As my good friend and business mentor, Steve Sipress, is fond of saying, "You can make excuses or you can make money – but not both!"
And, yes, that is a picture of a penis in a business related blog post.
It means something and will prove an excellent point, I promise.
The firearm and outdoor industry is in a tizzy right now.
Gun company stocks dropped the day Donald Trump was elected president. Millions of dollars of firearms orders were canceled within the Weeks after SHOT Show and the presidential election.
Gun Stocks Aren't doing so hot...
Everywhere you turn you hear the same thing… "Our budget is already allocated." Or "we love what we hear- come back and talk to us in October."
Or, my favorite excuse making phrase, "The industry is changing. Sales are down. We need to cut our marketing budget in order to SAVE money."
Long term agencies are being cut by their clients.
Long-term advertising partners are being reduced and eliminated.
… And it's all completely ridiculous.
I know – that's a bold statement.
I'm a bold guy.
If you want to "save money," turn off every other light in your building. Turn your thermostat a few degrees up in the summer and down in the winter.
Don't over water your grass or run the faucet while you brush your teeth.
If you want to MAKE MONEY, you need to MARKET EFFECTIVELY.
Remember – you can make EXCUSES or you can make MONEY… But you can't make BOTH.
Every phrase above is an excuse.
Really. Look at each one.
Think about it.
Remember the movie that came out last year titled, "Greater?"
It's a great movie.
"Greater" is the story of Arkansas Razorback football player Brandon Burlsworth. Brandon was "A Division I football player in a Division III body."
Anyway, it's a great story about someone who "accepts every excuse," never lifts weights, hardly does a running drill, really doesn't do much of anything, and "waits to see what happens" - and, miraculously, makes it as a starter for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team and becomes an all-star player....
That's not what happened?
He didn't "cut back on his exercise regimen" so he could "save energy" and improve?
When he received one low-level school scholarship, he didn't "sit back and wait and see what the college football market was going to do?"
I'M ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED!
If you seen the movie,(and, if not, I highly recommend you do so-and then watch "Rudy" and "Hoosiers" and "Remember The Titans", "Ali," "Rocky I,II,III, IV, V, and Rocky Balboa"-and every single other "Overcome extreme hardship/Obstacle/Work/Challenge to reach glory movie) you know that Brandon became the EPITOME of work ethic – getting up in the dark to run and do drills. Spending extra time in the weight room. Losing the weight he had to and improving his speed and endurance by leaps and bounds…
...And it follows the exact same story line of just about every success story ever told or ever experienced.
Isn't that what you really want for your business or company?
Are you making your decisions more like the first scenario or the actual movie?
What would you choose??
Now… About this penis picture....
This is the story of success from my own life – when a complete disaster was entirely averted in my very first "grown-up" sales job – selling pharmaceuticals in a rural and very, very large geography.
I had a product that was worth approximately 20% of my sales "quota."
The product was called "Caverject," and it was dosed by taking a hypodermic needle and injecting it directly into the corpus cavernosum of the male penile organ. I was given this drug to sell the year that Viagra was launched – a pill that a man could take two, hypothetically, give the exact same effect as my injectable product.
There was mass hysteria in the salesforce.
Almost everybody "Wrote off" 20% of their commission and focused on trying to INCREASE their other products to compensate.
I sat down and analyze the situation.
I knew that my company would not reduce their expectation on me because of a market change (note-one of the biggest curses in sales – companies will take all the glory for your performance, but when there are circumstances outside of your control, they will be the first to blame you. If it's YOUR company – don't be "that guy.")
I knew that the biggest obstacle to treating man with erectile problems with getting them to talk about it in the first place. I knew that Pfizer would make sure that everybody was talking about it.
I then changed my message so that it HELPED my customer.
You see, my product had a less than 5% failure rate. Viagra's was almost 26%. I simply went around telling my doctor clients the truth – that no man would want to try my product first, but once they got their hopes up and FAILED, that would be a great time to bring up Caverject.
Needless to say, I was number two in the entire Midwest division that year, thanks in no small part to a product that everyone else had written off.
What do you suppose would have happened if I had "cut back" my sales efforts and "waited to see what the market was going to do?"
Instead, I simply changed my marketing to better reflect the new market.
Remember- Money doesn't "disappear."
Stop making "excuses" that do nothing but get in the way of you making MONEY!
If you want to be better than average, you have to give
better than AVERAGE.
Quick – name the most AVERAGE baseball player in the major
Who wins the title for the MOST AVERAGE basketball player
in the NBA playoffs?
Who is the MOST AVERAGE hockey player to ever play the
Do you find it hard to come up with those names? You
Which one do you want to be?
You know, Children are a great reflection upon society. They are,
for the most part, pure innocence and pure, uncorrupted emotion.
Watch your child playing in the sand experiencing pure joy. You
could sit in that same stand and be bored. Or aggravated.
You could become unmotivated and lie down.
...But if you watch the child digging in the sand – he or she
is usually fascinated. They're fascinated by the texture. The feeling. The fact
that they can mold and shape to their will. That brings them joy.
I bring this up for a very good reason.
Think back-- for some of you way, way, way back… To what
you wanted and dreamed as a child.
When you were a child did you want to be
When you were five or six years old, did you look at the
world and say, "when I grow up, I want to sit in a cubicle punching keys
all day, work for a mediocre boss, At a mediocre company, doing the same thing,
every single day of my entire life?"
If you did, you were the odd one.
Most likely you wanted to be a superhero.
Perhaps as you
got older he wanted to "be like mike (Michael Jordan), you wanted to
be the quarterback of your favorite football team, or some other
If you want better than "average", you have to
give better than "average."
One of MJ's most famous commercials was highlights of him
sinking winning shots, winning big games, etc., but the background was Michael
"I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've
lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I've been trusted To take the
game-winning shot… And missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my
life. And that is why I succeed."
Michael Jordan used to practice his shooting technique – not
just his shot – but his actual "technique" for 2 to 3 hours per
Tiger Woods hit hundreds of golf balls every single
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time. He
has won 19 gold medals- and as impressive as that is, his training
routine is even more so.
He swims 50 miles per week – an average of 8 miles per
Plus dry land workouts.
He works so hard and so long that he needs to consume 12,000
calories per day just to maintain his body mass.
If a training day falls on Christmas, he swims in my
house. If it falls on New Year's – 8 miles. Nothing gets in the way of his
Even me, an- I hate to even say it- “average” guy- competed
nationally in Olympic Taekwondo.
I trained 3 hours a day, PLUS my regular team and sparring
I never lost because the other guy outlasted me and set a record
for most knockouts.
I still work out every day.
I read a book a week and write at least one content piece,
published or not, twice a week.
The important question is, what are you willing to give
THIS YEAR in order to get?
One of my most recent articles talked about the state of
the outdoor industry – how the gun economy has definitely changed.
How many companies out there are going to look for "average" results this year?
How many companies in the gun world are going to, rather than put in their "8 miles"
of training – "cut their expenses" (which I've always found
ridiculous, as marketing should never, ever be put under your ledger as an
Instead of working harder, smarter, and doing MORE, many
honestly believe that they will get by with doing LESS.
If you were on any type of sports team, when you really wanted
to get BETTER and WIN MORE, did your coach ever say to you, or did you ever say
to yourself, “You know what? We need to do LESS! We’re going to NOT WORK AS
HARD in order to get BETTER and WIN MORE!”
I didn’t think so.
The next year will separate a lot of "average"
from many new and up-and-comer's that will become "exceptional."
Which camp will you be in?
Last week, I was fortunate to, once again, attend the NRA Annual Meetings, held this year in Atlanta, GA.
While there was quite a bit of apprehension in the opening few days of SHOT Show this year, there was a palpable sense of relief in the convention hall, the press room, and various other places where people were gathered.
Donald Trump became the first president since 1983 to address the membership. His speech was full of enthusiasm and shined a light of hope after eight years of apprehension and fear.
... which brings me to my next point.
The industry has changed.
No longer do we have a "fear-based market."
As recently as a year ago and excellent deal on an AR 15 platform might be in the $700 range. Today, there a half a dozen for under $400.
Several manufacturers lamented canceled firearm orders- One that was in the millions of dollars.
Yet, NICS Checks for March 2017 are up more than 5%.
SOMEBODY is clearly buying SOMETHING...
"In a press release sent to Breitbart News, NSSF reports the number of NICS checks for March 2017 was 2,422,749. But after adjusting checks–eliminating those that were not the result of sales–the figure was 1,356,929. The number of NSSF-adjusted NICS checks for March 2016 was 1,289,670. This means the number of checks actually connected to gun sales increased 5.2 percent in March 2017.
The number of NICS checks–including NSSF-adjusted checks–is not a precise indicator of the number of guns sold, as checks are conducted on buyers rather than guns bought. Moreover, each buyer may legally purchase multiple guns after passing a background check, which means an adjusted figure of 1,36,929 checks may not even come close to representing the number of guns sold."
When markets change, businesses must change with them.
While many tactical based manufacturers are seeing lower sales, some custom manufacturers in the same space are seeing an uptick in their sales.
Optics manufacturers are having a banner year. Companies that make accessories for AR 15's (and other weapons) are off to a great 2017.
Hunting rifle and high end shot gun sales are up.
This, of course, makes perfect sense when you realize that people are no longer afraid that they have to have 10,000 rounds of ammunition, a tactical weapon or two, and a pile of high-capacity magazines before they are banned.
That budget can now go back "into the system" to purchase things like accessories, as well as hunting and sporting weapons.
What this also means is that many small and medium size businesses in the industry have an unprecedented opportunity.
That opportunity is to take market share from some of the "big players" who, foolishly, will look at the economy and surmise that they have to "cut their budgets" for marketing and advertising.
You see, many large companies both in and out of the firearm industry, are run by "boards of directors" and CEOs that are accountable to "shareholders."
All those shareholders care about is the bottom line.
They will take that short term increase to the bottom line, completely ignoring the long-term consequence to the overall business.
Quite frankly, they can afford it.
If you are a small or medium size business, you can't.
Or at least you shouldn't.
Obviously, you can't afford to waste a single penny– especially in the "new gun economy."
Even BIG companies shouldn't waste marketing dollars, yet many do.
The outdoor industry is approximately ten years behind in most marketing methods.
I'm hearing from more than a few companies that they are "pulling more out of print" and "putting more into digital."
Some are "wowed" by Facebook.
That's all good- but the MOST important thing to know is DOES IT WORK?
The truth is, it does.
Yes, even print (though for how much longer is uncertain) works and can give great ROI.
The important thing is that you can TRACK it.
So, what SHOULD you do?
I'm glad you asked!
You can take a portion of those dollars you would spend on "traditional" marketing (Magazines, TV shows, etc.) and put them in front of over 3 million PROVEN BUYERS of Outdoor, Firearm, Hunting and Fishing products.
100% Trackable, and in whatever amounts or frequencies you like.
If that interests you, reach out or comment below.
Regardless of what you do, remember-
"Keep it the same" should not be an option this year.
Six Calibers That CAN'T MISS
I am often asked what are the essential hunting calibers. It is an interesting question and after much thought I have narrowed it down to six different calibers and specific types of weapons that will cover just about every hunting possibility you could imagine. The following are my choices based on both extensive personal experience and queries of some very serious shooters and hunters. They are listed by the lowest-to-highest caliber.
1. A 22-caliber rifle with scope.
There are many reasons why every shooter should own a .22 – the number one being they are cheap to use for practice, and practice, as we all know, increases shooting proficiency. They are great guns to start kids on, and they can be used for a variety of small game hunting. Squirrels, rabbits, and even varmints up to the size of coyotes have fallen to this diminutive little caliber. There are a lot of great .22 rifles out there, and some really nice ones for not a lot of money. If you want to help your shooting tremendously, buy a bolt-action that is closest to the size and weight of your hunting rifle.
2. A bolt-action .223 rifle.
This caliber effectively “spans the gap” between small and large rifles. I chose this caliber over the .22-250 because .223-ammunition tends to be more widely available, and is also a lot more reasonably priced. For around 100 fps difference, you can save about 75 percent buying off-the-shelf ammo. Plus, if you upgrade to one of the AR platforms later on, you’ll already have an ammo supply. Top this with a high-quality scope from Leupold, preferably in a varmint-style reticle, and you’ll have a serious varmint rifle for up to 400+yards.
3. A .30-06-caliber rifle.
If you have read any of my previous columns, you know my affinity for this caliber. There is darned little that you cannot do with it, and if you do not travel beyond the continent, you will never need another rifle. My advice here – spend a little more than you can afford on both the rifle and scope. Amortize that over the next 30 years and you’ll realize it’s really not that much money- plus you’ll be happier with your purchase!
4. A bolt-action .375 H&H magnum rifle.
If you ever decide to travel beyond the continental U.S. borders, you will need a larger caliber for big and dangerous game, quite often as a result of local law. .375 is the minimum requirement for all dangerous game in Africa. The new .375 Ruger is a fantastic caliber and Ruger makes some great rifles, but I’m an advocate of shooting guns that have readily available ammo. Maybe someday Ruger will match the Holland & Holland, but that day is a long way off. It just so happens that the .375 is also excellent medicine for grizzlies and larger game such as elk or moose in North America as well.
5. A 12-gauge 3.5 inch magnum.
Ace is a fan of semi-automatic actions when choosing a 12 Gauge
This choice is all about versatility.
You can shoot any size load for 12 gauge in this chambering, from light target loads to the heaviest waterfowl loads. My recommendation? Spend a little extra and buy a semiautomatic shotgun. Your shoulder and face will thank you if you ever have to do some serious shooting. If that’s not possible, make sure to install a gel-type recoil pad made by Sims or Pachmayr. Trust me, they help a lot.
6. A .50 caliber, in-line muzzleloader.
Today’s muzzleloaders are clean, easy to shoot, and deadly accurate. You can extend your season by several months in many states. Most shotgun-only areas (like Illinois and Iowa) will allow a muzzleloader during that season. With today’s optics and powders, these are legitimate 200+yard weapons.
There you have it. If there are some holes in your collection, start saving and fill accordingly!
I welcome your additional caliber suggestions in the comments area below.
For more information on Ace and his adventures, visit www.AceLuciano.com
Ace Luciano is perplexed by the recent NRA/USCCA issue
I have to say that I'm a little perplexed by the following press release.
The NRA has not given any announcement nor insight into this as of today.
Many are hypothesizing that they do not feel it "appropriate" as the NRA now offers products that are in direct competition with the USCCA's product.
Guess we'll find out.
Disclaimer: I am an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association and have been a LIFE MEMBER from the time I was 16 Years old.
I was a member of the USCCA for one year and then changed to another protective service that I felt better suited my needs- but still feel they are a quality organization with a quality product. .
The following press release was sent by the USCCA, and also a letter from USCCA President and founder, Tim Schmidt.
The National Rifle Association Disinvites US Concealed Carry Association from Annual Meeting and Exhibits
USCCA Will Continue to Support NRA’s Mission
West Bend, WI – The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) today announced that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has disinvited the organization from its 2017 Annual Meetings & Exhibits and the 2018 Great American Outdoor Show because of “concerns regarding its programs.”
The move shocked the leadership of the USCCA because they were given less than two weeks notice that they had been banned from the annual show, even though they had attended for the past several years. This decision also came as a surprise because over the past two months, the leadership from the NRA and the USCCA met twice to discuss the shared goal of the two organizations in support of the Second Amendment.
In a note sent to millions of USCCA supporters, Founder and President Tim Schmidt said that even though the NRA might be fearing the competition, USCCA will still support the NRA’s efforts to protect the Second Amendment.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little perplexed myself. The truth is, I don’t really know the motive behind the NRA’s move. I mean, the USCCA has ALWAYS had a great relationship with the NRA. And the way I see it, we’re all in this together,” Schmidt said.
“If I had to guess, I’d say that perhaps this is a strategic business maneuver,” added Schmidt. “I mean, the concealed carry market has really exploded over the last decade — just look at how long the USCCA has been around! Maybe the NRA recognizes us as the frontrunner in providing the absolute best education, training and self-defense insurance in the industry. And perhaps they’re starting to see us less as a partner and more as a competitor.”
“As much as it sort of stings that we got ‘booted’ from the NRA Show, I believe that this sort of competition is a good, healthy and even exciting thing — especially from a goliath like the NRA.”
“Whether or not the NRA supports us, we will continue to support them,” Schmidt said. “We will continue to believe in their mission. We will continue to respect the historical significance of what they have done to preserve and protect our God-given rights. And we will always support their legislative and lobbying efforts. I personally will continue to donate to the NRA as a proud Lifetime Member.”
About The USCCA:
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides education, training and self-defense insurance to responsible American gun owners. Headquartered in West Bend, WI, the USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing, member-owned, private association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American.
For more information, please contact Ryan@BonjeanCompany.com or call 224-723-8688.
Photo Courtesy of N2 Growth Blog
“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don't have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don't have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”
One of my favorite books on business and success is "Good to Great," by business researcher and author Jim Collins.
It is a must read for anyone in business today.
One of the major lessons from it is how "hubris" in a company or by the officers of the company are often one of the main reasons for lack of performance, a not-as-good-performance, and/or failure.
An article by Jim Shepard, of "The Outdoor Wire," recently reminded me of how prevalent this "disease" is in the outdoor world.
Name three "Great" retailers...
Many average, many good- but darn few "great."
The irrefutable rule of business is "adapt or Die." However, too many businesses in the retail and, more specifically, the outdoor world, have failed to "adapt."Many have taken their customers and retail clients for granted.
I can't tell you how many companies I've spoken with in (and, to be fair, out of) the outdoor world that have tales of woe and, quite frankly, not the nicest of business dealings with large scale retailers.
Forced to jump through hoops, demeaning attitudes towards their products and business, and, basically, making new and even rather innovative brands grovel and beg (or even pay) to be placed on their shelves.
Can you blame them for jumping to the online bandwagon?
Even I, with numerous connections on both sides of the issue, sometimes need clarification as to just what the difference can be to a business.
One source who shall not be named said it to me very plainly.
"Ace, I can sell 1/3 to 1/2 less and make as much or as much as 25% more by not dealing with them at all and going directly to the consumer."
Now, what happens most often is that the "brick and mortar" companies or stores tell a "tale of woe" like the one below- blaming technology and the internet rather than looking into the mirror.
What if we had "regulated" the automobile because farriers and stables were going under?
How about preventing cellular companies from selling their wares because "old time" telephone companies were losing money?
It sounds rather silly, doesn't it?
I can't say that I should be surprised, as what that boils down to is just more proof of a gross lack of "marketing savvy."
As a matter fact, there are very, very few business problems that cannot be solved by "effective" marketing.
What do I mean by "effective?"
Marketing that does more than just "put your name out" or is something that is done "because you've always done it this way" needs to be put aside.
I deal and interact a great deal with companies that say things like "Our budget is full" or "come back to us in six months."
That then turns into ANOTHER 6 months. Then ANOTHER. Then, well... then, if they aren't in great shape they expect a "miracle in a box" or "magic wand."
The economy and business- REGARDLESS of your business- is like a river.
You can swim, paddle, row, or motor, but the SECOND you stop, you will be swept downstream.
When you have Hubris (and there are several LARGE, clear examples of this in recent years) you are "staring into the boat" - unaware and blind to the movement of the water.
Want to see a great example of a company that is on the "front edge" of TODAY'S Economy?
Check out this video from a company I met called OUTDOOR VITALS- a company that has more than doubled every year they've been in business.
P.S.- Your CUSTOMERS are dictating what they want- rather than fight it, don't you think it would be better to give them what they want?
The following is the article from Jim Shepherd of "The Outdoor Wire."
You can reach them at www.theoutdoorwire.com.
"Last week, I heard some scary advice from a bankruptcy attorney for retailers: "find another line of work."
Hugh Ray of McCool Smith wasn't joking.
The lineup of failed companies in bricks-and-mortar retailing looks like a lineup of former blue-chippers who have "lost a step" in sports parlance.
Even discounters aren't being spared. Payless Shoes, I'm told, will file for Chapter 11 protection "any day". That's after closing 1,000 stores.
Sears Holding Corporation has (finally) admitted that it is "essentially no longer a going concern" despite belt tightening and the closure of 150 locations. Radio Shack owner General Wireless Operations is already in bankruptcy, as is HHGregg. Others, from J.Crew to Ascena (the company that owns Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Lofts) have suffered two mortal wounds: dropping sales and/or plummeting share price.
Add in the problems for Macy's, Staples, Office Depot, Kohls, and CVS, and it seems there will be plenty of storefronts available in 2017 -especially across rural America. Small-town stores are normally the first casualties.
Outdoor retailer Gander Mountain has already sought bankruptcy protection. It's not the only outdoor group teetering on the edge today.
Online retailers like Amazon are draining traditional storefront operations dry.
Only those destination-type retailers are hanging tough - and their operations aren't thriving, despite what you might hear.
Last week, I was writing an undated obituary for the Bass Pro Shop/Cabela's deal- until a last minute decision by Georgia-based Synovus Financial Corporation to buy the Cabela's credit-card business seems to have pulled the deal out of the proverbial fire.
Most people forget the mega-merger of outdoor retailers Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's was really an intertwined two-part sale: BPS would take the retail business, and Capital One would buy the credit card business.
The second part of the deal ran into trouble because of money-laundering allegations (and an ongoing investigation) at Capital One. Their timetable had slipped to the point the deal seemed in serious trouble.
Now Georgia-based Synovus Financial Corporation has stepped in to buy the credit card portion. It's one of those deals I'd like to make: Synovus buys the Cabela's credit card business, then turns around and re-sells it to Capital One. That avoids a more in-depth review of the deal by regulators.
In exchange, Synovus keeps around $1 billion (yes, billion) in deposits held by the Cabela's bank - and grows from a $30 billion dollar bank to a $31 billon dollar depository- three plus percent growth on a single business turn is nothing to sneeze at.
At that point, Johnny Morris and BPS takes over Cabela's -and the $3.6 billion in business Cabela's generated last year. If/when that happens, count on a brief period of stability, followed by the inevitable "combination of operational areas" - and another glut of available retail space.
Unfortunately, there are no white knights riding to the rescue of independent retailers.
They're under nearly unbearable price pressures, and facing the realization consumers are coming to them for their expertise- then using their newfound knowledge to search for the best price- usually online.
Last weekend, I watched a shopper question a knowledgeable salesperson about compound bows. The salesperson was both courteous and knowledgeable, answering the shopper's questions while showing the different bow sight options on demo mounts.
After several minutes of questions, the shopper and the salesperson decided a particular three-pin sight would be the best choice for this customer.
Instead of asking the price, the customer whipped out his smartphone, took a picture of a packaged sight, thanked the salesman, and left. I was flabbergasted.
The salesman shrugged and explained: "happens pretty often. We have the knowledge, but not the online price."
Curious about the price difference, I went online -at the counter- to see how cheaply I could find that particular bow sight online.
The difference? Seven bucks- not including shipping ($3.95).
For less than three bucks, the "smart" shopper essentially helping put their go-to source for help and expert advice out of business.
This exchange summarizes where outdoor retailers, regardless of their size, find themselves. I've seen it happen before.
As a beginning photographer, most of my early knowledge came from local camera stores. Local shooters freely shared their experiences and expertise. Today are very few of camera stores. Instead, innumerable online videos from online sellers quickly help me through any technical issue I have with my digital gear.
The same's true for a lot of the technical aspects of the outdoors. But there's still no substitute for "local knowledge" in the outdoors. What works in Bozeman usually doesn't apply in Birmingham.
As a business observer, it's tough to watch people who love their business and readily share that "local knowledge" increasingly forced to "find another line of work".
But I've seen it happen frequently enough to recognize the symptoms.
Unfortunately, recognizing symptoms does nothing to slow the inevitable march of progress. Consumers decide what businesses succeed."
...but let me first tell you what I'm NOT looking for...
I'm absolutely NOT looking for people that want to make excuses about the economy, sales, or the industry or that DON'T want to grow their sales numbers and business this year.
I'm looking for someone that wants to be an absolute HERO to their boss or, if you ARE the boss, then to your EMPLOYEES who will THANK YOU for thriving while their friends at other companies in the industry are worried for their JOBS.
You see, for the past 8 YEARS we had the greatest gun salesman on the planet- Barack Obama- in the highest office in the WORLD.
Between his deeds, inferences, and edicts, people were setting all time records for annual firearm sales....
...But the entire gun and outdoor industry changed back in November.
We elected a new president that is a gun supporter.
No fear = less gun sales. Less gun sales= less ammo sales. Less ammo sales = less range sales and time = less accessories sold, = less hunting apparel, and on, and on,
The point is, things aren't what they used to be. Sales WILL be less "overall" this year- except for some very smart businesses.
Yes, we are back to a "normal" market.
The question is, what will YOU do about it?
"Cut" your marketing budget?
Now, I have to ask this question-
Have you ever heard of anyone "cutting" their business to growth and success?
This is where the HERO part comes in.
You see, I have an opportunity for you that can really help your "bottom line."
As a matter of fact, when we put our full plan, which costs, literally, PENNIES to implement, into place for our client partners, they saw a DOCUMENTED 30% INCREASE in the next month's sales.
It didn't matter if their product was $1.99, $199, or $1199- across the board the following month's sales SHOT UP 30%!
Take a look at what two of our clients have to say about what we do for them:
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-Derek Kellgren, Kel-Tec firearms
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(oh- and these products, delivered directly to over 3 MILLION subscribers have some of the highest open and click-through rates of ANY marketing, but certainly in the industry.)
You have an opportunity to get in on the ABSOLUTE BEST OFFER THAT HAS EVER BEEN GIVEN for these products-
Now, I think we're giving a little TOO MUCH on this one- after all compared to other "venues" in the industry, as we are ALREADY:
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Plus, one more, very large advantage...
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But I need your answer ASAP- as I can only take ONE advertiser from each category.
Thanks in advance for your quick reply.
"Maluna coolers bring innovation to a market where everyone thought innovation was over"- Ace Luciano
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Maluna Coolers- Innovating an Industry Bereft of Innovation.
Scott Hoyt, inventor and CEO of Maluna coolers, claims three main components to Maluna's superiority in the existing cooler market.
The first is, of course, PERFORMANCE.
A Maluna cooler performs 20% better against the main competitors in the market place (as a matter of fact, there is a great comparison between the Maluna cooler and Yeti coolers on the kickstarter page showing a greater than 20% increased performance.)
The second component is FEATURES.
Things like an innovative drain plug with a temperature gauge built-in. Cooler feet that flip over depending on surface needs. Handles that can tie down while you can still open the lid. And let's not forget- an integrated bottle opener.
The third, and perhaps most important component is VALUE.
Remember this phrase – "VALUE is not PRICE."
Maluna is neither of the highest priced cooler, nor is it the lowest, but it arguably comes in as the best all-around "value" on the marketplace today. The average time for premium coolers to hold ice is approximately five days. If Maluna increases that time by 20%, that's an EXTRA 24 hours of "cool time"... or even MORE.
That could mean an extra day in the field.
It could be the difference between food spoiling and keeping in hot conditions.
In the desert and mountains of the southwest United States, it could even mean the difference between survival and death.
That's where Ace Luciano comes in.
A transplanted Midwesterner, Ace currently spends a great deal of his time in the outdoors in the desert, on the lakes, and in the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.
Ace bills himself as "A Hunter, a Fisherman, and Outdoorsman, but also a Husband, Father, Nomad and Adventurer."
"The places I go and the things I do necessitate the highest and best quality gear out there. Many of my travels and adventures take me places that are far away from not only the conveniences of modern life, but things like help and medical assistance, should it be needed.
Many times My life depends on quality, dependable, and effective products. If my waterproof apparel does not keep me dry, or my insulating apparel does not keep me warm, death from exposure is a very real possibility. Failure of a knife, a bow, a crossbow or firearm can not only cause injuries, but further complicate what may already be a rather dangerous situation.
I am very particular as to the products and brands that I endorse – and I am looking forward to putting the Maluna cooler through its paces."
Check out the Maluna cooler at their website, www.Maluna.com, and be sure to view their "Kickstarter" page HERE where you can get "pre-launch" pricing and all the information about comparison tests.
For more information about Ace Luciano, the products he endorses and recommends, putting your product in front of thousands of your ideal customers, and connections directly into the right people at the right places in the outdoor world, visit www.aceluciano.com.
Folks, there has never been a better opportunity for you to do
some real good for the gun world.
Right now, Gun Digest is having a BLOWOUT SALE on their
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"Guns the Right Way" by Yours Truly.
You can also peruse the rest of the library, pick up a couple of
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If you know people that have kids, know kids that are interested
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This week you can get a copy of "The" definitive guide
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Buy 8 or 10 copies. Give one to each of your kid's schools.
Bring one to the local library. Take a few to the local sportsman's club and
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It's time for the firearm industry and those of us in it to be "Offensive."
That's right… It's time to be offensive.
No, I don't mean vulgar, crude, or injecting yourself into someone's "safe space" such that they break down.
I mean that it is time for us in the hunting, firearms, and shooting world to go on OFFENSE.
I have just returned from the 39th annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, and the mood there was one of almost giddy euphoria- after a collective sigh of relief.
For the better part of three different president's respective terms, and certainly most of the last decade, we have had to entirely play DEFENSE.
One could argue that for several years under the previous Republican administration we had to constantly play defense with a democratic controlled house and senate.
Every time there was a tragedy, we had to fight. We had to be constantly reactive instead of proactive. The tragedy of Columbine high school caused the flurry of new gun control bills across the country, and I'll cry from many people that had previously been "on the fence" to allow for what had come to be one of the left's favorite terms – "common sense" gun control.
As with many things in politics, this deliberate misnomer was used to lead the low-information voter and uninformed general public down a clearly defined path of oppression, registration, and confiscation.
The only thing "common sense" about gun control is that it is an entirely ridiculous concept.
Ace Believes that gun control is a foolish concept devised by weak people
You do not need to petition the government for a speedy trial. You do not need to petition the government or get a permit before you are allowed to keep silent.
Our founding fathers were very clear when they added the terminology "shall not be infringed" at the end of the second amendment. They were great discussions about the wording of the Second Amendment and what they meant regarding "the people" and what the term "militia" meant.
The entire theory of gun control is predicated upon the fact that criminals, who, by definition, do not obey laws, will all of a sudden decide to obey laws because they are now written regarding guns.
Even worse are what I refer to as the "Double-Dog-Laws"
It's when some weak politician gets up on a stage using some recent tragedy as a platform for their firearm control agenda and repeats rhetoric such as "Criminals shouldn't be able to have guns," or, "People who are mentally unstable should not be allowed to possess guns." - both of which are ALREADY ILLEGAL- so we, therefore, must now make them "Double-Dog-Illegal" because THAT will change things and we REALLY MEAN ILLEGAL!!
This past November there was a clear rejection of the policies, politics, and ideals of the most recent presidential administration.
For the first time in many years the presidency, house, and senate are all under Republican majority control.
Now is the time to be OFFENSIVE.
We need a clear, decisive and rapid plan for the RESTORATION (no-not EXPANSION- they are OUR RIGHTS that have been taken away) of our rights.
Here are a few to start:
1. Nationwide Concealed Carry Reciprocity.
We do this already with things like driver's licenses, vehicle registrations, etc. that are privileges rather than rights.My right to protection and self-preservation should certainly not end at state lines.
2. Removal of Short Barreled Rifle and Suppression devices from the registration list, and elimination of the "tax stamp" in general.
Only the government could come up with these ones- that guns must be loud enough to damage hearing for all and that a large handgun possessed and fired from the hand or two hands is legal- but to fire that same gun from the shoulder is not.
3. Nationwide transportation standards
This one is a doozy. The standard for safe transportation of weapons should be just that- STANDARD.
We once had a client fly through New York once on an African Safari. He had to grab his luggage and proceed through customs. This client is also a smoker, so, after taking his cased, locked, unloaded firearms case off of the conveyor belt, he stepped outside to have a cigarette.
One of New York's "Less-Than-Finest" came over and engaged him in conversation, asked him where he was going, and what was in the case.
The short story- He was ARRESTED, his rifles and a shot gun CONFISCATED, jailed and missed his flight. The ensuing legal process was actually rather simple- go to New York and fight or pay a massive fine for an "ordinance violation" and another massive "Processing fee" to get his guns back. The best part- there was NO STANDARD set or way to address this situation.
If my car is legal in Arizona, I don't have to register or do anything different with it when I cross the border into any other state- including CALIFORNIA. This should be the same with guns.
4. Withdrawal of federal funds for cities that infringe on the rights of their citizens to keep and bear arms.
See: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York.
Will the incoming administration hold to their promise of "gun rights" and protection of the Second Amendment?
Time will tell, but things look good so far.
So, what do YOU think?
Is it time to "be offensive?"
Let Ace know in the comments below!
"Ace" Luciano is a Hunter, Fisherman, Outdoorsman, Sales Executive, Author, Writer, and, perhaps most importantly, husband and father to 4 great kids.
Learn more about Ace through his website, www.AceLuciano.com