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Written By: Garry House
In the first couple of paragraphs in his book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins makes several interesting statements:
Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of companies never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good – and that is their…Continue
Added by Garry House on June 14, 2013 at 10:05am — No Comments
Written by: Jeremy Anwyl
A quick look at the current state of auto retailing would suggest that things are good. Tough times (and a couple of notable bankruptcies) have thinned dealer ranks. Although pressures are mounting, the manufacturers are still demonstrating discipline around production volumes. Most importantly, customers are returning to showrooms.
Add all factors together and the result is that volumes and margins on both new and pre-owned vehicles are…Continue
Added by Garry House on May 21, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Written by: Steve Hall
Dealers know you must provide fast, convenient, and competitively-priced service in order to retain your customer base. They also know that oil changes and light maintenance are the most requested service items by customers. Knowing this, why do dealers continually fight express service?
I’ve heard all the excuses: it hurts my hours per repair order; it hurts my gross profit percentage; it hurts my effective labor rate; I can’t make any money in express…Continue
Added by Garry House on May 16, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Written by: Thomas Bear
Realizing the dealer/general manager’s day is full of interruptions, if you could wave a magic wand and create the perfect day, what would you do during this day?
Which activities do you wish you did every day? Which activities are the top ten for you to do every day? Here’s an exercise we use in our 20 Group meetings from time to time that might be helpful for you to realign your daily priorities.…Continue
Added by Garry House on May 7, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
Written By: Joe Basil
We just returned from a 20 Group meeting and it was the most invigorating workshop we have ever attended. We completed an assessment of our dealership operations and identified major sales and profit opportunities in all departments. We have benefited from the extensive experience of our facilitator and fellow members. We had the opportunity to compare our operation to other…Continue
Added by Garry House on April 9, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Written By: Robin Cunningham
For the last sixteen months I have had the incredible experience of being a lead instructor with the NCM Institute. I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of dealership managers in our multi-level classes for general managers, general sales managers, used vehicle managers, service managers, financial managers, and some private dealership training, as…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 28, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments
Written By: Russell Grant
From speakers at NADA workshops to automotive manufacturers in trade publications to vendor product advertisements online, everyone is talking about how big data is changing the future of marketing in our industry. But most of the GMs I talk to aren’t nearly as concerned with the marketplace and the direction it’s taking, as they are with their business and where it’s going. They want to know two things—how can big data save me money and how can it sell more…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 14, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments
When I was chatting as a Virtual Sales Associate, I had a lot of questions from potential customers in regard to trade-in vehicles. Customers are looking to know how much their trade is worth, and they do not really know the process for trading in their current vehicle or what is expected when they come in for an appraisal.…Continue
Added by Rebecca Kon on March 12, 2013 at 8:03am — No Comments
Written by: Keith Shetterly
We talked for years in automotive retail about “The Road to the Sale,” and I’m clearly one of the many supporters of that path to sales success. However, too many of us are still on "The Road Less Profited." Why? Because we are not getting more sales (and profits!) from "The Road to Retention”!
Retention sales link the positives of variable and fixed operations together, and their teaming allows each part of the dealership to amplify the other.…
Added by Garry House on March 12, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
The idea was simple. Show the shopper the discounts, rebates, and special prices in order to reduce negotiation of price and show value. It was speculated that if you don’t give the shopper something to compare the price to, then they will go to your competition to compare…Continue
As you can see from the image, direct mail hasn’t changed much in the past 90 years (except for the prices!). Why should it? It works to get good looking information in front of a lot of…Continue
The Big Deal About Big Data
Written by: Russell Grant
From speakers at NADA workshops to…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 6, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
This article was written by: Dennis Kane
I see an increasing trend from auto dealers: slip, trips and falls are on the rise, particularly in the service department.
This uptick can be attributed to some or all of the following factors:
Dealerships are simply more hazardous than previously, either due to changing weather patterns or because attention to safety has waned,
Dealerships are servicing a greater number of cars because more…
Added by Garry House on February 28, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments
Your Online Meet and Greet
The sales process we all know and love starts with that initial handshake and introduction. It establishes…Continue
Kelley Blue Book Research Verifies That Both New and Used Vehicle Shoppers Respond to Actual Photos, Not Stock Photography on Dealer Web Sites
According to a new study conducted by…Continue
If you haven’t already done so, it’s that time to review your 2012 performance in detail. In what areas did you fall short of your goals and why? Where could you have generated greater gains and how? Don’t allow January to slip by without these facts in writing and a discussion of how you can best move forward in 2013.
A common F&I pay plan in the automotive industry is known as the grid. It compensates managers based on their per vehicle retail performance and products sold…Continue
This post struck me as a very succinct and thoughtful social media marketing mantra, so I thought I wanted to share it on ADM. Use this mantra when planning and executing your social car dealer marketing programs.
There will be many businesses and individuals examining their social media engagement in the next few weeks, as another year…
Added by Joe Schwartz on January 11, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Last month I wrote an article on ADM about a new announcement from Google that will give dealers who manage their own Adwords campaigns a big boost in relevant ad building tools. (See…Continue
In October, we facilitated a panel called “The Five Things in Common That Successful Internet Departments Share” at the 13th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas. We were thrilled to have over 200 attendees and want to thank our panelists for doing a great job. We decided to share some tips from our panelists for the benefit of all who couldn’t make it to the conference in hopes that you’ll find it as helpful as the attendees did.
Added by Josh Vajda on December 4, 2012 at 7:48am — No Comments