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Using Google AdWords to Test Your Messaging

By: Gini Dietrich | October 10, 2011 | 
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I am a communication professional, with a bent toward marketing because of the bottom line results it drives. I understand advertising. I understand the value and benefits of it. I even work with my team to recommend it to clients in integrated programs. But I’m not an advertising expert. That’s why I was so interested to read, “How to Test Your Advertising Quickly, Cheaply, and Effectively,” [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: The Dwarf-Tossing Ban

By: Gini Dietrich | October 7, 2011 | 
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It’s been a sad week, with the passing of Steve Jobs. The Apple store on Michigan Avenue is surrounded with candles and flowers. It’s a sad week for all of us who use Apple products…and even those of us who don’t (cough, Chris Barger, cough). But I also think we’ve reached saturation stories about him so I won’t say anything more. What I will tell you, [&hellip... Read More
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Brand Bullying: A Tale of Ragu and Social Media

By: Guest | October 4, 2011 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Michael Schechter. Last week, C.C. Chapman blogged about the latest example of poor social media marketing – Ragu Hates Dads. The brand had reached out to him on Twitter with a campaign that admittedly is in pretty poor taste, and C.C. took to his blog to respond. It wasn’t the fact that he felt the need to call out their failure that [&hellip... Read More
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Eight Tools for Social Media Listening

By: Gini Dietrich | October 4, 2011 | 
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There are five steps in social media we always recommend to new clients who are just beginning to branch out online. They are listen, assess, engage, measure, and refine/improve. The Art and Science of Listening While each step is important, the foundation to any online effort is listening. And it’s the one step you can do without any of the others. Before you begin, think about the historically [&hellip... Read More
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Hey Loehmanns! Tweet Me Right!

By: Guest | October 3, 2011 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Anne Weiskopf. A little more than a week ago, I wrote about the discount chain Loehmanns, sharing wonderful childhood memories of shopping with my mother. The intent was to let them know their direct marketing efforts (which I continue to receive) only serve to remind me, a long time loyal customer, that I can no longer take advantage of their [&hellip... Read More
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Five Tools to Prep You for 2012

By: Gini Dietrich | October 3, 2011 | 
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It’s been said the last quarter of the year is like a second New Year for businesses (unless, of course, your fiscal isn’t on a calendar year). What are you doing to take advantage of it? Whatever your plans, taking advantage of some of the newest technology can help you. Following are some examples of how five new technologies are being used…and how they can help [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Two-Faced Cat and Weekend at Bernie’s

By: Gini Dietrich | September 30, 2011 | 
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There are so many things happening in the news this week, I don’t really know where to begin. First, did you hear the Kardashian clan is going to co-host the fourth hour of The Today Show next week? I’m pretty sure that means the show has jumped the shark. As Mr. D would say…Kim is famous for a sex tape and a big butt. I guess [&hellip... Read More
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Using LinkedIn to Prospect for New Business

By: Gini Dietrich | September 29, 2011 | 
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It’s Facebook question of the week time (clap, clap, clap)! Today we talk Panera Bread and eavesdropping and LinkedIn use and there is a special guest appearance from someone (something?) you may or may not have already met. But, before the video, a little background. My friend Rich Burghgraef owns Randolph Sterling, a company that helps you with business development. I’m pretty sure we met because he’s a [&hellip... Read More