Professional Community for Car Dealers, Automotive Marketers and Sales Managers
As reported by Automotive News, Volvo is rolling out a lifetime warranty on parts and labor for all vehicles serviced after the factory warranty at any Volvo dealership.…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on July 24, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
So, you’ve received a poor review from a woman customer. Now what? First, remember poor reviews will happen. Someone will be unhappy with your dealership at some time. The same happens to Starbucks, Apple and Nordstrom. As long as the poor reviews are infrequent, they really are good news. Why?
Added by Anne Fleming on July 22, 2015 at 12:10pm — No Comments
Optimizing your service engagement with women is the key to client retention. I had the pleasure to be on ServiceDriveToday of @CarBizToday and share ideas on how dealers can do just that with this growing customer base. Click here to view interview and learn more:…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on June 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Car advertising is heavily slanted towards price. The buying demographic has shifted to women who now make up more than half of the sales, and influence over 80% of the deals. Today, it makes sense to move advertising to accommodate this powerful market sector.
Did You Know?…
Selling cars to women takes a confident equipped sales person with a high level of communication skills, personal engagement and EQ. Women visit 30% more dealerships and may take a longer time in the shopping funnel than men. Patience is another key aspect to making a sale. Understanding when to stop pitching ideas and pull back is extremely important. Going overboard can be perceived as annoying or assertive an end up being a deal-breaker.…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on June 3, 2015 at 10:24am — No Comments
According to Dataium's most recent benchmark study, the average number of monthly unique visitors to a dealership's website is 6,509. Of those, an average 1.7 percent submit a lead form. Combine that with an average half percent conversion rate…Continue
Added by David Metter on May 29, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
Our marketing universe is quickly becoming untethered as smartphones and tablets gain a broader share of web access to information and entertainment. The mobile marketing world is still new to many dealers and we’re experiencing a learning curve about how to market, manage, and leverage this new landscape. Here are 6 Quick Info Insights to help dealers get a quick course in Mobile 101.
1. Mobile is Exploding
29% of web traffic page views are…Continue
The Downside? One in three women report feeling apprehensive or overwhelmed when they shop and buy a car. Only 38% of women feel confident about the…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on April 29, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
Over the past few months, my team and I have been figuring out a way to effectively communicate the benefits of mobile advertising to auto dealers. Our answer finally came in the form of an infographic. Let me know what you think!…Continue
The average woman visits 30% more stores than men when car buying. Dealers that have a high WSI “shopping” score convert on average 15% more browsers to buyers. Women perceive these stores as more trustworthy and comfortable places to do business with and go there first. That is ROI.…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on April 8, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
At ActivEngage, we’re not just at the cutting-edge of chat technology, we also eat, sleep, and breathe live chat strategy. Our unique methods have helped us become the most trusted live chat provider in the automotive industry.
Today, we want to share some of our best-kept chat secrets that will undoubtedly increase your…Continue
Added by Lisandra Ramos on April 1, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
A large number of leads aren’t providing phone numbers, but the data teaches us to get these people on the phone if we want even a chance at selling them. Keep these 3 concepts in mind when asking for a customer’s phone number.
Added by Ben Laurent on March 31, 2015 at 1:29pm — No Comments
We all want new customers. And it’s certainly mandatory to retain a customer to create a loyal one. But how we market our dealerships is increasingly important -- as each form of marketing will deliver different results. The three terms: loyalty, retention and acquisition marketing, all have their own distinct…Continue
I am not sure the folks at Edmunds.com would want you to remember, but most dealers still recall back in October the advertisement Edmunds launched on YouTube, entitled “Absurdity of Haggling” which, with no disguise, belittled car dealers by showing a grocery clerk trying to gouge shoppers on items such as bread and squash. Dealers quickly recognized this and tagged it in social and conventional industry media, and, after…Continue
Added by Elena Ciccotelli on March 16, 2015 at 7:12am — No Comments
“We work too hard to come within arm’s reach of the prize only to have our hands cut off just before we seize it. For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there is but one rule – hunt or be hunted.” – Frank Underwood, as played by Kevin Spacey in the Netflix television series, House of…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on March 16, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
Jiffy Lube. Valvoline. Pep Boys. Midas. These are the names your shoppers see when they search the Internet for service and parts options.
Because although dealers have made great strides in digital marketing, the majority of their online efforts are geared towards moving inventory, not fixed operations.
To help your service and parts get to the…Continue
Added by Lisandra Ramos on March 11, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments
Dealers representing 117 new-car franchises are suing TrueCar for more than $250 million, claiming they are victims of false advertising and unfair competition. In the complaint, the dealers argue that TrueCar's advertisements falsely claim that consumers who use the vehicle-shopping site's…Continue
Added by Manny Luna on March 9, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments
It’s Officially the Women Buyers Era...
OEM’s are increasing their advertising towards this powerful buying segment. Smart dealerships are too. Women bought an estimated 13 million cars at new car dealerships last year; an estimated 35,000 vehicles a day.
How many female “up’s” are converting to buyers at your store? If you aren’t tracking that number yet, we suggest you start accounting for sales by gender. The upside of your gross profit potential is tied to this.
Added by Anne Fleming on February 11, 2015 at 10:25am — No Comments
Women are responsible for buying over 13 million cars at new car dealerships; that’s an impressive 36,000 vehicles a day. Dealerships…Continue
Social media kicked off the New Year with some interesting updates geared toward increasing content exposure and diversifying communications tools. While some automotive professionals have expressed thatsocial isn’t selling cars, these updates may yet give us hope!
So far, here are 2015’s five social media updates your dealership…Continue