first_imgTraditional, financial organizations that have already vastly expanded their digital capabilities to meet their consumers’ needs. FinTechs and non-traditional organizations that are taking consumers from traditional financial organizations. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Bryan In his current role as Vice President of Digital Strategies with Allied Solutions, Michael Bryan is helping to develop, implement, and champion a cohesive digital strategy in a rapidly evolving … Web: Details What all these competitors have in common is that they have taken the time to figure out what their consumers want, and have evolved their services to meet their particular needs and expectations. 2. Member Engagement & EnablementCommunicating with your members on platforms they engage in everyday can be a huge money maker for your business.Consider how you interact with your preferred retailers today, versus how you interacted with them just a few years ago. These businesses have adapted to make life easier for you and their other customers. To successfully engage and satisfy your members, you too need to figure out what your members expect of you so you can start meeting those expectations. There are numerous communication channels you can utilize to transform and personalize relationships with your members, such as video messages, emails, mobile apps, social media posts and text messages. You don’t need to start using every single channel all at once, but you should dive into the channels that would result in the highest penetration and engagement among your members.  Leveraging information you have on hand about your members can help you to identify which channels your members would likely value most.3. Leveraging DataYou may not be aware of it, but you have plenty of data on hand about your members, you just have to know where to look and how it can be utilized. Properly leveraged data can help you establish patterns in your consumers’ behaviors at a group or individual level, so you can evolve and optimize your business strategies with your members at the forefront.Building this kind of data-driven, member-centric strategy will surely reduce your risk of losing new or current business to competitors; but you have to start now! Visit our website to learn more about how you can build a strong digital strategy that is right for your business and members.center_img Digital transformation can seem a little daunting, overwhelming, or even a bit confusing. But digital transformation doesn’t need to be a massive, expensive project taken on all at once. In fact, it should be more of a smooth transition into evolving the way in which you are already doing business with your members. Your members will continue to come to your business for the same reasons, but how and where they prefer to receive those services and interact with your business has changed. Your members – especially those among the financially active Millennial and Gen Z demographics – are expecting your business to meet their desire and expectations to expand the channels of business and communication into the digital realm.But, you have to begin this transformation, before it’s too late. There are three main reasons why your organization should start building a digital strategy right away:1. Growing CompetitionWaiting too long to begin making your digital transformation could result in losing your most relished members to more digitally-apt competitors. To keep your members, you need to compete with the growing number of organizations that are after your member base. The strongest among these competing organizations can be bucketed into two categories:last_img read more

first_imgHANCOCK (WBNG) — The Hancock Volunteer Fire Department said in a statement sent to 12 News that it has decided to cancel its annual coyote hunting tournament scheduled for late January. We thank our community members for the support.” Let us be clear, we do not tolerate nor condone the aggressive behavior that has been showed to our membership and our organization. We thank our residents that have supported us during this endeavor, and who continue to support us.  The Hancock Volunteer Fire Department said in a statement sent to 12 News: “As most of you have seen, there has been concerns with our annual coyote hunting tournament that happens the third weekend in January. Organizations and individuals for the protection of animal rights have been continuously harassing the Hancock Fire Department and our members, including threats against our personal safety.  This harassment has gotten to the point where it is blocking us from being focused on our main mission, which is firefighting and saving lives. The Mayor of the Village of Hancock emailed the chiefs of the Hancock Fire Department stating that the Tournament had to be cancelled even though the Hancock Fire Department Inc. is not part of the Village of Hancock and is a separate, not for profit corporation.   Stay with 12 News as we continue to follow this developing story. Due to the concerns for the safety of the residents that we protect and the concerns for the safety of our membership, we must cancel the tournament. All registration sheets that have been sent in will be returned with a full refund. All donors for the tournament will be contacted and their donation returned.  A petition was formed online that accumulated more than 20,000 signatures against the tournament. The event also prompted major backlash from online commentators who disagreed with it on Facebook.last_img read more

first_img The 25-year-old club captain has committed to Thomond Park until June 2018, in a clear boost to the Irish province and Ireland boss Joe Schmidt. Toulouse and a host of French Top 14 clubs were understood to have monitored O’Mahony’s situation, but the talismanic back-rower has opted instead to stick to his roots. O’Mahony’s new deal to stay with his home province is also a decisive strike from Munster, who had been left reeling after losing promising fly-half JJ Hanrahan to Northampton Saints for next season. Leinster stars Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien rejected the lures of Toulon last season, with Munster scrum-half Conor Murray also turning his back on French interest. British and Irish Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton will return to Leinster from Racing Metro this summer – and now O’Mahony’s new deal effectively secures all Ireland’s frontline talent on home soil ahead of the World Cup. Sexton’s return has already bolstered head coach Joe Schmidt’s preparations for the autumn World Cup in England and confirmation of O’Mahony’s new deal is another shot in the arm. Title-holders Ireland host England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1 in a potential RBS 6 Nations decider, with both teams unbeaten and Schmidt’s side chasing a record-equalling 10th consecutive victory. O’Mahony has developed into a mainstay for both Munster and Ireland, cementing himself as the front-runner as the Test team’s next captain as and when Paul O’Connell should retire. The 27-cap flanker is regarded as one of the country’s most important stars by Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) bosses. “Peter’s performances for Ireland over the past few seasons have been exceptional,” said IRFU performance director David Nucifora. “The esteem in which he is held by Irish rugby is reflected in the fact that at the age of just 25 he has already captained his country and province. “Leadership is just one of the many qualities he brings to Munster and Ireland and we are delighted that he has committed to Irish Rugby.” Munster have been struck by criticism in the past for failing to push enough top talent through their academy system, but view O’Mahony as the jewel in the home-grown crown. Academy graduate fly-half Hanrahan shocked the province by spurning a new deal earlier this year to join Northampton for next term, but O’Mahony’s continued presence offers vital stability. “We are delighted that Peter has signed an IRFU contract which sees him remain with Munster up to the end of the 2018 season,” said Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald. “Peter, a product of our academy system, is hugely competitive and highly ambitious. He leads by example on and off the field and is a perfect role model for all aspiring young players.” O’Mahony said the privilege of leading his home club proved central to his decision to sign his new deal. “Munster is my home province, the team I’ve grown up supporting and am honoured to both represent and captain,” said O’Mahony. “I look forward to working hard with my team mates, coaching staff and management to achieve continued success for both Munster and Ireland in the years ahead.” Flanker Peter O’Mahony is the latest Ireland star to reject a move to France after signing a new three-year contract with Munster. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook61Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsSince 1991, Harlequin Productions has provided the community with enriching theatrical experiences year after year. 2019 will be no different, with seven exciting and entertaining live productions being planned for the historic State Theater in downtown Olympia. From the beginning, Harlequin has worked to lead conversations on cultural issues, and the upcoming season focuses on the very relevant theme of women in society. But don’t be fooled: despite the serious nature of some of these conversations, this isn’t a season full of heavy dramas. There will be comedy. There will be music. There will be romance. And there will be Stardust.So, without further ado, here are the Season 28 shows: Harlequin Productions has seven exciting shows planned for their 28th season. Photo courtesy: Harlequin Productions“The Stardust Christmas Groove” (Nov. 29-Dec. 31): The 23rd (and final) in Harlequin’s popular series of original holiday musical comedies will be set in 1962.“I Ought To Be In Pictures” (Jan. 17-Feb. 9): Neil Simon takes on another odd couple in this 1979 comedy about a screenwriter and the teenage daughter he hasn’t seen in 16 years.“The Women” (Feb. 28-March 23): Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 comedy of manners has a large all-female cast.“A Doll’s House” (May 2-25): In Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama, a housewife finds herself stifled by the restrictions society places on women.“Man of La Mancha”: Inspired by Cervantes’ “Don Quixote,” this 1965 musical-theater classic by Dale Wasserman won five Tony Awards and has been revived four times on Broadway.“Blackbird” (Aug. 15-Sept. 14): A woman sexually abused as a 12-year-old confronts her accuser in this intense drama by David Harrower.“Love and Information” (Oct. 3-26): This kaleidoscopic comic drama by respected British playwright Caryl Churchill is made up of 57 tiny plays, some lasting only a few seconds.Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until November to be entertained by Harlequin’s 28th season of shows. On Friday, June 1, 2018, Harlequin will be offering sneak peaks of all seven productions at their annual Eclectica! Preview Party. Eclectica is one of two major annual fundraisers for the organization, so you can expect a night of no-holds-barred, extravagant fun. Snippets from the shows and thoughts from our artistic directors are only one aspect of this entertaining evening.Starting at 6:00 p.m. on the first Friday of June, Eclectica is sure to be a great way to unwind at the end of the work week and begin to usher in summer fun. The evening includes a delicious dinner catered by Pellegrino’s, plus access to a no-host bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks. Just like every Harlequin show, Eclectica will have its own signature cocktail: this time, a classic gin and tonic, with a slice of lemon and a slice of lime.Before sitting down to eat though, you’ll probably want to try your hand at a few of the fun games. Long-time Harlequin supporters will recognize the wine toss, where attendees have a chance to win some world-class bottles. There will also be two new exciting games this year.In addition to game prizes, attendees can also win some fabulous items and experiences during the 50/50 Raffle and the Live Auction, sponsored by Navigate Financial. And as if that’s not enough, there’s a special prize drawing for 2019 season subscribers.What’s the deal with subscriptions? While you can buy tickets for shows one at a time, you’ll save a lot of money if you sign up for the whole season. For example, single general admission tickets can add up to over $270 per person, a full season subscription provides a 25% discount! And you can sign up for a plan of small payments over 10 months to make it even easier.Subscribing will also give you first pick of seats, free ticket exchange and replacement (not offered to one-time ticket buyers), half-price repeat tickets, and many other benefits. But most important of all, you’ll always see the best shows you’ve never heard of and probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise.Call the Box Office at 360-786-0151 or stop by at 202 4th Ave. E in downtown Olympia to subscribe for Season 28 or get your tickets for Eclectica, and visit for more information.last_img read more