Yes, a return trip to Bongo’s. But with a mission. Joe Hopper and I return to Downtown Disney to catch the U23D movie at the AMC. I tried to catch it in Washington DC last week, but it was only playing on the weekends. So we cab it over in the monsoon and run into the themepark. I manage to completely wipe out just as I reach the Bongo’s stoop, complete with a sliding stop in the rain. Nice.
I had steak last time here, I ordered chicken this time. More rice. More plantains. Slightly less garlic.
We ordered some appetizer that I can’t pronounce or don’t remember. Basically it’s a fried mashed potato with meat in the center. I’m telling you, this would be a smash hit in OKC.
It’s been a big news day in Florida. Tornado warnings up north. Massive power outtage in the south.
Also grabbed strong cigar from Sosa Family Cigars. Man. They recommended a “full bodied” cigar. And it was.
As someone who has spent the past decade in the online biz, that question seems a little obvious to me.
In the Tuesday afternoon session at the NAA Martketing conference in Orlando there was a session devoted to the online audience for newspapers. Simple business model: you must be relevant to your customer and show value to your audience. And you must differentiate, show you are different from the competition.
According to Scarborough Research, newspaper Web site users shop more online and spend more when they do than from other not newspaper sites.
Here’s more: when newspaper sites shopped for items such as clothes or travel items like airline tickets, 3 of 4 actually followed through with the purchase.
Scarborough went further. Seven days of newspaper Web traffic were equal to 80 spots on radio. That’s reach for you.
Here’s the real reason newspaper execs come to the NAA Marketing conference in Orlando – or any conference. To network. To meet, greet, boast, learn and most importantly ask questions.
Dan “Patio” Dalton. It you’re in the media biz, you probably get his emails. He is a one-man marketing machine, with a personal brand: an image of himself on his porch. I’m not kidding.
But everyone knows Patio Man. And he’s always at these conferences. So he runs into Kelly Fry, OPUBCO Communications Group Vice President for News and Information Center (now that’s a title!), and me on the trade show floor and demands we spend 30 seconds with him. He can be a pest, but that’s the mark of the good salesman I guess. He is tenacious. We give him the 30 seconds and his product is solid. In fact we have used Content That Works, his company, for a while now.
However, he convinces us to join him and his co-workers and the company CEO Paul Kamp for dinner. So now we have an adventure on our hands as they say we are headed to a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant located somewhere in an Orlando strip mall.
How could this go wrong, right?
Of course we roll in, nine strong, and grab a corner table. Place is packed. Mostly with locals I think. I’m not sure how anyone else would know about this place. Paul is a former restaurant/food critic outta Chicago, so we kinda trust he knows his pasta. In fact, he breaks down the difference between North side and South side pasta (alfredo vs tomato, sorta).
But we don’t get pasta. We order the special, the sea bass. I’ve never had sea bass. In fact, I’m not sure I want sea bass in Oklahoma. It’s great though. Really top notch fish. Served with potatos cut lengthwise. I usually try to include a price, but Paul and Dan ordered for the group so I didn’t get a good look at the menu.
Rather than provide a lengthy recap of the sessions I attend, I’ll point towards the NAA’s blog.
How important is brand recognition? Pretty important. You could mention the local newspaper in most big markets in the country, and that brand name would be recognized among most people. Like in the 90 percent range. That’s recognition that most companies strive for.