Category: shwfyj

  • Oscar Gold: Filmmaking Insight from 2017 Academy Award Winners

    first_imgBehind-the-scenes filmmaking advice, gear, and workflows from the newest Oscar winners.Top images via A24.Academy Award season is over, but the production lessons learned by the filmmakers during the creation of their Oscar-winning movies are timeless. Here are some nuggets of wisdom from a few of the talented artists who took home the prize this year.Best Picture — La La Land MoonlightImage via A24.In the biggest blunder in Oscar history, Moonlight eventually took home the Oscar for Best Picture — after presenters announced the wrong film. Faye Dunaway proclaimed La La Land the winner, despite the card that read “Emma Stone, La La Land” (the Best Actress winner).In Apple’s Meet the Filmmaker series, director Barry Jenkins shared his thoughts on the filmmaking process:I trust the people around me, and they know every now and then I’m going to spring some sh*t on them, and they know they gotta be ready to jump with that spring. Its not an adaptation; its a collaboration, I think. I’m not beholden to what I have in my head because its usually going to be much better to get this thing out of these people in front of me.Mahershala Ali  also won Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight, and Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won for Best Adapted Screenplay. You can read more about Barry Jenkins’s work as a director here — as well as some great information on how cinematographer James Laxton captured the film on an ARRI Alexa XT shooting ProRes.Best Director — Damien ChazelleImage via Lionsgate. 32-year-old Damien Chazelle became the youngest director to ever win the Oscar for Best Directing. Regarding the intense musical shoots, Chazelle had the following to say:I and everyone else in the cast and crew were always talking about [how] it has to be the same movie no matter what part of the movie we’re shooting — the camera has to move the same way, it has to respond to the actors the same way, the sense of color has to be the same. It couldn’t be a movie that was just sort of veering between two completely opposite pulls that never really coexisted.La La Land won six of the fourteen categories it was nominated for, including Best Actress, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design, and Best Cinematography. You can read more about Chazelle’s La La Land directing work here.Best Cinematography — Linus SandgrenImage via Lionsgate. La La Land’s Linus Sandgren took home the Best Cinematography award. Sandgren shot on 35mm film using the Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2. In an interview with MovieMaker, Sandgren talked about the process;Because of what Damien wanted to do with this film … he felt that the film had to be shot in the scope format, anamorphic.You can read about more cameras and lenses behind the 2017 Oscar Nominees here.Best Editing — John GilbertImage via Stuff. Hacksaw Ridge editor John Gilbert took home the Oscar for Best Editing. In an interview with Pro Video Coalition, Gilbert gives some terrific insight into how he used eye contact as a way to build scenes and define characters.I think the moments of eye contact between characters are very important. Finding those moments of connection and using edits to emphasize them — or otherwise, if the story requires it — is part of making the drama work.With modulating performance, most good actors and directors will know where they’re going. A good story will build pressure on characters that will escalate as it progresses, and that will force characters to reveal who they really are.  And there’s nothing like a war story to put a character under the most severe pressure, like Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge. That’s when you see who he really is.Read more editing insight from John Gilbert and the other nominees here.Best Documentary — O.J.: Made in AmericaImage via ESPN.A multi-episode part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 mini-series, the seven-hour and forty-seven minute O.J.: Made in America documentary series took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for its limited theatrical run. The film used decades’ worth of footage in different formats to construct this epic, true-story saga.Director Ezra Edelman enlisted the help of cinematographer Nick Higgins to shoot additional interviews on the Canon C300. You can read more about the gear used on top documentary films here. The film’s Oscar success makes one wonder if episodic long-form documentary films will be the future of this category?For a complete list of Academy Award winners, visit Oscars.com.What is your reaction to this year’s Oscar winners? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

  • 5 Steps for Prioritizing Your Filmmaking Gear Investments

    first_imgNeed advice on calculating how, when, and where to spend your money when building out your filmmaking and video production tool kit?Most filmmakers and video professionals begin their careers with almost nothing. Usually, you have some equipment when you’re starting out: a secondhand camera, your uncle’s old tripod, a computer that can barely run Premiere Pro. However, for the sake of this exercise, let’s start with absolutely nothing.When you’re ready to build out your own filmmaking gear kit, you’ll have to make plenty of decisions. And while your ambition and the nature of your projects may vary, prioritizing how you invest in filmmaking gear will always be the same.Let’s take a look at a few steps to follow during this process.1. Define Your Ideal ProjectsImage by gnepphoto.First, sit down and research the type of projects you’ll ideally be working on. Whether it’s short films or features, run-and-gun documentary projects, music videos for up-and-coming artists, or corporate video work, determining what projects to prepare for will help define all of your decisions.2. Build Your BudgetOnce you have at least an idea of what you’d like to work on, it’s time to take stock of your resources and budget. If you already have cameras or gear, here’s where you’ll take inventory and decide if the gear is worth using or not. However, if you’re starting with nothing, you’ll need to determine how much cash you have to work with.If you’re serious about filmmaking — as a way to earn money — take into account some projected expenses, which you plan to earn back later. (Warning: don’t get too carried away with this, as you can find yourself quickly in debt.)3. Solo or Group MindsetImage by shulgenko.Many camera and gear decisions will come down to whether or not you’re shooting solo. Sometimes run-and-gun solo shooting is the best option  if you have the know-how and are producing the project on your own. However, shooting this way distributes your focus across multiple aspects of the filmmaking process. If you want to focus on just one of these aspects, you may need a separate audio operator, another videographer, or a producer to help out.Your crew will dictate your gear. If you’re shooting solo, you need a good build-out for capturing video and recording audio at the same time. A good camera with audio inputs (or the right audio recorder) is a good start.However, if you’re working with a team, you may want to spend your money on specific assets, like lighting or good lenses, to get the best end result possible. This will be based on what the team brings to the table.4. Short-Term vs. Long-Term SolutionsMany investment decisions come down to how long you’ll be using the equipment in question. A camera typically does not fare well in terms of value, as it can decrease in price quickly, the industry passes it up, and new generations out-pace it (sometimes within a year or two). So, treating cameras as short-term investments (whether by renting or re-selling quickly) makes sense.Gear like tripods, mounts, and audio-recording equipment might be better long-term solutions, all of which you can use for several years — making it more practical to buy rather than rent.5. Understand Your AbilitiesImage by lapandr.Perhaps the biggest step when prioritizing your needs is understanding your strengths and weaknesses. In production, this means knowing what gear will help you the most in the areas where you struggle. If you’re not strong on shooting interviews, a good tripod and monitor can help level the playing field.Conversely, if you know you’re great at shooting handheld footage, then you might not need to invest a bunch of money in an expensive gimbal.Also, if you’re editing your own projects — or working with an editor you know well — understanding what leeway you have during production (which you can cover in the edit) can help you make strategic investment decisions.Cover image by gnepphoto.Looking for more articles on filmmaking and video production? Check these out.Industry Roundup: Top Destination Jobs for VideographersHow to Use Calibration Tools for Footage, Sound, and MonitorsMulti-Camera Direction Tips for Properly Shooting Live EventsHow to Create the Double Exposure Effect in Four Manageable Steps7 Master Cinematography Techniques from Iconic Directorslast_img read more

  • Is India’s Bangalore doomed to be the next Cape Town

    first_imgThe fact that Bangalore is under “water stress” cannot be denied. The term is used to refer to pressure on water resources which causes problems like shortages.Officials and experts admit the growth of the city has put pressure on its water resources, particularly because in the last few years alone more than 100 villages have been absorbed into this rapidly expanding metropolis, known as India’s Silicon Valley.In 2012, nine million people lived in Bangalore. Now, there are 11 million.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img read more

  • Central Railway recovers ₹7.88 crore fine from ticketless travellers in Pune

    first_imgThe Pune division of the Central Railway has recovered ₹7.88 crore fine from passengers travelling without tickets in last five months, an official said on Thursday. The rail division conducted a drive from April to August to identify ticket-less travellers on Pune-Malawli, Pune-Miraj, Pune-Baramati and Kolhapur-Miraj routes. During the drive, it detected around 1.53 lakh cases of various offences, including not possessing ticket while in train or on railway platform and carrying luggage beyond permissible limit, the Central Railway official said.The authorities subsequently recovered a total fine of ₹7.88 crore from such passengers, he added.last_img read more

  • Retail therapy

    first_imgTrippy talesPSYBABA’S”Natural cosmetic elements, handmade leather bags and footwear, UV glow apparels and accessories, organic perfumes, eco-friendly jewellery, tie-dye clothing, hemp accessories, chemical-free food and lots more,” is how Psybaba’s has been fittingly described on the store’s Facebook page. Founded by two nature-loving crusaders, Saher and Tanya, fighting against the,Trippy talesPSYBABA’S”Natural cosmetic elements, handmade leather bags and footwear, UV glow apparels and accessories, organic perfumes, eco-friendly jewellery, tie-dye clothing, hemp accessories, chemical-free food and lots more,” is how Psybaba’s has been fittingly described on the store’s Facebook page. Founded by two nature-loving crusaders, Saher and Tanya, fighting against the use of plastic, Psybaba’s sells biodegradable ware. Their merchandise includes psychedelic paraphernalia, alternative clothing and accessories, home decor items and more.Said accessories come in the form of camel bone jewellery, odd trinkets, earthy earrings and intricately crafted anklets. The beautiful dream catchers-webbed and beaded circles hung with feathers-are Psybaba’s’ signature items. “Me and my wife Tanya are very attached to this store. A lot of the items such as the dream catchers have been designed by her and our aim is to heighten the shopping experience,” says Saher.Understandably, Psybaba’s is a haven for backpackers, tourists and anyone looking for something different. WALLET WATCH Prices start from Rs 200 AT 41/2 Castle Street, Near Empire Suites, Ashok Nagar TEL 8040913670 TIMINGS 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. WEBSITE Facebook.com/pages/PSYBABASCollector’s ParadiseTHE ENTERTAINMENT STOREA walk down the Church Street, opposite the Empire Hotel, will lead memorabilia collectors to a store that caters to all their pop-culture-related interests. The Entertainment Store was founded by Satish and Sunil Khemchandani, and together they have curated some of the most sought-after merchandise from television shows, films and the music industry that have been, and currently are, considered popular favourites.”We did not want to come up with a clinical store. We wanted to give people an experience when they came here. Which is why we have tried to cover all genres of entertainment so that our bias towards any particular form does not creep in,” says 32-year-old Satish.advertisementAside from Harry Potter, there’s also a Lord of the Rings series, Star Wars knick-knacks and miscellaneous collectibles from The Godfather. The vast selection of comic books includes old timers Archie, Asterix and Tintin. Music buffs can take their pick from celebrated albums by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Linkin Park, and for new-age listeners of pop music, there’s even Justin Bieber.WALLET WATCH Prices start from Rs 150 AT Prestige Eureka, 47 Church Street, Opposite Empire Hotel TEL 41511492, 41507631 TIMINGS 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. WEBSITE Facebook.com/TheEntStoreQuirk BoxKITSCHDIISeema Pisharody loves all things quirky. Walk in to her store Kitschdii and this will become obvious. The store sells in-house designs and sourced off-beat artefacts, home decor and furnishings.”During the 20 years of my corporate career, I travelled a lot. Everywhere I went, I picked up something quirky, something funny. Then I started putting up exhibitions and stalls, and today, I have a store of my own,” says Pisharody.Everything’s funky here, even the handcart that displays wallets, sling bags and posters. The cutting chai cups painted on by artisans from Mumbai and beer mugs with some printed tongue-in-cheek humour are just a few of the interesting options available. There are also colourful sling bags in Indian ethnic prints and large trunks that can be used as sitting furniture–pretty and practical.The cafe in the store is a nice touch and has hand-painted chairs and tables made from leather. The main attraction of the cafe is a huge hand-painted tree, and the floor is covered with colourful rugs. Pisharody says, “Come over to find a host of home decor products that are rare and interesting. Cushion covers, coasters and everything else is cool and kitschy.”WALLET WATCH Prices start from Rs 75 AT 12th Main, HAL, 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar, TEL 99880034225Kitsch in timeTURTLE DOVESVijayasri Ravindra and Trupthi Ghorpade, the founders of the store Turtle Doves, say the aim behind this joint venture was to provide a wide spectrum of funky, vibrant and quirky products under one roof. The ware is both innovative and affordable.”It all started, as the name Turtle Doves suggests, with our friendship. You will find quirky collectibles that you can gift to your friends and to people with a good sense of humour,” says Ghorpade.Turtle Doves is considered the kitsch destination of South Bangalore-from wall frames to games, handmade jewellery to creative and colourful home accessories, off-beat bookends to crazy magnets. If you’re looking for a unique gift or a great home accessory, this is the place to be.Also available are funky sling bags, lampshades and ‘beware of the wife’ doormats. The umbrellas in neon colours or the jewellery boxes in geometric designs also warrant a look.WALLET WATCH Prices start from Rs 50 AT 198/C,7th Main Road, 3rd Block Jayanagar, Near NMKRV College TEL 9665238885 TIMINGS11.00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.advertisementBe flooredCOCOON FINE RUGSExotic and luxurious handcrafted rugs adorn the walls of this store. “Cocoon Fine Rugs is by far the only carpet boutique of its kind in the country to provide end-to-end solutions for carpets as wall art and floor furnishings,” says founder Ayush Choudhary.There are also unique interpretations of the classic Persian rugs. The way the rugs are arranged and the way they instantly add a splash of colour to the store gives it the feel of an art gallery.Add some drama to your home with these carpets that are like modern art. Most of them resemble-and are as endearing as-a child’s experiment with a pallete of colours. There are also rustic rugs, which conjure up memories of the famed magic carpet from Aladin. These are available in fabrics such as wool, silk, jute, leather and more.WALLET WATCH Price on request AT KP Towers,777-A, 100’ft Road, HAL II Stage, Indiranagar TEL 25201120Gear upDECATHALONTotal chaos is what greets you as soon as you you walk into Decathalon. But it does not take long to fit right into that disorder. Here, you’ll catch, as we did, children cycling around, men discovering the child in them on self-balancing one-wheeled scooters and women dribbling basketballs. “We love to promote different sports,” says Annie George, a representative of the store.Shed your inhibitions, pick your favourite sport and give it a go on the huge lawns just outside. It’s difficult to find a place like this in Bangalore-where there’s all the sports equipment at your disposal and a ground to make use of, without a deterrent in sight.Decathlon is slowly emerging as the Mecca of sports lovers. You can get anything here-from leisure bikes and trekking gear to bows and arrows, and they’re all unbelievably affordable. A quick walk through the store will reveal that on offer are kayaks, scuba suits, boxing gloves, beach balls and more. The camping section deserves special mention–there are two-bedroom tents, camping cutlery and stoves, and interesting torch lights that run on mechanical energy. Apart from merchandising sports equipment and accessories, they also have sportswear, spare parts and sports bags.WALLET WATCH Prices start from Rs 99 AT Sarjapur, Bannerghatta Road, Mysore Road, Whitefields TEL 9538712550 TIMINGS Weekdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Weekends 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.last_img read more

  • Chile stun Argentina to win Copa

    first_imgRELATED null Claudio Bravo of Chile hoists the trophy after defeating Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks. Photo courtesy: Official twitter account of Copa América 2016 ‏@CA2016 Claudio Bravo of Chile hoists the trophy after defeating Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks. Photo courtesy: Official twitter account of Copa América 2016 ‏@CA2016 COMMENT Holders Chile stunned Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario in a penalty shoot-out here Sunday as Lionel Messi’s title curse struck again.Messi blazed a penalty over the bar in the shoot-out before Lucas Biglia missed to leave Chile’s Francisco Silva with the task of stroking home the winning spot-kick at the MetLife Stadium.It was a carbon copy of last year’s Copa America final, also won by Chile on penalties after a goalless draw.Argentina’s players meanwhile were left disconsolate as they digested a third defeat in a major final following losses to Germany in the 2014 World Cup and Chile in last year’s Copa.The defeat also ensured Argentina’s 23-year wait for a major title — and a first for five-time world player of the year Messi — continued.The final had gone to penalties after finishing deadlocked at 0-0 after 120 minutes.Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the first half as Brazilian referee Heber Lopes struggled to get a grip on an ill-tempered contest played in front of a crowd of 82,026.The first yellow card of the match came in the 16th minute when Marcelo Diaz brought down Messi with a cynical hack across the thighs as the Barcelona star advanced on the Chilean goal.Argentina should have taken the lead on 21 minutes when a defensive blunder from Gary Medel, miscontrolling a back pass, allowed Gonzalo Higuain to go clean through on goal.Chile let-offHiguain had time and space but opted to lift his shot over the advancing Bravo and it rolled wide of the post in a huge let-off for Chile.It was a nightmarish case of deja vu for Higuain, who missed potentially match winning chances in both the 2014 World Cup final and last year’s Copa America.Seven minutes later Chile were left rocking when Messi burst forward only to be bodychecked blatantly by Diaz.For a moment it appeared that referee Lopes had forgotten Diaz’s earlier caution but eventually he brandished a red card and Chile were down to 10.It ought to have been a warning to both sides but the spiteful tone continued for the remainder of the half, with Javier Mascherano and Arturo Vidal next into the book in the 37th minute. SHARE Messi will still be the face of Tata Motors football Published on June 27, 2016 Lionel Messi retires from international football as Chile retain Copa × SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

  • MS Dhoni-led Pune favourites to win IPL 2016, says Sunil Gavaskar

    first_imgFormer skipper Sunil Gavaskar suggested that new IPL team Rajkot should have an Indian captain, saying it makes sense to have somebody at the helm who knows the local players well.Mobile company Intex grabbed the Rajkot franchise and picked Suresh Raina, local hero Ravindra Jadeja, Kiwi superstar Brendon McCullum and Australian all-rounder James Faulkner.”In IPL it makes sense that team has an Indian captain. he knows local players, knows the weaknesses and strengths of local players. And you need an Indian coach if you make Brendon McCullum the captain,” the legendary opener said.Gavaskar also said, people of Gujarat will receive the Rajkot team with “great enthusiasm”.Pune favourites However, Gavaskar felt the Pune franchise would be favourite since they have Indian one-day skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in its ranks.”Any team that has MS will start as favourite. The kind of cricket he plays, he can turn the match on its head. Then Pune has Ashwin, who is in incredible form and Faf du Plessis. Balance in any team is crucial. Pune I think is a little stronger than Rajkot,” Gavaskar said.”It’s triple delight. He (Dhoni) is a player, captain and a brand. Any new franchise needs someone like MSD. He is the biggest brand in Indian sports. He brings that leadership quality on the table. Pune has done the right thing by picking him,” he said.last_img read more

  • Samsung challenges Fitbit with $180 fitness tracker with GPS

    first_imgJust in time for summer, Samsung is unveiling a new fitness tracker that aims to undercut gadgets from market leader Fitbit.Beyond offering all-day step counting and automatic sleep tracking, the $180 Gear Fit2 comes with GPS sensors for more accurate measuring of distance and pacing for runners and cyclists.GPS is typically limited to higher-end devices, such as the Fitbit Surge and the Microsoft Band 2, both of which go for $250. The Fit2 is also cheaper than the new $200 Fitbit Blaze, which doesn’t have GPS.The main drawback: The Fit2 won’t sync with iPhones, as Fitbits do. An Android phone – not necessary Samsung’s – is required for syncing music and workout data.While Samsung is the world’s fifth-largest maker of wearable devices, according to technology market research firm IDC, most of those are Gear smartwatches, where fitness is an afterthought.By contrast, fitness is front and center with the Fit2. Yet it will also have some smartwatch capabilities, including the ability to reply to messages from the device. Rival trackers at most tend to show you messages; replies are typically limited to smartwatches such as Apple Watch and Samsung’s Gear S2.Also read: Samsung Gear S2 review: Reinventing the wheel Advance orders on the Fit2 will begin Friday in the U.S., with shipments a week later.Later this year, Samsung will release its $200 Gear IconX earbuds that, in addition to playing music, will track exercise and heart rate. They’re designed as a stand-alone tracker, rather than a companion to the Fit2.advertisementUnder Armour’s upcoming heart-rate-tracking headphones are expected to cost $250. Samsung’s IconX goes further with built-in sensors to measure distance and pacing, though with less accuracy than GPS devices. There’s no screen, so you get audio readouts every mile or whatever interval you set.With Thursday’s announcements, Samsung is trying to tap growing interest in health and fitness as sales of smartphones slow down.In the first three months of this year, Fitbit shipped 4.8 million devices, or 25 per cent more than a year earlier. That accounts about a quarter of all wearable devices worldwide. Samsung, by contrast, shipped about 700,000, an increase of less than 5 per cent, according to IDC. Samsung’s devices require an Android phone, while Fitbits work with iPhones and Windows phones as well.Also read: Wearables device global shipments to jump 38 per cent in 2016Samsung is taking a cue from Fitbit in creating leaderboards and challenges for family and friends to motivate each other. This has been one of Fitbit’s strongest areas, and Fitbit has an advantage as the market leader: Someone you’re trying to challenge – or taunt – will more likely have a Fitbit than another device.Samsung’s version works through its S Health phone app, meaning Android phone users will be able to participate without a dedicated tracker. But it could be tougher to motivate someone who hasn’t made a commitment to fitness by buying a tracker.Both the Fit2 and the IconX will let you leave your phone at home. You can download hundreds of songs for phone-free workouts, but you can’t tap Spotify and other online services without the phone. The phone needs to run at least KitKat, the 2013 version of Android. For the IconX, music syncing might not work with non-Samsung phones. A PC would be needed in such cases.These devices represent Samsung’s second effort at fitness tracking, not counting all its smartwatches with fitness capabilities. The original Gear Fit in 2014 had a beautiful, curved screen, but lacked many power features. The Fit2 addresses that with GPS and a wider, customizable screen to fit in more data on your workout. But like most trackers, the Fit2 lacks many stopwatch controls found on sports-specific devices such as Garmin Forerunners for running.Also read: Wearables will generate over $28 billion in 2016: Gartnerlast_img read more

  • Neymar tells Barcelona teammates he’s moving to Paris Saint Germain, claims radio

    first_imgNeymar Jr is leaving FC Barcelona, the Catalan club confirmed on Wednesday, as a radio report said the Brazilian striker – whose buy-out transfer value is 222 million euros ($263 million) – was moving to French team Paris Saint-Germain.He arrived at Barcelona’s training ground on Wednesday to tell team mates he was moving to Paris, Catalan radio RAC1 reported. The Brazilian striker left the training area minutes later, it said.Neymar signed a new Barcelona contract to 2021 in October in which his buy-out clause was raised to more than double the biggest transfer fee in soccer history.His move to PSG has been heavily flagged in European media but has yet to be completed.In an interview published on Wednesday, the president of the national football league, Javier Tebas said the league would not accept payment by PSG to trigger the release clause.It would potentially in breach of Uefa Financial Fair Play rules, he told Spanish sports newspaper AS.But Sky Sports News reported a Uefa source as saying that La Liga did not have the power to block the transfer, which was a matter for the clubs.Uefa did not immediately reply to a Reuters inquiry on the matter.Under the fair play rules – which Andrea Traverso, Uefa’s FFP project leader, was last week quoted by Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport as saying PSG were currently following – a club’s wage bill must not exceed 70 per cent of its revenue.550,000 EUROS A WEEK??Barcelona tweeted shortly after the radio report that Neymar did not train on Wednesday with the permission of the coach.advertisementIn another twitter posting restricted to the sports press, the club said he was leaving but gave no further details. That tweet was confirmed to Reuters by a spokeswomen.Media sources across Europe reported that Neymar will now head to Paris to continue negotiations on a potential six-year deal worth more than 550,000 euros a week. The 25-year-old only arrived back in Spain on Tuesday after trips to China and the Middle East.Neymar has been active on social media, sharing an excerpt from the New Testament (Philippians 4:11) on Instagram which said “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content …whether living in plenty or in want.”A PSG spokesman declined to comment.Neymar signed for Barcelona from Brazilian side Santos for 57.1 million euros, although it was later revealed the cost was closer to 100 million euros.last_img read more

  • 8 Ways for Marketers to Prove Their Value Within Their Own Organization

    first_img6) Track marketing’s influence on revenue.Marketing isn’t just about driving new leads; it’s about enabling sales to improve conversions through the sales and marketing funnel. Track all the campaigns a given customer is impacted by before ultimately buying. Be VisibleAs the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” Being visible goes hand in hand with communicating regularly, as both show that you are present, working hard, and driving results. Focus especially on being visible among your sales team — the group that historically has the most “beef” with marketing — and work with them closely by sending updates on the marketing activities that impact them most.3) Send weekly updates on active marketing campaigns.Sending updates on active marketing campaigns not only helps you stay visible, but also helps prepare your sales team to follow up with the inbound leads you’re generating. At HubSpot, we send a weekly “This Week in Marketing” email to our sales team on all the marketing campaigns they’ll likely hear about from leads over the phone, or through notes in Salesforce. This email includes a short description of the campaign, links to the landing pages and content offers themselves, and suggested sound bytes for following up with leads engaged in the campaign. Originally published Oct 1, 2012 4:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 If you follow these steps to communicate regularly, be visible, and “show them the money,” you’ll be well on your way to showing the key role marketing plays in growing your business.Market YourselfAll of the above apply to the marketing of your personal contributions, as well. For example, measure the number of leads your efforts generated, the number of page views your blog articles attracted, the number of sales calls you assisted. In addition to that, build up your own credibility in the eyes of your boss — whether that’s the CEO or CMO — as well as the rest of the company.7) Build up your marketing presence.As a marketer using inbound marketing strategies, you should be able to show that you know a thing or two about those strategies. That means building up your own marketing presence by having a blog and active social media accounts. There are quite a few marketers we snapped up to work at HubSpot specifically because we noticed what they were doing online, either with their blogs or large social media followings. 8) Invest in your role as a thought leader in your industry.Not only do you need to build up your presence in the marketingsphere, but also in your specific industry. This means getting your name on blog posts and ebooks, and speaking on webinars and at events. This will help you personally get known for your expertise in the industry, and will increase the demand to have you at events, on sales calls, and generally associated with the company. When people start asking for you, you better believe your entire organization will see value in your presence as a marketer.How else do you recommend marketers sell their value to their organization?Image credit: apdk You should also have your sales team note which resources — like sales collateral, or having a marketer on a call — they utilized in closing each deal. 4) Co-run weekly SMarketing meetings with your sales counterparts.SMarketing is a term our VP of Sales coined to describe the alignment between sales and marketing. It’s also something all sales and marketing organizations should live and breathe every day. That means seating marketers right next to sales reps in your office, constant communication between marketing and sales directors, and co-presented meetings with sales and marketing managers. Start holding weekly SMarketing meetings run by the sales and marketing managers to help both departments stay visible with employees, and demonstrate the partnership and aligned messaging between the two teams.Show Them the MoneyParticularly when working with your sales and executive teams, it’s all about driving the bottom line: revenue. Speaking in terms of website visits or impressions is abstract and requires someone to trust that those visits and impressions will turn into something of real value … like, well, revenue. So instead of talking like a marketer, translate that marketing-speak into the language of bottom line results to demonstrate why your efforts contribute to revenue generated.5) Show marketing results in terms of concrete numbers.Where possible, communicate marketing’s impact in terms of real numbers — new leads, marketing qualified leads, customers, and revenue. This makes marketing’s impact much more tangible and relevant to your sales and executive teams. Remember, this is much easier to do if you have closed-loop marketing software that paints a picture of a lead’s lifecycle from moment of capture to close of sale. At INBOUND 2012 last month, HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan shared the results of a study on the lovability of different professions. Where do you think marketers landed on that lovability scale? If you weren’t there, the results revealed that people find marketers less lovable than stockbrokers and lawyers. Did we beat anybody out? Yeah. We’re more lovable than lobbyists and used car salesmen. That’s not exactly a victory worth bragging about.Why is this the case? Well, while there’s obviously the component of marketers creating salesey, pushy, generally cringe-inducing marketing, there’s something else at play. I think some of the reason marketing comes across as such an unlovable profession is because, ironically, we have a major PR problem in the marketing industry. We marketers focus our energy on marketing our businesses so that they can grow and succeed, but internally, we’re neglecting our careers and our team members by not marketing ourselves within our own organizations.So it’s high time someone talked about the problem, and how to address it. This post is going to discuss how marketers can become more lovable in the eyes of our own organizations by properly positioning our work and demonstrating the impact it has on our respective businesses. Here’s how you can market your marketing team — and by extension, yourself — within your own organization!Communicate RegularlyOne of our strengths as marketers is communication. Let’s leverage that to communicate our department’s results! You should be doing this on at least a monthly basis, though more frequent communication can help keep your organization agile. Share what your team has worked on, what the results were, and how you plan to improve with your upcoming projects. Here’s how.1) Create a monthly marketing report, and share it with everyone.Every month, the HubSpot marketing team puts together a 100+ slide deck on the previous month’s results. That deck includes high-level metrics on visits, leads, and customers, as well as an evaluation of each marketing channel (blog, email, social, etc.). Every marketer should get in the habit of evaluating and reporting on their own efforts, and sharing those findings with their company. You’ll want to cover a few areas when evaluating these metrics, too:Celebrate the wins – “We hit a new record of leads generated this month!”Admit the shortcomings – “Lead quality dropped this month due to the dramatic increase in volume.”Address how you’ll overcome the shortcomings in the future – “Next month, we’re scaling back the promotion of Campaign XYZ in favor of Campaign ABC, which should drive higher quality conversions.2) Send an internal email newsletter to share highlights from the monthly marketing report.Publishing a report that anyone can read is not the whole story — after all, can you imagine how many non-marketer HubSpotters will actually page through 100+ slides of marketing analytics? Yeah, not a lot. Those 100 slides are more for our CMO, a few interested executives, and some other go-getters.So, how do you share the takeaways with the whole company to show marketing’s impact on your organization? To do that, pull together just the highlights — decidedly not 100+ slides — and share those more aggressively. A great way to share this information is through a monthly internal email newsletter. This will ensure your message gets across to a larger portion of the company. Topics: Marketing and Sales Alignment 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

  • 15 Insider Tips for Creating a Content Creation Machine [SlideShare]

    first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Content Marketing Strategy Originally published Apr 1, 2013 2:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Topics:center_img 1) Compile List PostsA tried and true content method, top lists are a mix between original content and aggregation. You aggregate the ideas, and write short blurbs about each (kind of like these 15 tips!). This is excellent content for a new writer, because each blurb in the list can be somewhat brief (just link to other resources for more in-depth information), and the post provides a built-in structure to work with. For more tips about creating lists posts, check out this blog post about the top 10 qualities of high-quality content. (See what we did there?)2) Teach Readers How to Do SomethingIf you know how to do something your readers would appreciate knowing how to do, it should be pretty easy to transfer your knowledge to paper … or your computer screen. Remember — blogs are conversational by nature. Just write it out like you’d speak it if you were telling a lead, customer, or colleague. In fact, we can teach you exactly how to write stellar how-to posts in this … how-to post! How meta.3) Answer FAQsThink of the questions leads and customers ask you every day, and turn those into pieces of content in which you answer those FAQs. Sit down with your salespeople or customer service reps who are talking to your prospects and customers all the time, and create a list of potential topics from those common questions and concerns. If you spoke at an event or were involved in a Twitter chat and heard some interesting questions, gather them and answer them in a new post. 4) Curate Remarkable ContentRecognizing remarkable content from others is a core link- and relationship-building strategy. It also just happens to require little original writing, and more aggregation — perfect for those just getting started with content creation. We often do this when we spot remarkable infographics, eye-opening marketing statistics, or must-read marketing blogs. There are simply some pieces of industry content that are too good not to share. Get more tips about content curation in5) Forget About LengthThere is no optimal length for a blog post, ebook, and so on. Good content is good content, regardless of how long it is. Instead of asking yourself if a piece of content is long enough, ask yourself whether someone will read it and take away enough information to consider it valuable. Ask yourself if your audience will be left wanting more information or feeling confused, or if the content answers all their questions about that particular topic. At HubSpot, we focus more on making sure our content is comprehensive, not long.6) Take Advantage of Data-Based ContentWhether you have your own original data or you stumble across interesting industry data in your reading, compile original data into a data-based report, or take one or many external data points and compile them into an article. Furthermore, using supporting data can spice up a piece of content, and data in general is very shareable. It also tends to say a lot in few words. If you only come across a few interesting stats, share them and provide your opinion on them.7) Excerpt ContentWhen you publish a gated piece of content (typically lead generation content like an ebook that is behind a form on a landing page), a quick source of content is an excerpt of that piece. The excerpt can also serve to promote the gated content, giving readers an idea of what they’ll get if they download the full version. This is similar to the preview of a few pages of a book you can view on barnesandnoble.com or Amazon, and it makes for quick and easy blog content.8) NewsjackBy its very nature, the process of newsjacking needs to be executed quickly in order to be effective. So when a piece of news that impacts your industry — or for which you could find a relevant spin for your audience — hits the press, hop on it like white on rice. To learn how to be a successful newsjacker, check out our complete guide to newsjacking here.9) Produce Evergreen ContentEvergreen content is content that stands the test of time. For example, you may have published that blog post months and months ago, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still relevant or discoverable through channels like search engines and social media. Create content that is timeless — content that even if someone read ten months from now would still be relevant and valuable. For example, if you create an evergreen ebook, that’s a piece of content you can promote time and time again and continue to generate results from it. 10) Use an Editorial CalendarAn editorial calendar — both for your blog and other content — can help you stay organized, manage multiple contributors, monitor your keyword use and topic balance, and manage your blog’s timing and deadlines. They also allow you to spot any holes in your content variety. Are you discussing the same topic too much? Or are you balancing an introduction of new ideas with historically successful ones? Do you have enough content to generate the leads you need to fuel your sales team? Get started with our free blog editorial calendar template.11) Turn Presentations Into SlideSharesWhen you put together a stellar educational presentation, whether for an internal training session, a conference speaking gig, or a webinar, try spiffying it up and turning it into a SlideShare presentation. This gives you an entirely new piece of content to promote or embed in a new blog post.12) Update Historical ContentIf you have content that has performed well in the past but has since gotten out of date, why not update and re-launch it? This can help you continue to reap SEO benefits from your high-trafficked content that has gotten stale. And since this content is written already, making updates to it by swapping in the latest information should be an easy way to publish new content. Learn more in this post about how to revitalize evergreen content for a lead gen boost.13) Create Video ContentIf you’re suffering from writer’s block, a video could be the way to go. Videos are excellent alternatives to how-to posts in which you talk through a concept like you would to anyone in-person — no bells and whistles required. You might also schedule an interview, another helpful video format that doesn’t require a lot of investment. Or maybe you just create a fun video that shows off your company culture.14) Invite Guest BloggersNot all your content has to be written by you. Guest bloggers can offer a fresh perspective, so be open to inviting other industry experts to write content for your blog, and build a relationship with them for future co-marketing opportunities. You can reward the favor with inbound links — which every marketer loves.15) Keep a Backlog of IdeasBrainstorm all your best ideas and store them in a backlog that you can refer to when you’re feeling stumped. Book 30 minutes with your team to shout out their best ideas, and develop the brainstorm with the ideas people share. You can keep those all stored for future content pieces — perhaps within a tab on your editorial calendar!To learn more about creating your own content creation machine, check out our new ebook and join us on HubSpot’s Facebook Page, where our various content experts will be available to answer all your questions about content from 1-2 p.m. ET Tuesday through Friday of this week.What additional tips do you have for creating a content machine?Image Credit: kennymatic I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me, “How the heck does HubSpot crank out such a high volume of content?!” Well, content lovers, today I’d like to share some of our content tips and secrets with you, so you too can create a well-oiled content machine.First things first: To “do” inbound marketing, you also need to “do” content. Be careful here. Content is not your entire inbound marketing strategy. Yes, content is a vital, irrefutable part — but so is social media, SEO, email marketing, lead nurturing, and so on.So to help make all your marketing content dreams come true, we’ll be sharing content tips all week long. In fact, the first 500 people to download our latest offer, How HubSpot Does Inbound: Creating a Content Machine, will be entered for a chance to win a free, one-hour blog consultation with one of our blogging experts, Corey Eridon. Grab the ebook now for your chance!Now, without further ado, check out our 15 top tips for turning your marketing team into a high-quality content machine.15 Tips for Making Content Creation Faster, Easier, and More Effective How HubSpot Does Inbound: Creating a Content Machine from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing Softwarelast_img read more

  • How a 24-Hour Marketing Push Could Transform Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising Strategy

    first_img Originally published Mar 22, 2013 4:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Nonprofit Fundraising Newsjacking may sound like a dirty word, but in these cases, it’s definitely being done for good. Being that today is World Water Day, we found it very relevant to highlight some nonprofits and companies that are trying something different to raise a ton of money, via one dedicated day of fundraising.These organizations are “newsjacking” one particular day in the calendar year to help catapult their cause to the forefront of their audiences to make a massive impact … in just 24 hours. Whether it’s leveraging a national holiday or dedicated day of awareness, or creating your own day to help support your cause, these organizations are finding ways to condense a whole lot of fundraising and awareness “oomph” into just one day. Whether you’re a nonprofit organization or not, maybe these campaigns will inspire you to do something similar in your marketing!charity: water’s World Water Day (Today!)charity: water launched their annual 2013 World Water Day campaign today, asking individuals of all ages to pledge their birthday to support ending the world water crisis. Quite the call-to-action, right? They leverage World Water Day to encourage individuals to pledge their birthday and fundraise on mycharitywater.org. While this is a year-long campaign, driving a large marketing campaign on World Water Day brings all the focus to charity: water for one entire day. The goal is to funnel a ton of energy into one short period of time, and see the amplification effects bring in more pledges through a very specific, clear call-to-action.Last year, they had 5,400 birthday pledges made on the actual day, and by the following week, they had over 12,000 pledges. This year they hope to get to over 15,000 pledges and have revamped their birthday page to highlight all the individuals who have pledged this year so far on their website, including some well-known celebrities:Pledge your birthday for World Water Day today.”The Great Minnesota Give Together” From Razoo GivingRazoo, an online fundraising platform, has designated November 16th as “Give to the Max” day. That’s right, they created their own day to help non-profit organizations raise more money.This day is focused on fundraising for a group of nonprofits in one specific state in the US. In 2012, November 16th was “The Great Minnesota Give Together,” which involved 3,972 nonprofits and over 47,000 donors. In one day, using Razoo’s fundraising platform, this large group of nonprofits raised over $13M.The local focus really drove interaction between individuals and the nonprofits. They offered donation matching, large donation prizes for chosen nonprofits and even a “golden ticket,” where they randomly choose a donor every hour during the day and added $1,000 added to their donation.The moral of the story here is that your own organization doesn’t have to work in a silo, and you don’t have to blanket the nation for this one-day approach to work. Consider a more localized approach, and partnering with another organization or donation enablement platform to help get your message out.Half the Sky’s “Game for Change” on International Women’s DayFour days before International Women’s Day on March 8th, Half the Sky, a women’s empowerment organization, launched a Facebook “Game for Change” that raises awareness and funds to empower women and girls across the country. Their sponsors donated $500,000 that was available to be unlocked by gamers completing specific quests within the game. The game also had the option for individuals to make personal donations to any of the game’s nonprofit partners.Half the Sky used gamification to educate, inspire, and raise money for their cause. And social media is a great place for this kind of activity to take place if you want to really amplify the effects of consolidating your fundraising into one day — Facebook supports gamification through app development, and the more personal nature of the network jives with the emotional connection to a cause that nonprofits need to foster. Nothing like EdgeRank to help you amplify, am I right?Groupon & Crowdrise’s Earth Day PartnershipGroupon partnered with Crowdrise, an online fundraising platform for 2012’s Earth Day on April 22nd, to offer green deals, as well as run an earth day online fundraising challenge. 70 teams fundraised on Crowdrise for various nonprofits to raise over $335,000 dollars in one day.Alongside the team challenge, Groupon launched 50 grassroots campaigns across the country. Supporters were able to rally together and impact their local communities in ways they couldn’t do alone. Groupon provided each campaign with a $1,000 grant to jump start their fundraising, totaling a $50,000 grant to support local organizations. The Charleston Waterkeeper in Charleston, South Carolina, for example, ran a campaign to have 40 people donate $10 so they could test 16 samples of local water for bacterial contamination. They had over 100 people donate $10 on the day of.Yet again, we see the power of localization, a condensed time frame, and partnering up to help a good cause; and it’s all under one theme — making the Earth a healthier planet on Earth Day.World AIDS Day Campaign From ONEBono’s organization ONE leveraged World AIDS Day on December 1st, 2012 to launch their “It Starts with Me” YouTube campaign. They had several individuals and celebrities record videos to encourage others to sign a petition to support the fight against AIDS. This campaign inspired hundreds of individuals to record and upload their own videos to encourage support for ONE, bringing their YouTube views to over 8 million.Allowing your supporter’s stories to become your stories can create an booming network of advocates that are all personally connected and making your cause’s story even stronger.Amplify Austin’s Local Fundraising FestivalAmplify Austin was a 24-hour festival across the city of Austin, Texas on March 4th, 2013. Hundreds of local businesses promoted kick-off parties, concerts, and donation stations at bars, clubs, stores, and coffees shops across the city. Through the one-day event, over $2.7M was raised for hundreds of nonprofits. There was also a central concert stage that kicked off the event to bring everyone together, and featured several local bands.The idea to rally a city around raising money for local organizations is something that can happen anywhere, and really impact your community immediately. It’s also a great way to leverage and show local support of philanthropy, as well as your small business community. This was a give-give, win-win for the city of Austin Texas, and shows that the in-person event still has a place in your marketing and fundraising activities — especially when you’re trying to condense it all into a one-day time span.Giving Tuesday From the 92nd Street YGiving Tuesday, which takes place on November 27th, has been deemed by the 92nd street Y as the unofficial day of giving. This annual day of giving, which started in 2012, leverages the hype around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, where people are more inclined to shop for the holiday season. Giving Tuesday asks these people to support an organization by making a donation.This campaign was very much driven by social media, especially with the #GivingTuesday hashtag, and was driven by both nonprofits and businesses across the globe. Over 1,500 partners pushed out the message to give on Giving Tuesday to their networks, and 2,500 nonprofits ran special fundraising campaigns. Skype, for instance, launched skypeforpeace.org to ask for donations to support the organization Peace One Day and help educate children around the world about world peace.Blackbaud reported that $10 million dollars was raised on Giving Tuesday 2012, and they saw a 53% increase in year-over-year donations made online on November 27th. Giving Tuesday was a great example of how to leverage social media, partners, and digital tactics to fundraise and bring awareness to a large number of causes, as well as encourage new individuals to give that might not have a personal connection with your organization otherwise. Everyone was inspired to give back and do good, not just go shopping.What other organizations do a great job at “newsjacking” a day of the year to amplify awareness of their cause and drive donations?Image credit: Derek Bridgeslast_img read more

  • INBOUND Keynoters Nate Silver and Scott Harrison Named ‘Most Creative People in Business’

    first_img Conferences He became famous by creating a blog; his work is data-driven and based on statistical analysis; and he has disrupted the world of politics by applying science and information to a field where pundits and practitioners traditionally relied on an inefficient and outdated mix of voodoo, superstition, and intuition.Is it any wonder that everyone at HubSpot loves Nate Silver, and why we’re psyched that he’s doing a keynote speech at our INBOUND conference in August? Apparently we’re not alone in our Nate Silver fandom, as Fast Company just placed this 35-year-old “freelance data scientist” at the top of its 2013 “100 Most Creative People in Business” list.Also on the Fast Company list, at #10, is another INBOUND keynoter — Scott Harrison, the founder of charity: water. Indeed, the list is filled with people that we’d consider “inboundy,” from Jackie Wilgar, the EVP of marketing at Live Nation, to Aneel Bhusri, the co-founder and co-CEO of software maker Workday, to Ruzwana Bashir, the co-founder and CEO of Peek, a site that is rethinking travel.Why We’re Excited About This ListTo us this reflects a growing awareness of the huge tectonic shift that’s taking place in how people work, shop, and learn, and in how companies do business. It’s a signal that the old way of reaching customers (via guesswork and wishful thinking) is being displaced by data-driven analysis, and that we’re entering an age where companies start by listening to customers, and finding ways to connect with them emotionally.Harrison’s organization — charity: water — is a non-profit whose goal is to bring clean drinking water to people in developing countries. It’s a cause we believe in, and an organization we admire for its “inbound” philosophy — spending zero dollars on traditional marketing, building awareness by creating great content and using social media, and being extremely transparent and metrics-driven. For what it’s worth, charity: water uses HubSpot software. So we’re doubly thrilled to see Scott Harrison and his organization getting this recognition.”Scott is such an inspiration, not just because of what he is accomplishing but because of his quasi-magical ability to make being in his sphere incredibly fun and rewarding. People get excited about charity: water because they deliver such a consistently awesome experience, whether it’s with their core mission, or their website, events, storytelling, and trips to see the projects get built,” said HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan, a long-time charity: water fan.Harrison’s response to the recognition was typically modest: “I’m honored and humbled to be in such great company,” he responded when we reached out to congratulate him on making the Fast Company list. Nate Silver, King of the NerdsSilver, the top pick, also personifies the power of inbound thinking. He began his rise to fame by creating content that drew people to him. He started out by playing around in his spare time using statistics to spot promising minor league baseball players. He later moved into politics, launching his FiveThirtyEight.com blog to predict the outcome of presidential elections.In 2008 Silver correctly called 49 out of 50 states. In 2012 he got all 50 correct, plus had the satisfaction of ticking off big-name political pundits like “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough. Before the election Scarborough called Silver “a joke” for predicting an Obama win, and made a public bet with Silver on the outcome. When the dust settled, Scarborough paid up and offered an apology. Silver took a “cool nerd” victory lap, doing all the morning shows, where he was hailed as a kind of quant superhero.But Silver’s triumph was about more than just one nerd winning a bet. It was an indication of a bigger tectonic shift, a signal that the old ways of doing business (via guesswork and wishful thinking) was over, displaced by data-driven analysis.Fast Company’s Jon Gertner says Silver’s story proves that “a skinny supernerd with a big data set and a killer algorithm can be a swashbuckler, too,” and shows that “we have arrived at a moment when data and creativity are bound together in the same vocation.”You will get no argument from us at HubSpot, and it’s exactly why we’re excited to see folks like this getting serious recognition from other companies and publications. We believe the same mix of data and creativity makes for marketing that people can actually love. Gertner paints Silver against the wider backdrop of an approach to business that we call “inbound” and that we see sweeping across industries, led by Amazon, Google, and others.“By vacuuming up the exhaust from web users,” Gertner writes, “such companies have made extraordinary gains in efficiency, trend-spotting, sales, and … research that sometimes translates into societal rather than corporate advantages.”Does all of this start to feel like a movement? It does to me. And while I have no idea what Silver and Harrison will talk about at the INBOUND conference, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be creative, and amazing.Let’s celebrate creative, inbound-minded people out there. Who would you nominate to the list of the most creative inbound thinkers? Originally published May 16, 2013 5:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Topics: 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

  • India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal hits Test double hundred in only his 8th innings

    first_imgMayank Agarwal hit his maiden double hundred in Test cricket as India continued to dominate South Africa in the first Test of the 3-match series in Vizag on Thursday. Agarwal made his debut in Australia last year and made an immediate impact Down Under.After a solitary half-century on the tour of West Indies, Mayank Agarwal walked in to open with Rohit Sharma and the pair became only the third in Indian cricket history to add 300 for the opening wicket of a Test innings.After Rohit Sharma fell for 176, Mayank Agarwal stayed strong and became the 23rd Indian to score a double century in Test cricket.Mayank Agarwal had played his first Test in Australia at the MCG and began his career with a gutsy 76 and a fluent 42 as India won by 137 runs.Agarwal followed those scores up with another fine 77 in the next in Sydney before scores of 5, 16, 55 and 4 in the 2-Test series against the West Indies.Playing his first Test in India, Mayank Agarwal gave a good account of himself. He first added a record 317 for the opening wicket with Rohit Sharma before he saw Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli depart for scores of 6 and 17 respectively.Only 2 other Indians in the current Test set-up have scored double hundreds: Pujara and Kohli. Mayank Agarwal joined the list in only his 8th innings in Test cricket.In fact, after Virat Kohli’s twin double centuries against Sri Lanka in 2017, Mayank Agaral became the first Indian batsman to achieve the feat.Mayank Agarwal’s opening partner Rohit Sharma missed out on the landmark after getting out 24 short of his maiden double hundred but Agarwal carried on and made sure he added to the woes of the South Africa bowlers.advertisementOn Day 1, Mayank Agarwal was made to work hard in the first hour when South Africa new-ball bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander were making use of the slightly overcast conditions. He survived a scare when a thick edge off his blade flew through the vacant region in the slip cordon but looked completely assured and in control thereafter to set the base for a masterclass.Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal break Gautam Gambhir-Virender Sehwag opening record vs South AfricaAlso Read | India vs South Africa: Mayank Agarwal hits maiden Test hundredAlso see:last_img read more

  • Fans question Faf du Plessis’s mentality after his comments on Team India

    first_imgSouth Africa skipper Faf du Plessis suggested doing away with the toss in Test cricket as it would help teams compete better when they travel away from home. Faf du Plessis was speaking after his team suffered a 3-0 loss to India where the second and third Test matches followed almost an exact blueprint for the home side India.”Every Test match, they bat first, they score 500, they declare when it’s dark, they get three wickets when it’s dark and when day three starts, you’re under pressure,” du Plessis was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.”It was like copy and paste in every Test match.” In the recently-concluded three-match Test series, the Proteas lost all the three tosses and a hapless du Plessis even sent “proxy captain” Temba Bavuma for the toss in the third rubber.Although the move did not work, it showed his desperation to call right after losing their 10th successive toss in Asia.South Africa did start the series on a promising note when centuries from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock helped them score 431 in the first innings of the Vizag Test but lost all the three games by big margins. Doing away with the toss was one of the topics raised during an ICC conclave attended by domestic captains and coaches earlier this year.Cricket fans across Twitter were quick to pounce on Faf du Plessis for his comment on Indian team batting first, and some fans even went on to claim that the South Africa skipper couldn’t do anything except making lame excuses after the drubbing at the hands of Team India.advertisementAnd if you thought Faf du Plessis was done with giving horrible excuses, you’re wrong. This guy won’t stop. Lmao. Ridiculous #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/e0qkKGJMGcSaurabh (@Boomrah_) October 26, 2019Want to take a dig at Faf du Plessis but the CSK fan in me holding me backK Vijayendra (@k_vijayendra8) October 26, 2019lmao, the cry baby’s audacity. Copy and paste in every match – https://t.co/mYiqf9vmGAaditi (@KohliXCapSteve_) October 26, 2019Look, if the captain of the side has this mentality, the team can never bounce back. NEVER.You saw that in the World Cup. You saw the same in the Test series in India.Faf needed to do what Kohli did to India in SA after 2 Tests, not what he did here. https://t.co/5XrCI8qqliTUSHAR (@mainlycricket) October 26, 2019last_img read more

  • Samsung shows concept design of its next foldable phone: This is how it looks

    first_imgLast week some media reports suggested that Samsung is working on more foldable smartphones for next year and the years to come. It appears that the reports were true and the company is indeed working on more foldable phones. At Samsung’s Developers Conference on Monday, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer showed off a new foldable smartphone concept to the public. The foldable concept looks a lot like a Clamshell, unlike the Galaxy Fold. Notably, this is just a concept but we believe it is safe to say that Samsung’s next foldable smartphone can sport this design.Samsung is one of the first smartphone manufacturers to launch a foldable smartphone this year. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer launched the foldable smartphone aka the Galaxy Fold at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona earlier this year. For Galaxy Fold Samsung received a lot of criticism from reviewers around the world. The criticisms were due to the screen breaking issue. Samsung acknowledged the problem and is now out with a fix. Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Fold in some countries including India. Galaxy Fold is launched in India with a price of Rs 1,64,999.The Galaxy Fold folds like a tablet while the new foldable concept folds into a much smaller form factor. In other words, the foldable concept device from Samsung folds mostly like a flip phone. At the Developer’s conference, Samsung also released a video of the new foldable concept that shows the device from all angles. As this is a concept device the final design of the next Samsung foldable phone may see some changes here and there.Besides the design, Samsung also shows off the way users can play videos on the new foldable concept phone. The video shows that when folded the top screen of the foldable concept phone can play the video while the bottom screen will turn into a keyboard. The company hasn’t revealed any further details about the next foldable phone. The name of the phone is also unknown.The Samsung Galaxy Fold was first launched at Mobile World Congress 2019. It is likely that Samsung may follow the same tradition and announce its next foldable phone with Clamshell like design at next MWC in 2020. MWC mostly happens in February every year in Barcelona. Samsung is yet to reveal launch details about its upcoming foldable phone. Besides the new foldable phone Samsung is likely working on a cheaper version of the Galaxy Fold, some reports suggest. Alongside Samsung some other companies like Xiaomi, Huawei, Motorola and others are working on a foldable smartphone.ALSO READ | WhatsApp rolls out new update: Everything you need to knowlast_img read more

  • Conte’s Chelsea future in doubt

    first_imgAntonio Conte Conte’s Chelsea future in renewed doubt with transfers still a bone of contention Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 18:01 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Antonio Conte Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea Napoli Juventus PSG Premier League The Blues may be doubting the commitment of their head coach as he fails to toe the line on the club’s transfer policy after the Carabao Cup defeat Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea is in renewed doubt following his fresh complaints over squad size and the club’s transfer business.Following Chelsea’ Carabao Cup semi-final exit at Arsenal on Wednesday, Conte again bemoaned the lack of options at his disposal to echo his complaints from the summer.Conte’s gripes during the previous transfer window strained the relationship between the Italian and the board, only for those issues to be put to one side once the season kicked off.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, with the 2017-18 season increasingly looking like it will not be one to remember after last year’s impressive Premier League title win, the cracks are beginning to reappear.The Chelsea boss has already conceded that his team won’t retain the Premier League title, while the Champions League looks like a big ask with Barcelona coming up in the round of 16. Though his long-term future may not be decided yet, the divisions over transfers, which caused his departure from Juventus by ‘mutual consent’ in 2014, mean it is in doubt. However, the combined £50m signings of Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri may help ease tensions between the directors and Conte. He tried to put distance between himself and Chelsea’s transfer policy after Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at the Emirates, where he also said he had been suffering from a lack of sleep. “I think there are different situations,” Conte, who gave January signing Ross Barkley his debut as a substitute against Arsenal, said. “Sometimes I can have an impact on the transfer market, sometimes I don’t have an impact on this. My first task is to do my job, and be a coach, and to try to improve my players. For sure, I don’t have a big impact on the transfer market.”Chelsea may not be in a position to replace Conte just yet, but they would be right to consider several names as a contingency plan. Maurizio Sarri is a front-runner for the job after leading Napoli to the top of Serie A and his current contract has an €8m buy-out clause which can be activated up until May. However, Napoli are in negotiations with Sarri over a new deal which will remove that clause and secure his long-term future.Massimiliano Allegri has ambitions to manage outside Italy but Juventus are reluctant to let him go having backed their coach in his row with star defender Leonardo Bonucci last summer. Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been linked, but isn’t expected to get the call, while Leonardo Jardim may also be interested in the position amid rumours in France he could leave Monaco after this season.  Ross Barkley ChelseaKeeping Conte remains Chelsea’s favoured option but the club’s director Marina Granovskaia won’t be dictated to on transfer policy and will be the winner if the 47-year-old takes her on.She has a direct line to the club’s owner Roman Abramovich and has the final say on all transfers, as well as contract renewals. However, it is understood that, despite Conte playing down his role in transfers, he is always asked for a shortlist of players. Conte has been manager at a time when Chelsea have significantly reduced their net spend in successive transfer windows as they raise money to buy players through the sales of other players. Chelsea have become profitable for two of the last four years but have been outspent by Manchester City by some distance for many consecutive transfer windows . In fact, Chelsea last outspent City in the 2012-13 season, while Manchester United are using their incredible commercial revenue to invest in their playing staff. The club’s strategy has seen Chelsea miss out on several high-profile targets for Conte, including Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Danilo, Radja Nainggolan and Kalidou Koulibaly. Goal understands that Conte has the option to return to the Italy national team role, should he leave Chelsea, but that Paris Saint-Germain also have a keen eye on him given Unai Emery’s long-term future is still in doubt after a poor season last year.  Giorgio Chiellini Antonio Conte ItalyBoth Milan clubs have had an interest in Conte in the past year but it is thought that he is cautious about taking those roles. Conte is keen to work in other elite footballing countries and it is understood that he doesn’t require a return to his home country just yet. There are many possible outcomes with regards to Conte’s future, but it is far from certain, and the potential knock-on effect is that incoming signings may be reluctant to sign for a team about to change their manager.last_img read more