what Asians are about. Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality,” he said.This morsel of moralizing, especially coming from an actor who had starred and benefited from Hollywood blockbusters (Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights, Rush Hour I & II, The Medallion, Around the World in 80 Days) in the recent years, may sound just a little odd. Not that Chan can be accused of compromising Asian values in his Hollywood avatars. Interestingly, Chan is not alone to harp on the changing mores of Asian societies, especially under the influence of the Hollywood movie machine. Iranian auteur Abbas Kiorastami, the jury chairman at this year’s Pusan International Film Festival, voiced a similar concern at a press gathering in South Korea: “You can see the trend for films all over the world to become more and more similar.”Kiorastami, Iranian filmmaker par excellence, exhorted Asian filmmakers to make films that reflected different cultures, and not just blindly copying the Hollywood formula films for commercial gain. “Asian filmmakers now are forgetting their cultural identities and becoming too Americanized,” he added.“I want Asian films,” the 65-year-old filmmaker said, “to be Asian. It’s important to express your own ideas. It’s sad that films are becoming so commercial and so similar.”They are most concerned by Americanization of Asian films. One may agree or disagree with Chan and Kiorastami, but their stand begs an exploration of the two value systems (of the East and the West), and whether this dichotomy of values could still hold water in these rapidly globalizing times.So, what are the Asian values? The major Asian values, in the words of Singaporean scholar Kishore Mahbubani (Can Asians Think? 2004), are: “attachment to the family as an institution, deference to societal interests, thrift, conservatism in social mores, and respect for authority.” On the other hand, the strength of the Western values are: “the emphasis on individual achievement, political and economic freedom, respect for the rule of law as well as for key national institutions.” SHEKHAR KAPUR: “There is a profound cultural difference between Asian philosophies and western philosophies: eastern storytelling is mythic, and western storytelling is less so.” But values, Eastern or Western, cannot be discussed without a reference to the socio-economic conditions of a society. Historically speaking, the world has been dominated by the Western civilization for the past two centuries. The West’s technological innovations and economic power first colonized and then mesmerized Asians. Until a few decades ago, every Asian desired to go to London or New York where the streets were paved with gold. Then came the Asian economic miracle. First Japan, then the South East Asian tigers (Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong), and now China and India. Despite some hiccups, the economic success of these Asian countries have reawakened the dream of an Asian century. And cinema, a tool in the hands of dream merchants for the projection of the masses’ conscious and unconscious desires on the larger than life screen – originally a Western invention – assumes a greater role in defining the zeitgeist of an era. And therein lies the irony. As J. M. Roberts noted in his 1985 work, The Triumph of the West: “Here lies the deepest irony of post-Western history: it is so often in the name of Western values that the West is rejected and it is always with its skills and tools that its grasp is shaken off.”The desire for the reassertion of the Asian values, expressed by filmmakers like Chan and Kiorastami, represent a complex set of motives and aspirations. It reflects a deep-rooted desire to reconnect with their historical past. This connection had been ruptured both by colonial rule and by the subsequent domination of the world by a Western worldview. The recent Asian successes – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The House of Flying Daggers, The Myth, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Lagaan, Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kal Ho Na Ho, just to name a few – corroborate this view. These films either hark back to a past that does not exist anymore or they are cinematic essays trying to find the right balance in the current state of affairs – for a generation that is open to the “flat world” of a technologically interconnected universe, immigration and yet rooted in and conscious of the cultures of their ancestors. Remember the England-returned bhajan singing Rani Mukherjee in Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai (1998)?In the Nasreen Munni Kabir-helmed documentary film, The Inner and Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan (2005), the Indian superstar’s legions of fans, in UK, US, and Canada, mostly immigrant Indians, are shown idolizing him because he seems to represent the best of Indian culture with the modern day élan of a cool, resurgent India. Some fans say that his films are strong in family values. His films, they said, give them what most American films cannot. “He could play a brother, a friend, a lover, and a husband with equal charm,” says one of his American female fans in the film. It is not surprising the Shah Rukh Khan’s rise as India’s international matinee idol has been concurrent with India’s post-liberalization economic boom.  JACKIE CHAN: “I see an Indian saying, ‘Yo Man!,’ but that’s not what Asians are about. Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.” The concerns expressed by Chan and Kiorastami are especially relevant to Asian filmmakers who are trying to blaze a new trail, overwhelmed by the gloss and sassiness of Hollywood’s flicks. Getting carried away a little, that’s when things go wrong with a Sanjay Gupta’s Kaante (2002; based on Reservoir Dogs) or a Jingle Ma’s Seoul Raiders (2005).In November this year, when Shekhar Kapur was in Singapore, he said that Singapore had the potential to become the next Hollywood. By this, I am sure, he meant that Singapore had the necessary wherewithal – the money, the infrastructure, a talented multilingual and multicultural pool of creative people – to emerge as the next Hollywood, and not as a place to facilitate a Hollywood-like standardization as a creative goal. Asian creativity has to spin its own kind of storytelling. Kapur had written in 2002: “There is a profound cultural difference between Asian philosophies and western philosophies: eastern storytelling is mythic, and western storytelling is less so.”The key question, therefore, is whether Asian filmmakers will be able to develop the right blend of values that will both preserve some of the traditional strengths of Asian values with the strengths of Western values. Therein lies the challenge. Asian Values: Loosening Up?In early December 2005, when the Crazy Horse Paris started its shows in Singapore, a topless dance revue, it attracted a lot of criticism in the media. Letter writers and commentators accused the show “of exploiting women, being chauvinistic, archaic, outdated, immoral, sleazy, a threat to marriages and a poor example to children.”“Soft porn has finally landed here…officially,” said a Singaporean blogger. Commenting on these reactions, humor writer Neil Humphreys quipped: “I am sure it also contributes to global warming and the hole in the ozone layer.”Questions were being asked: Is Crazy Horse Paris a step forward or a step backwards for Singapore?At the heart of this controversy is the debate over “Asian values.” Since the rise of the Asia’s tiger economies (Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore) in the last quarter of the twentieth century, the “Asian values” debate has been centre-stage. The main thesis of Asian values is the appealing notion that Asians sacrificed individual aspirations for the greater good of society. Historically, the unusual economic growth experienced within East Asian countries pushed the socio-political structures of these countries under the spotlight. The success of these countries as well the economic awakening of giants like China and India, coupled with the friction that has resulted over “trade protectionism, economic conditionality, democracy and human rights” have made the “Asian values” debate political. “Asian values’ is a fundamentally racist term,” says Fulbright scholar Ravi Veloo, managing director of Media Campus, Singapore. “Riding on rising Asian economic power the way a parasite rides on a healthy host, infects the Asian mind with a sense of false psychological well-being by looking at the former colonial masters in a negative light, and presenting good values as ‘Asian,’ ignoring the rest of the world where such values are embraced. I am embarrassed for those who use this term,” he adds.Veloo is referring to the idea of “Asian values” invariably being seen in the context of an East-West dichotomy, where “Asian values” celebrate the community over individualism, the family, frugality, respect for learning, hard work, public duty, teamwork, in contrast to the perceived breakdown of the family, decadence, hedonism, excessive individualism, lack of teamwork, fecklessness, and ill discipline in the West. “One commonly cited example of Asian values is close-knit families,” says Veloo. “But what about African and Latin American societies where families are also closely knit. Are they Asian societies?” he asks. He is also not comfortable with the allegation that the West is inherently morally debased. “Another common derisory example of Western values is the overt sexuality of westerners, as if India did not invent the Kama Sutra,” he says. He adds: “We also ignore the fact that large conservative groups of Americans make up the Bible belt who reject the so-called Hollywood values. By the way, no church in the world puts up sexually suggestive figures in places of worship, unlike certain Asian places of worship.”Finally, he asks, “In which part of the world is AIDS, transmitted primarily by sex, the biggest rising problem? How could this even happen in one of the homes of ‘Asian values’?” The debate has taken political ocvertones with leaders such as Mahathir bin Mohamad, former prime minister of Malaysia and Lee Kuan Yew, the former prime minister of Singapore, exhorting for a renaissance of “Asian values,” in concert with their economic rise,, in contrast to the socially and economically deteriorating Western societies.“The Asian values debate was something Lee Kuan Yew, forced into the public domain in the 1980s,” says P.N. Balji, former editor of Today and The New Paper. “He framed the debate with Chinese philosopher Confucius as the pillar. Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s main fear was the loss of respect for elders (read the authorities) as the onslaught of Western values through Hollywood movies and American lifestyle gained prominence.”After the Asian financial crisis and the new wave of globalization aided by information technology, says Balji, “the preaching of values disappeared. Today, Singapore is even more plugged into the Western world than ever before. Differentiating between eastern and western values makes no economic sense. Singapore realizes that too, like many other ideological debates here, has been dumped into the dustbin of politics.”Ameerali Abdeali, a bureaucrat and community leader in Singapore, says: “Both Western and Eastern cultures have been influenced by historical events and media exposure. Values are a subset of these cultures. Western and Asian values may differ considerably, for example, values such as filial piety and discipline are associated with Eastern culture and materialism and individualism are largely regarded as Western value. However, it would be misleading to suggest that one set of values is inherently superior to the other. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. So I am not for the outright rejection of one value system over the other.”Crazy Horse Paris seems to be playing pretty well as Singaporeans loosen up.Singapore authorities hope the Crazy Horse Paris topless cabaret, which debuted in December, will help shake off the country’s staid image for tourists.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Isuzu opens manufacturing plant in Andhra Pradesh

first_imgSricity, Apr 27 (PTI) Isuzu Motors India today opened its manufacturing plant here and rolled out its India-made D-Max pick-up.The facility was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.The initial production capacity of the plant is 50,000 units per annum and can be scaled up to 1,20,000 units, Isuzu Motors President Masanori Katayama said.”We are very happy to start our local manufacturing operations in India. India is one of the biggest automobile markets and also one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. India is a key part of Isuzu Motors global growth strategy,” he said.”This new plant in India will not only cater to requirements of the growing Indian market, but will serve as a key manufacturing hub for Isuzus global operations.”Isuzu had earlier committed an investment of Rs 3,000 crore for the Indian project.Ambassador of Japan to India Kenji Hiramatsu was present.With its existing operations in the US, Japan and Thailand, this plant in India is expected to provide a manufacturing leg-up to Isuzu globally.A statement from Isuzu said the new generation of Isuzu D-Max pick-ups will be manufactured at the plant, with 70 per cent localisation at the start of production, which will be stepped up.Isuzu will also consider export of vehicles manufactured at this facility at a suitable time in future.”This state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will follow Isuzu global manufacturing standards and Isuzu Manufacturing Management (IMM) practices. The plant will also focus on safety, quality and Isuzus commitment to environment,” it said. PTI GDK GK SRK ARD RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

JOBS DAY: Healthy Job Growth Returns While Wage Growth Remains Slow

first_imgThe latest jobs numbers from April are out from the federal government. What do they mean for job seekers and employers? Here’s a quick take from Glassdoor’s Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain:Today’s positive jobs report shows that the slowdown in March was a bump in the road during a long journey to recovery. With 223,000 new jobs created in April and the unemployment rate down to 5.4 percent—the lowest jobless rate in seven years—the April jobs report indicates we’re still on track toward the strongest job market in a generation.Earlier this week, we predicted a return to healthy job growth and a drop in unemployment, both of which were evident in today’s jobs report. One lingering concern is the slow pace of wage growth. This month, there was mild evidence of wage gains, with average hourly wages up 2.2 percent from a year ago. As labor markets continue tightening in the coming months, be on the lookout for a pick up to 2.5-2.8 percent wage growth by the end of 2015.The fastest growing job markets last month were in three sectors: professional services (+62,000 jobs), education and healthcare (+61,000 jobs), and construction (+45,000 jobs). These gains in construction jobs are especially good news, as they indicate strong optimism for the economy’s prospects over the next year. In the coming months, we’ll be keeping our finger on the economy’s pulse using Glassdoor’s unique database of real-time jobs data.To speak with Dr. Chamberlain about today’s jobs report or to discuss labor market trends, contact pr@glassdoor.com. Want more economics and labor market updates? Follow @adchamberlain for the latest.last_img read more

How to Tell If Your Company Culture Is ‘Going to the Dogs’

first_imgThe phrase, ‘going to the dogs’ often carries a negative connotation. However, Glassdoor recently compiled a list of 10 companies whose employee perks include dogs in the workplace, and in this instance, ‘going to the dogs’ is a very good thing!While not everyone would agree that permission to bring a four-legged friend to the workplace is a perk, many pet owners and pet lovers would jump at the opportunity to bring their pet to the office or to be surrounded by others’ pets in the workplace.Having a dog nearby can provide relaxation and add to feelings of joy and levity. For many, the simple act of petting a dog is calming; playing with a happy canine can be therapeutic; and the mindless task of tending to a pet’s needs throughout the day can declutter one’s mind and even unleash dormant creative thinking.However, because many companies’ leaders are not as sensitive as the ones on Glassdoor’s list, their culture may be prone to waning productivity and declining retention.To help you separate the wheat from the chaff in regard to culturally aware companies, you may want to consider the following signs before hiring on. While some of these points—independently—appear small, bear in mind they can be symptomatic of larger cultural frailties.1.They don’t acknowledge special occasions. For example, it is common knowledge at most companies when someone has a birthday. In fact, human resources should have that information on hand. Beyond that, someone at the office likely will wish them a happy birthday – several others will randomly, throughout the day, bestow birthday wishes. Therefore, if an employee’s immediate supervisor or boss fails to acknowledge a simple ‘happy birthday’ greeting, this could be a signal that they really don’t care that much about nurturing their employees.2. They don’t ever share credit or say, ‘thank you.’ For example, when a sales professional closes a high-level sale, does the boss automatically steal acclaim, crediting himself (or the company’s reputation), and dismissing the sales person as simply an order taker?3. They rarely, if ever, acknowledge an employee’s personal life. If they never bother to ask how an employee’s spouse, sister, brother, mom, dad, child is doing, then they probably are lacking in compassionate leadership skills.4. They don’t see past their own personality traits. In other words, just because the boss is quiet-natured and doesn’t seek out praise or desire celebratory work moments, doesn’t mean others who work for him are similarly wired. For some employees, ringing a bell at the close of a sale is meaningful and necessary in order to stoke their energy for landing the next big deal. If the company leadership is a stick-in-the-mud grump only focused on the next sale and never appreciative of an employee’s last win, you might want to reconsider working there.5. They don’t offer time off for working overtime. Working 24/7 or 7-days/week is taxing. Sometimes, during trade shows, special projects or particularly busy seasons, employees may be expected to work grueling hours. If your future boss has a reputation for working their employees ‘like a dog’ but never offering compensation time to regroup and relax, then this might be a telltale sign of an unhealthy culture.last_img read more

6 DIY Home Decor Projects

first_imgThe average person may see anywhere between 4,000 and 10,000 ads in a single day. From binge-watching your favorite shows to checking the pile of coupons in your mailbox, advertisers have inundated our lives. Most of the ads we see… Full Story,Dressing up for Halloween is one of the best parts of the holiday, especially if you’re a creative person. But buying a Halloween costume can get expensive, with many costing more than $50 a pop. And unless you plan to… Full Story,You may not find it on an official calendar anywhere, but Friendsgiving is a newer holiday that has gained popularity in recent years. Much like Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving is a time to gather around the table with loved ones in the… Full Story,My birthday is on Halloween, so every year I get super excited. I plan what my costume will be, decide how I want to celebrate and text all my friends to let them know. Last year, I was finally able… Full Story,Not much of a football fan? Don’t know what all the cheesehead hat-wearing and face paint-smearing is all about? Skip hanging out at the local sports bar or sitting in the stands at a game, and put on your entrepreneurial… Full Story,Living paycheck to paycheck can feel like an endless scramble. Rent is due on the first but your paycheck won’t clear until the second. On top of everything, you need to pay for groceries, a bus ticket, and utilities before… Full Story,Decision fatigue is the decline in energy and focus you experience after making too many decisions. This mental drain causes your brain to abandon your willpower in order to seek more immediate rewards, which leads to poor decision making and… Full Story,If you ask a random person on the street what they do, chances are they have a lot of slashes and hyphens in their job titles. In this day and age, if you don’t have multiple sources of income… Full Story,Do you consider yourself a financially responsible young adult? Personally, I like to think that my finances are mostly in order. Rent, student loans, car payments—everything big is blocked off nicely. If the math works out right, I have a… Full Story,In the financial world, nothing evokes feelings of terror quite like the word “bankruptcy”. It’s become synonymous with a complete and utter collapse of one’s finances – a black hole that’s almost impossible to climb out of. When you declare… Full Storylast_img read more

8 Tricks That Will Help You Connect With the Right People

first_img Flickr Credit: erica_marshall Learn how to Get Found in the Inbound Marketing book. Order the book now on Amazon.com . Originally published Oct 12, 2009 3:01:00 PM, updated June 25 2019 This is a guest article by Maribeth Kuzmeski, author of new book The Connectors: How the World’s Most Successful Businesspeople Build Relationships and Win Clients for Life . She is also the founder of Red Zone Marketing , which consults to Fortune 500 firms on strategic marketing planning and business growth. It’s a question most of us have asked ourselves: What makes successful people so, well, successful? It’s tempting to think that those at the top of the ladder know something the rest of us mere mortals don’t—quite simply, what sets you apart from the competition is your ability to connect. Here a few simple tips that have helped some of world’s most successful.Access 80 Professional Bio Templates + Examples.1) Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that reads, “Make me feel important.” This was the life philosophy of Mary Kay Ash, the well-known cosmetics mogul. Her genuine concern for others catapulted her out of poverty and was the secret to her success. 2) Seek out a common interest. People want others to be like them. Establishing that you and a client root for the same baseball team or volunteer at the same charity will go a long way in making you relevant in his eyes! 3) Don’t work from a script. Try to scrap the memorized pitch in favor of a more natural conversation. You’ll seem more at ease and authentic—and your prospect will be less tempted to think that you’re fluffing up the facts. 4) Remember the remarkable. Entrepreneur Sunny Bates makes a point to identify and write down the things that stand out to her in every conversation. She then references those statements in future interactions—and has been amazed by the reactions she’s gotten when others realize that she has paid attention to and valued what they’ve said! 5) Cultivate curiosity. According to Lee Iacocca, former Chrysler CEO, “A leader has to show curiosity. He has to listen to people outside of the ‘Yes, sir’ crowd in his inner circle. Businesspeople need to listen at least as much as they need to talk. Too many people fail to realize that real communication goes in both directions.” 6) Act like a good listener. (Don’t let your body image betray you!) We’re constantly bombarded with information, so it’s almost instinctive to tune it out. When you’re interacting with someone, you need to consciously change your body language to reflect that you want to receive information; otherwise, it may appear that you’re trying to get away from it. Remember, your face says it all. 7) Resist the urge to be a one-upper. Perhaps you feel compelled to share that you battled the flu for twice as long as your colleague. Or maybe you’re dying to tell your client how great your vacation to Hawaii was after she mentions her trip to the lake. Three words: Don’t. Do. It. When you’re always trying to top other people, you’re ruining communication. 8) Ask effective questions. When you’re communicating, remember: garbage in, garbage out. If you ask the wrong questions, you’ll get the wrong answers—or at least different answers from the ones you were hoping for. Think about what you’re hoping to learn, and remember that an open-ended question is almost always more effective than one that elicits a simple “Yes” or “No” answer. Are there any other tricks you can think of to make sure you’re connecting with the right people to build your business? Get the Inbound Marketing Book Networking 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

Why PR Doesn’t Drive Sales

first_img ,  “The key is to find social media and tech-savvy PR pros, who use content and social strategies to drive success. Your firm should be creating remarkable content, building relationships with journalists and bloggers, offering training and education to strengthen your internal team, and generating coverage that produces inbound links, traffic and leads.” Do you have any good experiences on how to focus PR campaigns to help marketing as opposed to sales efforts? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section. Bad habits are hard to break, but the first step is admitting that PR and sales are not directly related. Instead PR is one of many top of the funnel tactics to bring in new marketing efforts Typical PR campaigns are measured by the number of media coverage / placements per month. Sure, a PR retainer includes content creation, strategy, etc., but success is typically measured by the number of hits and more recently, the number of shared media hits on Twitter and Facebook. These numbers can fluctuate month-to-month depending on seasonality of your content and news cycles. How many times do you hear a caveat with a particularly low number one month vs. another month? In reality, sales success and public relations campaigns do not have a direct correlation. The key factor in bridging the gap that most people miss is Integrating Public Relations With Marketing 2. Sales reps don’t care about Public Relations 2. Think Strategy Why PR Doesn’t Drive Sales Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack TheTruthAbout So if you’ve invested a lot of money in a PR agency retainer, how do you get the top of the funnel activities to actually get the most qualified leads to turn into customers? You’ve heard it from us before, but you’ll hear it again. Create remarkable content. It’s the only way to differentiate yourself in the noisy media landscape. Use your PR agency as an extension of your marketing team and rely on them for new, out-of-the-box ideas on the type of offers you can build to get more lead conversions. Originally published Dec 10, 2010 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 PR 20/20 Luckily, some agencies are getting smarter and hiring digital natives to execute on modern PR campaigns with social media strategies to connect and build relationships with influencers, generate media coverage, and communicate relevant messages to customers and prospects. The best PR campaigns should bring you the most qualified leads. Wouldn’t it be great to report to your CEO or CMO that a campaign brought in 500 leads in the past six months? The best way to do that is to drive traffic to a landing page and get a lead to convert. Instead of having your PR agency focus on getting media coverage around new functionality in a product, why not promote an ebook or webinar to get new leads?   – marketing Sure, the glitzy ink you’re getting in high-profile publications with your agency’s contacts is exciting, but let’s not forget that the real value an agency should provide is strategic counsel. Periodically check in with yourself and ask, is my agency thinking tactically (short-term) or strategically (long-term) on the campaigns we’re executing? 1. Focus on Content . concern. 1. There’s No Science Behind PR Success Data According to HubSpot partner Paul Roetzer, President at 3. Leads, Not Impressions Topics: They care about the number of good leads, not the original source of the lead that introduced them to the company. The source of the lead is a Photo Credit: Inbound Sales (Marketing)last_img read more

The Only Time You Want Zero Engagement on Facebook

first_img Originally published Aug 15, 2013 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Facebook’s latest News Feed algorithm update allows Facebook to surface more relevant content more easily based on your past engagement with a post, a friend, or a brand page. Essentially, they want to figure out what you enjoy and show you more of that, even if you missed something by a few hours.Among the factors Facebook uses to measure your past engagement are Likes, shares, comments, and (perhaps most interestingly) how often you hide posts from a person or company. As a result, Facebook’s brand page analytics, which they call “Insights,” now shows you Post Hides, Hides of All Posts, Reports of Spam, and Unlikes of Page by Post. This is critical to note as a marketer, as it represents the only time you want engagement metrics to reach zero.Social media engagement metrics are typically measurements of positive sentiment — Likes, shares, retweets, pins, and so on. We as marketers in 2013 aim to increase these numbers. What’s bizarre about Facebook Insight’s new, um, insights … is that for perhaps the first time in social media, we now must react to a negative type of engagement. As Christopher S. Penn on the always-stellar marketing blog Awaken Your Superhero called out recently, we now have a set of engagement metrics that we actually want to minimize.This is smartly said by Christopher, but it brings to mind a scary reality: how do you respond if metrics like “hides” start to climb? This action, after all, measures essentially a “Dislike” button, and now we can actually report its use and act on what we learn.So what, exactly, should you do if your Facebook Insights report shows a high volume of followers hiding your posts? We put our heads together on the HubSpot marketing team and came up with the following checklist:1) Examine frequency immediately. Are you posting too much?The very first action you should take is to examine frequency. Consider your own habits with Facebook posts, whether from brands, friends, or family. Nothing is worse than seeing too much from the same source, right? If you see your negative engagement metrics start to creep up on Facebook, be sure to critique your own posting schedule. Social media, and really all of inbound, is about treating people like people and being helpful, useful, and human. Nobody likes to be bombarded over and over.Compare posts with unusually high “hide” counts in your Insights report on Facebook — had you posted right before? Are you leaving enough time between posts to allow your audience’s feed to populate with a variety of content from friends and family? Nobody likes the friend who posts 17 pictures of their dog within an hour, let alone the business who opens the floodgates and dominates the news feed.2) Create (or revisit) your buyer personas.Checking your post frequency was the first action to take because it may help you solve something quickly and urgently. Building or revisiting your buyer personas, on the other hand, is a foundation on which all your inbound marketing can be built. If you’re new to personas, these are semi-fictional representations of your ideal customers based on real data about customer demographics and behavior, along with educated speculation about their personal histories, motivations, and concerns.Human interactions improve if you have greater context on the person with whom you’re speaking, and the same can be said of sharing content on Facebook. Understanding your buyer personas upfront can help you post relevant content. If you’re already created personas but still see an increase in followers hiding your Facebook posts, it might be time to revisit your original descriptions.For a helpful template on creating personas without spending too much time doing so, download this free guide and step-by-step builder.With your buyer persona description or template pulled up, you can then …3) Analyze your content mix. Are you posting the right variety?Remember the comedian Dane Cook? Those who do will sometimes comment about how great his first standup act was, followed by how progressively awful he got with each subsequent show. The common knock on him? He did the same thing over and over and over again, and now, he’s borderline irrelevant.The same can be said of providing your Facebook followers with content. People are nuanced and change their motivations, even throughout a single day. Your content should try and match that. You don’t need to do an in-depth psychoanalysis of your buyer, you simply need to create a variety of content. On Facebook, you can share text, visuals, video, links, invitations, and more. Mix things up to keep it interesting, exciting, and engaging in a positive way … just like any human relationship! And using that buyer persona description can help you pinpoint the types of content to start with if you’re rethinking your posting strategy. (For example, if your buyer is often pressed for time, cut down the amount of text and use more graphics, with relevant copy written in graphical format.) 4) Compare posts being hidden with other, more successful content.If you see an uptick in post hides, compare the content driving those negative actions to other posts that might have received more Likes, shares, and comments. With what types of content does your audience actively engage? Can you create and post more of that type? Was the negative trend hitting a certain type of content? Facebook Insights also shows you the “Best Post Types” report to make this analysis a bit easier.In the event you lack any data because there hasn’t been engagement with your posts overall, or if you’re just starting on Facebook, consider a quick glance at competitors’ Facebook pages or other companies you admire in your industry. What are they posting that their followers seem to engage with positively? Are visual posts getting Liked and shared more than text-based comments? Do more people share posts when the company publishes fun, playful things versus more serious, helpful content? Some call this “stealing” — artists call this “inspiration” — but whatever the case, it’s good to survey the playing field every once in a while, especially if you’re just starting out.5) Examine the ratio between your positive engagement metrics to post hides.While you should do everything in your power to avoid upsetting followers, it’s important to be realistic: someone, somewhere may actually choose to hide your post. (We never would — your posts are awesome — but someone might.) And that’s okay! Once you cover all your bases listed above, crosscheck your negative and positive numbers. How do your overall hides compare to the volume of Likes and shares you’re getting? Keep in mind that the more visibility you have, the more all numbers will increase. Your goal is to ensure that you minimize your hides while maximizing your Likes and shares.As always, with any content or inbound marketing tactic, react to data and optimize your approach but ultimately, spend your time doing what your customers and fans love. Address any alarming trends in your Facebook data accordingly, but keep in mind that you should be solving a problem, providing education or entertainment, and generally spending most of your time providing your Facebook followers with the best experience possible. What advice do you have for creating positive engagement and reacting to negative sentiment on Facebook?Image credit: DaveBleasdale Social Media Engagement Topics:last_img read more

From first newspaper to first Mars mission, here is a list of 15 ‘firsts’ of India

first_imgWhen was the first census of India held? Here is a list of 15 ‘firsts’ of India we bet you didn’t know about.1. First newspaper: Bengal Gazette (James Hicky)The first newspaper in India was published on January 29, 1780, by James Augustus Hicky under the British Raj and its name was ‘The Bengal Gazette.’ It was also called as ‘Calcutta General Advertiser’ and people remember it as ‘Hicky’s Gazette.’ The first newspaper in India was published on January 29, 1780, and its name was ‘The Bengal Gazette.’2. First Hindi newspaper: Udant MartandHindi Journalism Day is celebrated every year on May 30 as the first Hindi newspaper, Udant Martand, rolled out on this day in 1826. Pandit Jugal Kishore Shukla started it as a weekly newspaper from Calcutta. He was himself the publisher and editor.3. First telegraph line: Diamond Harbour to CalcuttaBritish India’s first telegraph line and office were opened in October 1851, between Calcutta and Diamond Harbour, along the busy shipping route on the Hooghly.4. First silent film: Raja HarishchandraThe 3rd May of 1913 marked the event that changed the way India saw entertainment and popular culture forever. Raja Harishchandra, the first full-length feature film ever made in India, paved the way for other movie productions down the century. A scene from Raja Harishchandra.It was produced, directed and co-screen-written by Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, whom we today respectfully call Dadasaheb Phalke. Phalke, in fact, spent his personal savings to make the film.Read | 106 years of Raja Harishchandra: Firsts in Indian cinema you probably didn’t know aboutadvertisement5. First talkie film: Alam AraThe first Indian talkie film, Alam Ara, was released on March 14, 1931, marking the end of the silent era in India. The movie was also the first to introduce playback singing with the song De De Khuda Ke Naam Par. The first Indian talkie film, Alam Ara, was released on March 14, 1931.Read | First Indian talkie film Alam Ara was released on this day: Top silent era films6. First indigenous aircraft carrier: INS VikrantINS Vikrant, also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1 (IAC-1), is the first aircraft carrier to be built in India for the Navy. It will be delivered to the Indian Navy by 2021. INS Vikrant, the aircraft carrier, designed by the Indian Navy and built by the Cochin Shipyard, is a part of the warship project of the Ministry of Defence. (Image: PTI)7. First satellite: AryabhataAryabhata, the first satellite built by India, was launched on April 19, 1975. Aryabhata was built by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to conduct experiments in X-ray astronomy, aeronomics, and solar physics. The spacecraft was a 26-sided polygon with a diametre of 1.4 metre. Dis-assembled mode tests of Aryabhata satellite. (Image: ISRO)Read | Did you know India’s first spacecraft Aryabhata was launched by Russia?8. First Indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle: SLV-3Satellite Launch Vehicle-3 (SLV-3) was India’s first experimental satellite launch vehicle, which was an all solid, four-stage vehicle weighing 17 tonnes with a height of 22m and capable of placing 40 kg class payloads in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).SLV-3 was launched on July 18, 1980, from Sriharikota Range (SHAR), when Rohini satellite, RS-1, was placed in orbit, thereby making India the sixth member of an exclusive club of space-faring nations.9. First census: 1881A systematic and modern population census was conducted non synchronously between 1865 and 1872 in different parts of the country. This effort culminating in 1872 has been popularly labeled as the first population census of India.However, the first synchronous census in India was held in 1881. Since then, censuses have been undertaken uninterruptedly once every ten years.Read | What is a Census? Know about the first and the last Censuses of India10. First Asian games: 1951 (New Delhi)The first edition of the Asian Games was held in New Delhi in March 1951. The games were officially opened by Indian President Rajendra Prasad at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium. The first edition of the Asian Games was held in New Delhi in March 1951. (Image: OCA)A total of 489 athletes from 11 National Olympic Committees competed in 12 sports.11. First national park: Hailey National parkJim Corbett National Park lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett has the glory of being India’s oldest and most prestigious National Park. It is also being honored as the place where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973.12. First UPSC chairman: Sir Ross BarkerSir Ross Barker was the first chairman of the UPSC, who joined in October 1926 and held the post till August 1932.The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the central recruiting agency in India. It is an independent constitutional body.advertisement13. First court only for women: Malda (West Bengal)For the first time in the country, a court having woman judges and staff to deal exclusively with atrocities against women was inaugurated at Malda town in West Bengal on January 23, 2013.Read | 11 exclusive rights for women every Indian needs to know14. First biosphere reserve: Nilgiri Biosphere ReserveNilgiri Biosphere Reserve located in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka was the first biosphere reserve established in 1986.Read | Diverse faces of India: 9 world famous biosphere reserves in our country15. First Mars mission: Mars Orbiter MissionIndian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the Mars Orbiter Mission, also known as Mangalyaan, the country’s first spacecraft destined for Mars on November 5, 2013.#ISROMissionsIt’s been four years since @MarsOrbiter successfully got inserted into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its first attempt. #MOM’s mission life was expected to be six months! So far, the Mars Colour Camera has acquired 980+ images. Mars Atlas is also ready. pic.twitter.com/z4GGkGvl0C ISRO (@isro) September 24, 2018Read | Mars Orbiter Mission completes four years in orbit: About Mangalyaan, India’s first interplanetary missionRead | First country to make the constitution: List of many ‘firsts’last_img read more

TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 launched, ethanol-based bike priced at Rs 1.20 lakh

first_imgTVS Motor Company today launched Apache RTR 200 Fi E100, India’s first ethanol-based motorcycle, for a starting price of Rs 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom). The special edition bike was introduced in the presence of Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and TVS Motor Company Chairman Venu Srinivasan.Equipped with Twin-Spray-Twin-Port EFI technology, the new Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 will be initially limited to Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. TVS Motor Company, which has sold over 3.5 million units of Apache worldwide, had showcased Apache RTR 200 4V Ethanol concept at the 2018 Auto Expo. The claimed top speed of TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 is 129 kmph.The new TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 is powered by a 197.75 cc, SI, 4-stroke, oil-cooled engine that makes 21 PS and 18.1 Nm of peak torque. The motor is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The claimed top speed of the bike is 129 kmph. TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 gets telescopic forks at the front and monoshock at the rear.The motorcycle gets a double cradle split synchrostiff frame, with telescopic forks at the front and monoshock at the rear. There are 17-inch tyres at both the ends, with 270 mm petal-type disc at the front and 240 mm petal-type disc at the rear. It also comes with dual-channel ABS. The kerb weight is 152 kgs, while the fuel tank capacity is 12 litres. TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 sports green graphics with the ‘Ethanol’ logo.”We are delighted to launch TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 in the presence of Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India; and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Jairam Gadkari who has created a roadmap for the implementation of future mobility in the country,” Srinivasan said.advertisement TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 gets a split seat.”Today, the two-wheeler industry is looking at green and sustainable future mobility solutions spanning across electric, hybrid and alternate fuels. TVS Motor Company believes that ethanol-based products are an important option for our customers. This is due to the easy compatibility in transition to ethanol and its sustained positive impact on the environment without compromising on performance and total cost of ownership. TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 is a breakthrough in the two-wheeler space that will set the trend for a green future in India,” he added. TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 comes with a fully digital speedometer.Since TVS Apache RTR 200 Fi E100 is powered by ethanol, there will be 50 per cent less benzene and butadiene emissions as well as lower nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions, the company claims. The bike sports green graphics with the ‘Ethanol’ logo. It gets features like hyper-aggressive naked headlamp with snake fangs-inspired LED DRLs, fully digital speedometer and split seat.ALSO READ | Volkswagen Beetle no more, production of iconic car ends 81 years after launchALSO READ | Kia Seltos official bookings to start on July 15ALSO READ | Hyundai Kona for Rs 25 lakh or Hyundai Creta for Rs 16 lakh: Which will save you more money in long term?last_img read more

Why Individuals Slack Off When They’re Working on a Team

first_imgAt some point in your life, you’ve probably been on a team.Whether it was a baseball team when you were growing up, a team of volunteers working to clean up a local community, or a marketing team working to support your sales department — it’s likely that you’ve experienced the feeling of strength in numbers. After all, everyone always says that the sum of a team is greater than any individual, right?From locker room speeches to motivational seminars, the concept of team empowerment is constantly being reiterated and reinforced. But why? Why do we value teamwork so much? And how is it influencing employee performance in your office?The Truth About TeamsWhat sparked me to write about teamwork is the high expectation I hold for myself and for how other teams should perform. I’m an optimist by trade, which means I believe that if teams are motivated and willing to sacrifice anything to win, then the outcome should be nothing less than perfect, right?Truth be told, this expectation only sometimes comes true. In fact, I’ve noticed that time and time again, teams underperform despite the level of talent and leadership they possess. And when I ask people if they prefer working in groups or as individuals, they often say, “by myself.”This got me thinking: Why is this response so common if teams are thought of with such high regard?The reason: The Ringelmann Effect.What’s the Ringelmann Effect?In 1913, a French professor named Max Ringelmann discovered something quite astonishing about teams. His findings illuminate why most people prefer working as individuals than in groups.Ringelmann found that as groups form, individuals slack. This phenomenon is known as the “Ringelmann Effect.” Simply put, as team size increases, individual performance and productivity decreases. This notion was made famous by his rope pulling experiment. Think about it this way: Your boss asks you to participate in a game of one-on-one tug of war. You slug some water, blow on your palms, grasp the rope, and grit your teeth as you relentlessly pull on the 30 foot rope. As the flag inches closer and closer to your side, a bead of sweat drops off your nose and the referee blows the whistle indicating you have won. You did it. You made your boss proud.You won because of three reasons: The outcome was 100% in your control, you could not hide in the identity of the team, and no one else is there to pull the rope but you.Now your boss decides to test their luck by putting a little more at stake. Your marketing department is matched against the sales team in a winner-take-all, eight vs. eight battle of the rope. Again you bend over, grip the rope, and pull. This time there’s no grinding of any teeth, no beads of sweat, and no winning — the flag crosses the sales side, and you’re left sulking.How could this be? They had you on the team, right?Ringelmann found that with one person pulling on the rope, they gave maximum effort. As more people pulled on the rope, each individual gave less effort. Sadly, when an eighth person was added to the team, members pulled half as much as their maximum potential strength. This graph indicates Ringelmann’s data:As the group gets larger, the amount of work per person decreases from its maximum of 1. Source: Ringelmann (1913)These findings can be applied to any office. As business teams form, individuals tend to feel less responsible for the overall output leading to reduced individual effort. Members take on the mentality of, “If I don’t pull as hard on the rope, no one will really notice, right?”I know there are a few things you must be thinking right now …”I hope this isn’t happening in my teams! I better do something about it before it gets worse, and quick!” or “There is no way this is happening in my office.  Everyone is always giving 100% effort. I’m sure of it.”  Well, to the first person I say, hold up. Before you start slicing and dicing up your teams, take a breather. To the second person, you’re wrong. This is most likely occurring — you just don’t know it yet.So before you begin accusing people of being slackers (I never suggest you do that), let’s discuss the necessary steps to avoid the infamous Ringelmann Effect.How to Avoid the Ringelmann Effect As a manager, make sure one large pizza is the perfect amount of food to feed your team. A large pizza should feed three to four people comfortably — and a three to four person team is the ideal size for gaining the most out of your team.Can’t reduce the size of your team? It’s okay. You’re not alone. And you can still avoid the Ringelmann Effect by making note of these three helpful secrets. Skip the All-Star TeamResearch suggests that people work harder if they expect others in the group to work poorly. If everyone is an all-star, people hold the expectation that other members will pull the bulk of the work, producing low individual effort.Think about the 2004 Boston Red Sox. They surely weren’t the best team on paper (only two players made the all-star team and one of them was a pitcher who only played every 4-5 games), and no one expected them to win the World Series that year. So how did they break the 85-year-old curse and avoid the Ringelmann Effect?  When each player stepped into the batters box, or took the field, they did not expect anyone else to pull the weight of the team except themselves. Simply because very few were “all-stars” — they saw their role as an integral part of the team that had a significant impact on how well the group performedIt’s human nature to want to assemble the best team available. We want only all-stars on our side. However, watch out for this tactic. In some cases, having only all-stars allows for members to believe that if they don’t perform well, others will pick up their slack.Be Cognizant of Group IdentityIn large teams, it’s hard to identify who is contributing to what. The larger the team, the larger the project becomes. The larger the project, the less likely individuals will be noticed for their work. As groups get larger, individual identities disappear and shift from multiple singular identities to one large group identity.You’re probably thinking, “Isn’t this good? Don’t you want strong group identity?”Yes, while you’re right from a team cohesion standpoint, your thought process seems a bit off from a motivation standpoint. Here’s why: As individual identities dissipate, people often begin to feel anonymous. Therefore, if members slack, the “slacker” identity gets put on the group and not the individual.Make Work IdentifiableSeinfeld’s George Costanza put it best: “Yes. Yes. Everybody has to like me. I must be liked!”  It’s undeniable that people are concerned with how others evaluate them (known as evaluation apprehension). Lucky for managers, when team members are concerned with their evaluation, they exert more effort. This can be done by making more tasks identifiable.Identifiable tasks often result in members pulling harder on the rope, otherwise known as exerting greater effort toward the overall group task. Due to the identifiable nature of this task, members become increasingly concerned with how well they’ll be evaluated.To facilitate this, slice your teams work into manageable bite size bits that each team member is accountable for. By doing this, it’s likely that you’ll be able to identify and correct the slackers quickly and easily. Just like the rope pulling situation if their not identifiable for their work, less output occurs.Getting StartedManaging teams is tough — there is no doubt about that.No matter how hard we try to control all the seemingly controllable variables, there will always be another one showing up. This post is not meant to solve every management hiccup in your office — rather it’s designed to make you aware for how your team members interact with each other so you can stop the Ringelmann Effect before it runs rampant in your office.Have you experienced the Ringelmann Effect in your office? What are your favorite tips for optimizing your team? Productivity Topics: Originally published Jul 15, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 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

12 of the Best ‘Contact Us’ Page Examples You’ll Want to Copy in 2017

first_img The Ultimate “Contact Us” Page Lookbook ‘Contact Us’ Page ExamplesTuneHubSpotChoice ScreeningAtlas 1031 ExchangeMorroniPixpaPeopleMetricsLegaliaWeifield Group ContractingSurvicateYetiGlossierMozZendeskAccentureMelonfreeSribdThe VIA AgencyAtlassianLegwork Studioban.doQuick SproutMediumAchieve3000MarvelDollar Shave ClubMolamilLet’s Travel SomewhereGrammarlyHulu Free Resource Contact Form Best PracticesReview the following list of elements shared by successful contact pages to learn about the features and best practices you should remember to include in your own web form. Great contact forms typically… Are easy to find so a visitor can quickly get in touch should they need it.Explain why someone should contact them, and describe how they can help solve their visitors’ problems.Include an email and phone number so visitors can quickly find the right information.Include a short form using fields that’ll help the business understand who’s contacting them.Include a call-to-action to provide visitors with another option if they choose not to complete the form.Showcase the company’s thought leadership, whether that’s by including a list of recent blog posts or articles about the company in the press.Link to active social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to give visitors a way to engage with the business.Redirect to a thank you page that explains when and how you’ll be contacting them and links to helpful content and resources.Are creative and memorable so visitors associate contacting your brand with a positive or funny memory.Show off what your brand does so visitors and potential customers can get a sense of the work you do before they even get in touch.Avoid unnecessary fields and words so your page remains as straightforward and simple as possible — no fluff!Now that we’ve gone over best practices, let’s review examples of some of the most effective contact pages on the Internet.Time to get inspired.30 of the Best “Contact Us” PagesA well-crafted contact page will enhance user experience and cultivate a strong relationship with your leads. Although every business is different, and every buyer persona requires different things, there are multiple elements in the following examples that you can pull from and include (or not include) in your own contact page.1. Tune[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]There’s a lot going well for Tune’s contact page: the beautiful design, the calls-to-action, the clearly displayed contact information, and the form below the fold for visitors who want to get in touch with specific inquiries.What I love the most about their page, though, is how welcoming they are. With copy like “We’re ready to lead you into the future of mobile marketing” and “Get in touch with us,” it makes visitors feel like they’re being taken care of. Many business’ contact pages are rather cold — but the more friendly you make your page’s copy, the better you’ll make your visitors feel. After all, you should want them to contact you so you can help them and start building a relationship. 2. HubSpot[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]HubSpot’s ‘Contact Us’ page demonstrates how a contact page can be used as a customer service tool. At the top, there are two large CTA’s connecting visitors with the HubSpot Sales and Support teams. HubSpot understands people visiting this page are likely interested in purchasing a product or need help troubleshooting one. By placing those buttons at the top of the page, HubSpot provides proactive customer service to its visitors.Another notable feature is how the contact page is embedded into the HubSpot portal. This makes the page more accessible to the user and saves them time. If you’re working in a HubSpot portal and need to look up the support phone number, you don’t have to navigate away from your account. This creates a more user-friendly and omni-channel experience for the customer. 3. Choice Screening[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Hands down, the best thing about Choice Screening’s ‘Contact Us’ page is their copy. It doesn’t get much better than this — all starting with that concise, delightful “Talk to a Human” header.Following all that great copy is a well-organized page with contact information including emails for every different department, followed by a form. The form’s a little lengthy for most businesses, but for a business that runs background checks of all kinds, the form fields are likely necessary to help them organize all their inquiries.When considering how long your own forms should be, think about whether you’d rather have more inquiries coming in, or higher quality inquiries coming in. As long as you have other, easier avenues for folks to contact you, a longer form can be OK for some businesses. 4. Atlas 1031 Exchange[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]At first glance, Atlas 2031 Exchange’s contact page doesn’t have the sexiest of designs. But when you look closely, you’ll realize that it has every single aspect of a great ‘Contact Us’ page — and that starts with functionality.The page explains thoroughly how responsive they are to questions: “We are incredibly responsive to your requests and value your questions.” Then they actually list out what people will get when they ask a question, including a promise for a short response time of 12 hours or fewer. The page also includes easy-to-read contact information, social media buttons, links to offers, and even a list of recently published blog posts. Well done. 5. Morroni[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Let’s be honest … these days, most people would much rather fill out a form than get on the phone and talk to someone. When choosing what to ask people in your forms, make sure you choose ones that’ll help your specific business understand the person contacting you — and even help you qualify them as a potential lead.Of course, some people do like picking up the phone … hence the delightful quip before the phone number. We also like Morroni’s challenge-response test to figure out whether visitors are human: “How’s your math? 2+5 = ?.”6. Pixpa[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]You’d be surprised how many ‘Contact Us’ pages don’t include a call-to-action. Although the main purpose of your contact page is to help people get in touch with your company, there’ll always be folks who land on the page and don’t want to fill out the form. That’s where a little secondary CTA can fit in nicely.It can be as simple as a button leading to your blog. Or, it can lead people to demo your product, download a how-to guide, or watch a video. The folks over at Pixpa chose to add a CTA at the bottom of their ‘Contact Us’ page for a free trial. That way, they’re providing value to the folks who land on the page and really just want to talk to a sales rep directly. 7. PeopleMetrics[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Sometimes, the simplest approach is the best approach. PeopleMetrics’ contact page is clean, well written, and does exactly what it’s supposed to do. They know that most of the people who land on their contact page are scanning for the easiest and best way to get in touch, so they didn’t let any heavy design get in the way.To make people’s lives even easier, they let you use your Facebook or Google Apps login, shortening the conversion path even further. Plus, we think it’s clever to include an option to subscribe to their blog at the same time as they submit a request.8. LegaliaHere’s another contact page with a clean, functional design. All the information you need to know, including a short form, is consolidated into a smaller space that doesn’t feel crowded. One way they accomplish this is by changing those large images of the building into maps of the locations — which you can do by clicking the “voir le plan” (“view the map”) button below the address.[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]I’d also like to point out a small but important detail for businesses who have international customers. Check out how Legalia included the prefix for their country’s code when listing their contact phone number. Many people overlook this if they aren’t used to dialing international prefixes themselves, but it’s really helpful for your international colleagues and clients to have it right on there. Here’s a list of country codes if you don’t know yours.And here’s what the whole page looks like:[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]9. Weifield Group Contracting[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]With the continuing rise of mobile web browsing and Google heavily favoring mobile-friendly websites on their search engine results pages, it’s important that all pages on your website — including your ‘Contact Us’ page — are mobile-friendly.This includes simplifying your navigation, keeping forms short and sweet, including large CTA buttons that are easily clickable with a thumb, and large form fields that make it easy for folks to fill it out on their mobile devices instead of having to pinch and zoom.The Weifield Group’s contact page is a great example of one that is mobile-friendly and responsive. Check out the desktop version of their contact page first, followed by their contact page on mobile — and note how they’ve optimized every part of their page for mobile. The text is large, the form fields are easy to fill out, and their CTA button is large and easily clickable, making for a much more seamless mobile experience.The desktop version is pictured above, and here’s the mobile version: [View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]HubSpot Customers: If your website is on the Content Optimization System (COS), then your site is already mobile-friendly from a technical point of view. The HubSpot COS uses responsive design to adapt to any mobile device and fully passes the sniff test on Google’s new algorithm. 10. Survicate[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Survicate’s contact page is another example of a beautifully simple layout combined with friendly, welcoming copy. I love the subheader below the fold and just above the form, which reads: “Let’s talk about your project.” That kind of conversational, colloquial language is exactly the kind of copy that makes visitors feel closer to a brand.The form itself is simple, with large form fields and CTA buttons — making it very mobile-friendly. Below that, they’ve laid out all the typical contact information — office address, phone number, email, hours of operation, etc. — in a way that’s easy to read and scan.Finally, I love that their icons and primary CTA reflect the same color yellow as their logo. All of these simple touches make for a clean, visually appealing design.11. Yeti[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Yeti sells coolers and drinkware that are built for the great outdoors, and its ‘Contact Us’ page maintains the cool, outdoorsy brand. I especially like the clever tagline encouraging visitors to reach out (“While we’re good with smoke signals, there are simpler ways for us to get in touch and answer your questions.”) and the multiple different ways to connect across platforms.The beautiful image of a hiker in the mountains with a Yeti cooler is juxtaposed with a clean white background to make the contact information and CTAs clear for site visitors, and the link to Yeti’s knowledge base helps them quickly and easily find answers if they don’t want to wait around.12. Glossier[View the full ‘Contact Us’ pagehere.] Skincare and makeup brand Glossier sells aesthetically-pleasing cosmetics in various containers of pink and white — which is reflected on the website, too. The ‘Contact Us’ page is clean, simple, and easy-to-read, but its simplicity belies Glossier’s secret weapon: the gTEAM, its customer service arm that responds to every single message and comment it receives via email or social media.Glossier’s ‘Contact Us’ page offers visitors a variety of different options for contacting the correct team, including its Help and FAQs section, and the web page makes it clear and simple to get the information you need. 13. Moz[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Moz, a Seattle-based SEO software company, features a bold and clear CTA on its ‘Contact Us’ page. Thisleads visitors to a more detailed ‘Help Hub,’ where visitors can click around to find the help they need for specific software or services Moz offers.[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]With offerings as vast and multi-faceted as those of Moz, it’s a smart idea not to overwhelm someone who needs help right off the bat. Instead, Moz provides the need-to-know contact information on its main ‘Contact Us’ page, with additional, more-detailed resources available once they click ‘Contact the Help Team.’ Plus, it features a neat map of Seattle showing exactly where Moz is for people coming to visit in-person.14. Zendesk[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.][View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Zendesk is a cloud-based customer service software that focuses on engagement. Over 300 million people around the world use Zendesk’s customer service departments and help desks as their chosen form of support.Everything on the Zendesk website is minimalist, clean and color coordinated. Their aesthetic carries over to their simplistic and effective contact page. When it comes to web forms, businesses that keep them as straightforward as possible experience a greater number of conversions. That is exactly why Zendesk is on this list. The page is branded very clearly but in an understated way, and there are only three form fields for visitors to fill out. Their CTA button also couldn’t be more obvious, which allows leads and customers to feel confident when they hit “Submit”.At the bottom of the contact page, there is an area where visitors are able to browse through Zendesk product support options and review Zendesk office locations. It’s clear the company took the time to build this page with their buyer personas in mind. They considered what their users might be looking for on their contact page and added those items as additional resources. 15. Accenture[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Accenture offers professional services all around the globe (in 120 countries, to be exact), so suffice it to say, there are probably hundreds of different phone numbers and emails people could reach out to for help.Luckily, this multinational corporation has figured out how to present a lot of information in a compact way on its ‘Contact Us’ page — with expandable sections visitors can click into to get the information they need.The ‘Contact Us’ page is actually chock-full of useful contact information for any request under the sun, but by organizing it in a compact way, Accenture prevents too much confusion while still giving the information needed.[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]16. Melonfree[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Melonfree, a Paraguayan web consulting agency, does just about everything under the sun to build creative and beautiful websites. And while its homepage showcases its portfolio of interesting and eye-catching work, its ‘Contact Us’ page takes the cake for being the most creative.If you’re a “South Park” viewer, you immediately recognized the avatars of Melonfree’s designer and developer. It made me laugh, especially when I saw the personal touches they added to showcase their personalities, and that emotional response makes a brand more memorable — a connection that’s integral to customer loyalty. 17. Scribd[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.][View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Scribd is a completely digital library that allows readers to enjoy a plethora of books, audiobooks, news articles, magazines and more right from their browser. Similar to the rest of Scribd’s website, their contact page is engaging and unique. The top of the page includes the location of their company headquarters on Google Maps. They also clearly state their address and provide website visitors with links to all of their social media profiles.Below this is an interactive and engaging map of organized buttons where users can select the resource they need, chat with customer service or send an email address to customer service based on their issue. Scribd ensures that their website visitors can get the help they need right on their contact page, which saves time for both the visitor and Scribd. Not only that, but the contact form design is fun and unique.18. The VIA Agency[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]The VIA Agency, based in Portland, Maine, uses its website to showcase its slick interactive web work for a variety of big-name clients. So it’s no surprise that its ‘Contact Us’ page features similarly high-tech web features, including parallax scrolling, and generally appealing images.Its ‘Contact Us’ page shows visitors the beautiful building VIA operates in, and then it visualizes exactly where its office it alongside the contact information visitors need. It’s beautiful, it’s clear, and it provides the names and contact information of people visitors can reach out to directly as a bonus.19. Atlassian[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Enterprise software company Atlassian offers a ton of different products for large companies to use to stay organized. But despite that, its ‘Contact Us’ page is extremely well-organized and clear so visitors can easily sort through its website to find the help they need.I particularly like the headshots showcasing the friendly-looking real people who are available to help, as well as the opportunity to submit feedback to Atlassian’s founders front-and-center on the page. It shows a commitment to transparency and an openness to criticism that’s refreshing — in addition to sharing a wide variety of help documents, FAQs, and ways to contact the company.20. Legwork Studios[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Legwork Studios is an animation and interactive design agency, and its website really speaks for itself. It features cool pencil-style drawings accompanied by eye-catching animations, and the clever website copy throughout keeps visitors engaged and chuckling — and reading more.The ‘Contact Us’ page provides all of the necessary details to get in touch with Legwork, and it features a bear dressed in business casual, hard at work at his typewriter. It’s quirky and memorable, and it shows off their skills to boot.21. ban.do[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]ban.do sells whimsical and creative planners, notebooks, and other accessories, and its entire website reflects its brand style with fun fonts, bright colors, and interesting animations to keep things fun.Its ‘Contact Us’ page features an animation of old-fashioned, colorful phones “ringing,” lots of bright pink, clever and casual web copy, and all of the information a visitor on this page might need. From one page, you can get in touch with ban.do, contact customer service, and get information about returning a product.It’s important for every page of your website — including the ‘Contact Us’ page — to reflect the brand, and this page does a great job of keeping things fun while helping ban.do’s customers.22. Quick Sprout[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Quick Sprout’s ‘Contact Us’ page is far from traditional — it actually features an infographic. It’s a clever way to showcase the kind of work you can do with Quick Sprout, and it takes visitors on an interesting journey to learn more about the company and the best way to get in touch.The infographic helpfully shares information about the best way to get in touch — including the topics least likely to garner a response, and how short to make the email to get a better reply. It’s unique, helpful, and memorable — a win, win, win.23. Medium[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]When you first navigate to Medium’s ‘Contact Us’ page, you see a quirky custom illustration that is one of the hallmark’s of Medium’s minimalist website with an emphasis on whitespace.Visitors have the option to type in a topic or submit a request — or, if they keep scrolling, they’ll find Medium’s helpfully curated list of knowledge base articles and forums to peruse.[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]24. Achieve3000[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Like many businesses out there, Achieve3000 has a lot of different types of people visiting their website — and what these people want to contact them about can vary widely. That’s why they’ve decided to go deeper than the one-size-fits-all approach.Below that nice hero image and a few words explaining what visitors will get when they contact them, you’ll find three options: You can request a demo, you can reach out to a sales rep, or you can get in touch with customer support. Each one of these options leads to a separate landing page, like the one I’ve included below this screenshot. What a great way to cater to the most common needs of your various web visitors.Here’s the landing page form made specifically for customer support inquiries:[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.] It’s a clever idea to combine your ‘Contact Us’ page with your knowledge base. That way, on one page, your users and customers can effectively navigate questions and concerns, or reach out, all in one place.25.  Marvel[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Marvel is a design software helpin users build and produce digital products. The company embraces creativity and encourages customers to “design anything, anywhere.” So, it’s no surprise its contact page is colorful and packed with playful images and designs. Marvel has taken a traditionally formal page and redesigned it to match its brand image.Not only is this approach fun and eye-catching, but it’s also used as a marketing tool. In the middle of the page, there’s a free downloadable offer. Visitors can download images of the product or company logo to share on their personal and professional channels.26. Dollar Shave Club[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]If you’re not familiar with Dollar Shave Club, it’s a razor subscription service that delivers quality razors at competitive prices. Dollar Shave Club is trying to disrupt its market by positioning itself as a cheaper and more convenient shaving solution. To do that, it needs to educate its target audience on what its service is, why it’s different, and how customers can sign up.The contact page accomplishes this by providing a comprehensive guide to the company’s products and services. In the middle of the page sits a drop-down menu listing options including how it works, shipping and delivery, account management, products, and gifting. This type of customer self-service creates more engagement with the visitor and improves your site’s click-through rates.27. Molamil[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Molamil made our list for two reasons: First, it’s hard to forget a page filled with floating heads. Second, the copy is so genuine you’ll want to trust this company with crafting your product vision. The top of the page tells a compelling brand story and invites the visitor to “come by for a cup of coffee or a beer.” This makes the visitor feel welcomed instead of pressured into making any immediate decisions.Aside from the quirky images and playful text, Molamil highlights its brand values as well. The contact page lists collaboration, exploration, and proactivity as Molamil’s core company values. This lets the visitor know the business may have some fun, but it’s still dedicated to fulfilling customer needs.28. Let’s Travel Somewhere[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Let’s Travel Somewhere is a travel blog written by a group of contributors who travel around the world. The goal of the blog is to “capture the essence of every country on the planet.” That makes the contact page an essential component to the website. Visitors need to easily access the page and submit their pieces to the editor.Since the editor travels, the blog’s writers need multiple ways to contact her. So, she provides a pop-up form and several social media links, giving the writer multiple communication options. She even notes that because of her frequent travel, she may be slow to respond at times. This outlines expectations for her writers, so they aren’t confused if their pieces aren’t published immediately.29. Grammarly[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Grammarly is a software reviewing written documents for grammar and spelling errors. Its contact page is easy to navigate and makes it simple for visitors to accomplish their goals. Grammarly knows visitors coming to this page likely have a support request. So, it placed the support link directly in the middle of the page in a bright green color.If the visitor has the Grammarly extension installed, it will insert their user information into the support forms. Users don’t have to spend time filling out the same fields and can skip right to describing their problem.30. Hulu[View the full ‘Contact Us’ page here.]Hulu’s contact page is combined with its knowledge base. Users search for their own solutions, then use the links at the bottom of the page to contact support if necessary. This improves customer experience and reduces case volume for its support team.Hulu also offers a handy chatbot to guide visitors through troubleshooting steps. It starts the chat by suggesting possible questions you might have and provides links to articles that can answer them. And, most of these options are based on popular television events occurring at the time, like in the example below:Source: HuluWrap Up: Contact Form Designs and Pages That WinNo matter your industry or what your buyer personas are like, every business should strive for a great “contact us” page. A well-thought contact form design will make it easy to engage with your audience as well as create a positive, long-lasting relationship with them.Everything on your website should be well-crafted and thoughtfully laid out as well as maintain a professional feel — meaning every detail matters when it comes to your contact form design.A quality form builder can help you create a well-designed “contact us” form in just minutes. Form builders have drag and drop features that provide you with an easy way to embed forms on your website so visitors can begin submitting their information immediately and efficiently. When you think of great website design, you probably think about a website’s homepage, or their blog, or their product pages.But what about a website’s ‘Contact Us’ page?Unlock 42 more inspiring “contact us” page examples to help you reimagine the power of yours. Far too many website designers put contact pages near the bottom of their priority list in terms of copywriting and design. Think about how many contact pages you’ve stumbled upon that look like they were built in the 1990s, even if the rest of the website is beautiful and updated.That, my friends, is a huge mistake. Your ‘Contact Us’ page is one of the most important pages on your website. For most companies, it’s typically one of the most-visited site pages. Originally published Jun 20, 2019 6:00:00 AM, updated June 20 2019 Topics: Hi 👋 What’s your name?First NameLast NameHi null, what’s your email address?Email AddressAnd your phone number?Phone NumberWhat is your company’s name and website?CompanyWebsiteHow many employees work there?1Does your company provide any of the following services?Web DesignOnline MarketingSEO/SEMAdvertising Agency ServicesYesNoGet Your Free Resource Customer Service 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

BWF World Championships: PV Sindhu eases into third round with clinical win

first_imgRio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu kept her fight for first gold medal at the BWF World Championships alive after registering a clinical straight games victory over Pai Yu-Po of Chinese Taipei in the second round of the women’s singles event on Wednesday.After getting a bye in the opening round of the competition, Sindhu defeated Pai 21-14, 20-14 in the second round match that lasted for 42 minutes. Sindhu will next face Zhang Beiwen of America in the Round of 16 in what will be their 8th meeting.The two players exchanged points early in the first game but it did not take too long for Sindhu to open up a good lead. With 4 straight points Sindhu took a 9-7 lead and widened it to 11-7 before going into the mid-game break.Pai kept trying to catch up but Sindhu did not give the Taiwanese any window of opportunity to come any closer to her. It took Sindhu just 18 minutes to earn 6 game points opportunities and the Indian needed only one to convert on her serve and take a 1-0 lead.Sindhu dominated in the beginning of the second game as she started out with 3-0 in her favour and soon raced into a 6-1 lead. However, some unforeseen errors from Sindhu helped Pai win three straight points. Some further lose game from Sindhu gave the Taiwanese shuttler a one-point lead at the lemon break.However Sindhu got back into the groove post the break and showed aggressive play to take 18-13 lead and win six match points. After squandering the first one, the Indian converted her second match point to progress to third round of the competition.advertisementIt was PV Sindhu’s 6th appearance at the BWF World Championships and the Indian has been seeded every time she has played in the tournament.Sindhu has two back-to-back silver medals and as many bronze in the World Championships but a gold medal has so far eluded her.Later in the day, former silver medallist Nehwal will take on Netherlands’ Soraya de Visch Eijbergen in the second round. Nehwal, too, received a bye in the opening round.Also Read | BWF World Championships: HS Prannoy stuns former champion Lin Dan in round 2, Sai Praneeth advancesAlso Read | BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth survives scare, Sameer Verma ousted in 1st roundAlso Seelast_img read more

Airtel launches Xstream Stick and Xstream Box in India starting at Rs 3,999

first_imgBharti Airtel on Monday, September 2, 2019 launched its converged digital entertainment play platform — Airtel Xstream — in India. Apart from launching the Airtel Xstream app and web platform in India, the telecom operator also launched the Airtel Xstream Box and the Airtel Xstream Stick in India both of which come at a starting price of Rs 3,999.The Airtel Xstream app is essentially a revamped version of the Airtel TV app. It comes with a new user interface which the company says is better at helping users discover the right kind of content. The Airtel Xstream app comes with a catalogue of over 400 LIVE TV channels and 10,000 plus movies and shows from top content providers like ZEE5, Hooq, Eros Now and HungamaPlay.Airtel customers can also access Airtel Xstream content – which is available on the Airtel Xstream app — on the web by logging onto the new www.airtelxstream.in website.”Today, we are announcing India’s first converged entertainment platform Airtel Xstream that brings together your favorite content including Live TV, video, music, news, and sports across an OTT smart stick, internet enabled set top box and handheld devices. Digital India is transforming the way content is being consumed over internet connected devices. Airtel Xstream will cater to needs of a new generation of consumers who are looking for seamless and converged entertainment across multiple screens at home and on the go,” Adarsh Nair, Chief Product Officer, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.Airtel Xstream StickAirtel also launched the Airtel Xstream Stick in India today. It is an Android 8.0 based OTT stick, similar to Google Chromecast, that is designed for plug and play experience on any TV screen. It comes with a single subscription plan that provides access to content from partners like ZEE5, Hooq, Hoi Choi, Eros Now, HungamaPlay, ShemarooMe, Ultra and Curiosity Stream. In addition to that, it also includes over 6 million songs from Wynk Music’s library. The Airtel Xstream Stick comes with special access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other Google Play Store applications enabling users to download any app of their choice.advertisementInterestingly, the Airtel Xstream Stick with built-in Chromecast is powered by best-in-class 1.6 Ghz processor and it comes with a remote that sports voice enabled search feature and Bluetooth 4.2.The Airtel Xstream Stick is priced at Rs 3999. While the Airtel Thanks Platinum and Gold customers will get a complimentary access to the content subscription plan on Airtel Xstream Stick, other customers get free access to the content for the first 30 days after which they will have to pay an annual fee of Rs 999. It will be available for purchase on all Airtel retail stores, airtel.in, retail chains like Croma and Vijay Sales and e-retail platform Flipkart starting today.Airtel Xstream BoxLast but not the least, Airtel in addition to the Xstream app and the stick also launched the Airtel Xstream Box in India today. It is powered by Android 9.0 Oreo and it features a 4K Hybrid Box that brings satellite TV and OTT content together onto the TV screen with the convenience of a single device.The Airtel Xstream Box comes preinstalled with Airtel Xstream app, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and Airtel Store (for advanced gaming with high end graphics) and it allows users to choose from 500 plus TV channels.In terms of features, the Airtel Xstream Box sports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and it has built-in Chromecast. It comes with a universal remote that features Google Assistant based voice search and special keys for accessing Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube directly on the click of a button.The Airtel Xstream Box is priced at Rs 3,999 and it comes with a complimentary one year subscription all the content available on the Airtel Xstream app content and one month subscription to a HD DTH pack. Airtel says that all existing Airtel Digital TV customers can upgrade to Airtel Xstream Box at a special price of Rs 2,249.Just like the Xstream Stick, the Airtel Xstream Box will be available across leading Airtel retail stores, airtel.in, e-retail sites like Flipkart and Amazon and retail chains like Croma and Vijay Sales starting today.ALSO READ: | Google believes Indians can study on YouTube, awards 8 Indian creators with YouTube Learning FundALSO READ: | Hackers who targeted iPhones also went after Android devices and Windows computersALSO READ: | JioFiber preview customers may get free service for two months, official launch on September 5last_img read more

Have lost a bit of sleep thinking how we’re going to get Ben Stokes out: Tim Paine

first_imgIt is nine days since Ben Stokes hit a remarkable 135 not out to win the third Test of the Ashes series at Headingley, and as he prepares for the next instalment, Australia captain Tim Paine said thoughts of how to outwit the England batsman keep him awake at night.England were nine wickets down with 73 runs required before Stokes’ swashbuckling innings almost single-handedly kept England in the series and denied Australia a win that would have ensured the tourists retained the Ashes.Questions have been asked of Paine’s decisions in the decisive final hours of that Test. But asked whether he fears Stokes’ feat may hang over his captaincy in the way that all-rounders Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff impacted previous Aussie skippers, Paine said his concern was more basic.”Nah, I haven’t lost a hell of a lot of sleep thinking about my captaincy. But I have lost a bit of sleep thinking how we’re going to get him out, that’s for sure,” he said.”He’s a class player, and he’s really confident at the moment. He’s going well. Like I said, we’ve got some plans for him – but we’ve just got to execute them a bit better,” he said.Paine believed spinner Nathan Lyon has troubled Stokes at various times, but he has urged his fielders to provide better support than they did at Headingley.”I think Nathan has actually bowled really well to him. He’s created a number of chances each time he’s bowled to him.advertisement”But the other side of it is we hold our chances when Nathan is bowling to him. If we can do that, I think he can open the game up for us through that middle order. The last two Tests in particular, we’ve let Nathan down a bit with our fielding,” he said.Paine did however engage in some self-criticism about the way the last Test got away from his side.”We made some mistakes, it happens. We have addressed it as a team and spoken about it honestly. I was certainly one of those people who made mistakes. I would have done some things differently with my field placings,” he said.”There were times, looking back at it, where it was obvious I should have had the field up and allowed Ben to hit a couple of boundaries so we had more balls at the tailender (Jack Leach).”That’s the main thing I would have done differently. It happens in cricket and we have moved on, learnt from it, and we are ready for another great Test match.”Also Read | Ben Stokes has worst music taste of anyone I know: Mark WoodAlso Read | Ashes 4th Test: England switch seam attack with Craig Overton in for Chris WoakesAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Traffic sign in Manchester mocks Australia over sandpaper-gatelast_img read more

Always crying: Harbhajan Singh slams Adam Gilchrist over DRS excuse

first_imgIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh slammed Adam Gilchrist for taking a dig at former’s historic hat-trick against Australia in 2001. Harbhajan Singh had etched his name in the cricket folklore, when he became the first Indian to pick a Test hat-trick. Harbhajan’s hat-trick victims were Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and Shane Warne.Gilchrist, who was Harbhajan’s second victim, commented on his hat-trick video, saying there was no DRS system at that time and added a sad emoji to his caption. Gilchrist made this remark while commenting on a fan’s post on Twitter that had a clip of Harbhajan’s hat-trick.The replays did show that Gilchrist had inside-edged the ball which the umpire had missed. Harbhajan Singh lambasted Gilchrist on Twitter and asked him to stop crying over things. U think u would have survived for long if not first ball? Stop crying over these things mate..thought u would talk sense after ur playing days.. but few things never change u r the prime example of that. Always crying.U think u would have survived for long if not first ball ? Stop crying over these things mate..thought u would talk sense after ur playing days.. but few things never change u r the prime example of that. Always crying https://t.co/hRLyNdLbkBHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 4, 2019Harbhajan’s hat-trick memories were reignited when Jasprit Bumrah became the only third Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricket during the second Test against West Indies at Sabina Park.advertisementBumrah got the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveries to achieve the feat.Harbhajan was the first Indian to pick up a Test hat-trick (vs Australia in Kolkata in 2001) after which left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan repeated the feat when he took three wickets off consecutive balls against Pakistan in Karachi in 2006. Pathan incidentally, was the first bowler in history to grab a hat-trick in the first over of Test cricket.Also See:last_img read more

Afghanistan emulate Australia with record-setting Test win over Bangladesh

first_imgAfghanistan handed Bangladesh a 224-run defeat in the Only-test at Chattogram. The victory holds a huge significance for two reasons. One: Afghanistan gained the status of a Test-playing nation just 2 years back and were playing only their 3 third match in the longest format of the game. Two: For they ripped the heart out of the same Bangladesh side that has beaten the best of Test playing nations at home.In an all-round performance from Afghanistan, Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan led the way in the first innings to haul their side to 342. Leading his side in the Test, young Rashid Khan picked a five-wicket haul to bowl Bangladesh out for just 205.After being set a target of 398, Bangladesh were fighting only to draw the match but Rashid Khan once again led his team from the front and cut short the lower-order resistance from the home side. The leg-spinner picked his 11th wicket of the match to script a win with only 3.2 overs left in the Test and give Mohammad Nabi a memorable Test farewell.Captains with a fifty and 10-wickets in the same Test:Imran Khan (117 & 11-180) v Ind, Faisalabad, 1982-83Allan Border (75 & 11-96) v WI, Sydney, 1988-89Rashid Khan (51 & 11-104) v Ban, Chattogram, 2019#BANvAFGRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 9, 2019On the course to the famous win, Rashid Khan also became only the third captain to score a fifty in an innings and take a 10-wicket haul in a Test match. The others to do so are former Pakistan captain Imran Khan (against India in 1982-83) and the then Australia skipper Allan Border (against West Indies in 1988-89).advertisementRashid Khan, aged 20, also became the youngest ever captain in the history of Test cricket to record a maiden win in the purest format of the game. Meanwhile, Afghanistan also became the only Test side after Australia to win first two of their three Test matches. In March this year, Afghanistan recorded their maiden Test win when they defeated Ireland by 7 wickets in the One-off Test. Australia are the other team to have two wins in their first 3 Tests.On a rain-hit day on Monday, first session was completely wiped out and just 13 balls were possible after Lunch as the rain returned to play spoilsport which meant that Afghanistan had only 18.3 overs to push for victory in the final session.Bangladesh were bowled out for 173 in 61.4 overs, while chasing an improbably target of 398 runs to become the first team to lose a Test against 10 different nationsTest debutant Zahir Khan struck off the first ball of the day’s play by removing captain Shakib Al Hasan for 44 with Bangladesh reaching 143 for 6 in 46.3 overs at Tea.Rashid Khan struck thrice in the final session, removing Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam and Soumya Sarka to complete his second five-wicket haul in the match and end with 6 for 49 in the second innings.Also Read | Rashid Khan spins Afghanistan to famous Test triumph over BangladeshAlso Read | Rahmat Shah becomes 1st Afghanistan cricketer to hit Test hundredlast_img read more

If Rohit Sharma can do in Tests what he did in ODIs, it will be great for India: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli doesn’t expect Rohit Sharma to follow a certain style and wants the seasoned campaigner to use his natural instincts much like Virender Sehwag in his new role as Test opener.Virat Kohli said Rohit Sharma understands what he needs to do and said the transition from the middle-order to opening spot is more mental adjustment than anything else.Ahead of the 1st Test between India and South Africa, starting October 2, Virat Kohli confirmed Rohit Sharma would open along with Mayank Agarwal. In fact, India named the playing XI for the 1st Test on its eve after captain Kohli addressed the press conference in Visakhapatnam.”We are looking forward to Rohit playing his natural game at the top” – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #INDvSA @paytm pic.twitter.com/yCKPxhwSsuBCCI (@BCCI) October 1, 2019″In Test cricket I started at (number) six then came up to four. It was more of a mental thing. If you can convince yourself you can do it. Test cricket is about finding your game in different conditions,” Virat Kohli said on Tuesday.”We are not looking at a certain kind of display of batting from Rohit. It is about him finding his game at the top. Yes, his strength is to take the game forward. Like what Viru bhai used to do for the team for a long period.”So, it is not as if someone would have told Viru bhai to attack and get a hundred before lunch. His natural instinct took over and he could demolish attacks once he felt comfortable.advertisement”He definitely has the ability. If the wicket is challenging and then obviously you won’t see him smashing the ball, he knows what to do.”Meanwhile, Virat Kohli expects Rohit Sharma to emulate his ODI route to opening success in Tests.Rohit Sharma had played in the middle-order for 81 ODIs before the then India captain, MS Dhoni came up with the idea of promoting him to the opener’s slot. Rohit found instant success and his career changed for good after the promotion.Rohit has scored 25 hundreds, including 3 double hundreds, ever since his promotion to the opener’s slot in 2013.”For Rohit as well, clarity of role knowing that you have to play in a certain way, is very crucial for a player and for us the communication happened long ago,” Virat Kohli said.”But we could not see a situation but now there is a situation and it is an ideal time to go ahead with it because we have spoken about it. ODIs was same with him.”He was batting in the middle order and then suddenly opening conversations happened and within 6-8 months he was opening and we all know what happened after that. If he can do what he did in ODIs, it will be great for Indian cricket.”Also Read | Wriddhiman Saha to replace Rishabh Pant in Vizag Test vs South AfricaAlso see:last_img read more