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UP Partisans Join MOVEE

first_imgDuring the Unity Party’s National Convention in Gbarnga, Bong County, a group of UP partisans, under the banner “Disenchanted Partisans of Montserrado County” last Friday decided to join the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) declaring their support to former governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones for his presidential bid in 2017.The group’s Chairman, Chancy Gibson Wlah, said their decision to abandon the UP is due to several reasons beyond their control. He commended the political leader of MOVEE, Dr. Jones, for being the only solution to problems facing Liberia, if elected.Wlah said after careful reflection and analysis of unfolding developments in the country, the members have realized that they cannot support the candidacy of the individual chosen by the “so-called partisans of UP” to contest for the 2017 Presidency.“We, the disenchanted partisans of the Unity Party (UP) in Montserrado County, concerned about the future of Liberia, are pleased and grateful to God Almighty for giving us this opportunity to inform the Liberian people and the world at large regarding our direction for 2017.“We pledge our collective support to the candidacy of Dr. J. Mills Jones, a man who has demonstrated excellent leadership while serving as Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia during which time he put in place policies that led to the upliftment of thousands of Liberians from economic degradation and financial marginalization,” the group said in a statement. The statement, which was signed by Arthur Glaydor, former UP Secretary General of District #3, Montserrado County, and approved by Chairman Wlah, said that “…UP has led this country for two terms and we are of the opinion that we should support a more suitable candidate to accelerate the development of our country and raise our people out of poverty with more inclusive socioeconomic policies.”The group’s statement also acknowledged the establishment of rural financial institutions across the country that has enabled Liberians to have easy access to banking services in rural areas. The disenchanted UP partisans assured members of MOVEE that they will use their limited resources for the ascendency of Dr. J. Mills Jones, otherwise known as the “Poverty Doctor.” They said further that Dr. Jones’s leadership at the CBL “was excellent, and he can do more if given the chance in 2017.”“Dr. Jones is a man who knows how to find solutions to complex problems, and this is the man Liberia needs now,” said the former UP partisans.Receiving the statement, Dr. Jones thanked the former UP partisans for “thinking positively” and joining “a party that means business for Liberians.”He said for too long, the people have suffered and it is now time that they enjoy their God given resources in the country.“Coming here today, shows that you believe in the future of this great nation; and by doing so, we have to work together as positive thinkers to make it happen,” he said.Dr. Jones called on Liberians to stop preaching continuity in leadership, because it would not work for them; that they must select the right person who is capable of improving the lives of ordinary Liberians. Dr. Jones assured supporters that they should not be deterred by the Code of Conduct, as Liberia belongs to all Liberians. It may be recalled that at least fifty senior executive members of the Liberia People’s Democratic Party (LPDP), Grand Bassa County branch, recently pledged their support to MOVEE.In another development, MOVEE has officially opened its Montserrado County Chapter on A.B. Tolbert Road, in Paynesville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FineTune Your Messaging How to Reach and Resonate with Your Best Sales

first_imgThink segmentation is an outdated tactic? Think again. Sales expert and OpenView Top 25 Sales Influencer Kendra Lee explains why it’s more crucial than ever to create messaging that is truly in tune with your prospects.Prospect Segmentation: Fine-Tune Your Sales MessagingAt a time when companies are doing everything they can to deliver more personalized, one-to-one messaging to prospects and customers, some marketers and salespeople are beginning to pay less attention to segmentation. After all, if the goal is to create messaging that is hyper relevant to each customer’s unique needs and pains, what good are broad segments based on generic (and sometimes outdated) data?That’s true to a degree, says sales expert Kendra Lee. But Lee also points out that it isn’t segmentation that’s the problem. Instead, it’s how businesses use and view segmentation that’s the issue.“If you’re focusing on just a few very broad segments and then blasting messaging to those segments that is only slightly personalized, then, no, you are not going to derive any benefit from segmentation,” says Lee, who was recently named one of OpenView’s Top 25 Sales Influencers for 2013. “Truthfully, segmentation might be more critical to sales success than ever before. But to be successful, your segmentation efforts need to be more hyper-focused — pinpointing microsegments and delivering targeted messaging that appeals to more specific customer problems.”The reality, Lee explains, is that your prospects are inundated with generic, poorly targeted content that very quickly gets ignored or tossed into email junk folders. For your messaging to avoid that fate, it must quickly and clearly address your prospects’ biggest priorities.“If you haven’t researched those priorities and segmented your prospecting lists based on that information, it’s like shooting in the dark,” Lee says. “You’ll have very little chance of creating messaging that appeals to your audience. That will cause your response rates will plummet and your follow-up content to fall flat.”How to Identify and Prioritize Your Prospect SegmentsThe good news, Lee says, is that prospect segmentation isn’t an overly difficult or labor intensive process.By simply investing some time into studying your client base, you probably have all the information you need to create tightly focused prospect segments. From there you can create messaging or content for those segments.Here are three tips for doing just that:Do you know who your company’s best prospects are?customer segmentationThe Complete Guide to Customer Segmentation1) Start with Your Current Client Base and Work BackwardWhere have you been successful? Why have you been successful there? Do your best customers share specific qualities or pain points? Asking those questions should reveal a handful of good segments that you can then filter down to identify your best segments. Make sure to focus on where you’ve been successful recently, however. Your successes five years ago may not be relevant to your market today.2) Identify Your Team’s Core ExpertiseAside from the specific problems your product is designed to address, it’s also important to examine the domain or segment experience that you have in-house. Are your employees particularly knowledgeable of the medical field? Or do you have a salesperson who knows everything about education or small business? Choose segments where you’ve not just had success, but also have staff to serve future clients well.3) Examine Your CompetitionIf a segment is overly saturated with competitors and your business hasn’t yet established its foothold, it may be best to wait to attack that segment. The reason? The sales process in highly competitive segments is typically much longer, and many smaller technology companies can’t afford to wait around for revenue.After doing each of those things you have the data you need to create a list of hyper-focused microsegments that you can then prioritize based on opportunity.“If your recent sales history suggests that you’ve been particularly successful in one segment and the competition is low in that segment, go after that one first,” Lee says. “And when you do that, be sure to take segmentation a step further by looking for smaller groups within that segment. If some exist, make sure you fine-tune your messaging for each of those microsegments.”Tips for Progressively Testing Your MessagingWhat is Kendra Lee’s most valuable sales advice?SalesQuotesCoverRemarkable Selling: 23 Inspirational Sales Quotes from the Top Sales Influencer OnlineOf course, once you identify your best microsegments and begin to deliver messaging to prospects within them, that doesn’t mean your work is done. In fact, that’s actually when the hard part begins.“There are numerous different channels that can be used to deliver your content and generate leads,” Lee says. “You might use email, social media, or cold calling, but regardless of the lead generation activities you use, you have to test and monitor your messaging over short periods of time to make sure it’s actually delivering results.”To do that, Lee says businesses must look beyond how many quality leads they generate. While that can be an indicator of a quality segment and effective messaging, it doesn’t tell the whole story.“To truly understand if your messaging is working, you have to look at sales,” Lee explains. “Evaluating your segments and your messaging on lead gen alone isn’t enough. Because those leads may move through the sales funnel and run into roadblocks that your messaging isn’t addressing. And if that’s the case, click-throughs and early-stage conversions are meaningless. If you don’t fix the holes in your messaging in the later stages of the sales process, then even the best segment will be worthless.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

Jaguar IPace Winter Journey From St Petersburg To Moscow

first_img Jaguar Offers 0% APR On I-Pace: How Does It Compare To Tesla? Jaguar Considers All-Electric Future Following I-Pace Success Source: Electric Vehicle News How does the I-Pace fare in the harsh Russian winter? Let’s test it to find out.In order to test how far modern electric vehicles are able to lead you away into the harsh reality of the Russian winter from megacities, we traveled from St. Petersburg to Moscow in the new Jaguar I-Pace.What’s it like to take long trips in this electric car in Russia? Experience joy and sadness during a voyage between the two capitals in the new Jaguar I-Pace.More I-Pace Info Fast Charging Comparison: Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC, Jaguar I-PACE * *Editor’s note: This test drive comes our way via our fellow scribes over at Motor1.com Russia. It’s translated directly from Russian and we tried our best to leave the original character of the article and its wording intact.Just recently, our colleague from the Italian edition of Motor1.com, Fabio Gemelli, as part of its regular column “Real Fuel Consumption”, tested the first production electric car from Jaguar on the roads between Rome and Forli.Under the conditions of the subtropical Mediterranean climate of the upper part of the Apennine Peninsula, the I-Pace crossover showed a power reserve with a fully charged battery close to that stated by the manufacturer (480 km on the passport). Then it turned out that the biggest energy consumption of this SUV is achieved in the mode of movement on the highway. In this case, the trip distance is minimal – only 300 km. Really, buying a new Jaguar I-Pace, we are depriving ourselves of the opportunity to travel in their own car?In Italy, with its hundreds of charging stations across the country and a very small boot height of 1,170 km (from north to south) and a width of 230 km (from west to east in the middle part) – definitely not. But what about in Russia, where the electric crossover is officially sold from last year?After all, we have dozens (and not hundreds) of charges, except in large cities, the length of the country from north to south is about 4,000 km, and from west to east is about 10,000 km. Yes, and runs between megacities. And also winter with its fierce frosts … We decided to find out the real possibilities of the Jaguar I-Pace in Russia, having set off on a journey between the two capitals at the most unfavorable time for electric cars. We had to travel a length of almost 700 km from St. Petersburg to Moscow, surrounded by snow-covered forests and fields at sub-zero temperatures.What are we talking about?By his styling similar to any other Jaguar, the all-electric I-Pace looks more like a big hatchback than a crossover. The car with a conventional spring independent suspension (in versions S, SE and HSE by default) has a ground clearance of 165 mm, while for a top-end version of First Edition with air suspension (optional for the others), it varies in the range of 90 mm from 114 mm to 204 mm (standard height 154 mm). In terms of dimensions, the I-Pace is comparable to the F-Pace, but with a 5 cm smaller body length, the electric car has a 12 cm larger wheelbase – 3 m. True, in the cabin of the novelty, you really feel a lot of free space only in the front seats. The space for the knees, the space in width and above the head in F-Pace is still more.But the trunk of an electric car fits from 656 liters (up to 1,453 liters) versus at least 508 liters (up to 1,598 liters) in the F-Pace. Salon I-Pace, as well as its appearance, decorated in the spirit of most modern “Jaguars”. The version of First Edition that we had in the test can boast of optional Perfomance sports seats and white leather trim. Stuffing them stiff, but on a long trip discomfort it does not deliver. But the embrace of the lateral support at the front seats could be not so strong.How does it drive?Speaking about how I-Pace is on the move, the first thing I want to do is dispel the myth of the noiselessness of electric cars. Like the models of premium brands with their modern gasoline and diesel engines, often barely audible to the driver and passengers, there is a relative silence in the cabin of our Jaguar, diluted by the sounds of a working audio system, with a faint hum of electric components. At least when driving at speeds up to 60-80 km / h. With further acceleration, the rumble from the tires, as well as the aerodynamic whistles, bring the noise in the cabin to the level of cars with internal combustion engines. If desired, in the intricate menu of the onboard system, you can activate the “voice acting” as in a regular car through the speakers in the cabin. But it bothers after only 15 minutes, causing a desire to return to “almost silence” of electromobile.The strongest impression that gives I-Pace on the go is an amazing accelerating and dynamics, unwittingly forcing you to think about revising the laws of physics in the light of the arrival of powerful electric vehicles into our lives. Equipped with two electric motors (on the front and rear axles) with a combined power of 400 forces (696 Nm of torque), the Jaguar electric car shoots from zero to 100 km / h in just 4.8 s. From the moment the “gas” pedal is depressed and right up to the intersection of the specified frontier, the car instantly, without any delay, receives an incredible reproaching impulse, that does not fade with increasing speed. It is the same both at the start and at acceleration from 80 km / h, from 160 km / h. Therefore, I-Pace easily gains its maximum of 200 km / h. Remembering this and the need to expend energy wisely, on a long journey all the time you have to restrain yourself so as not to press the pedal harder.The rest of the I-Pace not only looks, but also feels like an ordinary, but very powerful and fast car. By the way, it’s controlled also as a typical Jaguar, remotely resembling F-Pace. Due to the almost perfect weight distribution on axles close to 50/50 (one electric motor weighing almost 80 kg on each axle and a 650-kilogram traction battery between them) and a low center of gravity, the electric SUV perfectly steers and keeps the road excellent despite the large mass (2133 kg versus 1861 kg of F-Pace). The body rolls are minimal, the growing effort in the sport mode on the sharp and sensitive steering wheel is pleasant and understandable. Air suspension does not smooth out all the irregularities of the road, but gives the car a comfortable gait, while depicting a sports car chassis.What about efficiency?In contrast to the previous groups of journalists, who also traveled 700-kilometer route, we traveled from St. Petersburg to Moscow with an overnight stay in the middle of the road near Valdai. This did not allow us to break the record of our colleagues – a little less than 13 hours on the road. But otherwise we experienced the same feelings, emotions, as well as the possibilities of i-pace, both with a slight minus day (from -3 ° C to -5 ° C), and with a slight frost at night (from -6 ° C to -8 WITH). Both days, at the beginning of the journey with a 100% charged I-Pace battery, the power reserve was 289 km.During the interim stops at fast 50-kilowatt charging station of Shell, which there are four between St. Petersburg and Moscow now (distance between them is 140-170 km), in 1.5 hours we replenished the battery’s energy by 80% twice. That’s enough for about 240 km. If earlier in Russia such stations worked for free, now charging them costs 9 rubles per 1 kW • h. Thus, having spent about 2.5 full charges of the battery (225 kW • h) for the whole trip, we spent a total of 2025 rubles for electricity. That is, the road cost us 1.5 times cheaper than it would have required for fuel for some crossover with an internal combustion engine, which “drank” on average 10 l / 100 km.However, it is worth noting that the power reserve of any electric vehicle, like the Jaguar I-Pace, depends on a large number of factors. Among them: temperature overboard, air humidity, machine load, driving style, etc. Despite the fact that our electro-crossover will easily compete with any passing sports car, the most economical and reasonable for him on the track is still the pace of movement with a constant speed of 90-110 km / h without sharp acceleration. Adhering to this speed, we overcame the entire route without incident.Is that on the first day at the entrance to the place of spending the night at the end of a long haul without refueling length of 240 km, having spent the battery almost “zero”, I had to be a little nervous about the fate of our trip. However, as we were assured by representatives of Jaguar, it is impossible to discharge the I-Pace battery completely. He always has up to 20% of the energy needed by the machine to maintain normal battery life and inaccessible to the driver. By reducing the battery charge used for the movement to 10%, the electric car warns the driver to go to the charging station.And in extreme cases, it goes into the “rescue” mode, turning off multimedia and off heating the cabin for the sake of additional kilometers of the way to the nearest charge. Of course, this did not reach us. But a few kilometers before the overnight stay, the climate control system turned off the heat supply, which, coupled with the cold snap that had begun towards the night, was felt by the decrease in the cabin air temperature and the misted rear and side windows, and with them the panoramic roof. The measures taken by the electronics were enough for everything to work out. We arrived.PricesUnlike the “Tesla”, the purchase of which you pay extra for horsepower and an extended power reserve, all versions of the I-Pace are equipped with the same power unit (400 hp) and identical traction battery (90 kW • h). That is, the distance of the trip, and the dynamics of the “Jaguar” does not depend on its price. The difference lies only in the finishing materials, as well as in the equipment. By the way, Jaguar adapted its electric car for us: heating of the steering wheel, front seats, windscreen and washer nozzles in the Russian specification are included in the list of standard equipment of the model, and the GLONASS.Therefore, even in the basic version S from 6,246,000 rubles, the new I-Pace is equipped very well. It has 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, Meridian multimedia with a 10-inch touchscreen, and Luxtec artificial leather upholstery. In SE and HSE versions for 6,711,000 rubles and 7,210,000 rubles, respectively, the finish is made of Grained leather and Windsor, and the following items are added: electric tailgate, other headlights (in HSE – matrix headlights), adaptive cruise control and cameras circular. In our I-Pace First Edition for 7 580 000 rubles, there is also a panoramic roof, air suspension and 4-zone climate control, optional for the rest of the complete sets.What about competitors? In Russia, I-Pace does not have them yet. At least officially. After all, Tesla Model X is sold at us only by “gray” dealers. Therefore, until Tesla has a network of authorized service centers in our country that solves questions of warranty and other repairs on site without sending the car to Finland, an overpayment of 3.5-5 million rubles for the Model X is unlikely to be reasonable and expedient. Even despite all the “chips” Tesla, as well as the additional claimed almost 100 km of power reserve and more power.Russian realityDespite the difficulties and peculiarities of the Russian reality, electric cars slowly but surely still roll into our lives. Today, the number of electric cars registered in our country is about 4,000 units, and the number of charging stations for them is about fifty in each of the two Russian capitals. Yes, and on the track those and others now also occur. We are less wary of advanced technologies and we are increasingly looking towards electromobility. Let them even do this not out of solidarity with the “greens”.And machines like I-Pace help us with that. Looking like an ordinary Jaguar inside and out, this crossover is great for driving. Even with a reserve of 289 km reduced due to subzero temperatures, I-Pace can take you far enough. It is only necessary to correctly route to fast charging stations. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 19, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more