Gini Dietrich

#FollowFriday: Sean McGinnis

By: Gini Dietrich | April 15, 2011 | 
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If you haven’t figured it out by the title, today’s #FollowFriday is Sean McGinnis.

I did something differently this week. Because I was too lazy to shower before 7 a.m. yesterday and because Sean send me a direct message at least once a week and says, “Where’s my video?”

I figured doing his #FollowFriday via video was a great way to do it. I think he really wants a video interview for his blog, but we’ll see if this suffices…for another week.

So Gini, you ask, why is there a picture of YOU, then, on today’s blog? Well, my dear friends, you have to watch the video to find out.

And you’ll also get to meet my bike, who has been at work with me this week so I can ride when it warms up after noon. Sorry, Sean. He steals about 10 seconds of your fame.

So watch the video and then I’ll give you the stats on where to find Sean. If you can’t see the video in your reader, click here and it will magically appear.

Ah yes. Gumby. He sits on my desk with me, if only to keep me humble. I’m sure Sean will figure out a way that I’ll be thanking him for that someday.

Here is his 411:

In all seriousness, he really is one of the good guys. He’s as much fun, if not more, offline than he is online. And he’s freakishly tall. Mr. D is 6′ 3″ so I’m used to tall, but Sean has to be like 8 feet. He could play for the Bulls. Wait. They’re really good this year. Never mind.

You’ll really enjoy meeting him, following him, reading him, and getting to know him. There are no auto direct messages, no BS, and no feeling that he’s too good for anyone.

Happy Friday!

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.

  • ExtremelyAvg

    That was a delightful post. I like it that your bike got some air time. I think I will take your advice and follow @seanmcginnis. I like funny too.

  • ginidietrich

    @ExtremelyAvg He’s very possessive and wanted to get in the video, too!

  • Congrats to seanmcginnis On becoming the Twitter follow of the day. He is a great person and I love following him. He is quite amazing and a good blogger as well.

  • ginidietrich

    @Justicewordlaw Now, don’t go overboard here. He’s alright. 🙂

  • I recently connected with Sean actually – and he really seems like all that you say and more. I’m gonna’ take your word for it and your advice to get to know him even better – since we’ve only connected on Twitter mostly.

    I had especially liked (and remember) his article on the extreme Twitter avatar Makeover a while back. Some really goo stuff on 312 Digital. I’ll be reading a lot more over there.

    Plus – I love funny and intelligent people too :)))!

    Oh – and anyone who has the guts to call you Gumby is my friend! Mwauhaha

    BTW – I have a similar picture to your Gumby one – doing a snow angel in shorts! lol

    Awesome of you to have put this video together for Sean. Plus, you look so perrrrrty Aunt Gini haha ;).

    Happy Friday to the both of you.

    And Sean – I look forward to connecting with you more.

    Cheers

  • @ExtremelyAvg I’m reading your guest post on team follow back over at Davina’s – LOL and YES!!! Nicely done Brian :).

  • KenMueller

    Followed on Twitter and on his blog. Thanks for the recommendation. And I also love funny. I think funny makes the world go round. I also don’t think I could ever hire someone who isn’t funny, or at least doesn’t have a good sense of humor.

  • ginidietrich

    @Griddy Right?! I mean, the first time we had coffee together, he brought me Gumby. NO ONE does that but my brothers and really close friends. I guess you can’t help but like him for it.

  • ginidietrich

    @KenMueller Muellertastic.

  • @ginidietrich I like him! I like him! 🙂

    And any gesture like that – regardless – is a thoughtful one in my book.

  • HAHAHA!! You DO look like Gumby in that picture! (to be clear, you do not normally look like Gumby) Hey, that Gumby has kicked me in the face! I didn’t know the origin. and now I do. 🙂

  • @ginidietrich @Griddy There’s way more to the coffee/gumby story Griddy….I begged her to have coffee w me to vet this idea, and as soon as she said yes, I ordered the Gumby from Amazon (best $5.88 I ever spent, by the way). But the thing is I WAITED to give it to her until we were at the end of the meeting, cuz I wasn’t sure how she was going to react.

    We both laughed so hard that morning…I’m pretty sure the whole Starbucks thought we were nuts. Swear to god, I nearly soiled myself. You know when you’re all middle aged and you laugh so hard you get a temporary six-pack from the stomach muscles contracting for the first time in a decade? Yeah. One of those laughs…..

  • Crud. Now I’m in the uncomfortable position – the “how long should I wait to write my own Follow Friday post about Gini”. Hmmm. Can’t do it today obviously. That’s out. Next week would be too soon, for sure. People would talk and think I only #ff’d her because of this frickin’ video. Still, don’t wanna wait too long, or she’ll think I’m ungrateful.OK. Off to consult the Oracle. See you all in a week or so. In all seriousness….flattered doesn’t begin to do my feelings justice. As I said this morning via DM Gini, you’re like a sister to me (and we’ve only “known” each other a few months). I love what you do here at Spin Sucks – and if I had my own service oriented business, I’d model nearly everything you’re doing (heck I even copied your idea of writing a FF post instead of just shouting out lists on Twitter many months ago). You’re the best…Now where’s my video interview!

  • KenMueller

    @Sean McGinnis I think you hit the nail on the head, Sean. Gini is just “good people.” I’ve only known her an incredibly short time, and only online, but she treats people well and is incredibly genuine and personable. But I’m older than her, so if anything she’ll be a little sister. Which means I can pick on her…

  • @Lisa Gerber I’m GUMBY damnit!

  • danielnewmanUV

    Gini: What a great story and recommendation. Sean is a gentleman and a scholar and he is one of the good guys! I look forward to our impending coffee in a few weeks!

    Sean – Bring your A game next friday. With this kind of press I’m going to have to bring you back to size a bit.

  • Two of my favorite people. Gini and Sean are both are awesome. I will add that Sean is one of the most giving people I know. A true professional that knows how to laugh. I’m seeing a theme here…

  • @danielnewmanUV Yes, but you need to give me about 5 a side, given your handicap…

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis You can write a FF for @ginidietrich in like a year then back date it just like they used to do with stock options before everyone got busted. Or looking at my calendar June 10th looks good.

    BTW congrats Sean. Now that you have peaked how does it feel? Will you retire now? Or like Michael Jordan will you go to the Wizards as a free agent in hopes of still starting? Or maybe be gracious to come off the bench and ease into a coaching role? And when is your press conference? I don’t want to miss it and I have to bring the car in for an oil change and go jogging later so can you please work around my schedule? Thank you.

  • @Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich Kinda like the way I’m laughing now? hahaha 😉

    Oh wow – my monthly work out is done! Summer – I’m ready for you!!!! 😉

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @Lisa Gerber @ginidietrich I am thinking a UGC is in the works as part of Project Jack Bauer. The Ultimate Gumby Championship that will take place before each UFC bout.

  • HowieSPM

    @KenMueller uhm one place you will find no humor Ken is here at SpinSucks in fact @ginidietrich as you well know by now is all business.

    So now back to our discussion about whether the migratory patterns of Candian geese are something they learn or something they are born with. I presented the 1962 study from Queens College Biologist Phineas Johnson that seems to say it something they are born with. But in a follow up 1975 study from Harvard it seems they learn by following their parents on the first winter flight to Palm Beach. What are your thoughts on this?

  • @Griddy @ginidietrich QUICK! get out there and show off those ripped abs! They go away so quickly….

  • ParkRidgeDDS

    Love this video version of #FollowFriday…. you already know that you are the inspiration as to why I do my video blogs ( I am such a kiss up 😉 and I love watching yours…they are so normal and natural…as if you are talking to a person instead of the camera. And…Sean McGinnis….if Gini Dietrich loves you….I love you…. Oh and…..psssst….Gini….between you and me….you kinda DO look like Gumby in that picture…..xxxooo

  • KenMueller

    @HowieSPM @ginidietrich I’m sorry, Howie. I stand corrected. But what I’m really interested in is…what is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

  • HowieSPM

    @Griddy @Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich@tommoradpour who is part of my Reality Posse. I love @livefyre I can just rope people in randomly. =P

  • OK everyone. I have this idea, but we have to keep it VERY quiet, so Gini doesn’t know about it. Everyone that loves Gini as much as I do, you should order her a Gumby doll. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015DDLC0 This is the exact same doll that I gave her! They are $6.50. Ship them straight to her office. She’ll LOVE having like 3,000 of them on her desk. But, listen…you CANNOT tell her OK? She’s gonna be so SURPRISED! Shhhh….. Gotta go now. Planning something big!

  • @HowieSPM @Lisa Gerber @ginidietrich Howie, I told her 3 weeks ago I wanted her to make Gumby the formal SpinSucksPro mascot….she wouldn’t budge. She’s stubborn like that.

  • @KenMueller @HowieSPM @ginidietrich What…is your favorite color?

  • KenMueller

    @Sean McGinnis @HowieSPM @ginidietrich Blue. No, Yel…..AHHHHHHH.

    I love how we can all just hijack Gini’s blog while she’s off doing….whatever it is she does.

  • @HowieSPM @Griddy @ginidietrich @livefyre@tommoradpour I haven’t seen Tom in stream for weeks and weeks. I assumed he was writing a book. (he should).

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @Griddy @ginidietrich He hasn’t blogged in a bit and I wonder if he is traveling or bunkered down because of the market share issues. Last I chatted on twitter with him was 2-3 weeks back. Great guy though as I have gotten to know him and being a fan of Pepsi pulling for them.

  • HowieSPM

    @KenMueller @Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich I love Monty Python. There is a collection of DVDs dedicated to each member in my Netflix cue.

  • HowieSPM

    @Sean McGinnis @Lisa Gerber @ginidietrich ever since Jack Bauer was signed to the CAA contract gone hollywood and moved to Malibu they need a mascot. Why not Gumby?

  • @KenMueller @HowieSPM @ginidietrich Why not? She’s not using it….. 😉

  • ParkRidgeDDS

    I have to say….my favorite place to land on Fridays is right here…the dialogue is SO entertaining and crazy fun…. I may just stay here all day….who needs to work….

  • TheJackB

    That is the kind of promotion that money can’t buy.

  • TheJackB

    That is the kind of promotion that money can’t buy.

  • ginidietrich

    @Lisa Gerber Lisa, in about 10 minutes, I’m coming to your office and kicking you in the shins. When it happens, you’ll know it was for this comment.

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis Nearly everything?! Not EVERYTHING??

  • ginidietrich

    @KenMueller @Sean McGinnis Ken, this is Muellertastic!

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis @danielnewmanUV Wait. What’s next Friday?!

  • ginidietrich

    @tamcdonald Yes, the theme is YOU are the same way!

  • ginidietrich

    @ParkRidgeDDS Come on! You’re MY friend! I take back my text from this morning. I don’t like you one bit. Did you meet Sean earlier this week at #LCSN?

  • KenMueller

    @ginidietrich @Sean McGinnis nice. You sure it isn’t Brogantic?

  • ginidietrich

    @KenMueller Oh. I’m sure.

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis You are crazy.

  • ginidietrich

    @ParkRidgeDDS So funny you say that…I just finished writing Gin and Topics and I tried to keep it all funny stories. Coming in 20 minutes!

  • ginidietrich

    @TheJackB His wife sent me a big check and asked me to be really nice to him.

  • @ginidietrich Crazy like a fox?

  • @ginidietrich @danielnewmanUV Dan & I are golfing out in the sticks (he lives nearby). I’d ask you to join us but I hear you’re going through this process not at all unlike birthing a set of triplets without a nerve block. It’s called starting a biz and being an entrepreneur. 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis No. Crazy like a clown.

  • @HowieSPM @ginidietrich That came close to how hard Gini and I laughed over coffee.

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis @danielnewmanUV Ah man! It’s OK. You don’t want me to golf with you guys. It’d be embarrassing for you to have me beat you.

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis @danielnewmanUV Ah man! It’s OK. You don’t want me to golf with you guys. It’d be embarrassing for you to have me beat you.

  • @ginidietrich Well, I’d surely be less snarky…

  • @ginidietrich Well, I’d surely be less snarky…

  • @ginidietrich @Lisa Gerber Tears rolling DOWN my face…..

  • @ginidietrich @Lisa Gerber Tears rolling DOWN my face…..

  • ParkRidgeDDS

    @ginidietrich LOL….no… sadly I missed #LCSN this month and the opportunity to meet the awesome Sean…but I gotta tell you…I can’t lie. I calls them as I sees them 😉 At least Gumby is cute…it could be worse…at least you don’t look like Pokey! ((hugs))

  • TheJackB

    @ginidietrich Give her my number and when I get my check I’ll put together a Bollywood production that will make heads spin. 😉

  • dino_dogan

    You know..I love that Sean McGinnis…I dont even know why…I just think he’s tops 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @dino_dogan Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Don’t go overboard. 🙂

  • ginidietrich

    @TheJackB Wait! I want a Bollywood production.

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis LOL!!

  • TheJackB

    @ginidietrich I’ll call <a href=”http://youtu.be/dXFLBr-iia4″>Uncle Daler</a> and we’ll get working on it.

  • ginidietrich

    @TheJackB HECK YES!!!

  • @ginidietrich @TheJackB So THAT’s how it works!!

  • jeanniecw

    I totally agree. He is the REAL DEAL.

  • @Sean McGinnis deserves the bike and the FF.

  • ginidietrich

    @johnfalchetto Wait. What? Not MY bike!

  • ginidietrich

    @jeanniecw And now we can go back to making fun of him.

  • Haha. I forgot to address the vital stats….

    I’m actually 6’5″ Mrs. Dietrich, so Mr. D and I would definitely be looking each other in the eye. You make it sound like I’m Artis Gilmore or something.

  • Haha. I forgot to address the vital stats….

    I’m actually 6’5″ Mrs. Dietrich, so Mr. D and I would definitely be looking each other in the eye. You make it sound like I’m Artis Gilmore or something.

  • Haha. I forgot to address the vital stats….

    I’m actually 6’5″ Mrs. Dietrich, so Mr. D and I would definitely be looking each other in the eye. You make it sound like I’m Artis Gilmore or something.

  • Haha. I forgot to address the vital stats….

    I’m actually 6’5″ Mrs. Dietrich, so Mr. D and I would definitely be looking each other in the eye. You make it sound like I’m Artis Gilmore or something.

  • ParkRidgeDDS

    @Sean McGinnis LOL … ARTIS GILMORE!!!….Now THERE’S a blast from the past…I’m thinking most of the people commenting here weren’t even twinkles in their parents eyes during HIS heyday!!

  • jeanniecw

    @ginidietrich Well duh. That’s a given!

  • jeanniecw

    @ginidietrich Well duh. That’s a given!

  • jeanniecw

    @ginidietrich Well duh. That’s a given!

  • ginidietrich

    @Sean McGinnis Are you sure? You seem at least eight feet tall. Maybe I wasn’t wearing heels that day.

  • BTRIPP

    You have to admit … that pic DOES look “Gumby-esque”!

  • bdorman264

    @ParkRidgeDDS @Sean McGinnis Yikes, I even know where he went to college; JU & they came in 2nd in the NCAA’s…………..the first of the twin towers w/ Pembrook Burrows………

  • bdorman264

    @HowieSPM @Sean McGinnis @ginidietrich I mean really, where do you go from here?

  • bdorman264

    You do love that snow, huh?

    I like the bike shot, I used to sleep w/ my ball glove…………..:)

    Sean and I have just hooked up so interested to get to know him.

  • ginidietrich

    @BTRIPP SHHHHHH!

  • ginidietrich

    @bdorman264 I DO love the snow! And I used to sleep with my bike in my room and Mr. D put the kibosh on it.

  • @TheJackB I know! Gumby manufacturers the world over are ramping up production even as I’m typing this…..

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