So You Want to Start a Water Business ...

Owning your own business is as much a part of the American collective psyche as buying a house and eating apple pie. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people start their own businesses, brimming with entrepreneurial excitement, and the water treatment industry is no different.

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Getting your business off the ground with the help of dealer networks

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June 3, 2013
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June 3, 2013
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The Art of Selling

I could truthfully state that I was a door-to-door salesperson — for one whole day.

I shadowed a security system salesperson to gain an accurate view of different sales techniques and potential customer reactions and interactions, and to gauge success rates of and attitudes toward this type of direct marketing.  

It was a long but educational day.

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Tips for making the most of door-to-door sales presentations

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May 3, 2013
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May 3, 2013
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Play It One-on-One

It is no secret that every business wants to find the magic solution that will profitably increase business year over year. We have all sought that proverbial silver bullet. However, in nearly 20 years of working in the marketing and direct marketing industry, I can offer this advice on finding the silver bullet solution to marketing: You will probably find it with a leprechaun and a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

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Consistent marketing for customers new & old

Publication Date: 
April 11, 2013
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April 11, 2013
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Avoid the Sales Slump

In today’s residential water treatment market, competition for customers is becoming fiercer. It is a challenge to stay ahead of the competition. In the past, the strategy was to get in front of as many people as possible and hope to close on percentages. In today’s world, however, that strategy is not only ineffective, but unrealistic. So, how can you increase sales and market share in today’s competitive world of residential water treatment?

Market Presence

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Increasing sales in today’s competitive residential market

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March 15, 2013
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March 15, 2013
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Sales Program

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January 2012

The new Dealer Advantage Program is a comprehensive sales package designed to give dealers tools they need to sell more equipment. The sales tools include test kits, test meters and solutions, educational information, and customized marketing materials. Membership also provides ongoing benefits including special member discounts, personalized account management, customized reporting and immediate access to newly developed educational or marketing materials.

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Blueprint for Success

Recently, I was sitting with a dealer, discussing his year-to-date numbers. He was shaking his head, saying, “I don’t get it. My sales are up by $20,000 a month, but when I look in the checkbook, it doesn’t show it. I seem to be working twice as hard, but I’m not making any more money.”

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Using benchmarking to redefine business goals and projects

About The Author: 

Michael Thompson, CWS-VI, is president of Applied Management Group Inc. Thompson can be reach at [email protected] or 262.697.4470.

Kelcey Thompson is vice president of Applied Management Group Inc. Thompson can be reached at [email protected] or 262.697.4470.

David Scurlock is a learning and organizational development leader with 25 years of experience with a variety of organizations. Scurlock can be reached at [email protected].

Publication Date: 
February 4, 2013
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February 4, 2013
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The 'Razor Blade' Side of UV Sales

Ultraviolet (UV) disinfection products are one of the fastest growing segments of the water treatment market today. One of the advantages of selling UV systems is that every system a dealer sells should generate an annual UV lamp replacement sale for as long as the system is in service. The challenge is that the technology that has existed in the UV market to date has yet to fully capture this annuity, or “razor blade,” UV lamp business.

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New technologies help dealers benefit from UV lamp replacement business

Publication Date: 
February 4, 2013
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February 4, 2013
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The Road Ahead

With another year on the books, it is time to look ahead to 2013. As always, the water treatment industry will face a variety of challenges and opportunities in the coming months. Domestically, new regulations loom — some positive, some negative — as California continues to set the legislative tone for the nation. Globally, opportunties await for companies ready to take the international plunge, but the challenges of certification remain.

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Industry experts weigh in on what is to come in 2013

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Dave Haataja is executive director for the Water Quality Assn. Haataja can be reached at [email protected] or 630.505.0160.

Rick Andrew is general manager, Drinking Water Treatment Unit Program, for NSF Intl. Andrew can be reached at [email protected] or 734.913.5757.

Frank A. Brigano, Ph.D., is vice president, technology, for KX Technologies LLC. Brigano can be reached at [email protected] or 203.764.2506.

Frank Panzeca is president of Culligan of Wheaton. Panzeca can be reached at [email protected] or 630.668.4100.

Publication Date: 
January 8, 2013
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January 8, 2013
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Culligan Expands Mobile Water Treatment Solutions Business

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Culligan Matrix Solutions
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Water purification, monitoring and control in a single solution for peaking and base loaded plants

Culligan Matrix Solutions is expanding its mobile water treatment solutions business in response to increasing demand for this service.

Publication Date: 
December 12, 2012

State of the Industry 2012

Water Quality Products understands the importance of keeping up to date with current industry trends and information. We are pleased to bring you our sixth annual State of the Industry Report, which includes valuable current information regarding the water treatment industry and its trends.

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An assessment of the water treatment industry

Publication Date: 
November 29, 2012
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November 29, 2012
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