Gini Dietrich

RIP Google Reader: There are Other Options for You

By: Gini Dietrich | March 14, 2013 | 
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Nooooooo! Google Reader is leaving us! Mr. D is all upset they’re sunsetting iGoogle and now I join his sadness after learning last night they’re going to do away with Reader on July 1. Reader is the web-based program that allows you to subscribe to great blogs (like Spin Sucks!) without having them all come into your inbox. It grew out of the Google acquisition of [&hellip
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Arment Dietrich

Have Skills Gaps Become the New Normal?

By: Arment Dietrich | March 13, 2013 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Allen Mireles. Google the phrase “skills  gaps” and you come up with enough reading material to keep you busy for hours. And it’s not all happy news. Industries ranging from manufacturing and construction to IT and technology are expressing grave concerns about their abilities to find talent with the required skills to fill available jobs. According to a report published by [&hellip
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Gini Dietrich

How Communicators Should Work with Difficult Executives

By: Gini Dietrich | March 13, 2013 | 
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The other day we were talking about Elon Musk in the comments here and Brad Marley asked, “How do we deal with difficult executives?” This is hard for me because I am an executive so I have an advantage many don’t: Other business leaders see me as a peer, which gives me some leeway in counseling them to do something new, different, and scary. That said, [&hellip
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The Anatomy of an Apology

By: Guest | March 12, 2013 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Deirdre Breakenridge. The words “I’m sorry” can be very powerful and carry great meaning. However, if you don’t have three important elements in your apology, your words may sound hollow. They might also tarnish your reputation, and, quite possibly, end a valuable relationship. Just stating, “I apologize” or “I’m sorry” is not enough today. Being in PR, we are not strangers [&hellip
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Gini Dietrich

Seven Ways to Convert Your Superfans into Customers

By: Gini Dietrich | March 12, 2013 | 
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I’ve been thinking a lot about this blogging thing lately and whether or not we’re converting our superfans to clients or referral partners. You see, the big, big vision of Spin Sucks is to change the perception of the PR industry. It may not happen in my lifetime, but I want it to be my legacy. It’s somewhat selfish because I’m tired of having prospects call [&hellip
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Social Media AKA the Trust Network

By: Guest | March 11, 2013 | 
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Today’s guest post is by Julia Rosien. Being on Twitter is a little like knocking on the gates to the Emerald City. Oh, the wondrous opportunities waiting on the other side. But it comes with a price. Opening an account and tweeting is an invitation to the world that you’re available. You’re here to talk, get to know people, do business – whatever it is you want to [&hellip
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Gini Dietrich

The Risk of Earned Media without a Communications Professional

By: Gini Dietrich | March 11, 2013 | 
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Elon Musk is a very smart man. After all, he co-founded PayPal and then took that money and founded SpaceX (a company designed to get man on Mars, where he wants to die) and co-founded Tesla Motors (a company designed to make really fast, really awesome, really beautiful, really expensive electric cars). He’s enjoyed a pretty admirable reputation. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold. [&hellip
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Gini Dietrich

The Three Things, Edition 23

By: Gini Dietrich | March 10, 2013 | 
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Welcome to 23rd edition of The Three Things, the weekly update of three links, podcasts, videos, or books you can’t miss from Michael Schechter (Honora, A Better Mess), Howie Goldfarb (Sky Pulse Media, Web Choice Consulting), and me! For those of you new to this series, The Three Things arrives in your inbox on Sunday mornings (unless you don’t suscribe, but that can easily be fixed if you hurry over and enter [&hellip
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Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Cuppa Cheese! Cuppa Cheese!

By: Gini Dietrich | March 8, 2013 | 
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It’s SxSW weekend, which means the entire social media world is in Austin to learn, drink, party, and drink some more. I’m kind of glad I broke my foot and can’t go. If I were in Austin, I’d want to be riding my bike so I’d be skipping great sessions and then would have wasted my money in buying a ticket. But for those of you [&hellip
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