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Have you tried to look for new ways to get connected to the Yelp community?
Of course you’ve already polished up your…
I've noticed a recurring problem in some BDC's. The BDC agents have become too "task" oriented and have forgotten the real reason why they are there - to drive showroom traffic. My frustration came to a boil recently when I noticed a familiar pattern, customer sends in a new lead, BDC agents calls the…Continue
Added by Mike Warwick on November 20, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments
Written By: Robin Cunningham
Most Monday mornings I find myself standing in NCM Institute’s beautiful training facility welcoming a new class of retail automobile dealership managers who have come to Kansas City for formalized training specific to their job responsibilities. After introductions, I tell them something like: “We won’t be talking about what you think you have come here to learn until just before or…Continue
Added by Garry House on June 27, 2013 at 5:43am — No Comments
Written By: Russell Grant
One of the best things about my job is the fact that I get to talk to so many owners, GMs, dealers, sales managers and service directors about their dealership’s owner marketing strategy. Or, in some cases, need for one. That’s when I find my work the most rewarding, when I’m speaking with dealers who are ready to reap the benefits of developing and implementing a strong, sustainable owner marketing strategy.
Because remember, there are only three ways…Continue
Added by Garry House on April 16, 2013 at 7:23am — No Comments
Written By: Garry House
In the second quarter of 2012, the NCM Institute (NCMi®) formed a training partnership with Automotive Internet Management (AIM). AIM has conducted five “Bridging the Internet Sales Gap” training workshops under NCMi sponsorship. After personally auditing two of these sessions and receiving client-dealer feedback from all of the sessions, I’ve become convinced that dealers and their sales management teams need to “raise the bar” on their expectations for…Continue
Written By: Debbie Hemley
Twitter is a powerful social networking platform and one that has become a go-to choice for businesses of all sizes and industries.Continue
Added by Garry House on April 2, 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
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 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
Did you watch Car Lot Rescue on Spike TV last night? I did - it was both entertaining and inspiring!…Continue
Added by Adam Ross on February 25, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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
In the second quarter of 2012, the NCM Institute (NCMi®) formed a training partnership with Automotive Internet Management (AIM). As of last week, AIM has conducted four “Bridging the Internet Sales Gap” training workshops under NCMi sponsorship. After personally auditing two of these sessions and receiving client-dealer feedback from all of the…Continue
Your delivery coordinator is the resource who will help yourcustomers through the delivery process. This person will work hand in hand with customers to make sure they leave completely satisfied. In…Continue
Added by Ashley Poag on July 17, 2012 at 1:29pm — No Comments
Apple stores are one of the most successful retail stores in the world. In 2009, when retail sales declined around 2%, Apple’s retail sales rose roughly 7%. According to The Mac Observer, one of their largest growing product segments is accessories...iPad owners tend to average spending $150+ on accessories. Yahoo Finance reports Apple’s in-store retail accessories sales increased 85% from 2011 to 2012. And, technology experts believe that if others want to compete they will have to partner…Continue
How come everybody isn't using Google Voice?
Here are 15 reasons why you should be, if you're not already…
This may sound like a commercial, but I am just a fan and user trying to pass on the idea.
With the growing importance of Youtube and video not to mention SEO I wanted to share with you all how easy it is to make a video walk around. I know this sounds difficult but it really isn't. Once you have the equipment and the software set up making your video walk arounds will go fast and easy. You will need to start out with a few basics.
1) a quite place to shoot video, preferably in a studio or a back lot.
2) a "quiet" backdrop.…
Added by Mark Winters on April 12, 2012 at 1:10pm — No Comments
Having a dealership YouTube channel is important for many reasons (as I touched on last year), but once your dealership has a channel, what do you do next? Here are some tips and best practices to help your dealership’s YouTube channel get better search engine visibility:…