Professional Community for Car Dealers, Marketing, Advertising and Sales Leaders
How do you define success: a financial goal, peer recognition or a title or position? Most people think of success in terms of their personal success, but businesses can also be successful.
How do you define whether your dealership is successful? Is it revenue goals, sales volume, the number of positive online reviews you have, or whether your…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on March 3, 2016 at 8:40am — No Comments
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Albany, N.Y. – February 22nd, 2016 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that its president and CEO, Mike Esposito, has been named as a recipient of the "Third Age Achievement Award," presented by the Senior Services of Albany. The award recognizes the achievements of business professionals over the age of 60 who live in the Capital Region of New York. Esposito was honored for…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on February 22, 2016 at 6:47am — No Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. – August 10th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today the release of a new corporate video that reflects its new marketing initiative, "We Do Business Differently." The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness among auto dealers that Auto/Mate's consistent focus on employee happiness results in a better customer experience for its…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on August 10, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. – April 6th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) today announced the release of a free eBook titled "The Auto Dealer's Ten Step Guide to Creating Customer Loyalty: No Customer Loyalty Program Needed!" The eBook shares management and leadership principles proven to increase customer loyalty and generate higher profits, such as focusing on employee…Continue
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY, N.Y. – February 16th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) today announced its President and CEO Mike Esposito will speak at the INSIGHT15 Customer Loyalty and Retention Conference, March 24th through March 26th at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. Esposito will present "A Better Way to Customer Loyalty: Focus on Employees First, Customers Second" to auto dealers attending the…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on February 16, 2015 at 7:01am — No Comments
I'd like to have a heart-to-heart with dealers and high-level managers at dealerships, because I am genuinely curious about something. You are all focused on customer loyalty these days, as you should be. It takes genuine effort to earn--and keep--a customer's loyalty. You implement best practices, train your employees, try to keep your employees happy and motivated so…
As Appeared in the June 2014 issue of Auto Dealer Monthly
Everyone knows how important the chain of command is in the military. But during battles, emergencies and other times of duress, it's not always possible to run decisions up and down the chain of command. This is why soldiers are empowered by something called the Commander's Intent. The military commander gives his leaders a clearly defined goal (the mission) and the forces needed to accomplish that goal, along…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on June 24, 2014 at 10:10am — No Comments
Every year it seems that "hot topics" emerge in the automotive retail industry; this year much of the focus is on fixed ops and customer retention. Dealers spend a small fortune on websites and Internet marketing in order to capture customers; now they are realizing that an equal amount of resources and energy should be spent on servicing and keeping those customers.
If customer retention is the goal, keep in mind that true customer loyalty is achieved not by a product but by…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on May 7, 2014 at 9:13am — No Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. – May 5th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (www.automate.com) announced today that results from its Spring survey reveal that more than half of auto dealers have customer loyalty or rewards programs in their dealerships, and another 20 percent have plans to implement one soon or are "thinking about it." Additionally the dealers weighed in on what they believe are the top factors that contribute towards building a loyal customer…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on May 5, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments
1) It's 6-7 times more expensive to acquire a new customer than to keep an old one - White House Office of Consumer Affairs
2) 89% of customers have stopped doing business with a company because…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on January 22, 2014 at 9:31am — No Comments
Customer satisfaction and customer loyalty are two different things. The Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) scores that many dealerships and manufacturers rely on as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) do not really have much to do with building loyalty. Customers can be loyal to a company and have an unsatisfactory experience, or they can have a very satisfactory experience without being loyal to the company.
I believe the CSI surveys should be phased out and replaced with…Continue
ALBANY, N.Y. – November 4th 2013 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today it was named one of the 2013 “Best Places to Work” in New York State’s Capital region by the Albany Business Review. This is the fourth year in a row that Auto/Mate has received the honor.
“I believe that taking…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on November 4, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
A common perception of what makes a business successful is as follows: the leader is a genius who has a vision, defines the strategy, and all the employees work to make that vision into a reality.
The reality, however, is far different. In the best-selling business book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t,” by Jim Collins, a team of researchers discovered that the most successful leaders focus on getting the right people on board before they set…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on May 21, 2013 at 12:16pm — No Comments
Is your dealership successful or is it wildly successful? Are you a good leader or a great leader? And if you are merely “good,” but desire to be “great,” what does it take to make that transition?
I have been revisiting the best-selling business book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t,” by Jim Collins. In Chapter 1, he posits that good is the enemy of great. Meaning that if you are good, it is often difficult to become great because it’s so…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on April 30, 2013 at 1:39pm — No Comments
Albany, N.Y. – April 29th, 2013 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that the company has been recognized with a “Top Workplaces in the Capital Region” award by the Albany Times-Union newspaper for the second year in a row. Auto/Mate was featured in the “Small Workplaces” category for companies with 35-149 employees.
“One of the best ways to create a successful business is to…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on April 29, 2013 at 10:19am — No Comments