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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
Many auto dealerships have technology in place that allows sales managers to monitor what’s going on in their departments. CRMs and phone call recording services are used by sales managers to ensure that Internet leads are being followed up promptly and that salespeople follow up with shoppers that visited the…Continue
There’s no doubt that service absorption is vital to the health and livelihood of many dealer’s financial statements at the end of the month.…Continue
When developing an employee retention strategy, a business must ultimately consider salaries. There’s no doubt that a long-term employee will feel slighted if a new employee joins at a higher pay. Chances are they may even feel slighted if the new employee receives the same wage. In the automotive…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on September 4, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
With NFL football fans gearing up for another season, DIRECTV is once again offering new customers the 2014 NFL Sunday Ticket for free along with deeply discounted prices and an upgraded DVR Genie on several of the programming packages. What’s the catch? The special prices are valid for only the first twelve months…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 3, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
For anyone who went through the United States’ public school system since the 1970s, this should be a very familiar excuse. And it may very well be the same excuse some dealers use to avoid doing their homework of test chatting their…Continue
Added by Lisandra Ramos on August 27, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
One of the many byproducts of training in so many dealerships is that you get to observe all the different ways people do things. Like how they answer the phone or talk to a customer in the service drive.
Over the years, I’ve made it a point to take note of some of the ways Advisors and Managers blow their customer up in the service drive and I thought I would share with you my observations and my Top 5.…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on August 26, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments
Finding a lost earring in the jewelry box, discovering the old autographed Tom Seaver baseball card when you clean out the attic, and learning that the shirt you are about to pay retail for is discounted, are all pleasant surprises.
How about walking into your bank and having the ATM talk with…Continue