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Sure there are the typical, "have to check with my spouse," and "have to pick up my kids at their soccer game." Then there are the…Continue
AutoLoop Introduces Engage™ Call Center Solution Proven to Increase Sales and Service Profitability for Auto Dealers
Clearwater, FL -- AutoLoop today introduced EngageTM, a call center solution proven to engage customers and increase sales and service profitability for auto dealers.
Building on twenty years of call center experience…Continue
Added by Patrick Kelly on October 13, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
These best practices combined with …Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on October 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Every year about this time, kids’ minds turn to images of ghosts, skeletons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To accommodate their imaginations merchants everywhere fill their shelves with Halloween costumes, candy and related stuff.Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on October 9, 2014 at 6:44am — No Comments
The VALUE OF DVS CUSTOMER
I get the Boston Globe newspaper every day. I’ve been reading it since I was old enough to read. Friends of mine who are fellow members of the New England Motor Press Association write for the Autos section.
Being a car guy of sorts, I own more cars than I…Continue
It's very easy to get caught up in the big picture.
We're always told to look at the big picture. It's usually more easily accessible, particularly for car dealer personnel who have a thousand things they must get done every month. One could even…Continue
We are creatures of habit. Unfortunately, the habits of the general population has changed over the last decade to create a separation between where they buy cars and where they have them serviced.
What's more unfortunate is that dealers have really started pushing in the same…
Added by Jon Lamb on September 28, 2014 at 2:37pm — No Comments
Back in the bad old days of car sales, if someone planned to buy a car, the first thing he or she’d do is… put off the process for three months to a year! Finally, when the old beater started costing far more to fix than the monthly payments on a new car, they’d pick up a copy of the Consumer Reports annual new car issue, grab the Autos section of the Sunday newspaper and start doing some homework.
Usually, they’d start with the model. “Hmmm, it needs to fit me, the wife…Continue
Added by Jim Barisano on September 16, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments
One of the many byproducts of training in so many dealerships is that you get to observe all the different ways people do things. Like how they answer the phone or talk to a customer in the service drive.
Over the years, I’ve made it a point to take note of some of the ways Advisors and Managers blow their customer up in the service drive and I thought I would share with you my observations and my Top 5.…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 26, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments
Finding a lost earring in the jewelry box, discovering the old autographed Tom Seaver baseball card when you clean out the attic, and learning that the shirt you are about to pay retail for is discounted, are all pleasant surprises.
How about walking into your bank and having the ATM talk with…Continue
Ever since the first car dealership opened, dealers have understood the emotional impact of “the walkaround.” As consumers move through the buying cycle, they get to a point where they don’t just want, but need to experience a vehicle that they are interested in. In the past, most consumers would visit the dealership…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on August 19, 2014 at 5:46am — No Comments
A recent article on the Huffington Post asked why consumers are still buying GM vehicles despite all of the recent recalls. There’s no question that there are many concerned owners of GM…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 18, 2014 at 5:57am — No Comments
As a sales and marketing professional, you probably learned a long time ago that the best way to present your products is by using words that paint a picture. Not just any picture, a picture that puts each shopper in the picture; helps them visualize owning your product; and then mentally experience the emotional…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on August 8, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments
Designing your sales process to focus more on your customer’s needs and wants and less on you can help you be more successful. It lowers the customer’s natural resistance and can help you sell more and make more profit. There are 10 key ingredients to making this happen.
A Positive Attitude
Much has been written about the importance of maintaining a positive attitude and I will not rehash all of that here. A positive attitude is your armor against…Continue
Added by Al Mosher on August 4, 2014 at 6:44am — No Comments
For inbound marketing, leads determine success. The assumption is that the higher the lead volume and percentage, the higher the sales and service volume. All too often, these do not go in step with each other. Below we identify ten statistics that are the main cause of increased lead quantity not equating to…Continue
Added by Larry Bruce on July 31, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
It's back to the future for car shoppers, who now much prefer to contact dealerships with an old-fashioned phone call rather than via the Internet.
Two years ago, Internet sales leads were gaining on…Continue
Added by Manny Luna on July 27, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments
This photo cracks me up because it looks as if the guy wants to make sure that you've noticed how good he looks in the reflection of the car!…Continue
Added by Michael Cirillo on July 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
Added by Leonard Buchholz on July 23, 2014 at 10:33am — No Comments
When we think of mobile marketing, we are usually thinking in terms of two primary areas of concern.
1) We are thinking about whether a dealership has a mobile optimized website, and
2) We are thinking about whether or not the dealership is suited well for a text messaging campaign.
In the case of needing a mobile optimized website, it doesn’t really matter what your business sells, your location will benefit on a local level from having a mobile optimized website. …Continue
Added by Mike Maggs on July 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
It’s unfortunate that so many members of the automotive industry when approached with a genuine request to be of assistance, are prone to wondering “ What do you want from me?” or “What are you selling?” I blame the all too common and frequent hidden agendas that often occur in B2B and B2C interactions.
We already understand that a single loyal…Continue
Added by Stephanie Young on July 14, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments