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Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Interests: music, softball, b-movies
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Yeah...this week's Music Friday replay is about as obligatory as it gets. But, it allows me to connect a) an event that so many of my peers in the Destination Marketing field are breathlessly awaiting, b) a song written by... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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In the aftermath of this past weekend's tragedy in Charlottesville, the ad agency that created the iconic "Virginia is for Lovers" brand and logo has updated the message to "Virginia is for Everyone." Which we, in the Destination Marketing and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Is this the moment that everything pivots? In the wake of the President's tepid and flip-floppy response to this weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, people and companies are starting to say "no mas." And, while it's not nearly enough, it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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He may have been the Rhinestone Cowboy...but, to me, he was the Wichita Lineman. The insanely talented Glen Campbell departed terra firma earlier this week after fighting through Alzheimer's. His amazing performances in 2011, in the midst of that insidious... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Sometimes we get so mired in our own muck that it's hard to consider other options. The current state of Politics in America is one such hotbed of mud. And, because the system is so rigged and the media so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We've been spending an inordinate amount of attention on the machinations of Florida Tourism as of late. But, it's because the State has become an impressive case study of how a dominant Brand and product can so lose its way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran used his bully pulpit earlier this year to establish a name for himself among the electorate in preparation for his anticipated run for the Governor's office next November. It was Corcoran that led... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Often lost in its association with the Val Kilmer turn as Batman, Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" remains a hauntingly beautiful (and Grammy Award winning) love song. Initially embarrassed by his composition, Seal said he "threw it in the corner"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Research continues to show that the majority of Americans leave over 600 million days of paid vacation time on the table each year. The results are debilitating for both employees and the economy. Beyond the sheer mental health implications, employees... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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There's a ton of nuance to the story I'm about to tell that anyone from the outside would never understand. Suffice to say that Prince William County VA is a cauldron of agendas. The origins of last evening's vote to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Leave it to my friend George Tzougros of the Wisconsin Arts Board to see something in a music video that never would have dawned on me. When I watch today's Music Friday video from Bruce Springsteen, I am wrapped up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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In its zeal to appeal to voters who have been persuaded that Destination Marketing is nothing more than corporate welfare for fat cats, the Florida Legislature has dealt a stinging body blow to its Destination Marketing Organization, Visit Florida. While... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I am fascinated by the effort exerted by individuals and appointing governments to place certain individuals on DMO Boards. Because, 9 times out of 10, that means the appointer has an agenda. And most agendas do not belong on DMO... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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While there have been a few Rockers that have run for public office (John Hall comes to mind), most artists have preferred to opine through their craft than actually serve in State or Federal Legislatures. Enter Kid Rock's suggestion that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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According to Open Table, 25% of restaurant patrons take pictures of their food before digging in (50% of those under 34 do). And, Terri and I can admit that we are part of that cohort when the presentation is sensational... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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I know that the depression that leads to the ultimate decision isn't rational. Most of us will never know what it is like to stand before thousands of adoring fans, as captured in this post's picture (click to enlarge). Most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Politicians aren't stupid. They may not have a clue how to govern...but they are smart (or cunning) enough to get elected. But, to get them to understand the vital importance of Destination Marketing, we need to speak in their tongue.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Many of the posts we are seeing on Social Media platforms in the wake of the Annual Convention of Destinations International (formerly DMAI) refer to "head spinning." And, not in a Linda Blair way. Rather, in a TMI way. No,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The Unforgiven was one of the coolest bands that never was. We featured then a number of years ago on Music Friday and, somehow, we've circled back around with this find from Farm Aid 87. It's a cover of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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When it was opened in 2003, over 600 people visited the Information Center per month (and learned that a water fountain is called a bubbler here). Last year, it was 24 per month...and only 8 were from out of town.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Hey, Chattanooga? In the ongoing saga surrounding your Destination Marketing Organization, one of your local papers recently printed an op-ed piece that commended the County for forcing the CVB to adhere to County spending guidelines. "For the commissioners that voted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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To the friends and fans of this blog: For years, we have taken the path of least resistance...and highest result. We have relied on Facebook to share our blog posts. And, that's how most of our followers (and commenters) have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Yeah, I know it's derivative as hell. But, after a cold, wet June, it's finally Summertime in the Mad City. So, on this Music Friday, we gotta go with Bon Jovi's "Summertime." Tops Down! Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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The combination of rock and protest was pervasive during the '60s. Songs like "For What it's Worth," "Eve of Destruction," "Ohio," "Monster," "Shape of Things to Come" and "Fortunate Son" owned radio during those heady years. The political songs of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As we noted in yesterday's Z-News Commentary, the political attacks on Destination Marketing Organizations have erupted like an algae bloom on a hot summer's day over the past year. And, the lack of an effective pushback is usually a result... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist