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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'service' (202)

Modern Service Realities

Here are three important realities every service staff needs to embrace today:  

  1. Customers bring the same set of basic questions with them to the service drive that they always have.
  2. Customers have a different set of expectations of what makes up service satisfaction than they did five…
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Added by Gregg Manson on May 19, 2014 at 2:37pm — No Comments

AutoPoint at the 16th Digital Dealer Conference

Last week, AutoPoint headed to the 16th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition in Atlantic City, NJ. We were very excited to see many new faces that were able to attend the Digital Dealer Conference for the first time as it visited the Northeast. Sessions were all well attended &…

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Added by Richard Holland on May 15, 2014 at 6:09am — No Comments

Is Your Business a Dealership or a Destination?

Today’s Women’s Wednesday is about becoming new leaders in the growing and dynamic market of women consumers.

As competition tightens, the need for exceptional leaders at dealerships couldn’t be greater...

Wayne Gretzky, the hockey…

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Added by Anne Fleming on May 14, 2014 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

How Facebook Newswire Could Transform Your Content Marketing

Last Thursday, Facebook Launched Facebook Newswire

In partnership with Storyful, a social media content verifier and aggregator, Facebook has entered the business of delivering news to…

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Added by sara callahan on May 2, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Is this a "Training Issue"...?

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.

Sometimes it’s the training, sometimes it’s the employee and sometimes it’s the management.

And 100% of the time when there is little progress in performance…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on May 1, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

The 6 Factors That Impact Where Women Get Their Car Serviced

With this Women’s Wednesday we will focus on the Service Drive at your store.

Women buy a car about once every 6-7 years, but they visit the service lane several times a year. The good news? This is where on-going loyalty is developed. The not-so-great news is that 42% of women report they no longer go to the service department where they purchased their vehicle. And, you will never know it is their LAST visit, because they may smile, pay the bill, and never say a word, even…

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Added by Anne Fleming on April 30, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

What Is Anticipatory Customer Service?

A fascinating article in Forbes shared a concept that is increasingly winning over customers. In the article, the author described what he termed “anticipatory customer…

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Added by Mike Gorun on April 22, 2014 at 6:06am — No Comments

Processes Save Lives

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.

Saving a customer's life begins with processes.
Saving a customer's life begins…
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Added by Leonard Buchholz on April 21, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

How to make a banana into a bbq pork sandwich...with chips and a drink.

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.

 

I…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on April 14, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Automotive Sales Training: Three Strikes and You are In!!!!

Both automotive management and…

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Added by Stephanie Young on April 8, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

What Happened to Customer Service?

A recent event held by Edmunds named “Hackomotive” brought together some of the brightest technology innovators in the automotive industry.

The purpose of this event was to streamline the automotive buying process for consumers. Technology and shopping portals are increasingly…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 3, 2014 at 3:00am — 4 Comments

Really...it's been 60 days?

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…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 29, 2014 at 6:15am — No Comments

Why Steve Jobs Hated Branding and Marketing

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…

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Added by Richard Holland on March 27, 2014 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Where does Profit Improvement start? At the Service Managers Desk, of course!

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…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 26, 2014 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Where does RO Count attrition start? On the Telephone, of course!

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…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 20, 2014 at 7:11am — No Comments

Where does Service Sales failure start? In the Service Drive of course!

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…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on March 17, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments

New NHTSA Labels Present Challenges to Dealers

Warranty work is a large part of any service department’s revenue. The recent announcement by the NHTSA mandating manufacturers to use specific labeling on recall notices could prove to be very helpful to dealers; helping them get the work faster and at a lower cost. However, there are challenges…

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Added by Richard Holland on March 6, 2014 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Don’t Be Intimidated by Customer Loyalty

Many dealers are intimidated by the concept of “customer loyalty.” The simple attempt at trying to design and implement a strategy that creates lifetime customers is certainly a daunting one. It takes a lot of work and effort to accomplish this, for sure. However, just like you train your sales…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 27, 2014 at 9:02am — 5 Comments

How to Hit the Hot 40

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…

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Added by Jeff Cotton on February 24, 2014 at 11:17am — No Comments

Manufacturers Start Recognizing Importance of Technology

As reported by Automotive News, Audi has begun integrating iPads into their franchise dealer’s sales force. With their iPad tablets, which they’ve named, Sales Assist, they believe that young consumers…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 20, 2014 at 6:09am — 1 Comment

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