We asked you all to share your favorite things of 2016 with us—favorite book, Netflix series, podcast and more. The following are submissions from our readers, clients, team members and SpinRadio listeners. Thanks for sending us your recommendations and we wish you all a happy and successful new year in 2017! Climb mountains.
Whether the book was published this year, or you just discovered it in 2016, your favorite reads span all the genres—science fiction, fantasy, thriller, autobiography, history, and even a couple of business/motivational recommendations.
The Unseen World, by Liz Moore
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling (quite a few votes for this one!)
The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
1Q84, Haruki Murakami
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Irin Carmon & Shana Kniznik
Contagious Culture, Anese Cavanaugh
Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendrick
Going Home, A. American
Tribes, Seth Godin
Here is Your War: Ernie Pyle (First published in 1944, but found in an antique store and read in October. Great stories about G.I. Joes by Hoosier newspaper columnist. Must read for every generation.)
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
Drive :The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink (I wrote him a fan letter because his book was that good.)
2016 was the year of the Podcast. We're constantly on the lookout for new podcasts to listen to and you guys didn't disappoint with your recommendations. Many thanks to all of you who voted for our radio show!
SpinRadio - Business & Sales
My Brother, My Brother and Me - Comedy
60 Minutes - News
Sword & Scale - True Crime
Here's The Thing, with Alec Baldwin - Interviews w/ Famous People
Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Series about the Supreme Court
Your Kick Ass Life - Inspiration, Motivation
Lore - Paranormal, Myth & Mystery
My Favorite Murder - True Crime
The Tony Robbins Podcast - Life and Business
Best Podcast in Baseball - St. Louis Cardinals
The Adam and Dr. Drew Show - Advice, Call-In Show
How I Built It - Business Insight, interviews with Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
Making a Murderer - True Crime (series)
Miss Sharon Jones - Biography, singer Sharon Jones
Back in Time - The making of Back the the Future
Planet Earth II - Nature (series)
Chef's Table - World-renowned chefs (series)
To Be Takei - Biography, actor George Takei
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - Stories from former members of the Church of Scientology (series)
Mars - Nat Geo Drama/Documentary. Envisions human potential in technology and exploration
The Science Channel - yes, the whole channel
The Seven Five - Meet the dirtiest cops in NYC history
Minimalism : A documentary about the important things - Life with less
Lots of great marketing and business blogs here, as well as a few lifestyle and educational picks. Discover a new blog to read on the regular with this list of reader favorites!
Abundance Insider - Business
The Middle Finger Project - Humorous online business advice
Girls Gone Child - Parenting, Family
Moz - SEO & Inbound Marketing
Lee Hamilton Commentaries (The Center on Congress at Indiana University) - Government, Politics
SpinWeb Blog - Digital Marketing, Sales, Business
Deadspin - Sports
Bulletproof - Health & Wellness
Best Board Game
Need a good board game to take to the next family gathering? You might want to choose one of these family friendly games. Pie Face seems to be the clear favorite party/family game of 2016—videos and photos of people getting a splat in the face, filling your social media feed.
Cards Against Humanity - A party game for horrible people (not family friendly)
Skull King - Strategy game for the whole family
Anomia - Party game, family friendly
Pie Face - You get a whip-cream pie in the face, fun for all ages.
Hand and Foot - Card game
Set - Fast-paced visual perception game, family friendly
Qwirkle - A family friendly board game that will make you think!
Fluxx - Fast-paced family card game
Seven Wonders - Strategy board game
Phase 10 - A rummy-type card game with a few twists
Cranium Dark - Cranium for adults!
Euchre (My father taught me how to win a hand without trumps)
Best Netflix Binge
You deserve a break and a Netflix binge. Here are your favorite shows on Netflix from 2016. We had two clear winners in this category. Tied for first place, each earning 15% of the votes, are Gilmore Girls and Stranger Things
It would be impossible to go through a best of 2016 list without mentioning Hamilton, and this list is no exception. A few SpinWebbers are big fans, if you hadn't heard, so the winner of this category was Hamilton-related.
The whole entire 'Hamilton' Soundtrack was all I listened to all year.
The entire Hamilton Mixtape!
Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars
Wait For It, from Hamilton Soundtrack
Never Gonna Give You Up - (very funny, whoever tried to Rick Roll us)
Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
I Took a Pill in Ibiza, Mike Pozner
Love Yourself, Justin Bieber
Stressed Out, 21 Pilots
Ride 'Em On Down, Rolling Stones
Closer, The Chainsmokers
Rogue Bee, All Human
What Do You Mean?, Justin Bieber (I really like the Biebs....I can't help it, the dude is talented) [editors note: no need to apologize for being a Belieber]
Best Marketing/Business Tip
Take risks...and start a Podcast!!
Spend time boosting on social media.
Remember it's a game, have fun.
Create a list of fake email address signifiers to clean lists
Identify your graymail contacts and exclude from your email sends!
Follow up on bad reviews on social media.
Use Facebook Live.
If you don't first have a great product or service, marketing is nothing but putting lipstick on a pig...
I forget the exact quote but it was on SpinRadio and it was basically "something is better than nothing."
Find your audience where they are at.
To everyone who participated in the survey, thank you! Thanks to Nikki, Abby, Meghan, Shannyn, Michelle, Scott, Ashley, Steph, Allison, Ryan, AJ, Jeff, Nathan, Josh, Bre, Madeline and all you Anonymous's!
Have a great year and learn something new in 2017!