How Yahoo! Contributor Academy Built Free Educational Courses

By: Guest | September 17, 2012 | 
Today’s guest post is by Jelena Woehr Say you’re a teacher developing next semester’s lesson plans, when the principal walks in. “I’ve made some changes,” he says. “Instead of giving you a student roster, I won’t be telling you anything about your students—not even their grade level—until they’ve completed your teacher evaluation form. Oh, and, by the way, you have 10 seconds to catch and keep ... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Crazy Football Fans and Awkward Pregnancy Photos

By: Gini Dietrich | September 14, 2012 | 
I believe fall has arrived! Which I would be totally excited about, but it also means football season and my Bears had a rough game last night. What makes things worse is they lost to the Packers. It’s one thing to lose a game. It’s an entirely different thing to lose to the cheeseheads. But alas! Next week is a new week and you’ll find me ... Read More

How to Get Results with Facebook Ads

By: Guest | September 13, 2012 | 
Today’s guest post is written by Jennifer MacDonald. It seems one can hardly market their business on Facebook without paying for something. Yes, a business page is free, but because only 16 percent of your followers see your posts, turning them into a sponsored post ad is an excellent way to get better visibility and gain more followers. Facebook sponsored post ads can generate real results ... Read More
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Women Rule the Social Web and Your Sales

By: Gini Dietrich | September 13, 2012 | 
There is an older blog post (from January 2010) that keeps making the rounds via the web. “A Rant About Women” by Clay Shirky is based on the premise that women are not self-promotional, which holds us back. He quotes a magazine editor who tells a friend of his that men promote themselves all the time, but women wait for people to take notice. He goes on to ... Read More
Yvette Pistorio

How to Make Social Media Less of a Time Suck

By: Yvette Pistorio | September 12, 2012 | 
Today’s guest post is written by Yvette Pistorio.  Because of the fast pace of social media, we are constantly bombarded with distractions from one social network or another. You have to participate and engage consistently, Facebook seems to change something on a weekly basis, Google has all of these animal-named announcements, new social networks pop up all the time…it’s exhausting to keep up with everything! I ... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Six Things You Can Learn about Blogger Relations from Apple

By: Gini Dietrich | September 12, 2012 | 
Today is the day! The highly anticipated release of the iPhone 5. It’ll be interesting to see if any of the rumors are true, including the one that says none of your accessories will  work with the new phone because they’ve changed the connectors. But the big “secret” event is today and bloggers, far and wide, have been invited to attend. Is it going to be ... Read More

Social Media Isn’t Rocket Science; It’s Social

By: Guest | September 11, 2012 | 
Today’s guest post is written by Leslie McLellan.  It seems to happen every time you talk to small business people about social media, doesn’t it? Eyes gloss over, hands start to flutter, attention wanes. You hear “I know it’s important, but it’s so complicated.” Since when is being social complicated? Social media is another form of simple conversation and if you’re in small business, you have to ... Read More
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Four Ways to Break the Overservice Habit

By: Gini Dietrich | September 11, 2012 | 
Today is the 11 year anniversary of 9/11 and the six year anniversary of Spin Sucks. I’m not sure why we launched a new blog on the anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies our country has ever seen. Perhaps it was our way of healing; letting life go on. There will be plenty of tributes and memorials written and produced today so we’re going to ... Read More

Storytelling Learned from Ann Romney

By: Guest | September 10, 2012 | 
Today’s guest post is written by Barbara Sawyers.  I’m a Canadian and have no vested interest in the Republican National Convention. But as a speechwriter and storyteller, I watched. And I learned a lot by listening to the personal stories told from the podium. Storytelling is a smart tactic to win the hearts of audiences, and therefore, their votes. The strategy during the Convention was to ... Read More