first_imgPiedra wins board seat Apr 24, 2019 Top Stories Young lawyers board runoffs decided There was no tie the second time around.In a runoff election required because they matched vote totals in the March balloting, Jorge L. Piedra defeated Alice K. Sum for a seat representing the 11th Circuit on the Bar Board of Governors. Piedra received 1,750 votes to Sum’s 1,382.The runoff attracted more interest than the March general election, where both candidates garnered 1,270 votes.Piedra will be sworn into office for his two-year term at the Bar’s June convention, along with other new and reelected board members.Three runoff races for Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors seats were also decided in April balloting.In the Seventh Circuit, Seat 1, Travis Mydock defeated Carleen A. Leffler-Nicastro 46 to 36. In the 12th Circuit, Seat 2, Jodi Ruberg defeated Warren Chin 111 to 80. In the 13th Circuit Seat 3, Ciara C. Willis defeated Giovanni Giarratana 184 to 110.last_img read more

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first_img Email There is still time to get in some casting on the Flathead River with the fall fishing season excellent this year. For an easy float or if you’re looking for a place to wander the banks, the Teakettle Fishing Access site in Columbia Falls is a superb place to start a day’s adventure. Use the well-maintained concrete boat ramp to launch your vessel for a popular half-day fishing outing from Teakettle to the Presentine Fishing Access. The easy float is surrounded by beautiful scenery. The access site offers tables and ample space for picnics or a quick afternoon getaway. The water is currently low creating an easily navigable beach of rounded river rock to stroll between the trees and crystal clear water of the Flathead River. Stop and learn a bit of local history by viewing a salvaged steel paddle wheel shaft from the 1892 steamer “Oakes,” a stern-wheeler steamboat that was used to retrieve coal for the railroad from the North Fork of the Flathead River near Coal Creek. Read about the “Tragedy of the North Fork” and the events that led to the capsized steamer. The site is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. How to get there: Go east on MT Highway 40 from U.S. Highway 93. Highway 40 intersects with U.S. Highway 2. Continue east on Highway 2 through Columbia Falls. Access is on the southwest side of the bridge near mile marker 7. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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first_imgWe have been facing an agrarian crisis or farmers distress from few decades. Suicide has become a most undesirable curse to our nation. It is a sad part that farmers have been used as vote bank to get elected to power by giving some freebies rather than solving their issues at the core to make them self-reliant and better financially.M. S. Swaminathan revolutionized crop yielding, he is the one who knows issues related to farmers to a much deeper level, I always follow his views on current governments actions related to agrarian crisis. He is very supportive and helping the government on various agriculture and farmers developmental activities.PM Narendra Modi has taken several initiatives to make farmers financially strong. His commitment to actions towards making farmers income double by 2022 is quite commendable. Let’s see some of his actions on the ground: –Soil health card: – Our farmers are very hardworking, but they were not given proper knowledge about the soil they are using for different crops. Nature of soil defines which type of crop must be sown in different seasons. PM Modi has taken up this initiative and decided to make farmers aware of their soil health. Considering that the health of the soil plays a fundamental role in agriculture, the government has dispatched more than 13 crore soil health cards from 2015 to 2018. Soil Health Cards carry crop-specific recommendations for nutrients and fertilizers to help farmers improve their productivity.Fertilizers: – There are hardly any complaints from the states about fertilizer distribution. The reason being the significant increase in Urea production as the government has revived the defunct fertilizer plants and set up new plants. Since the government has implemented a 100% neem coating of Urea, it not only resulted in improving the soil quality but also prevented the diversion of fertilizers to other purposes. The big fund was allocated to raise fertilizer production.More crop per drop: – Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana is in place to ensure ‘more crop per drop’ which will cover 28.5 lakh hectare area under irrigation. Rs. 50,000 crores earmarked for ensuring that every farm gets water. Rs. 5,000 crore funds for micro-irrigation made available while there has been an encouragement for farmers to install solar pumps for irrigation.Credit and Support for farmers: – The Modi Government has taken important policy initiatives to address the issue of farm credit and save farmers from being exploited in the hands of informal credit sources such as moneylenders. Rs 6000 is given to each farmer per year in 3 instalments. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana is the biggest risk cover and safety net provided by the government. Under interest subvention scheme short-term crop loans up to 3 lakhs with the minimum or no interest rate per annum up to one year made available.Marketing the farmers produce: – The government’s policy follows the next logical step after supporting the farmer at sowing time, which is to help farmers to get the right price for their produce. In July 2018, the government approved the historic MSP hike for Kharif crops to 1.5 times the cost, which will provide farmers with a profit margin of 50% over the cost of production.E- NAM: – National Agriculture Market scheme known as e-NAM has integrated more than 600 markets across states and 2 Union territories. More than 164.53 lakh tons of farm commodities have been transacted on e-NAM and more than 87 lakh farmers have been registered. Thus, it is cutting down the intermediaries(middlemen) in agriculture trading to facilitate farmer with his due. 22,000 rural haats will turn into Gramin Agriculture Market which will benefit 86% small farmers. Large investment in warehousing and cold chains to prevent post-harvest crop losses and value addition through food processing also giving the farmers the essential edge on the market. To address the price volatility of perishable items like tomato, potato and onion ‘Operation Greens’ has been put in place.Focus on allied sectors: – As noted earlier, the focus has been laid on allied agriculture activities to boost farmers income. Corpus of Rs. 10,000 crores set up to create infrastructure in fisheries, aquaculture and animal husbandry. Integrated Development & Management of Fisheries with an outlay of Rs. 3000 crores, the establishment of 20 Gokul Grams are some of the examples in this regard.Growth in production: – There are ample indications to suggest that PM Narendra Modi’s agriculture policy implementation has been yielding results. Agriculture production has touched a new high in 2017–18 with 279.51 million tons of food grain production and increasing each year. The extent of the buffer stock of pulses increased from 1.5 lakh tons to 20 lakh tons. Milk production has increased by 18.81% in 2016–17 as compared to 2013–14.One Nation One Market:- With the amendment to the essential commodities act, a farmer can sell their commodities anywhere with better pricing. Farmers are freed after 70 years of independence in real sense. THIS THE BIGGEST AND LIFE CHANGING ACTION FOR FARMERS BY MODI GOVERNMENT.Numerous steps are required to bring the desired change and doubling farmers income. However, what role should we play today? We must teach and help our farmers about the actions taken by the government, help them to register on the e-NAM platform and how to sell. We need to develop confidence in our lifeline (Farmers) to participate in the actions taken by the government and bring clarity that government will continue to take necessary steps to benefit the farmers…Can we help them and bring back to normal life and avoid suicides??last_img read more

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first_img Share Tweet Share 51 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share NewsRegional Venezuelan military scales back presence at border by: Caribbean Media Corporation – September 28, 2015 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Venezuelan military is scaling down its presence at the Guyana/ Venezuela border.Guyana’s Minister of State Joseph Harmon made the disclosure late Saturday while defending the government’s decision last week to deploy additional troops and equipment to its border in response to the stance taken by Venezuela.According to Harmon, the Government’s response was adequate given that Venezuela’s show of force is now subsiding.“The way we were responding to Venezuela is appropriate…as of yesterday, the reports we have, is that Venezuela has started to remove. They started scaling back – the gun boat that was in the Cuyuni is now removed and the armament they had there is now moved towards inland Venezuela,” said Harmon.He said the response from Government was also due to the analyses taken from the reports received and it was not lacking in any form or manner.Guyana’s President David Granger is scheduled to meet with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro on Sunday in a meeting facilitated by the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon.On May 26, Maduro issued a decree claiming two thirds of Guyana’s territory igniting controversy from a dispute that was settled since 1899 by an Arbrital Award.The purported annexation of the waters off Essequibo now takes in the oil-rich Stabroek Block, where American oil giant Exxon Mobil in May found a “significant” reserve of high quality crude oil.ExxonMobil said the discovery was made in one of the two wells it dug, in the Liza-1 drill site, which realised more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone.At the end of their annual summit in Barbados in July, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries reaffirmed the “longstanding, deep and wide-ranging friendship between CARICOM and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”.last_img read more

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first_imgFollowing the lead of consumer-oriented VDAs like Alexa, Cortana and Siri, businesses are expected to begin to adopt business-focused Virtual Digital Assistants (VDAs). In 2017, enterprise users already were using VDAs to help with tasks like workflows and business processes.  Tractica estimates that by 2025 there will be more than one billion VDAs in use by enterprises, generating $7.7 billion in yearly revenues.Artificial Intelligence is powering the rapid growth and sophistication of VDAs in the enterprise. VDAs have been used primarily to assist with customer support, but increasingly will be helping with other tasks, particularly tasks that are highly repetitive.Mark Beccue, principal analyst at Tractica, said that “in the past 3 years, significant advances in combining natural language processing (NLP) with other forms of AI, primarily machine learning and deep learning, have made enterprise VDAs more intelligent and more useful. This advancement and other market factors have begun to expand the use cases for enterprise VDAs beyond customer service & marketing. Other notable use cases for enterprise VDAs include e-commerce and sales, business applications, healthcare, foreign language tutoring, and tax filing and processing.”last_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_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore’s bowlers finally came good against a quality Mumbai Indians batting line-up to defend 167 and keep alive their chances of a play-off berth in IPL 2018.Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav were exceptional with the new ball after RCB posted a modest total on a difficult pitch.Southee removed Ishan Kishan for a duck while Umesh removed Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma off successive balls to rock Mumbai’s chase. There was more trouble in store for the defending champions when Kieron Pollard fell to Mohammad Siraj.A brief partnership ensued between JP Duminy and Hardik Pandya but when the former was run out in the 12th over, the writing was on the wall.The Pandya brothers got together for a 56-run stand and at one point, it looked like Mumbai would come back to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat.(HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS | KOHLI HIGHEST RUN-SCORER IN IPL)However, RCB’s improved death bowling ensured the required rate stayed up all through. Krunal tried to be cheeky against Siraj and was caught at point by Mandeep in the penultimate over with MI still needing 28 runs.Hardik, admonished earlier by coach Mahela Jayawardene for not working hard enough, played a stellar knock but there was far too much to do.He eventually fell to Southee on the first ball of the final over when he holed out to Kohli.Hardik had no choice but to go after Southee – MI needed 25 to win off the final over.This was easily the best bowling performance by Bangalore this season. Kohli had been severe on his bowlers and fielders after successive defeats against Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. His men responded well on Tuesday to clinch their third win of the year and keep their campaign alive.advertisementEarlier in the evening, the Mumbai bowlers pulled out all stops to keep the star-studded Bangalore batting line-up at a manageable total.Put into bat, Bangalore started on a cautious note as openers Manan Vohra and Quinton de Kock added 38 runs for the opening wicket in five overs.Pacer Mitchell McClenaghan drew the first blood for Mumbai as he dismissed de Kock (7) in the fifth over.With the addition of another 23 runs in Bangalore’s scorecard, an in-form Vohra (45 off 31) was trapped leg before off a Mayank Markande delivery in the ninth over.Incoming batter and skipper Virat Kohli (32 off 26) then joined Brendon McCullum and the duo showed some resistance forging a 60-run partnership to take Bangalore past the 100-run mark.McCullum ran himself out while trying to take a single with the Bangalore scorecard reading 121/3.Kohli then tried to take Bangalore forward with Mandeep Singh (14 off 10) however, medium-pacer Hardik Pandya’s double blow in the 17th over put the hosts on the back-foot.Pandya sent both the batters back to the dug out on successive deliveries with Bangalore reeling at 139/5.A 10-ball 23 by Colin de Grandhomme in the final moments, however, helped the hosts reach a fighting total despite Washington Sundar (1) and Tim Southee (1) failing to fire.For Mumbai, Hardik Pandya was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/28 while Mayank Markande, McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah bagged a wicket each.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgGive donors options. Think big. Online donors are as diverse as offline donors-they want to set up recurring gifts, planned giving, stock donations and otherwise. In addition to your online donation form, be sure to include surrounding text about the variety of ways to give. Be sure to include contact information! Just do it. Frame your appeal in such a way that it answers donors’ immediate questions: Why me, why now, what for and who says? How do you do that? Learn the tactics.Keep this in mind: You have a variety of online channels (your website, email communications and champions on social media) to ask for donations, and you have the know-how to make your organization and a donor’s potential real. Go make it happen! Connect to content. Saying “donate now” is not a compelling solicitation. (But, ah, if only it were that easy…) You need to make a tangible appeal to your potential donors. Include an image. On a webpage about your organization’s homeless shelter, make your button say something relevant: “Feed five people with a $50 donation now! Any and all support makes a difference in the lives of these families. Show your potential donor him/herself. Sending out an email solicitation? Include a testimonial of one of your constituents or of another donor. People want to see themselves. Hold up that mirror, and show them, “Hey! You can help Susie and others like her by supporting local research…” or, “Hey! You can make a difference just as Donnie Donor did!” Check out another example of a good fundraising appeal. When you sit down to view your nonprofit organization’s website, you should be able to locate the donate button in one to two seconds. One Mississippi… Two Mississippi… Time’s up! That’s it. It should be that easy.So why aren’t more nonprofit websites designed that way?As we in the nonprofit world know, getting over the awkwardness of making “the ask” is a trial in itself. But, we also know that to fulfill our missions, good wishes and kind hearts don’t keep the lights on or the soup flowing. We need to be proactive about asking for support. We can’t hesitate to ask for gifts or involvement on our websites. We need to understand how to ask for donations.Here are a few tips for making the all-important “ask”: Make your donate button BIG. If you’ve been readings Tips for awhile now, this first point isn’t news, but it’s still of paramount importance. Make your button BIG, BOLD and ABOVE-THE-FOLD. Check out examples from Clowns Without Borders and Blue Frontier. Ask for more than money. What’s a precious commodity that doesn’t include a dollar sign? A person’s time — it can be priceless. Give all the facts and opportunities for volunteerism. Show how organized your program is and what an impact it will make on the volunteer and the project they’re doing.last_img read more

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first_imgSending email to people who didn’t ask for it.While it’s important to make sure your email looks great, a successful campaign really starts with a solid, permission-based list. Only email people who have asked to receive your updates or are directly affiliated with your organization. If it’s a rented list, a purchased list or a list of people who’ve never heard of you, avoid it. Forgetting to test. By taking a few minutes to send a test to yourself and a few colleagues, you can have peace of mind that your links work, your copy is typo-free and everything looks just the way you thought it would – all before you hit send to the big list. Neglecting to personalize. Sometimes being one in a million isn’t such a good thing, and you certainly don’t want your readers to feel like they’re just one email address in a one giant list. Use your email campaign to connect personally with your readers, but don’t just stop with a personal first name greeting (although that’s a great place to start). Look for other ways to extend a personal touch, whether it’s through sending targeted messages based on your readers’ zip codes or interests or keeping a friendly, personal tone as you write your content.Remember, these things to avoid don’t qualify as hard and fast rules. Rules are things like waiting thirty minutes after lunch to swim or not going outside with wet hair. You know, important stuff. We’re just offering a few suggestions to help you on your way to email marketing greatness. After all, we think the best idea is the one that suits you and your audience. Using an invalid reply-to address. Since permission-based email marketing is all about staying in touch with your members and customers, giving your recipients a way to continue the conversation is a must. Otherwise, you’ll miss the follow-up questions from your subscribers, not to mention those rare (but important!) unsubscribe requests from people who choose to reply to you instead of using a built-in opt-out link.If the From Address you’re currently using doesn’t exist, consider asking your email administrator to create it, or change it to an address that does exist and is monitored by someone who can manage the replies. Writing – and sending – a novel. By novel, of course, we mean a really flipping long email. When you send a campaign that goes on and on (and on), a typical subscriber – with a typically short attention span – probably won’t sift through lots of text to find the content that interests them. Instead, your recipients may delete your email at a glance.Consider teasing your news articles with a quick text blurb in your email newsletter, then use landing pages to link your subscribers to additional content hosted on your website. In addition to shortening the length of your campaign, you also get the benefit of seeing which articles people click through to read – and you’ll end up learning more about what your readers are interested in. Ignoring those results. After all the work of the big send-off, don’t forget the fun of watching the results roll in. They’ll tell you a lot about what your audience is interested in. Have an overwhelming click-through response last month when you linked to your blog? Consider adding more links like that in this issue. Did 62 people click to learn more about your newest program? Sounds like follow-up phone calls might be in order. Make sure you learn from the way people respond, and apply those lessons toward even greater success next time. Sending too often (or not enough). Finding your ideal frequency depends on a few factors, like what your organization does and who you send to. Just keep in mind that sending too frequently may annoy your readers and increase your opt-out rate, but long lapses of silence may cause some readers to just plain forget about you. Aim for regular contact that keeps your brand in front of your readers, and make sure each send-off has a purpose. And in general, we recommend staying in front of your audience at least once a month but not more than a couple times a week.center_img Sending one big image. We know it’s tempting to take that gorgeous flier your designer created for print, save it as a jpg and plug it into your email campaign. But sending one big image is risky. Servers are more likely to filter emails with large images, and recipients may move on to other things before your image fully loads. And some email programs, like Gmail and Outlook, block images by default, meaning that a percentage of your recipients might see the original email you designed as a big, broken image. Yikes.One option to repurpose a print piece in email would be to ask an HTML designer to take the single large image and recode it into smaller, sliced images. Here are a few email no-nos to keep in mind next time you create an email campaign. Email can be a powerful tool for staying in touch with supporters. After spending time on your email strategy and crafting the perfect message, don’t crash and burn by making one of these common mistakes. Getting freaky with Comic Sans. Fonts and colors and formatting, oh my. Keep your campaigns easy on the eyes with simple, intentional style choices. Avoid switching fonts every few lines, and choose your colors with an eye for readability. After all, a well-formatted campaign will catch your readers’ attention and make it easy to keep reading. And isn’t that the whole idea? Using a generic subject line. You know that your latest email campaign is the October Newsletter. And you know that it’s great. But it’s up to you to tell your customers just why October is so darn special. Consider using your subject line to tease your favorite article or whatever *you* decide is the most enticing part of your newsletter.Also, try including your brand in the subject line. It’ll let people instantly recognize *your* email at a glance and can help with inbox sorting down the road. Here are a few examples to get you started…Average: October NewsletterMuch better: Paws for the Cause News: New Litter of Daschunds!Average: Upcoming events this monthMuch better: Can’t-miss events at Main Street Theatre: A VIP-only concert and much more…last_img read more

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