No Longer the Apple of the FBEye Start Up Your Day Roundup

first_img Add to Queue No Longer the Apple of the FB-Eye — Start Up Your Day Roundup Start Up Your Day Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.1. No longer the Apple of the FB-EyeApple’s Tim Cook is refusing to comply with a court order to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple’s tech buddies, Facebook and Twitter have declared, “I’ve got your back, Apple.”Facebook issued this statement to USA Today:  “We condemn terrorism and have total solidarity with victims of terror. Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services. We also appreciate the difficult and essential work of law enforcement to keep people safe,” the statement reads. “When we receive lawful requests from these authorities we comply. However, we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems. These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies’ efforts to secure their products.”2. Obama and CubaPresident Obama announced via tweet on February 19 that he’s going to Cuba in March:Next month, I’ll travel to Cuba to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people.— President Obama (@POTUS) February 18, 2016This will be the first time in 80 years a sitting president has visited Cuba, and the trip is part of Obama’s overall push to hug it out with the communist country, including opening direct flight travel between the two countries and allowing U.S. businesses to engage with Cuba.In related news, the U.S and Cuba recently sanctioned the first U.S. business since the revolution — a tractor company — to be built on Cuban soil. The business is slated to open in early 2017.3. Trump vs. the Pope“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” said Pope Francis about Donald Trump’s immigration policy on wall-building and such on a return trip from Mexico, igniting a verbal smackdown from Trump who was in South Carolina rallying support before the primary.In turn, Trump called the Pope’s words “disgraceful” and added something to the effect of when ISIS comes raging on the Vatican’s door, “the pope would only wish and have prayed that Donald Trump would have been elected president.”This could be Trump’s way of saying he doesn’t need the Pope’s approval to win the Feb. 20 primary.4. Shake Shack on Delta”If someone had told me a few years ago that we’d be serving our food on an airline, I would have said over my dead body,” said Shake Shack CEO Danny Meyer to the New York Times.Airplane food isn’t exactly known for its enticing qualities, but the New York Times reported that Meyer — who runs Union Square Hospitality Group which owns Blue Smoke, Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe — has teamed up with Delta Airlines to up the game of international airline food starting March 1.Now fliers of of all international first-class flights out of JFK can enjoy some foodie grub.5. Sports Illustrated swimsuit issueIt’s on newsstands. Yep.Check the site for our roundup of the most entrepreneurial models to emerge from the pages of Sports Illustrated. –shares February 19, 2016 Enroll Now for $5 4 min read Image credit: TungCheung | Carolyn Sun Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

London Startup Scene Weighs Threat of British Techxit

first_img Britain’s tech startup scene was having a bumper year in terms of new company creation, fresh funding and acquisitions by global tech players before voters decided to leave the European Union in Thursday’s referendum.Now high-profile companies are threatening to pull out or slow down plans to enter the U.K. market, international employees are second-guessing their immigration standing and investors could cut new funding that is the lifeblood of young tech firms.Market researchers are predicting a sharp slowdown in U.K. technology and advertising spending and the longer-term threat that sizeable portions of these budgets will move to the continent.”Nothing’s changed yet but everything’s changed,” said Taavet Hinrikus, the Estonian CEO and co-founder of cross-border money service Transferwise, which is based in London.London has become a magnet for tech entrepreneurs looking to do business in the European Union and a global launch pad for firms aiming to compete with U.S. and Asian web giants. Half the founders of London’s top tech startups come from outside Britain.One-third of recent European investments by venture capitalists, who are often drawn to tech startups, were made in Britain. In the first quarter, U.K. firms drew in $1.3 billion (984 million pounds) in funding, while the rest of Europe took $2.2 billion, according to research firm CBInsights.”The two main benefits of being part of the EU are access to talent because of the free movement of labor and the fact that you can ‘passport’ regulation so if you’re regulated in the U.K., you’re regulated across the EU,” said Hinrikus.”We don’t know what’s going to happen with either of those.”The Transferwise CEO now says “it’s too early to say” what the company may do but said before the referendum that his company could scale back further investment in London and consider moving its headquarters if Britain voted to leave the EU. Body blowsNumber26, a Berlin-based startup offering internet banking services over smartphones in eight European countries, is now reconsidering its planned entry into the U.K. market.”We are probably going to consider other markets first,” said co-founder and chief executive Valentin Stalf, citing separate bank licensing requirements likely to be required once outside the EU. “The U.K. market suddenly became a much more expensive proposition.”Detached from the EU, London could lose some key advantages: its status as a world financial center, European talent and the uniformity of regulations that allowed London-based companies to cater to the European market.Its international employee base may leave the city amid uncertainty about future immigration laws, creating shortages in retail, hospitality, healthcare and financial services, Forrester Research analyst Laura Koetzle said.Questions about who will have the right to stay “will both drive footloose talent to look for jobs abroad and dissuade others from coming,” she said, as employers likely face tougher work visa regimes.Berlin, London’s biggest rival for new tech firms, is likely to become more attractive as a European base, nearly a dozen entrepreneurs told Reuters. Aspiring fintech hubs including Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dublin and Switzerland also could see more investment shift in their direction, financial services players said.Matthias Kroener, head of Munich-based internet bank Fidor, which entered Britain only last year, said: “Fintechs with the European market in their sights, may pull the plug on London because as young companies with the smallest roots they can react fastest and move first.”The vote requires Britain to file a two-year notice of plans to leave Europe, creating a period of uncertainty that will have immediate effect on overall technology and advertising spending, as well as fragile startups, analysts and entrepreneurs said.Number26 is likely to focus on other countries in Europe before expanding to the U.S. or Asia starting in 2018, although it has not ruled out the UK market completely, Stalf said.”The decision weakens Britain but it is not good for Europe altogether. Suddenly, the common market has shrunk by 60 million people,” the Berlin-based executive said.The decision is a setback for Europe generally, which in recent years has been out-gunned by five-fold in tech funding by the United States and twice over by Asia, as its bids to build world-class firms capable of taking on Apple, Google, Amazon and Uber.Budgets at riskTechnology spending for both Britain and Western Europe will turn negative both this year and next due to uncertainty caused by ongoing political volatility, said John Lovelock, chief forecaster for global technology market research firm Gartner.U.K. spending will sink by 0.3 percent in 2016 and 3 percent in 2017, the world’s largest corporate technology advisory firm now estimates, while expected tepid growth of 0.2 percent across Western Europe will fall to an unspecified level below zero.Gartner previously saw U.K. tech spending growing 1.7 percent in 2016 and 2 percent in 2017. The tech sector accounts for around 10 percent of British gross domestic product.Frost & Sullivan, another research firm, said start-ups face steeper funding and credit hurdles, with the big question mark whether the European Investment Fund (EIF), the largest investor in U.K. venture capital firms, will continue to invest there, and for how long.But not everyone thinks Brexit will harm London startups.”People are going to continue to live in London, the world’s hippest city. Whether or not the U.K. is part of the European Union, it still has a super business environment,” said Mark Tluszcz, co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Capital Partners, a Luxembourg-based venture capital firm with $750 million under management. With 15 to 20 percent of his portfolio in Britain, he’s still looking for fresh prospects.Oleg Fomenko is a Russian-born London entrepreneur whose latest company, Sweatcoin, is a fitness app which pays people to be more active. He said entrepreneurs adapt quickly.”The whole country turned around 180 degrees,” Formenko said. “If anyone knows how to get through this, it’s us.”(By Eric Auchard; additional reporting by Andreas Kroener in Frankfurt and Meg Garner in San Francisco; editing by Anna Willard) Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Reuters | Paul Hackett –shares Add to Queue Russian co-founders of Sweatcoin fitness app (L-R) Oleg Fomenko, Ranbir Arora and Anton Derlyatka. Next Article Reuters London Startup Scene Weighs Threat of British ‘Techxit’ Brexit This story originally appeared on Reuters 6 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand June 28, 2016 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Summer Streamlining 7 Tools to Help You Automate Your Workload

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Summer Streamlining: 7 Tools to Help You Automate Your Workload 7 min read Next Article Workload Automation Guest Writer Image credit: ShutterStock July 3, 2016 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img Managing partner of HigherVisibility Add to Queue –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Scott Langdon It’s summer, and that means nice weather, pool parties, beach days and relaxation. Summer shouldn’t mean long days at the office, cooped up in a small space and missing all the outdoor fun. If the latter describes how you’ve been spending your time, perhaps now is a good time to start outsourcing some of your workload. Let a program do the annoying, tedious tasks your business requires to survive (and thrive), leaving you more time to enjoy summer with family and friends.Related: 4 Tools to Put a Stop to Time Wasters in 2016Workload automation might seem like a dream come true, but it’s important to understand that not every automated program is going to be right for your business. The land of workload automation is more complex now than ever, and there are an abundance of tools out there vying for the chance to handle your business tasks. So which one(s) are right for you? Read below to learn about eight of the most helpful tools in workload automation and how to use them most effectively.Social media.1. BufferBuffer is a social media marketing tool that is geared towards saving you time by connecting to various social media sites and posting on your behalf. They offer three different plans, and each includes varying amounts of assistance based on your budget and goals. As you can see below, the bigger your budget, the more you get from Buffer. But don’t feel like you need to go deep into your pockets in order to make this program a success. Their $10 a month plan still gets you 100 scheduled posts across 10 different social media accounts. Although it’s nowhere near as much as their Enterprise Plan — which also comes with analytics data — depending on the size of your business and your future goals, it might just be enough. It’s 100 less times you need to worry about making a scheduled post. This would be a very helpful tool if you’re struggling to handle a wide variety of social media accounts. If you have the extra money, the analytic data that comes with the Business and Enterprise plans could also be helpful in seeing whether or not your social media marketing is working — and thus, whether or not Buffer is a good investment.2. Sprout SocialSprout Social is another type of social media management software that works with many of the most popular social media sites out there — Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Feedly, zendesk, etc. Sprout Social is different in that instead of integrating with as many profiles as possible, it focuses on quality vs. quantity. The most expensive plan only includes up to 30 profiles for $500 a month.That being said, they offer a lot more goodies for your money than Buffer does, including, but not limited to, analytic data, an all-in-one social inbox, varying types of reports, keyword tracking and message and content tracking. So again, think about your budget and your long-term goals before deciding which, if any, of these social media programs would be beneficial. Sprout Social would be great for businesses that don’t integrate with a ton of social media sites, and instead want to get the most value for the few that they do use for marketing.Related: Top 20 Social Media Tools to Add to Your Arsenal in 2016Productivity.3. IfThisThenThatIFTTT is a great way to cut down on your workload and increase productivity by creating “recipes” that utilize “if this, then that” statements. They give you an extensive list of suggestions to choose from to meet the needs of your business, home or personal life. You also have the option to customize recipes to really get the most out of this creative program. For example, you can use this site to easily and quickly create events in Google Calendar, catalog important emails using Evernote (which will also be discussed below), send reminders to yourself and/or your team, keep track of recurring tasks by scheduling to-dos and sync items across various cloud storage folders.4. TopTrackerTopTracker is a free time tracking app. Free! Who doesn’t like that? Whereas IFTTT is an app designed to increase productivity, TopTracker is designed to track your productivity in order to identify and correct deficiencies. TopTracker was made specifically with freelancers in mind. It can track activity levels and integrate timed screenshots, webcam shots or simple time tracking. It has a basic dashboard that gives you an uncluttered view of all your projects and their progress. You will also get detailed productivity reports so you know how everything is going. In addition, TopTracker gives freelancers a ton of privacy options, such as blurred screenshots and detailed privacy settings. This is a great way for small businesses to easily and privately track their productivity so they know what to improve on in the future.Organization.5. WunderlistWunderlist does exactly what their homepage boasts — it helps users keep their lives in sync by offering customized lists and reminders that you can create based off of your needs and goals. You can access Wunderlist on your phone, computer or tablet no matter where you are, making it very simple to create and keep up with all your daily, weekly and monthly tasks. You can also share your lists with friends, family and coworkers in order to collaborate on the aforementioned tasks. This would be very helpful for a business. Instead of one person slaving away on a list, you can divide and conquer with your coworkers so the work gets done more efficiently.Communication.6. InfusionsoftInfusionsoft automates your sales and marketing by combining your CRM, email marketing, lead capture and ecommerce all in one place. Their homepage boasts of the following benefits:Unfortunately, these benefits come with a price. Their cheapest plan is $199 a month and only includes CRM and marketing automation. The most expensive plan costs $599 a month and includes CRM, marketing automation, sales automation and ecommerce for up to 10 users. There’s also some plans in between that are customized for your various needs, whether they be ecommerce, sales automation or something else. There’s no doubt in my mind that Infusionsoft could help ease your workload by automating so many of your important tasks, but is the time saved worth the cost?  Weigh the pros and cons before making an investment as big as this one.Content.7. EvernoteEvernote is exactly what it sounds like — an online note-taking application that allows you to keep your thoughts, creative ideas, lists and more in a space that can be accessed from pretty much anywhere. Similar to Wunderlist, Evernote lets you keep track of photos and notes in an easy-to-find format that can also be shared with others in order to promote collaboration. Related: 4 Transformational Questions Your Business Should AskBoth offer free versions of the basic app with the option to pay to upgrade. Evernote also has a specific business option for $12 a month per user. The business version encourages teams to work together and share feedback on projects, and individuals to keep track of and sync their lists, images, files and web research all in once place.  This is a great app to use to promote working together and team-building among coworkers, which will in turn lighten everyone’s workload. Who wouldn’t be interested in that?Successful workload automation can help businesses combine both customer expectations with their business practices, resulting in happy customers and a more efficient business model. Who doesn’t want their business to operate more efficiently, especially during the summer months when there’s so much to enjoy outside of the office? Start incorporating one or more of the tools above, and you’re guaranteed to have business success, more free time and happier employees. How are you going to start?  Comment in the section below! Register Now »last_img read more

FBI Your Kids InternetConnected Toys Might Be Spying on Them

first_imgPrivacy Concerns Is your kid’s favorite internet-connected toy broadcasting their personal information without your knowledge? Maybe! Better make sure you know what you’re getting into when you buy one, the FBI warns.The agency this week issued a PSA that “encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments.” The FBI did not call out any specific devices, but argued that the sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage components and other multimedia capabilities that these toys often sport “could put the privacy and safety of children at risk due to the large amount of personal information that may be unwittingly disclosed.”According to the feds, “toys with microphones could record and collect conversations within earshot of the device. Information such as the child’s name, school, likes and dislikes, and activities may be disclosed through normal conversation with the toy or in the surrounding environment.”These toys often require the creation of a user account; perhaps the gadget includes a companion app or a web-based dashboard where you can set preferences. But if such data gets in the wrong hands, either via a company’s negligence or a data breach, it “could create opportunities for child identity fraud,” the FBI warns.”Additionally, the potential misuse of sensitive data such as GPS location information, visual identifiers from pictures or videos and known interests to garner trust from a child could present exploitation risks.”The FBI urged parents to examine user agreements and privacy policies (something we often click through blindly) and investigate whether data is shared with third parties and how it’s handled in the cloud. Toys should also only be connected to the internet over secure Wi-Fi networks.”Communications connections where data is encrypted between the toy, Wi-Fi access points, and internet servers that store data or interact with the toy are crucial to mitigate the risk of hackers exploiting the toy or possibly eavesdropping on conversations/audio messages,” the agency says.The agency isn’t just being paranoid. There have been instances where internet-connected toys caused concern or the companies producing them were hacked. Hello Barbie, for example, was criticized for its security settings, while earlier this year, a German watchdog urged parents to get rid of the My Friend Cayla doll and i-Que robots after an insecure Bluetooth connection made them vulnerable to monitoring by hackers.A 2015 hack of the VTech Learning Lodge database, meanwhile, exposed names, email addresses, passwords, home addresses and download histories of 4.8 million adults who purchased products online. The first names, genders and birthdays of more than 200,000 kids were also exposed. –shares Chloe Albanesius July 19, 2017 Executive Editor, PCMag Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img The FBI says sensors, microphones, cameras and other components in internet-connected toys ‘could put the privacy and safety of children at risk.’ 3 min read Register Now » Next Article FBI: Your Kid’s Internet-Connected Toys Might Be Spying on Them Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Add to Queuelast_img read more

Protix acquires mealworm and grasshopper breeder Fair Insects

first_imgProtix acquires mealworm and grasshopper breeder Fair InsectsPosted By: News Deskon: September 08, 2017In: Business, Food, Industries, Innovation, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailDutch insect supplier Protix has announced it has acquired insect breeder Fair Insects as it aims to broaden its product portfolio.Through the acquisition, Protix said it will be able to serve a range of customers with products like protein-rich foods, meat replacements and health beverages. Fair Insects currently sells crickets, grasshoppers and yellow mealworms.Since 2009, Protix has developed sustainable insect based products that ‘unlock new opportunities for our customers’. Founded by two former McKinsey & Company colleagues, the company has been looking at acquisitions for the past two years, with Fair Insects a key target.Earlier this year, Protix announced it had secured €45 million in funding to expand its production capacity with a focus on the agricultural industry.As the global population continues to grow, leading to increased demand for meat and fish, Protix claims its insect products are a ‘low-impact protein alternative’ that can be cultivated sustainably.Protix CEO Kees Aarts said: “We are very excited with this new Protix company. With the diversification to additional species we can offer the broader range of exciting products our customers have requested over the years.“Together with our black soldier fly-based ingredients we can further work towards healthy nutrition for all living creatures on this planet and enable a low-footprint society.”Currently Protex’s products are used in over 12 countries, in feed applications ranging from pig and poultry to pet food specialities.  Last month Swiss start-up Essento introduced a range of burgers and balls made from insects, going on sale in supermarket Coop. The burgers contain mealworms, rice, carrots and leeks, as well as oregano and chilli. The insect balls consist of a mix of mealworms, chickpeas, onions, coriander and parsley.Share with your network: Tags: acquisitionedible insectsFair InsectsNetherlandsProtixlast_img read more

Brazilian coconut water brand Obrigado expands to Europe

first_imgBrazilian coconut water brand Obrigado expands to EuropePosted By: News Deskon: March 02, 2018In: Beverage, Health, Industries, Juices, Soft drinksPrintEmailBrazilian coconut water brand Obrigado is set to expand into Europe, just two and a half years after launching on the Brazilian market.Obrigado, which is also available in the US, is produced from fresh, young green coconuts that are harvested on the brand’s own sustainable farms in the state of Bahia. Its name, which translates from Portuguese as simply ‘thank you’, is a nod to the brand’s natural ingredients and recognition of its gratitude for nature’s resources.The drink will be available in the UK – the brand’s first market outside the Americas, and its first in Europe – with more than 1,400 points of distribution across the Greater London area.Mark van de Grift, global marketing director for brand owners Grupo Aurantiaca, is heading up Obrigado’s nationwide roll-out plans to gain listings in premium independents and multiples.He said: “We believe that Obrigado is exactly what the British coconut water category is missing with the brand’s unique patented extraction method which allows the product to be 100% pure, nothing added. Consumers today have an ‘always on’ lifestyle but are ever more health conscious; they also have a real focus on provenance.“One of Mintel’s top food and drink trends for 2018 is ‘full disclosure’ – as the only brand on the market with its own land where all coconuts are sourced, this is something that’s core to our brand.”In 2017, annual coconut water sales in the UK broke the £100 million mark for the first time and are forecast to quadruple over the next five years.‘£2.3 million launch activity’In only two and a half years on the Brazilian market, Obrigado reached 12.5% market share at its peak in 2017, having sold more than 12 million litres of coconut water.This launched Obrigado into the top four coconut water brands in Brazil, making it one of the most successful brand stories in the country’s recent history. Obrigado, which is also available in the US, is now looking to replicate this success with its launch in the UK.“Obrigado is committed to educating consumers on the benefits of coconut water and shaking up the category in the UK,” added Adhy Singagerda, CEO of Aurantiaca Europe. “To achieve this, we will be spending £2.3 million in this market, helping to result in category growth.”Share with your network: Tags: Brazilcoconut waterObrigadoUKlast_img read more

Tyson Foods acquires poultry producer Tecumseh Poultry

first_imgTyson Foods acquires poultry producer Tecumseh PoultryPosted By: News Deskon: June 05, 2018In: Agriculture, Business, Food, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailTyson Foods has expanded its portfolio of organic brands with the acquisition of Tecumseh Poultry, the owner of air-chilled organic chicken brand Smart Chicken, for an undisclosed sum.According to data provided by Nielsen, sales of organic fresh chicken in the US grew 8.6% from 2016 to 2017, and Tyson claims that the Smart Chicken brand holds a strong position in the segment thanks to the processing capabilities of Tecumseh and the brand’s focus on quality.As well as air-chilled chicken, Tecumseh produces deli-style chicken and chicken sausages at its production facilities located in Tecumseh and Waverly, Nebraska.Tyson Foods says that it plans to operate Tecumseh Poultry as a separate, wholly-owned subsidiary and a statement says that the company expects to retain its 600 employees, including operations staff, sales teams and management.This acquisition expands Tyson’s organic product portfolio and strengthens its position in the organic sector, as the company’s NatureRaised Farms and Aidells brands also produce a range of organic products.Eric Schwartz, chief marketing officer of Poultry for Tyson Foods said: “Consumers want choices. More and more consumers want options for fresh, organic food that fits their lifestyles.“The Smart Chicken brand is a leader in this key organic category, and the category’s growth makes this acquisition a strategic fit for Tyson Foods.”Doug Ramsey, group president of Poultry for Tyson Foods added: “This is a well-run company with a solid customer base that’s earned consumer loyalty.“We’re excited for Tecumseh to continue to produce quality chicken while providing the business the scale and resources it needs to continue growing. Customers should continue to work with existing contacts.”Kevin Siebert, president of Tecumseh said: “We’ve spent 18 years working to perfect our ability to produce the highest-quality, fresh chicken in the U.S. We’re very proud of that, and it’s not going to change.“Tyson Foods brings to the Smart Chicken brand and the rest of our product lines the resources to make us even stronger.”Share with your network: Tags: poultrySmart ChickenTecumseh PoultryTyson FoodsUSlast_img read more

Diageo looks to grow in whiskey sector with 130m US distillery

first_imgDiageo looks to grow in whiskey sector with $130m US distilleryPosted By: Contributoron: December 17, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, IndustriesPrintEmailDiageo plans to build a $130 million distilled spirits manufacturing facility in Kentucky, to support its growth ambition in the bourbon and American whiskey categories.The proposed facility will consist of a distillery, dry house, and warehousing in Lebanon, Marion County, with the capability to distil a variety of American whiskey brands.London-headquartered Diageo said the facility will supplement its other Kentucky operations in Stitzel-Weller, Louisville, and The Bulleit Distilling Company in Shelbyville.Diageo has also received approval of an incentive package from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority that will allow it to take the next step toward building the new site. The company anticipates the creation of 30 new full-time jobs at the site.Barry Becton, senior director of federal affairs and whiskey at Diageo North America, said: “We thank the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority, governor Matt Bevin, the Marion County Industrial Foundation, and the city of Lebanon for their continued support of Diageo as we look to further invest in Kentucky’s spirits industry.“Bourbon and American whiskey are vibrant and growing categories and we are excited to expand Diageo’s footprint in Kentucky to support our ambitions in this space.”Diageo said the US bourbon category has experienced a “resurgence” in recent years and its Bulleit bourbon brand continued its double-digit growth in the country with organic net sales up 10% in the last year.Kentucky governor Matt Bevin said: “This latest investment by Diageo is indicative of continued growth for the company and within our bourbon and spirits industry. “We are proud to further our relationship with Diageo, and of the job growth associated with these announcements. On behalf of the state, our thanks go out to Diageo for its commitment to the commonwealth.”Last month, Diageo sold 19 brands to US firm Sazerac for $550 million, in a move to focus on growing its premium spirits portfolio.Brands included in the transaction were: Seagram’s VO, Seagram’s 83, Seagram’s Five Star, Myers’s, Parrot Bay, Romana Sambuca, Popov, Yukon Jack, Goldschlager, Stirrings, The Club, Scoresby, Black Haus, Peligroso, Relska, Grind, Piehole, Booth’s and John Begg.Share with your network: Tags: DiageoUSwhiskylast_img read more

Hoda Muthana and Trumps assault on birthright citizenship

first_imgDonald Trump Trump administration Share on Twitter Since you’re here… US immigration Pompeo’s rejection of Muthana’s request to return home to stand trial, effectively rendering her stateless, reflects political theorist Hannah Arendt’s caustic observation in 1949 that “[t]he best criterion by which to decide whether someone has been forced outside the pale of the law is to ask if he would benefit by committing a crime”. The condemned criminal, in other words, is at least recognized as a legal subject worthy of being informed of her rights and punished according to the law. Unlike the criminal, who is denied specific rights as a result of punishment, the stateless person is stripped of the right to have rights itself, or the right to belong to any political community whatsoever.While the legal dispute over Muthana’s citizenship is complex, the US state department reviewed her citizenship claims and granted her a passport twice before backtracking and denying her citizenship. Significantly, Muthana’s passport revocation was initiated not by the Trump but the Obama administration. As with the detention of asylum seekers on the Mexico border, extraordinary measures loudly advertised by Trump expanded quieter and more discreet actions taken by previous administrations. Stripping Muthana of citizenship is consistent with a broader pattern of recent emergency powers.After 9/11, the then obscure legal category of “unlawful enemy combatant” was taken up as the basis for indefinite detention, and in some cases trial by military tribunal, for detainees in the war on terror, including US citizens such as José Padilla and Yassir Hamdi. Many defended such programs at the time as temporary emergency powers – exceptional actions momentarily justified by the need to overcome the emergency of a terrorist threat. Whatever the merits of that claim in 2001, the legal instruments of the war on terror no longer figure as temporary measures but rather as permanent features of our constitutional “normality”. Guantánamo remains open. The military tribunals are no longer exceptional executive orders but have been codified by Congress and recognized by courts. And the 2001 legal basis for ongoing war remains in effect, and may be substantially strengthened. Azadeh Moaveni Share on Facebook Share via Email Read more Share on LinkedIn Hoda Muthana’s father sues in bid to bring his daughter back to US Trump administration Support The Guardian A consequence of the Obama administration’s failure to end the war on terror is the normalization of the idea that certain crimes, particularly when committed by Muslims, could no longer be tried in ordinary courts but required special, extraordinary military tribunals, if they merited trial at all. This is the platform on which Trump’s return to explicitly xenophobic criteria for determining exclusion and inclusion is built. The Muslim travel ban and the “zero-tolerance” detentions of asylum seekers along the southern border are examples of this project. Now it has become a basis for the Trump administration’s assault on birthright citizenship itself. As Hannah Arendt once observed of interwar Europe, delimited “exceptional” police powers are notoriously contagious.The comforting idea that we can draw clear, bright lines around “the exception” without redefining our sense of normalcy has often proven illusory in the past. The need to resist the Trump administration’s multi-pronged attack on birthright citizenship is urgent. To effectively do so we must recognize that Trump’s actions did not emerge in a vacuum. They have built upon emergency powers that had become normalized long before he took office.Ian Zuckerman teaches politics at Regis University. He is working on a book on emergency powers comment Fri 1 Mar 2019 08.36 EST The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said Hoda Muthana, who is now in a refugee camp in Syria, has no legal claim to US citizenship and will not be permitted to enter the country.Photograph: Richard Drew/AP Read more Ian Zuckerman … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The decision to prevent an Isis recruit from returning to the US points to a future in which citizenship could be revoked by executive fiat ‘Jihadi bride’ doesn’t fit: we need a new language for female militants Last modified on Fri 1 Mar 2019 09.12 EST Opinion Share on Twitter Hoda Muthana and Trump’s assault on birthright citizenship Opinion Share on Messenger US politics Share on Facebook Share via Email Shares7474 Islamic State Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Topics The case of Hoda Muthana would seem to have been tailor-made for the Trump administration’s goal of abolishing birthright citizenship. In 2014 Muthana, then a US citizen who was a student at the University of Alabama, told her parents she was headed on a field trip to Atlanta and instead withdrew from the university and used her reimbursed tuition money to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State. “Go on drive-bys and spill all of [the Americans’] blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them…,” Muthana tweeted in 2015 from Isis-held territory in Syria. “Kill them.”Now detained with her 18-month-old daughter in a Syrian refugee camp controlled by Kurdish forces, Muthana describes deeply regretting her support for Isis, ascribing it to “ignorance” and being “brainwashed”. She has requested to return to the US, and has stated that she is prepared to face trial for her actions.In response to Muthana’s request, Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, issued a statement, echoed by Trump on Twitter, that “Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen and will not be admitted into the United States.” Some commentators have criticized the hypocrisy of urging European states to repatriate Isis fighters so that they can stand trial, while refusing to do the same for Muthana. But there are much deeper problems with the administration’s plan to strip Muthana’s citizenship. It recalls earlier periods of American history in which citizenship was curtailed by an explicit commitment to white supremacy. And it points to a potential future in which citizenship could be revoked and persons made stateless by executive fiat. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Wayfair workers to walk off job over partnership with detention centers

first_imgShare on Twitter wayfairwalkout (@wayfairwalkout)Wayfair is confirmed to be selling beds to the border camps! Employees asked for the order to be canceled and management said no. Everyone deserves a home they can feel safe and loved in, especially children, no matter where they’re from.June 25, 2019 Reuse this content Kari Paul in San Francisco Tue 25 Jun 2019 20.14 EDT Share on Facebook Wayfair workers to walk off job over partnership with detention centers US immigration Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Hundreds of employees of online home goods company call on it to stop furnishing border camps Through a contract with BCFS Health and Human Services, a Texas not-for-profit organization, Wayfair sold $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to furnish a camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas, where up to 3,000 migrant children will be detained, employees said.The protest comes as the US government and Trump administration has come under fire for poor conditions at border facilities and the deaths of at least six children.On Monday, more than 300 children were moved from an overcrowded facility after attorneys who visited said detainees were left with inadequate food, water and sanitation. An official from the Trump administration said on Tuesday that children detained in facilities did not need basic products like soap, toothbrushes or blankets.In the letter to Wayfair, protesters asked the company to cease the contract and donate $86,000 of the profits it has made thus far from these sales to Raices, a not-for-profit immigration legal service focusing on reuniting families and children separated at the border. Raices said it would welcome such a donation.“We applaud Wayfair workers who are walking out to protest Wayfair profiting from detention centers,” Raices wrote on its official Twitter account. “No one who works for a company profiting from these camps should be standing idly by as children are dying. This takes a village.” Tech workers protest data mining firm Palantir for role in immigrant arrests Retail industry Read more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)Wayfair workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children.They asked the company to stop. CEO said no.Tomorrow, they‘re walking out.This is what solidarity looks like – a reminder that everyday people have real power, as long as we’re brave enough to use it. 25, 2019center_img Share via Email Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Topics First published on Tue 25 Jun 2019 15.24 EDT Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Hundreds of employees of the online home goods company Wayfair will stage a walkout on Wednesday in protest against its involvement in furnishing border camps.Employees organizing the walkout at the firm’s Boston headquarters say they demanded the company stop its partnership with a government contractor to provide beds for detained immigrants.“We believe the current actions of the United States and their contractors at the Southern border do not represent an ethical business partnership Wayfair should choose to be a part of,” the letter signed by 547 employees said. Wayfair did not respond to the Guardian’s request for comment. The protest comes as a growing number of employees at tech firms push back against for-profit contracts with government agencies over controversial policies.Employees at Amazon have demanded the company stop using its facial recognition technology for police contracts and in 2018 protesters called on Salesforce to stop its contracts with US Customs and Border Protection. Microsoft employees also called on the company to cease contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) in 2018. Activists protest against the Trump administration’s immigration policies last year. Workers at the furniture company Wayfair are planning a demonstration this week.Photograph: Cj Gunther/EPA Since you’re here… In a response to the letter, the leadership team at Wayfair said it would continue to fulfill orders for “all customers” acting within the laws of countries in which it operates.“This does not indicate support for the opinions or actions of the groups or individuals who purchase from us,” the team wrote.Under the hashtag #WayfairWalkout, customers have planned a boycott of the company in solidarity with workers walking out of the job. “I won’t buy another thing from your site if you are going to support these concentration camps,” one user wrote.The action received support on Tuesday from Democratic Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as well as prominent progressive lawmakers including the House representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. 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Showplace 16 in South Bend Now Offers Sensory Friendly Films

first_imgMovie TheaterThere is great news for movie goers in Northern Indiana! Showplace 16 in South Bend is the latest theater in Indiana to offer viewers sensory friendly versions of popular, current films.What are sensory friendly films and who will benefit from this new program in South Bend? Families and children with autism or other special needs who have a heightened, negative reaction to many forms of sensory input will feel more at ease and comfortable at a sensory friendly film. During a screening of a sensory friendly film, the sound is turned down and the lights are left on. Everything about the viewing environment is arranged to help the child on the autism spectrum feel comfortable. By altering the viewing environment, sensory friendly films make the movie going experience more enjoyable for viewers with autism.In addition, children who are autistic and may have extra movement such as flapping, spinning, dancing when they are happy, sad, excited, or stressed will no longer have to worry about adhering to stringent movie going etiquette. In these sensory friendly movies, it is okay to move as needed or desired. The expectation is not to remain seated and quiet, thus,  families don’t have to worry that they’ll cause a disruption. At Showplace 16, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, sing and even shout. The “Silence is Golden” policy will not be applied.The sensory friendly films will be shown once per month on Saturday morning. Children who are on special diets are allowed to bring their own snacks.As movie titles and times are announced, that information will be shared on this blog.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedEVENT: Sensory Friendly Performance of Honk!November 11, 2010In “Conferences and Events”EVENT: Sensory Friendly of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick RulesMarch 31, 2011In “Conferences and Events”Celebrate Autism Awareness Month!April 6, 2016In “Apps”last_img read more

Dyslexie a Typeface Designed for People with Dyslexia

first_imgImage from people with Dyslexia, reading text can be difficult because many letters are quite similar. For most people reading is fluid, so it’s hard to imagine feeling a different way. Dyslexics rotate and exchange the letters. For example, it’s common to switch the letters: b, q, p, and d.When he was a university student in 2008, a dyslexic designer from the Netherlands, Christian Boer, created a typeface, Dyslexie, that improves the reading experience for people with Dyslexia. The goal of this project was to create a font that resulted in less reading erros. Initial research shows that this typeface works!. He used his experience to create typography and used eight other people with Dyslexia to refine the typeface. Extensive research and work went into this project. Boer claims to have worked on the letter “a” for 12 hours!So, what makes this typeface different? Traditional typefaces are uniform; Boer created subtle differences, so it was easier to distinguish letters. The main change is the visual “weight” added to the bottom of the letters. This keeps the letters pinned to the baseline which makes it easier to read because people with Dyslexia sometimes move letters around in their mind. Boer also lengthed letters like “h,” increased the openings of letters like “e” and tipped straight letters like “j.” Dyslexie has bold punctuations and capital letters at the beginning and end of sentences so the text won’t read as a one long sentence. All of these changes make the text easier to distinguish from one another in the mind of a person with Dyslexia. Boer says “Dyslexie is not a cure, but I see the font as something like a wheelchair.”Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedDyslexie: a font to help dyslexics read betterNovember 18, 2014In “Learning Disabilities”AM085 – Fonts for DyslexiaJanuary 11, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”AM137 – Dyslexie FontJune 26, 2015In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more


first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadShow NotesHi folks. Welcome to “Accessibility Minute”, your weekly look at Assisitive Technology—those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs.RESNA, or the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, has been working to promote the field of assistive technology since 1979. This professional association offers a number of benefits including certification, education and professional development, and creating a forum for people interested in assistive technology to share information, opinions and ideas. Their annual conference is a main-stay for many people who want to stay up-to-date on the industry’s information and developments. Check out for to learn more.For more information, to read our blog or to drop us a line, visit That was your accessibility minute for this week. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.RESNA – Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM087 – ATP Credential from RESNAJanuary 25, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”Friday Podcast: RESNA (Alex Mihailidis), Run Windows on your iPad, Are you happy with Siri?, AppWriter, BrightStar, VisionAssist, Cause and Effect Apps and Sensory BinsMarch 30, 2012In “Accessibility Reviews”We’re celebrating our 100th podcast!April 30, 2013In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

o9 Solutions Continues to Deliver Value with its Premier AIpowered Platform for

first_imgKey Capabilities–Native Connection to Real-Time Sensors and Internet of Things (Iot) Devices, Big Data Performance Driven by Hadoop Backend, Natural Language Search, Digital Assistants, Smart Tag Email Processing–Are Immediately Available to Manufacturers and RetailersIt’s been more than two years since o9 Solutions announced general availability of its Premier AI-Platform for Integrated Planning and Digital Operations. Since that time, o9 has continued to develop highly differentiated capabilities, which it will be showcasing at this year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, May 13-16.Powered by the Enterprise Knowledge Graph (EKG) technology and cutting-edge artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) algorithms, the o9 platform enables enterprises to dramatically improve the efficiency and maturity of planning processes and truly enable the “self-driving” supply chain. With support for both structured/unstructured data, advanced AI/ML capabilities like Natural Language Processing (NLP), and email/Excel integration with smart tagging, the o9 platform provides unmatched capabilities to collaborate and optimize planning and operations. The o9 platform also natively connects to real-time sensors and IoT devices and addresses big data storage needs with a Hadoop enabled backend optimized for planning performance.Marketing Technology News: Pureport Announces Feature Enhancements to Its On-Demand Cloud Connectivity PlatformIn addition to out-of-the box algorithms, the o9 platform provides native integration to a variety of open source AI/ML libraries such as R and Python where customers can leverage algorithms written by their own data scientists or data analysis teams.“Unlike some of our competitors who are cobbling together modules built with 30-year-old technology and calling it a ‘platform,’ we are built from the ground up with the latest technology to be AI-enabled, multi-tenant and cloud native. Our patent-pending Enterprise Knowledge Graph (EKG) based platform enables companies to create optimized plans, sense demand and supply changes in real time, understand the implications of those changes on the end-to-end supply chain instantaneously, automatically analyze trade-offs using advanced AI and machine learning capabilities and recommend prescriptive actions to maximize profitability. In the age of Google and self-driving cars, it’s high time enterprise systems caught up,” said Chakri Gottemmukkala, CEO of o9 Solutions.Marketing Technology News: Audio Visual Solutions Company, IVCi, Explains How Companies Can Leverage Video Walls to Increase Room Functionality“Old module-based technology has failed to deliver the value because of inherent limitations to enable truly integrated scenario planning, long implementation cycles, poor adoption and quick obsolescence in rapidly changing business environments. o9’s integrated and flexible cloud-based platform, built with the latest AI/ML technologies, can deliver on the long-promised vision for integrated planning and digital operations. Our platform was built on open architecture principles which future-proofs our customers as well adds the ability for them, and partners, to build new applications and workflows,” said Igor Rikalo, COO of o9 Solutions.Marketing Technology News: Linda Avery, Chief Data Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Named US Chief Data Officer of the Year 2019 by CDO Club o9 Solutions Continues to Deliver Value with its Premier AI-powered Platform for Integrated Planning and Digital Operations PRNewswireMay 10, 2019, 6:57 pmMay 10, 2019 Artificial IntelligenceChakri GottemmukkalaEnterprise Knowledge GraphMarketing TechnologyNatural Language ProcessingNewso9 Previous ArticleArvind Fashions Partners With Nucleus Vision to Create a More Seamless and Personalized Shopping ExperienceNext ArticleAcquia Acquires Mautic to Deliver First-Ever Open Marketing Cloudlast_img read more

Its the Year of Localized Social Marketing — Heres Why

first_imgLocalized social marketing uses specifically crafted social content to engage audiences at the local level. It’s a social media strategy that focuses on building a local presence for a business by leveraging locally-driven communication channels to reach the specific local communities it serves (rather than a broad/national approach). Localized social marketing is the biggest untapped marketing opportunity for national franchise brands, and social media platforms are rolling out new tools to help multi-location businesses capture their most engaged audience, widen their brand reach and unleash the power of brand authenticity.Recommended MarTech News: Social Media Not a Marketing Strategy for Nearly 40% of Small …Facebook, Google, and Instagram Innovate to Help Multi-Location MarketersFacebook gives businesses the ability to create one Business Page for their national brand and separate Pages for each of their individual locations. Any localized content strategy starts with claiming local franchise Pages on Facebook. Research shows that Facebook leads the pack on consumer engagement with local content, driving 26 times the activity seen on the other networks combined. Facebook Recommendations is another locally-focused feature that allows consumers to rate individual business locations.Google has the Knowledge Panel — the box on the right side of search results that shows information about specific businesses. National franchise brands can expect to see one branded Knowledge Panel for the national brand and individual local Knowledge Panels for each franchise location.Instagram is the latest platform to offer localized marketing features; the photo-sharing platform finally introduced in-app local business profile pages that provide the same kind of business information that you find on Google Knowledge Panels. Similarly to Facebook, you’ll have the ability to create separate local business profiles for each individual location.Go Where The Engagement Is HappeningSocial media platforms are recognizing the high engagement levels of localized social content and responding with new localized features. The latest data — pulled from social media and reputation management platforms — shows unique insight into the power of localized social marketing to drive customer engagement.Read Also: CMC Study Shows Social Media Stars Cross Cultural Lines with Big Influence on All Teens and MillennialsAccording to a research report, 72% of brand engagement happens on local Facebook Pages as opposed to national brand Pages. Combine this with the report that 73% of potential franchisees use local social Pages as a premier source of decision making when considering new franchise opportunities, and you can start to see why localized social marketing is so vital to brand visibility.Setting Local Up For Social SuccessEvery national franchise brand should have a social media strategy, but not all strategies lead to effective localized content. There are three common management models that multi-location businesses use to manage social media; centralized, decentralized and hybrid.If you’re using a centralized model, it means that all social media is managed at the corporate level. Franchise owners don’t have to worry about creating their own content, but they also don’t benefit from custom localized content.MarTech Updates: Why Has Zuckerberg Taken a Bold Stride Towards Becoming a …A decentralized model requires that each franchiser create their own social media content. This helps the company as a whole create custom localized content at each location, but it’s difficult to maintain a consistent brand across locations without corporate oversight.A hybrid model requires cooperation between the corporate level and the franchise level. Corporate social media managers provide franchisees with branded content, and franchisees supplement that branded content with a localized spin. This model does require a technology tool that can facilitate approval and content sharing, but the end result is worth it.The right model can help franchisers and franchisees take control of the factors that affect local brand visibility such as social content, mentions of the brand in social conversations, and reviews for individual franchise locations.As a marketer for a national franchised brand, you can be the powerhouse that drives brand awareness, customer loyalty and new sales. Localized social marketing can be your go-to tool for engaging local consumers, giving you the ability to revamp your nationwide franchise marketing plan around the relationship between your individual locations and the neighborhoods they serve.Read Also: HipChat Founders Launch Swoot, a Social Podcast App Corporate social media managerscustomer engagementFacebookInstagramLocalized social marketingSOCisocial marketingSocial Media Platforms Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Lewis Gersh, CEO, PebblePostNext ArticleData-Driven Marketing in a Privacy-First World It’s the Year of Localized Social Marketing — Here’s Why Monica HoMay 13, 2019, 4:00 pmMay 9, 2019 last_img read more

Elon Musk Starship Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engines

first_img You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Most spaceflight firms would never hang around on Twitter and randomly tweet information on upcoming rocket designs. But most companies aren’t SpaceX, and most CEOs aren’t Elon Musk. During his daily Twitter ramblings, Musk revealed that the Starship launch platform is now up to a total of 41 Raptor engines. Although, he jokes that the design is begging for just one more. In his initial tweet, Musk announced that the Starship Super Heavy would have 35 Raptor engines in total. After a request for clarification, Musk explained that the “full stack” of the Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle will have 41 engines — 35 of those will be on Super Heavy and another six on the Starship itself. From what we know of the Starship’s design, the craft will have three Raptors optimized for use in the atmosphere and three others designed for vacuum usage.Before this most recent update, the Super Heavy was slated to have just 31 Raptor engines. Traditionally, rockets have relied on smaller numbers of more powerful engines. However, SpaceX has always gone the other way. According to Musk, the added complexity is outweighed by the redundant nature of having many engines. If one or two fail, the vehicle can still fly its mission. Full stack is 41 rn, but kinda beggin for just one more …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2019Musk has explained many of the Starship’s design updates and milestones on Twitter. For example, the momentous test firing of the Raptor engine earlier this year and the name change from BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) to Starship, perhaps a more suitable name for something that could one day ferry 100 passengers to Mars. SpaceX is closing in on the first real test flight of the Starship in a configuration known as the StarHopper. That vessel will lift off, hover, and land safely. Late this year, the company could launch a high-altitude sub-orbital version of the Starship later this year. The first orbital flight is currently scheduled for 2020. At 41 engines for the full stack, the count is just one shy of the answer to life, the universe, and everything from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. No one really knows why Elon Musk does the things he does, so it would not be shocking at all to see another engine pop up on the final Super Heavy. After all, this is the man who launched his car into space on top of the most powerful rocket in the world.Now read:SpaceX Starship Moves Closer to Launch With Successful Engine TestSpaceX Successfully Launches, Partially Recovers Falcon HeavyElon Musk Explains Why the Starship Will Be Stainless Steel 6 Comments Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents What Natalie Portman Could Look Like as the Mighty Thor The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. By Ryan Whitwam on July 23, 2019 at 7:23 am Elon Musk: Starship, Super Heavy Will Have 41 Total Engines Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder This ‘Iron Man’ Scene Created the Whole ‘Far From Home’ Plot We Finally Know Why This Kid Returned in ‘Endgame’ The Hate for ‘Captain Marvel’ May Never Stop Anna Kendrick’s Transformation is Turning Heads Tagged In sciencespaceelon muskrocketsstarshipSuper Heavy Post a Comment 6 Commentslast_img read more

Top Email Marketing Best Practices to Increase Revenue

first_imgEmail Marketing Can Generate an ROI of over 4400%. Designrush Determined the Top Email Marketing Best Practices to Increase Revenue and the Best Email and Marketing Automation Agencies Research shows that email marketing can provide a return on investment up to 4400 percent. However, certain tactics within email campaigns will foster better revenue growth than, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, discovered the three best email marketing best practices that can boost brands and encourage high click-through and conversion rates.The top 3 email marketing best practices of 2019 are:1. Collect Email Addresses HonestlyBrands should always ensure that the recipients of their email lists are aggregated fairly. Consumers should know exactly what they are signing up for, who is sending it, and how often they can expect emails.In addition, businesses should avoid tactics such as buying email lists. Although those might initially boost the number of people who receive communications, brands will also likely see lower click-through rates and conversions, and higher unsubscribe rates.Marketing Technology News: Contact Centers Adding AI to Become More Intelligent, Responsive to Customers2. Write Engaging Subject Lines Without Looking Like SpamThe key to increasing open rates – which is essentially the first step to email-driven conversions – is to write buzz-worthy subject lines. These should concisely describe the contents of the email and the unique value added. For instance, eCommerce stores should highlight sale details, while news organizations should focus on breaking news.However, too many buzz words can look like spam to inboxes – causing messages to go straight to spam – and recipients – causing them to delete the email. Avoid elements such as all capital letters and too many emojis in subject lines.3. A/B TestEach brand will find that certain email strategies work better for them than others – and no two brands are exactly the same. Therefore, the best way to understand the content and email tactics that a target audience wants is to A/B test campaigns.To do so, brands send two email campaigns that are exactly the same save for one element – such as delivery time, subject line, content format, or something else. A randomized half of their email list will receive one, and the other will receive the test campaign. Then, brands can compare results to determine which tactic was the most effective.“Email is one of the most effective – and trackable – forms of digital marketing,” says DesignRush Founder and Executive Director Gabriel Shaoolian. “By implementing a few best practices, brands will be able to sharpen their email campaigns, improve overall success, and grow their businesses and revenue more effectively.”Marketing Technology News: PX Open Marketplace Surpasses 500 Publishers in its ExchangeDesignRush’s Agency Listing section features the top local and global email marketing companies. The top email and marketing automation agencies include:1. B2B Data GuyB2B Data Guy is a one-stop shop for B2B email lists and managed email campaigns. All contacts are verified deliverable, and if an email bounces its refunded. B2B Data Guy boasts average open rates 62%, varies by industry, lists delivered within 72 hours of payment, discounts for orders over 1,000 contacts and for repeat orders, 36 data points per contact, amazing customer service, and email campaign creation/support help available upon request.2. BestSEO4uBestSEO4u is an online marketing agency which stands proudly among the leading specialist UK WordPress agencies and is a trusted Internet Marketing expert. To them, online success doesn’t mean just traffic – it translates to top conversion rates and earnings. Their experience and portfolio recommend them as the dynamic, flexible, innovative and reliable partner each online business has always needed. Their London-based company is at the heart of everything – they’re among thriving businesses in a most competitive environment, where players are always on the look for the next best strategy. Nothing better for them, as it allows BestSEO4u to improve their game consistently and deliver outstanding solutions to clients!3. Black87Black87 is the team of inspired, ambitious and creative fellows. Their performance marketing services are designed for brands to have full control over their marketing spending. They can help brands own their piece of the web. Driving measurable results, Black87’s forward-looking approach has helped clients in technology, physical retail, e-commerce, and crowdfunding projects.Marketing Technology News: Pagely Announces 2nd Annual Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in Tech Top Email Marketing Best Practices to Increase Revenue PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 25, 2019 A/B testb2b marketplacecrowdfunding projectsemail marketingmarketing automationMarketing TechnologyNews Previous Article9 out of 10 Marketers Deploy Personalization to Improve Customer Experiences, According to New Evergage StudyNext ArticleData-Driven Marketers Head to the Cloudlast_img read more

Introducing Shutterstock Elements Thousands of CinemaGrade Video Effects for Filmmakers

first_img NewsShutterstockVideo Previous ArticleGCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth OfficerNext ArticleProgress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development Platforms Introducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakers MTS Staff WriterJuly 16, 2019, 10:35 pmJuly 16, 2019 Blockbuster-quality video effects created by industry professionals, including 4K lens flares, essential transitions, captivating video kits with smoke, fire, explosions and moreShutterstock, Inc., a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality content, tools and services, announced its new footage offering—Shutterstock Elements. Over 3,000 elements captured on cinema-grade cameras and lenses have been added to the site, including transitions, lens flares, VFX (visual effects), video kits, film overlays, HUD (head-up display) and UI (user interface) elements. Compatible with all major video editing programs, Elements also includes detailed tutorials on how to optimize effects.Video consumption rates continue to grow and consequently, the power of video content has never been stronger. According to Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report, digital video is now up to 28% of average daily watching time and 59% of Gen Z users cite YouTube as their preferred learning channel. As marketers respond to this trend by making video a top priority in their marketing mix, Shutterstock Elements offers popular, easy-to-use video effects that anyone can apply to make their content stand out.Marketing Technology News: Introducing Acoustic: A New Marketing Cloud Bringing Humanity to AI-Powered Marketing“The demand for high-quality video is growing while budgets are only getting smaller and timelines are getting shorter. Video editors, compositors, and vloggers are constantly faced with the challenge of maintaining quality and making the content stand out in today’s golden age of video,” said Sylvain Grande, SVP of Product & UX at Shutterstock. “Elements is a one-stop shop for creatives who are churning out projects at an unprecedented rate, providing assets made with cinema-grade equipment that can make any project look like a big-budget production in no time.”The new offering includes expertly curated categories for specific genres, from content for everyday moments to blockbuster action scenes. Video kits like “Yum” are tailored for food vloggers and How-to’s with over 100 elements including lower thirds, transitions, animated characters, and loopable backgrounds. Film overlays like “Illuminate” offer 120 different light leak elements and practical effects shot in 4K resolution. The curated collections are designed to take any video project to the next level by adding polished elements and finishing touches like flares and sizzle for a more professional feel.Marketing Technology News: New TimeTrade Schedule-A-Demo Solution Helps B2B Software Companies Increase Inbound Lead-to-Meeting Conversion by 4XThe wide selection of elements ranges from digital assets, like transitions and overlays, to physical effects like explosions or glass shattering. The physical assets were each filmed on location with specialists using high-end gear—like the Ricochet VFX pack, which includes authentic muzzle flashes filmed working alongside experts, or the Detonate VFX pack which offers explosions as wide 250 feet.Marketing Technology News: Blue Prism Collaborates with Microsoft to Deliver Free Cloud Trial on Azurelast_img read more

RetailMeNots Primer for Savings The 2019 Guide to Prime Day and Back

first_imgRetailMeNot’s Primer for Savings: The 2019 Guide to Prime Day and Back to School PRNewswireJune 26, 2019, 7:54 pmJune 26, 2019 RetailMeNot predicts that more than 250 retailers will participate in Prime Day-related promotions in 2019, a 30% year-over-year growthPrime Day marks the kickoff to the back-to-school shopping season, and RetailMeNot data indicates shoppers are hunting for the best deals earlier than ever. Now in its anticipated fifth year, Prime Day has morphed into something bigger than just a big sales day for Amazon: It has become a new holiday for the retail industry with deals and offers from several hundred retailers who are also looking to increase sales.Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts MarketplacePrimed for DealsThe Prime Day time period is an opportunity for all retailers. In fact, 84% of retailers say the week surrounding Prime Day is the most important time for driving online sales during the entire back-to-school shopping season. These retailers are smart in trying to gain market share, because the data says:64% of parents will be shopping on Prime Day in 2019.Parents plan to spend $162 on Amazon Prime Day, doing an average of 35% of their total back-to-school shopping through Amazon.Additionally, RetailMeNot data reveals the number of Prime Day-related offers rose 45% in 2018, and predicts more than 250 retailers will offer deals on Prime Day or through the extended Prime week. Consumers have caught on to the savings available across retailers, and surveyed parents plan to shop at an average of 11 retailers during the Prime Day time period.“With the back-to-school shopping season starting with Prime Day, all retailers have an opportunity to capture early sales by participating in Prime-related promotions,” said Michelle Skupin, senior director marketing and communications, RetailMeNot. “Over the last few years, RetailMeNot data has shown an increase across the board in participating retailers, and consumers are ready to take advantage of the deals.”Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersRetailers Prep for the Long HaulPrime Day has lengthened the back-to-school shopping season, and RetailMeNot data indicates peak shopping days across the three-month period will fall on Prime Day (#No. 1), the first weekend of August (#No. 2) and Labor Day weekend (#No. 3).Just over 3 in 5 (63%) parents will start their back-to-school shopping in July or earlier, and they plan to spend an average of $507 during the season, up from $465 in 2018. Additionally, half of parents (51%) report shopping for themselves while picking up back-to-school items.Retailers are responding accordingly:74% of retailers say they will invest more money in their back-to-school marketing in 2019.78% say their company will offer more discounts for back-to-school shoppers this year.In August, consumers are likely to spend 20% more in stores compared to the rest of the year, according to RetailMeNot data. In-store shoppers are best reached through mobile deals, as 73% of shoppers search for items to purchase on their mobile device.“Given the long season, retailers will need to prioritize their marketing spend and discounting activities across the three months to meet consumers where they are in the shopping journey. RetailMeNot data shows that pulsing promotions in accordance with peak shopping times will result in increased sales for retailers,” said Skupin.In fact, 69% of back-to-school shoppers say price is the biggest determining factor in the items they buy during back-to-school season.Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional Subscribers Marketing Technology NewsMichelle SkupinNewsRetailMeNot Previous ArticleShuttlerock Wins Facebook Storyteller Award at CannesNext ArticleQualcomm and ZTE to Advance 5G Cloud Gaming on Live Networkslast_img read more