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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE: The 14 biggest #PRFails of 2014

As we launch a new year – and new beginnings in brand building in an evolving era of digital communications, The Spin Cycle is in a reflective mood, contemplating on the PR, marketing, advertising and branding initiatives in 2014. There were plenty of banner positive brand moments in the past year, but there were also some epic PR fails. PR ...

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Airport gets grant to support seasonal service from Sun Country

GULFPORT — Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport was recently awarded a $350,000 Small Community Air Service Development grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funds will be used to provide a revenue guarantee and marketing support targeting seasonal service from Sun Country Airlines. Sun Country Airlines is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and currently operates the air charter program on behalf of ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE — As the NFL kicks-off, here are top branding mistakes that could delay the game

The NFL season has officially kicked-off, and hardly anything can sack the brand that has become the most successful sport across the land. However, the sport, like any entity, has its challenges, and it will be interesting to see how the league navigates serious pitfalls as it seeks to add luster to its golden image. Despite myriad challenges that threaten ...

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GITOMER: The ultimate response to ‘I want to think about it.’

When a customer says “I want to think about it” or “I need some time to think it over” it’s one of the most frustrating expressions a salesperson can hear. You feel helpless, or if you’ve been poorly trained, you lapse into some manipulative dialogue that proves you’re both a crappy salesperson and you’re only there for the money. There’s ...

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GITOMER — Twitter webinar firestorm, tweet this!

I  did my first big Twitter group tweet last week. It’s called a “tweetcast.” Three companies – Adly (adly.com), Evolve!, Inc. (evolvesinc.com) and KiteDesk, (KiteDesk.com) – combined resources and invited 22 experts, including me, to tweet the answers to questions as they were posted. The result was a firestorm of tweets, re-tweets, and assorted comments. In short, it was an ...

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GITOMER: The NEW TRUTH about closing the sale

Every salesperson is looking for the fastest way, the best way, and the easiest way to “close” a sale. More than human nature, for salespeople, closing the sale is both a desire and a need. And the results are totally measurable. Either you win, or you lose. There is no second place in sales. Many people think that “closing the ...

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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 how brands are performing environmentally ...

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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 indicate that progressive strides are ...

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