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When looking at the future of the auto industry, specifically retail, it’s easy to get caught up in the “shiny objects” and focus on all the cool technology such as autonomous cars, ride-sharing, virtual reality sales, and all of the “disruptors” that are entering the space.
This can serve as a bit of a distraction and, as a…
The famous Albert Mehrabian developed a communication model in which he demonstrated that only 7% of what we communicate consists of the literal content of the message. The use of one’s voice, such as tone, intonation, and volume, makes up 38% of the message and as much as 55% of communication consists of non-verbal…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on December 13, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
Between endless meetings, work-related tasks and familial responsibilities it probably seems as if you’re continuously pulled in different directions. Our society has devolved into a place where we often fail to stop and notice important things, simply because we’re so busy satisfying the needs and wants from those we…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on November 30, 2016 at 6:35am — No Comments
CRM as we know it is dead. Its sole purpose was to replace index cards and rolodexes with a more organized digital solution – one which helped salespeople more efficiently follow-up, track and manage conversations. However, in most cases, the ultimate beneficiary is the user, not the customer.
Added by Ujj Nath on November 7, 2016 at 5:26am — No Comments
Humans naturally crave interaction with other humans. However, as technology advances, there is an increasing push by companies to automate as much of their processes as possible. While this is understandable, as it saves on costs, the path technology is taking us down could prove to be a double-edged…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 28, 2016 at 6:56am — No Comments
Last week, a UK based travel company received an interesting Facebook post – a user posted a screenshot of a travel itinerary that listed a layover of 413,786 hours (or roughly 47 years).
This, of course, was a technical glitch, as the itinerary did not show the traveler arriving at their destination 47 years…
Customer expectations are continuously evolving, and for businesses, it’s a matter of keeping up or getting passed by as shoppers look for opportunities that meet their needs in the most efficient and affordable ways.
Dealerships are seeing the changes that have been brought on by technology as…Continue
Added by Joey Little on July 22, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments
Communication and engagement go together like biscuits and gravy, like macaroni and cheese, like bacon and eggs. Most of the time, it’s pretty hard to have one without the other. (Who wants a dry biscuit anyway?) Now that everyone is hungry, it’s time to take a look at the many ways communication is at work in your dealership and…Continue
Added by Joey Little on July 13, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Social media provides us with a wonderful set of tools to connect and stay connected with people. In its early years, some businesses were a little slow to jump onto the social media bandwagon. However, as they recognized the potential it had to reach large audiences for little to no money, businesses embraced…Continue
Added by sara callahan on February 17, 2016 at 5:04am — No Comments
Those options, however, have progressed and today’s consumers have moved on from phone calls and e-mails to air their…Continue
One of the key metrics to look at when gauging the health of your Facebook page is the “People Engaged” metric. This tells you how many of your pages’ fans are interacting with you, as well as those that are interacting but are not fans of your page. The higher that percentage, the more organic reach your posts will…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on June 30, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
Most dealers put someone in charge of updating their social presence sites and this person has to 'Post' or ‘Tweet’ something at least 'Daily'; which is fine except when the person logs out and is…Continue
Walk into any automotive dealership of twenty years ago today, you’d think you hopped into the DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies. Dealerships had the look and smell of your grandparent’s den: floor-to-ceiling windows that shared walls with dark colors or wood paneling.
The floors? Plain tile (usually white or beige)…the type you’d find in a grade school cafeteria.
The waiting area? A hanging photograph or an oil-based “likeness” of a popular vehicle sold at the…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on April 5, 2011 at 8:18am — No Comments
“Welcome to the dealership! How may we help you today?”
You may not think it, but a simple greeting when you first walk into a dealership can lay the groundwork for keeping a customer for life. In today’s competitive environment, the lengths a car dealership goes with their customer service can help determine how they can keep their customers.
What can an automotive dealership do to establish a long-lasting relationship with their customers? …Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on January 25, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments
When it comes to choosing a customer retention marketing provider, car dealerships need to evaluate the technology behind the programs. In looking at this technology, three of the following topics must be addressed:
(1) Will this technology seamlessly integrate your customer data?
(2) Will it be compatible with your operating system?
(3) Will it be able to pull current, actionable customer data?
In a perfect world, you…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on January 18, 2011 at 7:14am — No Comments
In order to build an automotive dealer’sonline presence, there are a handful of points to consider. A recent blog on buildingyour dealership’s online presence highlighted such tips as engagement,reach and choice as valuable techniques in establishing that…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on January 6, 2011 at 11:23am — No Comments
When it comes to setting up sales goals for your car dealership, there is no magic equation.
Some dealers use prior sales data, consider any changes in personnel and then make a reasonable guess as to how many vehicles they should sell the next month. …Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on January 4, 2011 at 2:11pm — No Comments
Before the age of the Internet, gathering information for a new vehicle required taking a look at the local paper or paging through a manufacturer’s booklet. Driving down to your local dealership for a test drive it was something that was part of the norm. In some of those cases, it may have necessitated a phone call to schedule an appointment to get a hands-on experience.
Today’s automotive marketing efforts now open us to numerous possibilities to gather…Continue