Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: The Dwarf-Tossing Ban

By: Gini Dietrich | October 7, 2011 | 
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It’s been a sad week, with the passing of Steve Jobs. The Apple store on Michigan Avenue is surrounded with candles and flowers. It’s a sad week for all of us who use Apple products…and even those of us who don’t (cough, Chris Barger, cough). But I also think we’ve reached saturation stories about him so I won’t say anything more. What I will tell you, [&hellip... Read More
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Creative Destruction and Overturning the Economy

By: Guest | October 6, 2011 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Rusty Speidel. As you may recall, Gini Dietrich wrote a post earlier in the month about how we might pull ourselves out of the economic doldrums by taking a more courageous and open stance regarding competition. She was reacting to the typical practice of most businesses to protect and hide their capabilities from the world for fear of “being discovered” [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Measuring PR Results On a Shoestring Budget

By: Gini Dietrich | October 6, 2011 | 
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It’s Facebook question of the week time (clap, clap, clap!). First, I just want to say how sad I am that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday. As a business owner, I know how you put your life and soul into what you’re building and, when he stepped down from Apple a little more than a month ago, I knew the end was near. I didn’t know [&hellip... Read More
Arment Dietrich

Five Ways to Make Your Content Multi-Task For You

By: Arment Dietrich | October 5, 2011 | 
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This post is written by Lisa Gerber. I’m fairly convinced men can’t multi-task, unless you are Jay Baer and you have a treadmill desk. But it’s important to think about your content strategy from a multi-use perspective. Remember the Nautilus workouts at the gym? Each exercise worked one muscle or one muscle group. It was the latest and greatest, and you had to do three sets of [&hellip... Read More
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The Lesson Brands Can Learn from Ragu

By: Gini Dietrich | October 5, 2011 | 
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I’ve been thinking a lot about Ragu and the “crisis” they created by tweeting their video to social dads in a very offensive, and spammy, way. Having read what C.C. Chapman (here, here, and here) and Adam Singer and Arik Hanson and Michael Schechter (on this very blog yesterday) wrote, I think everyone is missing the biggest lesson of all: Twitter is not a promotion and [&hellip... Read More
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Brand Bullying: A Tale of Ragu and Social Media

By: Guest | October 4, 2011 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Michael Schechter. Last week, C.C. Chapman blogged about the latest example of poor social media marketing – Ragu Hates Dads. The brand had reached out to him on Twitter with a campaign that admittedly is in pretty poor taste, and C.C. took to his blog to respond. It wasn’t the fact that he felt the need to call out their failure that [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Eight Tools for Social Media Listening

By: Gini Dietrich | October 4, 2011 | 
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There are five steps in social media we always recommend to new clients who are just beginning to branch out online. They are listen, assess, engage, measure, and refine/improve. The Art and Science of Listening While each step is important, the foundation to any online effort is listening. And it’s the one step you can do without any of the others. Before you begin, think about the historically [&hellip... Read More
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Hey Loehmanns! Tweet Me Right!

By: Guest | October 3, 2011 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Anne Weiskopf. A little more than a week ago, I wrote about the discount chain Loehmanns, sharing wonderful childhood memories of shopping with my mother. The intent was to let them know their direct marketing efforts (which I continue to receive) only serve to remind me, a long time loyal customer, that I can no longer take advantage of their [&hellip... Read More
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Five Tools to Prep You for 2012

By: Gini Dietrich | October 3, 2011 | 
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It’s been said the last quarter of the year is like a second New Year for businesses (unless, of course, your fiscal isn’t on a calendar year). What are you doing to take advantage of it? Whatever your plans, taking advantage of some of the newest technology can help you. Following are some examples of how five new technologies are being used…and how they can help [&hellip... Read More