Marine Special Products bringing humor to boating issues

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 22, 2014

Marine Special Products Group, a boating systems maintenance and installation company out of Connecticut, is employing cartoons on its website to have a little fun with common boating problems. The company worked with Walden Pond Marine Marketing to conceive the idea and hired former New Yorker cartoonist... Read more »

Finding what resonates with


By Nicholas Upton
July 17, 2014

In our social media webinar yesterday, there was some talk about analyzing fan, follower and customer data. To me, it’s one of the most important things to understand about social media. Just about everyone knows that funny pictures, interesting articles and coupons get a lot of likes, re-tweets and... Read more »

Keep up with MDCE on social media

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 15, 2014

This week marks only four months until we kick off this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando. We’ve got a great lineup of speakers and events for you. We’ll lead off with an opening keynote from Chester Elton and wrap up with the first-ever MDCE closing keynote from Ryan Estis,... Read more »

Going clubbing


By Nicholas Upton
July 10, 2014

Boating in an urban area is tricky, even someplace with as fantastic lakes and waterfronts as Minneapolis.  I’ve always, somehow, found an outlet. A cheap canoe off Craigslist; a shared set of kayaks with a friend; rentals and monthly trips to a lakefront cabin have always kept me on the water. But... Read more »

No cure for stupidity, but what’s the industry’s role in safety?

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 8, 2014

Elsewhere on the site today, you’ll find the unfortunate annual ritual of the reporting of the series of Independence Day boating fatalities. As most of us who spend any time on the water know, there’s a lot of stupid/inexperienced/drunk/otherwise intoxicated people out there, and alcohol is apparently... Read more »

Births, not immigration, driving Hispanic growth

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 2, 2014

An interesting new study from the Pew Research Center shows the need to adjust the thinking on minority populations, especially Hispanics. Quite often, when the topic of reaching out to the Hispanic audience we commonly hear the word “immigrant” being thrown around, but that’s becoming an increasingly... Read more »

Video: Flexboat plans to grow boating with inflatables

Jonathan Sweet, Editor In Chief

By Jonathan Sweet
July 1, 2014

I just got back from the Honda Marine press event. You can read more about that in my article here. Along with a chance to give the engines the once-over, the media gathered there also had an opportunity to talk to several of the company’s boat-builder partners. I spent a lot of time talking to the... Read more »

Profits through my eyes


By Jennifer Robison, National Retail Specialist - Tucker Rocky Distributing
June 26, 2014

It’s been too long since my last blog for Boating Industry. I can easily say I have been slammed with work and projects with retailers. Retailers that are on the gas are keeping me busy using my eyes and designs to create a new kind of in store experience. I love it; they love it, and wow, the industry... Read more »

Barriers to entry


By Mark Mooney
June 24, 2014

“Embrace the fundamentals like the closest of friends, for they will be the foundation of your future success.” — Chris Murray It’s not an easy task to open a new dealership, buy an existing dealership, or to operate a dealership, for that matter. The costs associated with along with OEM requirements... Read more »

Good indications

Tom Kaiser, Senior Editor

By Tom Kaiser
June 19, 2014

It’s Top 100 time here at Boating Industry, as applications from the program are flying their way into our inboxes. Before beginning the arduous task of going through the applications with a fine-tooth comb, it’s a fun opportunity to touch base with everybody who applied last year. Through phone... Read more »

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