Yesterday, all Dutch football referees received the long expected promotion/relegation update. Simply stated, the ‘greens’ are up and the ‘reds’ are down a division. Continue reading “The ref promo/relegation results are in. How about next season ref?”
Four and a half months and I’m back to ‘knee one’. The physical situation is similar to when it started in May: a swollen, stiff knee. The latest injection with double dosis steroid worked exactly four weeks. Continue reading “Back to Knee One – Rodric Leerling”
It’s been a full month since I wrote my last blog. I really surprised myself. As if I had nothing to share. The opposite is true.
To my shagrin, I had to cancel all play-off games and football tournaments I wanted to help referee. Not just for the extra cash, but mostly for the comradery among colleague refs. Nothing this year. My knee didn’t allow me to do anything. It blew up suddenly and filled up with moisture. hindering me from any sort of exercise.
The doctor tried several roads to get the knee back in shape so he could examine it carefully. He at first thought it was jout, especially after my complaint of severe pain during the night. Then, after first swallowing the wrong meds and by accident ending the others too soon, I finally had my knee back in shape and pain-free after five weeks. Then, while laying on his treatment table, after twisting it left and right, we both heard the crack-crack sound. Maybe a jout combined with a meniscus break-off?
So, today it was X-ray time at the local hospital. Two pictures that should tell if there is indeed cartilage floating around, making the tissue around it swell as result of inflammation. And if it’s there, how can it be taken out?
Is this the result of forcing my knee to perform to the max? It would be extra dire with my recent promotions in the pocket for both futsal (indoor) and field football. We will know by Wednesday. Still time to get in shape for a new football season. I’m still hopeful and optimistic, as always.
It doesn’t happens very often, so it really took me by surprise. The lady I had found in my social network looked like the right person to talk to for my social media proposition. She also shared the same nationality and I tried the friendly native language approach, despite her probably English business environment.
Wrong choice, or just the wrong moment? I probably will never know, but she didn’t give me a chance and yelled at me why I called her! Well, that’s a question that can be answered in 30 seconds – the elevator pitch. Before I even could try to explain my reason and asking if she could help me find a better person, she just threw down the phone. So much for an international brand manager!
Ouch, that hurts. Of course, we sales people just start when we hear ‘no’, but I decided this time to leave it and dial another number. Just to get over it quickly and not to take it personal. The next person at the same company listened to me and suggested another colleague to talk to, who proved to be the right person. The door opened and he wanted to hear more.
I might bump into the bad-tempered brand person at my next visit. I will behave like a pro and will just tell her we have been on the phone, briefly, but maybe I should introduce myself properly this time?
Along the media rep contracts for longer term, I am also available for short term sales projects. This is where my Sales Power Provider service kicks in.
This could vary from short term sales power injection and help kick-start a new product or service to producing blog content for a busy manager. I wrote weekly blogs to help a busy sales director stay in the loop with his followers, challenging readers to react and think along. Another project consisted of finding research content to support a certain publishing cause (power of print).
But, sales power can also be provided like in the case of the management pockets Below the Line. A white-label publishing concept where service providers in the financial sectors use the content in pocket format to wrap their own cover and write their own foreword and distribute among their prospects. Or the case of the start-up platform for sole-traders Victor Mundi.
Most recent cases of Sales Power Providing is PRonto, the GMA PR service that helps the marketing sector to communicate their latest news, notify the market of staff changes or expansion to fresh premises or new products/services.
Crowd Sourcing is the process of getting work or funding, usually online, from a crowd of people. The word is a combination of the words ‘crowd’ and ‘outsourcing’. The idea is to take work and outsource it to a crowd of workers.
“The demand for video advertising and content is outpacing the rate at which marketers can supply it. Crowd sourcing networks have emerged as a viable model to fill the gap in the video production supply chain”. (Forrester, 07/14/2011, Chris Stutzman)
Crowd Sourcing is considered a ‘disruptive technology’ as traditional sources for creating content (ad agencies) are joined by new, faster and cheaper channels such as crowd sourcing communities like Zooppa.com.
“Crowd Sourcing” – Rodric Leerling
Video games have been entertaining us for nearly 30 years, ever since Pong was introduced to arcades in the early 1970’s. Computer graphics have become much more sophisticated since then, and game graphics are pushing the barriers of photorealism. Now, researchers and engineers are pulling graphics out of your television screen or computer display and integrating them into real-world environments. This new technology, called augmented reality, blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell.
Augmented reality is changing the way we view the world – or at least the way its users see the world. Picture yourself walking or driving down the street. With augmented-reality displays, which will eventually look much like a normal pair of glasses, informative graphics will appear in your field of view, and audio will coincide with whatever you see. These enhancements will be refreshed continually to reflect the movements of your head. Similar devices and applications already exist, particularly on smartphones like the iPhone.
“Augmented reality” – Rodric Leerling
My career in advertising sales started at a media rep house called Insight Media, with their cosy home offices in Blaricum, the Netherlands. From the start, senior owner Pieter Lindeman taught me the job of acting like the foreign publisher’s ambassador in your country. Always being available to connect the media-owner abroad with advertisers of all sizes, and their agencies, and fulfill all their questions, demands, rate requests etc. I realized this was the sector I would like to grow further and gain more experience.
From Insight Media to TIME Magazine (Benelux office Amsterdam), felt like a natural step in my career, followed a few years later by Nikkei Business Publications America (New York office). In between I gained experience during the internet bubble selling online content, worked briefly at a media agency and helped build the European sales network for an outdoor company.
After finishing the US project, I launched my own media rep house Leerling.biz and worked for several media sales projects and contracted new foreign publications like the Washington Times, Huson Media, Chatila Publishing House, Nikkei BP. Parallel to foreign media, I offered Sales Power to national media projects.
“Washington Times and Nikkei BP” – Rodric Leerling
It’s been added in my genes apparently to record things I do and the challenges I face in life. First for your children: first words, first questions, funny expressions etc. When blogging became available online, I realized this was for me. I launched a blog called AdRep AdRem, expressing my views and funny experiences as advertising representative and always adrem, Latin for direct and outspoken.
While in the US, I wrote several blogs to express our feelings about another culture and different habits. These were initially published on my blog posts and later collected and published in book and still available at MyBestseller.nl.
Zooppa is a global social network for creative talent that partners with brands and agencies to launch user-generated advertising campaigns. Inspired by the principles of crowdsourcing, Zooppa’s website hosts brand sponsored advertising contests.
In competition for cash prizes, filmmakers, graphic designers, and other creatives submit their original ads in response to a client’s brief. These ads can take various formats including video, print, banners, concepts, and audio.
I joined Zooppa in Summer of 2012 and helped building awareness and the network of clients and agencies in Benelux, Nordic and DACH area. So far, we organised content competitions for brands like Bavaria beer, Samsonite luggage, Philips Lighting & Disney and Philips Consumer Lifestyle & Shavers.
“European Account Manager – Zooppa” – Rodric Leerling