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Sure, social media still has a grip on business but questionable advertising practices as well as platforms restricting the access of brands to their own followers has turned off many marketers.
Of course there's a lot of chatter about amendments to the UIGEA to make illegal, the gambling on fantasy sports. Meanwhile FanDuel and DraftKings both recently wrapped funding rounds near $300 million apiece from venture sources.
This has to be the most commonly muttered statement after leaving a meeting. But meetings are a necessary evil, right? We've all sat in them, slept in them, and played Candy Crush in them.
Here's how to fix them.
There's a lot of ridiculous advice available out there regarding the conduction of a meeting that doesn't suck. It's hogwash - forget it. There is one key thing you can do for any-size meeting to ensure a productive gathering of your peers:
Make a freaking agenda
Meetings are created for the purpose of disseminating information or making decisions. Agendas do not have to be formal, pretty, or extravagant. All they need to be is complete and organized. The most important portion of any agenda? A hard start and stop time.
Agendas Set The Right Tone: Meeting agendas let participants know that there’s a legitimate business purpose for meeting, with specific issues to be discussed and outcomes to be achieved. It conveys your interest in getting down to business and not wasting time.
Agendas Identify Topics For Discussion: Let attendees know what issues are going to be discussed, eliminating guesswork as to whether or not a particular issue is going to be discussed.
Agendas Keep Everyone Focused: Meeting agendas can focus participants in ways that verbal guidance cannot. Participants have a written reminder of what needs to be accomplished during the meeting, allowing them to help drive each discussion toward conclusion.
Agendas Eliminate Excuses: Agendas introduced in advance of a meeting eliminates excuses that participants aren’t ready to discuss a subject because they didn’t know it would be brought up. Participants are put on notice of exactly what they need to prepare, saving time and eliminating embarrassment.
The effort you invest in checking references carefully will likely be repaid many times over in the long run.
Who's ready for cooler weather? A cold front will cool late afternoon temperatures on Wednesday into the upper 60's across much of the state and we'll see lows in the high 50's Wednesday night!
Love him or hate him, The Donald has created a masterful marketing plan; I just wonder: did he know it would go this way?
No doubt at some point in the next couple of weeks, a reporter at your local news station will demonstrate the ability to bake cookies inside a car or fry an egg on the sidewalk. After all, it's the hottest time of the year in the US and a slow news day calls for such experiments, right?
Thought I would share a few photos from the San Diego zoo. What a sprawling complex this place is with over 100 acres of land dedicated to open air caging and natural habitats.
The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California housing over 3,700 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. Its parent organization, San Diego Zoo Global, is the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000 member households and 130,000 child memberships, representing more than a half million people. San Diego Zoo pioneered the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats.
Just flew into DIA in one of those crazy little regional jets United operates. Dodged these storms throughout the approach.
This image found in WDT's iMap Pro product is taken in the infrared band of light and shows relative warmth of objects. Lower layers of clouds, generally warmer and lower in altitude, are colored gray. Colder and generally higher clouds tops are highlighted in colors. Infrared imagery is useful for determining cloud features both at day and night.
Below is a quick timeline of the SPC outlooks from the past four updates. So far no tornadoes have occurred in the 10% hatched area but they are occurring elsewhere in the country. Way elsewhere.
The state-level weather hashtag is dead. What/who killed it? Twitterbots created by people who believe they are doing something grand for public safety by rebroadcasting every possible official weather product with a state level hashtag. It's asinine. Here's why:
At one time, following a state-level weather hashtag resulted in quality information. The primary problem then was people retweeting an informative or interesting tweet while leaving the original hashtag intact, creating clutter. That clutter was manageable...
Here is my timeline as I write this:
And the kicker is these accounts have minimal followers, very, very few retweets, and are truly just there taking up space:
The only recourse you have as a Twitter user is to report/block/mute bot accounts. Here's a quick look at how to do so:
I hate that something so well-intentioned has turned into a useless feed of nonsense and that the nonsense has propagated across all weather-related hashtags. Perhaps with a little bit of pushback, these will eventually go away.
On July 6, 2015, at 10:40:23 pm lightning struck at the marina where my wife and I dock our boat. Because we have that investment on the water there, I have the asset monitored via WDT's WeatherOps system.
If you ever want to see a meteorologist flip shit over a graphic, post one like the image in the header, of which can also be found here. Personally, I could stare at it for hours...
The western Pacific is lit up and at least two more disturbances are hanging out to the east of the three meteorologically deficient areas of low pressure depicted above.
Rainfall is again on the way for most of Oklahoma and after a record year for rainfall, could July be a chart topper as well and keep this wet trend alive? The answer is: Quite possibly.
As has been the case for the past several events, OKC gets the a reference X and the largest amounts in the swath. This will change but I found it worth pointing out regardless.
Regarding July potentially carrying on the record wet, here is a map showing what forecasters think the next 30-days will look like, precip-wise:
And finally, here's the rainfall totals map for June, just for a point of reference. Oklahoma City recorded 5.77 inches during June to bring its January-June total to 34.43 inches. That tops 1908's total of 33.23 inches as the wettest period on record.
Seems each year around this time we are watching St. Louis get run over by a freight train of a supercell. Here's this year's version - and of course there is a stadium full of people downtown too for the Cards/Cubs game. Fabulous.
Looked outside this evening and saw a killer sunset and cumulous. That meant it was time to fire up the UAV, a Phantom 3 Advanced, and snag some photos and video. Ensure you watch the video in HD.
Lately there have been several weather reporting apps released touting the ability to crowdsource human-filed weather reports and access barometric pressure information from smart devices. Dark Sky integrated it in their latest release (last week) and will likely be the first successful private weather crowdsourcing solution.
Dark Sky is very well positioned. They utilize paid and free data from various sources, both public and private, to operate a visually appealing app that otherwise performs on par with hundreds of other weather apps. The key words are "Visually appealing" and Dark Sky has no doubt capitalized well on their funky radar color table, unique global view and, of course, future radar and alerting.
The use of an app to gather information from its users for the purpose of resale is nothing new. In fact you'd likely be surprised to know the mPing app, a free NSSL app for iOS and Android designed for anyone to submit reports to NOAA agencies. That information you send to mPing is now being resold to those who mold raw data into usable formats. How much is that data worth? Last time I communicated with the OU Extension, they were asking $10k/yr for the output API (no call limit). Remember, this is for a non quality-controlled output that is not used by that many people.
With your shiny new knowledge about mPing, imagine the potential for an app like Dark Sky to resell citizen-sourced data. Now consider how much more valuable this data would be if it could be QCd in real-time and resold. As of right now, Dark Sky appears to be utilizing the data for their own purposes, most likely to better hone their precip and precip-type alerting. My questions are:
- will Dark Sky expand their reporting to include severe weather or stick with just precip/precip type?
- is there a business opportunity for someone who can combine all these reporting APIs, QC them and create a single, value-added output?
Nearly every day that I write about something here I post it on LinkedIn. I post on behalf of corporations as well and even encourage the upgrade to "premium" accounts for individuals in a sales capacity at $25/month. LinkedIn is marketed as a powerful tool for business people but other than its search capability to find users in a vertical I want to market to, the platform is useless. I mean seriously, go to your LinkedIn account right now and scroll through your timeline, then tell me how far you get before losing interest. Here's a textual version of my current timeline:
-Invite your friends to LinkedIn!
-Sponsored post from Webroot
-So and so is now following so and so
-People in your network have new connections
-See anyone you know? Connect with them
-Bill Combes likes this
-Jobs you may be interested in