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@bobledrew It happens to me all the time. Sigh.........
1 day, 13 hours ago on Ten Communicators to Follow
What a group to be included in! I knew lying on the ground while you photographed me would someday pay off. :)
I love so many of these blogs and can't wait to the add the rest to my list!!
1 day, 17 hours ago on Ten Communicators to Follow
@Eleanor Pierce @jasonkonopinski The site itself? Maybe. I just had someone who wanted a 30 day turnaround for a website from discovery to end product. And I'm not even in that business anymore! :)
2 days, 20 hours ago on What Sucks About Being a Communications Professional
Totally get the glazed over looks! I have a twin who is a PHd candidate for comparative politics and she gets less confused stares than I do.
I would also add under the "don't get it" category all those who seem to think that communications is delivered overnight by elves. These pointy-eared magicians are the only reason I can think of for people believing anyone can launch events in two weeks, get media coverage within 24 hours, or create a great website in less than a month. Stupid wingless fairies.
3 days, 13 hours ago on What Sucks About Being a Communications Professional
@LauraPetrolino @Howie Goldfarb @ginidietrich Note, she didn't say it was for a blog...........
4 days, 17 hours ago on The Eight PR Up-and-Comers
4 days, 18 hours ago on The Eight PR Up-and-Comers
@Howie Goldfarb TWO Canadians and no guys?! :)
4 days, 19 hours ago on The Eight PR Up-and-Comers
@ginidietrich It was always pretty awkward. Luckily, I got really cool and moved to Speech and Debate instead......
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Three Strategy Games that Help in Business
Funny story about chess. I was in the Chess Club in high school and had a fair amount of success, but I was terrible at looking ahead and normally went with my gut. It was so embarrassing to have to explain my methods to anyone. :)
I think what makes chess so great is that it marries process and strategy.
I'm with @biggreenpen - I would never get anything done if I started to play WWF. @LSSocialEngage - I LOVE Bridge!
@MyrnaKJ No you're not. :)
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Ring in December with Spin Sucks
It may be worth noting that with his assortment of bright pants, @RobBiesenbach is already halfway to full superhero outfit at all times. #Prepared.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on The Secrets to Becoming Part of the Spin Sucks Crazies
@Randy Milanovic I thought it was actually more impressive for the Voice. They have done a fantastic job of setting the show apart by having top-level artists involved and having a panel of judges who actually are still at the top of their field.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on The PR Win of 2014
@Eleanor Pierce It's not that I think that all art should be free, but the idea that all art should be paid for is something that I can't abide. My father was a musician for years and I avidly support my favorite musicians financially. I don't illegally download and banned my stepson from the Internet for a month when he did.
It's a hard topic to really create a cogent argument for or against because art is nearly indefinable. I suppose I was more opposed to her generalizations about what is one of the most fundamental components of the human experience.
Swift very specifically says that art is rare and valuable and thus should be paid for. It was a blanket statement. Sometimes art is so much a part of a communal discussion or movement that to gate it is counter-productive to society as a whole. I take issue particularly because she cuts a zero-tolerance, wide-swath of what art is.
Though, let's all be clear, her form of art, as enjoyable as it is, isn't something society really needs and I have no problem with her choosing to gate it.
At first I resented Taylor Swift for making me like pop music enough to actually buy an album (my first in more than 5 years). Then, I got over it because that d*%$ album is just so catchy.
I thought that the Op-Ed was genius because it positioned her later Spotify decision as less about money and more about principle. When Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) attacked her for not sharing her music and only wanting money, the backlash against him was big. Even though, I radically disagree with her belief that art should be behind a paywall.
@Eleanor Pierce @belllindsay Monkeys in suits looking at laughing babies.
The answer to making a viral video will always be monkeys in suits. Useful? No. Viral? Almost definitely.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on 2015 Social Media Predictions
@ginidietrich @HeatherTweedy Nah, just see the movie. All good. Also, who is reading while in San Diego?!!
No Gillian Flynn in the mix? I am on Dark Places right now. I really like how she rights. It's actually similar to Phillip Roth for me. Wait, maybe I answered why no Gillian. :)
3 weeks, 3 days ago on 14 Books to Read…or Skip
Surprised Unbroken wasn't good. The movie version coming out next year almost had me in tears during the trailer.
Thanks for the winter reading list. :)
@RobBiesenbach That's the holiday spirit!
3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Grateful Challenge
That baby is fantastic!
Also, they say that after a while pets and owners start to share similarities. Is there a possibility that JB is slowly, but surely also becoming a robot? Chewing through metal is a pretty common sign...........
4 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: A Thanksgiving Edition
@magriebler I like that Sidecar lets me chose a female driver. It definitely makes me feel safer. Though, they are only in a handful of markets. Having the ability to see a drivers reviews also makes me feel better than the taxicab stranger.
Buzzfeed is, sadly, the best media source when it comes to standing up for women!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Uber Issues Cannot Be Fixed by PR
@EdenSpodek Are cab drivers in Canada less scary than here in the states?
Because license or no, I have had some truly awful cab rides where I was 50/50 on the chance of being murdered. At least here in the US, there is very little that is required to be 'licensed' to drive a cab.
Lyft drivers have always been respectful, polite, better-groomed (less smelly), and their cars are in better order than any cab I've taken. I feel far safer with a Lyft driver than a cabbie. If there is one thing that PR could help with, it is the perception that these ride share services are riskier than "real" cabs.
Though, if your cab drivers are wonderful, can you a send a few to New York the next time I'm there. :)
It is definitely not a PR problem for Uber, but it could be a HUGE PR win for Lyft. Here in Omaha, we got Lyft first (pretty rare) and now Uber is fighting for its share. Basically the feeling about Lyft is that it is, culture-wise, everything that Uber isn't.
While price is a difference (Lyft didn't triple their rates on Halloween without telling anyone *cough* *cough*), the real differentiator in this peer-to-peer economy is likeability. Lyft makes me feel like I'm taking a ride with a could-be friend. Heck, several drivers have mustached their car because they love being part of the company so much! It's a friendly culture that makes you feel comfortable to get in the car even if the driver doesn't have a license.
Frankly, Lyft has already been able to capitalize on the Uber crazy. In fact, nothing did more for Lyft's bottom line this year than the expose about Uber's cruel practices towards the American upstart. If they can capitalize, then the French ladies of the night can keep Uber all for themselves.
And I am out, but this was/is a fantastic chat! Thanks again @belllindsay for putting it together. Thanks @paulroetzer for being such a fantastic expert! Thanks @LauraPetrolino for being so smart!
1 month ago on Join Paul Roetzer for a Special Author Q&A Today
@LauraPetrolino @HeatherTweedy @TaraFriedlundGeissinger @belllindsay @paulroetzer I just realized that it doesn't match the rest of the web. Gotta stay brand consistent right?!
@TaraFriedlundGeissinger @belllindsay @paulroetzer Ditto & Ditto!
@belllindsay @TaraFriedlundGeissinger @LauraPetrolino Always a sound plan!
@belllindsay @Levi Wardell To piggyback on Lindsay's piggybacking, what are some of your key indicators for when new tech is going to be around for the long haul and when it's going to be a "fly by night"?
@LauraPetrolino @HeatherTweedy @belllindsay Well, we are all, like over 30. Yuck!
@belllindsay Ooh! Very interested in this!
@paulroetzer @LauraPetrolino @HeatherTweedy @ginidietrich - OK, I'm going to need a cookie with lunch if Paul keeps spitting out facts like this.
@paulroetzer - Always good until someone with a traditional background wants to give the credit to the "TV" commercials his work buddy did. :)
Besides GA, what are some of your favorite measurement tools for digital.
How do directors convince the C-Suite to put more dollars behind digital training?
@paulroetzer @LauraPetrolino That's a sobering and scary fact! Can't believe that so many companies would leave such a huge hole open.
What a fantastic and succinct activity to help build content for the funnel. It's a really great tool for meetings, too!
1 month ago on Plan Your Content Using a Marketing Funnel
I've never before fallen in love with someone online, but this must be close to what it feels like. What a fantastic inquisition!!
Now to go stalk this Jayme women all over the Internet. Maybe Google will help....
Though seriously, she is absolutely correct in her opinions about both Google's privacy killing machine and the commercialization of the media. Which is turn is now gated and framed for you by Google.
1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Jayme Soulati
First off, you just made me look like the office loon because I started giggling to myself at 6 am while reading your post. Well done.
Spin Sucks has been making me feel downright lazy the past few weeks with the copious posts about planning and "doing the work." This was a refreshing change of pace.
While you make some really salient points here, I worry. The rush of working to deadline is real. How are you going to replace it? Frankly, I think your current habits are saving you from forming some truly awful or dangerous patterns in search of the next adrenaline rush. Really, you're procrastinating for the sake of your family and friends.
1 month, 1 week ago on Bad Planning: A Cautionary Tale
Love the Mathlete Rap!
I also love that this approach targets the how. Especially in the corporate world, if there isn't a clear how, the why or should doesn't even matter. Thanks for the great addition to the PR workflow.
1 month, 1 week ago on Simplify Media Relations Planning with This Free Tool
It's been a mix. Some parts of the new content strategy had to be implemented right away since there are hard deadlines associated with certain projects. In that case, it's more of a "so says I" situation. Though, I always make sure to get buy-in from the troublemakers boss!
Other parts, such are new tone guides, will be more gradual and will require immense buy-in at every step of the way.
1 month, 1 week ago on Context is the Key Ingredient for a Successful Business Plan
I'm very interested to see what you come up with to increase your presence with corporate communicators. Do you find that this segment drive better leads or do Agency peers tend to put forth more referrals?
I also, can't wait to see what super-cool tools you unearth that the group can steal and play with.
Fascinating that 25% of the sharers used the post as a vanity tweet. I guest that means that you are cool enough to be seen as cool to know. So, that's something. It's essentially the ultimate vanity metric.
1 month, 1 week ago on How to Find the Right Content Distribution
@ginidietrich @HeatherTweedy Nice.....
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Grow Your Communications Firm in 2015
I'm stealing your photo idea! i have tried to do the thing where you set your location on your phone when you get out of the car, but I am so terrible at directions, that I often can't follow the map back.........
Your points about company culture are so key. A big goal for 2015 here are some pretty substantial changes to how content is developed and launched and culture is the key impediment to planning right now (big company, not agency). Having to factor this resistance into timetables and implementation plans has been eye-opening.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Context is the Key Ingredient for a Successful Business Plan
I adore how transparent you always are.
Proof that even the best can get tied down to unproductive thinking. Now I really want to go back and see the pre-2009 posts, though. :)
@RobBiesenbach You have pictures of puppies in the rain, and you're not sharing?!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The Five Parts to Brand Storytelling Nearly Everyone Misses
Just printed out the poster for my cubicle.
Also, if I get in trouble for snatching random children off the streets and reading them About Us pages, I blaming you.
@JRHalloran I know, right?! I mean it's going to be a movie soon, anyway........
BTW, you get a double dose of Iran Man coming up. Your boy toy is in the upcoming Captain America III. I won't nerd out on you too hard, but he is sort of the bad guy...........
I loved the Key and Peele sketch. Stuff like that is why I am a believer in emoticons and exclamation points. (In fact, I knew I would like Jen Windrum the first time I saw her type. So many !!!!!.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Brad Pitt Makes Us Uncomfortable
Gini, everybody knows a Facebook fan is worth, like $2. That's math. Like, really, real math.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on PR ROI Means You Have to Do Real Math
And another morning is about to go down the tubes as I play around with a Gini recommended new tool..........
Looks really cool. In addition to newsrooms, I could see this being a great tool to pull together reviews from across the web for products or as a great storyteller for long term (2yr+) projects.
2 months ago on SlideBatch: A Super Cool New PR Tool
@Eleanor Pierce Love the analogy. I'm stealing that! the next time I talk about media relations. :)
2 months ago on How Do I Determine the ROI of PR?
And that's the sound of having to go back to work. Thanks for the wonderful Q&A! @ginidietrich @belllindsay @TomMartin
2 months ago on Join Tom Martin for a Special Author Q&A Today