This is Bill Geist's Zeitgeist's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Bill Geist's Zeitgeist's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Interests: music, b-movies and bourbon
Recent Activity
Image
The 'VID has taught us all that remote work in many industries is, indeed, both possible and, for many, a more desirable alternative to office politics and distractions. And, the elimination of the office commute...and all those minutes and hours... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
I'm not sure what cosmic forces are in play...but I've been hearing this song a lot lately on internet radio. So clearly, it is destined to be a Music Friday feature. The hit was by the Hollies, who perfected the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
Word out of Lorain County OH is that officials there failed to renew the URL for their DMO...and it now directs visitors to a gaming website in Indonesia. Amid the finger pointing going on, one County official said that the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
A few years ago, North Carolina and Indiana infamously passed "bathroom bills" and quickly lost major sports events and future corporate investment. Both States ultimately backed off...but the damage was done to their national reputations. Today, it's Georgia. After passing... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
There's a debate going on in Gulf Shores on whether Alvin's Island Surf Shop should be allowed to hang a replica of "Bruce" (the shark from Jaws) outside their recently renovated retail operation. In an effort to upgrade the aesthetics... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
The story line behind this song (and the album "Room 41") is that it is a recounting of Paul Cauthen's descent into an alcohol and drug-fueled period after a painful break-up. And, while some of us may not have gone... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
Over 20 years ago, a couple Midwest DMO CEOs, miffed that the then-IACVB Annual Convention was going to be held in Hong Kong (like they'd be able to defend that expense to their Board or community), decided to stage their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
In the conversation over Minimum Wage, it comes down to the juxtaposition of paying employees a wage that enables them an acceptable standard of living and keeping one's doors open and profitable. Don't get me wrong: an arbitrary $15/hour isn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
If you've yet to catch an episode of the new CNN travelogue series Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, treat yourself. Beautifully shot, the series explores the variations in cuisine, traditions and preparations throughout the country. Just as beautifully shot (and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
President Trump has said he didn't want to freak us out...and people needlessly died (including former Presidential candidate Herman Cain). Following his lead, many Republican politicians downplayed the plague and played to their base of science-eschewing independents that rejected the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
Of course, there were women that were breaking new musical ground in the '60s and '70s. The list is long. But, it was 50 years ago this Spring that Carole King broke through. To be sure, she had had an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
For Destination Marketing pros, saying that this last year sucked is like saying that the February ice storm in Texas was a cold snap. But, imagine being in Puerto Rico. Double-slammed by two hurricanes, a President that shamefully refused to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
Last week, Visit Savannah CEO Joe Marinelli joined us on the DMOU podcast to discuss, among other topics, their highly successful "Savannah Safe" Pledge, one of the first COVID-era responsibility promise programs in the nation. And, he shared that his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
This is what happens when there are mixed messages in the face of a national health crisis. Don't get me wrong, Florida's decision to eschew CDC guidance hasn't made them the biggest super-spreader State. It also hasn't won them any... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
In the days before the 'VID, residents in Iceland were pushing back on the overwhelming onslaught of international visitors. Today, just a handful of flights arrive at their international airport and the country is starved for visitor spending. In New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
There was once a sensationally talented quartet out of Wales that should be listed in the dictionary next to "snakebitten." The Iveys caught the eye of The Beatles, who signed them as the first act for their Apple Records venture.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
It was a year ago that Zoom Happy Hours had their genesis...and we craved those early times to share our shifting realities and raise a glass with friends and associates in a hope that it would all go away by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
To a point, with every rotation around the Sun, our individual life expectancy increases as we learn to be more careful with this most precious of gifts called life. And, it's been fascinating to watch how political affiliation has tampered... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
Early last week, a song by the Michael Stanley Band shuffled forward and I actually made a note in an app to remind me to feature Michael again on a future Music Friday post. I just never thought it would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
It was a year ago this week that the ramifications of the 'VID finally came home for yours truly. I was still on the road, completing an assignment with an Ohio DMO. People were still shaking hands and our Strategic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
The last member of the ground-breaking group The Wailers has departed terra firma...but what a life Bunny Wailer led. We could only have been as blessed. Hanging out on the streets of Nine Mile, childhood friends Bunny, Bob Marley and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
As we look hopefully to the return of travel around the world, it behooves us all to reconsider how that will look when cabin-fevered consumers collectively feel they've been given a green light. For those that have received their second... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
It was March 3, 2020 when I felt the first sting of what was about to become the most devastating year of a generation. I was in-market with a client interviewing community leaders and stakeholders for a project. The day... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
Over the weekend, I found myself reflecting on one of the better webinars I've seen this year. Part of Connect Travel's "See Tomorrow" series, last week's episode focused on resident sentiment with Colorado's Cathy Ritter, Park City's Jennifer Wesselhoff, Hawaii's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
Image
Some recording artists are WYSIWYG; they establish themselves in a lane and rarely venture far afield. Then, there's Rod Stewart...who went from blues to balladeer to rock to disco to soft rock to standards over his 58 year career since... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Bill Geist's Zeitgeist