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When Disruption Isn't Necessarily a Good Thing
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It's been fascinating to watch the evolution of disruptive technologies over the past 20 years... all brought on by that damned Internet thing. Online Travel Agencies destroyed the traditional model of choosing travel  experiences by removing the need for human Travel Agents. Amazon destroyed the small town bookstore. Apple destroyed the record business. Netflix destroyed the video rental industry.  read more...
You Might Be Surprised
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
When he was hired as the new CEO of the Fort Worth CVB back in 2006, David DuBois did something that we opined was very, very smart. During the first month of his tenure, while he and his wife were house hunting, David arranged to stay a night or two in every one of the hotelsthat were part of the group package for which he would be responsible in his new destination. It was a smart move then...and I recommend it for any CEO that is new to a destination.  read more...
The End of Sales as We Know It?
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Having successfully traversed the “End of Membership as We Knew It,” will 2014 become “The End of Sales as We Know It?”  A compelling article in the New York Times last November suggested that the practice of Sales Incentives (commissions, bonuses and perks) is inherently corrosive to a business culture...and that a number of companies have begun to eliminate the practice.  read more...
Books to Expand your Perspective
Monday, December 30, 2013
As we once again approach the end of another circuit around the sun, it’s time to count our blessings and share some presents. We’re blessed to have you as part of the Zeitgeist, DMOpro and/or Z-News family. However you connect with us (as client, confidant, blog subscriber, Facebook fan, etc.), thank you for another way fun year.   read more...
Escaping the Zombie Board Apocalypse
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Zombies are very “in” these days. And, the type of zombies to which we are drawn says a lot about our generational social anxieties, according to an article earlier this year in Wired.  read more...
The Importance of Consumer Research
Thursday, October 17, 2013
For those Destination Marketing Organizations that operate with a calendar year budget, this is the toughest time of the year. What stays? What gets dropped? What gets added? It’s crunch time...and, while the decisions being made aren’t of the life and death variety, they are critical to the future success and quality of life of our communities.  read more...
School Start Challenged Again
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
It’s that time of the year again. Children are back in class and School Boards are attempting, through a handful of their State legislators, to move September start dates to August.  read more...
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Not the fifties that some flash when they’re trying to be all that and a bottle of Grey Goose. I’m talking about the largesse that Destination Marketing Organizations bestow on local events and organizations for a myriad of reasons.  read more...
On the Competition of Comparison
Thursday, June 13, 2013
 The humble beginning of Destination Marketing Association International (then known as the International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus) had a simple philosophy. If Destination Marketing Organizations would share intel with each other, we could all more effectively bid on the groups that were the best fit for our communities. That earliest concept is now embodied in empowerMINT

And share we all do. Like no other industry I have ever seen. I mean, really, with very few exceptions, Destination Marketers are among the most sharing business people in the wor  read more...

Destination Marketing Knows No Boundaries
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Yes, Spero Batistatos (CEO of the South Shore CVA) is a force of nature. He has a personality that can light up a room...and can set rival gangs on war footing. Nobody is ambivalent about Spero Batistatos. You love the guy...or hate him. But, nobody can honestly deny his passion for destination marketing, economic development and enhancing the Quality of Life on the South Shore. All of the South Shore.  read more...