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While the automotive industry has seen massive technology changes in the last 5 years, there is a continuing trend where some OEMs partner with specific vendors and then take away the freedom of choice for forward-thinking dealers. Mandates are enforced where franchised dealers must choose between 2-3 vendors…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on May 19, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
The automotive industry is extremely competitive – not just locally, but also at the manufacturer level. Manufacturers spend truckloads of money on conquest marketing and brand loyalty – which you would think should be great for dealers – and, to some degree, it is.
But think for a just a second…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on May 17, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Customer experience is increasingly important in business. Retail shops now compete for customer wallets with behemoths such as Amazon. As a result, stores now have to prove to customers they will receive a superior experience more valuable than the convenience of clicking a button to have their product show up…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 16, 2017 at 5:41am — No Comments
Every year, Forrester publishes their customer service trends report, and 2017 is not an exception. To see what we can expect in this field, we are here reporting on the six most important predictions of Forrester’s analyst Kate Leggett who believes that operations will…Continue
Added by Thomas F. Jung on May 4, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments
As consumers increasingly shift their shopping online, choosing to skip visits to traditional retailers, it’s become difficult for businesses to get that all important relationship-building face-to-face time.
In the automotive industry, a similar shift is happening. Industry disrupters are taking the…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 2, 2017 at 6:56am — No Comments
At the recent Adobe Summit, executive vice president and general manager, Brad Rencher, advised businesses that if they wish to survive in the future, they have to become “experience…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 25, 2017 at 6:49am — No Comments
In the wake of the backlash from the recent United Airlines incident, it has been widely reported that many airline CEO’s salaries are, at least in part, connected to customer satisfaction scores. In the case of United’s CEO Oscar…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 18, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments
Imagine feeling ill enough to visit the local hospital. Most of us identify the hospital as the one place that has the combination of diagnostic technology, patient history, the knowledge and the skilled clinicians in one location. In order for physicians to accurately diagnose your ailment, they take blood samples…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on April 7, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
It’s no surprise that Disney has created one of the largest groups of loyal customers in the world. Of course, this isn’t by accident. Everything Disney does is by design. According to an…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 4, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments
A recent article in Automotive News tells the story of Carlos Liriano, a car dealer from New Orleans who migrated his dealership to Texas and brought with him a passion – gumbo. Initially, it started as a way…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 28, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments
It’s a logical conclusion that customer retention and loyalty are important to the survival and growth of any dealership, yet many dealers focus on growth by intangible metrics, simply looking at numbers – 100 units last month vs. 125 this month, or $125,000 in service revenue last month vs. $175,000 this…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 21, 2017 at 7:34am — No Comments
Sitting in the service department waiting room staring at the clock waiting for your vehicle to be repaired isn’t the most fun thing in the universe. It’s not quite like going to the dentist, but for some people it is a close second. Perhaps that’s the allure of the Jiffy Lubes of the world – the promise of the…Continue
Added by Tim Clay on March 17, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments
Customer experience has become an industry “buzz term” of late when talking about customer acquisition and building loyalty. Most of the time, the focus is on the small things that turn a customer off -- attitudes, inefficient processes, or other such actions. But what happens when, well, everything goes…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 15, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments
With the massive onslaught of vehicle recalls it is pretty much guaranteed that all parties involved are paying attention. Today that ranges from consumers to OEMs to dealers to insurance companies; and tomorrow that will soon include rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.
One of the biggest, and…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on March 10, 2017 at 10:34am — No Comments
An associate of mine recently told me an interesting story about their 75-year-old father, who purchased an import, rather than a domestic vehicle, for the first time in over 60 years. This was sometime around 2010.
When it was time to replace his domestic minivan, the first thing my associate’s father did was…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 7, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments
For the past 15 years or so, technology has existed which enables customers to schedule service appointments online. In the beginning, the systems were very basic – the customer filled out a form online and an e-mail was sent to someone at the dealership who may – or may not – confirm that appointment.
Added by Ujj Nath on March 3, 2017 at 5:22am — No Comments
When it comes to customer loyalty programs, customers like to feel appreciated and recognized for their loyalty. And, if they are not, it doesn’t take much to turn them away from being loyal customers into brand advocates.
I recently came across an interesting story about an Uber customer who wrote an…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 28, 2017 at 5:37am — No Comments
But in your customer’s mind, was the long process worth it?
It’s a New World Out There
Added by Devin Koskan on February 14, 2017 at 5:29am — No Comments
One day, while bringing my vehicle into a large, very well-known dealership for service, a rather comical scene played out before my eyes. While the shuttle driver was leaving the dealership, his mini-van full with customers, all of a sudden a strong gust of wind came through. The shuttle van’s windows were open at the…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on February 13, 2017 at 5:17am — No Comments
Many consumers have the perception that servicing at a dealership is more expensive than at independent service providers. Whether this applies to your service department or not, independents acquire customers through consistently advertising competitive prices. Unfortunately, this seems to be working well for them as…Continue
Added by Alexia Henson on February 3, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments