Daily case reports are rising in 48 states, and with little action from the Trump administration, governors and mayors across the country are taking new steps to try to halt the spread. On Monday, a sweeping stay-at-home advisory went into effect in Chicago, and Philadelphia announced strict new rules starting Friday, banning indoor gatherings and closing indoor dining at restaurants.In California, which had been credited with getting the virus under control for a time, Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said the state’s daily case numbers had doubled in the last 10 days, the fastest increase the state had seen since the beginning of the pandemic. The state reached one million known cases on Nov. 12, and the next day issued travel advisories. California’s governor announced Monday that the state is “pulling the emergency brake” on its reopening and reinstating broad restrictions, while Iowa’s governor reversed course and announced a mask mandate.The announcements came as the United States reported its 11 millionth confirmed case on Sunday, with one million new cases over the past week alone. The country is averaging 150,000 new cases a day and will probably reach 250,000 total deaths sometime this week.- Advertisement –
CYO Basketball Tourney Semi-Final ScoresSunday (2-11)St. Louis-1 63 Holy Family 40All Saints 64 St. Michael’s 61Championship-Sunday, February 18St. Louis-Batesville at 1 PMBatesville vs. All SaintsSt. Louis-1 advanced to the championship game of the Batesville Deanery tournament with 63-40 win over Holy Family.St. Louis would jump out to early 9 point lead after 1 period. We weren’t playing our best to start the game but were able to get the lead. St. Louis would stretch its lead to 16 at half. We were missing 2 players and had 2 other players that weren’t completely back to full health, so to be you 16 and not playing are best, I was pleased.In the 2nd half St. Louis would see its lead continue to grow and would gone on to win easily. Even though we would maintained a large lead, I never really felt we were in complete control game. We were glad to get the win, but we are going to have to play a lot better if we want to win the deanery tournament.These kids have played hard all year to get to the championship game and now we are one win away from winning it.STL Scoring. Kyle Siefert 21, Lane Oesterling 16, Alex Westerfeld 7, Nathan Eckstein 7, Sam Bedel 4, Evan Straber 3, Sam Giesting 3, Mitchell Ertel 2.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Richards, 30, was 45-38 with a 3.54 ERA with the Angels, who had been his only team since they took him in the 2009 draft. He was the Opening Day starter in 2016 and 2018.Injuries began to derail his career when he tore ligaments in his knee late in 2014, which was his breakout season. He then missed most of 2016 season after damaging his ulnar collateral ligament. He avoided Tommy John surgery by using stem-cell therapy, beginning 2017 healthy. He then missed much of that season with a biceps nerve injury. In 2018, he re-injured his elbow and opted for surgery.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter After missing most of the past three seasons with a variety of injuries, Garrett Richards is going to continue his career – in 2020 – with the Padres.The Angels made a serious bid, including at least two concrete offers, but came up short in the bidding, according to a source.The Padres reportedly guaranteed Richards $15 million over two years, even though he won’t be able to pitch next season, as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Richards released a statement on Thursday night about his decision: “The emotions I’m feeling are bittersweet. While we’re excited to start a new chapter as a Padre, it’s not easy to say goodbye to the only team I’ve known.” Although Richards won’t be able to pitch in 2019, it is not unusual for teams to sign players to multiyear deals at a reduced rate to have them when they are ready to return.The Tampa Bay Rays signed Nathan Eovaldi to a two-year, $4 million deal prior to the 2017 season, and he didn’t pitch until May 2018.Richards’ deal is worth much more, indicating the competition for his services. Besides the Angels, the Dodgers also pursued him, according to a source. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield
The hardest part of startups is making choices. Not decisions but choices. A choice is a decision between alternatives, whereby deciding to do one thing you are also deciding not to do another. Pricing strategy selection is a choice. Or at least it should be.Compared to the other work you need to do on pricing, however, choosing a pricing strategy is actually pretty easy.Understanding your value proposition? That is hard and needs a lot of insight and empathy.Figuring out your value metric and finding a pricing metric that tracks value? That requires creativity and willingness to try new things.Designing your pricing architecture and pricing optimization? That’s technical work that needs a lot of experience.But choosing a pricing strategy? That is actually pretty simple. The hard thing is the discipline to stick to your choice.What Are The 3 Pricing Strategies?The three pricing strategies are penetrating, skimming, and following.Penetrate: Setting a low price, leaving most of the value in the hands of your customers, shutting off margin from your competitors.Skim: Initially setting a relatively high price to reinforce your value and capture the profit you need to invest in more innovation.Follow: Setting price based on your largest competitor or a dominant input so that you track changing market conditions.More on the Follow StrategyThe Follow strategy needs a bit more explanation. This used to mean finding a dominant competitor and setting prices at a premium or discount to their price (in practice usually the latter).Recently, more sophisticated Market Following Pricing strategies have started to appear. In some industries there is a dominant input that has a big impact on value propositions. The price of oil is one example. As the price of oil goes down, the value of energy-saving technologies can also decline.In others it is the interest rate — pricing strategies for solutions for financial services companies are very dependent on interest rates. The price that makes sense in a low interest rate environment can be very different from what works in a high interest rate environment.For companies that serve heavy industry, one could even price based on utilization ratios. When utilization ratios are low you would price based on how much you decrease input or process costs. But when utilization rates are high, you price based on how much you increase the capacity of existing facilities, thereby helping companies avoid or defer capital investments.Pricing Strategies for StartupsFor start-ups there are some simple rules to decide which pricing strategy to follow:Adopt a penetration pricing strategy when market share (first mover advantage) is the most important thing about your market. Keep in mind you will need to raise a lot of money to win.Adopt a skim strategy when you have a compelling value differentiation and have identified a well-defined and relatively small market entry segment.Adopt a market following strategy when there is a dominant incumbent that you are going to be compared to, or if there is some input that determines the value of your offer.Constraints on Pricing StrategyYour price makes a statement about your brand. You cannot claim a premium brand and pursue a penetration pricing strategy. And a discount brand cannot pursue a skimming strategy.Market Following strategies are the most difficult to execute. You have to be in close touch with the market, be able to change prices quickly, and be able to communicate the logic of the price change, and why the price change is in the customer’s interest. That’s not easy. Only adopt a Market Following strategy if there is so much volatility in the market that any other strategy would rapidly leave you with pricing that did not make sense.You can only have one pricing strategy per segment. Even if you have multiple segments you can probably only afford to have one strategy. Your pricing strategy cascades into your marketing communication strategy and your sales execution. Change it drastically or too often and you will confuse your customers and your team.The Evolution of Your Pricing StrategyPricing strategy can change as you move across Geoffrey Moore’s technology adoption cycle (see B2B Pricing Black Magic). As you move from Early Adopters to Bowling Alley to Tornado you may want to change your pricing strategy at each phase.Image courtesy of the General Physics Corporation and Chasm InstituteNormally, companies have a Penetration strategy while targeting Early Adopters and in the Bowling Alley, move to Skim for the Tornado, and then slip into Market Following for Late Majority Markets. That’s fine. But each change needs to be a conscious choice and needs careful planning.Pricing Strategy ChecklistClick to download this free Pricing Strategy Checklist PDFI have a focused target segment and am setting a pricing strategy specifically for that segmentI understand what factors determine profit and loss in my target segmentI understand the pricing metrics used by the alternatives (competitors or other options customers have)I have chosen a pricing metric that tracks value for the segment I am targetingI have checked to see if my pricing metrics are obsolete and no longer track valueI know what my brand represents (a premium brand, a discount brand, a customer service brand, an innovation brand, etc.) and my pricing strategy aligns with my brand promiseI have a Penetration, Skim, or Market Following strategy and have communicated this clearly to everyone in the companyAdditional Resources from Steven ForthYou Can’t Price Software Without Focus Picking a number is actually the last step in a successful pricing process. Steven breaks down what you need to do first. Read more.The Secret to Boosting Your Software Pricing Power Steven explores the surprisingly powerful role emotion plays in setting the right price for your software. Read more.B2B Pricing Black Magic: Appealing to Economic AND Emotional Needs Steven explains how to achieve a potent, irresistible B2B pricing formula by aligning economic and emotional value along the technology adoption lifecycle. Read more.How to Disrupt Your Market with an Innovative Pricing Model Going up against an established competitor? A disruptive pricing model can be one of the most effective tools you use to differentiate yourself. Read more.Photo by: Ranger56112AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis9