It all began when you realized you knew what you had to do: weed out the toxic employees from your company. It took time and sleepless nights, but you did it. The problem was that you were without a salesperson and you were working harder than ever, even if your office was more peaceful.
It was time to hire someone to help move your organization forward. You had an opportunity to hire a sales professional instead of just another salesperson.
Getting new hires off to a successful start
“These sure are exciting times, aren’t they?” That’s what people say, at least, when often what they mean instead is, “These sure are uncertain times, aren’t they?” or “These sure are scary times, aren’t they?”
I say that is hogwash—these are exciting times. That said, there has never been a more frightening time to be average at or indifferent about what you do. If that is the case, it is time to change.
Simple New Year's resolutions for small businesses
Just as in years past, we enter 2012 with a host of changes ahead. But from new laws and regulations to emerging contaminants to the still-struggling global economy, the water treatment industry is ready to meet them. Water Quality Products asked five industry experts for their input on the challenges facing the industry this year and the opportunities they will bring.
Industry leaders’ predictions for the coming year
With major missteps recently from large corporations like Groupon and The Gap, some marketers think the quickest and easiest way to garner media attention is by staging a crisis. Often referred to as mea culpa marketing, it involves an organization staging a stunt—anything from insensitive commercials to seemingly thoughtless rebranding. However, this risky tactic can cause more long-term damage than short-term benefits.
Debunking the myth that any publicity is good publicity
Water Quality Products understands the importance of keeping up to date with current industry trends and information. We are pleased to bring you our fifth annual State of the Industry Report, which includes valuable current information regarding the water treatment industry and its trends.
An assessment of the water treatment industry
The past year was a rough one for businesses in the U.S. and around the world. The economy continues to weigh heavily on everyone’s minds. This year, Water Quality Products conducted its fifth annual State of the Industry Survey to find out how the economy affected the water treatment industry. Once again, readers indicated that the down economy and depressed housing market were the factors that most negatively affected sales in the last year
It finally happened–you fired the toxic salesperson that has been a drain on your company for so long. But now you are the one running all of the sales calls in addition to running your business.
In a previous article (“Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are,” June 2011), I discussed how to find good candidates, but suggested that the interview process could take hours. How are you going to find the time? You ran an ad on Career Builder and Monster and have a ton of resumes, but now what?
Making the most of your employee search with a thorough interview process
Successful business blogs make a profound difference. They drive profit-enhancing website traffic, boost search engine results and showcase leadership and credibility. But blogs come and go. Many business bloggers start off with a bang and then quickly fade, even after just a handful of entries. A well-directed, focused blog, however, can achieve must-read status with influential industry heavyweights, customers and prospects.
Maintaining an interesting & profitable corporate blog
An increasing number of water treatment dealers have found themselves in the position of needing to add to their professional teams. Perhaps they got fed up with some of the toxicity in the organization and made the difficult decision to replace it with professionalism. Or, hopefully, the recovery of the economy has created a necessity for a larger professional team.
Finding qualified professionals
I am writing this article at the end of a week that saw record blizzards paralyze large sections of the country. I asked one of my coaching clients what he was doing during the slack period of the storm. He said he was doing nothing. Taking it easy. He sent his staff home to ride out the storm.
Making the most of down time