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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Civil discourse, PilotBallCaps and ramblings!

As we close the book on 2018 I resolve to write more, listen more and make my personal connections stronger. Looking back I realized, WOW, It's been awhile since I posted anything...  Seem like I have a lot to say, but not a lot to write.  These are my latest ramblings:

Civil discourse....agree to disagree, just like grown-up adults. Just because somebody says something you agree (or disagree) with does not make it factual... no matter who says it or what position they are in, find the truth.

Whew, glad I got that off my chest!  Every year I re-evaluate where pilotballcaps.com is going for the next year.  Last year we committed to improving our website....well, we did make some minor improvements, but I'm not up to speed on our next platform, soooo kind of an old dog-new tricks issue!

This year we are going to focus on what we do well and what our purpose is for the business. We may be an online retailer, but more and more I see that we are in the service industry. Our focus is solely on the customer's needs.  That does get in the way of profit, but I'm proud that we have not had to raise our prices in ten years and can still offer a superior product with personal service.

I couldn't do it without Connie (Mrs. Spud)!  She can always be counted on to keep up on the shipments when I'm out flying (yes, I do have a "day job").  Connie would never admit to this, but aside from being my heart and soul, she is able to see things from other peoples' perspective. She guides most of our decisions, even though she doesn't know it!

What is new this year??? Well, we're still expanding.  Navy and Air Force Aircrew are getting more to offer.  US Army Air Force and Eighth Air Force and 486th Bomb Group are new this year.  And we have worked with three new squadrons, all very happy to get some great gear for their troops.

I can't end the year without thanking our customers.  There are far too many to name that keep promoting us, sharing our posts and just flat out believing in us.  Thank you one and all.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Where do we go from here?

     As we open the door to 2018, we have a tendency to ask "Where do we go from here?"  Whether it's a resolution or a promise to "do it different this year" or a new business plan... a new year is an opportunity to reinvent ourselves, of just fool ourselves into thinking something will change.

     I recently had a discussion with a colleague about our goals for pilotballcaps.com.  He was talking explosive growth, advertising campaigns and hiring out the very things that make us unique.  I took it all in and seem to have come to a decision... just do more of the same.  Keep being what we are.  

     Every year we change a little, or a lot.  Give up something bad for something better.  Work a little harder, or a little less.  Worry more about the right things, less about the mundane.  The same in life as in business.  So this year is our opportunity to do more of the same.  More focus on the people who have supported us, and the same level of contact with every customer.  Listen.  Not enough of us do that.  Just listen.  

    We began the year by just listening.  We listened to the previous letters, phone calls and emails from our customers.  New designs are influenced directly by our clients.  Shipping built into the price.  (which I disagree with, but time will tell).  Nine years ago we stated with 5 designs and this year we've already added 2 new designs to our current inventory of 64 designs.  All orders include "free shipping".  Everyone still gets the email, with a reminder to tell your friends and leave us a review.  I wonder how many of those actually get read.  Few get responded to and a few leave reviews.  Those reviews tell us that we're doing well by the customers.  But I can't help but think that the lack of some reviews may mean something different.  Maybe I shouldn't be concerned with this, but I am.  After all, we average close to 40% year over year sales growth... every year since we started.

     So going forward we will just do the same things. A simple plan, just do what we do.  Make people happy and give many people a path to their memories and accomplishments.  Maybe add some more exposure, more videos about who we are and what we do.  And just keep moving forward!

     Thanks to all of our loyal customers, and check out our video about our mission!