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Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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What else can be said that hasn't. From his induction in first class of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: "While no individual can be said to have invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry comes the closest of any... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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For those watching the evolution of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) over the past year, this probably comes as no surprise. But, come July, the association will officially change its name to Destinations International. One of the reasons that the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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If you don't follow Mike Rowe, you should. In his most recent Facebook post, someone commented that he is becoming this era's Paul Harvey. And, I can't deny that he very well could be. Yesterday, he posted up in celebration... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As Austin takes a deep breath after hosting the world at SXSW, political leaders will need to take a serious look at the brand hit the city took this year in the wake of shooing away Uber and Lyft. Last... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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For those outside of the State of Florida, this blog's recent preoccupation with the political machinations there may be wearisome. But, as we offered in last week's Z-News, it's a marvelous case study in real time on how both sides... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Our friend Lee Tasseff (Destination Mansfield-Richland County) was one of the readers of this blog that took up our invitation yesterday to request a song for today's Music Friday. And, he suggested two. Given the world in which we live,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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There's a kind of pecking order for my musings. My Twitter feed is a series of often infrequent, random one-offs about whatever crosses my mind. My blog, repurposed most weekdays through Facebook, is a slightly more focused screed, often addressing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Ever notice that the people who argue the hardest and the are the most positive that they are right are often the most uninformed in the room? It's not your imagination. There is a condition called the "Dunning-Kruger effect" that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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All the online platforms have spent years poking around the travel space, trying to find a way to monetize what it is that Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) do...connect consumers to experience. The next step forward is the most promising to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Well, they've done it. The women and men elected to the Florida House of Representatives, presumably because they were believed to have the best interests of the citizens at heart (and, ostensibly, because they were thought to be intelligent and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's one of the best part of this gig we call DMOproz. Terri and I get to experience the nightlife in destinations across this continent, catching regional bands that should so be nationally known. We caught another a couple weeks... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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What a quaint thought...that those we send to serve our interests in Statehouses and in Congress would actually represent the wishes of the people who voted them into office. That clearly isn't the case in Florida, where a cabal of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Our long-time friend Mary Kay Wydra, CEO of the Greater Springfield (MA) CVB, is serving her time in the penalty box for co-funding a rebranding process for her region, known locally as the Pioneer Valley. As anyone from outside the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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A recent Skift article suggested that GoGo has too much bandwidth on some flights. In what alternative universe can this possibly be true? I have never scored a GoGo signal that could even pass for dial-up (look it up) when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Is it that she wasn’t yet born when Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” owned rock and pop radio in the '80s? Maybe…but never having seen “Top Gun” is a reach. If you’ve heard Lauren Alaina’s “Road Less Traveled,” you’ve likely... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We've been on the road like crazy the past few weeks and haven't had time to stay current with some of our favorite thought leaders. And, I hate when that happens. But, on a rare "me day," I caught up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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They cold call. It takes no effort (other than punching in the numbers)...and it produces precious little result. The smart sales professional, according to Frank Rumbauskas (author of Never Cold Call Again), seeks out new and innovative ways to generate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Several years ago, we opined on the unintended consequence of the things that come out of our elected officials' mouths. Before he became this country's greatest Tourism President since Eisenhower (though that was never Ike's intent), Barack Obama chastised corporations... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As we continue to watch machinations of a bunch of bat shit crazies attempting to throttle Florida's economy, we are continually amused (but no longer amazed) by the stuff that come out of people's mouths. Part of this is the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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If you're from the Mad City, you know the name Clyde Stubblefield. The "Funky Drummer" behind some of James Brown's biggest hits (like "Cold Sweat") moved to Madison after leaving the band in 1970 and, for over four decades, played... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I was screwing around online over the weekend, looking for background on jazz chanteuse Chris Connor. Imagine my surprise when the the first page of Google's responses was the obituary for one Chris Connor of York ME by way of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I can't know for certain, but the words coming out of a County Commission Finance Chairman in Tennessee sound suspiciously familiar to the words used by the Florida Speaker of House in his drive to eliminate that State's Destination Marketing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's getting curiouser and curiouser in the State of Florida. News out of Tallahassee last evening indicates the Speaker of the House is preparing to introduce an amendment to his bill today to eliminate Visit Florida (and a gaggle of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's not McD0nald's. But, if you're under 50, you may never have heard of Howard Johnson's. Not the hotels...the restaurants. While they often resided within the "HoJo" Motor Lodges, there were over 400 Howard Johnson restaurants before the first motel... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The migration of amazing musical talent continued this week as jazzman Al Jarreau departed terra firma. A 'Sconnie by birth, he always exuded a European flair. And, in the days before radio bifurcated into strict genres, it wasn't unusual to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist