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In my last blog, I shared some tips about how dealerships can help protect customers and staff in their service departments during this challenging time. In addition to having the precautions in place, it is important to know how to correctly communicate…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 14, 2020 at 7:20am — No Comments
Service retention rates in dealerships have been steadily declining over the last three years, according to Affinitiv’s recent Automotive Loyalty Trends study, which analyzed data from more than 1,000 auto dealerships.
In domestic brand dealerships, service retention rates have dropped from 61.2% to 60.2%. At import brand dealerships,…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on March 12, 2020 at 11:34pm — No Comments
Repeat buyers account for an increasing share of new vehicle sales and now represent 31% of all new vehicles purchased at a dealership, compared to 29% a few years ago.
This trend is good news for dealers due to the lower cost of retaining vs. acquiring…
Added by Doug Van Sach on January 24, 2020 at 6:00am — No Comments
Grapevine, Texas, January 7, 2019 -- DealerBuilt, an enterprise Dealer Management System (DMS) for automobile…Continue
Added by Michael Trasatti on January 7, 2020 at 6:57am — No Comments
Technology companies often focus on their products and leave service levels far behind. They rely on shiny objects and whiz-bang features to sell products. Companies that lead with technology often forget that the result of a customer interaction isn’t the technology – it’s how the customer feels using the technology. At fusionZONE, we strive to be…Continue
Added by Ed Barton on January 6, 2020 at 6:12am — No Comments
In search of service revenue, dealerships turn to randomly scheduling service appointments regardless of shop capacity.
Or they take everyone that drives up. This can easily overwhelm the service department. It leaves customers frustrated and causes a LOSS in service revenue from…
Added by Dan Beres on December 12, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
Grapevine, Texas, December 10, 2019 -- DealerBuilt, an enterprise Dealer Management System (DMS) for automobile…Continue
Added by Michael Trasatti on December 10, 2019 at 6:54am — No Comments
A recent trend reveals that many vehicle owners are very interested in mobile services. Currently, the percentage of independent repair shops that offer mobile services dramatically outweighs franchised dealers.…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on December 2, 2019 at 7:01am — No Comments
Consumers have grown tired of the countless vanilla marketing messages many companies keep sending (and yes, that includes OEMs and dealers.) However, the marketing tactic that is enjoying success is relevant marketing directly aimed at a specific individual. Relevance is the key to winning today’s consumers. But, it’s not only about relevance, it also…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on October 25, 2019 at 7:18am — No Comments
That feeling of dread – the letter arrives at the dealership with a return address from an attorney you don’t recognize, addressed to "Owner" or "General Manager." Inside is a demand letter indicating that your website or mobile application is inaccessible as required under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). You need to contact them right away to…Continue
Added by Ed Barton on October 24, 2019 at 6:47am — No Comments
A recent Affinitiv survey of 1,000 automotive consumers reveals that dealerships are falling short when it comes to delivering personalized, online shopping experiences to customers. In the same study, we analyzed a sample of 100 dealer websites to better understand the current level of personalization that dealers are offering.
Why the focus…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on October 18, 2019 at 7:22am — No Comments
Added by Courtney Evans on September 13, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
For those of you that know me, or if you have followed my blogs for a while, you probably know that customer service is a passion of mine. I genuinely…Continue
Added by Veronica Dunford on September 4, 2019 at 7:08am — No Comments
A recent article from consulting giant Deloitte has added new importance to the role of retailer websites in the average consumer’s vehicle purchase journey. According to the results of its…Continue
Added by Graham Annett on August 29, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments
Customer experience and standing out from the competition by excelling at customer satisfaction is still very much a good business practice today. Time is valuable for today's busy consumers, and many dislike the vehicle service experience at dealerships because of long wait times.
Loaner cars and shuttles help, but they can end up making it…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on August 13, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
For such a small word, the word ‘data’ packs a pretty big punch. Some marketers get overwhelmed when they hear it because they believe it’s complicated. Others give it a bad rap without really understanding the benefits.
Yet it’s difficult to deny the advantages of data-driven marketing:
Added by Courtney Evans on August 9, 2019 at 7:15am — No Comments
I read an interesting study recently in MarketingWeek.com. It found that while marketers believe in the importance of the customer experience, within 2-3 years, that importance will decline due to business growth, transformation, and disruptive technologies.
Added by Michia Rohrssen on August 6, 2019 at 7:31am — No Comments
One of the biggest hurdles dealerships face when attempting to create a personalized experience for every customer is breaking down their data silos. Data silos are common in virtually every auto dealership today. They…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on August 1, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments
Today's consumers want marketing that is personalized to them. In the past, marketing has always been about broadcasting the same message to everyone. Attempting to catch as many "fish" as possible. That strategy no longer works in today’s modern world of consumer shopping behavior.
To truly capture a customer’s attention and win their…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on July 26, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Dealerships aren't always the first place that vehicle owners think of when it's time for service. According to the Cox 2017 Car Buying Journey study, 23% of new vehicle owners and 53% of used vehicle owners did not return for service to the dealership where they purchased the vehicle.
To retain more of their sold customers, dealers are…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on July 26, 2019 at 6:54am — No Comments