Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Ralph Dopping

By: Gini Dietrich | September 21, 2012 | 

I know you all have gotten used to meeting a new member of our team on Fridays, but alas. We haven’t hired anyone new in a week.

So, instead, I’d like to introduce you to Ralph Dopping.

I first met Ralph in the comments here, but then I had the very distinct pleasure of meeting him in person in Toronto when I was there speaking at SocialMix.

OK. I’m going to be completely honest. I really loved meeting Ralph, but I also got to meet his wife (Janine Grossmann) and let’s just say she is definitely his better half (and drop dead gorgeous).

But Ralph? He’s alright himself.

First, a little about his professional side. He’s an interior designer by trade working with architects and engineers. He works for DIALOG, an organization that helps Canada build more sustainable communities. In fact, Ralph is LEED certified, which means he’s the very best in sustainable and green work.

On the personal side, he’s a blogger. On The View from Here, he talks a little bit about everything, including books you should be reading (Read this Stuff), how design and architecture affect all of our lives, what this whole digital world is about, and he even provides some really good leadership tips.

He has done a fantastic job of integrating other mediums, including videos, a quote of the week, and opportunities to contribute to his favorite causes.

Plus, he’s quite funny and he has no qualms about making fun of me (I’m sensing a trend with these #FollowFriday recommendations) so I like him lots.

There are many places you can check him out online, including: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and his blog.

I highly recommend you do so…and read his blog. It’s different than the usual social media mumbo jumbo and there aren’t many people in his industry who are blogging about the digital web. You’ll gain a different perspective that I think is very valuable.

But today? Today say hello to him in the comments here.

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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!

  • Hiya Ralph! 

    • rdopping

      Hey  @jasonkonopinski nice to see you. Is that a snowball?

      •  @rdopping A Wiffle ball! 

        •  @jasonkonopinski  @rdopping What you two didn’t know each other? For shame! 

        •  @RebeccaTodd  @rdopping No, we did know each other! 🙂 

        •  @jasonkonopinski  @rdopping Phew. Forgive me- we are out of good coffee in the office.  I am only 67% alive.

        • rdopping

           @RebeccaTodd  @jasonkonopinski Above average alive on a Friday! You’re lookin’ good!

  • rdopping

    Holy crap! I am at a loss for words here. I see you picked my favourite picture of myself. Thank you so much. OMG,……….thank you.

    •  @rdopping Oh you just wait. The notifications are going to keep flooding in. 🙂 

    •  @rdopping I searched all of the images and this is my very favorite!

      • rdopping

         @ginidietrich oh joy!

  • I was so happy when I read about this week’s #FollowFriday on Spinsucks on my RSS feed reader!! Ralph truly is a forward-thinker who happens to be one of the nicest and funniest persons I’ve met. Well deserved #FF, my friend!

    •  @GiseleNMendez I’m so happy you approve! He’s a good one, isn’t he?

      •  @ginidietrich He is! And he really admires you and your team so this means the world to him 🙂

        •  @GiseleNMendez Ahhh. Thank you for saying that!

    • rdopping

      @GiseleNMendez You are an awesome bud. One of my first friends in social and I am so glad I was able to connect with you. How’s Bruce Lee? Love that little critter.

      •  @rdopping  I too am super glad we connected 🙂 Bruce is doing great, right now he’s going through his daily crazy time » Cute AND destructive!

        • rdopping

           @GiseleNMendez How super-cute is he? I just want to squeeze him….:-)

        •  @GiseleNMendez  OMG. You named your dog Bruce Lee? I love you.

        •  @ginidietrich Oh yes, I did 🙂 Meet Bruce Lee » 

  • Good choice. Been enjoying getting to know Ralph around the blogosphere, etc.

    • rdopping

      @KenMueller Thanks Ken. I am glad I have had a chance to connect with you too. Love your style.

  • So wonderful to see Ralph here today! We first connected in your blog comments as well, then on twitter, and Facebook too.  It was that illustrious Social Mix event where I got to finally meet Ralph and Janine as well. It was so relaxing to meet people in person who are just as welcoming, fun and intelligent as I’d hoped. It’s amazing, Gini, you are really cultivating quite the little tribe here on your blog.  I have really enjoyed getting to meet so many of your peeps virtually and in person, and look forward to the new folks you will connect me with.  Happy Friday to you all! 

    •  @RebeccaTodd There is almost nothing more disappointing than getting to know someone online and meeting them in person, but their personalities don’t match. I can say that wasn’t the case for Ralph or you. That was a fun after-event get together!

      •  @ginidietrich And I mostly behaved! Next time we are going dancing fo sho. 

      • belllindsay

         @ginidietrich  @RebeccaTodd Seconded. 

        • rdopping

           @belllindsay  @ginidietrich  @RebeccaTodd Thirded. Is that a word?

    • rdopping

      @RebeccaTodd I couldn’t have met a greater bunch. I love that about these events. And Becks. You, my friend, are awesome.

  • jgrossmann

    Just so everyone knows there is NOTHING better than waking up on a Friday morning and reading a juicy compliment about yourself from a really cool woman!  It’s also really nice to hear such kind words about my husband … I think he’s pretty amazing too!  Thanks so much Gini!!!

    •  @jgrossmann You’re welcome! Thank you for sharing him with us here!

      • rdopping

        @ginidietrich @jgrossmann I still had to pay her for that ya know. And BTW tell her she owes me $500 😉

  • That is a gReat photo! Look forward to gettig to know you Ralph. Congrats on the FF!

    • rdopping

      @katskrieger Gracias Kats. Ha. Boy was I in a goofy mood that day.

  • Congrats! @rdopping 

    • rdopping

       @Adam | Customer Experience Cheers bud!

  • John_Trader1

    Enjoyed your musings here on the Spin Sucks blog @rdopping – looking forward to reading your blog!

    • rdopping

      Thanks a ton  @John_Trader1  I really have my work cut out for me now! All these super-smart guys and gals are going to put me to the test. Better get the hamster wheel running.
      If @belllindsay would only let me in on the hamster wheel joke form last week’s Gin and Topics I could finally relax. 

      •  @rdopping  @John_Trader1  @belllindsay AHAHAHAHAH 2 Hamsters, 1 Wheel! All you, Linds.  For once it isn’t me putting the ass back in to class. 

        • belllindsay

           @RebeccaTodd  @rdopping  @John_Trader1 >on the FLOOR< 

        • rdopping

           @belllindsay  @RebeccaTodd  @John_Trader1 you guys are being mean….2 hamsters, 1 wheel…..there’s smoke coming outta my ears…..

  • I “met” Ralph through his comments here! And also that he writes such amazing stuff over at his blog and then we discussed Tim Hortons and his fear of heights! 
    Hello @rdopping !

    • rdopping

      Hey  @Hajra   I love your kvetching. And the fact that you have Timmy’s in the UAE. Those guys are everywhere. Just promise me that if I visit there that you won’t take me to the top of that building.

      •  @rdopping You have to see it from the top. People come to this country to visit the tallest building in the world! You have to see it! I will drag you along!

        • rdopping

           @Hajra  I better get me some depends (old people diapers).

  • belllindsay

    Ralph!!!!! Yay!!!!!!! Such a great pic, and welcome to the world of FF mayhem!!! LOL

    • rdopping

      Thanks  @belllindsay  Love you. I am so glad I got to meet you. One of my favourite CDN’s and funny as #heckyoumakemehowl

      • belllindsay

         @rdopping Ralph. This is YOUR day!! 😀 (thanks)

  • Aw, Ralph is one of my favorites, too! He’s funny, he’s smart, and he’s extremely personable. Good choice.
    Hi, Ralph! I should unfollow you just so I can follow you again! 🙂

    • rdopping

       @Jill Tooley Ha. Blushing. Jill, you woudn’t date unfollow.

  • AnneReuss

    HI Ralph, come on here, there’s a seat for you in this hullabaloo. You know @rdopping we only spoke briefly but I grew fond of you.  Hope to meet you in person one day! Signed up for you blog updates so I can see what the ruckus is about but I know I’ll enjoy it!  Have fun! 

    • rdopping

      Thanks so much  @AnneReuss  I will try not to disappoint and believe me I am very thankful for the opportunity. You yourself are pretty great! Have a fab day.

  • josiecino

    @jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich done and done 🙂

  • Wait a second. Ralph still provides plenty of mumbo jumbo, let’s not go crazy here. 😉

    • belllindsay

       @thejoshuawilner HAHAHAHA! 

    • rdopping

       @thejoshuawilner True dat.

  • So now your having tequila shots and beer chasers with Gini and Danny, huh? … 😉
    And you know this is Gini’s way of saying you can’t make fun of her any longer, right?
    Seriously, great choice! Ralph is a great guy, no doubt! Hopefully one day I’ll get to meet him in person and “Powerful GD” of course.
    Cheers to you, Sir!

    • rdopping

       @Craig McBreen I think @Danny Brown likes scotch but I wouldn’t know ’cause he keeps turning me down for drinks (kidding). I know he loves scotch.
      It’s Gini I am not sure about. I think I saw pounding back tequila shots at the bar at SoMix. She must have been nervous.
      I know I can’t make fun of her anymore. It was a good run tho. Thanks for the kind words bud.

      •  @rdopping  @Craig McBreen I LOVE SCOTCH!!! Single malt, mind you. 🙂
        And for sure, mate, let’s get on that downtown pint sooner rather than later!

        •  @Danny Brown  @rdopping  Oh, me too 🙂 I couldn’t down a pint of Molson or Labatts, really. Seattle beer snob here. If you guys drink IPAs I’m on board.

        • rdopping

           @Craig McBreen  @Danny Brown Always figured you for a snob McBreen……

  • He’s Canadian – that immediately makes him good people. Mind you, we also have Don Cherry, so…

    •  @Danny Brown Seems like half the people I know online are from Ontario, and they all know their stuff. 
      I used to think you guys did nothing but pound Labatts and fight at hockey games, now I know better.

      • rdopping

         @Craig McBreen  @Danny Brown That’s Molsons. Labatts is for Quebec’ers. Just ask Mitch Joel. He’ll tell ya.

      •  @Craig McBreen Labatts? Wash your mouth out – everyone knows it’s steamwhistle , right Michael Schechter ?

        • MSchechter

           @Danny Brown  I hate you so much…

        • rdopping

           @MSchechter  @Danny Brown He’s Irish after all. 😉

        •  @MSchechter My cleanse finished this week. Guess what I’m having tonight?

        •  @Danny Brown  steamwhistle  Is better than The Colbert Bump, right? Michael Schechter  

    • rdopping

       @Danny Brown Eh? Well, nobody’s perfect, are they? 

  • I so vouch for this guy; he’s the real jalopy. #That.Is.All. EH?

    •  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing You do know a jalopy is a car?

    • rdopping

       @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing Who you callin’ a jalopy?

      • belllindsay

         @rdopping  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing I think it’s called “flirting” in America. 

  • His wife lost a bet BTW, that’s why she’s with him………
    Sir Ralph, another person I plan on meeting in real life when he makes his spring trek to the F L A. Hopefully he won’t try to pay me in funny Candian money if I fleece him on the golf course. You can’t buy drinks with that around here……….
    Yes, he has a sense of humor, but it took him awhile to get used to mine; I was going after him right out of the chute and I had to convince him it was because I luv’d him. 
    Hola Ralph; good choice Gini w/ a cold…………

    • rdopping

       @bdorman264 I’m slow but I catch on eventually. Humble Howard over here. BTW, my wife never loses a bet. The world perceives it that but she never looses. Ever.

      •  @rdopping  @bdorman264 will you change your photo to a sobbing crying one since @ginidietrich just ruined your peaceful life up in Sasakaweechan or whatever that province is called? Have the press arrived yet?

        • rdopping

           @HowieG  @bdorman264  @ginidietrich Bin and done. They found cobwebs and a sleeping cat and decided to move on….quickly. I was on the back porch into my third beer by then anyway.

        • belllindsay

           @rdopping  @HowieG  @bdorman264  @ginidietrich Mmmmmmm, beer. 

        •  @belllindsay  @rdopping  @HowieG  Speaking of beer……………it’s just about that time…………:)

  • rdopping

    @CraigMcBreen @ginidietrich Thanks a bunch Craig!

    • CraigMcBreen

      @rdopping Don’t forget me now that your hangin’ with @ginidietrich

  • rdopping

    @John_Trader1 @SpinSucks @ginidietrich Thanks a ton John! Appreciated.

    • John_Trader1

      @rdopping I’ve admired your wit from afar for quite some time. Thanks to @ginidietrich for creating the community for us all!

      • rdopping

        Thanks @John_Trader1 and yes love that @ginidietrich has created this fable community.

  • Ah, what a pleasure to see you here, Ralph!  Glad I follow your blog! (And I love your photograph)
    Big hugs, Ralph and Gini!

    • rdopping

       @Vidya Sury Awwww, thanks Vidya. You have been a great friend. I owe you a visit!

  • I remember meeting @rdopping in Alaska in 1989 when we competed in the Iditarod. Yes I know I thought it was the Idiotarod race which is why I came in last. He was prepared and his wife was using a cattleprod on the dogs to get them to run faster (she is whip smart as you know). After I was recused I mean rescued from a mile deep crevasse in Siberia (yes I lost my way!) i rejoined the event in time to see Ralph claim the victors trophy which was quickly grabbed by his wife who said ‘That is mine!’ and he replied ‘Yes Dear’. Then she said ‘Ralph sweety will you be a good boy and make sure this goes in my side of our trophy case?’ and he said ‘Yes Dear’. I knew right then he was a good guy even if he was Canadian. Funny he responds to his wife the same way Mr D responds to @ginidietrich 
    Great to see him all these years later. Never knew he finally finished interior design school after he was kicked out for joy riding in the Deans car with a case of booze, a doberman, and a kilo of grass.
    Grats on your Follow Friday Mr Dopping.

    • rdopping

       @HowieG  @ginidietrich Oddly, parts of that are true. 

    • belllindsay

       @HowieG  @rdopping  @ginidietrich HOWIE!!!! Ralph, consider yourself christened!! 😀 

      •  @belllindsay  @rdopping  @ginidietrich he isn’t christened until Jack Bauer pees on his shoes.

  • rdopping

     @ginidietrich thank you again for this public display of affection. Honest, Janine Grossmann is not jealous in the slightest………
    Because of you my subscribers jumped by 50% today to a whopping total of 4 and the previous flat line bar on my Google Analytics dashboard showing visits peaked to 3 today. All that makes me happy and gives me the confidence to now sell shares for the blog. Because you are responsible for this massive peak in performance I am offering you first dibs at a bargain basement price of $299 per share.
    Cheap as borscht……..

    •  @rdopping  You are so good to me! I’ll take the deal. Thank you.

      • rdopping

         @ginidietrich Just need to know the numbers.

        •  @rdopping I thought you said $299 per share?

        • rdopping

           @ginidietrich how many? The first 100,000 are free.

        •  @rdopping Oh I see. I’ll take 100,000 then.

      •  @ginidietrich  @rdopping Borscht is not cheap. My dad eats the stuff. Makes him pee bright red for weeks he says.

        • rdopping

           @HowieG  @ginidietrich TMI.

  •  @rdopping Hey Ralph. Gosh I almost missed out on your official unveiling. My internet was down for 2 days! I know there are a couple people here that would have lost their minds @ginidietrich for one (although some of us might not want her to find it again.)
    Anyway, your picture speaks a thousand words and certainly shows that the jalopy (who said that?) has a motor that runs and runs and runs. (On hydrogen or some other clean energy, I’m sure!)

    • rdopping

       @Carmelo  @ginidietrich Unfortunately it runs on beer mostly. Nothing like a little beer fuelled enthusiasm to get you through a day.
      Seriously and because we are just becoming acquainted, thank you so much for your kind words. Much appreciated.

    •  @Carmelo  Two days?!? How did you survive??

    •  @Carmelo  @rdopping  @ginidietrich That is a great pic Ralph! But you should lighten up, try to put on a smile, don’t be so serious!  Are you a soccer guy, or just like the shirt? 

      • rdopping

         @barrettrossie  @Carmelo  @ginidietrich Deutchland uber alles! World Cup countdown!!!!!!!

  • rdopping

    @howiegoldfarb @SpinSucks @ginidietrich Thanks Howie. You are one funny guy. I did once enter an idiotarod. It wuz fun…

  • ginidietrich

    @LegalTypist LOL!!


    @ginidietrich Such a great way to do #FF! Really enjoyed your talk at the #Vistage conference a little while back, BTW!

    • ginidietrich

      @APTINT Thank you!

  • jonbuscall

    Ralph is a great guy. Check out his video presentations. They ooze personality. Definite ff

    • rdopping

      Ha, thanks  @jonbuscall  My videos ooze something but it’s better left unsaid what it is.

  • rdopping

    Thanks @howiegoldfarb for the RT. Great story!

  • suddenlyjamie

    @rdopping That, my friend, is very cool and very well-deserved. 🙂 Tks for the RT, too. 🙂 Happy Saturday!

    • rdopping

      Thanks @suddenlyjamie Happy Saturday to you too!

  • Ralph!! Sorry I missed your big day. Your life will never be the same. Change your phone number. 
    Ralph and I have just gotten acquainted over the past month or so. A quality guy, and a quality blogger. I’m proud to already be a follower! 

    • rdopping

      Thanks @barrettrossie You are not so bad yourself, sir. BTW, I do love your style and am glad to be part of your network. Cheers bud.

  • Great thread.

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