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At the helm: Fiberglass vessel recycling needs more industry support

Every year in the U.S. an increasing number of recreational fiberglass boats reach their end of life without a sustainable option for disposal.  Some will be crushed and buried in landfills, where they will persist for many years, while others may be abandoned by their owners on land or in coastal areas where they can potentially harm the marine environment. ...

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The Top 100 … 2019 and beyond

This year we will be celebrating the 15th year of the Top 100. Since 2005, Boating Industry and the Leadership Alliance have recognized the best boat dealers in North America for their financial success, marketing, customer service, industry advocacy and overall business acumen. The 2019 Top 100 will culminate with the annual Top 100 Gala, Nov. 24, at the Rosen ...

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Three keys to winning with your dealership website

Is your website equipped to win in 2019? Before answering, there are three key areas that must be considered. First, is your website up to today’s technological standards? Being mobile friendly and fast loading are the two most important. With more and more boat shopping being done on mobile devices and Google’s penalty for slow and/or non-mobile friendly websites, this ...

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At the Helm: Data dilemmas and all things Internet

Futurists predict there will be 50 billion connected devices by the year 2025.  That figure includes automobiles, which have become powerful, four-wheeled data centers. During a recent commute to the office, I listened with shock and data awe to a national radio story that explained how carmakers are collecting data. Vehicles are increasingly connected with Wi-Fi and may know more ...

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How to harness the power of online video

When was the last time you watched a video online? Based on recent stats, the answer is likely within the last 24 hours. Over 500 million hours of video is watched on YouTube every day, with another 100 million hours on Facebook.   So, how can you turn those views into revenue for your boat business.  A client of mine ...

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Your role in your employee’s happiness

It's long been clear the importance a supervisor plays in employee’s happiness. A bad one will drive good employees away and a good one will keep people happy. It’s more important than salary or almost any other factor in keeping your best workers. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research underscores the outsized role that a supervisor ...

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At the helm: Industry needs more lapsed boater research

Boating industry researchers continue to shed new light on the importance of tracking lapsed boaters as a potential return-to-market segment.  During the Second Annual Grow Boating Marketing Summit presentation at this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference, Jack Ellis, managing director at Info-Link Technologies, Inc., estimated there are 5 million to 10 million lapsed boaters, individuals who have previously owned ...

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Trends from the 2018 Top 100

As some of the best boat dealers in North America, the Boating Industry Top 100 dealers – and those who apply for the list – offer us great insight into the top issues facing the industry.  As I write this, we're deep into evaluation of this year's applicants. (By the time it's published, the 2018 list will be done.) Here ...

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At the helm: U.S. Interior reorganization is welcome news

In late August, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stole a historical page from John Wesley Powell’s book in issuing a reorganization plan that will divide the agency into 12 regions. Powell was a U.S. soldier, geologist, explorer of the American West, professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions.  Powell served as second director of ...

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