Braving the Storm

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

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at 847.391.1007 or by e-mail at kcline@sgcmail.com.

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November 30, 2011
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Located in Lisle, Ill. (a suburb of Chicago), DuPage Technology Group Inc. offers competitively priced web development, hosting and IT consulting services to clients across the country. Our list of clients includes fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller to mid-sized businesses looking to leverage technology to increase production and profitability. Founded in 1998 by President Christian Faure, DTG strives to offer all levels of IT services to its customers.

New Technologies, Old Concepts

Sure, life was simpler before the computer age. It seems like just yesterday you could flip between your three television stations and be content. You could walk to the mailbox to get your daily mail. The only Spam we knew of came in a little tin. If you were unsure of who to call, you simply grabbed the yellow pages.

Now, each day we wake up with more choices, more options and more noise. Things are certainly busier, but are they better? That may not be the right question to ask. It is not helpful for a business to bury its head in the sand and long for simpler times.

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Simple marketing strategies to get your message across

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Tim Miles is senior partner with Wizard of Ads. Miles can be reached at timmiles@wizardofads.com or 573.489.1058.

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November 4, 2011
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November 4, 2011
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Staying Ahead of the Game

Rory Sherman has never been one to let things just come to him. If that were the case, he might still be working as an auto mechanic in Phoenix. That is what he was doing in 1977 when he spotted a blind ad for a sales position with a local water dealer. He answered the ad, and all of a sudden a new world of opportunities opened for him.
 
He got the hang of the water business quickly, moving up the ranks into management before long. Eventually he relocated to Utah to hire and train new employees.
About The Author: 

Jeff Zagoudis is an editorial intern with Water Quality Products. Zagoudis can be reached at jzagoudis@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7973.

Activation Date: 
November 1, 2011
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Certification as a Sales Tool

I recently joined the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) and am busy learning about the product certification process. I have applied for product certifications in the past, and now I am getting to view the process from the other side.

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Using certifications to help market products

About The Author: 

Stephen Bachleda, CWS-VI, is operations manager for the Water Quality Assn. Bachleda can be reached at sbachleda@wqa.org or 630.505.0160.

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October 26, 2011
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October 26, 2011
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Negative Comment, Positive Response

Being part of an online community through social networking and blogging can be an extremely positive experience for any water treatment business, connecting with current and prospective customers to rate products and services. However, when negative feedback strikes, the news can travel fast.

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Dealing with negative comments on social networking websites

About The Author: 

Efrain Ayala is new media manager for Walt Denny Inc. Ayala can be reached at efrain@waltdenny.com or 630.323.0555.

Publication Date: 
September 22, 2011
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September 22, 2011
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Be a Riveting Resource With a Focused Blog

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.

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Maintaining an interesting & profitable corporate blog

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Walt Denny is president of Walt Denny Inc. Denny can be reached at walt@waltdenny.com or 630.323.05

Publication Date: 
May 31, 2011
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May 31, 2011
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Joining the Party

Social media is on the rise, and water dealers are beginning to join the conversation to reach out to customers. Rich Anderson, founder and CEO of ClearView Water, Denver, discussed how he uses social media with Water Quality Products Associate Editor Kate Cline.

Kate Cline: What kind of social media do you use?

Rich Anderson: In terms of social media, I use what most people regard as the big three. I use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Actually, throw a fourth one in—YouTube as well.

About The Author: 

Rich Anderson is founder and CEO of ClearView Water. Anderson can be reached at rich@clearviewwater.com or 303.801.7031.

Kate Cline is associate editor for Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Publication Date: 
April 29, 2011
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April 29, 2011
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What Makes an Exceptional Website?

A large number of trends in IT and Web development have come and gone as the Internet has grown exponentially over the years. Gone are the days of blinking text, annoying audio that you cannot disable and the assumption that everyone is surfing on a 56k dial-up modem at the lowest monitor resolution. Decreasing technology costs, combined with the expansion of broadband and fiber-optic connections, have led to an even greater revolution on the Web.

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Website advice for both beginners and veterans

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Christian Faure is president of DuPage Technology Group Inc. Faure can be reached at cfaure@dupagetech.com or at 630.968.7424.

Publication Date: 
February 5, 2011
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February 5, 2011
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What Makes an Exceptional Website?

A large number of trends in IT and Web development have come and gone as the Internet has grown exponentially over the years. Gone are the days of blinking text, annoying audio that you cannot disable and the assumption that everyone is surfing on a 56k dial-up modem at the lowest monitor resolution. Decreasing technology costs, combined with the expansion of broadband and fiber-optic connections, have led to an even greater revolution on the Web.

Deck: 

Website advice for both beginners and veterans

About The Author: 

Christian Faure is president of DuPage Technology Group, Inc. Faure can be reached at cfaure@dupagetech.com or at 630.968.7424.

Publication Date: 
February 4, 2011
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February 4, 2011
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