Bob Dylan has announced an upcoming run of fall tour dates with his band which will see the iconic singer-songwriter hit 28 cities between mid-October and late November.Related: The Rolling Stones Cover Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” At Denver’s Broncos Stadium At Mile HighThe upcoming fall run will begin on October 11th with a show at UC Irvine – Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA. From there, the tour will continue to make stops on or near college campuses throughout the country with scheduled performances at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA (10/12); Stanford University – Frost Amphitheatre in Palo Alto, CA (10/14); Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City, MO (10/20); Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI (10/26); Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC in Chicago, IL (10/30); Ohio State University’s Mershon Auditorium in Columbus, OH (11/4); Robert Morris University’s UPMC Events Center in Moon Township, PA (11/10); Pennsylvania State University Eisenhower Auditorium in University Park, PA (11/15); and Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI (11/20) to name a few. The fall tour will come to a close with a show at The Met in Philadelphia, PA on November 21st.According to Monday’s announcement, more dates will be added to the tour in the coming weeks.Dylan’s rock and roll legacy recently reentered the pop culture conversation as the Martin Scorsese-directed concert documentary on his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue Tour arrived onto Netflix back in June.Tickets for shows scheduled between October 11th and November 2nd will go on sale this Friday, September 13th. Tickets for shows on the latter half of the tour between November 4th and November 19th begin general on-sale on Friday, September 20th. A limited number of discount tickets for college students will be made available in most markets at the venue box office with proof of a valid university student ID.Head to Dylan’s website for the full listing of tour dates and tickets info.
DOF ASA has been awarded five new platform supply vessel (PSV) contracts. Two of those are inked with Total UK, one with Chevron North Sea, one with CNR International and finally one with BP Egypt. The company signed a 3 year firm contract plus up to 2 years options with Total UK for Skandi Barra. The contract will start in February 2015, as a direct continuation of the existing contract with Total UK.DOF also signed a 3 years firm contract plus up to 2 years options with Total UK for Skandi Buchan. The contract will start in September 2015, as a direct continuation of the existing contract with the same client.Furthermore, DOF inked a 1 year firm contract with Chevron North Sea Limited on behalf of TEAM Marine for the Skandi Sotra. The contract includes 4 x 6 month extension options and will start in December 2014. Team Marine is a marine logistics pooling arrangement among Chevron North Sea Limited, Conocophillips UK Limited, Dana Petroleum (E&P) Limited and Hess Limited.DOF adds that the company signed a 10 months firm contract plus up to 9 months options with CNR International (UK) Limited for Skandi Marstein. The contract will start in December 2014, as a direct continuation of the existing contract with CNR International (UK).Finally, the company penned a firm contract with BP Egypt for Skandi Texel. The contract will start in December 2014 and last until August 2016 plus 1 year option.[mappress mapid=”739″]
If your deodorant doesn’t get you through the day, your DIET might be to blame. Here are six foods that can make you stink . . . 2. Alcohol. Most of it gets metabolized by your liver. But a tiny amount comes out in your sweat. So you end up smelling like a stale beer. 3. Fish can make SOME people smell bad. There’s a metabolic disorder called “fish odor syndrome” where it makes your sweat smell fishy. It’s rare though, and you’d probably know if you had it. 5. Garlic. It has another sulfuric compound called allicin. (Pronounced like the name Alison.) It’s not necessarily a bad smell though. A few studies have found that some people are actually turned on by it. 1. Red meat. It’s hard to digest and leaves residue behind in your digestive tract, which mixes with bacteria and comes out in your sweat. A study in 2006 found women were more attracted to guys who were vegetarians, because their sweat smelled better. 6. Coffee. It might not make you smell worse on its own. But stimulants like caffeine make you sweat more. So you could end up sweating out more of those OTHER odors we just talked about. 4. Broccoli and asparagus because they both have a lot of sulfur. They’re good for you though, so don’t stop eating them. If they make you smell bad, try cooking them in boiling water instead of steaming them. That should eliminate most of the smell.
I have been asked lately about which Ultrabooks support Intel® vPro™ Technology? Below is a list* of some of the latest of the Intel vPro enabled Ultrabooks available today:*Note: This list above is not all of the Intel vPro capable Ultrabooks available, just a few to get you started! Feel free to share your favorite Intel vPro enabled Ultrabook by replying to this post! To see even more, visit Ultrabook™ for Business
Australia moved five ratings points clear of South Africa, which dropped one place to third after the defeat in the series.Four-time World Champion Australia on Sunday returned to the top of the one-Day International Team Rankings, displacing India, after defeating South Africa 4-1 in a five-match series, as per the latest International Cricket Council release.Australia started the series in third position on 114 ratings points but equalled India’s 117 points, claiming the top spot by 0.2 points when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point.Australia moved five ratings points clear of South Africa, which dropped one place to third after the defeat in the series, which concluded in Sydney on Sunday.South Africa moved ahead of Australia last month, following its 2-0 victory over New Zealand. Australia are scheduled to participate in a Jan 16 – Feb 1 triangular series with India and England, starting in Melbourne.With just one ranking point separating them, fourth-placed Sri Lanka hosts fifth-ranked England in a seven match series, starting in Colombo on Wednesday. Bangladesh are currently playing against Zimbabwe in a five-match series.
It’s evident that the evolution of social media has a clear impact on marketing. However, a major issue is that too much misinformation and propaganda exists about social media adoption, usage and its business applications. While we have written at length about social media and inbound marketing on this blog for the past several years, we are also huge fans of data here at HubSpot. This post is a homage to all of the awesome data that exists on the web about social media, though is by no means even close to all of it.Recently, Social Media Examiner released a really interesting research report packed full of social media related data and statistics. That report was the inspiration for this post, so we’ll start off with a video from Social Media Examiner that summarizes its newly released research.VideosIndustry Report Overview from Michael A. Stelzner on Vimeo. JESS3 / The State of The Internet from JESS3 on Vimeo.2. Social Media Revolution 3. Social Media Revolutions 2Infographics1. Visualizing 6 Years of Facebook from Mashable:2. The Boom of Social Sites from Focus.com3. Facebook vs Twitter4. Social Sharing Statistics From Silicon Alley Insider5. Twitter Territory6. Who Participates Online7. Breakdown Of Who Blogs8. Age Distribution For Social Sites9. Social Networks Around The World10. Social Mediain China11. A Day On The Internet12. Social Media DemographicsPresentations1. Universal Mccann International Social Media Research Wave 3Universal Mccann International Social Media Research Wave 3View more presentations from mickstravellin.2. What the F**K is Social Media: One Year LaterWhat the F**K is Social Media: One Year LaterView more presentations from Espresso’s Infiltrators.3. Social Media For Business: 31 Stats and AnecdotesSocial Media For Business: 31 Stats and AnecdotesView more presentations from Adam Schoenfeld.4. Global Social Media Trends – Asia ImpactGlobal Social Media Trends – Asia ImpactView more presentations from Tom Smith.5. Social Media Marketing FactsSocial Media Marketing FactsView more presentations from Sorav Jain. Topics: Social Media Analytics Originally published May 13, 2010 9:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
You know what drives my sales people nuts? When you send over a ton of unqualified leads that you got at a tradeshow or some other promo event you did. Again, we don’t have the time to do this. When we finally uncover a company who can realize significant benefits from our offering, typically they’re not actively making a purchase decision. Instead, they’re trying to determine if it makes good business sense to change. I’ve got some ideas that might make it easier for us both. SNAP. SNAP Rule 1: Keep it Simple Sales Even our hottest prospects sometimes disappear into a black hole because it’s just plain easier to stay with the status quo than to invest all the time and effort into making a change. That’s what we’re facing out there every single day. and popular speaker at annual sales meetings. SidewaysSarah Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Selling to Big Companies SNAP Rule 3: Always Align You’ve been just as hard on me as I’ve been on you. You’ve criticized my salespeople’s skills, telling everyone in the company that we’re incapable of selling value. You’ve carped about our bonuses, whined about our expenses or grumbled that we weren’t working hard enough. Enough already. We need to stop this blame game or neither of us will be successful. It typically takes my salespeople eight to ten contacts before they have a conversation with a prospective customer. We just can’t afford to keep doing this. It’s not a good use of our sales force’s time. I know we haven’t always gotten along. In fact, I’ve been pretty critical of you over the years. Dear Marketing, Traditional prospecting and sales strategies don’t work anymore with today’s crazy-busy buyers. We’re spending more time and effort than ever before, but getting diminishing returns. We desperately need your help or we’re not going to make it. It all starts with high quality leads that you’ve nurtured. Let’s get together and agree on what this means – soon. We can’t wait any longer. Plus we need tools to nurture prospects. These are things you can create for us. SNAP Rule 4: Raise Priorities Originally published May 13, 2011 12:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Virtually the first questions our crazy-busy prospects ask is, “Is this relevant?” They don’t have time for anything else. And I hate to be brutal with you, but 90% of our prospects think that information about our products and services is totally irrelevant. So what do you think? I’m offering you a peace pipe and a chance to create a better future. I think it’ll only happen if we’re ready to work together. And I’m ready. I need you now more than ever. The truth is, I don’t want to be the fall guy when I don’t reach my numbers. You don’t either. Topics: Our overwhelmed prospects grind to a screeching halt whenever they encounter complexity. From their perspective, this means anything that feels difficult to decipher, difficult to decide on or difficult to implement. Photo Credit: On a daily basis, our prospects are buffeted by newly arising emergencies, reorganizations, shifting market dynamics, and ever evolving corporate directives. It’s an absolute imperative to work with them on their priority projects. Looking forward to talking soon, & Personally, I’m at my wit’s end. It’s harder than ever to reach our numbers and I don’t see things getting any easier in the future – especially when I talk to the people who buy our products and services. This is a guest post written by Jill Konrath, bestselling author of SNAP Selling SNAP Rule 2: Be iNvaluable Now more than ever, our prospects want to work with companies that “know their stuff” and who continually bring them new ways to improve their business. In reality, that’s our biggest competitive differentiator today – not our products or services. We need to attract those online seekers and get them into our database. Then we need to keep sending them great information till they’re ready to make a change. Marketing and Sales Alignment I’ve complained that you’re not doing enough to get us business. I’ve blamed you when our new offerings fail to achieve projected success. I’ve accused you of being out of touch with what’s really going on with our customers and prospects.
Topics: Brand Awareness Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack This post is full of gratuitous cuteness. Here’s why.I’m looking into some flights to Ireland (I’m a sufferer of the most debilitating form of wanderlust), and I’m using the flight comparison engine Hipmunk to find a flight.I used to use a couple other ones, but the Hipmunk chipmunk is just so cute it’s paralyzing. Like, he shows up in my Facebook News Feed, and I stop scrolling and emit an audible “awww!” That kind of cute.(And by the way, I know two men who also admitted to being fans of Hipmunk on Facebook purely because “the little chipmunk’s so cute!” Both of them have since purchased multiple flights through them, as well. I rest my case.)What I’m trying to say is, sometimes being cute makes an impact. It taps into something that turns us all into big ‘ol softies. So this Friday afternoon, because our regular readers may remember that I tend to get a little distracted this day of the week, let’s just melt into big ‘ol softies for a minute and enjoy some of the cutest brand mascots of all time. All together now … awwwwww!!!The 10 Most Adorable Brand Mascots of All Time1) The Hipmunk ChipmunkI won’t belabor the Hipmunk chipmunk for too much longer, but before we move on, please enjoy this compilation of that buck-teethed, chubby-cheeked little rodent who thinks he’s a person, dressing up in some of his favorite outfits.Like a big punch of cute right in the gut.2) The Android RobotThere’s a reason Hipmunk robotified its chipmunk for the Hipmunk Android app (see above) … the Android robot is pretty adorable. I know, it seems strange that a piece of machinery could ever be cuddly, but that’s what makes it remarkable! You’ll also notice Android uses pretty adorable names for its platforms, like Jelly Bean, Gingerbread, and Ice Cream Sandwich. The robot is so cute, in fact, that people actually create their own “art” of sorts with the robot, putting him in cute scenarios like some you see here.Image credits: dullhunk, laihiu, victoria white20103) The SEOmoz RobotGuess robots are just inherently cute. The SEOmoz robot always makes me smile, and the copy they use around the robot gives him an even more adorable personality! Just goes to show B2B marketing doesn’t have to be totally devoid of the warm and fuzzy.4) The Dropbox BoxI’ve featured Dropbox on this blog a few times for their creative design. But their mascot — which is, quite logically, a box — always makes me smile. I think the cute comes in because … who the heck expects a box to be cute? I mean, it’s a folded piece of cardboard. Why is it smiling? Why is it wearing a party hat? Why is it in a pastel hilltop scene among happy little flowers? It’s the unexpected cute that gets me with this fellow, and has a lot to do with all the other cute “people” he hangs out with, too.Bonus: Dropbox will also throw in the occasional dinosaur. I’m a sucker for an inexplicable dinosaur.5) The Snuggle BearSnuggle Bear … the cuteness is kind of baked right in the name, eh? And if you mosey on over to Snuggle’s Facebook Page, you’ll notice Snuggle being adorable in many different scenarios, including as a stuffed animal being snuggled by cute little kids, and kids and animals giving each other big ol’ snuggly hugs. So they’ve basically decided the bear just wasn’t enough cute.6) The Pillsbury DoughboyThe Pillsbury Doughboy. So cute he has his own subdirectory on the Pillsbury site (on which you can make him dance, if you’re looking for a time waster). We all know and love him — he’s a chubby, squishy, round, soft, tiny, giggling pile of dough with a chef’s hat. That’s pretty much all the cute adjectives right in a row. And if you haven’t seen the latest co-marketing commercial with Geico in which he struggles to get through airport security (Spoiler Alert: The pat-down tickles and he can’t stop laughing), I recommend you mosey on over to YouTube stat. Oh heck, it’s quick, just watch it here:7) The HootSuite OwlI feel compelled to disclose that, originally, I wasn’t going to include HootSuite on this list. I mean, owls are generally pretty cute, but I didn’t think this one was any cuter than the next owl, until my coworker told me to Google images of it.I was wrong. Mea culpa. The HootSuite owl is all kinds of adorable.And I love how they put him in ridiculous costumes — it’s hard not to have an owl dressed as a journalist brighten your day. Those white glints in his eyes don’t hurt, either.8) The Tootsie Roll OwlDebuted in 1970, the Tootsie Roll owl is one of four animals in the iconic commercials that is asked “how many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie pop?” When the boy in the commercial asks the owl, he licks the lollipop a couple times, and just bites right into that bad boy.Turns out, when you’re an owl, the answer’s three.The cutest part of all this is the owl’s goofy accent. If you don’t remember the way he counts, here, check out the commercial for yourself. It’s a classic, and it’s totally endearing.Since the commercial’s debut, the owl has gotten a bit of a facelift:9) Tux the Linux PenguinTux is a penguin (duh, his name is “Tux”) who officially represents the Linux operating system, and interestingly was chosen as the mascot via a Linux logo competition. So not only is he a cute little guy, he’s also user-generated content. Double whammy.Tux has a couple different variations, all of which are pretty darn snuggly:10) The Gerber BabyPshh … as if we would publish an adorable brand mascots post without babies! The Gerber Baby, introduced in 1928, is, in my opinion, the classic adorable brand mascot. Those chubby little cheeks have such staying power, Gerber still uses the Gerber Baby to this day, and even continues to carry on contests for the new Gerber Baby. Puppies and babies … no one can resist ’em.Alright, which adorable mascots did we miss? Share your awwww-inducing favorites in the comments!Image credit: Hipmunk Originally published May 17, 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 Before you hit the “Publish” button on your next blog post, think about how your readers can take the next step to learn more about your company. Which CTAs will help get them to take the next step in their buying journey? Below are eight ideas to get you started. You may not use all of the types of CTAs in every post you publish, but they should definitely be considered.1) Bottom-of-the-Post Smart CTAs At the end of your blog post, it is important to have a CTA leading your readers to take an action after they finish reading your blog post. But all sorts of people visit your blog — and you don’t want to give them all the same content. To give the right content to your visitors, leads, and customers, you can use what we at HubSpot call “smart CTAs.” Based on where people are in your database (if at all) is in the buying process or which list they belong to, they can see different calls-to-action. That way, visitors are only seeing content that’ll convert them to leads, leads are seeing content that’ll convert them into MQLs, and customers are seeing content that’ll convert them into promoters. You can see this in action below — you can see there are three different CTAs based on their lifecycle stage. A random website visitor (someone who hasn’t filled out a form yet) is shown a call-to-action that leads to a lead gen offer on SEO. A lead is shown a call-to-action that leads to starting a free trial. A customer is shown a call-to-action that leads to a worksheet on doing SEO within the HubSpot product. By serving up tailored content to each audience, you can increase conversions throughout the entire funnel — not just one part of it.What Visitors See:What Leads See:What Customers See:2) Connect on Social CTAsAnother useful call-to-action provides links to connect with your company on social media. If someone is reading your content, there is a good chance that they will be interested in future content that you post. Your company is most likely going to post content to different social media platforms when it comes out which your readers will be interested in.Make it as easy as possible for your readers to follow you on social media by creating a call-to-action for each of your social media channels. If all they have to do is click a button to follow you on social media, they will be more likely to do it. Note that this is slightly different than having calls-to-action that allow readers to post your content to their personal social media accounts (even though that is a great tactic as well to promote your blog content).3) Tweet This CTAsSpeaking of social media, there is another type of an in-line call-to-action involving social media. We call them “Tweet This” links. When a reader clicks this type of link, a pre-written tweet will appear promoting the content. You can create links like this yourself using a tool calls ClickToTweet. In the example below, when you click “Tweet about Apple,” the pre-written tweet pops up saying, “Apple’s website has changed a lot in 14 years. See what it looked like in 2000: http://hub.am/1sAYBy3 #tbt via @HubSpot.” This type of CTA can be great for posts including data, infographics, or any post with tidbits of knowledge that are easy to share. These links make it easy and quick for your readers to post interesting facts from your blog posts on Twitter — and could end up getting you more traffic to your blog.4) Blog Subscription CTAsIf your readers are interested in your content, they may also want to subscribe to your blog posts by email so they can be alerted when you post new content. If you want to increase your blog subscriber base, make the CTA to subscribe to your blog as clear and easy to fill out as possible. Don’t make them fill out a long form to subscribe to your blog — just ask for the information you need. If you just need an email address, only ask for the email address. Making this process almost painless for your blog visitors increases the chances that they’ll actually fill out the form. 5) Comment CTAsThere are lots of ways you can end your blog posts. Many blogs end their posts by encouraging readers to comment and share their thoughts on your article. There are different ways you can frame this CTA — you can be straightforward and say something like, “Comment below to share your thoughts on this blog post,” or you can ask them a question based on the topic of your blog post. Regardless of what you end up writing, the goal of this CTA is to get more people engaging with your blog post in the comments.6) Slide-In CTAsAs you scroll down some HubSpot blog posts, you may notice that a CTA slides in the bottom right corner when you are almost at the bottom of the page.This is another way to help your blog post readers convert on your blog posts that’s not as intrusive as a “stop-everything-and-click-here-pop-up-CTA.” The latter types of pop-up CTAs will often not allow you to read a blog post before you either fill out the form or click cancel. We aren’t talking about that type of CTA — that’s not a very loveable experience. The slide-in CTA is a great way to offer additional information to your readers while still allowing them to read the blog post.If you want to add slide-in CTAs to your blog, check out this tutorial. You can also see how they work in the GIF below:7) In-Line CTAsWhen you think of a call-to-action, you probably think about a big, exciting image that stands out at the end of your blog post. But that is not the only way to use CTAs on your blog. A call-to-action can simply be a link within your blog post that provides more information on a given topic. It does the same thing as a button call-to-action — it directs people to take an action — but it’s just a written link, not a hyperlinked button.In the example below, the in-line CTA leads to another blog post that can give additional information on a topic that is mentioned. There is no need to make any fancy button for this, but just including text that says “read this blog post” and links to the blog post works.8) Sidebar CTAsThere are CTAs you want to make prominent at the end of your blog post for potential conversions, there are CTAs you want to include in the text of your blog post that are important to understand the content of your post, and then there are CTAs that may be relevant for your company but aren’t key to the content of your blog post. The sidebar of your blog is a great place for CTAs like the latter because they are important to help drive company goals, but many not be perfectly aligned with the content of the blog post. In the example below, you can see a CTA for HubSpot’s INBOUND 2014. Though it is an important CTA to include for your company, it is not vital to the blog post. The sidebar makes a perfect home for it, where it can be shown to anyone viewing the blog.How else do you use calls-to-action on your blog? Originally published Jun 3, 2014 2:00:00 PM, updated September 05 2017 Topics: Calls to Action On this blog, we talk a lot about calls-to-action (CTAs) and how they help us in marketing. They’re a critical component of your website’s lead generation process — especially on your blog. Without CTAs, people visiting your blog will have a hard time converting on your landing pages unless they happen to stumble upon them at a later date.So if you’re trying to get more conversions from your blog, you’d think the more CTAs the better, right? Not always. You can increase conversions by including more CTAs on your blog if they’re several different types of CTAs, in different formats, addressing different parts of your marketing funnel.Download the ultimate CTA starter pack, complete with 50 customizable templates, 55 inspiring examples, and more.
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: Productivity We all procrastinate. We put off dishes in favor of one more episode in our Netflix TV show binge. We tell ourselves we’ll definitely book that dentist appointment next week — you know, when we have more time. We spend an extra few minutes at the office coffee machine chatting up coworkers instead of diving right into our work for the day. But in a world where we’ve got a ton to do — and not a ton of time to do it — procrastination can have pretty big consequences. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can fight back. In the following infographic, Essay.Expert outlines 15 great ways to fight against procrastination and actually get stuff done. Check ’em out below!1K+Save Originally published Dec 19, 2014 4:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017