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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'chat' (129)

Use Live Chat to Promote Your Dealership’s Competitive Advantages

In a perfect world, shoppers would be able to find your dealership’s unique selling points, such as your amenities, “why buy” statements, and your specials on your website.

However, that’s not always the case. Many times websites have too much or too little information, or shoppers are just too lazy to navigate the pages and find a reason to buy from you.

If you aren’t providing an effortless online shopping experience, chances are these shoppers…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on November 13, 2014 at 9:43am — No Comments

How Timing Can Affect These 3 Elements on Your Dealership Website

“You don't have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it'll go.” - Yogi Berra

Three American League MVP awards, 10 championships, and 15 All-Star Games -- Yogi Berra is arguably one of the best catchers in MLB history and knew a thing or two about the importance of timing.

It got me thinking about today’s post and how lead…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on October 24, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on October 18, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Do You Know How Many Website Visitors You Get Late at Night?

It's the quiet time. Just about everyone has it. Whether it's late at night when everyone's in bed or early in the morning before everyone wakes up, a good chunk of people do much of their important website surfing when there are fewer distractions of life to prevent them from their task at…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on October 8, 2014 at 1:36am — 1 Comment

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…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on September 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Emotional Intelligence is the Key to Live Chat Success

According to Hubspot, emotional intelligence is the ability to absorb emotional cues and use it to guide behavior. It’s essentially the combination of personal and social competence(which are then divided into 4 skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management),…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on September 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Are You Available When Your Customers Are?

The internet has changed our world. The concept of "business hours" has been turned on its head. People are buying things online at 2 in the morning. They're researching vehicles after the kids are in bed. They're planning out how to drop off their vehicle in your service department and still…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on September 1, 2014 at 12:52pm — 3 Comments

The Top Ten Auto News Stories of the Week: August 23 - 29

Happy Friday, Auto Dealers! As always, ActivEngage has the top 10 most interesting automotive articles from around the web --RIGHT HERE!

In this week’s post you’ll learn why you might be annoying your sales leads, what space station droplet tests could mean for the auto industry, and much more! Check them out!

10. Now There's a Fitness Tracker for Your…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on August 29, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

Are These Excuses Keeping You From Test Chatting Live Chat Vendors?

“My dog ate my homework.”

For anyone who went through the United States’ public school system since the 1970s, this should be a very familiar excuse. And it may very well be the same excuse some dealers use to avoid doing their homework of test chatting their…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on August 27, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on August 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Help First, Sell Second with Chat

Selling comes naturally for many of us in the car business...

In most conversations, people in the automotive industry have a tendency to turn the conversation with the techniques we've been taught - building rapport, qualifying, leading the conversation,…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on August 21, 2014 at 11:30pm — 8 Comments

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…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on August 13, 2014 at 4:39am — No Comments

There's a Difference Between Getting More Leads and Capturing Them

Website chat is viewed by many dealers to be an alternative method of communication, as it should be. There are some who view it as a lead generation tool and they can look at numbers to show that they're getting more leads, but to truly test their results that must take a closer look.

Properly…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on August 9, 2014 at 3:50pm — 5 Comments

Your Sales Team & Live Chat Associates Are Not That Different

The conversations your sales team has with your customers often dictate whether they’ll purchase or not. That’s why having a sales team trained in customer service is so important. 

Your standards should be exactly the same for your live chatting team. But how are…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on July 31, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

3 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Live Chat Game

Live chat can be a great way to generate leads and build lasting relationships with your shoppers. When customers click to chat, they want knowledgeable associates that will answer their questions and build their trust. However, that’s not always the case...and the worst part is you could be avoiding it!

Today I’ll be sharing three ways you can make sure your managed chat team is giving the kind of customer service that knocks your shoppers’…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on July 28, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments

Why quality live chat? Why have a quality website?

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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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on July 26, 2014 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Chat Should Fill the Gaps

One of the most disturbing trends we're seeing on dealer websites is when they use chat areas as another contact form. It's true that chat is a way to generate leads, but when collecting contact information is the primary goal, the whole point of chat is missed.

Here are some things that we have…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on July 20, 2014 at 3:19am — No Comments

Trends: Got Chat? TELL SOMEONE!

As more companies in every type of industry add live chat to their website and more consumers prefer using text to communicate, chat use continues to rise. Here are just a few places people CHAT socially:

  • Facebook
  • Cell Phones
  • Dating…
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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on July 1, 2014 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

Not responding to chat requests is like eternal phone hold

What if your receptionist answered the phone and just put people on hold, never to return and handle their call? That is exactly what is happening if you have live chat on your website and the chat operator is unable to respond to the invite. An OFFLINE message on your dealership website may not be ideal, but at least you are telling them you can’t…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on May 27, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Four measures for quality leads from live chat

As more dealers every day realize that adding hosted or managed chat solution or self-managed live chat to their dealership website can boost leads and increase car sales, many question how they can tell if it's working. In short, is it helping you sell more cars? Has your lead count increased? Have you given your customers another reason to be loyal?

What about…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on March 23, 2014 at 4:31pm — No Comments

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