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UKF training – digital curation, Bath 20120312

first_imgUKF training – digital curation, Bath 20120312 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 March 2012 | News  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Dean Ellis termination may cost Marshall millions in donor support

first_img“Because of how things are being handled, and there’s such a swell of controversy over this whole thing, I think I’d be inclined to pull back because of that,” Hallett said. “I don’t know the truth, so I can’t say it’s because of what action the University is taking, but it’s the way that everything is being handled that is particularly bothersome to me.” Dean Hallett, a donor and alumni who also serves as the president of Hallett Leadership, said he finished paying a five-year pledge early in 2018, before news of Ellis’ termination broke. Hallett said he hadn’t planned to make any major donations, but would have pulled funds if he were. Poets & Quants, a news site covering graduate business schools, reported that a Marshall development officer said the school may lose an estimated $30 to $40 million in donor support. The Daily Trojan could not independently confirm this statement. Ted Kaiser,  a Marshall alumnus from the class of 2005, is considering ending his donations to the University. Kaiser is a USC Athletics Cardinal and Gold donation tier member and pledges $3,000 to the athletic department each year, and also donates funds to Marshall. George Getz, a Marshall alumnus who currently serves on the Marshall Board of Leaders, said he has been giving money to the University due to Ellis’ contributions to the business school. In a statement to the Daily Trojan, Rachel Morrell, associate dean and chief development officer of Marshall, said the school’s fundraising remains steady. “Though the USC Marshall School surpassed its campaign goal of $400 million in December 2017, fundraising at the school remains strong,” Morrell said. “While we measure fundraising progress over the length of a campaign, not in monthly increments or a single point in time, we can say that the current fundraising total for the school is ahead of where we were at this point in time last year.” “There’s a lot of people just like me, friends of mine who are kind of in the same boat and kind of the same thing,” Kaiser said. “The Dean Ellis thing was the last straw in … a decade’s worth of missteps.” Kaiser said many of his friends told the University that they will not donate to recent Marshall pledge drives. The Board of Trustees announced its support of Interim President Wanda Austin’s decision to terminate Ellis after a December board meeting, despite protest from the Marshall community and a Change.org petition with 2,830 signatures at the time of the decision. The petition now has over 3,650 signatures. In the past 15 years, Hallett has served on various University boards and donated to scholarships and capital funds at USC. But he said he has lost trust in University administration and would like to see more transparency in how Ellis’ termination was announced. Associate Dean and Chief Development Officer of Marshall Rachel Morrell claims the school’s fundraising is steady. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) center_img Getz believes that the lack of transparency and the lack of communication from Austin and the Board of Trustees will lead to a decline in donations to Marshall. Greg Autry, an assistant clinical professor at Marshall, said he believes Ellis’ termination and the possible loss in donations will negatively affect students. “I think it reduces the value of your degree,” Autry said. “I think it’s going to ruin what was a very cohesive culture of Marshall.” Though Getz would not disclose how much he donates to the University, he describes himself as a “significant” donor to Marshall, the School of Dramatic Arts and the Joint Educational Project. Marshall School of Business donors and alumni are lashing out at the University’s recent decision to terminate Dean James Ellis in June 2019. “I know several of my friends have canceled season football tickets, they have canceled their Cardinal and Gold memberships,” Kaiser said. “A number of them have been contacted by Marshall recently during their pledge drive and said no, they weren’t going to continue giving this year.” “With the departure of [Ellis and former president C. L. Max Nikias], it has changed my interests in wanting to give money back to the school,” Getz said. “People see [Ellis] as being mistreated here … They see it as an unjust termination,” Greif said. “When people don’t agree with things, they vote. The only way the alumni can vote is to vote with their dollars, because there’s no election here.” “I think it is going to cost the school tens of millions dollars in donations from people who have known Jim and have supported Jim,” Getz said. “Whether it has been an outstanding pledge or new dollars that they would have given to the school as a result of him being there, with him being terminated, there will be a significant decline in giving.” Lloyd Greif, benefactor of the Lloyd Greif Center of Entrepreneurial Studies, would not disclose his plans for future donations, but said he is not surprised that other alumni and donors have threatened to pull funding from the University. last_img read more

Donegal students blast off at ESB Science Blast

first_imgSt Eunan’s Raphoe student, Elliot Slevin (Pictured), came together with hundreds of other primary school children at one of Ireland’s biggest science events last week. Taking place at ICC Belfast (Waterfront Hall) on June 5 and 6, ESB Science Blast hosted nearly 60 Key Stage 2 primary school classes who displayed their findings to puzzling questions they had investigated.ESB Science Blast, operated by the Royal Dublin Society, is one of the biggest science events on the island of Ireland with approximately 12,000 primary school students.  Michael Duffy, Chief Executive of the RDS, said: “We know that participation in ESB Science Blast is a huge boost for students’ ability and confidence in science and maths.“But we have also found that there are many other benefits too in areas of teamwork, communication and creative thinking,” he added.“This is our third year in Belfast but our first as ESB Science Blast and we have been delighted with all the work that the students have put into their investigations, with some great help from their teachers who are vital to the programme’s overall success.”With an underlying ethos of encouragement through whole-class participation, the constructive feedback received from judges who work across science, education and STEM industries gave primary school students the opportunity to engage with STEM professionals. In addition to showcasing their research, the children enjoyed educational science shows where they learned about their natural environment and how to dispose of waste, the science behind food and even received a tour of the solar system.Jerry O’Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive ESB spoke about the partnership with RDS and a shared commitment to promote STEM education and learningHe said: “Participation in events like ESB Science Blast helps to equip children with the crucial 21st-century skills, supporting them not only to become creative and innovative problem solvers but also active and engaged citizens, capable of making informed choices to tackle climate change and other global challenges.”Donegal students blast off at ESB Science Blast was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The right time for fertilizer application pays (because the wrong time is so costly)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When it comes to understanding the right time to apply nutrients, it is important to know when it is the wrong time.Several years ago it had been a wet and frustrating fall for getting any field work done in the Lost Creek Watershed in northwest Ohio. It was followed by a fairly cold winter and there was an extended period of frozen conditions in February that provided a great opportunity to catch up for lost time.“We got a nice window and pretty much every dealer in the area was working on spreading fertilizer on frozen ground. There was about four inches of snow cover. Less than a week later we received a three-plus-inch rain event that melted the snow and allowed for major surface runoff on the frozen ground. There was rain/snow in the forecast, but no one was forecasting a three-inch rain. So the farmers and dealers that were spreading weren’t really in the wrong. However, those conditions create a high risk for nutrients to leave the field and in this case that happened. It warmed up and we got a big rain and the toilet flushed,” said Clint Nester, with Nester Ag, LLC in Williams County. “It was the one of the biggest phosphorus levels Heidelberg University has ever recorded in the water monitoring of the watershed. Those applications were made at the wrong time — everything else was right — and we lost nutrients big time.”In many ways, the right time is the easiest of the 4Rs to understand, but one of the hardest to actually do. Hindsight can make the wrong times to apply fertilizer seem very obvious, but the process of determining the right time can be quickly convoluted by weather uncertainties, changing soil conditions, farm work logistics, and just plain old bad luck.“If you are a really good weatherman you can avoid a lot of those spikes you see with phosphorus loss from fields, but we know how well that works. That big rain event in the Lost Creek Watershed really opened some eyes in the area, including for our business,” Nester said. “Until that time we still had customers that took that opportunity to spread on frozen ground because it worked well for the logistics of getting things done. After that, guys backed off of doing that. Farmers don’t want their money floating down the river. And when that happens you never know what you really lost and don’t know how much to re-apply. In many cases, you have to assume you lost it all and you end up re-applying the whole rate. That gets expensive.”Senate Bill 1 sets some fairly clear, common sense guidelines for applying nutrients at the right time in the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed. Specifically, for applications of granular fertilizer (defined as nitrogen or phosphorous) in the Western Lake Erie Basin, a person may not apply:1. On snow-covered or frozen soil;2. When the top two inches of soil are saturated from precipitation;3. When the local weather forecast prediction for the application area contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding: one inch in a 12-hour period for granular fertilizer or one-half inch in a 24-hour period for manure.These requirements can be exempted if the fertilizer/nutrient is injected into the ground, incorporated within 24 hours of surface application or applied to a growing crop. This is the law for all or part of 24 counties in northwest Ohio.For businesses certified through Ohio’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, these SB 1 rules are a good common-sense start to avoiding costly nutrient loss by applying at the right time, said Chris Horning, the North Data Operational Lead for Sunrise Cooperative. Sunrise was among the first 4R Certified businesses.Chris Horning“We have a yearly applicator training that covers the 4Rs and usually the auditors will be out talking to the nutrient applicators when they are doing the audit. They incorporate a lot of the 4Rs into the two-day training session,” Horning said. “The applicators know that if they are in the field, 95% of the time the weather forecast is not going to tell you about a three- or four-inch gully washer. If they are sitting there and the sky is black, they know they need to check back with the office and make sure they are still on track with the operation manager and the grower as far as the timing goes. If there are any questions on field conditions or the way the weather looks, they need to check back in. We do a lot of things ahead of time to try and not get in that position sitting in the fields in the spring waiting to putting fertilizer on, but rainfall is one of the biggest issues that creates challenges. Most guys don’t want you out there in saturated soils anyway and the frozen ground we know to avoid.”Sunrise has seen a big shift to spring application away from putting on nutrients in the fall. The cooperative also works on more applications of smaller amounts of nutrients.“We are geared up with equipment to split those applications up with in-crop dry applications and we are working with farmers with Y-Drops, using different nitrogen models to determine the right rate for the growing season. And for the fall applications, we are putting down just a one-year supply of nutrients and not two or three,” Horning said. “We have been working closely with the 4R guidelines and if we are spreading in the fall, it is incorporated within 24 hours and that takes a lot of pressure off.”Horning said another very useful tool for nutrient applicators is the Ohio Nutrient Management Record Keeper (ONMRK) app. The app was developed with input from Ohio State University Extension in Knox County, Ohio Farm Bureau, and Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District to meet the new state recordkeeping requirements for both SB 1 and Senate Bill 150. ONMRK helps farmers comply with state laws by recording their fertilizer or manure application as well as the current weather conditions and forecast for the next 24 hours.“That is really handy. It gives you the 12-hour and 24-hour forecast for the spot you are sitting and really helps you meet the guidelines. It also helps with documenting it as well. You can get that app for free on your phone. It will even tell you if an application is recommended or not,” Horning said. “It really helps us to be compliant.”The requirements of SB1 create a base to further refine nutrient application recommendations from Nester Ag that has also been certified through 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program.“Guys are paying big dollars to put those nutrients out on the land and when we make recommendations we don’t put a fudge factor on there for what is going to the ditch. We want the nutrients they apply to the field to stay in the field. Those laws are in place but it also makes sense with economics to keep those nutrients in the field,” Nester said. “Those laws are only for nitrogen and phosphorus, so if you wanted to spread potash when a rain is coming there is no law to say you can’t do that, but we tell guys it is a high risk time to apply those and that they need to avoid any potential for the nutrients to leave the field. That just makes sense economically and environmentally.”Beyond those basics outlined in SB 1, there are still many right (and wrong) times to apply nutrients to fields. There are clear advantages to minimizing nutrient loss by applying the right rates of nutrients as close to the time when the plants need them as possible during the growing season.“If a guy can apply in the spring I would say that probably reduces the risk of losing those nutrients because you don’t have them out there during the winter months when you can get those two- or three-inch rains on frozen ground and soil is moving,” Nester said. “But, on the acres that some guys cover, they just can’t do it all in the spring. In some cases, they will do some of their acres in the fall and leave their leakier fields — the fields that are more prone to leaching — to get to in the spring. With nitrogen we still tell our guys to break that total nitrogen up if possible so maybe they’ll be putting a little on with their broadcast fertilizer, maybe some ammonium sulfate. Then they could come in with some starter on the planter and then come back with some weed and feed either before or after the planter, based on their program. Then we can come back with sidedress and some guys are now coming back with the Y-Drops for a fifth trip.”But even with the extensive effort to put nitrogen on at the right time for the plant, loss is still possible.“Nitrogen loss is very weather dependent. This year there was not much loss in this area. In 2015, though, we saw an example of too much rain and definite nitrogen loss in the corn crop,” Nester said. “We have seen instances when you get early spring rains and if you have put everything out up front, you get problems. Having it split up reduces the risk of losing huge amounts of nitrogen. If you lose 10% of 10% it is a big difference compared to losing 10% of your total nitrogen.”The right time for phosphorous applications involves considering an entirely different set of factors. There are plenty of wrong times to apply phosphorous, but there are some things that can be done to expand the windows of “right time” opportunities.“Phosphorus is a whole different animal and it is hard to pinpoint because we have such a large pool of phosphorus available in the soil that is not available to the plant. It is always cycling. We have tried to put out phosphorus plots to learn more. You can not spread phosphorus one year and you won’t see a yield decrease unless you have critically low P levels. We can’t show much data about timing of phosphorus applications making a difference one way or another,” Nester said. “We do know if we can avoid putting it on the surface in the fall it reduces the chance to lose that dissolved reactive phosphorus over the surface or though the tile.  Incorporating it can be a viable solution to try and keep it in the field.“No-till situations can lead to bigger pores and more pathways for it to get to the tile. Strip-tilling phosphorus in the fall can work too as a pretty safe way to apply. You put it right in the soil at the root zone where the crop will need it. We work with guys who strip-till and we have been able to reduce rates by about 20% and we checked it with strips in the field and we are not taking any yield hit with that 20% reduction. Strip-tilling it in in the fall is very efficient. You are getting it incorporated in the soil and we can apply less fertilizer and keep yields up. It saves money and doesn’t allow for much runoff to the streams.”Cover crops are also a great tool for making more opportunities to apply at the right time.“We preach cover crops to our customers for a multitude of reasons. Hopefully they get a yield gain, they reduce erosion and they help keep nutrients in the field,” he said. “The ideal situation in the fall is to apply to a cover crop — something that is going to overwinter. Some guys plant radishes or oats and as soon as we get the first freeze they are done. There was some research that showed radishes alone as a cover crop were bringing nutrients to the surface and really concentrating them there to the point that it was more of a detriment to planting radishes only than getting a benefit. If you are going to run one cover crop it should be something that will stay green all winter. And, if you are going to apply when conditions are a little iffy, a cover crop definitely reduces that risk factor.”Ultimately, the right rate of the right product at the right place does little good if applied at the wrong time.“You can do three things right with the 4Rs and still be wrong,” Nester said. “You have to do them all and follow those four key principles. You can’t just do one.”For more, visit 4rcertified.org.last_img read more

DIY Light Leak Effect for Photographers

first_imgCheck out this tutorial for creating a cool light leak/haze effect for your still photography – super fast and ridiculously cheap!We’re fans of the crew over at DIYPhotography.net.  They’re always posting great tips and tricks on photography techniques and DIY projects (see a few past DIYPhotography posts we’ve shared here and here).They recently shared a Reddit post by professional photographer James David McGrady, that showcases a super easy way to give your still photographs a vintage light leak effect (a style that’s totally en vogue right now).  Utilizing nothing more than a marker and plastic sandwich baggie, you can give your photos a unique haze look in-camera.Of course, you can create similar photo light leak effects in post editing (through Photoshop or another photo editing application), but this cool DIY project creates a uniquley organic look that may be worth experimenting with!Check out the full photo light leak project instructions at DIYPhotography.net or the original Reddit post.last_img read more

Old habits die hard as Labrador is Liberal red once again

first_imgBy Ossie MichelinAPTN National NewsLiberal candidate Yvonne Jones ousted former Conservative cabinet minister Peter Penashue in the federal Labrador byelection Monday.The election was called after it was discovered that Penashue accepted tens of thousands of dollars in illegal donations in his 2011 election campaign. The riding his been almost always Liberal since it joined Canada in 1949, but Penashue’s 2010 victory changed that.“People want to see (the Conservatives) gone and I think people in Labrador have started that process this evening,” said Jones at her victory party. “There’s a huge message in this…this is the first time the Harper government has been defeated in a byelection. This defeat should not come as any surprise to them. They’ve had the opportunity to do great things for Labrador, for rural Canadians, for Northern Canadians and they have chosen not to.”She said voters not only elected her but threw their support behind the Liberal party and its leader Justin Trudeau.“(Labradorians) wanted to change that they wanted to have a real voice, they wanted to have someone that would stand up for them every day and it was quite obvious they saw that in me,” she said.Going into the race Jones said she knew Penashue would be her strongest rival. The NDP were never a factor in the campaign.Jones won with 50.7 per cent of the vote with Penashue receiving 28.9 per cent and NDP newcomer Harry Borlase receiving an even 20 per cent.She said her biggest priorities will be addressing issues of housing, jobs and transportation when she heads to will be heading to Ottawa next Wednesday.last_img read more

Cancer Society Leads Educational Seminars at CIBC FirstCaribbean

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, October 31, 2016 – Employees of the CIBC FirstCaribbean are now better schooled about the disease of cancer, its prevention, and treatment.  As a part of their activities to mark cancer month this October, CIBC FirstCaribbean invited the Cancer Society of the Bahamas to present educational seminars on aspects of the disease to staff.  The sessions took place at the bank’s Shirley Street headquarters and the new CIBC FirstCaribbean Airport Industrial Park Centre.The events were part of a series of cancer awareness and response related activities throughout the month, including the bank’s celebrated annual ‘Walk for the Cure’ fun run/walk.  Antionette Turnquest, Head of Human Resources at CIBC FirstCaribbean, stated that the activities were one aspect of the bank’s larger culture of employee wellness.“We have quite a number of wellness initiatives at the bank,” said Mrs. Turnquest.  “Over the last year we have had many onsite fitness sessions at the various branches – aerobics and strength training; we have also had persons come in and talk to staff about proper nutrition and maintaining health habits and we have partnerships with local gyms.  This is something that we do regularly because we want them to convert this into healthy lifestyles.”Mrs. Turnquest stated that keeping employees happy and healthy is a priority and she hopes that the Cancer seminars will make an impact.  “We hope that persons use the information they are getting from these sessions and we hope that as much as possible we can help to prevent this disease from occurring in our staff.  It’s so important that persons understand this disease.  Studies show that genetically Bahamians are more prone to the disease.  So, it’s important that persons get as much information as they can.”The two presentations walked staff through the basics of the disease, how to get screened, and how to lower your risk. Attending employees learnt the most prevalent cancers in the Bahamas – breast cancer and prostate cancer – as well as the role and function of the Cancer Society.  Melissa Major, Programs Director at the Cancer Society said she is happy to see corporations take an interest.“We truly appreciate when companies make it a priority that their staff gets this education and we hope that other companies follow CIBC FirstCaribbean’s lead.  This is a part of empowering people so that they know what the disease is, they know what to do, and how to lower their risk.  Early detection is key and once they get that then we will be well on our way in terms of lowering our statistics.” Related Items:last_img read more

For the love of art

first_imgWhen you glide up a staircase adorned with flowers and a beautiful madhubani painting welcomes you at the entrance, your face beams up as you know that you are in for a celebration. Indeed it was a celebration of craftsmanship of artists from across the country put on display in Cottage Emporium as a part of Navkriti exhibition. The exhibition that is open for display cum sale till 4 July was inaugurated by Kavuru Sambasiva Rao, Union Minister of Textiles on Thursday in august presence of Panabaaka Lakshmi, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Textiles at Cottage Emporium, Janpath. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Walk into the hall and a confluence of ethnic and contemporary styles of design opens up to you. Launching new designs by master craftspersons, Navkriti has an array of collections at display tucked into a corner of the vibrant six level Cottage emporium.  Inverted multicolored umbrellas drop down from the high cielings of the emporium, creating an impression of a sky bursting out with colours. Take a sneak peek of the collection: wooden crafts of Saharanpur, Hyderabadi Kalamkari on fabric, Kantha embroidery from Santiniketan,block printing from Jaipur and integrated mettalic designs from national award winners on display. What caught our eye were the covetous and innovatively designed mantlepieces made by amalgamating ceramic with copper and brass and the tribal works from Bastar region comprising jewellery, amazingly crafted vegetables and fruits, and miniatures from tribal life. Most of the exhibits are prototypes that can be ordered on demand. Delve into the exotic        delights of India, we say!last_img read more

All the way from Silk route

first_imgInaugurated on Wednesday the event was preceded by a ‘Designers’ Meet’ aimed at sharing various diversified products developed by the research institutes of Central Silk Board with the designers and to showcase their value.It is perceived that these designers can now promote the products in national and international market which in turn can provide better value addition to the stake holders. The participating designers were provided all necessary information which can be adopted with an assurance of necessary facilitation by Central Silk Board and Silk Mark Organisation. Various eminent and upcoming designers including Satya Paul, Abraham and Thakore, Neeta Lulla, Vaishali, Ankita Singh, amongst many others participated in the Meet. ‘Indian silk is primarily consumed in the countries of European Economic Unions, United States of America, Middle East and Japan. The Indian silk has created a niche market worldwide and is extremely famous for its beauty and elegance,’ said K. Sukumar Menon, CEO, Silk Mark Organisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Indian silk world over is known for its drape fall finish and luster and has created a niche in international markets. The Indian silk clusters are unique in terms of its skill employment, craftsmanship, intricate designs, weaving techniques, technologies deployed and process adopted. In order to develop a range of new products Central Silk Board has taken up various initiatives through its research institutes in collaboration with other research institutes like NIFT, Army Institute of Fashion and Design, and others. The eri silk which is used primarily in Assam by the tribals to produce chadders and mekhla has now been converted into high end mens wear like eri knitted garments, denims, blends. Similarly Muga silk which is primarily produced in Assam only for local consumption  has now been converted into a range of existing products like bridal wear and dress materials. The tasar silk which is mainly produced in Central India has now been converted into high end men’s wear and products with rich designs for women. The launch of designer silk collection is to encourage the designers and new entrepreneurs to take up this new commercial venture for the benefit of primary producers.last_img read more

9 Tools That Can Help Grow Your App Business

first_img 4 min read August 6, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Make stuff people want. This is how Paul Graham or Y-Combinator defines growth hacking.Brian Halligan of Hubspot elaborates — to be successful and grow your business and revenues, you must match the way you market your products with the way your prospects learn about and shop for your products.Growth hacking, the much talked-about term, is grossly misunderstood and misrepresented by many. Growth hacking can be touted as a subset of marketing that focuses purely on achieving growth.Related: 12 (Mostly Free) Web Tools for EntrepreneursGrowth alone doesn’t come through marketing, but by learning from your mistakes, testing on what works (A/B testing for example), product iteration, intuitive product design and studying and analyzing conversion metrics.Let’s look at some such tools that will help you as an app entrepreneur to build a better app.1. Intercom (30-day free trial, plans start at $49 a month). If your app requires users to sign up, Intercom is a fantastic product that tells you which of your users are using your product in real time, along with their activity. It also allows you to reach out to your power users or others based on filters, through in-app messaging and email. It’s a great tool to engage and retain customers.2. Taplytics (Free trial available. Plans start at $32 a month). This is an A/B testing tool, but for mobile apps. Taplytics allows you to test different experiences and quickly push out fixes based on your findings. Fixes can range from visual bugs and typos to colors for call-to-actions.3. Mailchimp (Free up to 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers/month). One of the most popular email marketing tools out there, it allows you to send targeted emails based on segmented lists. You can also set up automated emailers for new signups.4. Foster.fm (14-day free trial. Plans start at $19.99 a month). One of the challenges in social-media marketing is finding relevant content to share with your followers. Foster.fm helps you to discover that content and lets you share live or schedule updates for up to a week.Related: 5 Content-Management Tools Marketers Can Use (No Technical Skills Required)5. Pop.co (14-day free trial. Plans start at $5 a month). Instantly launch a web presence or a micro-site for your mobile app. Pop.co offers a domain name, an email address (supported by Google Apps), a starter page where you can connect your social-media accounts, capture emails and customize the template.6. Crittercism (Free for up to 30,000 monthly active users). This tool gives real-time, actionable crash reports for your mobile app. By knowing where users are facing an issue in your app, you can make sure you retain and engage them to deliver a great user experience.7. Helpshift (30-day free trial. Plans start at $20 at month). The only way to build a loyal following for your app is to offer outstanding customer service. A happy customer will not only stay with you but also brings in many more through word of mouth. Helpshift helps you integrate a customer-service module into your app so you can resolve problems as they happen. App users are typically not forgiving and instantly delete the app or never go back to it if unsatisfied.8. Mention (14-day free trial. Plans start at about $29 a month). If people are talking about your app on social media or blogs, you’ve got to know what’s being said to be able to interact with and engage them.9. SensorTower (14-day free trial. Plans start at $79 a month). Use SensorTower for complete app store optimization (ASO). It lets you discover the most valuable keywords, which can impact organic downloads for your app. You can track daily ranking of your keywords as well as that of your competitors. Essentially, a complete app-intelligence platform for ASO.Which tools do you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below.Related: 5 Tools For Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more