Professional Community for Car Dealers, Automotive Marketers and Sales Managers
Nearly every week we spend training in a Dealership, we try to identify and help correct deficiencies in production, CSI and dealership employee performance. The rub is that every dealership has different issues and problems.
And 100% of the time when there is little progress in performance…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 1, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments
Processes save lives. It’s true. It is especially true when you are lying in a hospital bed with a doctor and a nurse talking to you about how their processes will save your life…which was where I found myself in the not too distant past.
Added by Leonard Buchholz on April 21, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments
One of the best things about traveling is experiencing how other people run their businesses.
It also allows you to have many different Sales presentations from many different people. This story is about how one motivated, knowledgeable and especially friendly Salesperson made a banana into a bbq pork sandwich.
Added by Stephanie Young on April 8, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
I have a lot of vendor friends and consultants I really love. In fact, I'm so popular, I make new friends among the vendors every day. My dealer says I spend way, way too much time with them when I should be working. But I just love talking to…Continue
The purpose of this event was to streamline the automotive buying process for consumers. Technology and shopping portals are increasingly…Continue
Wikipedia defines "Teamwork [as] the capability to comprehend and recognize the diverse strengths and abilities in a group setting and then applying them to one final solution The concept has spread from the world of sports where it is well known and accepted, to business, so much so that it is in danger of being considered by some as an empty buzzword, or a…Continue
Added by Stephanie Young on March 31, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
It’s been 60 days.
Like many, you went to the NADA Convention determined to find the one thing that was going to make a difference in your Dealership this year. You had every intention of making changes and doing something different. You gathered information and then cataloged it. You even made a list of your Dealerships Managers and their responsibilities and revised their Goals based on the new information and training you were about to provide them.
You were ready for…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 29, 2014 at 6:15am — No Comments
A recent interview with former Apple VP of Worldwide Marketing, Allison Johnson, offered up some interesting insights into the legendary businessman Steve Jobs.
In her interview, she explained how the two words that Jobs hated most…Continue
In every Dealership there is a desk. And behind that desk sits someone who has the responsibility to increase Profits.
In Fixed Ops, this person is called the Service Manager.
Typically (when I go into a store that is not profitable), I find the person sitting behind that desk working on everything not related to increasing Profits while believing that they are working on everything related to increasing Profits.
I call it the “Theory of Un-relativity” and it goes like…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 26, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments
By Brian Pasch
Acura's new policy on Google Adwords bidding strategies is an attempt to control click costs in SEM campaigns for their national marketing, regional marketing, and dealer marketing strategies. Using cost as the…Continue
With the emphasis on increasing RO count through the manufacturer’s initiatives in regards to Quick Lube, Express Service, Fast Oil Change or whatever you call the 30 minute oil change in your Dealership, you would think that RO counts would be going up.
In some instances, yes they are. There is no doubt that these programs have resulted in more traffic into some stores in some cases.
But, in many stores, even with the advent of the “30 Minute Oil Change” marketing push and…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 20, 2014 at 7:11am — No Comments
An interesting article on the Forbes website shared the results of a recent study by Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends. The study was the result of an extensive…Continue
In every dealership that I visit that is struggling with increasing Sales per Repair Order, performing a walkaround is the area that the Advisors do not do well, if at all.
Recently, I was observing a service drive when a customer pulled up in a car and the advisor looked up from the desk and and said "Oh, look...she is just sitting there." And for the next 3-5 minutes, the advisor sat at her…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 17, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments
Last week, the newly appointed host of “The Tonight Show” mentioned on the air that he was in the market for a new truck. Of course, manufacturers couldn’t resist the golden opportunity to try and convince the star to choose theirs.
Ford responded first urging Jimmy to check out the 2015 F-150, within minutes of his proclamation.…Continue
"You don't get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.”
~ Jim Rohn
Recently, I had a day in which the time seemed to sit still. I glanced at the clock for the tenth time and it was only 1:30pm. How could this…Continue
Added by Stephanie Young on March 10, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Added by Stephanie Young on March 6, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on March 4, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Stephanie Young on March 4, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 28, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments