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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'customer' (529)


Influencer
How One Dealer’s Gumbo Attracted His Community

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…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 28, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments


Influencer
Do You Really Know Why Your Dealership is Growing?

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…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 21, 2017 at 7:34am — No Comments


Vendor
Putting Some Fun into the Service Customer Experience

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…

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Added by Tim Clay on March 17, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments


Influencer
The Customer Experience That Wasn’t

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…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 15, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments

What Happens When Recalls Start Influencing Buyers?

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…

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Added by Chris Miller on March 10, 2017 at 10:34am — No Comments


Influencer
Transparency: The Key to Customer Loyalty

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…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 7, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments


Vendor
Stop the Lunacy!

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.



Fast…

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Added by Ujj Nath on March 3, 2017 at 5:22am — No Comments


Influencer
Don’t Think Customers Want Loyalty Programs? U(ber) Better Think Again!

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…

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Added by Mike Gorun on February 28, 2017 at 5:37am — No Comments


Dealer
Will Customers Finance Their Cars Online?

Your customer is knee-deep in the car-buying process and ready for the final part, the car financing. Finally, after hours of deal making, they sign the terms.

 

But in your customer’s mind, was the long process worth it?

 

It’s a New World Out There

 

The car-buying…

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Added by Devin Koskan on February 14, 2017 at 5:29am — No Comments


Vendor
The Shuttle Has Left the Building… Maybe

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…

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Added by Ujj Nath on February 13, 2017 at 5:17am — No Comments


Vendor
Perception vs. Reality: Are You Seeing your Service Department through your Customers’ Eyes?

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…

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Added by Alexia Henson on February 3, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments


Influencer
Should Your Goal Be Less Effort?

In the world of customer experience, retention and loyalty, a lot of focus is placed on customer satisfaction. The general thought process is that the better the customer experience on a consistent basis, the more likely a customer is to continue to do business and remain loyal.

 

However, according to…

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Added by Mike Gorun on January 31, 2017 at 5:46am — No Comments


Vendor
The Huge Impact of Customer Experience

A recent study by Forrester quantified the monetary effect of increasing customer experience scores by a single percent. The results were quite astonishing.

A single one-point increase in customer experience can mean as much as an additional $873 million per year in revenue for auto…

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Added by Tim Clay on January 26, 2017 at 6:54am — No Comments


Vendor
Your Service Competition isn’t Other Dealers – It is Joe across the Street

Customers generally get their vehicle serviced close to home or work.

Dealers are lucky that customers feel they should bring their new cars back to the same store…

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Added by Ujj Nath on January 20, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments


Vendor
Give Service Advisors a Break – It’s Time to Reduce the Noise

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…

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Added by Ujj Nath on January 10, 2017 at 6:10am — No Comments

A New Year’s Resolution to Service Consumers

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…

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Added by Chris Miller on January 8, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments


Dealer
Surviving the Customer Loyalty Tailspin

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…

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Added by Doug Van Sach on January 8, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments


Vendor
Don’t Get Distracted by the Shiny Objects

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 Ujj Nath on January 3, 2017 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

How Do Consumers See Your Store Online?

Get your Current Online Reputation Evaluation (C.O.R.E.) Report

Enter your company name and phone at the link below and get your complimentary C.O.R.E. report. You’ll be able to instantly see exactly what customers see online about your business. It’s the first step to establishing a healthy online presence for your brand, attracting new…

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Added by Chris Snellgrove on December 28, 2016 at 5:40pm — No Comments


Influencer
Paying It Forward

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…

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Added by Mike Gorun on December 27, 2016 at 7:02am — No Comments

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