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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.

4 days, 14 hours 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

4 days, 14 hours 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.

4 days, 14 hours 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.

4 days, 14 hours 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.

4 days, 14 hours 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.

4 days, 14 hours 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. :)

4 days, 14 hours 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. :( 

4 days, 14 hours 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!

5 days, 8 hours 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! 



1 week, 1 day 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!

1 week, 1 day 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?

1 week, 1 day 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. ;)

1 week, 5 days 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.

1 week, 5 days 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. 

2 weeks, 4 days 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. 

2 weeks, 4 days 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? ;)


2 weeks, 4 days 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. 

2 weeks, 4 days 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! 

2 weeks, 4 days 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. 

2 weeks, 4 days 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. 

2 weeks, 5 days 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. 

2 weeks, 5 days 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. 

2 weeks, 5 days 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. ;) 

2 weeks, 5 days 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. ;)

2 weeks, 5 days 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? ;)

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Seven Tips to Manage the Critics Online

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

2 weeks, 6 days 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 weeks, 1 day 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 weeks, 1 day ago on Spin Sucks (the Book) is Here!

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Timely post. I'm on the verge of moving from brining associates together for projects and subcontracting bits here and there to hiring a junior person financed through bootstrapping. I'll still bring in senior SMEs when needed but they essentially pay for themselves because the work I'm billed is passed directly onto the client. 

Yesterday a lightbulb went off to fill a need that's lacking in my part of the city. If research shows there's a viable business opportunity that won't distract from my core business, I'll look to alternative funding sources for help, crowdfunding or an angel investor may be the best options. Looking at you @belllindsay. ;)

4 weeks ago on Financing a Growing Business: Options and Advice

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@Howie Goldfarb @Eleanor Pierce @ginidietrich @Digital_DRK  Brilliant Howie! Cartwheels may be a requirement for employment at AD (maybe we need to see everyone doing them on video). The big question is do you have a dog @Eleanor Pierce

1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Eleanor Pierce

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Ooh! This is going to be interesting. Nice meeting you @Eleanor Pierce and congrats on being (Spin) Sucked into the first @SpinSucks Inquisition. I loved your answer to the bucket list vs. your life span. You drive a hard bargain. 

1 month ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Eleanor Pierce

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@martinwaxman  Thanks Martin. I'm taking it all in and learning as much as possible while being at the vortex of a viral video experience so I can share the knowledge. 


Congrats to Hilary!  A lot of work went into  making Joey Loves Water.

1 month, 1 week ago on How does a video go viral?

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Voted! This should be interesting. 

1 month, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition is Coming!

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