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There is a lot of talk going on about car dealership turnover.
It seems that everyone has an opinion about it but not a whole lot of solutions. I am going to do some "REAL TALK" in this post because it is time that the sugar coating stops. I have spent a great deal of time between…
The famous Albert Mehrabian developed a communication model in which he demonstrated that only 7% of what we communicate consists of the literal content of the message. The use of one’s voice, such as tone, intonation, and volume, makes up 38% of the message and as much as 55% of communication consists of non-verbal…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on December 13, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
Between endless meetings, work-related tasks and familial responsibilities it probably seems as if you’re continuously pulled in different directions. Our society has devolved into a place where we often fail to stop and notice important things, simply because we’re so busy satisfying the needs and wants from those we…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on November 30, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments
If you’re like most dealers, you may feel that you don’t want to inundate your customers with mail.
However, the issue is that your competitors are most likely sending mail to the same customers that you’re trying so hard not to overwhelm.
It’s difficult to decide whether to mail…
Added by Alexia Henson on November 28, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments
One click ordering. Buy it now. Same day delivery. Dash buttons where all you have to do is press a button and the item is shipped. You can even place orders through Amazon’s Alexa with a voice command.
Added by Ujj Nath on November 21, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments
Added by Ujj Nath on November 14, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
CRM as we know it is dead. Its sole purpose was to replace index cards and rolodexes with a more organized digital solution – one which helped salespeople more efficiently follow-up, track and manage conversations. However, in most cases, the ultimate beneficiary is the user, not the customer.
Added by Ujj Nath on November 7, 2016 at 5:26am — No Comments
It wasn’t too long ago that a mandatory part of the delivery process included the salesperson walking the customer into service, introducing them to a service advisor and helping to begin that relationship between the customer and the service department. Even now it’s a critical question on many manufacturer CSI sales…Continue
Added by Tom Cannata on September 15, 2016 at 5:38am — No Comments
On one hand, dealers know how incredibly competitive the market is, so they send out service coupons to ensure customers don’t defect due to a competitor’s offer. But on the…
Added by Alexia Henson on September 1, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
These days, most companies have a social media presence. Some are healthy and vibrant, while others merely exist. Regardless of how well any particular company presents itself on these channels, social media has transcended beyond the term “social media” and could now also be said to be a:
Added by sara callahan on July 26, 2016 at 5:10am — No Comments
Customer expectations are continuously evolving, and for businesses, it’s a matter of keeping up or getting passed by as shoppers look for opportunities that meet their needs in the most efficient and affordable ways.
Dealerships are seeing the changes that have been brought on by technology as…Continue
Added by Joey Little on July 22, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
Communication and engagement go together like biscuits and gravy, like macaroni and cheese, like bacon and eggs. Most of the time, it’s pretty hard to have one without the other. (Who wants a dry biscuit anyway?) Now that everyone is hungry, it’s time to take a look at the many ways communication is at work in your dealership and…Continue
Added by Joey Little on July 13, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments
When you think of all the things that go into making your dealership a success, communication ranks at the top of the list.
In fact, without good communication—both inside the dealership and with your customer base—you’ll likely suffer unnecessary losses in sales, employees, and customers. And while it’s one of the most integral pieces…
Added by Joey Little on July 8, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
If you want to capture the attention of shoppers in today’s market, communication should be one of the sharpest tools in your toolbox. Remember the days of desk phones and tangled cords? The me-to-you approach of salespeople who told customers all about the cars on the lot? The…Continue
Words, both written and spoken, have been the primary form of communication for centuries. We use them to share news and stories, comfort loved ones and to connect with long distance friends.
Then along came social media, which almost instantly transformed…Continue
Added by Gina Reuscher on June 24, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
Why would you send out an email offer to your customers that you would not PAY to send out via direct mail or other methods?
I see it happen all…Continue
Added by Alexia Henson on April 28, 2016 at 5:27am — No Comments
Recall repairs can be hindered by parts availability, procrastinating or apathetic owners, or owners who simply aren’t…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on April 19, 2016 at 8:32am — No Comments
In business, just as is the case for any living being, all parts need to be functioning to operate at optimal efficiency. If your right leg wanted to go forward and your left leg wanted to go backwards, you probably wouldn’t make much progress walking. The same principle applies to the health, well-being and…Continue
Added by sara callahan on February 24, 2016 at 5:59am — No Comments
Very few sales managers would punish a salesperson upon receiving a complaint that they are calling, e-mailing or texting a customer too much. In fact, after assuring the customer that they will have the salesperson stop, that sales manager will probably follow up by giving the salesperson a high five. And, to ensure…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on February 19, 2016 at 5:41am — No Comments
When I look at advertising strategies in our industry, one of the most consistently missed opportunities I see is dealerships who are trying to save money by marketing to all their customers through email, and only sending mail to customers without an email address on file.
These dealers often ask me,…Continue
Added by Alexia Henson on February 12, 2016 at 10:56am — No Comments