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In dealing with the customer experience, all too often the conversation centers on the customer’s buying path from initial contact through the sale. What many businesses don’t think about, however, is that the sale is only the start of the relationship. Customer loyalty is built through a consistent customer-centric experience. In the retail automotive space, this is more…Continue
There is a group of people that seems to sit in limbo when it comes to dealership marketing messages, especially when it comes to service. This group of people tend to have cars in the 2-year old range. Yes, they’re probably getting the dealer’s random e-mail messages with service coupons. But, this is also the time when these vehicle owners may have to start shelling out more…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 9, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments
In our industry, one universal sales practice is to tailor your techniques to the wants and needs of the customer in front of you. If you have a young male drooling over that sports car, you’ll probably be talking about performance specs, 0-60 times and horsepower. If you have a young family, you’re probably going to be reviewing all of the safety features of the…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 3, 2015 at 4:40am — No Comments
If you were to ask today’s consumers if they’d like to hang out at a car dealership, chances are that the majority would respond “no.” When consumers do visit a dealership to purchase a vehicle or get their vehicle serviced, many times the process can be longer than desired and is not always a great experience for the…Continue
When will I see you again? No, I am not talking about the 70’s pop song, although the lyrics just may fit the content here. I am talking about the continued trend in customer defections from our dealerships.
Customer’s defect for many reasons and the longer an individual owns a car, the harder it can be to keep that customer. It’s not necessarily because the…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 23, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
Forget for a moment whether a sales consultant’s work area is messy, or if there are smudges on the windows. Let’s look a little closer at what a customer could see, hear or feel when they interact with your dealership in any…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 18, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
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 discounted oil change for his vehicle from the dealership from…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 17, 2014 at 6:00am — 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. However, in today’s world of instant feedback and review sites,…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 7, 2014 at 5:30am — 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 of a twenty-four month contract. And if you want to receive…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 3, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
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 service” as “a customer experience that manages to serve even the…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 22, 2014 at 6:06am — 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 that is widely regarded as the world’s best bourbon. While…Continue
Frequent travelers have many choices when choosing airlines. Some choose an airline for their frequent flier benefits; some for their convenient routes or frequent itineraries and some have airlines chosen for them by their companies. For many years, Delta Airlines has been at or near the bottom of almost every survey conducted regarding airline customer service. In fact,…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on July 16, 2013 at 6:32am — No Comments
Added by Mike Gorun on July 9, 2013 at 6:09am — No Comments
It’s not a new idea to have one of your salespeople working the service drive. Opportunities and circumstances exist where it may be beneficial for the customer to trade-in their car that needs to be repaired. Having someone who can not only identify those opportunities but who also knows how to present it to the customer properly is rare.
That being said, have…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 21, 2013 at 7:56am — No Comments
Dealerships today spend most of their marketing budgets on acquiring new customers. Those ads in the newspapers aren’t really meant for current of past customers, they are meant to attract new customers. The cost of customer acquisition ranges from 6 to 10 times more than the cost…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 14, 2013 at 4:43am — No Comments
With service departments finally getting the credit due to them for contributing to the growth and profit of dealerships, pre-paid maintenance programs (PMP) are starting to make a huge impact on the overall profit of dealerships as well.
I think it is well established that most PMPs are being sold in the F & I department. But is that the only place that they can…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 2, 2013 at 8:46am — No Comments
Statistics show that a customer who has a good experience will tell 4 to 5 people. However, a customer who has a bad experience will tell more than 20. In addition, they will usually leave a negative review to go with that word of mouth to leave a permanent finger pointed at your dealership in a bad way.
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
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 by LoyaltyTrac, a leading points-based loyalty program provider,…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 28, 2012 at 10:44am — 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