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Gini Dietrich

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, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

74 comments
Mightybytes
Mightybytes

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

RSA Course
RSA Course

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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bdorman264
bdorman264

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 @howiegoldfarb 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............:)

John Falchetto
John Falchetto

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.

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

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

Tinu
Tinu

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.

UmaChandran
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!

annethewriter
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

Nic_Cartwright
Nic_Cartwright

Re bike trainer.... Shelf / TV / DVD / Box sets - sorted...

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

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR

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

AbbieF
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?.

M_Koehler
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.

EricaAllison
EricaAllison

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
AnneWeiskopf

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@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.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@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.

adamtoporek
adamtoporek

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

@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
ginidietrich moderator

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

ginidietrich
ginidietrich moderator

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

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

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

AnneWeiskopf
AnneWeiskopf

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

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

@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.

AnneWeiskopf
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.

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