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In today’s fast-paced world, it’s hard for businesses to cut through the noise. Consumers are bombarded with advertising messages across all mediums from companies that claim they, or their product, is the best. Generally, these messages go in one ear and out the other.
So, how do you get the attention…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on July 31, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
The service department tends to be the busiest place in a dealership, and service managers must stay in tune with what’s going on. While meetings and discussions can be useful, at times they only result in vague ideas the service staff never acts upon. Just like in any organization, a service…Continue
Today's market dictates that to succeed as a dealer, you have to create a great customer experience. You have to provide value and give the customer a reason to come back. A great customer experience is now one of the strongest value propositions any dealership can use to increase customer loyalty and…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on June 18, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
As part of doing business in today’s fast-paced world, inevitably we all have to adopt new technology to make things run more efficiently. Whether it’s a CRM, a call-tracking system, or a new DMS, it’s not usually met with a big welcome from all employees when the time comes to implement it. Most people don’t like…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on May 14, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
Last year, WestJet pulled off an elaborate scheme whereby flight passengers met with a virtual Santa at the gate to share any Christmas wishes. Upon arrival, these passengers were beyond delighted to discover the very gifts they had just wished for circling the baggage carousel. The whole caper was filmed and…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on December 11, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
Forget for a moment whether a sales consultant’s work area is messy, or if there are smudges on the windows. Let’s look a little closer at what a customer could see, hear…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 18, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
A few years ago, car dealers across the nation were caught in the net of a struggling economy. Fewer sales compounded by budget conscious customers caused many car dealerships to restructure their corporate operations, reduce staff and tighten their wallets. Many dealership owners, along with their manufacturers, were…Continue
Compared to even ten years ago, it seems that everyone is in a rush to get something done fast and with as little inconvenience as possible. The reality is - people have less time, which…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
“The customer is always right” has been the trademark phrase used by businesses in the United States for decades. By and large, most reputable businesses believe this philosophy to some degree, and put policies and procedures in place to make sure that their customers are treated fairly and effectively…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on September 26, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Finding a lost earring in the jewelry box, discovering the old autographed Tom Seaver baseball card when you clean out the attic, and learning that the shirt you are about to pay retail for is discounted, are all pleasant surprises.
How about walking into your bank and having the ATM talk with…Continue
Inspired by Richard Holland's post "For Employees, Recognition Trumps Money."
Today’s work culture has shifted drastically from what used to be…Continue
Added by Mark Frost on July 3, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Your customers not only have their own opinions of your business, but they can also influence other potential customers. How you actually run your business is certainly important. Just as important,…Continue
Articles are continuously being written in hopes of dissecting and duplicating the Apple Store experience for other businesses. I’ve even seen sessions at industry conferences that revolve around how to duplicate this in car dealerships. While I agree that it should be every dealership’s goal to achieve the level of…Continue
A new benchmark report published last month by RSR Research, provides some interesting information about retailers and the shifts in focus and importance from 2012 to 2013.
According to the study, 61 percent of retailers…Continue
Life lessons typically come when you least expect them as software coder, Ted Dziuba, discovered...
He and his friend went to a bar that served Pappy Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon Whiskey…Continue
I came across an article recently by Jeffrey Gitomer that really hit home. In essence, he said that there are countless awards given out for…Continue
Disney is beloved the world over and is recognized as a premiere family destination place. Whether you’re talking about the parks in Orlando, or California, people pay premium prices to be able to enjoy a little of the magic. But what makes Disney any different than the other amusement parks in the…Continue
Added by Big Tom LaPointe on March 10, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
One of my favorite comedians is Bill Engvall, who does the “here’s your sign” gags. (i.e. A buddy and I went fishing. When we got to the dock I pulled out a big string of bass. Some guy on the dock asks, “Hey, y’all catch them fish?” I said, “Nope. We talked ‘em into giving up. Here’s your sign!”)
As business managers and/or owners, we all like to think we’ve got a pulse on employee morale, which is a critical component to how successful a business is. As someone who makes a…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on June 5, 2012 at 12:54pm — No Comments