first_imgThe overwhelming majority of the tweets are in Pashto, the Iranian language spoken in southern Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan. However, they started posting in English on May 11, less than two weeks after their former guest was killed by U.S. forces. The English tweets have been concerned with announcing alleged killings of the Taliban’s “enemies.” “8 local minions killed, 7 wounded in Kunduz province,” “US invaders spy plane shot down in Wardag,” “Fifth US tank obliterated in Nawzad” and so forth. The feeds @alemarahweb follows include @afghanheroesuk, a charity to help British troops in Afghanistan and @afghantim, a U.S. Army logistics officer. No doubt both follows are in the hopes of tracking movements of supplies and troops. Other sources: Guardian, The Envoy. The Taliban, the ultra-conservative Islamist group that ran Afghanistan while it acted as a host to Osama Bin Laden, have a Twitter feed. Called @alemarahweb (Mostafa Ahmedi), the website attached to it is described as belonging to the “islamic emirat of afghanistan” (sic).The Taliban have usually been described, rather euphemistically, as “medieval” in outlook and they have not had a public relationship to communications technology, unlike the late Bin Laden. However, the group has been tweeting since December 19 of last year. In that time, they have posted 773 tweets. They have 2,970 followers but only follow 12. So not exactly a robust back-and-forth there. Tags:#international#NYT#politics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins Related Posts last_img read more

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first_imgToday Google announced support for pivot tables to the Google Docs spreadsheet application. According to Wikipedia, pivot tables “can automatically sort, count, total or give the average of the data stored in one table or spreadsheet. It displays the results in a second table (called a “pivot table”) showing the summarized data.” It’s a common approach to data visualization and business intelligence.Unfortunately, pivot tables from Microsoft Excel can’t be imported into Google Docs yet. This new functionality takes Google Docs one step closer to being useful for serious data analysis. Tags:#enterprise#news klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgscott fulton IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Communications#enterprise#Features 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… If the proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility (MMI) by Google announced on Monday truly is about the value of MMI’s patent portfolio, then mitigating circumstances over just the past few days may make the $12.5 billion bid seem a bit steep. The problem stems from an ongoing U.S. International Trade Commission investigation brought by Microsoft against MMI, which – up until Monday – had only incidentally involved Google.At issue is an expert witness for Microsoft, Dr. Robert Stevenson. On August 10, Google filed a non-party motion with the USITC claiming Microsoft disclosed highly confidential source code to Dr. Stevenson without his having been cleared with Google first – which Google claimed was a violation of protocol. That disclosure was played to the press as a “leak,” for which Google sought sanctions against Microsoft, but more importantly, to bar Dr. Stevenson from testifying before the Commission.The following is from Google’s August 10 motion:To prevent any additional breach of the protective order and to prevent Microsoft from gaining advantage from its improper disclosure of Google highly confidential source code to Dr. Stevenson, Dr. Stevenson should be barred from testifying regarding Google highly confidential source code at the evidentiary hearing in this investigation. The confidential source code improperly provided to Dr. Stevenson is highly proprietary source code that Google does not even share with its partners, such as Motorola. [An earlier judge’s order] requires Microsoft to “make every effort to prevent further disclosure by it or by the person who was the recipient of such information.” Not only was Microsoft at a minimum negligent in disclosing Google highly confidential source code to Dr. Stevenson, Microsoft has not taken steps to “prevent further disclosure.” Thus, a necessary first step in limiting any further disclosure is to preclude Dr. Stevenson from testifying at the hearing or otherwise regarding the Google highly confidential source code to which he was improperly granted access. Further, as Dr. Stevenson only received this information because of Microsoft’s clear violation of the protective order, this sanction is necessary to ensure that Microsoft does not benefit from its breach.”Keeping Dr. Stevenson from testifying, and certifying that anyone who does testify be cleared with Google first, might have helped prevent the admission into the public record of testimony that could challenge the very validity of the MMI patent portfolio – the patents that analysts believe to be the jewels in the crown in the Google buyout offer. Otherwise, analysts say, why would Google want to spend so much money to enter a manufacturing business where the margins are so much lower than for software?On Monday – the very day of Google’s acquisition deal announcement – the administrative law judge (ALJ) in the matter, Theodore Essex, denied Google’s motion, ironically on account of protocol. Google had presented no evidence, Judge Essex found, that it ever made a realistic effort to contact Microsoft directly 48 hours or more before filing the motion. By “realistic,” Judge Essex appeared to infer, putting the request for a meeting someplace where a Microsoft official might actually see it.Ground Rule 3.2 states: “All motions shall include a certification that the moving party has made reasonable, good-faith efforts to contact and resolve the matter with the other parties at least two business days prior to filing the motion, and shall state, if known, the position of the other parties on such motion.”Google states that: “On July 25, 2011, Matthew S. Warren, counsel for Google, contacted counsel for [Microsoft] by e-mail, detailing non-party Google’s requested relief and proposing a meet and confer on the contents of this motion. Microsoft did not respond to that correspondence and has not indicated its position on this motion.”The ALJ finds no basis to discern from Google’s statement whether Google made a reasonable, good-faith effort to resolve the matter with Microsoft. The ALJ notes that Google failed to attach the Warren e-mail to its motion and it is unclear whether Google even notified Microsoft of its intention to file the instant motion. Further, Google’s motion fails to certify that it made reasonable, good-faith efforts to contact and resolve the matter with Motorola at least two business days prior to filing the motion as required by Ground Rule 3.2.Google’s motion did note that Microsoft did certify Dr. Stevenson, as per protocol, but to Motorola and not Google, the party to whom the source code belonged. No matter, though: The judge’s ruling triggered Standard & Poor’s – the same agency that downgraded U.S. Treasury bonds two weeks ago from AAA to AA+ – to downgrade Google stock yesterday. The result was a general selloff in the stock market which continues as to the moment of this writing, with the Dow Jones index having dropped about 470 points by 10:15 am ET.“Despite MMI’s extensive and valuable patent portfolio, we are not sure it will protect Android from IP issues,” writes S&P analyst Scott Kessler, as quoted Thursday morning by The Wall Street Journal. “We also believe the purchase of MMI would negatively impact GOOG’s growth, margins and balance sheet.” S&P has dropped Google’s 12-month target share price by 28% to $500.Flash Player 9 or higher is required to view the chartClick here to download Flash Player nowView the full GOOG chart at WikinvestThe news actually gets worse for Google from there. As blogger Florian Müller first reported yesterday, Microsoft has been granted its motion in U.S. District Court in Miami to transfer the venue for one more of the lawsuits brought against it by MMI to Microsoft’s home turf, U.S. District Court in Washington State. Even though MMI is officially the plaintiff in this two-sided case, it’s now perceived as the challenger; and the longer this dispute goes on, the lower the perceived value of MMI’s patent portfolio may become.Motorola Mobility is believed to maintain a patent portfolio numbering about 17,000. Only five of those patents are in dispute at the USITC.EDIT: It’s been brought to my attention that the Motorola Mobility logo features a red circle, not a blue circle, so I’ve changed the logo that appears in this article. -SF3last_img read more

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first_imgWe’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Want to get your event included in the calendar? Let us know in the comments below or email us. Tags:#Events Guide#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkinslast_img read more

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first_imgdavid strom GetApp.com, an independent marketplace for online business software has released an infographic comparing online project management software solutions to help businesses choose the right product. There are some interesting trends and data on the chart, including their age and size, their emphasis on social media, and whether they offer integration with Google, Intuit and Salesforce products and have their own API as well. There is also information about whether Android or iOS versions of each app are available. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now It is a pretty nice collection of different pieces of information and useful if you are in the market for this kind of software. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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first_imgTags:#Apple#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow For Mac owners, the alarming news just keeps coming. Two weeks after the Flashback trojan infected hundreds of thousands of Apple-branded computers, a new, more devious strain is being reported. Flashback.S, as the new variant of the Java-exploiting malware is called, is even more subtle than its predecessor and thus can find its way onto users’ machines more quietly. Suddenly, Mac users find themselves considering whether or not to install antivirus software.To even ask such a question would be unthinkable among Windows customers, who for years have been the main targets of hackers and cyber criminals. Microsoft’s desktop operating system still dominates Mac OS X in market share, but Apple is selling more and more devices each quarter. While the bulk of its revenue now comes from iPhones and iPads, the company’s laptops and desktops have become more popular over time.Malware on Macs is nothing new. In the 1980s, simple viruses would spread among early Apple machines via floppy disk, and later by CD-ROM. Twenty years later, the first known virus targeting Mac OS X surfaced.For the most part, the history of Mac malware has been relatively uneventful, with many of the exploits being proofs-of-concept or simple gags that display a graphic or a few lines of text to the user. However, in recent years, things have gotten more serious.Mac Malware Comes of Age, But Remains a Minor ThreatLast year, the Mac Defender trojan started infecting users’ machines, in some cases leaking sensitive personal information to third parties. It was perhaps the most well-known Mac security issue of 2011, which saw an uptick in malware directed at Apple’s computers.In 2012, the threats seem to keep piling up. Yet in the grand scheme of things, Mac malware is still tiny compared to what infects Windows machines worldwide.The latest Mac exploits have received a lot of press attention, but that’s largely because of their unique nature. Windows vulnerabilities don’t grab headlines every time they appear, simply because they’ve been common on the world’s most widely used operating system for years.Whereas running antivirus software is a no-brainer for Windows users, those on Mac OS X still have the luxury of being picky, as long as they’re exercising the utmost care and day-to-day common sense. In addition to safe browsing and email habits, using tools like FlashbackChecker to scan for common pieces of Mac malware is well worth the effort.It’s probably not quite time to panic for Mac users who can play it safe. But that isn’t to say this couldn’t change. Windows remains dominant, but Mac OS X is gaining in market share, and at least one security expert believes that Apple’s desktop operating system is about a decade behind Windows in terms of security. And if there’s any merit to the theory that Windows’ ubiquity makes it a vulnerable target, we should probably expect to see an uptick in iOS-specific malware in the future, as iPhones and iPads fly off the shelves quarter after quarter.last_img read more

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first_imgIn the grand pantheon of disgraced technology company CEOs, the resume blunder of ousted Yahoo Chief Executive Scott Thompson seems almost trivial. Claiming an unearned degree pales in comparison to the true titans of tech transgressions – whose careers were toppled by everything from massive fraud and grand larceny to inappropriate dalliances with underlings. Each imploded in their own particular way, but all their stories come mixed with heaping helpings of arrogance and a dollop of coverup.Here’s your chance to meet the real world of Horrible Bosses, and get a glimpse of how they were rewarded – or occasionally punished – for behaving badly: Scott Thompson, Former Yahoo CEOScott Thompson was at Yahoo’s helm only five months before getting the boot for claiming to have a computer science degree from a college that didn’t offer one at the time. While a charitable observer might say he never lied, Thompson also never explained how that erroneous info got on his work bio. Nevertheless, the untruth gave investor activist Dan Loeb just what he needed in his proxy battle to stack the Yahoo board with his supporters. Thompson was given the heave-ho this month and Loeb, who runs the hedge fund Third Point, got the board seats. Thompson didn’t leave empty handed. While he missed out on a severance package, he did walk away with $7 million in bonuses from the struggling Internet portal. Brian Dunn, Former Best Buy CEOBrian Dunn stepped down in April as chief executive of electronics retailer Best Buy for what the company later called an “extremely close personal relationship” with a female employee more than 20 years younger. The 51-year-old Dunn did not use company resources in his “friendship,” which included lunch and drinks during the workweek and on weekends. The pair also seemed to stay in touch a lot. During two separate trips abroad for a total of nine days, Dunn contacted his “friend” by mobile phone at least 224 times. In the end, the board found that Dunn’s behavior violated company policy, yet he was still entitled to some big bucks. His separation package totaled $6.6 million. Mark Hurd, Former Hewlett-Packard CEOMark Hurd resigned in August 2010 as chief executive of tech giant Hewlett-Packard following a dalliance with a contract employee who later accused Hurd of sexual harassment. While investigating the allegations, the HP board found that Hurd had doctored expense reports in order to hide his personal relationship with marketing consultant Jodie Fisher, a former soft-core porn actress. Fisher denied the relationship with the married Hurd was sexual. She settled privately with Hurd and both sides agreed not to discuss the affair. Hurd left HP with $12.2 million in severance and enough stock to earn millions more – and was immediately hired by his friend Larry Ellison as co-president, director and board member of Oracle. David Edmondson, Former RadioShack CEODavid Edmondson resigned in February 2006 as CEO of electronics retailer RadioShack after lying about his education. Edmondson topped Yahoo’s Thompson by claiming to have two college degrees when he had none. The CEO apologized for the “embarrassment” he brought to the company. RadioShack’s hometown newspaper, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, broke the story, reporting Edmondson never graduated from the unaccredited bible college he attended. The newspaper also found that the CEO was facing a trial on his third arrest on drunk-driving charges. Edmondson left the company with a severance payment of less than $1 million in cash. Sanjay Kumar, Former Computer Associates CEOSanjay Kumar, ex-CEO of IT management software and solutions company Computer Associates, pleaded guilty in 2006 to his role in a $2.2 billion accounting fraud. He also admitted to interfering with a federal investigation by authorizing a payment of $3.7 million to silence a potential witness. Kumar, who was once a part owner of the New York Islanders hockey team, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, which he started serving in 2007. Computer Associates, which later changed its name to CA Technologies, paid more than $225 million to a shareholder restitution fund. Kumar contributed about $20 million from his own assets. John Rigas, Founder, Former CEO of Adelphia CommunicationsAfter leading Adelphia Communications for more than five decades, Chief Executive John Rigas was sentenced in 2005 to 15 years in prison in a multibillion-dollar fraud case that collapsed the company he founded. Rigas and his son Timothy Rigas, who was Adelphia’s chief financial officer, were convicted of 18 felony counts of fraud and conspiracy. The younger Rigas got 20 years in prison. The Rigases were convicted of stealing $100 million from Adelphia, which had been the fifth-largest cable company in the nation. They also were found guilty of conspiring to hide $2.3 billion in company debt. Bernard Ebbers, Former CEO of WorldComBernard Ebbers was sentenced in 2005 to 25 years in prison for leading the nation’s largest-ever corporate fraud. The former chief executive of telecom carrier WorldCom was convicted of nine felonies in an $11 billion accounting scandal at the company. When WorldCom filed for bankruptcy in 2002, it was the largest in U.S. history and led to shareholders and employees losing billions of dollars. Ebbers forfeited the bulk of his assets to burned WorldCom investors. Those assets included a Mississippi mansion and other holdings worth as much as $45 million. The day before his sentencing, Ebbers called the predicament he was in “bizarre.”Robert McCormick, Former CEO of Savvis CommunicationsRobert McCormick resigned in 2005 as chief executive of IT infrastructure management outfit Savvis Communications (now owned by CenturyLink) after it was revealed that he spent $241,000 entertaining business associates at a Manhattan strip club. The company’s board might have looked the other way, if McCormick hadn’t used his corporate charge card to pay for lap dances and then claim to be a victim of fraud when American Express demanded its money. Dubbed the “The Lap Dunce” by The New York Daily News, McCormick never submitted an expense report for the party at Scores. The company claimed it did not pay for McCormick’s night out on the town. Joe Nacchio, Former CEO of QwestOne-time Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio was convicted in 2007 of 19 counts of insider trading and was sentenced to nearly six years in prison. Nacchio was convicted of selling $52 million in stock in 2001 after it became known internally that the telecom carrier (also now owned by CenturyLink) was in danger of missing sales forecasts. Nacchio, who resigned in 2002, was ordered to forfeit almost $46 million and pay a $19 million fine. In 2011, Nacchio sued his lawyers from prison, claiming they were negligent. He also accused them of overbilling, pointing to charges that included lawyers’ underwear purchases. Gregory Reyes, Former CEO of BrocadeGregory Reyes was convicted in 2007 in a stock options backdating scandal at networking solutions vendor Brocade and received a 21-month prison term. The conviction was later overturned and the ex-CEO was retried. Prosecutors won again and he was sentenced in 2010 to 18 months in prison. At his second sentencing hearing, Reyes broke down crying, and his attorney had to read his statement for him. At his second criminal trial, Reyes blamed the company’s outside counsel, which he claimed signed off on the backdating of stock options. The judge at the sentencing hearing didn’t buy the argument, saying that, at some point, people have to take responsibility for what they say and do.Thompson photo courtesy of Yodel Anecdotal. Raju image via World Economic Forum/Flickr. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… antone gonsalvescenter_img Tags:#enterprise#Finance#Government#Gritty Entrepreneurs#history#HP#humor IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts last_img read more

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first_img12 pieces of conversion optimization advice you should ignoreYou are here: HomeDigital Marketing12 pieces of conversion optimization advice you should ignore Posted on 25th August 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share A lot of content on conversion rate optimization (CRO) is published every day. Most of it is spot-on, but some articles make me cringe a little.A lot of the advice being shared gives people false hope that if they conduct CRO correctly, they’ll see the millions roll in. It’s not that easy. The process is vigorous and requires a lot of time and effort — much more than the advice being shared will lead you to believe.Whenever you hear a marketing practice referred to as “easy,” it’s usually not. Let’s look at some common CRO misconceptions and their uncommon realities.Misconception 1: Anyone can do itNot hardly! To do well in CRO, you need good people on your team. A conversion rate optimization team usually includes:Two or three conversion optimization specialists.A UX designer.A front-end developer.A customer research specialist (can be part-time).An analytics specialist (can be part-time).A data analyst (can be part-time).A product or program manager, depending on your business.With all the different job types and responsibilities, how can one person do it all? Unless they’re Wonder Woman, they can’t.Now that we have an idea who we will need on our team, let’s look at common statements you’ll hear about CRO that aren’t always accurate.Misconception 2: There are CRO best practicesEveryone wants best practices, but in CRO, best practices simply don’t exist. We wish we had best practices, but it’s not a reality because what works on one website may not work on another.For example, CaffeineInformer and Bookings.com both tested the same navigational menus and found the most commonly recommended menu worked for one but not the other.CaffeineInformer tested the hamburger menu (an icon made up of three bars) versus the traditional word MENU enclosed with a border and one without a border, writing up and publishing the results online. You can see that the boxed MENU results were clicked on more often than MENU without a border, and the hamburger menu showed no use.When Bookings.com ran their test results, which a designer wrote about on the company’s blog, they found no difference in the number of clicks for their MENU options:Representatives from Booking.com said:With our very large user base, we are able to state with a very high confidence that, specifically for Booking.com users, the hamburger icon performs just as well as the more descriptive version.So, although your competitors may inspire you, most of the time you’ll find what they introduce on their site may not work on yours. In the case above, it’s a small change, but we have seen companies make a bet on a change that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and produces a negative impact on their site.My advice is to know what is out there and get inspiration from other sites, but validate through research, prototyping and usability testing before rolling out a change on your site (especially if it’s major). If it’s something minor like a hamburger menu, go ahead and test, but ask yourself, what are you really trying to achieve with the change? Consider the validity of the concept to begin with and see if it fits within the overall roadmap you have for your site.Misconception 3: More testing yields positive resultsStatistically speaking, more variations = greater possibilities of false positive and inaccurate results.My staff experienced this when we were first starting out as CRO practitioners. We would start testing by running a control versus variant 1, variant 2 and variant 3.Once we found a statistical winner, we would launch just the control versus the winner. For example, if variant 2 reached statistical power with a significant statistical lift, we would launch control versus variant 2.Of course, variable 2 completely tanked. What happened? Well, statistically, each variant brings a chance of a false positive. So of course, more variants = more chance of false positives.According to Sharon Hurley Hall’s blog post on OptinMonster.com:Most experienced conversion optimizers recommend that you don’t run more than four split tests at a time. One reason is that the more variations you run, the bigger the A/B testing sample size you need. That’s because you have to send more traffic to each version to get reliable results. This is known as A/B testing statistical significance (or, in everyday terms, making sure the numbers are large enough to actually have meaning).If you have low conversions (even in the presence of a high volume of traffic), you definitely shouldn’t test beyond one variation.Anyone with a sufficient number of conversions should be cautious and test, then retest the winning variation over the control to ensure it sticks.Misconception 4: CRO is A/B testingA/B testing is a part of the conversion rate optimization process, but they are not one in the same.Our methodology for conversion rate optimization is combined into the acronym SHIP:Scrutinize, Hypothesize, Implement and Propagate Over 70 percent of the time we spend doing CRO is the scrutinize (planning) phase of the process. An unplanned test that is not backed by data does not usually do well.When we talk about conversion optimization, the mind should go to design thinking, innovation and creativity. Ultimately, you are optimizing an experience and bringing it to a new level for the site visitor. You’re putting a spin on solutions to complex problems to ensure the visitor not only converts but has a memorable, enjoyable experience they’ll buzz about.That is no easy feat!Misconception 5: A simple change will impact your bottom lineSometimes a simple change can have an impact. but let’s be real: that’s the exception, not the rule.Expecting a color change on your site will increase conversion by 40 to 50 percent is really a stretch. When someone says it will, I immediately wonder, “How long did the test run?” and “Did it reach statistical power?” I think Allen Burt from BlueStout.com said it best in an expert roundup on Shane Barker’s blog:I love talking about how we can increase conversion rate and how we can optimize it, because most sites, especially ecommerce merchants, get this wrong. They think it’s all about A/B testing and trying different button colours, etc. In reality, for 90% of small to medium-sized businesses, the #1 change you can make to your site to increase conversion rate is your MESSAGING.Don’t try and take the easy route; usability issues need to be addressed, and testing colors and critical calls to action like a “Proceed to Checkout” statement is a viable test. But expecting a “significant impact” on your bottom line for simple changes is asking too muchOne of the key components of a successful CRO program is the creativity behind it. Test and push limits, try new things, and excite the visitor who has been accustomed to the plain and mundane.Misconception 6: A/B test everythingIn the past, there was a strong emphasis on A/B testing everything, from the smallest button to the hero image. But now, the mood has changed, and we see A/B testing differently.Some things just need to be fixed on a site. It doesn’t take an A/B test to figure out a usability issue or to understand that conversions increase when common problems are fixed. A simple investigation may be all that is required to determine whether or not an A/B test should be done.When evaluating a site, we find issues and classify the fixes for those issues in “buckets,” which helps determine further action. Here are the four basic buckets:Areas and issues are evaluated for testing. When we find them, we place these items in the research opportunities bucket.Some areas don’t require testing because they are broken or suffer from an inconsistency and just need to be fixed. We place these issues in the fix right away bucket.Other areas may require us to explore and understand more about the problem before placing it in one of the two former buckets, so we add it to the investigate further bucket.During any site evaluation, you may find a tag or event is missing and not providing sufficient details about a specific page or element. That goes into the classification instrument bucket.Misconception 7: Statistical significance is the most important metric We hear it all the time: The test reached 95 percent statistical confidence, so we should stop it. However, when you look back at the test, between the control and the variation, only 50 conversions were collected (about 25 for each), and the test ran for only two days.That is not enough data.The first step to consider when launching an A/B test is to calculate the sample size. The sample size is based on the number of visitors, conversions and expected uplift you believe you will need to reach before concluding the test.In a blog entry on Hubspot.com, WPEngine’s Carl Hargreaves advised:Keep in mind that you’ll need to pick a realistic number for your page. While we would all love to have millions of users to test on, most of us don’t have that luxury. I suggest making a rough estimate of how long you’ll need to run your test before hitting your target sample size.Second, consider statistical power. According to Minitab.com, “[S]tatistical power is the probability that a test will detect a difference (or effect) that actually exists.”The likelihood that an A/B test will detect a change in conversion rates between variations depends on the impact of the new design. If the impact is large (such as a 90 percent increase in the conversions), it will be easy to detect in the A/B test.If the impact is small (such as a 1 percent increase in the conversions), it will be difficult to detect in the A/B testUnfortunately, we do not know the actual magnitude of impact! One of the purposes of the A/B test is to estimate it. The choice of the effect size is always somewhat arbitrary, and considerations of feasibility are often paramount.Another important point here is to understand that it’s important to keep your business cycles in mind. In the past, we’ve seen sites where conversions spike on the 15th and 30th of every month. In order to run a test that would account for the entirety of that 15-day business cycle, we would need to test for a minimum of 2 1/2 weeks (including one of the spikes for each testing period).Another example is SaaS companies, where a subscription to their service was a business decision that often took two months before closing. Measuring conversions for less than that period would skew data tremendously. Misconception 8: Business owners understand their customer base and visitorsA client of ours insisted they knew their customer base. They are a billion-dollar company that has been around since 1932, with 1,000 stores and a lot of customer data. But they have only been online for about 10 years.Based on our experience, we told this brand their online customers will behave and act differently from customers in their brick-and-mortar stores and may even vary in terms of overall demographics.However, our client insisted he knew better. After doing research, we suggested running some experiments. One particular experiment dealt with the behavior and actions of visitors on the cart page. Was the cart used to store products until they came back later? Or was it just not effective in persuading visitors to move forward? Our theory was the latter. We shared that from what we observed, there was hesitation to move beyond the cart page.This suggestion was met with a lot of resistance from the brand’s director of marketing, who claimed we didn’t understand their customers as they did. To compromise, I suggested we test a percentage of traffic and slowly grow the percentage as the test gained momentum. If the customer follow-through did not grow, we would end the test.The test was launched and reached sample size within days because of the amount of traffic and conversions they have, and it revealed a 20.4 percent improvement.The brand was stumped and realized there was another way to think about how their customers were using their shopping cart.According to William Harris from Elumynt.com (also published in Shane Barker’s roundup):It’s easy to get stuck in the “A/B testing world,” looking at data and numbers, etc. But one of the best sources of learning is still having real conversations with your customers and ideal contacts. It also increases the conversion rate.The point of my story is this: You think you know, but until you do the research and conduct testing on theories you’ve built, you can’t be sure. Additionally, the landscape is ever-changing, and visitors are impatient. All of that plays into your ability to persuade and excite visitors.Misconception 9: Only change one thing at a timeThe next two points are related. Some people feel you should move slowly and make one change at a time in order to understand the effects of the change. When you’re testing, you create a hypothesis regarding the test, and it may involve one or more elements.It isn’t template tweaking (e.g., just changing locations and design of elements); it’s testing against an entire hypothesis which is backed by data resulting in data-driven changes that visitors can see and feel.Misconception 10: Make multiple changes each timeCounter to the point made in number 9 above. Sometimes we find a hypothesis becomes muddled because other changes are included within a single test. That makes it difficult to decipher the authenticity of the results and what element impacted the test.Always stick to the hypothesis, and make sure your hypothesis matches the changes you’ve made on the site.Misconception 11: Unpopular elements should be avoidedWe had an account that simply did not believe in carousels. I’m not a fan, personally, but because the account sold a specific product, we felt carousels were necessary and recommended they be used.But the account resisted until customers started complaining. It wasn’t until then the account realized carousels will help visitors find what they need and give breadth to the range of products they were selling.Elements that have been deemed unpopular aren’t always unpopular with your customer base or your specific needs. If the research shows an element can provide a solution for you, test it before you completely discount it.Misconception 12: Your site is too small for CROConversion rate optimization is not only about testing. CRO is about understanding your visitors and giving them a more engaging experience. All digital marketers and webmasters owning a site of any size should be implementing CRO.If you have the traffic to justify your theories, test! Otherwise, continuously update your site and measure your changes through observation of key metrics through your analytics or through usability testing.The post 12 pieces of conversion optimization advice you should ignore appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: 12 pieces of conversion optimization advice you should ignore 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 2019last_img read more

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first_img Posted on 11th May 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Google shares details on how first price auctions in Google Ad Manager will workYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingGoogle shares details on how first price auctions in Google Ad Manager will work In March, Google announced it will shift to first price auctions for Google Ad Manager, its ad server and publisher exchange, by year end. On Friday, it issued an update with some additional details on the transition.How auctions on Ad Manager run now. Currently, there may be two different auctions run for a specific ad. A second price, real-time bidding auction runs among Authorized Buyers, which include Google Ads, Display & Video 360 and other DSPs. That’s then followed by a first price auction that compares the winning price from the second price auction with a publisher’s guaranteed and non-guaranteed advertising campaigns and bids from Exchange Bidding buyers.Currently, Google doesn’t require Authorized Buyers to share and receive bid data, which means there is often not complete historical auction data available for publishers and buyers to inform future inventory evaluations, Jason Bigler, a director of product management at Google, wrote in the blog post.How auctions will run after the shift. When Google Ad Manager shifts to first price auctions, it plans to require all partners to share and receive bid data, Bigler said.There will be a unified first price auction that includes publishers’ guaranteed campaigns and all non-guaranteed bidders — Authorized Buyers and everyone else — at once. Bids from publishers’ guaranteed campaigns are compared against all other bidders. Non-authorized will have the same opportunities as authorized DSPs.“Going forward, no price from any of a publisher’s non-guaranteed advertising sources will be shared with another buyer before they bid in the auction,”said Bigler.Google will also no longer have a “last look” opportunity to pay just above the winning bid after an auction to win the impression. With a unified first price auction Google, like all bidders, will pay the full bid amount (minus fees).Changes to floor price strategies and rules. Publishers’ floor (minimum) pricing strategies for second price auctions will of course no longer be relevant after the transition. Bigler advises publishers to “focus on understanding the true value of their inventory and adjust pricing based on their existing advertising deals and how buyers are valuing their inventory.”Google released a new feature called unified pricing rules to help publishers manage floor prices for all non-guaranteed bidders. Publishers will not be able to set different floor prices for different buying platforms.“For example, instead of setting up the same floor prices in multiple places — in the auction in Ad Manager, and with their Exchange Bidding and other non-guaranteed advertising sources — which can take a lot of time and can lead to errors, a publisher can set up a single unified pricing rule to control pricing from one place,” said Bigler.Initially, there is a limit of 100 rules, but Bigler said Google will work with partners to understand if that limit should be increased.Why we should care. Other major exchanges already support first price auctions. The industry has largely welcomed Google Ad Manager’s adoption of first price. As the dominant market leader, it means first priced auctions will essentially be the universal programmatic auction method.That means greater transparency, operational simplicity and fairer and more informed bidders. Buyers will have more insights into pricing, making it easier to value publishers’ inventory.Publishers will be able to get reporting on all bids submitted by buyers, including those from Google Ads and Display & Video 360, and Authorized Buyers and Exchange Bidding buyers will both be able to see the winning prices for auctions they participated in.Reminder. This move will affect display and video inventory sold through Google Ad Manager only. It does not impact auctions for Search, YouTube, AdSense for Search or other Google property inventory.The post Google shares details on how first price auctions in Google Ad Manager will work appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Google shares details on how first price auctions in Google Ad Manager will work 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 2019last_img read more

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first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… People in the U.S. now spend 40 minutes per day on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on the company’s Q2 earnings call on Wednesday.He qualified that statement by saying people spend about nine hours total on digital media, mobile use and television included. But 40 minutes is still four percent of your waking hours.Some of that time spent might eventually turn into sending your friends money via Messenger, Facebook’s mobile messaging app. On the call, Zuckerberg said there will be “some overlap” between messaging and payments, but that likely won’t happen anytime soon. The social network recently hired David Marcus, former PayPal president, to become vice president of the company’s messaging products. See also: PayPal’s David Marcus Is Headed To FacebookZuckerberg said that people are now sending 12 billion messages each month.Other notable numbers from today’s earnings call include Facebook’s 1.32 billion monthly active users, an increase of 14% year-over-year, and its mobile monthly active users increased 31% year over year to 1.07 billion. Mobile advertising revenue accounted for 62% of the company’s overall ad revenue. Yes, a lot of people are still using Facebook, and advertisers like it. The company’s stock price was up almost four percent in after hours trading on Wednesday.Lead image courtesy of Maria Elena on Flickr The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img selena larson Tags:#earnings#Facebook A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology lauren orsini Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#Apple Watch#Galaxy Gear#Microsoft#Moto 360#Motorola#Samsung Moto 360 flagship smartwatch by MotorolaMicrosoft is preparing to launch a fitness wearable in the next few weeks, sources say. According to Forbes’ covert sources, the new gadget will take the form of—what else?—a smart watch that tracks the wearer’s heart rate. The major advantage of this offering, anonymous sources say, is a battery life that extends more than two days. This smart watch offering could put Microsoft ahead of Samsung and Motorola, whose competing smart watches—the Galaxy Gear and Moto 360—have a battery life of about 24 hours. Since the watch will allegedly be launching before the 2014 holiday season, it will also have an advantage over the Apple Watch, which has been delayed until next spring. See also: What You Can Do With The Apple WatchThis offering would mark Microsoft’s first foray into the world of smart watches.Photo of Moto 360 via Motorolalast_img read more

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first_imgadriana lee The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img BlackBerry PassportBlackBerry’s newest smartphones will return to a major carrier’s stores at the end of this week. Starting February 20, AT&T will begin offering the company’s Passport and Classic on contract, as well as through installment plans.Despite efforts by carriers to wean consumers off phone subsidies, in the American market, cheap phones sold under contracts—or, more recently, on installment plans—are the bulk of the market. Faced with lackluster sales of its Q10 and Z10, BlackBerry basically sat out the most recent sales cycle, with no carrier offering subsidized sales. Getting back into AT&T’s good graces means it’s “go time” for BlackBerry’s latest phones. They’ve only been available at unsubsidized retail prices directly from BlackBerry and on Amazon.com.The stakes could be high for BlackBerry. Because if neither phone succeeds at this point, it’s not clear they ever will. A Duo Of BlackBerriesThe Passport is the closest thing BlackBerry has to a phablet, with a squared-off 4.5-inch display and a relatively long-lasting battery. The AT&T version trims a bit off the corners, making them rounder, though the rather funky QWERTY keyboard remains the same. See also: BlackBerry’s New Square Passport Is A Ticket To WeirdnessI found the Passport to be a strange device. It’s slightly larger than a terra-cotta tile, but thicker. The screen presents an odd viewing scenario, as most online videos do not naturally fit that square-ish shape. It also comes with an unconventionally laid-out keyboard that seems almost intentionally designed for typos. I had higher hopes for the Classic, which more closely resembles a traditional BlackBerry. The company sent me a unit to check out, and after using it for a few weeks, I found some highs and lows with the device. I was surprised at how much I missed the feeling of a physical keyboard. BlackBerry’s traditional QWERTY is a standout—even now, when it has few competitors left. Banging out messages felt oddly satisfying, since I could mash those keys without having to look at my fingers. BlackBerry ClassicThe downside: The space dedicated to the keyboard dictates a smaller touch display of 3.5 inches. Overall, the device itself feels slightly thicker and heavier than the old, lightweight BlackBerry phones of yore, like the Torch or Bold. See also: BlackBerry Launches The Classic, Its Best Hope Yet For SalvationBoth devices support BlackBerry messaging and offer Hub, the company’s take on a unified message center. It makes sense conceptually, but in practical application, the swirl of messages—from Facebook and Twitter to work email and personal texts—can feel a bit messy lumped in together. It doesn’t help that BlackBerry doesn’t always accurately track whether or not you’ve read them. The Passport and Classic manage to sidestep the matter of BlackBerry’s meager app selection. They do this by running Android apps in addition to BlackBerry apps, which greatly expands what they can do. But it’s not a perfect solution. The Android apps come courtesy of Amazon’s app store, not Google Play, which means some major apps—including several Google services—just aren’t available.Are They A Dynamic Duo? The Passport will only be available on AT&T as an exclusive. The phone will sell for $0 down at a range of installment options—from $21 to $32 depending on the AT&T Next plan. The two-year contract price will be $200, with off-contract pricing at $650. The Classic will cost less, going for $0 down and monthly payments of $14 to $21 on AT&T Next, or a contract price of just $50. Customers can also purchase the device from the carrier outright for $420. The Classic won’t be an AT&T-only gadget. Other carriers, including Verizon, have stated their intention to carry the device, though details have yet to emerge. BlackBerry’s best shot at success may lie with the Classic, whose attractive price point and terrific keyboard naturally sets it apart. But even if you can get over the tinier screen, the app selection and message handling still feels like a work in progress. Perhaps that’s what it was intended to be. Mobile World Congress, a big, annual industry event, will kick off in two weeks. BlackBerry is expected to reveal its next steps then. These could involve an evolution of sorts for whichever device has captured the public’s fancy (and dollars) more. Or, if it should face lagging sales, the company may decide to push its work-oriented initiatives—like that still-fresh partnership with Samsung over Android security. Either way, this may be a make-or-break moment for the company, and what happens in the next few weeks could determine its path for the foreseeable future. Photos courtesy of BlackBerry Tags:#BlackBerry#BlackBerry Classic#BlackBerry Passport#mobile#smartphone Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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first_imgCloud: SmartThe Cloud is “an interactive speaker/lamp designed to mimic a thunderstorm in both sound and light. Functions include: streaming music via Bluetooth, music visualization, motion sensing & creating ambient light displays.” Think of it as a self-indulgent piece of interactive art. That makes the $3,360 price tag more palatable. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… At $700 for the juicer and  the requisite juice packs at $5 each, the local artisan bio-cafe is looking a lot more accessible. When did cutting an orange in half become too hard?The Control FreakThe mere name of this product makes me think of A-type personalities who use their kitchen more for storing take-out sushi chopsticks than actual food prep. Yes, The Control Freak is actually the name of this stove top, a collaboration between Breville and Polyscience, who assert:“It’s the first of its kind to accurately measure, set and hold 397 cooking temperatures from 86°-482°F. The unique real-time sensing system uses a through-glass sensor to directly measure surface temperature. Probe Control™ remote thermometer to precisely control the temperature of both water and fat-based liquids.”Once you’ve seen the magic you can do with an old battered wok over a flame, the price of $1,799.95 is laughable. Perhaps learning to cook with the stuff in your kitchen already is a better start.Has a product caught your eye or horrified your soul? Email us your own best and worst and my favorites will get a mention. Follow the Puck Tags:#best of#Bluetooth#breville#Connected Devices#connected home#Internet of Things#IoT#sleep problems#Sleep sensor#smart cooking#smart kitchens#weather#worst of Cate Lawrence Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts NoraWhen you’re from a family of chronic snorers and you’ve all spent time in sleep clinics to no avail, a product that not only aims to prevent snoring  but is also backed by sleep scientists is very appealing. Nora is a wireless device that detects the early sounds of snoring then gently moves your head by activating a padded insert in your pillow case. The insert is inflated and the movement treats the cause of snoring, the relaxed throat muscles, allowing the airway to clear and the breathing to continue. The $259 price is far cheaper than renting an apartment with a spare bedroom.…and the worstPeggyPeggy is a smart clothes peg bought to you by detergent-maker Omo. It measures temperature and humidity with a corresponding app that helps you decide when you dry your clothes outside. Note to Peggy users: Go outside. Just for a while. You probably won’t die.JuiceroCold-pressed juice has become smart thanks to Juicero. Juicing is no longer about chopping up some fresh fruit and extracting the juice. Instead you have to buynot only the juicer but also a subscription to space age-like single serve packages of diced fruit and vegetables which when added to the machine will give you one glass of juice. Where does the IoT come in? According to the website:“Connectivity is a key component of the Juicero system. Being connected to the internet ensures that you have the latest updates and that your Press is operating optimally. Once everything is synced, you’ll be able to rely on the app to see which Packs you’ve consumed and which ones still remain. To ensure you’re drinking the highest quality juice, the app will also notify you when Packs are about to expire.” In case that’s not enough to tempt you, “you’ll always know which nutrients you’re consuming and which farm grew each ingredient.” It’s a tech party and IoT is everywhere right now – loud, noisy and on the dance floor with a tie around its head.With so much energy in being devoted to tell us how, when, where, what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and take a critical look at the connected devices that actually go out and buy, right now.(Ed note: We also do a round-up of crowdfunding ideas you can’t quite get yet…or possibly should never be able to get.)Here’s what caught our eye, for all the right – or wrong – reasons:The Best of…..Bios incubeWhatever your views on the existence of the afterlife, reality is that cemetery space is becoming a crowded, expensive, commodity. The alternative cremation results in the question of how to deal with the ashes, with the options not  all that appealing, especially if you’ve already been to a scattering of ashes where the wind blew them back in the faces of the bereaved.Now there’s another option thanks to Bios Incube, a biodegradable urn containing a tree seed in which you can place the ashes and monitor remotely. According to the manufacturers, “the urn provides proper germination and later growth of the tree, based on a person or pet’s ashes. In this way, death becomes a transformation and return to life by means of nature”. The Bios Incube is a step up the from the creators earlier device of simply a seed and a biodegradable urn, and it is designed to  facilitate growth, and enables you to track and monitor your Bios Urn. A corresponding mobile app tells you how your tree is growing, and when necessary, provide advice for maintenance…because surely there’d be nothing worse than planting a loved one’s ashes with a growing tree only to have it die on you, too? Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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first_imgAn electioneering Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced government support of smart city innovation that could see more than $100 million invested each year.As announced in a campaign press release, Turnbull will create a smart city investment fund and a collaborative smart cities program if he is re-elected in early July.Turnbull promised to establish an investment fund to “accelerate the deployment of clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency technology in cities.” The fund, which will be run by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will create a funding pool that could generate up to $100 million annually.“This initiative will support projects that demonstrate value for money and provide a return which will be reinvested in new projects,” said in the media release. “These investments will drive new jobs and enterprise, reduce greenhouse emissions and make our cities more resilient.”New Australian smart cities program comingHe also promised to establish a $50 million Smart Cities Program that seeks collaboration from local governments in order to improve city livability through the application of innovative technology-based approaches.“The Smart Cities Program will incentivise councils to partner with communities, local business, not-for-profits and research institutes to create cutting edge technology solutions for urban problems,” the release said.“Australia’s cities are home to the majority of our population and responsible for more than 80 per cent of national economic output,” continued Turnbull’s media statement, adding that “…our cities are at the frontline of action on climate change.”This follows Turnbull’s announcement in May of a Smart Cities Plan that would create a new unit for infrastructure finance with the goal in mind of providing the resources needed to create smart cities throughout Australia’s metropolitan regions.Part of this plan is to create what is being dubbed as “30 minute cities” which describes a city where anyone can commute to work, school, and its various lifestyle services in 30 minutes or less. This would require some major overhauls to Australia’s current transportation system, especially in cities like Melbourne where traffic congestion is a considerable problem. Donal Power For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts center_img Tags:#Australia#Internet of Things#Investment#IoT#Smart Cities#transportation Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

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first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Comptroller has updated its website concerning important changes and benefits for the 2017 tax filing season affecting corporate and personal income taxpayers. Taxpayers are reminded that personal income tax returns are due April 18, 2017 and that business income tax return dates vary. The guidance concerns the increased pension exclusion, tax forms and instructions, exemptions, deductions, tax credits, and local rate changes. Further, Form 500CR must be filed electronically. However, certain individual taxpayers may elect to claim the community investment tax credit and/or the endow Maryland tax credit on Maryland Form 502CR, and thus avoid the electronic filing requirement. Finally, since the special nonresident tax rate is tied to the lowest local rate, the special nonresident tax rate increases to 1.75% for 2016.Subscribers can view the guidance on the Comptroller’s website at http://taxes.marylandtaxes.com/Individual_Taxes/General_Information/Whats_New_for_the_Tax_Filing_Season.shtml.What’s New for the Tax Filing Season, Maryland Comptroller, December 2016last_img read more

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first_imgMaine Revenue Services (MRS) has issued the individual income tax withholding tables for 2017. Also included in the tables publication are the employer withholding calendar and instructions.2017 Withholding Tables for Individual Income Tax, Maine Revenue Services, December 2016, ¶200-855last_img

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first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportLegislation introduced in the Hawaii House of Representatives, the Simplified Seller Use Tax Remittance Act, would establish a simplified sellers use tax remittance program designed to allow eligible remote sellers to voluntarily collect, report, and remit a simplified sellers use tax, instead of the general excise or use taxes otherwise due. Collection and remittance of the simplified sellers use tax would relieve the seller and purchaser of liability for any additional general excise or use taxes due on the transaction.To participate in the program, remote sellers would apply to the Hawaii Department of Taxation and would agree to collect, report, and remit the simplified sellers use tax for all sales delivered into Hawaii for as long as they participate in the program; agree to provide the department with certain information related to sales to Hawaii customers; and agree to comply with all program reporting requirements.RateThe simplified sellers use tax would be imposed at the rate of 4% of the sales price on any tangible personal property sold or delivered into Hawaii by an eligible seller participating in the program. No eligible seller would be required to collect the tax at a rate greater than 4%, regardless of the combined actual tax rates that may otherwise apply. Furthermore, sales for which the simplified sellers use tax is collected would not be subject to any county surcharge.[Note: Hawaii’s general excise and use tax rate is generally 4% on retail sales. In addition, Honolulu imposes a 0.5% county surcharge on the island of Oahu.]Exempt PurchasesParticipating eligible sellers would be required to collect the simplified sellers use tax on all purchases delivered into Hawaii unless the purchaser provides the seller with a valid exemption certificate and general excise tax license.Collection DiscountEligible sellers would be authorized to deduct and retain a collection discount equal to 2% of the simplified sellers use tax properly collected and timely remitted.AmnestyWith certain restrictions, eligible sellers participating in the program would be granted amnesty for any uncollected remote use tax that may have been due on sales made to purchasers in Hawaii for the 12-month period before the effective date of the seller’s participation in the program.Other ProvisionsOther provisions in the proposed legislation include definitions and provisions regarding administration of the simplified sellers use tax, an online reporting and remittance system, refunds, applicability of the Simplified Seller Use Tax Remittance Act provisions in the event federal remote seller legislation is enacted, and removal of a seller from the program for failure to collect and report the tax.Subscribers can view the introduced legislation.HI HB 1413, introduced 1/25/17H.B. 1413, as introduced in the Hawaii House of Representatives on January 25, 2017last_img read more

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first_imgSeattle has repealed the employee head tax that was scheduled to take effect in 2019.Head TaxThe  tax would have been imposed at a rate of $275 per full-time employee on businesses with at least $20 million annually in taxable gross receipts. The tax would have been used to combat homelessness.Additional information on the repeal can be found on the city council’s website at https://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/progressive-tax-on-business.Progressive Tax On Business, Seattle City Council, June 12, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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first_imgA bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would:– establish a federal physical presence nexus standard for state income and business taxes;– expand the application of P.L. 86-272 to sales of services; and– adopt a Joyce apportionment method for some combined and consolidated returns.Congress has considered the bill, known as the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2018 (BATSA), several times without passing the legislation.What Nexus Standard Would the Bill Require to Impose an Income Tax?A state could not impose, assess, or collect a net income or business activity tax on a business unless the business has a physical presence in a state.Activities establishing a physical presence in a state would include:– being physically in a state, or assigning one or more employees to the state;– using the services of an agent to establish or maintain the market in a state if the agent does not work in the state for any other business;– leasing or owning tangible personal property or real property in the state.Physical presence would not include:– presence in a state for less than 15 days in a tax year; or– presence in a state to conduct limited or transient business activity.What Changes Would be Made to P.L. 86-272?The bill would extend amend P.L. 86-272 by extending existing protections to sales of services and other transactions.The prohibitions on applying net income taxes would expand to include other business activity taxes.A business will not have engaged in taxable business activities in a state only because of:– sales or transactions, the solicitation of orders, the furnishing of information to customers or affiliates, or the coverage of events or other gathering of information in a state, for a business by one or more independent contractors;– maintaining an office in a state by independent contractors whose activities for the business are limited to making sales or fulfilling transactions, soliciting orders, furnishing information to customers or affiliates, or the coverage of events or other gathering of information; or– furnishing information to an independent contractor by a business ancillary to the solicitation of orders or transactions by the independent contractor.H.R. 6978, as introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 28, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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first_img(AP) – Federal officials say two crew members and eight passengers were killed when a small, twin-engine plane crashed into a hangar during takeoff at a Dallas-area airport.National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg said the plane crashed at 9:11 a.m. Sunday at the Addison Municipal Airport. He says, “We don’t know a lot about the people on board at this point.”Landsberg says the plane was headed to St. Petersburg, Florida.He also said the plane had recently changed hands so it’s not clear what the proper tail number currently was.Jennifer Rodi, the NTSB’s lead investigator on the accident, said it had previously been owned by a private charter company in Chicago.last_img read more

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