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Wetstock survey

John R. Hall
John R. Hall Member Posts: 2,246
Thanks to everyone who participated in my "informal survey" at Wetstock. I asked attendees to list their top three business concerns are here are the results from 53 forms: percentage and (no. of votes).

Training -- 64% (34)

Worker shortage -- 51% (27)

Marketing/advertising -- 34% (18)

Pricing -- 30% (16)

Economy -- 21% (11)

Utilities -- 19% (10)

Government (regulatory) -- 19% (10)

Competition -- 12% (6)

IAQ/Mold -- 9% (5)

Big Box/Sears -- 9% (5)

Other -- 8% (4)

-- Lack of people entering trade

-- Mechanical code uniformity

-- Professionalism

-- Harmony among help

Thanks again, and thanks to Dan and his family for working hard to make this a memorable experience. A special thanks to Scott Milne for going out of his way to help someone he never met and for starting up a special friendship. You da' man Scott! I'll leave it to Dan to talk about specifics but suffice it to say, this was a gathering of outstanding people -- who are wonderful humanitarians. God Bless and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I can now my thankful of new friendships.


  • Gary Fereday
    Gary Fereday Member Posts: 427

    That is 25% of attendees voted (or filled out the forms) I wonder how many filled out more than one? So far the reports by the Stock that were there are excellant and make those of us who were not there, know they missed something.
    Was your form universally placed around the room? i.e. easy for everyone to obtain? I think the the training issue is very significent. It shows the concern of folks for a good job done.
    Anyway thanks bigugh
  • John R. Hall
    John R. Hall Member Posts: 2,246

    Everybody had a form on their chair and were reminded to fill out later. Some companies were represented by several people, some were manufacturers, some preferred not to answer. That's okay, I am happy with the results and will use them to plan upcoming stories.
  • Bill NTSG
    Bill NTSG Member Posts: 321
    John's Survey Forms..........

    made great place mats. Most were used for drawing piping arrangements and maps and boiler room layouts.
  • J.C.A.
    J.C.A. Member Posts: 349
    sorry to say this ....But

    Bill is correct . Most of the survey forms I saw were being used as placemats .

    Mr. Hall did make an annoucement around the time that the drawing was being held,(assuring that there would be at least a lot of people STILL there)to PLEASE fill out the forms provided .

    I for one, am not in the least bit surprised that "training" was the top vote getter .

    Manufacturers ; this SHOULD send a message to YOU ! GIVE US WHAT WE WANT . Want to sell a lot of your new equipment ? SEND SOMEONE OUT TO THE FIELD AND LET THEM TEACH US WHY WE SHOULD !!!(capitals are mine . They mean what I say ). Euro standards are so much higher , and the public knows this . They want to save the planet as much as the rest of the population that lives in the parts that need heat . WE as a whole want to sell what the public wants . Without the proper training , where do we turn ?
    I know the costs associated with training can be quite a strain , but lets look at the other side ... will it cost more than the development of a product that sits on shelves because the "promotion" sucked ?

    Here's hard numbers of the finest in the field to say what needs to be done . Don't sit on the sidelines and make someone else make the first move . Beat them to the punch ! the winners are both of us . Think about it . Chris
  • John R. Hall
    John R. Hall Member Posts: 2,246
    Yeah, but

    They were UNIQUE placemats! Training usually finishes at the top of these surveys and I'm glad to see that Wetstock people see the importance of it. A well-trained tech goes a long way in promoting a professional image, too.
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