Why Some Achieve Success That Eludes Others

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now It is no great secret why some people produce better results than others.Their will is greater. People who are successful “will” their success into being. They are willing to do what others will not. They exercise their self-discipline, their will power, to constantly do the work that others find unpleasant. They also decide to be happy, and they will that into being, too. This is all mindset.Their strategies are better. People who are successful have better strategies. To produce better strategies, they spend more time studying. They read. People who are strategic digest information so they can see connections others miss. They spend time doing the difficult work of thinking.Their tactics are better. Day to day, successful people employ tactics that allow them to produce better results. They are proactive. They don’t allow their time or energy to be consumed by the attention vampires that distract others. They delegate. They focus on the three or four things that move them closer to their goals.Their execution is better. There are always failures on the road to success. But there is no success without execution. Doing the right things well, producing the necessary outcomes, and creating results are necessary to success.Their persistence is greater. Will is necessary, but not sufficient. Strategies and tactics are both necessary, but not sufficient. Even when all will, strategy, tactics, and execution are all present, success may evade you. Success is a game of patient pursuit. You have to persist. It take a long time, but not as much time as you think.If someone is producing a result that you want, if they are succeeding in some area where you are struggling, it is likely that they are doing something differently from you.They may be applying more of their will, their personal power, to succeeding in that area. They may have better strategies and tactics, likely ones that make you uncomfortable, that they are employing. Their success may be built in part by their better execution. And let there be no doubt in your mind that their persistence plays a role.There are no secrets. All is known. There are many paths, but the all of them require the same of those who would walk them.last_img read more

Mob torches liquor shop

first_imgAn irate mob, comprising mostly women from the neighbouring Sweepers’ Colony, allegedly ransacked and burnt a country liquor shop located in Ward No. 17 of Choudwar Municipality, about 15 km from here, on Saturday morning. The mob reportedly went berserk after finding the body of a local youth lying in a pool of blood near a canal, five km away from the liquor shop. The police said a man named Ashok Naik (30) and his acquaintance from the colony had gone to the liquor joint on Friday evening. When Ashok did not return home late in the night, his family members searched for him. His body was found lying near the Dhumabati canal. Believing that Ashok’s murder had something to do with the liquor shop, the colony residents rushed to it and set it on fire after ransacking it. The police said a murder case has been registered and investigations are on.Another body found In another incident, the Mangalabag police of the city retrieved the body of another youth lying in a pool of blood near the tuberculosis ward of the SCB Medical College and Hospital on Saturday morning. The police had suspected it to be a murder case after seeing a liquor bottle and some belongings strewn near the body. However, an autopsy led doctors to believe that it was a case of suicide.last_img read more

Karan Johar Pledge Not to Use Pakistan Actors Goes Viral

first_imgA statement by popular Bollywood director Karan Johar promising not to work with Pakistani actors in the future has gone viral in India. Related Itemslast_img

Djokovic meditates to ‘lose fear and stress’

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Djokovic said apart from tennis he has always looked at ways to improve himself, which he terms his “philosophy of life”.“It has always been, not just for tennis, but in general there’s always something that you can improve and get better at as a person and as a player,” he said.“That’s probably the most exciting thing about life, is that every day is a new opportunity for you to get better.”Djokovic faces South Korea’s “NextGen” star Chung Hyeon in Monday’s round of 16. MOST READ Djokovic has become involved in meticulous off-the-court preparation in recent years. He has a strict, gluten-free diet and is an advocate for well-being.The new year has given him the opportunity to analyse aspects of his game and preparation.“When it comes to tennis, I obviously was excited to analyze my game,” he said.“First of all, I wanted to get the right team of people around me, experts in their field, so they can contribute to the process and the journey of working on my body and my game.“Improving different aspects that are there to be worked on. Thankfully there is always something to work on.”ADVERTISEMENT The Serb former world No.1 is playing in his first tournament since Wimbledon in July and he has a brand new support team, headed by eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi as coach.   Djokovic said after reaching the fourth round of the year’s opening Grand Slam on Saturday that he now meditates on a daily basis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Yes, I do. I’ll tell you what. I don’t want to tell you what I gain with it, but I’ll tell what I lose with it,” he said.“I lose fear. I lose anxiety. I lose stress. I guess, in the end of the day, that’s what you’re looking for.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments 76ers climb to 6th in East, beat Bucks Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Novak Djokovic. APNovak Djokovic says meditating has helped him overcome fear and stress that comes with playing elite tennis.The 12-time Grand Slam champion, 30, says he often turned to the practice during his long spell out of the game last year with elbow trouble.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

CWG: India rides on Bharat in hockey semis

first_imgIndia had never won a medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games. But that has changed now. The hosts capped off a dramatic comeback to beat England 5- 4 in a tie- breaker after the scores were level at 3- 3 in regulation time and extra period in the semi- final.Sardara Singh battles for the ballThey will now take on Australia in the gold medal match after the world champions thrashed New Zealand 6- 2 in their semi- final clash earlier in the day.The Indians showed tremendous resilience and fighting spirit, recovering from 1- 3 down with 15 minutes left. The stands were only two- thirds full at the start but by half- time, there was virtually no seat available.Bharat Chetri emerged the hero, saving Glenn Kirkham’s stroke. All other nine attempts in the tie- breaker found the net.Shivendra Singh sealed the final spot and sent the packed house into delirious joy.In the fast- paced match, India took the lead in the 20th minute following a penalty corner. A variation resulted in the ball reaching Dhananjay Mahadik, whose shot was blocked by England custodian James Fair. But Sarvanjit Singh, who had taken the push, was on hand to slot in the rebound.The European champions wasted a chance to draw level almost immediately, when Rob Moore found Simon Mantell in the striking circle, but the shot went wide with the goal unguarded.India made several forays into rival territory, mostly through the right flank where skipper Rajpal Singh was lively.advertisementEngland, however, regained parity in the final minute of the half with their first penalty corner. As the hooter sounded, Ashley Jackson made no mistake with his low shot to give his team a boost going into the break.It seemed to be the turning point in the match as the visitors needed just six more minutes to go ahead. Jackson found the top corner of the net with his drag- flick off the second penalty corner. Another short corner saw the Englishmen find the target through a variation by Simon Mantell.Sandeep got a chance to reduce the arrears but his drag- flick went wide. But he made amends soon on finding Vikram Pillay in the rival box to deflect in. The crowd found its voice again and with 10 minutes to go, India were level when Sarvanjit took advantage of a goalmouth melee to level scores.The match went into extratime and India completely dominated the first period.The deadlock had to be broken in a tie- breaker. The Indians kept their nerves to set up a shot at glory.last_img read more


first_imgIndia openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar will take the crease in a while against South Africa during their World Cup Group B match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur.India won the toss and elected to bat. India are already in the quarterfinals, but a win here will boost their confidence ahead of the KO stage. India have included Munaf Patel in place of Piyush Chawla and South Africa have called in Johan Botha in place of Imran Tahir.These changes have been done keeping in mind that the VCA pitch does assist the seamers.Teams:   India (From): Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel,South Africa (From): Graeme Smith(c), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers(w), Faf du Plessis, Jean-Paul Duminy, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Morne van Wyklast_img read more

Glassdoor Raises $20 Million Amid Significant International Community Growth

first_imgGlassdoor is making significant traction to help push the employment industry forward. In the past 12 months, Glassdoor has been growing at a rapid rate as we now welcome more than 14 million members – up from one million in June 2011. We also now have 3 million approved company reviews, salary reports, CEO approval ratings, interview questions and reviews, plus office photos for more than 220,000 companies in 190 countries – up from 3,000 pieces of employee-generated content for 250 companies just four years ago. In addition, in less than two years, we have forged partnerships with more than 800 companies, from AT&T to HP to UPS, to help drive their employment branding and recruiting efforts.Glassdoor is only just starting to scratch the surface for the opportunity we see in jobs and employment globally. As we embark on the next phase of Glassdoor, I am pleased to announce that we have secured an additional $20 million in venture capital financing. This latest round, led by DAG Ventures with participation from existing investors Benchmark Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures and Battery Ventures, will help us to grow internationally and build out more resources to better serve job seekers, employees, employers and all those involved in the jobs space.Where we go to work and who we encourage to come work with us are some of the most critical choices we make in our lives. I truly believe that greater workplace transparency is the future and is one of the most effective tools available when looking for a job or looking to make our next hire. Glassdoor is at the forefront of a significant change in the jobs market, and it is being fueled by a demand for a more social and data-driven approach to making career and hiring decisions.I am proud to say that Glassdoor is changing the way people search for jobs, and the way companies recruit and retain talent. Workplace transparency is here to stay.Want More Details?: Check out Glassdoor’s Press Release.last_img read more

Glassdoor Wins North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award for 2014

first_imgWe are thrilled to announce that for the third year in a row, Glassdoor has been named one of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work! The winners were selected by the editorial staff and companies were judged on diversity, employee benefits and perks, family-friendly workplace, and community involvement.Here’s what some Glassdoor employees have to say about working in the North Bay:“Located in beautiful, sunny Sausalito, I enjoy riding my bike to work, eating on our deck overlooking the Bay at lunch and taking free yoga classes outside.” – Glassdoor Public Relations Employee (Sausalito, CA)“The overall energy in the company is encouraging, uplifting and rewarding. Let alone the amazing office, game room, gym, food, yoga, poker nights and all those perks. I love working here.” – Glassdoor Senior Software Engineer (Sausalito, CA)“I am literally excited to wake up for work every morning! The people here are smart, curious, driven and highly engaging people.” – Glassdoor Account Manager (Sausalito, CA)Interested in working at Glassdoor? Be sure to check out our open positions!last_img read more

Feeling Nostalgic? How to Become a Boomerang Employee

first_imgNot burning a bridge is taking on new meaning in the current job market as many companies are welcoming back former employees with open arms.With skill shortages and talent wars breaking out in many industries, companies are forced to overhaul their thinking.Consider this: a new survey of 1,800 human resources professionals by WorkplaceTrends.com and Kronos found that while close to half of respondents said they had a policy against rehiring former employees, 76% say they are more accepting of hiring boomerang employees today. Managers are on the same page, with close to two-thirds saying they would be more willing to bring back former colleagues. “There’s a new perspective,” among hiring managers, says Dan Schawbel, founder of WorkplaceTrends.com. “Companies realize that when hiring boomerang employees they get up to speed quicker.”While that’s good news for people wanting to get their old job back, it means increased competition for job seekers, even as the employment market continues to improve. According to the survey in the past five years, 81% of HR professionals said they received job applications from ex-employees. Of those, 40% said their company hired half of the former employees who applied. What’s more, greater than half of HR professionals and managers said they give high or very high priority to former employees that left professionally and amicably. For job seekers, their boomerang competition is going to come largely from millennials, based on WorkplaceTrends.com and Kronos’ survey, which found that 46% of millennials would consider going back to a former employer. That compares to 33% of Generation Xers and 29% of baby boomers.Increased competition when searching for a job is never good, but for those who are currently employed, this shift in thinking bodes well for their future employability. “Going back a few years, employers looked at the workforce in a broad way as opposed to person by person,” says Kronos Chief People Officer, Dave Almeda. “A growing understanding of individuals skills, talents and contribution in tough times,” is driving this. When times are good and companies are in hiring mode, they may not notice the slacker employee or the over achiever. But if a company is forced to do more with less, it will quickly see who is valuable to an organization and who isn’t.For employees who shine within an organization, the change in mindset means if they leave and want to come back it won’t be so hard. “High performing employees are going to be in good shape to approach the company when they to go back,” says Almeda. But for those that may have been less than productive or disruptive, the chances of getting hired back are going to be slim. Because of that, employees have to make sure they are behaving on the job and not burning a bridge by fighting with co-workers or supervisors, not meeting requirements and jumping ship in too short of a period of time.Having options when someone is looking for new employment is an enviable position to be in but in order to get there, employees have to make sure they are keeping in touch with their former colleagues and bosses. Thanks to the proliferation of social networks, both personal and professional, anyone who left a job in good standing will want to make sure they keep in touch. Making connections with ex-workers on LinkedIn and staying on top of what the company is up to will go a long way in helping if someone does decide to go back. After all a lot of the people who get hired come from referrals and if it’s from a current employee about a former one that’s even stronger.Ultimately how someone conducts themselves on the job will mean the difference between getting hired back and getting a rejection letter in the mail. Since millennials are the most likely to job hop and come back, making an impact before moving on to greener pastures is important for boomeranging. “Boomerang employment is not an entitlement,” says Almeda. “There is a minimum set of requirements that the employees need to meet. You have to have the right relationship with the company. It can’t be a short stop over.”last_img read more

Are You Being Paid Fairly? Glassdoor Global Survey Reveals Salary Transparency Perceptions

first_imgToday is Equal Pay Day, a day to raise awareness around the gender pay gap and find solutions to reach pay equity. To help, Glassdoor today is hosting a roundtable discussion on pay equality featuring Hillary Clinton, among other leaders, and revealing results of our Global Salary Transparency Survey*.We know the gender pay gap is real and significant, according to recent Glassdoor research, yet talking about pay and salaries remains one of the most prominent taboos in today’s workplace. While some employers are taking strides to address salary transparency, a new Glassdoor survey finds that nearly 7 in 10 employees globally wish they had a better understanding of what fair pay is for their position and skill set at their company and in their local market.This survey also uncovers how employees really feel about what they need to do to get a pay raise, whether their employer discloses salaries internally, whether they have a good understanding of how pay is determined at their company, along with other insights into salary and pay topics.Most Employees Feel They Must Jump Ship to Earn a Higher SalaryThe grass always seems to look a little greener elsewhere and apparently so do the prospects for a pay raise. Conducted in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland, the survey finds more than half (56%) of employed adults in these countries believe they must switch companies in order to obtain any meaningful change in compensation. However in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France and Germany, employees under the age of 55 are more likely to feel the need to change companies for a raise than those ages 55+.Most Employees Report Their Company Does Not Share Salaries InternallySharing salary information among employees at a company is still not considered common practice, and the survey finds only about one-third (36%) of employees globally say their company does share information internally about how much money employees earn. Americans (31%) are least likely to say their employer shares salary details internally, whereas Dutch employees (50%) are most likely to say they have salary insights.Men Claim More Clarity Around How Pay is Determined Than WomenGlobally, employed men (59%) are more likely than their female counterparts (51%) to believe they have a good understanding of how people are compensated at all levels in their company. This data point raises questions related to whether men have access to more salary data than women, if they perceive to have more knowledge about salaries (vs. actually having pay insights), or if they are asking more direct questions of leadership regarding pay levels.Is Salary Transparency Good for Employee Satisfaction? Good for Overall Business?Also of note, the survey asked employees whether they believe talking about pay is good for employee satisfaction and business. The majority says ‘yes’ to both. Seven in 10 (70%) believe salary transparency is good for employee satisfaction and more than 7 in 10 (72%) believe it’s good for business, too.Check out the complete results of the Glassdoor Global Salary Transparency Survey and detailed employee perceptions by country.VIDEO: Watch real employees share their salaries in Glassdoor’s #ShareYourPay video!PAY EQUALITY ROUNDTABLE: Watch what Hillary Clinton, Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman and Olympic Gold Medalist & World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe, among other leaders, have to say about pay equality topics, including potential solutions to reach pay equity.Want to increase salary transparency at your company? Share your salary anonymously on Glassdoor.*MethodologyThis survey was conducted online within Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor from October 1-5, 2015 among 8,254 adults ages 18 and older, among which 2,049 are in the U.S., 1,057 are in the UK, 1,019 are in The Netherlands, 1,029 are in France, 1,029 are in Germany, 1,018 are in Switzerland, and 1,053 are in Canada. Furthermore, among all countries, 4,300 are employed full-time/part-time, 930 are employees in the U.S., 531 are employees in the UK, 486 are employees in The Netherlands, 605 are employees in France, 630 are employees in Germany, 628 are employees in Switzerland, and 490 are employees in Canada. All responses noted are from adults who are employed part time / full time. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.last_img read more

IPL 8: Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

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CoA chief Vinod Rai on hunt for next India coach: The process has to be undergone

first_imgCommittee of Administrators chief (CoA) Vinod Rai squashed all reports of a rift between India captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble.Rai spoke to India Today, days after historian Ramachandra Guha became the first member to resign from CoA after citing various factors. Guha in a hard-hitting letter to Rai had backed Kumble’s extension as coach and had slammed the superstar culture still prevalent in Indian cricket.”Nothing reinforces it. I can assure you that our captain Virat Kohli is an absolutely through professional and Anil Kumble is a person of great achievements.”Earlier, Kohli also came out and denied any reports of a rift between him and the coach.”There has been lot of speculation and lot of things being written by people without actually being part of the dressing room which is very strange. There are no problems (with coach Anil Kumble). As I said before if something is placed in a process, I don’t understand why people are creating so many speculation about it. It was followed last time as well and nobody created issues. It’s the same process. The team is totally focused on the Champions Trophy,” said the 28-year-old.Kohli further said that the journey with Kumble was really good.”It’s been really good. The whole journey has been good,” Kohli added.Kumble was appointed coach by a committee that comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman and he’s one year term is coming to an end soon. Talking about the process of appointing a new coach, Rai said that there is a process and it will be followed.advertisement”Whatever has to happen, has to be done with a due process. Last year when Kumble was appointed, he was appointed by a committee of specialists in that game. Whether it’s a process of an extension or the process of renewing a contract or appointing somebody new…that process has to be undergone.””You must acknowledge that there is no more credible committee than that of Sachin, Sourav and VVS Laxman,” he added.The CoA chief also said that the board is taking every possible step to ensure the security of the players after the attacks in Manchester and London.”Our security officer is in touch with them and we’re going to take every step possible to ensure that our team, our support staff and all our members are totally secure,” said Rai.India won their first match against Pakistan by 124 runs at Edgbaston and will next play Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday.last_img read more

Second part of season crucial for Andy, Novak: Roger Federer

first_img18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer feels that Andy Murray’s reign as the world number one is under serious threat for the rest of the summer.Murray’s troubled season continued as he slumped to a shocking straight-sets defeat at the hands of Australia’s Jordan Thompson in the opening round of the Aegon Championships on Tuesday.The World No. 1 was hoping for a good preparation for his Wimbledon title defence by winning the Queen’s Club title for a sixth time.However, he went on to suffer the most embarrassing defeat of his career, losing 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to world number 90 Thompson in a clash that lasted one hour and 43 minutes.Murray’s defeat ended his 14-match winning streak on grass and his 10-match unbeaten run at Queen’s Club, a warm-up event to Wimbledon.”Andy was tired after getting to No. 1 at the end of last year and then has been struggling with injuries,” The Guardian quoted Federer as saying in Halle on Thursday before his fighting 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over Mischa Zverev in the ongoing Gerry Weber Open.The Swiss Maestro needed 90 minutes on the grass courts of the German city to defeat Zverev, who had dumped Murray out of the Australian Open in the fourth round earlier this year.”I think the second part of the season will be really crucial for Andy, and Novak [Djokovic] as well. I think the second half of the season is going to be really, really interesting,” added Federer, who is returning after taking 11 weeks off the Tour to prepare for his pursuit of an eighth title at Wimbledon.advertisementlast_img read more

360i Honored Four Times in the 8th Annual Shorty Awards

first_imgClients Spotify and HISTORY both received bronze honors in the ‘Entertainment’ and ‘Hashtag’ categories, respectively – Spotify rocked the release of #BeatlesonSpotify with an emoji-driven social campaign, while HISTORY ransacked pop culture through a series of ‘Hashtag Raids’ on Twitter and Tumblr for the season three premiere of Vikings. We’re thrilled to announce that 360i and four of our client partners have been honored in the 8th Annual Shorty Awards – recognizing the best of the best in social media.360i client HBO was named a winner in the ‘Best Use of Gamification’ category for rallying the realm and creating excitement for the season five premiere of Game of Thrones with the #CatchDrogon social challenge. Additionally, 360i client A&E Television won in the ‘Tumbr’ category for it’s first-ever creation of a Tumblr Fan Art digital step and repeat on the red carpet at the 5th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in the year’s Shorty Awards and a special congrats to the team at 360i and our client partners.Cover photo via Mashable.last_img read more

Public Space for Recreation Is Good for Cities. Guadalajara, Mexico Shows Us 3 Reasons Why.

first_imgClosing more than 60 kilometers of major streets to car traffic sounds like a logistical headache for a city of 4.8 million. But Guadalajara, Mexico did it anyway—and has done it every Sunday for the last 15 years.In an event known as the “Via RecreActiva,” Guadalajara closes streets across the city for a ciclovía—a period when bicyclists, pedestrians, shoppers and dancers reclaim public space normally dominated by cars for public recreation. The Via RecreActiva has grown from 35,000 participants each week to more than 220,000.Establishment of the Via RecreActiva marked an important move towards prioritizing people over cars in Guadalajara, a trend that cities around the world are embracing. Bogotá has hosted a ciclovía event every Sunday for more than 40 years, drawing more than 1.5 million people out of their homes to bike, run and walk in the streets every week. Paris closed more than 400 miles of streets for its fourth annual Journée Sans Voiture. Gurgaon, India has celebrated Raahgiri Day, a car-free event, every Sunday since 2013, a movement which has since spread to several more Indian cities. Los Angeles, Mexico City and Cape Town have all hosted similar events.These ciclovías are becoming increasingly popular as more cities recognize how repurposing street space for recreation improves the quality of life for city dwellers—it encourages social interaction, provides residents with a sense of connection to the environment and creates a safe space for pedestrians and cyclists.Nearly one-third of daily travelers in Guadalajara’s metropolitan area are cyclists or pedestrians, but the city has limited safe infrastructure for these travelers, especially in poorer areas to the east. The Via RecreActiva addressed this by designing a route that cuts across four out of the nine municipalities of Guadalajara and hosting events that are open and free to everyone.A new case study in the World Resources Report, “Towards a More Equal City,” tells the story of the Via RecreActiva. It explains the benefits that can come to a city that invests in car-free space and how these investments can spark broader change towards a safer and more equitable city.Here are 3 of the benefits that Guadalajara has experienced since establishing the Via RecreActiva:1. Open Space for RecreationThe Via RecreActiva was originally modeled after the successful ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia. That project was championed by the former Mayor, Enrique Peñalosa, who saw public-space interventions as economic and community development tactics.The Via RecreActiva criss-crosses the city, and almost half of attendees arrive on bicycle. As one community member noted, the Via RecreActiva allows for the, “recognition of ‘others’ as occupants of public space with a right to use the street.” Through the Via RecreActiva, these ‘others’, or non-car users, have access to city space that is typically viewed as exclusive for car use. Citizens are encouraged to express themselves through self-run public presentations, concerts, plays and dances, and a sense of community is forged every Sunday as people from across the city come together to enjoy the more than 52 free events held annually. 2. A New Collective Image of Public SpaceAhead of the launch of the Via RecreActiva, groups consisting of journalists, business leaders and urban planners traveled to Bogotá more than ten times to learn from its own ciclovía. When they returned, they started sharing new ideas for sustainable transport and public space use with residents of Guadalajara.As the Via RecreActiva rose in popularity, so rose the prominence of urban transport and space issues in public discourse, inspiring a new image of what public space and inclusive governance could look like. As one resident said, “the issue of [closing the streets embodied] a more complex idea of public space.” The ciclovía invites people from varying geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds into an inclusive space for recreation and self-expression, and, as another resident noted, “this exercise has built a collective imaginary, a presence, an existence… [of] at least some equity” in public space use.3. Civil Society as a Champion of Public SpaceThe parallel rise of civil society activism and political momentum around public space issues perpetuated the ideals of safe and equitable urban space exemplified by the Via RecreActiva. As it was implemented, public and private interests began to coalesce around a shared agenda for urban mobility.Guadalajara 2020, an initiative led by business owners and activists who were vocal supporters of the Via RecreActiva, helped secure funding and managed government relations for the project. Inspired by the success of the ciclovía, civil society groups including Guadalajara 2020, Colectivo Ecologista and Ciudad Para Todos came together in 2009 to form the umbrella coalition Consejo Ciudadano para la Movilidad Sustentable (Citizen Council for Sustained Mobility). This group established the Master Plan for Non-Motorized Urban Mobility, which set forth rules for incorporating and protecting bike lanes and walkways in public road projects across the city. Jalisco, the municipality of which Guadalajara is the capital, passed the Master Plan in 2010.Civil society groups like Ciudad Para Todos heard their call to action when the city announced plans to construct an elevated highway, a move that many residents saw as a threat to safe and sustainable transport initiatives like the Via RecreActiva. Public backlash eventually halted the highway. On the back of this success, veterans of these protests formed a new political party called Movimiento Ciudadano in 2015. Its progressive platform focused on bolstering the economic and social wellbeing of all citizens and sustainable urban development for the city. In 2015, the party won the governor’s race and 6 of the 8 municipal elections in Guadalajara’s wider metropolitan area.Sustaining TransformationThe Via RecreActiva was part of a turn towards dramatic reinvestment in public space in Guadalajara. Between 2015 to 2016 alone, the government of Guadalajara tripled its investment in public parks. Practices such as community consultations around bike paths and participatory budgeting for public works projects have made governance of public space in the city more inclusive. The Via RecreActiva exemplifies how one public space intervention can alter the social and political fabric of the city. To sustain the kind of positive change seen in Guadalajara, cities should focus resources on projects that benefit the most marginalized communities, avoid displacing vulnerable people in urban development projects and invest in participatory governance processes.last_img read more

Blogging in a Flooded Market Shouldn’t Mean Failure

first_img The challenge of blogging in a flooded market is increasing even for less known-on-the-web industries. But it shouldn’t mean failure for your blogging efforts. Here are four ways to make your blog stand out from the rest: Webinar: Advanced Business Blogging Blog about the aspects of your business that get you passionate. “Be yourself and blog about the things that excite and interest you (without sounding like a commercial, of course) and you’ll be fine,” Steve Early in the forum Rick Burnes The average number of blog posts in a 24-hour period is 900,000. This means that every hour your blog competes with about 37,500 other blogs. How do you stand out in this flooded market? When you write with passion and offer real value, you will most likely attract a big audience. Above all, blogs are for humans who are curious and seeking information presented in unique ways. The goal is to make your readers as passionate about your subject as you are. Download the free webinar If you blog about your product or services, now is the time to stop. Find out what your target audience is really interested in and pursue those topics. Reputable bloggers don’t self-promote but respond to the community’s needs. “Providing accurate, useful information that informs in a non-self-promoting manner gains credibility,” Blogging wrote Greg Sweval Build Local Relationships Don’t Blog to Self Promote This is what web developer Jamon Holmgrenwondered on an InboundMarketing.comforum. He has to market his skills in an industry that’s extensively covered on the Web. “What can I add to the conversation that a better programmer or graphic designer or SEO professional hasn’t already covered?” he asked.center_img wrote Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack . . Topics: You will stand out from the noise and the crowd of bloggers if you are truly authentic. Your open-mindedness and transparency can earn you great credibility in the blogosphere. In addition, they will add a more personal element to your writing style. Be authentic and let your readers see you clearly and identify with your message. Be Authentic Originally published Jul 31, 2009 8:42:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 This will make you a trusted thought leader in you locality and earn you high SEO authority. “The more you can build relationships and trust with the online leaders in your community, the more traffic you’ll get on your site, and the more people you’ll be able to convert to leads and sales,” wrote Your specific geography is what distinguishes you from many industry bloggers. So, focus on building relationships with local online leaders. Build a reputation in your local newspaper’s blog and other smaller community blogs. Learn how to build your business blog into an inbound marketing machine. . “It may take a little longer to build the buzz but once the momentum gets rolling it has exponential effects,” he suggested. What Gets You Passionate? Photo Credit: dachalan to learn how to create a thriving blog.last_img read more

Google Launches Real-Time Search Homepage and New Tools

first_img Google Alerts to give it a try. a real-time feature. – Using real-time search, users can limit real-time updates to a specific location near them or a location they select. Want to know what is the hottest topic in your city right now? Then set your location in Google real-time search. Google’s real-time search feature is currently in the process of being rolled out to everyone. Visit Google Updates – Do you want to get an email the second someone mentions your business on Twitter? Now you can. With the launch of real-time search, Google has made Real-Time Google Alerts Google’s real-time search provides users with a page of search results that automatically update as new updates are created that mention the user’s search terms from social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and more. Included in real-time search are many new features: Look for Local Conversations History Conversation Viewing Google.com/realtime – Using the timeline at the top of the real-time page, users can scroll to a period of time and look at the updates and conversations for specific data and times using Originally published Aug 26, 2010 2:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Google’s real-time search . How Does Google’s Real-Time Search Work? Search engines have been working at a rapid pace to improve their systems to handle and deliver results from social networks in real time. Today, the real-time search industry got a lot hotter. Google today turned on a new experiment feature that delivers search results on a keyword in real time. Marketing TakeawayWith the launch of real-time search, Google has reinforced the importance of social media for marketing. Businesses participating in social media will have a clear advantage in getting found online because of their automatic inclusion in real-time search results. Marketers now have a new tool to monitor online conversations about their business and understand which marketing events directly caused an increase in word-of-mouth buzz during a given time. Google real-time search is a huge boost for marketers not only in monitoring but also in demonstrating the value of social media to their business. Topics: To learn about some of the other important features and aspects of Google’s real-time search, check out this quick video from Google. 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

How to Work Less, the Modern CMO & More in HubSpot Content This Week

first_img Topics: Originally published Mar 23, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 This week in HubSpot content: time. It structures our days; it structures our lives. It can seem to fly by or drag on, but an hour always consists of 60 minutes, a week always consists of seven days, and so on.”The future is something which everyone reaches at a rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” – C.S. LewisAs time progresses, businesses must adjust to keep up with trends and the evolving industry. In sales, timing can often be the difference between closing a deal and losing a sale. Then, of course, there are always the issues of time management and productivity, no matter what department. This week in HubSpot content, we discussed time as it relates to all aspects of business to help you optimize your marketing, sales, and your productivity.Where Nonprofits Spend Their Time With Social Media Marketing [New Data]All things take time.While it’s now widely understood that all businesses need to dedicate some of their time to developing and managing a social media strategy, it seems everyone has a different perspective on how exactly that time should be spent. Fundraising software company Bloomerang recently surveyed over 9,000 small- and medium-sized nonprofits to determine exactly how they use social media. In this blog post, discover the details of the survey as well as highlights from its results.How to Monitor and Improve Your Site’s Load TimeTime is of the essence.Although a lot of focus is geared toward SEO and Page Rank as companies attempt to get their website pages to the top of Google search results, many companies overlook the importance of site performance and page load time. Not only are internet users intolerant of long load times, but Google has actually confirmed that it uses load times as a ranking factor for search. Read this blog post to learn more about how to monitor and improve your own site’s load time.It’s 10 PM … Do You Know Where Your Audience Is? How Time of Day Predicts Return VisitsHistory repeats itself.People have daily routines. We’re all creatures of habit, after all. Chartbeat Lead Data Scientist Josh Schwartz decided to test whether this was true in the online world as well. Do people tend to visit the same websites at the same time every day? Find the answer to this question as well as what it means for your business in this blog post.How to Close More Inbound Sales Deals With Timely Trigger EventsTiming is everything.There is no secret formula to guarantee a sale; otherwise, everyone would be a successful sales rep. However, there are some little tips and tricks that can help you improve your sales. This blog post offers some insight from a HubSpot sales rep into how you can use timely trigger events to help improve your close rates.How to Work Less and Accomplish More: 4 Career Principles to Live ByThere are only so many hours in a day.For business owners, there’s always way too much to do and too little time. No matter how much you work, you’re likely always left feeling like there is so much more you need to accomplish. In this post, learn the four career principles that will allow you to work less — but accomplish even more.From Traditional to Digital: The New Role of the Modern CMOTimes have changed.The role of the CMO traditionally involved directing ad campaigns targeting specific demographics. However, in recent years, consumers have converted to digital technologies for their search and purchasing needs, redefining the role of the CMO. In this post, learn about the new role of the modern CMO and how traditional CMOs can go about making this transition. Productivity 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

How to Optimize Your URLs for Search [Quick Tip]

first_img Topics: On-page SEO Originally published Apr 23, 2014 1:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 One of the last things I do before publishing a blog post is a little URL check — I make sure it’s well-optimized for both readers and search engines. It’s one of those SEO best practices that’s actually stood the test of time, left relatively unscathed by violent little penguins and fuzzy-yet-aggressive pandas.In the spirit of sharing knowledge, I thought I’d share the process I use to optimize those URLs every time. Keep this checklist in your back pocket to optimize your own URLs for SEO, or share it with a colleague or new hire that’s responsible for content creation and publishing.How to Search Engine Optimize Your URLs1) Take out the extra words in the page part of the URL slug.Words that add little or no meaning to the URL — like “and” or “that” — can be removed for the sake of brevity and/or readability. Here’s a before & after of this post’s URL, for instance:I removed “your” for brevity and the fact that it didn’t add any value for readers or search engines. I removed “quick tip” for the same reasons, though I suppose one could make an argument that it’s nice for readers who stumble on the URL to know that it’s a quick tip. It’s not the end of the world if it stays in, but in my opinion, it doesn’t add enough value to warrant its inclusion since it could mean so many different things. If this was an [Infographic] or a [SlideShare], however, I’d keep it in.I could go either way in keeping “for” in, but I decided to keep it in because it helps make the URL more readable for humans. If anyone stumbles on this URL elsewhere, I’d like it to be readable so they understand the contents of the page and feel they can trust the site.2) Include relevant keywords.One way search engines and humans learn about your page contents is through the keywords in the URL. Include keywords in your URL slug, but be sure they align with the actual page contents. Luckily, this URL is already pretty well-optimized as it is, because it’s a long-tail search term on its own.3) Make it reader-friendly.We talked about this a little already, but it’s worth reiterating. Both search engines and readers should be able to look at your URL and understand what they might find should they click to the other side. That means when you add a bunch of keywords and delete those little extraneous words, you should end up with a URL that still makes sense.Let’s take our URL for this post:http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-optimize-urls-for-searchIt’s really clear from the subdomain and subdirectory where you are — you’re on HubSpot’s blog, in the Marketing section. From there, you can tell what you’re going to read about on the Marketing section of HubSpot’s blog — how to optimize URLs for search. Search engines get it. Readers get it. It doesn’t look like spam. All good.4) Separate words with hyphens.Don’t use underscores to separate words or try to squish a bunch of words together. The hyphens are meant to help with readability. Use them.If you want to geek out a bit more on URL optimization, I recommend checking out Moz’s guide to URL best practices. Like with most of the SEO best practices, keep user-friendliness top of mind, and you’ll likely be making good decisions. 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

Facebook, OkCupid, and the Ethics of Online Social Experiments

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Recently, two different social websites admitted they ran experiments on users who had no idea they were being experimented on. Facebook ran tests to see if they could affect users’ emotions, and OkCupid ran tests mismatching users to see if they would interact with each other differently.The impact of these social experiments was pretty small, but they raise important questions about the ethics of social experimentation. Why were people so angered by these tests, but most people don’t raise an eyebrow when it comes to A/B testing website design or calls-to-action?We’re All Part of These ExperimentsFacebook’s experiment was to figure out whether human emotion was contagious in online social networks. To do this, they chose almost 700,000 Facebook users at random, combed their friends’ posts for positive and negative words, and showed their chosen users either fewer positive or negative posts from friends in their News Feeds. Then, they measured whether it affected the positivity or negativity of those people’s own posts.In response to the subsequent media outcry about Facebook’s test, OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder came out with a viral post on their company blog, saying not only does OkCupid conduct online experiments, but so does everyone — and it’s completely normal. “Guess what, everybody,” wrote Rudder. “If you use the internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.”Here, Rudder is referring to the small social experiments and A/B tests people run on their websites all the time, whether they’re testing ads, page layout, colors of buttons, and so on. “[None of us] use the ‘real’ Facebook. Or Twitter. Or Google, Yahoo, or LinkedIn,” wrote Josh Costine for TechCrunch. “We are almost all part of experiments they quietly run to see if different versions with little changes make us use more, visit more, click more, or buy more. By signing up for these services, we technically give consent to be treated like guinea pigs.”Facebook may have crossed the line, according to James Grimmelmann, Professor of Technology and the Law at the University of Maryland. “If you are exposing people to something that causes changes in psychological status, that’s experimentation,” Grimmelmann told Slate. “This is the kind of thing that would require informed consent.”What’s more, in Facebook’s case, we actually checked a box to give consent when we agreed to the site’s data use policy. But we didn’t know the parameters of any studies Facebook’s done to us. And, more importantly, we were never given the opportunity to opt out.”My objection is the lack of awareness or permission,” says Terry Manspeaker, D.C.-area business owner. “That’s probably what creates the discomfort. I think people like to feel they’ve been given the option to participate in a particular study.” But, Manspeaker admits, there is a risk of bias when participants are aware of the study — and doing a blind study reduces that bias. One could argue that online social networking research simply can’t be conducted reasonably if consent is needed from every potential participant.”Of course we all read the use policy, or said we did by checking that box,” says high school English teacher Ayres Stiles-Hall. “So we really only have ourselves to blame. It doesn’t really sound ethical, but on the other hand, we’re all spending hours and hours using a free product — except that nothing is free. If we’re really offended, it means we ought to be paying closer attention.”But anyone posting to Facebook or logging onto a website should be aware that their online behavior is traceable. “Whether it ought to be is both a moral question we as a society will have to answer through the legislative process, and a legal one based on our system of laws and liberties,” says Dr. Adam Irish, Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Political Science and International Relations at Wheaton College. “Lawyers on both sides of the internet privacy issue have primarily focused on our rights — many of which are, primarily, protections from government snooping.””But we are still determining what is reasonable, and in the meantime, if people use a company’s free services online, they should be aware that their data is likely being gathered, used, and possibly distributed.”Why Are Some Experiments on Users Okay While Others Aren’t?It might be easy to point fingers at Facebook because their experiment explicitly experimented with human emotions — as in, the word “emotion” was in the name of the resulting academic research paper: “Experimental Evidence of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks.” But what about all the other social and A/B tests Rudder and Costine were talking about? Don’t they alter our emotions in one way or another?”We tend not to think about how much influence a website can have on our feelings,” says Dan Ritzenthaler, HubSpot Product Designer and UX expert. And something as simple as your website copy or design can influence visitors’ behavior. “Changing a ‘Buy’ button to a ‘Buy Now’ button will influence how people interact with your shopping website,” says Ritzenthaler. “It might make some people more likely to buy since it’s more direct and demanding. It might also come off as bossy and rude to other people. Saying ‘Buy Now, Or Else’ might make too many people uncomfortable and reduce the amount of purchases.”But if certain words on buttons can change buying behavior, then why isn’t everyone up in arms about the ethics of A/B testing?Rebecca Corliss, Head of Customer Marketing at HubSpot, says it’s because people perceive social networks like Facebook and OkCupid differently than they do most websites and products. “Facebook is technically the same as any other product, but people perceive it as a social space that’s just for them and forget that a corporation is behind it. So the question is: Is that Facebook’s fault or is it the user’s oversight?”And while most A/B tests are pushing for business-oriented results like increasing usage or clicks or purposes, social experiments like Facebook’s and OkCupid’s weren’t conducted to make user experiences better. Instead, they were psychological experiments.The part of the Facebook study people were most upset about was that they affected users’ moods in a negative way: “When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts,” the study reads. But if Facebook had conducted a study to see if only positive posts lead to positive moods, and took out the negative part of the equation, people may have reacted more positively to it.All of this brings up a slew of ethical questions that anyone testing anything online needs to be aware of. Could the test you’re about to run possibly damage the people you’re testing, whether emotionally, financially, or in another way?”Ideally, Internal Review Board (IRB) review of any research is a good safeguard for individuals taking part in studies and our broader society,” says Dr. Irish. “I do think companies engaged in this type of research should play by IRB rules because operating outside those safeguards creates a risk of allowing harmful research to go forward.””That said, not every aspect of either study would have been rejected by an IRB review. It would have pressed the investigators to explain how their research would minimize any harm to participants and it probably would have required participants to signal their consent. Practically, Facebook and OkCupid are primarily constrained by their profit margins, so as long as people continue to opt in to using their services, we can expect future studies like the ones we’ve already seen.”While we wait for clearer legal guidelines for businesses, marketers should extend our personalization strategies to our A/B testing efforts. It’s up to us to treat people who visit our website as individuals, even when it comes to social experiments. Originally published Aug 1, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated June 28 2019last_img read more