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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'service' (252)

Using Recalls to Your Advantage

A recent article in Auto Remarketing reports how Penske Automotive Group is using recalls to increase their service business through recall work, but also as an opportunity to sell more vehicles. “I think recall business…

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Added by Chris Miller on May 22, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Increasing Recall Compliance Efforts Gets Political

A recent article on The Hill.com detailed how the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is teaming up with a Republican pollster to survey Americans on why they don’t bring in their vehicles…

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Added by Chris Miller on May 6, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Who Owns Your Cars? Automakers Say They Do

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a law enacted in 1998, enforced and administrated by the U.S. Copyright Office. Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office is tasked with holding hearings to determine what new technology should, or should not, be exempt from copyright laws. According to…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 30, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

FCA US Dealers: Service Revenue Just Got A Lot More Important

FCA US CEO, Sergio Marchionne, recently announced plans to reduce the profit on new cars sold within the FCA brands by increasing the invoice prices, while keeping the MSRP the same. This will result in less potential profit for its dealers. The move, as reported by Automotive News, is FCA's attempt to…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

The Recall Crisis: To a Scared Customer, an Apology can go a Long Way

For many consumers, cars are a necessity. They rely on them to get to work so that they can feed their family. They take their children to soccer practice and their spouses out for nights on the town. Throw in an occasional long-distance road trip to visit a relative or take a vacation, and it’s easy to see how much consumers rely on them. Manufacturers integrate safety messages into their branding. The government tests the vehicles. Consumer agencies review them. And consumers use this data…

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Added by Chris Miller on April 20, 2015 at 8:51am — No Comments

Twitter Can Be Used For Business Branding?

Twitter Can Be Used For Business Branding?

Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that has about 248 million active users as of 2014.  When using this program,…

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Added by Jonathan Floyd on April 20, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Amazon Enters the Auto Repair Business… Sort Of

At the end of March, Amazon announced the launch of what they’re calling “Amazon Home Services.” This new service by Amazon enables customers to order services for their homes without the inconvenience of having to search for these service providers, obtain references and obtain pricing. Services range…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 16, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Most Important Piece of Social Media Content

Social media can be somewhat of a battlefield, and, to some degree, companies are being attacked from all sides. On the one side, there’s a battle being waged with social media platforms as they attempt to monetize themselves by reducing the organic reach in an effort to make businesses pay for exposure. On the other side, companies fight for eyeballs with the content they pay for posting.

However, the content that most social media users really care about is user-generated content.…

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Added by Paul Moran on April 14, 2015 at 5:44am — No Comments

Senate Bill Could Force Recall Repairs & How You Can Capture More of That Work

Recalls can be lucrative service work for dealerships. However, when recalls are announced, most consumers aren’t informed that their vehicle is subject to a recall. As a result, an estimated “46 million cars with unfixed flaws” are currently driving around, according to a recent article in Automotive News. A new bill proposed in the Senate would mandate that…

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Added by Chris Miller on April 13, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

GM Warranty Cuts: The Good and Bad News

An article last month in USA Today, revealed that General Motors plans to dramatically cut the warranty coverage on Chevrolet and GMC vehicles beginning with 2016 models. Additionally, GM is…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 9, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Does Social Media Sell? A Harvard Professor Says No

An interesting article published in the Harvard Business Review by a Harvard professor makes some claims that many would argue against. Senior Lecturer, Frank Cespedes, argues that social media doesn’t affect the bottom line for companies and, due to that, is a waste of time.

Perhaps the most compelling reason for his conclusion is that the available metrics focus mainly on “likes, tweets,…

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Added by Paul Moran on April 7, 2015 at 9:59am — 2 Comments

How Customer Training Leads To Retention

With almost everything consumers purchase, there’s an owner’s manual or set of instructions for them to use.  For decades, car manufacturers have included an owner’s manual with new vehicles. Sadly, it is no secret that this tidy three hundred-page booklet is one of the least read publications produced in mass…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 26, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Auto/Mate Integrates Dealership Management System with VinSolutions' Sales & Service Marketing Platform

Real-time data delivery improves customer service & retention opportunities for auto dealers 

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ALBANY, N.Y. – February 23rd, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) today announced it has integrated its dealership management solution (DMS) with VinSolutions' (www.vinsolutions.com) all-in-one management, sales…

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Added by Mike Esposito on February 23, 2015 at 9:02am — No Comments

When Will I See You Again?

When will I see you again? No, I am not talking about the 70’s pop song, although the lyrics just may fit the content here. I am talking about the continued trend in customer defections from our dealerships. 

 

Customer’s defect for many reasons and the longer an individual owns a car, the harder it can be…

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Added by Mike Gorun on February 23, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

They Watched Your Video. Now What?

There’s no doubt that video marketing is exploding in popularity with businesses and consumers. Both Facebook and Twitter are investing heavily in video and, in the case of Facebook, rewarding those who upload their video straight onto its extended reach advertising platform.

 

The days of reading long text…

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Added by Brian Cox on February 10, 2015 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Time Isn’t of the Essence

Imagine a customer that is in for a routine oil change at your dealership.

As part of the complimentary inspection your store provides, it is discovered that the vehicle’s brake pads are severely worn and it would be unsafe to continue driving the vehicle much longer without replacement.  The…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 15, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Auto/Mate Introduces Rev/Mate, Online Service Scheduling And Menu Building Solution for Auto Dealers

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ALBANY, N.Y. – January 12th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) today introduced Rev/Mate, an online service scheduling and menu building solution for auto dealers. Rev/Mate will be rolled out in the Automotive Productivity Management Suite (AMPS) Fixed Ops/Mate module in 2015. Rev/Mate is designed for service departments to maximize customer pay revenue while creating a…

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Added by Mike Esposito on January 12, 2015 at 9:03am — No Comments

Will Service Technicians Need Computer Development Skills Soon?

Each year OEMs add more and more advanced technology to their vehicles. As a result, the skill set demanded of today’s technician has transitioned from one that is purely mechanical, into one that is more technology-based. Up until now, technicians have had access to master techs at their respective manufacturers to…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 8, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Volvo Boldly Goes Where No One Dares Go

While most businesses analyze budgets and shift money towards digital advertising, video and branding, Volvo has taken an interesting strategy: to decrease marketing. While it isn’t planning to cease all activities, Volvo has decided that, rather than attempt to take on any rivals with bigger budgets, it will shift…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 29, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

WestJet: A No Holds Barred Customer Loyalty Strategy

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…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 11, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

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