Bing Maps: Turkey and Travel

What do pistachios, Turkey, and travel have in common? In a recent post on the New York Times’ Frugal Traveler blog, we learn that a city called Gaziantep located in southeastern Turkey is the self-proclaimed pistachio capital, and apparently a trip there is lovely and quite affordable.

While the blog itself is a good read, the New York Times needed an easy way for readers to visually follow the blogger on his 10-week Mediterranean adventure this summer. So they turned to Bing Maps.

Using Bing Maps developer tools, the New York Times created a mapping feature that shows the blogger’s current location, where he had been, and where he was going. Readers just click to navigate between locations, easily moving between blog posts and traveling the Mediterranean vicariously through the Frugal Traveler.


If you’re interested in learning more about dev APIs and what you can do with them, visit the Bing Maps site.

Joseph on Better Listening

“If you’re going to help a man, you want to know something about him, don’t you?”

–Joseph to Clarence, Angel Second Class

from the film, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Sales questions…

The key to learning more about a prospect, customer, or colleague is asking more open-ended questions (questions that cannot be answered by a yes or no) and then listening – really listening – with complete attention.

No leading. No prompting. No interrupting. (You can do it.)

Get some more insight and a list of the top 30 open-ended questions from JustSell. Then, put together a small group and practice delivering the questions to one another (while also practicing your listening).