More About Pizza and Pest Control

July 4, 2012

Pizza and The Pest Control Interview

Last year I wrote an article with a humorous title about Dominoes Pizza getting free publicity from all the dominoes (countries) with economies crashing, with reference to how the macro-economy impacts our pest control business outlook. I didn’t think I’d be writing another article with reference to pizza until a few weeks ago.

What Companies Want in the Job Candidate

I was interviewing a candidate for a pest control position who had many years of pest control experience. He didn’t have a real good depth of experience that I would have liked for his years in the field, but I liked his communication ability and his educational drive. He had achieved a B.A. and was working toward a counseling degree. It’s very hard to find blue collar workers who value education, so when I found this guy I felt he had potential.

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I am NOT an exterminator!

December 17, 2011

A prominent article in the latest issue of PCT magazine titled “I Am An Exterminator!” drew my attention. It had to have been written by one of those great old timers in the industry – with old ideas that still are at the core of what’s wrong with the pest control industry. Fortunately, there are new and better voices representing the pest control industry.
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Dog Bites – A Warning to Pest Control Service Companies

July 18, 2011

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Recent and severe dog attacks in San Diego have raised alarm about the dangers posed by certain dog breeds, the manner in which dogs are kept, the number of unregistered dogs and laws that determine the disposition of dog bite cases.
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Weathering the Choices

May 18, 2011

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Whether to work or not to work during inclement weather, that is the question for service companies as they send out their truck fleets to do business each day. There are schedules to keep and money to be made. There are new customers with all sorts of weather related issues.

Today is an unusually wet day in southern California, where we expect “May gray,” but not downpours as we have had the past 24 hours.
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The Yin Yang of Sales and Service

May 7, 2011

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When weighing the benefits of having one sales team and one separate service team vs. a combined sales/service team I believe something may be missing in the equation.

When you have separate sales and service teams the assumption is that they are assigned to do what they do best. Certainly you can maximize the selling ability of sales people by not burdening them with service. Likewise, you would not want to burden service people with sales opportunities they cannot close.
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Dominoes Gets Free Publicity

April 24, 2011

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Dominoes Gets Free Publicity from Economic and Political Mess

Dominoes Gets Free Publicity from Economic and Political Mess

Dominoes Pizza is the only lucky winner with huge free name recognition the past few years of:

Financial Dominoes
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On Child-Men

March 20, 2011

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This morning I came across an AOL article about what Kay Hymowitz calls “Child-Men.” Her new book, “Manning Up,” can be found here on Amazon.
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