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Recently, I was asked to make an appearance as Ms. Florida Forestry Queen. Unfortunately there was no clear leadership and miscommunications abounded. Even the day of the event, it was not clear what was going to transpire. I tried to be prepared for anything. After the event, I received this…Continue
Added by Stephanie Young on February 6, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
I’m fairly certain that not a day goes by when you have either a customer on the phone or in person who is price-shopping you with an independent. There are many ways to build value in…Continue
Here is a simple way to make more every month.
It's called the "6 Steps to Happy Bank Deposits" and it goes like this.
1st, write down what you make per month…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on February 5, 2014 at 7:41am — No Comments
Since 2003, MPi has been helping dealerships across the United States create more profitable service departments through technology. Our mission is to help dealerships become more efficient and simplify the service upsell process. Through the use of the…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on January 22, 2014 at 6:54am — No Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. – January 20th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) today introduced a multi-point inspection feature for its mobile service solution, tailored to work on windows-based tablets. With multi-point inspection, service advisors can use tablets to greet the customer, conduct a vehicle inspection, identify potential maintenance items and complete the service write-up process all 'on the go.' Auto dealer fixed ops…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on January 20, 2014 at 8:29am — No Comments
However, not as many realize that they’re simultaneously spotlighting innovative functionality that any manufacturer could use to make automotive service easier and more…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Shawn Ryder on November 29, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on November 22, 2013 at 4:57am — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on November 19, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments
In July, I wrote an article that was published in Dealer magazine titled “Beam Me Up! How Service May Look In The…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Todd Katcher on November 4, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Stephanie Young on October 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on October 21, 2013 at 8:33am — No Comments
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 …Continue
Added by Jim Leman on October 14, 2013 at 8:14am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by sara callahan on September 27, 2013 at 6:53am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Holly Kramer on September 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on September 9, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments