This is some of the most exciting TV news I’ve heard all year. So exciting that it made me want to update this poor, neglected blog!
Remember a while ago when there was a petition to have HBO offer a standalone service? I never thought it would actually happen, and many people in the industry argued that the money and politics just wouldn’t work out. Obviously we were wrong, and that’s awesome.
More coverage on Re/code. And this, which made me giggle:
I just got back from ten amazing days in France, where I was working for Twitter at the #CannesLions advertising festival. It. Was. Fabulous. It was also incredibly hard — 16-17 hour days, juggling tons of things at once, lots of hurdles and challenges…but I emerged stronger and damn proud of myself!
So, what exactly did I do there? I live-tweeted selected sessions from @TwitterAds, edited and uploaded all our #dronies (drone selfies!) to Twitter, uploaded other awesome videos that our filmmakers were creating on-the-fly and wrote recap blog posts each day for advertising.twitter.com.
Check out my blog posts for highlights from the week.
My last post here was on February 4, 2013.
Today is February 5, 2014.
A lot has changed in one year:
- Twitter acquired Bluefin Labs and hired me into the b2b marketing org
- I sold my car and moved to NYC, a city I swore I’d always hate…that I now totally love
- I went from running the @bluefinlabs handle (~couple thousand followers) to running @TwitterAds (almost 300K followers and counting!)
- I’ve been challenged in ways I’d never imagined, and have emerged stronger than before
- I went through my first IPO
- I discovered just how bad I am at making things look pretty in keynote…but also discovered just how good I am at finding and crafting content for said keynotes :)
- I GOT ENGAGED and started planning our wedding
I could go on, but I won’t because you get the picture. It has been an incredible year – one full of changes and bumps in the road and exciting new places and experiences and new people. If all of this happened in the last 12 months, I can’t even imagine what the next year holds.
BRING. IT. ON.
Oh – and because I still love seeing how brands use real time marketing, I’ll leave you with a gem from this year’s GRAMMYs:
Since starting at Bluefin in January, I haven’t updated this blog very often. I’ve been immersed in social TV and blogging/tweeting for Bluefin, plus I ended up having to move twice this summer due to various lease reasons.
I’d really like to try and write more about social TV here, but the truth is that I’m not sure how often it will happen. (So…follow Bluefin’s blog and twitter!)
For now, I just want to post a quote that has touched me deeply this week – one I wish I had heard way back in my freshman year of college, and one that I urge you to take to heart because of its simple truth. (Hat-tip to Adam Kmiec, whose blog I saw this on originally)
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on”
These two sentences came from Sheryl Sandberg’s graduation speech to the Harvard Business School class of 2012, but it was originally Eric Schmidt of Google who uttered those words of wisdom. You can read Sheryl’s full speech and the quote’s context here.
I am so glad that I snagged a seat on the rocket ship called Bluefin Labs. Big things are coming. I can’t wait.