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Why not take the cheapest chat vendor – or cheapest of ALL expenses??

This ad from Starbucks is good advice when shopping for all your website vendors – and many brick and mortar vendors, as well. If you’re thinking about adding live chat (or other website add-on) to your marketing strategy, why not just go with the cheapest you can find? After all, if you can save a few bucks, it’s worth it, right?Honestly, not really. You probably don’t use this standard for your brick and mortar expenses or many of your…See More
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Big Tom LaPointe replied to Mike Elliott's discussion Car Salesman Hours and Selling Cars
"Part of the operative word here is WORK - because often, salespeople believe the 'work' is waiting for an up, rather than hammering the phones for at least 2-3 hours. But as you said, it is often about training,  because many (most?)…"
Oct 6
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Sep 30
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Chat on dealer websites up 75% over two years

The number of car dealers with live chat software on their websites has jumped dramatically in the past couple of years.According to dealermarketshare.com, about 37% of the 34k dealer websites had code from a chat provider, up more than 75% over 24 months. This increase can be attributed to many factors, including greater consumer acceptance, word of mouth at dealer meetings and…See More
Sep 30
Big Tom LaPointe posted a blog post

Chat on dealer websites up 75% over two years

The number of car dealers with live chat software on their websites has jumped dramatically in the past couple of years.According to dealermarketshare.com, about 37% of the 34k dealer websites had code from a chat provider, up more than 75% over 24 months. This increase can be attributed to many factors, including greater consumer acceptance, word of mouth at dealer meetings and…See More
Sep 29
Big Tom LaPointe liked Mike Esposito's blog post Do Your Vendors Deserve Your Loyalty?
Sep 24
Big Tom LaPointe liked Big Tom LaPointe's blog post Adding Chat is not enough! Four tenets of successful chat
Aug 26
Big Tom LaPointe liked Ken Beam's blog post Service - If you build it, will they really come? Can you attract off-Brand business?
Aug 26
Big Tom LaPointe commented on Ken Beam's blog post Service - If you build it, will they really come? Can you attract off-Brand business?
"Honestly, having spend many years in service as an advisor and manager, it is an uphill battle - but I will give you a suggestion at the end. Here's the deal, the pricing structure of a dealership service department makes it hard to merely…"
Aug 26
Big Tom LaPointe's blog post was featured

Adding Chat is not enough! Four tenets of successful chat

Just sticking chat on your dealership and hoping for some more leads and sales is like throwing up a banner an expecting traffic to flow into the door. A banner may have its place in a comprehensive marketing plan, but by itself, won’t make a significant difference in car sales. And so it is with live chat. A blinky icon with a smiling face may generate a few conversations, but it won’t generate the noticeable bump in leads and sales that…See More
Aug 25
Big Tom LaPointe posted a blog post

Adding Chat is not enough! Four tenets of successful chat

Just sticking chat on your dealership and hoping for some more leads and sales is like throwing up a banner an expecting traffic to flow into the door. A banner may have its place in a comprehensive marketing plan, but by itself, won’t make a significant difference in car sales. And so it is with live chat. A blinky icon with a smiling face may generate a few conversations, but it won’t generate the noticeable bump in leads and sales that…See More
Aug 24
Big Tom LaPointe was featured
Aug 19
Big Tom LaPointe posted a blog post

Tips for measuring in-house chat performance

In his book, Customers for Life, Carl Sewell says to MEASURE EVERYTHING. So how do you measure how well your team is doing with live chat? For many dealers handling chat in-house, ‘measuring chat’ means tracking the number of chat conversations and leads, and possibly the number of sold units. But what else should a dealer take a look at to see how well their staff is doing with chat? After…See More
Aug 13
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CarChat24 provides 24/7 hosted Live Chat Support & Dealer Chat Software for new and used car dealership websites. CarChat24 helps dealers sell more vehicles by converting a higher percentage of their website visitors into quality leads. Since June of 2006, CarChat24 has been helping car dealers improve their sales and customer service on the Internet. Our mission is to empower car dealers with cutting edge live chat technology, and provide the professional staff and superior processes needed to obtain the best possible results. We are committed to helping our clients get the best return on investment from their websites. We strive to make our support service the very best and are always looking for innovative ways to give our dealers the edge over their competition. Follow CarChat24.com on http://www.twitter.com/CarChat24 and fan CarChat24.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CarChat24
What will YOU contribute to the ADM Community?
Tom is a true 'car guy' at heart, and BIG, as a 6'6" former US Marine. He is an automotive writer and author (MODERN SPORT CARS - Barnes & Noble) with extensive experience in sales, service, and CSI initiatives for dealer groups for well over a decade. His car business experience, as well as a passionate work and leadership ethic that was sharpened in the Marine Corps and at Johns Hopkins University, gives him a unique ability to thrive in virtually any situation.

The grandson of an automotive factory worker, Tom grew up in Michigan near the Motor City and finished high school in Fernley, Nevada. He spent seven years in the Marine Corps as a writer and editor, winning many awards for photography, writing and editing. In addition, he is an automotive book author and freelance automotive writer for several publications.

What led him to the auto industry is simply this: he loves cars. He has raced stock cars and sports cars and competed in Land Rover off-road competitions in Vermont and Colorado. He has worked as a pit official for the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, and a pit crewman for Indy car and a Hooters Pro Cup stock car races. He has served as a manager of both sales and service for one the largest luxury car groups in the world.

He enjoy crawling an off-road vehicle through the most severe obstacles as much as heel-toeing sports cars into hairpin turns!
CAR DEALER or OEM Website you recommend (ie; www.MelloyNissan.com)
http://www.fermanbmw.com
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http://https://www.facebook.com/CarChat24
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http://www.iautomarketing.com/
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Reynolds Web Solutions, The Cobalt Group, eDealerBiz, VinSolutions.com
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Dealix, Autobytel, AutoUSA, Autotropolis, Cars.com NewLeadsPlus
DEALER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (DMS) You use
ADP, Reynolds ERA, Arkona
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AAX, vinSolutions, Whatever the Used Car Manager thinks he can steal the trade-in for

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Why not take the cheapest chat vendor – or cheapest of ALL expenses??

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

This ad from Starbucks is good advice when shopping for all your website vendors – and many brick and mortar vendors, as well. If you’re thinking about adding live chat (or other website add-on) to your marketing strategy, why not just go with the cheapest you can find? After all, if you can save a few bucks, it’s worth it, right?

Honestly, not really. You…

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Chat on dealer websites up 75% over two years

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The number of car dealers with live chat software on their websites has jumped dramatically in the past couple of years.

According to dealermarketshare.com, about 37% of the 34k dealer websites had code from a chat provider, up…

Continue

Adding Chat is not enough! Four tenets of successful chat

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Just sticking chat on your dealership and hoping for some more leads and sales is like throwing up a banner an expecting traffic to flow into the door. A banner may have its place in a comprehensive marketing plan, but by itself, won’t make a significant difference in car sales. And so it is with live chat. A blinky icon with a smiling face may generate a few conversations, but it won’t generate the…

Continue

Tips for measuring in-house chat performance

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 4:39am 0 Comments

In his book, Customers for Life, Carl Sewell says to MEASURE EVERYTHING. So how do you measure how well your team is doing with live chat? For many dealers handling chat in-house, ‘measuring chat’ means tracking the number of chat conversations and leads, and possibly the number of sold units. But what else should a dealer take a look at to see how well…

Continue

Why quality live chat? Why have a quality website?

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 10:02pm 0 Comments

The answer for the question of whether or not to have a top-notch live chat on your dealership is the same as having a sharp website: to convey information to your prospects in a manner that generates quality leads and ultimately sells more cars. It's really that simple. In the mid 90's, you could get away with a cut-rate website and impress your 20 Group with it when the technology was new. At that point, putting inventory…

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At 8:18am on October 21, 2013, CDK Global said…

Great to connect Tom!

At 4:31am on August 16, 2013, sara callahan said…

Thanks for your message Tom -- so, you are in beautiful Dunedin!  I love it there. Walk my dog along Edgewater all the time!

At 12:39pm on June 18, 2013, Bill Cosgrove said…

Thanks for the heads up and the invite-All The Best

At 12:37pm on June 18, 2013, Bill Cosgrove said…

Tom- Thanks for thr heads up

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