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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — 10 essential tips for B2B marketing success in a digital economy

If you’re a small-to midsize-sized business (SMB) and in the business-to-business (B2B) space, you know how challenging the digital revolution has been for marketing and branding. Not long ago, a sale needed some sort of human interaction – even with the web. Now, from fact-finding to brand-relationship building, your customers rely on the Internet to […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Top PR tools to boost awareness, bolster brands

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, column, Deane Smith & Partners, Mississippi, NEWS

In our fast-paced, multi-media, plugged-in world, filled with competing messages online and off, it is increasingly important to tap into the best tools to help you navigate all the noise. In today’s world of online accessibility, here’s the digital toolbox for the next generation of brand building, thanks to PR Newser: Contact Discovery 1. Journalisted. […] [...]

TODD SMITH: Ray Rice Crisis Sacks NFL Image, Identity

by Published: September 19,2014

Tags: corporate branding, domestic violence, image, NFL, Ray Rice

Wow, what a difference a week makes in the world of corporate branding. In the last Spin Cycle, we discussed some challenges the NFL faces that could tarnish its image – including the simmering Ray Rice crisis. That was before the full version of the Rice elevator assault video surfaced. Now, Roger Goodell and the […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Ice bucket challenge is best cause marketing

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has thrown water on all the competition when it comes to cause marketing success in the social media era. Nothing has whipped up such a viral tsunami as this innovative, inspiring and impactful initiative. All branding gurus can learn much from this sensation that is taking the world by storm. […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — ‘Newsjacking’ is latest social media phenom

Anyone remember this famous tweet from Waffle House – “We don’t believe in Belgium Waffles”? It happened during Team USA’s run in the World Cup. As you know, Waffle House got a little notoriety from that soccer success as well. This act of genius coined a new term used frequently by David Meerman Scott, a […] [...]

THE SPIN CYCLE — Pitching pitfalls that drive journalists crazy

How well do us PR practitioners and journalists get along? Sometimes it’s easy to avoid common mistakes that will prevent your brand from getting covered and possibly ruin your relationship with the journalist – and who better than journalists themselves to give us tips? With the help of Martin Bryant, editor-in-chief at The Next Web, […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — The difference between PR and advertising

by Published: July 25,2014

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Forbes just published a piece discussing, in some detail, “the real difference between PR and advertising.” This realness in difference begins with an old saying: “Advertising is what you pay for, publicity is what you pray for.” Or, boiled down, advertising is paid media, public relations is earned media. It’s a simple maxim from a […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Top green brands: The blue oval is really green

Just about every major corporation today understands the importance of running a sustainable business. Generally speaking, this means one in which water gets conserved, energy and materials come increasingly from clean sources, and the social impact of the business is positive. The trouble is, until now there have been few ways to measure not only […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: New PR and marketing study busts myths on industries

By Todd Smith Some commonly held beliefs about PR and marketing – especially content marketing and SEO adoption – are more myth than reality according to a comprehensive study on industry trends conducted recently by Vocus, a public relations and marketing software company, and Market Connections Inc., a research firm based in Virginia. The results […] [...]

TODD SMITH — The Spin Cycle: O.J.’s wild ride 20 years ago ushered in new era of journalism

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since our world was transfixed by an astonishing, slow-motion car chase – O.J. Simpson in that white Bronco, pal Al Cowlings at the wheel, more than a dozen police cars in pursuit, TV helicopters looming overhead. Simpson’s former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, […] [...]

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