Is Your Job Hurting Your Pay Potential?

first_imgAre you miserable in your current job? Even if your position pays well and looks great on paper, you should beware. Not only can the wrong job leave you unsatisfied, but it can actually hurt your career trajectory – and your future earning potential.Being in the wrong job can have far-ranging consequences to your future salary. From missing out on raises and promotions to working for a company with a bad reputation, there’s a host of ways a current role can negatively impact your future earnings.So before you commit even more time and effort to your existing job, check out these 6 signs to see if you’re in the wrong job and need to bail out:The company’s mission or your leader’s vision doesn’t fit In a tight job market taking any job you can get makes sense. But now the job market is relatively healthy so it may be time to rethink your current position, particularly if you don’t agree with the direction the company is going or you don’t respect its leaders.“There are occasions when a new CEO or new manager comes in and the company rebrands itself,” says Jennifer Hill, author of Stop Hoping-Start Hunting.  “If it isn’t aligning with your long term career path and personal brand it can hurt you to associate with that company.”The boss keeps taking credit for your hard workNo one wants to get thrown under the bus but when it’s your boss or manager who is doing it to you and stealing the credit, it could be a sign it’s time to start looking. After all not only does this breed resentment but it could prevent you from getting promoted if your manager gets all the accolades for your hard work. “Sometimes you will see it (the bad behavior) straight on,” says John Ricco, partner in recruiting firm The Atlantic Group. Other times it’s harder to detect, but either way there’s not much you can do about it.The job is just a means to a paycheckNobody wants to be in between jobs for too long which is why many will take a position as a “placeholder” until something better comes along, says Ben Carpenter,  author of The Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals About How to Find a Great Job, Do a Great Job, Start a Business, and Live a Happy Life. While you’ll have money in the bank going that route, you’ll also be going through the motions instead of feeling engaged and strongly invested in the job. “Those feelings will carry over into how you actually perform,” says Carpenter.  “So if you are just phoning it in, and your work is suffering because of it, you do run the risk of negatively affecting your reputation with your leaders, clients and coworkers, which can/will affect you when you seek another job.”Complacency has set inWe all want to feel comfortable in our jobs but you also don’t want it to be too cushy that you don’t ever move up or leave. There’s a reason that old adage “when one door closes another opens” resonates with so many people. “If you stay in a position too long it can definitely damage your career,” says Ricco. One way to avoid that from happening is to plan where you want to be in your career in five, ten and twenty years, he says.Your company has a bad reputationIt’s ok to work for scrappy company trying to take on the competition or the market leader, but if your employer has a really bad reputation—think Enron bad—then it can hurt your future career. “If you are working for a company that other people don’t respect, your association with it can have negative fall back,” says Hill.  Not only will people question your character but you may not get an interview at the competitors to begin with.Your role adds little to the businessYou may love your job and tasks you perform but if that position isn’t one that impacts the business or is hurting your chances of moving up then you are likely in a dead end role.  “If your position is often overlooked, if you don’t have opportunities to shine a light on your individual work, etc., it’s going to be difficult for you to get the recognition that’s necessary for promotion,” says Carpenter. He says a surefire sign that your role isn’t helping your career is if you keep getting passed over for promotions or there isn’t a clear career path for your current role.If a number of these resonate with you, it may be time to look for greener pastures – and perhaps higher earnings down the road._____________________________________________________________________________________________TIME TO LOOK FOR A NEW JOB? Begin searching now to find a job you love. _____________________________________________________________________________________________last_img read more

The 20 Most Popular Solar Jobs

first_imgRetail Sales ConsultantOpen Solar Jobs: 37Estimated Base Pay: $40,795Companies Hiring: Sunrun, Erus Energy, Setup My Solar, MaxHome, Greenspire, NRG, Evelar Solar, LGCY Power, Mint Solar, Susten Solar & more.Browse Open Jobs Project ManagerOpen Solar Jobs: 80Estimated Base Pay: $79,694Companies Hiring: McCarthy Building Co, Nu Look Home Design, Cupertino Electric, Huawei Technologies, EnergeiaWorks, Citadel Roofing and Solar, United Solar Associates & more.Browse Open Jobs Construction ManagerOpen Solar Jobs: 34Estimated Base Pay: $72,021Companies Hiring: McCarthy Building Company, Cupertino Electric, Solar Transportation, JE Dunn Construction, American Energy Care, Black & Veatch, IGS Energy, RGS Energy & more.Browse Open Jobs According to experts, solar energy jobs are expected to grow rapidly over the next decade. Companies are eager to hire solar installers, engineers and technicians as well as sales representatives. The good news is that solar energy jobs tend to pay well above the U.S. average, with a median base pay of $58,523 per year.In a new study, “The Future of Solar Energy Jobs: Bright or Mostly Overcast?” Glassdoor’s Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain dug into the rising demand for solar power and how that is impacting hiring and the prevalence of new jobs.“We found a significant number of solar job opportunities in government, educational institutions, finance and other sectors,” says Dr. Chamberlain. “The need to finance solar energy projects, staff solar construction sites, offer guidance through solar consulting, conduct nonprofit research on solar energy markets and more has led to solar hiring in a surprising number of industries.”Considering a career change? Looking to land a job of the future? Consider a new gig in solar power. Here are the most popular jobs in solar according to open job postings on Glassdoor. Apply now!Solar InstallerOpen Solar Jobs: 156Estimated Base Pay: $47,990Companies Hiring: DPI Solar, V3 Electric, Alder Energy Systems, SunGrade Solar, Crius Energy, Huawei Technologies, Baker Electric Home Energy, People Ready & more.Browse Open Jobs ElectricianOpen Solar Jobs: 105Estimated Base Pay: $66,908Companies Hiring: Alder Energy Systems, ADK Electric, TriSMART Solar, DPI Solar, Hire Quest, Institute for Building Technology and Safety, Blattner Energy & moreBrowse Open Jobs Project EngineerOpen Solar Jobs: 33Estimated Base Pay: $82,970Companies Hiring: McCarthy Building Company, Blattner Energy, CuberCoders, Huawei Technologies, Conduent, Challenge Manufacturing, BCI, Northrop Grumman, Ulteig, Helix Electric & more.Browse Open Jobs Outside SalesOpen Solar Jobs: 35Estimated Base Pay: $54,787Companies Hiring: Go Solar Group LLC, Encor Solar, Momentum Solar, Setup My Solar, CurrentHome, TriSMART Solar, Semper Solaris, Metro Construction, Vivint Solar, Solcius & more.Browse Open Jobs Field TechnicianOpen Solar Jobs: 27Estimated Base Pay: $52,967Companies Hiring: Summit Midstream Partners, NextEra Energy, U.S. Well Services, Sunrun, Southern Energy management, Sunsmart Technologies, First Solar, GQR Global Markets & more.Browse Open Jobs Service AssociateOpen Solar Jobs: 65Estimated Base Pay: $31,859Companies Hiring: Tesla, Vivint Solar, SunSystem Technology, Semper Solaris, RB Green Energy, Solar Contract Carpet, smart72 & more.Browse Open Jobs Field Service TechnicianOpen Solar Jobs: 45Estimated Base Pay: $57,688Companies Hiring: SolarEdge Technologies, Cypress Creek Renewables, PurePoint Energy, Nordal Enterprises, Sunsmart Technologies, Electric Guard Dog, Solana Recruitment, Tesla, Sunrun, MaxGen Energy Services & more.Browse Open Jobs Energy ConsultantOpen Solar Jobs: 116Estimated Base Pay: $58,334Companies Hiring: RGS Energy, Aeos Energy, Horizon Solar Power, Home Renu, 3sixtyHR, Erus Energy, Sunfinity Solar, Sopris Solar, MathWorks, Momentum Solar & more.Browse Open Jobscenter_img SuperintendentOpen Solar Jobs: 30Estimated Base Pay: $80,070Companies Hiring: DEPCOM Power, McCarthy Building Co, Tesla, Sustineo, Blattner Energy, EnergeiaWorks, Centrica, Ecoplexus, RES, Vista Solar, CyberCoders & more.Browse Open Jobs Maintenance TechnicianOpen Solar Jobs: 38Estimated Base Pay: $50,179Companies Hiring: First Solar, PurePoint Energy, GQR Global Markets, SunSystem Technology, Kateeva, Horizon Solar Power, E.ON, EDF Renewable Energy & more.Browse Open Jobs Sales AdvisorOpen Solar Jobs: 81Estimated Base Pay: $40,846Companies Hiring: Solar Energy Collective, EnergySage, EcoForce Solutions, Sunrun, SunCommon, American Energy Care, Solar Bear & more.Browse Open Jobs Sales ConsultantOpen Solar Jobs: 137Estimated Base Pay: $49,996Companies Hiring: Skyline Solar, Trinity Solar, Go Solar Group LLC, Momentum Solar, Sunrun, The Boston Solar Company, LGCY Power, Encor Solar & more.Browse Open Jobs Electrical EngineerOpen Solar Jobs: 51Estimated Base Pay: $87,818Companies Hiring: Boeing, Blattner Energy, DTE Energy, Institute for Building Technology and Safety, Northrop Grumman, Gigavac, Cupertino Electric, Joule Energy, Evs & more.Browse Open Jobs ForemanOpen Solar Jobs: 27Estimated Base Pay: $65,319Companies Hiring: Hunt Electric, LA Solar Group, Solar Technologies, Sun Valley Solar Solutions, Overland Contracting, Sunrun, Cupertino Electric, Vivint Solar, Wanzek Construction, Elite Force, Overland Contracting, Namaste Solar & more.Browse Open Jobs Sales RepresentativeOpen Solar Jobs: 136Estimated Base Pay: $53,804Companies Hiring: Momentum Solar, Skyline Solar, Vivint Solar Sales, Evelar Solar, Erus Energy, Sunrun, Cost 2 Coast Companies, Fidelity Home Energy ^ more.Browse Open Jobs Slot TechnicianOpen Solar Jobs: 26Estimated Base Pay: $44,003Companies Hiring: Boyd Gaming, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Parx Casino, Accel Entertainment, Graton Resort & Casino, Caesars Entertainment & more.Browse Open Jobs Software EngineerOpen Solar Jobs: 26Estimated Base Pay: $102,191Companies Hiring: Renvu LLC, Zelis Healthcare, Liquid Robotics, Envision RX, Boeing, Conduent, Gigavac, Shell, Evs, Kateeva, Partner Engineering and Science, Utilidata & more.Browse Open Jobslast_img read more

14 Job Search Tips Everyone Should Know

first_imgGetting a new job is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions, with as many as 14 percent of people saying they’d like to change employers when they change their calendars.Sound like you? If you’re ready for 2019 to be the year you finally find the right job, keep reading! We’ve curated 14 of the best job search tips from the past year to help you start your New Year’s job hunt off on the right foot, featuring advice from CEOs, celebrities and job coaches who know exactly what it takes to succeed.1. Don’t wait until you have all of the qualifications to apply“If you have all the qualifications you may actually be overqualified! Go ahead and apply if you have the core requirements.” —Jenn Lofgren, Incito Executive & Leadership Development2. Explore your network — or make new connections — to get an internal referral  “Companies always give preferential treatment to employee referrals. If you don’t know someone there, then volunteering at a company’s local charity event can also be a great way to meet people.” —Carolyn Thompson, executive recruiter and managing principal at Merito GroupHow to Ask for a Referral Without Embarrassing Yourself3. Make LinkedIn work for you“Make your online network reflect your offline connections. Once you set up your profile, start connecting with everybody you know: current and former colleagues, past employers, people in your industry, neighbors, family, friends, former classmates. —Donna Serdula, LinkedIn expert and author4. Pursue a job that means something to you“Do the work that comes from the soul of you… The key to fulfillment, success and contentment in life is aligning your personality with what your soul came to do.” —Oprah Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey Network5. Tout your soft skills“Instead of calling them soft skills, I would actually call them essential skills… Some of the most crucial of these skills include communication, teamwork, leadership, relationship-building, balance, reliability and dependability.” —Greg Muccio, Director of People at Southwest6. Prepare, prepare, prepare — and then prepare some more“The best way to calm the nerves is by adequately preparing for your interview. Control the controllables. Do your research, hone your stories and schedule a practice interview.” —Sarah Johnston, The Briefcase CoachAre You Prepared for Your Job Interview? Don’t Say Yes Before Reading This7. But make sure to remain authentically you“There is no replacement for 100% authenticity in interactions with people, and the same is true of interviews, as they are simply an interaction with someone you don’t know [yet]… Remember that this is about assessing fit for you too, and the only way to truly assess fit for yourself is to be fearlessly and authentically you.” —Amanda Gulino, Founder of A Better Monday8. When it comes to salary, don’t ask for what you’d be willing to take — ask for what you’re worth“Decide what you think you’re worth and then ask for what you think you’re worth. Nobody’s just going to give it to you.” —Shonda Rhimes, Award-winning producer and scriptwriter9. Step into an interview with as much self-awareness as possible“Know what you’re good at, and know what you’re not good at. Don’t pretend you’re something that you’re not. Always ask for help. The smartest people ask questions; the people who are the most ignorant think they know it all.”  —Jessica Alba, actress and Co-Founder of The Honest Company10. If you work with a recruiter, look beyond the one job listing “[Our] intent is always to form lasting personal relationships, whether that be to help you find a permanent job or if you want to deploy from assignment to assignment. [Most good firms are searching for] people who want to have a mutually beneficial relationship to help them achieve their career goals while solving problems for our clients.” —Ryan Lynch, Client Relationship Executive at Kforce10 Career Experts Share Their #1 Piece of Job Search Advice11.  Don’t let rejections derail your job search“Don’t be afraid of the word no. It doesn’t mean it’s a bad result. It just means try again. You can’t be afraid to ask, because if you don’t, no one else is… If you just go out there and not be afraid of the negative result, you’ll be surprised. You may get a positive result.” —Serena Williams, Professional tennis player12. And don’t let fear derail it, either“Stop being so afraid! That’s really what strikes me when I look back — the sheer amount of time I spent tangled up in fears and doubts that were entirely of my own creation… Instead, what matters are the true friends you make, the activities you throw yourself into, the books you read, the skills and knowledge you acquire. Those experiences — the ones that make you stronger, smarter and braver — are what really matter.” —Michelle Obama, author, activist & former First Lady13. Don’t just read blogs — find a mentor“Find mentors in the people around you who you respect… There are mentors in the workspace all around you — peers, the seasoned professional, your supervisor, the supervisor one desk over… [The best] person to be your mentor in the organization is someone who sees you every day, someone who knows you at your best and someone who can give you opportunities to improve.” —Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors14. Keep learning – your resume is never done“Learning is the true currency in today’s economy… Employees need to constantly refresh their skills to stay relevant.” —Michael Fraccaro, Mastercard’s Chief Human Resources OfficerIf you’re going to finally find the right job for you in 2019, you’ll need to lead your job search with the best advice you can find. Use these pro tips to make sure your 2019 job search is as effective as possible! 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​Tottenham demand £45m for Man City target Walker

first_imgTottenham Hotspur chief Daniel Levy has continued his hardline approach when it comes to selling his own players.This time, Levy is holding out for a fee of £45m for defender Kyle Walker.The England right back is a target of Manchester City, who is desperate for fullbacks after releasing Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy.However, Spurs are determined not too sell to their rivals unless they pay top-dollar.A source in the Daily Star has stated: “Tottenham have a figure in mind for the player and it’s now down to City to pay it.”last_img read more

​Everton defender Coleman can’t wait to celebrate like a madman

first_imgEverton’s Seamus Coleman has admitted he gets a bit carried away when he scores goals.Despite playing at right back, the Irishman has scored quite a few cracking goals for the Toffees.”I do look very aggressive but deep down I’m very happy when I score,” the 28-year-old told the club’s website.”It’s a great way of letting out a bit of emotion, too. If you’re having a bad game or getting a bit of stick you can score a goal and let those emotions out. “I get a bit of stick from my teammates because they come to celebrate with me and I just run away but I can’t help myself. “Obviously in my position the first job is to defend but scoring is part of the game I really enjoy.”Coleman is currently out injured after he suffered a horrific leg-break whilst on international duty with Ireland in March.last_img read more

​Arsenal target Goretzka bags two to send Germany into Confederations Cup final

first_imgArsenal target Leon Goretzka scored a first-half brace to help Germany to a 4-1 win over Mexico in the semi-final of Confederations Cup.Besides the Schalke midfielder, Timo Werner and Amin Younes both scored a goal each in the second half to complete the scoring for their nation. Fabian scored a consolation 30-year screamer for Mexico late in the game.The Germans will now play South American champions Chile in the final of the tournament. Goretzka, who will become a free agent at Schalke in 2018, is attracting interests from Arsenal and Bayern Munich.last_img read more

A Road Less Travelled Highlights Gap in Maternal Health Services for Kenya’s Maasai Communities

first_imgPosted on February 14, 2013March 21, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A Road Less Travelled, which is a partnership project led by Anglican Overseas Aid, Australia that supports nomadic pastoralists to improve maternal and child health within their communities in Ethiopia and Kenya, featured a blog post this week underscoring the challenges that go with efforts to fill the gap in health service coverage for women in Maasai communities in Kenya raising several questions about the role of traditional birth attendants within efforts to improve maternal health in these communities.  From the blog post:The question now is: what can be done to bridge the gap? Could empowering the TBAs more help to bridge the gap, and contribute more towards safer deliveries? Should training be provided to TBAs to improve their skills? Should they be linked with the formal health system so that TBAs and professional health workers act collaboratively to assist women during pregnancy?To view the GMCH2013 video and PowerPoint presentation  by James Senjura of the Mothers’ Union of the Anglican Church Kenya (MUACK), A Road Less Traveled’s partner in Kenya, click here.For additional information, visit A Road Less Traveled’s Blog here and their January guest post on this blog here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Five Ways an Innovative Program Increased Facility Birth in Nigeria

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 13, 2015October 28, 2016By: Nnenna Ihebuzor, Director of Primary Health Care Systems Development; Seye Abimbola, Research Fellow; Ugo Okoli, Program Director of SURE-P Maternal and Child Health Programme, Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development AgencyClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of our Translating Research into Practice Series, which features guest posts from authors of the MHTF-PLoS open-access collections describing the impact of their research since publication.The Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) was set up as a game changer to reduce maternal and child mortality so Nigeria could achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on maternal and child health (MCH). Established by the national government in 2009 to improve the availability of skilled birth attendants in rural communities, the program engages newly graduated, unemployed and retired midwives to work temporarily in rural areas. Four midwives are posted for one year to selected primary health care (PHC) facilities to provide the human resources for health necessary to achieve the MDGs in their states and local government areas.1. Scale upSince the publication of our PLoS Medicine paper, the MSS has subsequently been scaled up from 625 PHC facilities to an additional 375 facilities, providing 1,000 facilities across Nigeria with an additional 4,000 midwives and 1,000 community health extension workers.2. Antenatal care, facility delivery, and family planning increase, maternal and neonatal mortality decreaseThe MSS continues to contribute to improved health outcomes in the rural communities where antenatal care visits and facility delivery have increased by more than 100%, family planning uptake by more than 200% and maternal and neonatal mortality have decreased by 19% and 5%, respectively, since the 2009 baseline. In 2012, inspired by the success of the MSS, the national government created an MCH component of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), which provides an additional 1,000 PHC facilities and strategies to mitigate some challenges encountered in implementing the MSS. Since its commencement, routine monitoring data show a 50% reduction in maternal mortality, 48% increase in antenatal visits, 61% increase in skilled birth attendance and 59% increase in first time acceptors of contraceptives in SURE-P MCH facilities compared to the baseline data.3. Policy Change for Family PlanningThe experience of implementing the MSS has helped reveal to the national government the existing realities of PHC in Nigeria. This has contributed to influencing a change in national policy to now allow community health extension workers, who form the bulk of the PHC workforce in Northern Nigeria, to provide contraceptive injectables to women.4. Conditional Cash Transfers Increase Facility DeliverySince antenatal care uptake far outpaces facility deliveries within the MSS, SURE-P MCH includes a conditional cash transfer component that is currently being piloted in 18 of Nigeria’s 36 states. Pregnant women receiving the cash transfer are required to attend four antenatal care visits, deliver in a facility and attend postnatal visits. In return, they are given N5,000 (US$32), pro-rated based on the number of conditions they meet. Preliminary results show a 27% increase in facility delivery with this incentive.5. Improved community engagement and human resources investmentFurther, the MSS has renewed attention to community engagement in PHC by reactivating community health committees, which have been successful in ensuring community ownership and support for health workers. To support these committees in generating demand for MCH services, SURE P MCH introduced a cadre of 6,000 lay community-based health workers nationwide. Selected by the committees, they help pregnant women, mothers and their children use PHC facilities along the continuum of care.Despite these improvements, the high health worker attrition within the MSS continues. This is worse in northern Nigeria, where in some states only one third of deployed midwives stay. SURE-P MCH is trying to address the challenges responsible for attrition: challenging living and working conditions, irregular payment of salary and deployment far from home, since the majority of the midwives are from southern Nigeria.The way forwardAlthough we’ve seen great success from the MSS, SURE-P MCH and the MSS together support only 10% of PHC facilities in Nigeria. While they significantly improve health outcomes where they are implemented, nothing short of active support for PHC by states and local governments will make a major dent on national MCH indices to affect progress towards the MDGs. Translating MSS into significant improvements in national MCH indices requires innovative ways of getting sub-national governments to support PHC. One such way is contained in the 2014 National Health Bill, which was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on December 9th, 2014. The bill guarantees that 1% of national revenue will go to PHC, but sub-national governments have to match federal allocation as a condition for accessing support for PHC. Hopefully this new law will help us to turn the page on PHC governance in Nigeria.Share this:last_img read more

3 legal issues freelancers need to know

first_imgHave you been thinking about calling it quits on your nine-to-five job and setting yourself up as a freelancer? Having the ability to work where, when, and how you want to can be liberating and there are a wealth of freelance writing opportunities available.Close to 55 million Americans are considered freelancers and that number is expected to grow 50% by 2020. While the freelance world can be alluring, there are many things you should consider before jumping in and applying for jobs.The legal aspects of freelancing are often overlooked, but they are nonetheless important to understand. Starting a successful freelance career is difficult enough. The last thing you need is added legal trouble. Avoiding the three following legal pitfalls will prevent you from receiving a correspondence threatening legal action or a visit from the IRS.1) Freelancing As A Sole ProprietorSole proprietorships are the most basic and common business entities for freelancers to work under. There is no paperwork required to become a sole proprietor and freelancers maintain complete control of their business.Additionally, the overall tax rate for sole proprietorships are the lowest in comparison with all other forms of business entities. However, as a sole proprietor there is no legal separation between you and your business.Without any kind of legal separation, sole proprietors are held personally responsible for civil liabilities, financial losses, and any illegal acts of others working on their behalf. All of a sole proprietor’s assets, including personal property and bank accounts, are left at risk in the event a creditor seeks debt repayment.While documentation and a small filing fee is required, the best route for freelance writers is to form a single-member LLC. Under a single-member LLC your personal assets will be shielded from liabilities associated with your business. However, the liability protection of a single-member LLC is much easier to pierce than a multiple-member LLC. In fact, certain cases in Colorado have allowed creditors to reach the personal assets of SMLLC businesses. Even though forming a single-member LLC does not offer complete protection, it is still far better than writing under a sole proprietorship.2) Tax ImplicationsFiguring out when and how to pay taxes often confuses freelancers. Most individuals are aware they are required to pay federal and state taxes. However, freelancers often underestimate how much they are required to pay, especially on the local level. Information on what local taxes business owners owe can typically be found on the website of the city where they’re conducting business.Perhaps the most common offense freelancers commit is in failing to pay quarterly estimated business and personal taxes on the federal, state, and local levels. It’s extremely important for you as a freelancer to maintain detailed records of all income and expenses for reporting purposes.Unless you form a corporation, all of your profits and losses will be reported on a Schedule C form, which will then be included in your 1040. Sole proprietors with client paychecks over $600 should receive an accompanying 1099 form with their pay, as well as single member LLCs. Nonetheless, even if a 1099 form is not received all income should still be reported.3) Conflicts With Current EmployersNot all freelancers work as independent hires full-time. In fact, 30% of all freelancers work part-time as a means of earning money on the side. If you’ve decided to work as a freelancer on the side, or want to test the waters before quitting your full-time job, you should consider the legal implications that could arise with your current employer.The first thing to do before becoming a freelancer-for-hire is to double check your employment contract to make sure you’re not violating any existing non-compete clauses. Aside from violating non-compete agreements, freelancers also have to be wary of accidentally leaking confidential information or trade secrets. Providing either of those two things to another employer or client could land you in a mess of legal trouble. It’s easier said than done, but keep your two work worlds separate from each other.Additional ConsiderationsAs a freelancer, your hard work and industry expertise should be fairly compensated. In addition to the three legal considerations above, you’ll also want to understand your intellectual property rights as a creator.Reading contracts can be tedious, but it’s in your best interest to read your potential client’s contracts in its entirety before offering to work for them.Have you run into any of these legal issues? Are there additional freelance legal concerns you may have? Leave a comment below.Bimal Saraiya, owner of Saraiya Pllchas, been assisting businesses in legal matters in Plano, Texas, and surrounding areas for over five years. His philosophy is to provide client-centered representation that is aggressive and thorough.With over 300 contributors and 2 million readers, the Freelancers Union Blog is the foremost publication dedicated to empowering the independent workforce. Write for us!last_img read more

The Pros and Cons of Using Your Tax Refund as a Forced Savings Plan

first_img Post navigation According to surveys and IRS data, approximately 59% of Americans are expecting to receive a tax refund this year, with an average refund amount of $2,894. This means many tax payers are letting their employers deduct way too much from their checks.While anyone can adjust their withholdings at any time by requesting a new W-4 form, many Americans may rather receive that large check at the end of the year.The ideal is to neither owe nor receive anythingAccording to the results of a survey of 1,500 adults by American Express, approximately 59% of Americans expect to receive a tax refund this year. The IRS reports that the average tax refund through March 8 has been $2,894.Of the respondents in the American Express survey, 37% said they would use the money to pay down debt or bills while 26% said they planned to save the money. A little more than a quarter of respondents said they were going to spend the refund on travel, family or other purchases.In a perfect world, no taxpayer would owe money or receive a refund when they file their taxes. Common financial advice says to adjust your withholdings on your W-4 to ensure that you’re paying the right amount of taxes throughout the year.Receiving a refund means you’ve let the federal government hold onto some of your money all year long. Worst yet, the IRS does not owe you interest when you overpay and as many financial advisors will say, “You’re giving them a free loan.”Mari Adam of Adam Financial Associates in Boca Raton, Fla., says the worst case scenario is when people owe large sums of money at the end of the year. For most ordinary workers, it’s not an issue because some level of taxes are usually deducted from their paychecks.“Most people don’t have money available when they need to write that check. It’s perhaps better to overpay a little than to underpay,” says Adam. “You generally want to try to avoid owing money.”Refunds could be put to better use throughout the yearIn most cases, the thought of letting the federal government sit on your money all year would sound like a losing proposition. It might be better to receive that money a little bit at a time in every paycheck throughout the year.Kimberly Foss, founder of Empyrion Wealth Management and author of Wealthy by Design: A 5-Step Plan for Financial Security, says this is especially important if the person is carrying high interest debt.That’s because putting that money towards the credit card balance throughout the year could significantly reduce the interest they would pay than if they made a lump sum payment with their refund.Even if a consumer has little debt, the extra money in their checks throughout the year could prevent them from having to turn to credit cards if they live paycheck to paycheck.“If it means you’re only making the minimum payments [and pay more interest] or if you’re going to turn to credit cards to cover expenses, then you should adjust your W-4,” says Foss.For a worker that gets paid biweekly and receives a $2,800 refund, adjusting their withholdings would give them an extra $107 in each paycheck. That’s a substantial bump in take-home pay that seems like it could be put to better use throughout the year.But in reality, many workers may increase their living expenses and may spend much of that difference.A “forced” savings plan could be good for someDespite the fact that millions of Americans are letting the government sit on a large chunk of their money all year, that large annual tax refund may serve as a “forced” savings plan for many taxpayers.A 2012 survey by the American Payroll Association found that more than 68% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Those respondents said it would be “somewhat difficult” if their paychecks were delayed for a week.Even if they have money leftover every paycheck and have the ability to save, many lack the discipline.Less than a few years ago, the personal savings rate in the United States was near zero and according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, more than half of Americans have less than $25,000 in savings and investments, excluding their homes.Receiving a lump sum $2,800 check in April is the only way that some Americans can save.“For people that can’t discipline themselves to save money throughout the year, this might be a viable way to at least help create an emergency fund or help fund an IRA,” says Foss.A tax refund can serve as a forced savings plan because it is automatically deducted from the employee’s paycheck delivered in a lump sum. This removes the ability to automatically spend it throughout the year. For many, it’s much easier to deposit a $2,800 check in their savings account at the end of the year than it is to set aside $75 per week for 52 weeks.“Many people just don’t have the discipline. It’s a nice chunk of change for them in April,” says Foss.In theory, the taxpayer would be losing money by giving Uncle Sam an “interest-free” loan, but that’s not the case had they otherwise spent that money in each paycheck.And with the average money market account paying only .5%, a taxpayer with a $2,800 refund would only be losing out on $14 in interest. That’s about $1 per month.One might consider it an administrative fee for a plan that essentially forces them to save money.Craig Guillot is a business and personal finance writer from New Orleans. He covers insurance, investing, real estate, retirement and debt. His work has appeared in such publications and web sites as Entrepreneur, CNNMoney.com, CNBC.com, Bankrate.com and Investor’s Business Daily. He is the author of “Stuff About Money: No BS Financial Advice for Regular People.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

American Family Budget: The Emergency Fund Gets Put Into Action

first_imgIf you’re like me, the upcoming holiday season brings with it a mix of excitement and dread. While you might love the spirit of Christmas — holiday jingles, festive gatherings with those near and dear to you, the aroma of… Full Story,A few months ago, I was hanging out with a good friend at a bar. In between rounds of drinks and amid the din and bustle, she shamefully admitted that although she had nearly $20,000 of credit card debt, she… Full Story,When I was in college, I had a bit of a spending problem. I loved to buy new clothes, go out to eat and go to concerts.  Even though I tried to budget, I always wound up overspending.  The one… Full Story,If you’re in the market for a TV upgrade, retail price tags can be daunting. Here are some foolproof methods to shave down the cost – so you can enjoy the golden age of television in 4K, 65-inch, HDR-compatible splendor.Full Story,Your checking account is held at a bank or credit union that allows withdrawals, deposits, and payments. The money in a checking account is liquid—meaning you can retrieve it or spend it immediately.  Many checking accounts are free and are… Full Story,Saving more money is one of those big goals that a lot of people have, but get stuck. I know this because we use to be right there too. The year would fly by and we were nowhere near our goal…. Full Story,Cutting the cord is easier than ever – unless you’re a sports fan. Even as the major sports organizations reluctantly shift away from an outdated broadcasting model, it’s still hard to catch all the action without a cable subscription. But… Full Story,Table of Contents Jobs to Keep You Teaching Jobs Online and On Apps Jobs to Get You Outside Miscellaneous Part-Time Work  Additional Resources Being a teacher is one of the most essential jobs there is. Educators are the ones that… Full Story,Taking care of aging parents is an inevitable part of life, and it’s not always easy. We watch the people who raised us slowly slip away, and we want to do everything in our power to give them the best… Full Story,Managing your savings is a skill developed over time. As with all things, it’s always best to start small. What exactly is saving? A savings account and the act of saving are not quite the same. Saving — the verb… Full Storylast_img read more

Best Places to Travel on a Budget

first_imgTraveling 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 can visit without worrying about their wallets. So if you’re itching to get away, but don’t want to hit the reset button of your bank account, here are some of our picks for the best places to travel on a budget.Vacay Spots Close to HomeYou don’t have to journey far to experience an adventure. Leave your passport at home and check out these ultra-affordable hot spots around the country.Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North CarolinaSpanning nearly 500 miles through dozens of counties in Virginia and North Carolina, the country’s largest linear park includes more camp sites and trails than even intrepid outdoors enthusiasts could enjoy in a lifetime. And with lodging fees of less than $20 per day, you could stay nearly a week in the wilderness without breaking a Benjamin.Umpqua Hot Springs, OregonWith cheap gasoline, nearby campsites and an abundance of beauty in all directions, there are tons of reasons to escape to southern Oregon’s steamiest spot. Behold breathtaking views from Diamond Lake, or slip on a swimsuit and partake in any of the aquatic activities offered here. You can also seek a more purifying experience while you’re here. Umpqua’s treasured hot springs feature more than 80 minerals that can help you reach new heights of relaxation without hurting your wallet.Kansas City, MissouriEnjoy some of that city life on your vacay. Appearing atop many lists of America’s most affordable metropolises is this shining Midwestern star. The ridiculously cheap room rates are largely responsible for Kansas City’s status as one of the best places to travel on a budget, but the famous BBQ is pretty affordable, too. On the cultural front, there are plenty of free galleries and brewery tours, along with inexpensive museums to visit, making it easy for explorers to save their loot for souvenirs during the monthly free First Fridays art walk.Overseas You GoEscape your comfort zone and see what’s beyond the horizon. If you’ve got enough cash to cover the cost of airfare, you could stay in some of the best cheap places to travel abroad for practically nothing on a day-to-day basis.Managua, NicaraguaCheap food, epic adventures and notoriously affordable hostels make Nicaragua an incredible bargain. Adrenaline junkies will find no shortage of inexpensive activities to undertake, while cultural crusaders can get their fix with the innumerable museums and captivating cathedrals peppering the landscape. And since transportation here is crazy cheap, you can see more while spending less.Curaçao, CaribbeanCuraçao is an alluring destination for travelers in any age bracket. The stunning beaches are among the biggest draws, but there are oodles of wallet-friendly water activities as well, including scuba trips to nearby shipwrecks. And in case the already-low cost of travel isn’t enticing enough, the recent explosion of affordable Airbnbs make a trip here even harder to turn down.Montevideo, UruguayCrazy low price tags on food, rooms and just about everything for that matter is what attracts so many cost-conscious travelers to this oft-overlooked area. Montevideo is home to stunning beaches, exquisite restaurants and a vibrant nightlife scene that’s unlike anywhere else.The Azores, PortugalA European escape is at the top of most people’s travel lists, and it’s 100 percent possible to make that trip a reality on a budget. Portugal’s Azores islands feature lush landscapes that offer an impressive assortment of free activities. Hopping between the islands is easy and inexpensive, and the (cheap) local fare is just as Instagram-worthy as it is delicious.Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamInsanely affordable accommodations and food that costs next to nothing makes it easy to live like a local in Vietnam for less than $20 per day. Bus travel is by far the cheapest way to get around, and the fact that most of the attractions revolve around the region’s natural beauty means you won’t get bogged down paying admission fees.Johannesburg and Cape Town, South AfricaEmerging in recent years as one of the cheapest countries to live in, South Africa is shockingly affordable to visit, including its most celebrated cities. Thanks to inexpensive meals and rock-bottom rates on transportation and lodging, both Johannesburg and Cape Town are among the world’s most budget-friendly metropolises. And since U.S. dollars go further than many Americans expect, it’s never been cheaper to retrace the steps of Nelson Mandela, embark on an authentic safari or simply soak up a cultural scene that many view as a modern-day renaissance.Kuta, BaliTreat your honey to a romantic getaway that won’t wreak havoc on your finances. Heed the call of Bali’s black-sand beaches and bring your sweetheart to the shores of this Indonesian isle. Inexpensive room rates on the Island of the Gods make 2016 an ideal time to visit and will leave you with more money left over for watersports, wilderness retreats or whatever tickles your fancy.You don’t need a ton of cash to get out there in the world and explore. By checking out affordable spots in the U.S. and abroad, you can get to know new places and cultures without going broke. And remember, if you need help with budgeting before or after your trip, you can count on the Mint app to make things easier. Worry less about your finances and more about how many souvenirs you can stuff in your backpack home.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related4 Inexpensive East Coast Destinations to Travel to With Your FamilySeptember 20, 2019In “Family Finances”Moving Abroad: What You Need To Know About The Actual CostAugust 8, 2019In “Travel Tips”5 Tips for Traveling on a BudgetMarch 26, 2019In “Travel Tips” Post navigationlast_img read more

Are You Tracking Your Marketing Effectiveness by Channel?

first_img3. Measure ConversionWhile your marketing channels may be driving a healthy volume of visitors, leads and customers every month it is important to track the conversion rate of each channel on a regular basis to see if they are performing consistently.In the example above the conversion rate for the Webinars channel (green) dropped for several months — December through February and regained some momentum in March. At the same time, the blog consistently delivered a reliable conversion rate month over month. I can look at these charts and make pretty reliable estimates for leads for future months.4. Track Business ResultsAt the end of the day, the job of marketing is to help drive business success.  You should be able to look at each individual marketing channel and understand what is the yield for the effort and dollars to convert some number of visitors to customers.  If you know how a channel performs you can make informed decisions about where to invest more energy and dollars to get an even higher return.What strategies are you using to track the effectiveness of your various marketing channels?  Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments!HubSpot Free Trial Optimize your website to get found by more prospects and convert more of them into leads and paying customers with HubSpot’s inbound marketing system. Start your trial now! In a HubSpot webinar Chris Brogan said that when it comes to social media you should give up control because you never had it. However, it is hard to give up control of all your marketing. A way of controlling your marketing or at least managing it is by understanding what works and what doesn’t.Most companies doing internet marketing take the multi-touch approach and use a variety of channels such as blogging, seo and more recently social media to generate interest in their products and services.  But at the end of the day their traffic charts look like this:What Does This Chart Tell You About Your Visitors from Your Email marketing, or Social Media Marketing?The answer is absolutely nothing.  Here’s how I envision a conversation would go at your office coffee station:You: Visitors are up this month! Colleague: Oh Yeah? How come?You: Umm…not sure.  I think it was the email. I’ll have to check to be sure.To control your marketing you have to be sure. Here are some ways you can improve your tracking of channel effectiveness:1. Go Granular Your visitor graphs should like this one below, (fondly known as the mosaic) where you can see the volume of visitors you are generating from various marketing channels. If you had this graph, your answer to the colleague at the coffee station would be, “We drove a higher volume of direct traffic to our site this month.  Our site and brand name are really out there!” Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img Originally published Apr 30, 2009 7:35:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 2. Analyze the Entire FunnelUsing the data from HubSpot Marketing Analytics I take this granular analysis a step further and create similar graphs (below) to understand what channels are delivering the most leads and, more importantly, what channels are delivering customers!Remember, channels that are driving sales and business for your company are the effective ones — where you want to invest more of your limited marketing dollars.  Besides direct traffic, looks like the blog and webinar channels are driving customers in the example below! Marketing Analyticslast_img read more

Obama’s Campaign Guru Shares How Technology Impacts Social Change

first_img Flickr Obama’s campaign explains: “The world needs an easy way to meet up with people. The most amazing things happen when people meet up. This is more important than the iPad.” another social startup, the tech guru has much to share about the role technology plays in social change. Meetup Scott Heiferman TechCrunch Disrupt conference Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Meetup The panelists explain that today’s online world is about creating a culture of sharing, whether it be content through blogs, photos through Social networks allow people to connect with each other and build relationships online. Businesses and brands take advantage of the growing popularity of social media to interact with consumers and create a personalized image online. How about beyond the web? or some type of offline event and have people come in contact with other like-minded individuals, who all share the common grounds of knowing your brand. Such meetings spark new thoughts and ideas, which will 1) benefit your company, 2) inspire social change in communities, and 3) create a sense of inclusion among fans. Taking social networks offline is an emerging trend, and the first step to true social change. , weighing in on an increasingly important question: Take social networking to the next level and have people meet in person. , a site designed to help people self-organize and meet each other, with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. CEO Download the free webinar , and  followed a similar route, whose advocacy for change drew in fans and followers and ultimately, sparked a movement. . Relationships are key to building social platforms, and it’s crucial to empower people to nurture these relationships beyond just the internet. to learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Hughes As digital tools create communities, how will they create change in the offline world?center_img Originally published May 27, 2010 11:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Having a concrete message attracts fans, who become avid followers, who, when united together, become a movement. “With existing networks, it’s easy to build a movement. You have to make sure that energy turns into practice and action,” states  is a man of social wisdom. From co-founding Facebook to developing President Obama’s powerful online campaign to now creating A fitting example is . , or status updates through , NY Congressional Candidate, the trio took part in a robust panel at the  Marketing Takeaway Reshma Saujani Topics: Create a Meetup , CEO of Webinar: Re-thinking Marketing Want to learn more about how you can use inbound marketing to grow your business? Facebook Jumo, Heiferman Chris Hughes Social Media Campaigns Along with last_img read more

The Anatomy of an Effective Facebook Business Page

first_img LinkedIn Company Pages Originally published Oct 19, 2011 3:30:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: Successful inbound marketers understand the value of an effective Facebook presence complete with an engaging business page that attracts a lot of ‘Likes’ (By the way, have you liked HubSpot on Facebook yet? ;o). But for those just getting accustomed to Facebook business pages and all they have to offer, the experience can seem daunting.To give you a good sense of the various elements of a Facebook page and how to use those elements effectively, let’s dissect the anatomy of a Facebook business page. We’ll use HubSpot’s Facebook page as our subject. (Note: No Facebook fans were harmed during the dissection of this Facebook page.)The 13-Part Anatomy of a Facebook Business Page1. Welcome Page: It’s a great idea to consider creating a custom tab (see number 8 for more info) to welcome new visitors that land on your business page. Set this as the ‘Default Landing Tab’ so new visitors automatically see this page first (you can do this when you’re editing your page under ‘Manage Permissions’). Use this page to welcome new visitors and entice them to ‘like’ your page. (HubSpot customers can get more leverage out of this by installing HubSpot’s Welcome App, which shows visitors a form that can convert them into leads without even having to leave the Facebook page.)2. An Awesome Image: Be sure you upload a relevant image to your page. Make the most of the real estate this image space provides. For instance, instead of just uploading your business’ logo, create a custom image that provides additional information or promotes a particular offer. (Read more about designing your image smartly in number 4…)3. Your Photo Strip: Upload pictures to your page’s photo albums, as they will get featured in a photo strip at the top of your page. Get creative, and use this strip to create a more customizable Facebook page, as these companies have done.4. Your Thumbnail: The thumbnail image that appears next to your wall posts and comments is automatically generated from your page’s image (as discussed in number 2). Be mindful of this when you create your image, as you’ll want to make sure your thumbnail image can work independently of the larger image. Facebook allows you to make minor edits to your thumbnail by dragging the larger image to adjust to fit a smaller thumbnail size.5. Questions: Pose questions to your Facebook fans to encourage discussion and conversation on your Facebook page. Fans of your page are there because they want to be social, learn from you, get valuable information, and engage with others. Spark discussions by asking questions regularly.6. Freshness: Just like your website shouldn’t be static, neither should your Facebook page. Make sure you’re regularly engaging with your fans. Stay tuned to your audience and how they respond to your posting frequency. Don’t spam your audience with too many posts, but make sure you’re providing a steady flow and variety of updates.7. Engagement: Being engaging with your fans should elicit engagement from them, too. An effective page generates ‘likes,’ comments, shares, and buzz that expands the reach of your page and attracts new fans. Use Facebook Insights to measure and analyze how effective you are at engaging your fans and making it a must-subscribe page.8. Applications and Custom-Built Tabs: Explore the various Facebook applications available to you, and add those that will help you create a richer, more engaging Facebook page. Does your business have a YouTube channel, a SlideShare page, or a Flickr account? Consider adding apps for those sites to pull in content from those channels onto your Facebook page.Furthermore, you can use iFrames to create custom tabs that act like landing pages for your page. Use these custom tabs to showcase customer testimonials and case studies, promote featured content or lead gen offers, provide more information about your products/services, or publicize your presence on other social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.9. Content: Offering helpful and interesting content is one of the best ways to maintain a solid Facebook presence. Offer a healthy mix of content types, including blog posts, webinars, ebooks, and content from other thought leaders as well.10. ‘About’ Information: Consider this space your elevator pitch. Use it to clearly and concisely explain who you are and why you’re valuable. You can even provide a link to more information here, too.11. Fan Posts and Page Tagging: Create a richer and more interactive experience for your fans by enabling them to post freely to your page’s wall as well as tag you in posts they publish on their own walls. (i.e. Posts your page is tagged in will not only appear on their walls but will also appear on your page’s wall.) This capability can be managed in your page’s setting under ‘Manage Permissions.’12. Responsiveness: It’s great to initiate discussion and engagement by asking your fans questions and posting content and other updates, but it’s also important to be responsive as well. Respond to both positive and negative commentary. If you’re dealing with a particularly negative Nancy, take the conversation off of Facebook and ask them to contact you over email or by telephone instead. 13. Basic Information: Make sure you’ve completed your basic information. There’s nothing more annoying than visiting a Facebook page, looking for additional information, and finding none. Use this section to expand upon your ‘About’ elevator pitch, offer more in-depth information about your business, and link to your website and other social properties.Still haven’t created a page for your business? Here are some simple steps you can follow to set up your Facebook business page and get started in creating an effective Facebook marketing presence!Get fresh examples of how to leverage Facebook business pages by liking HubSpot on Facebook! 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

The Life of a Marketer: 15 Charts & Graphs on What We Really Do All Day

first_img10) How amped are you right now?! 14) Stalking is just one of LinkedIn’s many benefits. 15) It’s five o’clock somewhere. 12) It’s alright, I won’t tell your boss. 5) The secret is to under promise and over deliver.  6) Did you pull another all-nighter again? 7) Everything works out in the end. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 3) Have a food coma? Subtract two more hours.  4) The answer is always yes.  11) It’s okay to say no. Topics: 13) Wait. Hold on a second … is that clickbait? 9) You’d get a lot more done if you stopped instant messaging your work BFF during meetings. Career Development 8) Should you really schedule a meeting for this? Originally published Jan 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 2) Let’s be honest, Fridays aren’t real work days.  Hey there, marketer. I’m curious … what’s really going in that day-to-day work life of yours?When you say you’re working from home, are you actually being productive? When you have a deadline, do you wait until the last minute? What are you actually doing on LinkedIn? It’s time to speak the truth. Below are 15 graphs and charts showing how we really spend our days. If you can relate to one, click the “Pin It” button to share it with your friends and colleagues. And don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss. ;-)1) You’re not fooling anyone.last_img read more

How to Respond to People on Twitter: A Simple Guide for Businesses [Infographic]

first_img Customer Success Topics: 171Save Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img Originally published Mar 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Thanks to Twitter, businesses are closer to consumers than ever before. Tweets haven’t replaced phone calls and handwritten letters, but they’ve become a popular way for consumers to vocalize their questions, praise, or complaints — all in plain view of anyone who can find the conversation online.But customers don’t just expect you to read their tweets about you — they also expect you to reply. According to charts published on Search Engine Watch, 70% of surveyed Twitter users expect a response from brands they reach out to on Twitter. Of those users, 53% want that response in under an hour. It’s important to have a solid strategy for responding to tweets so you can keep your customers happy and drive engagement on Twitter. Should you include a link in your response? How much punctuation (?, !) should you use? Are emoticons off the table?To help inform your Twitter response strategy, LeadSift gathered data on answers to these questions and more, and culminated them into the visual below. Consider this data in the context of your own brand voice and what you know about your buyers’ behavior to develop an action plan when responses come rolling in. And hurry — your customers are waiting.171Save last_img read more

AIFF president Praful Patel set to be first Indian in FIFA Executive Council

first_imgThe All India Football Federation (AIFF) might be fighting a legal battle in the Supreme Court over the validity of its constitution vis-a-vis the National Sports Code (NSC) but president Praful Patel is set to don the bigger role on the world stage this week.According to AIFF sources, Patel, in all likelihood, will become the first Indian to be elected a member of FIFA Executive Council for a four-year period when elections are held in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.The executive council is FIFA’s highest decision making body and it has never had an Indian member in the past. Former AIFF president Priyaranjan Dasmunsi was once elected to the technical committee of FIFA.Patel, who is currently the Vice President of AFC, has decided not to run for a re-election and instead opted to fight for the FIFA body. His place in AFC could be taken by the Pakistan representative.”It is an eight-corner contest for five spots from Asia in FIFA, but we are confident of Patel’s victory. He is being supported by AFC President Shaikh Salman and all other member countries will surely back him in the elections,” AIFF senior Vice President Subroto Dutta said on Monday.As per new FIFA statutes adopted in 2016, the executive council is a 37-member body with AFC having the rights to send one Vice President and six members, which include one female member. Led by the FIFA President, the council has now a wide range of powers and the Secretary General will have to report to it regularly.advertisementApart from Patel, the seven other candidates are from China, Iran, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.Sources in the AIFF revealed that even as I-League clubs were openly declaring a kind of war on AIFF for its alleged partiality towards the Indian Super League franchises, Patel travelled to Kyrgyzstan to campaign for his election with the Central Asian Football Association nation. Before leaving for Kyrgyzstan, he assured the I-League club of meeting them in mid-April.”The campaign in Central Asia was smooth and highly encouraging. We are confident of their support to Patel. His election to the FIFA Council will help Indian football immensely,” said Dutta.Patel is currently going through his third term as the AIFF President and his tenure would run till December 2020. Hosting the 2017 under-17 World Cup is considered one of his biggest achievements as the head of Indian football.Also Read | Teams need to take responsibility of developing local talent: I-League CEOlast_img read more

Russia’s deputy PM steps down as Russian Football Union president

first_imgMoscow, Dec 19 (IANS) Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has left his position as the president of the Russian Football Union, the organization confirmed on Wednesday.The president of the Russian football league, Sergey Pryadkin, is set to chair the union provisionally until February 22, when the RFU is scheduled to elect a new president.Mutko had been in charge of the national soccer union twice, between 2005-09 and a second stint that started in 2015, during which he led the preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reports Efe news.On December 5, 2017, the International Olympic Committee decided to exclude Mutko, who served as Russia’s sports minister during 2012-16, from any future participation in the Olympic Games over an alleged massive state-sponsored doping program.In a joint press conference with FIFA President Gianni Infantino held during the 2018 World Cup draw, Mutko denied the existence of any state programs related to doping in his country.The politician, 60, has appealed the IOC’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has yet to assign a date for a hearing.–IANSkk/sedlast_img read more