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@ginidietrich I know. It is really sad. 

15 hours, 21 minutes ago on Adult Bullying is a Problem

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What happened to "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." I think for some people it's easier to contribute to the conversation by being mean and critical, rather than taking the time to contribute a new or opposing idea in a thoughtful, respectful and constructive way. Bullying is an approach that never results in positive outcome.

21 hours, 20 minutes ago on Adult Bullying is a Problem

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I love the visual of reading marketing content and pr to kids before bedtime. As a working mom it takes multitasking to a new level!  I agree with everyone's comments, a good story is only a good story if the reader defines it as so. Start with your customers needs in mind and then build your story around that. 

4 days, 22 hours ago on The Five Parts to Brand Storytelling Nearly Everyone Misses

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Hi Gini. I have been reading your blog for a couple years now and your most recent posts on PR metrics and ROI are some of my favorite. As a marketing and public relations professional I strongly believe the importance of defining measurable goals and determining ROI for your efforts. I think this so important for non profits to understand because so often they have very limited resources. If they start with the end goal in mind and take the time to assess the ROI on their activity it helps them understand where to best spend their time and money.

1 week, 2 days ago on PR ROI Means You Have to Do Real Math

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Great post, unfortunately writing good sales copy is an art that is lost on many businesses. I would add think about the medium you are writing for. The copy you put in your brochure may not work for the web. Also, think about your font choice, size and color. What may look pretty on paper (or on the screen), may not be easy for your target audience to read.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Write Non-Salesy Sales Copy

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It takes a lot of courage to post this. Many industry leaders are only willing to share the good stuff, the great ideas, and the big wins, but often it's the tough stuff where the real lessons are learned. Because of your honesty you are inspiring others to be better leaders too. Thank you.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on When a Leader Learns of Unethical Behavior

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Great post! I am a big fan of the social photography trend. Recently I have found it fun to participate in weekly photo challenges on Instagram and WordPress. It's a great way to connect with others and inspire creativity and community online through photography. And for a newbie photographers like me, the weekly challenges get me out the rut of posting my bowl of Cheerios each morning!

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Social Photography: Shoot More, Share More

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@rosemaryoneill @ginidietrich @tnfletch @seanmcginnis No bracelets for me yet, but I will be giving my nieces Rainbow Looms for Christmas. I hope to have a few new bracelets to add to my jewelry collection by New Year's! 

11 months ago on Social Media: Six Ways to Evolve in 2014

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Rainbow Looms! My nieces spent all Thanksgiving talking about them, it’s a top item on their Christmas lists. Before Thursday I had never heard of them.

Awesome post. I completely agree. Too many businesses these days jump into social media without a plan. They quickly create a Facebook page or Twitter account and just start promoting the heck out of themselves forgetting about the 80/20 rule or engaging their community. As a result their efforts get lost in the internet clutter. Social media, like all marketing tools, should always be well thought out and strategic.

11 months ago on Social Media: Six Ways to Evolve in 2014

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Yum that sounds good too! I love any food with cheese really, I'm from Wisconsin I think it's in our DNA!

11 months, 1 week ago on Three Secrets to Your Own Success

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I completely agree with your recommendations and I would also add eat healthy for a strong body and mind. (Or at least try to eat healthy some of the time, I am not giving up pizza anytime soon!) 

11 months, 1 week ago on Three Secrets to Your Own Success

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I enjoyed reading this blog post, thank you. I 100% agree on your website analogy, I feel like the work on our website is never done.

I think 2013 has been the rise of the PR professional. Companies big and small, nonprofit organizations, even local governments are seeing the need and investing in a professional to guide their communications strategy across all platforms. I live in a small town and five years ago there were very few jobs in public relations and now I am seeing new positions and opportunities being created all over. Currently the hottest agency in our region is a PR-only firm. It is a really exciting time to be in our industry! 

11 months, 1 week ago on Six Digital Media and PR Lessons From 2013

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Wonderful advice! As a communications professional a big part of our job is relationship building. The digital landscape has proven to be very tricky territory, even for those who are skilled in the art of relationships. I love this practical tip that is doable for anyone who is serious about making connections and building solid relationships. Thank you!

1 year, 6 months ago on Get Media Attention: Six Tips to Pitch Journalists on Your Own

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Good post. Also a lot of brands offer special promotions, presales, and giveaways to help build and reward their online communities.  

1 year, 6 months ago on Four Ways to Reward Your Online Community

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Funny, I haven't thought about that movie in years! This industry is not for people who can't embrace constant learning and change. At least we never have an excuse to be bored!

1 year, 6 months ago on Public Relations: Lessons from Marty McFly

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Thank you for this post. I just started my personal blog about a month ago. This is probably my third (or fourth) attempt over the past few years. I think what gets me stuck is the lack of good info out there on how to get started. Thanks for the tips, this very helpful.

1 year, 6 months ago on Nine Tips to Write a Great Blog Post

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@ginidietrich @tnfletch Absolutely, I love Chicago! It's such a fun city!

1 year, 7 months ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work

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I found your blog a few weeks ago and I'm really enjoying your topical and useful content. I love the #FollowFriday feature and find it so interesting to learn to from others and see what they are doing and creating in the world. I agree the #FF feature on Twitter is very vain and useless for those who are trying to connect with like-minded people who can inspire us. Thanks for sharing great content!

1 year, 7 months ago on How Our #FollowFriday Recommendations Work

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