Manchester City made it 13 wins from 15 Premier League games this season with a 2-1 victory at Watford on Tuesday.Goals in each half from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez secured all three points for the champions, who were again without the injured Sergio Aguero and left the in-form Raheem Sterling on the bench at Vicarage Road.Abdoulaye Doucoure had them worried in the closing stages after Fabian Delph lost possession near his own penalty area, but City soaked up the late pressure to hold onto the lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The result puts City five points ahead of second-place Liverpool, having played a game more, and means Watford have now lost seven matches in a row against Pep Guardiola’s side.Ben Foster did superbly to deny Mahrez and stop Bernardo Silva and David Silva from following up on the rebound, but Troy Deeney spurned Watford’s best opening of the first half when he failed to beat Ederson’s outstretched leg from eight yards out.Sane punished that miss five minutes before the break, turning home Mahrez’s curling cross from the right with his chest after Foster had thwarted David Silva moments before.It was a goal that seemed to sap some life out of the home fans and any hope of a comeback was seemingly quashed six minutes after the break, when Mahrez swept home Gabriel Jesus’ cross when unmarked in the box.Jesus wasted two clear chances for a third, heading Bernardo Silva’s flick-on over the crossbar before clipping a tame finish wide of the right-hand post, but they were not left to rue those misses despite Doucoure scrambling the ball home with six minutes left.Who wants a high five? #WATMCI pic.twitter.com/NiuPSg9kwg— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 4, 2018What does it mean? City put pressure back on LiverpoolCity were left to endure a nervy climax to a match that for so long had been comfortable, and it means they again have a healthy advantage over Liverpool in the table ahead of the Reds’ game with Burnley on Wednesday.Guardiola will be pleased to have been able to rest the likes of Sterling and Aymeric Laporte, too, with captain Vincent Kompany getting only his fourth Premier League start of the season.Watford drop to 11th, courtesy of Brighton and Hove Albion’s win over Crystal Palace, and Javi Gracia will be a little concerned that they have mustered only one point since October.Mahrez a real menaceMahrez was causing problems with his right-wing delivery long before he set up Sane to open the scoring, and he fully deserved to be on the scoresheet for a lively display, even if he was sometimes guilty of over-playing. A good Foster save denied him a second goal.Success is hard to come byThe game largely seemed to pass by Isaac Success, who appeared uncertain when to drop deep to bolster the midfield and when to support Deeney. Mostly, he failed to do either. He also completed just 50 per cent of his passes.Key Opta Facts- Manchester City’s goal difference of plus 38 is the is the best recorded by an English top-flight team after the first 15 games of a season since Sunderland in 1892-93 (plus 39).- City have scored at least twice in their last nine games against Watford in all competitions, winning all nine by an aggregate score of 29-5.- Watford have lost three in a row in the Premier League for the first time since December 2017 under Marco Silva (4 games).- City have now gone unbeaten in each of their last 21 games in the Premier League (W18 D3), since a 2-3 defeat against Manchester United in April.- Leroy Sane has scored five goals in his last five Premier League starts.What’s next?City are in London next Saturday when they visit Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, while Watford head to Everton next Monday. read more
The French financial prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary inquiry into possible money-laundering and tax fraud as a result of “Football Leaks” articles that accused soccer stars of using tax havens.The financial prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Tuesday that it had opened the inquiry on December 12, and that the probe was in the hands of France’s main office dealing with the battle against financial and tax malpractice. (Also read: Agency denies tax evasion by Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho)Earlier this month, a group of 12 European news outlets began publishing the results of months of investigations into a vast trove of millions of financial documents, obtained by the German magazine Der Spiegel and dubbed “Football Leaks”.The European Commission will also propose new anti tax-evasion legislation next year following the media reports which accused soccer stars of having used tax havens to handle tens of millions of euros in earnings.
It’s been a fortnight since Aamir Khan’s Dangal hit the screens and since then the film has been busy casting its spell at the box office. In fact, Aamir’s Dangal has beaten his own PK and Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan to become the highest-grossing Hindi film of all time.ALSO READ: Aamir’s Dangal beats PK to become highest-grossing Hindi film MOVIE REVIEW: Dangal The lifetime collection of PK (net.) was Rs 340.8 crore. Dangal has surpassed that record and has earned Rs 353.68 cr. to become the most successful Hindi film ever.#Dangal crosses ? 350 cr mark… [Week 3] Fri 6.66 cr, Sat 10.80 cr, Sun 14.33 cr, Mon 4.35 cr, Tue 4.03 cr. Total: ? 353.68 cr. India biz. taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 11, 2017 The biopic has not struck gold at the box office, Dangal has also been well received by the critics and fans. And Bollywood’s Mr Perfectionist recently took to Twitter to thank his fans for all the love and support that he has received for Dangal. He posted a heartfelt message on the social-blogging site and wrote, “I want to thank everyone for owing the film as their own. It’s the biggest compliment a creative person can receive. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”pic.twitter.com/lVvVyBXglj Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) January 11, 2017 Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal is based on the real-life story of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become world-class wrestlers. The story line of Dangal which touches upon the themes of patriotism, achievement in sports and women empowerment won the hearts of the fans and critics. Even the performances by Aamir Khan, Sana Fatima Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra struck the right chord with many.advertisement Perhaps, it is time to crown Aamir as the new sultan of Bollywood.
Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed that French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin might move to Everton, with the latter reportedly willing to splurge around 25 million dollars. (Also read: Jose Mourinho demands more from Manchester United fans against Liverpool)”I can’t give details but before the match, I was told by (club’s executive vice-chairman Ed) Woodward that the situation is close. Morgan is more than probably going to Everton,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by Sky Sports after the 2-0 win over Hull in the English Football League (EFL) Cup on Tuesday.”I’m sad and I’m happy. I’m sad because I like him. I am happy because this is what he wants. He wants to play and be an important player in a team. He is a very good professional,” the Portuguese tactician added.Schneiderlin has struggled to cement his place in the side after moving to Manchester from league rivals Southampton in 2015 for 24 million pounds (29 million dollars).
Uncapped legspinner Mitch Swepson was named among four specialist spinners in the Australia squad for a four-Test series in India from Feb. 23.Swepson, from Queensland, was named in the 16-man squad on Sunday along with fellow spinners Ashton Agar, Nathan Lyon, and Stephen O’Keefe, and allrounder Glenn Maxwell, who provides a fifth spin option.Brothers Shaun and Mitch Marsh have been recalled, while allrounder Mitchell Cartwright has been dropped after making his Test debut against Pakistan.Matthew Wade is the only specialist wicketkeeper.Swepson has played 14 first-class matches, taking 41 wickets at an average of 32.Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said the selection panel chose as many spin options as possible to give the squad flexibility.”We don’t know what pitch conditions we will come up against in each of the venues but wanted to have flexibility and options,” Hohns said. “We know India is an incredibly tough place to tour and have success in, with most international teams struggling to adapt to the conditions.”But we have chosen a squad which we believe will work really hard in its endeavors to perform well and give a good account of itself in the subcontinent. We expect all of the young players chosen to benefit immensely from the experience.”‘EXCITING PROSPECT’Hohns described Swepson as an exciting young player with considerable potential who had come through Cricket Australia’s pathway system.Congratulations to all the squad, and in particular first-timer Mitch Swepson! VIEW SQUAD: https://t.co/7L2uZmdTJq pic.twitter.com/8faOr7Fq6badvertisement cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) January 14, 2017″We want to see him take his opportunity in conditions that should suit him should he get a chance,” he said. “He is an exciting young legspinner, gives the ball a very good rip. He’s a wicket-taking legspinner.”(Agar) is a good left-arm orthodox spinner who can be very exciting with the bat and also fields extremely well. He provides us with a great all-round package.”Maxwell played his most-recent Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in October, 2014 but hadn’t lost hope of a recall.”I had a really good opportunity in Abu Dhabi to really nail down a spot and make that No. 6 position my own. I probably let a good opportunity slip,” Maxwell said.”I was hoping for a long time that it wasn’t going to be my last Test. I thought if I could play to the best of my ability, I thought I would get another opportunity.”Australia will enter the series against top-ranked India with history against it. They last won a Test series in India in 2004 which was then their first series success in India in 35 years.Hohns conceded beating India in India would be a tough task, one that New Zealand and England most recently found beyond them.”We have a squad here that can perform well enough in those conditions to give a good account of itself,” he said. “We know it’s very difficult over there. No country in the last 10 years probably has performed all that well over there or succeeded.”Somehow, some way, someone has to turn the tide. And we’re hoping that we can do that.”The first Test begins at Pune on Feb. 23, the second at Bangalore on March 4, the third at Ranchi on March 16, and the fourth at Dharamsala on March 23.Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O’Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.
Praising Jadhav for the two gems he has played in thePraising Jadhav for the two gems he has played in the ODI series, Prasad said he had seen him enjoy playing the finishers role.”Kedar Jadhav is a little dynamite. I saw him play a Ranji game at Lahli, Andhra vs Maharashtra (2014-15 Quarters). It was a seaming track and they were some for 40-6 and this guy scored some 80-odd and won the game for Maharashtra.”Somehow, like Virat (Kohli), he enjoys chasing and enjoys finisher?s role. During one of the recent India A tours to Australia he played that role. Even in Zimbabwe he did well and Im happy for him.”Parvez Rasool has replaced Ashwin in the T20 team and Prasad hailed the J and K player and compared him with Jayant Yadav, who played a significant role in the Test series win over England.”Rasool has been superb in the shorter form of the game as you can see from his stats. He is actually a good all-rounder just like Jayant Yadav.” PTI SSR NRB BAS
Chennai, Jan 29 (PTI) Jallikattu supporter and actor Raghava Lawrence today took up with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam the issue of students being booked over the recent stir for the bull taming sport and said he has assured to look into the matter. “It will be fair to take action against those who instigated and indulged in violence and not against students,” he told reporters here after calling on Panneerselvam at his residence. Along with other supporters of jallikattu, he visited Panneerselvam and thanked him for amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 paving the way for holding the sport in Tamil Nadu. Lawrence said students did not indulge in violence or any improper behaviour till the protests lasted at Marina Beach. He said he appealed to Panneerselvam to release students “if they had been arrested over alleged participation in violent incidents and withdraw cases filed against them.” The actor, who actively supported the recent agitation, said the “Chief Minister assured that if cases had been filed against students, who did not indulge in violence, it will be looked into.” Asserting that students and general public were not involved in violence, he asked “tell me, will students set fire to a police station?” Section of protesters, who fought pitched battle with police on January 23 after being asked to disperse from Marina, had set fire vehicles in front of the Ice House Police Station, damaging the front portion of the building also. More than 200 persons had been arrested in connection with the violence. Stating that students did not raise objectionable slogans against either Panneerselvam or Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said several radical demands were made from other sections who had congregated in the Marina beach to join the protest seeking nod for jallikattu. He also said the state government should bear the cost of medical treatment for students who were injured in the violence. “The CM has assured that it will be considered.” He said he also had sought a suitable date from the Chief Minister to celebrate the “victory of protests” held by students. PTI VGN VS MAVadvertisement
Hyderabad, Jan 30 (PTI) Kakinada SEZ Ltd (KSEZ), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL), said today it has signed a series of MoUs with firms interested in setting up of manufacturing units in Kakinada SEZ in Andhra Pradesh.GMR Group is developing an industrial zone ? Kakinada SEZ, spread over 8500 acres and an all-weather, multi-cargo, deep water port, with an estimated phase 1 capacity of 16 million tonnes.MoUs were signed by KSEZ during last week?s CII Partnership Summit 2017 at Visakhapatnam with five companies — Oil Country Tubular, Kamineni Steel & Power, United Seamless Tubular, Deepak Phenolics and DCM Shriram — for setting up manufacturing facilities with a total investment of Rs 7,000 crore spread over 550 acres at Kakinada SEZ Ltd., Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, a GIL statement said.These MoUs would be followed up with technical and commercial discussions for lease of land in Kakinada SEZ to these firms over the coming months, it said.Kakinada is often referred to as the ?Houston of India? owing to the existence of hydro-carbon reserves and the oil & gas infrastructure, according to the statement.Acknowledging the advantage of Kakinada SEZ which is the largest industrial area with port connectivity in this region, Indian oil & gas PSU majors are joining together to set up a cracker unit, with a proposed investment of Rs 40,000 crore in 2000 acres of GMR?s Kakinada SEZ, it said, adding, an MoU in this regard was signed among GAIL, HPCL and Government of Andhra Pradesh, during the summit.G M Rao, Group Chairman, GMR Group, said, ?GMR Group is proud to be partnering with the State of Andhra Pradesh in the development of a port based investment region near Kakinada in the East Godavari District. We strongly support Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s ?Make In India? campaign, and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu?s endeavours to cement the place of Sunrise State of AP as the most attractive destination for global investments into India. GMR group?s Kakinada SEZ is all set to transform the industrial landscape of the Godavari districts bringing in significant investments and employment.?advertisementKakinada SEZ, which is centred in the Kakinada node of the Visakhapatnam ? Chennai Industrial Corridor being developed by Asian Development Bank, would house various industries including petrochemicals, food & agro processing, discrete manufacturing, electronics, toys, sports goods & apparel, offering a combination of export oriented SEZs and domestic market oriented DTAs, GIL said. PTI RS DK DK SNK
For the first time in almost three years, fans will get to see the ‘Master Blaster’ back on the cricket field with a bat in his hand but this time through the silver screen.Sachin Tendulkar tweeted to announce that his biographical movie, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is all set to release on May 26. Incidentally, this is the date, Tendulkar announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League in 2013. He dramatically announced that he would not play in the next season of the IPL, moments after winning the trophy with Mumbai Indians.The teaser of the movie takes you down memory lane and gives you the chills showing his journey from a ‘Wild Child’ to a ‘Virtuous Hero’ as the background is filled with the familiar chants of ‘Sachin Sachin’.Two biopics on Indian cricketers released last year. Azhar – based on former captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s life and MS Dhoni – the Untold Story.After the stupendous success of the Dhoni biopic, people are eagerly waiting to know the life story of one of the most iconic Indian cricketer.Tendulkar pulled the curtain down on his illustrious career in November, 2013 when India took on the West Indies. In his last and 200th Test in Mumbai, he made an elegant 74, ending his international career with 34357 runs.If the success of Tendulkar’s autobiography, ‘Playing It My Way’ is any indication, the biopic could be another raging hit. The book was acclaimed by former players and fans who have been given a rare glimpse into the life of man who captured the imagination of the cricketing world for a quater of a century.advertisementIt had also entered the Limca Book of Records for being the best-selling adult hardback across both fiction and non-fiction categories. The book also holds the record in retail value terms having logged up Rs. 13.51 crore with its cover price being Rs. 899.The answer to the question that everyone’s asking me is here. Mark your calendars and save the date. @SachinTheFilm releases 26.05.17 pic.twitter.com/aS0FGNjGKY sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 13, 2017Come witness a journey called #SACHIN. Presenting ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’ teaser. https://t.co/HH3BwZfdE2 #SachinTeaser @sachin_rt Sachin The Film (@SachinTheFilm) April 14, 2016
Romelu Lukaku became Everton’s joint highest Premier League scorer on Saturday and the powerful striker is showing no signs of slowing down as he leads his team’s bid to qualify for European competition.The 23-year-old Belgian has now scored 60 league goals for the Merseyside club, level with Duncan Ferguson, and was instrumental in Everton’s 2-0 win over Sunderland.”It’s been a good journey. Duncan and I work really hard, first with Roberto Martinez and now with Ronald Koeman. They helped me to improve my game and I’m grateful to them, because without them, I wouldn’t have got this far,” Lukaku, who has played 129 games for the club, told reporters.Lukaku, who is also this season’s joint highest Premier League scorer with 17 goals, is leading in-form Everton’s pursuit of a European place as they sit seventh in the table, unbeaten in nine league games.”I think it’s really important. It has to be the next step for the club. It’s down to us to improve and hopefully get into Europe,” Lukaku said.It was a sentiment echoed by manager Koeman who said his side need to keep chasing Manchester United who are four points above them in sixth.”There is a gap between us and the teams above us but there are still 12 games to go. You need to continue and get the momentum,” the Dutchman told the BBC.”The team behind us are West Brom and they are in good form, but in two weeks, we play West Brom at home. The team are strong and we have a lot of clean sheets and that makes for a lot of points.”advertisementFormer Everton boss David Moyes endured a harrowing return to Goodison Park – where he managed for 11 years – and said there was an obvious gulf in class with his bottom-of-the-table side.”You’re got to remember the quality of Everton, where they are and what they’re trying to achieve,” the 53-year-old said.”There is a gulf in quality, but the players are giving everything they’ve got. If we’re getting let down anywhere, we don’t quite have the quality.”
Australia will once again have to make do with lack of bounce at Ranchi but the tourists have the wherewithal to overcome that challenge in the third Test against India, skipper Steve Smith said on Wednesday.In the series opener at Pune, the tourists triumphed by 333 runs inside three days on a pitch which offered low bounce and sharp turn and was subsequently rated ‘poor’ by match referee Chris Broad. (Also read: ‘Disappointed’ Steve Smith tags Virat Kohli’s comments as ‘completely wrong and rubbish’)Also read: Can Virat Kohli’s India maintain winning momentum vs AustraliaIn the second match at Bengaluru, the bounce was uneven and India pulled off a thrilling 75-run win to level the series ahead of the third match in the brand new Test venue in Ranchi.Smith had a quick look at the 22-yard strip at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday and the 27-year-old was immediately convinced his team would need to adapt to the low bounce of the track. (Also read: Test of maturity for Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in Ranchi)”When we came over to India, we were under no illusions that we were going to potentially get some difficult wickets to play on,” Smith told reporters.”And the first two Test matches were pretty tough wickets. I think we’ve adopted some good plans and played some very good cricket so far in this series. This wicket is no different.”Smith said he expected his team to hold together quite well on the first day and then “break up from there”, adding that adaptation would be key to success and remaining in the contest for a long time.advertisementSmith was surprised by the dark hue of the pitch, saying its low bounce would negate some of the threat of his pacemen.”I’ve never seen a wicket that’s looked quite as dark as that one is,” Smith told the Cricket Australia (CA) website.”It looks like there’s mud sort of rolled together…It’s 22 yards and we’ve played on some difficult wickets in the first two games and we’ve played some pretty good cricket, so we’re confident that we can play with whatever this wicket does.”
Jaipur, Mar 20 (PTI) Variety of rich cultural events will be held during the four-day Rajasthan Divas festival to be organised here from March 27-30 to commemorate the 68th year of the states foundation.The state of Rajasthan was formed on March 30, 1949.The opening ceremony will begin with the lighting of the Rajasthan Day Torch.The finals of the rural sports as well as the cultural extravaganza will be held at the SMS stadium, said PunitaSingh, Deputy Director of the tourism department.While onMarch 27 and 28, a cycle marathon by the sports department will be held at the stadium.Jaipur Kathak Samaroh will take place at the central park and an exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra from27 March to 5 April.A Tattoo Show by Border Security Force (BSF) and Rajasthan Police will be held at the Polo Ground onMarch 28, Singh said.On the next two days, 28 and 29th March, there will be Bhajans, Qawwalis, Gurbani and Vedic hymn chanting at a temple and a gurdwara.The events will be organized in association with the Sanskrit Academy.An exciting Air Fly-Past and Air Warrior Drill by the Indian Air Force (IAF) will also be held onMarch 29.The Army Pageant will showcase Trick Riding, Massed Pipes and Drums Show at the Polo Ground here.Bangladeshi fashion designer Bibi Russell will present a Heritage Fashion Show in the evening on the same day. Later, Bollywood singer Mohit Chauhan will also perform.An attractive Projection Mapping Show dedicated to the people of the state will be held at the Vidhan Sabha on March 30, the foundation day of Rajasthan. PTI SDA RCJadvertisement
Panaji, Mar 23 (PTI) The opposition Congress today walked out of the Goa Assembly during the customary address by Governor Mridula Sinha, protesting that she did not invite the party to form the government after it emerged as the largest bloc in the hung house. The Congress members turned upto the Assembly sporting black bands as a mark of protest. “It was a murder of democracy when the Governor refused us an opportunity to form the government,” Leader of the opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said when Sinha stood up to read out her address. ?We were not allowed to form the government despite having the numbers on our side,” he said. All Congress legislators then rose in protest and walked out of the house as the Governor continued with her customary address. In the Assembly polls, Congress won 17 seats relegating the BJP to the second position with 13 in the 40-member House.However, the saffron party struck an alliance with regional outfits and independents to cross the half-way mark and form the ministry under Manohar Parrikar. PTI RPS DK NM NM RYS
It was the belief in the dressing room that helped Gautam Gambhir settle his nerves after opener Virender Sehwag got out early during India’s World Cup final against Sri Lanka in 2011, the southpaw said on Sunday. (MS Dhoni’s World Cup-winning six triggers crazy celebrations)On the occasion of the sixth anniversary of India’s famous World Cup triumph under Mahendra Singh Dhoni on April 2, 2011, Gambhir who scored 97 off 122 deliveries, told Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) official website that sometimes a good start can help you to get settled in the middle.WATCH: Reliving the scenes at Wankhede on April 2, 2011″The first ball that Lasith Malinga bowled, I hit it for a boundary. At such times your nerves get settled as well. Whatever nerve was there, it was due to the fact that it was an international game, not because it was a World Cup final,” Gambhir said. (Virender Sehwag, Ravichandran Ashwin get nostalgic on sixth anniversary of India’s World Cup triumph)”It was not just about one or two individuals, but it was about everyone in the dressing room who believed that we could win the World Cup. There couldn’t have been a bigger stage set when you are chasing in the World Cup final that also at home. You never know whether you will get that opportunity ever again. You got to cherish the moment,” he added.Gambhir, the KKR skipper, said he was not even ready when Sehwag got out for a duck of only the second ball of India’s innings.advertisement”We were chasing 275 and I was not even ready when Viru (Virender Sehwag) got out (leg before wicket) LBW in the second delivery. I was still padding up. Because the decision was a referral, I got the time to get ready,” the Delhi batsman said.”The good thing that happened was there was nothing in my mind. If I had to wait for my opportunity, then there would have been a lot of things that would have gone on in my mind since it was a World Cup final and we were chasing 275,” recalled Gambhir, who stitched a match-winning 109-run stand for the fourth wicket with Dhoni.#ThisDayThatYear – In 2011, Dhoni finishes off in style. India lift the World Cup after 28 years?? – in @RaviShastriOfc’s immortal voice pic.twitter.com/Q61sLx10VA- BCCI (@BCCI) April 2, 2017Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, member of India’s World Cup winning squad, said he did not take off his India shirt that night and slept with the winners’ medal on.”When the presentation ceremony was on, the champagne bottles were opened on the stage itself. I was drenched in champagne. Although I don’t drink, I was still feeling like I was drunk. I didn’t take off my India jersey that night,” Chawla said.”I got everyone’s signature on that and I went to sleep with the T-shirt and the medal on,” mentioned Piyush Chawla, when he recounted celebrations from that “incredible night”.India won by six wickets to be crowned World champions for the second time after 1983.
Is not you talking about your organization.It’s the people you help, talking about the difference you make.The asking matters. Further proof is out in a new study from James Andreoni and Justin Rao called “The Power of Asking: How Communication Affects Selfishness, Empathy and Altruism.”The study had one subject allocates $10 between herself and a receiver, and systematically altered who in the pair could speak. “We found that any time the recipient spoke, giving increased – asking is powerful. But when only allocators could speak, choices were significantly more selfish than any other condition. When empathy was heightened by putting allocators “in the receivers shoes,” altruism appeared as if recipients had been able to ask, even when they were silent. We conclude that communication dramatically influences altruistic behavior, and appears to largely work by heightening empathy.”In other words: asking matters, and who asks matters. Let a volunteer, beneficiary or other party speak for you — it’s powerful stuff.
If there’s one thing we’ve heard more than any other this year, it’s that we need to be “multi-channel” and “integrated” in our engagement with supporters.The last time I wrote those words on this blog, I got several emails complaining I’d lost my touch and gone all jargony. So I’ll try to address this important topic without sounding like a wonky fundraiser.“Multi-channel” simply means we build our relationships with our communities through more than one means (like direct mail PLUS online outreach). “Integrated” means we fit those different means together in a coordinated way, with the focus always on our supporter rather than our own internal, sometimes independently operating siloes. These approaches recognize our donors might respond to direct mail one week and email another. Or they like to have one follow up on the other. It makes sense when you think about it in terms of yourself as a consumer. You’re not a “direct mail consumer” or an “online consumer.” You use all channels interchangeably. You might see a cute pink polka dot sweater in a catalog in the mail, then go online to buy it. Or you might call the 800 number to chat with someone about what size is right for you. Or you might buy it in the store and then go online to rate it because you thought it got threadbare too fast. If you behave like this as a consumer, you are “multi-channel.”Imagine if the company you bought from wasn’t “multi-channel” or “integrated.” If the only way you could order that sweater or anything else was through a mailed catalog. The catalog gave no website, and it wasn’t clear you could shop online. You might not buy. But you also might not buy if you only got an email and never saw the catalog. All of this holds true with donors — they behave the same. So we need to get ourselves organized to better serve them. That’s what all the fuss is about.And that’s why I keep talking about it.Now there is more fodder for this topic. Convio and Edge Research have a new study out (available for free here) based on surveys from 123 nonprofit practitioners and 15 in-depth interviews. The study sample was a bunch of believers in “multi-channel,” “integrated” marketing. So if you, like I, believe that’s a worthy idea, you might be interested in their responses. Today, I’m going to talk about what good nonprofit marketing looks like, according to the study. Tomorrow, I’ll share some of the additional findings.Here are the seven signs you’re doing things right:1. Your supporter is at the center. You organize your channels around them, you’re organized to ensure they reinforce each other, and you shape your outreach according to how that person is behaving.2. You engage your supporter how and when they want. Your campaigns draw on the full range of ways the supporter might want to be engaged: direct mail, phone, TV, email, social media, texting, etc.3. You are consistent in what you’re saying across channels. Your messages make sense together – and they reinforce each other across channels.4. You have figured out how to sequence your outreach within and among channels. Here’s an example from the study: For a renewal, what is the right sequence of messages and channel touches for a given audience segment? Once a response is received does the message stream end or alter? Is a new message stream applied?”5. You measure how all this works. You don’t just look at how much money you’re raising – you compare how much each channel generates — and costs.6. You’re really good at looking at all that data collectively to draw important insights into your community of supporters.7. Your organization works together in a friendly, seamless manner – free of siloes — to make all this happen.So that’s what to strive for.Does it seem impossible? Don’t despair! Nearly half of the respondents admitted they are not really doing integrated, multi-channel marketing yet. So if you’re not either, you’re in good company!
A new study from Charity Dynamics and NTEN – the Nonprofit Donor Engagement Benchmark Study – as well as the hot off the presses Donor Perspectives Study from Blackbaud come to the same conclusions this week. The findings aren’t surprising but are certainly worth remembering as we go into fundraising season.Namely (quoting from the respective reports):1. Nonprofits that establish themselves as a donor’s top charity—the organization to which an individual feels most connected—are more likely to receive greater support from them in terms of cash contributions, volunteering, event participation and issue advocacy.Nearly half of the survey respondents (47%) indicated that they give a majority of their annual total donation amount to their top charity. (Source: Charity Dynamics/NTEN)2. A majority of donors (65%) reported supporting their top charity because they believe in the organization’s cause. Connected donors also do more for their top charity, with 54% saying they would be willing to talk to friends and family about the organization. (Source: Charity Dynamics/NTEN)3. Age has a significant impact on the amount donors give, the way in which they are willing to engage, and how they prefer to seek and consume information from their top charity. On average, total annual donations tended to increase as the age group increased. In the US, the 65+ age group gave an average of $1,403 in the last year, with the 45-54 age group close behind with an average annual donation of $1,396. US donors in the 18-24 age range donated the least annually at $463. (Donor Perspectives)4. Of the respondents that would consider becoming regular donors, the top three motivating factors were reported to be: 1) having an improvement in their personal financial situation, 2) having a passion for an organization’s mission, and 3) having access to information that proved the impact of their contributions. (Donor Perspectives)5. Last, mobile is mattering more and more, according to a separate study from Blackbaud: In an international study, nearly half of donors reported using their mobile phone to read emails and view websites, yet less than one-quarter of donors in each country reported using their device to make donations via mobile browser or text. Still, donors (especially younger donors) are embracing mobile technologies faster than nonprofits, according to the SONI report. The projected growth of the use of mobile technologies in marketing efforts, however, indicates that nonprofits have recognized the need to embrace mobile strategies and plan on doing so in the next year. The bottom line? Establishing emotional connections with donors remains paramount.And my friend Dennis puts it well: “The donors have spoken! Nonprofits are not always meeting their needs, and are leaving valuable donations on the table,” said Dennis McCarthy, Blackbaud’s vice president of strategy. “The good news is, by making it easier for donors to learn about their organization, keeping them informed about their donation’s impact and providing multiple methods for donating, nonprofits can potentially improve their fundraising.”
3. Be yourself.Don’t compromise your values to produce a pop-culture hit. Be aware of your target audience: What will be appropriate for them and what references will resonate with them most? When brainstorming, think about if a meme or the specific pop-culture phenomena it contains is appropriate for your cause. Be sure to maintain the voice you’ve created to represent your organization so that if your meme does take off, you’ll be comfortable with the persona you’ve created and feel positively represented.4. Share it. For something to be a meme, it must be broadcast to a large audience. With a population greater than Europe, Facebook is a superb tool for making that happen. If your Facebook post contains a meme photo or video, it’s highly likely to appear in front of your fans due to Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm. The more people who like and share something you post, the greater the chances are that those people will see your future posts and that you’ll gain new supporters.Use these tips to make a meme that represents your organization—with your goals, your voice, your strategy—and be sure to include a strong call to action. Whether your goal is to get people to vote or to raise more money for a food pantry, think about how pop culture and your message can align to create an effective meme. (Credit: Anthony Rubio/Facebook, Source: Howard Koplowitz/International Business Times)Anthony Rubio’s meme based on Carly Rae Jepsen’s popular song “Call Me Maybe” went viral. It featured his two Chihuahuas and encouraged people to adopt from animals shelters. Memes are fun, catchy images that can humanize your organization and add a shot of personality to what you’re doing. Here are some tips for how you can get in the meme game:1. Exploit popular images or pop culture references. Piggybacking on a trending meme can be fun for your staff members and exciting for your supporters, but they also have a more useful purpose—to humanize your organization. By adopting a popular image or slogan, chances are higher that your fans will want to share it and that the popular media will see it, further increasing your visibility and encouraging new supporters. You may see results in the form of more volunteers or donations, as well as the answer to a specific call to action featured in your meme.2. Get creative.Now is the time to let your artistic skills shine. You don’t have to be a design wiz or a Photoshop pro to make a great meme. Use free online photo editors like PicMonkey or Pixlr to edit an image or memes for dummies site such as Meme Creator, Meme Generator, or Meme Maker. Memes can even take the form of videos, such as Sesame Street‘s “Share It Maybe,” a riff on Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit “Call Me Maybe.” Merriam-Webster.com defines a meme as an idea, behavior, or usage that spreads from person to person. “Who shot J.R.?” and typing “0.7734” to reveal “hello” on an upside-down calculator were popular memes in the preinternet era. Online, memes often take the form of a graphic with words, like lolcats that each feature a cat photo with text overlay personifying the feline’s thoughts.