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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'retention' (217)

Employee Retention: Why Are We Going Backwards?

A recent article in Automotive News reports that the three-year employee retention rate at dealerships reached a new low, dropping by 2%.

In fact,…


Added by Mike Gorun on October 6, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Efficiency is the Key to Loyalty

Have you ever tried to call a dealership – whether it’s to inquire about a vehicle or schedule a service appointment – just to get placed on eternal hold or thrown into someone’s voicemail? Many consumers have and, just like you, they don’t like it.


People are busy. When they pick up the phone to…


Added by Mike Gorun on September 27, 2016 at 6:07am — No Comments

Service Retention Relies on Consumer Trust

When a customer buys a new car from a dealership it’s almost a given that service also just gained a new customer. Most of the time, if the customer is local, they will start bringing their vehicle into the selling dealership for regular maintenance and…


Added by Tim Clay on September 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

What Would You Do?

In this era of dealership expansions and acquisitions, groups are often put in the unenviable position of inheriting promises or perks that were offered prior to the dealership acquisition. One would think that it is simply a matter of grandfathering the customer into a perk offered by the previous owners. However,…


Added by sara callahan on September 21, 2016 at 5:58am — No Comments

Why You Should Test, Hire and Fire For Attitude

Imagine two candidates for a sales position. One has a great attitude and great people skills, but doesn't have the greatest sales record. The other candidate could sell snow to an Eskimo, but has a prima donna attitude and an obnoxious personality. Who would you hire?…


Added by Mike Esposito on September 15, 2016 at 7:24am — No Comments

One Dealership’s Killer Community Support Program

Tom Hawkins, Dealer Principal of Hawkins Chevrolet in Fairmont, MN, a cornerstone of his local community, was searching for a way to provide even more support to his local area. He reached out and identified an area that had both a…


Added by Mike Gorun on September 13, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments

For Maximum Revenue You Must Get Emotional

Many businesses, including the automotive industry, have a strong focus on creating a better customer experience through technology. In fact, technology has transformed the customer experience across all industries. Consumers can buy a multitude of products online and have them delivered, in some cases, in an hour.…


Added by Mike Gorun on September 6, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments

Quick Lube: A Minor Investment for a Huge Return

In the past, customers were willing to bring their vehicle into a service department and wait patiently.

However, with the rise of convenience and the promise of speed in the form of express independent chains such as Jiffy Lube, regular service customers began forsaking the dealership and…


Added by Tom Cannata on August 29, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Maybe We’re Approaching This Whole Loyalty Thing Wrong?

Customer loyalty is something every business needs and desires. Some companies are spectacular at accomplishing it, while others struggle.

According to a study by DMA, perhaps we’re missing an important fact… not all loyal customers are the same.

DMA’s “Customer Engagement 2016” study, takes customer loyalty a little further. It narrowed the pool…


Added by Mike Gorun on August 26, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

What Marriage Therapists Can Teach About Customer Retention

Want to know the best way to increase customer retention? It's not rocket science. It all comes down to the relationships that your employees have with your customers. If your employees take good care of your customers, and your customers…


Added by Mike Esposito on August 18, 2016 at 8:09am — No Comments

So You Think You Have Customer Loyalty Figured Out…Not So Fast!

You may think that simply because you offer an excellent customer experience, your customers will be loyal… but what is really happening? Is it possible that YOUR definition of a great customer experience differs from your customers?




Added by Mike Gorun on August 16, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Integrates DMS with Unotifi, Expanding Auto Dealers' Mobile Relationship Marketing and Customer Retention Abilities

Albany, N.Y. – August 15th, 2016 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems ( today announced the integration of its dealership management system (DMS) with Unotifi, a pioneer in mobile relationship marketing and customer retention for auto dealers.


Benefits to dealers using both Auto/Mate's DMS and Unotifi solutions include increased data gathering and intelligence about a dealership's customers, the ability to…


Added by Mike Esposito on August 15, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Do you Value your Employees? Show Them!

A little over a year ago, the founder of a credit card payment processing company made an unorthodox move that resulted in some very mixed reactions and a whole lot of media attention. Dan Price, founder of Gravity Payments, cut his own salary by 93% (from $1 million to $70,000 per year). He did this so he could pay…


Added by Mike Gorun on July 27, 2016 at 6:13am — No Comments

When Being a Manager Requires Compassion

The retail automotive world demands a lot, including long hours, working holidays and little flexibility in schedule. Most dealerships require 1 or 2 “bells” per week, (working open to close) and don’t include many weekends off, as Saturday and Sunday are typically busy days, when consumers have time to shop for a vehicle.

A recent…


Added by Mike Gorun on July 19, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Redefining Employee Engagement

There have been countless studies about employee engagement and how, when engaged, employees tend to be happier, more productive and deliver a better customer experience. With a 70 percent annual turnover rate in sales, this is an area that the auto industry – at least on the sales side – has a problem with. Don’t…


Added by Mike Gorun on May 31, 2016 at 5:04am — No Comments

How to Combat Loyalty Program Fatigue

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…


Added by Mike Gorun on April 22, 2016 at 5:57am — No Comments

Your Biggest Revenue Opportunity Is Closer Than You Think

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,…


Added by Mike Gorun on March 29, 2016 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

How Customer Experience Failures Effect Business

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…


Added by Mike Gorun on March 22, 2016 at 5:55am — No Comments

How Convenient is Your Service Department?

It’s a well-known fact that consumers these days have a wide variety of choices for their automotive service needs. They can get their vehicle serviced at their dealership, independent service center, or at a local mechanic. Many even mix their choices up depending on the type of repair or service needed. It’s not…


Added by Tony Orlando on March 21, 2016 at 4:22am — No Comments

Training is Managing

When I first began selling cars my training consisted of: “This is the new car lot, this is the new car manager, this is the used car lot, and this is the used car manager. When you need to have a car appraised, you fill out this form and take it to this manager to approve and then you drive the car here. We will let…


Added by Kit Rogers on March 18, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments

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