Bar schedules budget hearings

first_img November 15, 2003 Regular News Bar schedules budget hearings T he Budget Committee of The Florida Bar will hold budget hearings in each of the districts of the district courts of appeal to receive suggestions from members of the Bar for the preparation of the 2004-2005 budget.The hearings will take place as follows:• January 7, 2004, (morning) Tampa (Second District)• January 7, 2004, (afternoon) Orlando (Fifth District)• January 14, 2004, (morning) Ft. Lauderdale (Fourth District)• January 14, 2004, (afternoon) Miami (Third District)• January 27, 2004, Tallahassee (First District)Written notice of intent to appear at these hearings must be received by the executive director of The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, at least 10 days prior to the date of the scheduled hearing. Otherwise, the scheduled hearing may be canceled. Times and/or locations of the hearings may be obtained from Stephanie Chewning at Bar headquarters by calling (850) 561-5636. Bar schedules budget hearingslast_img read more

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Canine brucellosis outbreak confirmed at Iowa breeder, people are “at very low risk”

first_imgSome 200 people who recently bought dogs from a breeder in south-central Iowa are being urged to have the animals tested for canine brucellosis. Keely Coppess, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says four of the dogs are confirmed infected with the disease — which can be transmitted to people — and a fifth dog is suspected to be sick.“We went on to notify all of the individuals that we know purchased dogs,” Coppess says. “They are quarantined at this point. We have asked that all of those dogs undergo canine brucellosis testing.” The breeder is identified as Double-G Kennels in Marion County and it’s also now under quarantine.“The infection is spread through contact with fluids from other infected animals,” Coppess says. “Those highest risk transmissions are going to come from the birthing process, so most dog owners are at very low risk.” Dogs that catch the disease may show symptoms including reproductive problems (abortions, stillbirth, infertility) as well as behavioral abnormalities, lethargy and weight loss. In people, the disease can cause flu-like symptoms, fevers, joint pain, and can also involve the nervous system, eyes or heart.“There is not a cure for canine brucellosis, so that’s why we’re testing to wait and see if they test positive,” Coppess says. “Because there is a human health risk, you can either have the option of quarantining those dogs for the rest of their lives, or we would recommend euthanizing.” She says the case serves as a reminder of how it’s always important to practice good biosecurity, like thoroughly washing your hands after handling animals, even household pets.last_img read more

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Kyle Wiese Named EPLWA Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansThe Evergreen Premier League has named defender Kyle Wiese Defensive Player of the Week for his performance on Tuesday in the Oly Town Artesians 2-1 win over the Vancouver Victory. Wiese made an emergency start at keeper making two saves in the first 11 minutes and then helped hold off the high scoring Victory’s comeback attempt on defense in the second half.Kyle Wiese. Photo courtesy: Charis WIlson“We were sweating bullets waiting for our keepers to arrive after both of them got stuck in traffic,” Oly Town Artesians General Manager Brandon Sparks explains. “It came as no surprise that Ray (Finn, Artesians Head Coach) looked around at a group of guys with little goalkeeping experience and Kyle stepped up. Ray trusted him and it paid off. Vancouver pressed early and Kyle made two early saves, distributed the ball well and did a great job in a tough situation until JJ Olson arrived and got himself ready.”Wiese, a native of Battle Ground playing in front of friends and family close to his hometown on Tuesday, has been with the Artesians since they were founded and is a captain, assistant coach and the Director of Business Development for Oly Town FC. The Evergreen State College alum has been instrumental in the success of the Artesians both on the field and off.“It was a great effort from a guy that has meant so much to Tim Smith (Artesians owner) and I running this club,” continued Sparks. “It’s a well-deserved honor for a player that isn’t flashy, often plays in anonymity and doesn’t get the credit he deserves.”Wiese and the Artesians (3-4-1, 10 points) head east on Saturday to take on Yakima United (2-5-2, 8 points) at SOZO Sports at 6:00 p.m. They will return home to face the Vancouver Victory on Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m.Follow the Artesians all season long by visiting the Oly Town Artesian website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.last_img read more

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Family Resource Associates Gives Hope And Help To Families

first_imgby Gretchen C. Van BenthuysenNearly 30 years ago Maire Merritt gave birth to her second daughter, Eileen, who has Down syndrome.“I knew nothing about Down syndrome or cognitive development (the ability to think and understand),” said Merritt, a retired high school teacher. “I had no background in the area.”But a friend of his knew Sue Levine, the program administrator and a founder of Family Resource Associates (FRA), a nonprofit agency based in Shrewsbury dedicated to helping people with disabilities reach their full potential and independence through therapy, technology and education, while also supporting their families.“Sue came to the hospital and offered to help me in any way she could,” Merritt said. “For parents of newborns, this is a frightening experience. You feel isolated. Sue proved to be invaluable to me and a tremendous resource over the years.”
Executive director Nancy Phalanukorn also is one of the original five professional women along with a group of 30 parents who founded FRA in 1979. They were frustrated by bureaucratic inertia and lack of services for pre-school children with disabilities, especially children age three and younger.“One area we specialize in is caring for infants,” she explained. “But what happens after age three and before they enter public school? Those kids were just sitting at home.”Growing and changing to meet the needs of a growing and changing population of chil- dren and adults with special needs became FRA’s mission.“We started with 30 kids with Down syndrome and genetic disabilities,” Phalanukorn said. “The second year we had a boy with autism. Now we serve 150 infants a week and of those 30 are on the autism spectrum.”FRA has an annual budget of $1.6 million with a relative- ly small administrative staf f of seven, Phalanukorn said, with 92 percent of the budget spent on programming. The infant program, which includes home visits, has a staff of 38 professionals and 15 people teach the adult classes. Volunteers donate about 8,000 hours per year and that includes a tech team that refurbishes donated personal computers to give to needy families. Annual fundraisers include a golf outing and a gala dinner-dance. “It’s always a balance of donations, fundraising, grant writing and fees,” Phalanukorn said. “And we have an extremely active board of trustees that help us grow and meet the needs of students and families.”
FRA’s adult services also have grown with facilities in Eatontown and Brick featuring studio apartments for independent living and life skills classes such as preparing meals using a microwave and toaster oven and maintaining personal living space.Designed like 12-week college semesters, classes are offered twice daily with 10 to 14 students per class. For ty topics are available, including money skills, nutrition and hygiene, how to look your best, getting ready for a job inter view, self-advocacy and self-expression, current events, as well as fun classes such as yoga, dance and karate.
One service Phalanukorn said FRA is very proud of is the TECH Connection, a computer lab with 20 stations open to the public and designed to make technology more accessible to people with limitations due to accident, illness or aging.People with special needs can sample specialized soft- ware and adapted devices before making a purchase. Assistive technology training for professionals and thera- pist is available as is a lending library for special needs people who may borrow more than 450 assistive devices and specialty software.FRA’s focus is not entirely on the disabled child or adult. Family support includes individual counseling, workshops, monthly meetings for siblings ages 4 to 9 and 10 to 15, plus monthly meetings of Moms of Young Children with Down syndrome and Parents of Children with Multiple Impairments.Maire Merritt said she had her husband Bill learned more from other parents than they ever learned from books.“We went to several parent workshops held at FRA to become informed parents and knowledgeable advocates for our children,” she said. “FRA also helped us to see the whole child and not just the disability. They guided us.”Eileen Merritt will celebrate her 30th birthday on Jan. 30. She graduated from Old Bridge High School, attended four different proms, is still friends with people she met in grammar school, volunteers in the children’s section at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library system, plays golf, and participates in the Special Olympics New Jersey in sailing and earned medals in rhythmic gymnastics. She serves as an FRA ambassador making public appearances. She also has a boyfriend. And that’s the short list of her accomplishments.last_img read more

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North Peace Airport considers leasing rate hikes

first_imgThe undisclosed increase was supposed to take effect on March 1st, but feedback from renters has prompted discussion with the North Peace Airport Services.Kandert says a firm number on the rate increase has yet to be established. Once the increased leasing fees take effect, the costs can be passed on to the consumer. But, Kandert says he doesn’t anticipate any significant fare-hikes, because airport fees represent only 4% of an airline’s operating cost. By Christine Rumleskie The North Peace Airport is looking at increasing its leasing fees soon.Acting Managing Director Mike Kandert confirmed on Wednesday that the airport is currently reviewing its leasing rates. – Advertisement -Kandert says it’s a fairly common practice for airports to adjust their leasing fees, based on the appraisal value of the land. The airport has recently undergone an appraisal, and Kandert says leasing fees will need to be bumped up.Currently, land rentals sit at 55 cents per square metre for serviced land, and 32 cents per square metre for unserviced land.Airport terminal space varies from $320 per square metre for counter space, to $132 per square metre for storage space.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Donegal student told court she was “blind drunk” when allegedly raped

first_imgWARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT: A Donegal student has told a jury at the Central Criminal Court that she was “blind drunk” when two men allegedly raped her.The alleged rape victim was a student at a college when she was allegedly raped by the two defendants in February 2015. In a trial that began last week, the men, who have a legal entitlement to anonymity, have pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape of the woman in a town in the county.The defendants are now aged 29 and 33 and are residents of Donegal. The complainant is now aged in her 20s.In her direct evidence, she told Seamus Clarke SC, prosecuting, that she and a female friend had spent the night at a “student night” in a local pub and nightclub.She said she had drunk a number of vodka drinks, a cocktail and cider. She said they were given free “Jolly rancher” shots and used a drinks voucher won in a “pub quiz” to buy eight vodka and red bulls, some of which she remembers drinking.The woman said when she and her friend left the nightclub she was “very intoxicated”.She said she and her friend were walking home when they came across two men sitting in a parked car. The woman said her friend spoke to the men and then told her, “We’re gonna get a lift home”.The complainant said they drove for about ten minutes before entering an apartment she didn’t know. “I remember being quite drunk and staggering up the stairs, I couldn’t walk properly,” she told the jury.She said she and her friend were hungry and didn’t want to drink any more and wanted to get food. The men gave them a drink which she believed was vodka.“I was very intoxicated. I was ready to pass out and fall over,” she told the jury. She said on a scale of one to ten of drunkenness, she was ten.Video footage, taken on a mobile phone by the complainant’s friend, shows the women in an apartment with two men. Later footage shows the woman falling on the bathroom floor, exposing her underwear, before two men hold her up.The complainant identified herself on the footage and told the court it showed both men carrying her to the bedroom. She said she remembers lying on a bed and someone heavy on her and then something inside her vagina.“I was half way between sleep and drunkenness. I felt like I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know if it was a dream or it was actually happening. I was just so drunk.“In terms of consenting, I in no way did consent to having sex with these men or to them touching me or coming near me in any intimate way.”Cross-examined over a statement to gardaí by her friend that the complainant was “definitely awake at least for the first half of the time” that she was “with a man”, the witness said: “I may have been awake but I was also blind drunk”.Asked about evidence that she was heard moaning and saying the word “harder”, she said she may have been dreaming and had a history of talking and moaning in her sleep.She told the jury that she and her friend woke up in the apartment the next morning and began watching the mobile phone videos. She said that one of the men told her to delete the footage and was blocking the door out of the apartment.She said she lied and told the man she had deleted the footage and he then offered to drive them back to their flat in the town.The defence position is that any sexual activity that took place was consensual.The complainant told Colman Fitzgerald SC, defending, that she thought she did kiss somebody in the smoking area of the nightclub earlier that night. She said she told gardaí about it and she didn’t know his name.She said she generally wouldn’t kiss someone she didn’t know.“I would have a conversation with them first. I’m not the type of person who would kiss someone without speaking to them first,” she said.She agreed that if she hadn’t been drinking she would not have kissed him and that “drink has the effect that you do something you wouldn’t do when you were sober”Asked if there was anything else she knew she would do when drunk that she might not do when sober, she said no. After a pause she added, “I probably wouldn’t order eight vodka and red bulls if I was sober.”She said she didn’t remember being asked for consent and would not have given it.“I did not say yes, get on top of me and have sex with me. I did not say anything close to that,” she said. The trial continues before Mr Justice Alex Owens and a jury.Donegal student told court she was “blind drunk” when allegedly raped was last modified: October 21st, 2019 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

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State Fair gives fodder for proud parents

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseFor me, the Ohio State Fair is a very busy stretch with my work schedule and two children showing a variety of livestock projects, but those long hours are quickly forgotten when replaced by proud parent moments that will last a lifetime. There were certainly plenty of those for mothers and fathers around the state at this year’s Ohio State Fair.The Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow exhibited by Riley Wendt of Union County sold to Kroger for a record-setting bid of $35,000.At an event bursting with proud parents, auctioneer Kevin Wendt had to be right up there as the proudest papa in the building as he watched his daughter Riley parade her Reserve Champion Market Barrow around the ring in the Sale of Champions. For the last several years, Kevin has been the Sale of Champions auctioneer for the cheese, turkey and goat sales that kick off the event. This year, though, Kevin stayed off the auction block to focus on just being a dad. Seeing the look of the purest joy as he stood ringside and watched his daughter’s barrow sell for a record-setting $35,000 in the Sale of Champions made it apparent his decision was the correct one. I wrote a story about the Wendt family a few years ago and really enjoyed seeing them succeed. That was one of my favorite Ohio State Fair moments, but there were many others, including some proud dad moments of my own.It was not noon yet and it had already been a long day for my children Campbell (11) and Parker (9) at the Ohio State Fair, as was the day before and the day before that. Campbell was in the Voinovich Building for her beef showmanship class with a Shorthorn heifer. As soon as she left the show ring, a golf cart was waiting to whisk her away to the sheep barn for the Guys and Gals Sheep Lead competition that had already started. She quickly traded her cattle show clothes for an elegant blue wool coat (on a steamy 90-degree day) and a fancy hat. When it was her turn to go, Campbell walked into the show ring with poise and grace that, as a father, I was both proud of and somewhat concerned about (dads out there know what I mean). I diligently took a video on my phone.After a long deliberation, the judges announced the placing of the class. Campbell won! I was busy taking pictures so I didn’t see it, but someone later said when Parker heard his sister had won, he pumped his fist and said “Yessss!” This was my favorite moment at the Ohio State Fair — even as I write this I can’t help but grin when I think about it.In addition, both children made the final drive with their turkeys, Campbell also made the final drive with her chickens and there were numerous times along the way (despiteParker made it into the champion drive with his turkey in his first-ever junior 4-H show.inevitable sibling squabbling on those long fair days) where my children displayed sportsmanship and kindness to others. I saw many other exhibitors demonstrate the same kindness and sportsmanship to my children as well.The ribbons, banners and recognition from the fair will soon be collecting dust or packed in a box somewhere. The photos will curl and fade (or get lost in the zillion other photos on my phone). Success is wonderful, but ultimately fairs are about the diligent pursuit of excellence through the lens of friends, fun and — most importantly — family, hopefully generating many fond memories along the way. Thanks to so many great folks for an incredible 2019 Ohio State Fair and the chance to see our young people shine!last_img read more

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Basecamp Gets an Official Mobile Web App

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts center_img Prominent online project management service Basecamp has launched a free mobile web app, built in HTML5 and custom designed for users on a multitude of different handsets. It’s attractive, easy to use and hopefully a model that will be followed by 37Signals on its other apps like Backpack.Loading basecamphq.com on your mobile device will take you to the new version automatically. Makers of the several 3rd party Basecamp mobile apps, who were probably making a fair sum on their software, are unlikely to be pleased. I’m excited to use it though. I really hope it supports Backpack soon.The company says the web app will work on the following devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Incredible, HTC Evo, Palm Pre 2, BlackBerry Torch, and any device running iOS 4+, Android 2.1+, webOS 2, or BlackBerry 6. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more

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Serena Williams on her first million-dollar check and the gender pay gap

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ She credits American tennis great Billie Jean King for making prize money equal in Grand Slam tournaments and wants to continue her path. “Venus and I definitely do a lot of work. At the Grand Slam, it’s definitely equal; at other tournaments it’s almost there, which is fine too, we’re getting there, but it’s a work in progress and we continue to fight the good fight.”At the Western & Southern Open in  2016, Williams received $495,000 while Roger Federer earned $731,000 for winning the same trophy.She explains, “If I were a man, it would be a different story. I feel like if I’ll be able to open the door for the next person, that means a lot for me too, and hopefully they’ll be able to do better than me.” Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Serena Williams cheered by netizens after answering John McEnroe’s backhanded complimentSerena Williams does a Demi Moore, 26 years later Image: INQUIRER.net Stock PhotoTop-ranked tennis player Serena Williams shared her views on money as one of the highest earning athletes in the world.She talked about making millions at a young age with sports business manager Maverick Carter on his video series “Kneading Dough”. The show is produced through Uninterrupted, LeBron James’ media company.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Williams started playing pro when she was 13, and has been accepting professional-level sums since. But she says she’s never been too interested in money.“When I first turned pro, I had to go pick up my check. I never, never picked it up,” she relates. “So at the end of the year, the tournament directors would literally hand me the check because I would never go get it. I just played for the love of the sport.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShe continues, “I’ve actually never played for money. I just thought you would go out there and hold a trophy. Not once did I think about a check.”When she received her first million dollars, she had no clue on what to do with it. “I never touched [the money] — just put it in the bank,” she shares, and admits she didn’t know how to properly deposit it. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Like PH, other countries also sent their B teams in Jones Cup Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I remember I went through the drive-thru to deposit my check, and then they were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this.’”Her father who coached her and sister Venus allowed them to make their own financial decisions as teenagers. She credits her humble upbringing to never wanting for much.“I never ever, ever felt broke,” she tells Carter. “Looking back, I’m like, wow, we lived in a two-bedroom house with seven people… I don’t know how my parents were able to make me feel that way, but they did, and that was something really special. So I never felt when I came into money that I needed to go buy this [or that] because I never wanted it, so it was a great way [to grow up].”Even with 23 Grand Slam titles—not counting doubles titles with her sister—what matters to her is leveling the playing field between women and men in sports. She and Venus have been outspoken about the gender pay gap in tennis.“You sacrifice so much, just as much as the guy next to me that’s training everyday, but he gets to be paid more. How do you explain that? I could never really understand that.”ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View commentslast_img read more

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5 Disastrous Misconceptions About Marketing Automation

first_imgThere’s a lot of buzz around whether marketing automation software is worth the investment of time and money, or whether it’s a waste. Here’s the thing: marketing automation can be a really great complement to your inbound marketing strategy IF it’s used correctly. Many marketers, however, have come to believe some things about marketing automation that simply aren’t true, which leads to misuse of the software and ultimately ends in a lot of disappointment and dismal results. Let’s clear up 5 of the most common misconceptions that surround marketing automation and highlight both the dangers and merits inherent in marketing automation.1. Marketing Automation Gets You LeadsThis is the biggest misconception out there about marketing automation, so let’s clear it up right now. Marketing automation does not get you leads; inbound marketing does. In fact, 25% of your database expires every year, so it’s crucial to maintain inbound marketing efforts alongside marketing automation to ensure your database doesn’t slowly wither away. When done correctly, however, marketing automation does help you make the most of those leads by nurturing them and navigating them through the decision-making process until they decide they’re ready to buy (and even after they become a customer, to make sure they stay happy!).2. Marketing Automation Means ‘Set It and Forget It’This is one of the easiest ways to make sure your marketing automation investment is a complete waste. Marketing automation software can offer robust functionality, but without an insightful marketer behind it to continually analyze and tweak campaigns, all that functionality is useless. Is your click-through rate on an email low? Test a new subject line. Is one segment of your database opting out of emails at a faster rate than others? Perhaps your send frequency is too high, or your messaging isn’t quite hitting the mark. No one (and I mean no one) gets it right the first time. Keep coming back to check in on your data, adjust what didn’t work, and do more of what works well.3. Marketing Automation Helps With Email DeliverabilityYou can definitely still spam people with marketing automation, and marketing automation software cannot help you get your emails through spam filters. Marketers still have to understand and implement email marketing best practices and avoid things like sending irrelevant emails, emailing too frequently, and emailing people who haven’t opted in to their communications. Between sophisticated SPAM filters, email overload, and advancements like Gmail’s priority inbox, marketers have to ensure lists are segmented and emails address something the prospect cares about. If not, messages will get weeded out of inboxes in a jiffy, no matter how sophisticated your marketing automation software is.4. Marketing Automation Personalizes CommunicationMarketing automation scales personalized communication; it doesn’t create it. The onus is still on the marketer to create buyer personas and interpret leads’ behaviors to align their needs at any given time in the buying cycle with the message they should receive. Marketing automation software is not capable of gleaning what to send, when to send it, and to whom it should be sent all on its own; it needs a marketer (usually with the help of the sales team) to tell it all of these things.5. Marketing Automation Sells For YouNo, marketing automation software is not the salesperson of the 21st century. Marketing automation software simply helps bubble up the people that are inherently more “sold” on you because you’ve done a good job creating educational content and getting it in front of them. You still have to create and optimize that content, promote it in social media, drive visitors to landing pages with killer offers, and (this is the biggie) ensure your marketing automation software is running in such a way that it delivers the right content at the right time, and it understands how to identify those people who are ready to speak to a salesperson.The major caveat to all of this (and if I haven’t emphasized this enough, here it comes…) is that marketing automation only works when done correctly. Approach marketing automation as a tool to improve your inbound marketing, not a replacement for it, and learn how to interpret visitor activity for effective use of the tool as part of your inbound marketing strategy.What other misconceptions have you encountered about marketing automation? Have you implemented it as part of your own inbound marketing strategy?Image credit: HikingArtist.com Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Nov 28, 2011 2:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Marketing Automation Topics:last_img read more

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