India vs Australia Test Series 2018 Warner and Smith Out of the Series

India will begin the first of their four-match Test series at Adelaide Oval from December 6

India are being touted as favourites to win their first-ever Test series in Australia (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rahane refused to believe Australia will be vulnerable in the absence of Smith and Warner
  • The India vice-captain said Australian bowling attack is capable of winning them Test matches
  • India will begin the first of their four-match Test series at Adelaide Oval from December 6
In a first, India are being tipped as favourites to win an unprecedented Test series in Australia as the hosts are missing two of their best batsmen – David Warner and Steve Smith.

The ball-tampering bans have certainly weakened the Australian team and the recent results, across all formats, tell us the story.

However, India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane doesn’t want to take Tim Paine’s men lightly and, in fact, believes Australia are still the favourites to win the four-match series, starting December 6 at Adelaide Oval.

Rahane was keen to throw the pressure of expectation back on the hosts and scoffed when he was asked whether Australia would be ripe for the picking.

“Not really. I feel that any team that plays at home, they feel really good, and I feel that Australia are still the favourites to win the series,” Rahane told the reporters in Adelaide.

“We are not going to take them lightly at all. Yes, they (will) miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don’t think they are vulnerable.

“You see their bowling attack, they’ve got a really good bowling attack, and I think to win Test matches, you need to have a really good bowling attack. So I feel that Australia are really still the favourites.”

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Although not quite reaching the heights of captain Virat Kohli’s 692 runs, Rahane had a good tour the last time India visited Australia in 2014-15 with 399 runs at an average of 57.

India still lost the series 2-0, however, and the 30-year-old suggested the players had learned the importance of contributing to the team effort on that trip.

“When you do well as a team, you feel really good,” he added.

“This is a team sport… and it is the job of each and every batsman to contribute for the team. And I think it’s important that we get those long partnerships together, in Australia that will really help us a lot.”

‘Mitchell Johnson was really going after Virat Kohli”

Rahane and Kohli did that in the Boxing Day Test on the last tour, putting together a fourth-wicket stand of 262 in India’s first innings with scores of 147 and 169 respectively while illustrating their different approaches to the game.

“Last time here, we really enjoyed batting together a lot, especially at the MCG,” Rahane recalled.

“Mitchell Johnson was really going after Virat Kohli and I was at the other end playing my game. Virat at the other end was really aggressive and going after bowlers.

“I was able to focus on my game, I still attacked but I was completely the opposite to Virat.”

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India vs Australia Test Series 2018

 

2.0 box office collection Day 5

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2.0 box office collection after five days of release is Rs 111 crore for the Hindi version.

Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s big budget film 2.0 continues to hold its ground even on the weekdays. 2.0’s producers claimed that the film has already made Rs 400 crores in gross worldwide collection in the first weekend, with its dubbed Hindi version earning Rs 111 crore in five days. 2.0’s Hindi version earned Rs 13. 75 crore on its first Monday, as reported by Boxofficeindia.com.

The film is set to become Akshay’s highest earning film despite his wonderful box office record previously. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh too shared the box office figures of the film and tweeted, “#2Point0 cruises past ₹ 100 cr mark on Day 5 [Mon]… Will emerge Akshay Kumar’s highest grosser *before* Week 1 concludes… Thu 20.25 cr, Fri 18 cr, Sat 25 cr, Sun 34 cr, Mon 13.75 cr. Total: ₹ 111 cr. India biz. Note: HINDI version.”

cruises past ₹ 100 cr mark on Day 5 [Mon]… Will emerge Akshay Kumar’s highest grosser *before* Week 1 concludes… Thu 20.25 cr, Fri 18 cr, Sat 25 cr, Sun 34 cr, Mon 13.75 cr. Total: ₹ 111 cr. India biz. Note: HINDI version.

He also tweeted, “After packing an impressive total in its *extended* opening weekend, #2Point0 stays SUPER-STRONG on the crucial Mon… Collecting double digits on a working day [Mon] – without enhanced ticket rates – indicates it has stamina to perform well on weekdays. Note: HINDI version.”
After packing an impressive total in its *extended* opening weekend, stays SUPER-STRONG on the crucial Mon… Collecting double digits on a working day [Mon] – without enhanced ticket rates – indicates it has stamina to perform well on weekdays. Note: HINDI version.
A day before, trade tracker Ramesh Bala had shared the worldwide figures of the film. He had tweeted, “#2Point0 4 Days WW BO: (Opening Weekend) Gross: #India – ₹ 298 Crs Overseas – ₹ 105 Crs Total – ₹ 403 Crs.”
4 Days WW BO: (Opening Weekend)

Gross: – ₹ 298 Crs

Overseas – ₹ 105 Crs

Total – ₹ 403 Crs

2.0 had opened at a whopping Rs 64 crore (all languages) on a Thursday with 2.0 (Hindi) opening at Rs 20 crore nett. According to a report in Bollywood Hungama, the makers have already made deals worth Rs 370 crore in satellite rights, digital rights and more. Directed by Shankar, 2.0 is made on an estimated budget of around Rs 550 crore. Rajinikanth has a double role in the film: Dr Vaseegaran and the robot Chitti while Akshay plays the antagonist and Amy Jackson is the female lead. The film has collected positive reviews for its solid 3D, great Atmos sound and special effects.

As expected, the box office numbers of Rajinikanth starrer 2.0’s Hindi version picked up on Sunday. The film earned Rs 24 crore to take the four-day weekend total to Rs 95 crore.

Directed by Shankar, 2.0 also stars Akshay Kumar as the antagonist Pakshi Raja. It is a sequel to 2010 film Enthiran. Rajinikanth reprises the role of scientist Vaseegaran and the robot Chitti.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh posted the latest box office figures on his Twitter account. He said, “#2Point0 puts up a SUPERB TOTAL in its *extended* opening weekend… Biz on Day 3 and Day 4 specifically was fantastic… Thu 19.50 cr, Fri 17.50 cr, Sat 24 cr, Sun 34 cr. Total: ₹ 95 cr. India biz. Note: HINDI version.”

In another tweet, he wrote, “While #2Point0 nears ₹ 100 cr mark after an impressive *extended* opening weekend, the real test for the film begins from today [Mon] onwards… It will be interesting to see how it fares on weekdays… Mon to Thu – the weekdays – are crucial.”

2.0 received mixed critical reviews. The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film 2 stars. She wrote, “The real film kicks in post-interval, with the appearance of Akshay’s Pakshiraja, a good man turned bad, out of fear and justifiable anger. The Bird Man will do anything to save his feathery friends, even if it means killing and smashing his way through buildings and cell towers and people who like their hand-sets.”

She added, “Akshay brings some much-required energy to the movie, as well as some moving moments, before he and his glittery gold eyes get encased in metal. By then it’s just a question of how much Shankar will crank it up in the climax. He does, but somehow, none of it sticks after an initial shock-and-awe flash.”

Globally, too, 2.0 is making waves. It has grossed over Rs 400 crore worldwide. This is just the beginning, and before its theatrical run ends, we might see many more records being broken.

Reference

2.0 Box Office Collection Day 5

2.0 Hindi Box Office Collection

Best Internet Marketing Practices

Perform a Google search for any variations of “internet marketing best practices” or “online marketing best practices” and you’ll find millions of results. Countless articles have already been written on the topic and you’re likely to find several articles touting the same best practices.

Create epic content. Promote your content. Build an email list. Nurture your list. Pitch your products or services. You know, the usual. But there are several newer best practices that often go unnoticed, at least by most internet marketers. Well, that is, until now.

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that most best practices become ineffective when more people join the bandwagon to use it. So you need to keep testing and refining your tactics to beat your competitors at this internet marketing thingy.

Best SEO Company in Tirupur follows new updated techniques to market a product or service of a client.

Here are some of this tactics, though not entirely new, but you’ve probably never heard of.

1. Russell Ruffino’s method

Like I’ve mentioned before, most of what you’ll hear revolves around the words “content marketing.” Sure, content marketing works, but it takes some time to see results especially when you factor in other variables like SEO for search traffic, building an email list, or your competitors.

However, Ruffino, CEO of Clients on Demand has used an entirely different strategy for reaching customers. Instead of creating different types of content and using it to get subscribers to an email list he can later sell to, he creates what he calls a “signature piece of content” that speaks directly to the biggest problem his target audience is facing in the form of a webinar. He then drives traffic to that content by using Facebook ads.

When a prospect clicks on the ad, they are taken to the webinar. At the end of the webinar, they can schedule time to hop on a call with Ruffino to determine if they’re a good fit. And if they are, they become a client.

Here’s the sequence of events in a nutshell: Facebook ad>webinar>phone call>client. As proof that it works, it grew his business from $10,000 per month to $1.3 million per month. And he currently earns back $10 to $15 for every dollar he spends on Facebook ads.

This isn’t criticizing content marketing because it has been proven to work in diverse industries or niches, but depending on your niche, if you have the budget for ads on Facebook, this is a tactic you should try. And it wouldn’t hurt to add it your content marketing arsenal either.

2. Start selling from day one

When you’re running a blog or site on a budget and you’re barely taking care of your hosting and other expenses, you need to make money fast.

Like Iniobong Eyo put it on Problogger:

“The earlier you start selling, the earlier you start making money, and the earlier you can hire needed help to handle parts of the business you suck at.”

There’s lot of research studying the relationship between money and motivation, especially among employees, with many agreeing that pay alone isn’t sufficient for motivating employees. After comparing several such studies, the Harvard Business Review says that “income goals based on the pursuit of power, narcissism, or overcoming self-doubt are less rewarding and effective than income goals based on the pursuit of security, family support, and leisure time.”

That means when you start making money on your site as soon as possible, you’re more likely to be motivated to keep at your business especially when you’re spending the money on pressing needs.

Create a “Services” page on your site if you haven’t already done so and offer a service you’re good at. You can be a writer, programmer, virtual assistant, or just anything people are willing to pay for over the internet. When people land on your site for the first time, especially on your home page, it should be obvious you’re offering a particular service.

Don’t wait to get to a certain email subscriber or visitor count to start offering your services. Do it now. Products can always come later.

3. Build a following before creating content on your site

If you’re risk averse like I am, then you should try this. Don’t launch a blog and start creating content on it so you can promote it later and build an audience via the content promotion.

Buy a domain name, create a landing page with an opt-in for email subscribers, and offer a freebie or “bribe” to encourage visitors to give their emails. After doing that, drive traffic to that page by:

  • Using social media ads (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn especially)
  • Writing guest posts
  • Commenting on other sites in your niche
  • Commenting on groups on Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Sharing your freebie on your social handles
  • Answering questions in forums or Q&A sites

There are many other ways to drive traffic to your site or landing page and you can find brilliant ideas here. The point is, do not start your blog and create content for it before you begin promoting it and seeking readers. Popular blogger Jon Morrow calls it “speaking to an empty classroom.”

Build a list/following of people interested in your content. So while some of the older best practices are still great, you won’t go wrong with trying these tactics in your online marketing strategy.

Fishbat Explains The Significance of Social Listening Tools

As part of their mission to teach companies how to maximize sales in a digital world, internet marketing company, fishbat, explains the importance of social listening tools.

No business exists in a bubble. Big or small, when a company has customers, there’s some sort of discussion going on online that can provide valuable insights that can be leveraged to increase growth.

Discussed below are some of the benefits of social listening when it comes to promoting a brand.

Monitor Brand Health. Social listening goes deeper than simple social media monitoring, and can provide a pretty accurate picture of the types of discussions going on regarding a business across social networks. While many businesses keep an eye on their mentions and discussions going on, on their own pages, the fact of the matter is that a lot of information regarding any company never reaches them directly – and those discussions can have a significant impact on brand health, for better or for worse.

Social listening tools give marketing and PR teams an idea of how the company is perceived as a whole, rather than in a world isolated to the company’s own social handles. These tools give an incredible amount of insight when managing company reputation.

Learn What Customers Really Want. While surveys, discussions with customers, and monitoring trends can be a great way to determine the best path for a company to take, they are limited in their scope in a way similar to traditional social media monitoring. As the name suggests, social listening pays attention to what the customer is saying, and those socializations can be the key to staying ahead of the competition and continuing to release products that dominate the market and receive a favorable reception. “The customer is always right” definitely applies in this case, and companies that take note of what customers are looking for in a product or service will excel where many operations fall short.

Optimize Online Content. The benefits of social listening are readily apparent from a PR and product development perspective, but they can also help an enterprising company plan out online content in a way that best appeals to the market. Taking the same feedback that would be used to shape the customer experience and applying that to the development of advertising campaigns and web content publishing, can take a simple discussion surrounding a company’s brand and use it as a central part of an ongoing marketing strategy.

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Three Best Internet Marketing Practices

Fishbat Explains The Significance of Social Listening Tools

Google Hangouts App Shuts Down Pixel Phone Launched

In this week’s top stories: We ponder whether getting a Pixel phone on launch day is worth your time and money, uncover the inevitable demise of Google Hangouts, and check out an affordable way to get started with Google Fit from Xiaomi.

Our Ben Schoon took the top spot this week with a comment that seems to have resonated with many (and their wallets). For almost all people, buying a Pixel phone at launch just does not make sense, between the issues early adopters face and discounts offered only two months after launch.

The problem is that, with the Pixel 3 promotions and discounts that Google has done this year, the company is giving users a clear message – stop buying phones early. Sure, you might feel good if you get that new phone before anyone else, but I’m willing to bet that for the vast majority of users, that feeling isn’t worth literal hundreds of dollars.

Just yesterday, we reported that Google’s Hangouts app would be shutting down some time in 2020, according to an internal roadmap. Since that report, the product lead for Hangouts has publicly clarified that only what he refers to as “classic Hangouts” will be shut down, leaving Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat in place both for existing enterprise customers and soon all consumers.

Given Google’s abandonment of the app in terms of development and its presumed eventual death, many have already transitioned away from using it. But Hangouts is still the prominent chat option in Gmail on the web and the app remains on the Google Play Store to this day.

Shutting down Hangouts has been a long time coming, so if anything, its retirement still being more than a year away is what’s surprising here.

Also, Damien got the chance to spend some time with the affordable Xiaomi Mi Band 3, and assess it from the perspective of Google Fit. Overall, he came away very impressed with it, especially at its ridiculously reasonable price.

In Assistant news, the Google Assistant received a major update in time for the holidays, including some features that were featured at Google I/O this year, like Pretty Please. Broadcast replies and a variety of smaller updates to the smart display UI are also now live.

Alongside the launch of Digital Wellbeing, Pretty Please furthers Google Home as a family friendly device. The feature is designed to encourage polite manners like “please” and “thank you” in commands. In turn, Assistant will answer back with “delightful responses,” including “Thanks for asking so nicely.”

Google’s Hangouts messaging platform has been a hot subject these last couple of days. Initially, a recent report pegged Google to give Hangouts the ax in 2020, but a director involved with the project at Google claims no such date was set, and that a migration is planned to transition Hangouts (as consumers know it, anyway) into Meet/Chat. Whatever ends up actually happening, at a minimum, it sounds like Hangouts will change in the future. With that in mind, we’re curious: How many of our readers are still using Google Hangouts?

Try as I might, I can’t give it up. Too many of the people I know personally and professionally switched to the platform years ago. But that was back in the SMS-integrated days when all we wanted was a way to escape using Facebook products in our search for a platform-agnostic iMessage clone. Sadly, Google unceremoniously stripped SMS functionality out shortly before pushing users onto Allo. Of course, that went well. And for the last couple of years, the consumer-facing version of Hangouts has been effectively on life support.

Although I continue to depend on it, I’m sure many of our readers have long since given up Hangouts — likely departing once SMS integration was lost. There’s a whole pile of alternative services out there to replace it in varying degrees like Telegram, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber, and Snapchat. Even just basic, ancient SMS can work for messaging in a pinch.

So, have you already moved on to something else, or are you still using Hangouts?

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Google Hangouts App Shuts Down Pixel Launched

Pixel at Launch, Hangouts Shuts Down