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India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is projected to be 6.7 percent in 2017-18 and accelerate to 7.3 percent and 7.5 percent in 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively, according to the World Bank.The World Bank’s India Development Update, which was released on March 14, stated that Indian economy is set to revert to its trend growth rate of 7.5 percent in the coming years as it “bottoms out” from the effect of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetization. The update centers around an assessment of what it will take the country to return to growth rates of 8 percent and higher on a sustained basis.“India’s long-term growth has become more steady, stable, diversified and resilient. In the long-run, for higher growth to be sustainable and inclusive, India needs to use land and water, which are increasingly becoming scarce resources, more productively, make growth more inclusive, and strengthen its public sector to meet the challenges of a fast growing, globalizing and increasingly middle-class economy,” Junaid Ahmad, World Bank country director in India, said in a statement.The report added that the country’s GDP growth saw a temporary dip in the last two quarters of 2016-17 and the first quarter of 2017-18 because of demonetization and disruptions surrounding the initial implementation of GST. However, economic activity has begun to stabilize since August 2017.“While services will continue to remain the main driver of economic growth; industrial activity is poised to grow, with manufacturing expected to accelerate following the implementation of the GST, and agriculture will likely grow at its long-term average growth rate,” the report added.Strong revival in private investments and exports would be vital for India to attain a sustained high growth of 8 percent and above, according to economist Poonam Gupta, the main author of the report. “This will require continued impetus for structural reforms. Resorting to countercyclical policies will not help spur sustained growth and India should not compromise its hard-earned fiscal discipline in order to accelerate growth,” added Gupta.The report specified that measures like prudent macroeconomic policy that includes a new inflation targeting framework, energy subsidy reforms, fiscal consolidation, higher quality of public expenditure and a stable balance of payment situation has supported India’s growth in the recent years.Additionally, recent policy reforms have also helped India improve the business environment of the country and helped ease inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) and improve credit behavior.The report also recommended priority areas of reform in sectors like investments, bank credit, exports and advised leveraging external conditions. “The rate of investment needs to accelerate. Private investment in India is constrained by several factors including issues related to past leverages, credit availability, market demand, and policy uncertainty. Understanding and relieving the generic, spatial, or sector-specific constraints to investment growth is important,” it said.The World Bank had said earlier this year that compared to other emerging economies, India has “enormous growth potential,” with “ambitious government comprehensive reforms.” Related ItemsEconomygdpWorld Bank
Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have each racked up more than 15 billion views on YouTube. Justin Bieber beats them both, with 18 billion views.But none of those megastars comes close to T-Series.Although not widely known in the United States, T-Series, an Indian music label and film production company, has the most watched YouTube channel in the world. Its videos have been seen 53 billion times. The channel gains more than 100,000 subscribers a day and is about to pass the controversial personality PewDiePie to become the most subscribed to channel on YouTube.And thanks to a rapidly growing online Indian viewer base and increasing international interest, its rise is not likely to slow anytime soon.While T-Series may be thriving in the internet age, it began far before the internet became popular. The company was founded in the early 1980s by Gulshan Kumar, previously a fruit-juice seller, as a cassette tapes operation. It rose from issuing pirated recordings to producing film music for Bollywood blockbusters like 1990’s “Aashiqui.” By the mid 1990s, the company was a large conglomerate and a central part of India’s media landscape, with subdivisions in film, television, real estate and even toothpaste and detergent.T-Series started posting trailers and music videos from its catalog on YouTube in earnest in late 2010. Those videos performed modestly, with views in the five and six figures. But most of India was still offline — and YouTube was dominated by idiosyncratic individuals like Smosh and Fred.India’s internet access got a major boost in September 2016 when the Mumbai-based conglomerate Reliance Industries shelled out $35 billion to launch India’s first 4G network, Reliance Jio, offering free calls and data at minuscule costs.The move, combined with the affordability of smartphones, brought internet to the fingertips of more than 200 million people — even in villages without electricity. Partnership deals between YouTube and the country’s major media companies, including T-Series, ensured that the biggest Indian pop stars, television shows and movies were waiting online for an eager audience.“As more and more of India came along, video became the way that they were interacting with the internet,” Gautam Anand, the managing director of YouTube’s Asian branch, YouTube APAC, said in a phone interview; he said that 85 percent of India’s internet users use YouTube. “Even if you’re not literate, you still enjoy watching video.”T-Series was the foremost beneficiary. At the time of Jio’s launch, T-Series was regularly producing dozens of videos each month for its 12 million subscribers. A year later, the number had doubled. Currently, the channel has 70 million subscribers, with its videos averaging 6.5 million views each, according to Tubular Labs, a digital video analytics company. Last December, the rising pop star Guru Randhawa scored T-Series’ biggest hit yet, “Lahore,” which has more than 615 million views.While T-Series also earns money through more traditional revenue streams, its YouTube channel alone earns millions of dollars a year, according to Socialblade, a YouTube data-analysis site.“The recent growth in internet usage in India has really helped us grow exponentially,” Neeraj Kalyan, the president of T-Series, said in an email interview. “The last two years have been really action-packed.”Buoyed by a strong back catalog and a sterling artist roster, T-Series has worked closely with YouTube on programming and promotional strategies to increase viewership. Its strategy has been twofold: to provide a home to the upper echelon of stars — like Randhawa, Salman Khan and Deepika Padukone — and to flood the market with diverse content that includes regional language music and devotional songs.In addition to the main Bollywood channel, T-Series has 28 other channels, which are each geared toward a different slice of a country that speaks dozens of dialects. “We have no choice other than to release all that content,” Kalyan said. “Each content piece has its own audience and thus it’s hardly cannibalized ever.”As T-Series leads the way, other Indian media companies have also built up major presences on YouTube. Three Indian channels are on Socialblade’s list of the top 10 most influential YouTube channels: T-Series, ZeeTV and YRF. Western companies are investing in the country as well, with Sony Music India averaging 474 million views a month.Their collective success could be just the beginning of an Indian content boom. India is the second-most populous country in the world, with more than 1.35 billion people — and according to Bain & Co., only 34 percent of the country is online, compared with 89 percent of Americans. That number will continue to grow as infrastructure improves and consumers look to diversify their viewing habits beyond music.In a phone interview, Allison Stern, Tubular Labs’ co-founder and chief strategy officer, compared T-Series’ success to that of Vevo during YouTube’s growth period in the early 2010s.“As these waves of audiences come online, it feels like music is the first thing that brings people there — and then holds them and trains them to come to YouTube for content,” Stern said. “After that you get kids content, gaming content — all these other verticals that unfold.”T-Series is finding a growing audience not just in India but also outside of it. Just less than half of T-Series’ traffic comes from India, with 12 percent coming from the United States. In 2016, the company signed a licensing deal with Amazon for film releases.Kalyan hopes to court Indian populations around the world and produce crossover Bollywood artists who can match the global appeal of South Korea’s BTS or Puerto Rico’s Bad Bunny — and in the process, make T-Series a household international name.“Bollywood is no longer restricted to India only,” Kalyan said. “The world is becoming flat.”c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Items
Astrological compatibility is still a key criterion in Indian marriages, especially if they are arranged, a study said Thursday.According to a study by marriage portal Jeevansathi.com, over 60 percent profiles posted on the site have listed themselves under the ‘manglik’ and ‘non-manglik’ bracket, as determined by astrology. “It is also interesting to note that the acceptance of mangliks among the non-manglik community is as low as nine percent, which clearly shows that astrological compatibility is still one of the key criteria considered during arranged marriages,” the study said.Also, these beliefs are not just restricted to members of the older generation, but are prevalent amongst youngsters too.“A look at the demographics of the profiles show that 68 percent grooms who have mentioned their manglik or non-manglik status have posted their profiles themselves on the site,” the portal said.“In case of brides, 39 percent of the profiles have been posted by their parents and 35 percent have been posted by themselves. Therefore, it is evident that it is not only the older generation who are stuck with these taboos, the younger generation also believes in the same,” it added.Commenting on the findings of the study, Rohit Manghnani of Jeevansathi.com said: “Over the last few years, we have witnessed that horoscope matching is gaining ground across communities in India.”“It is not only the older generation who send us enquiries for horoscope services, the younger crowd also avails of these services,” he added. Related Items
Bangladeshi professor Syed Ahmed Jamal who was arrested on Jan. 24 from his home in Lawrence, Kansas, by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has been freed from jail. The chemistry teacher was almost deported in February 2018 but the intervention of lawmakers and the general outcry slowed the process.A U.S. District judge in Kansas City on March 20 ordered the release of Jamal from jail. He is still awaiting a decision from the immigration board on his case, according to reports.The 55-year-old father of three was arrested on the front lawn of his home as he was about to take his daughter to school. He was held in Missouri jail until he was taken to a detention center in El Paso, Texas.In February, he was taken off a plane to Bangladesh after a federal judge issued a temporary stay on his deportation. He was deboarded when the aircraft stopped in Hawaii for refueling. Later, he was taken back to Missouri and housed in a detention facility in Platte Co.Jamal has been living in the United States for 30 years with his wife, who is also from Bangladesh, and three children who are American citizens. He came to the United States on a student visa. Later, he switched to an H-1B visa, and when he enrolled for a Ph.D. he switched back to a student visa. When he was arrested in January 2018, he had work authorization and was teaching chemistry as an adjunct professor at Park University in Kansas City, the Washington Post reported.In February, Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins introduced a legislation titled “For the relief of Syed Ahmed Jamal and Zaynaub Jahan Chowdhury,” a private member bill in Congress that has the potential to provide the couple with permanent residentship in the country.“He has a valid work authorization till October 2018, has been here with no criminal history whatsoever, and there’s no reason to hold him,” the law firm, Sharma-Crawford, said in February 2018. “We have confirmed that Syed Jamal is back in KC (Kansas City, Missouri), and being detained at the Platte County Jail.”Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, had also met Jamal when he was detained in El Paso, Texas to show support after he was flooded with calls by his supporters. Related ItemsBangladeshDeportationUnited States
Vernon Gonsalves, a rights activist, was preparing for his morning bath when the police banged on his front door. Officers rummaged through his home in Mumbai for nearly eight hours, confiscating books, his laptop, a hard drive and pen drives — and then arrested him.“My dad’s phone was seized, and our phones were put on flight mode so people trying to contact us could not,” the activist’s son, Sagar Abraham-Gonsalves, said in an interview. “They did not ask us a lot of questions. They just kept raiding, pulling out books and academic works.”Across India on Tuesday, from New Delhi to Hyderabad to Ranchi, police officers carried out similar raids on the homes of at least a half-dozen activists, writers and lawyers. All were known for supporting resistance movements and marginalized groups, or for speaking out against the government.Five people, including Gonsalves, were taken into custody on suspicion of abetting communist groups, plotting the assassination of top government officials and inciting a large riot this year. Several other activists arrested in June have been accused of similar crimes.The crackdown has prompted sharp responses from news media, government critics and public intellectuals, who called the charges a pretext for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to punish dissenters. The news channel India Today broadcast a report headlined “Activists in Shackles,” questioning whether the week’s events constituted a “witch hunt.”The spark for the activists’ arrests can be traced to New Year’s Day, when thousands of low-caste Dalits, or “untouchables,” gathered at a monument in Bhima-Koregaon, a village near the western city of Pune, to commemorate the victory 200 years ago of a British-led force against high-caste Hindus.Rioters hurled stones, and at least one person was killed. The clashes spilled over into Mumbai, where crowds of people vandalized stores and temporarily shut down portions of the city.Local police officials said they had traced the riot’s origins to a hard-line Hindu group. But with the arrest of the five activists this week, that attribution has shifted.On Wednesday, several notable Indian intellectuals filed a petition in the country’s Supreme Court, demanding the activists’ release and alleging a “gross abuse of police power.”The Supreme Court intervened and called on the state government of Maharashtra to place the activists under house arrest until the matter is heard again in court.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related ItemsbjpNarendra Modi
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MinShillong, Mar 16 (PTI) Meghalaya, which has officially bid to host the 2022 National Games, found itself in a soup today after the state Sports and Youth Affairs minister Zenith Sangma said the state sports policy is outsourced to a third party and is in a drafting stage.IIM-Shillong has been roped in at a cost of Rs 21 lakh to help the state sports department draft the sports policy, the outline of which was already submitted, Zenith told the Assembly today.”The outline of the State Sports Policy has been submitted by the IIM to the department and the department has to give its views before re-submitting it to the IIM,” he said.According to the minister, IIM-Shillong was approached to assist the state government in framing the state sports policy after it failed in its two attempts in 2008 and 2014.On being asked on the expenditure incurred in engaging the IIM-Shillong to draft the policy, he said “The expenditure incurred for engaging IIM to frame the policy is Rs 21 lakh.”On being asked for the delay, the minister said even different sports associations which were consulted for their views, never came back which has led to the failure in framing of the policy. PTI JOP DKB
Chelsea loanee Matt Miazga still sees his future in the Premier League as he returns to England with the United States national team.The 23-year-old joined the Blues from New York Red Bulls in January 2016, signing a four-and-a-half year deal at Stamford Bridge, but he has made just two appearances for the club since then.He spent 18 months on loan at Vitesse in Eredivisie before joining Ligue 1 outfit Nantes for the 2018-19 campaign, but he has quickly fallen down the pecking order after manager Miguel Cardoso was sacked and replaced by Vahid Halilhodzic. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Despite that he still earned a call-up to the USMNT for their upcoming friendly internationals against England and Italy, the first of which takes place at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.And Miazga – who has previously earned 10 caps for his country – is looking forward to testing himself against the Three Lions forwards and potentially proving his Premier League credentials.Matt Miazga is determined to fight for his Chelsea future! 💪Can he break into the first team? 🔵 pic.twitter.com/Hrru1awQv3— Goal (@goal) November 13, 2018“Obviously growing up, England was a powerhouse nation and they still are,” Miazga told Goal in an exclusive interview at Brentford’s training ground ahead of the clash with Gareth Southgate’s side.”For me, it is exciting to be here and face them with the U.S. national team.“The Premier League is the best league in the world so it was always a goal of mine to come here, I did that. Now hopefully I can come back here, but we will see what the future holds.”Miazga has had to make do with a place in the Nantes reserve side since Halihodzic’s arrival, leading to speculation that he could return to west London in January.But the centre-back insists he remains focused on winning his place back with the French side and is not looking to cut short his stay with the club.“I am at Nantes now until the end of the season so my main focus is to give my all until the end of the season for that club.“Obviously I need to earn my starting spot back through training and go from there. Right now, my main focus is here with the national team.“When you go from playing every game to not playing then people are going to write things and assume things. One will say this, one will say that, but it doesn’t really matter to me.”They can say whatever they want, my main focus is Nantes and to earn back my spot.”Miazga has started seven of the USMNT’s last nine matches as they continue their rebuild following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Gabriel Jesus headed the decisive equaliser as Manchester City twice came from behind to draw 2-2 away to a Middlesbrough side battling for Premier League survival on Sunday.Former City striker Alvaro Negredo put Middlesbrough ahead seven minutes before halftime with a shot from the centre of the box that went in off the inside of the post.Sergio Aguero pulled City level in the 69th with a penalty hotly disputed by Boro after Marten de Roon was ruled to have brought down substitute Leroy Sane.Eight minutes later Boro went ahead again when Calum Chambers shot high into the net in a goalmouth melee after efforts from Stewart Downing and Negredo were kept out.But Brazilian teenager Gabriel Jesus, in his first start since returning from an injury layoff, had the last word with a fine header from Aguero’s cross five minutes from time to keep City in the Champions League berths.Manchester City remain on the fourth spot with 66 points, a point above city rivals Manchester United who earlier drew 1-1 against Swansea City at home.On the other hand, Chelsea took a step towards winning the Premier League title with a dominating win against Everton.(With inputs from Reuters)
Former Australian pacer Damien Fleming predicts that this summer’s Ashes series could turn out to be “Bodyline 2″ if the pace quartet of Steve Smith’s side fire against England’s top order, which according to him is fragile.England batsmen were found at sixes and seven against the South African quicks at Trent Bridge and Fleming believes the sight of England’s top order being unsettled by pace and bounce in Nottingham only added weight to the case of Australia unleashing a four-man pace attack this summer.”If the Poms are getting bounced out in their home conditions against that South African attack, our boys … have two or three yards (of pace) on the South Africans,” cricket.com.au quoted Fleming as saying.”And they’re going to get a lot more bounce out here. This could be Bodyline 2. I know there’s fielding restrictions so we can’t go full Bodyline from 1932-33.””But I’d say Darren Lehmann would have been looking at those highlights from (Trent Bridge) and the plan would be ‘don’t be pitching too many balls up to the English top order’,” he added.More than 80 years ago, the Bodyline series was an infamous edition of the Ashes series in Australian when England pacers Harold Larwood and Bill Voce secured a series win for the tourists with a sustained attack of short-pitched bowling to a strong leg-side field, which ultimately led to a change in the laws of the game.The top order of England for the first Test at The Gabba is far from settled with skipper Joe Root and Alastair Cook only looking confirmed for their spots in the top four.advertisementAfter the remaining two Tests against South Africa, England will face West Indies for the three-Test series before they finalise their squad for the Ashes. On the other hand, Australia’s only Test series between now and the opening Test of the Ashes 2017 will come in Bangladesh in August and September.
Rajkot, Aug 20 (PTI) Virendra Nanavati, Chief Executive Officer of the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has been appointed as Vice Chairman of FINAs Swimming Committee.Nanavati, who is also Senior VICE president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has been appointed Ted Vice Chairman of FINAs Swimming committee, a release issued by Swimming Federation of India (SFI) said.FINAs technical Swimming Congress took place recently in Budapest, where Nanavati was honoured for his dedication and commitment to the sport, it said.”It is a matter of pride for me as an Indian would carry such a big responsibility in FINA,” Nanavati told PTI. PTI VJA NRB BAS
Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social media moves at the speed of light, so if you’re just getting started now, there are conceivably tons of nuances you may have missed. Many people seek out sketchy or outdated Google results instead of asking someone, because they feel these are things they should already know the answer to. Well we think that’s just not the best approach, so we compiled a list of those simple social media questions that people seem pretty timid to ask and are providing you the answers so you never again have to perform a panicked Google search or blindly nod your head in agreement during a marketing meeting.Answers to Your Google+ Questions1.) Where do I go to create a Google+ business page?Visit http://plus.google.com/pages/create to get started, and remember that you need a Google account to set up a page. Find more detailed instructions here.2.) What is the difference between a Google+ Page and a Google+ Profile?A Google+ Profile is for people, while a Google+ Page is for an entity (like your business!).3.) Can I add multiple page administrators?At this time, no. Until this functionality is added, a workaround is creating a team Gmail email address like firstname.lastname@example.org and using this to create your Google+ page. That way, multiple people on your team have access and management of your page is not limited to one person.4.) What is Direct Connect?Direct Connect allows searchers to immediately find a Google+ Page in Google search and add it to their Google+ Circles by searching +brandname. Right now, not all Google+ Pages that apply for Direct Connect functionality are given it, but everyone can and should make their page eligible so they are ready when functionality rolls out to everyone.5.) How do I become eligible for Direct Connect?The easiest way is to add your website link to your Google+ Page and add a snippet of code to your site, explained in more detail on Google’s support site.6.) Can my Google+ Page add people to Circles or +1 content?It depends. If someone mentions you or adds you to their Circles first, then your Google+ Page can Circle them. Otherwise, you cannot add people to your Google+ Page Circles. As for +1’ing content, no, you cannot +1 content as a Google+ Page.7.) Can I add someone to more than once Circle?You sure can!8.) What’s an Extended Circle?Extended Circles refer to your Circles’ Circles, so content a Google+ user shares with their extended circles will also appear in the incoming stream of people from whom they are one degree removed. Only Profiles can share via Extended Circles though — not Pages.9.) Can all business pages participate in a Google+ Hangout, and is there an attendee limit? Yes, all business pages can make use of the Google+ Hangout feature, but unfortunately the limit is 9 people for almost everyone. Google+ is experimenting with a feature called Hangouts on Air that will remedy this problem and allow people who aren’t participating to simply watch the Hangout, but it is not available yet.10.) Do Google+ Pages and posts appear in search results?Yes, both the pages and posts appear in search results, which is why integrating Google+ into your social media strategy can also help your SEO. Google continues to roll out more ways in which Google+ is integrated into search results, with four new developments in just the past few weeks.Answers to Your Twitter Questions11.) Can I change my Twitter username?Yes, you can! Simply go to the ‘Account’ tab on Twitter, and you’ll see a field to change your username. Doing this will not wipe out your tweets or followers.12.) Should I follow back everyone who follows me? There is not an established industry best practice on this, but let’s throw down a definitive answer on whether you should follow someone on Twitter. No, you should not follow back everyone who follows you. However, if that person provides useful or interesting tweets, you should absolutely follow them. Also, keep in mind that being stingy with your follow-backs makes you look…well…stingy. And that’s not a good look on anyone.13.) What is a #hashtag, and how do I use it?A #hashtag is a way to organize topics and make them easier to filter in Twitter search results. For example, HubSpot uses the hashtag #HoHoHubspot in holiday tweets to indicate the tweet is holiday related, to make it easier for people to find our holiday content on Twitter, and so they can also tag inbound marketing related holiday content in tweets of their own. Using #hashtags is also a great idea for online and offline events, so people at the event and those not in attendance can follow the conversations happening around the event.14.) How do I use an @reply?An @reply is a public message sent from one Twitter user to another. You can do this by putting another user’s Twitter username after @ somewhere within the body of the tweet. A user’s @mentions will appear in the tab @username on that user’s homepage. Again, this is not private, so don’t say anything you’re not comfortable saying to the world!15.) How do I use a direct message (DM)?If you need to message another Twitter user in a more private way than the @reply allows, opt for a direct message. These can be sent by clicking the Message link, or typing D Username into the “What’s Happening” field. Think of this as Twitter email.16.) What is a TweetChat?Also known as a Twitter Chat, a TweetChat is a conversation that happens on Twitter during a pre-designated date and time, usually centered around an industry topic and aggregated through use of a #hashtag. For example, HubSpot hosts tweet chats around marketing topics like search engine optimization with the hashtag #InboundChat.17.) How do I personalize a retweet?You can quickly retweet (RT) someone else’s tweet by clicking the arrows on the bottom of that tweet, but unfortunately, this doesn’t let you personalize the tweet. Instead, perform a manual retweet in four steps by copying the tweet and username, replacing the username with an @reply, typing RT at the front, and adding in your commentary.18.) What are Twitter Lists, and how do I use them?Twitter Lists let you group together the tweet streams of people you’re most interested in. Create a new list, name it according to those you’ll add, and simply input their Twitter usernames to create a more targeted stream of content. These can be private or public, so others can also follow your lists.19.) How do I find people to follow?Your follow list will grow organically over time, but the ‘Who to Follow’ feature on Twitter is a great place to start if you need suggestions. Type in industry keywords and keywords related to topics that interest you. You can also search for the names of people in your industry that you know to see who they are following.20.) What are Favorites and how do I use them?Think of Favorites like Twitter bookmarking. When you hover your mouse over a tweet you want to Favorite, click the star so it becomes yellow. That tweet will appear in your Favorites tab on Twitter, and can be referred back to for useful links, kind comments about you or your company, or important pieces of data.Answers to Your Facebook Questions21.) What’s the difference between a Facebook Profile and a Facebook Page?As with Google+, a Facebook Profile is for a person, while a Facebook Page is for an entity, like your company.22.) Oops, I set up a profile instead! Can I transfer it to a page?Yes, Facebook released a Profile to Business Page Migration Tool this year that lets you do this without losing followers or alerting them of the change. However, your page content and photos are not migrated over. If you have fewer than 100 friends, you also have the option to rename your business page.23.) When I set up my Facebook Page, can it have more than one administrator?Yes, as long as each administrator has their own Facebook account. Go to ‘Applications,’ then select ‘Page Manager’ to add someone else as a page administrator.24.) How do I claim my page’s vanity URL?First, you need to have at least 25 Likes (fans) for your page. Once you reach this milestone, go to http://facebook.com/username, click ‘Select a Username,’ enter your desired username, press ‘Check Availability,’ and confirm your username once you find the one you like.25.) What exactly does the ‘Talking About This’ number on my page measure?’Talking About This’ can be found under the number of Likes on your Facebook Page, and it measures user-initiated activity related to that page. This includes things like: posting to your wall, liking your content, commenting on your content, sharing your posts, sharing content on your page, sharing or mentioning your page, or checking in with you.26.) What’s the pricing structure for paid Facebook Ads?Facebook Ads run slightly different than Google’s PPC ads. Facebook will let you choose a CPM model, in which you pay per thousand ad impressions, or a CPC model, in which you pay for clicks. Click-through rate on Facebook ads is usually low, so a CPC model will likely be the least expensive.Answers to Your LinkedIn Questions 27.) Can I customize the anchor text in the ‘Websites’ section of my profile? How?Yes, and you should, because inbound links to your website with good anchor text drive more traffic. To do so, click ‘Edit’ next to the ‘Website’ field on your profile, and select ‘Other’ in the dropdown menu to customize the anchor text.28.) Can I message people on LinkedIn if we’re not connected?You can only message people if you have a first degree connection with them or you hold a Premium (paid) account. If you do have a Premium Account, you can do it using OpenLink if the user you’re attempting to message allows it.29.) How can I see who is viewing my profile?You can only see who is viewing your profile if you let them see when you view theirs. To allow this, click ‘Settings’ and select “See what others see when you’ve viewed their profile.”30.) How do I activate status updates for my Company Page?From your Company Page, click ‘Edit’ under ‘Admin Tools.’ If checked, uncheck the box that says “All employees with a valid email registered to the company domain.” Then select the ‘Designated Users Only’ button, and designate who you would like to be an admin under ‘Manage Admins.’ Only the people you designate as admins will be able to administrate the status updates on your Company Page.31.) How do I pull in my blog’s RSS feed to my LinkedIn Company Page?Blog feeds can be added to Company Pages via an app called Blog Link. More LinkedIn apps are available in the LinkedIn Apps section of the Learning Center, including a tweet app, a poll app, and a SlideShare app, all of which are excellent additions to turn your LinkedIn company page into an inbound marketing machine.What simple social media questions have you always wanted an answer to? Share questions and answers to your burning questions in a judgment free zone!Image credit: Andréias, Bruce Clay, Inc, topgold, dearanxiety, ekelly89 Topics: Originally published Dec 7, 2011 2:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Social Media
Originally published Jan 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Website Development Topics: Why Learn HTML?HTML and CSS are the basic programming languages for web development and design. They are beneficial to learn for developers, marketers, and people in many other disciplines. Learning HTML can be used for situations like formatting a blog or email, working with a CMS, embedding external content on your site, and creating usable content.I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I’m terrified of leaving something at home. I obsess over making sure I have enough T-shirts, jeans, shoes, travel-sized shampoos, earrings, books, magazines — because what in the world would I do if I didn’t have them, but needed them? And even if I over-pack, I know I’m prepared for any situation vacation will throw at me — a random fancy dinner out, a day at the pool, or just an afternoon out shopping with the family.In the same vein, knowing HTML is like making sure you’re fully prepared for a vacation. You may not end up using it every single day, but the times you do end up using it, you are so grateful that you had the foresight to figure it out. Knowing HTML can save you hours of frustration, precious time with your design team, or even money dealing with an external contractor.HTML has always been nice-to-have knowledge, but it’s becoming more than nice-to-have for the marketer trying to save a buck. (And that sounds like every marketer I’ve met.)In fact, there are a bunch of situations I’ve caught myself in in which handy HTML knowledge saved the day … and thus, this post was born. If you’re not quite convinced that you’d benefit from knowing basic HTML, keep reading. Here are seven* scenarios you might find yourself in that can be fixed with just a bit of HTML know-how. 1) When Formatting in Your Blog Post/Email/Landing Page Goes AwrySometimes, I swear my content has a life of its own — and a mean streak. That blog post that I worked on all day will suddenly have images with funky spacing, no text wrapping, and outrageous sizing, and, of course, all looks okay in my WYSIWG editor. Luckily, with some HTML knowledge, I can dig into the post to remove and tweak code that is causing the problem.HTML Pro Tip: If you find a bunch of funky tags you want to remove, copy the raw code and paste it into a raw text editor. Then, choose the Find and Replace option — you can search for offending snippets of code and leave the “replace” box blank. Once you’re done, you can paste it back into your HTML editor, and poof! De-bugged formatting. 2) When You Paste a Blog Post Into Your CMS From Word or Google DocsLots of people don’t know that writing a blog post in a typical word processing program — like Word or Google Docs — and then copying it into your CMS will give you lots of HTML headaches. Sometimes, when you do that, your CMS will add extra snippets of code to your piece that will mess up formatting.With some HTML knowledge and the pro tip above, you can easily remove any offending snippets when transferring content from Word or Google Docs to your CMS.3) When You Need to Tweak an Email TemplateI’m going to take a wild guess that you don’t want every email you send to look exactly the same. While sending consistent emails is a great thing most of the time, there will be specific campaigns you’re going to want to customize emails for. This could be as simple as right-aligning your images instead of left-aligning them or changing up the color of your text to stand out in your subscribers’ inboxes.With HTML knowledge, though, you can make these changes yourself, instead of relying on an in-house designer or hired development shop. Seriously, it’s empowering to make the changes yourself and move on to more pressing marketing matters. 4) When You Need to Make Your Content Easy to ReadOne of your top concerns when creating content is to make it easy for people to consume. This means using formatting (bold, italics, headers, colors, etc.) to make your content scannable and digestible. And while most WYSIWG editors will let you easily apply those formatting options to your content without touching code, not all will. So take control of the way your content looks by souping it up with some and
Originally published Jun 19, 2014 6:30:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 SEO inception: Google punishes itself for using black hat tactics?There’s only one company out there that can bring Google, the almighty ruler of internet search, to its knees. And that company, of course, is Google.Back in 2012, the Google Chrome homepage received a two-month penalty after it was discovered the site was benefiting from paid links.Two years prior, the company got itself in hot water — with itself — for cloaking content on its AdWords help pages.For more instances of Google punishing Google for SEO infractions, check out this great post from Search Engine Land.And there you have it, some of the biggest SEO missteps in recent history. Remember: If you want to stay in the clear with your site, just avoid making these common SEO mistakes. Got any SEO horror stories you’d like to share? Sound off in the comments below! Topics: BMW feels the Google kiss of death for using doorway pages, receives a “0” PageRankThe year was 2006, and German car company BMW’s German website (BMW.de) was mopping it up in the search rankings with important keywords like “used car.”As it turns out, the company had been using doorway pages to artificially inflate their inbound links and rank higher for competitive keywords. A doorway page, also known as a bridge or portal page, is a webpage that’s created solely for the purpose of redirecting visitors to a parent page. In BMW’s case, this page was BMW.de.Even back in 2006, Google wasn’t messing around. BMW.de was promptly blacklisted, receiving a PageRank of 0 as a consequence of the infraction.Toys R Us pays $5.1 million for Toys.com domain name, forgets to set up 301 redirectsToys R Us really, really wanted to dominate the word “toys’ in search, so much so that they paid top dollar for the eponymous domain name, toys.com, back in 2010.While the plan was to score some serious SEO cred for having such a searched-for term — toys — right in their domain name, the crew handling the project made a big, big mistake: when they launched the new site, they failed to redirect their old URLs. As a result, Google re-indexed the site, so instead of seeing their search ranking for “toys” climb, the Toys R’ Us team watched it take a nose dive.In this case, there was no ill SEO-intent on the part of the company. They didn’t use any black hat tactics — they just messed up. Big time.Want to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to you? When making big changes to your site, keep track of everything in a workbook.Overstock.com trades discounts for links, loses $1.05 billion in revenue after Google takes noticeRap Genius was by no means the first company to construct a scheme for generating rank-boosting links. Back in 2011, it was discovered that online retailer Overstock.com was encouraging colleges and universities to embed links on their websites in exchange for faculty and student discounts on Overstock.com merchandise.As far as terrible, sleazy, no-good, rotten link-building schemes go, this one was actually pretty clever. The “.edu” designation that most academic websites carry gives those sites some extra authoritativeness in the eyes of Google. So if you can get a bunch of these sites to link to your site using the keywords you want to target, you’ll be more likely to rank for those keywords.The problem, of course, is that trading discounts for links doesn’t help make information on the web any more organized. In fact, it muddles it all up (why would all these academic institutions link to product pages for bunk beds and lawn furniture?).Google, of course, penalized Overstock.com big time. These penalties were part of the reason why Overstock.com’s revenue dropped by $1.05 billion in 2011.J. C. Penney sees ranking for “living room furniture” drop from #1 to #68 in a matter of hours after Google penaltyAnother retail company, another link-building scheme. In this case, it’s theorized that J. C. Penney, or the SEO firm that worked for them, bought the company into a paid link network.As a result of participating in the network, the retailer received such an astronomical amount of inbound links — which targeted very specific keyword phrases — that the J. C. Penney site was ranking first for, well, almost everything. This came across as suspicious to some, including journalist David Segal.For the full scoop, you’ll definitely want to check out his New York Times piece on the subject, “The Dirty Little Secrets of Search.” For the abridged version, I think one of the most fascinating aspects of this case was how fast Google was able to take action and drop J. C. Penney’s search rankings. Within hours, they were ranking in the high 60s and 70s for search terms that they used to rank first for (including “living room furniture” and “Samsonite carry on luggage”).So for those of you who’ve ever thought about dabbling in paid link-building networks, take heed. Google knows what’s up, and will bring the pain if it needs to.Rap Genius loses 80% of its traffic after Google uncovers link-building scheme We all know that getting backlinks (a.k.a. inbound links) from trusted websites is a great way to give your website’s search rankings a boost. However, as the lyrics website Rap Genius would discover, the method you use to generate those backlinks is of considerable importance. If your website is attracting links because you regularly create stellar content and people in your industry love you and they always share and link to your stuff, then guess what? You’re golden! Google will give you a pat on the back.However, if you’re attracting links by regularly sending out spammy emails that instruct people to link to specific pages of yours, Google’s going to bring the heat.Rap Genius went so far as to develop a network of bloggers who received publicity for their posts in exchange for including links to specific song lyrics on the Rap Genius site. This “affiliate program,” as Rap Genius called it, didn’t fly with Google, especially since the lyrics the blogs linked to rarely aligned with the actual content of the posts.As a result of this scheme, Google delivered a punishing blow to Rap Genius’s search rankings, and — for a short while — the company lost 80% of its daily organic traffic.Fortunately for Rap Genius, Google is willing to forgive. After publicly admitting that their SEO tactics were whack, and deconstructing their link-building network, Rap Genius was allowed back on Google’s search results pages. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Marketers … we’re always looking for ways to make our metrics skyrocket up and to the right. We love our tips, tricks, hacks, “insider” secrets, and yes, we even love our performance-enhancing drugs (sips coffee).Where were we?Right … it seems we’re all so obsessed with improving and optimizing and driving results, that we’re sometimes tempted to break the rules. In the world of SEO, we call that using black hat tactics. And of course, we all think these black hat tactics are unfair or unethical and we never, ever use them.But here’s the thing: If black hat SEO can give your numbers a big boost and get you the results you need, why not go for it? I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?Spoiler alert: The worst that could happen is Google lands a direct hit on your search rankings with a flying roundhouse kick, your PageRank drops to 0, and you eventually get featured in a blog post (like this one) that’s filled with examples of companies that broke the rules and paid the price.Remember, as that influential marketing guy wrote in that famous book of his, “The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be … unnatural.”Actually, that’s from Star Wars. But the message is still relevant: You might hit your numbers using black hat tactics but, inevitably, Google’s going to notice that you’re doing something “unnatural.” And Google ain’t afraid to lay down the law.(Pssst. Want to make sure your website is squeaky clean? Check out our new guide, 10 SEO Mistakes to Avoid During Your Next Website Redesign.)The SEO Hall of Shame SEO Mistakes
When we think of marketers, we often think of using social media to promote content and engage with consumers online. But this isn’t the reality for all marketers (even though it should be).When you’re working within the highly regulated finance industry, there can be legal implications for companies that are seen as being “over-promotional” on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. The result? Many finance marketers have hesitated to adopt social media, saying the risk isn’t worth the investment.The reality, though, is that even financial companies’ customers are spending a lot of their time online — and these customers expect to be able to reach brands through social media.Not only are people willing to do business with finance-related businesses online, they’re actually more likely to do business with you if you offer engagement online. Plus, social media is resulting in more and more qualified leads for businesses (both B2B and B2C) as well as other beneficial functions like amplifying the brand at a low cost, customer support and public relations (showing off corporate social responsibility, charitable donations, fundraisers, sponsorships, and so on).Investors are among the few members of the finance community to embrace social media. According to a digital survey of investors, people still look to companies for information to inform their investment decisions. More and more, they’re looking for that information on social media. Nowadays, 81% of high-net-worth investors are using social media. Will other branches of the finance industry join investors and find a way to commit to social media?For many finance marketers, the first hurtle is knowing where to begin. First, run your website through HubSpot’s Marketing Grader. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to think a little more big-picture. In this post, I’ll go through three things finance marketers can do to get started on social media.1) See what your competitors do well on social.What better way to start than by competitive analysis? If this is your first full venture into a comprehensive social media strategy, take a look at what everyone else is doing — and do it better.First, dive into your website analytics and decipher which social media channels your own traffic is coming from. This will help you to eliminate spending time researching your competitors on channels that aren’t currently working for you. You’ll get to those, don’t wory — but only once you’ve nailed down the top-priority channels.Next, list your top ten competitors and evaluate their social media channels. Take notes on what you find good and bad.What do people engage with?What day/time seems to be more effective? (You can use the “analyze” function in a tool called Followerwonk to figure this out.)Which topics resonate with their audiences?Which images, hashtags, tones of voice do they use?What types of images are they using as their header image/profile photos?How do they describe themselves?Get a real feel for the experience a visitor to these companies’ social media channels has.Here are a few tools that will help you with this step.Twitonomy (For Twitter)The detail in this app is unbelievable for a free tool. It’s well worth spending time dropping your competitors’ handles in here and seeing what conclusions you can draw for your own plans.Likealyzer (For Facebook)Likealyzer isn’t as thorough for Facebook as Twitonomy is for Twitter, but it has the added advantage of a dropdown list of industries so you can peruse the best and worst pages easily in the vertical you care about. Plus, it’s also free.RivallQFor a deep-dive/holistic competitive overview, RivallQ is an excellent resource, despite being a paid tool. Type in your competitors URLs, and drill down into all the major social networks except LinkedIn. You can find out meta descriptions, bios, level of content engagement, and more.At this point, you should have a good idea of your competitors’ activity and have a better sense of what you can achieve via your own social media channels. (For more information on how to get customers from social media, check out our ebook How to Acquire Customers on Social Media.)2) Develop a social media usage handbook and crisis plan for your employees.It’s no secret that finance marketers are restricted by stringent rules and regulations, terms and conditions, standards, and provisions, no matter what their sub-industry. Indeed, the recent guidelines published by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) set out guidelines by which U.K. financial marketers need to follow when it comes to social media promotion.Different regions around the world have different guidelines, so make sure to familarise yourself with any guidelines appropriate to you. Then, ask yourself: How can I get around these restrictions in 140 characters or less? Here are a few tips.Talk more about your customers than you do about yourself.One of the golden rules of social media is not to use it for purely self-promotional material. This is especially true if you’re bound by the regulated social media policies. Nobody’s interested in the person at the party that only talks about him/her self. Social media results rely on being social.It’s also often a good idea to have your more prominent company personalities available on a channel or two of social media. Take a look at the difference between these profiles: Topics: The @MoneySavingExp account was set up in May 2009, while @MartinSLewis (the human behind @MoneySavingExp) was set up in 2011. His personal account has 2X the followers and vastly more engagement than the generic business account.The takeaway here? A real face and a real voice is more trustworthy than a branded account alone. Plus — the business account only publishes updates about itself.So, how do you decide on what to post on the company social media accounts? The 10-4-1 rule is good place to start. For every 15 social media updates you post from a given account, 10 should be pieces of other people’s content, 4 should be your own blog articles, and 1 should be a landing page. Aim to be helpful and educational, not salesy.Point followers to your company’s terms and conditions.There’s little space for the vast list of required terms and conditions on social media posts. One way to get around it is to accompany your social media posts with an image that includes a message that terms and conditions apply, and where they can find them.Of course, all the better if your can include this in the main message (which you can do on Facebook). But for networks like Twitter that’s restricted to character limitations, the image solution works well.You’ll want to check out the social media guidelines in your region for best practices. If you want to see an example from the U.K., here’s a link to Section 1.13 of the UK’s social media guidelines for the finance industry.Be wary of implying misleading promises.It’s nice to get people excited with amazing statistics and enticing graphs. But it’s not-so-great when it can be misinterpreted as factual rather than merely possible.This is a common way compliance rules are broken. To avoid this, stick to stating truth and making people aware of potential losses. This doesn’t mean you have to be boring, just make sure to choose clarity and avoid misleading language.Join the conversation on topics aligned to your company, rather than specifically about your company.Find conversations happening around topics associated with your industry. Foller is a pretty new tool than can give you some pretty great insights into what people are talking about on Twitter within your industry. All you have to do is pop in your competitors’ handle and see which conversations they’re contributing to.For example, Allied Irish Bank’s social media team builds their Twitter campaigns around what their financial services enable people to do, not around specifically bank-related topics. Some of the hashtags they’ve used often include #thetoughest, #onegoodidea, #startup, #finals, and #savingselfie. They tweet about things their customers are interested in — like school and final exams. Try intregating some of the hashtags your competitors are using into your own Tweeting and become part of the conversation.Stay nimble.Staying current on social media can be a huge challenge for finance marketers. It’s rare that you would get pre-approval to post tongue-in-cheek updates on social media during major events like the Super Bowl, for example.For finance marketers, being responsive and current on social media usually means one thing: winning trust from the compliance department. Once you have their trust, you can grow the capacity to be more lenient over time.Sit down with your compliance team and develop a thorough social media policy and guidelines document together. (Here are a few examples of good ones.) Follow these guidelines to the letter, and make it clear that you’re doing so. After a couple of months of doing this, you should find it much easier to get quick pre-approval for your updates. Planning is absolutely key in finance. You should try to plan your content calendar a month in advance, which gives your compliance team time to approve any social media updates that need approving without any bottlenecks. (Here’s a great social media calendar template if you don’t have one already.)3) Plan regular training and crisis reaction sessions.Unfortunately, employees’ public social media accounts can sometimes be construed as speaking for the brand. This is why it is important to train in new employees, and to have training sessions when changes in the social media platforms’ rules are implemented.Here are a few tips:Recommend to your employees that they either make social accounts private or add a disclaimer to the bio stating, “Views expressed in this account do not reflect those of [Your Company Name].”Advise employees to see what items the company account is tweeting to get familiar with what bandwagons are acceptable to jump on, and what should be avoided.Lay some ground rules for the kind of content the company social accounts are allowed to curate and reshare/like/upvote, as well what’s NOT allowed to.Appoint a go-to person you’ll reach out to if you’re ever faced with a difficult scenario on social media, and don’t act until you have their advice on the next step.Have social media monitoring set up to catch negative messages before they get out of hand. (HubSpot customers: Monitoring is already a part of HubSpot’s Social Inbox tool.)Using social media in the finance industry can be challenging and frustrating. However, it should be seen as a vital part of your digital marketing strategy. Embrace it, use it, and use it well — while remaining within the confines of the law.Need some more guidance on how to integrate social media into your digital marketing plan as a finance marketer? Check out HubSpot’s new ebook, which is tailored specifically to marketers in the finance industry. Social Media Marketers Originally published May 13, 2015 4:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
India will be looking to erase the memories of a heart-breaking World Cup final defeat last year when they take on England in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 on Friday morning.England beat India by nine runs in an exciting final of the 50-over global meet, a tournament that ushered a new era for women’s cricket in India.To their credit, India have been able to build on that momentum and a fantastic run in the ongoing World T20 is a testimony to that.India beat two formidable teams in their group — the ‘White Ferns’ from New Zealand by 34 runs and the ‘Southern Stars’ from Australia by 48 runs — maintaining an all-win record at the league stage.Read – Women’s World T20: Momentum, not revenge buzzword for India vs EnglandHowever, England, the reigning ODI world champions, are a quality side in the shortest format and the scars of the summit clash loss at Lord’s can play on the minds of Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur, the two pillars of the women’s side.Skipper Harmanpreet’s performance will be key to India’s success as she is known to rise to the occasion. The Moga-born cricketer can be safely termed as someone who is a ‘big match’ player.Even in the current World T20, she has performed in two group league matches — a match-winning century against New Zealand and a quick-fire 43 against Australia — which proved to be decisive in the final context of the game.She is currently leading the tournament run-chart with 167 runs from four games at a strike rate of 177 plus. Smriti Mandhana, with 144 runs, is fourth on the list.advertisementAgainst England, India will have their senior-most player Mithali Raj back in the side after being rested for the final group game against Australia as she was nursing a niggle suffered while fielding against Ireland. She will come back in place of spinner Anuja Patil.Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (8 wickets) and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav (7 wickets) have been consistent throughout the tournament. Off-spinners Deepti Sharma (4 wickets) and Dayalan Hemlatha (5 wickets) have also kept things tight.For England, the focus will be more on their seam attack, comprising Anya Shrubsole (7 wickets) and Natalie Sciver (4 wickets). They have been very economical and have kept Bangladesh and South Africa under 100 runs.However, Dani Wyatt (28 in 3 games) and skipper Heather Knight (31 in three games) haven’t yet been tested save the game against West Indies, where England managed only 115 for 8 batting first and subsequently lost the match by four wickets.What time does the Women’s World T20 semi-final between India vs England start?Women’s World T20 semi-final between India and England starts at 5.30AM IST on November 23, Friday at North Sound, Antigua.What TV channel and live stream is the Women’s World T20 semi-final between India and England Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs England match.Where will the Women’s World T20 semi-final between India and England be played?The Women’s World T20 semi-final between India and England will be played at North Sound in Antigua from 5.30AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs England Women’s World T20 semi-final live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs England Women’s World T20 semi-final?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs England from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the Women’s World T20 semi-final between India and England?India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Dayalan Hemalatha, Veda Krishnamurthy, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Mansi Joshi, Devika Vaidya, Anuja Patil.England: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farran, Kirstie Gordon, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Linsey Smith, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.(With inputs from PTI)
Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai, who gained instant fame after smashing six sixes in an over in the Afghanistan Premier League last year, said his explosive style was self-taught from watching videos early in his career.Zazai, nicknamed the ‘Afghanistani Gayle’ after West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, became only the sixth player to achieve the feat in a match for club side Kabul Zwanan against Balkh Legends in October.The 20-year-old revealed he did not have formal coaching until he broke into the Under-19 side.”At the club, we didn’t have any coaches. I just watched TV and videos and learnt and made adjustments,” Zazai told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.Recalling his six blitz, Zazai said he had no choice but to attack the experienced left-arm spinner Abdullah Mazari as they chased a daunting total before falling short by 21 runs.”I usually like to take a look at the bowler, but the target was 245, so I had to go after every ball. He is an experienced bowler but I had to try to hit him,” Zazai said.Gayle, who hit 80 for the Legends in that match, had some words of advice for the youngster.”He later told me I should keep batting the same way, and that my game was good,” Zazai added.Zazai carried his form to the national team, equalling the record for the fastest T20 fifty during an unbeaten 162 off 62 deliveries last Saturday, as Afghanistan reached a record T20 international total of 278-3 to beat Ireland by 84 runs.His half-century came off 12 balls to match the record shared by Gayle and Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh.advertisementAlso Read | Rinku Singh: Pocketsize powerhouseAlso Read | I am very much hopeful of finding a place in World Cup squad, says Ajinkya Rahane