ConvergeSouth 2011 Five Questions: Phil Buckley

This post is part of our ConvergeSouth Conference series. Today’s five questions are with Phil Buckley. If you haven’t yet registered and would like to attend, you can sign up [here]. Earlier posts in the series: Sue Polinsky & Rob AinbinerJeff SanGeorge, Katie Morris, and Brandon Burke.

Phil Buckley is the Interactive Director at Capstrat, one of NC leading communications agencies, and the brains behind He has worked in web technologies for two decades and with top brands like Lenovo and Epic Games. Phil is also an avid Red Sox fan and was nice enough to answer 5 questions.

Five Questions with Phil Buckley:

Q1: What are you you speaking about at ConvergeSouth and what can people expect to get out of attending your session?

I want developers to start thinking about search engine optimization is something that can get baked in from the very beginning. Thinking through how writing better html can make the difference between a site ranking organically and not appearing.

Q2 : What is the the next big opportunity for businesses on the web?

Mobile. I think that html5 will eventually win over the OS specific apps.

Q3: If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

The ability to raise unlimited venture capital would be nice.  😉

Q4: If you could have dinner with two people from history, who would they be and why?

Winston Churchill would be one. Born into a famous name and exclusive class he none the less struggled to maintain both. A prodigious writer and thinker, always probing and questioning. He never shied away from making the hard decisions that shaped his country and the world during the 20th century.

Second would be Bill Joy. As one of the computer ages original geeks, it would be fascinating to hear his version of the history of the internet.

Q5: Higher Klout Score:Wade Boggs, Carlton Fisk, Ted Williams, or Cy Young?

Tough question. I can say easily that Wade Boggs would be at the bottom with Ted Williams above him. That leaves two people that have had a long-lasting impact on not just their immediate circle of influence, but larger society. Cy Young was a pioneer that really helped move baseball from the old game to what we now recognize as modern baseball.

But I think I’m going to have to go with Carlton Fisk as the winner. His homerun in October of 1975 did two important things that impact the way baseball and all televised sports is now consumed. Because of the extra camera that caught his reaction to his World Series walk off homerun, all sports coverage now uses that technique. Because of that homerun,the  game 7 television audience was through the roof. That additional tv money helped spur the free-agency boom that started in 1976. That in turned has pushed baseball salaries up which of course trickled to the other professional sports. That’s quite an impact in my opinion.

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