Author: Phil Friedman

Marinas and Boatyards Need Marketing Strategies That Fit Their Business Models

Fad Advice on Marketing Often Has Little to Do with Real Needs As I’ve said before, I don’t pretend to be a marketing guru. I have, however, been involved in marina and boatyard management for more than three decades. And as a result, have had occasion to develop and run several marine-related marketing campaigns. Consequently,… (more)

Finding a Place in Marina Operations for Automation

  I’ve never met a Chat-Bot I didn’t hate… by Phil Friedman, Marine Industry Consultant My first serious job in the recreational marine industry was managing a small 40-slip marina and trailer park on the Lake Erie shore. That was at a time before anyone ever heard of a desktop computer. A decade later, I… (more)

CRM and Customer Service

Avoid confusing customer relations management with customer service by Phil Friedman, Marine Industry Consultant In one of its brochures, a leading developer of CRM software explains customer relations management in the following way: “… CRM is customer relationship management … CRM lets you store and manage prospect and customer information, like contact info, accounts, leads,… (more)

A Competitive Advantage is Never Forever

Whether you see it as resting on your laurels or sitting on your butt, failing to constantly adapt leads to being left (on your) behind. by Phil Friedman, Marine Industry Consultant Always seek a competitive advantage Having a “competitive advantage” involves imbuing your product with a singular feature or set of features that distinguish it… (more)