The week before the holidays brings a spate of awards. We decided to go in a different direction by honoring some more unusual feats of the year from our perspective. Please submit your own in the comments below or tweet us @digiday. We’ll add the best.
Most Reliable Quote, Agencies: Ian Schafer, CEO of Deep Focus. Arguably the most ubiquitous man in digital media. Reporters love him for his knack for giving good quote, as they say.
Conference Poetry Honor: Weather Company’s Vikram Somaya. Not many can combine Byron and third-party data.
3 Worst Headline Scams:
1. Hey, X…
2. Meet X…
3. 3 Worst…
Most Extreme Tweeter, Brands: Sara Livingston, Seamless. @saralivingston is a force of nature on Twitter, holding forth on ad tech, college football and more.
Funniest Agency Tweeter: @rga. Agencies usually have drab voices in social media. Not so with digital powerhouse R/GA. Chief of copy Chapin Clark brings the wry and sometimes dark to his daily musings.
Oddest Agency Exec Tweeter: @milesnadal. If you’re into Winston Churchill quotes and oddly capitalized nouns, this is the place to go.
Most Over-covered Story: Facebook’s IPO. This was Silicon Valley’s version of the Royal Wedding.
VC Philosopher of the Year: Fred Wilson. At some point, the man who backed GeoCities and Kozmo became the oracle of tech moneymen. Wilson’s got cred for his bet on Twitter and got an early start on the VC blogging craze. He’s helped an army or imitators and even the reverse move of bloggers becoming VCs.
Most Cringeworthy Job Title: Growth Hacker. Look, there’s no shortage of choices in this category. Growth Hacker wins only because these Silicon Valley marketers really believe they’re something special.
Most Overrated Scaremongering: Do Not Track. You’d think democracy itself was at risk if regulators did anything to regulate third-party cookies. Turned out — surprise! — the sky hasn’t fallen.