Coping with Hurricane Earl

first_imgHeavy rain and high winds are expected to hit the Boston area beginning midday Friday (Sept. 3) as Hurricane Earl passes along the New England coast. While hurricane-force conditions are not expected in this area, there could be up to eight inches of rain and winds severe enough to damage trees and buildings.To be prepared:Keep all windows closed and securedReport all facility-related damage and emergencies immediately, at any time, to the University Operations Center: 617.495.5560Stay indoors during high winds, lightning, or severe floodingRegister for emergency alerts through MessageMeHave a flashlight available in case of power lossBecome familiar with building-evacuation routes and emergency proceduresTurn off unnecessary lighting and electronicsA complete hurricane preparedness checklist can be found here. If conditions become more severe than expected, Harvard may activate its emergency page or communicate with the University community through MessageMe.last_img read more

Why ex-Raiders great says Amari Cooper is ‘a sissy’ and ‘a punk’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceAn old-time Raiders great reacted angrily after hearing Amari Cooper say he’s thriving in Dallas mostly because he wasn’t happy in Oakland, and wasn’t being used properly in Jon Gruden’s offense.In between calling Cooper a few derogatory names during a Las Vegas radio interview Sunday, 69-year-old Phil Villapiano said the Cowboys wide receiver is lucky his nasty, intimidating linebacker days are over.“That’s …last_img

Laimbeer excited for chance to build Las Vegas franchise

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight PLAY LIST 01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight01:46Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight02:40Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The 60-year-old Laimbeer could stay with New York as the team’s general manager or find employment elsewhere.His decision was made a bit easier when his phone rang a few weeks ago. An executive at MGM Resorts International asked him to be the coach and president of the new WNBA team that was moving from San Antonio to Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I said I’d talk to my wife,” Laimbeer said. “At the end of the day, I like challenge and I think this would be a great experience.”Laimbeer accepted the new position, which he will start Nov. 1. Read Next Kiefer Ravena ‘very excited’ to play for Guiao at NLEX Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments “I’m looking at a huge task in front of me,” Laimbeer said. “First I have to build a staff from everything from video coordinator and interns to my assistants to basketball ops people. I’ve been making lists and lists and lists.”His task is a little easier than other startup franchises because MGM has been in the entertainment business for years.“I think it’s new to them. They understand arenas, they understand all that goes into the logistics and selling tickets,” Laimbeer said. “The basketball part they are into, but it’s not something they’ve really done before. I have the experience that I can navigate and explain what this is and how it works and what the opportunities are. I know all the infrastructure and the how-to. My job is to set everything up.”Finding those people won’t be so hard, as Laimbeer said his phone has been ringing nonstop since it was announced that he took the job.MGM will not be the first company with casino holdings to own a WNBA team. The Mohegan Sun owns the team in Connecticut. The blueprint for Nevada is somewhat similar.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer watches during the team’s WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn. AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)NEW YORK — Bill Laimbeer found himself at a crossroad.His contract with the New York Liberty was up and he wasn’t sure if he wanted to stay or move on. He had spent the last few years grooming Katie Smith to be the team’s next head coach and felt the time was right for her to take over the team, which lost in the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.ADVERTISEMENT “While other teams are restocking their cupboards, we have to order things from scratch like basketballs, athletic tape, nearly everything,” Laimbeer said.This will be the first professional basketball team in Las Vegas, which has become a coveted target for sports franchises over the past few years.The expansion Vegas Golden Knights began their first NHL season this month. In March, the NFL formally approved the Oakland Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas by the 2020 season to occupy a proposed new stadium on the Las Vegas Strip, although the deal wasn’t approved until casino mogul Sheldon Adelson pulled out of the financing plan.The Golden Knights play at MGM’s T-Mobile Arena, but the casino doesn’t own the team.“This is the first pro sports team that MGM resorts owns and it’s a great alignment frankly with the DNA of our company,” said Lilian Tomovich, MGM’s chief experience and marketing officer.Laimbeer inherits a team that finished last for the second straight year. San Antonio has a talented young nucleus with Kayla McBride, Moriah Jefferson and Kelsey Plum. The team also has the top chance to get the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft.“They need a change of culture,” Laimbeer said. “Any time you get a team that’s beat down record-wise, you have to have a catalyst for a change. This is a tremendous catalyst. Going to an exciting venue and situation where there’s resources. I have been successful creating a team that can compete. We can break out of this thing.”Laimbeer also thinks being in Las Vegas will be attractive to free agents.“Players will want to come here,” he said. “All the signs point to a great opportunity. We have to pick up the pieces and make it happen.”This is the second move for the franchise. It came to San Antonio from Utah in 2003. Led by Becky Hammon, the Stars reached the WNBA Finals in 2008. The team has finished with the league’s worst record each of the past three seasons. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Christian Standhardinger happy for Andray Blatche, questionable for 6th Fiba window

first_imgChristian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Christian Standhardinger begged off from national team duties ahead of the Philippines’ next matches against Qatar and Kazakhstan in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.San Miguel’s star big man cited his knee injury that has bugged him for the past year as to why he would like to be removed from the team and also to make room for former NBA player Andray Blatche to be Gilas’ Pilipinas naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Standhardinger was also a pivotal part of the Philippine national team that won the gold in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and he took part in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, that the country hosted, despite his knee injury.The Filipino-German center/forward then, played under Yeng Guiao in the 2018 Asian Games before once again teaming up with the fiery head coach in the Iran game in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Still, Standhardinger said that he’d be ready in case Gilas calls.“”If they need me, everybody knows they can call me up,” said Standhardinger, who had 26 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks against the Gin Kings. “I played injured or not injured but right now I’m very happy that they Blatche and he will carry it.”“Blatche is a great basketball player. I’m focusing on my knee and San Miguel now.”ADVERTISEMENT “To be honest with you guys, you can see my knee is recovering but I have to build strength now so I’m happy that Blatche is now part of the pool because he’s a great basketball player,” said Standhardinger, who is part of the 14-man pool as the backup naturalized player.The 2017 top overall pick was fresh off leading the Beermen to a 99-91 win over Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum when he publicly stated that he would want to be temporarily relieved of his national team responsibilities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStandhardinger, however, has been a dutiful soldier for Gilas having donned the Philippines’ colors even before he got to the PBA.Even when he was still with Hongkong Eastern, the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger eagerly represented the Philippines in the 2017 William Jones Cup and in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup wherein he replaced Blatche as Gilas’ naturalized player when the former Brooklyn Net pulled out of the game against Lebanon due to security concerns. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Elina Svitolina beats Madison Keys, faces Naomi Osaka in Australian Open quarterfinal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Internet Marketing Data Predicts the Patriots will Win the Super Bowl over the Giants

first_imgPatriots Obviously the real goal here is to have a bit of fun, but I do think there’s a correlation (but not causality) between these Internet marketing statistics and who is most likely to win the Super Bowl, if only because teams that are more productive on the field are more likely to be more popular and win the Internet marketing popularity contest.Finally, some of you probably noticed that the Giants actually have an overall Website Grader that is higher than the Patriots. This is because the Patriots have a “splash page” for the Super Bowl on their homepage – and this splash page has almost no links, almost no text. Splash pages like this really hurt you in term of getting found and converting leads online, so they get penalized heavily.What do you think? How crazy am I? Do you agree with any of this? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss. 425,689 Topics: Giants SEO Please read the whole article before you decide I am crazy. You can think I am crazy at the end of the article, but hear me out first. After all, we did send out a news release about my Super Bowl and Internet marketing data opinion.What data can you use to predict who will win the Super Bowl? The sportscasters on TV use their own understanding of the teams and their expertise in understanding football. They are rarely better than probably 65% accurate in their predictions. The oddsmakers in Las Vegas essentially use a popularity contest to predict the winning team for a game. Based on how many people are placing bets on either team, they adjust the “spread” or the number of points by which one team is predicted to beat another team so that there are an equal number of people betting on each side. The size of the point spread indicates how many people think the favored team will win relative to the other team. Currently the New England Patriots are favored to win by about 14 points, meaning most people think the Patriots will win the Super Bowl.I think you can also use Internet data to make as accurate a prediction about who will win the Super Bowl as the sportscasting experts or the oddmakers in Las Vegas. Here is a list of the data I used to make this prediction and why each piece of data matters. All data is from the Website Grader Marketing and SEO Tool.How Internet Marketing Predicts Patriots will Beat Giants in Super BowlJust like Las Vegas, many pieces of Internet data are based on popularity. More people visiting your website is better, more people linking to your website is better, more people bookmarking your website is better. And the Patriots dominate all of these Internet marketing metrics – sort of surprising when you remember that the Giants have a fan base in the most densely populated metropolitan area in North America.Patriots have a lot more Website Traffic. The Patriots Alexa rank is 13,000, putting them in the top 0.11% of all websites, while the Giants are only in the top 0.2%. The Patriots are getting a lot more website visitors. As a comparison point, the HubSpot website has a similar Alexa rank to the Giants website – and we’re just a two year old startup.Patriots have more inbound links than the Giants.This was a big shock to me. Links on the Internet are like recommendations in the offline world. More recommendations from more trustworthy sources are good. And the Patriots have far more links than the Giants – almost 428,000 for the Patriots to the Giants’ 186,000. This one isn’t even close. This really shocked me since the Giants are a good team that you would expect to get a lot of coverage and links to their website.Patriots have more online bookmarks. For those of you not familiar with the Del.icio.us social bookmarking service, it is just a way for people to store bookmarks online instead of in their web browser. This makes it possible for you to share them with other people, plus they are search-able, and you can use the data to measure things. I think that measuring the number of online bookmarks is a great way to measure how much people like your content, and the effects of any viral marketing. The Patriots have 133 bookmarks and the Giants have 98.The Patriots are winning in search engines. Search engine optimization is the use of best practice marketing techniques to help your company get found in search engines when people are looking for the products or services that you sell. For the search terms “superbowl champion”, “superbowl champions”, “super bowl champion”, and “super bowl champions” the Patriots are on the first page of Google results. The Giants are nowhere to be found on the first 10 pages of results. While I would expect the Patriots to beat the Giants on this one, I am surprised it was basically impossible to find the Giants.Patriots have a higher Google Page Rank.While it is becoming less important and people do tend to pay attention to it too much, Page Rank is a measure of how important Google thinks you are online. It is a 1 to 10 scale and the higher the number, the better. The Giants are a very respectable 6 (HubSpot’s homepage is a 6). However the Patriots are a 7 – this is the same as NFL.com. A Page Rank of 7 might not seem that much better than a 6, until I tell you that it is an exponential scale, and according to my estimates a 7 is about 4 times better or harder to get than a 6.Summary of Super Bowl Internet Marketing Data 7 Originally published Jan 29, 2008 10:45:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 133 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 6 186,761 87 25,285 97 98 Website Grade Inbound Links Google Page Rank Del.icio.us Bookmarks Alexa Traffic Rank 13,088last_img read more

Twitter’s International Footprint Keeps Expanding

first_img Twitter Marketing Originally published Jan 21, 2010 8:30:00 AM, updated October 01 2013 According to our most recent State of the Twittersphere report, Twitter’s international growth continues.The report, based on HubSpot analysis of over 5 million Twitter accounts and 6 million tweets, shows a much broader and diverse range of self-reported international locations than what we reported six months ago.  A closer look at the distribution of Twitter users by location shows that much of this growth took place in non-English-speaking places.More specifically, here is what we discovered:July 2009: 15% of top 20 Twitter locations were outside North AmericaJanuary 2010: 40% of top 20 Twitter locations were outside North AmericaThe list of locations (below) shows that some of the most significant international growth took place in Brazil, Germany, Singapore, and Indonesia.One note about this table: It lists the top self-reported locations on Twitter, not top locations in general. Because the data is self-reported, there’s a lot of overlap between places, eg. people who list Boston vs. people who list Back Bay vs people who list Com Ave. They all live in the same place but will be counted differently. The upshot: though not precise, the data provides a general sense of Twitter’s geographic distribution.Other studies have also noted the growing internationalization of Twitter. We will likely witness Twitter’s reach to a larger international population as its language support matures. 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:last_img read more

Communicating With Your Customers: A Marketer’s Analysis

first_img , such as those offered by analytics When you do this, you get a better picture of how intrusive or ‘ spammy ‘ your exchanges are, both pre and post-sale. For instance, you do not want three different departments sending three different emails to customers on the same day, with no other communication throughout the week. Looking back at my own audit, there were certainly times where communication could have been consolidated (ex. merging two weekly newsletters together). There were also channels that should have been preference-based but weren’t.  For example, when it comes to billing inquiries, you might want to offer your customers the options of being contacted by email, phone or fax. Inbound Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack   Create a master central list of all regular and event-driven communication that your customers receive.   such as 1.  How Much Communication is Too Much? should carry over throughout the customer experience, from first touch to post-sale. Don’t beat them over the head with too much communication. applications to make sure that the source of your leads are tracked as closely as possible. If you have lots of direct traffic but don’t know where it’s coming from, you should consider using more landing pages and conversion forms. 3.  Analyze How You Track Your Marketing Spend a day or two doing nothing but digging through your data warehouses, creating new dashboards and reports. You might be surprised what you’ll discover. Recommendation: 2.  Evaluate Your Communications Channels Inbound marketing best practices Topics: lead nurturing tools HubSpot communicates actively with its leads as well as its customers post-sale. But is it too much or too little? Creating a visual, in this case a timeline, I was able to identify the means as well as the frequency and source of communication. help to associate direct traffic with lead conversion from inbound content. There might also be some significant overlap between the marketing and sales process, such as when a salesperson gives a demo, or offers a trial. Making sure that sales and marketing are aligned creates more stable and controlled marketing communication.last_img read more