suggests otherwise. HubSpot TV Episode #19 – December 12, 2008 http://bit.ly/XJ4A How to interact on Twitter – @karenrubin @mvolpe Mailbag ! http://www.toprankblog.com/2008/12/5-tips-for-successful-blog-optimization/ http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/smiling_in_your_social_network_photos_means_you_have_more_friends.php Question: Do you enjoy the extra content we have been posting to the iTunes feed? http://www.postadvertising.com/post/2008/12/12/Holiday-Season-Brings-Many-AdsOr-Does-It.aspx Thanks for the feedback on the show length! Marketing Takeaway: Make sure you are using your blog to have a conversation. No one cares about your products, so talk about what’s really interesting to your customers. Submit your votes for best viral video of 2008 to us…. Intro Search Advertising Surges in Q4 Marketing Tip of the Week @indyjones would love to know more about best practices for twitter bio. I’ve had good luck with @grader suggestions based on bios, but Remember to subscribe in iTunes – Viral Videos http://www.marketingsherpa.com/sample.cfm?ident=30953 http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2008/12/10/health-check-how-trusted-is-your-corporate-blog/ Subscribe in iTunes http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2008/12/search-advertising-surges-in-q4-%e2%80%93-defying-the-economic-downturn.html @davecriswell asked When/How should you initially interact with inbound leads? Maybe don’t mention your brand: http://blog.clickz.com/081209-172517.html TiVo Shows Ads on Pause http://success.hubspot.com/Customer-Discussion-Forum/forumid/97/postid/6026/view/topic http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/08/the-newspaper-indust.html Like HubSpot TV? http://rohitbhargava.typepad.com/weblog/2008/12/forrester-finds.html Marketing Takeaway: Print news is dying, find alternative methods to marketing. HINT: Look at inbound marketing. Squeeze Pages as an inbound marketing technique, good or bad? Marketing Takeaway: Recessions make people focus more on inbound marketing. Gatorade Ball Girl http://www.smartmarketmovie.com/eric/typical-online-video-watched/ http://itunes.hubspot.tv Chicago Tribune and the Death of Newspapers Marketing Takeaway: Make sure you have a good friendly photo of yourself to use on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, your blog and other social media sites. Headlines Closing 84% of Corporate Blogs Suck http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/4437/You-Oughta-Know-Inbound-Marketing.aspx Marketing Takeaway: Figure out how to make your ads less interruptive. You Oughta Know Inbound Marketing Forum Fodder Smiling in your Facebook Photo Gets You More Friends Originally published Dec 13, 2008 2:47:00 PM, updated July 04 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
If you’re launching a new product — or even just putting new energy into an old product — the holy grail of marketing is a hearty endorsement from a popular independent blogger. conference on behalf of the company. Webinar: Advanced Business Blogging You can offer giveaways, contests, products for review, or sponsor a blogger! on Twitter), a popular and prolific independent blogger based in Boone, NC, explains. Engage in their conversation and learn what they love. Add fuel to their fire and get to know the fans of your products. When she and a handful of other bloggers began using and enjoying Nintendo’s new exercise/video game platform, RealLifeSarah WiiFit Originally published Sep 30, 2009 8:11:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Download the free webinar 3. Reach out and give them something to write about. 2. Create space where bloggers will create content for you. In the video above, Sarah points to three keys for companies trying to engage independent bloggers: Blog World But how do you do that? What can you as a marketer do to get bloggers talking about your product? The blog, What do you think? Do you have any other tips for companies trying to engage independent bloggers? Please share them in the comments. to learn how to create a thriving blog. 1. Find those who are already talking about you. , has been a huge hit. It caught the attention of EA Sports, which then sponsored the group of bloggers to attend the In the video below, Sarah Pinnix (@ Wii Mommies Learn how to build your business blog into an inbound marketing machine. Sarah is well qualified to give this advice. , they decided to setup a blog dedicated to the product. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Blogging Topics: Invite writers to guest blog on your site or post in forums. Let them know that content creation is encouraged.
@Shama If you have the time and resources and it fits into your strategy, you should be on multiple social media sites growing your network. , and build a good community there. But also be sure to get your profiles on the other sites to protect your brand. The Hangouts feature on Google+ is a good tool to use too. It’s a way to video chat with small groups of people informally. You can certainly do research and educational things using it. If you have a personal brand, or if you’re the social media spokesperson for your company, you should get involved and set up your profile. Use the right links to link to your website. The most important thing right now is just setting it up correctly, even if you’re not devoting a lot of time to it right now. Inbound Now is currently in booking mode for upcoming episodes! Is there a certain topic you would like covered or an expert you would like to see come on? The Google +1 Button . Shama.TV How much time you should spend on Google+ Check out other episodes of Inbound Now Why Google+ will matter to marketers the Google +1 Button “You can essentially create multiple mini-social networks within Google+ and then share things with them specifically. You can characterize what you want to share with each group and maintain those relationships differently. Facebook also allows you to do this with lists. I just think Google+ is a lot more intuitive to do this.” “You don’t have to spend a lot of time on Google+, is what I find.” . Also, grab a copy of her book, . People with profiles are coming up in Google searches. You should also maximize the description you can add beneath your name. You can follow Shama on Twitter Why Google+ Matters (Currently, you cannot create a business profile on Google+, but according to a Google spokesperson, Using Google+ for Market Research “Just in general, right now the engagement level is a lot higher on Google+.” . . on her page your Twitter account With any new social media tool, it’s important not to abandon ship too early. Consistency is important. You have to do it for a while. Put the time into Google+, but don’t get rid of your fan pages or leave The Reasoning Behind Circles in Google+ Also, people don’t know exactly which circle you add them to. They’re just notified that you added them to a circle in general. or drop me a line on our Using Google+ for market research The Zen of Social Media Marketing “From a cost benefit analysis, and a very rough cost benefit analysis, it will take you like 20 minutes or less to set up a profile. Do it.” Connect With Shama Online start with Facebook Shama Kabani , on Facebook The Marketing Zen Group this feature will be available in a few months If you don’t have the resources to constantly maintain everything, It won’t take you much time. It’s free to do. The difficult thing won’t be getting followers now. It will be maintaining followers as we move forward. SEO Google’s thought process behind this is that people live their lives in layers. We have a layer of professional friends. We have a layer of close friends. We have a bunch of different layers. Google+ lets you create different circles and share things with specific people based on your relationship and by dragging and dropping them into a circle. . social media and inbound marketing podcast “Google’s gotten a lot of flack over time in terms of the quality of its search results. They’re a smart company. They know this. So the only way to really fix this is to make search smarter. And you make it smarter by making it relevant, and you make it relevant by letting people ‘plus one’ it.” If you do nothing else with Google+ right now, go in and Contact me on Twitter Would you like to see a particular marketing mastermind on the show? @DavidWells . She was on the Top 25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs in America list by Businessweek, and she’s been named an Online Marketing Shaman by Fast Company. Shama runs her own web TV show over at “Because Google is the king of search engines and rules a lot of traffic online, Google+ is going to play a big part in that.” Shama is the author of . By putting it on your site, it allows visitors to “plus one” it, thereby recommending it as a good article, page, etc. This is going to make search more social and play a part in how Google ranks websites. Originally published Aug 4, 2011 11:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Google has added . Don’t forget to check out Should You Wait to Sign Up for Google+? The Zen of Social Media Marketing How Much Time Should I Spend on Google+? Topics: ! contact page set up your profile .) her web TV show , and on Google+ by searching for Don’t forget to share this post! Right now is a great time to ask questions on Google+ because the most active users are there. Over time, Google+ will get diluted with people (like Twitter and Facebook), and the engagement will be lower. Shama Kabani joins us for another exciting episode of Inbound Now, HubSpot’s Google+ is very different than other social networks because it was built by the king of search engines, Google. You want to be an early adopter of Google+ because it will play a roll in social interaction going forward. and The Google +1 Button and its future impact on SEO In this episode, we chat about:
Originally published Sep 26, 2011 11:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 This is a guest post written by Lior Levine, a marketing advisor for an American based online company that offers personalized cancer care treatments. Lior also advises for the MA in political science department at the Tel Aviv University.Even though Google recently ended it’s Realtime Search deal with Twitter, which means Twitter’s fire hose is no longer catalogued and used in real-time search results, there’s still a good deal of SEO benefit to be gleaned from Twitter.Basically, Twitter is a natural complement to your site and a way to gain some additional spots on organic search engine results pages (SERPs), helping your website and its content get found. So how can you best leverage your Twitter account for search? Here are 7 tips to help you get started.1. Use Your Real Name WiselyIt’s important to note that your Twitter “Real Name” doesn’t have to be your actual name, unlike with Facebook. Instead, it can be virtually anything as long as it comes in under the 20-character limit Twitter imposes.As such, your Twitter “Real Name” is perhaps the most important thing you can set on your Twitter profile. It appears in the title tag for both your Twitter profile and your individual tweet pages. It’s highly searchable, and it’s something that will appear in Google’s link to your profile.This means you need to make sure your real name is both relevant to you, a keyword people are likely to search for, and something that will make people want to click.2. Make Your Username CountLike your real name, your Twitter username is crucial content that will be displayed in the title of your Twitter profile page and, in some cases, your individual tweet pages. Also like your real name, it can be anything you want as long as it comes in under the 15-character limit Twitter places on usernames.It is best to use this space wisely with an easily remembered, keyword-rich Twitter username that will get the attention of anyone searching for related keywords.It may seem like an impossible task. Fifteen characters certainly isn’t a lot to work with, but a few quick Google searches for keywords related to your site can reveal what kinds of Twitter handles are ranking well, giving you a template for success.3. Focus on Your Bio NextAfter your real name and username, your bio is the next most important thing you can edit. At 160 characters, it’s longer than a tweet, and it can be crucial to your SEO as it is both highly indexable content, and the first few words of it also appear in your Twitter page’s description.It is important to make your bio count. Make the first few words an interesting teaser that draws searchers to click and ensure that the entire bio has at least one or two of the keywords you’re targeting.4. Link, Link and Link Some MoreTo be strong in search engines, your Twitter profile needs the same thing any other site needs: lots and lots of links. Link to your profile everywhere you can, and do so with strong keywords in the anchor text.This works well because, even though your Twitter profile is closely related to your site, it is hosted on a different domain, meaning you can pass along a great deal of trust to it from your site. This makes your links to it much more valuable.You can further this benefit by encouraging others to link to your Twitter profile as well, such as including it in an author byline when you do guest blogging, which will improve the amount of authority it receives from search engines.5. Get Followers, Build RecognitionEvery follower you get is more than just a person reading your tweets. It’s a link to your Twitter profile on their “Following” page and possibly retweets and mentions of your profile, which also include a link to you.Although these links are “internal” in nature (meaning they are all links from within Twitter.com), they can help you compete with other Twitter profiles that might be on the same or a similar topic, giving you an additional edge.Since many searchers who land on Twitter profiles were doing Twitter-specific searches, this could be a very powerful advantage to have.6. Stay Focused With Your TweetsWhile it’s certainly fine and maybe even a good thing to have some fun with your Twitter account and go off-topic from time to time, you need to stay focused and regularly publish tweets that are on-topic and keyword-rich.It’s important to remember that your main Twitter profile, in Google’s eyes, is very much like any other page with a headline, body copy, and links. As with any other page, if that content is keyword-rich, it’s more likely to be ranked well.Keeping your tweets focused lets you keep that copy keyword-dense, giving Google exactly what it wants to see and encouraging it to rank your Twitter page higher than other, less-focused accounts.7. Don’t Forget Your URLWhile it’s true that your URL doesn’t actually pass on any SEO authority due to Twitter’s use of the “nofollow” tag, it’s still an important tool for directing the traffic your Twitter profile gets back to your site.Since the eventual goal of any Twitter presence is to turn that traffic back to your site and your business, forgetting to use your URL is a misstep you can’t afford to make.In the end, what separates Twitter most from your run-of-the-mill sites is that it exists in an almost-completely enclosed ecosystem. Therefore, much of your link building has to be done from within, and nearly all of your content building is done in the form of tweets.While this might limit what you can do with Twitter in terms of SEO, it doesn’t make Twitter any less powerful as an SEO tool. It just makes it one that you have to work a little bit harder at to succeed.Are you consciously taking advantage of Twitter’s SEO potential?Image Credit: Andreas Eldh SEO and Social Media Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics:
Not too long ago, I dove into some of our copious data from the 2013 State of Inbound Marketing Report to figure out where marketers get their customers. So I thought it’d be a good idea to back up a little bit and look at not just where customers come from — but where leads come from. After all, that’s where it all starts, right?Download our free marketing tool that helps you generate more leads and learn about website visitors.As with my previous post about customer generation, I tried my best to address as many demographic areas as possible — B2B versus B2C, U.S. marketers versus international marketers, as well as several different industries. If you don’t see your company type represented in this data but you’re interested in seeing more information of this nature, leave me a note in the comments and I’ll see what I can do next time I go data-diving.Lead Generation & Budget by Mode of BusinessNotable Findings:B2B companies get twice as many leads from telemarketing than B2C companies do (8% versus 4%).B2C companies get 3X more leads than B2B companies do through traditional advertising (9% versus 4%).The best three lead sources for B2B companies are SEO (14%), email marketing, (13%), and social media (12%).The best three lead sources for B2C companies are social media (17%), SEO (16%), and email marketing (15%).The worst three lead sources for B2B companies are traditional advertising (3%), PPC (6%), and direct mail (6%).The worst three lead sources for B2C companies are telemarketing (3%), trade shows (6%), and PPC (6%). Notable Findings:In the Banking/Insurance/Financial Services sphere, only 6% of leads come from PPC, but they are still allocating 9% of their lead generation budget toward this lead source.Marketing agencies are allocating 14% of their lead generation budget toward blogging.In the Nonprofit/Edu space, only 11% of leads come from traditional advertising, but they are still allocating 16% of their budget toward this source.In the PR/Communications/Media sphere, only 4% of leads come from PPC, but they’re allocating 7% of their lead generation money toward this source.In the Retail/Wholesale/Consumer Goods industry, 10% of leads come from traditional advertising, and they are allocating 14% of their budget toward this source.In the Technology (Hardware) space, 16% of leads come from email marketing, and 12% of their budget goes toward this source.In the Technology (Software) industry, 13% of leads come from trade shows, and they are putting 17% of their budget toward this source.Lead Generation & Budget by LocationNotable Findings:U.S. companies get more leads than international companies for the following sources: trade shows, email marketing, and social media.International companies get more leads than U.S. companies for the following sources: direct mail, blogs, SEO, PPC, and traditional advertising. Notable Findings:9% of small business leads are from blogging, and they are allocating 12% of their budget toward this lead source.15% of leads from medium-sized companies are from SEO, but they are only allocating 12% of their budget to this source.12% of leads from large companies are from SEO, but they are only allocating 9% of their budget towards this source. 11% of their leads are from traditional advertising, but they are allocating 15% of their budget to this lead source.Lead Generation & Budget by IndustryNotable Findings:The Nonprofit/Edu space and the Banking/Insurance/Financial Services industry get more leads through direct mail than their counterparts — 13% and 11%, respectively.The Technology (Hardware) industry gets at least double the number of leads (24%) through trade shows compared to the other industries represented.Marketing agencies get the most leads from blogging compared to the other industries.The Retail/Wholesale/Consumer Goods industry gets 19% of its leads from social media, the most when compared to the other industries surveyed.The Technology (Software) industry gets 16% of its leads from SEO, the leader with respect to the other industries surveyed. Notable Findings:International companies get 6% of their leads from PPC but are still allocating 9% of their budget towards this lead source.U.S. companies get 13% of their leads from SEO but are only allocating 10% of their budget toward this source.Average Cost per Lead Benchmark DataNotable Findings:B2B companies have a significantly higher cost per lead ($43) in comparison to B2C companies ($15).Medium companies have the lowest cost per lead ($19) in comparison to small ($31) and large ($38) companies.Marketing agencies have the highest cost per lead ($58) whereas the Retail/Wholesale/Consumer Goods industry has the lowest cost per lead ($6).U.S. companies have the highest cost per lead ($40); LATAM has the lowest cost per lead ($15).Is any of the lead generation data in here surprising to you? Does it jive with what you’re seeing in your own business? What other data would you like to see?Image credit: JD Hancock 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 Notable Findings:B2B companies are allocating 12% of their budget to trade shows but only getting 9% of their leads from that source.B2B companies are getting 14% of their leads from SEO but only allocating 12% of their budget to that source.B2B companies are allocating 8% of their budget to PPC but only getting 6% of their leads from that source.B2C companies are getting 15% of their leads from SEO but only allocating 13% of their budget to that source.B2C companies are allocating 13% of their budget to traditional advertising but only getting 9% of their leads from that source.Lead Generation & Budget by Company SizeNotable Findings:With direct mail, trade shows, telemarketing, and traditional advertising, the bigger the company, the more likely they are to get leads from the aforementioned tactics.Small companies are more than twice as likely to get leads from social media than large companies (18% versus 7%).Large companies are almost three times as likely to get leads from traditional advertising than small companies (11% versus 4%). X Originally published Jun 3, 2013 1:30:00 PM, updated September 05 2017 X Banking/Insurance/Financial Services industry (11%) X Lead Generation
Topics: Thankfully for all you recent college grads out there (and your parents), the job market’s looking up for folks who’ve recently gotten their diploma. More employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2015 than in previous years, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).And for those of you about to graduate, things are looking good, too: Two-thirds of employers who responded to NACE’s “Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update” survey reported they expected to increase or maintain current hiring levels for the Class of 2016.Woohoo! But … where do you actually go about finding these jobs? Download free resume templates to create a killer resume.When college graduates decide where to move to begin their careers, they aren’t just packing up and heading in droves to the usual suspects, like New York and San Francisco. In recent years, a surprising number of cities both in the U.S. and around the world have shown they can offer more entry-level job opportunities, higher incomes, better quality of life, lower cost of living … and in some cases, all four.We’ve scoured the web for studies, reports, and news stories to find some of the best places in the world to start a career after college graduation. Whether you’re aiming to begin a career in technology or finance or healthcare, or at a huge company, a startup, or a nonprofit, check out our favorites below, which are listed in no particular order.12 of the Best Cities to Start Your Career1) Austin, TexasImage Credit: White Blaze MediaAustin is one of the top tech hubs — not just in Texas, but in the whole of the U.S. It’s home to offices of some of the country’s top employers, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Cisco Systems, eBay, Blizzard Entertainment, Samsung, and more.”Entrepreneurs say it’s easy to start a business there, networking is top-notch, taxes are low, regulations are light, and hiring is a breeze,” writes Jose Pagliery for CNN.But Austin isn’t just a twin of San Francisco: First of all, it has a low cost of living compared with other capital cities in the U.S. Notably, it was #1 on WalletHub’s list of cities to start a career based on quality of life, #3 for population growth percentage, and #11 for entry-level opportunities.If you’re intrigued by a lively music and cultural scene, Austin’s friendly, funky vibe might just be the cherry on top. It’s a liberal city in an otherwise conservative state, and ranks #1 for “small business friendliness” according to a survey from Thumbtack. Its annual South by Southwest event — an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences — is a great example of the interesting mix of tech and art the city’s population holds dear.2) Amsterdam, NetherlandsImage Credit: Theo WinterIf you’ve ever been to Amsterdam or know someone who has, then you’ve likely gotten a taste of how beautiful and unique it is. With its gorgeous, 17th-century canals, parks, and paths, it’s a big city with a small-town feel. It has very bike-friendly roads — WIRED ranked it the second most bike-friendly city in the world in 2015, after Copenhagen. Plus, it’s super easy to get from Amsterdam to pretty much anywhere in the world: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has repeatedly been voted one of the best airports in the world, and it has high-speed trains connected to cities all over Europe.Beauty aside, Amsterdam’s economy is also thriving, making it an attractive place for young career-seekers. It has one of the lowest costs of living in Europe, and the Netherlands’ excellent tax laws are attracting tech companies to move there — and with them, job opportunities. It’s one of the most competitive business locations in Europe and host to a variety of industries, including a flourishing start-up scene. The Expatcenter works with the Dutch government to help highly skilled migrants and their families with residence permits, work visas, and taxes.Another reason to love Amsterdam? The culture. In the Netherlands, the Dutch refer to their culture as “Gezelligheid,” an abstract noun that has no true English translation. “It can mean quaint, cozy, friendly, warm, and/or welcoming,” writes Lisa Miller for The Huffington Post. The friendly community, the vibrant culture and nightlife, the great job opportunities, and the healthy work-life balance all make Amsterdam a great choice for starting your career. 3) Santiago, ChileImage Credit: International Health StrategiesAlthough it might be far from home for most of you, hear me out. Not only does Santiago have relatively low corruption, low debt, and some of the lowest business and income taxes in the developed world, but it’s also quietly positioning itself as a new hub of entrepreneurship and innovation in South America.Because it’s a pretty small country, Chile only graduates about 1,400 engineers every year — and most of that talent ends up going into natural resource industries. After all, the copper industry accounts for almost half of the country’s income.Chile’s government has recognized the need to attract talent from abroad — and made changes to accomplish that. The innovation strategy it’s been building is meant to attract the best and brightest from all over the world. One way it’s doing it? With the Startup Chile program, which it implemented with the goal of transforming the Chilean entrepreneurial ecosystem.4) Washington, D.C.Image Credit: E. David LuriaFor college graduates interested in public policy, government, nonprofits, and a growing startup scene, Washington D.C. is a great place to start and grow a career. Mashable gives it the #1 spot for networking opportunities. College grads will also be in great company, as almost one-third of the city’s population is between the ages of 20 and 34.WalletHub ranked it #3 in both quality of life and professional opportunities. And according to Fortune Magazine, it has a “reasonable cost of living for a city of its size.” The well-functioning public transportation system also spans to close by Virginia and Maryland, which have even more affordable housing options.If that hasn’t convinced you, then here’s the kicker: D.C. was named the best U.S. city for single people, scoring highest in the U.S. in “mating opportunities,” according to WalletHub. After all, with 58% of the population being single, there are plenty of fish in the sea.5) Denver, ColoradoImage Credit: City-Data.comThe combination of plentiful entry-level opportunities for young professionals, quality of life, and a gorgeous setting makes Denver a great place for young people to live and grow their careers — especially those who love the great outdoors.According to WalletHub, Denver is #8 on a list of 150 cities for professional opportunities for entry-level workers, and #13 for quality of life. WalletHub also found the “extraordinarily varied local economy generates lots of jobs, relatively high starting salaries, and robust income growth.”The city’s also well known for its vibrant art scene and the virtually unlimited list of things to do outside, including skiing, snowboarding, and hiking at over a dozen nearby local mountain resorts. It has a whopping 300 days of sunshine most years, and 80 miles of trails within the city limits alone.6) Houston, TexasImage Credit: City-Data.comHouston was #1 of 150 cities on WalletHub’s list for the highest starting salaries adjusted for cost of living. In fact, the median annual income there is 3X higher than in Honolulu. And although Houston is the United States’ fourth most populous city, its real estate prices don’t reflect that, according to CNN.The city has a great entrepreneurial business climate with little government intervention. The Atlantic called it “America’s #1 job creator” in 2013 after it became the first major city to not only regain all the jobs lost in the downturned U.S. economy, but also the first city to add more than two jobs for everyone one it lost after the crash. That’s just impressive. Its most lucrative industry? Energy, as you may have guessed, given its proximity to oil.7) Raleigh, North CarolinaImage Credit: Anderson PaintingRaleigh is one of the smaller cities on our list, but it’s become a go-to spot for college graduates interested in financial services, software, energy, retail, and its famous “Research Triangle.” The triangle is formed by three cities: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill — all three with major research universities. You’ll also find the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park here, too, which is one of the best tech research and development centers in the United States.Along with a solid economy, it’s been rated with a high quality of life (it’s accessible to both beautiful mountains and beautiful beaches) and low cost of living. Although the cost of living is beginning to creep up: One study found that a little under 72% of Raleigh-area homes are deemed affordable at the median income level.But many people who move to Raleigh after college end up settling there, which speaks to how attractive a place it is to live. Forbes named it the #1 place to raise a family in the U.S. 8) Montreal, CanadaImage Credit: The OdoraIf you want to live affordably in a big city and you’re willing to learn a little bit of French, then Montreal could be the perfect place to launch your career. The cost of living is lower than many North American cities, including other major Canadian cities like Vancouver and Toronto. Plus, the city’s employment growth rate is among the highest for major U.S. and Canadian cities. Its key industries are information and communications technologies, aerospace, and creative industries, according to Montreal International.Montreal is also one of the most culturally rich cities in North America, with a thriving live music and arts scene and a significant percentage of the population coming from cities and countries around the world. It has the second most diverse population in Canada after Ottawa-Gatineau. And let’s be honest … any city that dedicates an entire week to poutine (a delicious combination of fries, cheese curds, and gravy) and an entire month to igloos has their priorities straight.9) Boston, MassachusettsImage Credit: Dan HulubeiBoston is host to students from more than 100 colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, Boston University, and Boston College — many who end up sticking around after graduation. In recent years, the city has “gone to great lengths to stop young alumni from fleeing to bigger cities,” according to Thrillist. And it’s worked: Now, the city has the highest concentration of people ages 20 to 34 of any major U.S. city.Despite a higher cost of living than most of the cities on this list, salaries in Boston are overall attractive, sitting at 34% above the U.S. average. It’s a great place for college graduates who want to live in a big city, but who are overwhelmed by huge, sprawling cities like New York and Los Angeles. It’s also a great place for sports fans.(Oh, and did I mention HubSpot’s hiring in our Boston-area office?)10) Dallas, TexasImage Credit: Huston-Tillotson UniversityThat’s right: Another city in Texas made the shortlist. Why? Because of its many opportunities for entry-level employment, along with a healthy balance of low cost of living, high salaries, and low unemployment, according to a study by Apartments.com and CareerBuilder.com.Dallas is home to the headquarters for a lot of major corporations, including J.C. Penney, GameStop, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Dave & Busters, Frito-Lay, and Rolex. Its most thriving industries? Telecommunications, technology, and manufacturing. But And CNN reports that startups have been flocking there because of its low taxes and minimal government interference.11) Minneapolis, MinnesotaImage Credit: John WeeksWith its stable economy, low cost of living, and relatively high salaries, Minneapolis has earned its place as one of the best places to start your career after college. It was named one of Fortune Magazine’s top cities for finding a job, and is host to many well known companies like Target, 3M, General Mills, Wells Fargo, and the Mayo Clinic. According to NerdWallet, “Minneapolis is young, affordable and thriving economically, making it a solid choice for recent graduates.” The most popular industries for job seekers are in marketing, banking, and retail. Not only is rental housing affordable, but it’s plentiful, too: More than half of homes in the city are rentals, and about 5% of them are unoccupied. NerdWallet found that Minneapolis residents with a bachelor’s degree who are 25 years old or older will spend 21.8% of their income on housing, and in many cases, rents are under $1,000 a month.If you’re into staying fit, then you’ll fit right in, as that’s something the city’s well known for. It ranked #2 in the American Fitness Index’s list of fitness cities, and more than 80% of the city’s residents say they engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day. It’s no wonder, seeing as the city’s full of parks and trails that encourage an active lifestyle. You’ll have to stay motivated through the freezing winters, though.12) Sydney, AustraliaImage Credit: WikiProject SydneyThe thriving startup community, cosmopolitan spirit, and high quality of life are the biggest allures of Australia’s largest city. According to Virgin Entrepreneur, “Sydney is now home to a raft of start-up accelerators and incubators, which have resulted in a rapid expansion in microbusinesses in the city. … Australia produces some great talent and creative and innovative people — and in the tech sector, these people gravitate to Sydney. The Australian lifestyle also attracts smart people from around the world.”Alongside a strong but friendly business culture, you’ll find an excellent lifestyle and a culturally diverse population. The downside? A pretty high cost of living in comparison to other cities in Australia. It’s a tradeoff for an arguably better quality of life, if you think about the proximity of beaches and national parks to the city center. (And good news: HubSpot’s hiring here, too.)Which cities do you recommend for recent college graduates, and why? Share with us in the comments. Job Search Originally published Oct 5, 2015 8:00:00 AM, updated December 13 2018 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
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Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack With the Fed recently raising interest rates, it is clear that consumer confidence is up. Shoppers have more money in their pockets and are willing to spend it. So, trying to persuade them to purchase won’t be as much of a need in 2016 as compared to years past during the economic downturn.Download the complete guide to omni-channel marketing here.No, this year, attracting and converting customers will be the biggest challenge, especially for brands who have not embraced the omnichannel trend. Why? Easy—studies suggest that the rise of technology and the plethora of options it affords us has lowered human attention span to less than that of a goldfish. For retailers, this means that a potential new customer wanting to purchase, say, a dress, has a lot of distractions in her way before she lands on your site.The Rise of OmnichannelLet’s take a step back though. Omnichannel is an industry buzzword, and perhaps an overused one at that. But, its implications pack a meaningful punch.Omnichannel simply means that your brand is capable of selling absolutely anywhere the consumer is willing to buy. In an omnichannel world, there is no distinction between retail stores or ecommerce or mobile commerce or social commerce. It is all merely commerce, and the need to manage business operations from a centralized hub, pulling in sales and inventory data from physical stores, ecommerce sites and various marketplaces, is key to a successful strategy.Recent data supports this, as well. An Adlucent study found that 47% of shoppers plan to start researching products on a search engine like Google or Bing, followed by Amazon with 31%, and 13% in stores. Bloomberg data released earlier this year reported similar findings: 44% of consumers start their product search on Amazon, with 34% doing so on search engines.Yet, no matter where consumers start their search, 90% of retail sales still occur in store, and 95% of all retail sales go to stores which have brick-and-mortar locations. In fact, it seems very much as though mobile commerce and physical commerce are converging: 75% of shoppers use their mobile device in store, promoting the use of beacons to push in-store notifications bringing that short consumer attention span back to the brand at hand.These numbers are likely the impetus behind Amazon’s recent opening of a brick-and-mortar bookstore, or the ever-growing physical locations of once only-online stores including ModCloth, Nasty Gal, Birchbox, Warby Parker and more. Indeed, in a recent USA Today article, Warby Parker CEO Neil Blumenthal said the company sees itself as medium agnostic.“In five years, I’m not sure what other channels will exist,” he says. “The key is to stay flexible and follow the customers.”Of course, the reverse is true as well. Many once offline-only sellers are opening up digital storefronts, with mobile-friendly templates to get the most out of Google’s recent mobile-local search algorithm play, among other online benefits. Luxury retail is one of the fastest growing online segments due to the previous reluctance of brands like Chanel, Dior and more to open online shops. Exclusivity is no longer the name of the game, folks, at least not when it comes to discoverability.So, what is a scaling brand to do to compete with ever-eroding boundaries between the various commerce preferences of consumers? Well, here are a few ideas.Open a Popup Shop, Even to Just Test It OutHave you heard of Storefront? This startup works similarly to an Airbnb for your business. You enter your location and they will find a space for you to rent. This is a smart strategy for scaling brands. Invest in a few pop up shops in your area and perform a bit of an A/B test on location.Plus, Sucharita Mulpuru, a senior analyst with Forrester Research, says that an offline store could be well worth its costs, drawing on analysis of foot traffic and customer conversation. “It costs $10,000 to pull a focus group together,” she said. “If you look at how much it would cost you to do market research, and the amount of market research you gain just by observing people, it’s the equivalent of 100 focus groups.” Optimize Your Site for Search EnginesThis goes well beyond SEO. Yes, be sure that your SEO is rock-solid and remember that SEO is not a “set it and forget it” thing. You must be consistently updating. Make sure all product pages have proper meta-data and page titles. Write your own, compelling and keyword rich product descriptions. Launch a blog to add personality to your brand, and to earn growing ranking authority on search engines.Got all of that? Great—now to the technical side. Make absolutely sure your site is mobile-friendly. Responsive templates are one of the best ways to do this. Add SSL protections to your site. Your whole site. Google has yet to completely verify that this is used in how they rank sites, but multiple executives have mentioned the importance of this. Take note.Make Marketplaces Your FriendThis is a hard one for a lot of growing online businesses. Many of you started on an Etsy or Amazon, and decided to move away from those marketplaces to increase your total cost of ownership and begin to build serious brand awareness. That’s great, and that was a smart move.Now that your site is up and running, though, marketplaces can increase your product discoverability and bring even more people to your site as well as your brick-and-mortar. Amazon product listings often instill brand trust and credibility for consumers. Plus, almost half of all online product search begin on Amazon. If your products aren’t there, you aren’t even in the running to win those customers.Marketplace product listing is a strategy all its own. You don’t need to put every single one of your SKUs on marketplaces. In fact, it might be better that you don’t. Instead, slightly alter the SKUs you sell on Amazon, Etsy, eBay and the like, and then price them accordingly. On Amazon, for instance, you’ll be competing for the lowest price—so be sure you place products there with high enough margins that you can be competitive.This can play well into a full omnichannel strategy as well. For instance, stores like Best Buy place products on Amazon, but offer in-store price matching, enabling them to sell additional products to savvy customers in-store, and let those who prefer marketplaces check out there.ConclusionIn all, retailers of all sizes need to be utilizing all available product discoverability touchpoints. Customers are increasingly blurring the lines between commerce points of sale, whether that be offline, on your website or via a marketplace. If your products don’t appear when and where a customer searches for them, you won’t be closing any sales. Instead, you’ll likely be losing those sales to a quicker competitor—one who is constantly watching the industry and prepping their ecommerce backend to better serve as a hub, rather than a stand-alone. Topics: Marketing Strategy Originally published Jan 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017
I posted my 10 thoughts here before Carson and I hit up our live pod and the neon palms on Saturday night, but I wanted to empty my notebook before we move on to next week. It’s thick. Let’s dive in.• OSU has beaten a top 10 team in three of the last four years (Baylor in 2013, TCU in 2015 and WVU this year). That’s pretty crazy, right?• Tri-color on tri-color uniform matchup was as good as it gets for me. A throwback on both sides — WVU with its color combo and OSU with its helmets. Absolutely spectacular.• How?What a play here. Wow. https://t.co/E1hDyrfAQ3— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016• Watching a Dana Holgorsen huddle is pretty disconcerting. It has to be like watching your son or daughter kiss their first significant other for the first time. Just like, “what is happening? WHERE DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?!”• A beautiful man.I love this man. https://t.co/sBCeDOYRtq— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016• We give the OSU crowds (and specifically the student section) a lot of flak. They deserve all the credit for showing out and staying until the end of a really important ballgame.• WVU with a great defense is actually sort of scary. Dana always seems to pull the right strings on offense. I know it didn’t work out because of• Literally every single thing about the helmet was great — the stickers honoring Homecoming and plane crash victims, the OKLA STATE on the underside in the back and the white chin straps. Perfection.• I wonder what the percentage of announcer mentions of Joe’s cheese fries is over the years. Has to be high. Like, 90 percent-ish in the Gundy era or something like that.• Ramon Richards completing a goal-line track star finish on a touchback is hilarious and perfect.• Yes.I wish MY would implement more of these shallow crossers.— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) October 29, 2016• Well we are certainly proud of it.Oklahoma State has brought the ’45 title trophy onto the field for a video presentation.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 29, 2016• OSU played with so much juice throughout the day. Where is that against Iowa State? Kansas? Why does it take a top 10 game on Homecoming to bring it out of them?• I thought Yurcich was dealing in the first quarter. Banging all the right buttons.• WVU plays per game by year:2014 — 84.42015 — 80.82016 — 77.5What is life?• Philly was straight cash, homie. Eight kicks, seven touchbacks. Gundy has to be doing dances in the special teams meeting rooms.• OSU legitimately could have forced four turnovers and absolutely blown the doors off of WVU if Ramon had caught that one in the first half.You get off the field on 3rd and 11 on your own 25 and catch an INT and it’s 6-0.— Adam Lunt (@AdamLunt817) October 29, 2016• Yes.should have explained why he didn’t have one before https://t.co/aD23DKn4EM— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) October 29, 2016• Hahaha! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ramon Richards did push-ups on the sideline after that dropped INT. He had to accept Mike Gundy’s Farmville request after the WVU touchdown.— Andrew Gilman (@AndrewGilmanOK) October 29, 2016• More WVU offensive anomalies. In 2011-14 they were 55 percent pass, 45 percent rush. That flipped this season. They’re 45 percent pass and 55 percent rush. Weird.• The greatest nickname.https://twitter.com/realsamaldrich/status/792454172381556736• Vincent Taylor is a monster. That’s my only note on him. I literally did not write anything else. He’s just an answer.• Turnovers inside your own 20 are so difficult to recover from. I wrote that after WVU’s first one. They had two more. I bet if you go back and look at every game since 2000, teams that turned it over twice or more inside their own 20 lost 95 percent of the time.• Incredible.Gundy asked about overcoming two losses…”One loss right? Can someone get that fixed? With all the attorneys in the country?” #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 29, 2016• Are you ready to look at some home splits for Rudolph? He’s started 12 games at Boone Pickens Stadium.64 percent completion353 yards/game32 TDs3 INTsLol.• Chris Lacy is a monster too. Underused, undervalued. I loved what Mike Yurcich said about him on Saturday.“His plays were huge just as far as ‘money plays,’ as I call ‘em,” Yurcich told the O’Colly. “His ability to come through when we need him is awesome today. I’m so happy for the kid. He’s such a great person. He’s a tremendous young man. He’s squared-away. I’m a big fan of that kid, and he came through big time today.”• Tre Flowers had some monster hits on Saturday. He’s turned into a really big hitter over the latter part of his career.• Wave that wheat, baby!When you beat a top 10 team on Homecoming, you wave the wheat… #okstate pic.twitter.com/wXSYpsDSd9— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 29, 2016• Defense given the following yardage-to-TD numbers in the last six quarters of football: 26, 1, 16, 8, 9 and 10.• Skyler has a surprisingly big arm for a dude his size. He threw one deep ball on Saturday, and my jaw dropped. Stunning something like that could come out of his hand.• OSU only had 358 yards on Saturday which is a pretty bizarre number when you consider how thoroughly it dominated the game.• I thought this many times in the first half.Is this what B1G 10 football feels like? #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 29, 2016• Rudolph was cash money over the middle. Holgorsen and Tony Gibson (WVU’s DC) said, “beat us with Rudolph.” OSU did.• Hill and Carson both ran patiently, got some really good, tough yards that don’t show up in the box score.• Wow.Today’s attendance of 59,584 is the third-largest in #okstate history.— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) October 29, 2016• The musket on the WVU helmet feels forced.• It was a tough day for Michael Wilson on Saturday. He had at least two (and I believe more) penalties on the offensive line. OSU misses Larry Williams.• This was pretty funny.Ramon Richards reacts to a dropped interception. #okstate pic.twitter.com/7udI9ZJzdx— Kurt Steiss (@kurtsteiss) October 29, 2016• This was the average yardage to go on third down halfway through the third quarter: WVU (11.3), OSU (4.8). Stunning.• The long black mark for me on Saturday was the miscommunication between Rudolph and Chris Lacy at times.• Lol!”Best show on grass” – Perry Ellis, reminiscing about that ’45 national championship team— Blake Zimmerman (@bpzim) October 29, 2016• It took OSU 43 minutes to match the combined point output of TCU and Tech against WVU. How about that?• Gundy!#okstate Gundy approved pic.twitter.com/1bJv2Li2KR— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) October 29, 2016• OSU had 93 percent chance to win going into the fourth quarter. Kyle Boone alerted all of us of that with 15 minutes left. We were aghast.• I have a deep affection for the McCleskey underneath route.• This was insane!This was crazy. https://t.co/89dRqMcbOk— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016• Chris Lacy had a big boy third and eight catch in the fourth to set up his own TD to effectively seal the deal. He was impressive throughout.• He was immense.Terrific day for Mason Rudolph. Working all levels.Testing man coverage w/accuracy. Working progressions & finding leverage. Impressive game— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) October 29, 2016• Gundy’s record when OSU wins the turnover battle 3-0: 15-1.• Brady Quinn started talking about OSU in the CFB Playoff. Can we get through KSU first?• This was great.This is how you get helmet stickers. https://t.co/5I5Thlp3lo— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016• My father-in-law got a painting of his dedicated after the game in the Spears School of Business suite at BPS. The painting was an OSU rider on Bullet with GIA in the background in front of a sweet sunset. It’s pretty awesome. Very proud of him.
Baker Mayfield on how he’s matured“The old Bake would have probably try to do too much and make up for not having your best player on offense but I’ve settled in and kind of matured a lot in the past, recently here. I realize I just have to go out there and do my job and get my receivers the ball, who are here at Oklahoma to play football for a reason. They’re playmakers so just get the ball in their hands and they will do the rest.”Samaje Perine on the end of the game knee he took“What’s the point of scoring? We were already up by two touchdowns with only a few seconds left, so there’s really no need to run up the score. I did what I thought was the right thing to do.”Good on him. Here is a look back at a few post-Bedlam quotes on Saturday from Norman.Mike Gundy on Baker“He’s (Baker Mayfield) really good at buying time and slinging the ball down the field. He’s very accurate. They’ve got a couple guys that are pretty elusive in space, and truthfully that’s what it came down to.”Mike Gundy on if Not Scoring Early Hurt OSU“Not really. We, like I said, were up by seven with a minute and thirty to go in the half, so we had battled back and forth, established the running game and controlled the line. Then, the big plays got us. When you play on the road and allow big plays, the fans and momentum swing can really make it difficult.”Jordan Sterns on his last game“They made too many big plays. That’s a great football team with big playmakers. Their running backs run hard. Overall, I’m still proud of the guys We played out hearts out there… I think a lot of guys left it all out there on the field… They’ve got great players all around the field. They’re a great football team and we’ve got to do a better job making open field tackles, a lot of it was on tackling. And I just feel like we lost our edge. We didn’t have the same enthusiasm as we did in the first half.”“At the end of the day, (Baker Mayfield) is a great player and if you mess up, he’s going to expose you. That’s one thing we’ve got to take away from this game is that we’ve got to do our job.”Chad Whitener on the loss“We just thought that we could focus on the run but they still have weapons out there. They recruit very well here, and that’s the reason that they won the Big 12 today. [Baker is] an incredible player – he’s just able to move well and keep his eyes downfield and whenever he needs to tuck it, he can tuck it. He really makes you have to be assignment sound.”Bob Stoops on OSU“Start off by, as always but really mean it, my compliments to (OSU Head) Coach (Mike) Gundy, his staff, his team—what a good football team they’ve had this year. I thought they did a great job with seven straight victories coming into this game. A really good football team. Good players, well coached, really in every part of the game. Hard-fought, good game, and with that, I’m just incredibly pleased with our players’ resiliency this season, and in particular, just going through and battling to the end in this game.Stoops on winning in Norman“That was a big deal to the players through the week, that we’ve never had the chance to hoist a Big 12 Championship trophy on our own field. Did we need any more motivation? I wouldn’t think so, but the players thought it was pretty cool to be able to do that here. I like all of them. I’ll take those ones back in Arrowhead, too, in two degrees. That’s pretty good too.”Get me off this planet.Mike Stoops on OSU’s 2016 team“We played a lot of straight stuff and didn’t do anything dramatically different. I thought we’ve played well in halves before, and I thought Oklahoma State is a much better team than they were a year ago.“Just that we don’t want them to come in here and take our trophy, and that’s pretty simple. You can’t let our rival come down here and do that. I just didn’t like it. I thought they were more physical at the point of attack, out-executing us in the run game and we knew we had to stop the run to win the game.”Did you see what he said at the beginning? We played a lot of straight stuff and didn’t do anything dramatically different. Because that’s what you can do against OSU in Bedlam. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
This one seems a bit curious to me. OSU is emphasizing Texas recruiting this cycle as much as it has before, but to throw a curveball in Colorado is a strange one — especially for a prospect many wouldn’t consider to be a “can’t miss.”A lot of times OSU will offer high profile guys regardless of geography, but Wildeman doesn’t seem to fit into that category. Perhaps Clements is simply expanding his recruiting base, or perhaps OSU feels they can nab a sleeper prospect who might not choose to stay in state.Rodney McGraw II — SafetyThe safety position was a big priority in the 2017 class, and I presume the 2018 class will feature at least two. One new target emerged when Rodney McGraw II, an unranked prospect from Missouri City, Texas, announced an offer from OSU on Tuesday.This is arguably his biggest offer to date. He already holds offers from UTSA, Louisiana-Monroe and Tulane, but OSU hopping on board is a sign of more to come. He has excellent size for a safety, he plays a little cornerback so he has nice versatility similar to what Ramon Richards offers, and he’s an instinctive football player. By my count he had 4 interceptions in his junior season, one of which went back for a touchdown on the other end, and is also a proven special teams player.Israel Mukuamu — SafetyOklahoma State’s recent recruiting win in Bossier City in pulling out quarterback Keondre Wudtee has the staff back in familiar territory, with an offer to three-star safety Israel Mukuamu on Monday. He is built like small forward at 6-foot-4 but plays like a safety. In addition to his offer from Oklahoma State, he also holds offers from SMU, Indiana, Southern Miss, South Carolina and Wake Forest.South Carolina appears to be the leader in his recruitment, and having been the first to offer last summer the Gamecocks have a considerable jump on him.Starrland Baldwin — CornerbackBaldwin is a late bloomer on the recruiting trail, and a perfect example of what a big school uncovering a gem can do for a prospect in recruiting. Since the Oklahoma Sooners offered in mid-February, he’s picked up 11 scholarship offers and has gone from unranked to the 87th best prospect in the state of Texas.McNeese State was the first school to offer him, but the Sooners were the first major school. They lead in Baldwin’s recruitment, according to the 247sports crystal ball. The 5-foot-10 return man and cornerback is one of the hottest names on the market out of Cy Falls.Kanion Williams — SafetySince Oklahoma State offered Williams on Monday, four Division I schools have also hopped on board, leading to recruiting analyst Brian Perroni to make the assessment that “schools seem to value #okstate evaluations.” The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, filling you in on the latest news surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting with an ear to the ground for what’s to come.The NCAA evaluation period in the recruiting calendar won’t kick off for another two weeks, but the football coaching staff is getting a jump on some guys ahead of time before the contact period with several new scholarship offers out the door this week. The calendar indicates this is the quiet period, but OSU coaches are making some noise of late. Here’s the latest offers out:Reese Moore — Offensive LinemanMoore is a 6-foot-6 265-pound prospect who is listed as both a tight end (!) and an offensive tackle.Oklahoma State wants him at tackle.The Seminole, Texas recruit has 16 scholarship offers that includes Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, TCU and more — nine of which have come in the 2017 calendar year. He’s a bully of a lineman with obviously above average agility, given his versatility, and would make for a solid fit at a number of positions. He plays both tackle positions, defensive end and even tight end. But I presume he would be best suited for the right tackle spot.Tate Wildeman — Defensive EndOut of Parker, Colorado — an area OSU coaches don’t typically recruit — 2018 defensive end prospect Tate Wildeman anounced this week he’d been offered by Joe Bob Clements. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound recruit holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, Nevada and Wyoming, and is not ranked by recruiting services at this point. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Big 12 Media Days was a whirlwind of sorts. Mullets, faux Heisman campaigning, mullet wigs. It had it all. But aside from all the fun, the Big 12 announced a change that’s apparently been in the works for some time — and one that would have helped Oklahoma State a year ago.Walt Anderson, the Big 12’s coordinator of officials, led off on Tuesday morning and announced some rule changes and clock management updates. Most importantly, he announced the Big 12 will be utilizing a designated replay command center at the league’s office to assist with any reviewable calls and scoring plays. Basically, anytime a replay official is used, the command center will assist.AdChoices广告The NBA switched to a similar idea three years ago with a central replay center in Secaucus, New Jersey. It houses 94 HD monitors which are manned during all games for real-time review of applicable calls/plays. The change has resulted in not only more eyes on the play, but an expedited replay process overall.The Big 12’s operation won’t be on that scale obviously. But Anderson and/or associate coordinator David Warden will assist on all reviewed plays that occur at a Big 12 home game. They’ll have access to both the replay angles and the broadcast feed. And they’ll have the replay official’s ear.The reason this change is particularly pertinent for OSU fans is the Central Michigan fiasco from last season and how a similar system could have avoided it.“We certainly are going to work at avoiding those types of situations,” Anderson said. “And like just about all rule changes, significant rule changes, we’ve been studying this for several years.”Studying something is one thing. Implementing new policy and procedure is another. Especially when you’re dealing with organizations like the Big 12 and the NCAA.“We’ve actually, the last couple of years, have done mock command center tests in real-time on game days, where even though we weren’t real-time, there was a bit of broadcast delay,” Anderson continued. “I was on the telephone with a replay official on several occasions the last two years. ‘Hey, let’s just talk through this because this is the direction we’re going.”Unfortunately, no one made a phone call on September 10.Mike Gundy was predictably asked for his input on the change. He’s held firm on his resolve not to acknowledge defeat, going so far as having “11-2” Alamo Bowl rings made for his players and staff.“Well, we’ve been trendsetters in a lot of different ways at Oklahoma State,” Gundy said with a slight grin. “We went to a four-team playoff, maybe based on what happened with our team years ago. And unfortunately, we’re going to maybe a different replay system based on what happened to our team a year ago.”But Gundy at least seems pleased that change is coming, even if it won’t wipe away the effects of last year’s debacle.“I believe in the replay,” Gundy admitted. “I think it’s better. We want to get it right. I know it takes a little bit of time. I think any time we can go back and look and do the very best we can to make sure it’s correct and fair, I think it’s positive for football.”But Anderson wouldn’t go as far as calling Oklahoma State trend setters.“So that wasn’t the reason,” Anderson assured. “We were going to the command center, and we were planning to do it this year. I would have rather be going into the command center like we planned it this year without the Oklahoma State play having happened than it did happen, but it did happen.”Well, at least there’s that.Unfortunately, if a similar situation were to happen again — and Mike Gundy was certain of the rules — he would not be able to bare chest, march onto the field and lay down in protest. A coach leaving the sideline is now its own penalty, or at least one the officials plan on enforcing starting this fall.I wonder if that penalty would result in an untimed down? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways. The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
As was reported by Robert Allen of GoPokes, 2017 signee Fua Leilua will not be joining the team on Sunday when fall camp kicks off. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle picked Oklahoma State over offers from TCU and others and signed with the team on national signing day.Allen reported it during a spot on The Franchise radio station in Tulsa and it was reaffirmed by Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World.A note from today previously reported by @RAllenGoPokes: DT Fua Leilua no longer with #okstate. https://t.co/IHlkW8bOwG— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) July 27, 2017AdChoices广告The three-star prospect out of Snow College (JUCO) was expected to compete for reps among a deep defensive tackle group that includes Darrion Daniels, DeQuinton Osborne, Trey Carter and Enoch Smith Jr. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
We are less than a month away from the Cowboys’ season opener against Tulsa. As we continue on our countdown, let’s look at a wanna-be Heisman hopeful and his shot at winning a different award.How he got to OSUSinor came to Oklahoma State by way of Medina Valley High School (Castroville, Texas). The story of how he went from junior-varsity QB to varsity punter is now the stuff of legend among OSU and Sinor fans alike. Sinor earned AP all-state selection his senior season after averaging 43.5 yards per punt and downing 16 of his 42 attempts inside the 20-yard line.What he’s done in StillwaterAdChoices广告After a redshirt year in 2014, Sinor took over for departed punter Kip Smith and has started every game since. Over two seasons, Sinor has become the most effective punter in college football. Last season, 62.5 percent of his punts pinned the opposition inside its own 20-yard line. The closest any punter got was Ray Guy Award winner Mitch Wishnowsky. The Utah punter followed back-to-back winner Tom Hackett, meaning the last three Ray Guy trophies have gone to a Ute and Wishnowsky’s a candidate this year.In an apparent attempt to avoid being overlooked again, Sinor and OSU have launched a not-so-cryptic Heisman campaign including a website, pamphlets and the takeover of Big 12 Media Days. If he follows up 2016 with a comparable season this year, he’ll make a real case to be just the second Cowboy to win a Ray Guy. Matt Fodge won it in 2008.Role in 2017Sinor enters his junior season firmly entrenched as the starter. He leads all specialists with 26 consecutive starts. Aside from his punting and holder duties, expect Sinor to continue his self-driven cult hero status among OSU fans.Noteworthy stats and highlightsUpon arrival, Oklahoma State went from 43rd nationally in opponent’s starting field position to 17th in 2015. Last year, the Cowboys ranked 1st in that category and second in allowed punt return yardage thanks largely to Sinor’s strong and accurate leg.One of the most impressive numbers of last season for Sinor is the number one. That’s how many of his punts ended in the end zone. Think about that. He dropped 35 in his team’s red zone and one crossed the goal line.Below is a perfect example of what he does best. Good hang-time allows his coverage team to get to the returner and force him to call a fair catch. Correct distance to make sure it stays in side the goal line. Most importantly, he’s accurate enough to hit the returner and force him to take the punt for fear of muffing it. Punts like this aren’t sexy but there’s no silly pamphlet or fake website needed to see how important it is to OSU’s on-field success.And that hang time allows your coverage team to make a play on the ball like on this muffed punt later in the Alamo Bowl. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
We already looked at a handful of terms in Part 1 of this series, but today I want to introduce you to a few more. Let’s jump right back in with some defensive scheme definitions.Nickel/Dime/QuarterThese are names given to certain defensive packages. The nickel package has five defensive backs, the dime has six and the quarter has seven. Nickel allows teams to properly align against an offense with two non-receivers on the field, such as a formation with a tight end or running back. The dime package is used in passing situations against teams that operate in 10-personnel. Quarter defenses, not to be confused with a quarters defense (another term for cover 4), are for hail mary or extreme pass defense situations.AdChoices广告PersonnelThe personnel of an offense indicates what players are on the field and in a certain formation. Personnel is often connected with a number or term, depending on the offense’s philosophy. Numbers-wise, the personnel is described with a two-digit number; the first number indicates the amount of backs in the formation while the second indicates the number of tight ends. For example, 11 personnel has one back, one tight end and three receivers. The signals, signs and words assigned to personnel groupings vary.Strong/Weak SideMost offensive formations have a strong and a weak side. If a formation has more players on one side than the other, then that side is the strong side. If the formation is balanced except for a running back or tight end, then their placement determines the strong side. Finally, if a formation is balanced in numbers but one side has a tight end and one doesn’t, then the side with the tight end is the strong side.TechniqueIf you’ve ever heard the term “3 technique” or “0 technique,” that’s referring to the alignment of a defensive lineman. Each section of the line of scrimmage is numbered from the center outward. If a defensive lineman is directly over the center, he’s in a 0 technique. If he’s directly outside the guard, he’s in a 3 technique. The numbers go in order until the 6 technique, where it jumps around. Here’s an illustration that might help.RPOShort for run-pass option, an RPO is a play that features a run play and some sort of passing pattern or screen. The quarterback can decide to throw the ball or hand it off/run himself depending on the alignment and coverage of the defense.Rub RouteA pass route where one receiver purposefully gets in the way of a defender covering another receiver to create space. If the receiver initiates contact with said defender, it is then considered a “pick” route and is technically illegal. Rub routes can happen in the middle of the field, like in the play “mesh”, or on the perimeter, like in the play “spot”.Zone Scheme/Gap Blocking SchemeThe term “zone” applies to both offense and defense, but in this context, it refers to run blocking. Zone and gap schemes are the two main categories of run blocking. Zone blocking, which caught on in the 90s thanks to people like former NFL coach Alex Gibbs, has the line move in one direction as a unit. The lineman’s assignment is solely decided on whether he is covered or uncovered, i.e. whether a defender is directly in front of him across the line of scrimmage.Gap blocking, or man blocking, includes specific actions and assignments for each player. Power, for example, requires the backside guard to pull, the backside tackle to “hinge” block, and in two-back situations, the fullback to kick out an unblocked defensive end. Each player has a role on gap scheme runs, and power, counter and counter trey are the most popular gap schemes in both college and the NFL. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Transfers Donnarumma to stay at Milan despite Reina deal rumours Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 19:29 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Milan Serie A The Serie A giants are reportedly on the verge of signing the Napoli keeper on a free, but that will not lead to the departure of the club’s No.1 AC Milan intend to keep Gianluigi Donnarumma for the foreseeable future, despite reports linking the club with Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina.Donnarumma has been heavily linked with a move away from the Serie A giants, with Chelsea and Real Madrid both touted as potential suitors.However, Massimiliano Mirabelli, the club’s sporting director, insists Milan have no inclination to allow the 19-year-old to leave the club, despite their exit from the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Milan lost 5-1 on aggregate to Arsenal over two legs, leaving the club with only Serie A as an avenue for qualification to next season’s Champions League.”Apart from his mistake, he played a great game tonight,” Mirabelli told reporters.”We want him to stay with us for a long time. He’s a gem of ours and the whole of Italy, and we’re keeping a tight grip on him.”Reina is expected to join Milan in the summer and reports claim that the former Liverpool goalkeeper has already undergone a medical.Donnarumma has been capped four times by Italy, and has made a total of 113 competitive appearances for Milan.Italy will have four places in the Champions League next season, with Milan currently in sixth position, five points behind fourth-placed Lazio.Milan do have a game in hand on Lazio and face Chievo at home on Sunday in their next game in the quest to qualify for the Champions League.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I split out this question into a second part for reader thoughts because I knew it would take a while to answer and because I think it deserves to stand alone.I was looking at Rivals vs. 247 on where they had Israel Antwine ranked. Just the disparity is kinda shocking on him. Looks like it was on WR Braydon Johnson as well.Rivals had Israel as a top-55 DT in country, but 247 had him the No. 81 DT while their composite had him a more solid top 59 DT in country. With schools like Georgia, Texas, Texas Tech listed having offered him, it’s surprising he was not ranked higher coming out of a high school. I wanted to get your thoughts if possible on this but at very least bring it to your attention. How can a guy who got offers from Texas and Georgia and OSU of course not be ranked a bit higher? Braydon Johnson — you might take a look at him too. It’s interesting to me. -Chris S.It is interesting. I did some digging and reading on this, and I stumbled into this fascinating article from a few years ago that explains how each organization ranks players.Each service uses its own set of criteria, and thus, no set of rankings is ever exactly the same. Recruiting rankings are inherently an inexact science so each talent evaluator is going to have differing opinions about certain players and their long-term potential.The biggest factor, according to the experts, is a prospect’s game film. This is where the experts can get the best feel for a player’s actual ability in the flow of a game. For the majority of the recruiting experts, this is preferred to combines and camps. [AL.com]Howevah!247Sports has a similar mentality. JC Shurburtt, a national recruiting analyst for the network, estimates that game film equates to 60 percent of a prospect’s total grade. He uses those camps as a way to confirm what he’s already seen on film and gives him a chance to see if a player’s measurables actually match up to what he claims.Rivals.com puts the most emphasis on camps and combines out of the four major recruiting services. It’s not hard to see why given the company has made a major investment in developing its Rivals camp series and Rivals Five-Star Challenge. [AL.com]So this is why players on Rivals and 247 differ so much. Because they’re not evaluated using the same criteria. This makes sense and is important to note when perusing the recruiting rankings.The other thing I found out runs against everything everyone has ever said about both individual and team recruiting rankings. Here it is.A common refrain heard on message boards and social media is that if a player has an offer from “insert your school here” how can he be only a three-star prospect? If a big school like Alabama or Auburn offers a prospect isn’t there a good chance he’s a four-star or five-star prospect?Out of the four recruiting experts, [Rivals] is the only one who says offers factor in at all and he gives it only 10 percent of the total equation. One thing 247Sports does is look at the track record of college programs putting players into the NFL, especially lower-rated prospects. If a school is known for turning two and three-star prospects into NFL players, the analysts might give the school the benefit of the doubt when they offer a similarly rated player. [AL.com]Fascinating stuff, and I think all of this speaks to something mentioned in the middle of Chris’ question — the importance of 247’s composite rating. This is what we use at PFB, and I think it stymies the biases certain scouts or organizations might have. It gives a truer sense of how good a prospect actually is.The 247 Composite is essentially just all the organization ratings of a player combined. Here’s how they define it.The 247Sports Composite Rating is a proprietary algorithm that compiles prospect “rankings” and “ratings” listed in the public domain by the major media recruiting services. It converts average industry ranks and ratings into a linear composite index capping at 1.0000, which indicates a consensus No. 1 prospect across all services.The 247Sports Composite Rating is the industry’s most comprehensive and unbiased prospect ranking and is also used to generate 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings. All major media services share an equal percentage in the 247Sports Composite Rating. The composite index equally weights this percentage among the services that participate in a ranking for that specific prospect. So while Braydon Johnson was the No. 173 WR coming out of high school based on 247’s rankings, he was No. 76 based on Rivals. His 247 Composite was No. 143, which is probably a fairer, truer slot for him. It might still be wrong, but it’s at least more reasonable. In an unforgiving guessing game of a business, the wisdom of crowds is probably the most fruitful path.One last note here: The last two years Oklahoma State has ranked higher in the 247 Composite than on Rivals. This makes sense, right? OSU’s prospects probably perform better on film in real football games than at camps, thus they’re mildly docked by Rivals and buoyed by other recruiting organizations.Regardless of how you feel about any of this, it’s intriguing to think about and beneficial to have at least a little bit of context while we scream at each other about how good or bad Oklahoma State is (and others schools are) at recruiting football players.
I emptied my 10 thoughts over here but wanted to take you through the rest of what I was about and jotting down during Saturday’s game.• Trevor Lawrence has eight interceptions on the year. <— A thing I stupidly wrote before the game started when trying to make a Lawrence/Sanders comp.• Nobody on the broadcast knew how to pronounce Chuba. Chub-ah. Chew-bah. We got every variation.• Would you sooner bet your life that Gundy dyes his hair or Tim Brando dyes his hair?• The helmets were lol good. Remember the orange helmets they wore in the J.W. Walsh era that looked like they picked out the decals at Chris’ University Spirit during The Walk? Yeah, these were the exact opposite of that. Best part of them was the OKLA. STATE on the back. Elite. I also thought the number font on the back was awesome.• Checking down to Jelani throughout the first half was amazing. Look at these target numbers.• Lol at this. Gundy wouldn’t take his headset off so he had to change sides to hear the questions in the pregame. I was dying.• Brandon Weeden said this on our pod last week, but Chuba always (ALWAYS!) falls forward for extra yardage.• Excuse me?• Remember when Charlie Brewer came in at the end of last year’s game for Jalan McClendon, and it felt like going from me to in-his-prime John Elway? I was stunned at how impressive he was. Didn’t change much for me this year. Not a Jarrett Stidham-level stud, but he’s great. Throwing it 17 times for 300+ helps. Here are the five previous 300-yard games against OSU that resulted in the fewest attempts.• That fumble in the first half is about as close as it gets. I thought it was probably the right call to let it stand even if it probably wasn’t a fumble, if that makes sense. Like believing somebody is definitely guilty but letting them off because there’s not enough evidence.• This was wild.• Carson texted that Cam Murray is his uni Heisman for Saturday. I do love some big sleeves and the neck roll on a big man as well.• Baylor was on pace for just 40 plays at the end of the first quarter and ended with just 54 — one of the lowest numbers of the Gundy era. So I guess the best thing you could have said about the defense at that time was that it wasn’t going to be tired by the end of the game.• On one punt, Dillon Stoner waved his arm, caught it and went to a knee. Fair caught going every which way. Definitely Mike Gundy-approved.• They rolled Sanders out to the wide side of the field — which sounds rudimentary, but I feel like they’ve been rolling him to the short side a lot.• This cracked me up.• I wonder if Gundy loves Tylan because he also wears a gold chain.• Did I hear properly that OSU being up 13-7 was the biggest deficit Baylor has faced all year?!• Rhule’s vest-trash bag-hoodie thing is hilarious and awesome. Baylor’s version of Gundy’s zip-away ski pants.• I thought Baylor got a LOT of calls go against them in the first half. maybe the weirdest one was the Hasty TD that got called back because of a hold. It was definitely a hold, but you never see it called in that context. Ever.• The loogie hanging from Chuba’s face mask at the end of the first half was surreal. I couldn’t stop looking at it. Couldn’t bring myself to screenshot it.• The INT at the end of the first half by Sanders was a really, really bad pass. Frustrating end to what I thought was a good half from him.• Chu eats. I’ll be here all year.• Tylan got abused all day, I thought. This catch is just hilariously good. I know we’re used to it and everything, but his talent remains unusual. Recruit. More. 4-stars.• LD looks elite for exactly (but not more or less than) one play a game.• Hasty is a monster. He’s a nasty out.• Baylor WRs can GO. They’ve always had horses, but boy. If they got a step on A.J. or Rodarius, it was ovah.• I am terrified.• Closer.• How will the spring QB depth chart shake out between Illingworth, Hutton, Sanders and Costello? Should be interesting.• Looks like Chu added a spin move in the bye week. A nightmare.• What if I told you OSU’s defense would hold teams to 6-for-35 on third down over three games in September and October and go 1-2 in those three games?• Can’t stop watching this.• LD doing the track finish across the goal line was the best “hits on one carry over 20 yards” moment.• Baylor struggled when the field got shorter, like OSU early on in the season. Of course when you score on three plays of 25+ yards (and should have scored on another), the field rarely gets shorter.• Brando’s favorite phrase is, “so, so subjective” which was both hilarious and true. I liked this broadcast team, and I love the pregame and halftime guys. They’re the right amount of fun and serious. Good chemistry. Seem to all care. Stone is an elite director of traffic. Can go against any ESPN crew.• This is pretty clever. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Posted on January 25, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Humanitarian Actors Must Meet the Specific Health Needs of Women and Girls Displaced by the EarthquakeThe Reproductive Health Response in Crises Consortium (RHRC) has issued a statement urging humanitarian organizations to provide lifesaving reproductive health services to women and girls displaced by the earthquake in Haiti.The RHRC Consortium estimates that there are currently 63,000 pregnant women in Port au Prince—and that 7,000 women will deliver in the next month.The statement calls for specific actions to be taken on issues of safe delivery, sexual violence and exploitation, HIV/AIDS, and family planning.To read the statement, please click here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
World Cup Southgate keen to unleash his bold new England on World Cup stage Dom Farrell 03:30 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup England Tunisia v England Tunisia The failures of recent years can be a lesson at Russia 2018, with the man in charge of the Three Lions enthused by his buoyant and youthful squad Gareth Southgate has long believed England can play technically proficient, possession football on the biggest stage – now they must prove it in their World Cup opener against Tunisia on Monday.Former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England centre-back Southgate was parachuted into the national team job following Sam Allardyce’s ignominious sacking in 2016, despite having not held a senior coaching position since being sacked by Boro on the other side of relegation in 2009.But the 47-year-old honed his craft and methodology under the employ of the Football Association and a stint in charge of England Under-21s positioned him to pick up the pieces after Allardyce fell foul of a newspaper sting. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Southgate has brought an England team to Russia more certain and defined in their style of play than any in recent memory, having settled upon a flexible 3-1-4-2 formation.Nevertheless, Monday’s assignment in Volgograd remains the acid test.”The players have really embraced it. I think they like playing possession football,” Southgate told a pre-match news conference.”That’s the way they play with their clubs, although there are tactical nuances between each coach.”They have a hunger to press and win the ball back. They want to play brave football and be a bold and attacking team.”That’s the way I want us to play and that’s the reason I joined the FA as Under-21 coach – I believed young English players could show something different.”There was a perception across the world and a perception of English football. I thought it was possible to change that.”I’ve seen without youth teams that’s started to happen and now we’re looking to convert that into the senior team.”The relatively low initial expectations and building enthusiasm around Southgate’s youthful squad stands in stark contrast to the star names from earlier this century, who failed to match weighty demands from Three Lions supporters.”I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do better. You learn lessons from the past,” Southgate said.”This team shouldn’t be burdened with it because they’re a fresh group. Most of them have very few international caps so the future is all ahead of them.”They’ve got to be thinking about what is possible. The players of the past and the opportunities of the past are gone.”This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. We have better technical players than we’ve had in the past coming through our academies.”There is a real enthusiasm and they’re looking forward to getting going.”