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#FollowFriday: Nate Riggs

By: Gini Dietrich | June 1, 2012 | 
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I finally got to meet Nate Riggs last week and he’s exactly as I expected.

Funny, charming, smart, and (yes, I’ll admit it) really good looking.

He works and lives in Columbus and helped last week’s #FollowFriday, Michael Bowers, figure out the educational tracks for the Ohio Growth Summit, get the speakers secured, and organize the topics. He even moderated some of the panels, which he was really good at doing.

When I arrived at the conference, the content educational track he was moderating had already begun so I snuck in the back and sat at a table where I wouldn’t disturb anyone with my tardiness.

The panel was really good and I was taking lots of notes to bring back to the office.

About 10 minutes before lunch, a new friend, Dave Hunegnaw, came into the room and kneeled beside me to chat.

I was chatting with him when the panel ended and Nate was announcing lunch to the attendees. Before he did, though, he said, “Everyone stand up, turn around, and wave hello to this afternoon’s keynote, Gini Dietrich.”

Everyone did and I was busy chatting with Dave. Nice going, Gin!

I relate that story because what I love most about Nate is he knows how to give me a hard time. And that was the epitome of giving me a hard time.

But moderating panels and embarrassing me isn’t all Nate does. Until recently, he ran his own business, but with three boys (two five year olds and a baby) he decided he needed to have some more stability and consistency.

He sold his business to The Karcher Group, a web marketing firm, and now is their director of social business. And he is flourishing. When I asked him how it is to be working for someone again, a sparkle hit his eye and he grinned as he told me how well things are going.

You can find Nate all over the web, including Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo (where you’ll see a video with me; skip to the very end to see the outtakes), Quora, Google+, and his blog.

And, if you ever have the chance to see him speak, even if he’s simply moderating a panel, I highly recommend it. He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen.

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.

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KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

I’m on it. Hi, Nate!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @KenMueller You’re such a good man!

KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich If I had a nickel for every time a woman told me that…

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @KenMueller You’d have a nickel?

faybiz
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @KenMueller good story… that’s not REALLY busting chops, Gert… he went light on you…

KenMueller
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich No. 15-cents. Jerk. 

autumnmthompson
autumnmthompson
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @KenMueller OMG!  You guys just made me laugh!  Out loud, too!
 

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @faybiz  @KenMueller Oh it is in front of 200 people without seeming like a complete jerk. It was sufficient enough to embarrass the crap out of me for not paying attention.

faybiz
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @KenMueller you embarrass easily, always fun

debdobson62
debdobson62
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich
 This is a great post.  I was lucky enough to be able to meet him IRL and this describes perfectly the guy I met.  🙂

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @KenMueller Hi Ken! 🙂

MichaelBowers
MichaelBowers
3 years 11 months ago

I totally agree with this recommendation. I think one of Nate’s first presentations was at the Ohio Growth Summit in 2009. When he was done the keynote for that year, Chris Brogan, told me that I didn’t need to bring him into speak because Nate had it all. Since then Nate has been an integral part of the Summit and a go to person for me any time I am looking for advice social media and content marketing. He is an absolute MUST follow!!!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @MichaelBowers He is really good! I agree with Chris on that one.

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @MichaelBowers I heard Gini was trying to hire him away for the Illinois Growth Summit.

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @MichaelBowers You know, that year I had been speaking at chambers and to small groups at Panara, but OGS was the first time I was on a stage with presenter monitors (#FTW) and in front of hundreds of people.  Not to mention Chris (who I’ve always looked up to) was sitting down in front — I was absolutely terrified…

jasonkonopinski
3 years 11 months ago

Happy to connect with you, nateriggs ! I see you enjoy teasing @ginidietrich as much as I do.  We’ll get along just fine. 🙂 

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski  Oh good. Something you have in common.

jasonkonopinski
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich There’s bound to be more than just THAT. 

TheJackB
3 years 11 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski If people don’t tease Gini I begin to wonder…

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @TheJackB  @jasonkonopinski Seriously.

TheJackB
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @jasonkonopinski Fortunately you are good natured about it. 

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @jasonkonopinski Heck yes!  But, I am waiting for the payback eventually. It will come when I least expect it…

jasonkonopinski
3 years 11 months ago

 @nateriggs I made one comment in a blog post about crying during Steel Magnolias and she grabbed onto that one like a bulldog. 🙂 

annelizhannan
3 years 11 months ago

All checked in at sites for @nateriggs . It wasn’t enough that davehunegnaw was on his knees to address @ginidietrich now she has gentlemen announcing her mere presence. I just adore the mid-west hospitality.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @annelizhannan  AND…Michael Bowers parked my car at the conference and Dave parked my car at the after-party. I could get used to that!

annelizhannan
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich That does not surprise me…do they toss flowers as you walk? And when you get home all those sloppy kisses from the pup. You are one lucky lady.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @annelizhannan No flowers, but I think I’ll add that to my speaker’s requirement list!

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @annelizhannan didn’t the paying attendees have to pay $45 to park and then walk 18 blocks in the heat to the event?

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  What’s your point?

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich We focus on stellar customer service in Columbus!

Marcus_Sheridan
3 years 11 months ago

I love me some Nate Riggs…Good call Gini!! 🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @Marcus_Sheridan I love me some Nate Riggs, too. Great. Another thing we can compete on.

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @Marcus_Sheridan Okay … now I officially owe you a beer in NYC next week 🙂

samfalletta
samfalletta
3 years 11 months ago

I couldn’t agree with you more, Gini.  nateriggs has endless energy and a passion for sharing new ideas that has helped our company for years.  Great choice for #FF!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @samfalletta  AND I got to meet you because of him!

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @samfalletta Thanks dude. One of the other things that was awesome about OGS is that we finally had some time to catch up. It’s amazing how busy things can get and then next thing you know, it’s been months since you’ve seen people. I enjoyed getting to hang out again!  Your stuff on the middle panel was content gold for folks who are ready to actually go about getting their businesses to ‘be social’.

samfalletta
samfalletta
3 years 11 months ago

No doubt.  It was definitely too long between visits.  Check in next time you’re in town and I’ll be sure to do the same.

margieclayman
margieclayman
3 years 11 months ago

Buckeye Power!!! Nate has been very good to me. I’m horribly jealous you got to meet him! Although I guess one could argue I kind of suck for not making it down to the conference. Well, we’ll just scoot on by that one 🙂
 
Too much awesomeness for one post right here. Happy Friday, all! 

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @margieclayman You need to go next year. It’s the best conference I’ve attended, to date.

margieclayman
margieclayman
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich I will make it a priority! 

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @margieclayman Hey, here’s an idea for next year — will you do a talk at #OGS13?  It’s @MichaelBowers , but I’ll bet if we poked him enough he’d be happy to give you the floor. 🙂

margieclayman
margieclayman
3 years 11 months ago

 @nateriggs  @MichaelBowers Wowee!!!!!!

Lisa Gerber
3 years 11 months ago

Man, that is one awesome photo – look at those happy kids and dad. 🙂

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @Lisa Gerber Right?! I didn’t know if it was appropriate to use, but what the heck!

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @Lisa Gerber they are rent-a-kids right?

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  @ginidietrich  @Lisa Gerber – those are some VERY expensive rent-a-kids.  I should just consider buying them but I hear the costs really go out of whack during the high school and college years… 😉

Sean McGinnis
3 years 11 months ago

 @nateriggs Nate – you totally could have borrowed mine for the photo free of charge… Not sure how I could have gotten by them for a day or two, but I would have figured it out….

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich  @Lisa Gerber I don’t think anything would be more appropriate than that.  The little guy is Max. He’s the common denominator in our blended family. The one that looks like me is Kaden (mine genetically). He just graduated Kindergarten yesterday evening (yes, they do that WITH cap and gown apparently). Jacob is the dark complected one who’s the middle kid. He and I chose to become father and son. 🙂

HowieSPM
3 years 11 months ago
 @nateriggs  @ginidietrich  @Lisa Gerber Nate has come a long way hasn’t he. At age 7 he is found in the Idaho wilds being raised by wolves, By age 16 youngest to graduate Harvard at top of his class At age 20 rise up in the Crips and soon moves to mexico running the biggest cartel in the world. By age 26 serving life until his appeal turns over his 86 murders. Decides to become a Priest then falls in love and next thing he is in marketing living a humble but fruitful life wife, kids, white picket fence, 3 dogs 2 cats… Read more »
nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @HowieSPM  @ginidietrich  @Lisa Gerber I am sad to report that we are down to two dogs now. Bruce ate Dozer, the Chihuahua I brought back from my time down south… 😉

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago
Wow, Gini!  I’m honestly humbled by this post. Thank you! You couldn’t have picked a better image to describe where I am at in life.  Don’t get me wrong — I love what I do for a living, speaking, and giving my friends a hard time ;), but what I love MOST of all are my boys and my wonderful wife Sarah. There the reason for everything these days for me.  Geoff Karcher has worked tirelessly to remind me that it’s okay not to work all weekend long, and that the world won’t end of you take some time away… Read more »
ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @nateriggs You’re right … we did all walk away with some great ideas. And I have an awesome photo of me arguing with Anthony!

Robb_Wexler
Robb_Wexler
3 years 11 months ago

I’m thinking of applying for the position of Gini’s party parker.

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @Robb_Wexler I’m waiting for your resume.

terreece
terreece
3 years 11 months ago

Great #FF @ginidietrich! @nateriggs is an awesome guy!
 
 
 

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @terreece  You’re not so bad yourself!

bdorman264
3 years 11 months ago

Sounds like a quality guy indeed. Ohio really took care of you, huh? There really are some good peeps in the O and thanks for sharing them with the rest of your audience.
 
Nice to meet you Nate; don’t let up on giving Gini a hard time or she will think you don’t like her anymore…….:). 

nateriggs
nateriggs
3 years 11 months ago

 @bdorman264 haha. I will make sure not to let up 😉

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @bdorman264 Who is this?

bdorman264
3 years 11 months ago

 @ginidietrich The Invisible one…….

Nikki Little
3 years 11 months ago

Great recommendation! I’ve been drinking the @nateriggs Kool-Aid since we were fierce and friendly competitors during the 2011 Chevy SXSW road trip. He and his other Columbus teammates were some of the nicest people I met during that trip last year. Oh yeah, he’s kinda smart when it comes to social media and online marketing, too. 😉

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @Nikki Little  @nateriggs HAHAHAHAH! Yes! That was fun to watch, too!

rachaelseda
3 years 11 months ago

Nate is awesome. He’s one of those people that is just as awesome…no more awesome then you hope and think he will be when you meet him in person. Good #FF pick Gin, even if I am a little late to the party!

ginidietrich
3 years 11 months ago

 @rachaelseda Ah Rach. You’re always welcome!

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