Arment Dietrich

Back to the Future of Social Media

By: Arment Dietrich | August 23, 2010 | 
Guest post by Joey Strawn, president of Empty Jar Marketing and blogger at I’m about to take you back to the future of social media. Because the future is here. Now. Growing up, my favorite movies dealt with how the future would turn out. I would watch and re-watch “Logan’s Run,” “Blade Runner,” “Star Wars,” and of course, “Back to the Future, Part II.” When [&hellip... Read More
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Facebook Places: Be Cautiously Curious

By: Gini Dietrich | August 23, 2010 | 
Now that Facebook Places (a location-based tool that is likely going to compete with Foursquare and Gowalla) has been in full force for a few days, have you tried it? It’s kind of a fun little tool, from a personal perspective, and we’ll talk here about the business implications, but I say be cautiously curious. Several weeks ago, Facebook opened the platform to search engines, which means a few [&hellip... Read More
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Facebook Places: Location Sharing Goes Mainstream

By: Arment Dietrich | August 19, 2010 | 
Guest post by Barry Graubart, vice president, product strategy & business development for Alacra, a leading content technology company. Facebook announced the launch of Facebook Places, its long-awaited solution for location sharing, a space that’s been driven by upstarts Foursquare and Gowalla. In its announcement, Facebook indicated that Places was built on three tenets... Read More
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Using Social Media At Camp: A Question from a Five Year Old

By: Gini Dietrich | August 19, 2010 | 
Last week, Mr. D was in New York visiting friends and, out of the blue, I received a video question from Sabrina, their five year old daughter. She asks me a question about using social media at camp. Watch her question to me (she’s not old enough yet  to get on Facebook to ask!) and my answer is next. I’m not patient enough to figure out [&hellip... Read More
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Mentoring Young Adults

By: Arment Dietrich | August 18, 2010 | 
Guest post by John Christianson, CFA, founder and president of Highland Capital Management and author of the Wealth Clarity blog. On my blog, Wealth Clarity, I talk a lot about the journey of significance and creating a life of meaning, alignment, and authenticity. When asked to guest blog for Spin Sucks, I wanted to pass along some thoughts beyond my wealth management expertise. Knowing that Gini [&hellip... Read More
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Is Social Media Forcing Retirement?

By: Gini Dietrich | August 18, 2010 | 
When I speak, it’s almost exclusively to entrepreneurs turned CEOs or “hired guns” – the CEOs/COOs hired by the entrepreneur because they know they can’t (or don’t want to) grow a company. You can guess where that audience typically lies…50+ white men. So you can also guess the resistance I get when I begin to talk about the shift in how we communicate and how technology [&hellip... Read More
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Three Social Media Marketing Lessons From Wayne Gretzky

By: Arment Dietrich | August 17, 2010 | 
Guest post by Steve Cunningham, president of Polar Unlimited. Wayne Gretzky is the best hockey player of all-time. Told from a young age that he was too small and too slow to ever make it to the NHL, he wound up proving his detractors wrong by becoming the highest-scoring player in league history. Following are the top three lessons social media can learn from The Great [&hellip... Read More
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Einstein Bagels and their Facebook Campaign

By: Gini Dietrich | August 17, 2010 | 
This was first published in the August issue of Franchise Times. As a consumer, I am a big fan of Einstein Bagels (give me a honey-whole-wheat with honey almond any day), so it makes sense that I would “like” them on Facebook. Even though I am a fan and although I see them in my stream, I didn’t really pay attention (not even for the free [&hellip... Read More
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Social Media Strategy: Grow Sales, Build Brand, or Both?

By: Arment Dietrich | August 16, 2010 | 
Is your social media marketing strategy geared toward growing your sales or building your brand? Or are you trying to achieve both? Previous posts of mine about getting more comments on your blog and content versus conversation have engendered debate in the form of blog posts and comments regarding the value of conversation and community in comparison to lead generation and bottom line outcomes. While I’m [&hellip... Read More