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Last year, WestJet pulled off an elaborate scheme whereby flight passengers met with a virtual Santa at the gate to share any Christmas wishes. Upon arrival, these passengers were beyond delighted to discover the very gifts they had just wished for circling the baggage carousel. The whole caper was filmed and…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on December 11, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
I was thinking this morning about how rockets and Fixed Operations Customer Management are related. With all the news about the different companies striving to become the next NASA, it reminded me that we are all in a "Space Race" even though I know that the two subjects seem completely unrelated and are not even in the same Encyclopedia volume.
And I submit for your consideration that driving a rocket into space and good Customer Service…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on December 9, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments
Question: How much money is sitting in your Dealership Management System (DMS) right now?
Well, let’s break it down. The average-sized dealership has tens of thousands of customer names in its DMS. Since each name represents a customer—either sales or service—whose ownership of their current vehicle will ultimately come to an end, they make great prospects for future sales.
Added by Matt Rodeghero on December 5, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments
Do you remember the AT&T ad slogan “Reach Out and Touch Someone” from the early 1980s? It may have been thirty years since that slogan reached its peak in popularity, but it still has a similar meaning today. Our high-paced, digitally driven world has made it even easier to stay in touch with our friends and…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on December 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
|by Joe Tarell, Performance Improvement Consultant|
For many consumers, the mystery is gone from the car sales transaction. The Internet has leveled the playing field for negotiating car deals while dealers and car salespeople find it increasingly difficult to hold gross on a car deal. In…Continue
Regardless of how hard you work to ensure that your customers have an excellent experience, mistakes happen. No doubt you’ve had customers complain about something – it took too long for their vehicle to be serviced, there was a miscommunication in pricing during the sale, or a general failure to deliver on promises…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on November 20, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
Forget for a moment whether a sales consultant’s work area is messy, or if there are smudges on the windows. Let’s look a little closer at what a customer could see, hear…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 18, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
I doubt that a dealership service department exists that hasn’t had to deal with a customer claim that their vehicle was damaged while being serviced. Whether it’s a minor scratch, or something bigger, these types of claims cost dealerships money. It’s not always a customer who is trying to get a free cosmetic repair.…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
A name without an email address is a wasted opportunity. For every 10,000 contacts pulled from dealership management systems, on average only 3,000 have deliverable email addresses. This means that most dealers are unable to send emails to 70 percent of their past, current and potential customers.
Added by Jennifer Kras on November 12, 2014 at 8:36am — No Comments
One of the most valuable assets you have at your dealership is your customer database. However, frequently dealers fail to effectively use this information to help achieve more specific marketing goals. While some may use their database to send marketing messages to existing and previous customers in an effort to sell…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on October 30, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
Think about the last time you visited a business such as McDonald’s, Target, or a 7-11. Now, think about the store itself – did you select the store because of convenience, or because you were dedicated to a specific location? Sometimes the answer is both, but more often…Continue
Added by Amy Scott on October 23, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
Compared to even ten years ago, it seems that everyone is in a rush to get something done fast and with as little inconvenience as possible. The reality is - people have less time, which…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
Clearwater, FL--October 21st, 2014--AutoLoop LLC, a leading developer of sales-generation and customer-retention software for auto dealers, today announced the addition of Sean Donovan as Sales Representative for western North America. Donovan brings nearly 20 years of automotive marketing,…Continue
I had just finished reading this article on marketsoft.com about customer loyalty, when a business associate told me about a similar situation that happened to him. In his mailbox was a glossy, oversized postcard offering a…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
These best practices combined with …Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on October 9, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
A recent article on Science20.com, explains how customers will be less focused on price and will emphasize the customer service experience when the economy is going well. However, when the economy…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on October 9, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments
It sounds backwards, at first, but when was the last time you asked your customers for a complaint or some constructive criticism? If you’re like most dealerships, you’re doing everything you can to avoid complaints and negative reviews. In the past, you may have even ignored customers that voiced a complaint.…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 7, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
If one trend frames this decade it’s how mobile technology puts valuable and often quite necessary yet rather common tools at our fingertips.
It seems there’s very little that cannot be accomplished today by accessing resources and applications at our fingertips on these small electronic devices we call mobile, whether a smartphone,…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on September 30, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments
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
“The customer is always right” has been the trademark phrase used by businesses in the United States for decades. By and large, most reputable businesses believe this philosophy to some degree, and put policies and procedures in place to make sure that their customers are treated fairly and effectively…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on September 26, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments