Man receives serious eye injury in vicious Letterkenny attack

first_imgA young man was left with a serious eye injury when he was attacked in Letterkenny.The attack happened around 3.15am on Sunday morning last at Lower Port Road.The man was knocked unconscious after he was set upon and sustained a serious eye injury. Gardai are trawling through CCTV footage as part of their investigation.They are keen to speak to a man who was seen with blood on his nose and possibly wearing a blue shirt who may have been involved in the attack.Garda Sgt Eunan Walsh said “The victim suffered a serious eye injury as a result of the attack and we are keen to speak to anybody who may have witnessed the incident.”Anybody with any information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 91 67100. Man receives serious eye injury in vicious Letterkenny attack was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackeyeInjuryletterkennylast_img read more

Spectacularly-Preserved Fossil Shrimp Look Modern

first_imgMore Fossil Evidence Again Fails to Show Evolution; Instead, It Shows No Evolutionby Jerry Bergman, PhDMost evidence used to document evolution is based on fossil bones and teeth. When a new fossil trove of shrimp was discovered recently, amazing detail of the creatures’ external morphology was revealed, giving researchers a close picture of what the living animal looked like eons ago. Darwin complained about the poor fossil record as one of the most serious problems with his theory, and assumed, as more fossils are discovered, it would vindicate his theory of evolution. He said,the number of intermediate varieties, which have formerly existed on the earth, [must] be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory.”[1]The find reviewed here is important because, as the peer-reviewed article explained:Cumaceans are a group of small, extant peracarid crustaceans (1–35 mm long) consisting of eight families and over 1900 species worldwide, commonly found in marine sediments from the intertidal zone to deep-sea trenches. Surprisingly, despite their modern diversity, abundance and global distribution, almost nothing is known about the cumacean fossil record and thus their evolutionary history. This is intriguing because cumaceans are largely benthic crustaceans that live in the sediment–water interface, mostly associated with fine sands and muds, which have a high fossilization potential.[2]The statement “almost nothing is known about the cumacean fossil record and thus their evolutionary history” means scientists believe they evolved, but have no good fossil evidence to document what they know (actually believe) has occurred. Has this new important find remedied this major problem? It certainly seems it should have.The FossilsExquisite details of hundreds of shrimp were found. Photo: Javier LuqueThe “discovery of hundreds of finely preserved … fossils in South America” has allowed “paleontologists to discern eyes, antennae, mouth parts and even fine hairs, and create a 3-D reconstruction of what the creatures might have looked like while alive.”[3] What we see is a creature claimed to be 90 million Darwin years old and, when examined in detail, has shown no evidence of change in the 90-million Darwin years it was alleged to have lived in the past.  The detail was so great that the team was able to create a very realistic 3-D movie of the creature which is available on-line.[4]The discovery was important because “shrimp are small, delicate crustaceans with one of the poorest fossil records among marine arthropods—which is shocking as they are abundant today and live in soft sediments with good fossilization potential.”[5] The research even further found details of the gut, mouth parts, thoracic legs, pleopods [swimming legs used for brooding eggs, and catching food which these arms sweep the food into their mouth], uropods [posterior appendages that typically function in locomotion] bearing setae [both mechano- and chemosensory hair-like appendages present on the mouthparts of crustaceans], antennal flagella and even small eyes bearing ommatidia.”[6] The discovery of hundreds of finely-preserved fossils in South America has revealed these and more details of the oldest direct ancestor of the comma shrimp, dubbed “comma” because their shape, which resembles a comma. The species is very common today.Common shrimp, Crangon crangon (Wikipedia). Shrimp are complex crustaceans with numerous organ systems. The fossil shrimp look the same as modern shrimp despite 200 million alleged years.No Change at AllWhat Yale paleontologist Javier Luque, lead author of the study, learned from these enormous details is, “We are amazed by how similar Eobodotria muisca is to today’s species” of shrimp.[7] Furthermore, “the similarity between Eobodotria muisca and its modern relatives suggests that the rates of external anatomical changes over millions of years in this group was low.”[8] The word low does not really describe the difference. Nonexistent is a better word. The authors were unable to note a single difference between their fossils and the living shrimp in spite of the fact that the level of detail preserved was enormous. If differences existed, the authors did not identify them, and they would have if they found such to support what they openly stated was the goal of their research, to document evolution.Most of the Eobodotria muisca fossils found were part of large aggregations of males. We know they were males due to their large antennae that they use for smelling, and their flappy tail appendages used for swimming—both structures that females lack. The researchers concluded that males gathered in the water column for the purpose of searching for females.[9] The hundreds of adult males likely died suddenly in an unexpected water column while the creatures were swarming during mating season. The victims that fell through the water sustained very little, if any, water damage.Lying for DarwinMost of the articles about the shrimp claim that the discovery fills in a huge fossil gap, but not one article mentions where that gap is that it supposedly fills.[10] Their claim implies that some very ancient pre-shrimp existed and the new find lived and died between this ancient pre-shrimp and a modern shrimp. One article stated “One of the most incomplete fossil records of marine life is being filled in by a new find by a team of paleontologists from the University of Alberta, Yale University, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute,”[11] yet never mentions where the big hole is that the fossil supposedly fills.One other claim is that a shrimp, called the tadpole shrimp, which “may be the most ancient animal species on Earth is alive and well in Britain.” According to researchers from the University of Glasgow, the “Fossil finds show that the shrimp is virtually the same today as it was 200 million years ago, when the first dinosaurs evolved” [12] No evolution at all is seen!The name tadpole shrimp comes from where the shrimp live, namely in temporary water pools. When the water dries up, all of the adults die, but leave behind eggs that are able to remain dormant for years until the wet conditions return. Amazingly, these shrimp contain both male and female reproductive systems. Consequently, only one egg needs to survive to regenerate the entire population.[13]The shrimp fossil record, as described by the authors of the paper reviewed here, is very poor:The oldest alleged cumacean-like fossils known are a handful of incomplete and poorly preserved specimens from the Permo–Carboniferous of the USA, the Permian of Germany and the Middle Jurassic of France However, none of the Palaeozoic fossils show the diagnostic features of true cumaceans, so their stem-group cumacean affinities are still unclear. The only fossil known assignable to the crown-group Cumacea is Palaeocuma hessi from the Callovian (approx. 165 Ma) of France. Yet, the type material is poorly preserved and represented by …  few specimens.[14]Consequently, the new find could not fit into any hole between a pre-shrimp or less-evolved shrimp and a modern shrimp. There was no hole to fill because no clear evidence of an earlier shrimp exists.SummaryThe statement “almost nothing is known about the cumacean fossil record and thus their evolutionary history” is no longer true. We now have a good fossil record, what the authors describe as the “first unambiguous fossil record,” of shrimp. But instead of documenting evolution, it supports the opposite worldview: creation, and stasis ever since. From what we know from the find, the first known shrimp was a complete, functional shrimp almost identical to those swimming in the waters today.A major reason given by paleontologists for the supposed lack of evolutionary evidence in the fossil record is fossilization problems, especially of anatomical minutiae such as mouth details, thoracic legs, antennae, fine hairs of the antennal flagella, and compound eyes with ommatidia. All of these details have been unambiguously identified by seasoned paleontologists involved in the fossil find reviewed here, and the researchers were unable to identify a single structure they concluded provided evidence of evolution. They believe their fossil is 90 million years old, but it shows no evidence of evolution. Instead, it shows rather good evidence of stasis (no evolution) in the enormously long time span they believe it lived. These  “Exceptionally preserved fossils provide a crucial glimpse into the Earth’s past” and the message it shouts is clear: No evolution has occurred![15]References[1] Darwin, Charles. 1859. On the Origin of Species. London, UK: John Murray, p. 280.[2] Luque, Javier and Sarah Gerken. 2019. “Exceptional Preservation of Comma Shrimp From a mid-Cretaceous Lagerstätte of Colombia, and the Origins of Crown Cumacea,” Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1916): 1-8, December 4.[3] Lyle, Andrew. 2019. Tiny well-preserved fossils discovered in South America reveal oldest known relative of species that still thrives today. 90-million-year-old ‘comma’ shrimp fossil sheds new light on modern species. https://www.folio.ca/90-million-year-old-comma-shrimp-fossil-sheds-new-light-on-modern-species/[4] See https://scitechdaily.com/paleontologists-discover-odd-shrimp-that-fills-hole-in-fossil-record/[5] Lyle, 2019. Ref. 3.[6] Javier and Gerken, 2019. Ref. 2.[7] Shelton, Jim. 2019. World’s oldest comma shrimp was way ahead of the curve. https://phys.org/news/2019-11-world-oldest-comma-shrimp.html.[8] Shelton, 2019. Ref. 7. Emphasis added.[9] Shelton, 2019. Ref. 7.[10]  Paleontologists Discover Odd Shrimp That Fills Hole in Fossil Record. https://scitechdaily.com/paleontologists-discover-odd-shrimp-that-fills-hole-in-fossil-record/[11] Ref 10.[12] Shrimp ‘is world’s oldest surviving animal’ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/7916880/Shrimp-is-worlds-oldest-surviving-animal.html[13] Ridley, Kimberly. Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot. Thomaston, ME: Tilbury House Publishers, p. 12.[14] Luque and Gerken, 2019. Ref. 2.[15] Lyle, 2019. Ref. 3.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology for over 40 years at several colleges and universities including Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 226 times, 14 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

UNESCO names Kumbh Mela Intangible Cultural Heritage

first_imgAfter ‘yoga’ and ‘Nouroz’, Kumbh Mela/ KumbhMela, the largest congregation of pilgrims on the planet, has been listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation). The Ministry of External Affairs said the inscription of ‘Kumbh Mela’ in the list was undertaken following recommendation by an expert body which examines nominations submitted by member countries of the UNESCO.“The Intergovernment Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO has inscribed ‘Kumbh Mela’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 12th session held at Jeju, South Korea from 4-9 December 2017. This inscription is the third in two years following the inscriptions of ‘Yoga’ and ‘Norouz’ on 1st December 2016,” said the Ministry of External Affairs in a press statement.The Kumbh Mela is held in Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik.last_img read more

Rural Odisha celebrates folk culture

first_imgHoli and Dola Purnima celebrations in rural areas of Ganjam district in Odisha provide a platform for folk dancers and theatre troupes to showcase their talents.According to Bighneswar Sahu, convener of Odisha Folk Foundation (OFF), the week-long celebrations keep folk traditions alive. At Badakusasthali, the celebrations are part of a biennial folk festival started 136 years ago. Every night during the festival, the deities from the Radha-Krishna temple are taken out for a procession.Troupes of Bharat Lila, Krushna Lila, Daskathia, Ghudki, Gahana, Radha Prem Lila, Prahlad Natak, Jodi Sankha, Parava dance and Bagha Mukha dance are now camping at Badakusasthali. All families in this village have at least a folk dancer or are patrons of folk art forms, said G. Krishna Reddy, a performer himself. Performers enjoy entertaining the audiences here because they do not have time limits, unlike in government-sponsored shows, said Mr. Sahu. Some performances go beyond two nights.last_img read more

Odisha continues to remain in poll mode

first_imgOdisha continues to remain in poll mode even though a month has passed since the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections were held in the State simultaneously in four phases in April.Elections were to be held for two Assembly seats — Patkura and Bijepur — and four Rajya Sabha berths in the State. Four Biju Janata Dal members of the Upper House of Parliament have contested and won the recent Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.The Patkura Assembly constituency was first scheduled to go to the polls on April 29. However, polling was adjourned following the death of BJD nominee Bed Prakash Agarwalla on April 20. Mr. Agarwalla’s wife Savitri Agarwalla filed the nomination as a BJD candidate when polling date was scheduled for May 19.Polling in Patkura was deferred again due to Cyclone Fani that devastated many coastal districts on May 3. The Election Commission of India is likely to announce the date of polling for the constituency shortly.On the other hand, the Bijepur Assembly seat in western Odisha has already been vacated by Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. The bypoll will be held in Bijepur within six months after the ECI announces the schedule. Mr. Patnaik had won from two Assembly segments — Bijepur and Hinjili — in south Odisha.The Bijepur seat will witness a triangular contest involving the three major parties — the BJD, the BJP and the Congress. A triangular contest is also likely in the Patkura seat.Lobbying for seatsMeanwhile, lobbying has started in the BJD for the Rajya Sabha seats that were to fall vacant before completion of the term. While Rajya Sabha members Anubhav Mohanty and Achyuta Samanta have got elected from Kendrapara and Kandhamal Lok Sabha seats, two other members of the Upper House — Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik — have got elected to the State Assembly from Aul and Khandapada seats.While the BJD, with 112 legislators in the 147-member Assembly, is certain to bag three of the four seats easily, election to the fourth seat will be crucial since the BJP, which has become the main Opposition party, does not have the required numbers to win a single seat comfortably. The BJP has won 23 seats in the Assembly and Congress has nine.last_img read more

London Olympics: Parupalli Kashyap was smart and clever

first_imgThe beauty of this format is that it always gives underdogs a chance. It is like One-day cricket where a team dominating in the beginning holds the advantage. Similarly, in this format of badminton, a lead by few points at the start puts the opposition under real pressure.This is why you see so many upsets these days, unlike in the past when a player had to win service and then score points. Here, a top-rung player cannot breathe easy. If he is pushed behind at the start, he can be shaky and it opens up the game for an underdog.All said and done, gameplan and proper execution are central to an unfancied player’s chances over his rival. The way Parupalli Kashyap played against higherranked Tien Minh Nguyen, it was clear that he has done his homework well. I had said in my earlier column that Kashyap needs to plan his game against Tien Minh, vary his pace, mix his variety of strokes and patiently wait for the defensive Vietnamese to crack.Kashyap did exactly that. He was smart and clever and played a tactical game. Tien Minh is a very defensive player. He likes to retrieve against a faster player. He would return each and every shuttle and wait for the opponent to commit mistakes.Kashyap kept the shuttle low and was not giving enough space to Tien Minh. In the long rallies, he would increase the pace, slow it down and then hit straight that caught his opponent totally off guard.advertisementThe shuttles being used are extremely slow and this should suit the game of someone like Tien Minh. But once Kashyap got off to a good start he played freely, and without any pressure.Now, Kashyap has a god chance of moving into the quarter-finals. He will meet Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne in the pre-quarters, whom he beat earlier this year.Karunaratne has often come to train at our academy in Bangalore. He is a physically strong and attacking player. He would be high on confidence after knocking down eighth seed Japanese Kenichi Tago to top Group C. But Kashyap would fancy his chances.Lang Ville of Finland stretched world No.2 Lee Chong to three games in the group stage. If Indonesian Simon Santoso upsets Chong Wei in the prequarters, Kashyap will face the former.Coming to the women’s doubles match of Jwala and Ashwini, it was pleasing to see that the two have started to get their act together.Ashwini was at her attacking best and did a lot of hard work. The Chinese Taipei pair tried to put Jwala under pressure, but she stood up to the challenge. The Indians should be confident when they take on Singapore’s Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao next.(The writer is a two-time national champion and former India coach)last_img read more

Learning From The Legends: Quick Insights From Buffett and Gates

first_img Buffett on predicting success Buffett On Founders : Called himself lucky over-and-over again to be born in the US in this era where his natural gifts were well suited for our society. Made a comment that if born several hundred years earlier, he and Gates probably would have been some other animal’s lunch because they did not see well and could not climb trees well. Buffett On Ethics Buffett’s career advice Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Buffett on friends of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett at the University of Nebraska last week. I have not spent much time consuming Warren Buffett-isms over the years, but I was duly impressed with his wisdom, so while I was at it, I watched three other interviews of his with Charlie Rose. Here are some of the highlights: : I was surprised to hear how much they both talked about reading and how important reading was to their daily work. I read all the time and know many others that do so too, but I don’t hear people talking about how important reading is in their daily lives like these guys did. When asked if Gates could be a superhero, what power he’d want to have, he said he’d like to be able to be the fastest reader in the world and Buffett agreed. Originally published Oct 31, 2006 12:25:00 PM, updated July 11 2013 Buffett on most his important skill : Imagine that what you are doing every day is being scrutinized by a smart, skeptical reporter who is going to write an article about it every day on the cover of your local paper. If you ever think you actions would embarrass you or your company in front of your family, customers, peers, etc., don’t do it. Buffett on life : Asset allocation is done by me only, not by committee or vote, I make those decisions. A committee/vote would tend to bring our decisions toward the mean and make the likelihood of finding a unique opportunity lower. Gates on his schedule Buffett on Decisions : He quoted an interesting study he had seen that tried to correlate “things” (i.e. business school, grades, athletics, etc.) with future business success. The study found that the thing that most closely correlated with future success was the inverse of the age at which you started your first business (i.e. paper route, lemonade stand, painting co, other). : I only buy a business if I can buy the managers with it. It is okay if the managers love the money, but much more important is that they demonstrate a true love of what they are doing. After spending several hours listening to Warren Buffett over the last week, I became really impressed. I hope you enjoyed the highlights… — Brian Halligan. : Likes to keep it open and says “no” to as many meetings as possible. Reads 80% of the workday. When he goes home at night he either keeps reading or plays bridge. Schedules online bridge games on the weekends with Gates. I saw a great : He advises people to make decisions based on their “inner scorecard” and pay less attention to the “outer scorecard” (i.e. what other people think). He says if you follow an outer scorecard, your life will be a little hollow when you get to be his age. …He advises people to reverse engineer their lives from what they want to be when they are 70 and map the steps needed to get there from today. Buffett on the “ovarian lottery” : Jam packed every day with meetings. He goes home at night to have dinner and then gets caught up on emails. : His criteria are that he must fundamentally understand the business (often this means it is simple); the business must have an enduring competitive advantage; the business must have management he trusts, admires, and love what they do; and the business must be attractively priced. Buffett on baseball : It turns out Buffett is a huge sports fan, especially baseball. He is an especially big fan of Ted Williams’ book “The Science of Hitting” which is all about getting a pitcher in a position where he has to throw the batter a strike…He likens his investment decisions as “waiting for the right pitch.” : Ability to focus. I thought that it was interesting to hear in light of the attention deficity disorder going on in our culture. Buffet on investments interview Buffett on his schedule : Buffet says that “real” friends are a referendum on your life. …Buffett also seems to reject the platitudes around working with friends as it appears many of his closest friends are people who work in his business. Gates on Reading Vacation : Gates takes two weeks per year where he sequesters himself for a “reading vacation.” He takes books with him and papers/proposals written by employees from all over Microsoft. [Dharmesh and I have been talking about doing one of these for awhile, but haven’t got around to it yet] : It’s platitude, but do what you love sooner, rather than later. Don’t wait your whole life to do what you love like most people do. Buffett & Gates on Readinglast_img read more

How to Use Analytics to Achieve Your Next Blog Article’s Goals

first_img Review Analytics From Past Blog Articles: . But what about using analytics strategically to achieve the goals A similar process can be applied to other metrics such as inbound links or page views. Additionally, if your goal is to, say, generate a lot of conversions on a CTA (for example, to promote that ebook you recently published), evaluate past blog articles and hone in on those that generated a high conversion rate. What can you learn? Marketing Analytics Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Mar 2, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 When you sit down to write a blog article, first think about what you’re trying to accomplish with that specific post. Sure, you ultimately want to engage your audience and provide useful information, but try to think more granularly. Is there a new feature in your products or services to which you’d like to draw attention? Did you just publish a new ebook that you want people to download? Before you start writing, think about the results you want to achieve with that article, and focus on those results. If you’re able to pick up on specific patterns, trends, similarities, and lessons you think would help achieve the goal of your blog article, apply them! Use the insight you’ve gleaned when crafting your new blog article, and see if it improves your article’s ability to generate the results you’re going for! Using Blog Analytics to Achieve an Article’s Goals brainstorming new ideas for blog topics How else have you used blog analytics to improve your company’s blog? Apply What You’ve Learned: Tip for HubSpot Customers: Using HubSpot’s 3.center_img This is where the data comes in. Let’s say you want to write about an interesting industry topic, and you want to generate a lot discussion from your article. If your goal is to attract a lot of comments, look through your blog analytics and pinpoint articles that have generated a lot of comments in the past. Now compare them: Can you notice anything about these articles that helped contribute to a spike in comments? Maybe they were written in a certain style or presented the topic in a different way. Try to pick up on similarities or patterns. We already know that blog analytics can be helpful in evaluating the performance of your blog, both overall and in individual blog articles, as well as in 1. 2. of a particular blog article? , filter the data by clicking on a particular column (e.g. Click on the ‘Comments’ column to sort articles by the most — or fewest — comments.). Photo Credit: Kathryn Decker-Krauth Topics: Blog Analytics Define Your Goal: Strategic bloggers know how to effectively use their business blogs to achieve specific goals. Maybe they want to promote a program, get people to click on a call-to-action (CTA) for a particular offer, or perhaps raise awareness about a certain industry topic. Each blog article should be crafted in a way that helps the blogger to achieve a goal, and blog analytics can provide valuable insight to help accomplish that.last_img read more

13 Awesome Headlines for Business Blogging Success

first_imgBlog content gets shared across all types of social channels. So for a blog post, the headline is its call-to-action. The headline determines how your content will be shared and spread more than the content of the post itself. Great headlines can take time. Personally, I’ve written dozens of headlines for an article before finally deciding on the one that made the final cut. To save you some time, we wanted to give you a jump-start on succeeding at this critical aspect of business blogging.13 Awesome Headlines for Business Blogging Success 1. 5 Things You MUST Know About [Insert Business Topic]2. A Guide to Understanding [Insert Business Topic]’s Recent Changes3. Best Practices for [Insert Business Topic]4. Learn How to Do More [Insert Business Topic] With Less5. 6 [Insert Business Topic] Secrets Revealed6. The Truth About [Insert Business Topic]7. 7 Instant Improvements for [Insert Business Topic]8. 101 Statistics About [Insert Business Topic]9. 9 Amazing [Insert Business Topic] Videos10. How to Be the Best [Insert Business Topic]11. An Insider’s Guide to [Insert Business Topic]12. What the Experts Won’t Tell You About [Insert Business Topic]13. 10 Unexpected Ways to Rock At [Insert Business Topic]What is the best blog post headline you’ve ever written?Image Credit: Maria Reyes-McDavis Blog Headlines Topics: Originally published Oct 5, 2011 3:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 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 Get Started With Stellar Business Video Podcasting [@InboundNow #38]

first_img Topics: Originally published Oct 27, 2011 10:54:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Equipment and SoftwareFlip cam for random clips (any camera that records video will also do)USB Mic AT2020 from audio technica (alternative mic: Blue Yeti Mic)A softbox for lighting, or Glamcor LED Lights (at home), or natural light (free!)A MacBook pro with ecamm software or a PC with vodburner softwareEditing with Camtasia and Adobe Premiere ProCamera: Built in Mac iSight or Microsoft LifeCam Cinema 720p HD on a PCHow to Syndicate a Video PodcastInbound Now is my third podcast. I’ve tried multiple podcasting hosting options, and by far, the best provider I have found is blip.tv.Blip.tv has a dead simple interface and multiple syndication options built in.Blip.tv syndicates to Vimeo, Youtube, AOL Video, Mefeedia, Blinkx, VodPod, Facebook, Twitter, Sony BIVL, Boxee, DivX TV, PopBox/Popcorn Hour, Roku, Samsung, TiVo, Vizio, and most importantly, iTunes.A Blip.tv pro account will currently run you $8 a month, and it’s totally worth it. Self-hosting a podcast can be a time consuming and tedious process.The two most important places to syndicate your videos will be iTunes and YouTube. Everyone and their grandmother has an i device, and YouTube is still the second biggest search engine in the world.How Inbound Now is Promoted on FacebookTo promote the show on Facebook:I have a daily routine (roughly 15-20 minutes a day) on Facebook, where I surf relevant industry fan pages looking for juicy conversations to engage in.I post a daily question on the fan page to engage with users and increase interactions.I post different types of multimedia content to keep viewers engaged.I @ tag other relevant fan pages that I reference in updates to generate more visibility on other pages.I frequently run contests to boost the growth of the page.Here is a video snippet from my good friend Jack Brumm of me explaining my strategy for promotion on Facebook. The clip is also in this episode towards the end, so have a watch!Disclosures: Jack, of Pixel Wire Media, a Planning Production and Publishing for Content marketing company is a friend and a value added reseller of HubSpot.Tune in to future episodes of the show, where I will dive into exactly how to create content for your video podcast, promote your show via social media (both Twitter and Facebook), and explain how to grow your podcast’s fan base.Have you started your own video podcast for your business? What other technical tips can you share?center_img How to Podcast Inbound Now is an ongoing web series that features industry experts within the realm of social media, inbound marketing, SEO, email marketing, and anything internet marketing related. The shows are usually recorded as Skype-to-Skype video interviews, and I’ve been asked many times how I run and produce it.I’ve interviewed some of the greatest marketing minds out there, including:Seth Godin, author of 13 books (including Purple Cow, Tribes, All Marketers are Liars, & Poke the Box)Chris Brogan, author of Trust AgentsRand Fishkin of SEOMozMichael Stelzner of Social Media Examiner.comIn this episode and article I’ll give you the rundown of how the show logistically works, to teach you how to create your own video podcast (if you so choose) to pull and leverage the power of industry experts in your content creation efforts.In this episode of Inbound Now, you will learn:What equipment and software to use to create your video podcastHow to syndicate your show throughout the webHow to promote your show and grow its fan baseBefore I begin, I’d like to stress the point that the equipment you use should not hinder you from producing a show. Not having the best equipment from the start is a common excuse for people who don’t get off their butts and start something big.The most important piece of any show is the content. Next is the audio, and then there’s the lighting. You don’t need fancy equipment to educate and entertain your audience.As you progress with your podcast and get a feel for the content and your audience, you can gradually increase the production quality and equipment you use. Start with these steps:last_img read more