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This is out of the ordinary, I know. Me… a guy who achieved success in retail from being an early advocate of Internet lead management, video, and digital marketing… talking about the benefits of a traditional marketing medium. Stranger things have…Continue
Added by Joe Webb on May 26, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments
You are ready to traverse through a crowded sea of vendors at the upcoming NADA Convention in New Orleans. Your flight and hotel are booked. You have already looked over the workshop schedules. With that, you maybe still recognize even more can be learned by examining vendor offerings in the exhibit hall than from listening to the…Continue
Added by Joe Webb on January 22, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
TrueCar has had a rollercoaster ride in the automotive retail industry over the past few years. However, it appears things may be taking a turn for the worse (both for TrueCar as well as its participating dealer clients). Read on, as I reveal their new policy changes that will have a negative impact on dealers, as well as my in-depth interview with a top eCommerce Directors about this change.
While training a 13-store dealer group this week, I had the pleasure of meeting a salesperson and manager who assured me they were tip-top at taking sales calls. I was ecstatic. It isn’t everyday you’re brought in to advance dealerships in need of Internet and phone help and immediately run into someone that has such confidence in their expertise that it would (if I believed them) eliminate their need for any training. How wonderful. (I hope you can accept the…Continue
There is a crisis going on at our dealerships. And it’s called “Addendums”. This is a sore subject with many, as everyone has different viewpoints as to the functionality of addendums. You’re required to keep reading this blog. It costs you $50, but it’s required. Everyone has to pay that reads it.
Sounds pretty stupid, huh? Dealers are using addendums to generate additional profit per vehicle (likely because they are…
Even with Facebook, for instance, sorting through…Continue
Like many people, worthless emails reach our inbox every single day. Recently, there has been one common theme that every piece of spam or advertisement email has in common. That is the email Header.
It is very commonplace to insert a Header into all dealership emails. The majority of mystery shop responses we receive include the dealership’s header emblazoned across the top. While we understand that it immediately brands your dealership to the person opening the email, we believe…Continue
Disclaimer: I must preface this by saying it not intended to make any enemies or friends. This is not meant to hurt anyone’s business, call out how they perform for their clients, highlight weaknesses or put stock in one product over another. This was nothing more than a simple experiment.
I was out to dinner with my wife recently when I ran into an old college acquaintance. Very quickly I discovered that she works in our industry…Continue
Added by Joe Webb on May 23, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
I arrived roughly 10 minutes early to train a new dealer client last week. I meandered around the showroom trying to get a feel for who they were as a store and how they presented their dealership brand. That’s when I came across a salesperson sitting at his desk with a very familiar CRM…Continue
How long do you follow up with your Internet leads? What about your inbound phone calls that you haven’t set appointments for? You might answer these questions with numbers from 90 to 120. 15 to 30. 60 days. Forever. You answer this way because that is the process you built in your CRM. Allow me to tell you that this isn’t happening.
There is one thing a CRM cannot do and that is stop your sales team from taking the easy way out. (That takes management). My team…Continue