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There is a constant stream of advice from industry experts concerning customer loyalty and retention. While most of the advice is on point, a large piece is typically missing in the bigger picture. In order to increase market share, businesses must be aware of what their competition is doing. Turning a blind eye to…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 4, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments
You’ve worked hard to ensure you have the best professionals in the business working at your dealership, so it makes sense that you’ll continue working hard to give them the edge they need when it comes to connecting with shoppers, creating relationships, and boosting sales. But things…Continue
Our industry is synonymous with innovation, better yet – I believe the automotive industry defines both innovation and opportunity. Yet, everything is relative. Coming from a company that serviced the retail, hospitality and travel industries (in addition to automotive), I know firsthand that…Continue
Added by David Metter on February 1, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments
Ever popular transportation service Uber is coming under fire for what some say is an exploitative business practice. Uber tends to be a convenient and economical way to get around town – especially for inner city dwellers that don’t own vehicles and travelers who don’t necessarily need a rental car.
Added by Mike Gorun on January 27, 2016 at 7:55am — No Comments
I’ve talked plenty of times about disrupters entering our industry in an attempt to take sales and market share away from dealers.
The Carvanas, Beepis and Vrooms dangle carrots of lower prices and better buying experiences and tempt consumers to try a new way of purchasing their next vehicle. Now, it appears, at…
We’re millennials, and we have the world at our fingertips, quite literally. We’re not great at waiting for anything, and if we don’t have to, we won’t. We like to keep our options open, and we’re not afraid to explore new brands, updated styles, and fresh trends; and…Continue
Added by Joseph Little on January 8, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments
An interesting study conducted by MaritzCX and published on CustomerThink relays how dealers should care about – and invest in – the creation of a better customer experience in their stores.
While customer experience can be vague, and…Continue
I believe that, as an automotive community, we intuitively know that we need to change.
The sales to consumer model is outdated – our fault for not demanding of ourselves consistent improvement in the consumer experience arena. Consumers are demanding more and Wall Street has taken notice. Backed by hundreds of millions of dollars,…
Added by Joe Orr on December 22, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to examine trends in digital marketing and predict what dealers should be prepared to consider and focus on in the upcoming year. 2015 has seen so much innovation and change, there’s no doubt 2016 will see even more.…Continue
Added by David Metter on December 18, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments
There’s little doubt that the experience provided by auto dealerships in the past has jaded consumers into a stereotype and perception that isn’t necessarily accurate any longer, yet continues to persist. Because of this perception, companies such as Beepi, Carvana and more are creeping into the automotive space…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on December 9, 2015 at 6:42am — No Comments
Now let me explain...
In our industry – as well as life – we continuously talk about transparency.
Let’s be brutally honest here. Sometimes honesty isn’t the best policy. Is it always that way in real…Continue
Today’s consumers are more educated than ever, and that plays an enormous role in how they interact with your dealership and what they expect when they set foot onto your showroom floor. It’s important your dealers are prepared to interact with a generation that has access to endless information online and prefers utilizing it by researching their options…Continue
Added by Joseph Little on November 18, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
Today’s consumers dictate the customer experiences they want and brands are listening. Think about Amazon. You can literally tweet your order to them and it will be at your house in 2 days. In some markets, they’ll deliver your order in an hour. Why has Amazon become the behemoth that it is today? Because…Continue
Added by Bruce Thompson on November 18, 2015 at 5:55am — No Comments
In the automotive industry, hundreds of customers pass through dealerships on a daily basis. Each of these customers will interact with dealership staff multiple times during their visit - whether they’re there to buy a car, or for a simple oil change. It’s very easy to function as an organization with a…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 17, 2015 at 5:52am — No Comments
For consumers, the car shopping journey has morphed into an online, cross-device journey. Now that you’re able to appeal to consumers who are taking the cross-device journey to purchase their vehicles, it’s important to continue that momentum by bridging the gap and pulling more consumers into your dealership. As discussed in Part I, it’s…Continue
Added by Joseph Little on November 13, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments
The mobile industry is not just booming; it’s taking over completely.
Added by Joseph Little on November 10, 2015 at 12:35pm — No Comments
Consumers put an endless amount of information online about themselves, often daily. However, several marketing strategies don’t use that information to their advantage. If online users are taking the time to educate brands about their behavior, likes, dislikes, wants, habits, etc., it…Continue
Added by Joseph Little on November 6, 2015 at 1:07pm — No Comments
Car manufacturers and dealers have historically focused on product quality and the driving experience to acquire new customers and encourage brand loyalty. However, product…
A hot topic of much discussion today is the decrease in the sales process. There are many opinions on whether shortening the time it takes consumers to buy a vehicle is the answer to providing a better customer experience. There’s no doubt that it can be arduous and exhausting for a consumer to buy a car…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 27, 2015 at 6:03am — No Comments
In B2B marketing, there’s no scarcity of brand messages from vendors to dealers. Increasingly, those messages now tend to market how the vendor’s products and services help dealers create a better customer experience, rather than focus on the products or services themselves. But is that a good thing?…Continue