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Wishing you a fabulous Christmas & ultra-social 2014!

Christmas Ampersand by James Stopforth
How has your year been? For me, 2013 was the year of exciting developments with social media & social business becoming increasingly mainstream. It was the year that social advertising gained traction with LinkedIn launching sponsored updates & Twitter offering promoted ads to SMEs; Instagram launched its video feature & YouTube hosted its first annual Music Awards; Twitter went public for $2bn & Snapchat turned down a reputed $3bn from Facebook; TechCity proved itself as more than a just a pretty concept with Pinterest setting up shop in London & New York’s Mayor championing London over Silicon Valley; “Selfie” entered the Oxford English Dictionary with Miley Cyrus and Rhianna leading the celebrity Selfie circus; and business at last began to look beyond pure money metrics with sustainability and business purpose coming to the fore. What were your 2013 highlights? What do you hope for in 2014? Whatever you’re doing, I hope it’s as exciting & eclectic a year as 2013 turned out to be.

Photo: Christmas Ampersand by James Stopforth

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Like an old-fashioned dad pacing up and down outside the delivery room while my wife gives birth, I’m a bundle of nerves, anxious and excited in equal measures.

 

Today, after two years and 1,500 (or so) coffees, my wonderful, difficult baby is finally going to print. Those fabulous guys at Triarchy Press are just putting the finishing touches to the proof – any minute now I should get the call letting me know the book’s gone off safely.

 

In the meantime, it seems only right that you should get some kind of sneak preview – so here’s a detail from the fantastic cover, brilliantly drawn in pen and ink by Devon-based artist, Heather Fallows. As you can see, the monkey is smiling. You’ll just have to wait a couple of weeks to see what she’s written…