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Tag New Media launches new online presence for hummel America.

first_imgTag New Media (TNM) has announced the launch of the hummel America website. Hummel, a soccer equipment and branded apparel company based in Denmark, partnered with TNM to assist them with their online expansion into the U.S. market.The Flash™-based hummelamerica.com website, reflects thecompany’s mission of branding by story-telling. The site’s interactive and youthful feel invites visitors to explore the hummel brand by interacting with virtual “Polaroids” placed within a hummel “keepsake” shoe box. Each “Polaroid” represents one of hummel’s ten key brand messages.Brian Kukon, CEO of hummel America says, “Tag New Media represents the cutting-edge, advanced thinking and dynamic team approach used in website development much the same as hummel approaches the soccer and fashion industries. Our companies have the same synergy.”Tag New Media is an award-winning Web design and development studio based in Burlington, Vermont. Since 1996, TNM has focused on delivering value to their clients through thoughtfully conceived and appropriate interactive design and technology solutions – solutions that address core businessobjectives.last_img read more

Spot hidden trends and trouble spots in your data

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Karan Bhalla Karan Bhalla is the CEO of CU Rise Analytics and who has almost two decades of financial services and data analytics experience. CU Rise Analytics is a global CUSO helping … Web: https://www.cu-rise.com Details by: Karen BhallaDashboard tools are critical to many organizations, especially community-based financial institutions. Credit unions and similar institutions are held accountable – not only by internal teams, but also by regulators – for monitoring a bevy of transactional information and customer data. The databases of these financial organizations are voluminous and complex. Because of this, easily identifying substantial problems is difficult. This is where a visually intuitive dashboard becomes a critical ally.What to Look for in a Dashboard A good dashboard effectively helps employees across the organization properly assess the credit union’s performance, ultimately achieving a more sound financial and operational standing. It makes quick work of identifying major gaps in data, as well as the sources of potential problems. The best dashboards go a step farther by suggesting corrective measures. With this information, employees can actually solve (or at least improve) problems quickly and in a much more streamlined fashion.Credit union leaders want a fully comprehensive, yet remarkably condensed view of organizational data that will direct more attention to specific points. More precisely, they need the ability to set essential parameters. This may include the proper functionality of specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), displaying which are above or below target, as well as which controls need priority improvement.Real value comes from a dashboard that accesses relevant data directly from the servers of the credit union, yet also pulls from other sources to give the most comprehensive picture. This capability highlights, in real-time, values that have gone beyond specific thresholds – and then puts them in the relevant context decision-makers need.Employees need not go too far outside their comfort zones when selecting software. Excel-VBA, Tableau, QlikView, and other open source dashboard tools like Telerik provide a multitude of choices for credit unions looking for flexibility and quick training of the staff who will be working with the dashboards.A custom-built dashboard, however, offers a personalized and often more relevant, experience. Dashboards can be personalized to measure specific outcomes and can be particularly helpful for payment card teams. One example is a payment card portfolio report to monitor specific credit, debit and prepaid card optimization strategies. Another is a tool developed for tracking loyalty drivers for a specific set of cardholders. Let’s take a closer look at each of these examples.Payment Card Portfolio ReportThe concept of a dashboard like this is to use data intelligently for the study of different member behavior segments that will impact credit, debit and prepaid card portfolios. Especially today, with increased competition for the card business of consumers, credit union card teams want greater engagement, enhanced profitability and well-managed risk.Dashboards designed to monitor the card portfolio will provide monthly views of metrics like balances, purchases, yield, interest, expenses and accounts by behavioral and risk segments. That last part – by segments – is so critical in today’s consumer-driven marketplace. By having a real-time view of behaviors across different segments, card teams are better able to understand what specific cardholders want, when they want it and how it will best be delivered.The analysis that comes from a solid dashboard will provide answers to questions like:Are our credit cards priced right?Do our cardholders like their product?Are challenges being converted into opportunities for growth?Are there hidden trends or patterns that can be leveraged for a competitive advantage?With the help of a good payment card portfolio dashboard, card teams can easily generate a graphic report of the consumer intelligence they’ve been able to gather. Armed with this report, mangers have an easier time securing senior management or board support for improved engagement, profitability and risk-management strategies.Loyalty Reporting DashboardTo better serve cardholders both directly and indirectly, a loyalty reporting dashboard can be an immensely valuable tool. Card managers use such a dashboard to monitor month-by-month portfolio performance as it relates to rewards programs. A visual depiction of the card portfolio’s KPIs keeps card teams on track to achieve their goals and also provides an early warning of trouble spots. Because rewards programs can require a hefty investment, these early warning signs are incredibly important to securing the kinds of returns senior managers and boards expect.Recently, our analysts worked with a card team whose leaders wanted to compare the performance of redeemers and non-redeemers specific to the issuer’s credit card portfolio. Ultimately, it was a customized loyalty reporting dashboard that enabled the card team to do this, as well as to analyze the overall effectiveness of their rewards program. Through the dashboard, team members looked at things like reward redemption trends within each type of reward and across different rewards-enabled credit cards.Insight to Quickly Identify ChallengesSimply put, dashboards offer visibility. With a better eye on the trends happening under foot, card teams and others can drive greater member engagement, enhance portfolio profitability and better manage risk. Reducing valuable time spent trying to identify problems turns into more time spent on actually solving those problems.last_img read more

Umtiti Heads France into First Final in 12 Years

first_imgFrance will now have to wait for the winner of today’s second semi final between Croatia and England at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to know who to play in the final scheduled for Sunday at same venue in the Russian capital city.After being dominated in the first half, due to an awesome Eden Hazard brilliant display, France took responsibility and the control of the match after half-time.After Raphael Varane performed heroics in the quarter-finals against Uruguay, this time it was Umtiti’s 51st header that made the difference from an Antoine Griezmann’s corner at the near post. After out jumping Marouane Fellaini, Umtiti simply flicked the header beyond Thibaut Courtois in goal for Belgium. Belgium took early control of midfield with France content to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counter-attacks from Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.But it was by no means a purely negative approach as the French offered their own danger on the break, perfectly illustrated when Paul Pogba’s delivery sent Kylian Mbappe racing towards goal and Belgium were thankful their keeper Courtois was alert to snuff out the danger.The first real opening came in the 16th minute when De Bruyne hooked the ball into the path of Hazard whose shot was just wide of Huge Lloris’s far post.Hazard was dangerous again moments later when he cut in from the left and unleashed a rasping drive which clipped off the back of Raphael Varane and just over the bar.From a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld tested Lloris with a smart shot on the turn but as the half progressed France began to create more.Olivier Giroud flashed a header just wide and Mbappe set up Benjamin Pavard whose low shot was kept out by the outstretched leg of Courtois.It was a fascinating first half and all that was missing was a goal but one came soon after the break.Late into the second half Fellaini flashed a header just wide and Axel Witsel forced a good save out of Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for an equaliser and France hung on in six minutes of stoppage time to book their place in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe in St PetersburgSamuel Umtiti fired France into her first World Cup final in 12 years last night when the FC Barcelona defender headed home the lone goal of the semi final clash with Belgium at the St Petersburg Stadium.There was no doubt that the Belgians were the more attack conscious of the two teams but at the end of 90 minutes it was Les Blues that grabbed the first final ticket of Russia 2018.last_img read more

Blake Griffin says Clippers are ‘pressing’

first_imgBlake Griffin was one of the biggest offenders in the Clippers’ rather embarrassing 121-104 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. He entered the game averaging 27.5 points, and was held to 14 by the Warriors.Moreover, the 6-foot-10 Griffin — typically a beast at 250 pounds — had only one rebound.But it’s not just Griffin. This Clippers team has struggled early on to match the intensity of other teams on a consistent basis. Even in the three games they’ve won, the Clippers (3-2) haven’t looked anything like the team they were a season ago. And the core group is back.STORY: Clippers name Gillian Zucker President of Business Operations Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Afterward, coach Doc Rivers said his team was “soft” and questioned its heart.“We struggled, there is no secret about it,” Griffin said, putting it mildly; the Clippers trailed by 29 points in the third quarter. “They were just better than us in every single way. We didn’t do anything we wanted to do and they looked like they did everything they wanted to do. We have to do better.”Griffin and every other returning player who endured this past season’s drama involving former owner Donald Sterling worked hard during the summer to get back at it under more favorable circumstances; they have a new and very likeable owner in Steve Ballmer.So far, it’s not working well.“I think sometimes we are pressing a little bit too much,” said Griffin, whose team next plays host to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center. “The good thing about all of this is that everybody is trying, everyone wants to win and everyone is ready to go. Sometimes you just have to calm down a little bit and let the system work itself.”center_img Point guard Chris Paul is the other leader of this team. He intimated this is a team still searching for some kind of identity, though it seems strange to hear him say that considering the entire starting lineup is back, as well as sixth man Jamal Crawford.“Tonight was no secret,” Paul said. “We are trying to find ourselves right now and we are trying to win at the same time, because you have to do that when you are in the West. It’s no secret that we are not playing the right way and we have to play better.”Or, as Rivers said: “Right now, this is not the same group from last year, and it’s the same group, so we’ve got to figure that out.”Rivers more than peevedRivers, the Clippers’ second-year coach, rarely gets emotional when dealing with reporters. But after emerging from the team’s locker room some 30 minutes after the game — typically, he takes about 10 minutes — one by one he ran down the things that ticked him off about the less-than-stellar effort of his players.The stat sheet showed him that in the first half, his team committed one foul. That is not what any coach wants to see, because it displays a lack of desire.“I’ve never been in a game where a team scores 65 points and we have one foul,” Rivers said; the Warriors led 65-42 at halftime. “That, to the core, bothers me to no end. I mean, I have never seen that before.“And I think the foul was late and it was a mistake; it probably wasn’t a foul. So for me, I’m doing something wrong because that’s as soft as you can probably get in a game. One foul at halftime? Are you (expletive) kidding me? I mean, that’s as bad as I’ve seen.”Also …The Warriors (4-0) made all 20 of their free throws Wednesday. … Did you see it? After hitting one of his four 3-pointers, the Warriors’ Draymond Green — running back down the court side by side with Griffin — stuck his tongue out at Griffin for a good long time while the two were very close to one another. … The teams next square off on Christmas Day at Staples Center.last_img read more