‘That was no draw’, says Walters after boxing decision

first_img“I clearly won the fight; that was no draw. I am shocked by this decision,” were the words of a disappointed Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters yesterday, when asked to comment on the majority draw decision of the judges in his fight against Jason Sosa, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, on Saturday night.In what has been declared by journalists who watched the fight at ringside as ‘the worst scored fight of 2015’, one judge, Tom Schreck, had Sosa the winner 96-94, while the other judges, Wynn Kintz and Don Ackerman, had it 95-95. The Gleaner scored the fight 97-93 for Walters, and as another point of reference, experienced HBO scorer and former international boxing judge, Harold Lederman, scored it 99-91 for Walters.It was a hard-fought and entertaining fight, with Walters, (26-0), fighting as a super featherweight (130 lb) for the first time. Having lost his featherweight title in June on the scale, when he weighed in a pound over the featherweight limit of 126 lb, Walters was using this fight as a benchmark to see how he would perform at the higher weight class.On this occasion, he fought a bigger man in the person of Sosa, who entered the ring with a 18-1-3 record, but he held his own in a fight that was mostly at close range, and his vicious body attacks clearly bothered his opponent. If one could find fault with his work during the 10 bruising rounds, it would be that he did not use his jabs enough.Whenever Walters went on the outside, he looked far superior than his opponent, and it was surprising that his trainers, Celso Ch·vez and Job Walters, did not tell him at any time in the fight to use his jabs more.The impression given was that they wanted to prove a point. They wanted it to be seen that Walters could outslug a bigger opponent.This tactic nearly backfired, however, as the judges clearly did not give Walters full credit for the good, clean punches to the body that he landed repeatedly. Walters was clearly the better fighter, and in the fifth round, he shook Sosa with a left hook to the body and right cross to the head combination.Surprisingly, he did not follow through and Sosa weathered the storm.BEST ROUNDSWalters gained the ascendancy as the fight progressed, and in the eighth round, he seemed as if he was trying to end it. This was one of his best rounds.Ironically, Sosa came out aggressively for the ninth, which was perhaps his best round.Walters came back firing on all cylinders in the final round, using jabs and hooks to good advantage, and it seemed a mere formality when the fight ended that it would be the Jamaican raising his hands in victory for the 27th time. That was not to be, however, as he had to share the spoils.He told The Gleaner that he will be taking a break for Christmas and the New Year and will be in Jamaica for a holiday soon.”I am coming home for a short holiday, after which I will sit down with my team and decide what we will do in 2016,” said Walters.last_img read more

Soft Tissue Fossil Treasure Trove Found in China

first_imgLive Science announced a major new fossil find in China with some 20,000 fossils.  It was found in a 50-foot thick layer of limestoneThe fossils are exceptionally well-preserved, with more than half of them completely intact, including soft tissues.  Apparently they were protected across the ages by mats of microbes that rapidly sealed their bodies off from decay after death….    Ninety percent of the fossils are bug-like creatures, such as crustaceans, millipedes and horseshoe crabs.  Fish make up 4 percent, including the “living fossil” known as the coelacanth, which is still alive today nearly 250 million years later.  Snails, bivalves (creatures including clams and oysters), squid-like belemnoids, nautilus-like ammonoids and other mollusks make up about 2 percent of the fossils.Other major fossils found include marine reptiles and “dolphin-bodied ichthyosaurs” (see photo accompanying the article with amazing detail evident).  Reporter Charles Q. Choi did not elaborate on whether the “soft tissues” included original material or, more likely, impressions of anatomical parts in rock.  The site, named the Luoping Site, is in southwest China.Once again, a fossil graveyard is found, indicating rapid burial and exquisite preservation.  What they didn’t mention about coelacanth is that it is a classic living fossil that was thought to have gone extinct at the end of the Cretaceous (65 million years ago), only to be found in 1938 swimming comfortably off the coast of South Africa.  And that’s not the only case of so-called “Lazarus taxa,” rising from the dead.  Who can really believe that (1) coelacanths never left another fossil for 65 million years, and (2) the soft tissues in these fossils were never disturbed for 250 million years?    Evolutionists keep the fogma machines (05/14/2007) running to distract the real message of the bones.  They bring in imaginary dinosaur feathers, slowly migrating continents, mass extinctions and hundreds of millions of years.  If we had not been so brainwashed into accepting this weird stretched-out chronology founded by Sir Lyell Lot and his cronies, we would laugh at such notions.  Look past the Darwin promissory notes (06/26/2010, 02/24/2010) and reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007), and let the collateral earn its own interest.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Foursquare Borrows $41M, Checks In As The Mayor Of Debt Town

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Foursquare#social media A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos brian proffittcenter_img Related Posts Foursquare has checked in as the mayor of Debt Town today after announcing $41 million in loans from new and current investors. Which really puts the pressure on the company to generate real revenue as it shifts its focus away from simple social check-ins and tries to recoup lost ground in the battle over local search.No investors plunked down cash for new Foursquare shares. Instead, new investor Silver Lake Waterman led the financing with what other reports are calling a multiyear loan, while existing Foursquare investors — Andreessen Horowitz, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures — offered loans that will convert to equity if Foursquare’s valuation rises.In other words, Foursquare just put itself into the hole in a high-risk gamble. The Silver Lake loan will most likely force the startup to make regular interest and principal payments lest it risk default — creating a steady cash drain that most startups try hard to avoid. We’ve reached out to Foursquare for more information on that investment, and I’ll update when and if I hear back.The convertible debt, meanwhile, represents a hedge of sorts for the company’s existing investors. They get to sidestep the question of Foursquare’s actual valuation — which obviously suggests it’s not doing that great — and, should things go south, may stand a better chance of recouping some of their investment than if they held nothing but equity.A Foursquare In FlatlandThis means Foursquare, which has increasingly found itself in trouble with the entry of Google+ and Facebook into local search, is under a lot more pressure to demonstrate that it can make money. Investors like Union Square’s Albert Wenger claim they see opportunities for Foursquare to take off, with the explosion of smartphones and abatement of couponing services like Groupon.Wenger highlights what Foursquare really wants you to do with its app: Don’t just check in, but identify retailers and businesses more actively so that your data in turn can drive better local searches. It’s a tough nut to crack, particularly since Android users are more easily tied to Google to do the same thing, and many smartphone users of any platform are apt to use Facebook.This may be the key problem for Foursquare: it’s too specialized. Users may be more likely to share information on Facebook, for example, because they’re already using it to socialize. I don’t use either service regularly, but if I did, I’d rather share a review with my more well-developed network of Facebook friends.Foursquare is going to have to turn itself around and get more money coming in the door. If it can’t do get positive cash flow through its services, it may have to resort to other methods, such as raise equity privately or publicly to pay off debt holders.There’s also the option my former colleague Jon Mitchell has put forth: Fourquare could sell itself to Apple. Or any bigger company, for that matter. Given Apple’s need for better local data, Mitchell’s argument makes a whole heck of a lot of sense.However it does it, Foursquare now has to make money fast to work off this new debt in a very competitive market. If it doesn’t get traction soon, Foursquare won’t be mayor of anything.Image courtesy of Juan Camilo Bernal/Shutterstock. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

Pistols Firing Week 3 Picks

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We all struggled in Week 2 (thanks, OSU), but we are back at it in Week 3. Kyle and Kyle need some major help. Locks of the week (denoted in bold) count as two. You can track the weekly standings along with us here.screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-1-32-19-pmKyle PorterI clearly have no idea what I’m doing so I’ll keep my reasoning brief.• OSU -4.5 over Pitt feels like a public overreaction to one play. What if OSU is 2-0? What is this line? It’s not -4.5. I’ll take the Pokes and lock it up.• OU getting points at home with a chance to jump back in the CFP? Yes please. Also, I love OU.• USC might stink. Stanford -9 for me.• I watched FSU-Ole Miss. FSU is insane. I can’t believe Louisville is in their league athletically. Don’t ask me if a freshman QB on the road scares me. Nope, don’t want to talk about it.• Bama -11. This is probably a bad line, but I can’t not think Bama is going to win every game by 30.Kyle Boone• I like OSU to bounce back in a big way. OSU: 41, Pitt: 27.• In 30 games as an underdog, Stoops is 16-14 dating back to 1999. It’s a toss-up, but I’ll take Ohio State with the advantage in the secondary – where OU looks less than ideal. Ohio State: 31, OU: 27.• Cal is giving up approximately 900 rushing yards per game, which is a horrible matchup for them against Texas and their power runners D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren. I like Texas to continue their hot streak. Texas: 35, Cal: 24• I’m interested in the Florida-North Texas matchup with Oklahoma prep standout Mason Fine leading North Texas against Florida’s Luke Del Rio. I don’t think it will be close, but I’m not convinced Florida can run them out of the building. Florida: 45, UNT: 20• Chosen Rosen > Taysom Hill. BYU won’t be able to grind this one out and UCLA has too much talent. UCLA: 30, BYU: 17Carson Cunningham• Oklahoma State (-4.5) I don’t think OSU can play much worse on offense than they did vs. CMU. The defense played fairly well (sans third down!) as they held the Chips to 23 points before You Know What happened. That should be enough to win the game with Mason Rudolph, James Washington, et al. I expect Mason to be locked-in. #FreeJustice• Ohio State (-1) I’ve gone back and forth on this all week. It’s a GREAT spot for OU: New stadium, young Buckeye team, Stoops home a ‘dog for the first time since 2000…but Ohio State has better talent. Especially up front. Urban Meyer is undefeated on the road at tOSU for a reason as well, which is simply preposterous.• TCU (-24.5)  I know it’s year one of the Matt Campbell Era…but, the Cyclones fired Paul Rhoads for this?• Texas (-7) I was high on Texas this offseason, for the first time in eons. I picked them as my Big 12 Dark Horse and now I’m picking them to cover 7 points, on the road, with a true freshman quarterback. What a difference a year makes.screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-12-55-22-pm• Alabama (-11) This isn’t Star Wars. Take the Empire over the Rebels.screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-12-55-45-pmCaleb Deck• OSU covers against Pitt. Mason bounces back from the overthrows, Hill gets 10+ touches and breaks 70 yards, we win the turnover battle and take a win off Pitt. But mostly cause I will never, ever, ever bet against the Pokes.• OU falls to Ohio St. Baker has looked shaky to start the season and the running back duo didn’t look as threatening against Houston as they did last year. Sadly (kind of) our southern brothers go down 1-2 on the season.• I’m not ready to jump all in on Texas yet, but Cal just lost to San Diego St. while giving up 334 rushing yards. That does not bode well facing D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren. Everything Trevor Knight has a chip on his shoulder after being passed up by OU for a walk-on (the nerve…..) and leads the Aggies to a victory in Auburn.• You know the old saying, “If You Can’t Beat Them Even Though You Actually Did Beat Them But The Refs Added A Play To The Game Then Root For Them To Beat Every Other Team They Play.” CMU wins out and goes to the playoff starting with a win over UNLV this week.Thomas Fleming• OSU -4.5 — I really hope they win, and by more than this.• Ohio State -1 — If OU loses, the Big 12 loses all hope of looking good nationally. But on the other hand, OU loses and I get to listen to Sports Animal blow up for an hour or so.• ISU +24.5 over TCU — This line seems a bit high even if it is at TCU. ISU won’t win, but won’t lose by 25.• TTU -10.5 over La. Tech — Both teams can score points, but Mahomes & Co. Will come home and take their ASU frustration on an average Go5 team.• SDSU -11 over UNI: The Aztecs have won 12 games in a row and I don’t see that ending against the Huskies.last_img read more

Rudolph Shoulders Blame For Bedlam Misery

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mason Rudolph’s poor performance on Saturday was not the only reason Oklahoma State lost in Bedlam, but it was a big one. Rudolph was 11/25 for 186 yards and no TDs. He missed receivers all over the field. Rudolph did run the ball quite well, which was a bright spot, but all in all it was probably the worst performance we have seen from No. 2 since the Texas game last year.Here is Pro Football Focus on his grade.Rudolph seemed to have problems all game with trying to get a grip on the football, as it seemed to be slipping out of his hands every time he threw … [he] was 0-of-7 on passes between 10 and 20 yards. Rudolph found himself under pressure on 8 dropbacks (out of 29) and failed to complete any of his five attempts, while also taking two sacks. While this was a tough game for Rudolph, it shouldn’t take away from the phenomenal season he had in which he graded out at 89.5 overall, among the best college quarterbacks in the country. [PFF]I would blame the rain or the conditions but … well, did you watch Baker Mayfield? No, this one is on Rudolph. For all the adulation he (rightfully) received for winning the 2014 game, he has to take the blame for this one (and he did).“Just a rough day,” said Rudolph after Bedlam. “Honestly, I’ll take all the responsibility for the lack of production, especially in the second half. Obviously, it needed to be better. [My performance was] not great at times. I think I try to do a good job managing the ball in the first half and taking care of the ball and pulling the ball when we needed to but I think our guys up front played well all game and I’ve just got to be more productive … I think we had a great game plan. I think it was just a question of execution on my part and we’ve just got to be better.”As for whether the weather affected him, Rudolph didn’t make excuses.“We kind of practiced a little bit all week in preparation for it, but there are certain times when you’re going tempo and the ball is a little more wet at the beginning of the drive than it is when you’re not going tempo,” said Rudolph. “But once again, no excuses. We’ve just got to be consistent.”Again, no bigger fan of No. 2 than me. He will be fine. He is 21-6 as a starter and just lead OSU to back-to-back 10-win* seasons. To go Gundy on you … in the society we live in, there is maybe no bigger issue than the one that befalls individuals who cannot hold two truths in their minds at the same time. Rudolph can both have been awful in Bedlam (he was) and still be a great college quarterback (he is).The road issues are a real thing, and we will dive into them more as the season winds down. And I suppose the silver lining here is that there is a sub-zero chance Rudolph will declare for the NFL Draft now so we get another year of him with all those weapons. And one more shot at winning Bedlam.last_img read more

Heynckes hints he may stay at Bayern

first_imgBayern München ‘I never said I will retire’ – Heynckes hints at Bayern Munich stay Jamie Smith 02:00 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bayern München Bundesliga Despite appearing to back Thomas Tuchel as his Die Roten successor, the veteran coach Jupp Heynckes suggested he could postpone retirement Jupp Heynckes has hinted he may be persuaded to sign a new Bayern Munich contract, with the coach’s deal set to expire at the end of the season.Heynckes signed a short-term contract when he was appointed as the replacement for sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti in October 2017.Bayern have been flying in Heynckes’ fourth spell in charge, with the Bundesliga champions 20 points clear at the top of the league and through to the DFB-Pokal semi-finals. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Heynckes bowed out at Bayern in June 2013 after leading the club to the treble and the coach may yet repeat the feat, his side holding a 5-0 lead against Besiktas in the last-16 of the Champions League.And although Heynckes named Tuchel as a potential successor in an interview this week, the 72-year-old suggested he is considering staying on at Bayern for next season.”I can only say nothing at all is decided yet, because, until now I have definitely never said I will retire in the summer,” Heynckes told reporters on Friday.”I have only ever referred to our agreement from last year which is still valid.”Regarding the Sport Bild interview, I only stressed my appreciation for my colleague Thomas Tuchel, who I know very well.#Heynckes on #FCBHSV: “We have analysed our opponent. HSV are obviously under incredible pressure. We’re at home and want to build on our good performance in Freiburg.” #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/Kv81yxmcRR— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 9, 2018″But if you study the context of the whole interview, I also praised many other coaching colleagues as well.”Tuchel has been taking a break from the game since being fired by Borussia Dortmund in May 2017, while Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann is another name reportedly in the frame for Bayern.last_img read more

When are the UCL and UEL quarter-final draws?

first_imgUEFA Champions League When are the Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draws? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 15:30 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Arsenal Milan UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League Lazio Porto Milan Lokomotiv Moskva Salzburg Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund Bayern München Athletic Club Beşiktaş PSG Dynamo Kyiv Manchester United RB Leipzig CSKA Moskva Liverpool Basel Manchester City Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Sevilla Roma Shakhtar Donetsk Chelsea Barcelona Arsenal Atlético Madrid Olympique Lyonnais Viktoria Plzeň Sporting CP Olympique Marseille Zenit As we head into the latter stages of the tournaments, Goal brings you everything you need to know ahead of the draws The full complement of teams to take their place in the Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals is now known.A total of 16 teams have secured safe passage to the last eight of each competition, with the Europa League last-16 clashes coming to an end just one day prior to the draw on Friday.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of the Champions League and Europa League draws for the quarter-finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp When is the Champions League quarter-final draw? Champions League drawThe Champions League quarter-final draw will take place Friday, March 16 at 11:00 GMT (06:00 ET) .It will happen at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and fans will be able to follow it via live stream on UEFA’s official website as well as being able to follow the latest news on Goal.The first legs will be played on April 3 and 4, with the return legs taking place a week later on April 10 and 11. How does the Champions League quarter-final draw work?Unlike previous draws, there are no restrictions on which clubs can draw one another.So, should Barcelona reach the next round, for example, a Clasico matchup against Real Madrid could be on the cards.Which teams are in the Champions League quarter-finals? Real Madrid secured their spot by beating Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain in both legs of their tie; Zinedine Zidane’s side picked up a 3-1 home victory before beating PSG 2-1 in the return leg. Joining Real in the last eight of the competition will be Premier League duo Liverpool, whose 5-0 victory at Porto in the first leg of their double-header was enough to see them through, and Manchester City, who progressed past FC Basel with an aggregate score of 5-2.Tottenham, however, were beaten 2-1 by Juventus at Wembley in the second meeting between the two clubs, meaning the Italian champions squeezed into the next round with a 4-3 aggregate scoreline.Manchester United were knocked out following a 2-1 defeat at home to Sevilla, while Roma progressed at the expense of Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to away goals.On Wednesday, Barcelona were inspired by Lionel Messi’s double in seeing off the challenge of Chelsea, sealing a 4-1 aggregate victory at Camp Nou.There were no surprises, meanwhile, in Istanbul, as Bayern completed an 8-1 drubbing of Besiktas to advance once more. Confirmed Teams Real Madrid Liverpool Manchester City Juventus Sevilla Roma Barcelona Bayern Munich When is the Europa League quarter-final draw? The Europa League quarter-final draw will be made at 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET) on Friday, March 16.The first leg of the quarter-final ties will take place on Thursday, April 5, with the reverse fixtures to be played a week later on Thursday April 12.Which teams are in the Europa League quarter-finals? Ramsey celeb Milan ArsenalThe likes of Atletico Madrid and Arsenal marched into the quarter finals with dominant wins on Thursday.Atletico saw off Lokomotiv Moscow in an 8-1 aggregate victory, while the Gunners’ class held out against AC Milan as they advanced thanks to a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium. Borussia Dortmund, however, were not so lucky, falling in a big upset at the hands of Austria’s RB Salzburg; their neighbours, and fellow Red Bull side, RB Leipzig kept the German flag flying by seeing off Zenit. Lazio are the only Italian team left, while France’s Marseille, Sporting of Portugal and CSKA Moscow represent their respective nations. Curiously, the eight quarter-finalists hail from eight different nations, while only four countries will be on display in the Champions League quarter-finals. Confirmed Teams Atletico Madrid CSKA Salzburg Arsenal Lazio RB Leipzig Marseille Sportinglast_img read more

Oklahoma State to Wear Helmet Decals for 2019 Season to Honor T. Boone Pickens

first_imgIt’s unclear what the special decal will look like or where it will be located on the helmet, but in 2016 to honor those who died in the tragic homecoming parade and in the plane crashes, the Cowboys donned 18 football stickers on the back of the lids — one for each victim.Closer look at those helmet stickers 👀 pic.twitter.com/YwlsUGpMri— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 29, 2016 The Oklahoma State football team will for the rest of the season don special helmet decals as a tribute to the late T. Boone Pickens, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported Wednesday.Pickens, who donated $652 million to Oklahoma State, with much of it going to the football program, passed away Wednesday at his home in Dallas, Texas.Oklahoma State will honor T. Boone Pickens with a helmet decal the remainder of the season. Pickens, 91, died today. He will be buried at Karsten Creek Golf Club, Oklahoma State’s home golf club— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 11, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

OSU Unveils New Throwback Brand Helmet for Homecoming

first_imgAs pointed out by Justin Southwell, OSU is 9-1 when wearing an orange jersey since 2016 and this is the first time we’ve seen it since last year’s homecoming win over No. 6 Texas. Hopefully that trend continues against No. 18 Baylor. This is the first time OSU has gone O-O-W since all the back in 2012 in a win over Texas Tech.The helmet is the cherry on top. I love the “Orange Power” on the front bumper.For those of you keeping score, in this week’s uniform predix both Southwell and Kyle Porter nailed the O-O-W combo with Southwell predicting a throwback brand on an orange lid. (He predicted the 1977-79 helmet so was off by a year but I’ll allow it.) While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I said it earlier this week but OSU’s equipment staff absolutely killing it with their Homecoming helmet goes hand-in-hand with death and taxes. This year is no different.The Cowboys are donning an orange-orange-white combination with a new version of the throwback brand helmet that is 👌👌👌.This year’s Homecoming throwback helmet honors the #OKState teams of the 70’s• 1974 Fiesta Bowl Champions• 1976 Big Eight Champions• 1976 Tangerine Bowl Champions• 2-Time All-America selection and Heisman runner-up Terry Miller🔶 #GoPokes | #OKStateHC ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/FTNZeCGl5F— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 19, 2019last_img read more

Guest star blogger Carey Paris on how to double response rates

first_imgI was reading an email bulletin from nonprofit marketer Carey Paris saying some changes he’d made to a nonprofit web site increased donations by 62% and doubled the opt-in list. So I thought I’d invite him to tell us how. And he said yes. Lucky for us. Really lucky – this is a goldmine of good practices. I especially like the five-minute rule at the end. Read on!It is so important for non profit websites to focus on lead generation. As The Gilbert E-mail Manifesto states, “A website built around an email strategy is more valuable than a website built around itself.” I couldn’t agree more. It is the only true opportunity we have to build a stronger relationship with our viewers. Here’s what we did for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation:1) Placed live animation from LiveFaceOnWeb.com on our newsletter sign up page located here:Click here to view2) Reduced the number of form fields to sign up for our newsletter to lessen anxiety. Create a mini sales letter for newsletter sign up.3) Bullet pointed the highlights of our newsletter.4) After they submitted their information I added audio and text to make sure they checked their spam folder and looked for our confirmation link, and walked them through how to confirm their email. Click here to view5) My favorite is the page after they click the confirmation page. I continue to build our relationship with them and thank them for signing up. Click here to view6) To top it off I set up several autoresponders that welcome them to our website and ask them what we can do to help improve their experience on our website.Our opt in list more than doubled!! Awesome!!Opt In List UpdatesNever forget that “QUALITY” is always better than “QUANTITY” in your list. If you do not have opt in or double opt in implemented, your open rate is suffering, and you could be violating spam laws.1) I spent the past month mentioning in our newsletter that we were “scrubbing” our newsletter list for new CAN SPAM ACT laws, and asking our members to verify their email address to meet these standards. (What I was really doing was building a double opt in list of our members)Our open rate increased by over 60%!Here is a link to see the difference focusing on “QUALITY” rather than “Quantity”:PROOF: Click here for resultsDonation PageThe most important pages to all of us are the pages leading to the actual donation form. Are you taking advantage of these pages? You should! When they click that donate link you have 3 seconds to sell your foundation. What makes you different? Does your donation form cause anxiety? Do you take that final breath of air, that final approach to really reach out? How well do you say “Thank You” after the donation?1) After a donation is made I recorded our COO giving a personal thank you for their donation.Click here to view (Video of her speaking is coming up soon)2) I created a unique value proposition on our website. We are different from other Alzheimer’s websites, but did our viewers know we were different? I created our UVP as: “The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation Gives More of Your Dollar to Alzheimer’s Research.” and placed it directly above the donate link.Click here to view3) Our top awards are located directly next to a visual pie graph that shows the donor where their money is going and to instill confidence that the donation is making a difference.4) Anyone who donates, randomly, I send them an automatic email that gives them a %50 OFF coupon to several of our affiliate partners. So we have seen some wonderful numbers on the back end from processing the donation and then the follow up affiliate commission sale.5) There is now an exit traffic pop up on our donation page. If a viewer is on that page and decides to leave they will get a simple pop up that asks them to reconsider leaving with out donating. Some pop up blockers to block this… but it doesn’t bother me, yet. I have seen about 20 extra donations come from this exit pop up. Here is an example. Click this link, after the page loads, close the page and you “should” notice the pop up.Click here to viewPROOF: Click here for resultsHere is our biggest “secret” yet. We implemented a 5 minute rule with our donation department. We call every donor and tell them thank you within 5 minutes or less of their donation. We obtained 3 monthly donations this week alone from just a thank you call. That’s all we say. We didn’t ask for it. We said thank you and told them exactly where their money was going.Was testing worth our time? You bet.Above are examples of some of the small changes you might test on your own site. Don’t stop there!Be Your Mission.last_img read more