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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 other hand, they don’t want to send service offers too often.…
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 society from one which was largely based on local interactions,…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 the time. A dealer sends out an email for something such as…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 aware that their vehicle needs…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 efficiency of any business. Have you ever tried to use a coupon or…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 this communication can happen, most dealerships lay down…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, “Now that I can email my customers, why do I have to send…Continue
Added by Alexia Henson on February 12, 2016 at 10:56am — No Comments
In most dealerships, the sales department is typically seen as the favorite child, despite the fact that it’s typically the service department that does all the heavy lifting and keeps the house in order. Because of that, sales is usually where new technologies, website widgets, leads and other digital expenditures are introduced. Just take a look at most dealership websites…Continue
Facebook recently introduced new Page plugins for Messages and Events, allowing users to message your business easily and check out what’s going on with your Events directly from your…Continue
Added by Joey Little on December 9, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Now let me explain...
In our industry – as well as life – we continuously talk about transparency.
Let’s be brutally honest here. Sometimes honesty isn’t the best policy. Is it always that way in real…Continue
Autotrader’s recent Car Buyer of the Future study shows only 17 out of 4,002 people prefer the current car-buying process, with the rest saying they want significant changes. This means the industry needs to…Continue
If your dealership is able to take advantage of the right tools, you can easily tell which consumers are in the car-buying market and what vehicles they’re searching for. This knowledge, however, means your employees’ approach is key in making sure they attract potential customers instead of scaring them off. …Continue
Added by Joey Little on November 25, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
According to Santander Consumer USA, used cars are expected to outsell new cars nearly 2 to 1 this year, making it more important than ever for dealerships and sales professionals to understand what’s driving this trend and how…Continue
Added by Joey Little on November 17, 2015 at 2:12pm — No Comments
A car shopping journey isn’t simple anymore, and consumers are using more devices and types of technology than ever to make their purchases. That means dealerships are striving to create the best cross-channel experiences for their consumers.
For consumers on car-buying journeys, devices and…Continue
Added by Joey Little on November 12, 2015 at 10:02am — No Comments
More than fifty percent of car shoppers are viewing dealership websites with their mobile devices, so having a mobile marketing strategy to connect with them is not only recommended, but critical for future survival. The benefits of "going mobile" are many and well documented, including the ability to make relevant offers to a specific target market, and the ability to identify…Continue