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During these times, consumers are becoming more comfortable with online transactions and are much savvier about how they chose to communicate with businesses. As a result, dealers are having to utilize technologies they may not have previously embraced
Video, in and of itself, has proven…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on October 19, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments
I spent 31 years in automotive retail, in every variable role from used car salesperson to GSM, then GM and Dealer Principal.
For most of that time, I was a part of and supported the combative…Continue
Added by Chip King on September 28, 2020 at 6:30am — No Comments
Dealers also make a significant investment in the salespeople themselves, training them to help develop the person-to-person skills needed to sell to all the prospects marketing dollars drive…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on September 18, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments
A great article in CBT News cites that almost half of customers who state they are loyal to the selling dealer go elsewhere to service their vehicle. Only one-third of all vehicle services are…Continue
Added by Chip King on August 19, 2020 at 7:00am — No Comments
Some dealers miss opportunities to gain acceptance of service recommendations or upsells simply because consumers do not know why they are needed or important. Many advisors share the “canned” description. However, if the customer is not right in front of you it can be hard for them to understand what you are going on about and so they decline the…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on July 14, 2020 at 6:39am — No Comments
While it’s nice to have room in your shop’s schedule to handle walk-ins and other unexpected work, a service lane no-show isn’t the ideal way to get that extra time. Rather, no-shows throw everyone off and can take quite a toll on both your shop’s workflow and your bottom line.
Here are two holistic approaches to reducing no-shows…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on August 8, 2019 at 7:09am — No Comments
One critical best practice that helps drive more traffic to your website is to continuously create new content. Google crawls websites to find relevant content to provide more accurate results to searchers. However, it is sometimes hard to come up with content ideas that will be of interest to your audience.
Pounding your head against a desk,…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on July 25, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
According to Social Media Today,…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on July 16, 2019 at 7:25am — No Comments
Most businesses nowadays understand that having a social media presence is imperative for the best exposure to their target audience. However, many dealerships start and stop and are very inconsistent. Perhaps that is because of time. Or, maybe it's because they don't know what to post – which can be a common problem. A problem shared by one of the most…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on May 30, 2019 at 7:22am — No Comments
We have all had moments we wished we could do-over. For anyone who saw Avengers Endgame, you understand the value of "undoing" cannot be overstated. So what do we do when against our best efforts to build a strong customer-centric reputation we end up with poor ratings online?
In a slower market, our online reputation can impact be the…Continue
Added by Carol Marshall on May 1, 2019 at 7:34am — No Comments
Some video marketing experts advise that scripts are the way to go as the person on camera then knows what to say. But that may not be best for everyone.
The person that is making the video,…Continue
When it comes to working conferences, there are many different thought processes. The first, of course, is that a lot of money is spent between the cost of renting the booth space, sponsorship, the actual booth itself, staffing, swag, prizes and travel expenses. Conferences are indeed a considerable investment, and everyone wants to see a return on their…Continue
Added by sara callahan on January 2, 2019 at 7:20am — No Comments
Leveraging Facebook Marketplace to help you sell more cars isn’t difficult if your dealership does it the right way. In part 1 of this series, I talked about the importance of choosing the right partner to maximize success. In …Continue
Added by Todd Smith on November 29, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
In the first part of this series, I shared why Facebook Marketplace can help dealers sell more cars, the ways in which they can get started, and the questions they should be asking their vendors when getting this set…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on November 13, 2018 at 8:47am — No Comments
Not just another third-party listing site, Facebook…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on October 30, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Dealerships spend a lot of money on leads. The bigger the store, the more money spent. And, added to that expense are staffing costs and the time and effort involved in trying to engage with consumers who submit the leads.
In the car shopping process…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on September 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Since Facebook has exploded, businesses have all rushed to capture their audience’s attention and leverage the platform’s marketing potential. In the beginning, gaining business exposure on Facebook’s platform was relatively inexpensive. As Facebook continued to modify its algorithm to appease its users and better monetize the platform when it…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on September 20, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Communication is vital to business, that’s a given. In retail, businesses must be responsive, provide a great customer experience and stand by their products or services. But what happens when businesses fail at that? They get complaints.
A customer ordered some copper from a business that promised it to be of the highest…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on September 6, 2018 at 7:04am — No Comments
Henry Ford was once asked why he visited his executives rather than having them come to his office when problems arose or he needed questions answered. “I go to save them time,” said Ford. “I’ve found that I can leave the other fellow’s office a lot quicker than I can get him to leave mine.” Ford knew the necessity of gaining information. He also knew…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on August 30, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments
Let me start by saying that I love to surf. Back in my younger days, I was able to qualify and had the opportunity to compete on the pro tour. At one point, I surfed Mavericks in Northern California which has waves in the 30 to 40-foot range. To illustrate, the waves are so big and heavy that you can’t just paddle out. I take this boat out and paddle to ride my first…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on August 23, 2018 at 6:54am — No Comments