The Ole Seagull

The headline of 2013 that no one ever saw: “$45M plus 7 years of TCED/Chamber CVB Branson marketing results in $7.8M 2014 Plan to get back to the basics and re-engage Branson’s core markets”

Posted in Branson,Marketing,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the December 29th, 2013

Wow, that’s some marketing efficiency; Over $45M spent to realize that we have to “get back to basics” and “re-engage our core markets.” That’s nuts! Wouldn’t it have been great if the same marketing brilliance being displayed now could have been displayed three or four years ago at about the $21M or $30M mark? That’s a rhetorical question because, in an Ole Seagull’s opinion, the same marketing brilliance and desire for control that led Branson into this position, as embodied in the incestuous relationship between leadership of the “Tourism Community Enhancement District” (TCED) and the “Branson Lakes Area CVB” (CVB), is still “lighting” the way into the future. (Don’t panic folks, as used herein the term “incestuous” is defined as “a relationship excessively close and resistant to outside influence.”) (more…)

Who Else Wants a 25% Raise, LUV or more Christmas?

Posted in Branson,General,Opinion by The Ole Seagull on the December 15th, 2013

OK so most of us aren’t going to get a 25% pay raise, but we can enjoy, by proxy, the 25% pay raise that Taney County’s elected officials voted themselves to hopefully get in 2015. It does not go into effect until 2015, but does it take a Solomon to figure out who will be lined up to run in 2015? “But Seagull, in these economic times while things are so tough for everyone, how could they, in good conscience do that?” All an Ole Seagull can say is that, “In terms of their collective “conscience,” their action speaks for itself.” Does that include Presiding Commissioner Ron Houseman who was absent for the vote?” That just has to be a rhetorical question? (more…)