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How manufacturers can leverage Facebook Lead Ads to drive customers

According to Facebook, consumers spend an average of 50 minutes per day on the social network. They are also using the internet to conduct pre-purchase research. Your brand is competing for attention not only with other manufacturers, but friends, family, groups and other types of business Pages. To be seen by your desired audience and make it easier for them ...

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Keys to launching a great website

What kind of first impression do you offer to your potential customers? You likely go to great measures to make sure your showroom is clean and organized, your sales staff are attentive and ready to help, and the coffee is always hot. But in 2017, is your physical dealership really serving as the first impression of your dealership? People are ...

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Boating, biofuels and dirty politics


Washington, D.C. is full of advocates. Some are very effective champions for important causes, but others get sucked into the maelstrom of competing special interests. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of the latter type represented among those who claim to serve boating enthusiasts but have become dupes of a well-funded fossil fuel campaign. Listening to these voices, you would think ...

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Embracing technology trends to advance your business

No matter where we are in the world, our lives are connected through technology. Smartphones have evolved into the ultimate travel companion, housing all of your valuable information right at your fingertips. With this in mind, it is important for the marina industry to respond to this booming travel trend and capitalize on it to service our guests. At IGY ...

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American Boating Congress 2017

This week many of our industry’s leaders gathered in Washington, DC for the 2017 American Boating Congress. This is always an interesting week as our industry works together to understand, discuss and take action on key issues. My ABC week began in a meeting of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council. Led by the very capable Matt Gruhn, our council is ...

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Strategically manage your dealership’s online reputation

Customers are conducting online research prior to making a purchase and it plays such an important role in the customer journey. According to Vendasta, who’s core purpose is to help drive local economies, “85 percent of customers use the internet to research before marking a purchase.” Once a customer finds your dealership online, their next thought may be “can I ...

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How to be a customer service champion

The happiness and loyalty of your customers is not something to take lightly. Conventional business wisdom, according to LinkedIn, says that it costs 10 times as much to earn a new customer than to keep a current one. According to data from Accenture, more than half of consumers will end their loyalty to a particular business after having a poor ...

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Dynamic inventory retargeting for dealerships

Dealerships have numerous options when advertising online to generate traffic to their website, but which method is most effective? Which method is going to produce the highest ROI, sell the most inventory and drive brand awareness? Only two percent of website visitors will fill out a website contact form, so what about the other 98 percent? Facebook allows you to ...

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Grab the attention of your phone-obsessed customers

These days, you can pretty much count on the fact that your dealership’s current and potential customers are on their phones all day, every day. With smartphones, most people are basically carrying their lives around with them wherever they go, and that includes their email inbox. More than half of emails are now opened on mobile devices, which makes sense ...

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Recreational boating and sportfishing infrastructures

The new administration is set on a mission with the promise of a massive rehab of our outdated national infrastructures that includes roads, bridges, railways, airports and a few others that need to be brought to standards that meet our present-day technology. Similar to what is being contemplated to address this country's internal infrastructures, the infrastructures for the recreational boating and sportfishing harbors and marinas also need to ...

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