first_imgOwners of luxury brand prestige cars such as BMW’s, Audi’s and Mercedes in Donegal are urged to be extra vigilant after a spate of robberies of such cars.BMWs, Audis and Mercedes are top of the gang’s list in Donegal.The warning comes from local Gardaí who are urging people in the community to be vigilant and keep a sharp eye for movement of vehicles late at night or early morning.Garda Sgt Paul Wallace said an organised criminal gang have been targeting these types of cars across the North-West. These gangs are highly skilled thieves who specialise in car theft, and are moving around the country gathering intelligence of where specific vehicles are located with a view of returning at a later date to steal the cars.High-end cars may be broken into and often small items of personal property are stolen, leaving the impression that the vehicle, whose alarm has been set off, has been robbed purely for minor gain.However, the break-in allows the thieves to plug a hand-held computer into the car’s OBD (on-board diagnostic) port, and then clone the data on the car’s operating systems and keys.After the owner of the car has repaired the damage- usually a broken window – the thieves return with the new electronic programmed cloned key that allows them to drive away without any fuss most likely during the night or early morning Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Wallace said people should take precautions.‘Owners of high spec cars for example Audi’s, BMW’s & Mercedes should be mindful of this trend and any interference with high end cars should be reported to Gardaí immediately.“It is vitally important that these cars receive software updates to update locking mechanisms from established main dealers or independent specialists in an effort to beat the car thief. Simple things for example ensuring your car is locked and the keys are in your possession is a simple first step which appears logical but alas the evidence has proved at times- otherwise.“Apart from organised car thieves, if any criminal can get access to your car keys either by them being left in the vehicle or close to the front or rear door of the house they will quickly retrieve them and make good their escape- with your car!’.Stolen cars are normally sold off to unsuspecting buyers, broken down for parts and also sold on to criminal gangs for use in robberies and drugs runs. Gardai believe the luxury car gangs are part of a wider and highly organised network who have been stealing a variety of vehicle, plant and marine leisure equipment, particularly outboard engines, across Western Europe in recent years.Simple Precautions1. Parking your car in an area with good lighting or cctv cover may deter the thief.2. Ensure the keys are not easily accessed in the house. 3. Installation of a tracking device in the car should be considered.GARDAI ISSUE WARNING AFTER SPIKE IN THEFTS OF LUXURY CARS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:AudiBMWcar theftsdonegalgangGardaiMercedeslast_img read more

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first_imgSearch for cheap flights to Seattle 1. Dine in the Space NeedleOne of the most recognisable of Seattle’s landmarks, the Space Needle is a 184m high observation tower offering some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Seattle, the waterfront and Mount Rainier. One of the best times to visit is during the evening to watch the sunset over the Puget Sound. The SkyCity restaurant is located in the Space Needle, so you can dine whilst admiring the cityscape. Opening Hours: 10am-9.30pmTickets: $22 per personAddress: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109 2. Caffeinate on a Seattle Coffee TourSeattle is the birthplace of Starbucks and considered to be America’s “Capital of Coffee” with the highest concentration of coffee shops in the country. There are over 1000 coffee houses in the city, and over 400 of them are Starbucks. Whether you want to stop by the first ever Starbucks store at 102 Pike Street, or try some unique roasts at an indie coffee house, you will find it in Seattle. Coffee fans can discover some of the best coffee houses, and the history behind the coffee revolution of the city through the Seattle Coffee Crawl, a 2.5-hour tour stopping off at around 6 coffee shops where you can try a variety of coffee blends and roasts. 3. Take a Ferry RideTaking a ferry ride across the Puget Sound is the perfect way to experience Seattle as a local whilst enjoying views from a different side of the city. A ferry to Bainbridge Island will take around 35 minutes and a regular fare is $8.10, before heading back on your return journey you can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and attractions of the quaint Bainbridge village. These include the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Museum and the Bloedel Reserve. Opening Hours: 5am-2amTickets: From $7 per person, but it depends on the route and passengers How to get to SeattleYou can catch a direct flight to Seattle from London, or a connecting flight from any other major U.K city. The flight will take around 10 hours. To get to the city centre from the airport, you can take the Light Rail, a taxi or the bus. The Light Rail is the fastest and cheapest way to get there, only costing $2.75 and departing from the airport station. It will cost between $40-$45 for a taxi from the airport to downtown Seattle. Search for cheap flights to Seattle Where to stay on a city break in SeattleIf you’re looking for a hostel:The Green Tortoise Hostel is perfect for meeting other travellers, and it’s ideal if you’re travelling in a group with 30 bunk style rooms. If you’re looking for a hotel:Just arrived in Seattle and in need of R&R? The Warwick is perfect with an ornate restaurant that serves fine dining menus (with wine!), and there are multiple meeting rooms on site if you need somewhere to work. If you’re looking for luxury:The Four Seasons in Seattle is another 5 star hotel – the floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the Pacific are worth the splurge.Search for hotels in Seattle Looking for cheap flights to Seattle? Search nowReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. Explore the Olympic Sculpture ParkWith so many green spaces you will be spoilt for choice when you want to explore the outdoors; the Olympic Sculpture Park in Belltown, Seattle is one of these, combining the outdoors with urban sculptures and art installations. The collection of sculptures in the Olympic Sculpture Park are mostly made from steel, but there are a few glass and bronze pieces amongst them. The location on the shores of Elliot Bay offers the perfect place to relax with views of the waterfront after a day of sightseeing. Opening Hours: 10am-5pm, closed on MondaysTickets: FreeAddress: 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 11. Blow bubbles by the Gum WallSeveral inches of gum layered on top of each other doesn’t sound like a piece of art, but that’s what happened on Post Alley. It was only in 2015 (after 16 solid years of gum) that the wall received a proper clean, as the sugar in the gum was eroding the wall. It has been voted one of the dirtiest attractions in the world, but it’s still a popular photo spot. Address: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 8. Sink into the Seattle Art MuseumSeattle has a vibrant arts scene and the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is no exception to this. It houses almost 25,000 pieces of art in collections focusing on modern, impressionist and ethnic art from Northwest artists, with smaller collections of European paintings. Located on 1st Avenue it’s in easy reach of a number of other arts destinations and galleries which include Vetri, the Gum Wall, and the Kimzey Miller Gallery. Opening Hours: 10am-5pm, open till 9pm on Thursday, closed on Mon-TueTickets: $19.95Address: 1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 981019. Stock up in Pike Place MarketFamous for being the location of the very first Starbucks store, Pike Place Market is a busy farmer’s market filled with fresh produce and independent retailers selling crafts, artisan foods, records, pieces of art and jewellery. The smoked salmon, fresh cherries donuts and cheeses are all must-buys. Opening Hours: 6am-6pm (go early for fresh produce, merchants head towards the middle of the day)Address: 1st Ave and Pike St., Seattle, WA 9810110. Get techy at the Microsoft Visitor CenterIf you’re interested in Seattle’s growing tech scene and the developments being made by Microsoft then head to the Microsoft Visitor Center at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. A tour through the center takes you from the first personal computer made by Microsoft, to the ever-evolving world of tech to the current research and innovations of the future including 3D and virtual reality which you can find out more about with fun, interactive displays Opening Hours: 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, opens at 9.30am on Monday, closed on weekendsTickets: FreeAddress: 15010 NE 36th St, Redmond, WA 98052 4. Experience Music Project and Science Fiction MuseumSeattle has a wealth of museums, a particular favourite is the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum which are housed together in a bold purple building near the food of the Space Needle. The Experience Music Project (EMP Museum) is dedicated to popular culture, rock ‘n’ roll and pop music with exhibitions for music legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. As well as the exhibits the EMP offers lots of interactive fun with the Sound Lab, On Stage where you can perform a selection of songs, and On the Wall, a visitor curated wall of music.The Science Fiction Museum exhibits explore the fantasy worlds of your favourite science fiction TV shows, films and games. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame is located at the museum and honours the achievements of the creators of the sci-fi worlds we all know and love. Opening Hours: 10am-5pmTickets: $25Address: 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109center_img 13. Eat corndogs at Safeco FieldSeattle are fiercely proud of their baseball team for a good reason. Safeco was built in 1995 to keep up with the growing demand for baseball in Seattle, and so it became the home of Seattle Mariners. It’s not just the baseball – you can also get a great view of the skyline from the top seats. Opening Hours: 7pmTickets: From $51-$500. Buy tickets onlineAddress: 1250 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 9813414. Rainy day? Head to the Museum of FlightThis is one of the largest non-profit aviation galleries in the world, with Concorde, Boeing 727 and Boeing 247D, as well as a military collection. The 3D theatre and flight simulator are great if you don’t connect so much with the galleries – and the movies make a perfect rainy day activity. Opening Hours: 10am-5pmTickets: $12 per adult, $7 per childAddress: 9404 E. Marginal Way, Seattle, WA 98108 15. Get out of the city to North CascadesThe North Cascades National Park and Highway lie on an impressive mountain range in northwest Washington. The road is easy to drive, and it’ll take you on a tour of sparkling glacier lakes, waterfalls and forests. If you want to stay overnight, why not check into a local hotel.How to get to North Cascades National Park: You can hire a car at the airport and go from there, or you can use the Greyhound Bus. 5. Reflect in Chihuly Gardens and GlassChihuly Gardens is dedicated to the glassworks of artist Dale Chihuly, the focal point, a Glasshouse filled with his bold, colourful glass works is surrounded by vibrant floral gardens with garden themed glass sculptures. More of his captivating works which have pushed the boundaries of glass art can be found in the eight galleries, a definite Seattle must see. Opening Hours: 10am-7pm, open till 8pm Fri-SatTickets: $22Address: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109 7. Get a birds-eye view on the Seattle Great WheelA 53m high giant wheel on the Seattle waterfront, The Seattle Great Wheel is perfect for those who want to enjoy city views without going as high as the Space Needle. You will get three slow rotations around the wheel which takes between 12-20 minutes. Opening Hours: 11am-10pmTickets: $13Address: 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 12. Meet the grizzly bearsWoodland Park is the largest collection of live animals in the State, and they pride themselves on their conservation and animal care. Their Northern Trail has Arctic foxes, brown bears, elks, wolves and snowy owls. There’s always talks, holiday events and shows posted on their calendar online too.Opening Hours: 9.30am-4pm dailyTickets: $20.95 per adult, $12.95 per childAddress: 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103last_img read more

Want to Improve Your Outbound Lead Generation Leverage Marketing

first_imgjesus said to cast your net over the other side This is the fourth post in a 5-part series on how managing inter-team collaboration can improve results for outbound lead generation teams. In my previous post I covered how collaboration on events can yield more appointments for the outbound lead generation team and better results for the marketing team, as long as there some structure to the collaboration. In this post I will cover one of the areas where outbound lead generation teams tend to lean on marketing the most: list generation.Why Collaboration is Crucial to Effective Lead List GenerationIn many companies, marketing is responsible for delivering a list of suspects within the target market segment to the outbound lead generation team. When there isn’t good collaboration between the outbound lead generation team and marketing in this area, the team can easily wind up calling a list of potential prospects that are not in the right segment and/or do not fit the appropriate buyer persona, resulting in wasted efforts from both teams. The last thing you want is to find out that your enterprise outbound lead generation team has coffee shops and pet stores in the list of leads they are calling (it happens more often than you might think).3 Ways to Build Better Lead ListsHowever, there are a number of things that the outbound lead generation team manager and the marketing team can do to optimize this relationship through collaboration and improve the list acquisition process.1) Set the right expectations with both teamsWith outbound lead generation, the marketing team’s job is not to deliver warm leads that are lay-ups, but rather to deliver cold leads within the target customer segment (especially when the product is new to market). A cold lead within the target customer segment can be defined as a person, a company, or a subsidiary/business unit within a parent company. Generally, the more information that comes with lead the better; provided it’s accurate.2) Control the flow of leadsThere is no need to give an outbound lead generation rep more leads than he or she can work with in a given period of time. Leads should be provisioned on a weekly or monthly basis, in the quantity that a rep can handle. Depending on the complexity of the sale and the difficulty of getting the right people on the phone, reps should be able to handle 50 to 200 companies per month. It is also important to control the number of contacts per company that are provided to the reps. The top three to five contacts that fit the key buyer profiles at each company is plenty. As reps call through their lists and set follow-up tasks according to your outbound process, the number of leads they will require per week or month will level off to a steady number. This way, marketing can be very clear on how many leads they will need to deliver and when. Controlling lead flow also helps prevent cherry-picking and helps the reps follow a consistent outbound process for each lead.3) Provide regular constructive feedbackWhether the lists are generated by the marketing team, the lead generation team manager, or even the lead generation reps, holding a regular meeting to review feedback on the lead lists and list sources is very important. Outbound lead generation reps should note recurring issues that they find with their lists and share them at the meeting. Some key areas to provide feedback include:Which lists/sources worked well and why?What additional lists/sources could potentially be targeted for scraping?What data was missing from the leads provided that would be helpful?Where/how can the data be captured?Can that data be captured in a scalable way, or are qualifying calls the best method?Where else can we find good leads that fit the target and will allow you to hit your goals?If you manage an outbound lead generation team then you already know that any help you can get from other teams on the list generation process is great. After all, the less time your reps spend sourcing lists, the more time they can spend on the phone with prospects. At the same time, getting a list of crappy leads doesn’t help anyone. Implementing the steps above can help you improve the list generation process, and can help you get better results from your outbound lead generation team. In my next and final post in the series on how managing inter-team collaboration can improve results for outbound lead generation teams I’ll cover how the best companies completely integrate outbound lead generation teams into multi-channel, multi-touch, integrated marketing programs.What tips can you add to this list to help teams generate the best lead lists possible?AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more