Gini Dietrich

Eight Practices for Developing a PR Hybrid Professional

By: Gini Dietrich | February 21, 2012 | 
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We’re trying something new with the Spin Sucks Pro webinars. We’re recording ahead of time so, while you’re watching the video, the expert is available to answer questions, via chat, during the full hour. We think this will drive more engagement and learning because, as an attendee, you’ll be fully focused as your questions are answered immediately. Because of this new practice, I get to see [&hellip... Read More
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A Break from Social Media Is Killing Carnival Cruise Lines

By: Gini Dietrich | February 16, 2012 | 
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I’ve been watching, with great interest, how Carnival Cruise Lines has handled themselves during the past few weeks surrounding a crisis of tantamount proportions. You may recall their sister company, Costa Concordia, is the ship that wrecked off the shores of Italy, killing 32 people and injuring more than 30. Beyond the human tragedy, the company has found itself in a social media crisis, brought on by – [&hellip... Read More
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PRSA Response to PR Definition Criticism

By: Guest | February 15, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by David C. Rickey, chair of the PRSA PR Defined Task Force, in response to Redefining Public Relations by Gini Dietrich. The discussion and debate around the Public Relations Society of America collaborative “Public Relations Defined” initiative, in which PRSA and 12 allied professional organizations have given public relations and other communications professionals a platform to shape a modern definition of public [&hellip... Read More
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Redefining Public Relations

By: Gini Dietrich | February 13, 2012 | 
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Right before the holidays, PRSA embarked on a new initiative: Redefining public relations. An admirable undertaking and one that surely was not to please everyone, they made an impressive decision to have the definition crowdsourced. There were, of course, some flaws in how you could submit your definition. In an effort, I would guess, to make everything uniform and make it easier for them to get [&hellip... Read More
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Five Skills You Need You Won’t Learn In PR Class

By: Gini Dietrich | February 9, 2012 | 
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In our quest to continue experimenting and mix things up a bit, we are going to continue Facebook question of the week (clap, clap, clap), but we are not going to devote a blog post to it. Instead, it will air every Thursday and you can find it in the sidebar of the blog, on YouTube, on Facebook, on Google+, on Pinterest, and on the Arment [&hellip... Read More
Arment Dietrich

Seven Steps to Better Media Relations

By: Arment Dietrich | February 8, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Lisa Gerber. It’s been awhile, but recently, I’ve been reacquainted with a long lost love. Yes, media relations. That long lost love? Media relations. As the chief content officer for Spin Sucks and Spin Sucks Pro, I have been mostly on the receiving end of pitches, not on the pitching side. It’s been very entertaining to say the least. This [&hellip... Read More
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The Difference Between PR and Advertising

By: Gini Dietrich | February 8, 2012 | 
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A couple of weeks ago, Steve Cody wrote “You Don’t Know Jack About Public Relations” in his Inc. column. I know Steve. He and I both are cyclists and favor shipping our bikes to Counselors Academy every year so we can ride with a small group of friends. I like him. A lot. I respect the heck out of him for the agency he’s built in [&hellip... Read More
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Komen Provides Excellent Crisis Management Case Study

By: Gini Dietrich | February 6, 2012 | 
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So Susan G. Komen caved to pressure and reversed the decision to not fund Planned Parenthood. Fantastic! Or is it? Did they cave because of the outcry, both online and off? Or did they cave because they were caught not applying their “we don’t fund organizations under investigation” rule across the board (Penn State receives funding and Bank of America is a major sponsor – both under investigation)? [&hellip... Read More
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Komen In PR Mess Because of Planned Parenthood Decision

By: Gini Dietrich | February 2, 2012 | 
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I was thinking I wasn’t going to jump on the bandwagon and talk about this, but it’s so disgusting to me, it has to be said. What the heck is wrong with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure? On one side is the charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which says it has raised $1.9 billion worldwide for breast cancer since it was created [&hellip... Read More
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FTC Guidelines and Disclosure for PR Agencies

By: Arment Dietrich | January 25, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Lisa Gerber. In the past few weeks, I’ve been asked on more than one occasion why we add “(client)” to the end of certain tweets. In 2009, when the FTC revised their guidelines for online endorsements and testimonials, there was a lot of discussion on how this affected PR agencies and brands when working with bloggers. Not a lot of [&hellip... Read More