Five Days in the Desert With Nokia


I wish I could tell you that this trip was some sort of Hunter S. Thompson fueled craze through the streets of Las Vegas. My reality is a bit less gonzo than his was.

I ended the week way up, even though the photo above was taken by the Croupier at a table I wasn’t doing good on at the time.

It did involved sword fights, singing cowboys and a private Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert. There were dumplings for breakfast, toasted marshmallows over a campfire and a three level dessert tower.

But, this trip was really about Nokia inviting a group of us to Vegas to spend several days with their new Lumia 1520 phone. They of course were paying for everything and promised a good time and plenty of opportunities to put the phone through the paces. Since I was already going to be in Vegas presenting a case study from YSN at NMX I figured why not?

My first impression of the phone was, “damn this thing is big” because it is. While I could give you the measurements, I’ll just say that it completely filled my front jeans pocket. Emily joked that a girl would have to keep it in a purse since it would never fit in her pockets. That is how crazy big it is.

But, once you begin using it, I sort of forget about the size. Sure, I couldn’t do one hand surfing and typing on it which is a drawback, but I did get use to the large screen real estate when surfing and taking photos.

The team at @NokiaUS certainly did a good job giving us a variety of experiences to put the phone through the paces.

We were put up in the Aria Sky Suites and to say that it was a nice hotel experience would be an understatement. I stay in hotels around the world and the gang behind the Aria get it. Lots of little comforts including being able to set up a wake up alarm for the shades instead of an annoying beep. Plus, every staff member I interacted with always had a helpful and real attitude which was refreshing.

Just be warned that if you are feeling off and make an early night of it with a bath, that they self dry fifteen minutes after you drain them and the sound will make you jump out of bed scared for your life. (true story)

We were treated to several amazing meals including pineapple buttered lobster at Tetsu and my favorite named dish of the week “Tongue and Cheeks” at Sensi. But, for me the meal that I can’t stop thinking about is the carnitas at Javier’s for a little solo lunch I did. Their tequila selection insures I’ll be back because I only got to try one.

Did I mention that this little adventure was the same week that CES was going on? My inner geek couldn’t resist sneaking out and spending a few hours on the show room floor.

There wasn’t nearly enough time to see everything I would have liked to, but I had a great conversation with the team at Goal Zero about their products and I hope to buy some in the future for a few projects I’m hoping to work on.

The highlight of the trip for me though was getting off The Strip and out into the nature of Red Rock Canyon with an afternoon at Cowboy Trail Rides.

It has been years since I’ve been on a horse, but it felt great to do it again.

I had to keep reminding myself that I was only twenty minutes from the insanity of downtown and that I was taking photos with a phone.

While others played cowboy games a few of us noticed the setting sun and had to climb a ridge to capture the special moment. It was great to just take it all in and get to know one another better as the colors changed across the beautiful landscape. I look forward to the next time I get to take photos with Byron, Jason, Kirsten or Pei.

It was also very special for me to spend some time with Colby Brown who is a photographer I’ve been following for a while. Chatting with him about The Giving Lens, the magic of fatherhood and life in general meant a lot to me.

At one point I pulled Nokia Community Manager Jason Harris aside, because as one of the masterminds behind this trip I was very curious how he chose the people who were invited. I’ve been involved with enough influencer marketing campaigns (and planned plenty) that I’m always curious to compare notes with others.

I’m paraphrasing, but he told me,

“We are constantly watching and listening. Nokia wants to make sure that anyone we associate with has the right tone of voice and an audience that our product would be of interest to. We are more interested inviting good people with diverse followings than someone with only big stats.”

That is the type of approach that any brand should adopt. It is what creates a week like this where you’ve got YouTube Fashion stars, a professional wrestler and little old me all on the same trip. No Klout score alone is ever going to make that marketing magic happen.

All this sounds like a good time C.C., but what did you think of the Lumia 1520?

As I’ve previously said, I’m not a big fan of the Windows OS because so few apps that I currently use are being written for that platform. Even with that being said, I did get use to it after a week and like the tile approach to a home-screen. The integrated accounts feature is also very nice so that I don’t have to keep jumping around from service to service.

Rumors are swirling about an Android Nokia and if that proves to be true I’d be extremely tempted to switch.

I love that Nokia has put such a high priority on the camera and lens that it puts in their phones. All the images in this post (more here) were taken with phone and while I may not be popping a SIM into one anytime soon, I’ll definitely be bringing it with me as the perfect mobile camera.

Thank you Nokia for a great time and thank you to Aria and the MGM Resorts who helped make sure we had a great stay while in town.

Disclosure: As previously stated, Nokia took care of our travel and lodging during this trip. They gave us the phones in return for us sharing our thoughts with them and our community about the experience. All thoughts are my own. Those can’t be bought. 🙂

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C.C. Chapman


Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and headshots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…


I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will HappenContent Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.


If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Canon 80D, an iPhone 7+ and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on Instagram and Flickr.

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.


I’ve developed and taught courses for, CreativeLive and Treehouse. I’m also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and hoping to do more teaching in the future.


On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well-done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.

Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. is the past Chairman of the Board at Wediko and currently serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at


Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s, even more, to know about C.C. Chapman if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.


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I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course, will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.

I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.

Companies do send me items in the hopes that I will review it or share with my community. If you send me something it does not guarantee a review.

With that in mind, my mailing address is:

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