Amazing Ceol le Chéile choir earns a standing ovation

first_imgDonegal’s intergenerational choir Ceol le Chéile amazed on the stage of An Grianan Theatre on Sunday night last with special guest Moya Brennan.The choir has come on a wonderful journey over the last year, as proven by their sold out show which was hosted as part of the Errigal Arts Festival.Leas Chathaoirleach Cllr Niamh Kennedy officially opened the event. The choir performed a whole new repertoire including songs from various musicals, traditional songs and ‘With or Without You’ by U2. Special guest Moya Brennan joined the choir on stage for four songs, Na Buachailli Alainn, Harry’s Game, Crann Ull and Teidher Abhaille Riu.Ceol le Cheile Intergenerational Choir on stage at An Grianan Theatre on Sunday night with special guest Moya Brennan. Picture also includes Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Leas Chathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Veronica McCarron, Choral Director Mairead Cranley and Charles Sweeney, Donegal County Council.Ceol le Chéile is an intergenerational choir made up of older people, children and young people, male and female from all walks of life in Donegal.This choir of ages was a project established by Donegal County Council as part of the Donegal Age Friendly Programme with the aim of promoting social inclusion and developing stronger relationships between older people, children and young people.The night concluded with a standing ovation following a stunning rendition of a “Time to Say Goodbye”. Leas Chathaoirleach Cllr. Niamh Kennedy with Moya Brennan and members of the Ceol le Cheile Intergenerational Choir before their performance in An Grianan Theatre on Sunday night as part of the Earagail Arts Festival. Picture also included Choral Director Veronica McCarron and Donegal County Council’s Mairead Cranley and Charles Sweeney.This initiative is funded by Healthy Ireland, Donegal County Council, Local Links Bus, Creative Ireland, with support from LYIT.Amazing Ceol le Chéile choir earns a standing ovation was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An Grianan TheatreCeol le ChéileMUSIClast_img read more

Corn College Feb. 10

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Producers and agriculture professionals can get an update on the 2016 corn market and learn how to budget for a profitable corn crop at a workshop led by farm management experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The 2016 Corn College is a daylong workshop offered on Feb. 10 that will focus on what farmers need to know to develop a successful corn growing operation, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extensioneducator who is organizing the program.The goal of the workshop, Custer said, is to help farmers focus on critical topics that can help them not only get the most bang for their buck, but also raise the profit potential of their farms.“We’ll offer producers a look at what the latest research shows as they work towards maximizing corn crop yields in an economical fashion,” he said. “Producers will be making some critical decisions this winter as they buy products to set up and plant their crops this spring.“Offering this workshop now will give them time to digest some key production information before they start to get their corn planted in April.”The workshop is taught by OSU Extension educators and specialists and will be held at The Andersons Marathon Ethanol, 5728 Sebring Warner Road in Greenville, Ohio.Topics will include:* 2016 market outlook.* Budgeting a profitable corn crop.* Agronomic practices that optimize profitability in corn production.* Nitrogen timing and needs during corn development.* Darke County on-farm research results, including nitrogen response and manure side dress.* Insect pressure on today’s genetics and future control.* Fungicide effects on disease, ear rot and yield in field corn.* Decision-making with high resolution crop imagery.Registration for the workshop is $50 and includes the program, handouts, breakfast and lunch. The registration flyer can be downloaded at Contact Custer at 937-548-5215 for more information. The deadline to register is Feb. 3. Payment can be sent to OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville, Ohio 45331.last_img read more

Why are So Many Android Owners Male?

first_imgDroid. Should a phone be pretty? Should it be a tiara-wearing digitally clueless beauty pageant queen? Or should it be fast? Racehorse duct-taped to a Scud missile fast. We say the latter. So we built the phone that does. Does rip through the Web like a circular saw through a ripe banana. Is it a precious porcelain figurine of a phone? In truth? No. It’s not a princess. It’s a robot. A phone that trades hair-do for can-do.So congratulations, marketers. It appears you have successfully attracted the males to your handset. But in ignoring the potential female users, you’re doing smartphone owners a disservice. The Droid, and other Android-based phones too, are powerful, attractive and easy-to-use handsets that should have a broad appeal. It may be time to remind the women of that. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces …and other interesting smartphone statistics. When compared with some of the other smartphones on the market, owners of phones running Google’s Android mobile operating system are predominantly male. This finding comes from analytics firm AdMod’s latest Mobile Metrics Report, which revealed that 73% of Android users are male. Meanwhile, on the iPhone, iPod Touch and Palm platforms, the ratio of male-to-female owners was more even. However, males were still in the majority even on those devices, accounting for 54% to 58% of the users. This was only one of the findings from the firm’s January report, which also examined ages of smartphone owners, propensity to download and pay for mobile applications and interest in purchasing the upcoming Apple iPad. Kids Love the iPod Touch and the Free AppsMost of the statistics AdMob revealed weren’t all that shocking. For example, iPhone owners are more likely to purchase an iPad than owners of other smartphones. And while 16% said they intend to buy Apple’s new slate computer when it arrives in March, only 11% of Palm webOS users and 6% of Android owners said the same. This finding can easily be attributed to the so-called “fanboy” syndrome among Apple hardware owners – that is, the tendency of those who own Apple products to want to buy more Apple products. Sometimes described as fanaticism, it’s really just a testament to the popularity of the brand and its repeat customer business.Another interesting, but still explainable, statistic involves the buying habits of iPod Touch and iPhone owners. Those who own the less-expensive iPod Touch devices tend to download more free applications than those who own an iPhone. And they download a lot of apps, too. On average, iTouch owners download 12 apps per month – that’s 37% more apps than iPhone and Android users. They also spend more time playing with their apps – 100 minutes per day, 25% more time than iPhone or Android users. At first, those figures may have you scratching your head – after all, isn’t the iPod Touch the exact same mobile operating system as the iPhone? And doesn’t its Wi-Fi-only connectivity actually limit the functionality of a lot applications since so many require an Internet connection to work? The answer to both questions is yes. But the reason why the iPod users appear to be more active and engaged is explained in another section of the report. According to the demographics, they’re much younger. 78% of iPod Touch users are under 25 (compared with 25% of iPhone users) and they’re often students, too. These are the very sort of users who have time to play with a ton of apps. They’re also, not surprisingly, the least likely to pay for them. iPod Touch owners download an average of 10.5 free apps per month and only 1.6 paid apps during that same time. iPhone owners, however, download 7.0 free apps per month and 1.8 paid ones. Why are So Many Android Owners Male?The only truly odd statistic to arise from this report is the gender variance among Android owners. With a 78%/22% male-to-female ratio, the question that comes to mind is why are so many owners male? There is a wide range of Android-powered smartphones for people to choose from, including everything from sleek-and-shiny HTC devices to keyboard-ready Droids from Motorola and Verizon. In other words, there’s an Android handset out there for everyone. Our only guess as to why the statistics are skewing male for Android may have something to do with the latest Droid marketing efforts. Commercials for Verizon’s Droid send the message that the phones are the equivalent of having a “robot in your pocket,” and the latest show a robot’s finger quickly typing out searches on the phone’s on-screen keyboard. While arguably, some females are sure to love robots, too (especially those interested in reading about smartphone statistics here!), a campaign that uses robots and reminds you of all the things the Droid does that the iPhone doesn’t, is a not-too-subtle attempt to play to the male ego and that gender’s stereotypical desire for constant one-upmanship among their peers. And that’s not the worst of it, either. Another Droid ad, spotted by CNNMoney blogger Elmer DeWitt in December, targeted the male demographic in the “most testosterone-heavy TV commercial to date,” he noted at the time. The ad copy read: Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Related Posts sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Last Chance to Comment and Win This Month’s MacBook Air Contest

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Tags:#cloud#Contests Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img We’ll be closing the comments for this month’s MacBook Air contest tomorrow. The comments so far are once again of very high quality. We thank all for participating and encourage you to add your voice to the comment thread for the question:How do you best manage business-critical applications on a virtualized infrastructure?Here’s an example of the kind of comment we are receiving.Berry van der Linden:We actually check for latency before the update if it doesn’t meet out threshold it will cause an error, if this happens 5 times an engineer gets a warning message. We also check during update for latency issues. In our experience latency is usually resolve within our 5 checks.Cost can be high but we find it is necessary to have back-ups done this way. We charge the client for the cost and they agree that the loss of data would be worse. The key for us is limited downtime, because even a good cloud can go down because of a hardware problem.Keep the comments coming. You’ll need a Disqus account to participate. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Declining Effectiveness of The e-Newsletter

first_imgI found this interesting analytical paper written by the Warillow Group on the declining effectiveness of e-newsletters and the inevitable rise of RSS as its replacement through Brent Leary’s post at .  Topics: Originally published Dec 20, 2006 5:23:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Email Newsletterslast_img read more

10 Secrets to Marketing with Social News Sites – Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and more

first_imgPR used to mean you did a lot of hard work with a very small number of people (writers and editorial staff)who had a huge amount of control over what was published or broadcast.  But now a lot of marketing and PR for both online and offline businesses takes place on the Internet, and increasingly on “social news” sites, which are sites that allow their users to submit news stories and vote on them.  The theory behind this is that the world at large can do a better job figuring out what news people want to read than a couple editors can.  My personal experience is that these sites tend to devolve into a lowest common denominator of stories about celebrities and animal costumes, but nonetheless they are important to build links and traffic for your website in today’s world.  With some simple tips, you can exploit these websites for your benefit.  For a great overview of these social news sites, their audiences and more, see this TechCrunch article Towards a Better Digg, and also see the end of this article which lists the major social news sites and some key statistics from Website Grader about each of them.So, here are my Secrets to Marketing with Social News Sites:1) Great headline required.  You need a great headline to make your story stand out from all the rest of the others on the page to engage the other readers on the social news sites.  The headline needs to be less factual and more enticing, sometimes mysterious.  Think about what will make it most likely someone will click through to your article, usually telling them too much is a mistake.  A great resource for creating good headlines is Copyblogger, he has 2 articles on this topic: 10 Sure-Fire Headline Formats that Work and 7 More Sure-Fire Headline Templates that Work. You can see I took one of his headline templates for this article.2) Get your friends to help.  While there are lots of posted rules about not “spamming” these sites, there is nothing wrong with emailing a link to your new story or blog article to your friends and asking them to submit it or vote for it if they like it.  This will help you get a few initial votes (it also helps if they vote for your article at the same time, see #4 below).  Plus, if they really are your friends, they probably are interested in what you wrote and will like it.  Don’t be shy.3) Make it easy.  For people who come to your site and read your article, the easier you make it for people to vote on it, the more likely they are to actually vote.  Clicking your mouse once is easy.  Clicking through to another website and then entering some infomation and then voting is not easy.  An example of what I mean are the simple links to Digg this article and vote on Reddit at the top of this article.4) Timing is everything.  An article that gets 25 votes in 15 minutes will rise very quickly to the top page of most of these sites.  An article that gets 100 votes over two days will not in most cases.  So, not only do you want your friends to vote for your article, you also want them all to vote at the same time, and usually near the time that the article has been submitted.  What this does it helps it rise in the rankings early on. Then if other people on the social news site like it, it will continue to rise or at least remain near the top for a longer time.  Because most people never make it past the first or second page of these social news sites, you need to get to the top of the rankings quickly to have any chance of making it there at all.  If you are on the 4th or 5th page of Digg or Reddit, it is very unlikely you will ever make it very high and get any meaningful traffic.5) Remember you’re buying lottery tickets, not government bonds.  Remember, you are trying something that might work, but might not.  If it does work, it can be extremely valuable.  Being on the front page of Digg or Reddit can mean many thousands of visitors (or more) to your website in a single day, and you will also get a lot more links to your website, which helps you rise higher in search engine rankings.  But, your efforts may not pay off at all.  When marketing to social news sites, you are buying a lottery ticket – the price is low and the chances of winning slim, but the potential payoff is big – not a government bond where the payoff is certain, but much smaller.  So, if it doesn’t work the first time, try again and buy another ticket.  It’s not too hard.6) Become an active community member.  It is easy to just submit your own articles to the social news sites and not submit other articles and not vote on other articles.  But you will be more successful if you are at least paritally engaged in these communties since you will gain a better understanding of what the community likes and dislikes.  This will help you be more successful over time.7) You cannot predict success.  No matter how hard we have tried at Small Business Hub and HubSpot, we cannot predict which articles will be successful and which will not.  I have also not found anyone who can predict this with enough accuracy as to be useful.  My advice is stop trying to predict success (remember, you’re buying lotttery tickets) and focus your mental cycles on writing more articles and submitting them.8) Target the right sites.  Perhaps most important of all, you need to focus on the social news sites where you will have the most success.  There are enough of them around now that you can’t really spend time trying to promote you content with all of them.  You need to pick where you think your efforts will have the biggest payoff.  My personal opinion is that the community at Digg is so big and so picky and so focused on a certain topic set (very techie and apple/design stuff) that for most businesses it is not worth doing.  Especially when you are first getting started.9) Use these stats for each social news site.  These stats give you a sense of the and how valuable the link will be for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes. 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 News SiteAlexa Traffic Rank Google Page Rank BlinkList 3,5716ClipMarks 5,2956CoRank34,7574Digg 858Netscape 5349Newsvine3,7737OpenServing187,4986Reddit8938Spotback56,1235Spotplex40,6070*StumbleUpon3577* Their site was down when I was researching this article, so I was unable to determine the PageRank.Also, here are Website Grader reports for each social news site if you want to explore more marketing information about each site:BlinkList  |  ClipMarks  |  CoRank  |  Digg  |  Netscape  |  Newsvine  |  OpenServing  |  Reddit  |  Spotback  |  Spotplex  |  StumbleUpon10) The best “arbitrage” opportunity is probably Netscape.  Netscape still gets a ton of traffic from the days when they were a regular web portal, which came form the days when everyone used Netscape as a web browser and the default home page was and most people did not bother or did not know how to change it. Topics:center_img Social Media Trends Originally published Apr 17, 2007 12:48:00 PM, updated October 18 2015last_img read more

4 Ways News Releases Boost SEO

first_img B2B Inbound Blog The following is a guest post by Greg Elwell, founder of Public Relations are Here are 4 reasons to publish optimized news releases: Data shows . improve search engine ranking Topics: ideas for creating newsroom articles B2B Inbound “Big News.” as an example. With a little thought, you can generate numerous B2B Inbound Newsroom the more of these pages you have on your website, the more traffic, and inbound links and leads you’re likely to attract. 1. Increase the number of Google indexed pages. Twitter Additional information on setting up an online newsroom, creating and publishing optimized news releases can be found by The main components you need to set up an online newsroom on your website are a blog application and RSS Feed. These technologies are readily available and often included in many of today’s Content Management Systems. You’ll likely want the RSS module on a page called, “News” or “Newsroom.” Set it up to display 6-7 news articles with 250 character summaries. The titles of each article and its “Read More” link will take the reader to the full article which is presented on a blog content page. You can check out the Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img I like to think in terms of Optimized news releases, much like your other valuable content, revolves around your primary keywords and is bait for search engines and interested readers alike. Your goal is to gain more visibility, and provide useful information to your target audience. or follow him on News releases can be a magnet to help even though the terms today are virtually interchangeable. The term, press release reminds me of what I did 10 years ago as a marketer: send news to the press with the hope they’d publish it. Gone are those days. Today, with access to Web 2.0 technologies and an Internet connection, you downloading the Newsroom Marketing Kit 3. Blow your own horn. . The key is to think about what’s happening internally and externally with your company that you could create a story around. Perhaps you’ve launched a new internal training program. Why not tell the story of what led you to develop it and how it will benefit others? B2B companies may especially benefit from publishing news in such a way that positions them as thought-leaders in their industry. , a San Francisco Bay Area, Certified HubSpot Partner. You can read more from Greg on his Originally published Aug 5, 2010 9:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 2. Diversify your content strategy. Does your company have an inbound marketing plan that could benefit from an online newsroom to publish optimized news releases? Give it some thought, I think you’ll find it to be an effective strategy to improve search engine ranking – and gain more visitors, links and leads. from B2B Inbound. 4. Easy to set up and manage. for your business website. This alone is reason enough to add a newsroom feature to your website, and publish optimized news releases. the press and your own media outlet. There’s no longer a dependency on press reporters, journalists or editors to pick up your news and publish it. Are you looking for another way to generate more content pages? Having a news release marketing strategy is a great way to diversify and enhance your overall content marketing plan. Don’t just think about publishing “news release” vs. “press release” Most likely you are aware of the SEO benefits of building your authority and visibility by increasing the number of Google indexed pages on your website.last_img read more

7 Video Marketing Lessons from Daily Grommet

first_img 1. Put the People First Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack is an online retailer that tells remarkable stories about its products through video. “I see what we do more as active curation,” said Jesse Buckley, Video Director at the Daily Grommet. “We are selecting features (“Grommets”) from a vast array of submissions (and relentless scouting), and then helping the people behind the products tell their brand stories.” 3. Use Social Media to Engage the Community 7. Keep It Short With the rapid growth of information on the Web, our attention has become a limited resource and we struggle to stay focused on the same page for longer than a few seconds. That is why you need to keep your videos short and to the point. 5. Optimize for SEO “In today’s discount culture, the people behind the products can be overshadowed by our collective desire to get the best deal,” said Jesse. “Daily Grommet is different because we try to put the people first: our team, the founders we feature, the people who discover them, and the community that we are introducing them to.” So if you are brainstorming ideas for remarkable content creation, think about ways to showcase other people and tell human-interest stories. Video presents a good platform to convey such messages. As Jesse said, “The videos are a catalyst for deeper engagement—the medium still supersedes other forms of content in terms of emotional connection.” Video Marketing Another way to encourage sharing is to make the videos social-media friendly and offer them under a Creative Commons license. In that way, you will allow others to edit them and create interesting remixes. “We make all our videos embed codes freely available, and I’ve sent the actual videos to partners who wanted to do something special with them,” said Jesse. “That’s an interesting twist, because while they now ‘own’ the video they have also become a proponent of our site, linking back to us and sharing the love.” 2. Crowdsource Video In Simple Ways Always be on the lookout for ways in which you can engage the community in your video production. Consider using forums and social media to bring in new faces and create some buzz around your project. Daily Grommet not only has an active email list, but also a vibrant Facebook page and Twitter presence.last_img read more

5 Amazing Foursquare Stats [Infographic]

first_img 400,000 businesses use Foursquare as a marketing tool Based in New York, Foursquare has offered its check-in service since March 2009 and, in addition to 10 million users, has some pretty amazing stats to share. Below are some of our favorites, but the infographic boasts several more: Check out the infographic below (missing animation) or click on over to the Foursquare blog to 358 million check-ins have occurred outside the United States Last week, 10 million users! Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack With a growing community of users, will you consider 5 Awesome Foursquare Facts 78,387 venue mayors are ousted each day 3 million check-ins occur each day” alt=”last_img” /> read more

The Business Value of QR Codes [Marketing Cast]

first_img Originally published Oct 10, 2011 3:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Topics: They seem to be everywhere—on posters, subway ads, billboards, and brochures. But what exactly is the business value of QR codes?Similar in appearance to barcodes, QR codes (Quick Response codes) serve to refer readers to digital content on the internet. Their usage has rapidly increased with the widespread adoption of mobile devices. A February 2011 survey by MGH showed that most US smartphone users scan QR codes to get a coupon, discount, or deal.So in what ways can QR codes impact your business? This is the question we seek to answer in this episode of the Weekly Marketing Cast.Bridge Offline and Online MarketingQR codes present a great opportunity to bridge your offline marketing efforts with the online presence of your company, says David Meerman Scott. In this respect, they are similar to the functions of Meetup and Foursquare, which also aim to strengthen the connection between offline and online marketing.Event Marketing & QR CodesEvent marketing has proven to be one of the main uses of QR codes. For instance, you can reference something in your presentation slides and send traffic to a specific page. Or you can add QR codes to other event materials, such as the event’s agenda, handouts, and posters.Where online could you be referring people to? Here are a few options:Encourage people to enter a sweepstake or participate in a contest.Offer people to learn more about your products or services.Invite people to opt in to your email database.Connect people with your social media presence.Guess what? According to MGH’s survey, these are already activities many mobile users are engaged in. You can easily build a QR code using a site like GenerateQR or Kaywa.New Offline Measurement OpportunitiesOne of the most valuable features of QR codes is that they present a new opportunity for measuring your offline marketing efforts. Check out what the immediate results of your public speaking are. Compare the response to your different traditional marketing programs, and make adjustments accordingly.Anytime you drive people to your online presence, they get one step closer to doing business with you. So go ahead and experiment with QR codes today! Brand Experience Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more