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Disrupt the customer journey

The customer journey is a popular topic of discussion in the world of digital marketing. These days, it’s not as simple as someone seeing a boat ad in the newspaper and coming into your dealership to purchase it. The constant connectivity that our digital world creates makes it easier to reach prospects and customers, but also requires more strategy and ...

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The future is bright

By Bill Yeargin Ever since humans embraced both the division of labor and trade, millennia ago, people have been wealth creating machines. Division of labor increases productivity and trade encourages innovation, both of which lead to breakthroughs that keep increasing the wealth, health, lifespan and happiness of the world community. Human freedom, prosperity, standards of living, health, comfort, and lifespans ...

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Optimize your site for voice search

By Lauren Labunsky As smartphones and home voice assistants become more popular, it has become crucial to optimize your dealership website to be featured in voice search results. It is estimated that 65% of people ages 25-49 speak to their voice-enabled devices at least once per day* - these include smartphones, smart watches, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and more. According ...

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White House visit, environment, and boating!

Yesterday I was honored to be back at the White House, this time with a few others from our industry, to hear President Trump and several cabinet secretaries share what they have been doing related to protecting the environment. It is always an honor to be invited to the White House and, while many believe the Administration should be doing ...

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Three types of stories every leader should master

The fact that people are wired to react so strongly to stories should motivate business leaders to develop their storytelling skills. But what business situations call for a story? You might have guessed the answer—it depends. It depends on both the situation and what you’d like to accomplish in the situation. The situation might be a staff meeting where you’re ...

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Sell more this summer with SEM

The online world can be a crowded place. With most businesses now on board with creating a strong online presence, many are realizing the impact that online advertising can make as well. One of the most popular and impactful ways your dealership can advertise online is through Search Engine Marketing (SEM), also called pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. Because this digital marketing ...

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USMCA: Let’s get it done

The past few weeks have been good for the boating industry related to Canada and Mexico. President Trump lifted the 232 tariffs on aluminum and steel and Canada lifted the retaliatory tariffs that were hurting our industry on both sides of the border. Now we are focused on the final step of putting the North American trade war behind us; ...

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Online reputation critical to dealer success

As a boat dealership owner or manager, you’ve likely given your business’ local reputation some thought. Maybe your dealership is known as the friendly neighborhood boat shop where people can relax and browse inventory with a cup of coffee in hand. Maybe you’re the trendy local dealership with the modern space and the latest technology. Or maybe you fall somewhere ...

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No wake zone: VHDPA makes no splash 20 years later

By Benjamin Patton The anniversary came – and went – unnoticed. It has now been 20 years since Congress enacted 17 U.S.C. § 1301, otherwise referred to as the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act (VHDPA). During that time, there have been a grand total of 538 registrations granted by the Copyright Office under the VHDPA. That’s an average of 27 registrations ...

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Creating content that converts

In the marketing world we always hear the phrase, “Content is King.” We see that ways of consuming content, from reading blogs to streaming video and through any channel in between, is more popular than ever. But what is it about content that draws so much attention? And how can we make sure that our content is performing at the ...

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