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There’s a big push in our industry right now to bring as much of the car buying process online as possible. Startups are entering the space believing that consumers want this ability and automotive vendors of all sizes are creating products to facilitate that.
However, some dealers are afraid to adopt…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 18, 2016 at 6:59am — No Comments
Working retail in the auto industry can certainly be taxing. Salespeople work 60-70 hour weeks to make a paycheck. Sales managers do so while also having to manage the sales team, create multiple reports and handle a multitude of tasks -- and the service department is just as overloaded.
Added by Mike Gorun on October 11, 2016 at 5:51am — No Comments
In my many discussions with dealers, the one question that invariably comes up is “What is online retailing, really?” They’ll then begin to tell me how consumers can already buy a car online from them. They have a widget with which a consumer can get their trade value. They have an online payment calculator. Customers…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on September 28, 2016 at 5:41am — No Comments
Loyalty programs are nothing new to retail. In the beginning, most consisted of simple punch cards or other basic means of tracking customer transactions. As technology improved, many programs became digitized with key tags, cards and other ways for retailers to keep track of these transactions, aside from purely…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 30, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
Think about the value propositions most dealerships present to consumers. Free car washes, fast transactions, oil changes, low prices, etc. They’re all so similar that, in reality, they cease to differentiate one dealer from another. The simple fact that they aren’t unique just about negates the offer for consumers…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on August 26, 2016 at 5:26am — No Comments
You may think that simply because you offer an excellent customer experience, your customers will be loyal… but what is really happening? Is it possible that YOUR definition of a great customer experience differs from your customers?
Added by Mike Gorun on August 16, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
Added by Larisa Bedgood on August 9, 2016 at 5:40am — No Comments
There’s nothing more disheartening to a service advisor than presenting a customer with a list of service recommendations only to hear the customer agree that they need the service, understand its importance and value, but they simply don’t have the available funds to complete it.
In such a highly…Continue
Added by Tim Clay on August 8, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments
With all of the recent epiphanies that thought leaders in ours and other industries that businesses should be spending time and effort cultivating relationships, spending money and basically treating customers right, I thought it time to re-visit this whole “customer loyalty” phenomenon. Customers don’t really care…Continue
Added by Arnold Tijerina on August 2, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
Do you remember the days when your mailers were based on actual sales events? Let’s go back in time: back to the days when the sale ran for eight hours only or was valid for just two days—not five. The idea was to crowd the showroom and create a buying atmosphere with a real sense of urgency, as…Continue
Added by Alexia Henson on July 29, 2016 at 8:07am — No Comments
This common saying is certainly one that everyone knows. And, whether it’s true or not, has endured time. Why? Because someone cooking for you is an intimate act that is satisfying and elicits fond memories. In essence, this act accomplished on a regular basis is supposed to be the recipe (pun intended) to win the…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on June 30, 2016 at 6:45am — No Comments
I frequently talk about the current industry disrupters taking sales from dealers – the Beepis, Vrooms and Carvanas, amongst others. These companies snuck up on dealers and, with little warning, jumped into the spotlight and sucked investors into a future Nirvana of car buying bliss. They are currently blasting feel good…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on June 22, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
According to an article published on Forbes.com, even world-renowned professors at Harvard Business School have a painful experience when shopping for a new car.
Added by Tony Orlando on June 16, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments
Added by Josh Whitlatch on June 9, 2016 at 9:19am — No Comments
Gen Y is comprised of the single largest generation in U.S. history, encompassing some 80 million people.
What does this mean to today's retailers?…
Added by Kris Rosychuk on June 8, 2016 at 11:05am — No Comments
There have been countless studies about employee engagement and how, when engaged, employees tend to be happier, more productive and deliver a better customer experience. With a 70 percent annual turnover rate in sales, this is an area that the auto industry – at least on the sales side – has a problem with. Don’t…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 31, 2016 at 5:04am — No Comments
The four bases that make up a baseball diamond can be directly related to the car shopper’s journey. We all know the path begins online. The final destination, or home base, is the dealership. The goal is to surpass all your bases and arrive back at home, or rather, get…Continue
Added by David Metter on May 24, 2016 at 7:43am — No Comments
Recall repairs can be hindered by parts availability, procrastinating or apathetic owners, or owners who simply aren’t…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on April 19, 2016 at 8:32am — No Comments
The market is calling Beepi, Vroom and the Carvanna’s of the world ‘Disruptors.’
I simply call them evolutionary companies that will assist in gaining consumer trust and confidence with the car buying experience -- and ultimately with dealerships.
Today’s technology has made it a…Continue