GOOD year, bad year? As 2013 draws to a close, we ask Gordon Young, publisher and editor of The Drum media and marketing magazine: ‘How has it been for you?’.
Briefly, what is it that you do?
I edit and publish The Drum.
Choose three words that sum up 2013 (so far), from a professional point of view.
Best ever year.
In 2012, what was your biggest ambition for 2013, and to what extent did you achieve it?
We wanted to be recognised as the biggest and best; our website became the largest marketing website in the UK, and our magazine was voted PPA Business Magazine of the Year.
How has 2013 (so far) been for you, personally?
A real adventure. Big news on the personal front is that me and the family moved to London with the aim of building our Shoreditch team. Mind you, The Drum still has 40 staff in Glasgow.
Any changes this year in technology, legislation, the economy, etc that have had a relatively significant impact on the business?
There is no doubt the hunger for knowledge on how digital will impact on the businesses of our readers has created a huge opportunity for The Drum.
What looking forward to, in 2014 – personally and professionally?
Cracking London, expanding our team of journalists – we have already created five new posts – and consolidating our position as the biggest and best UK-based marketing and media website.