How did you get started in the industry?
My father is a professional Labrador Retriever trainer and has been since 1966. When I was young, he traveled about 35 weekends a year and I knew I didn’t want to travel as much as he did.
After I graduated high school, we received a call from Invisible Fence Brand—they were recruiting new dealers and wanted to experienced trainers such as myself. I partnered with my dad for the first few years and signed my first contract in 1990.
Over the years we’ve developed really strong, long-term relationships with our customers. I still have my very first customer. There are about 350 independent dealers across the nation and our dealership serves about seven counties just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
“ The Instant tables are the best thing we invested in. They’re lightweight and super easy to set up. ”
Tell us about the Invisible Fence Brand product?
Invisible Fence Brand has evolved over the years. In the early days, Invisible Fence Brand was developed to keep a dog contained in the yard. Now, we have a more sophisticated line of wireless products that involve a receiver and transmitter. Not only can we help customers keep dogs in the yard, but also out of specific areas like pools and flower beds. Inside the house, we have an avoidance technology solution where we can set up “shields” to keep dogs out of certain rooms.
Overall, there is a huge variety of Invisible Fence Brand solutions. It ranges from a residential customer just having The Doorman to our largest customer, who owns 1,247 acres and uses our GPS product to keep the working dogs within property boundaries as they protect the livestock.
When did you start using E-Z UP® Instant Shelters?
I bought my very first E-Z UP in the early ’90s. We would go to events at dog parks like Barktoberfest in Benton and needed to look professional. That first pop-up canopy was not branded but we had our banners displayed on the sides of it.
When I saw what could be done to the Instant Shelters as far as customization, I bought a fully branded one that first year and have bought another one since.
What challenges have you faced when promoting your business?
Invisible Fence Brand has become such a household name that now people are using it as a generic reference for every similar product that’s out there. It’s a challenge for us to explain to customers that we’re a brand and distinctly different from other brands that may offer similar things. E-Z UP® helps with that customer education. Because of the branding we’ve done on things like the portable tents, umbrellas, and tables, people are starting to know us as a specific company.
What has your experience been like with the E-Z UP products?
There’s versatility to the E-Z UP products and we’ve bought a few different types:
• The custom canopies provide a very nice, professional look and are really easy to use. The tents are also very sturdy. We have our E-Z UP secured down with sandbags or tent stakes, but other people’s tents are flying through the air. If it’s raining, I can zip up the side walls to completely enclose the products and protect them. I still have my very first E-Z UP that I bought in 1991.
• The Instant tables are the best thing we invested in. They’re lightweight and super easy to set up.
Did purchasing the custom canopy help with brand recognition?
It absolutely helped. When people come up to us at events and tell us they have one of our products, it’s because they’ve recognized us through our display branding. They recognized our uniforms, our vans, our banners, and our E-Z UP tents.
Invisible Fence Brand has a great reputation; nationally our success rate is 99.6%. I’ve learned that the more a company can do to hammer on its brand and get that brand recognition, the better it will do all the way around.
“ When people come up to us at events and tell us they have one of our products, it’s because they’ve recognized us through our display branding. They recognized our uniforms, our vans, our banners, and our E-Z UP tents. ”
Do you have any advice to businesses just getting started?
Remember that the first five years are always the hardest, and above all, take care of your customers. Maintain a high level of professionalism, hammer on your brand, and keep putting quality products out there.
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