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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
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…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on February 24, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments
Joe calls the dealership and a salesman tells him the truck's still available ..."ask for Andy!", says the…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 24, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments