Arment Dietrich

Defining Client Service

By: Arment Dietrich | June 20, 2012 | 
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Business understanding. This should really be two points here, understanding the business goals and understanding the business. Understanding the business goals. I don’t understand how agencies put together plans without understanding what the business goals are. Not just in terms of sell more stuff (if that is the direction of the goal) but how many? By when? What does next year look like? Five years from now? Then making sure everything you do effects that bottom line. Understanding the business. It is also our job to know everything about the business and the industry. The products, the people, the competitors, the trade magazines, the events and shows, the lingo and jargon, the list goes on and on... Read More
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Four Steps to Create Your Personal Brand

By: Gini Dietrich | June 20, 2012 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailShares 380 The discussion around personal branding seems to be one that happens a lot. It used to be we’d get jobs, we’d grow our careers, maybe we’d work for two or three companies, then we’d retire. Now we have to worry about our personal brands, just in case we decide to get a new job or start a business or, [&hellip... Read More
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Wal-Mart Case: Don’t Overlook the Institutional Ethics

By: Guest | June 19, 2012 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailShares 87Today’s guest post is written by  John-Henry Doucette.  Yesterday Gini Dietrich blogged about the latest Wal-Mart PR debacle, but the subject isn’t quite finished. The quick recap: Wal-Mart, PR firm Mercury Public Affairs, and its former employee Stephanie Harnett are facing a maelstrom of ethical issues after Harnett pretended to be a reporter. Both Wal-Mart and Mercury denied any knowledge of Harnett’s undercover [&hellip... Read More
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Responding (Or Not) to Blog Comments

By: Gini Dietrich | June 19, 2012 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailShares 328Earlier this year, I traveled to Norway to share a stage with Mitch Joel, Valeria Maltoni, Chris Brogan, and Maggie Fox. During our stay there, we ended up having a conversation about blog comments and replying to them. In fact, it’s a conversation Mitch and I have nearly every time we talk. You see, he writes to write. It’s like [&hellip... Read More
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Afraid To Succeed? Sufferers Unite

By: Guest | June 18, 2012 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailShares 100Today’s guest post is written by Pamela Wright. “Maybe you should call Bill. He has more experience with this than I do.” “I can give you the name of a person who can do this for you. He’s a lot more expensive than I am, but he is worth it.” “I learned everything I know from her. I’m sure she [&hellip... Read More
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Wal-Mart in Hot Water: Honesty and Transparency an Issue

By: Gini Dietrich | June 18, 2012 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailShares 277You know how we talk about transparency on the web? As in, if you’re working with a client and you promote their products or services, you need to disclose it? Or, if you’re doing the same on behalf of the company you work for, you’d better be darn sure it’s indicated that you work there? In fact, according to the [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Commencement Speeches and an Ultra-Talented Kid

By: Gini Dietrich | June 15, 2012 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailShares 82Happy Friday everyone! Summer has definitely arrived for most of the country (except for Lisa Gerber, who got snow this week), which means summer hours at Arment Dietrich! That’s right. If you make up four hours during the week and you work here, you can leave at 1:00 on Fridays. Hold on, hold on. Don’t send your resumes at once. [&hellip... Read More
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Six Steps to a Super Sizzle Reel

By: Guest | June 14, 2012 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailShares 95 Today’s guest post is written by John Fitzgerald. A sizzle reel is a short promotional video. It can be used to promote  just about anything and can include virtually any type of media – video, print, websites, photos, and radio sound bites. Typically a sizzle reel is something the ad agency does when submitting for an award or pitching [&hellip... Read More
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How to Pitch a Story Like a Pro and Get Results Every Time

By: Gini Dietrich | June 14, 2012 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailShares 383Dear PR Pros, Why must we continue to have this conversation? Is it because you’re too busy “pitching” to read anything about your industry? Perhaps you don’t read blogs, in general? Are you so busy following up with the 10,000 spam emails you send to journalists that you just don’t have time to actually learn how much more effective pitching would [&hellip... Read More
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