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Automotive Sales Staff Recruiting Time Management Plan

Automotive management tasked with the job of recruiting car sales people in addition to their other duties, often find themselves underachieving in terms of production. …

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Added by Stephanie Young on March 6, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Create Your Own Buy Cycle

According to AutoMD.com, more than three-quarters of respondents to a 2012 car-buying attitude survey found that “78% now say that 10+ years (or until it dies) is the appropriate vehicle lifespan. Most telling is that over half say that a better economy would not change their habit of holding onto their vehicle longer.” 

You may feel shackled by this reality, but in fact you have much control over how the buy cycle influences your dealership. I can make such a statement because this…

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Added by Jeff Cotton on March 4, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Automotive Sales Training: Dressing for Success

Part of my life was spent in Southeastern Oklahoma.  I remember teenage boys coming to the ranch dressed in their "good jeans" with a tucked-in "nice shirt" and driving their daddy's "dress truck".  The purpose was to show my aunties and uncles, that they were gentlemen and worthy of the responsibility of the social company of the young…

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Added by Stephanie Young on March 4, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Selling the Difference

Cars, dealerships and sales people can be commodities. As a sales person, your job is to move everything you do and everything you have towards being a non-commoditized item or service. You must sell your difference.

 

When making a decision, customers look for deciding factors. Being able to know what the differences are and then helping the customer know what they look like, sound like and feel like is your job. Customers don’t spend an hour with you and say, “This is exactly…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 28, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Complete Sales Freedom in Two Years or Less

Many sales people tend to always be chasing the next customer and worrying about the next paycheck. The good news is that this is unnecessary and can be fixed forever in two years or less. Sales people can eliminate future sales and income anxiety once and for all.

 

What’s the key to creating freedom? It’s marketing. If you are a sales person who is waiting for your business to provide an endless funnel of prospects and buyers, you are living in a fantasy land. Even with a ton…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

How To Flood Your Dealership With Customers

There is a revelation that is shocking and, quite frankly, scary. A dangerous and potentially fatal mistake is being made everyday in businesses. The mistake is the confusion between strategy and tactics. Strategy is your overall goal for your business and your overall marketing philosophy to achieve those goals. Tactics are executable actions you take to achieve those options. The good news is that once you have clarity about your strategy, and then apply emotional direct response marketing…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

How to Build a Winning Team

Each year at the start of football practice, Vince Lombardi, the coach of the Green Bay Packers started his season the same way. His opening statement to his players was, “This is a football.” Every year, John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins started his first practice of the season by demonstrating to his players how to properly put on their socks to prevent blisters. Pretty basic stuff, huh?

 

Notice the similarities between Wooden and Lombardi in the…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Are We at a Cross Roads with our Auto Sales Staff?

Even if you don’t believe, as I do, that high sales staff turnover is the number one issue facing the auto industry today; we certainly can agree it is right at the top of the list. There is not one positive thing that happens at our dealerships as a result of high turnover, and the benefits of low sales turnover are so obvious that I don’t need to list them.

 

High sales turnover has completely undermined training efforts. It creates the mental attitude amongst many managers…

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Added by Paul Sansone Jr. on February 25, 2014 at 5:14am — 1 Comment

How to Hit the Hot 40

Believe me, please, when I confess that I understand the psychology and emotions that drive the highs and lows of showroom sales.  Your soul hangs in a valley on slow days yet soars into heaven the moment a fresh up drives onto the lot.

I’ve been there. I’ve lived that, and after all these years I still breathe car sales.

Since those days, however, I’ve learned a few new ideas about selling cars. One of the best tips I can pass along is this: Focus on the hot 40 if you want to…

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Added by Jeff Cotton on February 24, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

Find Car for Client ...not Client for Car!

Joe's been "Smartphone" browsing for trucks while he's on his lunch break. He spots a 5 year truck on YOUR dealership's site and thinks it could be the right one.

Joe calls the dealership and a salesman tells him the truck's still available ..."ask for Andy!", says the…

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Added by Tom Vann on February 24, 2014 at 9:18am — 1 Comment

Why Dealerships Struggle: Part 3

What is the plan at your dealership for training your team members? If it is what I have seen at most dealerships, it’s not enough. As a matter of fact, if you are operating at the industry standard, it’s embarrassing. Dealerships that struggle always have people who are not trained enough or trained properly.

 

In 2011, NADA stated that the average automobile dealership in the U.S. spent $654 per vehicle on advertising. How much per car was spent for training? I don’t know the…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 24, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Dealership Managers: It's About Time - Part 3

Added by Danny Benites on February 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why Dealerships Struggle: Part 1

In what now can be considered a good selling market — and what many predict will soon be a booming market — there are many dealerships under-performing, and some mightily struggling.

Why? Although there can be many reasons for dealerships that struggle, after two decades of consulting, coaching and…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 20, 2014 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

Dealership Managers: It's About Time - Part 2

Added by Danny Benites on February 20, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Manufacturers Start Recognizing Importance of Technology

As reported by Automotive News, Audi has begun integrating iPads into their franchise dealer’s sales force. With their iPad tablets, which they’ve named, Sales Assist, they believe that young consumers…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 20, 2014 at 6:09am — 1 Comment

Are You A Professional or A Lot Lizard?

Drive up to a dealership and you will most likely see a lot lizard. Their species is easy to spot. They tend to congregate in front of the dealership, smoking, joking, complaining and waiting to wait on someone. Notice I said waiting to wait on. These lizards are a curious species in how they tend to look for prey. The professional is a different breed. The professional tends to not wait on much or for long. The professional has goals, a work plan and is too busy taking action…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 19, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cutco Can Do It; Why Can’t We!!!

If you look close enough to this picture:

you will see my name “SANSONE” etched into my new Cutco Cutlery set. What’s amazing to me is that I didn’t think I needed a new set of knives, I certainly didn’t have any difficulty cutting my last steak.

So why do I own them ???? Because Cutco is smart…

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Added by Paul Sansone Jr. on February 18, 2014 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

Relationship Building is the Key to Sales Success

I love going out to dinner when the wait staff remembers me and greets me like a friend.  The looks on my guest’s faces are priceless!!!  Everywhere I go; it seems the red carpet is waiting on my arrival.   Even my friends are eager to join me because via association they too get special treatment.  So, how did I earn my VIP status?  It was easy.  I just…

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Added by Stephanie Young on February 18, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

How To Get Your Customers To Say "Yes"

Robert Cialdini is a social scientist who wrote the book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. In the book, Cialdini describes six different influences that get people to say “yes.” In this article, I would like to review those six influences and how that relates to selling vehicles, and add one more form of influence that will assist you in getting your customer to say “yes!”

 

Reciprocation — Human nature creates an urge to pay back debts. These debts can be in the…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 18, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Let Your Fantasy Be Your Reality

“In the mind of the beginner there are many possibilities, and in the mind of the expert there are few.”-Suzuki Roshi

 

What would you do in your sales career if you did not have limitations? Everyone has self-imposed limitations. These limitations can stem from several strong forces – environment, childhood experiences, workplace profiling, etc. Never allow anyone to pigeonhole you into who you supposedly are or who you are not.

 

People in your work…

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Added by Mark Tewart on February 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

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