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Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Interests: music, b-movies and bourbon
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As I pondered this Memorial Weekend Music Friday post, there were several directions I could have gone. Classic R&B is always in style for the unofficial start to summer in North America. Bombastic Hair Band songs sometimes work, as do... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Home sharing plays, such as Airbnb, have not only disrupted the taxi industry...but, according to many, neighborhoods that report increasingly unaffordable housing, lack of sufficient parking for residents and the "evisceration" of the character locals love. And, as tourism must... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Sunday posts are rare for me. But tonight's finale of Game of Thrones is no small event. Every Friday, we offer a rare music find (or offer up a tribute to an artist that has transitioned to the next level).... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It is probably one of the best (read "cheesiest") of the storyline videos that provided the musical zeitgeist of the MTV-fueled '80s. On this Music Friday, I'm talking about the Jim Steinman-penned, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Yes, Music Friday is still a day away. But, this is just too cool not to share. Last Sunday, the Handel and Hayden Society played Boston's Symphony Hall. A 9-year old boy was in attendance with his grandfather. And, at... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Sometimes, we are so consumed with the job at hand that we can't see the opportunity before us. Sometimes we get comfortable with the "norm" of how business has always been done. And, that's when innovation is an orphan. My... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Another National Travel & Tourism Week is in the books...a week where we salute and honor the impact that the Visitor Economy (and all those that make it happen) has on our way of life. Interestingly, last week was also... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Yeah, I know it's a Music Friday. But, Adam Sandler's turn as host of SNL last weekend has me thinking of the song he closed with about his friend Chris Farley. Chris was a Madison boy...and that sensibility was a... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's National Travel & Tourism Week in America...and permit me one more shout out to the industry that has provided me such a rich career over the past 30 years. One of the aspects of the hospitality industry that has... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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McDonald's is launching an initiative to attract older workers. Long the land of first-jobs and young workers, it has become increasingly clear to the fast-food mothership that Boomer workers are an answer to its workforce challenge. Younger workers either don't... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Unfortunately for you...this is a parody. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It's National Travel & Tourism Week in America, a time during which we celebrate the power of the Travel Economy. If you're not directly in the travel or hospitality sector (for we are all connected indirectly), take a moment to... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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When we heard the news that we had lost Molly Hatchet's Phil McCormick, it was with the "big sigh." It also reminded us we had never featured the band on this weekly platform. With no disrespect, Phil was, up until... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As we begin to close out the week before those in the Destination Marketing world begin to celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, two of the most high-profile political stand-offs appear to have found a sense of common ground. The... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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And, not just because I'm quoted. Skift's Hannah Sampson does a masterful job of comparing and contrasting all sides of the argument...as there appears to be a ray of hope for the continuation of Visit Florida. Read and weep? Nah,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Honestly...where has the time gone. 30 years ago this month, Living Colour appeared on Saturday Night Live and simply tore it down. While it doesn't seem like yesterday, it certainly doesn't feel like 30. On this Music Friday, we go... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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We've watched this circus twice before. You know, the one where the Florida Speaker of the House sets his sights on eliminating that State's Destination Marketing agency. Says that money is being misappropriated and that marketing Florida really isn't necessary... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Evolution is a fascinating beast, eh? When I entered the Destination Marketing field, I was told we were in service to our hotels (that whole "heads in beds" thing). That slowly transformed into our Members/Partners (including restaurants, attractions, nightspots, etc.).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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It was another one of those moments that I'll always cherish. I told Terri that I had scored great seats for Martin Sexton at City Winery in Chicago. The response was one of those arched eyebrow, WTF reactions. Though Martin's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Those of us old enough to remember the old EF Hutton commercials ("When EF Hutton speaks, people listen"), know that there are just those individuals that seem to cut through the bullshit or the conventional wisdom to inspire change and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Community excellence occurs when we collaboratively develop a really cool place to live and visitors agree. Sophisticated community leaders know the power of tourism (which I'll be speaking on today at the Mississippi Tourism Association's Spring Conference in sensational Meridian).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Over a decade ago, we began issuing "Air Laws" (not unlike Miller Beer's "Man Law" series of commercials) in a (vain) attempt to bring civility back to air travel. The very first Air Law addressed the habit of some self-absorbed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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As I watched the Music Friday video from last week, I was surprised to see two of the original members of REO Speedwagon as part of the entourage. Which, of course, got me to thinking about one of Illinois' most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Great interview with our friend Brian Matson from TwoSix Digital in the Travel Vertical. No additional words needed. If you work in a Destination Marketing Organization, click HERE. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
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Those who have seen me present in Boardrooms and on stages know I'm pretty dismissive of counting Room Nights as a primary measure of the efficacy of Destination Marketing. Don't jump to conclusions here. Achieving Room Nights is important. Using... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist