Tottenham determined to land Southampton star before the window closes

first_img1 Jay Rodriguez Tottenham are still hoping to complete a deal for Jay Rodriguez before the close of the transfer window tonight.Mauricio Pochettino is keen to be reunited with the Southampton striker, and that deal is his priority.He is prepared to let Andros Townsend go in the opposite direction, and is prepared to pay around £14million plus the England wide man.Rodriguez is not expected to be back in action until October as he continues his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury, but that has not put Pochettino off.And the Spurs boss is keen to get the deal done as soon as possible as he believes there could be more competition for the striker come January once he has proved his fitness again.last_img read more

The Way Forward on Migration

first_imgAfter several weeks abroad, I am happy to be back home for the holidays.  I was in Berlin for the B20 meeting, in Dhaka where I delivered the GFMD’s Business Mechanism’s recommendations on labor migration, and in Mumbai and Delhi where I met with CHROs whose global operations are sometimes hampered by inefficient migration policies and procedures.  The one thing everyone wanted to talk about was “what’s going to happen under Trump,” and, more than a few times I was told that “everyone in the world should get a vote on the U.S. president because he has such impact over all of us.”  The first of those statements was easier to respond to than the second.With regard to what is Trump going to do – well, we still don’t have many details on his plans for immigration reform or enforcement, but I am encouraged that he has nominated pragmatic, pro-immigration business leaders to his cabinet who understand the importance of global talent mobility in today’s economy.  These leaders will clearly recognize that our laws, last reformed in 1990, and our paper-based application systems are sorely out of touch with how the world works today.  I hope they will think creatively about how we not only bring our policies and practices in line with the needs of today’s world but that they create an environment that is flexible enough to respond to the unforeseeable demands of tomorrow’s workplace. What will those demands be?  Well many organizations are currently looking at “the future of work” but they all agree that the nature of work and the nature of the employer-employee relationship are changing.  As more workers move to contract or gig work, or hold multiple positions at one time, or have the ability to perform work from anywhere in the world, our immigration, tax and other laws will need to evolve.  One of the more interesting discussions at the GFMD was the idea of facilitating circular migration – e.g. enabling people to move seamlessly between multiple jurisdictions as their talents and interests allow – rather than seeing migration as a one-way ticket.  It is a new way of looking at the world but one that will impact all of us – perhaps even more than who is the U.S. president.Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2017.last_img read more

Is the End Near for Apple’s Digital Music Dominance?

first_imgjosh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Trends#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Apple Will Continue to Rule the Digital Music LandscapeEven though it looks like a confluence of recent events is finally pointing to a weakening in Apple’s digial music strangehold, the reality is that there still remains a long, long uphill battle for Amazon, Microsoft, and the rest. Further, in order to really take down Apple, both Amazon and Microsoft (or Sandisk, Creative, etc.) need to succeed. Apple has opened two fronts in this battle, iTunes and iPod, and in order to take them down, you have to beat them on both.Too many people are already ingrained in the iTunes+iPod experience, and for many of them, DRM doesn’t matter. They buy tracks on iTunes and put them on their iPods. As long as iPods control the player market, iTunes will control the download market. And let’s not forget that Apple sells about 2 million DRM-free tracks of its own, so it has hardly sat on the sidelines while competitors have added copy protection-less tracks to their offerings.Until the music player market shifts dramatically away from iPod dominance, DRM-free tracks will generally matter less to the majority of the MP3-buying public, who just won’t be affected since they are using iPods. Once that happens, though, then all things being equal selection-wise (i.e., assuming the major labels working with Amazon eventually work with Apple as well to sell DRM-free tracks) and price-wise (which it is already), it likely comes down to buying experience.The most intriguing prospect for that shift? The potential for an Amazon digital media player. Amazon began selling hardware late in 2007 with the release of the Kindle e-book reader, so perhaps an Amazon media player isn’t so far-fetched. It would replicate the vertical integration of the iPod and iTunes store that has been a major part of Apple’s rise to control over the industry.Then again, as TheStreet.com points out, “with iPod satisfaction rates running at over a staggering 90%, and competitors like Microsoft failing to dent its market share, an Amazon-made device would likely struggle to dislodge Apple.”ConclusionEventually, Apple might lose some of its grip on the music download and media player industry. But while Amazon and Microsoft take baby steps in competing with Apple, the Cupertino, CA-based company is not standing still. Microsoft made positive changes to its Zune, but Apple released the iPod Touch (and updated the rest of the iPod line), plus signed distribution deals with Starbucks to deliver iTunes tracks over wifi in-store. Amazon signed two more major labels onto its MP3 download store, but Apple is already expanding into video rentals (i.e., onto Amazon’s turf to compete with their Unbox service).It seems likely that Apple’s dominating position over the music download and media player markets will continue for at least a few years. What do you think? Is there and end to the iPod/iTunes monopoly in sight? Does Amazon, Microsoft, or some other company have what it takes to take on Apple? Let us know in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A lot of things happened in 2007 that seemed to threaten Apple’s stranglehold on the digital music market. Microsoft launched its new Zune MP3 players, which received mostly glowing reviews, and they kept their installed user base happy with major firmware updates for old players. Meanwhile, Amazon launched a major DRM-free MP3 download service at a cut-rate (compared to Apple’s). But generally, the facts still point to Apple dominance for awhile to come.Why it Looks Like Apple Should SweatYesterday, we heard that Warner Music Group had teamed up with Amazon to offer its entire catalog DRM-free. They joined Universal music and EMI music, as well as 33,000 independent labels in pushing Amazon’s catalog to 2.9 million tracks. That’s still well short of Apple’s 6 million or so tracks offered via iTunes, but Apple’s DRM-free selection comes only from EMI. Warner and Universal have chosen so far to deal just with Amazon.Amazon is starting to feel like a real threat to Apple’s monopoly on the music download biz. They seem to have the cooperation of the music industry in offering DRM-free tracks, and their lower pricing (generally $.89-.99 per track) already forced Apple to lower its own DRM-free prices earlier this year.Further, Amazon’s MP3 store soft launched in September and has had little advertising. So far it has gained about a 3% share of the total market (more according to other reports) — measly compared to Apple’s iTunes — but in just over a month, Amazon and Pepsi are planning a large Superbowl promotion to give away 1 billion free songs via the service. According to Billboard, when Pepsi offered 100 million free tracks via iTunes in 2004, just 5 million were ultimately redeemed over the 5 month promotion period. But since then, digital music has grown 416%, so it’s a safe bet tht this promotion will be more successful. Could the Superbowl be a coming out party for Amazon in the music download business?Additionally, Apple faces more competition in the digital media player market. Microsoft’s Zune.net web site reportedly saw a 299% jump in traffic on Christmas day. Granted, Apple’s iTune’s store page still received 6 times the traffic, but the Zune.net numbers might be indicative of a strong holiday season for Microsoft’s player.Apple’s iPod line still holds about a 70% market share (March), but that is down from over 90% just a couple of years ago. Better offerings from Microsoft, Sandisk, and other competitors are certainly putting a dent in the iPod’s commanding position in the MP3 player market, albeit a small one.last_img read more

Don’t forget Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket, says Afridi

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni may have faced lot of flak for his team’s embarrassing ODI series defeat against Bangladesh but Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi is “not happy” in the manner the Indian ODI skipper was being targeted.Afridi termed this as “sub-continental trend” where the cricketing heroes are pilloried after one odd series defeat.”I really felt bad in the way MS (Dhoni) has been treated after Bangladesh series defeat. I completely think it’s a sub-continental trend where our heroes are not spared after one bad defeat. The media is also responsible for not painting the true picture at times,” Afridi said during an interaction.Afridi could empathizes more with Dhoni as he has also faced criticism over the years in his own country.”I am not saying that one should not analyse the present performance of a leader or a player. Criticize him but when you do that please don’t forget to also inform the world about the past. When you look at Dhoni, just look at his record before jumping to any conclusions. He has been such a tremendous player for India. His record speaks for itself,” said Afridi.The swashbuckling batsman also credited Dhoni for building a good Indian team for future.”Dhoni has built such a good team for the future. There is so much quality and talent in that batting line-up,” he said.Afridi, who now only plays T20 format for Pakistan, also sounded positive about Pakistan’s bench strength.”Pakistan cricket’s domestic structure has improved a lot in recent years. That is why we are now having a good supply line of youngsters in the national team. This team will only grow from strength to strength in coming days,” observed the 35-year-old.advertisementAfridi quit playing ODIs after World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with a record 398 ODIs. Asked if he regrets not reaching the coveted 400 ODIs milestone, he said “Not at all I am grateful to Almighty Allah (God) that I have got the opportunity to play for Pakistan for such a long time and  I am very happy to play T20 for Pakistan and would like to play the World T20 in India, next year. “The hard-hitting batsman also said that plying his trade in T20 leagues across the world is his way of staying fit for competitions.”I have played in Big Bash in Australia and now I will be playing for St Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). In all these tournaments, you play with some of the top international cricketers in the world and you know you will have to be at your best to compete with them,” said Afridi.While signing off, Afridi said that “India’s co-operation will be needed” to resume full-time cricket in Pakistan.last_img read more

Man Still Better than Machine (For Some Things…)

first_imgEven after decades of advancement in computer technology, there are some tasks that humans are just superior at doing.  One of those things is evaluating the quality of a website.  The most dominant search engines are all computer based today because of the vast pace at which content is published online.  However, this was not always the case.  Back in the 1990’s when the Internet was just a small set of interconnected tubes [smile] a number of websites tried using people to review and list websites in a directory and use that directory to power search results.  The idea was that humans could do a better job of deciding if a website was good or not and should be included in search results.In fact, that is still true today.  A human can do a much better job than Google of looking at a website and deciding if the content is good and it is a quality website.  Computerized search engines have won the search engine battle, because to review all of the websites on the Internet using people would be cost prohibitive and time consuming given the explosion of content on the web.  We prefer search engines that are always including new content that was just published and that search nearly all of the web.  But human reviewed directories still do a good job of only including good websites, even if they only include a small percentage of the overall Internet.  And because of this, the computerized search engines look at the human reviewed directories as a list of websites that are more trustworthy than other websites.Getting your company listed in a human reviewed drectory is sort of like getting into a good college.  It doesn’t mean you are smart, but it means a human looked at your application and thought you are smart.  It is also somewhat expensive and time consuming.  But, just like a good college on your resume sends a positive message to potential employers, getting listed in a human reviewed directory sends a positive message to the search engines.Here are four of the better human reviewed directories, along with a bit of info on how to use them.Four Directories That Should Include Your CompanyDMOZ – The name for DMOZ.org comes from directory.mozilla.org, the original name/location of the directory.  Because it is all volunteer run, it can take a long time (months, sometimes never) for them to act upon your request to get listed.  Only sites that have some history to them and decent content get listed.  Here are the instructions for suggesting your website for listing in DMOZ.Yahoo Directory – Like DMOZ, the Yahoo Directory started as a way to use humans to screen websites for quality and use those as part of search results.  The good news about Yahoo is that they act pretty fast on your submission (a week).  The bad news is that it costs you $299/year.  Here is information about listing your website in the Yahoo Directory.Business.com Directory – The Business.com directory is another human reviewed directory.  Like Yahoo, they will review your website quickly, but they also charge $199 for the first year and $149 annually after that.  Here is information about listing your website in the Business.com directory.ZoomInfo – ZoomInfo is a newer website than the other three.  It is also not really a completely human reviewed directory, but it does have a verification method to edit your company listing and it uses trustworthy sources (other than your own website) to build your company profile.  Also unlike the other three that really just have a link to your company, ZoomInfo has a full profile on your company, so that page sometimes shows up in search results.  The other great news is that it is free.  Just got to ZoomInfo, search for your company name, click on the result, and on the page that shows your company name and website, click the edit link.  You’ll have to create an account and verify through email you work at the company.  If your company is not listed, they don’t have a great way to get it listed, but you can use this form to make a request. Free Ebook: Introduction to Search Engine Optimization SEO Originally published Dec 12, 2007 11:43:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack It’s about time your business started taking advantage of SEO to increase organic traffic.Download this free ebook to learn how to successfully optimize your website and content to get found online.last_img read more

Dude, Cold Calling Is For Losers (Video)

first_img Originally published Sep 22, 2008 11:30:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Inbound Sales (Marketing) What do you think?  The stars of the video are Mark Roberge (inbound) and Dan Tyre (outbound) both from HubSpot.  If you like it (or if you don’t!), send the YouTube Link to a few friends, leave comments and ratings at YouTube.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3yCB7AvvAkEmail this link to a friend. last_img read more

Pop Quiz: How Does a Small Company Generate Leads Like a Big Company?

first_img . . Originally published Jan 14, 2009 8:22:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Vico Software . Instead, they produce webinars and create content that prospects download and link to. In other words, they do things that help them get found. Although Holly is a HubSpot customer, this video focuses on Vico’s approach to marketing, not its use of HubSpot software (we try avoid talking too much about HubSpot in the Inbound Marketing Blog). We have a separate page for  Holly’s answer? And it’s working. Over the past six months, their website traffic is up 89%, their free download program is up over 200% and they’ve generated over 1,500 leads. In the video below, Holly explains the process. Inbound Marketing construction software to engineers and contractors.center_img Inbound marketing That’s what I asked Holly Allison a few weeks ago. Holly is the vice president of marketing at  Topics: , a successful Boston-area startup that provides  Lead Generation HubSpot case studies With the economy tightening, Holly says, Vico can’t be spending money on trade shows or  direct mail 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

Are Inbound Marketers Truly Enlightened?

first_img inbound marketing kit Topics: Originally published Jun 2, 2009 12:49:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 at InboundMarketing.com “Don’t know it? Don’t show it.” Inbound Marketing Kit Enlightened Stupid Marketer If you’re a marketer and you don’t take yourself too seriously Here’s some of my favorite quotes relevant to the inbound marketing mission:  It’s not that digital marketing isn’t proven, it’s that I can’t conduct a thorough ROI.  I prefer someone to be aware of my product than to not purchase it. They can’t convert if they’re not aware.center_img Download our I don’t do ROI on the rest of my media mix. But, that’s because they’re proven.” Learn more about inbound marketing and how to combine blogging, SEO and social media for results. “You’ve got to hone your marketing mix. I like to stick with proven offline strategy … to drive awareness. Amused? Vote for . , you will be rolling on the floor after you watch this. For instance … Why would you give paid search credit for a certain conversion when it might just be a spillover of awareness of a USA Today Newspaper ad … that noone looked at? Switching to Inbound Marketing Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Why Most Website Redesigns Have a Half-Life

first_img Topics: Half-life is the period of time it takes for a substance undergoing decay to decrease by half, and is especially used when talking about radioactive decay. Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignMany of you redesigning your website right now may be experiencing a half-life of your own, and one that might even be more dangerous (to marketing folks) than a radioactive substance.  This half live is the time that it takes for your own happiness with your website to decline by half. Most marketers and business people get tired of their websites way too fast, and because of this, they redesign their websites way too often.Your personal opinion of your website’s attractiveness has nothing to do with the need for a website redesign.   The goal of your website is to get found by more prospects, and convert more of them into leads and sales.  The only person you want to impress with your website is your prospect, and they are much more likely to want to find the information they want than to admire a beautiful flash graphic.  A more “beautiful” design or a new design may be more confusing to your prospects, and lower your conversion rate.Have you suffered from the Website Redesign Half-Life pitfall?  Free Webinar: Website Redesign for 2010 Website Redesign Originally published Jan 12, 2010 3:29:00 PM, updated July 28 2017center_img Learn how to redesign your website with an internet marketing strategy in mind with Mike Volpe, HubSpot’s VP of Marketing.Download the Webinar Now and learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. 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

60% of Social Media Messages are Links to Published Content [Data]

first_img Topics: data shared by eMarketer of all shares, 60% were of links to published content It’s an inbound marketing no-brainer: the best way to get your prospects to find and learn about your company, its products, and its services is by publishing content. And the latest as the top sharing vehicle for content with 93% of internet users using it, it’s not ahead in the race by much. Social networks trail slightly behind at 89%, and sharing through blogs is a close third at 82%. In addition, this data helps us understand that people share differently with different groups of people. Understanding the specific sharing behaviors of different groups can help marketers pinpoint the best methods for reaching their prospects. how people share content online. Is your business taking advantage of the power of published content? Email Marketing The study also revealed some data about the methods by which people are sharing content online, and more granularly, with whom. Overall, while . Additionally, 36% of shares were of embedded content. The third subset of shares? A measly 4%, which is made up of URLs for brands or corporate websites. This means that, whether people are sharing links to your content or embedding it into social networks directly, an overwhelming 96% of the sharing that happens online is of even smarter Smart inbound marketers understand the need to create and publish content in order to get found online. The , not websites. content Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Content is the Fuel of the Social Web,” AOL and Nielsen Online gathered data from over 10,000 social media messages to analyzecenter_img That means even if you’ve gotten your website up and running, your next step needs to be to come up with a solid Carlos Maya ones are creating it on a regular basis and are planting their content seeds in social media so it gets shared and spreads to a much larger degree. What This Means for Marketers Photo Credit: In their April 2011 report, ” Originally published May 19, 2011 5:02:00 PM, updated July 19 2013 . email still leads the pack Social sharing can be extremely valuable and effective in getting found online. The bottom line is, even if you have the prettiest looking website in the world, without content, it will likely stay hidden in a black hole of the web. content strategy When it comes to online sharing, it’s not enough for businesses to simply have a website; long gone are the days when a “web presence” just means having a website for your business to call home. The results? We think their most noteworthy finding is that, Social Media only confirms it…last_img read more