Dont Give Up On Ben Roethlisberger Just Yet

Jim Kelly1995BUF85.87.567.86.387.07.1 Struggling 35-year-olds mostly rebounded nicelyQuarterbacks who posted subpar numbers in their first five games during their age-35 season and how they fared in rest of that year, 1978-2017 Jim Hart1979STL70.66.949.05.759.06.0 The Steelers may be 3-2, but the mood in Pittsburgh is dour. Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a five-interception fiasco against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the latest and worst in a run of lukewarm performances this season. Plenty in Steeler nation are beginning to question whether the 35-year-old Roethlisberger has hit the wall. One of those people is the actual Ben Roethlisberger.The numbers are definitely not pretty, especially when compared to his career averages. That interception festival he hosted in Week 5 torched his passer rating, which has sunk to 75.8 and is way below his 94.1 career rating entering the season. More alarming than the spate of picks is that Roethlisberger’s yards per attempt, which for his career prior to this year stood at a near all-time-best 7.9, is a career-low 6.5 so far this season.But a closer look at the numbers shows there’s good reason to believe that this bad stretch is just that: a bad stretch. Here are the key reasons Steelers fans should still have hope — regardless of what Roethlisberger himself is saying or thinking.History is on his sideWe identified several quarterbacks who struggled in the first five games of their age-35 seasons when compared to what they did through age 34.1We looked at quarterbacks going back to 1978 to make sure all of them had played in the merged NFL for a decent amount of time. To qualify for the list, each quarterback needed to have a minimum of 125 pass attempts through five games. In almost every case, these QBs bounced back to something much closer to their established levels. To be sure, there’s some selection bias at play here — most of these quarterbacks are generally excellent, because erratic and unreliable passers do not usually last in the NFL until they are 35. Ben Roethlisberger2017PIT94.17.975.86.5 Drew Brees2014NOR95.37.591.87.299.67.7 CAREERGAMES 1-5GAMES 6-16 *Through age-34 season.Minimum 125 passes in first five games, with a QB rating worse than career numbers prior to that season.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Trent Green2005KAN87.97.780.56.994.38.3 PLAYERYEARTMRATING*YPA*RATINGYPARATINGYPA Dan Fouts1986SD81.87.855.46.384.07.7 Matt Hasselbeck2010SEA83.36.974.86.472.37.0 Brett Favre2004GNB86.97.186.07.195.47.8 Ken Anderson1984CIN82.07.368.07.796.17.6 Among the passers on this list, the average QB rating improved from 71.2 in the first five games to 86.0 for the remainder of the season. Their yards per attempt also rebounded, from a pedestrian 6.7 to a solid 7.4, on average. If Roethlisberger improves at the same rate, his passer rating for the rest of the year would be 88.4 and his yards per attempt would bounce up to 7.2. But Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Jim Kelly beat those averages, so it’s certainly possible that Roethlisberger could outperform them as well.Roethlisberger is still doing Roethlisberger thingsWhile the box scores have been ugly, many of Roethlisberger’s underlying numbers have been typical for his career. His accuracy hasn’t declined significantly: Only 17.5 percent of his throws have been off target, which is only a shade worse than the 16.9 percent rate he posted in the regular season from 2014 to 2016. And on deep passes,2More than 10 yards. Roethlisberger has actually been a hair more accurate, 28.2 percent of his throws have been off target this year compared to 28.3 percent in the past three years.You would think that as Roethlisberger ages, he would start to lose his trademark ability to move outside the pocket on broken plays and find something down the field. But in a limited sample so far this year, he has still been effective when chased from the pocket — he has posted a 101.2 passer rating on just nine dropbacks in these situations this year compared with 124.2 on 93 dropbacks in the prior three seasons.One logical explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start would be that something was amiss with his offensive line. Perhaps he’s under more pressure than usual? But in fact, the Steelers QB is tied with Oakland’s Derek Carr for the least pressured quarterback in the league this year — both have been under threat on just 15.1 percent of dropbacks. And that’s the way it has been for a while in Pittsburgh; Roethlisberger had the second-lowest pressure rate in the league (behind Peyton Manning) from 2014-16.So if Roethlisberger hasn’t suddenly become inaccurate and he’s not suddenly facing more pressure, the Steelers’ offensive problems may extend beyond the QB and O-line.Bell and Brown are not helping mattersThe real explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start may be the decline in efficiency of his two top targets, wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell.On Roethlisberger’s 62 targets to Brown this year, his passer rating has dropped to just 71, down from 112.2 on 480 targets in the past three years. And while it’s hard to tell from a passer rating whether the quarterback or receiver is more to blame, other stats provide some evidence that the 29-year-old Brown is not quite himself this year. According to the NFL, defenses are playing Brown much more tightly at the snap — his average cushion has declined from 5.2 to 4.5 yards, one of the lowest among all receivers. But he’s not making defensive backs pay by running by them, as his average separation is unchanged (2.9 yards).Bell’s receiving ability, meanwhile, is downright ordinary this year. The prior three years, Roethlisberger had 105 passer rating when throwing to Bell. This year, it’s 85.4. Bell is averaging 3.85 yards before contact and just 1.48 after. The prior three years, those figures were 6.64 and 2.20. It’s hard to blame Roethlisberger for Bell being unable to get open and make defenders miss.Bell’s ineffective performance so far has also meant that Roethlisberger can’t use him as a safety valve, which has crushed the QB’s stats against the blitz. In the past three seasons, Roethlisberger had a 96 rating on 381 dropbacks against blitzing defenses — mostly because the underneath pass to Bell was so effective. This year, his rating on those plays is down to 54.6, the lowest in the league.Sunday, Roethlisberger travels to Kansas City to face the unbeaten Chiefs, who have been winning more with offense than defense, which may mean his receivers will be able to find a little more space. And Roethlisberger’s attitude about his ability to perform has undergone a 180-degree turn. “They can question me. I don’t question myself,” he said, three days after his “Maybe I don’t have it anymore” interview. “I think you guys are much more panicked than we are.”And unless Roethlisberger is a huge outlier and suddenly craters at age 35, or Bell and Brown have completely lost their ability to be dominant receiving threats, it seems there actually is little reason for Steelers fans to panic. read more

Ruben LoftusCheek delighted with Maurizio Sarris Chelsea

first_imgRuben Loftus-Cheek has acknowledged that his club’s manager Maurizo Sarrri is helping him to improve, stating that he is happy with “good, healthy competition” at Chelsea.The 22-year-old has shattered Chelsea’s record and carved a record niche for himself by being the first English player to score European hat-trick for Chelsea in 47 years.Loftus-Cheek revealed how Sarri would remind him of his position during his match-winning performance.“He’s always trying to help me, defensively and position-wise,” Loftus-Cheek told Sky Sports News.When asked if Sarri had an impact on him, he said:“Definitely, but I’ll always improve as a player day by day, technically and tactically from training. The more I play the better I’ll get as well.“My target at the moment is to get my positioning right and the rest will come after that.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It’s good, healthy competition,” Loftus-Cheek added.“We’re doing so well at the moment, that competition really drives the team.“That’s why we’ve been doing so well because everyone wants to do well in training – training is so sharp. We’re all so effective in training it brings the best out of the team. No complaints on that and we keep that going.”On whether he would be disappointed if he did not start against Burnley on Sunday, Loftus-Cheek said:“I’m not thinking about that. Right now, it’s to get my recovery in – my hamstrings are feeling it a bit.”last_img read more

Star Wars director Jon Favreau teases Mandalorian role for Taika Waititi

first_img Target Game of Thrones Thor Star Wars 0 Tags In addition to Waititi, other guest directors for the series will include Dave Filoni, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa and Deborah Chow.The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter, alongside Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The new Star Wars series will be exclusive to the direct-to-consumer streaming service Disney+, which is set to launch in the US in late 2019. Share your voice Skeptics could argue that Waititi isn’t voicing IG-88, but merely directing the episode that has IG-88 in it. But with the presence of microphones, it seems more likely that Waititi could be lending his voice to the familiar robot character.Lucasfilm, Favreau and Waititi did not immediately respond to a request to comment.The new Star Wars series will be set seven years after Return of the Jedi (so six years after the Empire’s final defeat at the Battle of Jakku and 23 years before The Force Awakens) and will focus on all-new characters.But judging by that new Instagram photo, perhaps we’ll get a few other older characters along with IG-88, who fans first saw in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. 17 Photos Post a comment More Star Wars Mark Hamill reveals his Star Wars Episode 9 trailer Disney renews Star Wars Resistance animated series for season 2 Black Panther composer to score Star Wars series The Mandalorian See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years TV and Movies StarWars.com A new clue might just indicate that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is not only slated to guest direct an episode of Star Wars: The Mandalorian series, but may also be voicing the robot bounty hunter IG-88.On Thursday, The Mandalorian director and producer Jon Favreau posted a new photo on Instagram without a caption showing Waititi behind a microphone while looking at a screen with IG-88 prominently displayed, during a post-production recording session.last_img read more

Prince Harry Meghan Markle win crown for fastest to 1M Instagram followers

first_img 0 On Wednesday, the couple also shared a post of Prince Harry meeting with people as part of his work in mental health.  Post a comment About an hour after the couple’s account launched, Instagram “partially crashed, preventing most users from being able to follow the account on first clicking the follow button,” according to journalist Benjamin Wareing.K-Pop star Kang Daniel previously held the Guinness record after joining Instagram earlier this year. He reached 1 million followers in 11 hours 36 minutes. Pope Francis, who got 1 million followers in 12 hours, held the record in 2016. The Royal Family is quite familiar with the social network. Its Instagram account has more than 5 million followers and over 2,400 posts. Even Queen Elizabeth herself has posted content to the account. Last month, the Royal Family shared a set of social media guidelines asking people to show “courtesy, kindness and respect” on its accounts. This came after Duchesses Kate Middleton and Markle became the target of hateful comments online. In January, Kensington Palace reportedly asked Instagram and Twitter to help curb abusive comments. Before her wedding to Prince Harry, Markle had deleted her social media accounts. It’s safe to say many people are happy to have her back. Instagram It may not be a crowning achievement, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke an Instagram world record for reaching 1 million Instagram followers in under 6 hours. Anwar Hussein/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest to get 1 million Instagram followers. The couple launched their account sussexroyal on Tuesday, reaching 1 million followers in 5 hours and 45 minutes, according to Guinness. At the time of publication, the account had 3 million followers. “Welcome to our official Instagram; we look forward to sharing the work that drives us, the causes we support, important announcements, and the opportunity to shine a light on key issues,” reads the account’s first post, which has more than 1 million likes.  Tags Online Share your voicelast_img read more

Luxury cars should ditch wood veneers for cork and heres why

first_img Hyundai Palisade is a surprisingly palatial three-row… 2018 Hyundai Azera: Returning to the US as the Grandeur? Tags Comments Car Industry Enlarge ImageWe’d take this look over fake carbon fiber-look plastic any day. Hyundai Making transportation more ecologically friendly isn’t only about finding alternatives to fossil fuels or making things more efficient. It’s also about changing the materials that get used in building cars.Automakers are realizing this, and many are offering vehicles without leather and with low-VOC plastics, but there is still room to improve. That’s why we were stoked to see a report from Automotive News published in August on a company that’s looking at alternatives to using traditional wood veneers in a car’s interior.The company is called Seoyong and rather than using traditional woods, it’s been pioneering the use of cork as a replacement. “But cork is a kind of wood,” you’re probably shouting at your phone as you read this on the toilet at work, and you’d be right.However, harvesting cork from a cork tree doesn’t kill the tree, and in fact, it grows back eventually, making cork a renewable resource. Even cooler, it’s done totally by hand, so there’s very little machinery adding to the material’s carbon footprint. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Cork is harvested from cork oak trees in June and July only, and the harvesters use axes and adzes to cut into the tree and peel off the top inch or two of bark. The bark grows back, and the tree can be harvested again in nine years. The trees live for up to 300 years, so its bark can be harvested many times.What Seoyong does with the cork bark is slice it very thin, less than a millimeter, and lays it over injection-molded plastic in several layers, much like a company would do with a traditional wood veneer. Once it’s glued in place, they treat the cork with a water-based finish that preserves the unique look of the wood but protects it from water, scratches and UV damage.Currently, Hyundai is the only manufacturer that we’re aware of that’s offered cork trim on its mass-produced vehicles starting with the Korean-market Azera Grandeur Hybrid. Given how much more affordable the cork veneer process is and how cool it looks, we hope more manufacturers pick up on it — we’re looking at you Volvo. 18 Photos 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan review: A breath of fresh(er) air Now playing: Watch this: 4 Hyundai Share your voice 5:43 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

India inks Rs 6000cr deal with US to buy NASAMSII missile system

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump.ReutersIndia has accepted an offer from the United States to buy the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) that will help in securing the national capital with cutting edge technology.According to sources, the NASAMS-II from the US will be used along with Russian and Isreali systems, which will be used to shield the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, from future threats varying from drones to ballistic missiles, reports TOI.Sources from the Defence Ministry confirmed that the US will send the final draft of the ‘letter of acceptance’ under its foreign military sales programme within July to August. The deal is likely to be worth Rs 6,000 crore.On Saturday (June 8), the Donald Trump administration had approved the sale of armed drones to India but had not mentioned when the sales of the armed drones would take place.”The United States approved the sale of the armed drones to India. We have offered integrated air and missile defence technology to India,” a senior White House official told news agency PTI.The report also revealed the US has been pushing India to consider buying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) and Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) defence MISSILE system in a bid to deter India to break the defence deal with Russia, in which the country is purchasing five squadrons of the advanced S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems.Regarding the current status of the Russian deal and whether India will back out in the future, defence sources told The Print that it was “always possible in all contracts” but any such decision would come with “severe consequences”.According to the TOI, the Russian S-400 Triumph missiles will be used as strategic deterrance along India’s borders. The S-400 systems can detect, track and destroy hostile strategic bombers, planes, spy planes, missiles and unmanned aircraft at a distance of 380 km.The NASAMS’ innermost layer consists of Sentinel X band 3D radars, short and medium missile launchers,  fire control centre and command-and-control units to quickly detect, track and shoot down multiple airborne threats. The second layer will be protected by the mobile S-400 systems. The outermost layer will be protected by the DRDO-developed two-tier ballistic missile defence (BMD) system which is designed to track and destroy nuclear missiles both inside (endo) and outside (exo) the earth’s atmosphere.After that the Barak-8 medium-range surface-to-air missile systems, jointly developed by the DRDO and Israeli Aerospace Industries will be at work.It is also a part of the air defence system guarding Washington.last_img read more

Kabul bomb blast Taliban attack kills 10 injures 65

first_imgReutersAt least 10 people were killed in a bomb blast near Afghanistan’s Defence Ministry HQ in Kabul on Monday, July 1. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, authorities said.Mohammad Karim, a police official, said that a car bomb exploded outside the Defence Ministry building on Monday morning. He also revealed that the militants ran into a high-rise building located in a crowded market and opened fire at the building, reported Al Jazeera.Security officials revealed that three militants were behind the attack. “Gunmen have entered a building and they are clashing with the Afghan forces after the powerful blast,” said Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.The blast injured 65 people, including nine children, said Afghan Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar.Taliban spokesman Zabuhullah Mujahid has claimed responsibility for the attack. A statement said the large explosion outside the defence ministry building caused “heavy casualties to a number of civilian people”, but said the target of the attack was not civilian, but military, reported Al Jazeera. (With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Gross pain Hard trudge for GDP growth touches 3year low of 57

first_imgA labourer pulls an underground cable at a construction site of a commercial complex in Mumbai in this January 20, 2011, file photo. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiAgainst the backdrop of a week of optimism from the government on the positive effects of demonetisation last year, the results of the exercise have not done wonders for India’s gross domestic product (GDP).Data released on Thursday said that GDP grew just 5.7 percent in the latest quarter, its slowest pace since the January-March quarter 2014, and lower than the Central Statistical Organisation’s estimates of 6.1 percent.The slowdown was led by the manufacturing sector, which expanded at 1.2 percent from a year earlier compared with a 10.7 percent growth last year. The financial, insurance, real estate and professional services sectors also slowed to 6.4 percent in the June quarter from 9.4 percent a year ago.In contrast, the Indian economy had expanded 7.9 percent expansion in the same quarter last year.Thursday’s data by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that India’s “real” or inflation-adjusted GDP grew at its slowest pace in 13 quarters and is still a long way off from returning to an 8 percent growth path, last seen in 2015-16.Importantly, the CSO estimates showed that gross value added (GVA) grew 5.6 percent in April-June lower than the last year’s 7.6 percent growth during the same quarter. Crops account for around 60 per cent of the agriculture sector in GVA, while the balance comes from forestry and fishing, among other things.GVA — which is GDP minus taxes, subsidies, cost of inputs and raw materials – is beginning to be recognised as a more realistic proxy to measure changes in the aggregate value of goods and services produced in the economy. It is a measure of total output and income in the economy.The slowdown in the economy has delivered a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is facing criticism for disrupting business activity through his shock cash squeeze last year under the rationale of eliminating black money from the economy, said a Reuters report on Thursday.Nevertheless, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had in a PTI report earlier in the day, reiterated that the note ban move would benefit the economy in the medium and long term even if it hits GDP in two or three quarters. Employees assemble switchgears inside a Schneider Electric Infrastructure Ltd. plant on the outskirts of Vadodara in this file photo. REUTERS/Amit DaveCash and demand crunch hit outputThe government’s move to denotify Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency denominations on the night of November 8, 2016 had wiped out nearly 86 percent of the currency in circulation overnight. It’s primary consequence was the creation of a cash crunch and curbing of consumer demand in a country where people are predominantly dependent on cash to carry out their daily transactions.Sandwiched between the government’s demonetisation programme and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), most experts had expected the GDP print to be at around six per cent.The government said that the slowdown could be a one-off affair, given the largescale inventory clearance before GST’s rollout, financial website Moneycontrol reported on Thursday.GDP figures had clocked a 6.1 per cent growth rate in the January-March period — its lowest pace of growth in the past nine quarters, mainly due to demonetisation.”The numbers seem to suggest that the slowdown from last the quarter has intensified due to the combination of long-term slowdown and temporary shock factors like demonetisation and GST,” said Abheek Barua, chief economist with HDFC, told Reuters.Barua said that HDFC would have to revise its GDP outlook numbers for the full year.Fiscal deficit at 92.4% of full-year target The economy has witnessed fiscal deficit of Rs 5.05 trillion (Rs 5.05 lakh crore) for the April-July period, or 92.4 percent of the budgeted target for the current fiscal year that ends in March 2018.The deficit was 73.7 percent of the full-year target during the same period a year ago, government data showed on Thursday, Reuters said in a report.Net tax receipts in the first four months of 2017-18 were Rs 2.58 trillion (Rs 2.58 lakh crore), government data showed on Thursday.India aims to trim the fiscal deficit to 3.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2017-18 compared with 3.5 percent in the previous year.last_img read more

Medical Examiner Anticipates It Could Release Larry Greens Cause Of Death Within

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @PolicyMapperThe Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences anticipates it could release the cause of death of Houston Councilman Larry Green sometime around the first week of April.The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences (HCIFS) anticipates it could release Larry Green’s cause of death within four weeks, according to the Institute’s Forensic Investigations and Emergency Management office.Dr. Jason Wiersema, director of the Forensic Investigations and Emergency Management office, detailed in an email that the autopsy of the deceased Houston Councilman, who was 52 years-old, was performed on March 7 and “the determination of Mr. Green’s cause and manner of death is pending ancillary analyses.” Those analyses, including toxicology testing, are ongoing and “after this testing is complete,” Dr. Wiersema noted in his email “HCIFS expects to have the information necessary to classify the cause and manner of death within a 4 week period.”A visitation and reception is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at Sugar Land Mortuary, located in the 1800 block of Eldridge Road, as reported by KHOU-CBS Channel 11, while Green’s funeral will take place at Brentwood Baptist Church located in the 13000 block of Landmark St. on Monday, March 12, starting at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

Will Virtual Marketplaces Disrupt Your Industry Next

first_img Alcohol distribution. Bevspot is changing how large commercial purchasers of wine and spirits receive their products with its easy-to-use marketplace boasting transparent pricing and a predictable supply. High-end strategy consulting. Marketing and design work is outsourced to professionals in virtual marketplaces (think 99designs). There’s no reason firms won’t outsource strategy consulting in the future. Office space. With the rising popularity of co-working spaces and remote work, there’s a growing market for flexible office space. WeWork and PivotDesk are carving out this space. Soon, you’ll book a workplace from your smartphone as easily as a hotel room. Appointment scheduling. StyleSeat is becoming the OpenTable for booking hair-styling appointments online based on availability, price and recommendations. Appointment marketplaces may spring up in other industries. July 18, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free Talent acquisition. For decades, headhunters and large consulting firms controlled the world’s best brains. America’s largest companies (including GE and Microsoft) are cutting out the middleman and using virtual marketplaces to gain access to talent. TaskRabbit and Handybook have created a market for commodity physical labor, while Behance, Guru and Fiverr host freelancers in creative industries. Personal transportation. Uber and Lyft have changed spontaneous personal transportation, and Bridj is generating mass transport routes based on supply and demand. Vacation rentals. The hospitality industry will never be completely transparent, but the market for vacation rentals, rooms and hostels has been disrupted by Airbnb, HomeAway and Hostelworld, which allow users to view options side by side, compare prices and read reviews. Ten years ago, hailing a taxi with your phone was unthinkable. Today, this service does not just exist — it’s thriving. Uber is a go-to for city dwellers, and it’s one of many virtual services redefining stagnant industries.Virtual marketplaces have changed the way people do business and created new opportunities for startups to overtake larger, well-established companies. Business leaders can’t afford to ignore these opportunities.Matching supply with demand is no easy task. But this changed in 1995, when eBay revolutionized the market for used goods. Seemingly overnight, people who’d been discarding unwanted items were selling them for serious cash, and various goods’ prices dropped because buyers had a viable alternative.Related: A Look at the Economy of the Future (Motiongraphic)Likewise, StubHub matched supply with demand for event tickets. A ticket resale market existed, but opaque pricing and bizarre regulations created massive margins for scalpers. StubHub changed the landscape with a single, easy-to-use connection between ticket sellers and buyers.Here are a few industries that have been reimagined with the advent of virtual marketplaces: Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now How leaders can create disruptive solutions. For a lot of industries, this is uncharted territory. The arrival of easy-to-use, low-cost virtual marketplaces threatens many companies as their fat margins, opaque pricing and sparse supply disappear.Related: On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Big-Name InvestorsFor leaders, the time to assert themselves in the space is now. Here’s how to get started:1. Offer customers something they need. When you create a service, center it on a single pain point your customers experience. What keywords do they search? Use Google AdWords to capture the people already looking for what your marketplace sells.2. Take offline experiences online. Find a way to take an inconvenient service (such as finding a web developer or dentist) online.3. Create an easy-to-use platform. A virtual marketplace needs to be convenient, but also easy to understand and user-friendly. That’s why people will return and recommend it to others.4. Offer choices. It’s not enough to offer one option. Your service must provide several high-quality options that can be filtered by preference.5. Provide helpful examples. Project ideas and case studies help people understand how your service can work for them.6. Enlist the help of influencers. Make thought leaders and celebrities your advocates. An influencer’s endorsement can be worth much more than an advertisement.Ready to brainstorm? Ask what your company offers, then consider how you can make it more convenient and seamless. Convenience is why virtual marketplaces exist and why they’ll grow exponentially in the next few years.Someday, people will rent physical assets, real estate and people’s time in mere seconds. Businesses will only employ individuals who are mission-critical — everyone else will sell their skills directly to the end user.The possibilities provide new opportunities for your company to connect with customers and offer something truly groundbreaking.Related: How to Disrupt an Industry in Three Steps This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 4 min read While no industry remains untouched, a few have been sluggish to transition to seamless, transparent virtual marketplaces:last_img read more