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Working retail in the auto industry can certainly be taxing. Salespeople work 60-70 hour weeks to make a paycheck. Sales managers do so while also having to manage the sales team, create multiple reports and handle a multitude of tasks -- and the service department is just as overloaded.
Added by Mike Gorun on October 11, 2016 at 5:51am — No Comments
Finally. Google has recently wrapped up two new updates.
Cross-device remarketing is definitely something that has been needed for businesses.
It will now allow you to advertise your products across multiple devices.
You might be thinking, “couldn’t we do…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on October 7, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
A recent article in Automotive News reports that the three-year employee retention rate at dealerships reached a new low, dropping by 2%.
When a customer buys a new car from a dealership it’s almost a given that service also just gained a new customer. Most of the time, if the customer is local, they will start bringing their vehicle into the selling dealership for regular maintenance and…Continue
Added by Tim Clay on September 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
In this era of dealership expansions and acquisitions, groups are often put in the unenviable position of inheriting promises or perks that were offered prior to the dealership acquisition. One would think that it is simply a matter of grandfathering the customer into a perk offered by the previous owners. However,…Continue
Added by sara callahan on September 21, 2016 at 5:58am — No Comments
Imagine two candidates for a sales position. One has a great attitude and great people skills, but doesn't have the greatest sales record. The other candidate could sell snow to an Eskimo, but has a prima donna attitude and an obnoxious personality. Who would you hire?…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on September 15, 2016 at 7:24am — No Comments
Tom Hawkins, Dealer Principal of Hawkins Chevrolet in Fairmont, MN, a cornerstone of his local community, was searching for a way to provide even more support to his local area. He reached out and identified an area that had both a…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 13, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments
LinkedIn is less glamorous than all the other social platforms, which is why so many companies are underutilizing it!
There was never the ability to identify conversions for ads you could run in the campaign manager. Now, you can install a LinkedIn Insight tag across your entire website to track conversions. Your options span across several metrics including cost per conversion and return on ad spend.
For more information, watch Samantha in this week's Hard…
Added by Paul Potratz on September 9, 2016 at 12:17pm — No Comments
Last week, a UK based travel company received an interesting Facebook post – a user posted a screenshot of a travel itinerary that listed a layover of 413,786 hours (or roughly 47 years).
This, of course, was a technical glitch, as the itinerary did not show the traveler arriving at their destination 47 years…
Many businesses, including the automotive industry, have a strong focus on creating a better customer experience through technology. In fact, technology has transformed the customer experience across all industries. Consumers can buy a multitude of products online and have them delivered, in some cases, in an hour.…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 6, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments
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…
Added by Alexia Henson on September 1, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
Whether you like it or not, email marketing will always come in handy as long as you’re checking your email.
This week on Think Tank Tuesday, Paul will give you 3 tips that will help you improve your email marketing exponentially. By taking these marketing tips and putting them into action, your open rates and click through rates may increase! Watch people engage more with your business and brand by utilizing this week’s Think Tank Tuesday in…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on August 30, 2016 at 6:04am — No Comments
Loyalty programs are nothing new to retail. In the beginning, most consisted of simple punch cards or other basic means of tracking customer transactions. As technology improved, many programs became digitized with key tags, cards and other ways for retailers to keep track of these transactions, aside from purely…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 30, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
Customer loyalty is something every business needs and desires. Some companies are spectacular at accomplishing it, while others struggle.
According to a study by DMA, perhaps we’re missing an important fact… not all loyal customers are the same.
DMA’s “Customer Engagement 2016” study, takes customer loyalty a little further. It narrowed the pool…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 26, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
Think about the value propositions most dealerships present to consumers. Free car washes, fast transactions, oil changes, low prices, etc. They’re all so similar that, in reality, they cease to differentiate one dealer from another. The simple fact that they aren’t unique just about negates the offer for consumers…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on August 26, 2016 at 5:26am — No Comments
Want to know the best way to increase customer retention? It's not rocket science. It all comes down to the relationships that your employees have with your customers. If your employees take good care of your customers, and your customers…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on August 18, 2016 at 8:09am — No Comments
Albany, N.Y. – August 15th, 2016 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) today announced the integration of its dealership management system (DMS) with Unotifi, a pioneer in mobile relationship marketing and customer retention for auto dealers.
Benefits to dealers using both Auto/Mate's DMS and Unotifi solutions include increased data gathering and intelligence about a dealership's customers, the ability to…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on August 15, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
Added by Larisa Bedgood on August 9, 2016 at 5:40am — No Comments
There’s nothing more disheartening to a service advisor than presenting a customer with a list of service recommendations only to hear the customer agree that they need the service, understand its importance and value, but they simply don’t have the available funds to complete it.
In such a highly…Continue
Added by Tim Clay on August 8, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments
With all of the recent epiphanies that thought leaders in ours and other industries that businesses should be spending time and effort cultivating relationships, spending money and basically treating customers right, I thought it time to re-visit this whole “customer loyalty” phenomenon. Customers don’t really care…Continue
Added by Arnold Tijerina on August 2, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments