Arment Dietrich

Top 10 Guest Blog Posts of the First Half of 2012

By: Arment Dietrich | July 11, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Lisa Gerber.  Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s time for the Spin Sucks Semi-Annual Top 10 Guest Blog posts. Our guest bloggers create about 30 percent of the content on the blog, and we love having you because we get to showcase some of the great talent within our community (cough, with a few exceptions, cough). So, much like Nordstrom does with [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Airtime Rivals Skype and Google Hangouts

By: Gini Dietrich | July 11, 2012 | 
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Well, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, both of Napster fame (and later Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network) are at it again. This time with a video chat service that is said to rival Skype and Google Hangouts. I’m not sure it’s better than either of those services, but it’s Justin Timberlake’s alter ego so we have to talk about it, right?!... Read More
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Was Samuel Adams America’s First PR Man?

By: Guest | July 10, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Mike Rieman. My seven-year-old son loves history. Selfishly, I would like to think he picked up this love from me. It’s not unusual for us to watch a documentary on the Civil War, WWII, or Abraham Lincoln together, but I digress. Recently, when offered the chance to attend numerous camps this summer, he jumped at the opportunity to attend the Atlanta [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Technology vs. Paper for Your Task List

By: Gini Dietrich | July 10, 2012 | 
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Yesterday afternoon, Allen Mireles and I were talking about our to-do lists. Not from the aspect of how busy we are, but in how we track everything so balls don’t get lost. You see, I love technology. I love Evernote and Instapaper and Dropbox and Google Reader and alerts in my calendar that tell me when it’s time to do something. I’m always the first one [&hellip... Read More
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The Problem With “Down and Dirty” Marketing

By: Guest | July 9, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Bob Reed.  I have to get something off my chest. I like strategy and process. I like developing communications roadmaps that take companies someplace and accomplish something. I’m not one of those “pull it out of no where” communicators. A strategy based on engaging in correct and extended tactics during a long period of time will pay off and yield [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Caught in the Busy Trap: Is it Making Us Less Productive?

By: Gini Dietrich | July 9, 2012 | 
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A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times had a great OpEd about how busy we are. The author, Tim Kreider, relayed a story about asking a friend to blow off work to check out the new American Wing at the Met and the friend said he was super busy, but to let him know if there was a special event or something and he’d try [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Kermit, Celebrating America, and Van Gogh

By: Gini Dietrich | July 6, 2012 | 
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Wow. For the first time in months, I don’t have a Gin and Topics draft blog post ready for my tweaks on Friday morning. I’d love to blame it on all of you, but I am dreadfully far behind in my Twitter DM stream and email. I know I have submissions from Deb Dobson and Mark Wohlschlegel. But Ifdy Perez! Where is your submission?! Are you [&hellip... Read More
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Miracle Max Presents 11 Things that Aren’t Quite Dead

By: Guest | July 5, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Margie Clayman. Have you ever watched The Princess Bride? If not, you really need to get on that. Go ahead. I’ll wait for you. Just kidding. Now for the rest of you, I’m sure you know and remember Miracle Max, the character played by Billy Crystal and a lot of make-up. Max is the one who tells Andre the Giant [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Travel Essentials for Speakers, Authors, and MarComm Pros

By: Gini Dietrich | July 5, 2012 | 
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Last week, Shonali Burke wrote a blog post called, “Travel Essentials for PR Pros…Or What’s in Your Wallet?” Because it’s the day after the Fourth and most Americans are probably wondering how they’re going to get through today without a nap, I thought I’d copy her and do the same. It’s a fun little exercise and won’t require a ton of thinking from you. But mine [&hellip... Read More