Tag Archives: Boating Industry

More from Jacobs on Genmar bankruptcy

“I’ve had more sleepless nights between the beginning of last year and until the recent days of resolving this thing than I’ve had in all the rest of my life put together … I’ve never had anything affect so many people’s lives as this did. Until I finally got past that guilt stage, that sense of what I’d done, I ...

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Tax credit ends, home prices drop

Hopefully the timing won’t throw any cold water on whatever sort of recovery is taking place at the moment, but letting the home buyer tax credit expire just before the summer selling season didn’t do the boating industry any favors. The $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers was enacted in 2009 to help jump start the housing market, and ...

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“Chevy” is no more

Last year, General Motors got rid of Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn and a few other brands. Now the company wants to get rid of Chevy – not the cars, the nickname. On Tuesday, G.M. sent a memo to employees at Chevrolet’s Detroit headquarters asking that they refer to the brand as “Chevrolet” when talking to dealers, reviewing dealer advertising, or even ...

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Avoiding a boater shortage

The fishing season is underway and it’s supposed to be great weather to get out on the water here in Minnesota this weekend – warm and sunny. There should be lots of boats on area lakes and rivers, and a friend here at work hopes his family’s 21-foot runabout is among them. But there’s a problem. After picking up his ...

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Take control of the 2010 Dealer Database

One year ago yesterday, I posted a blog entry to this site outlining how we go about compiling the information for our annual Dealer Directory, which is published each May. I thought it might be time to revisit that topic as, a couple of weeks ago, our 2010 Directory was mailed out and we’ve begun to hear from the dealers ...

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Reaching the mobile Internet

Four years from now, more people will be accessing the Internet using a mobile device than a desktop computer. That was the prediction offered by Mary Meeker, head of Morgan Stanley’s global technology research team, during a presentation streamed live over the Internet last month. Meeker, who was dubbed “Queen of the Net” by Barron’s magazine in the late 90s, ...

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Answers to your toughest Internet questions

One of the most popular topics of discussion in the industry this year seems to be Internet technology. Whether it’s SEO, mobile marketing, social networking or e-commerce, marine professionals want to know how to expand and improve their online efforts to drive efficiencies and increase sales in their businesses. That came through loud and clear in the results of the ...

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We’re headed in the right direction, aren’t we?

When the Boating Industry team recently got into a conversation about how the industry is performing so far this year, there were some varying opinions. It turns out that we were each looking at the data to which we have access – from Spader Business Management and Info-Link Technologies Inc. – a little differently. Here are the conclusions we reached. ...

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The boating industry’s green shoots

A few weeks ago, a former boating industry executive contacted me, asking about the state of marine business in the U.S. He is a friend who left the United States a few years ago to take a position within a different division of his company based in another country. Since his e-mail, I’ve been thinking about how to answer him. ...

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