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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'experience' (275)

Three Tips in Three Seconds: Speed Matters

The biggest driver of customer satisfaction today is speed.

 

As many have heard by now, the attention span of goldfish is 9 seconds. Human beings are down to 8 seconds. With smart phones and the associated instant gratification, attention spans are…

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Added by Jim Flint on March 26, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Don’t play the “Blame Game!”

It’s not my fault – but it IS my responsibility to fix it! This attitude has served me very well in my career.

 

All too often we get wrapped up in the finger pointing when in reality all the customer cares about is "Who's going to fix my problem?"

 

Once we can eliminate…

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Added by Veronica Dunford on March 21, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments

Digital Retailing: Don’t Forget About the Dealership!

Just about every technology company in the automotive space is working hard to produce pieces of the digital retailing puzzle to facilitate a better customer experience. But many are focused solely on crafting a solution that allows the customer to complete the car-buying transaction online -- from start to finish.

 

Dealerships should certainly…

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Added by Michia Rohrssen on March 14, 2019 at 7:19am — No Comments

AI: The Future of Digital Marketing

In today’s digital world, if you want your audience to hear your message, it’s crucial to stand out among the flood of marketing communications hitting them at every turn. But all too often, marketers use a “one size fits all” mentality, sending messages on a standard interval without taking into…

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Added by Jeff Giere on March 8, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Relationships Matter!

While sitting here thinking about what to write for my next blog, I was taken back in time to a wonderful visit to a quaint little resort near Ocho Rios in Jamaica. Blissfully relaxing, looking at the sunset over the ocean, I recognized how blessed I am.

 

This was unlike any other trip. The…

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Added by Veronica Dunford on March 4, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

How to Remove Friction from the Service Drive

Does your service department software remove friction for your customers but add friction for your staff? Perhaps that is why we see so many software companies come and go in this industry.

 

With today’s transformation from a dealership-centric focus to one that is…

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Added by Ujj Nath on February 22, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Is Your Dealership’s Technology Stack Hurting Your Sales and Destroying Your Profits?

This question was posed by a great dealer friend of mine, Todd Caputo from Sun Chevrolet the other day. Are dealers spending so much money and time on technology, implementation and the management of all these tools that it is distracting them from the fundamentals of the business of…

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Added by Todd Smith on February 20, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments

Digital Retailing is Not About Technology

At NADA many exhibitors hyped their digital retailing solutions to support online vehicle transactions. While no one has cracked the code for a complete, seamless online transaction, there are several great solutions that provide enough functionality to meet consumer demands. After all, consumers are…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on February 15, 2019 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Can Dealers Compete with Online Used Vehicle Retailers?

Read the headlines and you see it everywhere: online used vehicle sales are booming.

 

Carvana is expanding into dozens of new markets and although it has yet to turn a profit, its vehicle unit sales more than doubled and gross profit nearly tripled in Q3 2018. The retailer just announced $2 billion in financing from Ally…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on December 28, 2018 at 7:27am — No Comments

For a Profitable Service Department, Don’t Get Tired of Tires!

91% of service customers defect once they are out of warranty, and those are a dealership’s most profitable customers. What can your dealership do to help retain these valuable customers?

 

Tire sales can easily distinguish your dealership from its competition and decrease defection, but only if they are promoted and sold differently than how…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on December 17, 2018 at 7:21am — No Comments

Customer Experience Upgrades in 3 Simple Steps

Customers don’t necessarily arrive at your dealership expecting a great experience. When it comes to service, many dread a higher-than-normal repair bill. They expect to hear additional maintenance is needed, but don’t want to spend a lot of time at the dealership and can get annoyed if made to wait longer than anticipated.

 

Whether this…

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Added by Chris Miller on December 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Five Videos Every Service Department Needs

As more dealers turn to fixed ops to grow profits, it's important not to overlook the power of video. Video is a great tool for building customer trust because it allows you to address the perception that dealerships charge too much or try to sell customers unnecessary repairs.

 

An effective video marketing strategy for your service department…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 5, 2018 at 7:15am — No Comments

How New Safety Features Mean New Opportunities For Dealers

It’s a common scenario: drivers eating, texting, talking on the phone, taking care of personal grooming, or even reading while on the road. Loosely termed “distracted driving,” it includes any activity drivers engage in when they’re behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 

A recent AutoLoop study identified the most common of those activities among morning commuters while driving. With a remarkable 48% of…

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Added by Doug Van Sach on November 9, 2018 at 7:29am — No Comments

Shifting Winds Reveal Service Revenue Opportunity

After an unprecedented period of sales volume growth, the prediction for a flat Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) in the coming years has significant implications for dealerships. As competition for new vehicles heats up, front-end margins will continue to decline, forcing more dealers to focus on back end…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on November 2, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

How to Supercharge Website Conversions through Mobile Optimization

In our industry, conversion rates are horrible. A great dealer “might” convert at a higher rate, but many are missing the boat on the majority of their website visitors. There are many reasons why this is true. However, the sad fact remains that it is.

 

Imagine making some simple tweaks to your website…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on October 29, 2018 at 7:27am — No Comments

Why Technicians will Soon Rule the Automotive Industry

I think it’s fair to say that automotive technicians are getting harder to find. These days, less people are choosing a career in automotive repair, even though technicians make great money and many need little or no formal college education or previous experience. Look at independent repair facility employment ads and…

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Added by Chris Miller on October 29, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments

Retail Hazard Ahead: Vehicle Purchases Experiencing Some Delays

The good news? To date, automotive sales have remained stronger than many analysts originally predicted, with customers of all ages continuing to buy both new and pre-owned vehicles. Considering some of the earlier ominous forecasts, it’s no wonder numerous retailers are…

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Added by Doug Van Sach on October 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Obtain a SaaS Valuation with Subscription Revenue

Have you ever noticed how the market values dealerships versus how it values Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses that derive income from the same automotive revenue stream? SaaS businesses such as CDK trade at mid-20x P/E ratios while dealers trade at 4-6x operating profit.

 

One major reason for this…

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Added by Scot Eisenfelder on October 19, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments

Where Oh Where Has the Service Department Gone?

Arguably, one of the most important marketing channels any dealership has is their website. Think about it. How much money do you spend simply to get customers there? When you combine all marketing efforts including, but not limited to, SEO, SEM, some third-party listing sites and…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on October 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate!







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…

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Added by Brett Sutherlin on September 25, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

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