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Open letter to President Trump

bill yeargin

Dear President Trump, First, congratulations on your victory in last year’s hard fought campaign. You connected with tens of millions of American who have trusted you with their hopes for the future. As CEO of one of the boating industry’s largest companies with manufacturing across the USA, over 1,000 employees, and distribution in 70 countries, I want to do my ...

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A Boating Industry editor in Dusseldorf

Jay_Sweet_blog

Greetings from across the ocean. I'll be covering the Boot Dusseldorf show this week, so keep an eye out for info here on BoatingIndustry.com, as well as our Facebook page. This is my first trip to Germany, so should be an interesting experience. The show kicks off tomorrow morning, but I took some time to get acclimated today, walking around ...

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Google’s paying attention to your reviews. Are you?

justin divilio wide

Do you know what shoppers are saying about your dealership online? You should! Today’s shoppers are taking to the internet to voice their opinions about their experiences with products and businesses, and your dealership is no exception. Harnessing the power of online customer reviews is an important part of your digital marketing strategy that can help you drive your local ...

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Caddyshack yacht is for sale

Jay_Sweet_blog

Remember that famous scene in Caddyshack when Rodney Dangerfield crashes his yacht into Ted McKnight's sailboat? Go ahead and watch the video below. I'll wait a minute. The yacht, a 60-foot, 1979 Striker (dubbed "Seafood" in the film) is now on the market, the Washington Post reports. The boat apparently needs some work, including a new paint job, an interior ...

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Sales in a world of everything digital

lauren mclean headshot

With a huge increase in digital marketing methods – social media, email marketing and search engine optimization – and a decrease in the effectiveness of traditional marketing, it’s time that we also re-evaluate methods of sales. What used to work in the “good old days” might just be a thing of the past. Why do people go online first? It’s ...

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From 1999 to 2017, boating is still The White Man’s Sport

Brianna-Liestman

Every week I post a different “Throwback Thursday” photo on the Boating Industry Instagram account. It’s a huge benefit of having 87-some years of archives at your disposal. Sometimes I go back pretty deep – back to the 1930s – and other times I stay a little closer to home, like when I picked up the 1999 archive book last ...

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What are your dealership’s New Year’s resolutions?

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It will happen. This week local gyms will be full of people; those you’ve never seen before will be clamoring in the door with hopes of achieving their New Year’s resolution to get fit. By Feb. 1, the crowd will taper off. Those who have stuck with their plans will still be there, while those who weren’t as committed will ...

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Busyness is the new status symbol

Jay_Sweet_blog

Everyone seems busier these days. Since the Great Recession, employees and owners have had to take on more work to get the job done. Everyone is doing more with less. Now, in a recent article in Harvard Business Review, researchers argue that "busyness" has become a status symbol in America, more important than the "conspicuous consumption" of recent decades. Researchers ...

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Identifying new marina markets strategically

tom-mukamal-heashot

Adding a new or existing marina to a branded portfolio requires months, if not years, of extensive analysis to determine if the destination is up to par with today’s industry standard of a luxury yachting facility or if it has certain unique attributes, which, over time, will attract high-end boaters. Yacht owners, captains and crew members associate major marina company ...

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