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Mike Esposito's Blog Posts Tagged 'customer' (18)

Why You Should Test, Hire and Fire For Attitude

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?…

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Added by Mike Esposito on September 15, 2016 at 7:24am — No Comments

What Marriage Therapists Can Teach About Customer Retention

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 like…

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Added by Mike Esposito on August 18, 2016 at 8:09am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Integrates DMS with Unotifi, Expanding Auto Dealers' Mobile Relationship Marketing and Customer Retention Abilities

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…

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Added by Mike Esposito on August 15, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

How to Create a 'Best Place to Work'

Recently Auto/Mate received a 'Best Places to Work' award from the Albany Business Review for the sixth year in a row. We have also been voted a 'Top Workplace' by the Times-Union multiple years in a row. Focusing on employee happiness has long been one my top priorities. People often ask me how I do it, but before I answer that, I'd like to explain why I do it.

 

This is a fact: your customers will never love your company unless your employees love your…

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Added by Mike Esposito on December 9, 2015 at 7:21am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Presents "How to Create Customer Loyalty Without a Customer Loyalty Program" in an Automotive News Webinar

Albany, N.Y. – September 28th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that its president and CEO, Mike Esposito, will be presenting a FREE webinar titled "How to Create Customer Loyalty Without a Customer Loyalty Program." The Automotive News webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

 

"Many dealers rely on customer service training and loyalty programs to…

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Added by Mike Esposito on September 28, 2015 at 8:46am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Does Business Differently; Focusing on Employee Happiness and Doing Right by its Customers

ALBANY, N.Y. – August 10th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today the release of a new corporate video that reflects its new marketing initiative, "We Do Business Differently." The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness among auto dealers that Auto/Mate's consistent focus on employee happiness results in a better customer experience for its…

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Added by Mike Esposito on August 10, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Ranks Number One on Top Workplaces 2015 Report

Mike Esposito Honored with Special Leadership Award from the Times-Union

For Immediate Release

Albany, N.Y. – April 27th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced…

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Added by Mike Esposito on April 27, 2015 at 8:46am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Releases Free eBook: "The Auto Dealer's Ten-Step Guide To Creating Customer Loyalty"

ALBANY, N.Y. – April 6th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) today announced the release of a free eBook titled "The Auto Dealer's Ten Step Guide to Creating Customer Loyalty: No Customer Loyalty Program Needed!" The eBook shares management and leadership principles proven to increase customer loyalty and generate higher profits, such as focusing on employee…

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Added by Mike Esposito on April 6, 2015 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

Mike Esposito to Present "A Better Way to Customer Loyalty" to Auto Dealers Attending INSIGHT15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY, N.Y. – February 16th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) today announced its President and CEO Mike Esposito will speak at the INSIGHT15 Customer Loyalty and Retention Conference, March 24th through March 26th at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. Esposito will present "A Better Way to Customer Loyalty: Focus on Employees First, Customers Second" to auto dealers attending the…

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Added by Mike Esposito on February 16, 2015 at 7:01am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Honored As One of The “Best Places to Work” Fifth Year In A Row By The Albany Business Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY, N.Y. – November 3rd, 2014 –Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) has been honored as one of the thirty “Best Places to Work” in New York State’s Capital region by the Albany Business Review. It is the fifth year in a row that Auto/Mate has received the distinction.

 

"After five years we don't take this award for granted. We continue to work hard to create…

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Added by Mike Esposito on November 3, 2014 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Do Your Vendors Deserve Your Loyalty?



I'd like to have a heart-to-heart with dealers and high-level managers at dealerships, because I am genuinely curious about something. You are all focused on customer loyalty these days, as you should be. It takes genuine effort to earn--and keep--a customer's loyalty. You implement best practices, train your…

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Added by Mike Esposito on September 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Do You Walk the Talk? How to Define Your Core Values

Every year it seems that "hot topics" emerge in the automotive retail industry; this year much of the focus is on fixed ops and customer retention. Dealers spend a small fortune on websites and Internet marketing in order to capture customers; now they are realizing that an equal amount of resources and energy should be spent on servicing and keeping those customers.

 

If customer retention is the goal, keep in mind that true customer loyalty is achieved not by a product but by…

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Added by Mike Esposito on May 7, 2014 at 9:13am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Spring Survey Reveals Auto Dealers On Board with Customer Loyalty and Rewards Programs

ALBANY, N.Y. – May 5th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (www.automate.com) announced today that results from its Spring survey reveal that more than half of auto dealers have customer loyalty or rewards programs in their dealerships, and another 20 percent have plans to implement one soon or are "thinking about it." Additionally the dealers weighed in on what they believe are the top factors that contribute towards building a loyal customer…

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Added by Mike Esposito on May 5, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments

How to Create a Great Place to Work and Why You Need to Do This Now

In my last blog, "Why Aren't Your Customers Loyal?" I discussed the connection between customer loyalty and employee happiness. My belief is that many dealers are wasting money on customer loyalty programs if they are not also focused on making their employees happy and on creating a great place to work.

 

I am proud of the fact that Auto/Mate…

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Added by Mike Esposito on January 29, 2014 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Why Aren't Your Customers Loyal? If You Can Handle the Truth, Read This.

We've all seen and heard statistics regarding the connection between customer retention and a company's profitability. Here are some examples:

 

1) It's 6-7 times more expensive to acquire a new customer than to keep an old one - White House Office of Consumer…

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Added by Mike Esposito on January 22, 2014 at 9:31am — No Comments

Measuring CSI stinks…Let’s talk Loyalty!

Customer satisfaction and customer loyalty are two different things. The Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) scores that many dealerships and manufacturers rely on as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) do not really have much to do with building loyalty. Customers can be loyal to a company and have an unsatisfactory experience, or they can have a very satisfactory experience without being loyal to the company.

 

I believe the CSI surveys should be phased out and replaced with…

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Added by Mike Esposito on December 18, 2013 at 7:18am — 2 Comments

Scott Volkswagen Sticks with Auto/Mate's DMS for Cost Savings, Customer Service and Streamlined Processes

ALBANY, N.Y. – October 21st, 2013 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Scott Volkswagen, the largest Volkswagen dealership in New England, has saved more than half a million dollars since switching to Auto/Mate's dealership management system (DMS) in 2006. Scott Volkswagen's employees enjoy Auto/Mate's premier customer service while using the DMS system to streamline processes within their dealership; most…

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Added by Mike Esposito on October 21, 2013 at 8:33am — No Comments

Are You Re-living Groundhog Day? Learn These Lessons to Escape. By Mike Esposito, President & CEO, Auto/Mate

In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray had to learn how to be a nice person and help other people (and genuinely mean it) before he won the girl and got his life on track. Only then could he escape the eternal blaring of the alarm clock that woke him up to re-live Groundhog Day, over and over and over…

Much like Bill Murray, many car dealers are also re-living Groundhog Day. Every day many dealers wake up determined to improve their bottom line. Cut costs. Increase profits.…

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Added by Mike Esposito on February 2, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

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