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As dealers face mounting pressure to exceed sales and service quotas for the year, the ability to find new customers is key to reaching goals. But conquesting is never easy, primarily because you have to rely on third-party data instead of the first-party customer data in your DMS.
Partnering with the right marketing vendor is the first step.…Continue
Added by Kevin Winter on November 16, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments
It’s a common scenario: drivers eating, texting, talking on the phone, taking care of personal grooming, or even reading while on the road. Loosely termed “distracted driving,” it includes any activity drivers engage in when they’re behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
A recent AutoLoop study identified the most common of those activities among morning commuters while driving. With a remarkable 48% of…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on November 9, 2018 at 7:29am — No Comments
After an unprecedented period of sales volume growth, the prediction for a flat Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) in the coming years has significant implications for dealerships. As competition for new vehicles heats up, front-end margins will continue to decline, forcing more dealers to focus on back end…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on November 2, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
In our industry, conversion rates are horrible. A great dealer “might” convert at a higher rate, but many are missing the boat on the majority of their website visitors. There are many reasons why this is true. However, the sad fact remains that it is.
Imagine making some simple tweaks to your website…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on October 29, 2018 at 7:27am — No Comments
I think it’s fair to say that automotive technicians are getting harder to find. These days, less people are choosing a career in automotive repair, even though technicians make great money and many need little or no formal college education or previous experience. Look at independent repair facility employment ads and…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on October 29, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments
The good news? To date, automotive sales have remained stronger than many analysts originally predicted, with customers of all ages continuing to buy both new and pre-owned vehicles. Considering some of the earlier ominous forecasts, it’s no wonder numerous retailers are…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on October 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Have you ever noticed how the market values dealerships versus how it values Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses that derive income from the same automotive revenue stream? SaaS businesses such as CDK trade at mid-20x P/E ratios while dealers trade at 4-6x operating profit.
One major reason for this…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on October 19, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments
It hasn’t been that long ago that customers were only able to handle customer service issues in person or by phone. Now, of course, there are many options for customers including social media, chat or through reviews. What would you do if a customer were standing in front of you paying you a compliment? Hopefully, you…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on October 12, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments
Arguably, one of the most important marketing channels any dealership has is their website. Think about it. How much money do you spend simply to get customers there? When you combine all marketing efforts including, but not limited to, SEO, SEM, some third-party listing sites and…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on October 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Added by Chris Miller on September 27, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
Dealerships spend a lot of money on leads. The bigger the store, the more money spent. And, added to that expense are staffing costs and the time and effort involved in trying to engage with consumers who submit the leads.
In the car shopping process…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on September 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
The customer experience is key to building customer loyalty, increasing referrals and securing repeat…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on September 21, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
Today one of five vehicles on the road are under recall.
This year alone there have been 46 million vehicle owners notified of a recall; seven million of which are not related to the Takata airbag issue.
Recalls represent a significant revenue opportunity…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on September 21, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
Since Facebook has exploded, businesses have all rushed to capture their audience’s attention and leverage the platform’s marketing potential. In the beginning, gaining business exposure on Facebook’s platform was relatively inexpensive. As Facebook continued to modify its algorithm to appease its users and better monetize the platform when it…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on September 20, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Intuitively speaking, customer satisfaction and customer experience are the drivers of increased profitability at your dealership. Just think of it: if your customers are happy, they will bring you more business.
In most cases, this is a fact, and…Continue
Added by Thomas F. Jung on September 20, 2018 at 5:28am — No Comments
The sheer volume of leads many dealerships receive can be overwhelming. And, not only do they have to respond (hopefully quickly) to any new leads, they are also expected to follow up with those leads with a “buy or die” mentality. I can guarantee you that whoever is responsible for following up with leads can quickly…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on September 19, 2018 at 7:07am — No Comments
In my last blog, I discussed how dealerships can lose significant profit by failing to merchandise vehicles efficiently. Simply put, you can’t sell something nobody knows you have. And, with thousands of competing vehicles…Continue
Added by John Wingle on September 18, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments
Added by sara callahan on September 12, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
If you divide your customer database into quintiles, you’ll discover that the top 20 percent is responsible for 79 percent of your…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on September 7, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments
It wasn’t too long ago that most dealers shunned recalled vehicle owners, describing the additional traffic as a nuisance, or they viewed them as consumers who occupied service bays that could be more profitable with other types of business.
However, changes in OEM recall reimbursement policies,…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on September 5, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments