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Happy Birthday, Laney! This was so much fun. @ginidietrich should feature you here every year. Keep up all the great work you're doing with your family, your new job and most of all Pintology. ;)

1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Laney Namanny

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@CindyKing Thank you very much for sharing your story with us. It takes a lot to put so much of your personal story online. I'm glad you're healthy and you're lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful teams – at home, at work and medically. You've set out a great roadmap for any business because none of us know when a major curveball may hit. Thanks and stay positive and healthy! 

1 month, 1 week ago on How to Keep Working When Life Throws You a Major Curve Ball

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@shawnz @ginidietrich I'll get back to it soon when I regain patience for a longer novel. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book

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@ginidietrich I downloaded it tonight. Lots of interesting suggestions here for those of us with eclectic tastes. Thanks. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book

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@ginidietrich @AnneReuss Loved Gone Girl and read Sharp Objects last December but didn't like it as much.


1 month, 2 weeks ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book

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@KateNolan @belllindsay @ginidietrich I've got Headhunter on my Kindle app because of Lindsay's Jo Nesbo recommendation months ago. Should I read another one first? 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book

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@ginidietrich @shawnz I read about a quarter and need to get back into it again. At least that's what everyone says. :)

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book

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Perfect timing. I've just finished two books and am looking for what's next (my eBook apps have plenty of options but I'm always looking for recommendations.) I enjoyed This is Where I Leave you http://www.amazon.com/This-Is-Where-Leave-You/dp/0452296366. It's about of a quirky, dysfunctional family and how the members cope when the patriarch dies. Yes, it's a light comedy, seriously. The movie version is due in September.


I read The Husband's Secret and was wondering about OINTB since I'm a fan of the show. Maybe I'll download it tonight. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Summer Reading: Five Novels and One Business Book

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Thanks @belllindsay for adding some Canadiana flavour to @spinsucks today and letting our US friends know how CASL may affect them. I've been paying close attention too and there's still a lot of grey in the interpretation according to the legal SMEs on the topic. We may need to wait until the legislation is tested to see how it will be applied. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Canada is Set to Become a Spam Free Zone

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Happy Birthday Mr. D! It's been fun getting to know you a bit better today. Is JB next in the hot seat? 

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Kelly Dietrich (aka Mr. D.)

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@LauraPetrolino <blushing> There were lots of awesome brand ambassadors and individual members were only as good as the group as a whole. As a whole, it's a darn good group. 

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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@belllindsay @biggreenpen @Eleanor Pierce  People make far bigger mistakes on the job than posting an inappropriate tweet but yet somehow the latter seems to justify swift dismissals. This also speaks to the need for companies should have clearly communicated employment policies and guidelines.

3 months ago on US Airways Recovers from a Bumpy Landing

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@belllindsay @LauraPetrolino  I couldn't help but picture that image the entire time I read the post. Lindsay, you did great job of deconstructing the issue and I particularly found your commentary about the handling of the employee refreshing. 

3 months ago on US Airways Recovers from a Bumpy Landing

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The guy who was at the bottom of the list sold 15,533 books. We did not.

Better to be slow and steady than a one-hit wonder.

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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@ginidietrich Thanks again for sharing your experience and learnings so openly on the blog. Do you have a sense of the social amplification as a result of the launch campaign? I can't tell you how many people I've spoken to since who have read/are reading a copy of Spin Sucks who learned about it as a result of the overall campaign and/or Spin Sucks Brand Ambassadors program.


Thanks @ginidietrich and the AD team for allowing me to participate in the Spin Sucks Brand Ambassadors program and become more engaged in the @spinsucks community. It was a wonderful opportunity and I had a blast. I signed up for an advanced copy of Spin Sucks The Book. Writing a review and blog post were a small price to pay in exchange. Little did I know I would gain so much more getting to know the other ambassadors better over the month prior to launch. Book sales will come. The BA program has only made your community stronger. Like @Nikki Little, I'm grateful I was able to participate in this journey. As for people who volunteered and didn't participate with no explanation... well there's a word for that and it's more their loss than yours. I can't wait to see what you do next time!

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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Eden Spodek, Stacey Hood, Marcy Mechanic, and Javier Rodriguez also did a fantastic job of rallying troops and finding fun ways to keep people engaged.

It was a blast and so much fun getting to know the Spin Sucks Crazies better. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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The guy who was at the bottom of the list sold 15,533 books. We did not.

You will.

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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Friendships were formed, I was made fun of pretty consistently (see above photo), and we solved some world problems.

Ditto @ginidietrich and hugs @lSSocialEngage. FYI, it was a bit more than picmonkey'd. ;)

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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@RobBiesenbach  Don't you just love when people come to you for help yet haven't helped you when you needed them? Ugh! BTW, I have to buy YOUR book next. Sorry I missed the Q&A in real time last week. 

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Brand Ambassador Program: A Case Study

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5. Happy Makes Pharrell Williams Cry. If you haven’t already seen this, it’s a must see. Oprah makes Pharrell Williams cry when she shows him how his song, “Happy,” has moved around the globe and made people, well, happy. It’s fantastic and you’ll cry a little.

Sidenotes is perfect for Gin and Topics because we can comment on individual videos. Did you see this version of "Happy" without the music? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPWgRbBTBwA Some people find it depressing but I can't get the music out of my head so it still made me smile.

3 months, 1 week ago on Gin and Topics: Happy Owls, Happy Artists, and Happy Moms

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Either scroll back to the top and write a sidenote about your thoughts on blog comments remaining open or being closed or come back down here and write a love note to someone in the community.

I like how you can tweet or add a FaceBook update from a specific piece of text. Livefyre gets a love note from me for that one. xo

3 months, 1 week ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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They think readers are more comfortable responding to an individual sentence or paragraph than to an entire page.

I like Danny's suggestion and you said Gini, I wish we could like and tag comments here too.

3 months, 1 week ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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They think readers are more comfortable responding to an individual sentence or paragraph than to an entire page.

I agree.

3 months, 1 week ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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You then write your comment and hit “post,” just like you would with regular comments at the bottom of the page.

Easy to use, thats' for sure.

3 months, 1 week ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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Sidenotes works in the same way…except now those notes live on the blog post and other readers can see – and respond to – them.

Hmm, just learned one downside in an otherwise cool feature. You have to click on each individual conversation bubble to see the different conversations and if you have thoughts pertaining to more than one, it's trickier to comment in one spot.

3 months, 1 week ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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The goals, of course, are different for each blog, but this blog wants to encourage debate, conversation, and even disagreements.

This is very cool and allowing comments has helped build the Spin Sucks community to what it is today... a bunch of crazies. :)

3 months, 1 week ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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@ClayMorgan Thanks! I see the Sidenotes link now. I'll give it a try. BTW, in case the folks from Livefyre are monitoring, I'm not sure why but I usually have trouble replying from my iPhone that's why I liked your reply this morning but didn't get around to adding a comment until now. :( 

3 months, 1 week ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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What am I missing here? I don't see anyone using Sidenotes. :( I'll test it out on my own blog too when I give it some TLC this weekend. Thanks!

3 months, 1 week ago on Livefyre Sidenotes: Super Cool New Feature

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Hessie, I love this post. I don't know if there's anything left to say that hasn't already been said except I'm sorry you were duped by this person. Like Laura said, most of us who have been in the online playground for awhile have experienced something similar. You're not alone. I've always been in a believer in what goes around comes around. In fact, you helped me see that in someone who duped me in a different type of situation. 


With respect to not calling out the hypocrites, perhaps the rest of us are too busy trying to stay grounded in the offline world to deal with negative energy. And on that note, patio season is almost here. Get ready! 



3 months, 1 week ago on Online Integrity: Are You Who You Say You Are?

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@ginidietrich @JRHalloran  Whoops! Just saw Gini's answer below. D'oh!

3 months, 1 week ago on Recycle Existing Content with These Four Tips

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@ginidietrich @JRHalloran  I love this idea. What do you think about user-submitted videos instead of brand-produced versions?

3 months, 1 week ago on Recycle Existing Content with These Four Tips

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@ginidietrich Thanks! I hope my clients think I already am a hero and the template will help reinforce their thinking. ;)

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The One-Page Quarterly Plan Template

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Agreed. I'm not a fan of paperwork or admin but this is manageable — for me and some of my clients. Thanks.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on The One-Page Quarterly Plan Template

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@RobBiesenbach @mitchjoel @ginidietrich Couldn't agree more Rob. One of my pet peeves is when organizations already know who they're going to hire but because of procurement policies, they conduct RFPs and make at least two other agencies compete for the client they don't have a hope in heck of winning. There are so many issues with RFPs and pitches we could go on all day and there are several blog posts and podcasts that have discussed the problem with RFPs. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mitch Joel

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@LSSocialEngage @mitchjoel @ginidietrich  Maybe it's time for a Spin Sucks book club. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mitch Joel

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@Howie Goldfarb @mitchjoel @JaffeJuice @crestodina @ginidietrich  What would we do without you Howie? ;)


3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mitch Joel

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@Karen_C_Wilson @mitchjoel  OMG, Karen, I can totally relate to your comment about trying to get past your shyness so you can let people know how much you've learned from them, etc. I'm even shy commenting on blogs when I don't know the blogger. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mitch Joel

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@mitchjoel this is my favourite Spin Sucks Inquisition so far! Maybe it's because I read it with your voice in my head or perhaps because I've seen you at conferences and events. Have you and @ginidietrich considered co-authoring a book called "RFPs Suck"? ;) Agreed, they're brutal. One of the perks of being a sole proprietor is most of my clients come by word of mouth these days and I refuse to do them unless I'm hired by an agency to help them. Apart from being a brutal and often not telling process, RFPs are can be very expensive. The Circle sounds like an interesting read and perfect for an upcoming road trip. Thanks for sharing! 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Mitch Joel

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@lizreusswig @annelizhannan OMG! Thank you so much. These images were recycled as you know and wouldn't be here if the brand ambassador community didn't give their support and encouragement along the way. @ginidietrich hinted there were some updates coming to livefyre. Maybe it will offer a way to include images in comments. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Spin Sucks puts an end to destructive spin

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@freckles71 I think you'll enjoy Spin Sucks and learn a lot from it as well, particularly since you'll relate to it on several levels. If you buy it this week, you can take advantage of the additional goodies. I haven't seen the videos yet but I've seen Marcus Sheridan speak twice and he's fabulous. If you can leave the office for an hour or so on Monday, you should head over to The Pilot for Third Tuesday and see @ginidietrich talk about the book. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Spin Sucks puts an end to destructive spin

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@LSSocialEngage Sounds good. Let me know when you'll be in Toronto. I'd love get to Ottawa this year but don't have any plans. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Spin Sucks – A Book Review: Learn “how to prepare your business for a marathon instead of a sprint”

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@LSSocialEngage Of course I'm going to Third Tuesday Toronto to see @ginidietrich. I usually go to #3TYYZ except when it's on a night when I'm teaching. I'll watch for your tweets. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Spin Sucks – A Book Review: Learn “how to prepare your business for a marathon instead of a sprint”

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@LSSocialEngage Will you be going to see @ginidietrich at Third Tuesday Ottawa next week? 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Spin Sucks – A Book Review: Learn “how to prepare your business for a marathon instead of a sprint”

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@lizreusswig Love you! No one has ever said that to me before. ;) 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Spin Sucks puts an end to destructive spin

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@ginidietrich Someone is in trouble now. Not sure which one of us. ;)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Tips to Manage the Critics Online

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This was one of my favorite stories in the book because of Hertz' response. Unfortunately, there are many stories about companies losing loyal customers to their competitors because they weren't savvy enough to be monitoring online conversations.

I won't even try to be as witty as @annelizhannan. When will Livefyre add a photo option? ;)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Seven Tips to Manage the Critics Online

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@annelizhannan  Ditto! I'm meeting @larawellman  who is visiting today.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Join Gini Dietrich for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today

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@Digital_DRK @Howie Goldfarb @ginidietrich  I thought the cigar store was gone to make way for the Kate Spade boutique. It's much nicer than a cigar store. :D

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Spin Sucks (the Book) is Here!

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Congratulations @ginidietrich! Wishing you sales of 10K copies this week and more. Spin Sucks book is fantastic and I'm looking forward to receiving my hard copies, one coming from Amazon this Wednesday and another one at Third Tuesday during your Canadian book tour! I watched the video and you rock Gini! What's next, "Spin Sucks the series exclusive to Netflix coming to a screen near you"? Can't wait to see you on Monday! xo

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Spin Sucks (the Book) is Here!

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