Professional Community for Car Dealers, Automotive Marketers and Sales Managers
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Stop being so irresponsible with your business! Sure, you can look up to experts for strategies, ideas, and marketing tools, but don't let them take the wheel. It's ultimately up to you to start the conversation with your customers from the content on your website to the content posted on social media.
Don't let your marketing strategy become all about selling your product. Make sure you're providing a solution to the…
Added by Paul Potratz on July 22, 2016 at 7:25am — No Comments
Sick of hearing about Pokemon Go?
You might be, or you might just be itching to get back to your own game while watching this week's Think Tank Tuesday. Kristin and Ali take over for Paul and explain why Pokemon Go may actually be a good tactic to try out for your business.…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on July 19, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments
What are you doing on Facebook to provide value?
By creating a Facebook group, you'll be able to nurture the database that you already have, as well as increase the audience for your business. Your new Facebook group will give you the opportunity to get feedback on products or services, engage with customers, and build top-of-mind awareness.…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on July 15, 2016 at 2:25pm — No Comments
This common saying is certainly one that everyone knows. And, whether it’s true or not, has endured time. Why? Because someone cooking for you is an intimate act that is satisfying and elicits fond memories. In essence, this act accomplished on a regular basis is supposed to be the recipe (pun intended) to win the…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on June 30, 2016 at 6:45am — No Comments
The intention of a loyalty program is to show your customers that they are appreciated and encourage them to choose your business over any competition. These programs can create value and generate lifetime relationships with customers -- as long as the experience remains consistently…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on June 20, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments
According to an article published on Forbes.com, even world-renowned professors at Harvard Business School have a painful experience when shopping for a new car.
Added by Tony Orlando on June 16, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments
While car dealerships aren’t necessarily held in high regards by consumers, there are many dealers out there that are pillars of their community. Big hearted philanthropists who understand the sense of community and the importance of being involved. A great example of this – and the impact it has had on the community…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on June 14, 2016 at 5:27am — No Comments
All humans have feelings and those feelings can absolutely affect their decisions in life, including any products purchased, where they buy them and to which companies they are loyal. Large companies know this and realize that corporate social responsibility programs are important to brand image, customer sentiment…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on June 8, 2016 at 5:37am — No Comments
While your customer has consistently serviced their vehicle with you, when they get that $19.95 oil change coupon from your competition, will it go in the trash, or will they choose to take advantage of it and defect to the…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 17, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments
In a recent interview with Automotive News, Masahiro Moro, head of Mazda North American Operations, detailed Mazda’s plan to increase customer loyalty for both the OEM and its dealers. While his plan…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 10, 2016 at 5:32am — No Comments
There is so much competition from other marketers -- customers are constantly barraged with messages from every side and in every way.
Social media reach has decreased, digital marketing is ever more…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 26, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
The average U.S. household now belongs to more than 18 loyalty programs, for a total of more than 2 billion memberships. That’s an awful lot of loyal customers. But, all these programs and cards can have an unintended effect: customer loyalty fatigue.
Most consumers do still participate in their…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 22, 2016 at 5:57am — No Comments
According to a study by Colloquy, there are 3.3 billion loyalty program memberships in the United States, which averages 29 per household. Yes, loyalty programs are everywhere. From grocery stores, to gas stations and fast food restaurants, chances are high that a store you’re about to enter for the first time has a…Continue
It’s a well-known fact that retaining customers is less expensive and can be more profitable than acquiring new ones. The reality is essentially, customer churn keeps your dealership stationary. Many dealers blast sales messages across every medium possible – traditional, mailers, and digital; hoping that someone,…Continue
Whether it’s an unhappy customer in the service drive because the repair is taking too long; or a customer in sales for 4 long hours attempting to buy a car and less than happy as a result; or a customer making a post-purchase call to report issues with a vehicle they just purchased; dealership managers can sometimes…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 22, 2016 at 5:55am — No Comments
The car business is a people business. Because of that, dealerships see customers from a variety of backgrounds, income levels and credit histories. And, for a salesperson or manager, there’s nothing more disheartening than to spend a lot of time with a customer just to discover that they are credit challenged. Despite…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on March 11, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments
An excellent article on Customer Experience Insight shared an analogy that resonated with me as it can be applied to automotive salespeople. The article compares salespeople to trees and states that only 10 percent of…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 8, 2016 at 5:53am — No Comments
In today’s environment, consumers demand more personal attention and expect tangible appreciation for their business. Loyalty programs, great customer experiences and expedient solutions to problems are no longer luxuries, but expectations.
Every loyal customer seems to have a different reason for why…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 23, 2016 at 6:01am — No Comments
Very few sales managers would punish a salesperson upon receiving a complaint that they are calling, e-mailing or texting a customer too much. In fact, after assuring the customer that they will have the salesperson stop, that sales manager will probably follow up by giving the salesperson a high five. And, to ensure…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on February 19, 2016 at 5:41am — No Comments
A lot has been written about how industry disrupters are currently threatening market share. These online auto buying sites provide consumers…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 16, 2016 at 5:48am — No Comments