Thursday, September 1, 2016

Protection and Dependability for Generations

The moving parts on firearms (actions, bolts, hinges) must be cleaned and lubricated to ensure top performance and long life. Hunters and shooters need their guns to perform when called upon, sometimes after an extended period of storage, after sitting for hours in a wet duck blind or while on a remote hunting trip with few opportunities to clean their gun daily.

New AMSOIL Synthetic Firearm Lubricant and Protectant (FLPBA) effectively lubricates and protects firearms, helping extend life and prevent blockage, jams and wear. New AMSOIL Firearm Cleaner and Protectant (FCPSC) is an aerosol cleaner and protectant that penetrates deep into hard-to-reach components, effectively cleaning residue from all surfaces and safely protecting guns for storage.

See the September AMSOIL Magazine for more information.

AMSOIL INTERCEPTOR® Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil Proves Itself Again in Top Three Snowmobile Brands

After a full season of abuse in rental sleds, INTERCEPTOR completely prevented ring sticking, piston scuffing and exhaust-power-valve sticking in Arctic Cat*, Ski-Doo* and Polaris* snowmobiles. At the end of the riding season, we disassembled the sleds and examined parts for deposits, wear and other distress. In all three makes, INTERCEPTOR completely prevented piston ring sticking, piston scuffing and exhaust-power-valve sticking.

See the September AMSOIL Magazine for more information.

*All trademarked names are the property of their respective owners and may be registered marks in some countries. No affiliation or endorsement claim, express or implied, is made by their use.

AMSOIL Sales Tax Exemption Certificate Management

If you or any of your accounts are tax-exempt, knowing how sales tax exemption certificates work and how AMSOIL manages them will help you and your customers run your businesses more effectively and efficiently.

Dealers and accounts with a state sales tax exemption are required to file a valid sales tax exemption certificate with AMSOIL. Valid exemption certificates must be legible, complete and have a valid state sales tax exemption claimed for the products being purchased. States will not accept incomplete exemption certificates. Some state sales tax exemption certificates expire automatically, while others do not have a specified expiration date. As good practice, AMSOIL automatically invalidates sales tax certificates with no specified expiration after three years. Some states require certificates to be filed annually.

Dealers and accounts receive email notifications at 45, 30, and 15 days prior to certificate expiration. It is important to keep an up-to-date, valid email address on file for tax-exempt accounts. If updated information is not received, the certificate in question will be allowed to expire. Once updated information is received, Dealers and accounts are eligible for a refund of sales tax charged during the lapse. To request a refund, please complete and submit a Sales Tax Adjustment Form (G20) to AMSOIL Account Services within 90 days of product order date.

If you are already registered for sales tax exemption in your state(s) or province(s), but need to file a valid tax exemption certificate with AMSOIL, please complete the Uniform Sales Tax Certificate (G495G495C Can.) or the appropriate state exemption form and submit it to AMSOIL Account Services.

Dealer ID Cards Discontinued

Dealer ID cards were once necessary to help Dealers remember their account numbers and show as proof of current Dealer status. Today, the vast majority of customers and businesses store this type of information electronically, while AMSOIL provides tools in the Dealer Zone that allow Dealers to easily access account numbers and membership statuses of all Dealers and Preferred Customers. Because Dealer ID cards are no longer necessary, we are no longer issuing them to new Dealers. Some Canadian provinces may require Dealers to carry an ID card. For those Dealers, and any Dealers who prefer to carry an ID card, one may be downloaded and printed from the Dealer Zone (Business Tools>Literature>Customizable Literature>Printable Dealer Card).

P.C. Promotion Information

Going forward, Dealer notifications announcing the latest Preferred Customer email promotions will be posted in the Message Center and Dealer Zone only; they will not be sent through email. We strongly encourage Dealers to log into the Dealer Zone daily in order to be aware of the latest P.C. promotions and other important information.

Get Customer Banners, Business Cards and More at the Print Center

The AMSOIL Print Center has everything you need to get connected to new customers and stay in touch with existing clients. It features an extensive, updated selection of professionally produced AMSOIL business cards, ads, banners, handouts, fridge magnets and more that can be customized to fit your needs and coordinate with AMSOIL advertising and marketing efforts. To see what’s new, simply log in to the Dealer Zone and click the Print Center icon.

2016 Direct Jobber Convention

The 2016 AMSOIL Direct Jobber Convention will be held Oct. 6-8, 2016 at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in beautiful Tampa Bay, Fla. The Marriott Waterside is a 5-star hotel with a marina right out the back door. Come sit on the back patio and watch the boats go by as you sip your favorite beverage and visit with other AMSOIL Direct Jobbers and AMSOIL corporate staff. Attend the corporate presentations to learn where AMSOIL is going over the next few years. Take a stroll on the Tampa Riverwalk, also conveniently located just out the back door of the hotel. Be part of the fun as AMSOIL Direct Jobbers (maybe you!) are recognized for reaching higher levels of achievement and simply enjoy the warmth of the Florida sun.

AMSOIL has secured a block of rooms for Direct Jobbers at a competitive rate of $168 per night. Because the hotel is located in downtown Tampa Bay, parking is at a premium. If you fly into Tampa Bay International Airport, taking a taxi to the hotel is advised. The hotel is only nine miles from the airport and estimated one-way taxi fare is $25. Due to limited parking in the area, we recommend staying at the host hotel. If you decide to do some sight-seeing on your own, the street car can pick you up right outside the front door of the hotel and take you to places such as the Tampa Bay History Center, Channelside Bay Plaza (shopping and dining), the Florida Aquarium or Ybor City (described as the French Quarter of Tampa Bay).

If you decide to stay elsewhere and drive to the hotel, parking rates are $24 per day, but for AMSOIL Direct Jobbers staying at the hotel, parking is $12 per day.

If you wish to access the Internet from your room, we have negotiated the price from $12 per day to only $1 per day. For the price, convenience and camaraderie with other AMSOIL Direct Jobbers and AMSOIL corporate staff, you just can’t beat staying at the host hotel in downtown Tampa Bay.

Keep watching for exciting news regarding the Convention’s social events and travel incentives. We look forward to seeing you in Tampa Bay Oct. 6-8 for the 2016 Direct Jobber Convention.

Hotel Address:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602

AMSOIL Wings of Passage

In Memoriam

August 18, 2016
Medford, Ore.

Information may be submitted for the AMSOIL Wings of Passage by clicking here or mail to:

Wings of Passage
AMSOIL Building
925 Tower Ave
Superior, WI 54880

Monday, August 1, 2016

New AMSOIL V-Twin Oil Change Kit Offers Maximum Convenience

Launching Aug. 8 at Sturgis, the AMSOIL V-Twin Oil Change Kit (HDCK) combines everything needed to perform an AMSOIL oil change on most 1999-2016 Harley-Davidson* motorcycles in one convenient package:

• (1) O-ring

Check the Dealer Zone Aug. 8 and the August AMSOIL Magazine for full details.

*All trademarked names are the property of their respective owners and may be registered marks in some countries. No affiliation or endorsement claim, express or implied, is made by their use.

New Grease Gun Kit

The new AMSOIL Deluxe Grease Gun Kit (GLCGN) provides improved performance and added functionality, making the job of greasing equipment even easier.

• Develops up to 3,500 psi, ensuring grease is adequately applied to the application

• Improved pumping performance

• Two convenient grease-distribution options (flexible hose and rigid pipe). The pistol-grip design and rigid hose allow one-handed grease application, while the flexible hose eases access to hard-to-reach locations.

• Two head ports for increased flexibility and comfort

• Plastic tip cover protects against debris

• Easy-to-use plunger simplifies loading

The previous AMSOIL Grease Gun Kit (GLCKT) is discontinued.

New Firearm Lubricant and Firearm Cleaner Launch Sept. 1

Launching Sept. 1, new AMSOIL Firearm Lubricant effectively lubricates and protects firearms, helping extend life and prevent blockage, jams and wear. New AMSOIL Firearm Cleaner penetrates deep into hard-to-reach components, effectively cleaning residue from all surfaces and safely protecting firearms for storage. Ideal prospects include hunters, target/sport shooters and firearms professionals, as well as hunting, shooting and outdoors retailers. Check the September AMSOIL Magazine for full details.

Customer Reviews Coming to AMSOIL Corporate Website

In September, customer reviews will be added to the product pages of Customers will be able to provide feedback on AMSOIL products through an online form. Reviews are a prominent feature on many companies’ websites and improve online sales by increasing both new customer sales and average order values. The form will include the reviewer’s overall rating of the product, space for general comments and other information. Each review will be screened for off-topic or offensive content and moderated when appropriate. Completed reviews will be displayed on their respective product pages. Customer reviews are aimed at Preferred Customers and catalog customers. While AMSOIL Dealers are the strongest supporters of AMSOIL, they may be seen as biased to an outsider because they sell AMSOIL products. To get the most impact from reviews, AMSOIL will seek unbiased reviews from customers and non-AMSOIL Dealers. AMSOIL will email a sample group of Preferred Customers in August to request initial reviews prior to launch. Stay tuned for more information on customer reviews.

Following Best-in-Class Email Practices Leads to Happier Customers and More Sales

Email is one of many methods Dealers can use to contact customers and leads with product, program and company information and promotions. It provides Dealers an easy, convenient, inexpensive and casual way to create, nurture and maintain working relationships. AMSOIL Dealers who contact customers and leads via email on a regular basis should be aware that following guidelines set forth by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is not only necessary to help maximize return, increase sales and minimize unsubscribe requests, but required by law. Here are a few tips for contacting customers and leads by email:

  • Best-in-class practices recommend sending no more than one email every week or two unless you are offering promotions, special offers or valuable knowledge that cannot be obtained elsewhere. While this is not a law, it’s valuable to follow.
  • Be sure recipients can easily opt-out (unsubscribe) from receiving your messages. An opt-out option must be included in every marketing message you send. Make sure you use an email provider that includes an opt-out link or button. If your email provider doesn’t provide an opt-out option, be sure to respond to requests promptly.
  • Use accurate information in the “To” and “From” fields.
  • Don’t use misleading or deceptive subject lines. Subject lines should reflect the content of the messages you send.
  • You must identify any marketing emails as such. If you’re sending an advertisement, the recipients have a right to know.
  • Include your physical address.
  • You must have permission to send promotional messages to recipients before they can be contacted. Consent can be oral or written.
Irritating your customers and leads can land your messages in recipients’ spam folders. If you’re deemed a spammer, recipients’ email providers will block you and you could get blacklisted. Worse, violating the rules set by the FTC could rack up hefty fines or lawsuits. Instead, ensure the emails you send are clear, friendly and effective, leading to higher open and response rates and increased trust, sales and referrals.

To read more about the laws the FTC has set forth for email marketers, click here.