It’s a girl! Not necessarily, says Serena

first_imgParis, France | AFP |  Serena Williams said Thursday that big sister Venus did not necessarily reveal that she is expecting a baby girl.Venus, playing at the French Open in Paris, told a TV interviewer: “She’s going to call me her favourite aunt.”“We all like ‘baby V, baby Lyn, baby Isha’. We all want the baby to be named after us,” the 36-year-old told Eurosport, referring to the names of Serena’s sisters.The interview led many to believe that the baby, due in September, will be a girl.However, Serena took to Twitter on Thursday in an attempt to cool all those cooing on social media for a baby girl.“I think the surprise of knowing what you are going to have on that very special day you give birth is probably the best surprise you can ever have,” wrote the 23-time major winner.“So just to clarify what Venus said, I am always joking with my sisters to see what favours I can get them to do for me next.“If I want something from one of my sisters, I say baby Venus, baby Lyn, or baby Isha needs it. “I did not grow up with any brothers, only sisters and we all say ‘she’ rather than ‘he’.”Serena, who revealed she was pregnant in April, has always refused to discuss the sex of the baby she is expecting with fiance Alex Ohanian, the founder of Reddit.She was at Roland Garros on Wednesday watching her older sister defeat Kurumi Nara in the second round on the showpiece Philippe Chatrier court.Earlier this week in Paris, Venus had talked about her anticipation of becoming an aunt.“I’m definitely looking forward to it. I hope that I can live up to this job,” she said.“I think you just have to be ready, aware, and alert. Then have a lot of diaper duty.”Serena, 35, learned she was pregnant just two days before the Australian Open.She intends to resume her career in 2018.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Sligoville Stadium’s handover to GC Foster College in doubt

first_img “My office did a visit recently and submitted a report, which I will look at shortly. I will review the report and determine the next steps. But we will take it in hand and ensure the facility is restored and fully utilised.” Principal of the G.C. Foster college, Dr Joyce Graham Royal, admitted they are involved in rehabilitating the facility but would not say to what extent, before directing us to the Ministry of Education for further insight. “Until it is completely handed over to us there is only just so much we can do. The documents have been prepared and are being processed and we are just waiting on the ministry (education),” Graham Royal stated. Report submitted In 2013, the People’s National Party-led government of the time announced that GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport would assume responsibility for the neglected Sligoville Stadium, a gift from the Chinese government, which was completed in 2007. It was believed that the process of handing over the complex to the college was nearing its final stages, although no timeline was ascertained. However, Minister of Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange poured cold water on that idea, as she indicated that her Jamaica Labour Party – led administration is looking in another direction to develop and maintain the facility. The complex will be available for all government sports entities once possible, but they are also looking at a public-private sector partnership for development and management. “Under the Bruce Golding administration, we had plans for it, we were in discussion about creating a football academy there, and I have resumed discussions with a well-known athlete, who also wants to utilise the facility for track and field,” she said.last_img read more

Stellar Habitable Zones: Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

first_imgAstronomers concerned with the origin of life on earth have long thought about the “habitable zone” (sometimes called continuously habitable zone, or CHZ) of our solar system.  They’ve discussed this aerobee-shaped zone around our sun – or any star – mainly in terms of locations where the temperature would permit water to exist as a liquid.  But stars put out more than heat.  Our sun emits prodigious amounts of ultraviolet radiation that could be hostile to life.  Some stars put out a great deal more UV than does our sun.  What does UV do to the CHZ?    Three Argentinian astronomers studied this factor and published their calculations in Icarus.1  It was not their intent to question the abiotic origin of life when suitable conditions would be found on a planet.  They came up with criteria for modeling suitable sweet spots where UV might provide a source of energy strong enough to fortify a primordial soup without killing any incipient organisms in the process:Ultraviolet radiation is known to inhibit photosynthesis, induce DNA destruction and cause damage to a wide variety of proteins and lipids.  In particular, UV radiation between 200 and 300 nm becomes energetically very damaging to most of the terrestrial biological systems.  On the other hand, UV radiation is usually considered one of the most important energy source on the primitive Earth for the synthesis of many biochemical compounds and, therefore, essential for several biogenesis processes.  In this work, we use these properties of the UV radiation to define the boundaries of an ultraviolet habitable zone.  We also analyze the evolution of the UV habitable zone during the main sequence stage of the star.  We apply these criteria to study the UV habitable zone for those extrasolar planetary systems that were observed by the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE).  We analyze the possibility that extrasolar planets and moons could be suitable for life, according to the UV constrains [sic] presented in this work and other accepted criteria of habitability (liquid water, orbital stability, etc.).This kind of modeling required making some assumptions, about which they were forthright in the introduction:The so-called “Principle of Mediocrity” proposes that our planetary system, life on Earth and our technological civilization are about average and that life and intelligence will develop by the same rules of natural selection wherever the proper conditions and the needed time are given (von Hoerner, 1961 and von Hoerner, 1973).  In other words, the conditions that give place to the origin and evolution of life on Earth are average, in comparison to other worlds in the universe.    This hypothesis is in the “hard core” (Lakatos, 1974) of all the research programs that search for life in the universe, which during the last fifty years were known within the scientific community as exobiology, bioastronomy, astrobiology, CETI, SETI, etc.    Using the “Principle of Mediocrity,” we speculated about the existence of Earth-like planets, which must have liquid water on its surface, comparable surface inventories of CO2, H2O, N2 and other biogenic elements, an early history allowing chemical evolution that leads to life, and subsequent climatic stability for at least 4.5 Gyr [i.e., 4.5 billion years] (Lineweaver, 2001 and Owen, 2000).  We also speculated about the possible universal mechanisms for the origin of life, about universal mechanisms of Darwinian natural selection and for the appearance of intelligence and technological civilizations, and about how to detect primitive life and advanced technological civilizations beyond our home planet (Shklovskii and Sagan, 1996 and Lemarchand, 1992).With these assumptions established, they reviewed the literature on habitable zones.  They agreed that our sun’s lies between Venus and Mars, with Earth in the sweet spot.  Previous work, however, failed to consider that “The ultraviolet radiation emitted by a star can also be important to determine the suitability of extrasolar planets for biological evolution and for the subsequent adaptation of life in exposed habitats.”  It also would have affected Earth’s atmospheric stability and composition.  The trick is to find a formula for the radius from any star where UV is strong enough to generate biologically-interesting compounds, without so strong as to tear them apart or shred a planet’s atmosphere.  This defines the UHZ, the ultraviolet habitable zone, or UV-HZ, as they call it.    Their calculations for inner and outer boundaries of the UV-HZ considered the work of many other researchers on the effects of UV on molecules and atmospheric dynamics, and the changes in UV output over time from various star types.  They also considered how much UV would reach a planetary surface in the absence of an ozone layer.  As expected, UV considerations narrow down the traditional CHZ, and rule out some known extrasolar systems for the life lottery.  The UV-HZ usually lies closer in for most stars, they found.  What effect does this have?  “In those cases, UV radiation inside the traditional HZ would not be an efficient source for photolysis,” they reason, “and therefore the formation of the macromolecules needed for life would be much more difficult, if not completely impossible.”    And now, the numbers: “In near the 41% stars of the sample … there is no coincidence at all between the UV region and the HZ.”  Scratch those as lively places, in other words.  In some others where there is overlap between the UV-HZ and the traditional HZ, it doesn’t last long enough to give life a foothold.  This ups the losers to 59% of stars sampled.  Alas, three others have a giant planet in the way, making any earthlike planet’s orbit unstable.  Some others have giant planets sitting in the sweet spot.  That means only a moon orbiting the gas giant could host a Darwinian game show.  Around a couple of F-type stars, “there is a region in the HZ where complex life would be burnt by UV radiation,” they found.  “In both cases, an atmospheric protection much larger than that of early Earth would be needed to make the traditional HZ suitable for life.”    This sounds pretty depressing for earlier speculations about the CHZ. In this work we present a more restrictive criteria to habitability of an extrasolar Earth-like planet than the traditional liquid water one presented by Kasting et al. (1993), as we analyze the biological conditions to the origin and the development of life once the liquid-water scenery is already satisfied.    Until an atmospheric protection would be built, a planetary surface would be exposed to larger amounts of UV radiation, which could act as one of the main source in the synthesis of bioproducts and, in a certain wavelength, could be damaging for DNA.Bottom line: 59% of the 21 stars considered for the study were ruled out by UV considerations: “the traditional HZ would not be habitable following the UV criteria exposed in this work.”  Of the remaining candidates, five had zones of overlap where (if an Earth-size planet orbited therein) a cozy radiation bath would endure for at least 3 Gyr.  A couple of gas giants might also have moons in the safe zone.  All in all, despite the “principle of mediocrity,” Earth looks like a winner.1Buccino, Lemarchand and Mauas, “Ultraviolet radiation constraints around the circumstellar habitable zones,” Icarus, Volume 183, Issue 2, August 2006, Pages 491-503, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2006.03.007.Die-hard naturalists will respond that 5 out of 21 isn’t so bad, considering how many quintillions of stars are out there.  There could still be billions of advanced civilizations.  But notice how all the prior speculation ignored this crucial factor, that narrows the playing field considerably.  How many other factors are being ignored in the hopes of winning the cosmic lottery?  What about the geological composition of the planet, the presence of an adequate moon, a suitable tilt and rotation rate, a magnetic field, ability to avoid other types of radiation and flares, location in the galactic habitable zone, and many other factors?    If China was a riddle wrapped in an enigma, this is a twiddle wrapped in a dogma.  Remove the dogmatic assumption that chemicals will self-organize and breathe into themselves the breath of life, and the whole story evaporates anyway.  Suppose I started a story with, “assuming a pile of turtles…. ” and then built an elaborate model of earthquakes, tides, and atmospheric dynamics on it, complete with tensor calculus and detailed graphs.  No amount of hand-waving will cover up for crazy assumptions.    These guys have their history wrong, too.  Their “hard core” hypothesis, the “so-called Principle of Mediocrity,” is mostly empty space in the head.  Copernicus didn’t believe it, and neither did Kepler or Galileo.  These Argentinian scientists need to watch The Privileged Planet or get the book.    There’s an upside to papers like this.  Realistic investigations into the requirements for life underscore the hopelessness of explaining our planet and its life by chance, without factoring in a Designing intelligence who intended for Earth to be inhabited (e.g., Isaiah 45).  We’ve just learned He has given us enough light to enjoy plants and sunsets without being burnt to a crisp by UV.  That’s all the more reason to sing, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Projecturf: Simple Project Management for SMBs

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling Tags:#enterprise IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Design Makes All The DifferenceProjecturf is that it’s extremely well-designed, especially when viewed alongside alternatives like Basecamp, Viewpath and Clarizen. It’s no surprise that Projecturf looks good. It was designed by Rareview Interactive, a Webby Award-winning design agency. There’s ridiculously easy navigation, coherent layout of tasks and workflows, and full customization. Not “Just Another” SaaSYet another new Web-based project management software package may seem underwhelming at first glance. But Projecturf is mature enough out of the box that it already is capable of competing with the stand-by solutions in the market. Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… You’d think the potential for new project management software had been exhausted. But then, you see something new like Projecturf. The company has aimed its sights squarely at small and medium-sized business, and its feature set is particularly well-suited to development teams. With simple, elegant design, and a pricing plan comparable to Basecamp and other competitors, this new SaaS offering should capture a devoted following in no time.Unlimited? Who Cares?To date, most reviews and customer feedback on Projectruf have been wowed by the unlimited number of users and storage available all pricing levels of the software. But on comparison, promises of unlimited this or that are not exactly rare among project management solutions. What is fairly remarkable, especially for a new vendor who must be hungry for converts, is that they don’t hold back any features in order to entice customers to upgrade. last_img read more

Cavs, 76ers get to see their tantalizing guard combinations

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH GRIZZLIES 111, 76ERS 89Brandan Wright scored 16 points as the Grizzlies improved to 2-0 in the preseason.Jahlil Okafor and Robert Covington each scored 13 for the 76ers.GRIZZLIES: Mike Conley and Marc Gasol sat out. … Chandler Parsons played 18 minutes and had five points. … Andrew Harrison scored 14 points and JaMychal Green had 11.76ERS: JJ Redick scored 11 points in his 76ers debut. … Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, who finished second and third in last season’s Rookie of the Year voting, didn’t play. … Emeka Okafor, the former No. 2 overall pick trying to make an NBA comeback from back injuries, had two points in 9 1/2 minutes.UP NEXT: Memphis (2-0) visits Atlanta on Monday. Philadelphia (0-1) hosts Boston on Friday.HORNETS 108, PISTONS 106Rookie Malik Monk scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as Charlotte spoiled Detroit’s first game at Little Caesars Arena.Andre Drummond had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the Pistons’ preseason opener.HORNETS: Nicolas Batum sprained his left elbow and left 49 seconds into the game. … Jeremy Lamb scored 18 points off the bench. … Dwight Howard had 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Frank Kaminsky scored 13 points and Kemba Walker, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all had 10. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwayne Wade (9) shoots over Atlanta Hawks’ Dennis Schroder during the first half of an NBA pre-season basketball game in Cleveland, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose paired in the backcourt in Cleveland. Ben Simmons finally on the floor with Markelle Fultz alongside in Philadelphia.Two Eastern Conference teams with big aspirations got to see some of their tantalizing combinations together in their preseason openers Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT PISTONS: Avery Bradley scored 14 points in his first game since coming from Boston in a trade. … Tobias Harris had 13 points and nine rebounds.UP NEXT: Charlotte (1-1) visits Miami on Monday. Detroit (0-1) hosts Atlanta on Friday.PACERS 108, BUCKS 86Myles Turner and Lance Stephenson each scored 17 points in Indiana’s preseason opener.Gary Payton II had 15 points for a Milwaukee team that put no players in double figures.PACERS: Victor Oladipo, in his first game since coming from Oklahoma City in the Paul George trade, scored 15 points. Domantas Sabonis, the other played acquired in the deal, shot 3 for 11 off the bench for eight points in 14 minutes. … Darren Collison finished with 10 points, seven steals and five assists.BUCKS: All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo remains out following the death of his father. Also sitting out for the Bucks were Jabari Parker, Thon Maker, Jason Terry and Matthew Dellavedova. … Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon had five points and three assists.UP NEXT: Indiana (1-0) visits Cleveland on Friday. Milwaukee (0-2) visits Chicago on Friday.MAVERICKS 118, BULLS 71Harrison Barnes scored 17 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. added 14 and Dallas cruised to its second victory in two preseason games.Robin Lopez and Paul Zipser each had 12 for the Bulls.BULLS: Chicago may have run out of gas playing for the second straight night. After a 26-point first quarter, the Bulls limped to the final buzzer with quarters of 17, 17 and 11 points. … Kris Dunn was 1 for 9 from the field and the Bulls were outscored by 21 points in his 21 minutes. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Cam Newton comments to female reporter ‘out of line’ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MAVERICKS: Dallas made 18 3-pointers. … Dirk Nowitzki had eight points and nine rebounds from the starting center spot.UP NEXT: Chicago (1-1) hosts Milwaukee on Friday. Dallas (2-0) hosts Orlando on Monday.NUGGETS 128, LAKERS 107Kenneth Faried had 25 points and seven rebounds in Denver’s second victory in three nights over the winless Lakers.Rookie Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points in a game where both teams rested top players in Ontario, California.NUGGETS: Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap, Gary Harris and Wilson Chandler sat out. … Faried was 11 for 13 from the floor. … Jamal Murray scored 20 points, Mason Plumlee had 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and Emmanuel Mudiay finished with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.LAKERS: No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball missed the game after injuring his ankle in Denver’s victory Monday. Brandon Ingram also got the night off. … Jordan Clarkson scored 13 points off the bench.UP NEXT: Denver (3-0) visits San Antonio on Sunday. Los Angeles (0-3) faces Sacramento on Sunday in Las Vegas. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Dennis Schroder had 18 points as the Hawks earned their first preseason victory.Love finished with 12 points and five rebounds in 15 minutes.HAWKS: Taurean Prince had 15 points and eight rebounds. … Dewayne Dedmon was 6 for 7 from the field and scored 13 points.CAVALIERS: Jae Crowder, acquired from Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade, started and scored eight points. … Iman Shumpert played a little over two minutes off the bench before leaving with a foot injury. … Kyle Korver shot 1 for 8, 1 for 7 behind the arc, against his former team. … Rookie Cedi Osman from Turkey had six points in 16 minutes of his debut.UP NEXT: Atlanta (1-1) visits Detroit on Friday. Cleveland (0-1) hosts Indiana on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Wade and Rose made their debuts for the Cavaliers, who got a great first impression from Kevin Love in the center spot. The former All-Star guards both scored seven points as Cleveland lost 109-93 to the Atlanta Hawks while LeBron James sat out while recovering from a sprained left ankle.The Cavs are making Love their starting center this season and he began the game with 3-pointers for Cleveland’s first two baskets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhiladelphia started the last two No. 1 overall picks together in its 111-89 home loss to Memphis. Simmons, who missed all of last season recovering from a broken foot, showed his versatility with six points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He shot only 2 for 8 and Fultz was worse at 2 for 13, finishing with four points in his first game.HAWKS 109, CAVALIERS 93last_img read more

Kings whip Bolts, grab 1-0 start

first_imgNU shoots for crown, perfect run Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Another crucial factor for the authoritative win was Ginebra’s defense on Allen Durham, whom the Kings held down to 27 points, just 10 in the first half where Ginebra made its most damage. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments PBA IMAGESLUCENA—Too big, too quick and too deadly, Barangay Ginebra couldn’t have come up with a more intimidating statement to start its PBA Governors’ Cup title series against Meralco Friday night.The Gin Kings were all over the Bolts right from the get-go and battered the Bolts black-and-blue, 102-87, at Quezon Convention Center here to seize a 1-0 start and also put a huge dent in the enemy’s psyche with the second game just two nights away.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Kings closed out the first period with a bang and jumped to a 40-23 lead in the second quarter after a Brownlee basket that buried the Bolts in a hole they were never able to climb out of.Meralco, the elimination round topnotcher, tried repeatedly to get back in the contest, narrowing that gap to within four in the dying seconds of the third after a four-point play by rookie Mike Tolomia.But a barrage of triples gave the Kings a 96-75 lead going into the final 5:05 and completely knocked the wind out of the Bolts.Game 2 is slated Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, and the Bolts would need to find an antidote to Ginebra’s imposing size and impeccable shooting if they want to avoid falling 0-2 behind.Only three franchises in the league’s history have defended the Governors’ Cup, with Ginebra looking to join the company of sister teams San Miguel Beer and San Mig Coffee and the Alaska Aces.ADVERTISEMENT Justin Brownlee scored 32 points, had 19 rebounds and missed a triple double by four assists to headline the unforgiving Kings, who led by as large as 21 for the emphatic Game 1 win in their grudge rematch for the season-ending title.The Bolts would now have a long road trip back to Manila, where they will have to pick up the pieces and figure out what went wrong, as the series-opener not a few tipped would be close got out of hand early.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the way Ginebra played—and dominated—actually surprised coach Tim Cone, who said that he expected a “rusty” team to go out there.“I was surprised that we played this well,” Cone said after getting five players in twin digits. “I was surprised that we controlled the game from start to finish.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

GoDaddy’s 16-Step Checkout: Brainless Marketing At Its Finest?

first_imgI’ve been a GoDaddy customer for a while. However, the only thing I’ve used them for is domain registrations (and even then, only a handful of the hundreds of domains I own are with GoDaddy). Now, if you’ve used GoDaddy much at all, you probably already know what I’m talking about regarding the tediousness of the checkout process. Whenever I go through it, I file it away with one or both of the following arguments/excuses as to why they do this to me: Accept the “Universal Terms of Service” (though if they’re universal, why did I need to accept two other things in Step #6)? Better yet, if I was signing away my first-born in step #6 anyways, why not go ahead and get me to check one more box for the Universal Terms of Service. [Note to self: Since these terms are “Universal”, I’ve likely forfeited the right to sell my domains when we inhabit Mars]. B) It must be working for them, or they wouldn’t do it. 3. 4. Login. No surprise. I took the screenshots out as it was just too painful to watch. Done! (With 19 more special offers and a checkbox for each as a last desperate attempt to sell me something). Read the “Secure Checkout” message which is a personal note and thank you from Bob Parsons (the CEO of GoDaddy). He’s explaining to me what a CAPTCHA is (you know, those annoying graphic messages that you have to read and type in the characters for). He also tells me that the reason they’re making me do this is to protect me and for my security. I thought that was what my username and password was for. My guess is that this is really to protect them from script-kiddies that have a GoDaddy account and do some automated thing like buy a bunch of domain names. Since GoDaddy has gone to all this trouble to design a complex checkout process, they don’t want folks building automated scripts that simply, um, register a domain name in one step. Agree to the Transfer Agreement and Domain Register Agreement. Too much legalese to read. I do like most humans do and just agree to the terms. Click on “Accept Account Change. Note that this is just a button in the upper right corner. There’s no indication (yet) of what I’m accepting. 6. 16 Gates of GoDaddy Checkout Hell Originally published Oct 11, 2007 12:57:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Skip by another offer to register a new doman name that is my name (dharmeshshah.name). I receive this exact same offer every time I transfer a domain name in. You’d think that eventually they’ll figure out that I don’t really care and am *never* going to buy this domain. Stop asking me. I have dharmesh.com already, and that’s good enough. Click on “Pending Account” changes. Not sure why this is a “pending account change”. I’m just transferring a domain in. I would think that enough people transfer domains around within GoDaddy that they could afford a link that just said “Approve Domain Transfer In”. 14. 5. Enter a Transaction ID and Security Code. This is two different sets of random tokens that I receive from the domain seller (that basically lets the system really know it’s me). Not a big deal, as long as you’ve received these two things and haven’t lost them. I’d argue that if the seller designated a specific account to transfer into, then this step should be unnecessary. Some may think I’m being overly naïve here. Granted I’m not a real marketing guy (and don’t play one on TV), but I have to believe that GoDaddy should be a wee bit smarter about how it segments it’s customers, how the checkout process should work for them, and base things a little bit on what the customer is actually trying to do. Sure, I can understand the motivation to “upsell” things, and they’re clearly more successful than I am. But, so is Amazon, who also has a lot to sell me, and it doesn’t take 16 steps to buy something from them. So, I know it can be done. 2. Skip by 22 offers to buy/upgrade a bunch of stuff (this is in addition to offers already shown on all pages). I’m not making this up. 22 different offers each with their own checkbox. I’d be curious to know how many people *actually* buy something from this page. I’m guessing non-zero, or they wouldn’t have it here. But, I’m also guessing that the “optimum” number of offers to show is not likely 22. I click Continue at the bottom. As it turns out, GoDaddy is a popular registrar and when I buy premium domains from others, they are often using GoDaddy. As such, instead of using my primary domain registrar (eNOM), I use my GoDaddy account because the transfer process (should) be easier. Click the Checkout button. Yes, it’s another Checkout button. Similar to what we saw in Step #10 Review my Shopping Cart (Note: I have not bought anything, I’m just transferring a domain in). I also have the ability to apply a promotional code — despite that my price is zero as this is just a transfer. I also have the ability to update my cart, though I can’t change any quantities or delete any items. Lots of unnecessary UI distractions giving me options that are either not relevant or not even options. Go to “My Account”. Could be a bit more obvious, but nevertheless, it works (and since I’d done it before, I knew where to go). 12. 13. 15. But, some recent experiences really irritated me well beyond the usual level of irritation I have with GoDaddy — and it got me to thinking. Is this brainless or brilliant marketing? I think brainless. Let me explain. 8. Review my billing and information and read the “Final Step: Confirm Your Order Amount” box (which buy the way, shows $0 since this is a domain transfer). Billing information not really necessary for this “zero cost transfer”, but am OK with this, as they’re likely trying to make sure things are accurate for domain renewals later. So, to set the stage for the list of steps below a few things you should know: I already have a GoDaddy account. I’m transferring a domain from *another* GoDaddy user. Both users have been on GoDaddy many times and have done transfers/exchanges many times. There was no cash trading hands at this point (so the checkout was a “zero dollar” checkout). 7. Click the Checkout button. This, at least, was obvious. 9. 11. Enter the CAPTCHA code (which thankfully is not as indecipherable as some of the ones I’ve seen) 16. 10. 1. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack A) I’m not the target audience. What do you think? If you were the head of marketing at GoDaddy would you change their checkout process?last_img read more

Links for Marketing Mavens

first_img Originally published Apr 25, 2008 11:35:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Topics: SEO Here are some of my favorite articles from links.hubspot.com for this week:Leveraging PR To End The B2B Content Development StruggleBut, I Don’t Have Time For Social Media…Engage in Social Networks to Build Blog TrafficWhat is the Top Social Media Site Among Small Biz?In addition, here are some great articles from the HubSpot archives for all of our new readers who may have missed them last year:Shortest Tutorial Ever on SEO (Search Engine Optimization)Executive Summary: Linkbuilding and SEO for the Internet Marketing Neophyte7 Signs You Should Run Screaming From An SEO ConsultantHave a happy Friday! 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

5 Ways Sales People Can Use Twitter

first_img 5 Ways Sales People Can Use Twitter brand building While email and phone might be your most common means of communicating with your customers, these become useless when your contacts change jobs. Using social networks like Twitter is a great way to stay in touch as your contacts move to new companies. And, new jobs can present new business opportunities for additional sales from your existing contact. We’ve experienced this a number of times, with a few repeat HubSpot customers who purchased the software each time they moved to a new company. Stay aware of big (or small) changes in your lead’s industry by checking into Twitter! For example, hear that your lead’s  competitor made an announcement but don’t know the details? Calling every day at 9 am might not be the most effective way of reaching your lead. If they’re on Twitter, you can get the inside scoop of when they’re traveling on business, or in meetings, or actually at their desk available to take a call. Not that this guarantees your lead will answer the phone, but you can bet that your chances go up if they’re actually at their desk. lead generation doug88888 We can – and do – go on and on about ,  how marketers can use Twitter 3. Find the Best Time to Contact Your Lead Want to learn more about using Twitter for Marketing and PR? Originally published Oct 21, 2009 8:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 for the competitor’s name to find out if anything is indeed going on. Twitter’s real time updates are great for getting wind of big news before it’s even published across the web. Before calling up your lead, do some research – both on their website and on Twitter. Find out what their employees and their customers are saying about them so that you can start off a warmer call and show that you better understand their company and their needs. 4. Get Feedback on Your Pitch Topics: Download the free webinar used that feedback to actually improve our pitch going forward. 2. Stay Plugged in to Industry News for PR, thought leadership and  Twitter Marketing , and more. But a recent conversation I had with one of our very own awesome sales people made me realize all the ways sales people can use Twitter as part of their jobs as well. 5. Stay Connected When Customers Change Jobs Search on Twitter The best way to get honest feedback about your pitch is to find out what your lead says about you after they get off the phone with you. What do they say when they turn around to their friends and colleagues? Twitter gives you the opportunity to “listen in” on this conversation. In fact, we did just that recently and for tips and tricks to drive inbound marketing using Twitter. 1. Research Companies Webinar: Twitter for Marketing and PR Photo by Have any other ideas or experiences of sales people using Twitter? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! 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 Social Media Is Bad for Marketing

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Jul 20, 2010 11:45:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 While social media has contributed many great things to marketers, all of the good stuff doesn’t come without its own baggage. We have talked about the good side of social media for marketing a lot on this blog, but we have under-reported on the negative aspects that social media has brought to the marketing industry. Stepping back to think about it, these seven negatives are clearly consequences of the growth of social media as a marketing discipline.7 Reasons Social Media Is Bad for Marketing 1. Focus on Scale at the Detriment of Relationships – Many people view social media as a way to engage with more people in a faster way than ever before. Yes, information on the social web moves fast, but often at the expense of deeper personal relationships. Marketers, while they can reach customers in new ways and get feedback from them faster than ever before, still aren’t personalizing communications and engagement to the benefit of customers and the organization. Most corporate social media content is too often re-purposed from another channel or vague and not customized to the prospects’ preferences in different social channels. 2. Focus on the Wrong Metrics – A fan or a follower isn’t a business objective. Social media has enabled marketers to chase metrics that don’t impact their business. The reason for most of the discussion surrounding social media ROI is caused by measuring the wrong metrics. Reach, leads and sales should be some of the tangible metrics that are measured as part of social media marketing strategies. 3. Time Isn’t Free – One of the big misconceptions is that social media is free. While many tools are free or low cost, they take a substantial amount of time to learn and use. Time isn’t free. Many marketing departments are becoming overloaded or passing off social media to interns because they underestimate the time it takes to learn and implement. 4. Another Organization Silo – Social media should be a catalyst for integration, but instead it has caused further silos in too many organizations. Instead of becoming a component of every department within a company, social media is now another group under the marketing umbrella and sits in a silo away from other disciplines like customer service and product development where it could be an important factor for organizational improvement. 5. More Noise Than Ever Before – Social media has reduced the cost of sharing information with others to practically zero. Because information sharing is now so simple, the web is getting continuously crowded with more and more information that is spam or irrelevant. All of this noise makes it harder to reach target prospects and for messages to resonate. 6. Online Gluttony – Now that online communication can be so easy and scalable, many marketers are going over-board with detriment to their marketing goals. This means that instead of having the right blend of online and offline marketing activities, some marketers are placing most or all of their attention online. While online is an important part of marketing, offline events and marketing still drive results and support important sales and marketing relationships. 7. Lack of Change – Social media has been a catalyst of change for the way millions of people communicate. Unfortunately, most marketers haven’t changed. The content marketers are putting into social media is the same boring and legally reviewed sound bites that people have tuned-out on TV and in print. Marketers are doing the same thing and expecting to get different results. Social media is not driving this change, but just enabling marketers to do bad marketing easier. Do you agree? In what ways do you think social media is bad for marketing?  Photo Credit: |Chris|     Topics: Social Media Marketinglast_img read more