We’ve all heard about 3D Printing technology, but this is a whole new level. The innovative minds at 3Dvarius have actually produced the first-ever, playable violin, produced entirely from 3D printing!A post on the Instagram account for renowned journal Science spotlighted the innovative design, saying that the instrument was modeled from the highly-revered Stradivarius, and is fully playable. One pro is that the violin, made from a unique photo-active resin, doesn’t respond to weather fluctuations like wood. However, the wood has a more full sound that is unachievable with the resin material.Watch their preview below: The violin has been around for some time now, as this 2015 video shows a violinist reviewing the new product:You can learn more about this exciting new instrument by heading to the 3Dvarius website here!
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn NHS Dumfries and Galloway has teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support and DG Health and Wellbeing to host an event designed to highlight and celebrate support services for people affected by cancer in the Wigtownshire area.The first ever Wigtownshire Cancer Gathering – Making a Difference event takes place at the Stranraer Campus of Dumfries and Galloway College on Saturday 19 March. As well as showcasing the support that’s already on offer this event will provide local people with the opportunity to have their say on what services they would like developed in the future.Macmillan Cancer Support’s Involvement Co-ordinator for Scotland, Alan Gow said: “When someone is diagnosed with cancer it doesn’t just affect them. Their family and friends can also experience all kinds of emotions and they may need additional support. Not everyone is aware of what help is available so we wanted to show the people of Wigtownshire what is on offer.“The event will also give us the chance to speak to local people affected by cancer to find out what other services they want from Macmillan, the NHS, DG Health and Wellbeing and other third sector organisations.”Una Wilson and Kate McIntyre manage the drop in cancer support centres at the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer and in Newton Stewart.Una said: “As well as Macmillan Cancer Support, the NHS and DG Health and Wellbeing we’ll have exhibits from a wide range of services at the event on the day. Services like Marie Curie, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Foodtrain, Handyman, Transforming Care After Treatment, Caretrain and the Carers’ Centre are all involved in providing services and support to people affected by cancer.”Kate added: “Another important aspect of this event is that it is part of an ongoing consultation with local people which aims to find out what other services are needed and how we can try to deliver them locally. The Scottish Community Development Centre is facilitating this part of the event to make sure we capture as much information as possible.”So save the date – Saturday 19 March, Dumfries and Galloway College, Lewis Street Stranraer from 9.45am to 2.45pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and if you need help with transport just let us know. Places at this event are limited so please register your interest:• phone Alan Gow, Macmillan Involvement Coordinator on 0141 647 6342 • email [email protected] • phone Una or Kate at the Stranraer drop in centre, 01776 707 778
Anthony Joshua admits it is time for him to “step up” in his career as he prepares to face Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.Joshua is preparing to defend his IBF world heavyweight title against Klitschko (64-4 KO53) in front of 90,000 fans on April 29, with the vacant WBA strap also on the line.The unbeaten Brit has blown away every opponent put before him and has never been taken beyond the seventh round so far in his career, but faces arguably his toughest test against the two-time world champion.“When we’ve been training, we’ve always been training for fights like this. Even when I was fighting people who were not as talented or experienced as Klitschko, we were always training as if I was fighting better opponents,” Joshua told Sky Sports News HQ.“Now, I’m here, let’s get it on. Everyone has to step up in their career and I am just doing mine now, whether it was against Klitschko or any of the other champions.“It doesn’t matter if there are 90,000 people, 9,000 people or 900 people, as long as I win that’s the main thing and it is history making. Three and a bit years as a pro and I am making history, so I am happy about that side of things.”Meanwhile, Klitschko believes Anthony Joshua needs “big muscles” to make himself confident and does not want any excuses when he topples the IBF champion at Wembley.Joshua’s physical power has brought him 18 knockouts in his perfect professional career, but Klitschko compared him to a ‘CrossFit champion’ during a stinging analysis of the 27-year-old British fighter.Klitschko said: “AJ has a lot of energy, he’s young, he wants to be explosive, he has these big muscles that bring him confidence and he just wants to demolish people right in front of him. That’s what it is, it gives him a lot of confidence, but did you hear about boxing being a sweet science?“Every person would have got these big muscles. It gives you confidence and you really can smash if you hit the heavy bag, or the person in front of you. Boxing is sweet science. The vicious boxers were conquered.“I have a lot of respect for Anthony and what he is doing, his commitment, his physical ability. He can box, he can lift weights, he can be strong, he can train.“He can be a CrossFit champion actually, a CrossFit world champion. I think he has great capability of it. CrossFit became really popular and there are a lot of boxers doing it.But CrossFit is not boxing.”
Share This!One of the best things that the Walt Disney World Resort has introduced is the Mobile Ordering option. It is so easy to go into the My Disney Experience app, figure out what food and beverage options you want, and then place your order. Oh and the best part is you get to avoid the long lines of Guests waiting to order food.I remember one time, there was a line for Aloha Isle that would have at least taken me 15 minutes to wait in. I pulled out the app while I was waiting in line at the Enchanted Tiki Room, worked on my order and when I exited the attraction, my dole whip was ready to go.Up to right now, Mobile Order was only available at the Walt Disney World theme park counter service restaurants and D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs. Also, when Spyglass Grill and Centertown Market debuted at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, they were also added to the line up.Soon, there will be a few more Walt Disney World Resort Hotel counter service restaurants added to the mix. They will include Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.Those using mobile order can only pay with credit or debit cards. Don’t forget that those on the Disney Dining Plan can redeem your meals and snacks through Mobile Order too. Cash and gift cards are not accepted via mobile order.The new dining options will roll out on Mobile Order over the next few months.Have you tried Mobile Ordering? What did you think?
Johannesburg, founded as it was on the rich seam of gold that makes up the Witwatersrand, has long been known as the City of Gold. More than a hundred years since the days of instant fortune in the mining town, it is the top place that African millionaires call their home. Johannesburg is the top city in Africa for dollar millionaires. (Image: Media Club South Africa) Text: Melissa JavanGraphic: Mary AlexanderAlmost half of Africa’s dollar millionaires live in four of South Africa’s cities, according to a report by global research company New World Wealth.The report was released earlier this week. It found that the country’s city of gold, Johannesburg, was the home of most of Africa’s millionaires, with 23 400 living there. Cape Town (8 900), Durban (2 700) and Pretoria (2 500) were also all in the top 10 of the list.As of June 2015, there were about 163 000 millionaires living in Africa, with combined wealth holdings of $670-billion (R9.09-trillion). Of that number, nearly 42% lived in South Africa.Cairo, Egypt had the second highest number of millionaires, with 10 200), followed by Lagos, Nigeria with 9 100 millionaires.The Ghanaian city of Accra was expected see the biggest growth in millionaires in the next decade, with numbers forecast to increase from 2 300 in 2015 to 4 100 in 2025, the report found.Nairobi (71% increase from 6 200 to 10 600) and Durban (48% increase to 4 000) had the next highest projected growth.Colin Grieve, the chief representative officer at AfrAsia Bank, said African cities were emerging as epicentres of growth and opportunity. “(They are) places where growing numbers of consumers with disposable income are congregating,” he said.“Successful entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunity to provide products and services to these expanding markets and in doing so, generating wealth for themselves and their communities.”Click on the image below for a larger view.Sources: New World WealthIn another report released in July, Plettenberg Bay, on the Garden Route was named the top second home hotspot in South Africa for the super-rich, with over 120 homes valued at R20-million or more. It is the highest of any town in the country with the exception of Johannesburg and Cape Town.New World Wealth reported that other second home hotspots for the super-rich were Umhlanga and La Lucia (230) in Durban, Knysna on the Garden Route (230), Stellenbosch in Western Cape (170) and Franschoek in Western Cape (70). In these towns, local and foreign buyers made their second homes. These statistics exclude major cities.Multimillionaires or the super-rich refer to individuals with net assets of $10-million (R120-million) or more.This article was originally posted on the News24 wire.
The front cover of an old issue of Personnel Administrator (the precursor to HR Magazine) reads: “If we must single out one priority, it would be legislation affecting productivity. We must also work toward breaking down the adversary relationship between labor and management.”That was in January 1984, and although I would not define today’s relationship between labor and enlightened management as adversarial, HR still must guide that relationship.Consider a few noteworthy items which came out of Washington recently that required our input and attention: In December, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a rule, the so-called “Ambush Election Rule,” which makes several changes to simplify and speed up the union election process, potentially tilting the election outcome to a union win.America’s new health care law, The Affordable Care Act, defines “full-time” as an employee working 30 hours per week, which has significantly impacted hiring practices in specific industries. And President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address included a laundry list of workplace issues—from mandatory paid sick leave to wage inequality to overtime eligibility.This is why, as a profession, we need to be informed about what’s happening in the halls of power—in the Capitol, government agencies, state houses and courtrooms across the country. But we need to go one step farther…We need to make sure HR’s voice is heard through the voices of advocates on the issues that affect our workplaces and our employees.As your professional society, SHRM works year-round on your behalf in Washington. We joined a lawsuit challenging the legality of the “Ambush Election” rule, serve as a leader of the More Time for Full Time Coalition in support of a 40 hour work week and shared our perspective on several items in the 2015 State of the Union address, for example. There is also an important role for you to play as an HR professional in this process by becoming a member of the SHRM Advocacy Team (“A-Team”). This local member-driven effort gives you the unique opportunity to raise your voice to shape effective workplace public policy.We may have different perspectives and opinions on these and other workplace issues, but one thing is clear: HR’s voice is relevant, wanted and greatly needed.Want to better understand the legislative and regulatory landscape that your business faces in the year ahead? Register for the 2015 SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference, March 23-25, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
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This type of gap analysis will help inform new testing ideas for your own retention strategy.Other considerations for retentionChecking email on mobile is becoming the norm, especially amongst millennials. Prioritizing mobile is key to success in any email retention efforts.Timing should always be a consideration. When is your customer most likely to open your email?Less is more. One company I analyzed sent me over 40 emails in 30 days. It was a hilarious example of overcommunication.Ask yourself:Do the emails reiterate the benefits of the product/service and ultimately increase its value?Do they do this using a digestible layout?Do they help develop a positive relationship with the customer?Are the emails tailored to the goals — and if the goal is returning the customer back to the site/convert, is the path back seamless/frictionless? Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 If you’re in marketing, I’ll bet that at one point in your professional career you have either heard or learned for yourself that keeping a customer costs less than obtaining a new one.Ideally, repeat customers are a lot like dogs: They are immensely loyal. They stick around longer than they probably should; they speak highly of you to friends and family; and they spend more money with you over time.Okay, dogs don’t speak or spend money, so that analogy didn’t make sense, but you get the idea — although if you’re like most marketers, you haven’t fully absorbed the lesson and benefited from it financially.Retention marketing is important. If you haven’t sat down to consider how to keep your customers happy and coming back for more, there’s no time like the present. And if you have, but you’re out of inspiration or lack strategic direction, I hope I can help kick-start a few ideas.In my first article of this series on retention, I will show you how to leverage what you already know about your customers to engage them effectively with email — and to draw inspiration from your competitors’ efforts.Segmentation is kingTo craft an effective retention strategy, you must first understand your customers and how they behave. Forget for a moment their age and all the other demographic data you’ve stockpiled.Instead, focus on how they interact with your products as they browse your store. They are essentially doing the work for you and segmenting themselves based on their actions. Recognize which of these behaviors is important and merits its own retention tactics.Here are some examples:What is their purchasing activity? Has it been a while since their last transaction? Consider emailing your new catalog to all customers who haven’t purchased in the last 30 days.Did they make their last purchase using a coupon? Send this group a promotional code.Have they shown affinity toward a specific category of products? Provide recommendations on their next indulgence.Did they leave their cart in the checkout aisle? Give them a gentle reminder to complete that purchase.Who are your highest-value customers? Thank them for their loyalty to your brand and throw in a little exclusive bonus offer to encourage them to stay loyal.Once you’ve got these segments defined, we recommend that you…Engage your customers with emailAside from the fixed cost of whatever email service you’re using, emailing your customers is free, and you’ve already got their addresses, so put them to use. These are the email types (and corresponding best practices) you should weave into your retention strategy.The welcome emailAfter submitting their email addresses, most online leads expect to receive a welcome email. In general, the goals of the welcome email are to:Introduce the user to the company.Reiterate the value of the product/service.Establish a humanizing tone.Note that it’s important to acknowledge that this is a welcome email within the subject line. This can be done simply by incorporating “Welcome” or “Hi” within the subject line. Examples include “Welcome to The Family” or “Hello From Company XYZ.”Personalize the email: If the user has submitted their name along with their email address, incorporate this information within the email subject line.Include your unique value propositions: Use the welcome email to explain what makes your brand different and why customers should choose you.Tell users what to expect: Provide users with an overview of how frequently you will be emailing them and what kind of content your emails will feature so that they know what to expect.Emphasize customer support: A goal of the welcome email is to humanize the brand. The primary method for accomplishing this is emphasizing customer support, as this shows the customer relationship is valued.The nurture emailUnlike other email types, the goal of nurture emails is not explicitly to sell, but rather to build your brand among your email subscribers. When users need to purchase a product your company sells, your brand will be the first one they turn to if nurture emails have done their job.Educate the customer: Education emails provide users with a better understanding of products, including advantages and creative use cases.Get the customer hooked on your brand: Utilize your nurture emails to reinforce your brand and its value propositions.Make your business relatable: Tell stories about your business, including where and how it got started and what drives your company today.The promotional emailThese should be an integral part of any email strategy, as they are an effective way to increase conversion. Utilize a prominent CTA: Design the email so that the promotional offer is prominently displayed and stands out from any other text in the email. Position the promotional text so that it aligns with the CTA (call-to-action) button.Create urgency: Create a sense of urgency around the promotional offer. Provide a countdown or mention that this offer is available for a limited time. Note: Overusing urgency will dilute its effectiveness.Include a reason for the offer: Providing a reason for the offer, regardless of the reason, has been shown to improve conversion rates. Reasons can include celebrating a milestone or simply thanking your email subscribers for being part of your community.The cart abandonment emailCart abandonment is a big issue in e-commerce; around 70 percent of online shopping carts are abandoned, a Baymard Institute analysis found. These email types can recover a good portion of those.Utilize the first email as a reminder: Send the first cart abandonment email shortly after the user abandons their products. This email should simply serve as a reminder of the product left behind and can re-engage users who may have gotten distracted during their purchasing process.Send a follow-up email with a discount: For customers who still do not convert, send a follow-up email several days later with a discount or free shipping offer. This email targets price-sensitive users who may have abandoned the cart due to a high final price.Highlight the value of the product or your website: Utilize abandonment emails to convey the value of the particular product or the advantages of purchasing from your website. For example, remind customers of free shipping or discounts or emphasize the popularity or features of the abandoned product.Remember, you can’t assume your customers will respond to a set strategy. Best practices can be followed initially, but testing your ideas is paramount!Keep tabs on the competition When developing your retention strategy, it’s useful to keep an eye on the emails your competitors are sending. I recommend that you:Identify your competition.Become a lead for the competitor by engaging in behaviors of interest (e.g., order complete and cart abandonment).Set up a folder in your inbox to receive their emails.Wait.Typically, one month of collection will give you a clear sense of their retention strategy, though some long-tailed verticals may need more time.After you’ve collected your competition’s emails, begin examining the strengths and weaknesses behind their retention strategy.Categorize their emails into the types discussed above (adding/removing thematic groups as needed) and map the emails onto a timeline.Analyze email segmentation based on lead, cadence, subject line, content, and design.Is your competition leveraging tactics that creatively emulate the best practices covered in the first section? Are there major shortcomings? How to structure your email program to retain customersYou are here: Posted on 3rd August 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Final takeawaysIf you’ve finished the article thinking you’ve got a lot of work ahead, well, maybe — but it’s a lot more cost-effective to engage these users than to pay to find new ones. In the end, it’s the revenue and ROI that matter, and returning customers bring a bounty of both.Now, that said, app retention is a whole different ballgame. In my next article, I will shift the focus over to app retention and demonstrate ways to effectively leverage push notifications. Stay tuned.The post How to structure your email program to retain customers appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: How to structure your email program to retain customers HomeDigital MarketingHow to structure your email program to retain customers
LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “I will not confirm nor deny who it was,” Wade said.Good things come to those who wait… @MiamiHEAT VICE Jerseys have made a #R3TURN! You can NOW reserve limited quantities, hurry!https://t.co/lFHcJKmqwh pic.twitter.com/SqQYPOqm8N— The Miami HEAT Store (@MiamiHEATstore) February 9, 2018The Heat are wearing the uniform 15 times this season, with 10 of those left to play. They are in them for Wade’s return against the Milwaukee Bucks, his first game with the Heat since the 2016 playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT “Right now, definitely top three in the best jerseys in the NBA,” Wade said. “Definitely excited to put that on my body real soon here.”Wade will be back in his No. 3 jersey, and back in his old locker as well. The locker’s most recent occupant, Okaro White, was traded away by Miami in a separate move Thursday.READ: Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, NanceThe Heat have not announced what sort of tributes will accompany Wade’s return. He said he isn’t worried about that, and insisted he’s more excited to reunite with the likes of Goran Dragic, Udonis Haslem, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside.“It will be a seamless thing for me to come in and add something to the team,” Wade said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A sign at the entrance of Miami International Airport welcomes back to the Miami Heat Dwyane Wade, who was traded to the Heat by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Dwyane Wade could not be more excited to get back to his familiar surroundings.He’s also excited for an unfamiliar uniform.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Mila’s Lechon in hot water as PBA digs deeper into miserable showing MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives It’s an unusual perk, but one of the things Wade said he’s looking most forward to when he returns to the Miami Heat on Friday night is the team’s new “Vice” jersey and shorts — the design being a play on the themes of Miami in the 1980s, replete with pastel trim and a font the team used when it played in its original arena.READ: Dwyane Wade returns to Miami as Cavs continue to deal FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“OK, I’ve seen the jerseys — me and a friend of mine, won’t say his name — and I was like, ‘Listen, I need to get those shorts, at least,’” Wade told The Associated Press in an interview after his trade from Cleveland to Miami was completed Thursday. “The jerseys are unreal.”The friend, by the way, was fellow former Heat star — and fellow fashion aficionado — LeBron James. SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Congratulations to all of the winners from the 2014 Queensland Touch Football Junior State Championships in Palm Beach. 12’s Girls South Queensland 5 defeated Brisbane City 3Player of Series – Francesca MacDonald (South Queensland)Player of the Final – Francesca MacDonald (South Queensland)12’s Boys South Queensland 6 defeated Sunshine Coast 4Player of the Series – Jaymon Bob (Central Queensland)Player of the Final – Flyn Groth (South Queensland)14’s Girls South Queensland 8 defeated South West Queensland 1Player of the Series – Laura Jane Cashman (South Queensland)Player of the Final – Laura Jane Cashman (South Queensland)14’s Boys South Queensland 12 defeated Brisbane City 6Player of the Series – Jordan Andrew (Brisbane City)Player of the Final – Jakob Hall (South Queensland)16’s Girls South Queensland 6 defeated North Queensland 5Player of the Series – Kiara Taylor (South Queensland)Player of the Final – Tahlulah Tillett (North Queensland)16’s BoysSouth Queensland 7 defeated Central Queensland 5Player of the Series – Hayden Moffat (South Queensland)Player of the Final – Hayden Moffat (South Queensland)Congratulations to South Queensland who for the first time won all six divisions. In doing so they retained the Shuker/Williams Regional Championship Trophy.For more results from the 2014 Queensland State Championships, please visit the Queensland Touch Football website – www.qldtouch.com.au. Related Links2014 QLDJSC results