Meet Our Members - MOVO Hydraulics

While we were in Arizona for the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association Annual Conference and Trade Show we came up on the idea to start an audio series. Rafaek Maria Cervantes Jan 2020Voices from Maricopa is really an opportunity to you to meet some of our members. Over the next several months we'll share a member story with you in audio form. You'll be able to hear directly from some of the members of NTPDA as we take some time to make an audio introduction.

Here you'll meet Rafael Cervantes who recently joined our association. He and his wife Maria own MOVO Hydraulics based in Texas. Take a moment and Meet our Members by clicking the audio box below.

MOVO Interview Rafael Cervantes

Thanks for listening and know that we're always on the lookout for stories from our National Tractor Parts Dealer Association members. If you've got some news shoot us an email to Michael@NTPDA.com  

If your company is not yet a member of NTPDA join us and we'll share how we bring real value to your membership.


Time For NTPDA Scholarships!

Each year the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association presents scholarships to deserving students wishing to advance their education. The NTPDA Diploma Scholarship Scholarship Program is open to NTPDA members, employees of members or dependents of members or employees.  Students must enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours) at an accredited college or university for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.

Due to the rising cost of education, our Board of Directors voted last year to raise the amount of the annual scholarship. 

NTPDA contributes $1,500 and the sponsoring company of the recipient is to contribute $500 for a total of $2,000 award per recipient.

Scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, extra-curricular/community activities, evidence of leadership, work experience, short- and long-term career goals, and the applicant's overall response to each of the questions on the application.  Financial need is not considered in the review process and there is no distinction made on race, religion or gender of the applicant.

OK!  So let's send you to the NTPDA Scholarship Page on our website that has all the details and the application. 

Remember, applications must be complete and received in the Texas office by Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  That address is: 

NTPDA - Post Office Box 1181 - Gainesville, Texas 76241

Once again, here is a link to our NTPDA Scholarship Page.


YOU Did It!

Congratulations NTPDA Members...YOU DID IT!  We have turned a big corner in our efforts to build back this organization. The official numbers shared with NTPDA20 Image Ten the Board last Saturday said it all.  This year in Maricopa we had more companies, more vendors/displayers and more attendees than we've seen in two years. That is a credit to each of you who have worked to make this happen. You have encouraged others to join you. You have brought along new people to experience our Annual Conference and Trade Show. And you have come away from this event with more knowledge, business opportunities and friendships than before.

That friends is outstanding.

NTPDA20 Image ThreeOver the next several months we'll be sharing videos, images and audio recordings from #NTPDA20 in Arizona. Don't be surprised if you see yourself and many of your fellow NTPDA Members.

This is not a time to rest but a time to take action and prepare for our Summer Meeting and make plans to attend our 2021 Annual Conference and Trade Show which will be held in Nashville.

In the meantime know that we are working every day to build our association membership rolls and to bring even more value to your membership dues.

Thank you...again and let's, together, DO THIS! 

 


Building a Business

Every business needs customers and to get them your business needs to do two things:

  • Recruit new customers;
  • Retain your existing customers.


Reruit Retain Puzzle ImageThose of us in business know that it take more time and money to recruit than it does to retain. From finding new customers to engaging them through advertising/marketing to proving that your product or service is valuable, it all takes time and money.

Retaining customers is much less costly but it does require your business to prove to them that doing business with you makes sense and brings value.

It’s the same with NTPDA.

Over the past several weeks I’ve been having some informative and interesting conversations with our members. I’ve been spending most of that time asking about their business, how it works, what its like and how this association can be of more service.  The answers are telling. Those members who have been engaged with NTPDA and realize that our mission is to help them build a better business have all been supportive and grateful for their membership. They understand the value, from a business side, of their membership in the association.

Those who have not been fully engaged want to know more about the value proposition. For those members the key is to help them understand that we can be a resource, an active partner, in helping them build a better business. It’s sharing with them why their annual membership dues is an investment and not an expense.

But (and you knew that was coming) making this happen takes forming a partnership and we can only do that if we are truly engaged.

Coming up in January we’ll be meeting in Arizona for our Annual Conference & Trade Show. Our goal is to bring us all together and work toward helping each other build our business through education, experience and networking. Meeting our vendor members and finding out how they can enhance product lines, distribution and delivery.  Meanwhile our education sessions are designed to offer you answers to the complex questions you may have about a host of issues from employee retention to internet sales tax and transportation.

If you’ve not yet made plans to join us...do so now. We’ve got so much to offer; all we need is the opportunity to prove it.

Let’s talk and see you in January!


Register Now and Save!

The 2020 NTPDA Conference & Trade Show runs January 16th - 18th at the beautiful Harrah’s/Ak-Chin Casino in  Maricopa, AZ (Think...Phoenix) and, as usual we've got a great event for our members full of networking, education and some fun! And...if you register before the end of day the 30th of November we'll save you some money!

Here's a quick video to encourage you to join us in January: 

But, remember...register today to get in on the "Early Bird" Savings. Here is your registration link and we look forward to seeing you in January for #NTPDA20!

 


Member News - ASAP Acquires Fawcett Tractor Supply

In National Tractor Parts Dealer Association News, All States Ag Parts (ASAP) has acquired Fawcett Tractor Supply of St. Mary's, Ontario giving the company a ASAP Logo new outlet in Canada. The acquisition will allow ASAP to market ag parts to Canadian farms, ranches and dairies and it is their 13th retail location.

Asked about the acquisition John Dyke, CEO of All States Ag Parts said, "This is a great acquisition for us. We currently have 10 salvage yards, but this will be our first location in Canada. Up until now we were not able to serve the Canadian farmers with the prices and product selection we would like by shipping from the U.S. The Fawcett operation will allow us to ship more quickly and at a much more economical rate to farmers throughout Canada.”

Dyke added that the Fawcett family will continue to manage the St. Mary’s Ontario operation and all current employees will be offered employment with All States Ag Parts.

Fawcett Logo“Being part of All States Ag Parts is a great opportunity to improve our ability to take care of customers.” said Jeff Fawcett, “We’ll have access to our current inventory, but also the inventory from 9 additional salvage yards along with hundreds of thousands of new aftermarket parts. There’s not a part that we shouldn’t be able to supply.”

When contacted by NTPDA Jeff Fawcett added that he is looking forward to the new opportunity and will be with us in Phoenix for NTPDA20 in January

The St. Mary’s, ON location will continue to operate under the Fawcett Tractor Supply name.

If you've got NTPDA Member News make sure to share it with us: Michael@NTPDA.com

 


We REALLY Want You!!

OK, so you missed out on the free registration last month. Don't be sad. We get it...everybody is busy. But wait!  There's more!  Early But Wait Theres More
registration ends on November 30 and what does that mean for you?  Simple we'll knock off $150 bucks from your NTPDA20 Registration!  Rather than spending $450 (after 12/31) each registration is just $300.

Look, we really want you to join us for the business opportunities, networking and fun we'll have in Phoenix. Registration is easy and right here

Over the past week we've been on the phone with a number of our members who have already registered. The number one reason they've made plans to attend in January?  "Increase business!" and at the end of the day...isn't that what this is all about? Getting to know each other better and having more access to our suppliers and our fellow members. Sure, we'll have a great time, (just like we do every year) but the bottom line is YOUR bottom line. After all, we exist to bring value to our members...all our members!

So, don't delay. Register here for NTPDA20. Watch our Facebook Page for regular updates and if you use Twitter you can find us @NTPDA

And, yes, we'll keep bugging you because we've got a great line up of events and business education.  Plus...some special opportunities for you and your business to get noticed that you can use well after the Annual Conference and Trade Show. We'll be recording radio and video spots that you can take back with you...to promote your business on your social media channels and if you use radio spots back home.  The value of that exceeds $1,000 a crack.

Hope to see you in Phoenix in January!


2020 Annual Trade Show & Conference

It's here!  Registration is NOW OPEN for the NTPDA 36th Annual Conference and Trade Show January 16 - 18. And if you register before the end of business day on November 1 Harrahs Ak Chin you'll get one FREE Registration. How cool is that? Oh, you want a LINK to Register...here you go!

We'll be at the wonderful Harrah's AK-Chin Casino & Resort. (You wanna look...right?) Room rates are very reasonable and here is your link to book rooms.

So, what can you expect this year?

Thursday we will kick off our conference and trade show with our Early Arrival Party. If you've never been it is a BLAST!

Then on Friday we will offer presentations sure to enhance your day to day operations:

  • How to Achieve the Impossible with Billy Riggs
  • Confronting the Chaos of State Taxes with George Isaacson
  • Current State of Freight with Steven Haas

Mobile Spouse Event 2019The NTPDA Spouse Program is going to be wonderful!  We'll be going to the Queen Creek Olive Mill it will be a true experience. Go ahead, click through to learn more but...come back!  Remember Mobile? (You can click on the images to enlarge!)

We'll take a break on Friday afternoon and do some bowling with your fellow NTPDA members. It is just another way to get to know each other and network. This should be a great time...we've done this years ago and bringing it back.

Register Here!

Also on Friday Evening we'll open up our Trade Show/Marketplace so members can mingle with displayers, make some friends and some deals. And, Mobile Trade 2019 yes...we're still in "Reception Mode"!

On Saturday our Trade Show/Marketplace opens and we'll have breakfast there. Also on Saturday we'll hold our election, have a displayers meeting and our Board Meeting.

Then, on Saturday night we'll wind down with Cocktails and Dinner along with our Live Auction to benefit St. Judes. Something Mobile Fun Drinks 2019that YOU our members have been so happy to support!

Every day will be a day for you to enjoy the sunshine and the companionship of your fellow NTPDA Members and Guests. 

Don't delay!  Make your reservations TODAY and BEFORE November 1 and you'll save on an additional registration. 

See you in Arizona!  

 


Twitter Basics

Several weeks ago we shared with you that we've done a "social media audit" of our NTPDA members. Just to see what social media platforms they are using and what we might do to better help our members communicate with their customers. We've already looked at Facebook now a peek at Twitter. Twitter Logo 2019

We found a minority of our members on the Twitter Platform. Most likely that's because they may not be aware of how many people in agriculture are already there and think it's not worthwhile. Nothing could be further from the  truth. If you go to Twitter and search for #Farming #Agriculture #Harvest19 you'll find a host of farmers and ranchers there talking about their experiences. You'll also find some of the major equipment retail centers using Twitter to inform folks about their offerings, pricings, etc.

In other words: Twitter is a happening place.

So, let's set out some basics for Twitter use...ready?

  • Have a Plan - Just like with Facebook you need to have a plan for Twitter. What you want is to share information that farmers and ranchers find useful. That is a BUNCH better than using the platform simply for selling stuff. So, think about what you know about parts and agriculture that others might find useful and then create a calendar of what to talk about;
  • Your Business Blog - We've said for YEARS that every business should have a business blog that is attached to your website. That gives you more power from search engines AND you get to tell YOUR story in your own words. But then...what do you do with your blog?  Share it on Twitter. Again if you are sharing information farmers and ranchers find valuable...you win;
  • When to Tweet - We've always thought that the best times to Tweet is when your customers are active on their computers...makes sense right? However with so many farmers and ranchers using their phones to interact that means your customer isn't tied down to a computer screen. He or she might be waiting at the grain elevator or on the combine scrolling through social media and making comments.  Bottom line is that if you are active so too is your customer;
  • How to Tweet - You can jump on Twitter and create an account for FREE. However we think it's wise to purchase a subscription to a system that will allow you to manage your Twitter stream more effectively. There are several out there. We've used Hootsuite for years. It gives you the flexibility to follow others, schedule your Tweets and see what is going on at a glance;
  • Use Images - People respond to images more than just words. Make sure your Tweets have images most of the time; 
  • Tweet Often - Twitter is like a message board that constantly is moving. If you Tweet, say at 6:00AM but not again until Noon you've lost six hours of "eyeballs". We recommend tweeting at least eight to twelve times a day. By using your automated system that's pretty easy to do;
  • Don't Link to Facebook - OK...we know some of you do but your Tweet shows up like this: "facebook.com7476982" or something like that. The reader has NO idea what you've posted. Facebook and Twitter are two very different animals. If you are going to link to Facebook make sure you post what it's about;
  • Re-Tweeting - One of the best ways to engage is by retweeting posts you think are interesting and/or valuable. And, as a favor, always RT our Tweets...please;
  • Using the Hashtag - Once you've been on Twitter for a bit you'll get the hang of Hashtags. It's how to search for something or to keep a topic fresh. You can even set your search for a # Hashtag. For example, like in the opening of this post... #Agriculture put that into Twitter and see what people are talking about when it comes to topics.  This is really handy when you are at a trade show and there is a Hashtag for the event. NTPDA uses #NTPDA20 as the Hashtag for our upcoming annual meeting in Phoenix.

There you have it...some very basic thoughts about Tweeting for Business. As always let us know if you've got questions or comments. You can leave those here on this post!  Thanks for reading and being an NTPDA Member! 


Right to Repair Makes National News

The National Tractor Parts Dealer Association support the concept of "Right to Repair". Recently, during a campaign stop in Iowa a Sestak Farm Iowapresidential candidate spoke about "Right to Repair". Here is that story

Last week Insight on Business the News Hour was covering 2020 presidential candidate Admiral Joe Sestak (right in the photo) at a farm just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. Sestak was there to outline his agricultural policy. One of the highlights of his presentation was the "Right to Repair" issue. Following the talk the Business News Hour reported the following story: (To listen to this clip, click on the player.)

Right to Repair Clip NTPDA Sestak 2019


It is impressive that "Right to Repair" is on the radar screen of at least one of the 2020 presidential contenders. NTPDA is not endorsing any candidate for public office. We are simply sharing what was heard recently in Iowa and then shared across the county.