6 of the best from 2013

Here, for you to enjoy with a cup of tea in the afternoon of the first Friday of 2014, is a compilation of excerpts from and links to the best blog posts I came across last year. Among a wealth of other nuggets I sifted through, these are the ones I found most thought-provoking and helped inspire me to get writing again so I hope you get as much from them as I did:
24 May, 2013
A Futurist Looks at the Future of Marketing
Gerd Leonhard, author, strategic advisor, CEO of TheFuturesAgency interviewed by Dana Rousmaniere
Digital marketing is evolving as fast as any other medium on our tablets, smartphones, Google Glass and beyond. To learn about what the future may bring to this marketing genre, we reached out to Gerd Leonhard, an author, strategic advisor, CEO of TheFuturesAgency, and someone whom The Wall Street Journal calls “one of the leading media-futurists in the world.”
12 June 2013
How Technology Is Destroying Jobs
David Rotman
Given his calm and reasoned academic demeanor, it is easy to miss just how provocative Erik Brynjolfsson’s contention really is. ­Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his collaborator and coauthor Andrew McAfee have been arguing for the last year and a half that impressive advances in computer technology—from improved industrial robotics to automated translation services—are largely behind the sluggish employment growth of the last 10 to 15 years. Even more ominous for workers, the MIT academics foresee dismal prospects for many types of jobs as these powerful new technologies are increasingly adopted not only in manufacturing, clerical, and retail work but in professions such as law, financial services, education, and medicine.
22 July 2013
See, Think, Do: A Content, Marketing, Measurement Business Framework
Avinash Kaushik
Author, Digital Marketing Evangelist – Google, Co-founder – Market Motive.
When I started to think about this latest framework, here’s what I was trying to solve for:
* We talk the customer centricity game, but we rarely walk it. Just see the AIDA Wikipedia page linked above.
* We don’t think about our marketing expansively enough. In addition to being worrisome, this also makes me mad because there is so much opportunity out there and we are squandering it.
* We (oh how I hate this) apply irrational and “narrow-view” measurement strategies toward understanding what is successful and what’s not. Since you are what you measure, if you mess this up, you mess up what’s good and what’s bad and what’s gloriously good.
02 September 2013
What does a perfect agile marketing strategy look like?
Chris Lake
Good timing is everything in comedy, in sport, in fashion, in cooking, and in business. Wait too long and you’ve missed your moment, but there’s a very sweet spot to hit if you get it right. As Anna Wintour says:
It’s always about timing. If it’s too soon, no one understands. If it’s too late, everyone’s forgotten.
Vogue’s editor in chief could have so easily been talking about agile marketing, which requires superlative timing. How are you supposed to win the earned media game if you sit around twiddling thumbs, or don’t have the right set up to make things happen quickly?
With this in mind, I thought I’d outline the key agile marketing success factors, and to try to figure out what kind of team structure and processes need to be put in place.
13 December 2013
What Content Marketing Needs to Rule in the Post-Advertising Age
Kirk Cheyfitz
It has been seven years since digital became social… and media changed forever. We all agree interruption as a marketing strategy is dead.
But adland has largely failed to act on that consensus.
It’s clear that valuable content will ultimately replace traditional ads. But the content marketing
business has yet to seize — or even squarely face — the future of advertising.
17 December 2013
Here’s Why to Believe in Agencies Heading Into 2014
Jack Marshall
The agency business can be hard. Margins are falling, clients are always demanding more for less, and competing for talent against the world’s most successful talent companies is near futile. That said, agencies say there are a plenty of bright spots going into 2014
And a bonus for getting this far – the best infographic I came across in 2013:
20 June 2013
Gartner’s Digital Marketing Transit Map

The digital landscape covers a wide, complex territory. To plan and manage technology effectively, digital marketers need to understand the inherent relationships between diverse operational areas, applications, technologies and vendors.
The Gartner Digital Marketing Transit Map shows the relationships among business functions, application services and solution providers. Use it to create a digital marketing solutions strategy, improve operations and plan initiatives.