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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'dealerships' (150)

Training: Mercedes puts its Money Where its Mouth Is

I’ve written many times about the value of training and professional development to employee retention.  

Training, in combination with a company culture designed to create engaged employees, can help make a dealership a force to be reckoned with.…

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Added by Richard Holland on October 16, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

(Don’t Say) “We Treat Everyone the Same”

Today we focus on customization when selling to women. When dealership personnel say that they “treat everyone the same,” what they really mean is that they greet prospects consistently and similarly with a sales process - whether in person or digitally. However, having the capacity and ability to treat each customer the same simply can’t be accomplished. It sounds nice as a concept, but after all we are humans, not robots. We can’t be shaped and programmed to treat…

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Added by Anne Fleming on October 15, 2014 at 10:22am — No Comments

When the Economy Is Good Is When We Must Shine!

A recent article on Science20.com, explains how customers will be less focused on price and will emphasize the customer service experience when the economy is going well.  However, when the economy…

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Added by Richard Holland on October 9, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Less Complaints Don’t Always Equal Increased Customer Satisfaction

It sounds backwards, at first, but when was the last time you asked your customers for a complaint or some constructive criticism?  If you’re like most dealerships, you’re doing everything you can to avoid complaints and negative reviews. In the past, you may have even ignored customers that voiced a complaint.…

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Added by Mike Gorun on October 7, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Good + Bad News about Your Service Drive: What Women Want

Today we are looking at the Service Drive. This is the critical department where your female customers visit in between purchasing or leasing their vehicles. With all the touch points in the service department, it's also happens to be the highest gross margin department in your store. It's the place where retention happens - or doesn’t.…

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Added by Anne Fleming on October 1, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments

The Trick to Increased Service Revenue Is Keeping Your Bays Full

Many auto dealerships have technology in place that allows sales managers to monitor what’s going on in their departments. CRMs and phone call recording services are used by sales managers to ensure that Internet leads are being followed up promptly and that salespeople follow up with shoppers that visited the…

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Added by Richard Holland on September 18, 2014 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Women Walking Out - What is it Costing Your Dealership?

Today’s Women’s Wednesday is a must-read as we focus on the cost to your dealership when women walk out.

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Added by Anne Fleming on September 17, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Think Like a Woman @ Your Dealership

A recent Wall Street Journal article titled “Car Sellers Refine Pitch to Women” revealed that more women are driving than men. In fact, there are 105+ million women on the roads today, as opposed to 104+ million men and more elderly women are holding on to their driver’s license (USA Today, Nov. 2012). As the relationship women have with their cars tightens, it’s time the industry takes notice and adjusts their pitch to reflect a more engaging “hello."

So how can a…

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Added by Anne Fleming on September 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Are You Prepared For More Service Business?

Auto dealers know how important their service business is to the bottom line.

There’s no doubt that service absorption is vital to the health and livelihood of many dealer’s financial statements at the end of the month.…

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Added by Richard Holland on September 11, 2014 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage…Then Comes??

Do you think your customers feel the same about your company as you think they do?  Think again, they probably don’t.

 

These days, car dealerships, try to express their individuality from their competitors through value propositions. Almost every dealership has some sort of template or message…

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Added by Mike Gorun on September 9, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

How Job Hopping Became Acceptable and How You Can Change It

When developing an employee retention strategy, a business must ultimately consider salaries. There’s no doubt that a long-term employee will feel slighted if a new employee joins at a higher pay. Chances are they may even feel slighted if the new employee receives the same wage. In the automotive…

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Added by Richard Holland on September 4, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Empowering Women at Your Store: What's in it For You

In today’s competitive marketplace, women buyers are crucial for auto dealers' success. Just take a look at numbers and reported growth opportunities in a recent Wall Street Journal article.

It may be no surprise that car buying is an emotional…

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Added by Anne Fleming on September 3, 2014 at 9:23am — No Comments

Don’t Get Blacked Out In Your Own Market

With NFL football fans gearing up for another season, DIRECTV is once again offering new customers the 2014 NFL Sunday Ticket for free along with deeply discounted prices and an upgraded DVR Genie on several of the programming packages.  What’s the catch?  The special prices are valid for only the first twelve months…

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Added by Mike Gorun on September 3, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Don’t Let Your Video Become a Flash In the Pan

There’s no doubt that video marketing, in general, has become increasingly important in today’s world. Google has the search market cornered which is why, as marketers, it is important to pay close attention to the changes they make. However, did you know it’s even more important to pay attention to the second largest…

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Added by Brian Cox on August 29, 2014 at 4:34am — 6 Comments

How Simply Getting the Job Done Can Be a Bad Thing

Working at a car dealership often takes its toll on employees. The demands of a fifty, sixty or seventy hour work week often leaves the employee exhausted, mentally and physically. Generally, these employees are not clock-watchers, they are your commissioned sales people, your technicians, your management staff and they…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 28, 2014 at 5:07am — 2 Comments

Car Sellers Refine Pitch to Women

Among Millennials, 53% of Car Buyers Are Female Cathy Anderson, right, owner of Woody Anderson Ford, a Huntsville, Ala., dealership, discusses a car with Connie Hicklen. Shawn Poynter for the Wall Street Journal…

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Added by Anne Fleming on August 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Your Reputation: Are You Leaving $6M on the Table?

Today’s Women’s Wednesday we are focusing on the up$ide of reviews and what they really boil down to with women shoppers, prospects and buyers.

While you know that women buy almost half of all cars purchased and influence even a much higher number, are you aware of the real upside in selling more cars to women by…

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Added by Anne Fleming on August 20, 2014 at 9:15pm — No Comments

Mobile Marketing: The Automotive Game Changer

 

According to Brett Relander from Entrepreneur Magazine, over the past couple of years, mobile marketing has emerged as the game-changer for businesses and consumers around the world. Key indicators point to mobile marketing emerging as the dominant form of marketing in the very near future.

 

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Added by Elena Ciccotelli on August 20, 2014 at 7:43am — No Comments

GM: Why Customers Are Loyal Despite Recalls

A recent article on the Huffington Post asked why consumers are still buying GM vehicles despite all of the recent recalls. There’s no question that there are many concerned owners of GM…

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Added by Mike Gorun on August 18, 2014 at 5:57am — No Comments

Is Instant Customer Feedback In Your Future?

There’s no doubt that customer satisfaction is important to all car dealerships.

Whether a dealership actually cares about making the customer happy, or merely wants to ensure that their CSI scores stay acceptable to the OEM, these scores play a major factor in the overall health of a dealership.…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 14, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

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