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All ADM Blog Posts Tagged 'service' (174)

The Right Way and The Wrong Way

During the analysis and evaluation we conduct prior to starting a training program the question of ethics and standard business practices we train on usually requires some explanation. In other words, Dealer Principals and General Managers want to hear from us that we conduct our training programs ethically and professionally.

If I were to stand in a room full of Dealer Principals and ask "Who in here believes that the best way to take care of a customer is to sell extra or un-needed…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on December 27, 2013 at 10:06am — 3 Comments

Simple, Powerful Way to Connect with Online Leads and Ensure Customer Loyalty

How involved is your connection with each of your customers? Excellent personalized customer service is what sets a great dealership apart from others. Providing superior customer service is an essential part of…

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Added by Shawn Ryder on November 29, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Service Reviews: Why You Need To Pay Attention Now More Than Ever

Most dealerships understand the importance of online reviews, in general, for their stores. Consumers are increasingly turning to the Internet to research dealerships before selecting one. This includes researching not only sales-related reviews, but also service.  Yet, most dealerships focus most of their…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 22, 2013 at 4:57am — No Comments

Are your Advisors "Helpful" or "Professional"?

Helpful…or Professional…which of these sound better?

If you are like a lot of Dealers and General Managers hiring “helpful” people always seems to be the right call. The belief is that you can develop someone into becoming a Professional. While I don’t disagree with this practice, what I find all across the country is the opposite of helpful or Professional.

Because we train all across the country, we have exposure to every make and model of vehicle in every kind of Dealership,…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on November 19, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments

The Future Is Now: Google Enters Fixed Ops

In July, I wrote an article that was published in Dealer magazine titled “Beam Me Up! How Service May Look In The…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 8, 2013 at 5:30am — 8 Comments

Digital Dealer TV Options from the Digital Dealership System

The Digital Dealership System offers a variety of ways to control the content on the TV in your lounge and throughout the dealership, all fully licensed and easy to use. We understand that each car dealership has different needs, with the most important one -- keeping your brand in front of your customers throughout their stay.

 

Adding to the variety of services that are offered, including Digital Signage, Internet Cafe Signage, Tablets and Kiosks, the TV Options in the car…

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Added by Todd Katcher on November 4, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

When dealerships first started publishing web pages, I remember that many felt that it was not very important.

However, as many other dealers were doing it, they felt that they needed to as well. At first they were static, very basic websites, with very little information. Along came…

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Added by Richard Holland on October 31, 2013 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Be Better at Best

I have been fortunate in life in that I have been given the opportunity to have worn many hats.  Having a broad level of experiences in life has given my personality a great deal of depth.  I have always been a marketer in some role or another.  One of these marketing roles was that of an entertainer, in which I marketed what would become my signature brand of “fun, joy and ease" as a…

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Added by Stephanie Young on October 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Scott Volkswagen Sticks with Auto/Mate's DMS for Cost Savings, Customer Service and Streamlined Processes

ALBANY, N.Y. – October 21st, 2013 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Scott Volkswagen, the largest Volkswagen dealership in New England, has saved more than half a million dollars since switching to Auto/Mate's dealership management system (DMS) in 2006. Scott Volkswagen's employees enjoy Auto/Mate's premier customer service while using the DMS system to streamline processes within their dealership; most…

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Added by Mike Esposito on October 21, 2013 at 8:33am — No Comments

Service Customers Want Transparency, Control

Wards Dealer Business - Competitive prices and fixing it the first time are important to dealership service department customers. Yet, service that stops there falls short of building loyalty.

What customers also want from their dealership are transparency, choice and control, say fixed-operations experts and dealers.

“In fixed operations for …

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Added by Jim Leman on October 14, 2013 at 8:14am — No Comments

When Customers Attack

In the business world, and in public relations, it’s not uncommon for customers to vent on social media networks when they encounter problems and feel the business is not interested in assisting them with a solution. The most famous example of a disgruntled customer is the gentleman who had his guitar…

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Added by sara callahan on September 27, 2013 at 6:53am — No Comments

A New Tool To Convert Mobile Traffic Into Calls

Watch Video

Your dealership has a nice looking website, and with the explosion of mobile device searches, a mobile site as well. And you've spent a lot of money driving traffic there, be it through SEO, PPC, Keywords, Social Networking, etc. So then you've made sure you've included various…

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Added by Holly Kramer on September 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

How a Life Lesson Was Learned by the World’s Best Bourbon

Life lessons typically come when you least expect them as software coder, Ted Dziuba, discovered...

He and his friend went to a bar that served Pappy Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon Whiskey…

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Added by Mike Gorun on September 10, 2013 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

How Can Vendors Deliver on Great Expectations?

As a technology provider, AutoAlert has the weighty obligation to deliver great service and support to its customers, North America’s franchised automobile retailers. 

As a dealer, do you entertain great service expectations from the vendors with which you do business? If not, you should – and you should hold them accountable for meeting those expectations.

This is an important issue. Because a recent article in…

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Added by Jeff Cotton on September 9, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Financial Statement Success Steps

Increase Gross Profit, Increase Net Profit, Control Expenses, Increase Sales.

Chances are you have been living those four financial principles since you became the owner or GM. And if you are a service manager reading this, you have been the willing champion of the preceding 4 financial cornerstones to dealership success.

Can I ask you a question?Looking for answers?

How does it make you…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on September 3, 2013 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Being Different Makes A Difference

Being different will get you more service business, according to a recent study published by Google. In a study titled “The Road to Winning Drivers: What Drivers Want In the Automotive…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 29, 2013 at 6:09am — 1 Comment

Top Ten Blogs and News for Auto Dealers: August 19th-23rd

ActivEngage, themost trusted brand in automotive live chat brings the top ten blogs and news stories right to you! We monitor industry trends, current events, and the auto dealer community every week to bring you the top ten blogs and stories from around the globe. In this weekly edition-- gender wars, Toyota dropping Scion,…

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Added by Rebecca Kon on August 23, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Uh Oh...Another Employee Quits

Resignation Letter

To: Dealer Principal

From: Fixed Operations Net Profit

Reference: Fixed Operations Gross Profit Resignation Letter

Dear Dealer Principal,

It has come to my attention that Fixed Ops Gross Profit has resigned effective immediately. Without the continued support of Gross Profit I cannot continue to be effective in the performance of my duties while adding funds to your Profitability. (not to mention your bank…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 22, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments

Resignation Letter

Resignation Letter

Date: Effective Immediately

From: Fixed Operations Gross Profit

To: Dealer Principal

Dear Dealer Principal,

It is with great regret that I must submit this letter of resignation effective immediately.

Although we have worked together over the past few years I don’t feel I can contribute to your bottom line anymore. It has been a great experience and I wish you and all of your dealership team the best.

I am quite…

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Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 21, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments

The Perfect Storm

According to this article in last week’s Detroit Free Press, the average age of vehicles owned in the U.S. continues to be on the rise. With the average now being 11.4 years, it’s becoming more…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 15, 2013 at 4:43am — No Comments

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