Gini Dietrich

Lowe’s Caves to Pressure without Strategy

By: Gini Dietrich | December 21, 2011 | 
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Have you heard about Lowe’s pulling their advertising from the TLC program, “All-American Muslim?” The story goes like this: Lowe’s was advertising on The Learning Channel. As part of their media buy, their ads aired during the new reality show. A conservative group, The Florida Family Association, complained. According to the Associated Press, the group called the show: Propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present [&hellip... Read More
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Six Skills Every PR Pro Needs

By: Gini Dietrich | December 20, 2011 | 
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If you missed it a few weeks ago, the New York Times wrote a piece about redefining public relations. You see, the last time PR was defined was in 1982. Yes, 30 years ago. And, in the last five years, our industry has completely been turned on its head. All of the journalists we spent our entire careers building relationships with were suddenly unemployed. Companies began to [&hellip... Read More
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The Spin Sucks Holiday Gift Guide

By: Gini Dietrich | December 19, 2011 | 
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There are some of us who wait until Christmas Eve to shop (cough, Martin Waxman, cough). Of course, I have no room to talk this year. I’ve been traveling and speaking so much that I still have most of my side of the family to get. Hope my mom doesn’t mind taking me shopping later this week! For people like Martin and myself, I asked my [&hellip... Read More
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Five Ways to Be Productive While Unemployed

By: Arment Dietrich | December 7, 2011 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Molli Megasko.  Did you know 9.2 percent of 25- to 34 year-olds are unemployed in America? I’m not an expert at being out of a job. In fact, I don’t know what it’s like, and I’m definitely not sitting here saying it’s easy by any means. What I do know is how to look attractive while being unemployed. Besides the [&hellip... Read More
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The New Yorker Breaks Embargo and Violates Ethics

By: Gini Dietrich | December 6, 2011 | 
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I love The New Yorker. It’s one of maybe five magazines I still subscribe to the print edition. I love when it arrives because it means a good two hours of solitude while I absorb every article in the month’s edition. But I’m mad at them right now. They ran a movie review of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” a week before the embargo date. First [&hellip... Read More
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Providing PR Counsel to Penn State

By: Gini Dietrich | November 30, 2011 | 
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I’m thinking Spin Sucks should do a moron award…with a badge and everything (maybe Erin Feldman will create one??). Last week we had Coghlan Consulting Group. This week we had Governor Brownback and Mayor Winder. I learned about a PR guy in Arizona who tweeted about “midgets” and “special ed” persons…all while working with the Special Olympics. Then I received an email last night of, what [&hellip... Read More
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Content Strategist vs. Content Analyst

By: Guest | November 29, 2011 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Tim Otis. It’s no secret we’re overwhelmed with content. But where is all the good content? How do you define it? And most importantly, how do you ensure you’re not consuming content that turns out to be a total waste of your time? Stories come and go. And they become the inspiration for other stories strewn about people’s social feeds [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Politicians Trying to Control What Is Said Online

By: Gini Dietrich | November 29, 2011 | 
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Let’s talk politics today, shall we? OK, not really politics, but the politicians who don’t know how to use the web appropriately. In one corner we have Mike Winder, West Valley City (Utah) Mayor, who was using a false identity to write news stories that were published in at least three different publications. In the other corner we have Sam Brownback, the Kansas governor, who demanded [&hellip... Read More
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Coghlan Consulting Group Run By Morons

By: Gini Dietrich | November 22, 2011 | 
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Oh this is good! You’re going to love this one. A nice little PR train wreck on the Tuesday of your short week. You may have read a couple of months ago about the Coghlan Consulting Group and their practice of setting up fake news sites on behalf of its clients. Yes, they created fake news sites in order to make it look like their clients [&hellip... Read More
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Taking the French Out of Your Content

By: Gini Dietrich | November 21, 2011 | 
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Earlier this month, I conducted a workshop for a small group of business leaders. It’s one of my most favorite things to do because the groups are typically 20-25 people so we can really dig into their business strategies, look at their web properties, and diagnose a few things that can be changed quickly for immediate success. During this particular session, I put a slide up [&hellip... Read More