More than chili, baseball and soap… A marketing hub
Mention Cincinnati to someone not familiar with our city on the banks of the Ohio River and they usually say something about chili with spaghetti, the Reds, Pete Rose, P&G or a conference they attended here.
Of course, those of us who call Cincinnati home could list lots of pluses about the Queen City — our thriving arts and music scenes, family-friendly atmosphere, wonderful parks, museums, affordable housing, UC and Xavier, the Bengals, Tall Stacks, strong social service safety net, variety of choices for spiritually minded folks, diverse business base…
And, most impressive to me lately, Cincinnati’s prominence as a marketing hub. On Sept. 23-24, for example, I attended the 3rd annual Digital Non Conference in downtown Cincinnati.
The event featured keynote speakers such as Greg Coleman of Huffington Post, Tim Westergren of Pandora, actress America Ferarra (Ugly Betty), Drew Buckley of Electus and Wendy Lea of Get Satisfaction. Sprinkle in Cincinnati’s own Pete Blackshaw of Nielsen Digital Strategic Services, Dave Knox of Rockfish Interactive and Jerry Kathman of LPK.
In between keynotes, some of the top digital marketing minds around interacted with people who help build brands and connect customers with products and services. One attendee told me he drove from Toronto. I also shared ideas with people from Indianapolis and Lexington.
I tweeted notes throughout the event. Please review my Twitter stream on @MikeBoehmer57 and check out the #dignc hashtag. Lots of people shared lots of good stuff.
Yes, we’ve got a lot more than chili and baseball in Cincinnati!