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Dealer.com acquires Burlington’s EpikOne

Dealer.com acquires Burlington’s EpikOne

first_imgDealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that it has acquired selected assets of EpikOne, Inc., a Burlington-based digital consultancy specializing in metrics strategies, media measurement and user experience optimization.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.As a trusted partner in Google’s AdWords, Analytics, Website Optimizer and Search programs, EpikOne developed an unparalleled understanding of the Google product suite and built one of the world’s leading consultancies with this expertise.  Clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies have relied on EpikOne to deliver the latest in digital metrics and web analytics and ‘ more importantly ‘ to turn metrics into actionable information for marketers.  EpikOne has worked with leading global brands across a wide range of industries, including Bulgari, Conde Nast, Eurail, GE Healthcare, Harvard, Intuit, Mattel, Morgan Stanley, the National Hockey League, Sony Music and Travelocity.”The acquisition of EpikOne is a case where the sum of the parts will definitely be greater than the whole,” said Rick Gibbs, President and Chief Technology Officer at Dealer.com.  “We have already strategically redeployed EpikOne’s employees throughout Dealer.com ‘ to maximize their immediate impact on the business and expedite product development.  With these new capabilities to support metrics and intelligent dashboards tailored specifically to the automotive space, we believe we’ve leapfrogged many of our competitors who continue to rely on more generic solutions.”Dave Winslow, co-founder of EpikOne and now Intelligence Chief at Dealer.com, added, “We are very pleased to join forces with Dealer.com, the clear leader in automotive digital marketing.  We built EpikOne as generalists working with some of the world’s best-known brands, but now look forward to focusing on the auto industry, where the opportunities and rewards for those who truly excel online remain very substantial.”About Dealer.com ( www.dealer.com(link is external) )Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award winning e-marketing solutions to automotive manufacturers, auto dealers and multi vertical media companies.  The company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools include advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability.Recent national and international accolades include: Inc. magazine’s 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces and Inc. 5000, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net Promoter® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, Dealer.com was the 2009 Top Rated Website Provider on DrivingSales.com, and won the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Diamond Award for Best Website Solution and the 2009 Most Comprehensive Search Marketing Platform Award from the Automotive Search Marketing Association. For more information visit: http://www.dealer.com/promo/look-inside.htm(link is external).BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Online training: The good, the bad, and a solution

Online training: The good, the bad, and a solution

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: LorraineRanalli.com Details Let me begin with an apology to (and plug for) Rosemont College. About ten years ago, I was brought in to conduct a special accelerated Public Speaking class. In response to busy professionals’ need for efficient matriculation, the college began offering some three-credit courses over a weekend. Students would complete the course in 15 hours over a three-day period beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon. The concept did not sit well with me because my experience had taught me that public speaking improved best when taught and practiced over a period of weeks or longer. By contrast, I also witnessed great results from the many one-day corporate workshops I had conducted. I knew that busy professionals were adaptable and self-motivated, so I was confident that students taking this accelerated course would fare well because they would continue to self-edify upon completion of the course. When I met with the dean and department leaders to discuss the course, they invited me to work with them on designing a virtual Public Speaking course. My passion for Communication Studies and my penchant for purity led to my immediate and stubborn response: “You cannot conduct Public Speaking virtually.” I did the very thing I loathe; I immediately responded with “no” rather than asking how and why the new option should be considered.In my defense, alongside my firm belief that important nuances would be missed in the absence of face-to-face instruction and practice—a reality to which I still subscribe—was my dismay with available technology at that time. The transmission of computer video and audio was choppy and frustrating at best, with signals dropping constantly. Another factor was my suspicion about the motives of educational institutions and concern over the integrity of a higher ed degree. Needless to say, I missed an opportunity to be on the front line of virtual classrooms. Mea culpa!Fast forward a decade and something I should have expected has come to fruition. Technology has improved tremendously. The unexpected happened, too. A pandemic forced the immediate need to take all education online. Over the past decade I have been on both the receiving and delivery ends of online education and personal development courses. While I maintain there are intrinsic benefits to face-to-face learning, online options are efficient, in many cases sufficient, and in this current crisis necessary. What about Public Speaking? Can someone really be prepared to speak before a live audience after only training online, alone in a room looking at just a webcam? The answer is yes. You can learn to enhance your public speaking skills through online training. The onus is as much on the trainer as the trainee.Of all the concepts included in my training programs, the three that need additional emphasis in an online training scenario are listening, organization, and visualization. A huge component of all communication training, listening for the professional speaker requires doing homework on the audience and networking with the audience. The more you can learn about your audience prior to your talk, the better you will be able to address the audience. Likewise, whether you are leading a small meeting in the conference room or addressing a large group in an auditorium, there are a number of ways to engage with the audience before and during your presentation. The key to successful listening is the ability to deliver your message in your audience’s preferred style of communication. The ability to organize a message is crucial to the success of reaching your audience. Novice and experienced speakers struggle with organization. In my college classes and corporate workshops, we spend equal time on organization and delivery. Visualization is the final step in preparation prior to delivery. When exercised deliberately, visualization quells nerves and reinforces the speaker’s message. While practicing delivery in an online Public Speaking class is challenging, emphasis on the three aforementioned components can mitigate those challenges, especially given the ability to work one-on-one with the instructor.last_img read more

The man Broad and Anderson found ‘impossible’ to bowl to

The man Broad and Anderson found ‘impossible’ to bowl to

first_img…England seam duo reflect on their battles against former South African opener Graeme SmithPROLIFIC England pace pair Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad say they found former South African skipper Graeme Smith to be one of the toughest batsmen to bowl to in their careers.Smith enjoyed great success in his 21 Tests against England, scoring seven hundreds and averaging almost 57, with the high point being his consecutive double centuries against them in 2003.While Broad didn’t play in that 2003 campaign, he says he found Smith “an absolute nightmare” to bowl to because of the left-hander’s ability to score freely through the leg side.Broad enjoyed great success against another left-handed opener, Australia’s David Warner, during last year’s Ashes campaign when bowling around the wicket and says he laments not being skilled enough early in his career to try that approach against Smith.“Graeme Smith, I found an absolute nightmare,” Broad said in an Instagram Live video with Anderson.I wish I could have bowled at him having worked on my around the wicket stuff and try and draw him to drive through extra cover.“But for me just over the wicket trying to swing it into the stumps, hopeless.”South Africa’s 2003 tour of England was arguably Smith’s greatest performance as a Test player, highlighted by his scores of 277 and 259 at Edgbaston and Lord’s respectively to start the series.Anderson played in that series as a 20-year-old Test rookie and concedes he also had no idea how to quell Smith’s prolific scoring through the leg side.“I had exactly the same problem,” he said.“When I first started, my first series against him was 2003 and all I could do then was swing the ball back in. I didn’t have an out-swinger to a left-hander and I couldn’t wobble the ball across him.“So I was just feeding his strength. I just go so annoyed.“And when you thought ‘alright, I’ll start the ball a bit wider outside off stump’, and he still got it through the leg-side.“He got two double hundreds in that series in 2003. He was just impossible to bowl to. I hated it.”While Anderson did get the better of Smith later in his career, dismissing the opener six times in 17 Tests, Broad got the left-hander out only once in 10 matches.(Cricket Network)last_img read more

SUPERB SAVINGS ON BACK TO SCHOOL ITEMS AT COONEYS HOME AND GARDEN CENTRE

SUPERB SAVINGS ON BACK TO SCHOOL ITEMS AT COONEYS HOME AND GARDEN CENTRE

first_imgBUSINESS: Cooneys Home & Garden in Letterkenny offer the largest selection of ‘Back to School’ items in the Northwest including school bags, lunch boxes, pencil cases, copy books and a complete range of stationery!Dreading searching the town to style out your son or daughter for the new school term? Look no further than Cooneys Home & Garden. We have everything you need in store, suitable for both National & Secondary school students!Our range of schoolbags include Ridge 53, Jeep, Totto and a selection of Disney character bags which are offered with a quality guarantee.We also have some fantastic special offers on stationery in store including 10 (120 page) copy books for ONLY €3!Grab a bargain at Cooneys Home & Garden – your one stop shop for Back to School gear! SUPERB SAVINGS ON BACK TO SCHOOL ITEMS AT COONEYS HOME AND GARDEN CENTRE was last modified: August 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Donegal graveyard housing one of Ireland’s best-known inventors to be upgraded

Donegal graveyard housing one of Ireland’s best-known inventors to be upgraded

first_imgA Donegal graveyard which holds the remains of one of Ireland’s best-known inventors is to be upgraded and protected of the future.Minister Joe McHugh has welcomes €13,500 in funding through Minor Flood Mitigation Scheme for works at Inver Graveyard.The graveyard is the resting place to, amongst others, Thomas Nesbit who died in 1801 and who was the inventor of the gun-harpoon for whaling. Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD said he is delighted with the plans for the renovation of the graveyard.He revealed “The Old Inver graveyard and Church ruin are situated on the River Eany Estuary, west of Donegal Town. The Graveyard surrounds the Church and is rough because of the large amount of sand which has blown in from Inver warren, and the funding announced this evening will be used for the protection of the surrounding wall of the graveyard from exposure to the River Eany.“I met with the local active group in Inver in recent months and saw first-hand the damage and disrepair at Inver Graveyard, where a great history attached to the area is evident. The graveyard holds the shattered tombstone of Thomas Nesbit who died in 1801, the inventor of the gun-harpoon for whaling, among other historical and heritage facts.“I wish to commend the local committee for their hard work on preserving and promoting such an important site and I trust this funding, although modest, will assist in some way in improving the conditions here.” Donegal graveyard housing one of Ireland’s best-known inventors to be upgraded was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more