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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'customer' (711)

Secrets to a Successful Conquest Campaign

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.…

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Added by Kevin Winter on November 16, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

How New Safety Features Mean New Opportunities For Dealers

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…

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Added by Doug Van Sach on November 9, 2018 at 7:29am — No Comments

Shifting Winds Reveal Service Revenue Opportunity

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…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on November 2, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

How to Supercharge Website Conversions through Mobile Optimization

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…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on October 29, 2018 at 7:27am — No Comments

Why Technicians will Soon Rule the Automotive Industry

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…

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Added by Chris Miller on October 29, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments

Retail Hazard Ahead: Vehicle Purchases Experiencing Some Delays

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…

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Added by Doug Van Sach on October 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Obtain a SaaS Valuation with Subscription Revenue

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…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on October 19, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments

Using Customer Service as a Marketing Tool

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…

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Added by Todd Smith on October 12, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments

Where Oh Where Has the Service Department Gone?

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…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on October 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Pitfalls of Discounting Service

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Added by Chris Miller on September 27, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate!







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…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on September 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Hello, is It Me You’re Looking For?

I frequently write about how, in my opinion, dealerships would be wise to expand their thinking and change attitudes towards recall customers … and not just recall customers, but all customers

 

The customer experience is key to building customer loyalty, increasing referrals and securing repeat…

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Added by Chris Miller on September 21, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

How to Boost Your Recall Completion Rate

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…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on September 21, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Can You Sell Cars On Facebook Marketplace?

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…

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Added by Todd Smith on September 20, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Happy customers grow your CSI

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…

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Added by Thomas F. Jung on September 20, 2018 at 5:28am — No Comments

Is the Pre-Qualification Game Losing You Sales?

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…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on September 19, 2018 at 7:07am — No Comments

Three Merchandising Best Practices to Maximize Inventory Turn

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…

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Added by John Wingle on September 18, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments

Are You Training Customers to Blackmail You for Service?

If you hold a management position in the retail automotive industry, you’ve probably had a customer attempt to leverage something to get what they want.…

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Added by sara callahan on September 12, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

The Impact of Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) on Revenue

Do you know your customers’ lifetime value (CLV)? CLV defines the monetary value of your customer relationship by how much gross profit they have generated for your dealership.

 

If you divide your customer database into quintiles, you’ll discover that the top 20 percent is responsible for 79 percent of your…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on September 7, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments

Take a Good Look at Your Recall Customers

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,…

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Added by Chris Miller on September 5, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments

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