Gini Dietrich

Begin to Move Out of Your Comfort Zone

By: Gini Dietrich | July 12, 2010 | 
I rode my first ever time trials yesterday morning…a scary and nerve-wrecking experience. It was 50K (just a bit more than 31 miles) and it was two loops in the corn and soybean fields. The sun was fierce, the blacktop was radiating heat up, the wind was blowing right into our faces in at least two directions, it was hilly, and I had no idea what to [&hellip... Read More
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Why Social Media Isn’t Dying

By: Gini Dietrich | July 8, 2010 | 
Guest post by Jelena Woehr, community coordinator for Associated Content by Yahoo! What Would Juvenal Tweet? Last week, Patrick Reyes asked “Is Social Media Dying?” Although Patrick’s post was insightful, I must disagree with its premise. In order to ask whether or not social media is dying, one must agree that social media was born, that social media currently lives, and that social media can die... Read More
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The Predictable Success Contest

By: Gini Dietrich | July 8, 2010 | 
Did I mention we’re going to have more contests and giveaways? I think I did! It will come as no surprise, to those of you who read Spin Sucks daily, that I am a big fan of Les McKeown and that I love his book, Predictable Success. He has been kind enough to donate 10 books to us to giveaway to you! So we bring you…The [&hellip... Read More
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Managing An Online Community

By: Arment Dietrich | July 7, 2010 | 
Well, I’m three weeks into my job here as community manager of Spin Sucks. It’s an exciting position that brings new interactions with different people every day. It’s so much fun playing in the sandbox with you all that it doesn’t feel like a job at all! As I continue to wrap my head around what exactly it means to “manage” an online community and what/who [&hellip... Read More
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Spin Sucks Relaunches!

By: Gini Dietrich | July 7, 2010 | 
A few of you have been dying for today to arrive (cough, Courtney Dial and Valerie Simon, cough) and it’s finally here! Spin Sucks relaunches with a new design, look, and feel! But that’s not all…check out what’s to come! As a recap, what you can expect to see every day: * More content under communication, advertising, marketing, social media, SEO, and business growth * Guest [&hellip... Read More

Blog List Posts: Popularity Contests or Effective Community-Building Tools?

By: Guest | July 6, 2010 | 
Guest post by Arik Hanson, APR, the principal of ACH Communications If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know it recently won Blog of the Year in annual PR Readers’ Choice Awards. Quite an honor, right? An award solely based on votes and nominations from your blogging peers. Well, not everyone sees it that way. Some see lists like this as popularity contests – [&hellip... Read More
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Who Are We to Judge?

By: Gini Dietrich | July 6, 2010 | 
During our Independence Day festivities, I had a conversation with four-year-old Ellie, the daughter of a family friend. It went like this… Gini: Ellie, what do you want to be when you grow up? Ellie: I’m not sure yet. I don’t have to decide until my birthday. Gini: You don’t have to decide until your birthday? When is your birthday? Ellie: November. I will be five. [&hellip... Read More
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Successful PR Pitches: Don’t Be a Goofus

By: Gini Dietrich | July 1, 2010 | 
Guest blog by Paige Worthy, a magazine editor for three horticultural trade publications Remember Highlights magazine? It was in every single doctor’s office when I was kid. There was a black-and-white cartoon in each issue called “Goofus and Gallant” that was about two very different little boys. Goofus was bad: He pulled on puppies’ tails and played pranks. Gallant was great: He spent his free time [&hellip... Read More