“Nice to see you,” he said.
And that was pretty much it.
It was 31 years since I last saw him. I’ll call him Sven.
He was my bunkmate at Camp Scatico, up in Elizaville, NY, in the Hudson Highlands.
I made a name for myself there, not for any feats that a kid in the boy’s camp would normally get recognized for.
No, I was Berky, the Poet Laureate of Camp Scatico back in the day. I found a camp newsletter from 1987 with my poem on the cover.
It… wasn’t very good.
“As a camper you’ll have fun
In Camp Scatico
At the end of 55 days
Home is where you’ll go”
While not my finest work (the rest was even worse), it was at least true to form for me to count how many days were left until the end of camp.
There are no plaques in the Social Hall for the winner of an annual poetry slam.
Coming up for Scatico’s 100th, I wasn’t even sure why I had to be there. I’ve become Facebook friends with quite a few of my old bunkmates and counselors, but I know next to nothing about most of them, and only a few exchanges have been longer than a couple of IMs.
I am on one plaque in the Social Hall for the Scatico Society, which you’re inducted into once you’ve been there for five summers. The person listed directly below me works for Google. He emailed me more than a decade ago about the connection, and I had since forgotten that’s where we first met. It can be a secretive society that way.
At the reunion, I had several longer conversations with others than the one I had with Sven. One of my other bunkmates became the head counselor of the boys’ side, and he filled me in on what changed and what hadn’t. He reminded me of Bucky Cantor in Philip Roth’s final novel, Nemesis — before the novel’s darker turn. Of course, my bunkmate became HC. He had to.
I also caught up with a different sort, one of my best friends at camp who I may have last seen at my bar mitzvah when he decked one of my school friends in the synagogue parking lot. His partner didn’t sound surprised, but she said he calmed down by the time they met. I believe her.
It was Sven though, Sven of all people, who got to me the most.
“Nice to see you too, Sven.” That’s all I had for him.
And yet, it’s true.
He knew a bit about me from Facebook. We weren’t close friends during camp, and I was a deserter. After six years at Scatico, my last summer was when I turned 12, while most of the bunk stayed at least two or three years longer. The following summer, I became a counselor-in-training at a day camp where I spent seven further summers and developed more consistently positive memories. I learned more about myself as a counselor than a camper.
I missed that chance to forge deeper high school aged friendships at Scatico, even if I have no regrets about that. I may be one of those who returned after all these years, but I’m still The Berky Who Left.
The Facebook exchanges are, generally, enough. My bunkmates know a bit about me; I have a cursory sense of what their up to too.
But it meant something, to be there in person. It made us all real.
I spent this past summer going to three funerals and a wedding in some bizarro world version of a Hugh Grant film, and there were a lot of “nice to see you” exchanges. I was the +1, the date (if you can call it that at a funeral). Among those who were betrothed (the two) or buried (the three), I had only previously met one (of the latter category). But there were many people who I got to see, and who it was nice to see.
Showing up isn’t just true for people.
Brands need to show up too. They need to ‘live’ where customers are. They need to be accessible. They need to be felt and seen and heard, even smelled.
On the B2B side, it’s what makes a lot of the unquantifiable aspects of marketing so challenging. Sometimes showing up takes years, especially when you’re trying to displace an incumbent with a prospect. It’s the offerings that keep showing up that have the advantage, but good luck with attribution. Attribution, especially last- or first-touch, can be seen as a proxy, but it doesn’t show everything before or after. It doesn’t show all the showing up.
I’m writing this on a trip to Cambridge where I’m attending the annual meeting of Forrester’s Analyst Relations Council. It’s my first year at this event, as I joined the council after I joined Mediaocean in December. What I’ve been most looking forward to is meeting some of the people I’ve only seen on Webex.
After the first full day of the conference, I made more connections than usual, in part because a lot of us faced the same challenges.
It was the second event of the year for me, following the Magnet Global member summit in April, where I felt that those who get the most value aren’t the ones who show up but keep showing up.
It’s like the First Wednesday events that Zack Rosenberg and I run every month in Manhattan. Show up the first time, and I hope I’m friendly toward you and welcome you there. The second time, I’ll want to hear even more about what you’re into. By the third time, you’ll be a regular, even if you’re regular on an irregular basis.
What’s true for people is true for brands.
Even if you can’t be a regular, even if it’s just getting yourself or your brand out there on occasion, for so many people you encounter, it’ll be nice to see you.
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