I first met Hugh MacLeod sometime in 2005. At the time, he was one of an emerging crowd of blogerati rock stars that congregated around events like LeWeb, a cauldron of often edgy but always energizing ideas about the evolution of the social web. MacLeod's schtick was about creating cartoons on business cards.
Even the Facebook generation reads email, yet you'll be hard-pressed to hear it discussed at marketing technology events. The industry seems almost embarrassed to mention email - perhaps it's because the technology to integrate email with mobile and social is lagging behind what enterprises need.
When marketing departments tried out the “content marketing” phrase on me a year ago, I was briefly encouraged. I assumed companies would now step back from polluting the tweetstream with compulsive retweets and hashtag pimping in favor of original content. It didn't happen. There has to be a better way.