“He handled the pressure well and the way he gave his best for the team was very inspiring.” Amla struck 81 off 97 deliveries against Pakistan, weighed in 23 off 27 against the West Indies and 22 off 15 against India, but will no doubt be looking for more in the Proteas’ remaining matches. After a string of disappointments in major tournaments over the years, cricket’s fortunes favoured the Proteas as they advanced to a semi-finals showdown with England after a wicket off of what turned out to be the last ball of the match pulled them level with the West Indians. De Villiers has looked in excellent form, but would surely like to push on from the good results he so far produced: 68 off 72 balls against India, 31 off 31 versus Pakistan, and 37 off 26 against the West Indies. Colin Ingram and David Miller, who have in the past been more on the fringes of than in the team, have both so far played their part in helping South Africa reach the semi-finals. Ingram was man of the match in the win over the West Indies, with 73 off only 63 balls at the top of the innings, while Miller weighed in with 38 off 29 deliveries. His innings included three sixes. On that occasion Gary Kirsten was a member of the winning side and it would be a fitting way to see him off in his last duty as a very successful coach of the Proteas. Established starsHowever, for South Africa to progress to the final and win the title, established stars Hashim Amla and captain De Villiers will need to shine. India, the winners of Group B, will face Sri Lanka in the other final four match. Bottom lineThe bottom line, though, is that cricket is a team game and it will take a team effort to win. South Africa, though, are without Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel and they deserve praise for their fortitude in performing well without the three world class players. It is doubtful any other team, if they had three players of such proven quality, would have performed as well as the Proteas have. South Africa secured a place in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy after a tie with the West Indies on Friday in Cardiff on the Duckworth/Lewis Method. The Proteas’ better net run rate saw them finish second ahead of the islanders in Group B. In the absence of Smith and Kallis, De Villiers has been more than happy with his team’s batting. “I don’t think our batting can get much better than it is now,” he told the media in Cardiff. Up against a team that includes some of the most devastating strikers in the shorter forms of the game, including Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, De Villiers turned to fast bowler Dale Steyn, back in the team after missing their first two matches with injury, to blunt the West Indians’ big hitting. Steyn responded well and played a major role in denying the islanders victory. “What makes me more happy is that I thought we played really good cricket most of the game today.” Just two victories stand between the Proteas and their first major ICC trophy victory in 15 years. The last (and only) one happened in 1998 in the very first Champions Trophy. The premier fast bowler of his generationHaving Steyn back is a huge plus for the Proteas ahead of their showdown with England on Wednesday at The Oval. The cricketing world is pretty much united in its belief that he is the premier fast bowler of his generation. 18 June 2013 “He is definitely an X-factor for us,” De Villiers reckoned. “I called on him a few times today, especially the last spell into the wind and he picked up a wicket. In the absence of Kallis, Ryan McLaren has done a fine job as an all-rounder. His outputs include an unbeaten 71 against India and a haul of 4 for 19 against Pakistan. JP Duminy has also delivered in the all-rounder’s role, mostly by keeping the opposition’s run rate down with his off-spin bowling. ‘A lot of strength in our batting’“We know there is a lot of strength in our batting line-up and I am looking forward to seeing that come through in the next knockout games.” ‘It feels great’It was more a case of relief than triumph for the Proteas in Cardiff. “It feels great. We’ve been on the wrong side of these kinds of matches in the past quite a few times and I have been part of a few teams that’ve been on the wrong side,” South African captain AB de Villiers said at the post-match press conference. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 The conventional wisdom is that brand loyalty is dead. Not so, says a new consumer survey from Yotpo. But some of the findings are surprising in the context of current thinking.Just over 90 percent of respondents (out of 2,000 consumers) considered themselves equally or more brand-loyal than they were a year ago. The survey doesn’t offer longer historical comparisons, however. The top-line results also don’t expose whether consumers are loyal to isolated brands or products or a range of brands.Three to five purchases to hit the loyalty threshold. Survey respondents themselves defined loyalty in the context of repeat purchase behavior. Nearly 80 percent of these consumers said that it took at least three purchases for them to consider themselves loyal. And 37 percent said they weren’t loyal until they had made at least five purchases.The dominant loyalty factor was product quality. “I love the product(s)” was the reason given by 55 percent of survey respondents in response to the question, “What is the primary reason you are loyal to a brand?” The only other noteworthy reason was “great sales/deals,” cited by 25 percent. A meager 7 percent said “above and beyond customer service,” which is surprisingly low. Other reasons saw minimal support.Loyalty makes brand advocates. Loyalty inspires consumers to take further actions, such as joining loyalty programs and spending more money with the brand, according to the survey. Loyal customers are also more likely to leave reviews.When they leave feedback for brands, the majority of these consumers (67 percent) expect a response within 24 hours. Twenty-six percent of that population want a response within 12 hours or less. And in return for their loyalty, these shoppers (in order) want more discounts, free shipping, gifts/swag, custom promotions, early product access and invitations to exclusive events.Facebook dominant for brand interaction. By a significant margin, Facebook was the platform through which consumers interacted with their favorite brands:Facebook — 45 percent.Instagram — 9 percent.Twitter — 7 percent.Snapchat — 4 percent.Pinterest — 1 percent.Other — 2 percent.No social media brand interaction — 33 percent.When asked what might “lose their loyalty,” respondents cited poor product/quality (51 percent) and poor customer service (23 percent) as the top two reasons. Others factors were negligible by comparison.What motivates someone to try a new brand in the first place? According to the survey, these are the dominant considerations:Fair pricing — 64 percent.Free shipping — 61 percent.Reviews — 57 percent.Friend/family member word of mouth — 46 percent.Great shopping/buying experience — 37 percent.Loyalty perks/rewards — 35 percent.Ads — 15 percent.Influencer endorsement — 4 percent.Why it matters to marketers. Some of the findings in this survey are counterintuitive in today’s “CX-centric” thinking. That’s supported by the high loyalty figures, as well as the finding that great customer service wasn’t a significant factor in generating loyalty — although poor service could cost brands loyalty.No single survey should be seen as definitive. But these findings, together with their own data and customer feedback, offer a kind of potential loyalty playbook for marketers.The post Survey surprise: 90% of consumers report being brand-loyal appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Survey surprise: 90% of consumers report being brand-loyal HomeDigital MarketingSurvey surprise: 90% of consumers report being brand-loyal Posted on 19th September 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Survey surprise: 90% of consumers report being brand-loyalYou are here:
Intel Lands Tom’s Hardware – Best of Mobile World Congress 2014 AwardAlso announced during Monday’s press conference is the Intel® XMM™ 7260 platform with competitive LTE-Advanced features and performance. The 7260 delivers competitive LTE-Advanced capabilities including carrier aggregation, category 6 speeds and support for TDD LTE and TD-SCDMA, which expands the addressable market. The 7260 builds on Intel’s competitive Intel® XMM™ 7160 platform that was introduced in 2013.The platform gained recognition from Tom’s Hardware when it received the Best of Mobile World Congress 2014 Award. The awards are given to products that “promise to shake up, redefine, diversify, or improve the current mobile landscape”.Read more about how the XMM™ 7260 caught Tom’s Hardware’s eye here.McAfee Free Mobile Security OfferingMcAfee released a full-featured Mobile Security offering for both iOS and Android mobile devices at no cost. The offering, which is available in 30 languages, provides enhanced privacy features, new Wi-Fi protection and support of Intel’s Device Protection TechnologyThe initiative is to integrate security more deeply into the consumer experience for Intel customers.See the details of McAfee’s Mobile Security Offering here.To meet mobile’s demands, Intel is accelerating and leveraging innovation, manufacturing scale, and software solutions to create incredible performance and transform the world of mobile. We are looking forward to seeing how mobile will continue to transform over the next year and can’t wait to see you all at Mobile World Congress 2015 to discuss what’s next!If you’d like to watch the spotlight videos from Intel’s stage at the Fira Gran Via, you can find them here.Follow @IntelBiz and @IntelITS for additional coverage on #MWC14! Mobile World Congress is the trade show for all things mobile. With over 85,000 attendees from over 200 countries the event was bigger and better than ever. Intel was proud to represent at the MWC this year hosting dozens of spotlight presentations, and showcasing its latest and greatest products designed for today’s mobile computing. We’ve recapped some of the top moments from the event below to show how Intel is transforming user experiences, infrastructure, and services64-Bit Computing Announcement There was much buzz on Monday around Intel’s press announcement on the 64-bit Intel Atom™ Processor for smartphones and tablets. Additional details were also released on the next-generation, 64-bit, quad-core Atom processor for Android mobile devices, code-named “Moorefield”. The processor adds two additional Intel architecture cores for up to 2.3GHz of compute performance, an enhanced GPU and support for faster memory.Intel’s President, Renee James noted during the conference that all Intel Atom processors today support 64-bit computing experiences, “Intel knows 64-bit computing, and we’re the only company currently shipping 64-bit processors supporting multiple operating systems today, and capable of supporting 64-bit Android when it is available.”Learn more about the evolution of 64-bit computing here.
No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Cojuangco: PH will end Olympic drought with 5 golds in Tokyo 2020 View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH PBA IMAGESWas it an air ball or a perfectly timed pass for an alley-oop that clinched the game for TNT Friday night?Import Glen Rice Jr., swore that yes, his crucial basket from underneath came off a pass from equally flamboyant teammate Jayson Castro.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games On his way out of Smart Araneta Coliseum, and just after paying homage to the large crucifix near the exit, Castro admitted to reporters he took an attempt at the basket.“It was an air ball,” said Castro in Filipino. “But before that play, I signaled Glen to go underneath and be ready for rebound.”At any rate, Castro said they are happy to put the quarterfinal struggles behind them.“We must be ready because we are in for a tougher assignment,” said Castro referring to the semifinal matchup against Barangay Ginebra.They begin their own best-of-five series on Monday also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ That basket gave the the Texters a 116-114 lead over Rain or Shine in the last 10.6 seconds which TNT protected on the way to a semifinal berth.“It’s a pass, I guess,” said the son and namesake of the famed NBA superstar amid post-game debates. “He just happened to find me open.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAs it turns out, he was probably just being nice to Castro, touted as Asia’s best point guard.For the record, Castro, said it was indeed a brick. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next