first_imgA stormy night in Donegal has led to difficult driving conditions in various parts of the county.Heavy rainfall has left large amounts of surface water on the roads.The AA Roadwatch is reminding drivers that it takes longer to stop on wet roads, so slow down and keep further back from the vehicle in front. Local reports coming from East Donegal are warning that spot flooding between Rossgier and Porthall is causing dangers.The Status Yellow Wind and Rain warnings have been lifted in the north west, but drivers should be on alert for wind-blown debris.“Be particularly mindful of vulnerable road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians,” said AA Roadwatch advisors.  Motorists warned to take care due to wet roads was last modified: December 18th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDidn’t get a chance to participate on Instagram? Weigh in with your thoughts here. Want to be able to participate in real time? Give our Instagram page a follow. Share This!One aspect of TouringPlans is that we use field-tested methods to minimize your wait in lines around the parks. One side effect of that is that TouringPlans fans don’t tolerate waiting in long lines–if the line is too long, they skip it for the moment. Over on our Instagram feed, Angela asked how long you would wait in line for a ride. Here’s your comments.last_img read more

first_imgOriginally posted on the Reach West Blog. Then comes the part where you train to be a professional musician, receive a degree in Vocal Performance & Education, and then find out you have to actually be good at it to make a living. Where after a few years of substitute teaching, you land a part-time job at the Hard Rock Cafe, where you get to look and act however you want — to embody a rock and roller — and then you find out how good you are at training, and run with it. Eventually you become a leading training and development expert, having worked with some of the world’s largest brands, eventually writing an acclaimed workplace book titled Culture That Rocks.This week, Reach West Radio host Kevin W. Grossman has a special episode from the SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition featuring Jim Knight, a leading training and development expert, author and sought-after keynote speaker. Listen below.last_img read more

first_imgThe LPM “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.Excellence in LeadershipJohn Voytilla, SVP of Operational Excellence for Construction, Facilities, LP, Safety, Procurement, and Project Management, Party City“Driving shrink down and saving millions of dollars for an organization is fun and exciting,” said Voytilla. “But having the opportunity to hire, train, and build great teams is the most rewarding part of the business. Seeing individuals that I’ve had the privilege to lead, now leading strong organizations and becoming leaders in the industry—that’s what I cherish the most.”- Sponsor – Voytilla started his LP career as a store detective to help with college expenses. Nearing graduation, he accepted an LP manager role with Gold Circle Stores, which led to multistore roles with TJ Maxx and Montgomery Ward. He later accepted his first director position with OfficeMax. “I learned what it meant to have a vision for building an organization and helping the company grow, becoming an officer of the company and having the privilege to lead the loss prevention and safety programs through two mergers in the process.”Two years ago, Voytilla joined Party City to build an in-house professional LP organization while assuming additional responsibility for construction, facilities, procurement, and project management.Voytilla also believes in contributing to the industry in other ways. He’s been very active with the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC), currently serving on the Board of Advisors (BOA) and previously serving as chairman of the BOA from 2014 to 2017. He also served as a member of the National Retail Federation LP Council for a number of years.“To be a true leader in the industry, you must have integrity, humility, relentless focus, and be disciplined in all aspects of the business,” he said. “Don’t focus on a title. It’s more important to learn all the different areas of your company and take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. Volunteer for stretch assignments and be a learner. When you make a mistake, own it and move on. Finally, as a leader you need to listen to those closest to the work. They’ll provide you unfiltered feedback—you just need to ask for it.”Nominate Your PeersThose of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence [at] LPportal.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgConferousFrom PW: “A toll-free number with support for multiple conference rooms, create rooms with a specific purpose and track the number of participants.”A very simple service and there are others like GroupCall that use Twitter for creating a conference calls. RingerousRingerous lets you post to your blog by phone.Your recorded message is added to the post with an embedded MP3 player for easy playback. There are a number of similar services . alex williams Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… On Programmable Web (PW), the telephony category has 83 APIs. Of these, Twilio is by far the leader with 88 mashups associated with its API. That’s far ahead of Skype, which has 28; Jaduka has 8 and MyVox and Ringful each have six.Twilio is a cloud-based service that helps you build telephony-based services. In September it added more than 100 new features. Using telephony-based APIs is new territory for many. We are always asking how telephony services are used. Developers use the Twilio API for alerts, changes to calendars, conferencing and a host of other uses.To get a perspective, here are five ways developers are using the Twilio API:Bad News RobotBad News Robot allows you to call someone with bad news without having to do it yourself. The robot does the talking for you.Using Twilio, the service will call the recipient for the robot to deliver the bad news. The robot may have a “dude voice,” or a “chick voice.” The call costs 99 cents. Twitter and email is free. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing center_img VoxilateVoxilate provides the ability for a silent auction. Bidders can bid on items over the phone and are notified via text message when they are outbid.From the Voxilate blog, a walk-through for how it works:“All bid items are listed in a Google spreadsheetUsers at the silent auction enter their name, bid amount, and phone number on the auction sheets.When the auction completes, on-site staff enter the winners into the Google Spreadsheet.Bidders dial the Twilio-provided number and enter their phone number as a PIN (automatic if they send Caller ID). They are told whether they have won, and if so, what their total is (important for those who bid on multiple items!). They are then instructed to say their names, addresses, and other pertinent information and are of course thanked for participating.This information is then transcribed and posted into the Google Spreadsheet (this is fun to watch in real-time!) The Twilio link to audio is also included in case the information needs to be double-checked.On-site staff can then complete the checkout at their leisure.We’re using Google App Engine for serving the TwiML responses to Twilio, and the Google Data APIs for connecting to Google Spreadsheet.”The services we see range from the trivial to the truly useful. What they all offer is an example of how the telepehony space is rapidly becoming a platform for communication that sits on equal footing with the Web. From an interview with Pha on the Twilio blog:“I built Conferous using Ruby on Rails with a slightly customized version of the Twilio gem from Webficient to communicate with the Twilio API. The Twilio API was so flexible and easy to use that I was able to develop the core functionality very quickly. In addition, I deployed the application on Heroku, which sped up the development/deployment process even more. On the front-end side, I used jQuery to create some of the UI effects and for AJAX interactions. You could say I’m a sucker for technologies that make my life easier and let me focus on functionality and not nitty-gritty details.”Mobile CommonsMobile Commons is a service that is a page out of modern, political marketing. It provides advertisers and agencies quickly launch and manage mobile marketing campaigns from a Web-based user interface. Can you see how this might be used in the next session of the U.S. Congress? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgCustomers. Do you know who your customer is? I do. I know my target market and can define my customer. I’m not marketing to everyone. Who are the companies you are marketing to, the people who will be most receptive to your messages, and how will you serve them? What are their ages, desires, needs and pain points?All this data will help you create an impressive resume. But they’re also the statistics you should know today, whether you’re walking into a meeting or sitting down with your boss to evaluate your progress or justify a budget increase.Before you use this data to polish up your resume, think about how you can put that data to work every day on the job.3 tools to organize your data for success1. A monster dashboardIf you aren’t an Excel expert, become one. My master spreadsheet has 40 different tabs in it. Get to know your dashboard reporting tool, whether you use Salesforce or a CRM or an e-commerce tool. Be the expert in pulling the essential data. Carry that data into your meetings and update it regularly.The dashboard will help you focus on what’s important and what you need to know. Talk to other people in your organization if you need to fill in blanks.2. DIY metricsYour dashboard should show your organization’s KPIs, such as the percentage of leads converted to purchase, but you also need your own set of metrics that show your email success on your own terms.Statistics like time to purchase, subscriber/customer lifetime or percentage of quality leads might not be important to your executives, but you need them to be a good marketer.If your dashboard doesn’t give you those metrics, then create your own.That’s what I ended up doing earlier in my career because I wasn’t getting the numbers I needed to show how my programs were succeeding. I ended up with 15 pages of numbers that tracked different pieces of the business. I took them into every meeting and was able to rattle them off from memory because I knew the numbers intimately.3. StorytellingThe best job candidates I interviewed told compelling stories. If you want to advocate more effectively for your email program, you will know your story inside and out and tell it in ways that your audience will understand.Knowing your story will help you clarify what you send prospects, subscribers and customers. You also must know how to tailor your story for different audiences. This is crucial if you’re introducing your brand to a new audience, as I did when I brought a UK brand into the US market.Note: Update your story daily. Telling the same story over and over makes it go stale. Update it regularly with fresh data. It might take you 25 minutes to write your story but four days to tweak it.The power of knowing your numbers is important, especially in larger organizations. I learned this the day my boss asked me for some numbers that I didn’t have at my fingertips. He said something I never forgot:“If you don’t know these numbers, who does? Because that’s who I want to talk to.”Wrapping upAs an email marketer, you are your own CEO, CFO, COO and front-line person. Act like it. Know your data and use it to create a compelling story. Craft a version of it so that you have an answer the next time someone says, “How’s our email program doing?”The post The business stats you must have on instant recall appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: The business stats you must have on instant recall After re-entering the job market recently, updating my resume was one of the first things I did. I am a numbers guy, so I started thinking about the metrics that would best highlight my accomplishments.Which KPIs would impress my industry and the top decision-makers in it? What statistics did I use every day on the job?See, I wasn’t just a pretty face on the speaker’s platform at marketing conferences. I headed up US marketing operations for a UK-based email service provider. I carried metrics like these, and many more, into team and client meetings and executive sessions and used them to build out my marketing plans.Then, as I compiled my stats, I had an epiphany.I realized that these big-picture stats aren’t just for your resume. These are the numbers you should be carrying around in your head every day on the job. They’re the stats that help you demonstrate the value and effectiveness of your email program.If someone — like your CEO — were to stop you in the hall and ask, “How’s our email program really doing?” would you have a ready answer? Or would you stumble over a vague statement about open rates and opt-ins?Everyday statistics to carry around in your headThese stats serve me well, both on the job and when I’m summing up my career highlights to date:Testing. In my previous job, we did a lot of cool things to inform our account-based management using test data to inform the ads we showed our prospects so that we could better drive them to our web pages to capture their information. Engagement. What drives engagement? I know which subject lines got the most opens and which emails drove the most clicks. Email success is about more than opens and a good marketer knows what persuades people to open and engage. Best and worst campaigns. You know your victories, but talk about your flops, too. Everybody has them. Show what you learned from your failure and how you avoided repeating it. For me, it was a $10,000 campaign with a new ad tech company. It failed miserably, but I stopped the campaign before I spent all the company’s money. Posted on 4th August 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share The business stats you must have on instant recallYou are here: KPIs. When I’m on the job, our net sales and opportunity value are constantly in my head. Things like open rates, click rates, conversion rates, number of segments and average order value. What were my goals and what percentage of them did I accomplish? Retention. How did I retain those prospects, customers or subscribers? What are my retention rates quarterly or over a year? What’s the average retention or burnout in the same period? When did I know it was time to stop marketing to a prospect? HomeDigital MarketingThe business stats you must have on instant recall Acquisition. As a B2B marketer, I need to show how many high-quality leads and customers I acquired. For B2C marketers, how many subscribers or customers did you acquire each month? How many converted to purchase in the first 15 or 30 days? What are your lows, highs and averages? Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

first_imgNovember 18, 1999Andy Millison, Manager of ArcosantiOrganics, displays his recent crop at the Farmers Market in the Cafe.Residents can shop for fresh, organically grown crops such as Mustard Greens,Kale, Cherry Tomatoes, Eggplant, Squash, Wild Lettuce, Arugula, and Radishes,to name a few. Photo and text by Benjamin Ericson.last_img

first_img Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photos State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, welcomed Ron Beebe of Midland as his guest to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address in the House chamber on Tuesday evening. Beebe is CEO of Euclid Industries of Bay City and chairman of Awrey’s Bakery. 21Jan Rep. Glenn invites Beebe to State of the State addresslast_img

first_imgVideo measurement and analytics firm, Conviva, has acquired Delmondo, a company that measures video across Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitch.New York-based Delmondo provides cross-platform social video analytics, is an official Facebook Media Solutions Partner, and has a client roster that includes Turner, Viacom, WWE, ABC News and Fox Sports.With the acquisition, Conviva will roll out ‘Social Insights,’ supplementing its real-time census-level streaming TV intelligence from apps and the web with audience intelligence from social media platforms.“Conviva has been terrific in illuminating operational and audience insight heuristics to empower publishers,” said Peter Scott, VP of emerging media at Turner.“Adding Delmondo will expand Conviva’s capabilities across social media giving us a complete fandom story.”Silicon Valley-based Conviva is a real-time measurement and intelligence platform for streaming TV. The company, which has offices around the world, claims to serve more than 200 brands globally, including HBO, Hulu, Sky, Sling TV and Turner.last_img read more