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Kirk LaPierre on the CWCP Program. “The Certification Program is independent of NWCOA membership. An individual DOES NOT have to be certified to be a member of NWCOA. Nor is an individual required to be a NWCOA member to obtain certification.” In the quest to maintain the highest degree of Competence, Integrity, and Service, the National Wildlife Control Operatorâ??s Association has developed a program for professional certification. The program was designed to present a means by which NWCOA could not only recognize individuals for their hard-earned achievements, but to also provide the general public with a confirmation that they are dealing with a true experienced professional. Those who hold the title of Certified Wildlife Control Professional have demonstrated a wealth of both hands on & field experience and an exposure to a variety of industry related training programs. Candidates for certification must be able to establish no less than three years of professional practice, along with a minimum of 100 credit hours of board approved training courses and seminars. Certified operators are expected to maintain their level of professionalism by completing no less than 40 credit hours of continuing education every 5 years for certification renewal.
I was able to sit down an interview Kirk Lapierre and got his take on WOAF. Listen to the interview and join us to re-organize and start up WOAF again as a non profit corporation for NWCO’s to help NWCO’s.
This was a two part show after the introduction Kirk Lapierre kicked off a discussion on trapping flying squirrels and then the second hour we got into a detailed discussion on creating findable web sites for wildlife control. The show was joined by Kirk LaPierre, Maynard Stanley,Bob Evans, Reginald Murray, Craig Coon, Steve Brown and Robb Russell.
Note: Use twitterlocal.net not .com as was mentioned in the podcast. No rewards come at a cheap price. But my 15 minute a day marketing plan will work if you are insistent on working it. Kirk Lapierre joined me on a variety of topics. Here is my outline and links: Poorman’s Guide to Internet Marketing As I mentioned in the pre-podcast announcement all you need is a mobile phone that sends pictures, twitter account, facebook acoount, your own blog and ideally your own web site. Your blog and web site need to have links to follow you or your business on twitter and facebook.You put them there to farm those interested in your information and from a local approach to farm your future prospects Twitter Basics Twitter is often misunderstood it can be either used to push or pull information and you will find both useful. Both a personal and a company name twitter account are recommended. In your messages be polite- 1. Be polite 2. Make friends 3. Start conversations 4. Ask questions 5. Answer questions Examples of pushing information in our industry, on a personal twitter account, 1. interesting photos you have taken on the job example: 2. Ask a question “have you ever been this close to a snake, raccoon, bat etc.? http://twitpic/abcdef 3. Answer a Question ” I have had bats up in my attic for over 2 years, should I be concerned? Your answer can point to a blog page wrote to answer the question or a specific part of your web site that has the information, or point to another authoritative site like cdc.gov (specific page) 4. Start conversations- write about things going on locally. Good example Tom Herrmann in NYC took the day off recently and wrote he helped escort the Portable Vietnam Memorial exhibit coming into his area. Link to articles you enjoyed or found interesting while reading on the net. Use a hyperlink in your message. 5. Make friends by showing interest in posts by other followers this can be done either as a reply or a retweet. The retweet is one great way of showing interest and passing their info along to even your own followers which in most cases are even a different subset of followers. 6. Never spam using your personal account. We all hate spam email and a good way to lose followers is to blatantly burst several messages all at once or only post things of the nature of spamming. The company twitter account is better suited for some of this activity and is more for info to be found by a user in a twitter search. Putting it all together. 1. Time management is very important and I recommend the following tools to keep it at a minimum. a. Use the twitter/facebook browser at tweetdeck.com. It like twitter is a little hard to explain other then imagine a deck of cards all faceup on a table or desk this is how you can quickly scan recent messages from twitter and facebook followers. It allows you to upload pictures using tweetpic in your message, it allows you to seamlesslesy retweet someone else’s message and several other useful uses. b. Use http://twitterlocal.net to create a marketing farm in your area for followers. This can be set within so many miles of any city and help to quickly find other users who have posted recently in your own geographical area. Add all of them or those you feel may be in your target demographic as followers. A percentage of them will also add you thus win-win the goal is not to have to read everything they post but to farm your local and start a following. c. You can use http://twtqpon.com and a ready made graphic to upload to your coupon. This can be either used for your company account using keywords for others to find the coupon in a search or in your personal account when responding to a question or even asking one? Example: I did one for Anytime Animal Control in Wisconsin and California 10% Off California & Wisconsin Animal Removals @ http://twtqpon.com/vb5bc2 #twtqpon d. Register your business on the Twitter Yellow Pages http://www.twellow.com/ 2. I mentioned twitter can be used to pull information too. Use twitter search and develop some useful searches and svee them that way you can quickly do these searches and pull any info you may need to add a follower or reweet or create your own content.
Discussion started out with an update on White Nose Bat Syndrome from the Nuisance Wildlife Control Industries own conduit with USFS and NYDEC, Craig Coon of Saratoga Springs, NY. A lengthy discussion took place on the possible cleanup protocols on how not to spread possible contamination of WNS from one job site to the next. The discussion followed with nearly a three hour discussion by open microphone to any member of our industry who had constructive ideas for the of the National Wildlife Control Operators Association. Highlights of the evening included participation by the President Elect of NWCOA, Eric Arnold, Secretary Elect, Charles Parker, former NWCOA genral Organizer Kirk Lapierre and comments by many former NWCOA members Leon Melton, Reginald Murray, Mike Flick and many others. It is my intent to break this podcast into three parts : WNS Update, Suggestions For NWCOA 1 & 2.
We brought back a few of our friend and got updates on Several Topics. Starting out our third year of podcasting was just packed full of up to date info in the NWCO industry. Kirk Lapierre on Canada geese management, NWCOA CWP Program, the WCO Camporee, and his Uncle Kirk Product lines of baits and lures. Bob Evans discussed a few beekeeping topics. Reginal Murray brought us upto date with his new appointment as NWCOA Regional 4 director, Oklahoma wildlife politics, and how his business is booming in Oklahoma. Ron Jones joined in and told us about the April Fools night podcast he has scheduled ” Oldtimer NWCO Trappers” with Ron Jones of of NJ, Newt Sterling of NJ, Bob Noonan Publisher , Clint Locklear , noted coyote trapper and hopefully Bob Jameson of Ultrablends Baits and Lures.
Kirk La Pierre, Maynard Stanley, Kevin Dahn and Mike Flick got together for a little more then two hours of recorded time. Kirk La Pierre spent nearly one hour discussing Canada Geese Round Up, and many issues and concerns related to them. Uncle Kirk as many of us know him as did an excellent job popping up and leading the discussion. We started out discussing a new group, Critter Damage Control that was set up by Kevin Dahn this week. Looking forward to seeing this group grow. If you are not doing exclusion work as part of your business you really are missing out on some great money making opportunities to grow your business with.
This site dedicated in the memory and celebration of his life.
The business Saver-NGM is ran and managed by his wife Aileen today . Aileen worked along with Kirk & provided a variety of services over the last 20 years. Aileen was the first and only the second woman now to be Nationally Certified as a Certified Wildlife Control Operator.
Kirk will certainly be missed by his brothers those inside and outside of the Nuisance Wildlife Control Industry.
Enjoy the videos and podcasts we were so fortunate for Kirk to leave behind.