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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'loyalty' (184)

WestJet: A No Holds Barred Customer Loyalty Strategy

Last year, WestJet pulled off an elaborate scheme whereby flight passengers met with a virtual Santa at the gate to share any Christmas wishes. Upon arrival, these passengers were beyond delighted to discover the very gifts they had just wished for circling the baggage carousel. The whole caper was filmed and…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 11, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Starbucks Is Playing Offense and What Dealers Can Learn From It

Starbucks recently announced plans to roll out a delivery service in some key major markets. This follows on the heels of an initiative which allows customers to place their drink orders via smartphones, so as to minimize wait…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 28, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

When An Apology Isn’t An Apology

Regardless of how hard you work to ensure that your customers have an excellent experience, mistakes happen. No doubt you’ve had customers complain about something – it took too long for their vehicle to be serviced, there was a miscommunication in pricing during the sale, or a general failure to deliver on promises…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 20, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

It’s All a Matter of Perspective

When did you last walk through the customer entrance of your dealership and look at what is truly being experienced by the customer?

 

Forget for a moment whether a sales consultant’s work area is messy, or if there are smudges on the windows. Let’s look a little closer at what a customer could see, hear…

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Added by Mike Gorun on November 18, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Tired of Damage Complaints in Service? Here’s a Solution.

I doubt that a dealership service department exists that hasn’t had to deal with a customer claim that their vehicle was damaged while being serviced. Whether it’s a minor scratch, or something bigger, these types of claims cost dealerships money. It’s not always a customer who is trying to get a free cosmetic repair.…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

What’s in Your Wallet?

A couple generations ago, if you didn’t carry cash on your person, perhaps a personal check was accepted at your favorite store.  Then credit cards became an option, followed quickly by debit cards.  And now, with technology changing seemingly overnight, two new payment options are becoming available to…

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Added by Mike Gorun on November 7, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

What Have you Done for Me Lately?

A few years ago, car dealers across the nation were caught in the net of a struggling economy. Fewer sales compounded by budget conscious customers caused many car dealerships to restructure their corporate operations, reduce staff and tighten their wallets. Many dealership owners, along with their manufacturers, were…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 6, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Auto/Mate Honored As One of The “Best Places to Work” Fifth Year In A Row By The Albany Business Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY, N.Y. – November 3rd, 2014 –Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) has been honored as one of the thirty “Best Places to Work” in New York State’s Capital region by the Albany Business Review. It is the fifth year in a row that Auto/Mate has received the distinction.

 

"After five years we don't take this award for granted. We continue to work hard to create…

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Added by Mike Esposito on November 3, 2014 at 2:17pm — No Comments

The Mind is Like a Parachute – It Works Best When Open

Competition in business is usually a good thing.  Sure, we’d all like to have the market cornered, but without a little competition we would perhaps never figure out ways to improve our products or services and keep our customers coming back. 

 

In an interesting…

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Added by Mike Gorun on October 31, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Going Beyond All-You-Can-Eat In Loyalty

When consumers think of loyalty programs, they typically think of racking up miles, or frequenting a business in exchange for rewards, perks or freebies.

No matter what business you patronize, there is a good chance that it is offering some sort of loyalty…

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Added by Mike Gorun on October 24, 2014 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Brand and Dealer Loyalty – a Fine Balance?

Think about the last time you visited a business such as McDonald’s, Target, or a 7-11.  Now, think about the store itself – did you select the store because of convenience, or because you were dedicated to a specific location?  Sometimes the answer is both, but more often…

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Added by Amy Scott on October 23, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

There’s Always Time to Do It Right!

You don’t have to live in a bustling city to see that people are in a hurry.

Compared to even ten years ago, it seems that everyone is in a rush to get something done fast and with as little inconvenience as possible. The reality is - people have less time, which…

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Added by Richard Holland on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Am I Really A VIP?

I had just finished reading this article on marketsoft.com about customer loyalty, when a business associate told me about a similar situation that happened to him. In his mailbox was a glossy, oversized postcard offering a…

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Added by Mike Gorun on October 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Less Complaints Don’t Always Equal Increased Customer Satisfaction

It sounds backwards, at first, but when was the last time you asked your customers for a complaint or some constructive criticism?  If you’re like most dealerships, you’re doing everything you can to avoid complaints and negative reviews. In the past, you may have even ignored customers that voiced a complaint.…

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Added by Mike Gorun on October 7, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Empowered Employees Bring Higher Levels of Customer Service

“The customer is always right” has been the trademark phrase used by businesses in the United States for decades.  By and large, most reputable businesses believe this philosophy to some degree, and put policies and procedures in place to make sure that their customers are treated fairly and effectively…

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Added by Richard Holland on September 26, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Do Your Vendors Deserve Your Loyalty?



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…

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Added by Mike Esposito on September 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage…Then Comes??

Do you think your customers feel the same about your company as you think they do?  Think again, they probably don’t.

 

These days, car dealerships, try to express their individuality from their competitors through value propositions. Almost every dealership has some sort of template or message…

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Added by Mike Gorun on September 9, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Remember the Lifetime Value of Your Customers

I'm going to keep this short because it's something that you all already know. We just need a reminder every now and then.

Our industry has grown as one that is based upon now. Today. This week. This month. We rarely look forward to what's happening next quarter and we only look back to what we did…

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Added by Jon Lamb on September 8, 2014 at 1:50pm — No Comments

How Job Hopping Became Acceptable and How You Can Change It

When developing an employee retention strategy, a business must ultimately consider salaries. There’s no doubt that a long-term employee will feel slighted if a new employee joins at a higher pay. Chances are they may even feel slighted if the new employee receives the same wage. In the automotive…

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Added by Richard Holland on September 4, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Don’t Get Blacked Out In Your Own Market

With NFL football fans gearing up for another season, DIRECTV is once again offering new customers the 2014 NFL Sunday Ticket for free along with deeply discounted prices and an upgraded DVR Genie on several of the programming packages.  What’s the catch?  The special prices are valid for only the first twelve months…

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Added by Mike Gorun on September 3, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

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