The Spin Sucks Podcast with Gini Diet...

We're your one-stop shop for modern communications. The lines between PR, marketing, search, advertising, social, and content continue to blur, making it difficult to decide what belongs where. Rather than decide, let’s come together and work as one to grow organizations. We can change the PR industry...together.

#55 [REPLAY] Thought Leadership: Just Another B...
Spin Sucks listeners, please enjoy this replay of last year's episode #28! When did we stop talking to each other like real people? In our industry, it’s getting hard to sort through all the hype. What’s the difference between a meaningless...
10 min
#54 Through the Years with Spin Sucks
We’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic since our one-year anniversary episode of the podcast. Which was a great episode, by the way. Our listeners weighed in with some of the amazing things they’ve learned! But back to this week. Coming up in...
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#53 Video Marketing for Communications
At the end of every year, you can expect every content creator on earth to talk about trends for the coming year. And, at the end of 2018, they all said the same thing (and nothing has changed six months into the year): video. It’s all about video....
7 min
#52 A Year of Insights from Our Listeners
Can you believe it’s already been a year? We’ve had 52 episodes and 52 chances for our listeners to add crucial knowledge to their arsenal, from using content to being productive, and from PESO to SWOT. In today’s episode, we reached out to you,...
11 min
#51 Mistakes and Malice in PR
Sometimes things happen in business that leave a sour taste in your mouth. They might not be malicious or intentional, but they can still hurt you, your clients and your brand. Join us on today’s episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, where we talk...
7 min
#50 Why You Should Avoid Overservicing and Over...
It doesn’t matter how clear your client proposal is, or how beautifully you design your scope of work. You’re going to get clients who are going to ask for something you aren’t selling, and you’re going to be tempted to give them what they...
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#49 Using Systems and Automation
Let’s talk about robots. Not actual robots, for the most part, but automated tools, technologies, and systems that can take work off your desk and let you get back to what only you can do. As you grow your business, you’ll often end up working a...
8 min
#48 Content and the Client Lifecycle
On today’s episode, we’re talking about the customer lifecycle, and how your clients and prospects engage with you throughout this entire cycle. This is how it works: you want to attract your ideal client, sell them your offers, onboard them in...
9 min
#47 What You Don’t Know Can Trip You Up
Let’s talk about what we don’t know — more specifically, as it relates to our communications strategy. Our internal biases and things outside our control can have a big impact on the quality and success of our communications plans, so here’s...
9 min
#46 RFP’s and How to Grow Without Them
A huge number of Requests for Proposals are badly written and take tons of time and energy with no guarantee of a return — and yet, they persist. You can’t always avoid them, but there are ways to make them less of a part of your business life,...
7 min
#45 Communication During a Crisis
How many times have you seen a company screw something up, and then make the situation 10,000 times worse by either not apologizing or apologizing badly? Mistakes and screw-ups happen. World events happen. Natural events happen. You will unfortunately...
9 min
#44 How to Pitch Almost Anything
When you work in communications, you’re going to spend a lot of time pitching. You’re going to get rejected a lot — but you could get rejected a lot less. You don't want to send crappy pitches. You want to send excellent pitches! So here's how...
8 min
#43 The Different Community Platforms
With so many online community options out there, do you ever get Bright Shiny Object Syndrome? If you’re looking for a platform to host your community on, you’ve found the right episode. We’re talking about all the major community platforms and...
9 min
#42 Replay: So Much Social
In the spirit of spring (and spring cleaning) we're replaying a great episode about looking at all of your social media properties and deciding where YOU should be putting your focus! You've probably heard this quote by Rumi at least once:, "When you...
8 min
#41 Skills to Build and Work On
Whether you’re the leader of an organization, a freelancer, or an enthusiastic member of the rank and file, there is never a downside to investing in yourself and getting better at things. But what should you get better at? And how do you do it? The...
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#40 The 3 C’s of Creativity
Do you consider yourself a creative person? As a business owner, there’s something incredibly exciting when you get an idea. It’s that feeling of coming up with something, solving a problem — being creative. How can you hone this skill (because...
6 min
#39 Growing a Company
If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of starting your own business, this episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast is for you. Today, we’re talking about the strategies and challenges that go with being an entrepreneur and scaling a business. It’s not the...
8 min
#38 How Virtual Companies Work
Offices are a necessary evil for businesses … or are they? What if you could do away with the commute, distracting officemates, and paying for rent and utilities? On this episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, we’re talking about Virtual Companies:...
10 min
#37 Building an Online Community
On this episode of the Spin Sucks Community, we’re talking about online communities. A community is made up of people who know, like, and engage with you or your brand (or both) — and engage with one another. This takes your content marketing one...
7 min
#36 Effective Storytelling for Your Brand
Stories are how humans understand the world. Whether we do it consciously or not, we tell ourselves stories about the things that happen to us, the things we believe, and the things we hope for. Smart use of stories can convey a message, encourage a...
8 min
#35 Digital Declutter
How are your resolutions faring now that January is drawing to a close? What have you accomplished? Did you slip off the wagon a time or to? Chances are, if you’re human, you haven’t done perfectly. But that’s okay – it happens to the best of...
7 min
#34 PESO Case Study: Pitch Perfect
Have you received a pitch in your inbox that was just a little … off? Because the pitch made totally no sense for you and your audience? Today we’re talking about the importance of doing your research when it comes to earned media. When done...
8 min
#33 Alexa Flash Briefings: The New Kid on the S...
There’s a new social media channel starting to gain steam, and you might want to get in while the getting’s good (and the competition isn’t too fierce)! Enter: Alexa Flash Briefings, a new service offered by Amazon for their Alexa/Echo...
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#32 Communications Trends for 2019
Happy New Year! This is the time of year that we’re all used to setting goals, starting new projects, and making the changes we’ve been meaning to for ages. And to make effective plans for 2019, you need to be in the loop about what in the...
10 min
#31 Predictions for 2018: Were We Right?
It’s time for year-end roundups! What happened in 2018? Were our predictions right? And what’s going to happen in 2019? I’ve been waiting all year for this. Here are my predictions from last year… let’s find out whether or not they came...
8 min
#30 Networking Done Right
Networking can be the key that opens many doors to growth and success. Much of it comes down to meeting the right people at the right time for the right reasons. It’s not easy, but it’s worth putting in the time and getting it right. On today’s...
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#29 Developing a Growth Mindset
What are you good at? Do you believe that’s something you’re born with? Hold your horses. That’s a fixed mindset. And in business, communications, and … life, we need to move forward with a growth mindset. What are these mindsets? Why are they...
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#28 Thought Leadership: Just Another Buzzword?
When did we stop talking to each other like real people? In our industry, it’s getting hard to sort through all the hype. What’s the difference between a meaningless buzzword and a genuinely useful phrase? Take the term ‘Thought Leadership.’...
10 min
#27 The Weird New World of Robots
Reality is still changing — the way we interact with it, and the way we think about it. It’s weird. It’s different. In this episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, we’re diving into the world of artificial intelligence. Computers can now learn,...
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#26 REPLAY: It’s Time to Step Up to the PESO Plate
Over the past few weeks, Gini has gone into detail about the PESO model, and how you can develop a killer communications strategy that will boost your authority, build brand awareness, and generate qualified leads. In this week's replay episode, we go...
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#25 From Memes to Strategy: Leveraging User-Gen...
From cat videos to memes, and Wikis to slews of selfies — user-generated content is happening all around us. What is user-generated content? This is any content, from tweets to blog posts, that people who aren’t directly in your brand and business...
11 min
#24 Pay to Play and Play to Win: Paid Media Str...
Pay to play: If you’ve ever heard someone mention the phrase — especially about a platform like Facebook — they’re probably talking about paid social media. That’s what Gini is diving into in this episode of Spin Sucks. Paid media is exactly...
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#23 The 3 Rules for Social Media Etiquette
Those who practice the best social media etiquette often go unnoticed - and you'll want to do the same. "But don't we want people to acknowledge how well-behaved we are online?" No, not exactly. You really only want people's attention on two things:...
7 min
#22 How Not to Be Annoying and Ineffective on S...
Our actions have consequences, and social media denizens love to remind us of said consequences. Twitter is especially volatile when it comes to delivering social media justice. It's a mob wielding metaphorical pitchforks and torches, impatient and...
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#21 So Much Social
You've probably heard this quote by Rumi at least once:, "When you are everywhere, you are nowhere. When you are somewhere, you are everywhere." As cryptic as it sounds, Rumi has a great point, especially when you apply this wisdom to social media....
8 min
#20 Ask Gini: Analytics, Platforms, Outsourcing...
The Spin Sucks community is the best! We’ve received a lot of really smart questions, and today, Gini is giving you some really smart answers. From analytics to revenue and contractors to demonstrating ROI, there’s sure to be something you’ll...
14 min
#19 Own Your Competition with Owned Media
What does your blog, your podcast, your eBook, and your newsletter all have in common? They’re all content and they are YOURS. If you haven’t been investing time and effort in creating your own content, then you’ll find today’s focus even more...
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#18 Social Media That Won't Blow Up in Your Face
Have you ever posted something cringe-worthy on your social media account? The thing about the internet is mostly everything stays there - FOREVER. Today, we're diving into the third letter of the PESO model: Shared Media. What happens when a company...
8 min
#17 Growing Your Audience With Earned Media
In the previous episode, we talked about how to get the most out of Paid Media, but now it’s time to jump in and understand the second letter in PESO -- “E” stands for Earned Media. Done correctly, Earned Media is an effective strategy that can...
14 min
#16 Get the Most Out of Paid Media
Last week was a refresher course on how implementing the PESO Model in your business communications and marketing plan can significantly increase your authority among consumers, build brand recognition, and generate qualified leads. In today’s...
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#15 It’s Time to Step Up to the PESO Plate
Last week, Gini dove deep into blogging and how it can be beneficial to some businesses’ communications and marketing strategy. Blogging is just one of the many moving parts that fits into a much larger communications strategy. So how do you create...
7 min
#14 Should You Blog for Your Business?
It seems that almost everyone has their own blog these days. From influencers to entrepreneurs, heck, even corporations joined the blogging scene to gain traction, and maybe even try to understand what all this, “blogging is king” hullabaloo is...
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#13 Let’s Get Real About Influencer Marketing
Being an influencer doesn’t mean being lazy and using clickbait. It means having a real audience and making the industry better. If you’re trying to grow your business and your brand, how do you know which influencers will really help you? In...
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#12 The Issues List
Everyone’s got issues, no exception. But when it comes to achieving your goals, there are few personal issues that can truly hamstring your attempts to make progress. In this episode, Gini covers the four horsemen of The Issues List and dishes out...
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#11 The Big Rock Concept
What do rocks, pebbles, water and a glass have to do with communication plans? With some help from Gini Dietrich, more than you think! Tune in to this week’s episode to find out how to get your biggest rocks in a row and make time for all the...
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#10 Setting Goals You’ll Actually Keep
We’re at mid-year, and we have an important question for you. How are those resolutions you made in January coming along? If you’re one of the few who actually follows up on your goals, good for you! If this question made you uncomfortable, then...
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#9 The Massive Opportunity for PR Firms and Con...
Facebook is dead. LinkedIn is a wasteland. Twitter is a waste of time… or so people would have you believe. Is it even worth it for your brand to be on social media at all these days? The answer is no AND yes. Today, Gini talks about why some brands...
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#8 The Power of the SWOT Analysis
Sometimes it only takes one SWOT to rule them all. When it comes to your business, product or strategy, breaking down your greatest strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats can help you to make the right decision at the right time. This week,...
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#7 Why and How you should still Comment on Blog...
“Dark social media” isn’t as ominous as it sounds, we promise. These days, conversations on social media are getting smaller and smaller. While the days of broad public engagement have been dissolved into the era of the social media bubble,...
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#6 How to create your Brand Qualifiers
What are your values? What will your brand engage with and what will it stay away from? Knowing the do’s and don’ts of your brand will help your organization find great clients and create solid working relationships. Brand Qualifiers are all...
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#5 Finding the Metrics to Make Your CEO Swoon
There’s nothing that makes a CEO happier than good metrics. And nothing annoys a CEO like fluffy and flashy PR numbers that offer no real insight into their business. Check out some of Gini Dietrich’s favorite metrics that will help you...
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#4 Brand Personas
Are you one of those people who sees faces in everything? The clouds, dark alleys, toast? It’s called Pareidolia, and it makes the unrelatable, relatable by turning inanimate objects or abstract concepts into something we can tell stories about and...
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#1 How Elon Musk Pulled Off the Perfect PR Stunt
Elon Musk launched a Tesla into space. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you also know he named the mannequin driver Starman. It all seems like a ridiculous PR stunt, but it wasn’t. At least not in the sleazy way. What Elon did was share his...
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#2 How to Write With Your Brand Voice
Everything you write for your fans should be instantly recognizable as you. If not, you’ll be lost in obscurity along with the deluge of emails from other companies. If the only way your fans recognize you is by the reply email, it’s time to...
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#3 How to Find Your Authentic Brand Voice
You’ve nailed your brand. Now you need to figure out how to make it come alive. Not Frankenstein alive, but living, breathing, and authentically representative of your company. It’s way too easy to make your brand voice what you wish it were...
12 min
Welcome to the Spin Sucks Podcast with Gini Die...
The Spin Sucks podcast is your one-stop-shop for modern communications. The lines between PR, marketing, search, advertising, social, and content continue to blur, making it difficult to decide what belongs where. Rather than decide, let’s come...
2 min