Mel is Founder of Delightful Communications, a Seattle-based Social Media, Digital PR and Personal Branding consultancy. This is his personal blog, a collection of news and anecdotes which Mel hopes will inform as well as bring a smile to people's faces.
Personal and career highlights collided last week as I was lucky enough to spend a whole 45 minutes with actor, writer, presenter and digital commentator, Stephen Fry, interviewing him for the book I’m co-writing called Pioneers of Digital.
I’ve been a monumental fan since the Fry & Laurie and Blackadder days, and have met him a couple of times (see Steve Clayton’s memories of one such occasion here) through his dapper business partner, Andrew Sampson.
Chatting about his first memories of the internet, Stephen shared some personal stories about the early days of the web. We learned about how his site www.StephenFry.com came about and this history of his foray into social media with his blog “blessays”, and how he got into Twitter and changed the media landscape forever in the UK with one photo from a stuck lift.
Extremely knowledgeable, frank and passionate, Stephen drove our discussion into areas perfect for profiling him in the book as a definite Pioneer of Digital.
We’ll be releasing some of the excerpts early next year.
I first met MaryLee Sachs in 2009, when she brought Twitter’s Biz Stone to the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival.
Working for PR giant Hill and Knowlton at the time, her team kindly let me chat to Biz about Twitter’s dizzy rise to success (worth a retrospective look at now given their current ubiquity), and then I got a few minutes with MaryLee to get her thoughts on PR and social media, and how public relations was being seen more and more part of the marketing mix.
Fast-forward two years and MaryLee is back in Cannes launching her new book The Changing MO of the CMO which seeks to explain how, “the convergence of brand and reputation is disrupting the marketing function.”