Disclosure: no one knows I am writing this, not even John. It is not a stunt for attention, but a genuine thank you.
This morning, as I was glancing through FM Signal it occurred to me how much value John Battelle brings to this industry (and to my life). It also occurs to me how hard he works. Amazingly, he touches numerous industries – marketing, advertising, technology, the web, early stage startups, blogging, journalism, music and many others. Even better, he is at the cusp of bringing together and connecting those industries, a skill I don’t see in many others. I look forward to each day as he curates information just for my unique education. And, boy do I still need it. You should take note just some of the ways he adds value to our lives:
Started by John in a garage in 2005, FM was intended to create a business model for the best independent publishers. I have always been impressed with FM and look for great things from them in the near future. From their site:
FM develops programs and products that help brands engage in those conversations and host their own dialogues with current and potential customers. As we’ve grown to have offices across North America and represent a larger number of partners, that basic principle continues to describe our business.
Web 2.0 Summit
Each year in the late fall, the tech world convenes for one of the great rituals of the industry – The Web 2.0 Summit. Years ago, this was one of the first events to have a tremendous impact on me and the direction in my life. Did I attend? No. But I did always download the audio files of the talks, burn them onto a CD and drive around listening to them on my way to work (it beats radio commercials). Together, John and Tim O’rielly really helped a guy like me further my knowledge and get up to speed on things. This year’s, called The Data Frame, should be more of the same great stuff. I hope I can attend.
The CM Summit
The Conversational Marketing Summit is another event put on by Federated Media, focused on the intersection of Marketing and technology. Arguably, marketing people need John more than we tech people do. They need someone who can communicate in both languages – marketing speak and tech speak – to help nudge them towards more effective concepts. The next one is June 6th in NYC. Go here for all things CM Summit.
Each morning I am greeted with a collection of 8 to 10 links to very informative and educational articles. I make sure I start my mornings with a review of the latest in the industry, so this is one of the first emails I open each day. Coffee, check. Music, check. Signal, Check. Man, good stuff. If you want an edge in this industry, you must get the Signal. Go to the upper right hand corner on this page to sign up.
Influential Blogger and Author
In addition to FM Signal, John blogs at John Battlelle’s Searchblog. He always has unique insights to a variety of topics, mostly around the web, technology, and conversational marketing. Also very useful has been the book The Search, an in-depth look at how Google and search in general has transformed our world.
If you are in any of the above mentioned industries, use these resources from John. They have no doubt changed my life. Thank you John.