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I've been on the Internet side of this business for 14 years. The first portion of that time was spent trying to get buy-in from top management. The last portion has been spent getting buy-in from the sales…Continue
Would you think I’m crazy? Well, I am not, but I can show you…Continue
Added by Bill Hamlin on December 14, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. – October 16th, 2012 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Pennsylvania-based Sands Auto Group has reduced its dealership management system (DMS) expense by 75%, since switching from its legacy DMS to Auto/Mate. Terry Sands, owner of the Sands Auto Group, also credits Auto/Mate’s flexible, simple reporting tools with helping him see trends and stay competitive when he reviews the…Continue
Added by Holly Forsberg on October 16, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments
As a trainer, I am often asked if you should focus on your top performers or your bottom ones to improve business. Many ask how much time should be spent on either group. I will lay out the arguments for both and then give my answer with an extra tip for…Continue
Added by Glenn Pasch on October 8, 2012 at 6:34pm — No Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. – October 1st, 2012 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Mike Esposito will be presenting a workshop at the 13th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 24th at 3:30 p.m. How to Increase Service Growth Through Auto Dispatching is aimed at dealers, general managers, fixed ops and service managers who are looking for…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on October 1, 2012 at 9:22am — No Comments
Added by Stephen Jackson on September 26, 2012 at 9:41am — No Comments
It’s one of those unfortunate, inevitable facts of life: every company and every employee will at some point have to deal with an angry customer.
Whether their anger is warranted because of a bad situation, or whether the customer is just plain difficult, doesn’t matter. These days, companies must respond to and deal with angry customers. If they don’t, they risk those customers becoming brand detractors, using social media to spread the word,…Continue
Does your car dealership have a plan in place for marketing its service center? You need to encourage people to return to your dealership after their vehicle purchase for service, and you also need a strategy to pick up new leads just for service.
It is an age old diametrically opposed argument. On one side, we have technology. On the other side, we have personnel.
I have written several blogs in the past about the success of customer loyalty program promotions in auto dealerships. I am mainly interested in cost-effective actions that dealers can successfully use to help drive profits.
A recent Summer Service Special email promotion designed and delivered…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 28, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments
RedBumper is quickly becoming the tool of choice!
By: Hillis Emanuelson
What astounds me is that many dealerships fail to recognize all of the sales opportunities that are literally running right through their service bay doors, each and every day.
Some say pushing to sell another car to a consumer in the service drive could be considered annoying. That could not be further from the truth. Especially if the tools being used allow the user to…Continue
Added by Hillis Emanuelson on August 23, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
I have worked for many different people in my time but one of my first mentors was a very successful restaurant owner. I was relating this story the other day in a workshop of a staff meeting he led where he was talking about missed opportunities we had as waiters and I thought it is appropriate for our…Continue
Think your shot at living like an Olympian ended after your high school or college athletic career? Think again. Successful Olympic athletes employ a set of traits and techniques that you can still use to help market your car dealership. The elements that work together to create popular medalists, with…Continue
Added by Jim Fitzpatrick on July 27, 2012 at 8:11am — No Comments
Pre-paid Maintenance Plans (PMPs) keep customers returning to your service department and increase upsell opportunities, which is critical to increasing the service bottom line. Today’s self-administered, self-managed PMPs are appealing to customers, particularly those buying mainline domestic and import brands who seek value in everything they buy.
Today’s technology-driven plans make it very easy for dealers to customize what is offered in a PMP. Plans that provide the…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on July 24, 2012 at 2:44pm — No Comments
And when it's all said and done, we like to think that we have contributed to the Dealership's future and had a hand in weaving the very fabric of that Dealership.
And in every Dealership…Continue
On the 4th of July, family and friends gather around our great nation to view local firework spectaculars. If all goes according to plan, viewers will get to enjoy the eye popping, jaw dropping, explosions…
Added by Mark Peterson on July 10, 2012 at 2:28pm — No Comments
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – July 9th, 2012 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that Stanley Subaru of Ellsworth, Maine has increased its service department proficiency by 20% since switching from its legacy dealership management system (DMS) to Auto/Mate in May of 2012.
Service manager Neil Harriman attributes the increased productivity to Auto/Mate’s integrated front-end appointment system and its…Continue
Added by Holly Forsberg on July 9, 2012 at 8:48am — No Comments
You have a customer to come in and pick up their brand new car today.
And now their lasting impression isn't 100%…
Added by Todd Katcher on July 6, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Every car dealer…Continue