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@belllindsay Because The Great Petrolino is a STORY TELLER. And THAT's what it's all about.

1 week, 1 day ago on The Water Gun Theory of Strategy Development

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@Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes So I hear you, but part of it is because we need to TALK to them about it - it's part of what I'm trying to do with our Millennial Think Tank....

I don't hear a lot of Gen Y's complaining about us... I DO hear them complaining, but there is a lot to complain about. And I did complain when I graduated and there was a recession and I couldn't find work.

What I'd like to do is keep the conversation BETWEEN Gen X and Gen Y going, instead of dividing us.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on There’s a Storm Brewing Between Gen X and Gen Y

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@AmyVernon Ha! Yes, I guess I was just oblivious to it @AmyVernon ... but yes, we act like that. They act like that. But, we're all in this together so we need to STOP.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on There’s a Storm Brewing Between Gen X and Gen Y

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@AmyVernon @AmyMccTobin @hessiejones @smoestoe Samantha, like Amy, I don't know a heck of a lot about Canada's political system outside of Rob Ford, but I can bet you that the Gen Xers in our Congress do not equal 33%.

No matter, most of the changes that happened that effected our skyrocketing cost of education began under Clinton, when I was just getting OUT of college. This snowball continued to roll, and I can bet you that Gen X had very little impact on its beginnings.


To me, the greater issue is that WE, Gen X and Gen Y, should not be fighting among ourselves... together is the only way we make lasting impact and the changes that are necessary.


I think you're hearing push back from Gen Xers because too many Millennials are doing exactly what they resent being done to them - making sweeping generalizations about Gen X, and lumping us in with Boomers. I'll remind you that this recession hit us as we entered our peak earning years. At 40 I was unemployed and relying upon my hard saved retirement to take care of my daughter until I could right the ship. We are just as up against it as Gen Y, believe me.

3 weeks ago on The First Millennial Think Tank: What We Learned When We Asked THEM

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I know it's a tough blow Ken, and it was so obvious that he was your best friend. I'm sorry - I wish they could live a lot longer.

3 weeks ago on Saying Goodbye to a Trusted Friend

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@AmyVernon @hessiejones @smoestoe Amy, I hear you, and one thing that became clear to me IN this hangout is that Gen X hadn't had a voice. The good news? This was a conversation between Gen Xers and Millennials, and near the end of the hangout I said almost what you said - 'hey guys, we haven't BEEN in charge. This was foisted upon us too.' And I said that I am much closer to Millennials than I am Boomers in general.

Also, this may strike a chord with you Amy: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140704064938-76976526-letter-from-the-forgotten-generation?



3 weeks ago on The First Millennial Think Tank: What We Learned When We Asked THEM

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EXCELLENT post Sam. This reminds me of the 'guns don't kill people' argument - social media is not the 'imapacter,' the PEOPLE on social media are.

1 month ago on Gallup Poll is Correct: Social Media DOES NOT Influence Purchases

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@hessiejones AND THAT is why you are not afraid of Millennials and their behavior patterns. YOU have been a nomad by choice... they have had none. But still, I think it's a better choice to not be dependent upon one entity for your future, and instead to be dependent upon yourself.

1 month ago on Millennial Matters: Could we stop and just slow roll the hating on Gen Y?

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@JoeCardillo Well, one day I'm going to make you write an ENTIRE POST on here Joe. :)

1 month ago on Millennial Matters: Could we stop and just slow roll the hating on Gen Y?

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@bowden2bowden Hi there Randy. Yes, I suppose we all over generalize every generation, including boomers. Mine, however, was never given the sort of attention Boomers and Millennials experienced.

I have no option other than hope. This generation was so maligned for so long, and now that they're old enough to really start making waves it looks like so many were so wrong. What I'm really learning as I go out of my way to connect more and more with Millennials, is that a) they are not an enigma, and b) so many of the sweeping generalizations made about them are only partially correct.

1 month, 1 week ago on Millennial Matters: Is it possible to BE like Millennials?

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@Howie Goldfarb @AmyMccTobin #BestCommentEver Howie. I'm draggingin @ajenkins into this.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Are You Ignoring the Power of LinkedIn?

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I love this post, especially as it connects today's whisper campaigns to what has gone on forever. Social media is no different in that people behave as they always have - IT just gives them a megaphone.

Thank you Gini, for being one of the ethical ALWAYS people.

2 months ago on Whisper Campaigns and Why Spin Sucks

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Awesome for you Ken! When I decided to put Ariel Marketing Group on the back burner to join ArCompany I went through a gamut of emotions, but I absolutely know it was the right move. There is a lot to be said about being part of something bigger, and something special. Good for you my friend.

2 months ago on Change is in the Air at Inkling Media

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WHAT??? You're leaving Florida before we even meet up????? I couldn't even read the rest of it...

2 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laura Petrolino

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I never got the 'loving to hate' Chris thing - it's obvious he's one of the good guys. This mob driven desire to hate on whomever is 'successful' has turned me off from many an 'expert.'

And I LOVE the answer: "Stop trying to systematize contact." Amen.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Chris Brogan

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Yay!!! Tech Crunch is the TMZ of social media in my opinion. The HYSTERIA was incredible. I use G+  more and more, and I do indeed believe their numbers.

Here's the other question: WHY would they shut down such a data rich platform.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Google+ is Not Dead. Long Live Google+!

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@Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich  Or, you guys could create the entire thing and let someone else take it over and make a big name for themselves!!!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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@ginidietrich @AmyMccTobin  Matthew M or Jack Bauer?


3 months, 2 weeks ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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@belllindsay @RebeccaTodd  Yes well, I try to be as sarcastic and obnoxious online as I am off :)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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@ginidietrich  It's why I don't want to meet Jack Bauer. What if he smells like dog?

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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@Eleanor Pierce  YES Eleanor, and someday I will write my response to Hessie's post on Anonymity and Whisper

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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@Sean McGinnis @bdorman264  I want proof. On here. Today.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Online Reputation Management and Adult Films

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Yes, whoever photoshopped that guy onto your movie poster was excellent.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Online Reputation Management and Adult Films

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Excellent comparison, and it makes me feel old that Seinfeld is OLD. It's interesting, because of how much I use technology I'm with @shellykramer on this one - I feel more like a Millennial.

4 months ago on Social Media, Boomers, and Rock and Roll

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I don't know Jay Dolan and I don't want to be disrespectful, but in this one you are right and he and Copyblogger are wrong.  You're spot on with keeping them ON YOUR REAL ESTATE too. 


Sorry, I just feel as vehemently as you do on this - had to chime in.

4 months ago on Why We Won’t Shut Off Blog Comments

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#Excellent. #Ican'thelpit #ILovetheInquisition.

4 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Eleanor Pierce

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Well, I am honored to have been the LAST one of the #FF:)  Can't wait for the Inquisition. 

4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition is Coming!

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You had me at hello.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on My Search for Social Validation

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I just love the 'embedded in the community' point. Having managed community for a wide variety of companies, with varying levels of commitment, I know how true your point is. If a business isn't dedicated enough to social to PAY a community manager to spend the time to be embedded, just don't bother.

You can't fake understanding the community.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Community Managers Anticipate Needs: Why You Must Develop your Company Radar

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@bdorman264 @ginidietrich  OK, here's the solution - Bill who avoids an actual RL meeting continually: a) bring your wife b) you buy the drinks.

And @Adamtoporek has served as my chaperon before you know.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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@jolynndeal  I'm an East Coast girl (PA), but I live on the West Coast of Florida because, unlike Gini, I'm not REALLY insane and I hate snow.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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@KevinVandever @AmyMccTobin  If your beach is in Toronto, it doesn't qualify.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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@lizreusswig @AmyMccTobin @ginidietrich  :)  Charter Member of the Crazy Club. That's it - I'm making us T shirts!!!!!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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@DallasK  Your employee seemed delighted.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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@DwayneAlicie @AmyMccTobin @Sean McGinnis  If Sean would 'shut up and just read it' we'd get a long a log better.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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@ginidietrich @Digital_DRK  And my life was so empty before this.  It's a whole new day:)

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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@Sean McGinnis  No, don't be nice. I wouldn't recognize you if you were.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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Ha!  I love you right back Gini Dietrich; I always forget that we haven't met IRL because I know you so well.  


And yes, it is our love of smart women, red wine (although I know I have a much deeper relationship there than you do), the insane (Laura Petrolino) and snark (Lindsay Bell Wheeler) and great writing (Jason Konopinksi) and absolute irreverence(THE Dallass Kincaid) brings us together.


Who says real relationships aren't build on social media?

For the record, that profile pic is from 3 years ago:)  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on #FollowFriday: Amy Tobin

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@debbieleven  Thanks Debbie - yes, inconsistency is one of the biggest challenges small business face.  

5 months ago on 12 Most Brand Damning Moves You Can Make

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@samfiorella I feel like I've been watching it so long I CAN predict the weak spots....  I know what brand bashers go for - not every single time of course, but it is so formulaic.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Be Wary of Social Media’s Mob Mentality

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When I first started the Social Justice series for ArCompany THIS was my inspiration - I wrote about brand bashing AND individuals under attack.  It always followed the same formula - Mob outraged, Mob attacks, Mob finds new target, Brands suffered little to no sales impact in MOST situations.  But I got bored - it was so formulaic.

Now that I write Social Justice with a focus on social good companies, I still find brand bashers who are looking for a sliver of something to complain about.  A few weeks ago when I highlighted HUMAN Healthy Vending and their HEALTHY food in their machines, a woman was relentless about some of their 'not really healthy' products  - products, btw, that they'd pulled.  She had never asked them of course....

It's just like real life - some people get off on the negative.  I just try to get my clients ready for the inevitable so that they don't create a bigger firestorm when under attack.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Be Wary of Social Media’s Mob Mentality

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Don't kill me for this, but I read about your post over on Spin Sucks just now and had to come over. I've been thinking about this very thing as we build out our Community Management team at ArCompany.  Here's what I wrote over there:

Hmmmm... I've been thinking about this because there are SO many obvious PR mistakes made by 'Community' and 'Social Media' managers. Those Comm Mgrs are the ones on the front line, everyday. They are your company voice, and they are usually the ones to pull the trigger quickly in an exchange....

They need to have PR skills.  They need to understand customer service. They need to be able to take a deep breath and think. And they need to have patience.   I don't think they have to BE PR pros - they don't need to understand the entire width and breadth of what a PR pro does for a living, but they need to understand the foundation of PR in customer service.

All of this makes me think that what a company needs to do is understand what the profile of a Comm Mgr looks like, and hire THAT type of person for the job.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Your Social Media Team Should be PR Professionals

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Hmmmm... I've been thinking about this because there are SO many obvious PR mistakes made by 'Community' and 'Social Media' managers.    Those Comm Mgrs are the ones on the front line, everyday.  They are your company voice, and they are usually the ones to pull the trigger quickly in an exchange....

They need to have PR skills.  They need to understand customer service. They need to be able to take a deep breath and think. And they need to have patience.   I don't think they have to BE PR pros - they don't need to understand the entire width and breadth of what a PR pro does for a living, but they need to understand the foundation of PR in customer service.

All of this makes me think that what a company needs to do is understand what the profile of a Comm Mgr looks like, and hire THAT type of person for the job.

Now, I'll go read Sam's post.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Where Does Social Media Belong?

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I love this post and I'm revved up about our 2014.   There is nothing more satisfying than helping a client that lacks millions of $$ for traditional marketing grow their brand awareness (and Top Line) by using social media to reach the right community.

6 months ago on The ArC Story: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead

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Jeannie, I am working with the medical field right now and there is a big focus in professional blogs about the scarcity of consideration, and how Residents aren't being taught common courtesy - this is a prime example of that.  

6 months, 2 weeks ago on When Business As Usual Is Broken, Customer Experience Suffers

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I love all of these instances Alexis, but I think I give Oreo the slight lead because NOTHING beats quick witted-ness.    Great post.

7 months, 1 week ago on 5 of Social Media’s Big Winners in 2013

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@ginidietrich @AmyMccTobin We seriously do. The busier we get, the more important it is.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on When a Leader Learns of Unethical Behavior

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I love you Gini Dietrich, really.  You give me faith in humanity when so many other people undermine it. You are a success story WITH ethics.  You make me want to Lean In so hard to do it my way.

It means a tremendous amount to me, and this entire community. Thank you. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on When a Leader Learns of Unethical Behavior

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@mike_allton @KenMueller @AmyMccTobin Well, you've made me rethink it Mike.  I'm not abandoning FB, but I'm concentrating a whole helluva lot more on the blogs and spending some tie on G+ to test it.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Future of Facebook’s Newsfeed: An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

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Right on Ken. Right on.   Let the user choose what they see... if they see too many posts they don't like from a business, they'll unfollow.  Twitter is my news source, but I spend a lot more time on FB.  However, after my discussion with @mike_allton  on his post about abandoning FB advertising, I think I've changed my mind.

Heading over to spend more time, for my clients and for me, on G+.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Future of Facebook’s Newsfeed: An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

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