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Daily Kos presidential results live coverage #3

first_imgThe Daily Kos Elections guide to every key presidential swing state in 2020.The Daily Kos Elections Nov. 3, 2020 poll closing times map. Stick with us as we continue following the presidential results live, and check in with Daily Kos Elections as they follow the downballot races.Resources:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Donald Trump, Joe Biden, elecciones EE. UU. (GDA via AP Images)last_img

Mohamed’s Enterprise sponsors GMR&SC drag strip extension

first_imgLOCAL business Mohamed’s Enterprise has set itself in pole position to create another first for motor racing when it announced its sponsorship to extend the drag strip at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri.The company, which runs Team Mohamed’s Enterprise camp, which includes the current strip record holding Nissan GTR Goliath, has opted to fund the lengthening of the strip from 1 000ft to 1 320ft or a full quarter-mile.Upon completion of the strip, it will be the first recorded and timed quarter-mile run in the history of drag racing locally.Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) president Rameez Mohamed confirmed it on Tuesday evening, saying, “Thanks to Mohamed’s Enterprise and their continued support.”He explained the difficulty with running the quarter mile as against the 1 000ft that was used in the past.“The (ending) part where we usually end the race has a huge drop and for the high-powered car reaching that speed and dropping off would be dangerous. I was going to run the 1 000ft,” Rameez added.Goliath is the current strip record-holder with 7.52 second time.The team also just procured the EKanoo racing Nissan GTR, a former world recording drag carApart from that, the team have been the defending circuit racing Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) superstock champions for the last two years.Meanwhile, the club itself has been progressing with works on the launch pad for the strip.Set at the north westerly side of the track, the pad, once complete, will signify a major boost to current president Rameez Mohamed’s plan for an improved infrastructure.last_img read more

Proving the Obvious

first_imgThe well-known IgNobel Prizes are awarded each year for silly, useless research projects (see Improbable Research).  There seem to be a lot of contenders that may never win the prize, but get reported anyway.  One can only wonder why the reporters aren’t putting these on the funny pages:Well duh:  Science Daily reported that serial cohabiters are less likely to marry.  The article contained highfalutin jargon and ended in a moral appeal: “Understanding the myriad motivations of cohabiters may be more important than ever, especially if cyclical serial cohabiting couples with children have increased among recent cohorts as a percentage of all cohabitations.”  Maybe they just need to go to church.Bully pulpit:  Bullies seem to get pleasure out of seeing others in pain, another article in Science Daily reported.  In case you didn’t know that, researchers at the University of Chicago produced fMRI scans to prove it.  One fMRI image not taken was when the bully saw the principal coming with a big paddle.Male egos:  Guys tend to become body-conscious when looking at fashionable women, a communications expert at University of Missouri discovered.  One can only wonder what her college-age male subjects were thinking when she showed them various magazines of sexy women as part of her science project.  All in the name of science; she even had a control, watching their reactions when they looked at magazines of male models.Some researchers seem to think that their fellow human beings can be treated like lab rats (the Ratomorphic Fallacy; see reductionism).  Typically they ignore morals completely and expect that human behavior is reducible entirely to genes and neurons.  They might get consistent results, but does that justify the conclusions?  It may be that non-material causes are vastly more significant while still giving reproducible results.  And the ethics of putting human subjects in compromising situations, even if they are willing, cannot be ignored.What is the message you give a serial cohabiter when you study his behavior in sterile laboratory terms?  That it is normal; he’s just born that way.  A bully getting his brain waves photographed gets no punishment.  Should our dear female researcher at U Mo be allowed to extend her research into the male response to porn?    Let’s think about pure research.  Pure research is often justified passionately by scientists, and for good reason: some of our most valuable discoveries have come when researchers did not have a goal in mind.  There are many historical cases of this.  A typical example offered is that a researcher studying some fungus in a rain forest might discover a cure for cancer.  This is all fine and good, but is it a license to study anything and everything?  A little reflection shows that this can become absurd.  Scientist Sam, let’s say, has spent 20 years studying the cries of animals when he steps on their feet.  He’s catalogued the cry of the sheep, goat, beaver, muskrat, hedgehog, guinea pig, human child and truck driver (and he has the scars to prove it).  For each of these observations, he has recorded the voiceprint on a sonogram and taken measurements in decibels.  Next, he wants to add the lion, bear and alligator to his growing collection.  He also has plans to compare the responses on different continents and do each animal again as a juvenile and an adult.  Researcher Ralph, meantime, is cataloguing every sand grain in the Sahara with calipers and a mass spectrometer.  You get the point.    The silly stories above beg numerous questions.  Do we really need a scientist to tell us the obvious?  Can scientists sometimes miss the most important causal factors?  Is sterile science the only way, or the best way, to gain understanding?  Can scientific explanations become absurdly simplistic?  Does research on human subjects carry an implied moral message?  When does research on human subjects transgress the boundaries of propriety?    Pure research is valuable, but don’t fall for the fallacy that it should be unrestricted.  No scientist ever approaches a body of data without assumptions.  Every research project implies a motivation.  And not everything doable is worth doing.  A good sermon on faithfulness is worth a ton of “scientific” papers about cohabitation.  Good parenting is worth a decade of “scientific” research on bullies.  And sometimes sexual attraction in a test tube just loses something essential.  “What is this thing called love?” may be one of those questions science can never answer without destroying it.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

5 Ways to Prepare for the Future of Email Marketing

center_img MarketingSherpa’s recent Email Marketing Summit , HubSpot’s Product Manager and 2. Forget About List Rental . Here are some of Karen’s insights that will prepare you for the future of email marketing: , 67% of people do not display images by default in their email system. Also, try to build shorter copy where the call to action is at the very top. Do you think another major innovation will define the future of email marketing? If so, which one? , tackled in her presentation at 1. Cultivate Your House List Topics: Email Marketing 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

Cold Calling Cruelty! Second Episode of “Captain Inbound” Animation [Video]

first_img @ Annie Analyze . (as himself) : @ OneAndOnlyCJ the second episode of HubSpot’s animated cartoon web series Greta Get Found: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack : @ vleckas @ Captain Inbound EricGuerin Ring ring! Ring ring! repcor Sultan of Spam jlopin shares some words of wisdom with Greta Get Found, Chris Convert, and Annie Analyze. Then, led by the fantastic Captain Inbound, Team Inbound comes to our rescue! MAKE IT STOP!center_img (@ Animated by Eric Guerin Watch marketing hero Captain Inbound defeat the Sultan of Spam to save the day in Chris Convert : @ Narrator Cortenberg The Sultan of Spam is at it again, this time with a cold calling campaign designed to interrupt you every day for the rest of your life! Character Voices: : @ The Adventures of Captain Inbound: Episode Two Chris Brogan: Originally published May 18, 2011 5:00:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 :@ Chris Brogan ) andrewtquinn chrisbroganlast_img read more

5 Website Metrics Every Marketer Should Be Tracking

first_img Topics: Marketing Metrics Originally published Jun 14, 2011 1:00:00 PM, updated August 29 2017 Here are five important stats that you should be tracking aside from the obvious key metrics of leads and customers. 1. Bounce Rate The bounce rate of a page is the percentage of people who left your website after viewing that page. A page with a high bounce rate is performing poorly. You should always be comparing your landing pages to look out for ones that are bouncing a high percentage of visitors. These pages are ineffective and are literally driving people away from your website.  Comparing your high bounce pages to your low bounce pages is a great way to find out what’s working for your visitors and what isn’t. 2. Conversion Rate The conversion rate of a page is the percentage of people who completed a desired action on that page, such as filling out a form. Pages with a high conversion rate are performing well. This is another great statistic to compare between your website’s landing pages. A landing page is usually the first page that your visitors will see when they arrive on your site, so it is crucial that your landing pages are getting visitors to convert into leads. If they’re not, then all of the traffic you are getting isn’t really valuable for your marketing efforts. 3. Traffic Sources Your traffic sources will tell you where all of your site’s traffic is coming from when they first arrive. This is a great place to check your top of the funnel efforts and see where people heard about your site. If you’ve been working on your SEO efforts, then you should see your organic search volume increasing. If you’ve been doing good social media promotion, then you should see a lot of referral traffic from social media sites and blogs. Every business will have their own mix of organic, referral and direct traffic, so it’s important to watch over time so that you can track how your various marketing channels are driving traffic to your website. 4. Keywords Your site keywords will show you which terms people are searching for when they find your site in a search engine. This is a great way to find out what people were actually looking for when they stumbled on your site. Usually, the top three or four keywords will be variations of your company name, but the results below those will give you a lot of insight into what people are trying to find when they come to your site. Chances are, you’ve already been optimizing around these words as part of your keyword strategy , and this data offers a chance to see how well you’re doing. If you notice you’re getting traffic around a keyword you haven’t optimized for, you might have found a keyword that isn’t very competitive, but is still relevant to your business. You should build some content around that keyword to really leave your competitors in the dust. 5. Visitors The number of visitors is the number of unique individuals who have spent time on your website. This is the number that gives all of the other percentages their meaning. A word of caution though: do not focus on the number of visitors as your most important website metric. It is important to see how many people are ending up on your website, but this statistic is more of a reflection of your off-site marketing campaigns, and not of your website itself. Learn More If you want to learn more great tips about simplifying your analytics and drawing meaningful conclusions from your data, head over to our Facebook page . We’re giving away a book called Analytics 2. 0 by Avinash Kaushik, an analytics evangelist at Google – along with tons of other great books in our Marketing Library Giveaway!   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

10 Blogging Tactics That Increased One Business’ Traffic by 300%

first_img by giving readers an opportunity to raise their hand and potentially engage in business! Originally published Jun 27, 2011 3:15:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 10) Added calls-to-action on all blog content that led to conversion forms. business blogging using PPC For example, competitors never published information regarding pricing for others to see, but RPS broke the mold and published market prices of pool material on its blog. The post called ” 8) Answered questions publicly that its competitors were afraid to talk about. The company prioritized the questions it received most frequently and considered often-used keywords in prominent components of the blog article–like the headline!  10 Things River Pools and Spas Did Right While Blogging These factors combined helped River Pools and Spas. Have you had similar success? Get any new ideas that you might start implementing on your blog? These CTAs are what helped River Pools’ blog subscribers eventually River Pools knew it was best to target easier keywords when just getting started, and very specific words–or long-tail keywords–worked best. For example, ‘vinyl liner pools’ was a long-tail term the company targeted. filter down the sales funnel 1) Got rid of PPC and decided to focus on earned traffic through blogging. Topics: “, received 20,359 page views and 84 inbound links, the highest numbers for both categories in River Pools’ blogging history. 3) Blogged consistently, writing two posts per week. This consistency held subscribers’ interests and engaged new subscribers. By having an ongoing stream of published content, it also increased the probability the company would get found online. 9) Encouraged conversation by responding to all comments–even negative ones. 5) Optimized for long-tail keywords. successful business bloggers ? Blog Optimization and River Pools and Spas RPS understood that blogging is hard work. Team members compiled a list of topics or questions they could answer and rotated who would publish what article next. This company is a great example of an organization that uses organic search Fiberglass Pool Prices: How Much is My Pool Really Going to Cost? Subscribers noticed the frequency that RPS responded and felt welcome to share their ideas too, creating a collaborative environment. 2) Used its blog to educate many potential customers at once. publishes the most popular blog in the pool industry and is the number one pool company in the United States that specializes in fiberglass pools. The company started blogging in 2008, and to date, it has 760 blog subscribers. In the early days–when pool companies weren’t Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 4) Used questions from prospects and customers as fodder for blog posts. to its benefit. But what were the decisions that RPS made that set themselves up as River Pools blogged on the domain that also hosted its company website so that all inbound links to blog articles also gave SEO credit to the primary domain. That way, non-blog website pages could rank well too. Before blogging, many people would call the company simply to ask for pool information. Without knowing if these people had any intention of buying, these one-on-one conversations were not leading to sales. By educating many potential customers at once through the blog, RPS could now funnel people through the sales cycle. 6) Made sure its blog was on the same domain as its website. 7) Shared blogging responsibility throughout a team. –the cost-effectiveness was relatively high. As more competitors utilized paid search, pool-related keywords became more and more expensive. For River Pools and Spas, this meant it was time to focus on organic content and traffic.last_img read more

Google Launches ‘Google Related’ to Offer Contextual Search Results

first_img Google announced tab or window. If users find something they like, they also have the opportunity to +1 it using the built-in buttons. Ultimately, Google Related makes it very easy for searchers to find related content and make even more informed decisions and opinions based on various sources in their searches. A More Contextual Web The new feature shows users additional content relative to the content on the page they’re already viewing, as they’re viewing it. To getter a better grasp at how it works, check out Google’s video below. Originally published Aug 16, 2011 3:02:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 the availability of Topics: search engine optimization efforts As a marketer, you should be regularly conducting keyword research. This will enable you to identify and define the most appropriate keywords on which you should be focusing your Here’s more proof that the developers at Google don’t sleep (honestly, what’s the point of those , a new Google Toolbar feature for Internet Explorer as well as an extension for its Chrome web browser. How Google Related Works is a step in the right direction, especially if it can offer rich results and make the tool available for more web browsers and to more users. So say you’re reading an article about the launch of a new product or service you’re researching. With Google Related, you’ll also have the option of viewing other content relative to that topic — like videos, product reviews, or other mentions of the product across the web. The concept of contextual search, or providing related info and results based on a variety of sources, is nothing new. However, no tool created to capitalize on the concept has been successful yet. new Google Related Google’s tool Marketing Takeaway sleep pods . Once identified, spend time optimizing your website’s content and keep your keywords in mind as you’re creating new content. ?). Today, What do you think of Google Related? Will you use it in your own searches? Using the Chrome extension, this related content is served up by Google in a thin bar at the bottom of your screen. Hovering your mouse over the bar will cause it to expand, enabling you to view the content directly in your browser window without having to open a As with most other advancements in search, the launch of Google Related emphasizes the importance of effectively optimizing businesses’ websites and content for marketing. Although it might be related to a topic someone is reading about online, poorly optimized content risks being left out in contextual search results. Google Updates 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

7 Reasons Agile Marketers Are Better at Their Jobs Than You

first_imgThe concept of “agile” anything is kind of used as a business babble buzz word. And you know how I feel about those (hint: don’t love ’em.)But it’s not all that complicated a concept. It’s really just a frame of mind anyone — marketers included — can adopt that makes them quicker to respond to things. So instead of sitting through prep meetings for next week’s meetings about the big meeting where you’ll decide who should be in the meeting to decide whether you should, like, pursue a new group of search terms … you just sit down and do a little research and start pursuing those gosh darn search terms.See how that kind of mentality — if everyone in your organization adopted it — would make you a way more effective marketer? Well, lots of inbound marketers are adopting the agile mindset, and I defy you to find any who aren’t loving the results. So if you’re a marketer struggling to make headway in an organization bogged down with bureaucratic BS, share this blog post to help incite the tidal wave of change. It will explain exactly how marketers are benefitting from the agile marketing mindset, and get you pumped to get in on the action!1) Agile marketers publish more content.Have you ever had someone tell you that you can’t publish a blog post until an editor, SEO specialist, and lawyer approve it? Great — we’ll get it out just in time for the Mayan Apocalypse. (Actually, that’s not too far away … is it?) Agile inbound marketers understand that content is at the crux of their success, and while quality and accuracy are important, you need to let go of two things immediately: control, and the pursuit of perfection.That means you do have a smart coworker look over your blog post for 20 minutes before it goes out to check for accuracy, good grammar, and proper spelling, but you don’t contract a New York Times editor to rip it to shreds and build it back up again. Because if you’re on the pursuit of absolute perfection, you’ll never be able to build up the publishing volume that you need to get organic visibility. Write good content, write it often, and when you’re as big an authority as the NYT, well then go ahead and hire that editor … and the hundreds of writers you need to keep on hand that make it possible to be so stringent about what gets published.If you’re having trouble getting content published because bosses and coworkers haven’t adopted the agile marketing mindset, reference this blog post that helps you get past some of the most common stumbling blocks.2) Agile marketers can newsjack.Newsjacking refers to the ability to take something that’s happening in the news — yes, time is of the essence — and ride the story’s popularity wave. And, theoretically, get some kind of gain out of it, too. Take a look at David Meerman Scott’s visualization of the life of a news story to get an idea: So if time’s a factor, newsjacking’s really only a game agile marketers can play. How’s a traditional marketer jumping through hoops and hurdles going to get anything published in this fast-moving news world of ours? By the time you’re ready to publish your newsjacking content, the fad’s over!Take our most recent newsjack, our ‘Gangnam Style’ music video parody (in which David Meerman Scott has a cameo, actually), as an example. Originally published Sep 19, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 And if you’re not even sure what goal you need to set, we’ve got you covered there, too. Download this free Excel template that helps you calculate your leads and traffic goals every single month with just a few simple inputs!5) Agile marketers can create new web pages quickly.This may sound ridiculous to you. If it does, it’s because you’ve got a touch (or a whole heaping spoonful) of agile marketer in you. Congratulations!But the honest truth that we hear every single day (seriously, every day!) is that many marketers cannot create a web page on their own website. This is unacceptable. What do they do, you may wonder? They have to work with IT, developers, designers, contract workers … sometimes all of the above … to get something created in maybe a week, maybe a couple weeks, sometimes even a month.This is real life, people. How can a marketer be expected to meet, say, a leads goal if they can’t create a new landing page to launch their new offer and collect leads? Landing page creation should take minutes, not days, weeks, and months. This is so frustrating I can’t even talk about it anymore, and we’re going to move on to reason #6.6) Agile marketers use A/B testing to incrementally improve … every day!Speaking of incremental improvements, there’s no better example than watching an agile marketer run an A/B test. What’s so great about watching an agile marketer run an A/B test? This:Agile marketers believe in incremental improvements. The difference between a 1.7% click through rate on a call-to-action and a 2% CTR actually means something. Enough to realize it’s worth running an A/B test to figure out how to achieve it.Agile marketers know A/B testing doesn’t need to be hard. If you’re already in creation mode, why not try out a few versions of a landing page or call-to-action? If you know minimal extra effort — a different color, headline, image — could results in huge improvements, it’d be foolish not to always be trying something new!Agile marketers also know when to stop an A/B test. And then start a new one, of course. The key here is that when we get our results, we act on them. We know what version is better, and we run with it … and then, of course, test the next iteration to try to make it even better!7) Agile marketers are used to learning new things, and failing fast.Marketing is one of the fastest moving industries out there. So much so that it’s actually part of HubSpot marketers’ jobs to not only read industry news every day, but to also proactively learn about the new platforms, features, and technologies that are released. And this stuff gets released on a weekly basis. That’s a lot of new stuff to take in.But agile inbound marketers are used to fast adoption, and as a result, can figure out important stuff really fast, too. Let’s take the arrival of Pinterest (notice I didn’t say “launch” since it actually released several years before it become mainstream) as an example. Two things went through our mind:This is dumb.We should try it.So we did. We threw ourselves in head first, learned everything we could about it, and were totally fine with it being a complete failure. Happily, however, it wasn’t! Instead, we got:Referral traffic and leads, that we continue to get as we keep on pinning.Some of our highest performing blog posts of all time, because we could teach our audience how to use Pinterest for marketing before most other blogs were writing about it.One of our best performing lead generation offers of all time, because no one else had written a definitive guide to using Pinterest for marketing.These kinds of wins happen for agile marketers all the time because they are used to learning quickly and aren’t afraid of failure — because working on a day-to-day basis to achieve your larger goals helps you bounce back from your flops in record time, with minimal resources squandered during the pursuit.Why else do you consider agility a critical component of inbound marketing? Are you practicing agile inbound marketing yourself?Image credit: Kevin N Murphycenter_img Honestly, if we’d waited even a couple more days to release this video, it would’ve been too late. The craze would have started to die down, and there would have been a bunch of other parody videos out there making ours disappear into the crowd.3) Agile marketers can jump in on social media conversations.There are a ton of organizations out there that have a vise grip on their social media presence. There are even full-fledged social media policies that outline what social media managers can and cannot say on social media! Now, I know there’s some need for this … but man alive, loosen up, people. Whatever happened to a healthy mix of guidance and good judgment?Agile marketers are the ones hopping into LinkedIn Answers to answer questions, tweeting breaking news content before their competitors, sharing their funny spin on the latest meme on their Facebook Page, and carrying on conversations in real time with their social networks. This kind of activity boosts their company’s credibility, authority, and trustworthiness in a way that marketers who are forced to get everything on social media approved could never achieve.4) Agile marketers use analytics to make quick, actionable decisions.Any marketer worth his or her salt knows that you need numbers, goals, and analytics to measure your effectiveness. But there’s a difference between setting a yearly goal — let’s hit 700,000 website visitors and generate 50,000 leads by the end of 2012! — and setting more digestible goals that actually … help.Think about it. If you have 12 months to hit 700,000 website visitors and generate 50,000 leads, how is that going to guide your behavior? It probably isn’t. You know what might? Figuring out how many site visitors and leads you need to generate this month. And then tracking your progress toward hitting that monthly goal every single day. That way you can see if Monday’s email send had any impact, and whether it was more or less than the impact of the new offer that launched the week before. Working on this micro level not only lets you understand how big (if any) an impact each of your marketing activities has on reaching your goal, but it lets you adjust your behavior quickly — with agility, even (see what I did there?) — to ensure you never get too far behind on reaching your goal.HubSpot has tools to help you do this kind of stuff, by the way. If you’re a HubSpot customer, you see it every day you log in to your software! The traffic and leads waterfall dashboard: 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