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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
In a previous blog post, I discussed the importance of using live chat conversations to build rapport with your online shoppers -- and how this can help improve your dealership’s follow-up processes.
But what about the trackable data acquired through live chat outside of the content in a conversation -- such as consumer click path and the…Continue
Added by Lisandra Ramos on January 15, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
People buy from businesses they like, trust, and know -- which is a big reason why establishing rapport is so important in the sales process, both on the showroom floor and on your dealership’s website.
The number one reason live chat will fail at your dealership…Continue
Added by Lisandra Ramos on January 6, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
To promote their brand this holiday season, Honda is pulling out all of the stops by incorporating just about every feeling and sentiment it can into a series of commercials featuring toys. Consider their “Happy Honda Days” commercials that published around Thanksgiving. Every one of them featured a toy covering many…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on December 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
Just like in the blockbuster series “The Lord of the Rings”, the Eye of Mordor is always open. Until now, its focus has been on larger battles and more interesting things. Then a Hobbit found a golden ring and slipped it on his finger. And the Eye started paying attention to this…Continue
Added by Arnold Tijerina on December 22, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
We are well into December. It's time to take stock of your year and your accomplishments. It’s definitely time to have fun and to be mindful of what is ahead. As we turn the corner into a new year, 2015, today’s Women’s Wednesday you are invited to take a short, interactive quiz to evaluate where there is room to expand your dealership’s customer excellence. And in doing so, your competitive…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on December 17, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments
Let me start off by stressing the word social, these are going to be topics, events and days of interest that you can use to be conversation pieces with people in your online communities. None will be car specific but instead topics that might stimulate two-way conversations and recognition. People are pretty smart, they know ABC Toyota sells Toyota’s, you don’t have to tell them every day.
These topics will fall into the fun section of my 4-3-2-1 Rule of Facebook Posting. Each month,…Continue
Added by Rob Hagen on December 5, 2014 at 1:01pm — No Comments
For someone trying to become a new or used auto dealer, the path to getting the business off the ground is expensive. In the face of high operating costs, a natural instinct for many private auto salespeople will be to try to cut costs. Given that the price of used cars is dropping, and…Continue
Added by Victor Lance on December 3, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments
As you can hear in the attached video, we're ready to prove what has improved in equity data mining technology. DMDIRECT is poised to take on the challenge of all the rooftops ignored thus far by other data mining companies. We are also adding new technology that has never been available under one brand.
Added by John Fuhrman on November 18, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments
In a perfect world, shoppers would be able to find your dealership’s unique selling points, such as your amenities, “why buy” statements, and your specials on your website.
However, that’s not always the case. Many times websites have too much or too little information, or shoppers are just too lazy to navigate the pages and find a reason to buy from you.
If you aren’t providing an effortless online shopping experience, chances are these shoppers…Continue
Added by Lisandra Ramos on November 13, 2014 at 9:43am — No Comments
Today, our Women’s Wednesday focuses on the road to ultimate business success. This is powered by a growing customer base, increasing loyalty and customer retention. Here are some innovative marketing ideas to increase your competitive edge by delivering more value to women customers.
1. Buy A Car In…
Added by Anne Fleming on November 12, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
In today's Womens Wednesday, we focus on selling to women. Let's get real: Research indicates that women rely on reviews 50% more than men. They account for 52% of the vehicles purchased in the US and influence over 80% of the total purchases! So developing a marketing strategy to target this substantial buying segment is…
Added by Anne Fleming on October 29, 2014 at 10:28am — No Comments