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Many dealers and managers outside of the service department don’t realize how incredibly busy a service advisor (SA) is throughout their day. Keep in mind that these are front-line employees dealing directly with your customers. They have an extremely important role in the dealership. In fact, it could be argued that a…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on January 10, 2017 at 6:10am — No Comments
As we make our New Year’s resolutions and reflect on 2016, which was a less than perfect year for our industry, filled with recalls and declining consumer confidence due to lack of parts availability to quickly fix these recalls, I thought it may be a good time to look ahead to 2017. In that spirit, I’d like to offer some simple tips…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on January 8, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments
Today, the Big 3 automakers account for only 44% of the market – a 26% decline from 2 and a half decades ago. In this short amount of time, consumer loyalty is no longer within reach, as the average customer retention rate across the industry has sunk below 50%. This amounts to dealers losing more than half of their customers each…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on January 8, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
When looking at the future of the auto industry, specifically retail, it’s easy to get caught up in the “shiny objects” and focus on all the cool technology such as autonomous cars, ride-sharing, virtual reality sales, and all of the “disruptors” that are entering the space.
This can serve as a bit of a distraction and, as a…
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Added by Chris Snellgrove on December 28, 2016 at 5:40pm — No Comments
Auto dealers are well known for their huge support to local communities. Especially around the holiday season when they do many good deeds including toy drives, donations to food banks and a variety of other activities that have special meaning to those particular dealers. It’s noble not to “brag” about the great…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on December 27, 2016 at 7:02am — No Comments
What would you do if a customer was injured at your dealership and you were at fault? I don’t mean serious injury or anything like that. Perhaps just a bump or scrape? Most businesses would apologize or, at the very least acknowledge the mishap to the customer. Perhaps send some flowers or a gift card. You certainly…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on December 20, 2016 at 6:40am — No Comments
I was on a trip to New York and met up with a friend of mine (full disclosure: also a happy customer) Richard Hesse, the Dealer Principal at Mercedes-Benz of Nanuet. He has a simple mantra: “It's not…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on December 20, 2016 at 5:46am — No Comments
Your dealership undoubtedly sees a lot of customers each day. Let’s say that each customer who walks into your showroom wears a different color shirt. Over the course of time, you see a trend in that every single customer who purchased a vehicle wears a red shirt. You’d probably start getting excited when you see a…Continue
Added by Steve White on December 16, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
Virtual Reality has been quite a craze recently with video gaming and other consumer electronics.
However, the high cost of entry and expensive units limited its reach. Even Google’s cardboard VR glasses required smartphones that cost upwards of $700. The Oculus Rift Goggles were even more expensive…
Added by Timmy D. James on December 15, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
These days, Google searches are much more personalized and localized. For example, when a consumer types in a search query at their home it produces different results to the exact same search conducted at their office 30 miles away.
And, to further complicate matters, consumers increasingly shop and conduct…
Added by Steve White on December 9, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
In their new book, The Intuitive Customer, authors Colin Shaw and Ryan Hamilton contend that companies that try to fight declining customer satisfaction by lowering prices are going about customer satisfaction the wrong way. Instead, they state…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on December 7, 2016 at 6:09am — No Comments
Not too long ago your service department could rely on seeing customers fairly frequently, but as vehicles have increased in quality, so have the OEM’s suggested service intervals – some are now as much as 15,000 miles between oil changes.
To put this into perspective, in the past, if a customer drove…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on December 6, 2016 at 6:54am — No Comments
Are you creating advertising opportunities in your Facebook Live videos? Now, you can have the ability to broadcast commercials or other advertisements in your Facebook Live video.
In this week's Hard Facts episode, Samantha reveals a way that you can increase the value of your live broadcast. Watch now!
We’d love to hear what you have to…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on December 2, 2016 at 2:21pm — No Comments
Between endless meetings, work-related tasks and familial responsibilities it probably seems as if you’re continuously pulled in different directions. Our society has devolved into a place where we often fail to stop and notice important things, simply because we’re so busy satisfying the needs and wants from those we…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on November 30, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments
The automotive industry has a sales department staffing problem – and a big one. In fact, NADA has placed the yearly turnover rate as high as 70 percent. Dealerships are in constant hiring mode to keep their sales floor staffed with enough employees to provide coverage for their floor traffic and to follow up with…Continue
If you’re like most dealers, you may feel that you don’t want to inundate your customers with mail.
However, the issue is that your competitors are most likely sending mail to the same customers that you’re trying so hard not to overwhelm.
It’s difficult to decide whether to mail…
Added by Alexia Henson on November 28, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments
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Added by Paul Potratz on November 23, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments
As technology has caused a significant shift in consumer interactions and desires, retailers have to follow suit in order to retain the consumers’ business. Customer loyalty is an increasingly fickle thing. And, as convenience has become so easily attainable for today’s consumers, some retailers believe that the only…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 22, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments
Partnership enhances customer interaction with auto dealer
service customers, boosting sales and retention
Added by Ujj Nath on November 22, 2016 at 6:05am — No Comments