Defusing social media bombs

first_img continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today, the consensus is that it is integral for you to have a strong online presence if you want to build a strong brand. With so much information being consumed online, it is almost impossible to build a brand without incorporating social media, a blog and/or a website into your content marketing strategy. According to a blog post on, statistics show that “53% of Americans who follow brands on social media are more loyal to those brands; 71% of consumers who have a good social media service experience with a brand are likely to recommend it to others and 33% of people prefer to contact a company through social media as opposed to by phone.”In fact, many of your existing clients, and your potential clients, searched for your credit union and were first introduced to your brand online. In an article titled “Your Credit Union Brand’s New Front Door”, Callahan & Associates’ Director of Marketing & Engagement, Alexandra Gekas Selby explored the reality that your branch is no longer the first introduction to your brand. Despite this, many credit unions do not have a strong online presence.  You may be thinking “I have a website where members can login and manage their accounts through online banking and potential members can get information on my great rates, products and services. What more do I need?” But today, much more is needed. So, for many, there is a lack of awareness, but for some it is a shortage of resources and for others, it is a fear of the risk of exposing their brands to the scary online space. This is a legitimate fear but what is even more scary is not being involved in the online space and having no awareness or power to respond if your brand is being portrayed negatively there.last_img read more

Firestone’s Laudable Initiative—A Harbinger of Things to Come?

first_imgThe Firestone Plantations   Company has continued to play an important role in Liberia’s education. After many years of inaction,   they finally took over the Harbel High School, whose students have been winning national prizes.  It was, unfortunately, not the company but the Liberian government under President William R. Tolbert, Jr. that built the plantation’s first secondary institution.  A few years ago the company finally took it over, and since then it has fared prominently in the National Exams.  We hope the company will in the near future provide its primary and high schools with libraries, laboratories and best teachers to further prepare its students for excellence.This, however, is not what       prompted today’s editorial; but the announcement yesterday that the company had awarded 41 highly  competitive scholarships, mostly in higher education, to  students at Cuttington      University (CU).               The vast majority of these   students are registered to study Science, especially Agriculture, Biology and Chemistry.  This is encouraging because Firestone is an industrial company; and though its operations, after nearly ninety years, are still only extractive, yet its sponsorship of Agricultural and Science education may be a sign of things to come.  Should these students do exceptionally well—and we fervently pray they will—the company may be encouraged to send them on to graduate school, some of them to study Agricultural and Industrial Engineering.  By the time they return, the company may have decided to attempt some manufacturing operations, using their rubber, at long last, to make added value products—rubber bands, gloves, footwear, masks, etc.The company has already started a minor manufacturing  operation—producing from its old rubber trees wood for furniture making.  We think this is a good beginning which we hope will stop at nothing until it starts producing first class furniture in Liberia and fulfill Finance Minister Amara Konneh’s dream of exclusive purchasing of home-made furniture for GOL offices.But Firestone’s graduate students, who would have received their beginning in Science at Cuttington, could go on to encourage the company to enter the rubber industrial field, and one day begin making tires for West Africa’s automobiles.  We are sure the company would find the market lucrative enough to warrant such a revolutionary venture.  Liberia, as a founding member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and an excellent neighbor, would find it easy to sell tires to the 16 ECOWAS member states and beyond.We hope that these Firestone students will read this Editorial, determine to take their studies very seriously and start dreaming BIG for the industrial development of their country.  We pray, too, that many of them will recognize what God in history has often done with ONE person—to undertake great things for Him, for humanity and the world.  Remember Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph the Dreamer, Moses, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela.  Remember Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, and the Wright Brothers, inventors, respectively, of the first telephone, automobile and airplane.  Remember Harvey Firestone who, despite his shortcomings, created a company that for nine decades has consistently remained   Liberia’s biggest private employer. Remember Steve  Tolbert who, despite his faults—and we all have ours— created to date the largest and most successful Liberian-owned industrial enterprise—Mesurado—selling fish in refrigerated trucks and providing protein to people throughout the country; supplying chickens and eggs,  making oxygen, acetylene and other gases for industrial operations; supplying aluminum and other building materials; and shipping shrimps to Japan and other international markets.  All this, remember, was accomplished by God and ONE man.So we pray that these Firestone students—yea ALL other Liberian students—will take life very seriously—and their studies, too—so that one day they, too, may become men and women of ACHIEVEMENT, like all the others mentioned above.Liberia needs men and women who will make a difference by creating enterprises that, like Firestone who helped these students, will employ thousands and industrialize Liberia. They can do it!  Liberia has the resources—human and material.  All we need is ONE man or woman to take the initiative and do what other ONE men and women have done for their God, their   countries and the world.One last thing: Can Firestone begin thinking of starting a Medical School and Schools of Agricultural and Industrial Engineering at Cuttington?  Cuttington has the land—1000 acres and the Bong people could give them more land to further fulfill the immortal dreams of Bishops  Samuel David Ferguson and  Bravid W. Harris—two other ONE men that made and continue to make a difference.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors, 122, Knicks, 95: Warriors returned to dominance

first_imgClick here if you have trouble viewing this video or gallery in your mobile device.OAKLAND -– Just as the Splash Brothers walked off the court, Klay Thompson had something poignant to tell Stephen Curry about the Warriors’ 122-95 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.“When’s the last time we blew somebody out?” Thompson asked. “2016?” It has been much more recent. The Warriors have beaten opponents by at least 20 points in seven different games this season, …last_img read more

Knighthood for SA businessman

first_img15 June 2005South African property and insurance magnate Donald Gordon has been awarded a knighthood for his service to the arts and business, reports Business Day.Gordon, who holds both UK and South African citizenship, built up two successful business empires, Liberty Life in South Africa and top UK property company Liberty International. He was named in the Queen’s birthday honours list last weekend, the paper reports.“I’m obviously very pleased about the recognition,” he told Business Day on Monday. “I have had British nationality for 21 months.”Gordon has made significant donations to British opera.Last year the Sunday Times reported that his £20-million (R248-million) sponsorship of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and the renamed Donald Gordon Opera Theatre in Cardiff could earn him a knighthood. It is believed that this is the largest single private donation ever made to the arts in the UK.Gordon, who will turn 75 next week, emphasised that he still had strong ties with South Africa, the country of his birth, according to Business Day.“I am a dual citizen of the UK and South Africa. I am a very happy South African citizen and I am a very happy British one – I am very fond of both countries.”Gordon retired from Liberty Life in 1999, but still contributes to many South African charities.The Donald Gordon Foundation, formed in the early 1970s, is the largest private charity in Southern Africa.The Sunday Times reports that its donations include R100-million to Wits University for the Donald Gordon Medical Centre.The Gordon Institute of Business Science is named in recognition of Gordon’s contribution to South African business, and Gordon’s R30-million endowment to the institute.Gordon told Business Day he would like to “resuscitate the ballet and opera world” in South Africa. “I am prepared to put in a lot of effort if I can find the right route in.”In 1957 Gordon, a chartered accountant by profession, founded Liberty Life Association of Africa with initial capital of R100 000. By the time he retired as chair of Liberty Life in 1999, the company was valued at over R40-billion.At the time Liberty Life was the largest listed life company and the third-largest life insurance company in South Africa, and was also listed on the London Stock Exchange.Gordon co-founded UK company Abbey Life Insurance, which has since become one of the largest life companies in the UK and is a major subsidiary of Lloyds Bank.In 1980 Gordon founded Liberty International, a £5-billion (R62-billion) shopping centre and commercial real estate business and the third-largest property company in the UK.Gordon will retire from Liberty International at the end of this month, Business Day reports. The company has invited him to stay on as president for life.In October 2000 Gordon received the UK Entrepreneur of the Year Special Award for Lifetime Achievement. In December 1999 he was cited as the “Achiever of the Century in South African Financial Services” by the Financial Mail, the leading South African business reporterlast_img read more

Ohio No-Till Conference draws a crowd

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Problems and issues with weeds, slugs or planting into cover crops were all covered at the Ohio No-till Conference on Dec. 6Steve Groff, Bill Lehmkuhl and Bret Margraf led a discussion covering a broad array of equipment challenges. Attendees learned how to set closing wheels for green covers and how to eliminate hair-pinning (for either green or dead covers). A pusher bar is recommended for tall cover crops. For planting cover crop seed, a planter works best for a single variety. Or with individual hoppers, you can have two varieties in alternate rows, such as Austrian winter pea and oilseed radish. A drill works best for multi-species covers.“Battling slugs, voles and other varmints that love no-till and cover crops” kicked off the day and attendees learned from the experiences of consultant Mike Daley and Neil Badenhop with Valent. Slugs, voles and other pests can become problematic in the cover of long-term no-till fields with cover crops. Another distinguished panel discussed federal ag policy, especially as it relates to no-till, with moderator Joel Penhorwood of Ohio Ag Net. The panelists were Bill Richards, Mark Smith, and Fred Yoder and they covered a broad array of topics including the farm bill, the role of government cooperation in conservation and incentives for no-till and cover crops.The annual No-Till Awards were presented to: soil scientist Frank Gibbs, Fisher’s Ag Service and Pickaway County no-till farmer Nathan Wilson. Scholarships were presented to two students, Chet Margraf and Bernard Kuether. Kale Marketing sponsors the plaques.The afternoon program started with Steve Groff of Pennsylvania. He has a history of no-till innovations and is now coaching farmers on cover crops. His topic is “Cover crops, no-till, and marketing opportunities for crops (and livestock) grown on healthy soil with conservation practices.”“Cover crops are a tool and a tool needs someone to manage that tool to do it right. A tool in the right hands can do something phenomenal. You are the manager to make it work right. Our job is to learn how to best manage it and grow your soil. We have forgotten the biology over the last several decades and now we are bringing it back,” Groff said. “Our soils were formed by multiple plant species with living roots in it all of the time. We have violated that principle of nature with our modern farming practices. Green is good in our fields but not in the water. We have a role to play in helping to clean up whatever watershed we happen to be in and I think most of us would prefer the carrot to the stick.”In addition, no-till farm families shared their stories, a variety of situations, challenges and solutions. The three families were: Nathan Wilson, Pickaway County; Nathan Brause, Crawford County; and Vince, Dan and Tyler Uetrecht, Warren County.The closing speaker was Jeff Stachler, OSU Extension in Auglaize County. He studied weeds for his Ph.D. and discussed strategies and practices to battle resistant weeds, including waterhemp, Palmer, and ragweed. Even if you don’t currently have a problem, you likely will soon if you don’t plan to prevent infestations. Steve Groff of Pennsylvania. He has a distinguished history of no-till innovations and is now coaching farmers on cover crops. Jan Laymen with the Ohio No-Till Council commented throughout the day. A scholarship was presented to Chet Margraf. The annual No-Till Awards were presented to: soil scientist Frank Gibbs, Fisher’s Ag Service (not pictured), Pickaway County no-till farmer Nathan Wilson. Steve Groff, Bill Lehmkuhl and Bret Margraf led discussion to close the morning program that covered a broad array of equipment issues. Joel Penhorwood moderated a distinguished panel with Bill Richards, Mark Smith, and Fred Yoderlast_img read more

I Want My Foldable iPhone – Right Now, Please

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts When could we possibly expect such a device – if ever? Who knows? As Forrester’s Colony writes:Now this won’t be easy. The hinge technology will have to be an engineering marvel, and making the folding crease of the screen invisible will pose problems in materials, optics, and touch technologies. No, this will not be easy.But consider the potential of such a device: All your data continually available to you everywhere you go – all on a single screen that fits in your hand, can slip inside your pocket, can be quickly transformed into a larger-screen tablet or e-reader and could even serve as a small television. Who wouldn’t want a device like that?“Foldable” iPhone concept photos from Forrester. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian s hall Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#iPhone I want a “foldable” iPhone. Now.I’m certain I’m not alone in this desperate desire. In fact, a foldable iPhone could – potentially – replace the 1+ billion smartphones and the 4+ billion mobile phones in use around the world, along with the several hundred million eReaders, tablets and phablets. It’s the one device to conquer them all. The world is waiting for this, Apple.Unless, of course, you believe, as ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski does, that a foldable computing device is half flip-phone silliness and half pie-in-the-sky unrealizable ambition.(See also Forrester CEO Thinks Apple Needs To Build A Foldable iPhone.)A Foldable iPhone Won’t Be EasyOn Tuesday, Rowinski dismissed the very idea of a foldable iPhone, as originally suggested by Forrester CEO George Colony:Let’s ignore the obvious caveat here where Colony admits that he has absolutely no idea if this is something that Apple would do. Colony’s view on foldable computing is pie in the sky thinking at best. Delusional at worst. As Rowinski notes, the many companies that have hyped dual-screen smartphones and “bendable” displays have so failed to deliver compelling products. Fair enough. And a truly foldable screen would no doubt be even harder to build.But you know what other things didn’t work until Apple created them? A full touchscreen smartphone. Tablets for the masses. Now, iPhone and iPad contribute more to Apple’s value than anything else – and have made the company the richest in all of tech-dom. The Screen’s The ThingThere’s also another element to all this that suggests Apple could already be thinking about such a device. When you consider the trajectory of Apple’s product introductions over the past few years, there’s a clear obsession with display technology – embodied by the inexorable spread of Retina Displays across the company’s product line. Then there’s iCloud, designed to put all your files, all your data, n the cloud where it’s instantly accessible from any Apple device. Or rather, any Apple screen. Apple’s goal it seems, is for everything to disappear – except for the screen. And what better screen than a foldable version that could be configured in whatever size you need at the time?It’s About Much More Than The iPhone 6The one point I don’t agree with either Rowinski or Forrester’s Colony is the notion that Apple must deliver a “huge win” with the iPhone 6.Hugely profitable, Apple remains in a solid second-place position, after Samsung, in global smartphone sales. An iPhone 6 that is not a “moon shot,” as Rowinski argues for, or is somehow “boring,” as Colony suggests, could still easily sell in numbers equivalent to the massively successful iPhone 5.Besides, focusing on the iPhone 6 misses the point. The foldable form factor should not be limited to one smartphone or designed to challenge a specific “phablet.” That’s selling the concept way short. Rather, a foldable iPhone would be an entirely new product and form factor capable of revolutionizing multiple categories of mobile devices. In fact, a “foldable iPhone” would be the device that killed the iPhone, that cannibalized the iPad, made the MacBook Air redundant and made an iWatch or Apple Television unnecessary.  Apple could, in one fell swoop, create a product that would replace its most popular products while simultaneously offering even greater value to even more customers.What Would A Foldable iPhone Take?A major user interface change would not be required. Apple could continue to support app developers just as it does today, simply by adhering to a “folding” standard like the ISO does for A Series paper. Each fold would conform to specific height-and-width dimensions, and apps would populate within the screen dimensions accordingly.last_img read more

Michigan State Is Going To Win The National Title, According To Jimmy Fallon’s Puppies

first_imgIt’s official – the Michigan State Spartans are going to win the NCAA title next Monday. Well, at least according to a bunch of ridiculously cute puppies. Tuesday night, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon renewed one of its more popular clips, airing a March Madness version of its “Puppies Predict” segment. Kentucky and Wisconsin each had one puppy eating from their bowl, while MSU eventually had three. Easy winner.After watching the clip, we’re not quite convinced that Fallon realizes that there’s a difference between Michigan and Michigan State, but that’s not really the point. The puppies have spoken. Head to the casino immediately.last_img read more

Feds mull competitiveness changes this fall after easing carbon tax thresholds

first_imgMorneau’s office has been studying a number of different options – but it has yet to promise that it will make any changes at all.Last week, following months of consultations, Ottawa scaled down its carbon pricing plan for heavy industrial emitters with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas production without driving firms from Canada altogether.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says companies told Ottawa the initial plan announced last winter was too onerous.Business associations have called on Ottawa to cut corporate taxes in Canada. They’ve argued the U.S. tax changes could end up inflicting more damage on the Canadian economy than would the possible termination of North American Free Trade Agreement. OTTAWA, O.N. – The federal Finance Department says changes could be on the way this fall to address Corporate Canada’s competitiveness fears in a week that has already seen Ottawa take steps to help some businesses avoid losing an edge due to the Liberals’ controversial carbon pricing plan.A spokeswoman for Bill Morneau says the finance minister been spending the summer listening to a wide range of perspectives on Canada’s competitiveness challenges and, if he is to make any adjustments, they would be announced in his fall economic statement.For months, the business community has fired off numerous warnings to Ottawa that recent changes _ such as major corporate tax reforms in the United States – have put the country at a deep disadvantage.last_img read more

Northern Development Initiative Trust elects first female chair and allfemale executive committee

first_imgNew members to the Board include Lori Ackerman, Margo Wagner, and Carol Leclerc.Ackerman will be serving as Vice-Chair, Wagner as Board Chair, and Leclerc as Director at Large.Wendy Benyk is serving as finance committee chair for a second term.CEO of Northern Development Initiative Trust, Joel McKay, says he would like to congratulate Wagner on becoming the Board’s first female chair.“I want to congratulate Chair Wagner on her election as Chair of the Trust’s Board of Directors and as the first female to sit at the head of the director’s table. I admire Chair Wagner’s commitment to the people and causes that impact the north and look forward to working together with her and the rest of our executive team.”Northern Development is an independent regional economic development corporation focused on stimulating economic growth and job creation in Central and Northern British Columbia. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Northern Development Initiative Trust has announced the acclimation of three new executive members to its board of directors.According to the Trust, for the first time since its inception, the board has a female chair and an all-female executive committee.These new executive members were elected at the Trust’s Annual General Meeting on April 24, 2019.last_img read more