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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'department' (19)

Fix the Affliction

The adage “two brains are better than one” has long been used to think through matters and solve problems.  And to take it even further, excluding the human element, often two computers with different programming can solve problems more effectively than a single device.

 

As an example; the government has…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 7, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments

The Key to Increased Service Absorption Is Efficiency

Last week, Automotive News highlighted Redlands Auto Plaza, a Southern California dealership that is doing some pretty creative things within their service department to increase absorption.…

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Added by Richard Holland on July 17, 2014 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

My Lean, Mean, Lead-Handling Machine

Hi, my name is Johnny Dealer.  I spend my mornings listening to incoming sales calls from the previous day.  I then, go into a deep depression.  I guess I am like most dealers, but today, I'm going to do something about it.  I am going to create a system that will eliminate missing all of these opportunities. …

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Added by Danny Benites on October 30, 2013 at 6:46am — No Comments

Top Ten Blogs and News for Auto Dealers: August 19th-23rd

ActivEngage, themost trusted brand in automotive live chat brings the top ten blogs and news stories right to you! We monitor industry trends, current events, and the auto dealer community every week to bring you the top ten blogs and stories from around the globe. In this weekly edition-- gender wars, Toyota dropping Scion,…

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Added by Rebecca Kon on August 23, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments

What’s Your Dealership’s Average Front-End Gross Per Vehicle?

This is the third in a series of blogs I’ve been writing on metrics: in my last blog we discussed the average percentage of sales in dealerships that can be attributed to Internet leads. This week, I’d like to talk about average front-end gross per vehicle.

 

In a recent survey we conducted, we asked dealerships representing all types of makes…

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Added by Josh Vajda on October 17, 2012 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

August 2012 Automotive Internet Sales "Dealer of The Month Winner" Martin D'Amato of Pine Belt Automotive - Congratulations!

http://www.pinebeltauto.com/

Congratulations to Martin D'Amato, Internet Director of Pine Belt Automotive in Toms River, NJ! 

Martin oversees 4 dealerships that are Delivering…

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Added by Stan Sher on August 20, 2012 at 12:43am — No Comments

2012 Automotive Special Finance

2012 Automotive Special Finance

Banks are buying again and they are buying deep. Sub Prime Business is back and it is extremely profitable. I work with dealerships all over the country and the feeling is unanimous… They are ALL loving it! Why wouldn’t they? Over 60% of the United States has less than perfect credit.

Let me clear up some misconceptions about Special Finance. There are two different ways that you can engage the sub prime market (or not engage it at…

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Added by Sean V. Bradley on May 28, 2012 at 10:58am — No Comments

Incorporate Live Chat to Decrease the Wait Time for your Service Department Customers

According to a Consumer Report Study, more and more customers are griping about their vehicle repairs. 21% of the respondents said it took longer than  expected to complete the work. As you know,…

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Added by Ketty Colom on April 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Are 25% of Your Showroom Customers Being Ignored?

What would happen if four customers walked into your dealership but only three salespeople were available to help? Would the fourth customer be ignored and told to come back another time? Or would a manager, or someone else, step in to help? One thing’s for sure: if…

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Added by Josh Vajda on April 17, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

The Digital Dealer pt. 1 – “First Things First”

The “Holy Grail” of automotive retail should be to grow beyond the “Internet Department” or “BDC” and become what we’ll call here a “Digital Dealership”. Our industry has been implementing these departments since the late nineties and still is up to now. These departments evolved out of necessity to capture a consumers interests via the internet in a more efficient manner than they had been doing up until…

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Added by Rob Fontano on March 28, 2012 at 2:53pm — 3 Comments

Just One Internet Department Structure

Creating a basic structure for your Internet department should be one of the simplest tasks for a dealer.  Unfortunately, too many decision-makers at dealerships attempt to get in the way of how an Internet department operates.  One primary…

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Added by Joe Webb on March 17, 2012 at 6:00am — 18 Comments

Would you like to read my blog now? How about now? Now??

It used to be as a Dealer principle or manager; you would consider yourself lucky to have a salesperson willing to make an outbound sales call, and even luckier still, if the sales person actually asked for an appointment. I have filled out hundreds and hundreds of Internet forms over the past year, and have noticed a new breed of salesperson. This eager, yet untrained, salesperson gladly picks up the phone, confidently dials a number and charges though that call with little or no…

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Added by Melissa Roberts on December 20, 2011 at 9:39am — 3 Comments

TimeHighway.com’s Updated Online Service Scheduling Solution for Auto Dealers Enables Fast Appointments, Digital Inspections, Service Menus & Appointment Backstop

 

          

NAPLES, FL, January 31, 2011 – TimeHighway.com (www.timehighway.com), recently announced several major updates to its real-time, online service scheduling solution that greatly benefit auto dealer service departments, increasing service revenue by creating a more efficient way to schedule service.

 

TimeHighway…

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Added by sara callahan on January 31, 2011 at 5:48am — No Comments

Ken Garff Automotive Group Enrolls in Preventive Maintenance Program to Grow Service Revenue and Increase Customer Retention

 

Ken Garff Automotive Group Enrolls in Preventive Maintenance Program

to Grow Service Revenue and Increase Customer Retention

 

San Ramon, CA–January 24, 2011– Ken Garff Automotive Group has implemented a preventive maintenance program to grow its service revenue and boost customer retention with its existing customers. The group began as a single-car dealership…

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Added by sara callahan on January 24, 2011 at 6:36am — No Comments

Don’t Be A Tiger Woods With Your Internet/BDC Dept.






Does your store play the sales game with a style similar to Tiger Woods? Does your store “appear” to be a great professional, ethical and respectful player at first only to prove otherwise once a customer sets foot in your

store? Let me ask it another way; does your…

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Added by Maria Espinoza on May 19, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The Blur of Internet Marketing and Sales is Costing You Money!

The Blur of Internet Marketing and Sales is Costing You Money!

Using Salespeople to Market Your Dealership on the Internet Loses You Sales.

by Keith Shetterly, keithshetterly@gmail.com

Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved




What happens if your website needs maintenance, your SEO/SEM needs attention, your pictures and vehicles need launches… Continue

Added by Keith Shetterly on February 23, 2010 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

What was old is new again

The Service Department, Not the Selling Department



Have you noticed that many, if not all, businesses are reducing their service and increasing prices in pursuit of

making more profit quickly?



When I was a younger man, I would pull into a service station to get some gas for my vehicle. You noticed I said “service” station, not gas station. I would pull to the pump and a person would come and fill my car with gas. (Usually took about $5.00 to fill the car… Continue

Added by Lee Harkins on July 19, 2009 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Fine Tuning Your Internet Process

In this down market it might be time to fine tune your instrument. What I mean is maybe you should spend some time analyzing your Internet follow up process. You may want to consider what process to put in place for the customers who have a trade in. Do you want to follow up with that customer the same way you would follow up with a customer that didn't provide you with a phone number? Are you making enough attempts in the first day? And at what point do you decide to quit trying? Why is your… Continue

Added by Leo on May 14, 2009 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments

If You're Living By Service...Don't Die By Service

We don't touch on service much here...time for a little breather!



More dealers than ever are floating (or simply sinking slower) on the revenue from their service department. This trend should be supported with an overwhelming conviction to completely satisfy customers. The risk is just too large to lose clients both on the front and the back end of the store.



Things being what they are, it should come as no surprise that achieving such a goal is as far away as the next 20… Continue

Added by Gary May on December 10, 2008 at 10:06pm — No Comments

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