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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'leadership' (129)

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

Why Getting Fired from a Company I Founded Changed my Life?

Sometimes you just need to get punched in the face to wake up. For too many days in a row, I went to work doing the same thing over and over like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day.

 

There are two routes to achievement in your…

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Added by Todd Smith on March 5, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments

Technicians are the Key to Dealerships’ Future

Service departments account for and absorb most of a dealership’s losses in sales and fixed expenses. That is not going away anytime soon. With new car front-end grosses declining, most dealerships will increasingly rely on service business to, well, stay in business.

 

The problem isn’t a lack of service business, but a shortage of qualified…

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Added by Chris Miller on February 12, 2019 at 7:36am — No Comments


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How Failing to Train Service Advisors Affects Profitability

All too often, dealers are hesitant to make an investment in training new and Preowned salespeople because turnover in the sales department can be as high as 70 percent according to NADA. Service, however, has always been most dealership’s foundation for profitability. That’s where the phrase “service absorption” comes from.

 

For the most part,…

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Added by Andy Church on January 18, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments


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One Factor that Impacts Dealership Profitability

The word “transparency” gets floated around the automotive industry quite often – especially in the last few years. The days of “the invoice is locked in a safe at the corporate office” are gone and consumers have all of the access to data that they need. Yet some Dealerships are still trying to play the game.

 

I understand that dealerships need…

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Added by Andy Church on January 4, 2019 at 7:36am — No Comments


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Who Need Sales Training? Bah Humbug.

Dealers are constantly inundated by trainers vying for their business. These trainers promise exponential success in sales and profits when they do. Many, however, are one-shot wonders in the sense that they come in, perform their training, get your staff pumped up and leave. What happens then? Chances are the lessons or knowledge that they may have learned…

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Added by Andy Church on December 13, 2018 at 7:08am — No Comments

AutoLoop Wins 2018 Tampa Bay Tech Award for Best Workplace Culture

Besides producing industry-leading automotive software, the company has also created a unique workplace that recognizes and incorporates the value of play

 

CLEARWATER, FL – November 14, 2018 – AutoLoop LLC, the leading provider of auto industry marketing, sales, and service solutions, announced today that the company has received the 2018 “Workplace Culture Program of the Year” award from Tampa Bay Tech, Florida’s largest…

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Added by Graham Annett on November 14, 2018 at 7:13am — No Comments


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To Succeed, You Must Make Every Minute Count

It’s a foregone conclusion that to be successful in any particular skill takes time. A lot of time! Doctors must go to college for decades, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that those graduates enter the medical field after college as an “expert” physician. Ask yourself this question: How much time do I need to invest in myself to master a particular skill?…

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Added by Andy Church on November 9, 2018 at 7:15am — No Comments

Clarivoy’s ShoppersON™ Selected as Finalist for DrivingSales Most Innovative Dealership Solution

Columbus, OH (October 10, 2018) - Clarivoy, a pioneer and leader in automotive marketing attribution, today announced that its new product, ShoppersON™, has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 DrivingSales Innovation Cup Award, which annually recognizes…

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Added by Steve White on October 10, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments

Peer-to-Peer: Designing a Mentorship Program for Success

There are a plethora of training programs and trainers in the automotive industry many of which have different styles, advice, and opinions.

Often, those opinions vary widely. While training is indeed something I advocate in dealerships both as an…

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Added by Todd Smith on September 27, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments


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Don’t Miss Revenue Opportunities!!

It is widely known that Service is the lifeblood of all dealerships and, in many cases, keeps dealerships financially in the black.

With the inundation of service requests by consumers, largely due to the increasing amounts of recalls that we’ve seen in the last few years, service…

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Added by Andy Church on September 21, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sometimes You Have to Lose to Win

Many consider Michael Jordan one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, basketball player who ever lived. He also made some thought-provoking statements. One I find really interesting and words from which we can all learn is this:

 

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost…

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Added by Steve White on September 17, 2018 at 5:59am — No Comments

Maximizing Co-Op for a strong Q4 – 4 Questions to ask your vendors

With the fourth-quarter in sight, now’s the time to be planning for ways to end the year strong and insure you maximize your dollars and their effectiveness.  One way is to make sure you evaluate how you maximize OEM reimbursements and move more inventory.  Co-op funds can substantially improve a dealer’s ROI by reimbursing…

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Added by Chris Martin on September 7, 2018 at 7:18am — No Comments

You May Want to Keep an Eye on Tesla, Here’s Why:

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently tweeted that he wanted to take Tesla private, which has garnered a lot of attention. Hey, I realize that Tesla as a company can be a polarizing issue in our automotive industry. But this is something you may want to pay…

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Added by Ujj Nath on August 28, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Be Authentic. Be Driven. And Don’t Let the Waves Take You Down.

Let me start by saying that I love to surf. Back in my younger days, I was able to qualify and had the opportunity to compete on the pro tour. At one point, I surfed Mavericks in Northern California which has waves in the 30 to 40-foot range. To illustrate, the waves are so big and heavy that you can’t just paddle…

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Added by Todd Smith on August 23, 2018 at 6:54am — No Comments


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Develop Your Managers to Maximize Your Bottom Line!

Department Managers have an enormous impact on your Dealerships Profitability. That impact can either be positive, or negative. The choice is really up to you. We would never let the coach on the field without a playbook and a strategy, yet as an industry we let our managers “play” every day…

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Added by Andy Church on July 13, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Another Big Disruptor is Joining the Automotive World

As an industry, we’re witnessing the largest shift and money grab in history -- from the likes of Carvana, Blinker, and Fair, to the possible entrance of Amazon into car buying.

 

And now, another huge retail company has decided to jump in… but in a way that…

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Added by Ujj Nath on April 17, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

“Why status-quo” is a mindset that will Kill your Dealership

If you’ve been in the retail automotive industry for any length of time, you’ve seen how inaction is thought to be the best course of action.

With today's evolving retail world where consumer’s can order oil and battery changes on Amazon, I’m sure there are many…

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Added by Ujj Nath on April 11, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

Are You Setting Up Your Marketing Team for Failure?

Marketing is an incredibly complicated and convoluted field which involves everything from direct marketing, to brand management, customer communications, social media, public relations and on and on. Whether you call the person responsible for your digital marketing efforts the “CMO,” or delegate these tasks to an…

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Added by Steve White on April 10, 2018 at 6:38am — No Comments

Is Digital Retailing Really a Good Thing for Dealers?

The buzz today among vendors in the automotive industry is all about making the car buying transaction faster and more convenient for the consumer. I get it. Consumers think it takes too long to buy a car, so technology companies are inventing ways to trim down that transaction time. Sure, it may make car buying an…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 27, 2018 at 6:07am — No Comments

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