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Many dealerships reap the benefits of employing staff that speak fluent Spanish for the simple reason that an increasing number of Spanish speakers frequent today’s dealerships for both sales and service. Language barriers can be a problem when it comes to service recommendation upsells or relaying the value of a vehicle, its…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on March 12, 2019 at 7:33am — No Comments
Leveraging Facebook Marketplace to help you sell more cars isn’t difficult if your dealership does it the right way. In part 1 of this series, I talked about the importance of choosing the right partner to maximize success. In …Continue
Added by Todd Smith on November 29, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
I’m sure that most managers are familiar with the frustration that comes with discovering a salesperson decided a sale was not to be made without really working the lead, letting a perfectly good customer leave the lot. Perhaps the salesperson pre-qualified them and decided they…Continue
Added by Steve White on November 19, 2018 at 7:11am — No Comments
As dealers face mounting pressure to exceed sales and service quotas for the year, the ability to find new customers is key to reaching goals. But conquesting is never easy, primarily because you have to rely on third-party data instead of the first-party customer data in your DMS.
Partnering with the right marketing vendor is the first step.…Continue
Added by Kevin Winter on November 16, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments
In the first part of this series, I shared why Facebook Marketplace can help dealers sell more cars, the ways in which they can get started, and the questions they should be asking their vendors when getting this set…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on November 13, 2018 at 8:47am — No Comments
Are you using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to grow your business? I’ve spent my career connecting advances in technology to business, and partner with dealers every day to help them use today’s tech to increase revenue and decrease wasteful ad spend. These dealers have figured out that AI and ML can help them identify people in their markets who are…Continue
Added by Natalie Born on November 2, 2018 at 7:22am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Andy Church on September 21, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
It wasn’t too long ago that most dealers shunned recalled vehicle owners, describing the additional traffic as a nuisance, or they viewed them as consumers who occupied service bays that could be more profitable with other types of business.
However, changes in OEM recall reimbursement policies, along with revenue data that indicates more than 50% of recall…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on September 5, 2018 at 6:58am — No Comments
I am sure many of you are familiar with the sad fate of Toys R Us.
But, do you remember how it originated it’s online journey? In…
Added by John Wingle on August 29, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
In the old days of traditional advertising, best practices advised that a consumer needed to hear or see the message three times before they remembered it. The same concept applies to all dealership marketing -- including on-the-lot.
When it comes to your lot, focus on the identity and branding of your specific dealership and/or group by defining and…Continue
Added by John Wingle on August 22, 2018 at 6:43am — No Comments
A recent blog article by myKaarma CEO & Founder Ujj Nath, posing a great question, “Are QR codes a technology asset or failure?” motivated me to respond with my own viewpoint on this matter, as it is a divisive topic for sure!
I have been in this space for a while and seen…Continue
Added by John Wingle on August 17, 2018 at 7:09am — No Comments
There’s a focused shift in the automotive community to reduce friction and create a more seamless experience for consumers from online to on the lot. Sure, some consumers – albeit…Continue
Added by John Wingle on August 8, 2018 at 6:56am — No Comments
In the not too distant past, prior to the Internet, dealerships had all the information and consumers had little or none. However, today’s consumers have access to a wealth of information which, at some…Continue
Added by John Wingle on July 17, 2018 at 6:17am — No Comments
It’s probably not news to you that, while customers like having new cars, many dislike the dealership experience. And, that dislike often immediately begins from the first moment they arrive and are basically accosted by 10 salespeople approaching their vehicle as they pull onto the lot – yes, that’s mostly an exaggeration, but you get my point.
Added by John Wingle on July 11, 2018 at 6:56am — No Comments
Saint Petersburg, FL July 9, 2018 –…Continue
Added by John Wingle on July 9, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Those consumers have, more than likely, already narrowed your dealership down to one of only a couple that they plan to visit. And, while your website may be spot-on and easy to use, with the…Continue
These days, customer experience is a vital part of the car buying process.
And, the first part of that experience is your dealership’s appearance in the eyes of your customers, both on and offline. Sadly, I see far too many lots that are poorly presented – they…
Added by John Wingle on June 22, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
By many historical measures, service opportunities have never been greater for auto dealers.
In the last decade auto sales have boomed, creating an unprecedented service opportunity tailwind for the next decade. More factory scheduled maintenance programs are…
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on March 20, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Not too long ago your service department could rely on seeing customers fairly frequently, but as vehicles have increased in quality, so have the OEM’s suggested service intervals – some are now as much as 15,000 miles between oil changes.
To put this into perspective, in the past, if a customer drove 15,000 miles annually they would visit the dealership on…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on December 6, 2016 at 6:54am — 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 that, many dealerships will do their best to land the…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on March 11, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments