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What is your customer retention percentage? Are you asking for more incremental work when the vehicle is on the hoist? Are you using SMS to your advantage?
Industry data shows that dealer’s…Continue
Added by Thomas F. Jung on May 22, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments
While the automotive industry has seen massive technology changes in the last 5 years, there is a continuing trend where some OEMs partner with specific vendors and then take away the freedom of choice for forward-thinking dealers. Mandates are enforced where franchised dealers must choose between 2-3 vendors…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on May 19, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
The automotive industry is extremely competitive – not just locally, but also at the manufacturer level. Manufacturers spend truckloads of money on conquest marketing and brand loyalty – which you would think should be great for dealers – and, to some degree, it is.
But think for a just a second…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on May 17, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Customer experience is increasingly important in business. Retail shops now compete for customer wallets with behemoths such as Amazon. As a result, stores now have to prove to customers they will receive a superior experience more valuable than the convenience of clicking a button to have their product show up…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 16, 2017 at 5:41am — No Comments
Service customers frequently decline some, or all the recommended services, which can be very frustrating to advisors.
While it shouldn’t be a service advisor’s job to “find” things to recommend, it’s certainly their job to notify and counsel customers about any areas…
Added by Tim Clay on May 12, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
There are currently more than 63 million recalled vehicles still on US roads and highways, which is surprising when you consider that recall repairs are at no cost to the consumer. So, why are consumers so apprehensive about bringing you their recalled vehicles? Do consumers hate going to the dealership that…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on May 12, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Convenience is one of the biggest factors that influences customers when choosing where to take their vehicles for service. For the younger generation it even trumps price. Independents know this and it is one of their key marketing messages, along with speed of service.
Dealers tend to fall behind in this…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on April 20, 2017 at 6:28am — No Comments
Of course, getting a customer to pay for that oil change they came in for isn’t difficult at all. However, when that same customer…Continue
Added by Tim Clay on April 14, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments
The title of this blog post originated from a thought-provoking interview with Chad Mitchell, senior director of digital communications at Walmart. In the interview he lays out a philosophy that every industry – especially…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 11, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
It’s no surprise that Disney has created one of the largest groups of loyal customers in the world. Of course, this isn’t by accident. Everything Disney does is by design. According to an…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 4, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments
A recent article in Automotive News tells the story of Carlos Liriano, a car dealer from New Orleans who migrated his dealership to Texas and brought with him a passion – gumbo. Initially, it started as a way…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 28, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments
It’s a logical conclusion that customer retention and loyalty are important to the survival and growth of any dealership, yet many dealers focus on growth by intangible metrics, simply looking at numbers – 100 units last month vs. 125 this month, or $125,000 in service revenue last month vs. $175,000 this…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 21, 2017 at 7:34am — No Comments
Sitting in the service department waiting room staring at the clock waiting for your vehicle to be repaired isn’t the most fun thing in the universe. It’s not quite like going to the dentist, but for some people it is a close second. Perhaps that’s the allure of the Jiffy Lubes of the world – the promise of the…Continue
Added by Tim Clay on March 17, 2017 at 6:22am — No Comments
Customer experience has become an industry “buzz term” of late when talking about customer acquisition and building loyalty. Most of the time, the focus is on the small things that turn a customer off -- attitudes, inefficient processes, or other such actions. But what happens when, well, everything goes…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 15, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments
An associate of mine recently told me an interesting story about their 75-year-old father, who purchased an import, rather than a domestic vehicle, for the first time in over 60 years. This was sometime around 2010.
When it was time to replace his domestic minivan, the first thing my associate’s father did was…Continue
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