Tag Archives: Marketing

Time to start thinking about first-time buyers

A week ago, I was on the phone with Fred Pace, managing director of Destin, Fla.-based dealership Legendary Marine, who said something that surprised me. He’s seeing a return of first-time buyers in his local market place. Legendary Marine’s experience is not necessarily the norm in today’s market. Most dealers are having a hard enough time getting their loyal customers ...

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Case File 2010: Burger vs. Burger

Having spent a bit of my career in the marine OEM camps, I have learned firsthand that innovation is king (pardon the mis-reference). As a boat builder, you must have unique features on your products to separate them from the competition.

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Not just another buzzword: The degrees of “marine engagement”

By Gary Druckenmiller, Jr., co-founder, TheOpenSea.com – In marine marketing, retaining loyal customers has always been a hard thing to do. And in the age of media fragmentation — as hundreds of technologies and thousands of Web sites compete for audience attention — the traditional siege-mentality approach to marketing is giving way to a new paradigm known as “engagement.” This ...

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Another way to win over your customers

Last week, I received a press release from BoatU.S. with the following subject line, “The Shocking Truth: More Recreational Boaters Having Battery Problems.” And I saw an opportunity. Or at least one I’d jump on if I was a boat dealer, marina operator or boating supplies store manager. BoatU.S. Towing Services reports that the number of non-emergency assistance calls it ...

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