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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Annual Christmas Price Index details cost of ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’

by Published: December 18,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, column, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

With energy costs tumbling and inflation remaining calm, the annual Christmas Price Index® experienced a mild 1 percent boost in the 31st annual tongue-in-cheek economic analysis, according to PNC Wealth Management, which conducts the annual Christmas survey. Based on the gifts in the holiday classic, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the price tag for the […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Maximize your holiday PR with these tips for your list

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: advertising, Business, Deane Smith & Partners, media, Mississippi, NEWS, PR

Every year, we distribute thousands of holiday season news releases. From gift guides and product launches, events and end-of-year wrap ups, there are many ways brands use news releases to successfully insert themselves into the holiday news cycle. After all, smart PR pros understand that news releases can directly impact end-of-year, holiday sales. To help […] [...]

Todd Smith’s Spin Cycle — The 20 most viral ads of 2014

We’ve hit December, and have shifted into high holiday gear. The end of the year is always a time of reflections of the past and aspirations of the future. It’s also a good time to contemplate the top PR, marketing, advertising and branding initiatives. One of the first out of the gate is the annual […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: Habits of highly successful marketing execs

by Published: December 4,2014

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

The most successful marketing executives are, above all, people persons who can advance their company’s brand experience with diverse – and ever-changing – audiences. They’re savvy. They keep a finger on the pulse of a rapidly transforming digital society – with a keen eye to the future. And, they understand how to harness data to […] [...]

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, […] [...]

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