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Customers don’t buy vehicles, and sales people don’t sell vehicles. Customers buy solutions to problems they can feel emotionally. Sales people are the conduit that helps customers discover those emotional solutions.
People buy from people. Customers generally do business with people they like and trust. Your customers don’t walk out of your dealership telling you that they bought from you because you are a jerk. Customers can get vehicles anywhere. Most of you are not…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on December 12, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Are you the CEO of your company? If you’re a sales person, and you answered no to this question, think again. To be successful you must have a CEO mentality. All successful sales people view themselves as a business within a business. Never forget that the company you work for writes and signs your check, but you fill in the numbers. Always take responsibility for everything. You are the CEO.
What does a CEO do?
First of all, a CEO designs a marketing…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on December 11, 2013 at 7:52am — No Comments
The managers in your dealership must have a written job description with clearly defined responsibilities and expectations.
Having specific goals for the department is required. Daily action plans for selling, training, appointments, one-on-one coaching, save-a deal meetings, deal structuring, follow-up, etc will increase sales by 20 percent without spending more for advertising.
If you read biographies of successful people or businesses, one common thread…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 29, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
When you think of the word, personality, you often envision an individual or person and it is hard to try to apply this noun to a business. After all, the word person is in the word personality. However, when we look at the definition of the word from Wikipedia, we…Continue
All businesses are built on two areas of competency – people skills and marketing skills. Many sales people who are more than adequate in their sales and people skills are struggling today. The reason is most sales people lack enough opportunities with customers. Lead generation = dollar creation
As a sales person you are in business for yourself. Having a mentality of being the CEO of your company is crucial to developing your business. The dealership signs your check, and…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 28, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
1. Educate Yourself
Don’t wait for managers or anyone else to give you the sales education you need. Unfortunately, the automobile industry has been stuck for years in a, “Throw them in and see if they can swim mentality.” Some dealerships take new recruits to a meeting room and have them watch training tapes for a day and expect them to be trained. Neither of these options will increase your odds for success.
Begin a massive self-education program that will…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 27, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
After all, there is a tremendous difference between having a…Continue
I was recently invited to be a guest lecturer for an entrepreneur class at the University ofCincinnati. In the question-and-answer portion of the program, the professor asked me to sum up what I felt was the most important message I could stress to the class. My reply was one word – ACTION.
At a sales seminar I was giving, I was going over low- to no-cost marketing strategies designed to increase leads for sales people. At the first break after the marketing section, one of…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 26, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Have you made the commitment that automotive sales is your career choice? Unless you commit, it’s impossible that you will take the necessary steps to create the business you desire. Long-term thinking in addition to short-term goals are keys to continued success.
When you first enter into a sales position, 80 percent of your time is spent acquiring customers and 20 percent of your time is spent maintaining those customers. Eventually, with the right efforts, that model…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 25, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Gaining possible leads or car selling on social media are not easy tasks, but are what most dealerships, if not all, want from this marketing platform. We all wish there was a simple formula to follow that guaranteed…Continue
Added by Amanda Ryan on November 23, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
What is hidden wealth? Hidden wealth is an unused, dormant or under utilized part of your business that contains great value. All businesses have at least one hidden wealth. Even the best businesses in the world contain hidden wealth. The key is to determine your hidden wealth and begin to mine the potential gold that lies therein. All businesses are different. Each business should require their leaders to conduct a concerted effort of introspection and egoless honesty to determine what…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 22, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
You are who you decide to be at any given moment. It does not take money, a degree, a certain age, a certain appearance, tons of experience, knowing the right people, past success or any other qualifying factor that you may be currently using as a subconscious roadblock to your desired success. Your belief system creates your results both past and present. If your current belief system is not what it should be to support your success, you must fake it, till you make it.
Added by Mark Tewart on November 21, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
Thoreau once said, “Things don’t change, people do.” If things are to happen, you must make them happen. Good people and businesses always make things happen. Let’s look at the essential rules of making things happen.
Rule 1 – Always have a CEO attitude – You must start by taking responsibility for all things both good and bad. Accept that your company signs your check and you fill in the numbers. Your own personal philosophy, which is determined strictly by…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 20, 2013 at 12:02pm — No Comments
Added by Ralph Paglia on November 8, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
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Traffic is very important for search engine rankings. It is also the hardest part to get good quality traffic. For improving search engine ranking not only traffic but direct traffic is needed that is why so many TE (Traffic Exchange sites fail). Wts Traffic Magnet 4.0 provides direct traffic and it is…Continue
Added by saurabh gupta on October 28, 2013 at 7:35pm — No Comments
Sales Manager Rocco Massarelli began to notice a trend at Patrick BMW. “Everything is done online now. Our marketing, our test drive appointments, even our service appointments are done via the Web. I’ve been in the industry for over 28 years now, and this is a big…Continue
Added by Ketty Colom on October 8, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments
Automobile dealers have been urged by marketing experts to develop a mobile strategy but some have trouble seeing why they should do so when their traditional methods seem to be working. The answer is that some do not see the potential in exploring options such as mobile websites or mobile apps for dealerships.…Continue
Added by Dmitriy Goroshin on September 10, 2013 at 3:26pm — No Comments
So your teen has just turned 16 and they are begging for a new ride. It would be impractical to say, “No, you are on your own”, but you also have enough common sense not to buy your ticking-time-bomb teen a new vehicle and unleash them on the road. I’m sure you weren’t contemplating doing this. Have you looked at teen driving statistics lately? Are you certain your…Continue
Fuel economy standards are rising and you are contemplating cashing in via a more fuel efficient ride. It’s a great idea to lose the gas guzzler and slide into a hybrid especially if you drive a lot. You are turning into quite an environmentalist but before you approach Al Gore for a job, lets run some numbers…Continue
Added by Scott Parrott on August 28, 2013 at 1:17pm — No Comments
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Added by Rebecca Kon on August 23, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments