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Customer experience and standing out from the competition by excelling at customer satisfaction is still very much a good business practice today. Time is valuable for today's busy consumers, and many dislike the vehicle service experience at dealerships because of long wait times.
Loaner cars and shuttles help, but they can end up making it…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on August 13, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
For such a small word, the word ‘data’ packs a pretty big punch. Some marketers get overwhelmed when they hear it because they believe it’s complicated. Others give it a bad rap without really understanding the benefits.
Yet it’s difficult to deny the advantages of data-driven marketing:
Added by Courtney Evans on August 9, 2019 at 7:15am — No Comments
While it’s nice to have room in your shop’s schedule to handle walk-ins and other unexpected work, a service lane no-show isn’t the ideal way to get that extra time. Rather, no-shows throw everyone off and can take quite a toll on both your shop’s workflow and your bottom line.
Here are two holistic approaches to reducing no-shows…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on August 8, 2019 at 7:09am — No Comments
I read an interesting study recently in MarketingWeek.com. It found that while marketers believe in the importance of the customer experience, within 2-3 years, that importance will decline due to business growth, transformation, and disruptive technologies.
Added by Michia Rohrssen on August 6, 2019 at 7:31am — No Comments
A recent article in Wards Auto shares results from a study of 6,200 dealerships conducted by analytics company Marchex. According to the survey, dealerships who use active listening techniques and build rapport with customers on the initial calls are the…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on August 2, 2019 at 8:11am — No Comments
One of the biggest hurdles dealerships face when attempting to create a personalized experience for every customer is breaking down their data silos. Data silos are common in virtually every auto dealership today. They…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on August 1, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments
The hottest thing in social media marketing right now is influencer marketing. Businesses continually leverage celebrities to gain exposure and attention. Think about all the dealerships that hire famous athletes, or a YouTube celebrity, to help draw a crowd to their dealership. Sure, it works. That’s why businesses do it. But do they always attract the right…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on July 30, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments
Today's consumers want marketing that is personalized to them. In the past, marketing has always been about broadcasting the same message to everyone. Attempting to catch as many "fish" as possible. That strategy no longer works in today’s modern world of consumer shopping behavior.
To truly capture a customer’s attention and win their…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on July 26, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Dealerships aren't always the first place that vehicle owners think of when it's time for service. According to the Cox 2017 Car Buying Journey study, 23% of new vehicle owners and 53% of used vehicle owners did not return for service to the dealership where they purchased the vehicle.
To retain more of their sold customers, dealers are…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on July 26, 2019 at 6:54am — No Comments
One critical best practice that helps drive more traffic to your website is to continuously create new content. Google crawls websites to find relevant content to provide more accurate results to searchers. However, it is sometimes hard to come up with content ideas that will be of interest to your audience.
Pounding your head against a desk,…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on July 25, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Would you like to hear a ridiculous, unbelievable ROI statement? Well, one luxury brand dealership integrated technician videos into its service processes and, in only seven days, made +$250K in customer pay recommended work revenue. In fact, 80% of all closed repair orders for the week had a technician video sent to the customer.
Added by Ujj Nath on July 19, 2019 at 7:23am — No Comments
Conversations about digital retailing in the automotive industry tend to center around two things: customer experience and an increase in sales volume. But some dealers feel that it just leads to decreased margins on the front-end in the “race to the bottom,|” and that face-to-face interaction will end in more revenue – whether that's in the front or the back…Continue
Added by Michia Rohrssen on July 18, 2019 at 7:22am — No Comments
In the automotive industry, the ability to earn a greater share of a customer’s spend is the key to driving higher customer lifetime value. To that end, many dealers utilize flawed retention strategies designed to achieve a minimum number of service visits rather than maximize the…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on July 18, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments
In my first blog article, I talked…Continue
Added by Veronica Dunford on July 17, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
Federal law currently prohibits dealerships from selling any new vehicle with an open safety recall to consumers. And now, Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (Democrat - Connecticut) and Edward Markey (Democrat - Minnesota) have reintroduced legislation that also prohibits the sale of used cars with open safety recalls, according to…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on July 17, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
According to Social Media Today,…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on July 16, 2019 at 7:25am — No Comments
Mason City Iowa, July 15, 2019 -- DealerBuilt, a proven enterprise Dealer Management System (DMS) for automobile…Continue
Added by Michael Trasatti on July 15, 2019 at 7:52am — No Comments
Added by Michia Rohrssen on July 15, 2019 at 7:35am — No Comments
If that pace continues, profit margins will be wiped out by 2025. It appears that the front-end grosses dealers enjoyed 10 or 15 years ago are never coming back.
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on July 12, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments
Though every vehicle today comes with a recommended maintenance schedule from the manufacturer, many consumers don’t follow them.
What’s worse, some may not even know they exist! We recently surveyed 1,000 auto dealer customers and found that younger generations are less…
Added by Jeff Giere on July 11, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments