Report: OSU Interested in LSU Transfer Maea Teuhema

first_imgOklahoma State is among the schools who are receiving permission to contact LSU offensive lineman Maea Teuhema, Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reported on Thursday.LSU announced that Teuhema was suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules this past Tuesday, leading him to seek a transfer from the school. Before then, his status was in question due to academic eligibility.Oklahoma, USC and Houston have also expressed interest in the Keller, Texas, native who received offers from OU and OSU as a recruit. He was the No. 2 guard prospect in the country coming out of high school in 2015. He was a two-year starter on the LSU offensive line.If Teuhema were to commit to the Cowboys, he would have to sit out one season, per NCAA transfer regulations, making him eligible for the 2018-2019 season. 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

John Bolding Commits to FIU; Where Does That Leave OSU With Tayland Humphrey?

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. So much for that packaged deal that OSU had cooking with top-ranked junior college defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey and his younger brother, John Bolding.Bolding, a senior from Klein Oak High School, chose to commit to FIU on Monday over other offers from OSU, Arkansas State, and several other small group of five teams.@KLEINOAKFB @recruitingko @BrynRenner @Big_Saucy_ @k_win67 @ChamiecaS @FIUFootball pic.twitter.com/dP2ehect9U— John Bolding III (@LiL_Saucyy_) August 1, 2017AdChoices广告Bolding’s recruitment with OSU was spurned by the staff’s interest with his older brother, Tayland, who made it clear he would not visit schools on an official basis unless they offered his brother. So OSU honored his wish, offered Bolding a scholarship during their unofficial visit earlier this summer, and at the time made a big impression on the younger Bolding by OSU’s approach to recruit him.“They told me I had my own scholarship,” he said an interview with Pistols Firing. “They said they were recruiting me as an offensive lineman. He [Josh Henson] was like, ‘You can redshirt if you want. Every freshmen has that option.’ He explained to me that I had my own scholarship and it wasn’t because of my brother. It was because of me.”What’s head-scratching about the decision is that Bolding made it pretty clear he and his brother had every intention of committing together and eventually picking the same school, which begs the question: Is Tayland Humphrey, a four-star junior college talent, going to commit to FIU?“Him and I are going to decide together,” said Bolding three weeks ago. “Most likely … we are going to play together. He told me that he will not take an official visit unless they offer me too. And we’re sticking to that.”I get that Bolding said the two would likely play together at the next level, but I would be stunned by that now. Most talent scouts would agree that Humphrey’s an NFL talent. He has offers from Texas A&M, Alabama, OSU, Arkansas, Florida State and dozens of others. Would he really spurn those opportunities to play for a major Division I program to head east and play for an FIU team that went 4-8 last season? My guess is no. But if it’s a no, he doesn’t seem to have closed the door on it just yet. OSU will likely continue recruiting both Bolding and Humphrey despite the early pledge, but the unfolding situation between the self-described Saucy brothers is one that is worth watching in the coming weeks and months. All signs point to OSU now being out of the mix for Humphrey with Bolding off the board, which could lead to a full-court press by the OSU staff on Millwood’s Israel Antwine and newly-offered Texas talent Bobby Brown.last_img read more

Cowboys Go ‘Full Pete’ with White-Orange-White Combo

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. Love the Pistol Pete helmet #OKStatevsTulsa pic.twitter.com/jdx5Rs17PN— Cayden McFarland (@caydenmc) August 31, 2017AdChoices广告 A look at Oklahoma State’s new helmets pic.twitter.com/eylPfo3ZXN— Jackson Lavarnway (@TheLavarnway) August 31, 2017 Tonight’s uniform. ⚪️?⚪️ #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/5nnQU0t7Wk— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 31, 2017This is a brand new lid. We’ve never seen the full Pistol Pete on a helmet before and the orange facemask was just debuted last season. That striping also appears to be a first.Here’s a better shot of tonight’s @CowboyFB helmet. Love this Pistol Pete. #OKState pic.twitter.com/tFYdR2fmmB— Scott Pfeil (@scottpfeil) August 31, 2017center_img For the season opener against Tulsa, Oklahoma State is going white/orange/white with a new white helmet, an orange Pistol Pete brand and orange facemask. Which means Kyle, Carson and Southwell start off the year tied a 0-1.Go time. #GoPokes #okstate #CowboyUp18 pic.twitter.com/quazijlm2i— Cowboy FB Recruiting (@CowboyFB_Elite) August 31, 2017 Those helmets are pure awesome! @CowboyFB pic.twitter.com/jOU1pkr1xZ— Bruce Waterfield (@osusportsphotog) August 31, 2017The White/Orange/White scheme is a classic look and the same color scheme OSU wore during last year’s season opener.last_img read more

Wenger: ‘Complacent’ Arsenal had no ideas

first_imgArsenal ‘Complacent’ Arsenal had no ideas, Wenger admits Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 08:03 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v Östersunds FK Östersunds FK Arsène Wenger Videos After averting a huge Europa League upset at home to Ostersunds, the Gunners boss offered a withering assessment of his side’s mentality Arsene Wenger accused his Arsenal team of being “complacent” and lacking focus as they lost 2-1 at home to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday.The Gunners won the first leg in Sweden 3-0 and were expected to cruise in the return fixture at Emirates Stadium.Goals from Hosam Aiesh and Ken Sema in the space of 70 first-half seconds saw Ostersunds threaten to pull off a huge upset. 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 And although Sead Kolasinac’s strike after the break made it 4-2 on aggregate and settled Arsenal’s nerves, Wenger offered a damning verdict of his side’s attitude. “We were not at the races in the first half,” he told a news conference.”We were in trouble because we were complacent and not focused. We were open every time we lost the ball and had no ideas with the ball. That’s why we were in trouble.”In the second half, it was much better. Our energy was high and our domination as consistent. Overall we responded very well. We did the job to qualify. That’s what you have to keep from the night and that’s it.”It’s defeat on the night – but our aggregate score means we’re into the last 16 of the @EuropaLeague #AFCvOST pic.twitter.com/HhtLNNU2sH — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 22, 2018 Wenger acknowledged his team’s convincing win away from home and this weekend’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City may have exerted an influence on the mindset of his squad.”We prepared properly, in a serious way, but you have external circumstances,” he said.”The fact that we won the first leg 3-0, the fact that we have another big game on Sunday, the fact that people subconsciously think they just have to turn up to win the game.”Football doesn’t work like that. We played against a good side and it’s what you see in the FA Cup. You can be in trouble every time you’re not 100 per cent focused.”I felt in the first half the whole team was not at the level you expect. It was not easy for the defenders because we lost the ball too early and we didn’t’ screen well when we lost the ball.”last_img read more

Pogba starts alongside McTominay for Man Utd

first_imgPremier League Man Utd team news: Pogba starts alongside McTominay, injured Martial misses out Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:06 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Premier League Manchester United Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace The Red Devils travel to Crystal Palace for Monday night’s football as Jose Mourinho’s side look to make up ground on leaders City Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are both in the starting XI again for Jose Mourinho as Manchester United look to reclaim second place in the Premier League when they face Crystal Palace.However, there is no Anthony Martial after the Frenchman picked up a knock which meant he was unable to travel with the rest of the squad on Sunday.Jesse Lingard steps in to replace Martial, with that being the only change for the Portuguese manager’s side following their 2-1 win over Chelsea last time out. 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 That means United are once again likely to go with a 4-3-3 shape, with McTominay and Pogba either side of holding midfielder Nemanja Matic, but could easily switch once more into the 4-2-2-2 which eventually saw off the Blues with Pogba and Alexis Sanchez being given freedom to roam behind the front two.A victory for United would see them reclaim second spot after Liverpool’s victory over Newcastle on Saturday, and would also take them nine points clear of Chelsea in the race for Champions League football with only nine rounds to go.Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Sorloth, Townsend, Schlupp, Benteke, McArthur, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly.Subs: Cavalieri, Lee, Souare, Delaney, Rakip, Jach, Riedewald.Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; McTominay, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Sanchez.Subs: J Pereira, Bailly, Mata, Carrick, Rashford, Shaw, Darmian. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Bayern Munich’s 2018-19 Bundesliga fixtures in full

first_imgBayern München Bayern Munich’s pre-season fixtures & 2018-19 Bundesliga schedule in full Goal 23:12 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thomas Muller Bayern Munich Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga The defending champions will be looking to get their season under way with a strong start against Hoffenheim under new manager Niko Kovac Bayern Munich begin the defence of their Bundesliga title in late August, starting with a tough opening fixture against Hoffenheim.The full league fixture list was released on Friday , with Bayern beginning on August 24 following a string of pre-season matches to be played in the United States and Germany against some high-profile clubs.New head coach Niko Kovac will begin his first campaign in charge of the Bundesliga champions against Julian Nagelsmann’s side, as well as the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke in the opening weeks of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar To prepare for the new term, however, Bayern have the opportunity to clash with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Manchester City.Here are all the details you need to know about Bayern’s new fixtures for the upcoming season.Bayern Munich’s pre-season fixtures Date Opponent Time (local / BST) Venue Jul 21 Paris Saint-Germain 2:30pm / 1:30pm Worthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt Jul 26 Juventus 7pm / 12am  Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia Jul 29 Manchester City 7pm / 12am Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Aug 5 Manchester United 8:15pm / 7:15pm Allianz Arena, Munich Aug 12 Eintracht Frankfurt* 8:30pm / 7:30pm Commerz-Bank Arena, Frankfurt Aug 18 Drochtersen/Assel** 3:30pm / 2:30pm Kehdinger Stadion, Drochtersen Aug 28 Chicago Fire 8:30pm / 7:30pm Allianz Arena, Munich * Super Cup** DFB Cup Bayern Munich will be joining the likes of other big-name European clubs in the United States to compete in the International Champion’s Cup, which also involves Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund.The German champions will first begin their pre-season against Paris Saint-Germain in Austria on July 21 before heading to America to clash with Juventus at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.They then face both Manchester clubs – first Manchester City in the ICC – before travelling back to Munich where they clash against Manchester United at the Allianz Arena.Their final friendly actually comes after their opening Bundesliga game, to be played against Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire at home venue Allianz Arena.Bayern Munich’s 2018-19 Bundesliga fixtures Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 2017-18Bayern Munich will be eager to get their season under way as a slew of their players – such as Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels and Joshua Kimmich – look to put their World Cup disappointment behind them.Among the big games to look forward to is Der Klassiker against rivals Borussia Dortmund, with the first edition set to take place in early November at the Signal Iduna Park and the return bout set for next April.You can see Bayern Munich’s full Bundesliga schedule for 2018-19 below.* Times and dates subject to change. Date Time (BST) Match 24/08/2018 19:30 Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim 01/09/2018 14:30 Stuttgart v Bayern Munich 15/09/2018 14:30 Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen 22/09/2018 14:30 Schalke v Bayern Munich 26/09/2018 19:30 Bayern Munich v FC Augsburg 29/09/2018 14:30 Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich 06/10/2018 14:30 Bayern Munich v M’gladbach 20/10/2018 14:30 Wolfsburg v Bayern Munich 27/10/2018 14:30 Mainz v Bayern Munich 03/11/2018 14:30 Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg 10/11/2018 14:30 Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich 24/11/2018 14:30 Bayern Munich vs Fortuna Dusseldorf 01/12/2018 14:30 Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munich 08/12/2018 14:30 Bayern Munich vs FC Nurnberg 15/12/2018 14:30 Hannover 96 v Bayern Munich 19/12/2018 19:30 Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig 22/12/2018 14:30 Frankfurt vs Bayern Munich 19/01/2019 14:30 Hoffenheim vs Bayern Munich 26/01/2019 14:30 Bayern Munich vs Stuttgart 02/02/2019 14:30 Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich 09/02/2019 14:30 Bayern Munich vs Schalke 16/02/2019 14:30 FC Augsburg vs Bayern Munich 23/02/2019 14:30 Bayern Munich vs Hertha 02/03/2019 14:30 M’gladbach vs Bayern Munich 09/03/2019 14:30 Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg 16/03/2019 14:30 Bayern Munich vs Mainz 30/03/2019 14:30 Freiburg vs Bayern Munich 06/04/2019 14:30 Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund 13/04/2019 14:30 F Dusseldorf vs Bayern Munich 20/04/2019 14:30 Bayern Munich vs W Bremen 27/04/2019 14:30 Nurnberg vs Bayern Munich 04/05/2019 14:30 Bayern Munich vs Hannover 11/05/2019 14:30 RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich 18/05/2019 14:30 Bayern Munich vs Frankfurtlast_img read more

Hazard future hope aired by Zola

first_imgChelsea are looking for Eden Hazard to take in a “long” stay with the club, with Gianfranco Zola hoping to see an end to long-running transfer talk.Speculation continues to suggest that the Belgian forward’s days at Stamford Bridge may be numbered.Real Madrid have made no secret of their admiration for the 27-year-old, while Hazard has dropped regular hints suggesting that his future will lie in Spain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Chelsea are, however, refusing to accept that a move is inevitable, as they seek to agree fresh terms with a key man, and Zola is looking for a talismanic presence to cement a standing as an all-time great in west London.The Blues legend, who is now assistant to Maurizio Sarri, told reporters in the wake of Hazard’s match-winning showing in a Carabao Cup clash with Bournemouth: “He’s certainly one of the players who has given this club a lot of satisfaction.”He is 27, and hopefully he will stay long with us and become even bigger.”Chelsea had been hoping to avoid giving Hazard another run out against the Cherries, as he nursed a foot complaint.He was, however, required to step off the bench.Having been introduced, Hazard proceeded to register the only goal of the game and book a semi-final showdown with capital rivals Tottenham.”The difference was the changes we made. When Pedro and Eden came on, they gave us an extra gear,” Zola said.”Eden is the type of player who can make a big difference when he comes on, even for 20 minutes.”Hazard has now netted in back-to-back matches, having previously gone 12 games without a goal for club and country.He is into double figures for the season and is just one effort short of reaching 100 for Chelsea.Another opportunity to hit that landmark will present itself on Saturday when Sarri’s side, who sit fourth in the Premier League table, play host to Leicester.last_img read more

Is Salesforce.com right for your Nonprofit?

first_imgThis document is meant to be a short starting point for nonprofits to make a decision if Salesforce.com is a good choice for their nonprofit. It will give some introduction to what Salesforce.com does, and the benefits and risks involved in using it.What is Salesforce.com?Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM) is a San Francisco company that makes an online database available to nonprofits. The database is very flexible, and that allows a nonprofit to use Salesforce.com for tracking donor management and other activities.The Salesforce.com Foundation, which has overseen the donation of Salesforce.com cash, staff time, and products, currently donates 10 user licenses of Salesforce.com to any qualifying charitable organization.What can Salesforce.com do?Salesforce.com can help nonprofits keep track of the people they work with, and all the work they do with them. Salesforce.com can be:A centralized contact list of all the people and organizations you work withThe place for prospecting and tracking donations, grants, memberships, and volunteeringThe system for tracking just about any of your other program-related work: canvassing, phone banking, events, tabling, outcomes and evaluation, etc.Salesforce.com allows you to easily track important communications you have with people:It can be a shared contact list for your organization, accessible via the web or directly within OutlookIt makes it really easy to record communications and meetings, again directly from Outlook or via the webYou can cross reference communications to people and also to donations, grants, or other thingsSalesforce.com has powerful querying and reporting tools:The information you enter can easily be used to help you make organizational decisionsWith the built-in report builder that requires no coding, users can build and share reportsDashboards that display report information in charts and graphs can give EDs and Boards compelling summaries of your workSalesforce.com likes to share:Your information can be made available to your other technology systems (as appropriate) through relatively straightforward codingInformation from your other systems can, just as easily, be brought into Salesforce.comLots of affordable services, like email blasting systems, currently integrate with Salesforce.comWhat can’t Salesforce.com do?Salesforce.com, like all software, has limits:Salesforce.com isn’t an accounting system. You can purchase connectors to products like Quickbooks, but accounting functions aren’t handled by Salesforce.com.If you are doing very complex donor management, Salesforce.com may not have the functionality you need to be successful.What are the benefits of using Salesforce.com?Low Cost: Salesforce.com is very inexpensive to useNo server, no one to maintain the server–all you need is a browserNo monthly cost for using the system–Salesforce.com donates 10 user licenses to every nonprofit. That’s a $15,000 per year donation. Centralized Data: You can do most of your work in one system.Handle people who play many roles in your organization–donor, volunteer, board memberSupport the unique work you do that most other systems can’t support Accessible and available: All you need to use Salesforce.com is a web browser and Internet access.It’s accessible from anywhereIt’s secureIt can talk to other modern applications Deal with Change: Salesforce.com can easily change as you doCreate new fields with no coding in a mater of minutesAdd support for new ways of working at very low costcenter_img What are risks I should consider about using Salesforce.com?Access to the system is donated:It’s like they’re paying your rent–donation is only given for a 12 month period and is up for renewal every yearThe company/foundation could go away, and end your donation. At this time this appears unlikely, but because they are donating a service rather than a piece of software, it’s a real riskThey have your information on their servers, it’s not on your computersThe USA PATRIOT Act forces them to comply with any legal government request to see your data, just like your ISPWhat are the costs associated with using Salesforce.com?Salesforce.com needs to be setup to get it to work right for you. This work is best done by a consultant familiar with Salesforce.com. Depending on complexity, the cost will range from a few thousand dollars, to tens of thousands. After that, your ongoing monthly cost to use Salesforce.com can be $0. You’ll need someone to administer your Salesforce.com system after it’s installed. This could be a user on your staff who is good with databases, or a dedicated IT person, depending on your needs.Is Salesforce.com right for my organization?Salesforce.com is a great database option that all organizations should consider because of the incredible benefits.Source: http://www.onenw.org/toolkit/is-salesforce.com-right-for-your-nonprofit Modern: Salesforce.com is cutting-edge softwareConnect your information to your website, email blasting, and other systemsConnect your information to published data: address enhancement, legislative district lookup, etc.Updates just happen about four times a year without any work for the Userlast_img read more

Jimmy Buffett is a marketing genius

first_imgSo I’m back from Mexico, where I went on vacation and hung out with Jimmy Buffett’s brand for several days. We’ve grown tight, because we got a lot of quality time together. Jimmy is in the airport, where you can buy Margaritaville t-shirts or the Perfect Margarita at the Jimmy Buffett restaurant. (I chose the drink over the t-shirt.) He’s singing about his lost shaker of salt on the TV screens in this photo I took in the restaurant in the airport. He’s on the beach, where airborne Cessna’s pull advertisements for a bar called Margaritaville. He’s in hotel bookstore, having apparently penned a bestseller about a pig (“Swine Not?”). In short, he’s ubiquitous, prolific and possessing of serious marketing genius.He has parlayed a hit song – and its drinking-on-the-beach kind of aesthetic – into a brand empire.How do I get me some of that?While sipping on my airport margarita awaiting my flight home, I snapped this photo and contemplated this question. And here’s what I concluded are the three cornerstones of Jimmy’s brilliance.1. Simplicity: He stands for one thing. To me, that thing is life as a margarita – carefree, hammock-lying, drink-sipping relaxed happiness with a little salt around the edges. From his music (Cheeseburgers in Paradise, anyone?) to his restaurants to his books. Which brings me to his…2. Consistency: It’s about the margaritas as life, folks. Always. Visit his website. The name? Of course it’s margaritaville.com. Note: excellent lead generation on the page with the email sign-up. Nice touch.3. Hopeful: The allure of something happy is strong. Remember that when you tell stories. If you go dire in the telling, remember that people want hope and happiness as the punchline.I can hear you now. You’re thinking, that girl had one too many margaritas in Mexico. I’m saving the world, not slinging drinks. Yes. I know. I am too. But while I know it’s easier to sell margaritas or pigs than it is to promote the end of poverty, the principles remain the same. Stand for something compelling and hopeful. And stand for it over and over, over time. It works.last_img read more

The 2 reasons you need new media, even if you’re old school

first_imgI’m blogging from the session at Independent Sector, “Community Empowerment through New Media and Innovative Journalism,” moderated by Ben Binswanger of the Case Foundation. The panelists are Linda Fantin of Minnesota Public Radio and the Center for Innovative Journalism, Ramya Raghavan of YouTube Nonprofits and Alyce Myatt of Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media.Here’s my take on the panel. Just as marketing is no longer a monologue but rather a conversation with an audience, so is new media. It is two-way communication. As Linda pointed out, public insight journalism is predicated on the idea that everyone has expertise, and people know what matters to them. The audience isn’t just an audience – they are a participant that takes part in creating the content – either by interacting with those covering the story or suggesting angles to a story, or by creating the story themselves. If you’re still doubting this idea, or don’t know how it relates to you, consider two principles of persuasion: relevance and trust. These are two old-school, good old bread and butter ideas. First, we only tune into what is personally relevant to us. Second, we trust ourselves (and people like us) more than traditional authorities. That’s why word of mouth is so desirable. What’s great about new media is it allows us to establish personal relevance and trust on unprecedented levels. Because the audience is the messenger! That’s where old school meets new media.Take the example from Ramya of voters filming their experience at the polls at Video Your Vote at YouTube vs. CNN talking about long lines on air. There’s nothing quite like watching a first-time voter in Georgia filming herself talking about waiting in line for seven hours to vote – with her baby. It has a level of immediacy and credibility that traditional media doesn’t achieve.As Linda put it, this ideally changes the nature of how stories are reported via traditional media as well. She said, “If you want to find a left-handed baker who can make pineapple upside down cake while making a YouTube video, you could. But this is not about finding the right example to plug into a set story. It’s about what is happening among real people, and that information shaping the story.”So what does this mean to you, even if you’re not in the business of media? The bottom line is these tools can make every interaction with your constituency more powerful. Put video in the hands of your donors or people you help. Engage your supporters in a conversation about how they spread the word about your issue. Give them the tools to do it. And then if they give you input, be sure to acknowledge it, use it and celebrate it. When you lose control of the story, it’s a little scary, but the alternative is having an audience of only one: yourself.last_img read more

Free campaign planning tool!

first_imgThanks to my friends at Spitfire, if you need help planning your next big campaign, you’re in luck. Spitfire Strategies and the Communications Leadership Institute (the people who brought you the Smart Chart and Discovering the Activation Point) have just unveiled their newest tool: The Just Enough Planning Guide. It’s a free online resource that for the first time gives nonprofits and foundations a process for planning successful campaigns. Whether your organization is planning to pass a law, win popular support for an issue or organize a boycott, the guide gives groups a clear sense of where they are going, the best way to get there and what to expect along the way. Visit justenoughplanning.org to download a free copy.Thanks Spitfire!Here are steps it covers:1. Confirm That a Campaign Is Possible. This is the time to step back and assess the viability of a campaign. Are the stars aligned for this effort to be successful? 2. Set a Clear, Measurable Goal That Is Achievable. Your plan needs to be focused on achieving a very specific goal. Your goal is your raison d’être. Are you trying to make something happen or stop something from happening? There is a difference. 3. Chart Your Course. Much like a road trip, there are likely many ways to get to your goal. You will use your knowledge of the field and the external environment to determine the best steps to your goal. 4. Anticipate Conditions. Visualize all possible scenarios – the good, the bad and the ugly – so your plan includes strategies for leveraging opportunities and mitigating challenges, including identifying your opposition.5. Know How to Make Headway. What will propel you down your path? What major campaign activities can help you get from point A to point B? 6. Prioritize Your Target Audiences. Now that you have a strategy, stay focused by prioritizing who you need to engage to win, and when. 7. Put a Public Face on Your Campaign. Give the effort a name and a personality that is memorable and easily understood. You want people to recognize what you are about and not have to guess. 8. Operationalize Your Campaign. Based on the activities you think will help you make headway, determine which campaign tactics you will need: from intellectual knowledge to government relations to public mobilization to communications to coalition building to fundraising. 9. Stay on Track. Build evaluation mechanisms into your plan that will tell you when you are making progress and when you need to stop and make a mid-course correction. Meet regularly with your team to discuss your progress.last_img read more

Why are arts orgs and newspapers folding faster than you can say A-I-G?

first_imgI heard a scary stat yesterday, cited by the social media guru Allison Fine on Twitter. Apparently one in ten arts organizations is on the brink of collapse. So I tweeted Allison to ask why. Movie attendance is up – why are the arts down? She answered with a whole blog post, bless her heart. And she wove in the issue of our dying newspaper industry. Read it here, along with the great comments.Then Beth Kanter, another social media guru you should be reading, weighed in here.How is your arts organization faring? What do you think of these posts?I really like Brian Reich’s take in the comments of Allison’s blog:To be successful today, you must focus on the content – the substance of what you do, and whether that provides something to the community, or audience, that is valued. Many of the arts organizations (and nonprofits) who I work with seem to believe that their offering is unique and that the audience thirsts for what they offer. But they don’t ask the audience what they want, or try to understand how to fit their work into the busy lives of the people who they seek attention from. They measure success by the amount of money raised or open rates on their email and not the inspiration they offer, people they feed, or happiness they bring. That simply won’t work. The audience is in charge (always has been, they just know it even more now). Arts groups don’t want to adapt to what the audience wants, they want the audience to come to them. And when that doesn’t happen, the arts groups often blame the media for not covering the arts or the economy for failing and leaving people without extra income to spend on things other than basics. Its not the audience’s fault. It’s not the media’s fault. It’s not the economy’s fault. Its your fault (arts groups, and everyone else). Its our fault (audience) for not demonstrating even more clearly what we want and expect from the arts and how we are willing to support it.last_img read more

Lower your membership amount? Think twice.

first_imgWith direct mail and other fundraising channels hitting the skids, nonprofits are looking to boost online revenue in any way they can – trying out new tactics to get that all-important first donation from non-members.This one might have crossed your mind: “What if we lower the minimum cost of membership?” M+R and two economists from the University of Maryland partnered with a major nonprofit to run a test. In an email appeal to first-time and deeply lapsed donors, we reduced the minimum membership amount from $35 to $25.What did we find out? Framing is everything.Simply reducing the membership amount to $25 produced no increase in response rates.But reducing the membership to $25 and telling donors it was a special discount raised just a hair more overall, and from many more donors. This tactic reduced average gifts, but increased response rates, securing first-time gifts from more people.Discounts are a fundraising tool employed by many nonprofits (including M+R clients). More and more, they are being used in combination with membership offers.Want to try this at home? If you’re going to lower your membership, be sure to tell your supporters they’re getting a bargain!We found something else interesting when we broke the results down by past behavior. The discount language increased returns among supporters who had EITHER donated in the past OR taken action, but not among those who had done both (i.e., donor-activists).Therefore, to maximize revenue, consider suppressing donor-activists from the discount offer and giving them the regular membership ask instead.And if you’re still not fundraising from your activist file, chew on this – past activists were 3.6 times more likely to become members than those who had never taken action. (That doesn’t show causation, but it confirms that activist lists are fertile ground for appeals.)Here are a few top-line takeaways:If you’re offering a discount, say it’s a discount.When it comes to past donor-activists, run a test before you decide to offer them a discount membership.Fundraise from your activist-only list.Experiment! Just because you’ve asked for $20 from new donors for the past decade doesn’t mean it’s still the best amount to ask for today.To download the full study, Charitable Memberships, Volunteering, and Discounts: Evidence from a Large-Scale Online Field Experiment, by Andreas Lange and Andrew Stocking, visit http://www.nber.org/papers/w14941.ABOUT M+R STRATEGIC SERVICES M+R is dedicated to helping our clients advance their missions in order to bring about positive change. We do this by helping organizations and campaigns we believe in develop smart and effective strategies, hone their messages, mobilize their members, build grassroots support, raise money, and communicate effectively with the media, the public and decision-makers, both online and offline.Source: www.mrss.comlast_img read more

14 ways to build your email list

first_imgThis is one of the most common questions I get asked: How do I build by email list? Here are 14 ways courtesy of Kivi Leroux Miller, queen of email knowledge, and Network for Good. Nonprofits marketing friends, this is a must-read!If you want more, please join our free training with Kivi this week. Register here for:7 Steps to Better Email Fundraising & CommunicationsDo you want to grow/build your email list? Do you know if anyone is reading your emails? Does your email outreach need a design or copywriting upgrade?Free TeleconferenceSpecial Day & Time:Thursday, June 25 at 4 p.m. (eastern)last_img read more

What to do when people are cheap: show value

first_imgMy colleague shared this amusing video from the Compelling Marketing blog. As nonprofits, we need our vendors to do a lot for us on a shoestring – so we naturally question the cost of everything. As we should. But it really annoys vendors.The lesson here is well expressed by blog host Tracy, who tells vendors:It underscores how important it is to effectively communicate the value of what you do so you can avoid these types of situations!Exactly. And there is a lesson here for us in nonprofit marketing and fundraising. When we get pushback from funders and others about the costs to support our work and deliver our programs, we have two options. One is to complain about the situation and the fact people seem to want too much, on the cheap. The other is to realize we need to do a better job showing WHY our work is worth the price. We need to communicate the VALUE of what we do. This has never been more important, because money is tight for everyone. Now is the time to show how you have tightened your belt, the extent to which you stretch your dollars, and why you need those dollars to deliver your incredible value and impact. Everyone feels cheap these days, so you need to look like a bargain (or a windfall) when it comes to donor ROI.last_img read more

How to Adapt Now to the 6 Trends Changing the Fundraiser-Donor Relationship Forever

first_imgThursday, November 12 at 1 p.m. EasternFundraising with an Affinity Card Program Date TrainingRegistration Find out in my free training next week. And check out all the free teleconferences at Network for Good in the coming weeks! We’d love to have you join us. Fundraiser’s Confidential:How to Adapt to the 6 Trends Changing the Fundraiser-Donor Relationship Forever Tuesday, November 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern Tuesday, December 15 at 1 p.m. EasternBuilding a Dynamic Grantseeking Calendar for 2010 Tuesday, December 8 at 1 p.m. EasternIs Your Story Big Enough? Uncover the emotional spark that turns current and potential supporters into true believers.last_img read more

Maternal Health Supplies Community of Practice

first_imgPosted on March 21, 2011June 20, 2017By: Jess Bernstein, Project Manager, RH Supplies, Population Action InternationalClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is proud to launch, with Population Action International, the Maternal Health Supplies Community of Practice.Why a Community of Practice for Maternal Health Supplies? Because no woman should die during childbirth because the shelves in her clinic were bare. Because no infant should lose their mother before they have a chance to meet her. Because most of the maternal health supplies that save women’s lives are inexpensive and available. Because Coca Cola is more available than magnesium sulfate and oxytocin.Governments must take a stand to meet MDG 5, and supplies are key to progress. We have learned from a decade of success in RH supplies advocacy that it takes a community to create sustainable progress on a large scale. Together, we can make a difference to increase the availability of these supplies, through logistical improvements, adequate and innovative financing, improved programs and policies, and with a forum for advocacy to hold those in positions of responsibility accountable. Join us in this community. Let’s make progress together to make sure that the bare shelves become full shelves – and that women survive the births of their children.To participate in the MH Supplies Community of Practice, register on the MHTF website and visit the Discussion Forum, view MH Supplies Resources, and RSVP for the CoP meeting in April.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Fourth Research Meeting on Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion

first_imgDescargasConvocatoria (pdf)Formato resumen (doc)Share this: DownloadsMeeting notice (pdf)Form for abstracts (doc) Posted on April 5, 2011May 19, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)From the Population Council:The Mexico office of the Population Council is pleased to announce that the Fourth Research Meeting on Unwanted Pregnancy and Unsafe Abortion: Public Health Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place in Mexico City, at the Maria Isabel Sheraton Hotel, October 18-20, 2011.The objectives for the meeting are to: a) share results from recent research and cumulative experience in the field and the region; b) strengthen the network of researchers, service providers and individuals working with women’s groups on issues related to unwanted pregnancy and abortion; and c) reinforce strategies to foster dissemination of research results.Disponibles en español a continuaciónThe three-day meeting will include keynote speakers and presentations from experts. Researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean will share research advancements through oral and poster presentations concerning:Abortion and maternal mortality/morbidityAbortion and vulnerable populationsAccess to abortion in legal contextsAccess to family planning and/or abortion servicesExperience of health professionals when providing services to prevent unwanted pregnancyand safe/legal abortionExperiences of women requesting abortion servicesFamily planning and adolescent abortionImpact of restrictive legislations, including consequences of unsafe/illegal abortionPost abortion carePublic opinion on abortionResearch methodologiesSexual and reproductive health policies and programsTechnological advances on abortion, including experiences with medical abortionOther relevant issues, depending on demand and interestThe enclosed form should be used to submit by May 15, in a maximum of 250 words, abstracts for oral or poster presentations. Submissions will be evaluated by review teams and authors will be informed about the result of their submission by July 15. The review team will also determine which of the submitted abstracts will be accepted either as oral or poster presentations. Priority will be given to research projects that consider the perspective of vulnerable populations (youth, indigenous women, disadvantaged populations, underrepresented groups).A workshop for health professionals will be held following the conference, on Friday, October 21, to discuss strategies to address the challenges associated with the provision of quality family planning/abortion services. Criteria and requirements for participation in the workshop will be circulated shortly.Please feel free to forward this notice to any interested colleagues.A limited number of scholarships will be available for researchers presenting either papers or posters. Participants with accepted papers or posters will be asked to complete a specific application for support in advance of the meeting.Guillermina Herrera and Laura Carrillo will be again in charge of the meeting’s Secretariat. The attached form should be returned to their attention, at the following address: reunionpcmx2011@popcouncil.org. Guille and Laura will be available to answer any queries or provide additional information at this stage of the organization process.center_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Focusing on My Idea

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: I am planning for the future and working very hard. Just like pregnancy, I will bring forth. And focus is my watch word.Share this: Posted on April 4, 2011June 20, 2017By: Ifeyinwa Egwaoje Madu, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Ifeyinwa Egwaoje Madu, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.“FOCUS” has been my watch word in the month of February and that means focusing on my idea. I have spent a great deal of my time working in the field with the Birthing Project volunteers, building my capacity and working my way up, but I feel that now is a good time for me to begin exploring ways of bringing my idea to reality.I often relate my idea with being pregnant; there are times when I have felt excited, sometimes I have felt discomfort, and other times impatience. But just like my pregnancies have taught me, I have learned that you cannot jump the gun; you must get to the bridge before crossing it. Each time I get impatient when pregnant I am consoled that surely at the end of nine months the baby will definitely be born. It will not stay inside of me forever. Right now as a Young Champion I feel like each day brings me closer to a piece of the puzzle and the whole picture will be complete in due course. I do have my fears but I know I will certainly cross this bridge, especially with the level of support that I have from other maternal health professionals in the field.I have put together a support team for my project that will provide me with expert advice, support, resources and also help to fundraise for the project to achieve its main objectives. They will help with raising funds here in the US for our activities, while I am in the US and even after I have gone back to Nigeria. The group is made up of social entrepreneurs here in the US who are willing to support social change anywhere in the world.The 55th session of the Commission on the Status of women held in New York, provided a platform for me to network with other maternal health professionals and also pitch my idea. My presentation, titled “How do we fix this”, is a call to action for people to understand that empowering women begins with helping the women around us regain their self-esteem and self-worth.The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards, and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide. It is very interesting that one issue kept recurring in most of the sessions that I attended: the issue of women and self-esteem. In all the sessions it was mentioned that building a high self-esteem in women will in many ways prevent some of the personal, social, and global problems that women go through.While attending CSW in New York I used the opportunity to meet with members of staff of the Maternal Health Task Force office alongside Zubaida Bai. We talked at length about our projects and received very meaningful feedback about our challenges and plans for the future. Lorraine Thompson (winner of Ashoka Maternal health blogging contest) and I also met again in New York and spent Saturday shopping. We had lunch and a drink catching up on old times. She encouraged me a great deal about my plans for the future after my Young Champions Program.CSW also afforded me the opportunity to meet with some people from Global Fund for Women. It is amazing how much expert advice you can get from people already in the field. I literally got a lecture on fundraising from these wonderful people and they also participated at my session.last_img read more

Peace and Hope!

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 27, 2011June 19, 2017By: Faatimaa Ahmadi, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Faatimaa Ahmadi, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. This is her final post about her experience as a Young Champion, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Everywhere is quiet. Men are working in the gardens the whole day and women are busy at home, raising children and cooking lunch, dinner, and a snack for the family. Last night, the first day of June, 2011, I arrived to this village in the west of Iran. Although my parents were born in this village, I don’t know much about it. Before becoming a Young Champion of Maternal Health, I didn’t have any idea of how joyful it is to come to a village and live among villagers.I have been holding a lot of energy inside from my childhood — I’m now ready to bring change into my own life to improve it while helping others to do the same. I am very happy that I participated in this program because I was able to gain experience in Uganda under the wing of Jane Vella, Ashoka, Joyce Fertility Support Centre group, and the Maternal Health Task Force. To be honest, before this program, I had many things in my mind but it was not easy to bring them out of my mind! I didn’t know what my mission was. This ignorance made me feel sometimes hopeless and many times disappointed. The color of peace was about to be released from my mind!For eight years as a midwife I was working in my own clinic, giving services and educating people who live in the cities. I completely forgot about people who are living in the villages!After becoming a masters student of educational psychology, I became so fond of educational theories that I forgot to get out of the books and live in real-life situations.Taking part in the Young Champions Program provided me with the opportunity to bring my head out of my books, look at all levels of the world — from the grassroots to the artistocracy — see the world from their perspective, and help them find the best way to answer their problems.Now I am ready to bring about changes within the maternal health field with a lot of peace and hope!Share this:last_img read more