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Today, more than ever, online reviews can make or break your month selling vehicles. We can search for online reputation management companies and we will get hundreds if not thousands of opinions on how to manipulate the system of posting positive reviews. Many of these companies state that they have a secret to help your dealership look like they are flawless. This is done utilizing a lot of smoke and mirrors.
Studies by consumer behavior and search experts say that 7 out of 10…Continue
Added by James Schaefer on June 25, 2012 at 9:04am — No Comments
It is a simple matter of life. People enjoy being around other people who are having fun! Positive experiences are contagious.
This past Father’s Day weekend, I had the pleasure of watching my 10 year old son play in the Texas State 10U baseball tournament. It was hot, the teams were tough, and we were at the baseball fields from 8 AM until 11 PM Saturday and Sunday. The weekend was enjoyable and will be a Father’s Day I will always remember. Some might think that it is because…Continue
Added by James Schaefer on June 19, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments
Many Social Media advocates see RED when asked about the ROI (Return on Investment) of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogs, Pinterest and other Social Media. The question itself evokes the idea that if something doesn't produce short-term,…Continue
It has already been established that the most exciting time during the sales process is the delivery. A perfect delivery can erase a debauched meet and greet, poor finance service, and the arduous negotiation over a couple of hundred dollars. After spending hours with your customer, how do you want them to remember your dealership?
Your customer will remember your dealership every month they have to make their payment. They will think of your dealership each time they pay for an…Continue
My first car which I purchased was a 1977 White 4-Speed Toyota Corolla. It wasn’t the nicest looking vehicle anyone has ever seen. As a matter of fact, it was what people today would call a “hoopty” or “jalopy”. As soon as I made the purchase, I headed over to AutoZone to cover the steering column, replace the side mirrors, buy seat covers, and styled it up with the double windshield blades. My taste in style has since changed. It was ugly to say the least, but it was mine!
Added by James Schaefer on May 25, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
I believe most of us understand and acknowledge the increasingly significant relevance of social media in our industry.Unfortunately, the buzz can lure us into overlooking the use of potent traditional social networks. We ignore them at great risk.
Social media that incorporate these overlooked…Continue
Added by Kurt Kubicki on May 22, 2012 at 8:47am — No Comments
So your automotive sales are down, and you lay awake at night praying that you make this month’s budget just so you do not have to put all of your possession in the provided cardboard box and take the walk of shame out of the dealership. Does this sound familiar to you?
Anyone who has spent…Continue
Added by James Schaefer on May 18, 2012 at 8:32am — No Comments
DeliveryMaxx has been the industry leader in creating innovative solutions to help Automotive Dealerships converting the one-time customer into a life-time customer.
However, never one to rest on their laurels, DeliveryMaxx has made it possible for dealerships to talk to the world utilizing the most up-to-date technology. Just imagine, a dealership customer leaves finance and gives a review talking about how great the experience has been in purchasing a new…Continue
Added by James Schaefer on May 17, 2012 at 6:41am — No Comments
“You will not find a lower price on any models except OUR lot!!!” Really? Are consumers that naïve to believe that? And you just spent $2,500 to produce this commercial and another $10,000 a month to run the spot over the course of 30 days. Don’t even mention the fact that circumstances…Continue
If I pay a customer to say all the right things in an online review, that breaks the law, and we know it. We know you and I cannot pay, reward or incentivize a customer to write good things about us in in a Google Review, Dealer Rater rating or Yelp! blog.
So, does that mean we shouldn't incentivize every…Continue
Do customer loyalty programs work? A popular national chicken franchise spends more money on its loyalty program to retain customers for its $2 sandwiches than most dealerships spend to retain customers for $60,000 vehicles purchased from them. Does this make any sense?
Yet I hear all the time from dealers who are unsure about the benefits of customer loyalty programs and want to see hard facts about the ROI.
Well, now they can. In our newly released, free…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 27, 2012 at 10:15am — No Comments
Email and snail mail promotions are great methods for creating customer loyalty. However, you need to make sure that the information customers include during the signup process is accurately addressed in the marketing. There’s no greater feeling than receiving an unexpected coupon or discount on something you want to purchase. It’s a completely different story when the promotion is for something random that doesn’t remotely pique your interest.
Here’s an example of a mail…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 20, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
He assembled a team of…Continue
The National Business Research Institute has created a valuable infographic focused on customer loyalty. NBRI explains, “Customers are a business’ most important asset, without them the business wouldn’t exist. So it’s imperative to keep these customers happy and improve their loyalty to your business.” They add, “We created this customer loyalty infographic to help you not only understand it, but to help you cultivate that loyalty among your own customers.”
We found NPRI’s…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 6, 2012 at 8:48am — No Comments
“The customer is always right.” was coined and made famous by retailers including Selfridges and Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s) around the turn of the 20th century. It’s a phrase that most of our parents and grandparents had ingrained into their brains as children, and yet it somehow appears to have been lost in…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 28, 2012 at 8:21am — No Comments
In a recent article on Forbes.com, “The Final Frontier: Customer Expectations,” Robert Passikoff points to a shift in the past 15 years: customer expectations have increased significantly, rising 24 percent in all categories. After explaining how customer loyalty is measured and providing an example…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 21, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Developing meaningful relationships with clients requires you to connect with them on a personal level. The more you know about a customer, the easier it is to sell them services and/or products that meet their individual needs. It also helps you determine which type of marketing the customer will be most receptive to.
Effectively engaging customers through direct marketing channels hinges on several key principles:
Added by Mike Gorun on February 1, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Prepaid Maintenance Plans (PPMs) have traditionally been used as a customer retention tool by dealers, and rightfully so. Paying up front for services is a guaranteed way to get customers back into the service lane. But the pricing and structure of many PPMs administered by third parties did not make the plans very profitable for the dealerships, and even more important, for the customers.
The new generation of self-administered, self-managed PPM plans offer many benefits…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on January 24, 2012 at 8:27am — No Comments
Stating the obvious, the car business -- like the sports we love – can be a hard-fought win. Winning means playing hard, playing smart and playing from a heart of greater discipline, commitment and expectation than the other guys do.
In other words, in this battle to sell and service cars, every play must count or we’re creating a lot of activity that in the end doesn’t really matter.
Whether in football or selling…Continue
Added by Kurt Kubicki on January 10, 2012 at 9:25am — No Comments
For sure, sales associates must attend…Continue