first_imgCllr Ciaran Brogan is calling on Donegal County Council to continue to invest in the promotion and marketing of our county through Donegal Tourism Ltd. Ciaran BroganBrogan has said that investment in the tourism sector would benefit all businesses in Donegal, and said there has to be a more pro-active approach to entice more tourists to take in the stunning beauty that Donegal possesses.Brogan told Donegal Daily, “There has to be a more pro-active approach to making this county a top tourism destination. “I am calling on Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland to increase their focus on our county.”The key routes that Brogan would like to see gain greater promotion stretches from Letterkenny to the New Mills area, which includes the historic Flax Mill, on to Churchill and the Gartan Outdoor Pursuits Centre.He also hopes that Fáilte Ireland focuses its attention on other landmark tourist attractions in an area the Glebe Gallery and the birthplace of St. Colmcille and the spectacular Glenveagh National Park.This route goes on to the Ards Friary, the Lurgyvale Thatched Cottage in Kilmacrenan, and Doon Well which also has huge potential. Then there is the spectacular scenery of the Atlantic Drive which is unrivalled anywhere.Brogan added, “I was delighted that the County Council was very active in sourcing the funding to open the Fanad Lighthouse to the public which is a magnificent facility to have and, again, can be a major tourism attraction.Brogan also feels that investment must also go into promoting the Knockalla Coast Road, yet another jewel in our crown, and the seaside resort of Rathmullan, along with the Georgian town of Ramelton.Brogan continued, “International tourism also thrives through the sport of golf and we have some of the best courses in the world.“We have the parkland course in Letterkenny and world class links facilities at Portsalon and Rosapenna. “The recently acquired St. Patrick’s golf course in Carrigart will help develop the Rosapenna complex into one of the worlds greatest golf destinations.“I would also urge investment in the development of green-ways for cycling and walking pursuits on those stretches where once the old railway systems ran – for example, the Glenswilly to Termon route should be developed as a priority facility.Brogan concluded, “We cannot sit back and expect tourists to come flocking to Donegal without playing our part, and I will be pushing for further investment in the promotion and marketing of our county and its facilities.ELECTION 2014: BROGAN – “TOURISM INVESTMENT WILL BENEFIT US ALL” was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ciaran BroganElection 2014:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Barton believes QPR’s sports psychologist can help Taarabt

first_imgJoey Barton has taken to Twitter to pledge his support for Adel Taarabt and believes QPR’s sports psychologist Steve Black could play a crucial role in turning the Moroccan’s career around.Black was brought to Rangers last season after being recommended by Barton, who worked with him at Newcastle, and he was credited with playing a major role in the club’s promotion.Taarabt has been out of favour under Harry Redknapp and was recently involved in an extraordinary public row with the manager, who has accused him of refusing to train properly.R’s midfielder Barton tweeted: “I am going to do my upmost with Adel. I will give him all the time he needs. Time to get him back to his best @B1ackieI am going to do my upmost with Adel. I will give him all the time he needs. Time to get him back to his best @B1ackie— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) October 23, 2014“When you get under @B1ackie ‘s wing, there is only one direction you can go… #kaizen #payitforward“A lot of people have helped me a long in my journey. I would never have been doing what I was without their help.“We all need a helping hand at times. Never be to proud to admit that. Tough journey especially in such a fickle environment.“Even the strongest amongst us need a hand at times. Many people have lent me a hand, it’s vital to reciprocate that.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Amazon Turns Twitter into a Marketplace – Are You Concerned?

first_imgLast night, Amazon sent out emails to their Amazon Associates members touting the latest addition to the company’s affiliate program: a new feature called “Share with Twitter.” According to the email, participants can generate “tweetable” links to any Amazon product after first logging into their Associates account. By clicking on the “Share with Twitter” button from any Amazon product details page, members are delivered to the Twitter.com website. Here, a shortened link and a bit of auto-populated text are automatically filled in Twitter’s “What are you doing?” text box. The included text can be edited to say whatever they want before posting or they can choose to just post as is. After updating Twitter, any person who clicks through on the link and makes a purchase will earn the participant referral fees payable through the Associates program.Amazon Associates is Amazon’s affiliate program whose original purpose was to help website owners generate links and banner advertisements which they could embed on their sites in order to generate additional income. The links could be text, images, or combinations of both while the banners were always full-color ads branded with Amazon.com’s logo. For the most part, these sorts of advertisements are relatively easy to spot on participating blogs and websites. Save for the image links, which are just a picture of a product, everything else is clearly some sort of standard ad referring you to a particular product or service provided by Amazon. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#advertising#Amazon#news#NYT#social networks#twitter#web sarah perez The new Twitter links, however, are a whole new story. If an Amazon Associates member takes the time to re-write the text into their own words, there’s virtually no way to know by looking at the post that the Twitter update is actually an ad. Is Amazon Spamming Twitter?In the past, several legitimate companies have diluted the Twitter stream with promotions and contests encouraging Twitter users to “tweet to win” so to speak, by pasting in some sort of marketing message into the “What are you doing?” box or by appending a promotional hashtag to their everyday messages. But unlike these company-run Twitter promotions, there’s not a hashtag to use or any specific wording that has to be tweeted in order to participate in the Amazon Affiliate program. All anyone has to do is tweet links along with the message of their choosing. Because Amazon’s marketplace is extensive in terms of the products it sells, there’s a wide variety of things which can be promoted. No matter what a Twitterer’s particular interest is: music, politics, technology, etc., there’s bound to be hundreds of things that could be mentioned in their Twitter stream without the posts appearing to be an ad. In fact, there’s a good possibility that they would have been talking about these products anyway throughout the course of the day…they just couldn’t have made any money off of them until now. Hidden AdvertisementsThe problem with this sort of “hidden” advertising, though, is exactly that: it’s hidden. This is the internet’s version of “product placement” – subtle advertising in plain sight yet never clearly identified as such. Was your favorite TV star using a Macbook? Was he drinking a Coke? Already commonplace in Hollywood, these almost subliminal advertising messages permeate our consciousness every time we turn on the TV. Now that same sort of hidden ad will soon show up in the Twitter streams of your favorite tweeters. Soon they’ll start promoting a great book they just read, a DVD they liked, or one of a million other things pulled out of Amazon’s vast inventory. None of it will sound out of place given the types of informal conversations that take place on Twitter every day. You won’t even know that they’re advertising to you until you click through on the link and find yourself on an Amazon.com webpage – and even then, you may not be sure. Was that a referral or were they genuinely just linking to the Amazon website to be helpful? Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Will the FTC Step In?Another question this raises, at least here in the U.S., is whether or not the FTC will get involved. Having recently taken steps to make sure that bloggers were properly disclosing freebies or payments received by companies whose products were being reviewed on their sites, one has to wonder if they’ll now be tempted to monitor the undisclosed advertising that’s about to explode on Twitter. Amazon could have avoided the potential threat of government involvement (not to mention the accusations that they’re “spamming Twitter”) by generating their links using their own proprietary URL-shortening system, something like amzn.com or amz.com for example. That would clearly identify the tweets’ purpose. But instead, they opted to make their links with the URL shortener bit.ly, the one that Twitter itself uses by default. This makes the Amazon links indistinguishable at a glance from any other shortened link posted to Twitter. There’s no way to tell if a tweet is an ad unless the Twitter user left Amazon’s auto-generated text in place. Of course, no one is going to use that text except the laziest of Twitter spammers – people you’re probably already avoiding.Tell Amazon What You Think with #AMZNSOTToday, many Twitter users are coming out against this new type of Twitter-fueled advertising, registering their complaints via tweets marked with the #AMZNSOT hashtag, the official tag used to give Amazon feedback about the system. These users are already branding this new effort “spam,” saying things like: “Amazon now gives you cash for spamming on Twitter? Oh, swell,” as Twitter user TwitBin says. “Does this just mean more Twitter spam as people try to make money?” asks NickHerbert. But there are just as many Twitter users saying nice things about the new system too, calling it “cool,” “awesome,” “sweet,” and even claiming it “rocks.” You can give Amazon your two cents as well by updating Twitter with your thoughts and including the #AMZNSOT hashtag along with your message. Whether you think the new Amazon Twitter integration is good or bad, there’s no doubt that it will be a major game changer for Twitter. As it blurs the lines between conversation and ads, people seem to think that Amazon has either created something of genius or has ruined Twitter as we know it. Few seem to be undecided when it comes to their feelings about this issue. The question is now: which side will end up being in the majority? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

My resignation letter delivered to CM, says Sidhu

first_imgIn the wake of widespread criticism over submitting his resignation letter from the Punjab Cabinet to party leader Rahul Gandhi instead of Chief Minister Capt. (retd.) Amarinder Singh, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said his resignation has been delivered to the Chief Minister.“Today, I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister Punjab, has been delivered at his official residence,” he said in his official Twitter handle.Also Read Capt. Singh said if Mr. Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing he could do about it. “The Minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning the work in the middle of the crucial rice [paddy] sowing season. If he doesn’t want to do the job, there is nothing I can do about it.” How a soldier could refuse a job assigned by the General, he asked. There had to be some discipline in the government if it was to function effectively, he said.Capt. Amarinder, who was in New Delhi, told reporters that he had been informed that Mr. Sidhu’s resignation has been sent to his residence in Chandigarh but he was yet to see it. He would have to read it first to be able to comment on it. He pointed out that he had reshuffled the portfolios of 13 of the 17 members of his Cabinet after the Lok Sabha elections and Mr. Sidhu was the only member who had problems. The reshuffle was decided on the basis of their performance, and Mr. Sidhu should have accepted his new department..“Mr. Sidhu was given the crucial Power portfolio, which was particularly important at this time in view of the rice [paddy] season, from June to October. With many parts of the State not receiving adequate rain, the power situation is critical, requiring day to day monitoring,” he said.The Chief Minister expressed his unhappiness with the statement issued by Mr. Sidhu and his wife on the latter’s candidature for the parliamentary elections. He clarified that he had never opposed Mrs. Navjot Sidhu’s candidature and had suggested she should contest from Bathinda, which the couple rejected.Capt. Amarinder and Mr. Sidhu have been at loggerheads since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. It started with Ms Navjot Kaur Sidhu accusing Capt. Amarinder of blocking her Lok Sabha ticket from Chandigarh. Later, the Chief Minister blamed Mr. Sidhu for not handling his department well, which he claimed had resulted in the Congress’s “poor performance” in urban areas in the general election. Public dissidence dents Congress imagelast_img read more