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Do you remember the AT&T ad slogan “Reach Out and Touch Someone” from the early 1980s? It may have been thirty years since that slogan reached its peak in popularity, but it still has a similar meaning today. Our high-paced, digitally driven world has made it even easier to stay in touch with our friends and…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on December 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
When was the last time you tried calling into your own--or another--dealership? Chances are high that the phone went unanswered, you were put on hold, routed into voicemail or were told that the sales or service person you're trying to reach is out to lunch.
The latest data collected from our call center agents is overwhelming: car dealers are missing way too many sales and service opportunities from lost phone leads. Behind showroom ups, these are the highest value inquiries…Continue
Added by Patrick Kelly on October 16, 2014 at 10:41am — No Comments
Added by Stephanie Young on April 8, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Some clouds are huge, with small silver linings. Other clouds are small, dwarfed by the silver lining they bring. This cloud snuck up on many dealers who rely upon Craigslist (CL) to generate a steady source of leads: now, all posts by dealers for their cars and trucks will cost $5 each.
Gone are they days of capriciously spamming the CTD (Cars and Trucks by Dealer) board with hundreds of ads. And I, for one, welcome it. Because now, gone too are the days of…Continue
Added by Justin West on December 3, 2013 at 11:39am — No Comments
In this era of tweets, texts and Likes, the wise sales associate still recognizes and practices good phone.
Good phone means knowing how to engage others using the telephone. For sales associates, good phone means having learned how to sell by phone, practiced those skills and worked to overcome it unfamiliarity.
Most any sales associate who makes up their mind to excel at using the phone to drive business can be a success.
Yet for many, the…Continue
Added by Doug Blankenship on August 26, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments
We all have listened to the untrained sales professional or Internet Coordinator spend half an hour selling the car to a customer over the phone; and the worst part about it is once he/she gives away all the info the majority of the time you never see the customer show up that he/she was talking to. …Continue
The other day I was in a dealership speaking with an owner. He said to me "I have 315,000 VDPs" to which I responded "wow, that it is great". He then said to me "however, VDPs do not cash checks, sales do". I was so happy to hear that because here is someone that really gets it. I am not saying that focusing…Continue
Added by Stan Sher on April 14, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments
Every year about this time we begin to contemplate. What was our final score for 2012? How did we end up? Did we just SURVIVE or did we THRIVE?
For most of you, that reality was written months ago and on the 10th of January you’ll be…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on January 1, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Service is an "elbow to elbow" people business. As I (we) have traveled and observed so many Dealership Service Operations, there is still one overriding factor that every Customer Service Organization must understand and adhere to. This is people business.…
Added by Leonard Buchholz on November 15, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments
Many car dealers are using Google Adwords as part of their advertising strategy yet there are still some website platforms that don't natively support replaceable phone numbers for paid search campaigns.Continue
Lost Sales and Declined Services Customers are in many Dealerships, the largest untapped source of additional revenue. And in most cases, the Sales has been lost because of a few words and not a few dollars.
It is an age old diametrically opposed argument. On one side, we have technology. On the other side, we have personnel.
Prepping for a presentation on Call Center best practices and found a few questions that there are varied performance metrics measured...hoping to get some input from you Call Center/eCommerce Directors that may want to share.
1) How important is the 'empowerment' of the "BDC Director"? Especially with regard to input into the Floor Sales Process... what areas of opportunity lie in the…
Clearly there is a huge gap between what "we" (old school) managers and Leaders consider useful and proper communication, motivation and Leadership techniques and what the "new" generation responds to.
There is a choice to be made.…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on July 16, 2012 at 7:46am — No Comments
And when it's all said and done, we like to think that we have contributed to the Dealership's future and had a hand in weaving the very fabric of that Dealership.
And in every Dealership…Continue
A traveling salesman had come to the end of a long day and was very hungry. He had not made many sales and was feeling a little frustrated with his results. He decided to stop and get something to eat and mull over his next step.
He stopped in town, parked on Main Street and looked around. He found two restaurants side by side. Above each there was a sign.
The one on the left said “Food, more…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on June 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments