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Joe Webb's Blog Posts Tagged 'joe' (11)

The Addendum Crisis

There is a crisis going on at our dealerships.  And it’s called “Addendums”.  This is a sore subject with many, as everyone has different viewpoints as to the functionality of addendums.  You’re required to keep reading this blog.  It costs you $50, but it’s required.  Everyone has to pay that reads it.



Sounds pretty stupid, huh?  Dealers are using addendums to generate additional profit per vehicle (likely because they are…

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Added by Joe Webb on March 27, 2013 at 10:28am — 17 Comments

Social Media Smorgasboard

Depending on the amount of friends you are connected with on the social media sites, often the thought of reviewing the posts of others seems daunting. 

Even with Facebook, for instance, sorting through…

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Added by Joe Webb on January 15, 2013 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

Off with their Headers!

Like many people, worthless emails reach our inbox every single day. Recently, there has been one common theme that every piece of spam or advertisement email has in common. That is the email Header.

It is very commonplace to insert a Header into all dealership emails. The majority of mystery shop responses we receive include the dealership’s header emblazoned across the top. While we understand that it immediately brands your dealership to the person opening the email, we believe…

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Added by Joe Webb on July 31, 2012 at 1:16pm — 7 Comments

Grading Automotive Website Providers

Disclaimer: I must preface this by saying it not intended to make any enemies or friends. This is not meant to hurt anyone’s business, call out how they perform for their clients, highlight weaknesses or put stock in one product over another. This was nothing more than a simple experiment.



I was out to dinner with my wife recently when I ran into an old college acquaintance. Very quickly I discovered that she works in our industry…

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Added by Joe Webb on July 3, 2012 at 6:44am — 4 Comments

If Support...

If Support…

  • Responded with a call instead of silence
  • Gave you immediate attention instead of a support ticket number
  • Answered the phone immediately instead of a queue
  • Has a queue, then you know something is desperately wrong
  • Responded with action instead of a timeline
  • Categorically ranked your need based on how much it is their fault and handled those first.
  • Wasn’t overseas
  • Is handled with grace and humility instead…
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Added by Joe Webb on May 23, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Who is the Loudest in Automotive?

Very often, the most popular person in the room is the one with the largest microphone.  Sometimes, the person everyone is listening to just has the most important things to say.  Others are recognized just because they are always right there, in your face.  So I ask… who do you think is the loudest in the automotive industry?



I know this is going to be a sensitive subject.  I don’t want feelings to be hurt.  This is subjective.  When you hear the word “loudest”, whom do you think…

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Added by Joe Webb on May 16, 2012 at 7:51am — 4 Comments

Just One Internet Department Structure

Creating a basic structure for your Internet department should be one of the simplest tasks for a dealer.  Unfortunately, too many decision-makers at dealerships attempt to get in the way of how an Internet department operates.  One primary…

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Added by Joe Webb on March 17, 2012 at 6:00am — 18 Comments

The Probability of Accountability

I arrived roughly 10 minutes early to train a new dealer client last week.  I meandered around the showroom trying to get a feel for who they were as a store and how they presented their dealership brand.  That’s when I came across a salesperson sitting at his desk with a very familiar CRM…

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Added by Joe Webb on December 5, 2011 at 4:30am — 11 Comments

The Peter Principle

In light of some of the potentially-frustrating or miraculous changes impending on ADM (depending on which way the cookie crumbles), I thought I would take a moment to talk about the Peter Principle.

 

For those that don’t know, the Peter Principle is the idea where someone is promoted to the point of incompetence.  They simply work their way into a job with duties their not capable of fulfilling.  It is a virus that happens far too often in our industry.  Someone is good at…

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Added by Joe Webb on December 16, 2010 at 7:12am — 3 Comments

'Twas the Night Before the Dealer Internet Battle Plan

'Twas the night before the Battle Plan, when all through AC
The phones were a ringing to score the last seats
The powerpoint presentations were rehearsed with care
By the great speakers enlisted who soon would be there.


The attendees were booking their rooms and their flights
at Bally's Casino on the boardwalk, that's right.
And I in my suit and 'Da Man' in his cap
Look over our sessions until its a…
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Added by Joe Webb on June 27, 2010 at 3:54pm — 2 Comments

Validation and Fruition

I've actively commented on two other great, current blog posts here on ADM.FM - one by Bryan Armstrong and one from Todd Smith. This post is a marrying of the two topics - Vendor Relationships and Social Media Best Practices. Toward the end of this post, you will learn of a specific social media & CRM enhancement that a vendor (Vin Solutions) put into their CRM based on my suggestion - that ties into its own best practice - and something you should get your CRMs to implement as well. Let… Continue

Added by Joe Webb on March 3, 2010 at 12:30pm — 11 Comments

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