Arment Dietrich

There Is Nothing to Fear In Fear Itself

By: Arment Dietrich | February 23, 2011 | 
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See that picture? That’s me. Crying with joy, because I just rappelled down a 40-foot icefall halfway into a day-long cross-country ski tour. I signed on for that little adventure knowing full well what I was getting into. And I was scared to death until I got past it and was able to relax the rest of the afternoon. Some of us love to scare ourselves, [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Being More Productive Every Day

By: Gini Dietrich | February 23, 2011 | 
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My friend Sarah Robinson has this cool thing going on over at her blog, Escaping Mediocrity, this month. It’s 28 days of getting your shit together and highlights guest bloggers each day who have new and interesting ways for you to, well, get your shit together. I blogged on day three, which was at the beginning of the month. This is what I had to say. [&hellip... Read More
Guest

Being a PR Pro In Bulgaria

By: Guest | February 22, 2011 | 
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Petya N. Georgieva is a PR specialist and a blogger who lives and works in Bulgaria. We asked her to blog for us today because we are going to begin exploring the similarities and differences of the communication industry in different countries. Thanks, Petya, for being the first from Bulgaria! As I am the first Bulgarian PR pro to guest blog at Spin Sucks, I am [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Klout Needs to Target and Segment for It to Work

By: Gini Dietrich | February 22, 2011 | 
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I didn’t really want to add to the conversation about Klout. Shonali Burke did a nice analysis, Mark Schaefer created quite the conversation, Trey Pennington discussed why it’s necessary, and even the Wall Street Journal is on board. I didn’t feel like I had anything new to add. But then. I received an email from Klout asking if I am interested in learning more about some new [&hellip... Read More
Guest

Social Media’s Reality Distortion Field

By: Guest | February 21, 2011 | 
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Jay Pinkert is a principal with Shatterbox, a marketing and communications consultancy that helps professional firms distinguish their brand and win clients through content-driven programs and niche development. The discussion thread on last month’s “Why Brogan’s Bigger Ear Marketing Is Wrong” Spin Sucks post got me wondering whether the social media industry operates within a self-generated reality distortion field. As Gini wrote in that post, Brogan “extols [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Personas Created to Attack and Smear

By: Gini Dietrich | February 21, 2011 | 
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I woke up on Saturday morning to a tag on Facebook with an article from The Daily Kos. The article, which has leaked information about a program from HBGary, describes astroturfing, bad publicity, and downright unethical public relations all bundled in one. You know that gets me going! The story. HBGary is a defense contractor that works with the government (think Department of Defense and CIA) [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: The Universe Is Upside Down

By: Gini Dietrich | February 18, 2011 | 
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I swear the universe is upside down this week. And, as I was telling Joey Strawn, that’s not a good thing! Never mind the completely psychotic week I’ve had, there have been some crazy happenings. First, major filings for bankruptcies – Borders, Giordano’s, and the restaurant that used to bear Walter Payton’s name. Then the Red Cross had a stray tweet (that was handled extraordinarily well). [&hellip... Read More
Guest

Three Paradigm Shifts to Get More from Your Facebook Fan Page

By: Guest | February 17, 2011 | 
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Nate Riggs works with mid-sized & large organizations to help them adopt and use social media communication tools, and build social media offerings designed to serve their clients. All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.” – Pink Floyd The boys from London have always been one of my favorite bands, and on a few different levels, it seems appropriate to start this post [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

The Entrepreneur Equation: A Review of Carol Roth’s Book

By: Gini Dietrich | February 17, 2011 | 
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I met Carol Roth last year and immediately loved her. She’s smart, fiercely independent, and tells it like it is. What you see is what you get with Carol and it makes her even more lovable. As a friend, she’ll tell you if you have spinach in your teeth or a booger hanging from your nose, but she’ll also tell it to you as a would-be [&hellip... Read More