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first_img 29 Comments   Share   The No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft held his introductory press conference with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday afternoon.His name is Kyler Murray and he plays the quarterback position, in case you needed to be reminded.He also joined the Bickley & Marotta show on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station shortly after the press conference to expand on some of his thoughts.Murray seems to be happy with his current situation.  Top Stories Arizona Cardinals NFL football quarterback Kyler Murray speaks to the media, Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe, Ariz. Murray was the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Football draft. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img “I think it’s everything I’ve dreamed of. As a kid not only dreaming about being the No. 1 pick in the draft but just being in the NFL. Now that I’m here, man, it’s a blessing and I can’t wait to touch the field,” Murray said.Fielding a wide range of questions for around 10 minutes from varying members of the Valley media, Murray discussed his relationship with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, how things will play out with current teammate and fellow quarterback Josh Rosen and turning around a franchise that won only three games last season.According to Murray, linking up with Kingsbury was something that the two have been planning for awhile. Related LinksCardinals QB Kyler Murray: ‘My only future is in football right now’Arizona Cardinals showed great conviction drafting Kyler MurrayOklahoma’s Lincoln Riley: Kyler does ‘things you’ve never seen before’The Kyler Murray era begins, now what about that other guy?Cardinals’ Kingsbury: Kyler Murray is rarely-seen dynamic, unique talentHistory helped Cardinals GM Keim fall in love with Kyler Murray“We have had multiple talks about this situation for years,” Murray said. “As a player you want to have a guy who knows what you do, respects your game and is behind you at all costs.”What is not on his mind is the developing in-house drama for the Cardinals at the quarterback position.Josh Rosen, the incumbent starter and top-10 draft pick in his own right from a season ago, is still on the roster.“I’m not really worried about starting the first game or anything like that. For me all I can do is come in and get better each and every single day,” Murray said. The Cardinals will not come into the season with high expectations considering they only won three games in 2018. Murray’s football experience has been on the other end of the spectrum as his teams have had fewer losses in the past four years than Arizona had wins in 2018.When asked if he knew his win-loss record, which included three consecutive undefeated state championship season in high school and a semi-final appearance in the College Football Playoffs last season, Murray had a witty response.“I think I can count on two fingers the amount of games I’ve lost.”Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 20192019 NFL DraftRound 1#TeamPlayerPos1K. MurrayQB2N. BosaDE3Q. WilliamsDT4C. FerrellDE5D. WhiteLB6D. JonesQB7J. AllenDE8T.J. HockensonTE9E. OliverDT10D. BushLB11J. WilliamsG12R. GaryDE13C. WilkinsDT14C. LindstromG15D. HaskinsQB16B. BurnsDE17D. LawrenceDT18G. BradburyC19J. SimmonsDT20N. FantTE21D. Savage, Jr.S22A. DillardT23T. HowardT24J. JacobsRB25M. BrownWR26M. SweatDE27J. AbramS28J. TilleryDT29L.J. CollierDE30D. BakerCB31K. McGaryT32N. HarryWR © STATS – 2019 – / 52 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

The 7 Benefits of LinkedIn for B2B Businesses

first_imgLinkedIn has become one of the most powerful modern tools for businesses, especially when it comes to recruiting. But the site doesn’t stop there—LinkedIn can also be used to seek and build B2B relationships.Here are 7 benefits to this approach:1. Stay Top of MindBy maintaining an up-to-date profile showcasing all relevant information about your company, you keep the network of connections you’ve built up to speed on all of your new career and business developments. Your presence on LinkedIn, supported by creative methods of branching out – such as URLs to company blogs or newsletters — ensures you’ll remain top of mind for future business needs and networking opportunities. Also, LinkedIn just announced that it will be handing out rewards for those who update their profiles regularly —another incentive to keep on posting!2. Create and Manage Your ReputationEstablishing a presence on LinkedIn allows you to manage the professional information that is publicly available about you. After all, creating and maintaining your company’s reputation is crucial in this age of social networking. By creating a profile, you are distributing the best and most accurate information, which can then be discovered by search engines (by effectively using SEO) and serve as a primary reference for learning more about you and your professional history.3. Find and Recruit TalentLinkedIn can also help your business to find and recruit talent. The ability to build connections, join relevant, focused groups and utilize the Job Posting functions are all great options when seeking talent. Unlike other recruiting sites, LinkedIn can connect you with passive job seekers, or those who aren’t actively looking for a new opportunity, but would consider a move for the right position.Once you have a completed – and thorough – job description, post it on your profile to see if anyone in your network is interested in the opportunity or knows of someone who is. This is a great way to get recommendations from your peers, and leveraging referrals is one of the 8 tips for hiring at startups.If you’re clear on the background you’re looking for, you can then search for individuals with that job title or work experience. Review their profiles to see if they could be a possible fit. Then send a private message detailing the opportunity, start a dialogue, and gauge interest level.LinkedIn has a Job Posting function that costs under $200 for a 30 day post. There’s also a 5-job pack for $775 and a 10-job pack for $1,250. This tool will post your job description to relevant users’ homepages, along with details on how to best contact you.4. Generate FeedbackLinkedIn can also be used to generate feedback on ideas or products. By starting conversations in groups or by regularly updating your status, you’re opening the opportunity for others to respond and interact with you on any given subject. Here’s your chance to connect with opinion leaders and key influencers in your space.5. Thought LeadershipBy posting your musings and commentary to groups, you are also constructing your thought leadership. Thought leadership is defined as an individual who possesses a deep understanding of a business category and the marketplace in which he/she operates. One can establish this reputation by discussing topics with groups or by answering questions on LinkedIn’s Answers Board. With intelligence and persistence, you can quickly become an expert, and then position your organization as an industry leader. Thought leadership is competitive positioning at its finest; be sure that you’re on board.6. Find VendorsLinkedIn can be used to find vendors to provide services for your expansion stage company. Comb through the opinions of your groups and collect the recommendations and references of others for vendors who have historically proven to do exceptional work. Save yourself time and money, and skip the headache of engaging with a disappointing vendor.7. Lead GenerationThough LinkedIn’s purpose is to keep you connected with existing contacts, it can also be used for Lead Generation — especially if you’ve established yourself as a thought leader. When answering questions or responding to threads, direct contributions to your applicable blog and website posts increase site traffic. When hosting a Webinar or forum, invite your connections to participate – this is a great way to engage potential leads.As you can see, LinkedIn isn’t just another social networking site – it’s a robust and powerful tool that can assist many aspects of your expansion stage company, connect you with the rest of the market, and leverage your skills to gain respect and popularity.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more