The Ole Seagull

The best answer to Branson’s reduced show attendance?

Posted in Branson by The Ole Seagull on the August 28th, 2016

Last week’s column stated what the Ole Seagull believes is a simple truth necessary to the economic success of just about every Branson show. That was, “The ‘Best Ticket’ a Branson show can sell is one netting the show as close to the box office price as possible, that is sold to the ticket purchaser prior to their arrival in Branson.” In recent years selling enough tickets, “Best Ticket” or otherwise, to keep from losing money has been a continuing challenge for all, but Branson’s most popular shows. A challenge that surely must have some of them asking themselves, “Is it worth the effort to keep on in the hopes that things will change?” (more…)

Is the “Best Ticket” a Branson show can sell becoming, but a fading dream?

Posted in Branson,Marketing,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the August 21st, 2016

An Ole Seagull just has to believe that, in all too many cases the answer is “Yes, but it gets worse.” First, the answer depends on one’s definition of “the Best Ticket.” As used in this column the Ole Seagull would define the “Best Ticket a Branson Show Can Sell (Best Ticket),” as, “a ticket netting the show as close to the box office price as possible and sold to the ticket purchaser prior to their arrival in Branson.” (more…)

From a marketing perspective can Branson shows say, “We have met the enemy and it is us?”

Posted in Branson,General,Marketing by The Ole Seagull on the August 1st, 2016

Sadly, for many Branson shows, that might just be true. It’s no exaggeration to say that it’s a lot harder for shows to make it in Branson that it was 15 years ago. As Branson visitors enjoy all that Branson offers, all the shows, attractions, and other entities providing that experience, are competing against each other trying to entice those visitors to spend some of their money and time “with” them. Branson could have 100 million visitors but, as to individual shows, their success depends on how many of those visitors end up sitting in the seats of their show. (more…)

Ever wondered what side of the Conservative/Republican or Liberal/Democratic Fence you sit on?

Posted in General,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the January 26th, 2016

Received this in my email this morning [Jan. 25, 2016] with no copy right or other certification that Jeff Foxworthy actually wrote or said these words. It’s forwarded on because, based on 75 years of living in America, an Ole Seagull believes that, in its majority, it express a truism that has forever changed America into something he doesn’t even recognize anymore. Although it’s in terms of “Republican” or “Democrat” he believes that the terms “Conservative” or “Liberal” could be interchanged with them.

“Republican or Democratic

The Fence Test… straight forward thinking.. by Jeff Foxworthy…

If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test! (more…)

It’s about a process and future of Branson shows not “the button”

Posted in Branson,General,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the December 13th, 2015

First a suggested solution: Give the individual Branson show the option of having the link from the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB “Buy Now Button,” (BNB), for THEIR show listing on the “ (EBC) show page,” go directly to a page on the shows web site where tickets can be directly purchased OR, in the alternative, to a page of another web site, of their choice, from which their tickets can be directly purchased. i.e. The BNB for the “Bad Button Jamboree Show” could link directly to the page on the Button Jamboree Show web site where they directly sell their tickets to THEIR show or directly to a page on another website of their choice, from which tickets to their show can be purchased. (more…)

50K Plus Trout Kill At Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson?

Posted in General by The Ole Seagull on the November 17th, 2015
Empty raceways inside Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery on the morning of Nov. 17, 2013.

Empty raceways inside Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery on the morning of Nov. 17, 2013.

Rumors of a massive fish kill at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery surfaced the afternoon of November 16. This morning I went to the hatchery to verify the rumor. As I drove up to the hatchery building I observed people apparently removing fish from the outside raceways closest to the hatchery.

The photo tells the story of what was found when I went inside the hatchery. All the inside raceways that I could observe, which normally contain fry and the smaller trout that will later be released into the outside raceways, were bare. (more…)

Could Branson Airport be an important part of Branson’s future?

Posted in General by The Ole Seagull on the October 18th, 2015

In a word, “Yes.” Will it make or break Branson’s future, “No,” but then there are basically only three things an Ole Seagull believes could “break” Branson’s future. (more…)

14 Things An Ole Seagull Ponders

Posted in General by The Ole Seagull on the August 16th, 2015

1. How can any reasonable person really believe that the orderly universe in which we live was created by a giant cosmic Flatus?

2. If people have children they cannot afford to raise, why is that not child abuse?


If it was their money would TCED Directors spend it this way?

Posted in General by The Ole Seagull on the June 14th, 2015

You have just bought a new business. As you review the business operation for the first six months you have questions about a monthly payment in the amount of $98,630.00 that, for whatever reason, you don’t believe you should be paying. Your lawyer issues an opinion, based on another legal opinion that is over six years old. The six year old opinion, although answering questions about the issue, avoids any discussion about litigating it and is very careful to avoid saying that there is no recourse against making the payments. Your lawyer, without mentioning litigating the issue, cites that opinion and says you have to continue making payments which amount to $3,288.00 per day, $98,630.00 per month, and $1,200,000.00 per year. (more…)

Apologize for a successful $15.5 million campaign based on this logic?

Posted in Branson,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the April 19th, 2015

Bill Skains, who sat on the Tourism Community Enhancement District Board (TCED) of Directors, the organization responsible for marketing Branson, for a of number years has been very “vocal” in his opposition to the CVB’s participation in the Virgin Group’s “Branson to Branson” online event, which, according to many of our areas leading marketing experts, was an overwhelming success. Early on Skains emailed the TCED complaining about it and, most recently, expressed his opinion on the front page of the April 10 edition of the Branson Tri-Lakes News in an article entitled, “Not all grinning at prank.”

It’s not Skains opinions, but the logic and rationale that those opinions appear to be based on that amazes an Ole Seagull. Incredulously, in his original email to the TCED he said, “I am thinking that somewhere or some time we need to apologize to the taxpayers if anyone was offended…” (more…)

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