16/12/2009

Eve – Practical advice on e-mail marketing



By Ian Sykes, ISSYS

As time goes on, spam and junk filters run by ISPs – Internet Service Providers – get tighter and tighter.

Avoiding being marked as a spammer depends on as many variables as there are grains in a handful of dust but the following should help:

  1. Make the e-mails you send out a mixture of plain text and HTML. By that I mean that some of the e-mails you send out should be plain text and some HTML. 
  2. The easiest way is to keep those e-mails that say, for example, "yes, Friday's good for me" should be sent as plain text.
  3. Avoid using "Dear" as the salutation. Similar to the physical junk mail we all receive which starts with "Dear", spam filters look for this greeting and score it highly.  Hi, hello, etc. are better options. 
  4. Keep sentences relatively short. 76 characters is one cut off point that spam filters look for.
    Avoid using the bcc field as much as possible.
  5. Ideally, send e-mails individually rather than using the multiple recipients option, as much as possible. This means that the receiver's ISP sees that the e-mail is addressed to the recipient only and so marks the e-mail as being much warranted.
  6. Sending out bulk – i.e. bcc or multiple recipients – e-mails day after day will eventually result in an increasing number of ISPs marking your address as being a spammer.
  7. Attachments also gain a few more points on most spam tables, particularly in conjunction with multiple recipient e-mails.
  8. Logo files not properly embedded into your Outlook stationery can also flag up on junk filters, particularly if the original file size is large.
  9. If the vast majority of your "send-outs" are to groups or using bcc address fields this will also count against you.
  10. A balance of individual e-mails versus group e-mails is preferable.

Practically:

I'd suggest using tighter search criteria in the Customer Search Wizard as one step forward.

I'd send the e-mails individually. Depending on the version of Outlook you're using, you may need to download and install a small piece of software that eliminates all the annoying "allow permission" messages from Outlook.


You can download, install and run a small piece of software called Express Click Yes that runs in the background simulating any of the "Click Yes" commands that Outlook expects.

There are many places to download this from – one such site is http://www.contextmagic.com/express-clickyes/ . Click Yes contains no adware or spyware and only simulates those "Click Yes" for Outlook, not for any other applications. On my own PC I have Click Yes running in the background constantly for just such a purpose

Use all of the above in conjunction with the EVE Auto E-mail Agent and the EVE Customer Search Wizard to mine your database and target-market your clients.



PADI and National Geographic Renew PADI National Geographic Diver Program

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA – 16 December 2009 -- Extending their commitment to the popular PADI National Geographic Diver program and support for PADI National Geographic Dive Centers, PADI and National Geographic have renewed the program agreement through 31 December 2011. The PADI National Geographic Diver program combines the PADI Open Water Diver course with National Geographic specific content in special PADI National Geographic Diver course materials. Since 2003, PADI is the only international training organization to work closely with National Geographic to provide such training, as well as a network of PADI and National Geographic Dive Centers around the globe.

“We’re committed to continuing this relationship with National Geographic,” said PADI President and COO Drew Richardson, “because the PADI National Geographic Diver program establishes an explorer-scientist mindset. It’s a great way to start out in diving, it gives people reasons to keep diving, and it brings new faces into PADI National Geographic Dive Centers.”

Besides renewing PADI National Geographic Diver, National Geographic also recently invited PADI, DAN and other dive industry entities to participate in their National Geographic Live Speaker series. The series features key photographers, naturalists and speakers in high profile venues throughout the US, with participants helping publicize the events.

“It’s gratifying that National Geographic thinks enough of diving to call on our industry to participate,” said Richardson, “This speaker series will definitely get the attention of divers and potential divers, so it’s to everyone’s benefit to participate.” Richardson also noted that PADI National Geographic Dive Centers will particularly benefit because those attracted to diving by the speaker series will be attuned to the “National Geographic” of their PADI National Geographic Dive Center status.

For more information about the PADI National Geographic Diver program, contact your local PADI office.

Others promise … PADI delivers.

PADI Dive Center and Resort Members earn $2 million in shared revenue with PADI eLearning®


PADI Dive Centers and Resorts have earned shared revenue for every diver associating with their store since the launch of PADI eLearning.



RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA –16 December 2009 – PADI Dive Centers and Resorts worldwide are reaping the rewards – and the earnings – from PADI eLearning. To date, more than 33,000 consumers have enrolled in PADI eLearning and this has generated more than $2 million US in revenue for PADI Members.

Since adding PADI eLearning as a delivery method, PADI Dive Centers and Resorts are seeing more student divers coming through their doors. This means more repeat customers and equipment sales along with a check for every student who affiliates via PADI eLearning with their store. Many members have also leveraged the Get your Link, Get Your Money campaign by placing the PADI eLearning web banner – available from the PADI Pros’ site - on their websites.

Here is how PADI eLearning has helped these PADI Members trim costs and increase profits:

“[PADI] eLearning does not require me to spend money first on open water student materials and then sell to my students. In financially challenging times this has helped my cash flow considerably, allowing me to manage costs more effectively. Plus I never run out of stock now!”

- Phil O'Shea, Manager of Pavilion Dive Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“Because we use [PADI] eLearning, it has given us the ability to do the open water course in a weekend which has the add-on savings to wages, equipment and staff flexibility. A large proportion of our customers choose Feet First Dive because of the time limitations, so this reflects in our bottom line with increased numbers of students. We are teaching more students and we are selling more gear, it is as simple as that.”

- Shane Murtagh, PADI Master Instructor, Feet First Dive Centre, Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia

With the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online now available in English, Spanish, German, Japanese, French, Italian and Dutch, PADI eLearning provides PADI Dive Centers and Resorts more ways - in more languages - to reach potential customers online. PADI Dive Centers and Resorts can also use PADI eLearning for continuing education with the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course Online and the PADI Enriched Air Diver Course Online now available, and the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course Online available in second quarter 2010.

Earn your share of PADI eLearning revenue. For more information on taking advantage of PADI eLearning - along with all of the other benefits of PADI membership - contact your PADI office today.

Others promise … PADI delivers.

15/12/2009

PADI Executive Appointed President of EUF


During the European Underwater Federation’s recent General Assembly in Amsterdam, Mark Caney was elected President. He will serve in this position until the end of 2012.

The European Underwater Federation (EUF) is a body representing the interests of over three million divers in the European region and has a membership consisting of a broad range of European training agencies, including both for-profit and non-profit organisations. CMAS Europe and RSTC Europe are represented in the EUF, as well as other diving related organisations such as DAN Europe, and the Egyptian CDWS. The EUF serves as a forum allowing such organisations to meet, exchange ideas and speak with a common voice on important issues like diver safety, and is truly representative of the European scuba diving market place.

The EUF has become a highly influential body within world of diving, in part through its involvement in EUF Certification International; a separate body that audits training systems and, where appropriate, certifies them as being compliant with European and ISO Standards for Recreational Diving. Such certification has become a legal requirement for dive operations in several countries such as Egypt and Greece.

Mark, who is Vice President, Training, Education and Memberships at PADI International Limited in England, is now serving for the second time as President of the EUF.

For more information about the EUF visit www.euf.eu .

Now available – Tec Diver Course Instructor Guide in digital format



The Tec Diver Course Instructor Guide (CDROM 70911, Paper 70605) is now available as a digital product, ready to be loaded directly onto your laptop, enabling travelling instructors to offer the courses wherever they are. Besides the course guides, the CD ROM also includes a PDF of the Appendix, with course forms, applications answer keys, answer sheets, handouts and other support materials used during the course. TecRec Instructors can now simply contact their Product Consultant for details on how to purchase this item.

11/12/2009

Using website video to enhance the customer experience

Let's face it, by the time you get halfway through reading one of my blog posts you'll get bored or distracted.  The phone will ring, a customer will walk in or you'll realise that some of my rants are just not worth reading...

Stick with it...and I'll try to help you change the way you pass your company message to your customers.



Is you website visual.  By that, I mean does it contain far more pictures than text?  No?  Why not?  Most people respond more to visual representations of what you provide than to textual descriptions.  If you've read this far, you're doing better than your average customer, they'll have given up a paragraph ago (around about where I asked you to 'Stick with it').

How do you solve this problem?  Easy; you start using video and imagery to compel your existing and potential customers to delve further into your offerings.  If we take an example of a high street product, and in this case I'll choose a very popular one, the Apple iPod. 


Essentially it's a consumer product with a cult following; everyone knows what it is, what it does, and roughly how it works.  Now take a look at the web page for the iPod Classic http://www.apple.com/ipodclassic/

It's not until I start to scroll down the page that I get any 'real' chunks of text.  The first thing I see is a massive picture of the product, I can then dig deeper if I wish to find out a little more about the product (tech spec, features & benefits).

Now head across to your web page and look at your Open Water Diver Course details...lots of pictures and a little bit about key features, or vice versa?  Time to review that webpage and update it if it doesn't contain more pictures than words!

Second example:  Head across to play.com and look at the most popular computer game of the year; 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' (http://www.play.com/Games/Xbox360/4-/8771809/Call-Of-Duty-Modern-Warfare-2/Product.html).

Scroll down the page and you'll find a video box that you can use to watch the actual game footage, and expereince what it's like to play the game yourself.  Why is this placed there?  The customer wants to know what it looks and feels like to be part of this product, what do they see? what do they feel? how amazing is it?

Video on web pages provides a great oppourtunity to provide 'a million words' in a 2 minute clip, and you can use these on your web pages to help your customers understand what diving feels like and how it changes your life.

Things that customers don't really want to know about a PADI Course:
  • How many confined water sessions are there?
  • Is it cheaper than the centre down the road?
  • How much will the equipment cost?
Things that your customers would like to know:
  • Is it fun?
  • What am I going to see?
  • Is it social?
  • Who am I going to meet?
  • Can I go diving anywhere in the world?
  • Can I keep learning and become a better diver?
My apologies, I understand that this reads like question 9 of Open Water Diver Knowledge Review 5, but our customers aren't interested in the details (when did you last book a holiday based on the colour of the bathroom suite in the hotel?).  Our customers are interested in the experience and how their life will change after becoming a diver.



Take a look at PADI.com for an example.  How many clicks does it take you to get to the real 'nuts and bolts' of the Open Water Course (the text about what's involved)?  I've counted two clicks, that's two pages into the site before I get the real information about what is involved.  The main page at PADI.com is media rich to give consumers and idea of what diving feels like.



Video will relay this feeling better than any words or pictures, and gives a real feeling of what diving is like as an activity.  PADI has produced a library of video available for you to use on your website (make sure you try some on the homepage).  The video is available through normal channels such as YouTube, and via the PADI.com website.

For video stored on YouTube of PADI courses and training:

For video and photographs stored at PADI.com community pages:

This type of media does not just extend to the courses you sell.  Manufacturers will also have promotional video available for their equipment, explaining the features and benefits (far easier to absorb than a list of spec sheets).

By using this media rich method of delivering the messages of your dive centre, you'll attract customers to the lifestyle of diving, instead of baffling them with pages of text.  Get the video camera out, get your staff talking about diving, and get it online!

10/12/2009

Business Tips – Indirect Marketing, Using the PADI Certificates Effectively



Many successful PADI dive centres hold a certification evening on their premises or in a local restaurant where they award their new divers with a PADI certificate of the various courses they have completed - holding the event directly after pay day (approximately 25th f each month here in the UK), also pay dividends towards further equipment purchases and signups.

We know that this has always been positive as students from various courses get to mingle and promote the course that they have just completed to other attendees; we also know that invited non diving family members and friends are often turned onto the idea of scuba diving.

With all this said, have you ever given any consideration to the certificate presentation?

During many of these evenings dive centres give out both framed and non-framed certificates. This got me thinking, how you can build a framed certificate that a diver would be proud to hang on the wall of their office or within their home. My solution was to include the certificate, course title, for example, Open Water Class of 2009 and a photograph with all the names of the recently qualified divers (ensure the shot is pre-dive in order that hair looks beautiful and mascara hasn't run - check that the women look OK also!).


Having a certificate like this will immediately add the professionalism to your course that our products and materials already portray.


In my opinion the most important factor in the presentation is that, you can be sure that the receiving diver will hang their certificate thereby creating interest for all that look at it. I would even recommend that you insert a few business cards, on the rear of the certificate, as discussed in the article: Divers Bring Divers.

Take a browse here for internet suppliers of cheap picture frames to add a little more value and sparkle to your award ceremonies.


http://www.fastframes.co.uk/acatalog/A4_Picture_Frames.html
http://www.picturesframe.co.uk/
http://www.4x90.com/

http://www.cheapframes2u.com/

PADI Achieves Global Certification as ISO Recreational Diving Services Standards Compliant

As of 1 December 2009, PADI Offices globally are certified as compliant with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for Recreational Diving Services by an independent auditor, EUF Certification International. The ISO standards relate to five levels of diver, two levels of instructor and a service provider or dive centre. Each of these standards equate to a PADI certification or member level, which means that in effect, a diver or member holding one of these qualifications can also be said to have met the requirements of the relevant ISO standard – as though they had gained two credentials at once.


The eight standards are listed here with their PADI equivalencies:


ISO Title
ISO Reference
PADI Equivalent
Introductory training programs to scuba diving
ISO 11121
Discover Scuba Diving (In open water)
Diver Level 1 - Supervised Diver
ISO 24801-1
PADI Scuba Diver
Diver Level 2 - Autonomous Diver
ISO 24801-2
Open Water Diver
Diver Level 3 - Dive Leader
ISO 24801-3
Divemaster
Training programs on enriched air nitrox diving
ISO 11107
Enriched Air Diver
Instructor Level 1
ISO 24802-1
Assistant Instructor
Instructor Level 2
ISO 24802-2
Open Water Scuba Instructor
Recreational scuba diving service providers
ISO 24803
Dive Center or Resort


Because PADI, on a worldwide level, is certified as ISO-compliant, it means more international recognition of PADI certifications. PADI credentials are already the most recognised in the diving industry, but this will make it even easier for them to be understood internationally. The ISO standards will become an international benchmark that can be used to compare divers' qualifications. This means it will be easier for divers to travel and easier for PADI professionals to work internationally.



The value of PADI becoming certified as being compliant with the new international standards is hard to overestimate. For example, governmental bodies may not be familiar with PADI credentials, but they will certainly be familiar with ISO standards. They are used as measures of quality for a huge range of things in most of the world. In many countries where it had been traditionally difficult for PADI instructors to work, local regulations have changed as a result of the introduction of the standards. This is particularly important in certain market areas such as Greece, South America and Asia.


PADI underwent a rigorous audit of its training programmes, standards and procedures in 2004 and gained certification at that time for several offices (Europe, Nordic and PADI International, Ltd.). The audits were conducted by the leading global certification body for the recreational diving ISO standards, EUF Certification International, which is jointly operated by the European Underwater Federation and the Austrian Standards Institute. 


In December 2009, PADI underwent a re-audit of its programmes relating to existing ISO standards, as well as a new audit of the two latest ISO standards (Introductory Dive and Nitrox) on a global level. This means that now every PADI Office is certified as ISO compliant.

09/12/2009

Starbucks and the pricing conundrum


There's a great article stored here by Tim Harford regarding the economics behind the pricing structure at Starbucks.  I know many of the centres I have visited during the latter months of this year have already reviewed their pricing level for courses, and some have even seen a a price increase as an effective method of relaying the value of the PADI Open Water Diver Course to their potential students.

You may also wish to take onboard the tactics that are used by stores such as Starbucks when pricing equipment.  Many of you already understand the ideas between packaging equipment into 'Beginners Packs' and 'Professional Packs'. Hint: No customer wants a beginners pack, when a pro pack is on offer.

You can also hit the mark with customers on a more regular basis by structuring your course prices to attract differing demographics to each course level.  For example, a young professional with regular income, but little spare time will be more willing to pay premium price for a course.  However, a family of 4 with their weekends free may be more price conscious.  Therefore you'll need to ask yourself the question: How many differing course options can I offer for open water diver, and what price do I place them at?

I'd recommend that you start simple, and offer 3 options; Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Bronze: This lower price point package appeals to price conscious customers who have flexibilty in their scheduling.  It includes the base materials, but nothing extra.  Customers who want a little more flexibility or additional value can upgrade to the silver package.


Silver: Ideally aimed at couples, who want an easy way to get started in diving.  This package will usually include more enhanced materials (eRDPml instead of RDP), and can include vouchers to provide discount on equipment.  You may offer the eLearning option for customers to start at home straight away.

Gold:  The ultimate package.  Flexible to meet the customers scheduling requirements, it will generally include the eLearning access pass.  Includes all required materials and all recommended materials (enhancement packs).  You may wish to include free mask, fins and snorkel with this package or additional equipment that is taken into account when pricing this package. 

By creating a tiered structure to your course pricing options, you enable you business to capture customers from each price point.  You also capture additional revenue from customers who would generally be prepared to pay more for additional value, yet drop their expenditure to meet your course price.

08/12/2009

2009 Christmas Promotional Ideas

As the holiday season approaches, you're probably looking for ideas to fill the dive centre with customers and increase sales over this busy period. Traditionally the Christmas period is a 'start-stop' affair for most of the retail sector; Plenty of trade during the early parts of December. It then all stops on 24th December, and doesn't restart until the January sales kick in. Over one quarter of the December retail period see stores closed or not busy due to Xmas. Therefore it's of great importance that PADI Dive Centres utilise the time available to maximise their customers and return on those customers.

During the previous months, your PADI Regional Managers Graham Owen and Richard Howes have made visits to your centres, and will continue these visits during 2010. Apologies in advance if you've not met us yet, and we will endeavor to visit you during 2010 to spend time discussing the opportunities for growth in your business. In the meantime, and in the lead up to Christmas, we've compiled a 'best of' list for promotional ideas this Xmas. You can make use of theses suggestions in order to maximise your potential customer base during the remainder of 2009, and to increase both course and equipment sales during 2010.

5. Rescue Diver Course

Invite your recently certified PADI Open Water Divers to enroll straight into the PADI Rescue Diver Course. They can start straight away with knowledge development and confined water sessions during the winter months in a pool or confined water, before continuing their education during the early months of next year. Students will welcome the opportunity for advancement of their skills and it will be especially welcoming if its conducted in confined water during the cooler winter months.


Stocking fillers for the student:
Rescue Diver Crew with Pocket Mask (60327),
Rescue Diver DVD (70853MUL)

Stocking fillers for the instructor:
Rescue Diver Instructor Cue Cards (60205)
Rescue Diver Professional Edition DVD (70854)
Rescue Prescriptive Lesson Guides (70877)

4. Emergency Oxygen Provider and Enriched Air Package

Around this period of the year time is premium for most people. Deadlines at work, Christmas shopping, visiting relatives, they all eat into our time during December. You can therefore package courses in such a way that time will no longer becomes a problem. Both the PADI Enriched Air and PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider courses can be classroom based and therefore scheduled at the dive centre around the students time commitments. Try running a Saturday as 'exotic gas day'; students complete the practical application and final exams for Enriched Air in the morning, and then the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Course in the afternoon. Class scheduling can be rotated on consecutive weeks in order that students who can only attend during the morning will be able to complete the other specialty during the second Saturday.

Stocking fillers for the student:
Enriched Air Diver Crewpak Metric (61044)
Enriched Air Diver DVD (70870MUL)
Emergency Oxygen Provider Crewpak (60032)
Pocket Mask with 02 Port in Hardshell case (50080)

Stocking fillers for the instructor:
Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Outline (79118)
EAN Prescriptive Lesson Guides CD-ROM (70873)

3. Bubblemaker and Seal Team as Xmas presents

The Bubblemaker and Seal Team programmes provide an opportunity to get young people into the water from as early as 8 years old.


They also provide a perfect Christmas present at this time of year when the weather is less than comfortable for younger children to be outside. What better way than to help them get started in the world of diving with a experience or programme conducted in a swimming pool. Children will be looking for activities over the Christmas period, and parents will be looking for a break from the festive excitement.

Your customers will be seeking presents for their sons, daughters, nephew's and niece's, so why not get them started with an experience programme or crewpak for Christmas.

Stocking fillers for the student:
PADI Seal Team Crewpak with DVD (60310UK)
PADI Seal Team Hat (50266)
PADI Master Seal Team Recognition Kit with Application (50272UK)
Bubblemaker Crewpak (50258)

2. Digital Underwater Photographer

We all know that the PADI Digital Underwater Photography Dive 1 can be conducted in a swimming pool. Just like the PADI Rescue Diver Course, this course allows you to get started over the winter months in a confined water environment with buoyancy and camera skills, before progressing to the open water at a later date to complete the specialty. The Digital Underwater Crewpak makes a perfect compliment to a divers new underwater camera, and allows the student to start studying right after Christmas lunch (usually when grandad has fallen asleep in front of the Queen's speech...again).



Those divers who are ready to get in the water straight after Christmas will find some superb visibility in the UK inland sites, and some stunning shallow water locations around the coast. Perfect for Digital Underwater Photography practise.

Stocking fillers for the student:


Digital Underwater Photographer Pack (70092)
Digital Underwater Photographer Manual (70015)
White Balance Slate (69231)

Stocking fillers for the instructor:
Digital Photographer Specialty Outline (70215)

1. DVD Box Sets

The Discover Scuba Diving programme provides an accessible and easy option for those interested in diving as a hobby or career. The programme can be conducted in confined water (ideal for the colder winter months), and generally takes no more than a few hours.



By turning the Discover Scuba Diving Programme into a tangible product, you make it a perfect stocking filler for any member of the family. Priced at the correct level, this product should not only cover your costs, but also return a healthy profit for your centre, both in cash flow, and increased entry level certifications in the coming months.

Here's how it works:

  1. Take one DVD Box (http://www.dvdshoponline.co.uk/Black_DVD_Cases.html)
  2. Create a dive centre cover to insert into the outside of the box. This should detail the experience, the limits of the programme and provide a little detail regarding your centre and the product.
  3. Create a colourful insert for the inside of the box. This can be your dive centre flyer, a leaflet of your latest promotions, or even the Scuba Connect Card for your dive centre.
  4. Include the PADI Discover Scuba Diving booklet (70254UK) for the student to read and complete prior to attending.
  5. Include the PADI Go Dive DVD (82069UK) in the box set to ensure that your customers have something interesting to watch on Christmas Day.
Packaging all these items together and placing adverts on your website and displaying the item in your shop will ensure that you have a steady stream of revenue for the winter period from this product, alongsie a steady stream of interested divers wishing to sign up for the full Open Water Diver Course once they've tried this programme.

03/12/2009

Free EVE Email Templates





We all know that in everyday business life it can be difficult to find time to communicate effectively with our customers.  Ironically, these are the people that we should be focussing most of our business hours on.  Providing to their needs, staying in regular contact with them and find out what they want form your business.

EVE is one tool that will take the strain out of staying in touch, and tracking the requirements of your customers (alongside many other task that you carry out on a daily basis).  Many EVE users take great advantage of the Customer Search Wizard to contact their students and store visitors with regfular emails promoting their courses and equipment, but many struggle to find the words to convey what is available.

To help you make a start, and to hopefully save you a little time, we have grouped together the most common email templates relating to PADI Courses that a propsective or current student may be interested in.  These can be downloaded as Microsoft Word documents and pasted into your EVE template emails.  The templates contain the required field to link with EVE data, and also point the students to the relevant page of PADI.com for further course information.

Of course you'll want to customise these to fit your business (dive centre logo, links to your contact information, emaili address), but hopefully they should take some of the strain out of sitting infront of your email programme with a blank page, and wondering where to start.  Should you have any suggestions on how to make these templates better, don't forget to provide feedback on this blog.




All of these templates contain high quality PADI branded banners to give you email a little extra impact, and wording conducive with the message provide to millions of PADI Divers worldwide through regular channels.

Should you require any assistance in customising or implementing these templates please contact your PADI Regional Manager Richard Howes (richard.howes@padi.co.uk) or Graham Owen (graham.owen@padi.co.uk).

Joe Perry, Aerosmith Rock Icon, supports Project AWARE



Project AWARE Foundation is thrilled that rock icon, multi-platinum, multi- award-winning recording artist, and keen PADI diver, Joe Perry, has chosen Project AWARE as the beneficiary of an eBay auction.

Toshiba teamed up with GQ Magazine and four men of innovative talent to create a series of customized, limited-edition laptops that reflect their lifestyles and personalities. To support the four men’s chosen charities, these unique collector’s items will be auctioned off on eBay.

Let the bidding begin! With only six custom Joe Perry laptops in existence – four to be auctioned – it’s the perfect holiday gift for you or any Admiral Perry fan. Joe’s “street art” Toshiba Qosmio X505, features custom art of the multi-platinum, multi-award-winning recording artist – and all proceeds benefit Project AWARE.

Bidding concludes on December 21st – just in time for the holidays. Click Here to follow the current auctions and bids.

The Joe Perry Project will be performing a select number of dates in the UK as special guest to Bad Company. Click Here for more information!

Qosmio X505 Details: With unmatched sound, this laptop is loaded with 4 harman/kardon® speakers, a 1-bit digital amp and an 18” diagonal 1080p screen for an eye-popping, heart-thumping experience. Joe’s street art laptop design is worthy of holding your lighter up for. Toshiba Laptops along with GQ Magazine teamed up with Joe Perry to create this custom Qosmio® X505 18.4″ laptop. The same laptop featured in GQ’s December issue.




Joe Perry Toshiba Limited Edition Laptop
 

All proceeds to go to Project AWARE
4 laptops are available to the public

Happy bidding!
and THANK YOU JOE

01/12/2009

PADI eLearning Welcome Email Idea

15 Minute Marketing Idea
PADI eLearning welcome email

It's common knowledge in the dive industry that word-of-mouth is our most powerful marketing tool. Start building a relationship with your eLearners from day one by drafting a welcome email.

The next time you receive an email from webmaster@padi.com alerting you to a new eLearner, send your new customer a welcome email. Everyone appreciates a friendly greeting saying "thanks for doing business with us."

Here's a sample PADI eLearning welcome email to get you started.
 
You could also create a "congratulations" email that will be automatically sent by our eLearning system. Some key points to mention:
(right click and "save as" to grab these images)




PADI Advanced Open Water online eLearning




PADI Advanced Open Water online eLearning












Once you've composed your email, log on to elearning.padi.com

  • Click on: User maintenance
  • Click on: Student course completion email
  • Then choose which course (Open Water, AOW or Enriched Air)
Your message will automatically be sent out whenever a student completes eLearning.

25/11/2009

Project AWARE Special Offers with your PADI Member Renewal

Project AWARE are calling for all PADI Professionals to show their support for aquatic conservation in 2010 with these exciting offers.

1. Free Project AWARE Divers Turtle Mask Strap
Receive a free Project AWARE Turtle Mask Strap with a donation of £25 or more when renewing your PADI Membership*. Donors of £25 or more become Patrons and receive a year’s subscription to the Foundation’s email bulletin and action alerts. Patrons will receive the unique Project AWARE turtle mask strap as a token of appreciation for their support. Visit the PADI Pros’ Site today to renew online or contact the PADI Member Services Department.

2. New – 2010 Turtle AWARE Certification Card.
Replace your member level card with the new 2010 Project AWARE Turtle card. Order this limited edition certification card by completing the replacement card section on your renewal application, or by contacting the Member Services Department.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VALUABLE SUPPORT!

* Whilst stocks last. Renew your PADI Membership today to avoid disappointment (contact the Member Services department on memberservices@padi.co.uk or +44 117 300 7280).

13/11/2009

PADI Delivers Business of Diving Training Directly to Retailers

PADI Delivers Business of Diving Training Directly to Retailers

New webcasts make it easy for retailers to continue their business education.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – 29 October 2009 -- PADI Americas will launch the first in a series of nine new Business of Diving program webcasts shortly after DEMA Show 2009. Available exclusively to PADI International Resort and Retailer Associations (IRRA) Members, these programs - which will continue into the first quarter of 2010 - are designed to maximize business knowledge while respecting the time and costs involved in attending a traditional business seminar.

“The membership is understandably focused on their businesses right now," says Bob Coleman, Vice President of Sales and the International Resort and Retailer Associations for PADI Americas. "They don’t have time to sit through days of seminars or the need to spend precious capital on travel, meals and accommodations to receive quality business training. Plus, in the past, this training was limited to only the owner or manager because someone had to stay home and mind the store. Now, it’s convenient and accessible for all.”

Once online, renewed IRRA Members can access the one-hour webcasts via the PADI Pros' Site free of charge. Plus, members who have viewed a webcast will be invited to attend a follow-up, PADI-moderated web conference along with other like-minded IRRA Members.

“Over the years, participant surveys following Business of Diving programs have indicated that interaction with other PADI Members is one of the most important parts of the program,” said Jeff Nadler, International Resort and Retailer Associations Manager at PADI Americas. “The follow-up programs built into the new webcast structure are fantastic because members can interact with each other to develop new ideas and ways to implement them. This is all based on the training they receive and something they can do without leaving their businesses. Even better, they can also include their instructional and sales staff, so the information isn't limited to just one person.”
 

Initial series topics includes:
  • Building Your Business (Business and Marketing Plans)
  • Business of Instructor Development
  • PADI eLearning®
  • The Internet and eCommerce
  • Managing Your Business (Core Management Principles)
  • Point of Sales Systems (EVE)
  • Sales 101
  • Sales 102
  • PADI Survival Training
Others promise … PADI delivers.

New PADI Instructor Manual, Revised Divemaster Crewpak





  Streamlined and Simplified 2010 PADI Instructor Manual

- Available from PIL January 2010 -



PADI’s Instructor Manual in 1972 was under 100 pages. Over the next thirty-seven years, the manual swelled to nearly 1,000 pages.

Our 2010 Instructor Manual has been simplified, alphabetised and binder-ised to make key standard easier to find. For a more extensive explanation of each course, instructors can refer to the 2009 manual* and/or the new Guide to Teaching.

*and subsequent Training Bulletins.
 

All renewed instructors and divemasters will receive an email with a link to download the new manual in the first quarter 2010.

The produce (number 70120 comes with the binder and instructor manual pages only.  It does not come with the other items shown in the photo above.

The fourth quarter training bulletin has some information on familiarising yourself with the new manual (pages 2-3).  If additional hints and tips become available, I’ll publish them to this blog.


Translations to the new PADI's Guide to Teaching will be considered for translation in the following languages, Arabic, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and Turkish in late 2010 for production in 2011.


PADI’s Guide to Teaching replaces the IDC Candidate Workbook and can be used as a companion reference to the 2010 Instructor Manual.  It includes the teaching techniques and recommendations that were previously found in the Instructor Manual.


Translations to the new PADI’s Guide to Teaching  will be available in Arabic, Greek and Polish during the third quarter of 2010. Translations into Czech, Hungarian and Turkish are under consideration in 2010  but not confirmed.


 Changes to the PADI Divemaster Crewpak

Product number 60020



The new manual is part of the revised PADI Divemaster crewpak – which will be available from PIL late December / early January 2010.  The product number stays the same (60020).  Please see chart below with a list of what’s in the revised PADI Divemaster crewpak (available in English only, for now).


If you have Divemaster kits in stock – don’t worry.  The previous version of our Divemaster crewpak is still valid for use through 31 May 2010 (ref. Pages 4 and 6 in the 4th Quarter Training Bulletin).  After that date, Divemasters must purchase the new instructor manual if they’re buying a “2009” Divemaster kit.



What’s in the PADI Divemaster crewpak?


What’s in the NEW PADI IDC crewpak

New Materials for the 2010 IDC Evolution

The 2010 Course Director update just wrapped up at DEMA, and our new IDC crewpacks with be available from PIL in January 2010. I have made a chart of what's in the new IDC crewpak versus the old one (please see below).

The big changes are:
 
  • PADI's Guide to Teaching replaces the IDC Candidate workbook. The new product also include teaching techniques and recommendations previously found in the instructor manual.
  • Three books are now on a CD (Best of the UJ, Children & Scuba and the Business of Diving).
  • We now include the entire digital 2009 PADI Specialty Instructor Manual instead of just the Project AWARE and PPB outlines.
If you have some of the old IDC crewpaks in stock (60033 or 60034): they're valid for use up until June 30th 2010. Course Directors have until 1st July to complete their CD update.


After that date, or if the Course Director is teaching the new "IDC Evolution," the student will need to purchase PADI's Guide to Teaching ala carte. The student may need to purchase a 2010 Instructor manual if they didn't receive it as part of their 2010 Divemaster renewal.


What's in the PADI IDC crewpak?
(click image below to view a larger version)

 
In order to teach the new IDC and utilise the new materials, Course Directors must attend an update. Read about the Course Director and IDC Staff Updates scheduled throughout PIL's territory 2010. The key products of the new program are included as part of the update program cost.

Diver Acquisition Tip #1 - Discover Scuba Diving

Discover Scuba Diving - Bring a Friend Program

What is the Bring a Friend Program? The program encourages current PADI Open Water Diver course student divers to bring friends for a Discover Scuba Diving experience during their last confined water session.



How can you market Bring a Friend?

Build this "requirement" into your store's Open Water Diver course information sheets.  
  • Have your divemasters or instructors conducting the next open water class available to conduct these Discover Scuba Diving experiences.
  • Distribute customisable Bring a Friend (Divers Bring Divers) cards during open water diver courses and remind students to invite friends or family to join their last confined water session and discover scuba diving.
  • Throw in some digital underwater cameras and let friends have some fun with them. Make sure to send divers the photos after the class or invite them back into the store to collect them, giving you an additional face to face contact with them to close additional sales.
  • Sign up the Discover Scuba Diving participants for the next class as soon as they get out of the pool!
Why is the Bring a Friend Program beneficial?
  • Friends can become dive buddies
  • Motivates friends to sign up for the PADI Open Water Diver course
  • It's a fun and exciting activity for the whole family.
  • Promotes the PADI Adventures in Diving Program and related courses such as the Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course.
  • Increases equipment sales.
    Tips to convert Discover Scuba Diving participants into PADI Open Water Divers
  • Encourage PADI Open Water Diver course student divers to "Bring a Friend" for a Discover Scuba Diving experience during their last confined water session.
  • Instructors distribute customised "Bring a Friend" (Divers Bring Divers) cards during open water diver courses.
  • Friends can become dive buddies
  • Throw in some digital underwater cameras and let friends have some fun with them.
  • Have a staff member at the Discover Scuba Diving session whose sole purpose is to close the deal and convert participants.
  • The closer approaches participants and encourages them to enrol in an open water diver course.
  • The closer's goal should be to sign up new divers immediately – right after they're finished and are excited about diving.
  • Consider an incentive for staff members signing up a certain number of Discover Scuba Diving participants for their open water diver courses.
  • Invite previous customers to a Scuba Tune-Up session and encourage them to bring a friend for a Discover Scuba Diving experience.
  • Have instructors personally call Discover Scuba Diving participants after their experience and personally invite them to join the next open water diver course.
  • Host a social event after a Discover Scuba Diving experience or make the event a social day with a braai (barbeque).
  • Have a fun video playing in the background during the Discover Scuba Diving session and have photos and testimonials from previous participants available or on display.
  • Distribute PADI Scuba Connect™ cards to Discover Scuba Diving participants encouraging them to sign-up for eLearning right away.