January / February, 2012

PondTradeMag-Jan-Feb-12Publishers’ Perspective

Keeping your business fresh and vibrant in 2012 could be key to your success and growth. People are always intrigued with what’s new. What was exciting three years ago is passĂ© now. As you plan for your 2012 year, you might want to make a point of searching out a crop of new products to add to your offerings. This provides you the perfect excuse to contact prior customers, letting them know you are thinking about them, and are interested in how they and their pond are doing. Take the opportunity to recall the enjoyment when their ponds were new. Ask about what they enjoy most, and if they are having any problems. They might be up for a new filter that is easy to clean, or additional filtration, as their fish have grown since the pond was new. Tell them about products that have come on the market since they built their pond, and how they could enhance the enjoyment of their pond.

In this issue we present a great list of new products for you to consider. Take a look at the winners of the POND Trade Magazine Product of the Year Challenge, starting on page 16. Also see details on all entrants at https://www.pondtrademag.com/productoftheyear/2011/winners/ here. If you can’t find something exciting and new to add to your product line, I would be very surprised.

Have a great 2012.

Ponditat for Humanity 2011

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Finding the “Cheese” in a Changing Market One Man’s Opinion

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All That Glitters – Understanding Kin-Gin-Rin in Koi

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Product of the Year 2011 Challenge Winners Announced

Nothing stimulates sales like new products. See the dozens of new products recently released by our industry’s leading manufactures. The product challenge winners and all entries, including contact information are listed here. Congratulations to Fielding Pump Company for taking theMore...

Skin: The Most Overlooked Aspect of Koi

The better the skin quality of a koi the more vivid and vibrant the colors will be. Read this article to learn this simple but important aspect that can help your customers select higher quality koi. Skin quality can bringMore...

IWGS 2011 New Waterlily Competition Winners

See the best of the beautiful new waterlilies introduced in 2011. The International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society (IWGS) is proud to announce the winners of the 14th annual New Waterlily Competition. Take a look at the top new waterlilyMore...

Creating a Welcome Environment

Pond industry retailers – what should you be doing now to prepare for the upcoming season? Review the benefits and care for both aquatic plants (marginals, submerged plants, floating plants and bog plants) and pond fish (koi and goldfish). LearnMore...

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