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A recent article in Automotive News tells the story of Carlos Liriano, a car dealer from New Orleans who migrated his dealership to Texas and brought with him a passion – gumbo. Initially, it started as a way…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 28, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments
One of the advantages of Pre-Paid Maintenance Programs (PPM) is that they span the generational gaps. Regardless of which generation consumers happen to be in, none of them like surprise repairs, or other expenses. That’s why dealers focus on payments – and not price – when selling cars.
Added by Mike Gorun on February 21, 2017 at 5:52am — No Comments
While dealers spend a lot of money on marketing, often, most of that spend is directed at the sales department. But what about service? The largest revenue source for the dealership should certainly be worthy of a decent percentage of that budget. However, sadly that’s not usually what happens.
Added by Tim Clay on February 15, 2017 at 5:45am — No Comments
A recent McKinsey podcast shared that when it comes to loyalty programs, a large part of the population is being ignored: elderly customers.
The podcast featured Jaana Remes,…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 7, 2017 at 5:44am — No Comments
The statistics are there: car buyers spend 59 percent of their time online before they purchase car, according to a 2016 study from Cox Automotive. This same study cited 88 percent of customers used the internet to purchase their vehicle and 46 percent use multiple devices to get to a dealer’s website, with 14 percent…Continue
Added by Devin Koskan on February 6, 2017 at 5:57am — No Comments
While I often talk about “basics”, that’s simply because many dealers are still not reaping the benefits of video marketing. But let’s say your dealership is doing video marketing. Perhaps you’ve made a commitment to conduct live video walkarounds for every vehicle. Maybe you’re engaging your customers via personal…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on January 31, 2017 at 5:23am — No Comments
Car sales today are a whole different process from how it was in the past. A few years ago it was pretty much a given that buying a car could easily encompass most of the day. In addition, little information was available to the consumer and the dealer had the upper hand in negotiations.
As the Internet…Continue
Added by Devin Koskan on January 19, 2017 at 5:04am — No Comments
Dealerships are well known for their involvement and participation with local communities and many different charities. From sponsoring little league teams, to larger charity initiatives, dealerships have supported and given back to the communities they serve for a very long time.
Added by Mike Gorun on January 17, 2017 at 5:32am — No Comments
In my many discussions with dealers, the one question that invariably comes up is “What is online retailing, really?” They’ll then begin to tell me how consumers can already buy a car online from them. They have a widget with which a consumer can get their trade value. They have an online payment calculator. Customers…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on September 28, 2016 at 5:41am — No Comments
You may think that simply because you offer an excellent customer experience, your customers will be loyal… but what is really happening? Is it possible that YOUR definition of a great customer experience differs from your customers?
Added by Mike Gorun on August 16, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
Consumers are constantly flooded with messages everywhere they go, from billboards to direct mail, to websites, banner ads and email. Most of these messages are disregarded, ignored or, even worse, never seen, because, for the most part, the message itself is not relevant.
So, along came retargeting,…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on July 18, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
It is no secret that mobile usage and digital media in general has climbed over the last decade. What used to be only accessible at your desktop, is now available right in your pocket. Mobile media usage will continue to climb, but where should it be on your priority list as a Marketing professional? There no longer is a question of…Continue
Added by Josh Whitlatch on July 6, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments
There was a time when dealerships hated the internet. I know, it’s hard to believe. What is interesting is that while most dealerships have learned to embrace the internet, many still feel it is an obstacle to overcome, a nuisance that interferes with the old adage: “Say anything you…Continue
Added by Kim Orr on June 29, 2016 at 7:01am — No Comments
Hopefully you’re already convinced social selling has a lot to offer your dealership. In fact, dealerships that want to win in today’s marketplace will need to get social—and fast—if they want to keep up with the competition. In addition to building…Continue
Added by Joey Little on June 28, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
Businesses today can no longer count on passive consumers; in fact, it’s a given that shoppers will enter your dealership empowered with more information and technology than ever before.
In order to build trust in your brand and win over savvy shoppers, it’s important to keep up with what’s important to them in the marketplace. While…
Added by Josh Whitlatch on June 9, 2016 at 9:19am — No Comments
Today I want to talk to you about a potential future I believe is rolling towards our industry at an alarming speed. You see, what I do, is I peek around corners looking for trends that have potential teeth and which could impact the automotive industry.
Recently I have become very concerned, as there…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on June 7, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments
Added by Josh Whitlatch on May 9, 2016 at 8:13am — No Comments
Implementing Corporate Benefits Programs (CBP) to employees of small/large corporations is nothing new. Manufacturers have been doing it for some time -- Ford’s X-Plan pricing, for example. But, typically, these corporate discount programs are isolated to large national corporations with which the OEMs have…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on March 24, 2016 at 6:19am — No Comments
In September 2015, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson announced that AutoNation would discontinue selling any vehicles – new or used – with open recalls. This new policy includes not just those vehicles intended for retail, but also vehicles headed to wholesale buyers. The decision, while admittedly costly, is one that…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on March 18, 2016 at 4:55am — No Comments