Professional Community for Car Dealers, Automotive Marketers and Sales Managers
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,…Continue
Added by sara callahan on September 21, 2016 at 5:58am — No Comments
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?…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on September 15, 2016 at 7:24am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 13, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 6, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments
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
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…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 26, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on August 18, 2016 at 8:09am — No Comments
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
Albany, N.Y. – August 15th, 2016 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) 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…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on August 15, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on July 27, 2016 at 6:13am — No Comments
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.
Added by Mike Gorun on July 19, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 31, 2016 at 5:04am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 22, 2016 at 5:57am — No Comments
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,…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 22, 2016 at 5:55am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Tony Orlando on March 21, 2016 at 4:22am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kit Rogers on March 18, 2016 at 4:30am — 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…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on March 11, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments
An excellent article on Customer Experience Insight shared an analogy that resonated with me as it can be applied to automotive salespeople. The article compares salespeople to trees and states that only 10 percent of…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 8, 2016 at 5:53am — No Comments
In today’s environment, consumers demand more personal attention and expect tangible appreciation for their business. Loyalty programs, great customer experiences and expedient solutions to problems are no longer luxuries, but expectations.
Every loyal customer seems to have a different reason for why…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 23, 2016 at 6:01am — No Comments