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The 4 P’s of business strategy are dead

By Mark Overbye In the olden days of business, a manufacturer drove the product cycle, internally deciding how products got developed and presented in a controlled manner. Developed in the 1960’s, the "4 P's" representing Product, Price, Place, Promotion comprised a business strategy that helped define success in that bygone era. It’s a supplier-sided mindset that defines how products get ...

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The future of boating

By Bruce Van Wagoner Catering to the Millennial Generation The millennial generation is often the subject of speculation as people constantly weigh in on how their actions and reactions will shape history. After all, the millennial population is 85 million strong in the U.S. – the largest in the nation’s history. Naturally, the boating industry is not immune to this ...

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Sell the lifestyle, reap the profit

By Myril Shaw When you sell a boat, you are selling a lot more than a product. You are selling a lifestyle. About 99% of the time, people are not buying any of these products because they need them. They are buying them because they want them, because they have a vision of how much more they will enjoy their ...

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Show customers you care — digitally!

By Lauren Labunsky The holidays are here and it’s a great time of year to truly focus on how your dealership is showing customers that you care about them. This could include things like excellent customer service, a special gift or offer, a holiday-themed sale or event, and more. But just as so much of the customer journey has moved ...

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Marine marketing essentials you need to be doing

By Julie Holemans Let's face it, marketing trends evolve so fast it’s hard to keep up. Except you have to if you want to beat your competition. We looked at the landscape of marine marketing trends and picked the ones that are driving the most profit while being easy to put in place. Marine Marketing Trend #1: Content Marketing Content ...

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Outshine competitors on the search engine

By Lauren Labunsky Dealers may often wonder – what’s the need to have both Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM)? If one of these digital marketing tools is at work for the dealership’s digital strategy, isn’t that enough? Doesn’t that mean the dealership website will appear at the top of the search engine results page (SERP), whether ...

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Do You Look Like Your Website?

It is often noted that people, over time, start to look their pets or their spouses. I suspect that in at least some cases, that may be a good thing. The question here is, do you, or your dealership look like your website? Your website, your online digital presence is every bit as real as your brick-and-mortar store. In fact, ...

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Elevate your performance by building capacity in these key areas

By Robert Glazer In 2015, I decided to start sending an email every Friday to all the employees at my company, Acceleration Partners. Many CEOs send out weekly wrap-ups, but I wanted this message to go beyond the typical business-related content. Instead, I wanted to provide inspiration around the concept of improvement and growth, with the goal of encouraging our ...

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Thanks Thom!

By Bill Yeargin In the Old Testament we read the story of Queen Esther who was told by her cousin Mordecai that she had been put in her position for “such a time as this.” While we may not read about Thom Dammrich in a future religious text, there is no question that during his tenure at NMMA he was ...

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