Like my father I was born on New Year's day. Featured in the Aiken, South Carolina paper as the first baby of 1958 my fifteen minutes of fame happened early :).
I turn 55 in a few weeks and I've made a decision. Also like my father I have cancer (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or CLL). I've decided to work full time for one more year. I will "retire" in 2014.
The Last LectureI feel good and any news of my passing is greatly exaggerated :). I don't want to be the boxer who stays too long. I have love and respect for the way Randy Paush faced his cancer challenges. Randy was the Carnegie Mellon professor who gave a lecture heard around the world. I respect that Randy knew when to leave the stage, when to pass the baton.
2013 promises to be a HUGE year at Atlantic BT where I work as a Marketing Director. We will have an amazing year as we bring the full force and measure of great content marketing to our Internet marketing, web design and software development business and clients.
I hope to help find and work with great new partners. I hope to help create cool new tools such as Social CMS and the Cure Cancer Starter platform. You can live your entire life in a year or that is my story and I am sticking to it :).
Great Friends and Smart Strangers -
I hope to accomplish 10 years worth of work in a year (lol). My first project will be to put the arm on friends and smart strangers to contribute their take on 3 Internet marketing ideas for 2013. The list below is a few of the great Internet marketers I hope will contribute their take on the 3 ideas likely to shape our livelihoods in 2013.
3 Internet Marketing Ideas For 2013
Want To Contribute Content?Share your 3 ideas: Martin.Smith(at)Atlanticbt(dot)com with IDEAS in subject.
Writers, Thinkers, Loose ConnectionsI will ask authors Internet marketers respect and some I've met at conferences or around and about such as Seth Godin, Chris Brogan, Gary Vanyerchuk and David Meerman Scott to contribute. If you know someone I should include in our Internet marketing ideas scavenger hunt tweet your ideas to @ScentTrail with tag #MSHeroes
FOM (Friends of Martin)
My friends got used to my asking for stuff (lol). One thing about getting the Big C is you learn how to ask for help. Here is a partial list of the friends I hope will contribute their take on this question:
Contributors To 3 Internet Marketing Ideas
What are the 3 Internet marketing ideas believe will shape 2013?
|Jon Jordan |
CEO Atlantic BT
CEO OnRamp Branding
|Robin Good |
Power Curator, Teacher
Master New Media
Power Curator, Consultant
|John van den Brink|
Power Curator, Social Media
@AtDotComSocialAt Dot Com Marketing.com
Curator, Editor, Writer
Editor, Speaker, Writer
Cool Curation Tool
Few RegretsI have few regrets since it is goofystupid to regret things. At one point I was obsessed with becoming a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), that passed (lol). I am obsessed with creating a foundation to help cancer patients. This is the mission I hope to see started and leave enough money to insure The Story of Cancer Trust will find innovative ways to use technology to bridge the gap between patients, doctors, researchers and the cure for cancer. Together we cure cancer in our lifetime.
My bosses, Jon Jordan and Mark Foulkrod, have been amazing, kind and generous. They've created an amazing company that you should work with or for if you ever have a chance. Jon, Mark and the incredible team at Atlantic BT stand ready to help make my Story of Cancer Trust dream a reality. We have a critical meeting with UNC next Friday that I should be working on NOW (lol). Wish us luck.
Hope you will contribute to our 3 Internet Marketing Ideas for 2013. My journey has been and will continue to be magical because of friends, family and strangers who keep saving my life :). Thank You.
How, I've wondered many times, does one pay back such a debt?
Perhaps we pay such a miracle back best by living our entire lives in each moment. I hope to be beyond busy over the next 365 days (or so). When I played sports I was known for going all in and that is how I hope, with your help and the ongoing support and assistance from old friends and new, to spend the next year.
Thanks and if you are still reading this you ROCK!
Director Marketing Atlantic BT
Founder Martin's Ride To Cure Cancer
Founder Story of Cancer Trust
Founder NeoGoGo Games (Poetryslam and Dada Box)
Founder ScentTrail Marketing