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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'communication' (26)

How to Use Video to Turn Leads Into Shows

All dealerships get leads that originate from the Internet. Not all dealers, however, are equal when it comes to how they handle these leads. Ever wonder why some dealers are able to close Internet leads at 12+ percent, while others struggle to reach 6 percent? The reason has everything to do with how these leads are…

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Added by Timmy D. James on June 8, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

How to Maximize Profit in Your Service Department

According to NADA statistics from 2014 service and parts sales reached $91billion!

The average dealership net profit for service and parts per month was upwards of $270,000 while new and used-car sales combined net profit per month did not even reach…

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Added by Ashley Weidner on May 28, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Why Technicians and Service Advisors Need Marriage Counseling

Life in the retail automotive industry is taxing. Managers and employees work long hours and, in many cases, are with their co-workers more than they are with their families. Miscommunications, tension or arguments can detract from the efficiency of the dealership, and thus decrease overall…

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Added by Richard Holland on May 21, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Overcoming Resistance To New Technology

As part of doing business in today’s fast-paced world, inevitably we all have to adopt new technology to make things run more efficiently.  Whether it’s a CRM, a call-tracking system, or a new DMS, it’s not usually met with a big welcome from all employees when the time comes to implement it. Most people don’t like…

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Added by Richard Holland on May 14, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Is Your Dealership’s Online Communication Strategy Driving Customers Away?

In 2015, your dealership’s online communication strategy is more important than ever. This year at Wellington Consulting Inc., 100% of our marketing campaign communications will utilize electronic channels. We strongly encourage dealerships to become increasingly focused on collecting email addresses of customers after vehicle delivery and during the maintenance service checkout process. Email provides an efficient and…

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Added by Byron Tyers on April 2, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Do you remember the AT&T ad slogan “Reach Out and Touch Someone” from the early 1980s?  It may have been thirty years since that slogan reached its peak in popularity, but it still has a similar meaning today. Our high-paced, digitally driven world has made it even easier to stay in touch with our friends and…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

When An Apology Isn’t An Apology

Regardless of how hard you work to ensure that your customers have an excellent experience, mistakes happen. No doubt you’ve had customers complain about something – it took too long for their vehicle to be serviced, there was a miscommunication in pricing during the sale, or a general failure to deliver on promises…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 20, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

It’s All a Matter of Perspective

When did you last walk through the customer entrance of your dealership and look at what is truly being experienced by the customer?

 

Forget for a moment whether a sales consultant’s work area is messy, or if there are smudges on the windows. Let’s look a little closer at what a customer could see, hear…

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Added by Mike Gorun on November 18, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Did Facebook Just Bring Down The Hammer on Brand Content?

In the past, a business could increase per post reach on Facebook simply by creating unique and engaging quality content. That has now changed and, for the most part, ads are the only real posts creating any significant reach. Organic posts on Facebook pages have seen reach drop into the 1-2 percent range, down…

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Added by sara callahan on November 10, 2014 at 3:33am — 2 Comments

The Best Defense Against Getting Conquested is an Aggressive Offense

It's as cliche as it comes. The best defense is a good offense. The best offense is a good defense. We've heard it a dozen times in different contexts, not the least of which are sporting events like football. As strange as it may seem, the saying has its most profound meaning when it pertains to car…

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Added by Jon Lamb on July 23, 2014 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

Vendors: Don’t Be So Darn Annoying!

As a PR professional, my primary goal is to assist my clients in achieving the most exposure possible and build top-of-mind brand awareness among their potential customers. To help better understand how to best position my clients for success, I did a little research on how dealers perceive vendors and their…

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Added by sara callahan on July 16, 2014 at 5:00am — 63 Comments

What Is Anticipatory Customer Service?

A fascinating article in Forbes shared a concept that is increasingly winning over customers. In the article, the author described what he termed “anticipatory customer…

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Added by Mike Gorun on April 22, 2014 at 6:06am — No Comments

New NHTSA Labels Present Challenges to Dealers

Warranty work is a large part of any service department’s revenue. The recent announcement by the NHTSA mandating manufacturers to use specific labeling on recall notices could prove to be very helpful to dealers; helping them get the work faster and at a lower cost. However, there are challenges…

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Added by Richard Holland on March 6, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Simple, Powerful Way to Connect with Online Leads and Ensure Customer Loyalty

How involved is your connection with each of your customers? Excellent personalized customer service is what sets a great dealership apart from others. Providing superior customer service is an essential part of…

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Added by Shawn Ryder on November 29, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Do or Do Not. There is No Try. – 4 Rules to Responding to Angry Customers

In business, you are what you are perceived to be. 

Your customers not only have their own opinions of your business, but they can also influence other potential customers. How you actually run your business is certainly important. Just as important,…

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Added by sara callahan on November 13, 2013 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

What Do You Need to Know about the Change in the HazCom Regulation?

Employers are responsible for implementing the changes in the Hazard Communication regulation at their dealership. So, as an employer, what do you need to know about the Hazard Communication changes?

  1. Hazards must now be classified, noting the hazard class and hazard…
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Added by Rebecca Ward on October 7, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

How Microsoft Almost Gave Its Business To Google

Frequently, I write about how dealerships (or any company for that matter) need to have efficient, reliable communication tools in place so that all departments can access information at a glance. Quite ironically, one of the largest tech companies in the world, Microsoft, just proved that best practice as…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 1, 2013 at 8:40am — No Comments

Using Text Messages In Service Provides Instant ROI



In today’s world where everyone is going 120mph, people are more interested in convenience than ever before. Is it because time is so limited in our hectic schedules or is it because we’ve become accustomed to taking the shortest route possible to achieve the same end result?  For example, when cooking…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 18, 2013 at 8:19am — 1 Comment

Efficiency and Connection in the Mobile Market

In several aspects of the business world, thinking like a consumer will help you to better market to their needs. This includes knowing how your customers communicate and gather information, which has been changing rapidly as more and more people are using mobile devices and smartphones to search for information online.

It is forecasted that the mobile…

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Added by Rebecca Kon on March 14, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Are You Asking the Right Questions About Your Message?

I've learned that coincidences don't really happen. There's always a reason. As I worked on my story today regarding content, I stopped to check Facebook and found exactly what I needed, courtesy of…

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Added by J.D. Rucker on November 10, 2012 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

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