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He was the man who said, "You gotta be there before you gotta be there." It's one of a shortlist of quotes I share with virtually every client and audience with whom I work. And, in this era of the... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The Founding Fathers knew full well that the republic they were creating held the seeds for its demise: "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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When George Martin and his son took the Beatles' catalogue and created the Cirque du Soleil epic "Love," they were working with one band that tended to work in the same meter. DJ Cummerbund imagines the work of several artists... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Does any other high-tech industry, besides the airlines, still use dot matrix printers? At least Delta's no longer require tearing off the perforated sides. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We opined before regarding how tone deaf United Airlines leadership has been, as of late. But, whoops, they've done it again. United CFO Andrew Levy recently uncorked a doozy at an investors conference. Now, mind you...this is a CFO talking,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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So, the Florida Legislature finally approved "full" funding of Visit Florida, the State's Destination Marketing Agency. But, not without a layering of new rules and policies that will severely hamper the agency from operating entrepreneurially...which is the whole point of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The ride is coming to an end. You're going to pay for what you did. The list of those that will soon face the music is long. The amusing aspect is that most of them have no idea of what... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Not trying to traverse too many musical genres on this Music Friday...but Adam Ant was every bit Bad Company's "Shooting Star." Just without the drugs. In the early '80s, he was omnipresent on MTV (when they actually played music videos)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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My presentation this morning to the Annual Conference of the Missouri Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus in beautiful St. Charles focused on the increasing challenges created by the politicization and weaponization of Tourism. Naturally, we spent time discussing the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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While Skift may admire the "honesty" of United CEO Scott Kirby, one has to wonder how people like this have risen to run massive companies and command insane compensation packages. If consumers don't like something about the product or experience... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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When he cancelled all of this year's tour dates a few months ago, his fans knew what that meant, for he lived to play. And, last weekend, Gregg Allman departed terra firma. Through his years as a founding member of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We have, for years, used a local dry cleaner, for no other reason than they have same day service and a drive-up window that is close by. Convenience. But, at what point does convenience take a back seat to quality?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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That's the number of Americans that say they won't be taking a vacation this summer. That's just wrong. And, that's a big enough number to cause Destination Marketers to think long and hard about our role in providing the inspiration... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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A couple weeks ago, a series of articles tried to connect the political polarization of America with the anecdotal antipathy of a few people from Blue States that said they wouldn't be interested in vacationing in Alabama. The jump to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Here in the Mad City, it's been a cold, miserably wet Spring. So, when the sun rises on the first day of Summer (at least in my calendar), it's cause to crank the speakers to 11. There's just something about... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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News of the potential elimination of this nation's Destination Marketing effort (called Brand USA) in the President's proposed Federal Budget has been sweeping the destination marketing sector like wildfire. As virtually everyone in this business heard the word by the... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Apparently, it's not just America that undervalues the power of tourism and hospitality jobs. David Williamson, a senior lecturer at the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Auckland University of Technology, told Nine to Noon that the country and the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Saw an article online last week about a DMO Board that voted 4-1 to require Board approval before e-mails between members could be released to the public. The prevailing side of the discussion held that there was often sensitive and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Fans who were in the crowd are saying they sensed that something was "off" about Chris Cornell's performance when Soundgarden rocked Detroit's Fox Theatre Wednesday night. Whether he knew then that this would be his last performance, we may never... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Popularized by Amazon, which, through data analytics, really does know what you like to buy, the whole concept of suggesting further purchases based upon past has become very vogue. And, for companies that lack a clue, totally off-putting. Etsy is... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Gregarious. That's how I'll always remember Jim Carra. As his partner in Searchwide (the Destination Marketing sector's premier executive search firm), Mike Gamble said of him, "he had a laugh straight from Italy." I remember how shocked Terri and I... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We initiated Music Fridays to treat ourselves at the end of the work week with some tasty tunes to kick off the weekend. Sometimes autobiographical and sometimes introspective...for the most part we try to put a smile on your face... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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During National Travel & Tourism Week (and, honestly, all year long), we encourage our clients and friends in the Destination Marketing space to feature the voices (and faces) of people who are not easily identified as hospitality workers, but who... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's National Travel & Tourism Week in the United States, a time that those of us in Destination Marketing honor the people who create memories everyday. We take time to attempt to explain the impact travel and tourism has on... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Once the big kids in the Florida Senate caved and agreed to a compromise regarding Visit Florida with the children over in the House, all hope was lost. And, I could hear it in the e-mails and texts from friends... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist