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Gin and Topics: Kevin Bacon and Men In Heels

By: Gini Dietrich | October 21, 2011 | 
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While I was in Florida this week, winter arrived in Chicago. In October. Global warming, my butt. It gets earlier and earlier every year…and stays later and later.

It’s all good, though. I love the colder temperatures. It means hats, scarves, sweaters, and boots.

It also means riding my bike on the trainer so if anyone has any good tips for keeping me from getting bored out of my mind for two hours while I ride in one place, I’m all ears!

You might notice the new photo on today’s post. My dear friend Annie Weiskopf asked if we could have a different gin this week and I told her if she created it, I would show it. And she did! With the help of her son, Jacob.

Thanks to Anne, we have Hendricks and topics today.

5. A Tall Tale, But True: Men In Heels. I don’t know what’s going on in the shoe industry right now, but they are all the rage. First, men are wearing heels to parties in order to “see over the cattle.” Yes, men in heels. I’m not sure why men would want to wear heels. They’re not super comfortable. And it makes a 6’2″ guy really tall. Add to that, Christian Louboutin describes why his shoes are so popular with us girls. You have to read it to believe it. All the rage. (Thanks to Deb Dobson and Jamie Sandford for their part in this topic.)

4. Moms Continue Flocking to Facebook. If you do any work with moms as a target audience, pay close attention to this study. It shows two-thirds of the nation’s moms are on Facebook. Two. Thirds.

3. Essential Apps for Start-Ups. I’d say these are essential apps for anyone. The other day, ChicagoCabbie (yes, you can tweet him and he’ll pick you up) took my credit card via Square attached to his iPad. So. Freaking. Cool. If you take credit cards, this is a great way to do it. And it emailed me my receipt so I didn’t have to worry about trying to find it at the bottom of my purse when I got home.

2. How to Grow Your Subscriber Lists. It might be because a client has asked us for new ways to grow his readership, but I thought this article was really interesting. It works for email marketing, blogging, or web traffic, in general.

1. Kevin Bacon on Footloose Anniversary. I went to a lot of effort to get you this video so you’d better watch it. It’s priceless. And please, let’s discuss the dance moves at the end. If you can call them that.

Special thanks to my dear friend Anne Weiskopf and her brilliant son, Jacob, for the new photo!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

  • I use Square for credit cards. I haven’t used it a whole lot yet (I’m still green as a business owner) but when I was going through the options my husband brought it up–it trumps a lot of other options I’ve seen out there.

  • ginidietrich

    @Kristy Stewart I think it’s pretty darn handy!

  • ginidietrich

    @Kristy Stewart P.S. Did you watch #1??

  • @ginidietrich Yes, and it brought many a smile to my workday.

  • ginidietrich

    @Kristy Stewart LOL!

  • scrappy_face

    Impossible not to read a blog with this topic- Gin and Topics: Kevin Bacon and Men in Heels http://t.co/Lh2FjkxI via @ginidietrich

  • scrappy_face

    Impossible not to read a blog with this topic- Gin and Topics: Kevin Bacon and Men in Heels http://t.co/Lh2FjkxI via @ginidietrich

  • Kevin! I love your dancing, but you need a new couch. seriously.

  • ginidietrich

    @seanb_us I’m quite proud of myself for getting Kevin Bacon on there. It took some doing

  • ginidietrich

    @kimgeralds And it’s all in there!

  • seanb_us

    @ginidietrich 😉

  • kimgeralds

    @ginidietrich Kevin Bacon video was just too cute. 🙂

  • debdobson62

    Okay, I so love Kevin dancing!! Made me chair dance in my office.

  • ginidietrich

    @kimgeralds It made me laugh!

  • ginidietrich

    @Lisa Gerber And what’s on the wall behind him?

  • ginidietrich

    @debdobson62 Was that not hilarious?! He’s clearly lost his dancing skills in the past 27 years.

  • Can somebody please tell me why men are wearing heels suddenly? I’m not uncomfortable with blurred gender-lines when it comes to dressing; I’m just uncomfortable with… heels. They hurt. Like hell. So why the sudden popularity (stilleto) spike?

  • Can somebody please tell me why men are wearing heels suddenly? I’m not uncomfortable with blurred gender-lines when it comes to dressing; I’m just uncomfortable with… heels. They hurt. Like hell. So why the sudden popularity (stilleto) spike?

  • ginidietrich

    @EmmaofCEM Right?! I don’t know why anyone would do that to themselves. I wear them when I’m on stage or when my pants are too long and I’m too lazy to have them hemmed. But, in general, why would you do that to yourself?!

  • ginidietrich

    @bethmosher Ha!

  • ginidietrich

    @bethmosher Ha!

  • ginidietrich

    @Content_Money LOL

  • “two-thirds of all online moms” which means there are only 30 million moms online???

  • AnneWeiskopf

    Great (and eclectic) topics this week! (I’d say more but that photo is making me THIRSTY!! 🙂

  • Oh my. Kevin Bacon.

    Can we just talk about that couch in the background? Looked like one you might find in say a Cat Lady’s home? Was that a hand towel on the back of it?

    And the dancing. He’s in need of a good publicist. That is all.

  • AnneWeiskopf

    @EricaAllison Speaking on behalf of stylish Cat Ladies – we do not condone Kevin Bacon’s couch or hand towel.

  • @AnneWeiskopf You are far from the Cat Lady I’m thinking of! And by the way, LOVE Hendricks…it’s my favorite evah! Good styling of the shot, too!

  • AnneWeiskopf

    @EricaAllison Erica, let me compliment you on your excellent taste in gin and styling. So, I just walked into my den and realized I DO HAVE THAT COUCH! (Redact previous comment.) Kids and cats. Oy.

  • @ginidietrich oh. now i have to re-watch.

  • @EricaAllison I totally commented on the couch!!! down there (how do you point down?) anyway, down below. Hilarious.

  • @EricaAllison I totally commented on the couch!!! down there (how do you point down?) anyway, down below. Hilarious.

  • @EricaAllison I totally commented on the couch!!! down there (how do you point down?) anyway, down below. Hilarious.

  • ginidietrich

    @EricaAllison Right?!? And the pictures on the wall?!

  • ginidietrich

    @AnneWeiskopf That photo is AWESOME!

  • ginidietrich

    @faybiz I guess that’s what it means.

  • ginidietrich

    @debdobson I’m quite pleased with myself for sharing that video. It wasn’t shareable.

  • JMattHicks

    @ginidietrich You know who you remind me of on TV?

  • JMattHicks

    @ginidietrich You know who you remind me of on TV?

  • M_Koehler

    I wore heels once. Only once. I have a ton of respect for women in heels as I thought I was going to break my damn neck in them. The heels were part of a Halloween costume just so you do not question me Gini. Hula Girl in heels and with a ukulele (complete with grass skirt and coconut shell bra). We still have pics that I’m sure Kelly will be glad to share. Anything to embarrass me. I’ve never seen this trend you speak of nor do I want anything to do with it.

    Those moves where schmoove. Better then anything I can do.

    • ginidietrich

      @M_Koehler O! M! G! I’m going to FB Kelly and ask her to bring pictures of this on NYE. That is priceless!

  • AbbieF

    OMG — where did you get that video? I do believe those dance moves were what he did when he was trying to teach Willis how to dance. Loved that movie (and the play) so guess I’ll have to see the remake. But seriously, Kevin, what’s with the hair?.

    • ginidietrich

      @AbbieF Um…I didn’t get it legally. Let’s leave it at that, shall we?

  • @ginidietrich It’s sad, really.

  • @ginidietrich Where is Kyra?

  • @ginidietrich Where is Kyra?

  • @AnneWeiskopf Oy. I have ’em both, too! One cat, two kids.

  • @AnneWeiskopf Oy. I have ’em both, too! One cat, two kids.

  • @ginidietrich@EmmaofCEM OMG I thought I was the only one with the long pants I can only wear with heels because I’m too lazy to get them hemmed. We should start a support group.

  • I’d rather talk about that, ahem, couch. And, how about the skeletons in his closet? Did he put on a mask or what?

    • ginidietrich

      @Soulati | PR I feel like he might have been stoned, too. Don’t you think?

  • I’d rather talk about that, ahem, couch. And, how about the skeletons in his closet? Did he put on a mask or what?

  • You get the trophy. The only one amongst the cats who mentioned the awesome data provided in this Kevin in Heels post. @faybiz

  • I had a heart attack when I saw you were really talking about real men on real heels. Sick.

    • ginidietrich

      @Brankica LOL!! I cannot make this stuff up!

  • Re bike trainer…. Shelf / TV / DVD / Box sets – sorted…

    Lord of the Rings Trilogy = Ironman…. Simpsons = Sprint

    • ginidietrich

      @Nic_Cartwright Yeah…I DVR a lot of stuff, too. I’m going to try P90X to break up the days. Ride three days a week and do P90X three days. See if that helps me from going nuts.

  • ginidietrich

    @adamtoporek LOL! The Kevin Bacon video rocks

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  • adamtoporek

    @ginidietrich Yeah, that was a great find! I think those are the same moves he was bustin’ in the 80’s. 🙂

  • annethewriter

    Thanks for the effort in getting the Kevin Bacon video. I loved that movie! While I watched the clip I was hoping it would cut to a dance scene from the movie. No such luck. But, thanks to Kevin for the message from the heart.

    Oh, and thanks for all the great stuff you send out on a regular basis too! Love your blog.

    Anne

    • ginidietrich

      @annethewriter Thank you, Anne! It took me about 45 minutes to get that video so I appreciate your comment. 🙂 But I think h lost his moves from 27 years ago.

  • UmaChandran

    Love that Kevin Bacon video! Nice message but it was the dancing that made it. Hilarious 🙂

    Just want to say that I look forward to Gin and Topics every week. Thanks for putting this together Gini!

    • ginidietrich

      @UmaChandran Someone on Twitter said, “Well, now I know I dance like Kevin Bacon.” That made me LOL!

  • Okay HOW did you get that video??WOW that dancing was unfortunate and yet inspiring. He clearly doesn’t give a… fig. He should be with Julie Andrews on that one graphic. Of course… the couch…? But then again, it may be all about the many figs he does not give, which in that case, good for him!Oh and I am in LOVE with Square. Love. Not for me, I’m sure I’ll use it once a month at best. But for my peeps – taking credit cards on the spot and getting their money so fast? It rocks. And it’s so portable.

    • ginidietrich

      @Tinu Um, it wasn’t legally (cough, cough). The dancing is just incredible. I was so excited about figuring out how to post it here that I woke Mr. D up on Friday morning to show it to him. He didn’t find it as funny as we did.

  • skypulsemedia

    @ginidietrich @SpinSucks those are the old share buttons brought back right? http://t.co/DBirs1le

  • danieleagee

    @ginidietrich Utilizing the internet? What?

    • ginidietrich

      @danieleagee You! Zip it!

      • danieleagee

        @ginidietrich Make me woman!

      • danieleagee

        @ginidietrich Please?

        • ginidietrich

          @danieleagee LOL! Oh I’ll make you.

      • StaceyHood

        @ginidietrich @danieleagee Fight! Fight!!

  • NOOOOOO! I am putting my foot down. Number 4 means nothing. Horrible horrible article Gini. I am sorry I must do this. It is really misleading.

    It says 26 mil mom’s use a social network once per month.

    There is no time spent. Number of visits. If 26 mil mom’s each logged into facebook 1x per month can you reach them? No.

    This stuff drives me freaking crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok back to the men in heels. OH NO YOU DON’T double snap. When I see Diddy, Snoop Dog, Brad Pitt, or an All Pro Football Player wearing them then I will pay attention LOL

    • ginidietrich

      @HowieSPM I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t wear heels even then!

      • @ginidietrich LOL But I have worn eye liner and have painted my nails once for a costume.

        Oh and I did spend an hour in a howling dust storm holding up my tent at burningman wearing a cowboy hat, sarong, and blue fuzzy slipper. 8)

        On a serious note. I am going to research the Mom stuff to get some data. I am sure it is pretty impressive. I just didn’t like the data the article used.

  • Don’t go crazy on the stationary Gini 🙂

    P90X sounds like a great idea, I am adding crossfit during my Base period this winter.

    I HATE Base.

    • ginidietrich

      @John Falchetto I HATE base, too! Hate.

      • @ginidietrich@John Falchetto I’ve been eyeballing P90X….

  • I like the way heels make my calves look; the height is just a bonus. You probably couldn’t tell I was only 5′ 2″ when you met me, huh?

    I thought Kevin was bustin’ a good move; that’s something I could pull off.

    I’m sure there was something intelligent I could have dropped in here and I was thinking about the moms on FB, but after I saw @skypulsemedia discredit the value of it I decided to just leave it alone. But Howie’s smart like that so I tend to believe him, because I’m not…………:)

    • @bdorman264 are those heels allowed on the golf course?

      • @HowieSPM Yes, but they make us wear plastic ones now…..

  • Love the video and crazy camera dance moves. Those shoes look amazing on those guys. Can never imagine that trend reaching Australia. But you never know.

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  • You won’t see me in heels other than those attached to my Timberland boots.

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  • Mightybytes

    I normally live by the credo that “everything is better with Bacon.” But that video? Not so much.

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