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Intelligent comment from Armen's latest video about Eric Roza and the future of Crossfit
Thought this was worth sharing here for people who are interested in what kinds of business changes Roza might make - and the IronMan comparison is especially interesting. submitted by traderjames7 to crossfit [link] [comments]
"One thing to consider is what this is for Rosa. This is an investment.
I am from boulder and know the tech space well, though I don’t know Eric personally I have met him and know about his previous company.
He bought the business presumably with some sort of backing when the business is weak and him and his backers are looking for a return.
If CrossFit was bought for say, 50m, they are looking to take this to 1B in value. It’s not a situation where he is buying it out of just a pure love of CrossFit, this is a big bet for him.
His intentions are good and probably better for CrossFit and the community because GG was almost anti growth and happy for others to take on areas of the industry CrossFit created.
A couple things I see from CrossFit under this new ownership are efforts to make affiliates stronger as businesses to compete with the likes of F45 etc and also make CrossFit a more participatory sport like Iron Man.
Right now there is the open but I see them creating more opportunities to compete for the average person like Iron Man does.
People pay a ton to participate in iron man events and it makes for a great business.
It also makes CrossFit more then just working out for the masses. For example, You can tell he is a frustrated masters athlete. A very fit athlete but still miles away from making to games.
With only 10 or 20 people making it to the games as masters it’s still only the very tippy top that can really compete in CrossFit.
With iron man average joes can make it to Kona with training and qualification and most importantly spending heavily on iron man.
Also I think he will professionalize then Crossfit business and bring in real operators to work there.
I think the “FU we are CrossFit, deaffilate if you don’t like it” attitude you see from HQ will go away and it needs to.
Even Castro in his recent podcast still has some of that to be honest. I look forward to the future."
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Why couldn't you just open a facility/gym and run workouts but not have Crossfit in the name?
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As someone not in the scene, why couldn't someone just open a gym and do workouts but have CF in the gym name ?
This is a genuine question as I'm trying to understand why people were paying an affiliate fee when they could've just opened a gym and skipped the affiliate fee part.
The truth behind Puskás Akadémia FC - How Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán stole a legend, built a stadium in his backyard and guided his team to Europe
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The 2019/2020 season of the Hungary’s National Football League (NB1) – being one of the first leagues to restart play - came to an end on 27 June. If a casual observer (for whatever reason) decides to check out the final standings
, he would be not surprised at the first two positions: record-champion Ferencváros defended their title, while regional powerhouse Fehérvár (Videoton) came in second. However, the third place team, Puskás Akadémia FC might seem unusual and one could think that there is a story behind that.
Is there a team named after Ferenc Puskás? Did some academy youths make an incredible run for the Europa League qualification? Well, the observer is right, there is a story behind all this, but it’s absolutely not a fun story. It’s a story about how one powerful man’s obsession with football stole a legend, misused state funds and killed the spirit of Hungarian football. (Warning: this is a long story, feel free to scroll down for a tl;dr. Also, I strongly advise checking out the links, those images are worth seeing).
Naturally, political influence in football has been present ever since the dawn of the sport and we know of numerous state leaders who felt confident enough to use their influence to ensure the successful development of their favored clubs – Caucescu’s FC Olt Scornicesti
and Erdogan’s Basaksehir
are well-known examples of such attempts. However, I fear that very few of the readers are aware of the fact that Puskás Akadémia FC is nothing but Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán’s grandiose project for establishing his hometown’s club as one of the country’s top teams
. Considering that Orbán managed to achieve this goal using state funds in an EU member democracy in the 2000s, one might even say that it might be one of the most impressive attempts of cheating your way through Football Manager in real life. Now that Puskás Akadémia FC escaped the desolate football scene of Hungary and is getting ready for the European takeover, I feel that it’s high time to tell its true story.
Part 1: Part time striker, part time PM
Our story begins in 1999 when the 36-year-old striker Viktor Orbán (recently elected as the country’s Prime Minister) was signed by the sixth-tier side of Felcsút FC
residing in rural Fejér County. It might sound surprising that an active politician would consider such a side job, but given that Orbán has been playing competitive low-level football throughout his whole life and has always been known as a keen football enthusiast, people seemed to be okay with his choice for a hobby. Orbán spent most of his childhood in the village of Felcsút (population: 1,800), so it seemed only natural that he would join the team after one of his old-time acquaintances became team president there.
Orbán’s arrival to the club seemed to work like a charm as Felcsút FC immediately earned a promotion to the fifth league. The Prime Minister’s busy program did not allow him to attend every training session and game but Orbán did make an effort to contribute as much as possible on the field – there is a report of a government meeting being postponed as Orbán was unavailable due to attending Felcsút FC’s spring training camp
. The 2001/2002 season brought another breakthrough for the side as Felcsút was promoted to the national level of the football pyramid after being crowned the champion of Fejér County. Sadly enough for Orbán, he suffered a defeat on another pitch – his party lost the 2002 election and Orbán was forced to move to an opposition role. No matter what happened on the political playing field, Orbán would not abandon his club.
Just before the 2002 elections, Felcsút was surprisingly appointed as one of the regional youth development centers by the Hungarian FA. Orbán continued contributing on the field as well (he had more spare time after all) but his off-the-field efforts provided much more value for the team as he used his political influence to convince right-wing businessmen that they should definitely get sponsorship deals done with the fourth-division village team. Club management was able to transform the influx of funds into on-field success: Felcsút FC was promoted to the third division in 2004 and achieved promotion to the second division in 2005.
Although these new horizons required a skill level that an aging ex-PM is not likely to possess, Orbán regularly played as a late game sub
and even appeared in cup games against actual professional opponents. The now-42-year old Orbán did not want to face the challenge of the second division, so he retired in 2005 – but this did not stop him from temping as an assistant coach when the head coach was sacked in the middle of the 2005-2006 season.
Success on the playing field did not translate to political success: Orbán lost the elections once again in 2006. However, this was only a temporary loss: the ruling party committed blunder after blunder and by early 2007 it became absolutely obvious that Orbán would be able return to power in 2010. Now confident in his political future, Orbán opted for the acceleration of football development in Felcsút – by late 2007 he took over the presidency of the club to take matters in his own hands. Sponsors seeking to gain favor with the soon-to-be PM were swarming Felcsút FC, so the club was able to stand very strong in an era where financial stability was a very rare sight in the Hungarian football scene, accumulating three medals (but no promotion) between 2007 and 2009.
On the other hand, Orbán realized the value of youth development as well, and started a local foundation for this purpose back in 2004 that gathered funds for the establishment a boarding school-like football academy.
The academy opened its doors in September 2006 (only the second of such institutions in the country) and Orbán immediately took upon the challenge of finding an appropriate name for the academy.
He went on to visit the now very sick Ferenc Puskás in the hospital to discuss using his name, but as Puskás’ medical situation was deteriorating rapidly, communication attempts were futile. Luckily enough Puskás’ wife (and soon to be widow) was able to act on his incapable husband’s behalf and approved the naming deal in a contract. According to the statement, naming rights were granted without compensation, as “Puskás would have certainly loved what’s happening down in Felcsút
”. However, there was much more to the contract: Puskás’ trademark was handed to a sports journalist friend of Orbán
(György Szöllősi, also acting communications director of the academy) who promised a hefty annual return for the family (and also a 45% share of the revenue for himself). Ferenc Puskás eventually died on 17 November 2006 and on 26 November 2006 the football academy was named after him: Puskás Academy was born.
Orbán shared his vision of the whole organization after the opening ceremony: “It’s unreasonable to think that Felcsút should have a team in the top division. We should not flatter ourselves, our players and our supporters with this dream. Our long term ambition is the creation of a stable second division team that excels in youth development and provides opportunity for the talents of the future.”
Let’s leave that there.
Part 2: No stadium left behind Orbán became PM once again in April 2010 after a landslide victory that pretty much granted him unlimited power.
He chased lots of political agendas but one of his policies was rock solid: he would revive sports (and especially football) that was left to bleed out by the previous governments. The football situation in 2010 was quite dire: while the national team has actually made some progress in the recent years and has reached the 42nd position in the world rankings, football infrastructure was in a catastrophic state. Teams were playing in rusty stadiums built in the communist era, club finances were a mess, youth teams couldn’t find training grounds and the league was plagued by violent fan groups and lackluster attendance figures (3100 average spectators per game in the 2009/2010 season).
Orbán – aided by the FA backed by business actors very interested in making him happy – saw the future in the total rebuild of the football infrastructure. Vast amounts of state development funds were invested into the football construction industry that warmly welcomed corruption, cost escalation and shady procurement deals.
In the end, money triumphed: over the last decade, new stadiums sprung out from nothing all over the country
, dozens of new academies opened and pitches for youth development appeared on practically every corner. The final piece of the stadium renovation program was the completion of the new national stadium, Puskás Aréna in 2019 (estimated cost: 575 million EUR). Orbán commemorated this historic moment with a celebratory video on his social media that features a majestic shot of Orbán modestly kicking a CGI ball from his office to the new stadium.
Obviously, Orbán understood that infrastructure alone won’t suffice
. He believed in the idea that successful clubs are the cornerstone of a strong national side as these clubs would compete in a high quality national league (and in international tournaments) that would require a constant influx of youth players developed by the clubs themselves. However, Orbán was not really keen on sharing the state’s infinite wealth with private club owners who failed to invest in their clubs between 2002 and 2010. The club ownership takeover was not that challenging as previous owners were usually happy to cut their losses, and soon enough most clubs came under Orbán’s influence
. Some clubs were integrated deep into Orbán’s reach (Ferencváros and MTK Budapest club presidents are high ranking officials of Orbán’s party) while in other cases, indirect control was deemed sufficient (Diósgyőri VTK was purchased by a businessman as an attempt to display loyalty to Orbán).
Pouring taxpayer money into infrastructure (stadium) projects is relatively easy: after all, we are basically talking about overpriced government construction projects, there’s nothing new there. On the other hand, allocating funds to clubs that should be operating on a competitive market is certainly a tougher nut to crack. The obvious solutions were implemented: the state media massively overpaid for broadcasting rights and the national sports betting agency also pays a hefty sum to the FA, allowing for a redistribution of considerable amounts. However, given that the income side of Hungarian clubs was basically non-existent (match day income is negligible, the failed youth development system does not sell players), an even more radical solution was desperately needed. Also, there was definite interest in the development of a tool that would allow for differentiation between clubs (as in the few remaining non-government affiliated clubs should not receive extra money).
The solution came in 2011: the so-called TAO (“társasági adó” = corporate tax) system was introduced, granting significant tax deductions for companies if they offered a portion of their profits to sports clubs
– however, in theory, funds acquired through TAO can be only used for youth development and infrastructure purposes. Soon enough, it became apparent that state authorities were not exactly interested in the enforcement of these restrictions, so some very basic creative accounting measures enabled clubs to use this income for anything they wanted to. Companies were naturally keen on cutting their tax burdens and scoring goodwill with the government, so TAO money immediately skyrocketed.
Opportunistic party strongmen used their influence to convince local business groups to invest in the local clubs, enabling for the meteoric rise of multiple unknown provincial teams (Mezőkövesd [pop: 16,000], Kisvárda [pop: 16,000], Balmazújváros [pop: 17,000]) into the first division.
Although it’s not the main subject of this piece, I feel inclined to show you the actual results of Orbán’s grandiose football reform. While we do have our beautiful stadiums, we don’t exactly get them filled – league attendance has stagnated around 3000 spectators per game throughout the whole decade. We couldn’t really move forward with our national team either: Hungary lost 10 positions in the FIFA World Rankings throughout Orbán’s ten years. On the other hand, the level of league has somewhat improved – Videoton and Ferencváros reached the Europa League group stage in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Too bad that the Instat-based top team
of 2019/2020 Hungarian league consists of 10 foreigners and only 1 Hungarian: the goalkeeper.
Part 3: Small place, big game!
As seen in the previous chapter, Orbán did have a strong interest in the improvement of the football situation Hungary, but we shouldn’t forget that his deepest interest and true loyalty laid in the wellbeing of Felcsút and its academy. Now that Orbán had limitless means to see to the advancement of his beloved club, he got to work immediately.
Orbán handed over formal club management duties to his friend / protégé / middleman / businessman Lőrinc Mészáros in 2010, but no questions would ever arise of who is actually calling the shots.
First of all, no club can exist without a proper stadium.
Although in 2011 Orbán explicitly stated that “Felcsút does not need a stadium as stadiums belong to cities”,
no one was really surprised in 2012 when the construction of the Felcsút stadium was announced. Orbán was generous enough to donate the lands just in front of his summer home in the village for the project, locating the entrance a mere ten meters away from his residence. Construction works for the stunningly aesthetic 3,800-seater arena
(in a village of 1,800 people) started in April 2012 and were completed in April 2014, making Felcsút’s arena the second new stadium of Orbán’s gigantic stadium revival program.
The estimated budget of the construction was 120 million EUR (31,500 EUR / seat) was financed by the Puskás Academy who explicitly stated that they did not use government funds for the project. Technically, this statement is absolutely true as the construction was financed through the TAO money offered by the numerous companies looking for tax deduction and Orbán’s goodwill. However, technically, this means that the country’s budget was decreased by 120 million EUR unrealized tax revenue. Naturally, the gargantuan football stadium looks ridiculously out of place in the small village
, but there’s really no other way to ensure that your favorite team’s stadium is within 20 seconds of walking distance from your home.
Obviously, a proper club should also have some glorious history. Felcsút was seriously lagging behind on this matter as though Felcsút FC was founded in 1931, it spent its pre-Orbán history in the uninspiring world of the 5th-7th leagues of the country. Luckily enough, Orbán had already secured Puskás’ naming rights and they were not afraid to use it, so Felcsút FC was renamed to Puskás Academy FC in 2009. The stadium name was a little bit problematic as the Hungarian national stadium in Budapest had sadly had the dibs on Puskás’ name, so they had to settle with Puskás’ Spanish nickname, resulting in the inauguration of the Pancho Arena
. But why stop here? Orbán’s sports media strongman György Szöllősi
acted upon the contract with Puskás’ widow and transferred all Puskás’ personal memorabilia
(medals, jerseys, correspondence) to the most suitable place of all: a remote village in which Puskás never even set foot in.
While the off-field issues were getting resolved, Orbán’s attention shifted to another important area: the actual game of football. Although academy players started to graduate from 2008 on, it very soon became painfully obvious that the academy program couldn’t really maintain even a second division side for now. In 2009, Orbán reached an agreement with nearby Videoton’s owner that effectively transformed Felcsút FC into Videoton’s second team under the name of Videoton – Puskás Akadémia FC. The mutually beneficent agreement would allow Videoton to give valuable playing time to squad players while it could also serve as a skipping step for Puskás Academy’s fresh graduates to a first league team. The collaboration resulted in two mid-table finishes and a bronze medal in the second division in the following three seasons that wasn’t really impressive compared to Felcsút FC’s standalone seasons.
It seemed that the mixture of reserve Videoton players and academy youth was simply not enough for promotion, and although Orbán had assured the public multiple times that his Felcsút project was not aiming for the top flight, very telling changes arose after the 2011/2012 season. Felcsút terminated the Videoton cooperation deal and used the rapidly accumulating TAO funds to recruit experienced players for the now independently operating Puskás Academy FC (PAFC)
. The new directive worked almost too well: PAFC won its division
with a 10 point lead in its first standalone year which meant that they would have to appear in the first league prior to the completion of their brand-new Pancho Arena. Too bad that this glorious result had almost nothing to do with the academy - only two players were academy graduates of the side’s regular starting XI.
Orbán did not let himself bothered with the ridiculousness of an academy team with virtually no academy players being promoted to the first division as he stated that “a marathon runner shouldn’t need to explain why the other runners were much slower than him
”. Orbán also displayed a rare burst of modesty as he added that “his team’s right place is not in the first league, and they will soon be overtaken by other, better sides”.
The promotion of PAFC to the first division made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. Supporter groups were united in hatred all along the league and not surprisingly, away fans almost always outnumbered the home side at PAFC’s temporary home at Videoton’s Sóstói Stadium (demolished and rebuilt in its full glory since then
). One of the teams, however, possessed an extraordinary degree of anger against PAFC: supporters of Budapest Honvéd – the only Hungarian team in which Ferenc Puskás played – felt especially awkward about the transfer of their club legend’s heritage to Felcsút. Tensions spiked at the PAFC – Honvéd game when home security forced Honvéd supporters to remove the “Puskás”
part of their traditional “Puskás – Kispest – Hungary” banner
– the team answered the insult with style as they secured a 4-0 victory supported by fans chanting “you can’t buy legends”.
Despite Orbán’s prognosis, other better sides did not rush to overtake his team, so PAFC, now residing in their brand new Pancho Arena, came through with a 14th and a 10th place in their first two seasons. Naturally, conspiracy theories began to formulate, speculating that government-friendly owners would certainly not be motivated to give their best against PAFC. However, as the league size was reduced to 12 for the 2015/2016 season, PAFC found themselves in a dire situation just before the final round: they needed a win and needed rival Vasas to lose against MTK in order to avoid relegation. PAFC’s draw seemed to be unlucky as they faced their arch-enemy Honvéd at home, but Honvéd displayed an absolute lackluster effort – fueling conspiracy theories – and lost the fixture 2 to 1 against a home side featuring four academy players. Vasas, however, did not disappoint, their 2-0 victory resulted in PAFC’s elimination and a very relaxed sigh all over the football community.
PAFC’s relegation seemed to be in accordance with Orbán’s 2013 statement, so public opinion supposed for a while that Orbán’s project came to a halting point and the Academy would go on to actually field academy players in the second division (especially as rostering foreign players was prohibited in the lower leagues). However, if you have read through this point, you know better than to expect Orbán to retreat – obviously, PAFC came back with a bang. With a ballsy move, PAFC didn’t even sell their foreign players, they just loaned them across the league, promising them that they would be able to return next year to the newly promoted team. The promise was kept as PAFC went into another shopping spree of experienced players (easily convincing lots of them to choose the second division instead of the first) and easily won the second league. Orbán
– now aware of his negligence – opted for the doubling the team’s budget, making PAFC the third most well-founded club in the whole country
(only coming short to his friend’s Videoton and his party minion’s Ferencváros). With an actual yearly influx from TAO money in the ballpark of 30-40 million EUR, PAFC management had to really work wonders in creative accounting in order to make their money look somewhat legitimate. The books were now full of ridiculous items like:
- Construction of a new tea kitchen for youth players for 650,000 EUR
- Construction of a new “sports and conference center” for 40 million EUR
- Employment of a 45 person “cleaning and maintenance staff” for the academy.
Naturally, in the country of no consequences, absolutely nothing happened: PAFC went on with its spending and signed 35 foreigners between 2017 and 2020. They did so because they could not hope to field a winning team in the first league consisting of academy players
, despite the fact that Puskás Academy has been literally drowning in money since 2007. This seems to somewhat contradict Orbán’s 2013 promise, stating that “Puskás Academy will graduate two or three players to major European leagues each year”.
To be fair, there have been players who managed to emerge to Europe (well, exactly two of them: Roland Sallai plays at Freiburg, László Kleinheisler played at Werder Bremen) but most academy graduates don’t even have the slightest the chance to make their own academy’s pro team as it’s full of foreigners and more experienced players drawn for other teams’ programs.
Despite their unlimited funding, PAFC could not put up a top-tier performance in their first two years back in the first division, finishing 6th and 7th in the 12-team league. Many speculated that the lack of support, motivation and even a clear team mission did not allow for chemistry to develop within the multinational and multi-generational locker room. Consistency was also a rare sight on the coaching side: club management was absolutely impatient with coaches who were very easily released after a single bad spell and there were talks of on-field micromanagement request coming from as high as Orbán.
Even so, their breakthrough came dangerously close in 2018 as PAFC performed consistently well in the cup fixtures and managed to reach the final. Their opponent, Újpest played an incredibly fierce game and after a 2-2 draw, they managed to defeat PAFC in the shootout. Football fans sighed in relief throughout the country as ecstatic Újpest supporters verbally teased a visibly upset Orbán in his VIP lounge
about his loss.
Obviously, we could only delay the inevitable. While this year’s PAFC side seemed to be more consistent than its predecessors, it seemed that they won’t be able to get close to the podium - they were far behind the obvious league winner duo of Ferencváros and Videoton and were trailing third-place Mezőkövesd 6 points just before the pandemic break. However, both Mezőkövesd and PAFC’s close rivals DVTK and Honvéd fall flat after the restart while PAFC was able to maintain its good form due to its quality roster depth. PAFC overtook Mezőkövesd after the second-to-last round as Mezőkövesd lost to the later relegated Debrecen side. (Mezőkövesd coach Attila Kuttor was fined harshly because of his post-game comments on how the FA wants PAFC to finish third.)
PAFC faced Honvéd in the last round once again, and as Honvéd came up with its usual lackluster effort, PAFC secured an effortless win, confidently claiming the third place
. PAFC celebrated their success in a nearly empty stadium
, however neither Orbán, nor Mészáros (club owner, Orbán’s protégé, now 4th richest man of Hungary) seemed to worry about that. While Orbán high-fived with his peers in the VIP lounge, Mészáros was given the opportunity to award the bronze medals (and for some reason, a trophy)
to the players dressed up in the incredibly cringe worthy T-shirts that say “Small place, big game!”.
Big game, indeed: in the 2019/2020 season, foreign players’ share of the teams playing time was 43.6% while academy graduates contributed only 17.9%.
On Sunday evening, less than 24 hours after PAFC’s glorious success, György Szöllősi, now editor-in-chief of Hungary’s only sports newspaper (purchased by Orbán’s affiliates a few years back) published an editorial on the site, stating that “the soccer rebuild in Felcsút became the motor and symbol of the revitalization of sport throughout the whole country
”. Well, Szöllősi is exactly right: Felcsút did became a symbol, but a symbol of something entirely different. Felcsút became a symbol of corruption, inefficiency, lies and the colossal waste of money.
But, hey, at least we know now: you only need to spend 200 million EUR (total budget of PAFC and its academy in the 2011-2020 period) if you want to have a Europa League team in your backyard. Good to know!
Epilogue: What's in the future?
As there is no foreseeable chance for political change to happen Hungary
(Orbán effortlessly secured qualified majority in 2014 and 2018, and is projected to do so in 2022 as well), PAFC’s future seems to be as bright as it gets. Although consensus opinion now seems to assume that Orbán does not intend to interfere with the Ferencváros – Videoton hegemony, we can never be really sure about the exact limits of his greed. One could also argue that entering the European theater serves as a prime opportunity for making splashy transfers who could be the cornerstones of a side challenging the league title.
However, as all political systems are deemed to fall, eventually Orbán’s regime will come apart. Whoever will take upon the helm after Orbán, they will certainly begin with cutting back on the one item on Orbán’s agenda that never had popular support: limitless football spending. Puskás Academy, having next to zero market revenue, will not be able to survive without the state’s life support, so the club will fold very shortly. The abandoned, rotting stadium in Felcsút will serve as a memento of a powerful man who could not understand the true spirit of football.
But let’s get back to present day, as we have more pressing issues coming up soon: PAFC will play their first European match in the First qualifying round of the Europa League
on 27 August. We don’t have a date for the draw yet, but soon enough, a team unaware of the whole situation will be selected to face the beast. I hope that maybe one of their players does some research and maybe reads this very article for inspiration. I hope that the supporters of this club get in touch with Honvéd fans who would be eager to provide them with some tips on appropriate chants. I hope that other teams gets drawn as the home team so Orbán wouldn’t get the pleasure of walking to his stadium for an international match. But most importantly, I very much hope that this team obliterates PAFC and wipes them off the face of the earth.
5-0 will suffice, thank you.
And if this team fails to do that, we don’t have to worry yet. Due to our shitty league coefficient, PAFC would need to win four fixtures in a row. And that – if there’s any justice in this world – is a thing that can’t, that won’t happen. Ball don’t lie – if I may say. TL,DR
Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán redirected some 200 million EUR of taxpayer money over 10 years to fuel his ambition of raising a competitive football team in his hometown of 1,800 people. He built a 3,800-seater stadium in his backyard, expropriated football legend Ferenc Puskás’ trademarks and heritage and built up a football league where almost all clubs are owned by his trustees. His team, Puskás Akadémia FC was originally intended to be a development ground for youth players graduating from Orbán’s football academy, but eventually the team became more and more result-orianted. Finally, a roster full of foreign and non-academy players came through and finished third in the league, releasing this abomination of a team to the European football theatre. Please, knock them out asap!
Is LinkedIn a waste of time?
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All I keep getting on LinkedIn are corporate shills, con artists and snake oil salesmen.
I will get a lot of messages from strangers on LinkedIn who will proceeds to make small talk about some innocuous topic, say, the weather, that cool show on TV, my future goals, and then seemingly out of nowhere the conversation is abruptly derailed by an obviously scripted sales pitch filled with big fancy words like Business Development Managerial Marketing Financial Literacy E-commerce Leadership Training Entrepreneurial Fortune 500 Social Media Coaching Customer Acquisition Teaching Management Business Affiliate Online Team Building Role.
These are all from different people and they just keep coming, I don't mean to be negative but LinkedIn just seems so toxic. It's either this or people shilling for corporations about how 'great' their job/internship is and it all just seems so fake and force.
I want to use LinkedIn to get jobs and connections but I have no had any luck or maybe I am just using It wrong? Any advice would be appreciated?
Corruption, Politicos, Intelligence and Lies
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This headline should come as no surprise: https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2020-07-16/exclusive-us-fbi-is-leading-an-inquiry-into-the-twitter-hack-sources-say
As the intelligence was concluded for this before covid-19 was being enforced:
In March 2020, the University of Wisconsin–Madison
and the Brennan Center for Justice
published a report indicating that Russia-linked social media accounts have been spreading Instagram
posts calculated to sow division among American voters. According to the report, Russian operatives were increasingly impersonating real political candidates and groups rather than creating fictional groups.
According to Twitter's head of site integrity, Russian agents also attempted in 2018 to create the impression of more election interference than is actually happening to undermine confidence in the process.
Shortly thereafter, the New York Times
reported that according to American intelligence officials Russian operatives have been stoking via private Facebook
groups anger among African Americans
, emphasizing allegations of police brutality in the United States
, highlighting racism in the United States
against African Americans, and promoting and pressuring hate groups
, including white and black extremist groups, in order to create strife within American society, though American intelligence officials provided few details about the alleged operations.
investigation found that Russian efforts had partly been outsourced to troll farms
An excerpt from the wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2020_United_States_elections
As confirmed long before by articles in mainstream media. See links to articles in the wiki for yourself.
This is important. Just look back at the behavior of our intelligence agencies in the month of June, there is no reason they were not well aware of these things before they happened. However, everything they reported at that time, was pointing to theories and actions that were a contradiction to what was already concluded. A lot of what was released by their agencies at the time was just completely ridiculous.
In the cities that had the most losses, the actions of politicos and intelligence agencies, such as the FBI, were just as horrible. Seriously, from what was released, it could not have been done in a way that was more harmful to the US and their allies.
We know mayors did little to nothing while mobs looted bsuiness districts, plundering everything of value they could get their hands on. The damage to businesses in Portland alone is estimated over 20 million and I am afraid that is just the tip of the iceberg, there.
Law enforcement who could have and were willing to prevent any of this were imobilized at the time.
Something that was never addressed is how they seem to do everything in their power to ensure that mobs had access to infrastructure that by that time was already compromised. For example, A malicious actor with little tech skills at all had access to compromised devices in these business districts. This is important. As these are devices that were either fresh or belonged to a established entities in a business district. Bear with me..
So all of this time, we had major media outlets and authority sites who had been coaching and encouraging 'protestors' to to keep their devices in faraday bags. Telling all involved how to move in a mob and keep their devices even more obscure and hard to trace. All the while, these business districts have had their established lines of communication, authorized devices, all of their centralized data and basically their identities wide open for malicious actors to take advantage of.
I do not know if anyone here has heard of Watergate but Watergate really pales in comparison to what has been happening across the US and the World the past few months. Not to mention the events that had lead up to it for years. The same actors involved in this is also no coincidence, being Scientology-Nation of Islam, their communist and socialist affiliates. This has never been properly addressed by any intelligence agency.
The FBI should have been on top of this a long time ago but everything suggests that they purposely let this events happen. In spite of having more than enough info to handle it. It is hard to wonder how they did not fail to handle this on purpose. They are wielding way to much power and have had everything summed up for them. There is no excuse.
Carjackings have been at an all time high, which is something else that needs to be addressed but is not. It is the perfect cover for organized malicious actors to transport ill gotten gains and devices. While our business districts were systematically looted by groups showing the marxist symbols and alliances that our intel was warned about before the Coronavirus restrictions were even enforced, the FBI was releasing the most ridiculous evidence that supported the most ignorant of theories.
Also, It is not too uncommon to find officials to be found to be secretly involved in high priced theft rings, especially auto theft.
Just look at the evidence at the top of this page and there can really only be one of two conclusions. Are they so incompetent that our leaders and agencies allowed all of this cybercrime and systemic looting to happen or did they conspire together to commit these crimes themselves?
I am willing to discuss and I really wish I was wrong but sadly this is the plain truth as I saw it unfold and it would take a lot to convince me otherwise at this point.
I was just asked to leave my CrossFit box
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A couple of days ago my (former) CrossFit box made a post saying that they support BLM and that they were considering unaffiliating due to the controversy. I commented on that post. My Comment:
"100% agree (to unaffiliate). Even prior to this CrossFit has always has had a negative perception outside the community. I chose to train at this gym a few years ago over others because it was not a crossfit affiliate at the time. It was called (gym name at the time with no reference to CrossFit). When it reaffiliated I left. I came back this year despite the CrossFit name because I know how great the (gym name) community is. At this point though I personally wouldn't feel comfortable training at a place with a CrossFit sign on the front door"
To clarify what I meant when I said it had a negative perception and why I was turned off of the brand even prior, I was referring to other controversial topics like the pro-gun stance, pukey the clown, LGBTQ controversy.
After posting my comment I had a few comments showing support and some discussion started in their comment section. Shortly after, the gym deleted my comment and censored everything other than the overtly positive "We love you..." type (they only have 3 comments now). They then private messaged me in a one-sided text conversation calling me an "asshole with a pitchfork", expressed their support for Greg Glassman and said those who think poorly of him are "idiotic" and have "a lack of intelligence". They then said they would like to terminate my membership due to that comment. Their Message:
We love you, you're always welcome at our spot.
I didn't know you kept your membership going through the lockdown, my apologies. I don't want this to get lost through text.. I mean this from a position of happiness, not bitterness at all, we don't expect or want any charity. We worked hard through the lockdown to raise our workload and meet the expectations and value people were paying for. We appreciate the gesture greatly.
Knowing how you feel about us, the exact thing we do, we should probably drop your membership ya
Despite that first sentence, I definitely don't feel as though I'd be welcome there. I never once asked to cancel my membership (although they may have felt my comment implied it). The second paragraph refers to the fact that during the CV19 lockdown I messaged them and told them I would like to continue paying my membership fees to help support them through that time (since they could not open due to government regulations). I paid for 3 months without ever stepping foot in the gym. To add to all this, in a twist of comical irony, the gym is mostly white. The owners are white. I was one of the few non-white members.
I guess I was compelled to make this post and share my experience because it's been a few days and I'm still a bit stunned and confused about the whole situation. I've never heard of someone being kicked out of a CrossFit gym for simply holding a different opinion on a subject than the owners. I was not expecting my comment to garner so much hostility and honestly thought it was fairly respectful. I even explicitly stated their gym had a good community. I do recognize it's basically impossible for me to be objective in this situation though so would be curious if people here thought my comment was out of line. I appreciate all feedback positive or negative.
EDIT: This was taken from a post below. I thought I should add it to the OP
Wow I had no idea this would blow up like it did. I initially wanted to avoid posting screenshots because I didn't want myself or the gym doxxed. It's pretty hard for me to post the full convo without someone who knows me irl seeing this post and knowing it's me/what gym this is. But here are a few.
This part of the convo that references the "asshole with a pitchfork" comment. I don't want to post the actual original comment due to the fact that I think you could possibly dox it, but they didn't address me asking if it was directed at me, so i assume it was. It was also from a private message after all. https://ibb.co/dg1B7CG
This is the message where they say the public got the CF/Glassman stuff wrong over "a lack of intelligence" https://ibb.co/TmDjdqp
This is them telling me that my opinion is "idiotic/insane" https://ibb.co/fMRrRQC
EDIT2: I just want to thank everyone for the thoughtful comments. I wanted to address some in the original post. Apologies for not replying to you each individually, but I have read every comment, good and bad.
1) I am not going to ask for a chargeback or refund for the 3 months of fees I paid. I told them I was happy to do it and I still stand by that. I feel it's important to support small businesses now more than ever. Even if I wanted to do that they had a DM of me saying I'd like to continue paying so I probably wouldn't have a case for it anyway.
2) To the people urging me to out the gym, I've thought about it and I'm very conflicted. I don't want to be responsible for killing a small business, but I understand the points people are making in this thread. This thread got pretty big. The thought that someone who goes to this gym could have seen it, thought to themselves "this place sounds awful, I'm glad it's not my gym" and then go into that place for a WOD oblivious is pretty disheartening to me.
I will not name the gym on here but I've been informed by a friend that a senior coach there has become aware of my exile and plans to talk to the owners about it. In a twist of poetic justice, by attempting to silence my voice in their gym they have made it louder. By attempting to quell discourse, they've created more. I've started a fire.
Furthermore, I am a competitive regional level strength athlete. I have a lot of ties to the local strength and fitness community. This CrossFit box was always a place I recommended and spoke highly of to others. At this point I will dissuade anyone interested in functional training from going there. To the posters that are disappointed in me for not posting the gym name, I want to assure you that I don't think this gym will get out of this unscathed. I've started a discussion in their ranks, and the bad word-of-mouth that they will now get from this will be damaging.
Thanks again to everyone for their feedback. It's help me process my thoughts through this whole experience.
Exposing online coaches for the MLM/affiliate schemes they really are.
This is a burner account, but I visit this subreddit regularly and run a very successful in-person PT business that pivoted to online due to the pandemic. submitted by StoicPhilosophers to personaltraining [link] [comments]
I have "won" several competitions for 6 weeks/12 weeks coaching from multiple Fitness Business Coaching Gurus starting from about 3 years ago until last week and I have all the information that they have saved.
Pretty much all downloads, all videos, every module. Saved before my free time ran out. And they haven't really changed over the last 3 years. All the coaches have the same stuff.
It's a scam. It starts out as a bit helpful and the downloads save you time so you have to create less, but as you progress on the modules always lead you to need funnel software or paid solutions with no alternatives. And those paid solutions like clickfunnels, Kartra or groovefunnels are all affiliate schemes that once you are in its very hard to get out of with the information you have put in.
In the Facebook groups it's just a circlejerk of their other paying members trying to validate their payments by just encouraging each other earning badges. Badges for creating their first funnel or running their first add. If there are 30 people in the facebook group it's about 9.5k per month for 15h of calls per week (almost $160 per hour))er week for a weekly 30min call and Facebook groups. There will usually be a started fee of a random amount, I've seen between $50 and $499.
If you attempt to leave a lot of the data you have on your clients is stuck in the funnel software and you lose the admin rights to your facebook groups you paid the startup fee for. So all your clients are given a new coach running the group, all your videos, ads, brand recognition gone. Normally the new coach will say you were removed from the business or as a franchisee as you were scamming clients bank accounts so if you try to stay in contact with clients outside the group your relationship has been soured.
I have watched all this happen several times with different companies and coaches from the safety of being a quiet competition winner sitting in the Facebook group and saying the right things at the right time.
If anyone is interested I'm going to start a blog on blogger with an intro explaining in hindsight what the module is doing and then record myself as one of the douchebag coaches deliver the module as they would including the download in google drive. So essentially it would be.
MODULE 1 - GOALS AND ACTION PLAN
StoicPhilosopher short intro - What is the coaches intention in this module.
Douchbag Coach Chad McChadderson - Delivers module as you would see it if you were in one of the coaches membership areas. With unlisted youtube video and a download link (via gdrive or dropbox) and an example of a clickfunnel that the coach would normally use.
If anyone knows a better free way of doing this or delivering this type of content without paying hosting or anything I would be down for changing my plans.
How to Make Money with Instagram: The Ultimate Guide [2020 Update]
Making money with Instagram is no joke. On the contrary, BusinessInsider shows that popular Instagram influencers can already charge a minimum of € 15,000 for a single sponsored post on their accounts! So what does it come down to? submitted by yatesmaron to Howwemakemoneyonline [link] [comments]
When it comes to making money with social media and how much money you will really make, your results will depend on your experience, how many followers you have, and your confidence.
Of course everyone starts from a different starting point or situation, but here are the 4 main ways that we recommend to make money via Instagram
. What you can do:
- Promote other people's products through affiliate marketing
- The photos you take sell on various websites and platforms that offer images
- Create sponsored posts for the brands you work with
- Create your own physical, digital or coaching products
You can use one, several or even all 4 of these methods simultaneously to make money via Instagram - it's your choice!
Now that that's said, are you ready to go
Following are the details of each method of how to make money with Instagram
How to Make Money on Instagram - The 4 Methods
1 Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways of making money on Instagram.
Simply put, affiliate marketing is when you get a commission when someone clicks on a link from another company from your account, and then buys a product. You usually get a commission when someone buys something, but sometimes when they just click on the link.
Affiliate marketing is so simple because all you have to do is show the product with a “story” around it, for example in a review, a video or a post with a little paragraph about the product, then put it in link your Instagram bio to. You can also have your own website where you send people to learn more about the products you show.
Keep in mind that when you recommend something, your good name and reputation are associated with the product, so only recommend products that you have used yourself, that you trust and like.
Affiliate marketing is an extensive topic, and we have written about it many times. You can dig deeper into it in our article: the Guide to Affiliate Marketing
You can also visit the following websites that have affiliate lists of products that offer affiliate programs, which will take you one step further in learning how to make money with Instagram
2 Sell your photos
You spend a lot of time and effort to get the scene, light and captions just right… so why not convert all the effort you've already put into your IG account into more money
There are many sites online where you can host and sell your photos
3 Sponsored Posts
Sponsored posts are another way of making money with Instagram, and it is expected that by 2020 there will be around 32.3 billion sponsored Instagram posts
to be paid by brands.
You can also participate and get paid like this
What exactly are sponsored posts? First you grow your number of followers, by supporting a certain message or by specializing in things like health, things that men / women need (think of cars, beauty, etc.), cats, or whatever your thing . If a sponsor likes what you do, they will ask you to promote them! Not only do they pay for you talking about them, but they usually combine it with an affiliate link, so you get a commission when one of your visitors buys something from the sponsor!
Some people think that sponsoring and making money is about having millions of followers, but that's not true
. Sponsors are not stupid, they know you can just buy "fake followers" to make the number look better.
What they're looking for is the real, engaged followers who trust you. A sponsor would rather have 1,000 people ready to buy what the influencer
recommends than 2 million accounts that actually mean nothing.
It's all about trust and commitment
How Much Can You Ask?
Now you're probably wondering how much money to charge per sponsored post.
Unless you're extremely experienced with Instagram and a big influencer, it's likely to be determined by the company itself. It can depend on whether you post a photo, video or story and how long the video is when it is a video or a story.
Good news is that when we look at the rates on AdFactor
of some influencers
, and the number of Instagram followers they have, it looks like you can already ask € 500 per sponsored post with just a few thousand followers.
That can give you an idea of how many brands are willing to pay, and what number you can play with during the negotiations.
How To Find Sponsors
The easiest way to find sponsors is to compile a list of companies and brands you like, and write them an email describing who you are, why you like them, and how you can help them when you promote them on Instagram.
Here are a few examples of emails
you can view and use.
Another way is to list yourself and your account on an influencer marketplace, where brands “shop around” to find the accounts they would like to sponsor or contact.
How to avoid being called a defector (or why you shouldn't have too many sponsored posts)
It can be tempting to turn every post into a sponsored post, but there has to be a balance. Remember, your audience originally followed you for the sheer content of your posts and because they liked YOU, not because they want to see ads all the time.
We recommend that you consider using a #sponsored or #spon hashtag to indicate that it is a sponsored post
. If you're worried about using sponsored posts at all, we've got some good news for you!
For example below, you can see that beauty blogger and Instagrammer Mascha Feoktistova
indicates that her latest fragrance from Guess is sponsored using the hashtag #spon.
Instagram now also has a "Paid Partnership With ..." tag that clearly identifies sponsored posts. Some brands even require that you use this as an influencer. You can here
read about the tag.
When you're trying to find a balance in how you make money on Instagram, fewer sponsored posts are better than more. Try a certain number first (eg 1 per week), and you could even create a live survey with your “Story” feature to ask your audience if they are satisfied with the number of sponsored posts, and if they like the recommendations .
Always try to be as careful as possible with sponsored posts, and keep in mind: LESS is more!
4 Make your own products
Making your own products is a great way to turn your Instagram account into a money machine. And it can also be a lot of fun!
Most Instagrammers start with paid services because they are the easiest to set up. You basically choose the talents you have, and you work as a freelance consultant for someone, while setting your own rates for your talents! If you'd like to learn more about that, check out our guide on how to start freelancing
Another good example, besides paid services, is that you create something like an e-book about your favorite topic and sell it on your website through an online shop program.
Online products are one of our favorites, because once you have set up your website and your online shop program, the “shop” is always open, and you can get paid for your knowledge while you sleep! The return on your investment can be HUGE!
If you want to research how to make money with Instagram, we recommend that you sign up on SendOwl
for your online shop program and use it to sell your online products.
You can then develop further by delving into physical products with services such as Shopify
, which help you to set up a real online shop.
Physical products can be challenging because you have to make sure the quality is good enough as they are made from factories. Services like Printful
can do all the work for you when printing certain photos in shirts and mugs, as well as finding recommended factories.
If you follow this route, we recommend that you always see a sample of the products before selling it to your audience. You can't make money by putting your name on poor quality products!
Reference: Entreprenuers Hustle Free Style
Translation)Korean Community's most upvoted Valediction for Uzi : The Way Uzi Fought for Part 1
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annotation) Due to Reddit's 20 images restriction, I had no choice but to divide the whole text into multiple posts.
the reason I'm not using Imgur link or any other substitution is I just wanted to show you guys how I /or Korean fans read this text and what we felt it as a whole same form.
I just hope that my lack of English skills make this text distorted. and I also hope you guys feel the same emotions I felt when I was read this as the Korean language.
This Text was originally wasn't divided, so I really recommend to read the whole article from a stretch when it's done.
Great Thanks to 신불해 in PGR21.com
who wrote this text which is very touching for me and also allowed me to translate it and post it here.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Original text link (Korean)
In the old-time of LOL scene, the most well-known Chinese teams in Korea were team WE, and IG.
As Korean claimed that they are the best region of League of Legends when they defeated the 2013 Chinese All-star Team which made of a coalition of team IG and WE, the Most Popular Chinese Players in Korea was Team WE's WeiXiao, Misaya, and IG's PDD.
[LOL] I Can't wait to see Royal team ADC Uzi at the Quarterfinal
Seems that he's Extreme ADC who only known by geeks. Even that WeiXiao can not compare to him. Royal Club team has been called Uzi's One man team, but they just SMASHED OMG 3:0 at the Last Game! -_-;; This Worlds is So FUN LOLOLOL Royal Club takes place in the Semi-Final. 'Eyes On AD Carry Uzi!'
Beating against Highly Recognised team WE and IG, the Star Horn Royal Club is a New Professional Team founded last spring, was clearly out of sight when they failed to claim they're Playoff and end up 5th at the 2013 LPL spring season. But they started to gain momentum ended up 2nd place in the summer season. --
But at the Ahead of 2013 Worlds, Rumors have been told that there is a New Monster in China
'The Extreme ADC who only known by geeks'
Who is so Powerful that even WeiXiao, who has been told to be World Best Player, Can't even comparable to him.
Uzi's team, 'Royal Club' was clearly the underdog team with no international reputation, ranking only 5th in the Chinese League. But they managed to go Worlds by build up their forms as giving a Team's first considerations to Uzi.
Then why do you think that other team's players did not performed they're 100%?
Tabe: Hmm Well, I don't know. Just let me tell you about Our team, Our aggresive Orders mostly comes out from Uzi, but the problem was Uzi was too busy playing Minecraft. He wasn't fully dedicating for our team Scrimming because he was watching new trailers of GTA V. although Korean Coaches asked him a favor but he couldn't make use of Scrims. But when he plays up stage, He Orders Greatly.
S: Then What is a main reason that EU or NA players didn't performed 100% at practice? Is it they don't take very much on Scrim? or hiding tactics? is this a cause of how they ended up could not going into higher Stage of the tournamant?
Tabe: I don't know about other players of diffrent regions, and our team practices really hard for sure. But only Uzi trolls on scrim. I don't even know why. Maybe he thinks he's so good and confident. He does practice half-heartedly, but He is most Passionate player when we play Actual Match.
The Rising Star Uzi's age was only 16.
Ungrow-up, Immature child who doesn't know how big the world is, became an Ace with only one overflowing talent.
Never could find Professionalism and his attitude was a mess.
Facing up 'Worlds', he plays Minecraft even when he's scrims, watching GTA V Vods, roughly pick on scrims and didn't practiced seriously.
Such an insubordinate kid, but also had a very powerful talent.
Uzi : At the Season 3 Worlds https://preview.redd.it/36nd3e14oh351.jpg?width=850&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=7ffb74bc64ccf7cb3b891db6a3f02dd33e5adca8
I was expected that SKT was a very strong team. https://preview.redd.it/uy74d0n6oh351.jpg?width=850&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=eb41b4f630943e9457cacbfac356904d34044015
But what I really wasn't expected was https://preview.redd.it/pvja5gdhoh351.jpg?width=850&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=21a125e5b31c7e537a0d30446fbee75673a1a4c4
how much strong That Mid Laner could be. https://preview.redd.it/7bu9rzfkoh351.jpg?width=850&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=931c360c387a53c82d085f9995382c7efaa3b037 https://preview.redd.it/myhzwp7moh351.jpg?width=850&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d8c6ea0781a1f9b04b9f9fd5447c038dccb39d9c
Although he made up himself and his teammates to the Worlds Final Stage with his sheer talent,
he defeated by SKT, stood in Runner-up.
For the first time, 'Arrogant Tyrant Kid' realized all the matters of life weren't so easy. https://preview.redd.it/k6ere0sroh351.jpg?width=540&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=b4dc3610ec528cf8c2b2498c1918e23f0a76a811
Although he gained second place at Worlds '13, Uzi was still an insolent and arrogant kid.
Meanwhile, Royal's 2014 spring season was a mess.
Original Members of Last 'Worlds' Tabe and Wh1t3zZ retired.
Top laner Godlike went abroad to NA.
And even Uzi, changed his position to Mid which was completely out of the blue.
Uzi playing mid syndra
Main Rosters of Last year was all gone except for Uzi, and the only ace that left for the team changed his position. everyone expected this will not go well and it really wasn't a good result in the 2014 spring season.
[Report] 'Insec' Choi in Seok, 'Zero' Yoon Kyung Sup' Joins SHR team!
With complete failure of the spring split, Royal Club Felt they're crisis.
It is used to be familiar that Korean Players brought to LPL nowadays, but back then it was not.
So SHR became Pioneers. By bringing in 'Insec' and 'Zero' two Korean Mercenaries and also Coaches. Unlike RNG nowadays as known as purely Chinese player's team, SHR in the past was a first and most active team to brought Korean Players. Royal Club 'Uzi' Jian Zi-Hao Proclaims his absence at Worlds...Why?
But changing every roster and team conception at the Summer season would have been a challenge for them. Furthermore, Uzi was being a tyrant who behaves on his own.
hence, the team ran into conflicts and this came to blow a very extreme way.
In one regular-season match, Uzi wanted to play Vanye. But his Team called upon Lucian as considering Team Composition, Insec Picked Lucian.
But Uzi, who was very discontented about this situation, Picked Vanye even under Lucian was Picked First.
eventually, Insec played Jungle Lucian in the Professional Match.
after this incident, Uzi 'declared his absence at Worlds'
and left the team.
Literally he just 'left' the team. he just vanished from the team house and lost all contact. And this was a month before Worlds.
after many twists and turns, Uzi came back to his team just before 3days to depart.
of course, the Royal Club went aborad without proper scrims for international tournaments.
former Royal Club's Junglar Insec talked about this moment. "I was thinking This Worlds is so screwed. holding in Korea is an only bright side, so let's just be eliminated early and rest."
Like any other team that couldn't practiced properly, Royal smashed down over 6000 gold deficit on very first day at 'Worlds'.
But then, they chased after the opponent with their powerful team fight ability, dragged the game over 50 minutes and turned around their gold over 10k, swept all enemy at the last team fight at the baron pit.
after this strange victory, Royal grew up their form.
especially their team fight was very powerful.
Insec's memoir of Worlds 2014 -Insec's youtube channel-
'There was no strategy on Royal Club.
They just played and when they felt stuffy, they just went baron without keep in mind the vision controls, marking enemy junglars and so.
at the time 3rd game in semifinals with OMG
Nicely done at early game but screwed up all with 10k deficit
we just keep skirmished by enemy Twisted Fate and Nidalee to likely lose this game, and Uzi just said Let's go on 5v5 in mid.
So we just dived on mid
and then won.
we took baron and right next moment we trolled and all dead.
so we fought at mid again and this time, we honestly did so good.
we tried to end the game and we trolled.
our inhibitors been fall and i thought this game was over.
then another teamfight at the bottom and we won.
at that time, Royal Club apprasied as a good at teamfighting.
but i'm just gonna say it was not good at teamfight, they just didn't know how to skirmish so just rushed in.
but honestly Uzi put very decent damage and it worked.
our top was rubbish.
Royal Club, the team where players left the house and return, couldn't even communicate with each other and don't know how to skirmish. Couldn't get the vision control, naturally makes other side junglar easy to intervene and it was hopeless. just play the game and their opponent made 10k gold deficit.
being robbed by skirmish that he never knew, young and pissed off Uzi always "Fuxx Let's go Mid" on his lips, then they went for broke to the mid and won.
they took the baron within it, being disarrayed until few players cut down, after that, they just "Let's go Mid!" again, and won.
No consideration of Team comps, skirmish, nothing.
Insec's super carry and Uzi's massive amount of damage dealing. that's what pulled up this mad team to the Worlds final in 2014.
Royal Club made their way to the Finals Like a comedy 'shounen manga'.
But their opponents were being mentioned even nowadays one of the 'Greatest Team in the History of League of Legends', and the team could perform the best skirmish at the moment in the world that Royal would never even try.
It was 'Samsung White'.
Uzi just smiled like he just accepted everything in this situation that clearly he couldn't handle himself.
And so, 2014 Worlds was over, Uzi stood his 2nd place for two consecutive years.
[Worlds] Two consecutive Finals Uzi, "I want to thank all my teammates" Part 2
Uzi gave his 2 times world finalists credits to his fellow teammates.
Royal Club, the team affiliated with Uzi, made their way to the two consecutive advances to the finals after the fierce full 5 games against OMG in the Semifinals held in Seoul Olympic Stadium.
In the Post Game interview, Uzi expressed his feelings about his advancing to the finals. "I have so many people to pay my gratitude, and especially my teammates who helped me win the game. Thank you all my teammates that made me 2 times World Championship Finalist."
And he also mentioned about Insec, who had been a dissonance rumor in the communities.
"Insec is a player who has the ability to carry the game. I had my belief on him that whatever the champion he plays, he could carry it," he said, reaffirming his trust in Insec.
Uzi expressed his thankfulness until the end of the interview. "Making Through this Worlds, I realized once again that LOL is a Team game and every team member must play well to win. I once again great thanks to my teammates for making me advancing Worlds Finals again."
Royal Club's Supporter 'Zero' Yoon Kyung Sup also softly expressed his confidence at this Post-match interview. "How can I beat Mata? but even if I lose to him, I think Uzi is better than imp."
If HQ were to collapse
Let’s play a game, CFHQ collapses. What next? submitted by gahgs to crossfit [link] [comments]
If another organization, or the ashes of those that really care within the current org, want to raise up a new and improved CF, how would they do it?
Firstly, I think the organization needs to take a breath and figure out what they are. The current model of CF makes absolutely no sense and is a piss poor business model. What are you selling and why do I invest in it? Find your mission statement. Suggestion: Sell a cohesive fitness program separate from your competition.
Secondly, as mentioned above, there needs to be a distinct line between general fitness utilizing CF principles, and completion. Right now, that’s up to individual Box owners, but it needs to come from the top down. Coaches need to be much better trained than the current L1, L2, etc. on why certain movements are programmed. This scoffing at real Strength & Conditioning education from CFHQ has poisoned their own culture. Provide thorough training and education to your affiliates, continued education mandatory to keep coaching, have certifications that are needed to program, keep shoving the latest S&C knowledge down people’s throats.... do not assume you know better than thousands of others, use the knowledge and provide it to your affiliates as a part of their annual fee. Not this one weekend $1,000 BS.
Lastly, really analyze what GPP is. If you say you’re programming GPP and hold your affiliates accountable for that, then you should never see 100 snatches for time or 5 rounds of 20 pull ups in an AMRAP. It makes no sense. Save the high capacity stuff for completions, keep the GPP GPP.
I think CF can 100% use some new ownership, some better leadership, and some humble pie. I love what CF has to offer, but that is 100% because of the coaches and owners of the various boxes I’ve been a member of. It has nothing to do with CFHQ. If they want to save their business, or raise a new one, they really need to provide a lot more to their affiliates.
BONUS: If I ran a massive company that partnered with some big names, why wouldn’t I create some start up deals that help keep costs low and could potentially reduced membership fees? Why wouldn’t I provide demographic studies to my affiliates and potential affiliates so that they can market their business appropriately, why wouldn’t I continuously have people checking in with my affiliates making sure they have a direct line to HQ and that we constantly improve our product to help affiliates thrive, and thus the community grow.
Sorry for the rant.
First-time entrepreneur looking for feedback
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Like many, I am reading the lean startup, I follow Indiehackers and love Producthunt. I have seen so many great SaaS companies, apps, and services succeed with the help of business strategies that might not be as common to upcoming entrepreneurs in other markets like fashion, fitness, or even becoming a streamer. Validation
I asked 100 people what online business they want to build and what is holding them back from building one. Key takeaways were ;
- Markets like fashion & fitness are the most interesting (25% wanted to build something in these markets)
- A lot of people don’t know what type of business they want to build, but they know they want to build one (50%).
- More than 50% feel like they don’t have the money to build an online business
- 33% want a step by step guide with the option of one-on-one coaching showing them how to build an online business
- The general theme across all the 100 respondents is that they don't know where to get started.
For the full results, ask me for my medium post link (want to oblige the subreddit rules of not posting links) Solution
Provide free resources & a community to build your online business (focus on the more "traditional" markets)
- Free curated resources (toolkits & guides)
- Connect with fellow builders to collaborate & learn
- Expert support if needed
Build toolkits for entrepreneurs who get their first orders and want to take it to the next level with the right tools, courses, ebooks, and expert support. Always offer a freemium option (with an affiliate on hosting etc of course) but if expert support is needed there is a paid option. First results
Build a fashion business toolkit, ask me for a link (want to oblige the subreddit rules of not posting links) and generated my first 1000 visitors (through organic and paid), Overall response is positive about the solution and got 50 sign-ups. Personal
I am a digital marketer with 10 years of experience. In the past year, I started freelancing fulltime and mainly work for start-ups and small businesses. I learn a lot from these businesses and thought of combining my experience with all I read in places like indie hackers and help people build an online business in markets like fashion and fitness. Feedback
I feel like my first toolkit got some great feedback, but I feel like the layout is not doing it justice at this point. Let me know if you want to take a look at the landing page link (want to oblige the subreddit rules of not posting links)
What do you guys think?
I’m feeling entrepreneurial. Let’s disrupt LCD’s.
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Below, I’m inviting conversations and exchanging ideas about a new post-COVID approach to eink product development, sales and marketing that would have more success than current players had in the past.. for our holy grail of volume sales towards price reduction. Overview of my premise is:
- Storytelling mindset of new market-creation is needed to re-entice VC's, which needs grassroots community co-creation to take off not central masterminding;
- More nuanced execution tactics like segmentation, targeting of users/needs and influencer-channel-based GTMi’s (go-to-market initiatives);
- Recycling/integrating/assembling existing IP/tech out there into a turnkey interoperable system out of the box, to pump money into marketing not new risky R&D;
If you have thoughts please share here, or if you think it’s sound and like to be more involved in advancing this DM me and we can round each other up for a virtual chitchat!
A BRAZEN MANIFESTO FOR THE E-INKREDIBLES
The following is for the big dreamers only: don’t read on if you think audacity is pointless in the current state of the world. Want healthier futures through affordable e-ink everywhere? It’s not an idealistic utopian fantasy… it’s pragmatic and protopian to bring this bold change about. With all this time on our hands holed in at home, I can’t help feeling, let’s roll up our sleeves and build it together!!
If you’re among the league of 1,000 extraordinaries on this subreddit, you know LCD light is addictive — keeping humanity more passively glued to the net and shows and games and apps and software than it needs to like undead moths to a flame (got any lampssssss?). But I’ve been gauging the sentiment on here and gathered that there’s a sort of apathy and pacifism that’s set in among redditors and techies in general about the commercial feasibility of e-ink screens as a mass-market alternative to LCD ones
. Add to that the decision by major Chinese PC makers and big name smartphone vendors to scrap their e-ink plans due to high costs and small market, plus the collusion by U.S. titans in the integrated digital industry (media+computing like Apple/AppleTV, Microsoft/MSNBC, etc) to ensure their investment in LCD dominance persists (through funding countless clinical papers demonstrating their medical safety in contradiction to all the anecdotal cases of power-users who developed vision/cerebral problems) — it’s no wonder all this is continuously shooting down the mojo of anyone who gets a spark of inspiration to tackle this. If I’m writing this to/for anyone, it’s for those few of you who have been toying with the idea of releasing another e-ink product. PLEASE don’t think small; e-ink is not a get-rich-quick or even worthwhile side-hustle:
Let’s park readers/tablets/smartphones on the backburner for a moment and zoom in on computer display monitors
for the sake of example**.** Heck, [Onyx aside because their Boox was intended as a tablet really] the guy behind the Dasung indiegogo pressed through with it, and it turned out fairly well. Now you have Waveshare jumping on the bandwagon, but they, like Dasung, are at the end of the day commodity-boxmoving hobbyist-supply assemblers who are growing organically = very slowly. They are giving US few trailblazers here an option, but what is needed is something VISIONARY and EPIC for David to beat Goliath and give us, our kids, and generations of ignorant screenaholics out there an accessible, affordable, sustainable casemaker for accelerated e-ink R&D innovation. Something like the Freewriter but for general desktop/laptop computing, already itself a shrinking market as it is even with LCD’s.
So alas, it will never make financial RoI-sense for someone to take the electronics-peddler approach to introduce yet another eink computer monitor. The silver lining? All it takes is 1 capable TEAM to make a startup-style bet by CREATING THE MARKET
(which CURRENTLY is "too small”): dropping a product cool enough to trend so that the masses start educating each other about it. This is textbook BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY. And it can be done using other people’s money to reduce personal risk, if a V.C. is wowed enough with a compelling story to pump enough marketing-budget-oxygen into this to make it go just barely viral enough to tip. The big VC-for-the-exit-multiples approach is needed… VC’s hate risk but they accept it betting on 10 horses for 1 to morph into a unicorn, knowing 9 donkeys will crash and burn miserably.
I can’t say that this would be a $1B company today, in a time when entire economies are at the verge of collapsing due to COVID-19. But I’m in 100% conviction this can generate $10M in 5 years, $100M in ten, because the market IS there, its personas just haven’t been reached and talked to in the right way:
- PROGRESSIVE CORPORATES segment. There are at least 100,000 FTE’s in edge-pushing white-collar companies & big NGOs shifting to remote homeworking in the next years needing a procurement of new I.T. gear whose bosses can be taught that LCD screens lead to fatigue and that giving employees a fancy-ass machine [that can display HD video ends up used for personal YouTubing] reduces productivity and increases sick-leave. Unless you’re a media house or other creative studio, LCD is of no advantage over Eink whatsoever for your bank tellers, government data entry clerks, etc who just need email, CRM/ERP, word-processing/spreadsheets, and the occasional Googling for something. Productivity will jump for such companies because employees will regain sapped energy. Yes an Eink setup is too pricey for penny-pinching CFO's today when consumerist economics itself is at the brink, but pre-sell the concept on basis of a TCO comparison (Total Cost of Ownership analysis that factors HR costs vs the status-quo) and the bulk contract will create the guaranteed volume for factory lines to produce in mass, bringing the price down. Even without big companies coming in early, the long tail of startups and small businesses run by employers who want the best for their talent will carry the day.
- MEDICAL PATIENTS segment. Sure, optometrists/opthalmologists/neurologists today would not prescribe switching to an eink computing setup for anyone. But produce the compelling collateral for it as a medical device for those with a named medical condition and get it certified as such by a testing body, and develop relationships with a few leading doctors in relevant specialties then INCENTIVIZE them (pharma drug companies do it indirectly despite all the stated ethics schpeel by doctors denying it, so why can’t we?)… and just watch every single person who gets glasses or eye pressure drops to also be referred to us. Don’t underestimate shrewd doctors’ abilities to make the case for insurers to underwrite such a claim in their reports, which is where the real money comes in. Even if this assumption fails to get traction early within the white-coat healthcare system, there are enough fringe integrative/naturopathic practitioners who are already anti-EM-radiation and would jump on this for their patients
- SYNTAX CREATORS segment. Here we’re talking about the nightowl written-content generators that first come to mind usually as possible adopters of eink screens: back-end coders / programmers, bloggers/bookwriters/copy-editors, conscious solopreneurs/inventors, and academics/teachers/students. But I put these last because I consider these our secondary market... since such focused creatives with a culture of knowledge exchange — learning and sharing at the same time — are not only few and far between, but because I see them as more useful to furthering our aim when seen as as a CHANNEL as much as they are a market. They need to be supported, invested in, since they are a golden RTM (route-to-market) as affiliates, endorsers, ambassadors, testimonial/review providers, and beta-testers/feedback-givers.
I don’t know yet exactly what such a product would look like.. a next-gen screen alone, or one built in with its own proprietary built-from-the-ground-up optimized OS for eink with its own platform ecosystem/eink-apps, or a Holy Trinity of computetablet/smartphone like the PureOS Libre is doing in the Linux world. Even if we have to hedge and bail early on the idea (because I don’t see this as changing the world Steve Jobs style), we would have made enough noise, bent a big enough dent, carved enough of a slice of our own, to make a blip on the radar and get acquired by a major maker that would perpetuate the support and maintenance and scale it further with its distribution force. What next????
I for one am going to put my time where my mouth is and advance this along to the extent the community wants it to happen = from my experience, impact doesn’t happen in isolation. That’s why I’m not doing this as a ’stealth’ startup…. in case you were wondering why would I disclose all these competitive business planning tactics that can be taken by anyone publicly here without fear of an idea being stolen. In this high-stakes I.P. long game, in the moonshot that it succeeds, there will be enough room for literally everyone on here to benefit in so many unimaginable ways, plenty of opportunity to go around. If it fails, at least we will have had the experience and camaraderie and friendships gained along the journey. No single maverick wheeler-and-dealer who tries to mastermind this alone will ultimately crack this complex problem. It needs convening diverse brains who are passionate about e-ink (namely, YOU here my eink
fellows) and orchestrating global concerted action along one disciplined startup-methodology or another.
If you’ve read this far, your commentary, discussion is REALLY valued. So are your upvotes of this post if you think it’s an idea worthy of deliberation and consideration by others, if not your well-wishes. But what I’m really after is would-be co-founders, board directors/advisors, and volunteers … real proponents of it. There’s no free rides, but the more people the movement for this musters the less time it would take from each of us to contribute to casually until we get angel funding to eventually replace part-time or full-time dayjobs. I’m an honest, fair, and just person and I’m not a stickler about leadership, I would even cede my being central to this idea if someone more fit than me to be its CEO steps forward, but it’s too early for titles/roles. I just now want to bring the right heads together, hop on a zoom call, and let the magic happen… stewarding it and adding value. In my case things like Silicon Valley VC contacts and worldwide Incubator relationships + with would-be funders, startup coaching/mentorship, a decade of Tier 1 enterprise software+hardware selling experience in 60+ countries, and marketing/storytelling gusto. Someone else might have the hat/archetype of tinkerer and come up with the industrial design, or the mock-ups, or the prototype, the schematic, handle social media/web/landing-page etc etc etc. So if you’re REALLY in, I want to get your 100-word bio in a direct message, what you could see yourself doing, and why you’re keen on it
... and I'll reply back with more about me and how we can hop online to take it forward . There are countless lean virtual tools for us to stay on track together, from the Aragon DAO to escrow services and freelancing platforms to term-sheet generators and project-management/task managers.
World ending or not, let’s build the e-ink future we want. P.s. For the record no, I am not Elon.
Mikkelsen Twins scam
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The Mikkelsen twins are complete scammers. I know people who have books in every keyword they suggest (beekeeping, children's books, keto diet, etc.), and their income claims are always an exaggeration. Their so-called "evidence" of a guy named Pierre Luigi is only the result from gaming the ACX promo-code system with fake reviews and a loophole that no longer exists. It's scammers like these that always promise you the world when in reality, the business they show you is a lot harder than they make it seem. They flaunt money amounts in your face to justify a course that costs thousands of dollars when it's only worth 20 or 50 bucks at most, because pretty much all of the information can be found online for free. And that's just the point: Yes, you can make some money publishing books under pen names but that doesn't mean you should spend thousands on some liars' course, who promote overpriced writing services with affiliate links and tell everyone to go after the same keywords so that those markets become saturated.
Don't give these liars your hard-earned money! I've been publishing for a while now, and I just know that so many things they say don't make sense, are simply not true, or are false conclusions based on incorrect data.
They lost their ACX account and KDP account. Listen, KDP accounts are very fragile. KDP is the kind of platform that terminates your account for no reason whatsoever. You can find all kinds of stories when you Google "lost my KDP account." Legit authors who suddenly lost their whole income have left bitter blog posts about how quick Amazon is to screw you over. They do it if they get the chance or if you do ANY-thing shady.
But to lose an ACX account? I know of someone who even requested ACX to terminate his account, and they refused. They said he had to keep it for 7 years. But the twins LOST their ACX account. Do you know why? Because Amazon was sick of them telling everyone how to manipulate audiobook rankings. And now that they stopped paying for promo codes, there is no chance in hell you'll have the success that anyone had before March 26th, 2020. Once you use up the last of the codes they pay for, it's harder than ever. My advice: If you want to invest thousands in audiobooks, hire narrators. Don't give it to these two.
Another thing: I contacted someone about getting a refund from them. But the guy said, "Well, they helped me make some money." But that's not a good reason for paying them thousands of dollars! Just because you made money from what they taught in their course, doesn't mean the information can't be found online for free, or for cheaper. You want to pay for a course? Go to Udemy or find one on YouTube. Here's what you do; let me save you some time: You go to ACX or Author's Republic or Findaway Voices or whatever. You find a good topic you want to write a book about: A diet, a psychological disorder, a historical event, or something else that's trending on Google or just an overall known topic. Start with short books, so you won't risk a lot in the beginning, to test the waters. You upload your book, hire a narrator or narrate it yourself, and you're done. Rinse and repeat. Try out different keywords. There you go. No need to give someone 2,000 bucks to tell you how to upload a book. You want reviews? Go to upwork and look for a "Virtual assistant for Ebooks." Or be legit and build an email list from Audiobook Boom or Mailchimp. Or ask your friends and family (without the same last name) to review it. That's it. There. Now give me 500 dollars, because with this post, I just saved you 2000 dollars.... oh, excuse me, 1997 dollars, just like all the other BS-scammers on YouTube who sell overpriced "information products."
Maybe Coffeezilla needs to call them out on his YouTube channel. You should always ask yourself with these things: If there is so much money in publishing, and if it's as easy as they say it is, why aren't they devoted to doing that fulltime? And why would they spend so much time and money teaching about it? If there is a goldmine, why would these guys sell 2000-dollar shovels instead of digging themselves? Because they know the big money comes from newbies and gullible people who have no idea what they're getting into, and not in the hard work and clever investments publishing requires. They did it for a while, and then decided to teach because it's easier to have 500 people buy a 2,000 dollar course than to sell thousands of copies from a handful of books at $2.99 or even $9.99 a pop. And if they decided to focus more on teaching than on doing it, why would you do it? Fake gurus are exactly the ones Coffeezilla keeps calling out on his channel. In fact, they fit a lot of the RED FLAGS of fake gurus:
1 Have a Mastermind or something else that's called similar. Typically, the twins and some other "how to get rich from publishing" scammers try to upsell you on taking 1-1 coaching or mentorship, which costs even more.
2 Luxury cars in videos. I haven't seen their small-penis cars, but they flaunt their lifestyle by going to expensive holiday destinations, hanging out at swimming pools, etc. They are definitely trying to make you believe that you can get the life of your dreams with their course.
3 Disparages 9-5 jobs. They do this constantly.
4 Invite you to a "live webinar." Check.
5 Paid course. And yes, way overpriced.
6 Under 35 years of age. They act as if they know everything when they have no life experience whatsoever.
7 No verifiable financial history. Check.
8 Runs YouTube or Facebook ads. Check. Those ads are expensive. Maybe not for 1 click, but it adds up. They only way they can pay for them, since only 1 in 100 or 1 in 1000 of the people that click on them are actually going to buy something, is to have a really expensive product, like a 1000 or 2000 dollar video course. And the only way they can sell a course like that, is if they throw all those income claims in your face. It's the only reason people justify spending so much.
9 "Free book." They have a free mini course, which basically tells you how to publish. Nothing special, nor is anything they teach.
10 Can't stop talking about mentors. The Mikkelsen twins act as if they know everything there is to know about audiobook publishing. There are 470,000 audiobooks on Audible alone, and even more outside that website. Do you really think all these people are less knowledgeable than they are? There are entire companies who invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in professional works. If you want a mentor, go to a real publisher, not some kids who threw up a few dozen books and then called themselves "experts," and then tell everyone else to give them money for showing them how to do it too. By the way, this is Coffee's video. The twins check almost all the boxes. They're full-blown scammers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttIoqbyZVT0&t=401s
Discover the 6 Ways to Make Money Online
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Do you want to make money while you sleep?
Do you want to be able to work independently?
Do you want to be able to travel more?
Do you want to escape from the 9 to 5 'rat race'?
Do you want to generate an extra income in addition to your job or study?
Do you want more time for your family and friends?
Are you looking for a new challenge? Something in which you can release your energy?
If you answered YES to one or all of these questions :)
Then this is the SOLUTION simple: Earn money online
Today I am going to teach you what ways there are to make money online.
There are a total of 6 'main' ways to make money online:
- Sell software (including apps)
- e-Commerce> Physical products
- Affiliate marketing
- Online courses
What is the best way for you?
Let's take a look ...
Way 1: Software / App
Everyone wants to develop the next Instagram. Unfortunately, only this model is not for anyone.
If you want to start selling software, you must first have the software developed. This requires a very large investment.
- High profit margins
- Can be started from home
- With this model you have the chance to build a serious business and sell it later
- High investment
- Not suitable for everyone
- High risks
Way 2: e-Commerce
You can start a web shop next to your job or study. Nowadays you can build a webshop yourself without investment.
I started a web store in nuts & dried fruit in 2011.
You can easily start a web shop from home.
Within 3 years I had a turnover of 150,000 euros per year.
In 2017 I sold my webshop.
Do you also want to start
an online store
I have already made a list of 500 promising niches for you.
You do not have to buy the products yourself, if you work with dropship suppliers. e-Commerce is a huge growth market.
- No investment required
- Can be started from home
- Suitable for everyone
- You can build serious business with this and sell it later.
- Takes time to build MOMENTUM
- You will not see immediate results
- Profit margins can be too low (if you sell the wrong product (s)!)
Way 3: Advertisements
You probably know a few famous Youtubers or Instagram influencers. These people make money with advertisements.
However, you have to have a lot of traffic / views in order to generate a few euro (cent) advertisement income.
- Little investment required
- From home
- Suitable for everyone
- Takes a lot of time
- Need a lot of traffic.
- You will have to create new content EVERY day.
- You can hardly build a seriously salable company with this.
Way 4: Affiliate Marketing
With affiliate marketing you earn money by selling other people's products. You get a commission for every sale that takes place through you.
You must have a website / youtube / instagram account with a lot of traffic to generate income.
- No investment required
- Can be started from home
- Suitable for everyone
- You can build serious business with this and sell it later.
- Takes time to build MOMENTUM.
- Most commissions are only a few euros, so the chance of serious income is low.
- Only works in large niches, where there is also the most competition. You need a lot of visitors.
- Great risk because you depend on other people's products. (external factor)
Way 5: Coaching
As a coach you help people or companies with something you specialize in.
Online coaching is a very broad field: from virtual assistant to SSMA (social media marketing agency
Unfortunately, few people earn good money with this. The difficult thing is getting new customers / assignments.
The successful coaches I see almost all have high-priced online courses, helping other coaches to get new clients.
- No investment required
- Can be started from home
- It is a quick way to start your online business.
- You can build serious business with this and sell it later.
- High profit margins
- The market is packed with coaches etc.
- Everyone tries to sell their service for premium prices.
- You must be able to deliver extremely good results. So you can only have a few customers if you want to do this successfully.
- You must constantly receive new leads.
- You have to manage a lot for new customers, current customers.
- Is not suitable for everyone. You have to be able to sell yourself well. You have to be good at sales.
- If you do not have a good network, it will be difficult to become successful in this.
Way 6: Online courses
Selling online courses is the best long-term online business model. It is possible to create an online course for every niche.
Creating and selling online courses requires a lot of knowledge of online marketing.
When selling online courses, it is important that you first build a relationship with your target group.
You will need to start with a blog, community, youtube or instagram channel to build a fan base / audience.
- Almost no investment required.
- Can be started from home
- Takes a lot of time
- You can build serious business with this and sell it later.
- High profit margins
- Takes time to build MOMENTUM
- A lot of work to set up is a slow process
- You must have a lot of knowledge about online marketing
- Is not suitable for everyone. You have to be good at something.
So… These are the 6 Ways to Make Money Online
I personally think e-Commerce is the best way for starting online marketers
You can earn a seriously good income with this.
I also think with the least work.
[Ballroom Dance] A Decades Long Blood Feud Between Dance Governing Bodies Because of the Olympics
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Hopefully everyone's been enjoying their quarantine! But if not, maybe this next installment of ballroom dance drama will help! This is actually pretty much a research paper at this point, so you might want to settle in or take it in chunks. I may actually divide it up.
Anyway, I’ve been teasing for a while about this installment so hopefully it lives up to expectation. The Olympic bid on the part of ballroom dance goes back decades, meaning this post is just a small glimpse into the drama that’s created.
A few additional installments are going to come out of this, including USA Dance's micromanaging and ruining one of their biggest competitions and the Great Italian Judging Scandal of 2010 and how USA Dance ruined their biggest competition! The Italian judging scandal is gonna take a while, since, well, it's all in Italian and google translate isn't that great.
So let’s dive into the fever swamp that is how one governing body's Olympic bid is ruining ballroom dance for everyone around the world! Good times... Some Background
The world of competitive ballroom dance -- also called “DanceSport
,” — lest ANYONE forget that this is a sport now and we’re SERIOUS — is overseen by two governing bodies globally and another two governing bodies in the US. They maintain syllabuses on dance styles and determine what moves are allowed at what level. Dancers also register with one or more of these organizations to compete at levels higher than your good ol’ collegiate competitions.
These governing bodies originally had different purposes. Some would only govern professional competitions and the others focused on amateurs. This division of power brought peace to the DanceSport world. Until the Olympic committee attacked. A quick aside -- if you follow ballroom dance long enough, you’ll hear about Blackpool. This is the most prestigious dance competition in the world, held in Blackpool, England. It goes back to 1920 and is basically its own thing. The champions of this competition basically set styles for everyone downstream. You can trace popular variations back to Blackpool.
Alright, this part is kinda boring but there’s gonna be a lot of acronyms tossed around, so if you get confused, come back up here and maybe this will help. NDCA
-- The oldest governing body is the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), established in 1948. Their job for decades was to foster competition between professional dancers. They are WDC’s associated body in the US. WDC
-- Next is the World Dance Council (WDC). This was established in 1950 in Scotland, also to govern professional competitions but on a global scale. WDSF
-- Seven years later, the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) was established to govern ameature competitions, also global. They used to be called the IDSF, so if some of the links talk about the IDSF they mean the same thing. USA Dance
-- Finally, entered USA Dance. In 1965, a group of ameatures got together to petition the Olympics. USA Dance joined forces with the other amateurs governing body -- WDSF -- to help in this Olympic bid. They thought it would benefit the competitive ballroom dance scene to compete alongside the world’s greatest athletes (and make money from the IOC *cough* *cough*), so why not? What could POSSIBLY go wrong???
So, just to recap because that’s a lot of acronyms, USA Dance and WDSF are the regional and international bodies that govern amateurs. NDCA and WDC are the regional and international bodies governing professionals. Another side note -- along with this division of power, came a difference in style. WDSF/USA Dance has become much more stylized, faster paced, and flashy. Its critics say their dancers’ forms are bad, causing the moves to look sloppy in their attempt to “go big.” Meanwhile, WDC/NDCA has remained more conservative, sticking more closely to the “correct” forms as found in the syllabuses, and it is therefore more boring, according to its critics. Check out here and here for some videos and some uh -- interesting -- sylzizing found in WDSF. The Olympic Quest
As you can imagine, getting a new sport into the Olympics is no easy feat. There are a TON of hoops to jump through, so even though WDSF/USA Dance started their drive to get ballroom dance into the Olympics back in 1965, it was only in 1997 that they finally made some tangible progress. After decades of negotiations, the IOC declared that they recognized WDSF as the sole governing body for competitive ballroom dance worldwide. This meant that if ballroom dance ever made it into the Olympics, it would only be competitors registered with the WDSF -- and by extension, USA Dance.
That was fine though -- everyone was pretty chill about that since most everyone was registered to both organizations anyway! Amateurs competed in the WDSF/USA Dance while their judges and coaches were registered through WDC/NDCA.
But it wasn’t good enough for the WDSF. To play it safe, its board members said, "you know, we should REALLY show the IOC that we are ballroom dance’s ONLY amateur governing body. So why don’t we make sure our dancers are completely and totally loyal to us and only us!"
To prove to the Olympics that they really were the only governing body for amateur dance, they banned their members from dancing in competitions that are not registered by the WDSF (or USA Dance in America).
These unregistered competitions are the first casualties in the long war of DanceSport. Unregistered competitions include things like collegiate competitions and dance festivals like Blackpool (which the WDSF didn’t DARE ban its members from competing in; it was one of a few exceptions. So that was safe for a few years). There are a ton of these unregistered events, so this had the potential to wipe out a massive outlet for dancers to do what they love.
The WDC/NDCA saw a need (and an opportunity) so they responded by creating their own amateur division obligatory “with blackjack and hookers!”
. Some say this was a deliberate move to drive WDSF out of business, others say they were filling a void left by the WDSF making a dumb rule that hurt dancers. It doesn’t really matter, because things got worse from there.
The WDSF/USA Dance saw this as a direct challenge to their Olympic authority. So they retaliated by also challenging their rival on their own turf. The WDSF started their very own professional division in 2007. Sorry to throw another acronym at you but they did this by creating the IPDSC -- despite being created by the WDSF, this organization was actually independent. The IPDSC was also a program to license new judges. Before 2010, all dance competitions were pretty much judged by those certified with the WDC (or the NDCA in America), since they were the only professional league.
Once again, the war in competitive ballroom dance reached a standstill. At this point, the only people really hurting were the WDSF dancers who couldn’t compete at unregistered events. For professional judges, this just meant getting certified by two governing bodies and making money from multiple leagues.
But then, in 2010, the WDSF absorbed the IPDSC. In doing so, they put pressure on their amateurs to “stay in the family” and go pro with them and NOT the WDC. With this move, the ballroom dance civil war came to America.
Also around this time the WDSF seems to have increased their bans. In response, disgruntled dancers banded together to create the "Freedom to Dance" movement. More on them later. The Ballroom Dance Civil War Comes to America
So let’s back up just a little. The NDCA is America’s professional league. They carved out their turf a long time ago with USA Dance. Both parties agreed at the time that the NDCA would cover professionals and USA Dance would cover amateurs. Until now, I’ve sort of been lumping USA Dance and the WDSF together, but really they are separate bodies. USA Dance is an independent organization affiliated with the WDSF. Similarly, NDCA is independent but affiliated with WDC.
When the IPDSC came along, instead of USA Dance joining them, the NDCA did. After the WDSF absorbed the IPDSC, the NDCA got nervous. Since the WDSF is primarily the amateur league, they are run by people who are not professional dancers. The NDCA was afraid that these big wigs out in Europe would start handing down dictates to American dance professionals about how to run their studios and competitions. So, the NDCA began to distance itself from the WDSF.
The WDSF then started to put pressure on their branch in America: USA Dance. With pressure mounting to join the darkside and launch their own amateur division, USA Dance broke ranks. In 2012, they teamed up with a bunch of other organizations including the US Olympic Committee to push back on WDSF. They released a statement
criticizing WDSF’s policies that banned dancers if they compete in other organizations’ events. It read, in part:
>. . . athletes should not be used as pawns in disagreements between sports organizations. Stated in another way, athletes should not be used as a way to gain an advantage by one organization over another. This not only is in violation of the athlete’s right to practice sport, but merely causes retaliation by both organizations against athletes who compete in the other organization’s events, placing the athletes in the middle, without recourse and without having committed any wrong, except fulfilling their desire to compete. It further ignores that competition among organizations can be beneficial to sport.
They went on to say that this threatened the WDSF’s compliance with the Olympic bylaws.
With pressure continuing to mount, the WDSF caved and rescinded their bans in 2012. USA Dance also complied with the WDSF’s request to create a professional league.
So yay! The war’s over! Good guys won, pack up your bags, go home!!! However, once everyone simmered down over the next couple years, the WDSF had themselves another meeting...
With everyone satisfied -- and probably some new lawyers better at drafting dumb rules -- the WDSF reinstated the bans
in 2014! However, they left it up to the national bodies to implement, which allowed them to sneak around the IOC’s less than concerned eye. USA Dance has declined to adopt this rule. Going Nuclear
Before the dust settled on the 2014 rule change, the NDCA took the war to another ring on the escalation ladder. They went full nuclear in 2014 and prohibited any judge they certified from judging USA Dance competitions. A few judges tried to call their bluff and were summarily executed by the NDCA.
The extent of their ban is huge because the NDCA had a total monopoly on the professional league in America for years. Judges (who are usually other coaches) make money at competitions throughout the year. By threatened to blackball any judge that adjudicates a USA Dance event, the NDCA effectively threatened to deprive these judges of a lot of income. Sacrificing their non-NDCA judging circuit meant giving up about 2/3rds of their income as a judge (if one forum post is to be believed
). So if you were a professional instructor and wanted to put food on the table and dance shoes on your feet, you had to comply.
The WDSF then moved to protect their allies in USA Dance by banning NDCA judges from WDSF events, even removing a panel of judges a week before a major competition in New York. The NDCA responded again by ending all co-hosted events with the WDSF. This is one area I’m a little fuzzy on. Evidently there was a lot more cross pollination going on than it seems when I intuitively started researching all this. So like, the NDCA would fairly often have joint events with the WDSF to bring in professional competitors from abroad. Similarly, the WDSF relied on NDCA certified adjudicators for their events in America. All that ended with this round of broadsides.
USA Dance, however, was fed up with the war. They now have to import judges from overseas -- since literally every single American judge is banned from their competitions. This raises the cost and likely reduces the number of comps held by USA Dance. In 2015, USA Dance wrote another letter
criticizing the WDSF and NDCA, saying that all of this is in violation of the Olympic spirit and that the US probably needs to pass legislation granting people the right to compete so long as they qualify athletically. This is actually a common refrain among dancers in the “freedom to dance” movement that rose up in response to the initial bans back in 2011. They say that competition and athletic events are human rights, denying access to these is a violation of basic human dignity. Remember kids -- mustard gas, targeting civilians, and dance bans are among the greatest human rights violations of our time!
For the average ballroom dancer, though, none of this really meant a whole lot. They just wanted to dance! They didn’t care if it was with the NDCA, USA Dance, WDSF, WDC, WWE, NAACP -- whoever! Though a lot of dancers complained on forums, they didn’t take action. That was the case until 2015. 2015 -- The Year to End All Years
Picture it. You’re on the board the the WDSF. You’ve spent the better part of your career trying to get ballroom dance into the Olympics. The war you fought to get there has bled the community dry -- in fact, your very own regional bodies are now revolting against you. But surely, if your aims were accomplished, all this tumult would be worth it to stand on that podium with the gold medal from a KILLER samba!
Well, in 2015, the Olympic committee declared they would accept a total of six new sports into the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! This could be the moment ballroom dance has waited for! Dancers around the world lept into action and put pressure the IOC. Thousands signed petitions and posted on social media. A lot of that took place in the "Freedom to Dance" Facebook page that was started as an anti-WDSF group in the early 2010s. This petition had an uphill battle though, since DanceSport was competing against 26 other noble, historic, and culturally significant sports like bowling and skateboarding.
That same year, the Toronto Pan-American Games requested that ballroom dancers perform during their closing ceremony. This small, micro Olympic exhibition probably added some momentum to dancers’ hopes of getting to Tokyo.
But things got even more complicated in 2015. You see, the Association for International Sports for All (TAFISA) was in secret talks with the WDC at the Blackpool Dance Festival in May. TAFISA is also an Olympic recognized body. TAFISA and the WDC announced during the Blackpool Dance Festival that they formed a new partnership and that TAFISA agreed to declare the WDC -- NOT the WDSF -- the sole governing body of ballroom dance in the world. This meant that the IOC now officially recognized both the WDSF AND the WDC as governing bodies over DanceSport!
But hey, if you’re back at the WDSF, that’s chill. You’ve been working with the IOC for decades now and finally they’re about to add another six sports to the Olympics, so surely, they’d recognize all your hard work and efforts and give you the one thing you’ve destroyed your sport over.
The WDC, however, was on a roll. The "Freedom to Dance" Facebook group switched from petitioning the IOC to admit DanceSport into the 2020 Olympics around early June to starting a whole NEW petition
to strip the WDSF of their IOC recognition in the middle of that month!
Since this Facebook page was established as an anti-WDSF group, it has a lot of WDC board members actively participating in it. So it's no wonder that, though the petition only had 661 signers, it was shared
by a world Latin dance champion and PRESIDENT of the WDC. Some on Facebook appeared to support the WDC president, others came down hard on him saying that “bullying” rivals should be above such a professional.
Two weeks later, however, the big day came. The IOC announced their decision on who would make the next round of considerations for the 2020 Olympics! \
The IOC declared that, of the 26 sports petitioning to enter the 2020 Olympics -- they were cutting ballroom dance first.
Once again, dancers’ dreams were crushed and the WDSF proved themselves inept at making sacrifices for “the greater good” of getting us into the Olympics. The WDC president -- the same one who got slammed/hailed for sharing the petition -- roasted the WDSF, saying that after 60 years, kicking DanceSport off the short list of new sports has a better chance of becoming an Olympic sport than ballroom dance itself! Response
It’s been a while since that tumultuous year, and for the most part, the dance community seems to have just eased into a level of learned helplessness. Some people called for a boycott on a prominent dance forum, saying we need to quit being “rhythmic passivists” and do something. So far, the most anyone has done has been to share petitions, complain, and create a “Freedom to Dance” coordination body back in the early 2010s that hosts a few competitions here and there. No one really talks about them, so I Just assume they're small and not very influential. As long as the governing bodies provide a service that would cost thousands of dollars and hours to do without them, it’s unlikely anything will change.
Ironically, in their bid to get dancers into the Olympics by removing the competition, the WDSF has actually doubled the amount of governing bodies and made a mess of competitive ballroom dance. To sum up this two decade long war, one professional wrote, saying “20 years of policy making and tinkering by the WDSF so they could get there, not only has drastically changed the format, the ethics and shaken the very soul of our beautiful art, but has deeply divided our world. For what? To get leapfrogged by bowling.”
Hope you enjoyed this one! There’s probably a bunch of details and stuff I haven’t found, but this at least is an overview of the fight. I’m adding some sources at the end because this feels like a research paper. You might be able to get a few more nuggets that way.
USA Dance has had some problems recently and there’s been a kerfuffle with a major competition called the “Ohio Star Ball” because it was one of those joint events that had to pick a side. There’s a really, REALLY good story about USA Dance’s problems in New York that I’ll share later. Also, I spoke with one of the Great Old Ones in my dance club so be on the look out for an update to the drama that unfolded in our club a few years ago. Sources Overview of the Olympic bid
plus problems caused by applying IOC rules to dance Overview
of the blood feud between NDCA-USA Dance and WDC-WDSF Details
on the debacles of 2015 -- including WDC's new recognition by the IOC, the petitions, and Facebook groups. Reactions
to the NDCA's judging ban Some forum
posts from between when WDSF banned dancers from going to unsanctioned events to them pawning that off on their regional bodies.
Reliable Ways To Make Money On The Internet
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Become a freelancer What is sometimes referred to as an irreverent hourly invoice is in reality a great way to earn money via the internet. In the meantime, there are even many employers who do not mind if you carry out your work remotely. Don't have a skill that you can perform online and remotely? You can learn to become a copywriter, but there are of course plenty of other specialties that lend themselves to freelancing: programmer, virtual assistant, web designer, accountant , and so on.
Become an online coach If you are an expert in a certain transferable skill such as writing, productivity, but also a physical form of training or sport, consider transferring your knowledge to others through a coaching program or individual coaching sessions. If you are a psychologist, therapist or addiction expert, you can also offer your service in this way. The difference between 'coach' and 'therapist' (both broadly speaking) is: A coach helps a person to become better at a certain skill and does not always have qualifications in training itself outside the skill that is transferred. A therapist helps a person to deal with emotions, other people and situations (from the past) and is often formally trained and can demonstrate this. The way in which you earn money as a coach or therapist is, for example, by: € 150 - € 1,500 per month as a copywriting coach for a weekly Skype meeting and giving and checking homework € 75 per Skype session of 60 minutes to be asked as a psychologist € 100 per month as a remote personal trainer and daily reminders send via Whatsapp or SMS and call weekly to discuss progress You can offer your services via:
You can also offer your services in this way as a (business) consultant or advisor.
- All kinds of freelance websites , although I don't think this is very effective
- The platform intended for this: Coach.me On this platform, coaches offer their services and private individuals can find a coach for anything and everything (Mindfulness, productivity, finances, etc.)
- Your own website and blog I highly recommend this option because you can keep a 100% margin , set your own price and position yourself as an expert on your own website, without being one of the thousands.
Earn commission (with affiliate marketing) Webshops, travel organizations, insurers and many more parties pay your commission if you receive a quotation request or sale. Affiliate networks such as clickbank you quickly find partners in the relevant categories. By the way, you don't need a website to get people to click on affiliate links. For example, you can review products or services on YouTube and encourage viewers to click through to the provider's site. Or create a list of email addresses and email an offer or review. The affiliate marketing revolution course takes a closer look at this.
Sell products with dropshipping With dropshipping you are a trader with, for example, a webshop where orders come in. As soon as an order arrives, it is (automatically) passed on to the supplier who takes care of the handling and shipping of the product. If contact with the customer is required, the supplier often arranges this, but this depends on the appointment you made as a dropshipper with the supplier. The customer pays the dropshipper and the dropshipper pays the supplier. A big advantage of dropshipping is that you do not have to make any investments yourself and you do not have to have any stock. Therefore, there is little risk. Your only job is actually to bring in new customers. What is the difference between affiliate marketing and dropshipping? Dropshipping is similar to, but different from, affiliate marketing. The big difference is that in affiliate marketing you send the customer to the supplier and therefore do not receive contact details or payment from the customer. However, you do not have to pay the supplier and you will be paid in commission for every customer that you forward. Affiliate marketing is therefore even more accessible, because you will never have anything to do with the customer.
Play online poker No Limit Texas Hold'em My first big (well, it was a lot) online money I made with poker. No Limit Texas Hold'em poker is a game that is often seen as a game of chance and certainly has a chance element, but is actually a skill game. If you are better than the players at the price level you are playing on and keep playing well, for example with the help of certain support programs, then you can make a lot of profit from it. For example, I played on Pokerstars and used PokerOffice as statistics software and TableNinja for hotkeys. However, there are 3 main reasons why I recommend you not to pursue a career as an online poker player. Read more in this article >>>
Become a daytrader Day traders are people who buy stocks or options during the day and try to sell them at a profit before the end of the day. They do this via a trading platform of their stockbroker, a specialized trading software company or via a platform that they have developed for this themselves. To do this successfully they need multiple monitors and a very fast internet connection to immediately see and seize opportunities that pass by. How do they make money? The most common strategy is for these traders to grab a stock, index (a specific part of the stock market) or currency that is volatile enough. This means that the price fluctuates quite a bit and that chances are that if you buy when an object is at its lowest point in its usual fluctuation, it will quickly peak again. There is of course no guarantee for that, but there are mathematical models with which you can calculate the probability that a share will reach a certain price within a certain period. If according to such a model the investment is favorable, then you buy that object (share, currency, index, etc.). You sell this as soon as the price has gone up again. Day traders do not do this with large price shifts, but really with small percentages, but on a large scale. For example, they may invest € 10,000 and earn € 100 one day because the share has increased in value by 1% that day. However, traders often go long or short with a particular object, which allows them to leverage. This means that they enter, for example, a 5: 1 payout structure for the increase in value (long) or decrease (short) of a certain share. If this prediction is correct and they cash out, the € 10,000 they have invested is considered to be € 50,000. That is the leverage effect. The disadvantage of this is that if the price of the object falls below or above (depending on whether you go long or short), you lose your entire investment. Are you considering becoming a day trader? Think again.
“10% of the day traders are successful. You could say that other 90% pays for that 10% ” You need a lot of knowledge, discipline and analytical skills to trade profitably. You should also be able to completely leave your emotions and ego out. As soon as you start trading emotionally, you will lose, just like with poker. Many people overestimate themselves and their own skills. You may get away with that in other fields, but not in day trading. You will sooner or later be the spool. If you want to know more about investing, check out this link
Build your own software This option is not for everyone and is by far the hardest way to make money online, especially if you are just starting out and have no technical skills. Also, this is often an expensive option and one that involves (and continues to bring) a lot of work. That said, it may be one of the most lucrative options. Here are some examples of companies (that often started as sole proprietorships) that have released successful software in the internet marketing market:
As you can see, 4 of these 5 examples are priced at $ 99 per month. This is not a coincidence. This is a very nice earnings model because you can accurately predict how much money will come in the next month. You know, in the worst case scenario, you will lose 5% of your customers per month (there are models for this) and that if you have 10,000 paying users, you will receive about $ 1 million in cash the next month. If you offer software against a monthly revenue model, then you only need to focus on improving 2 figures:
- https://ahrefs.com/ (SEO tool for backlink and competition analysis, $ 99 p / m /)
- https://www.leadpages.net/ (Landingpage builder $ 25 p / m)
- https://moz.com/ (SEO tool for eg backlink analysis $ 99 p / m)
- https://www.crazyegg.com/ (Website analysis tool $ 99 p / m)
- https://www.semrush.com/ (SEO tool for competition analysis $ 99.95 p / m)
Make sure your churn is as low as possible through a good onboarding process. This means that you do everything to ensure that your customers actually use your software and get value from it. Only in this way will they remain members in the long term.
- the churn rate: how many people stop their membership per month?
- the number of new customers you acquire per month
Publish books Writing or having books written and then publishing them means that you earn passive income : you invest your time once and afterwards you can become dormant, so to speak. On this page you can read how André went from $ 200 to almost $ 1000 per month in ebook royalties within six months. Stores where you can publish ebooks include those from iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Bol.com and Amazon Kindle Store.
Create an online course To create a video course you will need:
- Camera Gear
- A good microphone
- Video editing software I can really recommend this microphone from RØDE Microphones
- Adequate lights / natural light
- Learning environment to use the videos
- A planning
- Very valuable content to share
Membership site Positive Psychology Program In my personal experience, having a membership site is the finest revenue model there is. I have probably made money in more than 50 different ways during my life (no, not that way, dirty butt) until I finally ended up creating a membership site: Positive Psychology Program. Now that I get recurring income from it, just like with the revenue model of the software, it is a matter of bringing in more people and ensuring that they stay as long as possible. My business partner builds our information product and ensures that existing members commit to us and I ensure that as many new members as possible are added. This is how we guarantee the growth of our business. A very common way to create value is to offer information products in an online environment (built with, for example, Wishlist or Woocommerce subscriptions if you work with WordPress). Then consider:
- online training
- single videos or webinars
- or exercises
The Ultimate Guide For Building a Digital Brand
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Hey everyone, I just updated my guide on how to build and launch a digital brand so I decided to share it here. The article is really big and you can find the whole thing here
. For Reddit, I made a shorter summary, so here we go.
Part 1: Brand Identity
There are several elements that form a brand identity, and they all fit together like a puzzle. I divide them into three parts, visual elements, story elements, and value elements
> Name Your Brand
Here is how to start brainstorming about your new name. Think about the goal of your idea and what you want to accomplish with it. What is the goal of your name?
Here are some common types of names:
> Define your brand purpose, mission, and vision
- Personality names introduce the person behind the business.
- Descriptive names indicate the types of products and services you offer.
- Acronym names are first letter acronyms of the organizations. ( For example, UNICEF )
- Geographic names are usually based on the location of your business.
- Compound names put together or combine the meaning of two or more words.
- Wordplay names get created by misspelling or rhyming words.
There are many, many digital brands out here, so naturally, we’ve started to pick and choose what we follow, use, and support. That is why it is important for your followers to connect with your purpose.
What do you want to accomplish with your brand?
Write down a mission and a vision for your brand. Think of them as a map of where your brand stands now, and where it’s headed. > Choose your brand colors to showcase your style
Start working on your visual identity by choosing the right colors and harmonies to represent your brand and the feeling that you want to inspire in people that will be using your products or services.
Different combinations of colors come together to deliver a more complex and aesthetically pleasing presentation of the brand. You can read more about choosing combining colors in this color harmony guide
. > Design a brand logo to introduce your business
Moving on to the logo of your brand, I often see it as an equivalent to a profile picture
. A good logo should be representative of the brand and always recognizable by the consumer.
7 Logotypes that you can use for your brand:
- Word-mark logos
- Letter-mark logos
- Abstract logos
- Pictorial logos
- Mascot Logos
- Emblem logos
- Combination of multiple styles
>Stylize your visual identity to become easily recognizable
There are many ways that a brand can visually express
its identity, purpose, and intent. The visual elements can include typography, icons, data presentation, photos, videos, motion graphics, and so on.
Put together a mood board with pictures that represent the feeling that you want to give to people. Use the mood board as a style guide for your brand.
Part 2: Your Target Audience and Customers
When it comes to increasing your audience, it’s not always about the number of people that see your ad, or even the amount of people that follow you.
Instead, the focus should be on getting your brand, message, product, or service in front of the right people
for your brand. > Create Customer Personas
Create a profile with demographics that fit a large portion of your target audience. Narrow down their age, location, income, education, job title, gender, or anything else that is useful for your brand to know. > Create a map of the customer journey
hen you have a clear picture of how they spend their time and attention during the day, it will become easier to find a place for your brand in their lives
You need to fit into their routine and help them by making the problems that they face daily easier to solve.
Part 3: Your Business Model > Choose a business or monetization model
The way you monetize your work should make sense for your audience. For example, if people follow you for fitness advice, they expect you to be affiliated with fitness products or services.
Here are ways that you can monetize your brand:
> Research the market for opportunities
- Affiliate promotions
- Brand deals and collaborations
- Placing advertisements on your content
- Offering digital information products
- Selling physical products
- Consulting and coaching people
- Creating a subscription-based offer
Each market works on the basis of supply and demand
. For example, if you’re creating an e-book or a course about mathematics that you plan to sell, then you need to spend some time researching the market before you step in.
> Think about competitors and positioning
- How many people are currently offering the same thing as you?
- What do most of the existing offers include?
- Are there enough people out there that are looking for online help?
That is where your market research comes in handy. Think about the information you collected, and how it serves your brand.
- Does your brand stand out from the competition?
- Is there something people are looking for, but nobody offers?
- How can you be different than everybody else?
- What do you bring to the table that your competition doesn’t?
Part 4: Your Digital Spaces
There are millions of pieces of content uploaded to the internet each minute. That means that your brand needs to stand out in some way to get noticed. > Create a website for your brand > Create social media profiles for your brand
Part 5: Growing Your Brand
You’ve already done some preliminary work with your target audience research, so now it’s time to place a strategic approach behind it. Consider the following:
- How to reach them at different moments
- How to present your brand to them
- How to market to them
- How to hook them and keep their attention
- How to reach a high conversion rate
There are many opportunities for your brand to fill in the blank by making sure that you provide the right content, product, or solution to people.
In this next part, I will talk about growing your brand through content marketing, brand campaigns, and sponsored ads. > Measure branding strategy performance and adjust when needed
You need to experiment with different types of marketing techniques to find what works best for your brand and audience.
Don’t be afraid to think out of the box with your content to find a way to speak to both groups. Experiment with different types of content and find what works best for your brand and audience.
After some time passes, make sure to analyze your branding strategy. Create a report on how it’s performing. Finally, adjust your approach if needed.
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