Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Jon-Mikel Bailey

By: Gini Dietrich | January 25, 2013 | 

When Marketing in the Round came out last spring, it was a lot of fun for me because I got to meet some of Geoff Livingston’s peeps, especially the ones who live in his hometown.

Jon-Mikel Bailey is one who quickly became a friend of mine, mostly because he has that sense of humor that is completely insane. Everything he says, writes, and does makes me laugh. Everything (no pressure in the comments here today, JMB!).

For instance, he sent me an email the other day with the subject line: Three Things (Ha! See what I did there??).

Alluding, of course, to The Three Things we do here every Sunday. It made me laugh!

Professionally, he is one of four partners in web and mobile design and development firm, Wood Street, also the name of their blog.

They started the business because websites (at the time) were being created just to have one (kind of like today’s “we need a Facebook page because everyone else has one”). They saw a need to change that thinking to encourage strategic marketing and communications and evolved that into the creation of sites that allow two-way conversation.

They will celebrate 11 years in business this August, which means they’ve not only survived the eccentric web environment since 2002, but an economic disaster (no small feat in itself!).  And they’re very proud of the fact they’ve been profitable since day one.

That is extremely difficult to do, especially in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Bravo, I say! Bravo!

He’s married and has a little girl – who is gunning after her dad’s leadership position at work (and probably will be better at it) – and two dogs.

He plays the drums, he cooks (I challenge him to a duel!), and he’s hilarious (did I mention that?).

You can find him everywhere on the web, depending on your communication preference. He’s on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, the Wood Street blog, and you can learn more about him in this cool interview.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • belllindsay

    Best. Picture. EVER!
    Funny AND plays the drums? Be still my heart. Welcome to Follow Friday Fandom, Jon-Mikel, I am running off to follow you everywhere right now! 😀

    • @belllindsay Isn’t it?! I stole it off his Facebook wall. I hope he doesn’t mind.

      • belllindsay

        @ginidietrich It makes me smile ear to ear.

        • @belllindsay As opposed to smiling from … ?

        • belllindsay

          @ginidietrich Right nostril to left nostril.

      • @ginidietrich  @belllindsay My lawyer just asked me for your phone number.

        • belllindsay

          @jonmikelbailey  @ginidietrich *on the floor!!* hahahahahaha

  • belllindsay

    Wow. Little did I know, I’m so ahead of the game I’m *already* following you! LOL {pats self on back}

  • Welcome. Glad to meet you, Jon-Mikel. Toddling off to follow you on Twitter now and check out that blog!

  • Thanks Gini! You shouldn’t have! Seriously, you really shouldn’t have. Now the readership for your blog will suffer greatly. But seriously, thanks! My best friend and brother-in-law live in Chicago. Next time I’m out there, you better have a kitchen and you better be ready. IT’S ON!

  • Very nice. Welcome, Jon-Mikel. Drums and sense of humor. You sound like my one son. He’s still here at home. Can he come live with you?

  • Welcome to the club Jon-Mikel! Cooking and drums?! Awesome! I would pay to see and eat at a culinary duel between you and @ginidietrich for sure!

    • belllindsay

      @katskrieger  @ginidietrich Great idea! Let’s get @jonmikelbailey and Gini to do a cook off – charge for people to watch and eat  – and donate to charity! 😉

      • @belllindsay  @katskrieger  @jonmikelbailey Well, some of the money has to go to buying the food for you people to eat!

        • @ginidietrich  @belllindsay  @katskrieger  @jonmikelbailey I want in.

        • belllindsay

          @ginidietrich  @katskrieger  @jonmikelbailey Hey! Even better – everyone who comes brings an ingredient – then you two have to make your meals out of what’s been brought! Seriously, I’m on to something here.

    • @katskrieger  @ginidietrich I only cook soup. I might be screwed.

  • Gah! How did Jon-Mikel and I not meet during the DC launch? Grumble. 
    Welcome, JM!

    • belllindsay

      @jasonkonopinski He called me. Said he ditched you on purpose.

    • @jasonkonopinski I haven’t met him either! He didn’t come to that event. 🙁

      • @ginidietrich That lessens the sting a bit. 
         @jonmikelbailey – are you going to xPotomac? <say yes>

        • @jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich not sure yet. Trying to move some things around.

        • @jonmikelbailey  Let me know if you decide to make it! I’ll be there lending a hand.

        • HowieG

          @jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich  @jonmikelbailey xPotomac sounds very NC-17 please tell us about this thing you mention Jason.

        • @jasonkonopinski  @ginidietrich Just got my ticket to xPotomac.

    • @jasonkonopinski We will drink some serious coffee soon Jason! Just cup and cup, gabbing like a couple of teenage boys!

      • @jonmikelbailey Cawfee and tawk.

      • @jonmikelbailey  @jasonkonopinski I see what Gini means by hilarity. I laughed out loud at the idea of “gabbing like a couple of teenage boys.” 
        Welcome Jon-Mikel!

        • @Erin F.  @jasonkonopinski There is nothing more precious than a teenage boy giggle fest. Just warms the soul.

  • HowieG

    Plays the drums? Phbltt! @jonmikelbailey is snowing you about playing drums. Do you know he sends out pictures like that playing the guitar, clarinet, xylophone, spoons-washboard-jug, grand piano. Go to his website. Click the request photo button. He will send you any you want. @belllindsay had him take one playing the tuba. @KenMueller had him take one conducting the royal ancient semi autocratic philharmonic of southwest fiji.
    See that is what @jonmikelbailey does @ginidietrich you just think he is in the web and mobile design business. He just has a business card he gives out says whatever he wants. When I met him in 2009 his card said Car Detailing Phenom. At Ibiza Rave Clubs his card says ‘Baron Von Bailey’. He told @jasonkonopinski he is a Whale Whisperererer’
    But you outed him @ginidietrich good job. About time he was brought to justice in the court of Spin Sucks. Will he have to serve penance like @bdorman264 ?

    • @HowieG  @belllindsay  @KenMueller  @ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski  @bdorman264 Dude, I told you the check was in the mail! Cut it out!

    • belllindsay

      @HowieG  @jonmikelbailey  @KenMueller  @ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski  @bdorman264 I want a pic of him playing the didgeridoo. Make it happen, Howie.

      • amandag

        @belllindsay  @HowieG  @jonmikelbailey  @KenMueller  @ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski  @bdorman264 Can we get one of him playing a didgeridoo in an Ibiza Rave club? That would be wild.

        • @amandag  @belllindsay  @HowieG  @KenMueller  @ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski  @bdorman264 I’m not a puppet. I am a person, with feelings. Strange and tingly feelings.

        • belllindsay

          @jonmikelbailey  @amandag  @HowieG  @KenMueller  @ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski  @bdorman264 We’re talking about you like you’re not even here. Carry on everyone!

  • Happy #FF @jonmikelbailey ! Loving the layout of the Wood Street Blog! I mean, I hear all about @ginidietrich ‘s cooking skills…do you think you can match up?

    • @Matt_Cerms  @ginidietrich Just between you and me, she can probably cook circles around me. But don’t tell her I said that.

  • Followed! @jonmikelbailey , I’d love to go through all your photos… and steal the ideas! (But I’d never do that, I’m an EX-ad guy…)

  • rdopping

    I like the old school watercolour (CDN spelling…..pppppft) look about wood street. Very chi-chi….Phil Collins ain’t got nuthin’ on you.