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While most businesses analyze budgets and shift money towards digital advertising, video and branding, Volvo has taken an interesting strategy: to decrease marketing. While it isn’t planning to cease all activities, Volvo has decided that, rather than attempt to take on any rivals with bigger budgets, it will shift…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on December 29, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
Virtually every dealership today uses their website, social media channels, and email to be a part of their “voice” when it comes to communicating with their customers and begin building a “trust” relationship long before the shopper ever visits their store.
The ultimate goal of each…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on October 13, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 9, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments
There are many things that companies can do to earn a customer’s loyalty. However, e-mail marketing isn’t typically high on the list. Consumers get barraged continuously with marketing messages via e-mail. As you go through your in-box, how many do you delete without even reading them in order to get to those you are…Continue
A recently released white paper based on a collaborative study between Cars.com and GFK, reported that consumers are leaving dealership service in favor of independents due to a…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on April 24, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
Recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) crackdowns against dealerships have drawn attention to the changing dynamics of automotive advertising. While FTC interventions have caused turmoil for some, most auto dealers don’t buy into running too good-to-be true ads. Some dealers even pride themselves on being straight with their customers.
The challenge for these dealers now lies with…Continue
Added by Rachel Boyle on November 11, 2013 at 12:09pm — No Comments
When was the last time you heard of someone who had worked his or her entire live for a single company? Chances are these instances involved members of an older generation, specifically people born in the earlier part of the century. So why has something that used to be fairly common in the past suddenly…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on September 26, 2013 at 6:04am — No Comments
In almost every aspect of your dealership, you calculate ROI. Whether you’re looking at your ad spend, calculating labor costs or analyzing your digital marketing, the first, and last, thing you think about is ROI. How is my spending this money going to help me make more money? At times, we choose…Continue
As football season approaches, I am reminded of a story that was widely publicized last spring. Joe Flacco, having just signed a $121 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens which made him the…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 27, 2013 at 7:17am — No Comments
In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for employees to spend their whole working lives with a single company. People would start in their late teens and many would retire without ever having worked anywhere else. However, businesses, in general, and dealerships, specifically, are experiencing less loyalty from employees…Continue
You’ll always hear me say, “the minute you’ve lost your perspective as the consumer, you’ll never have any perspective as a marketer.” Whether you’re actually a marketer or a businessperson of any kind in any industry whatsoever, the same rule applies. Online reviews don’t just “appear,” and much like a doctor’s advice after a heart attack, “the signs were there, we just didn’t see them or they were ignored.” There is a process by which online reviews come to be published…Continue
Added by Camille Forte on June 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
When did you last share with someone important why you enjoy him or her? We’re fast to convey disappointment or dissatisfaction with others, but uplifting the attributes in them we like feels rather strange.
Yet when it comes to building loyalty, whether in customers, coworkers or…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 16, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments
My wife and I have some wonderful friends whose restaurant serves up some of the most delicious Latin cuisine. Pedro and Adrianna have the warmest hearts. So, when they told me about the car salesperson they had fallen in love with several years prior, who never bothered to follow up with them after the sale, I…Continue
You know about the…Continue
You know, the up who paid MSRP, plopped down a substantial down payment and had an 800…Continue
Is that what the math says…is…Continue
You know, the group of sales associates standing together commiserating…Continue
Reputation Management is, and has been, quite the hot topic in business for some time, yet the “proper etiquette” isn’t always clear for most. Now that Yelp is to be among the review forums that allow you to counteract negative reviews, it’s time for a quick brush-up on online review management so that this new development works to your advantage – because mishandling negative feedback can only make it exponentially worse.
To state the…Continue
Added by Camille Forte on February 20, 2012 at 8:08am — No Comments
Stop looking at social media as an add-on, in order for social marketing to be truly effective you must first work to integrate it into your daily processes. Instead of seeing social media as a separate identity, one that needs a separate strategy…Continue
Added by David Johnson on February 1, 2012 at 9:09am — No Comments
What To Do About A Bad Review
We’ve all talked about bad reviews and what to do about them. The consensus is that you answer them in a constructive way that shows others that you are concerned about an unhappy customer.
Asking that customer to…Continue