I'm heading to Louisville this week. Usually I wouldn't comment publicly about client interactions, but these are a bit different. And just as I've taken your input and shared at PRWeek's Next Conference, SXSW and Web 2.0 Expo, I'll share any comments here with the people I meet.
I travel pretty frequently. If you do too, this might sound familiar. Whenever I fly somewhere, the first thing I'll do upon landing is turn on my phone's radio to send/receive SMS and check email. I'll usually scan Google Reader and/or Twitter while waiting to deplane. Then I'll make my way straight to the taxi line to get a ride into town.
- LGA. W Times Square. 9 pm. #taxishare
- BOS. Harvard campus. 10:30 pm. #taxishare
Anyone who's relevant can ping you back with an @ message. You'd just have to run the search 2 or 3 times as you make your way to queue.
I'll be in Belgium soon for a week on vacation (mostly). If you've been there – or live there – what advice would you give on interesting things to do for a family?
- Paris: Eiffel Tower, Le Relais de L'Entrecôte, The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Versailles
- London: London Eye, Tower Bridge, science museum, giraffe, wagamama, and the Blue Elephant (but the Aquarium was quite awful)
- Amsterdam: Walking canals, the children's museum, The Pancake Bakery
- Ireland: Castles and countrysides
Since my first trip to Asia in the early 80's, the world has gotten "smaller" for everyone. I see two primary factors: efficient global product distribution and digital content/connectivity. People used to load up their luggage with Smarties in London or Coors in Colorado before returning home. I remember going over to neighbor's houses to watch vacation slide shows. Not anymore. You can get durian at the local Asian grocery or visit Red Square from your desktop.
So what's to be experienced in Belgium that remains unique, worth being there in person?
Sunday: Left the house at 4:30 am, unseasonably warm 62 degrees. Time check from the BBC World Service. Up the parking ramp, past the 9/11 Memorial. Checking in with Delta. Fly to Atlanta, big plane. Connecting to Austin, little plane. Welcome to Texas! Driving on Congress Street, Traffic by Ben Cyllus on radio. Lunch at Whole Foods world headquarters. Drop bags at hotel and go get hair cut at Birds. Dinner at Freebirds and caught Obama on 60 Minutes.
Monday: Breakfast at Austin Java, then over to the office. View from the 22nd floor balcony.
Wednesday: Cross street to the Waldorf=Astoria and up to PR Week panel. Taxi to Marine Air Terminal and Delta Shuttle – exit, aft. Back to car, sit in rush hour, and return home again, 7:00 pm and 30 degrees.
Some things I'll be doing over the next couple of weeks, in case you're interested in meeting up.
I posted earlier about the panel I'll be moderating and appreciate your thoughts on three key questions for the future of PR. Which may also win you a free pass to the conference. Be sure to read the comments – there's a lot of great thinking in there.
I'm very excited to be participating on a panel moderated by Sam Ford of MIT's C3/Peppercom, where we'll discuss "At the Intersection of the Academy and the Industry." My fellow panelists are Amanda Lotz, University of Michigan; John Caldwell, UCLA; and Grant McCracken, MIT. I am clearly from the industry side of the fence here.