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Sanchez has to ‘improve’ insists United great Scholes

first_imgUnited may have finished second in the Premier League table but that still left them a huge 19 points behind champions and local rivals Manchester City.And Scholes, a key member of Alex Ferguson’s trophy-winning teams at Old Trafford, said the likes of former Arsenal favourite Sanchez had to raise their game if United were to close the gap to City next season.“His performances, well they have to improve,” Scholes told BT Sport. “They can’t get any worse to be honest with you.“I think the next few games of next season are vital to him, he needs to get fans believing again and believing they are going to get close to City. They need a big player.“Paul Pogba does not win you games on his own. Hazard does. Alexis Sanchez doesn’t, he’s shown that since January, they thought he could, but what we’ve seen…“They need two magical players. I think they’ve got really good players, they haven’t got a Hazard, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi, and I know many teams haven’t, but the difference between the two was the quality in Hazard, we saw that in big games. United don’t have that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez after Manchester United lost to Chesea in the FA Cup final, © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 20 – Manchester United great Paul Scholes has warned Alexis Sanchez he must improve following his lacklustre display in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea, saying his performances “can’t get any worse”.Former United midfielder Scholes singled out Chile international Sanchez for criticism after a match United lost 1-0 at Wembley, with Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.last_img read more

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Swansea departure confirmed… but it’s Michu NOT Monk!

first_img Michu 1 Swansea City striker Michu has left the club by mutual consent.The Spaniard joined the Premier League side in the summer of 2012 after they shelled out £2m to sign him from Rayo Vallecano.He proved to be an instant success and struck 22 times in all competitions during his debut season.However, Michu has since fallen out of favour at Swansea and spent last season on loan at Napoli.Now the 29-year-old has left the club permanently by mutual consent and can look for a new club as a free agent.last_img read more

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Councils protest recreation fees

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The Castaic and West Ranch town councils are fuming after the city of Santa Clarita moved to charge nonresidents more to participate in city-run sports and recreation programs, stirring talk of shopping boycotts against city-based businesses. Paul Ash, president of the West Ranch Town Council, said all options are open and the issue will be discussed at their monthly meeting. “In the past, when these issues were brought up with the differential park fees, we have discussed responding by asking our citizens not to shop in the city or not to shop on auto row,” said Ash, whose panel represents nearly 10,000 residents in Stevenson Ranch and Westridge. “I’m sure there’re options that are still out there.” The policy approved in last week’s 4-1 City Council vote intends to end what officials have called a “subsidy” for residents outside city limits – some 30,000 including those from Castaic and Stevenson Ranch. Officials have argued they should pay more because they don’t directly pay taxes to the city, yet have enjoyed the same programs as city residents at facilities built with city funds. The new policy championed by City Councilman Frank Ferry, who will face re-election April 11, could nearly double the price of a $45 swim class, or add an extra $160 to the costs of forming a soccer team. But Ash and Lloyd Carder II, president of the Castaic Town Council, called the move unfair and divisive. County residents have contributed to city coffers through sales tax – Santa Clarita is home to the region’s only shopping mall and auto mall – and they often volunteer time for recreation programs, Carder said. “The whole thing is just downright ludicrous,” said Carder, who added that his daughter has taken swim lessons offered by the city. “You go to a lot of these programs, and the coaches put in mass amounts of time, and they’re clearly not just city residents. “Depending on where you live in the unincorporated area, some people do all their shopping in Santa Clarita. Galpin’s starting to sound very good to me,” he said, referring to the San Fernando Valley-based auto dealer. Sales tax from Santa Clarita auto sales are a key source of city income. “I think what Ferry and them have done is they’ve declared war on the unincorporated areas. The city should be making friends and not enemies.” While the heads of the two panels charged with advising 5th District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich are on the warpath, the supervisor’s office has called for compromise. “We’re looking close at the measure the City Council passed,” said Tony Bell, an Antonovich spokesman. “We want to work closely with the parks department of the city so that we have a rate structure that’s fair to the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.” Yet, Carder also blamed the county for failing to keep up with the recreation needs in the unincorporated areas. The city has said some 49 percent of the 350,000 recreation program registrants since 2001 hail from outside Santa Clarita. Three community parks serve Stevenson Ranch, and Castaic has its own sports complex, though the nearest community pool is in Val Verde. In contrast, Santa Clarita has invested in dozens of neighborhood parks, a sports complex and an aquatics center. A listing for county activities fills about a dozen pages, compared with the 68-page catalog the city compiles each quarter. In 2003, officials began offering priority registration for city residents applying for popular programs or those that take place at city-developed parks. “My daughter does the swimming program because, simply, we don’t have anything here,” Carder said. “Most of the stuff that the kids of the unincorporated areas do in the city are things that don’t exist in the county. “Maybe we should get the county to complete the sports complex so we can have pools and tennis. I’m telling you, it’s a great reason for incorporation.” Bell said the county aims to partner – rather than compete – with the city. “Our parks department works with the city’s parks department to balance programs and create recreation activities that complement one another,” he said. “Instead of competing with them, we want to complement one another.” City parks and recreation officials aim to implement tiered rates in late 2006. Ash, who has coached local flag football, hoped money won’t be a factor dividing the greater Santa Clarita Valley from taking to the same fields. “We all live in the same geographically-defined area in the valley,” he said. “We’re all neighbors.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661)257-5253 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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BONNER SLAMS ‘SICKENING’ TAUNTS OF DONEGAL MINOR OVER DEATH OF HIS FATHER FROM CANCER

first_imgDONEGAL Minor manager Declan Bonner has said he’d rather not be involved in football at all if the sickening abuse of one of his players is repeated.It has been alleged that two Tyrone players mocked Gaoth Dobhair player Michéal Carroll about his father’s death.Francie Carroll, a former Donegal footballer, passed away in February 2014 after a short battle with cancer. Bonner has blasted the treatment of the 17-year-old from Gaoth Dobhair as ‘toxic’. “If this is what is going to happen in games, then I don’t want to be a part of it,” Bonner said.“I would rather walk away than be involved in something that has become so toxic.“Sledging is part and parcel of the game now, but there are certain boundaries that should not be crossed.“This whole thing has gone to a new level and in our minor game against Tyrone on Sunday, those boundaries were crossed to sickening levels.”He said in the Donegal News: “We all know that this goes on and I think everyone accepts that it just has become a big part of the game now, but when the verbals extend to the bereavement of a family member or a loved one, there has to be a line drawn.”Sledging – or verbal abuse – has become an increasing part of the game, even at underage level here in the county.There were reports of sickening sectarian and racist abuse during some club games in Donegal last year. Advertisement And the practice has crept into school games – and into underage games.There are growing demands for a clampdown on vile personal abuse meted out at matches. BONNER SLAMS ‘SICKENING’ TAUNTS OF DONEGAL MINOR OVER DEATH OF HIS FATHER FROM CANCER was last modified: May 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalSledgingtauntslast_img read more

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SUMMER SALE HAS BARGAIN-HUNTERS FLOCKING TO EVOLVE

first_imgThe doors of Evolve Menswear opened this morning at 11am for their annual summer bargain bonanza.Eager fashion fans waited patiently for the doors to open to enjoy the 50% off all Spring Summer Styles. And judging by the size of the queue outside, there was a bargain for everyone in the audience!With a good spell of summer weather on the way to us, you will have lots of opportunities to show off your bargains!There’s lots of offers in store so be sure to get to Evolve Menswear to bag some of the superb offers across all tops brands in young casual, mature casual, footwear and suits.  SUMMER SALE HAS BARGAIN-HUNTERS FLOCKING TO EVOLVE was last modified: July 4th, 2013 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:Evolvesummer salelast_img read more

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DONEGAL IS THE FIRST STOPPING-OFF POINT FOR UNIQUE WINGED VISITER

first_imgBirdwatch Ireland has revealed that Donegal was the first stop-off point for a unique winter visiter to Ireland.Waxwings stopped off on Tory IslandA group of 25 Waxwing birds were spotted on Tory Island on October 29th, sparking a surge of sightings of the Scandinavian birds.This winter has been exceptional for the number of Waxwings reported throughout the country. By the end of November, Waxwings had been seen in all counties, with flocks of more than 50 birds noted in Antrim, Dublin and Wicklow.To date, the highest count was of at least 400 Waxwings seen roosting in Lucan, Co. Dublin in mid-December.Because the birds usually live in the wild woods of remote of Siberia and Alaska as well as Scandinavia, it is probably the first time they have encountered people.Birdwatch Ireland has ased any Donegal readers who may have spotted the stunning  birds, who feed on berries in the winter, to contact them. DONEGAL IS THE FIRST STOPPING-OFF POINT FOR UNIQUE WINGED VISITER was last modified: December 20th, 2012 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:ScandinaviaTory IslandWaxwingslast_img read more

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FIRE CREWS TACKLE ARDARA GORSE BLAZE

first_imgGlenties Fire Service are dealing with a large Gorse Fire in Meentindea, ArdaraTwo other appliances are on route from Donegal Town and Killybegs in an effort to control the blaze.It comes just days after Donegal County Council revealed it had dealt with 170 wild fires in the county over a two-week period.   FIRE CREWS TACKLE ARDARA GORSE BLAZE was last modified: April 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FIRE CREWS TACKLE ARDARA GORSE BLAZElast_img read more

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NEIL BARRETT LAUNCHES ‘FIT-HUB’ – A NEW ONE-STOP FITNESS FACILITY FOR DONEGAL

first_imgFit-Hub, a new facility dedicated to the long term change of health, fitness and nutrition opened its doors to the public on the Tuesday 3rd of June 2014. Based at the Mountain Top, Fit-Hub is the brainchild of local fitness expert and lecturer, Neil Barrett MSc. who is also an internationally experienced and accredited nutritionist, fitness practitioner and strength and conditioning coach.Neil explained his vision for his exciting new venture, he told Donegal Daily, “Fit-Hub brings together the most qualified local fitness and nutritional experts under one roof. “We aim to provide members with a comprehensive and holistic approach to making lasting changes to their fitness, health, well-being.Barrett continued, “With the growth in obesity levels affecting the population, it is important that we all take time to consider our eating habits and levels of activity to ensure that we make even small changes towards a healthier lifestyle for long-term health benefits.“At Fit-Hub we are only too aware that the hardest part of making this change is taking the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle and we will fully support our clients in a number of unique ways.“All the staff at Fit-Hub are experienced and accredited in their particular field of sport science and nutrition. “We will keep class sizes small to ensure a personalised and engaging experience, we will provide a full service for clients as they progress on their journey towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle.“In addition, Fit-Hub promotes a community of fitness approach supported through classes, information events, and social networking to ensure that clients remain motivated and committed delivering lasting results.To celebrate the opening of Fit – Hub, Neil is offering free taster classes to the public from the 3rd- 6th of June.Neil added, “Fit-Hub is committed to providing personalised results based programmes designed to suit all levels of fitness.“We are offering a large range of classes, from ‘Boot camps’ for young professionals to ‘Boot camps’ for parents, we also will be providing ‘Mobility/Movement’ classes for our more mature clients. “In addition, to the exciting range of classes, Fit-Hub will provide one-to-one consultations with clients to assess current fitness levels and develop a personalised fitness and nutrition plan tofocus them on taking the first steps to changing their approach to their long-term health and well-being.Fit-Hub invites you to test these classes for free from this month.To book your place contact Neil on 086 3772175, check us out Fit-Hub Ireland Ltd. on Facebook, email info@fithubletterkenny.com or call into Fit-Hub at the Mountain Top.Barrett concluded, “We look forward very much to welcoming both new and existing members to Fit-Hub, where we will support you to make the lasting change towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle. NEIL BARRETT LAUNCHES ‘FIT-HUB’ – A NEW ONE-STOP FITNESS FACILITY FOR DONEGAL was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BusinessFeaturesFit-HubNeil BarrettnewsSportlast_img read more

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It Takes a Village to Be Resilient

first_imgMaking Houses Resilient to Power OutagesCreate Resilient HousesGas Lines Point to a Need for ResilienceBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterMaking the Case for Resilient DesignResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense Storms Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building EnvelopesResilient Communities Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterLocal Food and ResilienceScary Stories for Halloween Vulnerabilities to power outages and other problemsTropical Storm Irene in 2011 uncovered some vulnerabilities in Vermont. Heavy rainfall on saturated ground resulted in dramatic flooding in parts of Brattleboro, Wilmington, Halifax, Newfane, and other towns. Some communities were cut off for as much as a week. Other places lost power for an extended period of time. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Irene, of course, wasn’t the first storm to cause blackouts or close off roads, and it certainly won’t be the last. Such occurrences happen almost every year from ice storms, snowstorms, heavy rainfall, and derechos that knock down trees. Other parts of the country have to worry about wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Even drought and heat waves can contribute to power outages if power plants have to shut down due to lack of cooling water or cooling water that’s become too warm.There is also concern about issues like political strife around the world, which could threaten heating oil or gasoline supplies, and terrorism, including hacking into the power distribution system to bring down the power grid — cyberterrorism. (For a scary video of what hackers can do to a generator, check out this declassified YouTube video from the Department of Homeland Security showing the Aurora Project.) There is even concern about “space weather” or coronal discharges from the sun that could cause widespread power outages.This got us thinking on the Dummerston Energy Committee about preparing for such problems. What can a community like ours do to become more resilient? RELATED ARTICLES center_img Ancillary benefits of resilienceMany of the strategies that can help a community become more resilient also help residents in other ways. If we improve the energy performance of our houses enough that they will never drop below 50°F at night during a power outage, as my wife and I are doing with the Leonard Farmhouse I’ve been writing about in this column, those houses will require very little energy during normal times for heating and cooling.If we pay attention to efficiency in choosing our appliances and lighting so that key loads can be served with a back-up generator or islandable solar-electric systems, our electric bills will be kept low, saving us money and keeping our utility companies from having to invest in expensive new power plants.If we use water resources more frugally and provide for rainwater harvesting, our lawns and landscapes will be more likely to be kept green in the event of a drought.If we create communities in which we can get around in the event of a gasoline shortage — or an inability to pump gas (as occurred with Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey last year) — these places will be more walkable and pedestrian friendly. In the process, we are finding, such communities provide a better quality of life and become more sought-after in today’s housing market, boosting property values.These are win-win solutions, and our energy survey in Dummerston will help us identify strategies for boosting our resilience while saving residents money and delivering other ancillary benefits. Community resilienceWe realized that it would be useful to find out what percentage of Dummerston residents have emergency generators. How many have water supplies that can be accessed when there’s no power? What percentage of houses in the town can be heated with wood if there were either a shortage of heating fuel or an extended electricity outage that meant we couldn’t use our furnaces or boilers? How many renewable energy systems are there in town that can provide power when the utility grid is down? Are there places with emergency power where residents can charge cell phones during extended power outages?Resilience is a significant focus this year of the Dummerston Energy Committee. We’re intrigued, for example, about establishing resilience hubs around town that would satisfy key needs in the event of emergencies. This is something my wife and I want to provide with the Leonard Farm property we’ve purchased in West Dummerston, and it plays a role in some of the decisions we’re making with the house and barn.Our hope on the Energy Committee is that just by answering questions about these issues on our survey, residents will start thinking about resilience. This is a major focus of mine — especially since launching the nonprofit Resilient Design Institute in 2012 — and I’m hopeful that by raising awareness about resilience, more Dummerston residents will incorporate various resilience strategies into their homes. Doing so will help our community weather future storms and power outages relatively easily. The Dummerston Energy Committee, on which I serve in my home town, is conducting an energy survey.Partly, we are conducting this survey to understand how our town uses energy — both in our homes and in our vehicles. We have a goal in Dummerston, articulated in our Town Plan, to reduce nonrenewable energy consumption 40% by 2030, and we’re trying to establish a baseline from which to measure our success in achieving that long-term target.But we’re also conducting this survey for another reason that may be more important: to gauge how resilient our town is.last_img read more

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5 ways Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing eCommerce Marketing

first_imgMarketing strategies are continuously changing due to increasing technological advancement. Technology is responsible for raising the exceptions of people all around the globe. With an increase in innovations, it’s pretty obvious that customers are expecting more and companies are doing everything to can to remain in their good list.Consequently, competition between companies seems to be rising at an unstoppable rate.How can marketers keep up with all of this change?The solution that I am about to offer might seem daunting at first, but trust me, it has its share of benefits; Artificial Intelligence.Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a big thing. Businesses using AI software to their benefit will find a rise in their entire company’s productivity and growth.What exactly is Artificial Intelligence?Artificial Intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence onto machines. In simple words, a computer system is fabricated to closely resemble human information, behavior, understanding, speech, and even emotions. These machines are capable of decision making and solving problems to meet specific goals, just like humans.Have you ever talked to an AI chatbot? If your answer is no, the following example should jog your memory. Remember the time you surfed the web for a product that you had meant to purchase, you probably found an excellent eCommerce website and decided to get in touch with customer service. When you started chatting it felt as if you were getting automated responses and some responses were entirely out of context. That my friend was an AI chatbot that you were talking to.So exactly what did I mean when I said that we could use Artificial Intelligence in eCommerce marketing? Here are the benefits that Artificial Intelligence has to offer for marketing:1) Personalization & Buyer Persona.The goal is to attract customers and persuade them to buy your products and services. However, understanding a consumer’s needs is a challenging task. If you’re able to understand the requirements, preferences, likes, and dislikes of your customer, you can provide them with the products that they are more interested in.At the moment personalization is only maintained by using information such as ‘search history,’ ‘purchased goods’ or ‘site navigation.’ Such a simple analysis can never really tell what a customer might be thinking or consider buying shortly. Not having a proper insight about your visitor’s behavior is one of the common mistakes made by startups in websites.On the other hand, customer engagement can render some powerful results. By engaging your customers in real-time, you get to know them better; you get to know what they are thinking, what their values are, what motivates them or what they strive for.This technology holds the ability to provide a deep understanding of customers at an individual level. Enabling you to connect with the right customers at the right time, gives you a 360-degree view of your customer and improves your ‘predictive eCommerce marketing’ strategy.How it’s done:Artificial Intelligence uses algorithms based on logical reasoning. Data is analyzed for patterns and learning from these patterns; AI can respond to specific tasks effectively. For example, when visitors are navigating the websites, AI will keep track of their actions and browsing data.With the help of this data, marketers can group customers according to their interests and activities.After the grouping process, marketers can offer recommendations, deliver messages & notifications, and even offer products that are relevant to the customer’s taste. This results in an exceptionally personalized experience.2) AI Assistant.What exactly is a Virtual Assistant?AI assistant or in other words an AI ‘Virtual Assistant’ is a program designed to understand and respond to natural language, respond to commands, and perform tasks. If you don’t already know, a virtual assistant can answer routine queries that visitors put forward. Not only does it save your time, but it also holds the ability to deliver factual information to the buyers within seconds.If buyers get timely answers to queries, then they will ultimately feel that you value their time and are working hard for their satisfaction. Virtual assistants are already in use, such as Siri, Cortana or Alexa. At the moment they are unable to perform complex tasks, but if incorporated they hold the ability to perform exceptionally well.Here are the tasks that an AI Virtual Assistant can perform for you:Arrange appointmentsAnswer EmailsCheck the weather forecastTell you news & reportsMake a to-do-listCreate text messages & remindersManage the calendarCreate a shopping listLook for directions and nearby locations (hotels, restaurants, etc.)Answer all types of queries (general conversation, arithmetic, etc.)Play games (tic-tac-toe, wordplay, hangman, etc.)Request songsCheck for traffic and flight statusControl smart home devicesYou see, the benefits of an AI virtual assistant are numerous:Saves Time:You don’t have to go through the lengthy process of hiring an assistant, with the simple incorporation of a virtual assistant, you not only save your time you also get better results.Cost Effective:Without the need of hiring an employee, you can save your money and increase your profit.Reduces Employee Drama:Of course, workplace drama is widespread. Sometimes employees don’t get along well, which leads your company to suffer the consequences. A virtual assistant will remove all such problems.3) Faster Customer Service With Artificial Intelligence.ECommerce Marketing is all about satisfying your clients so that they become potential buyers.Consumers want to feel valued at individual levels; however, giving value to your customers is only possible with real-time interaction.There is a very low possibility of interacting with thousands of customers at individual levels. To help improve the user experience, businesses have even hired mobile application development companies to create mobile apps and Progressive Web Apps for leveraging user interaction and increasing customer retention.Thankfully, Artificial Intelligence provides a solution for this challenge as well; ‘AI chatbots’ offer better and faster customer service. AI chatbots can interact with humans in a manner that keeps them engaged and also provides them with valuable information.Here are the benefits of customer service chatbots:Rapidly answer queries:Keeping customers waiting is the easiest way to lose sales. With real-time chatbots, you can respond to customer queries within seconds and save your customers from the otherwise agonizing 20 minutes.Chatbots don’t need to rest or sleep; this allows you to provide your consumers with 24/7 customer service wherever and whenever.Increased customer engagement:Chatbots are designed to resemble human nature, so whenever a customer tries to initiate a conversation, it will be able to respond and continue the conversation.Reduce workload:Not only do Chatbots hold the ability to answer questions within the minimum amount of time, but they can also answer several customers at the same time. Chatbots keep a record of frequently asked questions as well as similar requests so that they can provide rapid solutions to all customers.Reduction in errors:We all make mistakes, of course, we’re only human. Unlike humans, if a chatbot is given proper instructions, it can provide error-free answers to all queries and reduce the chance of errors.4) Cost-Effective & Profit Friendly.Artificial intelligence can reduce the cost of customer service by a striking 30 percent. Juniper estimates that by 2022, companies will save up to $8 billion per annum on customer support costs.  If you’re using an AI chatbot for customer service, it will answer 80 percent of your customer queries within a minimum amount of time and also reduce the chance of errors. By using a chatbot, you get access to several perks, one of them is increased revenue and cost reduction.So how do chatbots reduce costs?Reduction in labor cost:To provide customer service, you will have to go through the lengthy process of hiring staff member and once hired; you will have to offer them allowances. Suppose a bot handles about 5,000 queries per month, in that case, the annual cost savings would amount to about $207,000 in contrast with human agents. An AI virtual assistant will not only save your time; it will save you money as well.Reduce operational cost:Chatbots can quickly answer customer queries and provide authentic answers within seconds; this reduces the number of incoming calls, emails, messages, and social media inquiries and lowers the operational cost.5) Smarter Ads, Messages & Notifications.Artificial intelligence is a self-learning program, making continuous interactions with an environment allows it to develop familiarity. Similarly, when a chatbot interacts with various human inquiries, service requests and different types of conversations, it learns from each iteration and self-tunes itself to provide relevant solutions.Now suppose a customer makes a query that the AI is unable to respond to, in that case, the question will be passed on to a human agent. What will happen is that the AI will learn from that iteration and the next time that query is asked, it will quickly deliver a solution to the customer.An AI’s ability to self-learn enables it to develop familiarity with customer requests, conversations, purchases and navigation; by using this data, it can direct the right advertisements, offers, messages and notifications to the right customers at the right time.Conclusion:Artificial intelligence provides numerous benefits in various fields, such as health care, education, finance, space science, entertainment, and even marketing. Above I’ve mentioned the top 5 benefits that AI can effectively deliver if used in eCommerce. It all depends on how you devise it to meet your needs. So, what do you think about AI? What are your ideas? Do tell me in your comments. Rameeza Yasin is a Digital Marketing Executive for Appverticals an expert mobile application development company. Her expert writing skills, enable her to convert complex information, into content that anyone can read. Her technical educational background, combined with a know-how of content marketing, gives her an edge over others in a variety of blog posts. AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts Tags:#AI Adoption#Artifical intelligence#eCommerce businesses#eCommerce marketing Rameeza YasinDigital Marketing Executive How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industrylast_img read more

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