On Climate Change, the Party of No

first_imgNational Journal examines the state of scientific literacy on climate among Republican candidates for senate and finds dismal results: This year, when Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., spent months negotiating bipartisan cap-and-trade legislation, he could not attract any Republican co-sponsors — not even McCain. And when National Journal recently surveyed the 21 GOP Senate challengers with a serious chance of winning this fall, each opposed cap-and-trade (including Rep. Mark Kirk of Illinois, who voted for it in 2009). Even many climate-change activists prefer alternatives to cap-and-trade, such as a carbon tax. But virtually all of the serious 2010 GOP challengers have moved beyond opposing cap-and-trade to dismissing the scientific evidence that global warming is even occurring. Senate nominees with tea party roots, such as Nevada’s Sharron Angle, have expressed these views most emphatically. But the pattern of repudiation extends to more-measured nominees such as Ohio’s Rob Portman and California’s Carly Fiorina who pointedly insisted, “I’m not sure,” when asked whether climate change was happening. Of the 20 serious GOP Senate challengers who have taken a position, 19 have declared that the science of climate change is inconclusive or flat-out incorrect. (Kirk is the only exception.) With sentiments among rank-and-file Republicans also trending that way, it’s no coincidence that two Republicans who affirmed the science — Rep. Michael Castle in Delaware and Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska — were defeated in Senate primaries this year. In The New Yorker this week is a fine dissection of the crash of the climate bill in the U.S. Senate this year. But the piece didn’t much blame skepticism of the science (or “Climategate”) for the failure of Democrats to pass legislation on the matter. It suggests instead that poor coordination between lawmakers and the White House, or indifference from President Barack Obama’s team, made a tough legislative effort nearly impossible. 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Virat Kohli hurts thumb during a practice session

first_imgAdvertisementIndia starts its World Cup campaign against South Africa on the 5th of June, in Southampton. While India is starting their World Cup on Wednesday, South Africa will be playing their third encounter. But, India’s skipper, who is India’s biggest asset and World’s best batsman, stares at an injury scare. In a training session on Saturday, Virat Kohli hurt his thumb.Kohli took a blow on his thumb while batting in the nets.However, if Kohli hurt himself in the nets or in a fielding drill is not yet known. Post that blow on the thumb, Kohli was attended by the team physio for a brief amount of time. He then left the field, with his thumb dipped in a glass of ice.The team management has not made anything official as of now. However, this is something that will surely draw a lot of attention. India’s clash against South Africa is still three days away, and hence Kohli has a lot of time to recover from the injury if it is not so serious.While talking to the PTI, team sources said, “He got hit while batting but is doing fine. There is nothing to worry as of now.”Virat Kohli’s potential injury adds to the Indian team’s injury troubles. Kedar Jadhav who is still recovering from a shoulder injury and Vijay Shankar missed the first warm-up game, owing to an elbow injury.India lost to New Zealand by six wickets after being bowled out for 179. But post that, India won the second warm-up game convincingly, and are back on track after defeating Bangladesh. Advertisementlast_img read more

4 CES Trends for Marketers [VIDEO]

first_imgEach year, thousands of marketers converge in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be among the first to experience the latest and greatest in technology and media. Our very own David Berkowitz, VP of Emerging Media at 360i, joined the excitement this year, helping to navigate and tour the tradeshow floor on behalf of our friends at iMedia.From connected cars to connected homes, the tech themes that emerged did not disappoint. In iMedia’s recently released video (below), David tours the floor and explains some of the most important CES trends for marketers. CES wrap-up video from iMedia Connection on Vimeo. For more insights from CES, read our previous post: “5 Hardware Startups to Watch.”Cover image via Flickrlast_img read more

Consumer Scams to Watch Out for During a Rebound Economy

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

Refinery29: Do You Pay Your Bills Like Everyone Else?

first_imgConfession: I missed a payment on my Banana Republic store card back in my early 20’s. I simply forgot to mail in the check and it continued to haunt me for years to come. Not only did I get slapped with a $25 late fee (plus interest), the tardiness stained my credit report and cost me precious FICO points.When I went to apply for a mortgage a few years later, the loan underwriter wanted an explanation for that late payment. [Never mind that my credit score had recovered nicely and that I had never missed a payment since.]Needless to say that one misstep was costly and embarrassing.But it taught me a number of lessons, most notably that, for me, my best bill payment strategy was to automate as many bills as possible, all to eliminate the risk of missing payment deadlines.I also reckoned that many store cards are not nearly worth the initial 20% shopping discount they boast if you end up carrying a balance.I’m willing to bet that many of us, like I, have a late payment story or two…or possibly several. If you look at the behavior of Mint users, alone, during the first half of this year nearly one in five missed a credit card payment. The strange thing, too, is that many of these late payers had enough money in their accounts to pay their bills. The culprit? Forgetfulness.In a perfect world, we would automate all our bills, free of fraud concerns and financial constraints, and have ample cash in the bank to cover our expenses.But forgetfulness, a lack of organization and for many, not having sufficient funds, can get in the way. More than half of Americans (55%) are living paycheck to paycheck, spending as much as we make each month, according to a 2014 Pew study.If you’re struggling to figure out your ideal bill pay “system,” here are some suggestions – some tech-driven, some more old-fashioned. The good news is, there’s not really a wrong method for paying your bills, so long as it ensures you do so on time every time. Good Bill Behavior For AllHere’s some parting advice that I think is important for all of us to practice, regardless of which bill pay route we take.Sign up for paperless statements. Even if you don’t like to automatically pay your bills, consider at least going green with your statements. You’re free to check your bill payment status online, as well as the breakdown of your bill whenever you want. This saves clutter and it’s really good for the environment.Review your bills throughout the month as they come ready. Check for overcharges. Don’t pay more than you have to.Keep sufficient funds in your checking account. This means you’ll have to become familiar with how much your bills amount to. Some are exactly the same every time. Others will vary. Keep track of your spending and, if it helps, keep a minimum amount tucked away in savings equal to the total of all your monthly bills so you never run short. New from Mint – Bill TrackingMint is currently rolling out even more features to help users stay on top of their bills. Remember that stat I shared earlier on Mint users and missed payments? Well they took notice and are releasing the functionality to help people avoid this money trap.If you’re currently a Mint user, keep an eye out for the new Bills section of the product. You can link your utility bills, rent/mortgage payments, and even offline payments to your Mint account and it’ll help remind you of what’s due and when.This payment works best if:You feel like your billing system is all over the place and need some help getting organizedYou’re stressed about whether or not you have enough money to cover your upcoming bills (allows you to see what else is coming up)You want someone else to “remember it” for you When Snail Mail Works BestAccording to CreditCards.com one in four Americans aren’t completely sold on the idea of mobile payments with security and privacy being the number one concern (64%).If you, too, are skeptical of online bill pay or just prefer doing things the old-fashioned way (or simply can’t pay certain bills electronically like my disability insurance premium) then load up on envelopes and stamps and gear up to mail in your payments.Just be sure to leave ample time to place a check in the mail prior to the bill’s due date. Keep an eye on your bank account to make sure the payment goes through. If you notice the payment has yet to be collected and the due date is nearing, follow up with the vendor as soon as possible to avoid getting slapped with a late fee. If for some reason your check gets lost in the mail, you can sometimes pay over the phone at the last minute and avoid any late charges.This tactic could work well for you if:You’re just not willing to automate.You can carve out time every week (or every few days) to review bills as they arrive online (or in the mail) and promptly send payment.You’re good with following up and checking your bank statement to verify if and when bills got cleared.You keep a nice stash of stamps around. Link Payments to a Credit CardI’ll begin by sharing with you my personal bill payment method. I pay almost every possible bill I can – from Netflix to my nanny’s salary – with my credit card. The charges come through at various points throughout the month and land on my credit card.  My credit card, in this way, acts like my central payment center. Then on the 25th of every month my credit card receives automatic funds from my checking account to fulfill my month’s balance.In effect, my cash doesn’t leave my bank to pay any of my bills until my credit card knocks on my door and asks me to pay up towards the end of month.This payment works best if:Many of your bills can be paid via a credit card.You know you’ll have sufficient funds in your bank account towards the end of the month to reconcile your credit card bill in full every time.You seek a very streamlined system that takes advantage of automatic bill pay.To help you stay on trackPay Throughout the MonthIf the above strategy makes you nervous because you’re not always sure you’ll have sufficient funds in your bank account to pay your entire credit card bill each month, consider a system that has you paying each bill as it comes due.Admittedly this method takes more effort to ensure you never miss a payment, since a typical household may have more than a dozen recurring bills (e.g. utilities, housing, cell phone, taxes, student loans, car payment, subscriptions, insurance, etc.). There are many deadlines to keep track of.For this strategy you’ll want to use a trusted web calendar where you can highlight when bills are due. Preferably this calendar also lets you assign alerts to yourself so you always know when bills are coming due. Google Calendar lets you do all of this and share your bill payment due dates with others.If it’s a bill you can pay electronically, then setting the alert a day or two before the due date could suffice. If it’s a bill that you need to pay via snail mail, give yourself at least a one-week head’s up. (And be sure to keep reading for specific advice around an overall snail-mail bill pay method.)One bill I always place in my calendar is my disability insurance premium. For some reason, I cannot pay it electronically. The insurer only accepts checks. It’s due once a year and if I miss it, I’m totally ruined because then the whole policy shuts off. It’s kind of scary.This payment system could be for you if:You don’t want to risk running short of cash at the end of the month before needing to pay your bills at once.You want a system that leaves with you a real time sense of how much cash you have on hand after each bill gets paid – so you don’t overspend on other things.You’re really organized. Have a question for Farnoosh? You can submit your questions via Twitter @Farnoosh, Facebook or email at Farnoosh@farnoosh.tv (please note “Mint Blog” in the subject line).Farnoosh Torabi is America’s leading personal finance authority hooked on helping Americans live their richest, happiest lives. From her early days reporting for Money Magazine to now hosting a primetime series on CNBC and writing monthly for O, The Oprah Magazine, she’s become our favorite go-to money expert and friend.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedHow to Stay on Top of Bills When You Have Cash Flow Issues: A Freelancer’s GuideAugust 14, 2019In “Budgeting”How I Finally Built an Emergency SavingsSeptember 12, 2018In “Saving”College Students: Here are The Biggest Financial Mistakes You Need to AvoidAugust 21, 2018In “Budgeting” Post navigationlast_img read more

Without Changing Diets, Agriculture Alone Could Produce Enough Emissions to Surpass 1.5°C of Global Warming

first_imgThe global food system’s environmental impact is large and growing. Nearly a quarter of all planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions come from food production and associated land-use change. And as incomes rise and more people move to cities, consumption of meat and dairy – foods with outsized climate impacts – is on the rise.The world population is expected to approach 10 billion people by 2050. With this projected increase in population and shifts to higher-meat diets, agriculture alone could account for the majority of the emissions budget for limiting global warming below 2°C (3.6°F). This level of agricultural emissions would render the goal of keeping warming below 1.5°C (2.7°F) impossible.The below visualization shows trends in meat consumption from 1961 to today, and what’s likely to happen through 2050 if current patterns continue. Between 2010 and 2050, global meat and dairy consumption is on a course to increase by nearly 70 percent, with beef consumption increasing by more than 80 percent. Getting Food in Line with Climate GoalsThe science is clear: The world is on track for a dangerous level of warming, and all sectors must do their part to reverse course. There are already some powerful initiatives cutting back food-related emissions. But as the data show, change must be widespread – across billions of meals – and the level of ambition must be in line with the scope of the climate challenge. Everyone from consumers to chefs and corporate executives to policymakers has a role to play in shifting diets for a sustainable food future. How to Shift Diets Toward Planet-Friendly Alternatives?The encouraging news is that there is a budding movement to help consumers shift toward more plant-rich diets. From chef trainings to beef/mushroom blended burgers to plant-based meat alternatives and beyond, dining facilities are deploying innovations that increase the proportion of plants people eat. What Is the Cool Food Pledge?The Cool Food Pledge helps signatories track the climate impact of the food they serve, develop plans to sell delicious dishes with smaller climate footprints, and promote their achievements as leaders in a growing movement toward more sustainable diets.Learn more at www.wri.org/cool-food-pledge. The Climate Impact of the Foods We EatThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of the world’s foremost climate scientists, laid out in a report released last week the dangers of breaching the 1.5°C and 2°C temperature thresholds. The relationship between food production and climate change is a two-way street: With 2°C of warming, seas will rise by nearly half a meter, rainfall patterns will change, crop yields in the tropics will decrease, and harvests from marine fisheries will decline. The world will still face serious climate impacts with 1.5°C of warming, but significantly less so than with 2°C. Limiting the global rise in meat consumption – in particular, beef, lamb and goat – is critical for reining in runaway warming. Ruminant meats have the highest resource requirements of any of the foods we eat. Producing beef, for example, uses 20 times the land and emits 20 times the emissions as producing beans, per gram of protein. Researchers have shown that even when accounting for future improvements in agriculture and reductions in food waste, shifting the diets of higher-income consumers toward plant-based foods remains essential for meeting climate targets.A plant-rich dish. Photo by Chris Ralston/Unsplash One of the newest initiatives is the Cool Food Pledge. Developed by WRI in partnership with UN Environment, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Health Care Without Harm, Practice Greenhealth and Climate Focus, this new global platform will help companies, restaurants, universities, hospitals and other facilities offer delicious food while slashing food-related emissions 25 percent by 2030 – a level of ambition in line with the goals of limiting temperature rise to 1.5-2°C.At the Global Climate Action Summit in California, a group of 10 food providers serving more than 60 million meals annually announced their commitment. Looking a few years ahead, the Pledge aims to cover billions of meals.The range of actions signatories take will vary, from improving the taste and presentation of plant-rich dishes, to redesigning menus and cafeterias to promote climate-friendly choices, to using appetizing language that appeals to mainstream consumers and more.Max Burgers has set a goal that, by 2022, half of all meals it sells at its 120 restaurants worldwide will be made of foods other than beef. The company estimates that achieving this will help reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.UCSF Health is integrating more plants into its dishes though its “Roots and Shoots” concept, offering visitors, patients and staff a choice of five plant-based items with a side half-sandwich at a more affordable price. It’s also made a beef-mushroom blended burger the standard for patient dining, retail food service and catering. Sodexo is a supporter of the Cool Food Pledge and is helping promote its activities with the dining facilities it serves. The company has just rolled out 200 new plant-based and plant-rich recipes, including dishes like a madras-spiced burger made from a 75/25 beef-mushroom mix, and fully plant-based options like carrot osso buco and kung pao cauliflower.Shifting diets toward more plant-based foods could reduce agriculture’s environmental impact. Photo by Oksana Kiyan/Flickrlast_img read more

A Few Quick SEO Wins Your Google+ Page Needs

first_img Google+ Marketing Originally published May 15, 2014 4:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 This post originally appeared on the Customer section of Inbound Hub. To read more content like this, subscribe to the Customer section.The recent departure of Google+ creator Vic Gundotra from Google has led to speculation that the social network will be undergoing some changes in the coming year. According to Google however, these changes will build off of the foundation of Google+ rather than uproot it entirely.As the world learns more about exactly how Google+ will evolve, it’s a good time to make sure you have the foundational elements right so you’re ready for any change. This post will give you some strategies for optimizing your Google+ page and some news about publishing to Google+ from HubSpot. First, let’s start off with some good news. Beginning today, HubSpot customers will be able to publish directly to their Google+ pages using Social Inbox. Why publish to Google+? Your Google+ page is more than just another channel for your content. There have been a lot of changes in the last two years to the way Google finds and prioritizes content in search results, and it’s no surprise that Google’s search results are becoming more and more influenced by content published within their own platform. Regardless of how Google+ changes in the future, content published to Google+ today is crawled just like other pages and served up as search results. Beyond the content you publish to them, your profiles and pages on Google+ are ripe with opportunities to improve your SEO. Whether you already have a page or you’re ready to create one, here are some quick ways to boost the SEO value of your Google+ page.1) Bulk up the “Links” section.Every Google+ page gives you the opportunity to add links that are important to your business in the “Links” section, which you can find under the About menu in the middle of your page:Starting with your website URL is an obvious choice, but you should also include other important links such as your blog, other social profiles, or any page to which you want to drive traffic. Here’s what HubSpot’s Google+ Links section looks like:The SEO BenefitEmbedding these links directly into your page will not only increase visibility for these sites — it’ll provide Google with information that helps determine how relevant this particular page could be to a user searching for you on Google. Those links will also help users that stumble on your Google+ page with the information they need to identify who you are, and possibly click through to your site pages. 2) Get your “Story” straight.Also found under the About menu is your page’s story, where you can add a tagline and an introduction to your business.The content in your Story directly affects your page’s meta description. When your page shows up on a search engine results page (SERP), it will include your page name, followed by your page’s tagline and the first part of your introduction. Here’s an example of what HubSpot’s Google+ page looks like on a SERP:The SEO BenefitMeta descriptions are present on SERPs to convince the reader that yes, this is what they are looking for and yes, they should click through to your page. Creating a meta description using both keywords you already rank for and search terms you know your target audience uses to find a solution like yours will increase the chances of the reader clicking through to your Google+ page.Be careful, though: It can be enticing to stuff this with more keywords than necessary. If you read it aloud and it doesn’t sound natural, consider revising and using only 2-3 relevant keywords. Need some help with this? Check out our post on writing effective meta descriptions.3) Link your Google+ page to your website.If you haven’t already, you’ll want to link your Google+ page to your website. Wondering if you’ve done that already? If you have, you’ll see little gray checkmark next to your website link on your Google+ page (you can see it in the screenshot in section #1). If you haven’t, you’ll see this “Link website” button: Google gives you simple instructions on how to do this, and even provides an easy way to send this to the person that manages your website:The SEO BenefitWhen you link your Google+ page to your website, you’re creating inbound links, which helps your website naturally rank better in search results. Inbound links are key to how Google determines your Page Rank. So, if you’ve filled out the Link section on your Google+ page to include multiple links back to your site, you’re increasing the chances for visibility in the SERPs.How else can I optimize my Google+ page for SEO?Beyond the quick wins above, there are a few other ways you can bump up the SEO value of your Google+ page. If you’ve got more than 10 followers on your page, a profile photo and a page older than 30 days, you can claim a custom URL that matches your brand and increases visibility in the SERPs for your brand name.Google Authorship is another important SEO win for your company, and something you can take advantage of if the Google profile that powers the page account publishes content regularly.What questions do you have about optimizing your Google+ page for search? Let us know in the comments! Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

20 Skills You Won’t Believe You Can Endorse People for on LinkedIn

first_imgWhen LinkedIn first came out with endorsements, my friend and I were talking about funny endorsements we could give each other: shirking responsibility; looking busy; passing the buck.We were saddened to learn LinkedIn doesn’t let you make up your own silly endorsements. But I learned soon thereafter you don’t need to make up endorsements in order to have some fun with your connections. When I saw that same friend’s hilariously terrible childhood video, I went to LinkedIn to endorse him for “acting.” The juxtaposition was hilarious to us, and we started to see what other skills we could endorse people for. The sheer span of available endorsements was remarkable.What these skills really speak to is the ubiquity of LinkedIn. The network has long since expanded beyond the realm of those in marketing, digital, social, sales, etc. — people in every industry are now touting their professional prowess and charting their careers on LinkedIn.Still, it doesn’t change the surprise and pure entertainment I experienced when I saw some of these terms populate as skills and endorsements I could send to my friends. Take a look, and maybe spend some time messing with your buddies:20 LinkedIn Endorsements You Probably Didn’t Know About1) CountingI, for example, have proven ability to count to at least twenty. 2) Spring CleaningA useful recommendation for employees of residential cleaning companies, but way more fun when used as a tool of passive aggressive communication between significant others.3) Fire EatingDoes eating a lot of Sriracha count? If so, you can definitely endorse me for this one.4) PunchingProof positive LinkedIn isn’t just for office workers anymore.5) Small TalkProbably also endorsed for “weather” and “how bout them [Insert Sports Team].”6) Order TakingI wonder if coordinating an office lunch delivery counts …7) JavelinI’ve actually used this one. I endorsed my friend for this one after she randomly mentioned that her “old javelin injury” was acting up.8) EatingFor professional eaters, I guess? Sounds like a good gig.9) SnacksFor the professional eater’s day off.10) Chewing GumAnother endorsement full of passive aggressive communication potential.11) HalloweenIf you’re endorsed for this, I’d like to be your friend.12) MemesAppropriate for basically every millennial.13) Drinking WaterI first read this as endorsing someone for their ability to drink water really, really well. Because of our work with charity: water, though, I realized LinkedIn endorsements can cover subject-matter expertise, too. Pretty cool.14) Moving UpI took this to mean someone who’s good at moving up within an organization. I guess that could be something to brag about?15) Chilled WaterFor what it’s worth, you can also endorse for “hot water.”16) Flexible Approach to WorkNot something I’d choose to highlight on my own resume.17) TweenIn a cruel twist, LinkedIn doesn’t provide an endorsement for “Belieber.”18) SmoothiesIt’s an art form, really.19) ShowersHold on, just dialing HR …20) BreathingProbably great for ear, nose & throat doctors — not so great for me during a run.Alright, which friend are you going to mess with on LinkedIn? And if I missed any other funny ones, share them in the comments, please! Topics: Originally published Aug 13, 2014 2:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack LinkedIn Marketinglast_img read more

How to Get Paid Without Spending a Dime [Free Invoice Template Generator]

first_img Originally published Jan 4, 2018 7:00:00 AM, updated January 03 2018 Invoicing Don’t forget to share this post! Topics: As marketers, we think a lot about what it means to deliver a consistent, on-brand experience across all of our different channels.We recognize the importance of this unification, as it helps to improve brand recognition, foster loyalty, and improve the overall customer experience.Not to mention, it forces us to establish a formalized process for creating and executing on each piece of marketing collateral.However, when it comes to invoicing, many of these strategic efforts tend to drop off. Suddenly, we cast aside branding, scramble for an existing document we can clone, and get to itemizing.Use the free HubSpot Invoice Template Generator to create professional invoices in minutes.The result? A pile of mismatched invoices and a disconnected plan for getting paid on time.Now fighting disorganization, especially when it comes to your business finances, can be both time-consuming and frustrating. That’s why we created Invoice Template Generator — a free invoicing tool designed to save you time and resources in 2018.Invoice Template Generator guides you through the invoice creation process by prompting you to fill out form fields within an actual interactive invoice template.Once you complete all of the fields, you’ll have an opportunity to download the invoice as a PDF that can be easily emailed to your customer.Many aspects of the tool are fully customizable, allowing you to:adapt the invoice based on whether or not you sell products or servicesadjust the currencyadd notes or payment termsadd your business logocustomize the color schemeReady to get started? Click here to begin creating a professional, on-brand invoice today.last_img read more

The 30 Best Responsive WordPress Themes in 2019

first_img Responsive WordPress themes automatically change their layout and format based on the size and resolution of the screen in which they’re being viewed. This ensures a positive user experience and seamless transition for your website visitors while they move from desktop to mobile to tablet. 10. Education Zone ProEducation Zone Pro WordPress theme is suitable for educational institutions like colleges, universities, schools, language institutes, and training centers. With this theme, you can build your institution’s website of professional design and well-structured features. The theme has 12 homepage sections to show detailed information about your institution. Its multiple layout options mean you have several choices of layouts to pick from.The theme is WooCommerce-compatible, translation ready, search engine optimized, and comes with regular updates. Key Takeaways:Optimized for mobile and SEOOne-click demo content importAmazing support so you never get stuck Topics: The 30 Best Responsive WordPress Themes in 2019With such an abundance of WordPress themes available, finding your responsive theme of choice may be a difficult task. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 30 of our favorite themes for 2019 that you can review and consider for your own website. Below, you’ll find feature descriptions for all 30 options as well as a few key takeaways for those of you who are looking to find a theme as efficiently as possible.1. Ultra ThemeSourceUltra is a responsive, multi-purpose theme, which comes with drag-and-drop layouts and fully customizable pages. If you’re running low on design inspiration, Ultra comes with design skins and pre-made demo sites. With just one click, you can import the demo setup (which includes the theme settings, content, menus, widgets, etc.) directly into your site. This can be a huge time saver.Ultra is ideal for creative businesses, portfolios, and blogs. It also integrates with WooCommerce so your online store can easily match the rest of your website.Key Takeaways:WooCommerce page integrationSEO-optimizedCustomizable demo templates2. eCommerce GemSourceeCommerce Gem is a free eCommerce WordPress theme that is ideal for running a WooCommerce store, no matter what product you are selling. It has a clean and contemporary layout with minimalistic design. This theme offers plenty of customization options and supports multiple color schemes, allowing you to build a website that matches your brand. If you’re looking for a responsive ecommerce theme that makes it easy for visitors to navigate your website regardless of the device they are using, eCommerce Gem might be a good option for you.Key Takeaways:Responsive layoutEasy customizationSEO friendly3. X ThemeSourceX Theme comes with four pre-built templates that you can edit and customize to your liking. Each theme lets you customize your layout, move your navigation bar, and create custom pages that will fit your brand and business.X also includes 30 premium plugins, dozens of full-site designs and landing page templates, and a front-end page builder. With X, you can see exactly what your website will look like with your logo, content, and images before you hit the publish button.Key Takeaways:Multi-purpose themeEcommerce integrationHighly customizable4. NeveNeve is a mobile-friendly WordPress theme with a multipurpose design. It was built to fit any goal, as it comes with a bunch of fully-customizable niche demos. The theme offers all the modern features you might be looking for, such as support for Accelerated Mobile Pages, compatibility with the block editor and the most popular page builders (Elementor or Beaver Builder), and can be easily set up for e-commerce as it provides WooCommerce integration and starter sites. Apart from its versatility, Neve is one of the fastest-loading themes out there, scoring over 90 in page speed tests on both desktop and mobile. So if you’re looking for a theme to improve your WordPress site’s performance, you might want to check out Neve. Key Takeaways: Responsive and mobile-friendly (optimized for AMP)Ready-made starter sitesDrag-and-drop customizationFast loading times5. Pro ThemeSourcePro WordPress Theme expands the capability of WordPress and gives you the power to design and build your website header, content, and footer without having to code anything. In addition to the dynamic front end page builder experience, Pro also gives you access to dozens of premium plugins, over 100 design layouts ready to use out of the box, and much more.Key Takeaways:Completely customizable to your likingGreat for professional website builders that want control over each part of their siteAmazing support so you never get stuck6. Avada What is a responsive WordPress theme? 11. Blossom Shop ProBlossom Shop Pro is a clean, elegant, and easy-to-use WordPress theme perfect for building online stores. This WooCommerce compatible theme has tonnes of e-commerce related features like product highlighting, different product category layouts, CTA sections, products quick view, wishlist, currency switcher, similar product view, and so forth.You can use this multipurpose theme to build your clothes, cosmetics store, watches, jewellery, furniture, and almost any kind of online store. Key Takeaways:Clean, easy-to-use, and mobile-friendlyPre-built multiple layoutsWooCommerce Compatible and e-commerce related features12. Blossom Travel ProBlossom Travel Pro is a responsive WordPress theme that is perfect for female travel and lifestyle bloggers. You can use this theme to build a professional travel blog with elegant design, legible typography, and engaging content. This mobile-friendly theme includes sections like City Guide, Travel Guides, Gallery, Travel Essentials, Video Section, Newsletter Section, Instagram Section, and so on. All these sections combined with soft color composition and alluring designs make a fully functional travel blog.Key Takeaways:Show cities and country guides SEO friendly, Speed Optimized and Schema  friendlyGallery and Instagram sections to show travel images13. BeThemeSourceIf you’re looking for a responsive, multi-purpose WordPress theme, BeTheme might be a good option for you. BeTheme is also considered a lightweight theme, meaning it’s efficient, quick, and takes up minimal space on your server. With over 390 pre-built websites, you can get started adding your content with just one click. The responsive design allows you to choose minimal headers and other features to fit on smaller screens, so your visitors aren’t overwhelmed by the amount of content they’re viewing in such a tight space.Key Takeaways:Multi-purpose themeLightweight390+ pre-built installable sites 14. JupiterSourceJupiter is a responsive, multi-purpose theme powered by the Elementor page builder that allows you to update and review the changes you make to your content and website in real-time. The theme has WooCommerce integration so you can easily set up and manage your online store straight from your WordPress website. Jupiter is also SEO-ready to help your website rank organically for specific keywords and phrases.Key Takeaways:Multi-purpose themeWooCommerce integration includedSEO optimized15. Revolution ProSourceRevolution Pro is a responsive minimalist theme that puts the focus on your content. It’s built on the Genesis Framework which is known for its speed and ease of configuration. It also has HubSpot integrated into the theme upon installation so you’ll be all set up on HubSpot’s marketing and CRM tools from the start. If you’re already a WP Engine hosting plan user, you get free access to all other StudioPress themes. Key Takeaways:Integrated with HubSpot’s free suite of marketing and CRM toolsMinimalist designHighlights your content16. OverlayOverlay is built to be light and fast so your website is fast and has high performance. You can build a simple site or have a fully customized online store. You’ll have full control of all the elements from your website’s layout to spacing and full-color settings. Overlay offers deep integration with WooCommerce, Elementor, and other top plugins.Source17. VogueVogue is easy to use, fully responsive, and fast loading. It overs multiple layouts, custom WooCommerce design, multiple blog layouts, and additional customizations all built beautifully into the WordPress Customizer.Source18. FlatsomeSourceFlatsome is a responsive and multi-purpose WordPress theme with WooCommerce integration for e-commerce businesses. The theme has a custom product page builder so you can easily display and sell your items in a way that makes sense for your business. Flatsome is already translated in more than 12 different languages for those of you looking to sell your products in other countries.Key Takeaways:Multi-purpose and e-commerce themeCustom product page builderTranslated in 12+ languages19. NewspaperSourcePowered by the tagDiv Composer page builder, Newspaper allows you to create and design layouts for your blogs and articles. There are more than 50 pre-built demos to choose from, all formatted in a layout that’s easy for your visitors to read. Newspaper is SEO-friendly and optimized to give your site the best performance on mobile devices.Key Takeaways:Blog, news, magazine, and multi-purpose themeOptimized for mobile and SEO50+ installable demos20. ImprezaSourceImpreza is a responsive, multi-purpose WordPress theme that offers a number of unique, ready-to-use demos to help you start customizing your website. With Impreza, all of your theme updates are automatic so you’ll never have to worry about managing your own software.Key Takeaways:Multi-purpose themeReady-to-use demos availableAutomatic updates21. FloatSourceFloat is a responsive, simple WordPress theme tailored to e-commerce websites. The theme offers a clean, minimalist design to improve user experience and ease-of-use. The two product page display options — scroll and slider — allow your customers to either scroll up and down or slide right and left to view your products.Key Takeaways:E-commerce themeClean, minimalist designScroll and slider options for product pages22. One PageSourceOne Page is a single-page WordPress theme, meaning it displays all of your most important website features on your homepage. This might be appealing if you don’t have a ton of content on your website and want to keep it all in one location to improve user experience and efficiency for your visitors. The theme only allows space for your most important business-related information to be listed on your homepage making it minimalist and clutter-free. Key Takeaways:Most important business information listed on your homepageIdeal if you don’t want a lot of content on your siteMinimalist design23. ExcellentSourceExcellent is a responsive, multi-purpose WordPress theme focused on businesses and e-commerce sites. With a variety of different sections that you can add and move to suit your business’ needs, as well as a wide range of navigation menu options, there are hundreds of ways to customize your company’s website. The theme’s WooCommerce integration allows you to simplify the management of your online store and gives you the ability to add sidebars with links to all of your social profiles so your customers can easily view and follow your accounts.Key Takeaways:Ideal for businesses and e-commerce sitesCustomizable navigation menusSocial media sidebars24. MustacheSourceMustache is a responsive, creative WordPress theme built for sharing artistic work and written content as well as portfolios and presentations. With Mustache, you can easily add the Google Analytics integration so you are able to keep track of your content’s success and manage any needed improvements.The theme also gives you access to the Google Fonts library which contains thousands of font options for you to choose from and add to your site. For those of you looking to build your portfolio on your WordPress site, Mustache also offers two different portfolio gallery options that you can implement.Key Takeaways:Creative themeGoogle Analytics integrationTwo portfolio gallery options25. AestheticSourceAesthetic is a responsive WordPress theme built specifically for fashion and lifestyle blogs. The theme includes a minimalist design, the ability to implement a portfolio format with up to four columns, and other customizable features. Aesthetic has a page option ready for donations as well as an option to easily add your own animations to different pages of your website.Key Takeaways:Built for fashion and lifestyle blogsDonations page includedCan easily add your own animations 26. ExposureSourceExposure is a responsive, photography WordPress theme created for artists looking to display their work with a clean and minimalist design. The theme is ideal for all types of photographers — whether it’s your full-time job or your hobby. For those of you who are looking to sell your photos, the theme is integrated with WooCommerce to keep the shopping and buying processes simple for your customers. There is also a contact form module that you can add to one of your site pages so your visitors can reach out to you with any questions or concerns.Side note: For those of you considering other themes that may not come with a contact form module, HubSpot’s WordPress Contact Form plugin is a tool that you can easily install and add to your own site so your visitors can efficiently get in touch with you.Key Takeaways:Photography themeWooCommerce integrationContact form module27. SuperMagSourceSuperMag is a responsive WordPress theme created for digital magazines. The theme’s magazine-style design features a variety of ways to display photographs, videos, and written content. SuperMag is advertisement-ready so you can easily add your chosen ads to your site pages. There is also an option to enable a “breaking news” page or section for your site if you feel it’s vital for all of your visitors to know about a specific change or event.Key Takeaways:Ideal for digital magazinesAdvertisement-readyOption to include “breaking news” page or section 28. FagriSourceFagri is a responsive, multi-purpose WordPress theme built for a wide range of businesses due to its flexible design and large number of customizable features. The theme comes with newsletter integration so you can easily send your email list information about your latest developments, new products, sales, and more. Fagri is SEO-ready so your site is more likely to organically rank on search engines such as Google.Key Takeaways:Multi-purpose themeNewsletter integrationSEO-ready 29. Tiny HestiaSourceTiny Hestia is a responsive WordPress theme for bloggers. The theme has a minimalist design so your visitors can easily navigate your site and focus on your content. Tiny Hestia is a child theme of Hestia — child themes allow you to modify your current theme to enhance functionality. So, if you are already a Hestia user and want to customize the theme to make it better suited for sharing blog content, you can install Tiny Hestia. When you install a child theme like Tiny Hestia, you don’t lose your ability to update the theme or lose any of your original content.Key Takeaways:Created for bloggersMinimalist designChild theme of Hestia 30. BordeauxSourceIf you’re in the restaurant business and looking for a responsive theme, Bordeaux might be a great option for you. The theme has customizable features fit for restaurants, cafes, and bakeries, and includes a reservation system so you don’t need to find a separate plugin or software to manage your tables. The theme’s homepage has three customizable information blocks including a menu card, items for sale, and latest restaurant news.Key Takeaways:Restaurant themeTable reservation system includesHomepage includes three customizable information sectionsToday, responsive website themes are a necessity — your WordPress website visitors and customers are browsing your content and purchasing your items on a variety of different devices at all times. That’s why you want to ensure they have a consistent and positive experience on all types of devices.So, try installing a responsive WordPress theme to create a seamless transition for your website visitors no matter the device they’re on — and if the 23 options we’ve described aren’t of interest to you, you can always review the WordPress theme library for more choices tailored to your specific needs. Just remember to review the feature lists to ensure the themes in question include a responsive design. Don’t forget to share this post! It’s no secret that modern shoppers are visiting your WordPress website, reading your content, signing up for your services, and purchasing your products from a variety of technological devices including desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, and tablets.That’s why it’s crucial your WordPress website’s theme has a responsive design — so your website visitors can easily browse your site while having an equally pleasant experience from any technological device.Access Now: 22 SEO Myths to Leave Behind This Year WordPress Themes SourceAvada is the #1 selling WordPress theme on the Themeforest marketplace, with more than 525,000+ beginners, professionals, agencies, businesses, and creatives that use Avada for total design freedom. Avada’s flexible Advanced Options Network, consisting of theme global, Design Element, and individual page/post options, is brought to life with the Avada Live Visual Design Editor; This makes Avada the ultimate web design tool for your workflow. You can work fast and efficiently, with the confidence in knowing that you can design and create unlimited designs and layouts for your projects, without having to touch a single line of code.Key Takeaways:Fast and intuitive live visual design editorNo coding knowledge requiredWorld-class support, documentation, and resources at your finger tips.7. Blossom Coach ProSourceBlossom Coach Pro is a mobile-friendly, speed-optimized and SEO-friendly WordPress theme for building websites of coaches, speakers, consultants, therapists, and other such professionals. The theme has social media integration, newsletter, about, testimonial, service, blog and several other sections which helps you show the details of your business in an easy and well-structured manner. Blossom Coach Pro allows you to customize elements like color and pick from 600+ Google fonts. You can easily change how your website looks and feels with its customization options. So, create a stunning website and shape it as you like with this theme. Key Takeaways:Mobile-friendly, SEO-friendly, and speed-optimizedOne-click demo content importPowerful options panel with built-in customizer8. Travel Agency ProTravel Agency Pro is a popular WordPress theme that is perfect for building travel booking websites. The theme is powered by WP Travel Engine plugin and lets you add trips, destinations, trip types, specialties, and other qualities that makes the trip booking process quite easy.The theme integrates advanced trips search and search form on the banner. Your visitors will instantly find what they want with these search buttons. It also has a Paypal Integration which allows you to receive online payments through your PayPal accounts. In addition, the theme is translation ready, cross-browser compatible, and comes with regular updates. Key Takeaways:Lightweight, responsive, and SEO-optimizedBuilt for travel and tour agencies Integration of payment gateways like Paypal9. Construction Landing Page ProConstruction Landing Page Pro is a premium WordPress theme for builders, construction, contractors, and construction-related businesses. It comes with various customization options and several strategically-placed lead-generating Call-to-Action (CTA) buttons to make construction business websites that convert. The theme has seven predefined header layouts, six predefined pages, unlimited color schemes, 600+ Google fonts, social media integration, and custom widgets. You can show your services, price and packages, team members, areas you serve, total completed projects, and testimonials on the homepage.Key Takeaways:Multiple Call-to-Actions (CTA) buttons to get a price quoteWooCommerce integrationLightweight and SEO friendly Originally published Dec 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM, updated November 14 2019last_img read more

Examples of Blogs From Every Industry, Purpose, & Readership

first_imgBefore we dive in, what is a blog?Any type of business — whether it’s focused on ecommerce, retail, technology, or services — can benefit from publishing and maintaining a blog. By writing about topics that resonate with your audience and incorporating optimization tactics your business can experience a variety of benefits that result from having a blog.Speaking of the benefits of a blog, we mentioned some of them above. Let’s dive into them in more detail. This section will help you answer a commonly asked question around the topic: why blog?Benefits of BloggingThere are a variety of reasons why your business should blog. These all explain why it’s a beneficial time investment and addition to your business’s branding, marketing, and sales efforts.Rank on search engines and build authority online so your content and website appear first on the search engine results page, or SERP, when people look up specific terms and keywords. Human Marketing does this well with their mix of blogs and pillar pages (or topic clusters). Manufactur-ing Blogs Contribute to your inbound marketing tactics so you can avoid having your content feel pushy and “salesy”. Grand Rapids Chair is an example of a company that uses their blog to improve their inbound growth. Ecommerce Blogs Foster a sense of community so your audience members know there are hundreds (or thousands, depending on the size of your blog) of other people equally as interested in your information and content. Topics: Education and Nonprofit Blogs Support all of your marketing and greater business initiatives by staying consistent with your branding and tone throughout all of your blogs.Now that you have a basic understanding of what blogging is and how it can benefit your business, let’s dive into some examples. You can these examples for inspiration and as a point of reference as you start your business’s blog.Get six free blog post templates to help you get started creating and publishing your posts. Promote your business and products or services by writing about their benefits and linking to information where your readers can learn more … and convert into customers. Engage audience members and customers so they keep coming back to read your content every day (or as often as you publish your blog) and potentially check out your products or services. Digital Agency Blogs Technology Blogs Originally published Aug 23, 2019 4:04:00 PM, updated September 13 2019center_img Educate your leads and customers by helping them stay informed on industry trends and development, and educated about your products, services, and how you can solve their challenges. Healthcare Blogs Become known as an expert in the industry and stand out against your competition by writing about the various topics your business and product line is known for or relates to. These may include content marketing, public relations, or software for small businesses. 3PL Central is an example of a company who has become known as an industry expert and separates themselves from the competition thanks to their blog. When you hear the word “blog”, what do you think of?Maybe your mind goes to stories about travel, yoga, and exciting new restaurants to try.What if I told you that, although these thoughts may be valid, other terms and phrases should be coming to mind? These include conversions, a boost in revenue, calls to action, inbound marketing, and improving customer relationships.Blogs are powerful business tools. They improve conversion rate, foster relationships between your business and audience members and customers, boost revenue, promote brand awareness, increase your ranking on search engines, and positively impact your bottom line.In this guide, we’ll review the different types of blogs there are and examples of each. These will give you a better understanding of the various ways your business can write and publish content to help you achieve the benefits we listed above … and more.Download Now: 6 Free Blog Post Templates The following blog types are targeted at various industries and audiences, and I include real examples of each below. You’ll notice each blog description includes main takeaways to help you apply these examples to your own business’s blog.Before we start, you might be wondering: Is there anything all successful blogs have in common that I should be keeping an eye out for? Fair question — and in terms of the examples we’re about to review, the answer is yes.What do successful blogs have in common?Successful blogs have a specific purpose that’s clear to readers. Whether or not a blog relates directly to the product or service the company sells, each blog has a defined purpose readily apparent to readers. You’ll notice this is often the main takeaway for the examples we’re about to review.Now, let’s dive in.Marketing BlogsMarketing blogs cover a wide array of topics related to inbound marketing, social media, content creation, and organic growth. They may focus on one specific field within marketing or cover broad, industry-related trends to help you develop a marketing strategy specific to your business.1. DWDigitaWeb BlogDWDigitaWeb is an inbound marketing agency. Their blog educates marketers on useful inbound tactics to help them grow their business and drive organic traffic. They write about lead generation, SEO, and how to use your blog to convert readers into customers.SourceMain Takeaways: The blog educates readers on the importance and impact of inbound marketing on any business.Relevant subtopics, such as social media, inbound recruiting, website strategy, and sales enablement, educate readers on all aspects of the marketing trend.Blog Post Spotlight: The 3 Essential Elements to Create Your Buyer’s Journey2. HubSpot Marketing BlogThe HubSpot Marketing Blog is also focused on inbound marketing. It teaches readers about the level of organic growth and traffic inbound marketing promotes. The blog attracts a large audience due to the wide variety of inbound marketing topics that are written about, which apply to virtually every type of company.Note: HubSpot also has a Sales Blog, Service Blog, and Agency Blog.SourceMain Takeaways:It includes several resources (such as closely related CTAs and articles) to support the topics being discussed throughout the blogs.The blog’s tone remains the same across all pieces of content which creates a sense of consistency for readers.Blog Post Spotlight: The 67 Best Instagram Captions for Every Type of Post3. Scholes Marketing BlogScholes Marketing publishes a blog for anyone looking to optimize their website and improve their organic traffic with inbound marketing. Their content educates readers on related subtopics including how to build a great, searchable website and how to generate leads and revenue through content.SourceMain Takeaways: The main function of the blog, which is to teach and educate readers about how to enhance their business and broaden their reach through inbound marketing, is clear to readers through the content they provide.The blog gives readers a number of applicable ways to grow and expand reach through inbound marketing.Blog Post Spotlight: How to Dust Off Your Old Blog ContentManufacturing BlogsManufacturing blogs are used to inform those in manufacturing and closely-related field (such as supply chain, distribution, and logistics) about best practices, news, and trends in the industry. These blogs keep you up-to-date and well-versed in this ever-changing business sector.1. Dustless Blasting BlogDustless Blasting uses their blog to promote their product, the Dustless Blasting machine. They share real stories and write about common situations in which their target audience may find themselves in need of the product. They create guides and instructional pieces (as well as instructional videos) to teach customers how to use the machine.SourceMain Takeaways:By describing real scenarios in which their target audience may find themselves needing the machine, they’re able to determine whether or not the product is right for them.The blog includes applicable information about how to use the Dustless Blasting machine so readers can better understand how the product fits their needs (and potentially convert into customers).Blog Post Spotlight: Summer Tips: How to Stay Cool while Abrasive Blasting2. Epec Engineered Technologies BlogThe Epec Engineering Technologies blog covers a wide variety of topics about electronics manufacturing. There are Q&As, interviews with industry experts, directions on how to assemble specific electronics, cables, and more, and even information on technical writing for similar businesses looking to begin their blogs.SourceMain Takeaways:The blog is a one-stop-shop for all types of electronic manufacturing solution knowledge and queries.The blog posts are written in a variety of formats to engage readers and provide unique content for everyone.Blog Post Spotlight: Lithium Batteries: Cylindrical Versus Prismatic3. Marlin Steel BlogMarlin Steel’s blog covers all things related to steel production, use, and technology. Blog posts and listicles cover everything from how to use specific steel tools and products as well as how to use steel in various situations. There are also several posts about developments and changes within the steel industry over the years.SourceMain Takeaways: The blog has an array of content about steel products and use to educate readers on their options and keep them up-to-date on industry trends and advancements.Even though steel may be a niche topic, there are blogs written in a number of engaging formats including interviews, how-to’s, and listicles.Blog Post Spotlight: How to Choose Custom Steel Baskets for Medical ApplicationsHealthcare BlogsWhether it’s policy, law, treatment, technology, or research, healthcare blogs exist to help businesses and individuals stay informed of the newest and highest impact innovations made in the field.1. Six Month Smiles BlogThe Six Month Smiles blog is a place where individuals can participate in clinical conversations and learn more about short-term orthodontics. Blog posts are written by industry experts, including people who work for companies that create and design dental tools. Writers also include hygienists and doctors who perform dental cleanings, surgeries, and more. The blog has a variety of interviews, Q&As, and informational pieces for readers.SourceMain Takeaways: Industry experts, doctors, and dental hygienists can collaborate and talk about their work and developments in the field through this blog.The blog provides a way for potential customers to learn about the services they may be interested in paying for.Blog Post Spotlight: Mixed Appliance Therapy Now Available2. Algamus Gambling Recovery BlogThe Algamus Gambling Recovery Blog is for anyone who is (or knows someone who is) going through gambling addiction recovery. The blog covers all topics related to gambling addiction and gambling addiction recovery including treatment, ways to get support, and how to support a loved one going through treatment. The posts are formatted in a variety of ways such as guides to self-help, guides to support, and scientific studies.SourceMain Takeaways:The blog has content for everyone including gambling addicts and the people supporting them through their recovery.By including scientific studies, their blog content feels trustworthy and legitimate which is important since they’re covering a real medical issue.Blog Post Spotlight: What Role Do Alumni Groups Play in Addiction Recovery?3. StayWell Insights BlogStayWell helps businesses, healthcare providers, and others discover and create health empowerment solutions. Their blog, called StayWell Insights, does this, too — their pieces provide readers with a wide range of information about health habits, insights, studies, and trends. All of their content is supported by scientific studies and news.SourceMain Takeaways: Blogs are written about a variety of topics within healthcare such as information about providers, trends, and industry events so all readers can find what they’re looking for.By backing their content with official studies and news, they feel trustworthy to readers — this is important considering they’re writing about healthcare and healthcare providers.Blog Post Spotlight: Beating the Heat: An Employer’s Role in Preventing Heat StressEcommerce BlogsEcommerce blogs help online businesses and retailers of all kinds learn about the best technology, trends, and tools in the industry to help them grow and reach their short and long-term goals. These blogs cover ecommerce marketing and strategy, online shop development, and more.1. M.M. LaFleur BlogM.M. LaFleur is a women’s professional apparel brand designed to bring ease and comfort into the lives of their customers. Their blog, called The — M — Dash, promotes female empowerment.Women who work in virtually any industry can read the blog to feel inspired by other businesswomen as well as learn about different aspects of being a woman in the workplace (gender equality, stereotypes, etc.). Lastly, there are blog posts related to attire including topics about what to wear on your first day, casual Fridays, and to job interviews.SourceMain Takeaways: The blog promotes education and discussion around the topic of women in the workplace, all while relating this content back to their clothing line.They discuss these societal issues in a way that makes readers feel good which leads them to feel good about the brand as a whole.Blog Post Spotlight: The Most Remarkable Women in the World2. JustBats BlogFrom baseball and softball bat reviews to bat gift ideas, the JustBats blog covers all topics related to finding the right bat for every individual. JustBats sells hundreds of baseball and softball bats, so their blog does a great job of explaining to customers which options are best for them.There are blogs about bat brands and specific models, as well as posts about technique and how to improve your baseball or softball skills and knowledge.(Note: JustBats has such a large product line that they also have a separate website for baseball and softball gloves, called JustGloves, with a respective blog.)SourceMain Takeaways: The blog’s purpose is to educate readers on the business’s product line so they can make the right purchase.JustBats’ product line is so vast that their blogs help simplify the purchase process for customers.Blog Post Spotlight: 2020 Easton Maxum 360 Baseball Bat3. G FUELG FUEL is an energy drink, and the company has a blog they use to promote their product line. The blog content G FUEL shares includes news about their business as well as their products. Rather than trying to discreetly talk about their drinks, it’s very obvious to readers that G FUEL is trying to provide education around the benefits of their product and what makes them stand out against their competition.SourceMain Takeaways: The blog teaches readers about the benefits of G FUEL and why it’s a better drink than those of their competitors.The blog provides customers and fans with a unique inside look at their business they wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. This promotes relationship building between customers and the company.Blog Post Spotlight: Women Of G FUEL: FooYaTechnology BlogsIt’s no secret that the tech world is always evolving. With so many advancements being made every day, it’s critical that businesses do what they can to keep up with the cutting-edge developments that impact their ability to grow and reach their target audience.1. Dotloop BlogDotloop is a real estate transaction management solution used by professionals and clients to conduct and close deals. Dotloop’s blog covers all topics related to real estate automation, what it’s like to work in the field, industry trends, and product offerings. They also write about the ways their product can help simplify all aspects of the real estate process.SourceMain Takeaways: The blog distills the broad topic of real estate down and organizes it by role (for example, agent vs. broker) to simplify the reading experience.The real estate education the blog provides readers with is expert-level. This allows visitors to leave the site feeling confident in their new or improved knowledge.Blog Post Spotlight: What Every Real Estate Broker and Agent Should Know2. Adaptive Insights BlogAdaptive Insights is a business and financial planning software company. Their blog provides insight into how active financial planning processes drive success. Their blogs include tips, latest news, and best practices related to active financial planning. Adaptive Insights even writes about specific causes and events that matter to them as a company (such as social causes, employee and customer success, etc.) so readers get to know them on a deeper level.SourceMain Takeaways: It educates readers and visitors on the various ways active financial planning is beneficial to their business which helps the company promote their software.Adaptive Insights also gives visitors an inside look at their company and what matters to them (and their employees) through their blog — this helps them build relationships with readers.Blog Post Spotlight: It’s Not Your Numbers That Make You3. Inside Design by InVision BlogInside Design by InVision — a digital product design platform — has a blog for technology, UX, UI, and product designers. Designers can turn to the blog for inspiration or to learn about industry trends, resources, and best practices. There’s also a section of the blog that covers design news and information about design workshops.SourceMain Takeaways:The blog’s content covers all aspects of digital design — no matter what type of digital designer visits the site, there’s blog content for them.The way the blog is organized makes it easy for these different types of designers to quickly find the type of information they’re looking for.Blog Post Spotlight: The Designer’s Guide to Netflix: 12 Must-Watch Shows and MoviesEducation and Nonprofit BlogsEducation and nonprofit blogs provide teachers, administrators, volunteers, and leaders with a way to learn about each other’s findings and strategies. Most importantly, they give these people the opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge to help each other grow.1. Teach Away BlogTeach Away is an education-focused company that recruits individuals in North America to teach abroad. Their blog provides interested teachers and site visitors with a look at everything they need to make an informed decision about whether or not Teach Away is right for them. Blog topics include teaching abroad vs. teaching online, teacher training, teacher success stories, teaching destinations, and more.SourceMain Takeaways: Since the teachers who participate in Teach Away experience a large lifestyle change, the blog is a place they learn about all parts of the program and decide if it’s right for them.All aspects of the program are separated into different sections of the blog so teachers and prospective teachers can easily locate the information they’re looking for.Blog Post Spotlight: How to Choose the Right TEFL Course For You2. Trinity College London BlogTrinity College London is one of the leading exam boards for the performing arts and English language. They also offer the Arts Award qualification, which encourages young people to participate in and engage with all art forms.They have several blogs including the Trinity College London UK blog and the Arts Award blog. The way the blogs are separated allows visitors to easily log on to read, or subscribe to, the content that matters most to them.SourceMain Takeaways: Trinity College is an exam board with blog content organized by audience need for easy navigation.No matter which topics students are studying or educators are teaching, they can review dozens of articles in their central blog locations.Blog Post Spotlight: How to meet the individual needs of each player when teaching an ensemble piece.3. GuideStar by Candid Nonprofit BlogGuideStar by Candid is a well-known clearinghouse of nonprofit financial and leadership information. No matter the type of foundation you work for, this blog is a place where you can learn about all sides of running or volunteering for a nonprofit. Their blog posts provide a summary of nonprofit news, best practices, and information about leaders.SourceMain Takeaways:The blog covers all aspects of non-profit work including latest trends, tips, and news so there’s information for volunteers and leaders of all kinds.Blog posts educate readers on what successful organization are doing and which strategies they’re implementing so they too can give them a try.Blog Post Spotlight: Do Tech Tools Really Help? (Spoiler Alert: Yes. Like These Free Resources for Nonprofits)Digital Agency BlogsDigital agency blogs allow your business to get help and advice from certified agencies and consultants. The following blogs belong to service providers from across the globe that help businesses implement successful digital and inbound strategies.1. Synx BlogSynx is a digital agency, marketing, and technology company based out of Australia. The Synx blog covers all things related to digital marketing including tips and tricks about content, inbound tactics, mobile marketing, and more. They share their blogs in an array of formats including listicles, interviews, success stories, and thought leadership pieces to cater to all types of readers.SourceMain Takeaways: The blogs are written in a variety of formats and styles to suit every visitor’s business needs and preferences.The blog content promotes Synx’s services by explaining why businesses need it and how it differs from the competition.Blog Post Spotlight: Learning Inbound Marketing & Travel with Jordan Chenery2. Dotdynamic BlogDotdynamic is a digital marketing agency based out of Ireland that provides businesses with the techniques and strategies they need to generate qualified leads and convert more people into customers, both on and offline.Their blog provides businesses with key insights and tips on how to achieve an impactful and effective digital marketing strategy. They also educate readers on the latest industry trends and tactics to attract, engage, and convert more audience members.SourceMain Takeaways:All blog content relates in some way to the business’s mission of empowering and educating other companies on digital marketing.The blogs are organized by specific topic within digital marketing for easy access — examples include SEO, PPC ads, digital marketing strategies.Blog Post Spotlight: Advantages to Working With a Digital Marketing Agency 3. HAL Company BlogHAL Company is a digital agency and consulting company based out of Argentina. Their blog shares applicable advice and information about the latest trends in marketing, sales, and automation platforms throughout their variety of posts and listicles.SourceMain Takeaway:Blog topics support the overall mission of the business: help companies grow while boosting conversions and brand awareness through specific marketing, sales, and automation tactics.The blog posts recommend specific automation tools, software, and technology to help businesses grow better using digital marketing tactics.Blog Post Spotlight: What generation does your digital marketing speak to?Whew, that was a lot of info … but, hopefully you’re feeling inspired and ready to begin (or improve) your business’s blog. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the type of blog content you produce and share — after all, blogging is an iterative process. And remember to remain open to new ways to engage your target audience with your blog down the road.Blogging Helps You Grow BetterBlogging can be an effective way to positively impact your business’s bottom line. No matter your industry or business size, you can start and manage a blog that brings in leads, converts them into customers, and boosts revenue.You’ll also likely see an improvement of your brand awareness once your blog begins ranking and growing. Remember — building a blog takes time and patience, but the results are worth the wait. So, determine what type of blog is right for you, use the examples we’ve reviewed above for inspiration and guidance, and start writing. Blog Examples Marketing blogsManufacturing blogsHealthcare blogsEcommerce blogsTechnology blogsEducation and nonprofit blogsDigital agency blogs Boost revenue with calls-to-action (CTAs) and links to your website pages where your audience can learn about and purchase your products or sign up for your services. Convert leads and prospects into customers by including helpful and educational information in your blogs so they can understand why your product or service is right for them. Drive organic traffic to your website, social media profiles, and other forms of content in a way that feels natural and doesn’t interrupt your audience. Cloud Elements is an example of a company that has seen an increase in organic traffic due to their blog. Blog Exampleslast_img read more

Worst thing I’ve ever watched: Jimmy Neesham after watching World Cup 2019 final highlights

first_imgIt took about a month for New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham to get over the disappointment of losing the World Cup 2019 final to England at Lord’s on July 14 this year, as revealed by him during the Kiwi website The Spinoff’s cricket podcast, The Offspin. Neesham who played all but one of the 6 deliveries of that thrilling Super Over, was left crestfallen at the end of the game which was decided on a higher boundary count after the 2 teams ended with scores leveled even after the tie-breaker.On The Offspin, Neesham also said that he hasn’t watched the highlights of that fateful final yet but when he somehow stumbled upon a re-run package on TV, it was hard to watch, terming it “the worst thing I’ve ever watched”.”There was a montage (of the World Cup final) that played during the first Ashes Test when it was raining. I’ve seen that. It was awful. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever watched.”Every time I think about it I remember another thing that was astronomically unlucky that happened. There’s about seven or eight in a row. It’s almost a little bit surreal.”But Neesham conceded that luck has always defined sports but what matters is whether one works hard enough to give them the chance to ride that extra bit of luck.”It’s all just trying to ride the waves of that luck. You look at someone like Ben Stokes in that last five overs: was he lucky? Yeah, he was incredibly lucky, but it wasn’t lucky that he was there on 85 not out giving himself the opportunity to have that luck. That’s all you can really do is work as hard as you can to give yourself the chance to be lucky. And then you just have to shrug your shoulders and go it wasn’t our day, that day.”advertisementWhen asked about what he said to his teammate Martin Guptill who was at the other end of the crease after the opener was run-out on the final delivery of the Super Over leading to rapturous celebrations from the England players, Neesham said that he made a point to remind Guptill that “it’s not the end of the world”.”I think I said, “you’ll be right mate”. Then I said, “100% effort is all we ask for. And if you give 100% effort you take what comes”. No one is going to be hurting more. There’s no point telling him don’t worry about it, or we’re proud of you, or anything like that. You just have to remind them that it’s not the end of the world,” Neesham said.Also Read | Jimmy Neesham trolled after comparing Rory Burns and Virat Kohli’s Ashes careersAlso Read | James Neesham posts heartfelt message after World Cup heartbreak: Kids, take up baking not sportlast_img read more

Empty stands take the shine off IAAF World Championships in Doha

first_imgThe embarrassingly low attendance at the world athletics championships was blamed on late start times and a boycott of the country by other nations in the region by the event’s organisers on Monday.Athletes, pundits and global television audiences have widely criticised the poor turnout at the air-conditioned Khalifa Stadium over the first three days of competition.The 48,000-capacity venue was barely half full for the men’s 100 metres final on Saturday.On Sunday, when the women’s 100 metres headlined the action, it was almost completely empty and pole vault bronze medallist Ekaterini Stefanidi said it was the smallest crowd she had competed in front of this year, including at the Greek national championship.The absence of cheering fans meant the United States team who won the inaugural 4×400 metres mixed relay title on Sunday opted not to run a lap of honour and disappeared straight down the exit tunnel.The public have also been absent from the road races, held near the waterfront.However, there were considerably more fans in the stadium on Monday, including a noisy contingent of Ethiopian supporters, for a programme which included the men’s 5000 metres and 400 metres hurdles finals.There were also several groups of fans, each wearing identical shirts, dotted around the stadium which appeared to be slightly over half full.The local organising committee (LOC) said in a statement that attendances on Friday and Saturday were “solid” but were “down on our expectations” on Sunday, which they said “coincided with the start of the working week in Qatar”advertisement”The challenge we face with a competition schedule that is geared to support global TV viewership is that some finals are not starting until the late evening,” it said.”This impacts on the number of spectators remaining until the end of the session.”The LOC also suggested that local audiences were more interested in middle-distance races than sprint events and said it was “confident with our additional communications (that) we will see more attendees for longer periods”.It then mentioned the boycott imposed on Qatar by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt, who accuse the Gulf state of supporting terrorism, which it denies.”Our vision was for a first world championships in the Middle East. An IAAF World Athletics Championships that would welcome the world and connect to new fans. Despite facing unique challenges as hosts, in terms of the political (boycott), that ambition remains,” it said.The four boycotting nations have, however, sent athletes to Doha, and Bahrain won bronze in the 4×400 mixed relay.Stefandi disappointed, Gatlin, Shelly-Ann not concerned”It is disappointing,” said Stefanidi. “I was all for bringing the event to new areas, different environments like the Middle East too because we needed to promote the sport.”However, women’s 100 metres winner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was indifferent.”I actually did notice the stadium wasn’t full but it’s part of athletics,” the Jamaican said after Sunday’s race. “Doha got the rights to host the championship, you just have to give and take. I just wanted to put on a good performance focus, I tried not to focus on the crowd.”Justin Gatlin, silver medallist in the men’s 100 metres on Saturday, took a similar view, saying: “When we are on the track, I think it doesn’t matter whether there are 100 people watching or 100,000 people watching. We want to be able to put on a great show.”Also Read | IAAF World Championships: Annu Rani 1st Indian to reach finals of women’s javelin throwAlso See:last_img read more

NYCFC signs Man City target Jesus Medina

first_imgTransfers New York City FC signs Man City target Jesus Medina Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 19:39 12/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jesusmedina - cropped New York City FC Transfers New York City Manchester City Premier League MLS The MLS side has signed the Paraguay international on a four-year deal, with the 20-year-old having been linked with the Premier League leaders Manchester City target Jesus Medina has moved a step closer to Pep Guardiola’s squad by signing with sister club New York City FC.Medina has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester after impressing with Club Libertad in his native Paraguay, but will begin his time with City Football Group in MLS.The 20-year-old becomes the MLS franchise’s third designated player after signing a four-year contract, his move subject to him obtaining a visa. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player NYCFC coach and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieria is excited to have Medina in his ranks for the new season and expects him to have a big impact.Meet Jesus Medina  (@JesusMediina8), #NYCFC’s newest addition and first-ever Young Designated Player #WelcomeJesus pic.twitter.com/Ucc15h0Bq8— New York City FC (@NYCFC) December 31, 2017″We are really delighted that we have managed to bring Jesus to the football club because we believe that he’s a special talent,” Vieira said.”Jesus has got talent, he’s got pace, he’s a really good dribbler, and he’s somebody who can assist and score goals as well. For a player of such a young age, he has a really strong character and I think he will be a great addition.”last_img read more

‘Liverpool reduced Coutinho price’

first_img@Phil_Coutinho: “My dream was to come here and these opportunities are unique and I had no doubts. Even though I can’t play now in the Champions League, I will be able for the next 5 years” #CoutinhoDay pic.twitter.com/wV1c7BoEkY— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2018Discussing his time at Liverpool, Coutinho told reporters: “I gave everything I could. Unfortunately we couldn’t win [the Premier League].”But I lived there for five years and my family was very happy there, so I just would like to thank them again.” Transfers ‘Liverpool dropped Coutinho asking price before Barca transfer’ Jack Davies 22:34 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) coutinho - CROPPED Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Primera División Premier League The Catalan club completed a record €160 million deal for the Brazilian this month, following the Reds’ acquiescence to his desire to leave Barcelona sporting director Jordi Mestre has revealed a drop in the cost of signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool was key to his arrival at Camp Nou, with the Anfield club keen to keep the price under wraps.Barca made a number of bids for Coutinho in the summer, all bloated by improbable clauses, with the Reds able to fight off their advances.But Mestre claims the Premier League side significantly reduced their asking price for the attacker earlier this month, allowing a deal to be done for a record €160 million. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The interest of the club has always been to sign Coutinho,” Mestre told a news conference.”The difference with the summer is that there has been a big reduction in the price.”By desire of Liverpool, we cannot give the figures, but there has been a very important reduction.”If I said something, it would be to break the pact we have with Liverpool.”It’s bad for me but we cannot give any figures.”last_img read more

Brandon Weeden Loses QB Job to Matt Cassel

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ed Werder of ESPN reports today that Brandon Weeden and the team have been informed that Matt Cassel will be the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys after the bye week.Source says Brandon Weeden has been informed by #Cowboys coaches the team will start Matt Cassel after the bye week vs #Giants— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) October 13, 2015When asked about his job security this week, Weeden responded by saying: “I don’t want to talk about it. I’ll let my play do the talking.”AdChoices广告Unfortunately, his play was apparently not enough to keep him as the quarterback in the Big D.In Sunday’s 30-6 loss to New England, Dallas went three-and-out six times and did not produce a touchdown for the entirety of the game.“Brandon didn’t play well enough. We didn’t play well enough. We’re going to watch the tape and evaluate each guy and each unit to see how we can play better,” Garrett said after the game.last_img read more

Daily Mullets (September 22)

first_imgJim Grobe says comments on Oakman were “taken out of context” and “unfair.” Calls media portrayal “unprofessional.” https://t.co/r57gGNJuRj— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 21, 2016Hoops NewsUnderwood is comin’ y’all. It’s still the middle of football season so I keep forgetting, but OSU hoops should be a lot of fun this year. A reminder that SFA led the nation in turnover margin last season. [okstate]NBA NewsBrad Stevens talks Marcus Smart. Good stuff here. [PFB]KD talks about his relationship with Russ and why he went to GS. KD: “So how am I weak when I’m at the top, elite level of my profession and just chose to play for a different time? A lot of people try to tear you down when you make them uncomfortable or make a decision that makes them uncomfortable. Or makes them upset.” [The Ringer]More Stuff I’m ReadingRobert Swift’s long road from NBA Draft lottery to heroin addict and back. This was enthralling. [Sports Illustrated]I laughed.On Brad Pitt – Angelina Jolie, what couple hasn’t disagreed about how to parent kids? That’s irreconcilable? Well then no marriage will last— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) September 20, 2016This is one of my favorites. Colin Kaepernick NewsWow, Jenni Carlson goes all in on Colin Kaepernick and racial injustice. Awesome read. [NewsOK]Also, this from Steve Kerr is great.Warriors coach Steve Kerr came strong, and nuanced, on the Kaepernick issue and the real message behind the non-violent protests pic.twitter.com/9lxuP93NEQ— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 21, 2016I would agree.Lord, the world needs your love. #prayforpeace— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) September 22, 2016Football NewsCole Walterscheid on growing up in Muenster, Texas: “It’s all I’ve ever known growing up there, it’s normal for me. But it’s kind of crazy. There are so many Walterscheids. Some you’re not related to very close, you don’t even consider them cousins, but they have the same last name.” [NewsOK]What Boone Pickens taught Bill Snyder about work. [PFB]Rennie Childs on his mother: “I called her after the game. I told her I loved her and thanked her for always being there for me. She’s my mom and my biggest fan. She’s one of my best friends, and I love her to death. I know she’ll always be there to support me.” [okstate]Ray Rice is speaking at a Big 12 event next Wednesday on domestic violence and sexual assault. [Big 12]Mailbag Wednesday. On fade routes and NCAA Tournament dilemmas. [PFB]David Glidden cracks me up.Baylor NewsBaylor is worried about OSU’s receivers. [PFB]Why BU’s offense is so tough to stop. [PFB]Why OSU needs a fast start in Waco. [PFB]OK. Or maybe he said them without context and was banking on everyone else to fill it in? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Notebook: Oklahoma State-Iowa State

first_img• Iowa State gained 19 first downs in the first half and just seven in the second. Still matched their season high (set last week against Baylor).screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-4-27-15-pm• Allen Lazard can play on any team I’m rooting for. Dude is a baller. I know he only had six for 55 yards, but he also had two TDs and was a nightmare for Spencer to deal with. Him and Mike Warren deserve better.• Mason Rudolph at home: 29 TDs | 4 INT. Mason Rudolph on the road: 9 TDs | 10 INT.• Justice League.• Sometimes I wonder if Rudolph clapping is why he fumbles. He does it so hard and so loudly. Even at home where it’s unnecessary. I know this is a conspiracy theory limb I’m stepping out on, but that Justice Hill fumble wasn’t 100 percent on Justice Hill. Some of it was on No. 2 which means the trend continues.• This is quite perfect.Mike Gundy and Mason Rudolph opt for cheerleaders in alma mater time #OKstate pic.twitter.com/dQzS6Y35Rt— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 8, 2016• Oklahoma State’s average starting field position was its own 36. Iowa State’s average starting field position was its own 21. #Sinor• Ashton Lampkin is running away with the Uni Heisman this year.screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-10-54-26-pm• I actually thought Iowa State’s gameplan was pretty good. They just couldn’t execute it in the second half. It became clear in the final 20 minutes that they were going to try and grind OSU into dust to seal the deal, but they never could find the dagger touchdown, and OSU would not go away.• Not OSU, but this was perfect.Usually when Kansas misses a field goal at home the refs call a foul so they can shoot free throws instead.— Kirk Haaland (@khaal53) October 8, 2016• At one point in the second half I felt like this is how Iowa State fans must feel to be Iowa State fans. So much helplessness. Also, if you’re wondering, OSU could win every game until 2116, and it would just start to make a dent into making up for the 2011 game.• Averette!Have mercy on em, Devante! https://t.co/TwEwDwUFF3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• Rudolph looked like he was throwing palm balls. I’m not even sure how to describe that. It looked like he was throwing a football the way a water polo player would fling a water polo ball. Maybe these were only on throws where he was trying to get rid of it in a hurry, but it was quite strange.• I love this GIF.James Washington has 165 all-purpose yards and a TD on eight touches. #President pic.twitter.com/8cfT6gSaGK— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• There is a small part of me that is proud of OSU for not panicking and being patient and sticking with its stuff until it finally started working late in the third. I’m not sure the gameplan was to play rope-a-dope with Iowa State, but if it was, it worked quite well. Note: I also prefer 25-point blowouts.• ISU actually looked a little tired on offense compared to OSU being tired on defense late in the game. That might have been a depth and talent issue.• One of the catches Washington made that didn’t count.Still amazing. https://t.co/ToyrPjR7a3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• OSU depth chart is all kinds of LOL:PuntTDPuntPuntTDPuntEnd of halfTO on downsPuntPuntPuntTDTDFGPuntTDPuntI do not understand.• Awesome.Awesome photo here of Ashton Lampkin showing what matters. pic.twitter.com/9E1U3JML3y— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 9, 2016• At one point on a Barry Sanders run the announcer said the following sentence with much gusto: “The genetics gets him to the 41” !!!• Dogs on OSU’s team (I need dogs!): McCleskey, Averette, Osborne and Jarwin. Dogs!• I love the way the sun sets and the chill falls over BPS on October nights. I wasn’t there tonight, but if you’re a student and you’re not experiencing that, even for the crappy games, you’re really missing out. It’s something special. Fall nights are the greatest, and there’s something magical about the way the sunset disappears beyond the west end zone and that cold envelops everybody for the last quarter or so. The intro into some of those nights that lasted forever in Stillwater. 10 Thoughts are posted here, but I needed to empty the notebook (as always). Here is almost everything I wrote down during that crazy game in Stillwater on Saturday.• I was watching the end of the Kansas-TCU game as Kansas successfully completed a hook & ladder against TCU on 4th and 22 and all I could think was, “Why don’t more teams run a hook and ladder as a regular play?”• Yep.It seems like Oklahoma State always has 7-foot tall WRs who are built like Superman.— Chris Williams (@ChrisMWilliams) October 8, 2016• Gundy said the following at halftime to ESPN “We need to find rhythm [on offense].” My question is why OSU isn’t better at flipping back and forth from passes to runs. It feels like we run 20 passes in a row follow by 10 runs and so on.• Jacob Park was terrifying. A homeless man’s RG3. His ceiling is about a Sears Tower’s difference than Joel Lanning. Why is Lanning playing over him when you’re ISU and you’re playing with nothing to lose? I was delighted when Park threw the pick in the fourth quarter and they rode Lanning at the end. Lanning is not a come-from-behind-in-the-final-quarter QB, but Park could potentially be.• One of my biggest pet peeves is people adding an “s” to the end of different words when there is no “s.” The announcers were doing it to Jacob Park.• Jarwin!Air Jarwin! https://t.co/ZWqmlvzIlz— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• Can you imagine refs conversing with Gundy on the sidelines these days? “That’s in-ack-rut! Did you do our Central Michigan?!”• One minor complaint about the offense. Sometimes it feels like we’re trying to do too much from week to week. I just finished The Perfect Pass which essentially is about the invention of the Air Raid, and it was talking about how original Air Raid teams thought 12 plays was too many. I was wetting myself. Maybe OSU is just not talented enough like it was in 2011 to have that small of a playbook, but sometimes I wish we would run fewer plays and run them faster and better.• Mike!When your cattle broke out of the barbed wire fence and you can’t get ‘em back. pic.twitter.com/xlPoOzEbdD— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016• A reality of the first half is that OSU should have been down by more than it was but one of Iowa State’s receivers tried for a one-handed TD catch when two hands would have meant six points. I don’t know who flipped the secondary switch from off to on in the second half, but I’m glad it was done.• It’s probably not great that I thought, “crap, we’re giving it back to ISU with 2 minutes left” at the end of the first half. It’s also probably not great that Joel Lanning is tossing wrong-footed 35-yard TDs on you on the road.• This is crazy. OSU ended up defending 86 plays (which is a lot).First half snaps #OKstate has defended this season…SLU: 31CMU: 35Pitt: 39BU: 42UT: 45ISU: 55— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 8, 2016• This made me laugh.Liking @CycloneFB gray pants it’s a nice mix up from their traditional McDonald’s look— Trey Cobb (@cobber_22) October 8, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

WATCH: Texas Fan Loses Bet, Forced to Dance to Teach me How to Gundy

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This Texas Longhorns fan bet that Oklahoma State would fall on the road last week. And since he lost, he apparently agreed to dance to “Teach me how to Gundy” in an OSU shirt and Gorilla mask. This is peak twitter 2016.A little late but don’t bet against Oklahoma State if you’re a Texas fan!! ??? pic.twitter.com/hhRmeX0KwC— Trask Eagan (@xmans_dad) October 8, 2016Here’s the full video (which is pretty good!) if you want to see the full remix:last_img read more

Former OSU Receiver Adarius Bowman Makes SportsCenter Top 10 With Acrobatic Catch

first_imgOne of the most prolific receivers to come through Oklahoma State during the Mike Gundy era, Adarius Bowman, is still making his living – and name – playing in the CFL for the Edmonton Eskimos.Bowman has been with the Eskimos since 2011, and is off to already his best start of any season in the CFL, recording 1,609 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns surpassing his career best 2014 season of 1,456 yards and 6 touchdowns. It was highlighted this weekend with this incredibly acrobatic catch below, which made SportsCenters top 10 plays over the weekend:Good to see a former Oklahoma State standout thriving! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more