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Dealership service departments are catching on. They’re beginning to retail like some of the best in the world.
They’re making tire sales an integral part of their service model. They’re marketing to all makes and models. They’re making sure every vehicle, even quick lube customers, receives a multi-point inspection. They’re marketing and promoting services to wider audiences, all aimed at servicing more consumers better to earn and to keep more business for the…Continue
Added by Gregg Manson on June 17, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments
Whether we like to acknowledge it or not, we all answer to someone. Ideally, we see this connection as an opportunity to serve others. Serving others may seem old-fashioned but to the contrary, commitment to serving others is the route to true personal and business fulfillment.
My guess is our serve-others intention increases as we walk toward the new up. Yet to what extent do we actively serve those who have purchased from us already? The customer database is rich with existing…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on June 12, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments
It's always a pleasure to write a post about Success and we have some Great News! Rountree GM/Nissan in Florida hit the 200K Club! Congratulations to the entire Team!
In this picture from l-r Tom Dallett Fixed Operations Specialist, Dan Shelly General Manager, Donnie Rosbury Service Manager and Gary Halter Parts Manager.…
Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 29, 2014 at 1:46pm — No Comments
25 Things Veteran Managers Need to Hear
(But don’t want to…)
In life, we all need someone to just tell us the hard truth. Even when it’s something we really don’t want to…Continue
Car Salespeople: Complacent and Unmotivated or Victims of Lazy Sales Management and High Priced Third Party Vendors? … The Ugly Truth
I work with dealers who believe that when a consumer from their own back yard calls into the dealership to inquire on a vehicle that they want to talk to a call center representative that’s located 5 states away in a different time zone! Wake up dealers! We live in a ‘don’t waste my time, don’t jerk me around’ society and it’s time to take…Continue
In the NFL, one of the most valuable commodities a team can have are its fans. Countless times we hear about the effect that home crowds can have on the gameplay of the athletes on both teams. Termed the “12th man,” this phenomenon is extremely powerful as it can motivate the home team, while at the…Continue
Added by Scott T. Joseph on May 29, 2014 at 5:05am — No Comments
“You have to decide to love it first. Then the reasons to love it will appear.”
— Jeff Sterns
Let me open with this: you have every reason to feel proud of yourself.
First, you are open to looking at yourself and this shows accountability. Second, when you get really good at…Continue
Added by Jeffery Sterns on May 22, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
In part one of this series, I discussed the importance of dealerships using their data effectively in marketing and how, when done properly, it can…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 16, 2014 at 6:03am — No Comments
Whether you are a football fan or not, unless you have been living in a cave you have probably heard a lot about Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow. What Tebow and Manziel have in common is that both are former Heisman Trophy winning college quarterbacks. What they both also have in common is that they are both very much hated and reviled by so many.
From the outside looking in, they are polar opposites in many ways. Tebow is publicly very religious and Manziel is not. Tebow is…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on May 7, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments
Transparency is critical to Generation Y and it starts with the job posting. Dealerships should consider posting information regarding employment directly on dealership websites to include details on job responsibilities and expectations, compensation and benefit plans,…Continue
Added by Stephanie Young on May 7, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
One of the retail automotive industry’s greatest challenges is attracting educated and young talent. Most career seeking university graduates overlook the automotive industry when considering employment. Their distaste for the automotive retail industry is typically fueled by negative thoughts about long work…Continue
Added by Stephanie Young on May 6, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
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