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Preparing for the Inevitable
As much as we'd like to avoid it, recessions are inevitable from time to time. The is an old adgage that advertising was a bellwether for the economy, and it's proven to be true.
15 min
2
A Conversation with Mini-Me. Happy 200th Episode!
Happy 200th Episode! Fully recovered from moving house and Covid, Gini Dietrich is celebrating 200 episodes of the Spin Sucks Podcast with a hard hitting, no holds barred conversation with superfan and tough critic, Addie Dietrich.
6 min
3
It Needs to Be a Perfect Pitch
Earned media is becoming harder and harder tog et with journalists and other gatekeepers, but is increasibly important to executive teams. Your pitches need to be on point, and this week on the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about how to do it.
10 min
4
Who is Responsible for Deception at the Top?
Every now and then someone comes along and runs an absolutely epic scam. How people get away with it is baffling, and yet they do - and then sometimes people like to blame PR for at least some of the fallout.
8 min
5
It All Starts with Owned Media
Every really good PESO model based plan starts with owned content as the foundation
9 min
6
Building Traction as Fast As Possible
On today's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast Gini Dietrich is talking about how to make the process of building traction as fast and efficient as possible.
11 min
7
Make Your Social Decisions Strategically
Shared media is one of the PESO model elemtents it's easy to be wrong about - often because we feel like we should be on a particular platform without having a solid strategic reason to back that up.
6 min
8
Earned Media in the Age of the Paywall
8 min
9
Gleefully Share the Spotlight
I always say that people buy from people, and if your clients are happy to buy from - and work with - the other people on your team, it is going to be much easier to scale. This week on the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about how and why to elevate your colleagues.
8 min
10
Sometimes You've Got to Pay to Play
When you get a juicy media placement - how to you leverage it? Paid media is a great way to get more out of the mentions and attention you are getting by other means, and on today's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about how to do that using the CAB method.
7 min
11
As the Situation Escalates
While parts of the world are in crisis, it can be difficult for communicators and companies to know what they should be talking about and how. On this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about how to communicate your ESG efforts.
7 min
12
PR Pros Behaving Badly
There's more than one reason to keep your nose clean as a communicator - but not everyone does. There are plenty of companys out there who seem to be doing their level-best to keep the reputation of the industry low.
8 min
13
Navigating the Worst Times
Sometimes, bad things happen, and how companies deal with employees going through bad things is a huge point of potential success or failure. Grief leadership is the skillset required to navigate these situations.
10 min
14
When a Good Plan Comes Together
Whether you're working for an agency, a non-profit or by yourself, you need a solid communciations plan to set expectations, define success and protect you from demands you can't (or shouldn't) meet
16 min
15
It's a Small World - Choose Your Words Carefully
You never know who you might run into - and who they might know! It's always good practice to treat other people the way you want to be treated, and that principle has potentially huge implications in your business, in your communications, and in your personal life.
11 min
16
Build Your Own Hot Streak
Sometimes we have times in our lives when we feel like we can do anything - we're creative powerhouses and nothing can stop us, and other times we feel like nothing will ever go right again.
8 min
17
[Replay] Where Does Your Knowledge Come From?
If you know what you know and what you don't know, you're doing pretty well - but do you ever think about where your knowledge and decisions are coming from, and if that information is inaccurate?
10 min
18
Rethinking and Unlearning
If change is low-risk, we tend to like it - but the higher the risk, the less open to it we are. This is a problem because things are constantly changing and to stay current, we need to keep ourselves open to the process and the outcomes.
9 min
19
What Happened in 2021 with Business Podcasts?
This week on the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is digging into the result of the 2021 State of Business Podcasting Report from One Stone Creative, and what you can take away from it to start (or refine!) your podcast this year.
9 min
20
[Replay] A PESO Model Primer
To start 2022, we're replaying the popular year-opener from 2021, with a PESO model primer where Gini Dietrich talks about how we can use the PESO model to do more with the skills and talents we have available.
16 min
21
Creating a Culture of Trust
Trust in the media, scientists and the government has taken a nosedive in the last couple of years - and it's one of the most difficult things to quantify.
10 min
22
7 Steps to Starting a PR Firm (Or Side Gig)
If you're thinking about starting your on PR company, or going out on your own as a freelancer, then this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast is for you.
8 min
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[Replay] Tracking Down Elusive Communications M...
In the communications industry, we don't have a uniform way to measure what we do, which causes confusion about everything from what we should be measuring in the first place, to what kind of goals and objectives make the most sense to try and measure, and how to communicate it all to teams, leadership and boards
7 min
24
"No Comment."
What do you think it means to share something "off the record?" On this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about giving information on background, what you can expect when something is off the record, and how to navigate "on background" conversations with journalists.
8 min
25
94% of Communicators think WHAT?
The Muckrack State of PR Measurement Report has recently been released and the results are shocking. 94% of respondants say they measure success and results by the number of stories placed - but that is nowhere close to how you get the full story.
8 min
26
Don't Stop Blogging!
Gini Dietrich loves content. All kinds of content. But especially blogs. The door is open for absolutely everybody to tell stories in ways that area meaningful for them.
10 min
27
Communicating Return-to-Work
Re-opening workplaces is a minefield in more ways than one - and that means it's an interesting time to be a communicator. From vaccine status, to racism and misogyny, to the ongoing struggle between school hours and work hours, Gini Dietrich is talking about returning to offices (or not!) and how professional communicators are talking about it.
10 min
28
How Today's Global Complexities Are Ripe with O...
There has never been a better time in history for communicators. On this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich discusses the research findings of the 2021 Future of Corporate Communications Study and how the communicator's role is forever changed.
12 min
29
Look Who Values Content Marketing!
It's been 12 years since the first Trends and Insights report from The Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs. On this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about the report, and particularly, what changes Covid has wrought. Tune in to find out what the report means for your communications work.
7 min
30
Exploring the Dark Side of Social Media
Where were you during the Great Facebook Outage of 2021? Was it a tech problem that could happen to any company, or something a little more suspicious? That's what Gini is talking about on this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast.
8 min
31
PR vs Journalists - Who is Telling The Truth?
Trust in the media is declining - and often for pretty good reason. On today's epispde of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about why, what role PR does or doesn't have in it, and what you should be doing to keep your credibility high.
8 min
32
Sneak Attack! Dealing With Competing Goals
PR has expectations and a perception issue - together these can make for a challenging reputation and a major hurdle to overcome when they're pitching their services - especially when there is someone sneaking around with alternative goals.
9 min
33
Mental Health and the Great Resignation
Mental Health has always been important, but it hasn't always been something we talked about. The pandemic has changed all that and employees around the world are reconsidering their work lives
8 min
34
How Far We've Come
In this week's episde of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about how far Spin Sucks has come over the years.
9 min
35
Was it Really the Intern?
Usually, when someone shares copywritten content, it's often an innocent, or perhaps ignorant, mistake. Most people are gracious when you point it out, and correct the issue - but then there are those that don't - and they tend to blame it on the intern. A lot of things get blamed on interns - is that fair?
7 min
36
Mind the Pay Gap
While the PR industry isn't as diverse as it should be, many agencies have made tangible commitments to do better. These commitments don't mention pay equity - which is still a problem.
9 min
37
Where's the Money?
Annual CMO Spend Survey from Gartner is out and it's not pretty. Marketing budgets have fallen to their lowest point in the history of they survey. So what are companies spending their marketing money on, and how can you make the most of it?
9 min
38
Who's Opening Your Pitch?
If you're in PR you probably send pitches, and if you're a journalist, you probably get them! A recent survey from Propel says that "journalists are remarkably quick to open media pitches if interested..." Gini notes that it's more likely to be an email scanning service within the first 10 minutes after sending than a human being who can make a decision. Gini breaks down the reults of this survey and talks about how to tweak your strategy accordingly.
8 min
39
Fighting PR's (Unfairly) Negative Reputation
Business leaders need to change their thinking around the value of communications. There are a lot of erroneous perceptions (some of them pretty mean!) about PR, and we need to combat them! Gini Dietrich is talking about how on this episode of the Spin Sucks podcast.
8 min
40
This is not a PR Crisis
When organizations have public mishaps, it's often blamed on faulty PR - and the thinking goes that if you fix the communications problem, and a future free of damning press scrutiny awaits.
10 min
41
Your Employees Aren't an Afterthought
If 2020 taught us anything, it was that everyone has been re-examining the brands we buy from, for, invest in, work for and otherwise support. Issues of morale, engagement and culture are more important than other, and that means a new emphasis on internal communications.
8 min
42
Using Robots to Communicate?
How much can AI really do for us? There are tool and services available now that are offering some pretty impressive AI generated materials - but they're not quite ready to replace us yet.
8 min
43
What's Going On In the Communications Industry?
The JOTW Strategic Comms Strategy Survey has recently been released, which analyzes what is going on in the communications industry, and as you might suspect, there are some challenges that communicators are facing.
12 min
44
This is Not the Spokesperson You're Looking For
As much as we might like to trust who we meet, watch and read - there are people and companies out there using fake personas to handle their outward facing communications.
9 min
45
The Top Challenges Communicators Face
On this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast Gini Dietrich breaks down the results from a recent survey conducted by MuckRack about the challenges that the PR industry is facing.
7 min
46
7 Ways to Succeed at Blogging
If you're starting a corporate blog, you need it to start producing results as quickly as possible, but that's no easy feat. Blogs can be one of the most challenging projects communicators take on.
8 min
47
Ragan Communications Benchmark Report 2021 Edit...
Our role has become more essential as we helped keep organizations focused and moving forward, and the Ragan Report Supports that finding.
9 min
48
Protecting Your IP and Your Relationships
As a communicator, you need to be able to stand up to yourself—on everything from boundaries and your personal time to protecting your ideas and intellectual property.
10 min
49
"Out of an Abundance of Caution..."
If the pandemic has taught us anything about business, it's that communications expertise is not just necessary, it's imperative. Gini Dietrich explains why in this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast episode.
9 min
50
What to do When You're Waffling
If you're waffling on a decision, or you feel like there are important reasons to say yes to something you're not wildly enthusiastic about, there are really good reasons to maintain your boundaries and priorities and say no.
8 min
51
Replay: How to do Your Own Professional Develop...
You can tell things are starting to get back to normal when your small child brings a run-of-the-mill cold home from school. So today, please enjoy this popular episode from 2019 about doing your own professional development, so you can stay up to date with what's happening in your industry. Gini Dietrich will be back next week with a new episode!
15 min
52
Navigating the Covid Fog
Things are getting better in the world, but the covid-fog doesn't seem to be lifting; people are still bone tired. Gini Dietrich is one of them, and on today's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, she's talking about strategies for dealing with it.
7 min
53
The Goldilocks New Business Strategy
On this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich discusses the Goldilocks Principle when it comes to new business efforts.
8 min
54
Different Services, Different Price Points, Dif...
It's hard to scale a business offering just on thing at one price point, so in this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is sharing 8 different pricing models that you can use to diversify your offerings and serve a broader range of people.
13 min
55
Give Journalists What They Want
One Pitch released a survey of journalists because they thought that other reports didn't sufficiently address what journalists really want and the tactics for pitching them effectively. On this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich discusses what that new survey reveals.
8 min
56
Fighting Cognitive Biases in Your Communications
It is important for communicators to understand how our cognitive biases affect the messages we're sending to our different audiences. On this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about empathy and compassion in our communications.
9 min
57
Replay: Diversifying Your Revenue Sources
The last week has been Spring Break in Chicago, so instead of a new episode, Gini Dietrich is sharing the most popular show of 2019, all about the different ways you can make money on the side of your traditional salary as an employee or income as a business owner.
15 min
58
Not your Grandpa's Crisis Communications...
What's real, what needs attention, what is attention-getting, and how does one handle a crisis when it's made out of thin air? That's what Gini Dietrich explores on this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast.
9 min
59
The State of Journalism In 2021
Journalism is one of the industries that has been thrown on its head because of COVID-19. In this episode of the Spin Sucks podcast, Gini Dietrich talks about the changes journalism professionals have seen, what they're doing about it, and what it means for you.
9 min
60
The Value in Communicating Your Values
One of the biggest changes in communications is the way companies are talking about their values, and what customers are beginning to expect from the brands they use.
16 min
61
Choose to Challenge Inequality
The theme of International Women's day this year is Women in Leadership - and that's a topic that can't be understimated in importance.
10 min
62
Tracking Down Elusive Communications Measurements
In the communications industry, we don't have a uniform way to measure what we do, which causes confusion about everything from what we should be measuring in the first place, to what kind of goals and objectives make the most sense to try and measure, and how to communicate it all to teams, leadership and boards.
12 min
63
What is shadowbanning and what do you do if it ...
What's more common than an outright ban on social media? A shadowban. Gini Dietrich is going to be sharing what that is, and what to do if it happens to you or one of your clients on this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast.
8 min
64
Moderating Social Media when Bad Actors Abound
Social Media is a powerful tool for connecting with your audience and community, but it's not easy when the truth is that there are people out there on social media with the sole intent of damaging your reputation: bad actors. How do you moderate social media comments in this environment? That's what Gini Dietrich is talking about today on the Spin Sucks Podcast.
8 min
65
The Time for Direct Digital Relationships is Now
We may hope that life will be getting back to normal once we're all vaccinated, but a recent report by the Content Marketing Institute is saying that consumer digital behaviour has jumped ahead by five years. There's no going back, and that has huge implications for content marketers in B2C and B2B businesses.
7 min
66
The 13 Things Every Agency Should Have in Their...
There are 13 things that every business needs to have in their plan—if you're not a business or agency owner yourself, these are elements should be in your communications plan.
16 min
67
Are 50% of Communicators Dropping the Ball?
More than half of CEO's are not convinced their marketing departments are driving results (according to a survey by Strategy Box). That means that if you're listening to this, there's a coin flip of a chance that your boss doesn't think you're doing your job.
7 min
68
The Meta Podcast about Podcasts
In this week's Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about podcasts - how she started making them, why she still does, whether you should have one and how to make it sound great.
9 min
69
Where Does Your Knowledge Come From?
If you know what you know and what you dont know, you're doing pretty well - but do you ever think about where your knowlege and decisions are coming from, and if that information in accurate?
10 min
70
A PESO Model Primer for 2021
Welcome to 2021! In this episode of the Spin Sucks podcasts, Gini Dietrich kicks off the new year with a discussion about how we can do more with the talents and skills we have available.
16 min
71
12 Days of Spin Sucks Christmas - 11 Awful Phra...
Thst should be banned in 2021 and for the rest of time.
11 min
72
12 Days of Spin Sucks Christmas: Six SEO Tricks
(That are actually best practices)
15 min
73
12 Days of Spin Sucks Christmas: A Mindset Shif...
This episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast is all about mindset, and how you can work on your own.
9 min
74
The Trap of Productive Procrastination
Productive Procrastination makes it feels like you're working hard and making progress - but it's an illusion.
11 min
75
A Framework to Learn, Evolve and Advance
Last week on the Spin Sucks Podcast we started a conversation about planning, and today Gini Dietrich is continuing it by focusing on you, and your own personal goals and plans. Enjoy!
12 min
76
Welcome to Planning Season.
On this week's Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about how to effortlessly plan your communications for the next 90 days. Really!
11 min
77
How Crisis Communications Will Work in 2021 and...
As we hit the motherload of crises - social, health, economic, communications professionals need to take a close look at how they are communicating internally and externally. We've seen new challenges, and learned new ways to convey what we believe in. In this week's episode of the Spin Sucks podcast, Gini Dietrich talks about the future of crisis communications.
11 min
78
Leaders and Managers: How to Decide Which One B...
In this episode of Spin Sucks, Gini talks about her first experience as a manager in an agency, and what she's learned since then about the difference between managing and leading - and how to be a better communicator and leader of your colleagues.
12 min
79
The Differences between Marketing, Communicat...
What drives Gini Dietrich absolutely batty? Thinking that the diffrent elements of communication are totally different fields that stand alone. We're all communicators whether we're in email marketing or crisis communications or anything in between. Listen to this week's episode to find out why.
11 min
80
The Importance of Strategic Planning
Working with a new client is exciting - there are so many possibilities, and opportunities to tell new stories and try new things. But to start on the right foot you need a strategic plan - and that is something that is often overlooked.
18 min
81
To Swear or Not to Swear
Content Note: There are a couple of curse words in brand names I mention in this episode!
9 min
82
Moderating User Generated Content on Social Media
User-generated content is an amazing part of your social media efforts, and most of us have some kind of system to monitor and manage our mentions on the different platforms.
7 min
83
Lessons from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg
What can we learn from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as professionals and as human beings?
7 min
84
How to Detect a Crisis Brewing
Sometimes dificult, challenging or even damaging things can happen to a brand through no fault of thier own. These days, a crisis isn't an "if" it's a "when" - so on today's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast, Gini Dietrich is talking about how to tell when a crisis is brewing, and how to prepare.
8 min
85
Spin Sucks Replay: Diversifying your Revenue So...
Last fall, we released an episode about the importance of diversifying your income, and we thought that going into the fall of this uniquely challening year would be a good time to revisit it. Enjoy!
14 min
86
Agency Leadership Cross-Post: VA's and Other As...
In this month's last Agency Leadership cross post, Gini Dietrich and Chip Griffin talk about getting extra help for your business in the form of virtual assistants, sites like Upwork, in-house hires and other ways to relieve the burden of repetitive tasks.
26 min
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Agency Leadership Cross-Post: Service
In this cross-post from the Agency Leadership podcast, Gini Dietrich and Chip Griffin talk about offering services like social media, community building, crisis - and maintaining some semblance of work life balance while you're at it.
23 min
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Agency Leadership Cross-Post: Non-Traditional R...
In this Agency-Leadership Cross-Post, Gini Dietrich and Chip Griffin talk about non-traditional revenue models for agencies.
26 min
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Agency Leadership Cross-Post: Generating New Bu...
Please enjoy this cross-post from the Agency Leadership podcast! This month on the Spin Sucks Podcast, while we're getting ready for another school year in a pandemic, you're going to be getting cross-posts of some of my favorite episodes from the Agency Leadership podcast that I co-host with Chip Griffin. Today, we're playing a recent episode about generating new business! Enjoy!
26 min
90
Measuring your PESO Model Progress
In this week's episode Gini Dietrich talks about how to measure the results of your PESO model strategy. This can be intimidating, but communicating the successes and opportunities for further improvement to leadership and the rest of your team is a critical factor in a program that provides value over the long term.
13 min
91
Leveraging Authority from a PESO Model Program
The last piece of an integrated PESO Model program before you start measuring is authority. That's what happens when you've built a reputation for an individual or organization.
15 min
92
Turning Visitors into Customers with Paid Media
Paid media often brings to mind mascots, jingles and Super Bowl commercials - and while they are all important, they're not part of a PESO model strategy driven by communications and marketing! Today, Gini is talking about using paid media in search and social to help turn traffic into clients and customers.
14 min
93
Where and How Shared Media Fits in Your PESO Mo...
It seems like every day brings with it a new social media channel or trending meme. What TikTok dance craze have you learned during the pandemic? What are we going to do about our influencer programs? Will a broom really stand up by itself on a particular day because of a hashtag trend? And what the heck is this Vero thing all about?
11 min
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How to Use Earned Media In the PESO Model Process
12 min
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A Deep Dive Into Owned Media In a PESO Model Pr...
If there were ever a time to learn how to build a strategic PESO Model program, it is now. Between the pandemic and furloughed jobs, and civil unrest and social injustice, the ability to evolve quickly is more and more relevant, and that's what Gini talks about in this week's episode of the Spin Sucks Podcast.
14 min
96
Using the PESO Model to Pivot Your Career In Ti...
The role o the communicator is to adapt and evolve - the PESO model can help.
9 min
97
Taking a Stand for Social Justice
In today's episode of the Spin Sucks podcast, Gini Dietrich talks about what it means for a company to take a stand for social justice, what it can cost, and why it's absolutely necessary to do.
11 min
98
Taking Career Advice from Nature
We can learn a lot from the world. Today, Gini talks about 5 things that you can learn from nature to pull yourself—and your career or your business—out of the pandemic.
9 min
99
Starting and Scaling a Business
Often, people start businesses because they're excellent at what they do, and want to have control over all parts of the process. If you're going to grow, at a certain point, you need to hire in order to grow, and that comes with it's own set of challenges.
8 min
100
Replay: Building Online Community
Creating strong, engaged online communities is more important now than it has ever been - in this replay of an episode from early 2019, Gini talks about building online communities, the secret sauce of engagement, and the short and long term benefits of having one.
9 min