DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — When most residents think of daisies, they might think of the tune “(S)he loves me, (s)he loves me not,” but the Peace River Regional District wants residents to come up with a new jingle showing just what a menace daisies really are, and is offering a reward for the catchiest tune.The PRRD says that daisies, specifically Oxeye Daisy and Scentless Chamomile, are a plague since they are an invasive species and not native to the Peace. The BC Weed Control Act says that the plants are considered regionally noxious, out-of-control perennials that are costly to eradicate and decrease the value of agricultural products.PRRD Communications Manager Fran Haughian says that the Regional District has put daisies at the top of its list of most wanted invasive species this year. Because of this, the Regional District has started a contest for residents to come up with the best jingle to use as propaganda against the invasive plants. Any submitted jingle must include the phrases: “Scentless Chamomile,” “Oxeye Daisy,” “Destroy daisies,” and “Hand pull, place in clear bags and toss into the landfill.” Submissions are encouraged to include all pr parts of: “The flowers can be identified by white petals and yellow centres,” “Pull-Bag-Toss the plant,” and “Free to dump PRRD transfer station.”Haughian said that the composer of the winning jingle will be awarded a $250 gift certificate at a local music store in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John.For more details and contest rules, visit the PRRD’s Destroy Daisies contest web page: https://prrd.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/engage/invasive-plant-jingle-contest/2018-1-23_-Daisy_Jingle-_Contest-Rules_FNL.pdf
ConcessionsDo you have a concession? Email email@example.com to get your application in! Buy a weekend pass in advance and save on your tickets to the rodeo.Adult tickets are $15 a day get a weekend pass for $40Seniors and youth (10 and up) are $10 a day or get a weekend pass for only $25Children under 9 freeTo check out the dance, tickets are either $25 a night or $40 for both nights.If you are looking for any further information or to sponsor or volunteer please contact:250-262-1032 and 855-262-1032 emails are firstname.lastname@example.orgVolunteersWe need volunteers to help make this event possible. For more information about becoming a volunteer, email email@example.com. Are you a part of a local non-profit? We could also use your help, email us for more information. The Fort St. John Rodeo returns for another year at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo Grounds July 20-22, 2018. There will be all the rodeo events, chuckwagons, food trucks and more.Plus Dance in the Dirt featuring Trevor Panczak and friends on Friday and Saturday night. The dance gets underway at approximately 9 p.m. at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo GroundsGates open at 11 a.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased online at Energetictickets.ca, in person at Systems Sound Source or at the gate.
Rabat- Morocco Parliamentarian and member of the opposition’s Istiqlal Party Adil Tchikitou was allegedly being blackmailed with cybersex footage. Blackmailers threatened to post video of the Member of Parliament masturbating, unless he sends a huge sum of money.Multiple reports said that the trap was set by an organized criminal group specializing in blackmailing rich Gulf men for large sums of money by threatening to post incriminating footage of them.Last week, police arrested the gang’s “brain”, a 17-year-old boy from Oued Zem, according to Hespress. Two weeks ago, one of the blackmailers impersonated an attractive girl from Libya nicknamed Ihssane Ben Ahmed on Facebook, and contacted the Parliamentarian Adil Tchikitou. After several conversations on different topics, they developed the relationship, which came to include Skype chats.According to Alyaoum24, the video chatting on Skype turned into cybersex, as “Ihssane” started taking off her clothes and tried to seduce him.The blackmailers claimed they saved the footage of Adil Tchikitou performing cybersex, and used it to blackmail him for a sum of money estimated at MAD 40,000 ($4,519 US) by threatening to post the video on YouTube.Tchikitou filed a lawsuit in the Court of First Instance in Temara Rabat against an unspecified man. He said the man blackmailed him by threatening to post a video of him masturbating on YouTube.Tchikitou went on to add that the blackmailers fabricated the video. He admitted to video chatting with the Libyan girl, but denied responding to her seduction when she started getting undressed.He also revealed that shortly after he refused to partake in cybersex, the images of Ihssane Ben Ahmed disappeared, and her attractive voice turned out to be the harsh voice of a Moroccan boy.He goes on to add that “the voice” sent him a fake video in which he appears to be masturbating, and asked him to send MAD 40,000, or else the footage will be posted on YouTube.Reporting from Rabat by Aziz Allilou, Editing by Timothy Filla
1 June 2010Three European countries today signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to enforce the tribunal judges’ sentences of imprisonment, taking the number of countries that are willing to detain people convicted by the ICC to five. Three European countries today signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to enforce the tribunal judges’ sentences of imprisonment, taking the number of countries that are willing to detain people convicted by the ICC to five.Representatives of Belgium, Denmark and Finland signed the agreement during a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda, where the review conference of the Rome Statute – which set up the ICC – is taking place.Judge Sang-Hyun, the court’s President, said that “having sufficient options in place to ensure the enforcement of judicially ordered sentences is an important element in the overall credibility of the judicial process at the ICC,” according to a press release issued by the ICC.Austria and the United Kingdom have previously entered into similar agreements with the court to enforce sentences.A permanent court, the ICC is based in The Hague in the Netherlands and tries people accused of the most serious international offences, such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Currently investigations are ongoing into five situations: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR), the Darfur region of Sudan and Kenya.Four suspects are in the court’s custody and another eight suspects are at large, while two trials are under way.
OTTAWA — Cities in Western Canada are expected to lead the country’s metropolitan areas in economic growth this year, a report by the Conference Board of Canada says.[np_storybar title=”Canadian economy ‘puffing along’ with help of consumers, housing market, but new growth sources needed: TD” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/09/25/canadian-economy-puffing-along-with-help-of-consumers-housing-market-but-new-growth-sources-needed-td/”%5D Canada’s export market isn’t broken, just bruised; and consumers aren’t spent out, it’s just the country can’t afford to rely on them to keep growing the economy much longer.The remedy? A sustained recovery in the United States, mixed with a strong dose of optimism for other advanced countries, such as Japan and those on-the-mend eurozone members.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver make up the top five in the board’s latest outlook for 13 Canadian metropolitan areas while Ottawa-Gatineau and Victoria are at the bottom of the list as government spending cuts take their toll.Growth in Saskatoon is forecast to reach 5.2% this year, up from 4.1% in 2012, while Regina’s economy is expected to grow five per cent, repeating its performance last year.“Despite some setbacks, Saskatchewan’s economy is expected to perform well in the near term, with real GDP forecast to expand 3.5% this year — more than twice the national average,” board’s fall metropolitan outlook said.Calgary is expected to grow by 3.3%, Edmonton by 4.2% and Vancouver by 2.2%.That compared with growth of 4.3%, 5.9% and 2.6% for the three cities respectively in 2012.“Despite some risks, Alberta’s economy will get a boost from the rebuilding effort after the floods and the infrastructure investment needed to accommodate increases in oil sands production,” the report said.Meanwhile, Vancouver’s economy is being affected by slower growth in manufacturing and construction.Overall the Conference Board said the Canadian economy is expected to grow by 1.7% this year, however it suggested that the improving U.S. economy would give a boost to 2014.“Through much of the first half of this year, economic indicators provided few encouraging signs. But recently, prospects seem to be changing for the better,” the Ottawa-based economics think-tank said.The five Western Canadian cities stand in contrast with the other eight areas studied, which are expected to growth by less than two per cent this year.Tyler Anderson/National Post In Toronto, which is expected to be hampered by weaker manufacturing and services sectors, growth will be limited to 1.6% in 2013.Halifax is forecast to post growth of 1.7%, while Winnipeg is expected to grow by 1.4%.Montreal, Quebec City and Hamilton are each expected to grow about 1.3% this year.Ottawa-Gatineau is expected to expand by 0.8% in 2013 due to spending cuts by the federal government.Victoria is expected to grow by 0.1%.
The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms.The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 made public by Acting US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, noted that there were some reports that the Government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings. According to the report, interviews by human rights organizations found that torture remained endemic throughout the country, including for those charged with offenses under the PTA. Suspects arrested under the PTA, including since the war ended in 2009, gave accounts of torture and mistreatment, forced confessions, and denial of basic rights such as access to lawyers or family members. Several released former combatants reported torture or mistreatment, including sexual abuse by government officials while in rehabilitation centers and after their release. Excessive use of force against civilians by police and security officials also remained a problem. The report also said that the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka received 118 complaints of arbitrary arrest and detention during the year in 2017. According to human rights groups, the police and its Criminal Investigation and Terrorism Investigation Departments unlawfully detained individuals in police stations, army camps, and informal detention facilities on allegations of involvement in terrorism-related activities without bringing charges or arraigning detainees within the timeframe required by law.Police sometimes held detainees incommunicado, and lawyers had to apply for permission to meet clients, with police frequently present at such meetings. In some cases, unlawful detentions reportedly included interrogations involving mistreatment or torture. Authorities reportedly released detainees with a warning not to reveal information about their arrests or detentions under the threats of rearrest or death. (Colombo Gazette) The International Truth and Justice Project and the Associated Press reported allegations of abductions and torture carried out by the security sector during the year. They reported most victims were Tamil men accused by security forces of having links to the LTTE and that security forces tortured and sexually abused them after the initial abduction. There were also reports of sexual abuse committed by Government and security sector officials against wives who came forward seeking information about their missing husbands or against war widows who attempted to claim government benefits based on their deceased husbands’ military service.The law prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention and provides for the right of any person to challenge the lawfulness of his/her arrest or detention in court, but there were reports arbitrary arrest and detention occurred last year, the report found, although at a decreased rate compared with 2016.
You can see the full half-hour interview with Sharlene Bosma Tuesday night at 11:35pm. We have one more installment from the interview with Sharlene Bosma, the widow of Tim Bosma, who was taken from his Ancaster home last month, and murdered.Since that time, Sharlene has been staying in her house but has had, as she calls them “her babysitters” staying with her, because she doesn’t like to be alone in her house. In this part of the interview she opens up about some of her fears as she tries to cope with the tragedy.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued a warning that millions of children across the Sahel region of West Africa remain at risk of malnutrition despite the arrival of the annual harvest season. More than one in three children under the age of five in the region are chronically malnourished, WFP said as it called on donors to provide $47 million to help with its operations in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger through next year. Speaking from the Senegalese capital Dakar, WFP Senior Deputy Executive Director Jean-Jacques Graisse said “we have to break the bondage of malnutrition in the Sahel,” which suffers from the highest child mortality rates in the world. At least 1.4 million children under five in the region suffer from acute malnutrition, which is responsible for more than half the deaths in that age category. “Malnutrition does not simply disappear with the arrival of the new harvest and return the next lean season. WFP and our partners are fighting a battle that cannot be won over a few weeks or months. It will take years, and require the sustained support of the international community,” Mr. Graisse said. WFP said in a press statement that recent donations by Saudi Arabia and the United States have eased immediate funding concerns, but the ongoing nutrition operations require continuing financial support. Cereal production forecasts for the Sahel are optimistic this year after a relatively strong end to the region’s rainy season, but the agency said localized crop failures continue to occur.
Mine workers have been recognised for their innovations to help improve safety on Queensland (Australia) mine sites. BMA Coal’s Gregory Crinum mine took the 2009 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Innovations Award for a safety guard to prevent falls onto exposed longwall miner conveyor belts. And, in a clean sweep, BMA’s Saraji mine won the people’s choice awards for its feeder blockage removal device. The device enables blockages under coal stockpile feeders to be cleared remotely, taking workers out of harm’s way.A highly commended award went to Anglo Coal Australia’s Dawson mine for a work platform that provides better access to the CAT 797 haul trucks to enable maintenance to be carried out more safely.Scientist and science broadcaster Dr Karl Kruszelnicki chaired the judging session where 10 finalists presented their innovations to a panel of judges, and an audience of mine workers who voted for the people’s choice award. There were 44 entries in this year’s awards.The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Stephen Robertson presented the awards at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference, which has been in session since August 23 and finished today. About 600 people converged on Townsville for the conference. The conference is hosted jointly by the Queensland Government, the Queensland Resources Council and mining unions the CFMEU and AWU.Other finalists:New Hope Coal Australia – West Moreton project: Remote emergency shutdown of hydraulic excavatorBMA – Goonyella Riverside mine: Dipper trip system improvement projectRio Tinto Alcan: Apron feeder locking toolNew Hope Coal Australia – West Moreton project: Water reserve in water truck/fire fighting applianceMMG Century mine: Joystick test modulePrivate entry: Sam Lichos AURT572593A Analyse and evaluate brake faults on wheeled mobile plantXstrata Copper – Mount Isa mines: Hydraulic semi-automatic chain control systemFor more information: www.qrc.org.au
Enid Tahirović One fantastic career is on the end. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s goalkeeper, the best athlete of the country in 2007, Enid Tahirovic (40) announced that the games against Germany in the World Championship Qualification in June, will be his last in career.– It’s definitive. There is no sense to prolonge anymore. If I want to play, I would play better here in Germany, but I decided to say “it’s enough”. I am not in the Age, when I can be on maximal level. Behind me are a lot of injuries and my Family suffered enough. If we beat Germans, it’s up on coaching staff, whether they will call me without any practice and team. If they want, I wll play – said Tahirovic for Dnevni Avaz. ← Previous Story Uwe Gensheimer about EHF EURO 2012 for HP: “This is frustrating…” Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 TOP 10 Losers: Experts, Wenta, Scandinavians…
THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK (EIB) has agreed to provide a low-cost loan that will cover nearly half the overall cost of linking Dublin’s two Luas lines.The EIB has agreed to provide a loan of up to €163 million at an interest rate lower than would be available on normal lending markets to fund the Luas Cross City project.The money will contribute towards the €368 million cost of the project which is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in late 2017.Though no fixed interest rate has been set, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland morning that this would typically be about one per cent lower than usual interest rates.He said that linking the green and red Luas lines will take about three million car journeys off the road every year and the construction phase will generate up to 800 jobs.Sixty permanent jobs will be created by the Luas extension which will add 13 new stops to the existing infrastructure.Read: Luas works to allow for right turn from St Stephen’s Green onto Merrion Row
Twitter Alessia Cara On Aretha’s Inspiration: “You Could Tell That It Came From Her Soul” News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 5, 2019 – 10:20 am Alessia Cara Celebrates Aretha Franklin Alessia Cara Celebrates Aretha Franklin alessia-cara-arethas-inspiration-you-could-tell-it-came-her-soul Her tribute and many more will air on CBS on March 10 as part of “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 5, 2019 – 10:21 am GRAMMY-winning pop star Alessia Cara, who won Best New Artist at the 60th GRAMMY Awards, knows what it means to sing from the heart. She recently paid tribute to one of her idols, the late Aretha Franklin, singing “Until You Come Back To Me” at the icon’s GRAMMY tribute concert. Cara opened the song with a shout out to her hero: “Thank you, Aretha. Your music continues to inspire and teach us.” Email Following Aretha’s passing last August, the music world united in remembering the queen. Her many loved ones celebrated her life with a star-studded, music filled memorial in her hometown of Detroit, while the community of artists she inspired continue to offer musical tributes, most recently on the 2019 GRAMMY stage.Shortly before the GRAMMYs, the Recording Academy brought together many of these artists to sing Aretha’s praises—and her unforgettable songs—for a powerful tribute concert.”I always aspired to hit the notes that she hit and have the soul that she had,” Cara shared in a backstage interview during the event. “You could tell that it came from her soul and I’ve always wanted to be able to do that to people and captivate an audience like she did.”Tune in to hear the moving speech about his and Aretha’s friendship, along with all the special moments celebrating the Queen of Soul. “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” will air on Sun., March 10 at 9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CT on CBS.Tyler Perry Talks Doing “Madea” Impressions For Aretha Franklin
Share Photo via Twitter USBPChief @USBPChiefA Border Patrol spokesman had confirmed on November 20th, 2017 that Martinez died at a hospital and that his partner, whose name hasn’t been released, was seriously injured.An FBI official said Tuesday that the bureau is investigating the death of a border patrol agent and severe injuries to another as “potential assault,” but he wouldn’t rule out that they could have been hurt in some other way.Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a news conference in El Paso that investigators are still trying to “gather the facts,” but they are currently treating it as an assault on a federal officer.The couched language comes more than two days after U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Rogelio Martinez succumbed to traumatic head injuries and broken bones suffered while on duty, and after several politicians portrayed his death as the result of an attack.Martinez died Sunday and his partner, whose name has not been released, was seriously injured. They were found late Saturday in a culvert near Van Horn, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the border with Mexico and 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.At Tuesday’s news conference, Buie and U.S. Border Patrol Acting Chief Victor Velazquez did not say why they believed the agents may have been attacked.Authorities haven’t said whether they have any suspects. The state of Texas is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction, and the FBI on Tuesday tacked on an additional $25,000.A U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation told the Associated Press Martinez may have fallen into the culvert. The official said Martinez’s partner, who radioed for help, was still recovering in the hospital and has no memory of what happened. The official, who was briefed on the investigation spoke on condition of anonymity and is not authorized to speak publicly, said it happened after dark in an area that’s known for drug activity and where agents often look for drugs in culverts.Rush Carter, a border patrol supervisor for the region that includes the area where the agents were injured, said Monday night that reports it was an attack were “speculation.” But several elected officials, including President Donald Trump, referred to it as such.When asked about the president’s remarks Tuesday, Buie said he had not briefed Trump on the investigation.An FBI spokeswoman told the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday that the agents were “not fired upon,” but she didn’t elaborate.Martinez’s mother, Elvia Martinez, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she and her husband are also awaiting more information. She said she didn’t yet know any details about the circumstances surrounding their son’s death.“He was a very accomplished person and loved his work,” she said tearfully and in Spanish.Rogelio Martinez, father to an 11-year-old, joined the Border Patrol in 2013.Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for a border patrol agents union, the National Border Patrol Council, told The Associated Press that the two agents appeared to have been struck in the head with a rock or rocks. Cabrera said agents who responded to the scene described it as “grisly” and said Martinez and his partner had “extensive injuries.”Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to insist that Martinez’s death underscores the need for a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The president offered his condolences to Martinez’s family. He also said Martinez’s partner was “brutally beaten and badly, badly hurt” but that it “looks like he’ll make it.”Authorities haven’t said whether they think drug smugglers or people who were in the country illegally were involved.Martinez is the second agent to have died this year.The Border Patrol website lists 38 agents, not including Martinez, who have died since late 2003. Some were attacked while working along the border and others were killed in traffic accidents.____________________The FBI confirmed on Tuesday that Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez died because of head injuries suffered in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 19, 2017.The FBI was only hinting that the two officers were found in a culvert area adjacent to Interstate 10, about 12 miles east of the city of Van Horn, in far West Texas. The second injured Border Patrol agent is currently in a local El Paso hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) in stable condition.The father of agent Martinez had said his son suffered serious injuries that left is head, “destroyed,” according to the El Paso Times.The Associated Press said that investigators believed Martinez may have fallen down the 14-foot culvert, and his partner, who radioed for help, had no memory of what happened, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the investigation.FBI spokeswoman Jeanette Harper said in a statement Monday that both agents were found late Saturday night in a culvert near Van Horn and that both had traumatic head injuries. Harper said Rogelio Martinez died early Sunday. The FBI is leading the investigation and results of his autopsy are pending.Another U.S. official, who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, according to AP, said Monday that Martinez was found at the bottom of the culvert and that investigators believe he may have fallen. The official said it happened after dark in an area that’s known for drug activity and where agents often look for drugs in culverts.Authorities hadn’t offered an official explanation of what happened to Martinez and his partner, and a border patrol supervisor said reports that the agents were attacked are “speculation.”An FBI press release stated:“The FBI, as the lead agency for investigating any potential assault on a federal officer, became the lead on this investigation on November 19, 2017.”The LA Times, and Washington Post quoted Brandon Judd, a Border Patrol agent and president of the San Diego-based National Border Patrol Council union that represents 16,000 agents, stating: “Our agents’ reports from the ground say that agent Rogelio was struck in the head multiple times with a rock or rocks.”Judd added: “The other agent arrived on scene a short time later and was also ambushed and struck in the head with what is believed to have been a rock or rocks.”Here is the complete statement the FBI released on November 20th, 2017:First and foremost, the thoughts and prayers of all the federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies involved are with the family, friends and U.S. Border Patrol work force during this tragic time. On November 18, 2017, at approximately 11:20 p.m. CST, U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the Van Horn Station in the Big Bend Sector, located two injured Border Patrol agents in a culvert area adjacent to Interstate 10, about 12 miles east of Van Horn. They provided the injured Agents with immediate medical care and transported them to a local Van Horn hospital. Both agents sustained traumatic head injuries, along with other miscellaneous physical injuries such as broken bones. At a local hospital in Van Horn, it was determined both of the agents’ injuries were severe and required advanced medical care. The injured agents were airlifted separately to a local hospital in El Paso, Texas. Sadly, Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez succumbed to his injuries and died in the early morning hours of Sunday, November 19, 2017. The results of an autopsy are pending. The second injured Border Patrol Agent is currently in a local El Paso hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) in stable condition.The FBI, as the lead agency for investigating any potential assault on a federal officer, became the lead on this investigation yesterday, November 19, 2017. Whenever the FBI suspects a member of the federal law enforcement community has been the victim of a violent assault, the FBI is responsible for investigating the matter. The FBI is working closely with U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (including CBP Air and Marine), Texas Department of Public Safety, and United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. Additionally, the FBI has received assistance from the HSI, DEA, CBP Office of Professional Responsibility, Department of Homeland Security’s-Office of Inspector General, El Paso Police Department, and Culberson County Sheriff’s Department.The FBI is asking anyone with information about this tragic incident to contact the FBI 24 hours a day at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or online at tips.fbi.gov. The FBI is aggressively investigating all leads coming in from the public and through investigative activities.Texas Governor Greg Abbott offered $20,000 for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of what he’s calling, “murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the serious injury of another.”
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » July 2, 2012 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. If you operate a website, you’re no doubt familiar with search engine optimization. Now, add “social optimization” to your to-do list.A website that’s optimized for social media sharing typically attracts more traffic and sparks more engagement with customers. But what does social optimization mean exactly? Is it simply a matter of adding social sharing buttons to pages? Actually, it encompasses everything from encouraging more sharing on your pages to seeking more feedback from visitors.To make your website more social, consider these five tips for going beyond buttons:1. Encourage a more social experience. There is a belief that people either share or they don’t. Not so. You can encourage sharing and engagement on your website by choosing “emotionally intelligent words.” This means you select words that represent the personality of your brand and appear conversational.A good example would be changing a “Try it now” link to “Ready to give it a whirl?” This evokes an action and also makes the click more of a personal experience for the user. Making it personal, in turn, can help users feel more comfortable about leaving a comment or sharing on your site.Related: A New Tool for Adding Facebook Features to Your Website2. Raise the bar on content quality.Creating distinctive content that your customers find interesting and useful is, of course, key to any successful online marketing strategy. Without such content, there’s less chance that your pages will be discovered and linked to by other sites.Improving the quality of your content is one way to make your site more social. Think about it. Are you creating articles, blog posts or videos that are worth sharing? For example, make sure your titles are enticing. Be sure to integrate your sharing buttons closely with the pieces of content.Content format and length are also important. Infographics, videos and concise blog posts are generally shared more often than long, in-depth pieces because they’re easily and quickly digested. That’s especially important with the growing number of mobile-device consumers.3. Incentivize when possible. By incentivizing your visitors with gamification features such as badges, counts and stars, you play to an innate need to compete and win. Ask yourself what can be tweaked on your site to incentivize sharing. Maybe it’s something as simple as ratings or voting.One example of successful incentivizing is ModCloth’s “Be the Buyer” program. The online vintage clothing retailer invites shoppers to vote on which outfit the company should sell next. Customers are also encouraged to promote the outfit to friends to get more votes. If an outfit gets enough votes, ModCloth will carry the outfit.This program encourages shoppers to check back often, increasing site visits and potentially boosting sales. The shoppers are rewarded by being able to buy an outfit that isn’t carried anywhere else. It’s a win-win.Related: How to Create a Search-Friendly Website4. Actively seek customer feedback. When was the last time you asked your visitors what they wanted to see next? Whether it’s asking them to vote on the next feature you build or to choose a product they’d like to see you sell, don’t underestimate the power of feedback. Crowdsourcing on your site can help encourage users to be social both with you and each other.An example comes from conversion and retention analytics company KISSmetrics, which spent its first year asking customers which metrics they needed and where they should go in its app. By relying on customer feedback, KISSmetrics was able to meet customer expectations throughout its platform. This approach helped increase customer retention and the likelihood of future feedback, as well.5. Track diligently and make adjustments.You might believe that some brands are just more likely to win in social engagement than others, but that is rarely the case. Success often comes down to a more strategic process of testing and making adjustments.To boost engagement on your site, test such factors as where sharing buttons go and which kind of messages encourage customer interaction. Most sites have Google Analytics or other research tools, but few are using them to track social media traffic and better understand how people are engaging on their site. Simple changes such as using more direct language can often boost social activity.Businesses that refuse to test and adjust their social optimization strategies will find that engagement can quickly fizzle and competitors will gladly connect with their former fans.Related: 5 Ways to Master Social Media Multitasking 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
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