Professional Community for Car Dealers, Automotive Marketers and Sales Managers
Car shoppers still hate to visit dealerships. Ask them why and they'll tell you they don't like pushy salespeople, they're afraid of being ripped off and that buying a car still takes too much time (among other reasons).
In an attempt to banish these customer fears, dealerships come up with marketing…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on November 29, 2016 at 5:42am — No Comments
Before the Internet people chose who to do business with based on their community and word-of-mouth. There were no review sites. Now, however, review sites are flourishing -- just about every third party listing service has adopted them and there are many stand-alone services too.
Added by sara callahan on November 9, 2016 at 9:16am — No Comments
There is a lot of talk and buzz building about the importance of video marketing – as there should be. Video is quickly becoming the preferred medium for consumers. Don’t believe me? Literally thousands of articles exist on the Internet illustrating the benefits of using video in your marketing.
Added by Timmy D. James on November 3, 2016 at 6:50am — No Comments
In my last blog, I shared the five types of video content you must have when beginning your video marketing initiative. To recap, they include: New Model Test Drive, Inventory, Value Proposition, Testimonials and Lead…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on September 15, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments
It’s natural to try and find the best deal and save as much money as possible, however, times have changed, and the best price is no longer the sole determining…Continue
Added by Joey Little on July 1, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments
I frequently talk about the current industry disrupters taking sales from dealers – the Beepis, Vrooms and Carvanas, amongst others. These companies snuck up on dealers and, with little warning, jumped into the spotlight and sucked investors into a future Nirvana of car buying bliss. They are currently blasting feel good…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on June 22, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
According to an article published on Forbes.com, even world-renowned professors at Harvard Business School have a painful experience when shopping for a new car.
Added by Tony Orlando on June 16, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments
There’s no question – the recall crisis is eroding the confidence consumers have in vehicle safety. Every day, we hear of more vehicles being recalled for various reasons. If nothing else were to get recalled, we’d be looking at an “estimated” completion date of around 2020. That’s assuming the parts to fix the…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on June 15, 2016 at 6:57am — No Comments
As consumer touch-points in the car buying journey continue to increase, it’s ever more important to ensure that your video content is available at each and every one of those pit stops the car buyer takes.
Your digital touchpoints are in essence your brand’s points of…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on June 6, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments
The average U.S. household now belongs to more than 18 loyalty programs, for a total of more than 2 billion memberships. That’s an awful lot of loyal customers. But, all these programs and cards can have an unintended effect: customer loyalty fatigue.
Most consumers do still participate in their…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 22, 2016 at 5:57am — No Comments
The market is calling Beepi, Vroom and the Carvanna’s of the world ‘Disruptors.’
I simply call them evolutionary companies that will assist in gaining consumer trust and confidence with the car buying experience -- and ultimately with dealerships.
Today’s technology has made it a…Continue
In an effort to gain exposure and effectively reach Facebook fans, one of the obstacles dealerships face in social media marketing is the continuous battle against Facebook’s algorithm. Facebook rolled out its ad platform attempting to monetize its platform and satisfy shareholders. As a result, businesses experienced…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on March 25, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
J.D. Power research finds that problems related to audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) are on the rise.
How can dealers help mitigate the impact of these issues?…
Added by Kris Rosychuk on February 25, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
Today’s cars come with very sophisticated technology, including live navigation with traffic and obstacle reports, collision avoidance systems, cell phone integration and wireless connectivity. Automakers are now investigating how they can leverage this technology to communicate any vehicle issues to vehicle owners.…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on February 5, 2016 at 4:58am — No Comments
What’s the most time-consuming part of making a sale? More often than not, it’s the paperwork: dragging the customer inside to input information…involving sales managers who are stuck in their offices desking deals...getting trade-in information down on paper to input into the appraisal tool, which is back in the…Continue
One of the biggest issues facing dealerships in the sales process is compliance. There are a number of pitfalls dealers face. Many of these have to do with “transparency.” This basically means being certain the dealership personnel treat everyone the same -- especially when matching them up with the correct financing.…Continue
Added by Ken Luna on January 25, 2016 at 3:58am — No Comments
Twitter recently introduced conversational ads to make it easier for consumers to engage with and spread brand messages. Giving…Continue
Added by Joey Little on January 13, 2016 at 2:07pm — No Comments
I believe that, as an automotive community, we intuitively know that we need to change.
The sales to consumer model is outdated – our fault for not demanding of ourselves consistent improvement in the consumer experience arena. Consumers are demanding more and Wall Street has taken notice. Backed by hundreds of millions of dollars,…
Added by Joe Orr on December 22, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
The car-shopping journey has become primarily virtual. Consumers now do most of their research online and learn about dealerships via the internet, and in turn,…Continue
Added by Joey Little on December 11, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments