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Today we are looking at the Service Drive. This is the critical department where your female customers visit in between purchasing or leasing their vehicles. With all the touch points in the service department, it's also happens to be the highest gross margin department in your store. It's the place where retention happens - or doesn’t.…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on October 1, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments
A recent Wall Street Journal article titled “Car Sellers Refine Pitch to Women” revealed that more women are driving than men. In fact, there are 105+ million women on the roads today, as opposed to 104+ million men and more elderly women are holding on to their driver’s license (USA Today, Nov. 2012). As the relationship women have with their cars tightens, it’s time the industry takes notice and adjusts their pitch to reflect a more engaging “hello."
So how can a…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on September 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
In today’s competitive marketplace, women buyers are crucial for auto dealers' success. Just take a look at numbers and reported growth opportunities in a recent Wall Street Journal article.
It may be no surprise that car buying is an emotional…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on September 3, 2014 at 9:23am — No Comments
Today’s Women’s Wednesday we are focusing on the up$ide of reviews and what they really boil down to with women shoppers, prospects and buyers.
While you know that women buy almost half of all cars purchased and influence even a much higher number, are you aware of the real upside in selling more cars to women by…
Added by Anne Fleming on August 20, 2014 at 9:15pm — No Comments
Last month there was such strong interest in our mid-year report “Dealers Websites are #1 with Women Buyers” we have decided to follow it up with more nuggets regarding your site, engagement and women shoppers.
As competition rises, it’s the right time for dealerships to focus on areas of improvement, engagement, and delivering a…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on August 6, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Today's Women’s Wednesday we are focusing on the new top reason women are buying from their sales advisor. Trust has always trumped price when it comes to buying from a sales advisor, but now, in our latest mid-year #bigdata report directly from women's reviews, “trust” no longer has the top spot.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Aretha Franklin couldn’t define it better. Respect is now the #1 prerequisite to trust in the formula to selling to women.
The top 5 reasons women buy from their sales…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on July 23, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Today, our Women's Wednesday focuses on the ranking of the top 20 auto brands, as of July 1st, and how they are rated by women car buyers.
After analyzing the car dealer reviews written by women when purchasing a vehicle from January through June, the information below summarizes the top 20 brands by Women Satisfaction Index® scores on a scale of 5.0 (perfect) to 1.0 (lowest). The average WSI® for all brands is 4.72 during this time period.
1. Mercedez-Benz -…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on July 9, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
Most auto shoppers start their search on the web but would it surprise you to know that the #1 online destination for women shoppers is your dealership’s website? That’s right, our research lists the top sites nationally that women visit prior to buying a vehicle. They include:
Added by Anne Fleming on June 25, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Today’s Women's Wednesday is going to focus on what it is women really want when buying a car.
What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson, was a great movie about an ad executive, who, after an injury, had the ability to read women’s minds. He could do wondrous things with that power. Knowing what women car buyers want is crucial for dealerships to be successful in today’s market.
Female customers are the fastest growing…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on June 11, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
Today’s Women’s Wednesday focuses on women’s reviews, and why they MUST be a critical, daily and intentional component of your business practice – both with the sales team and in the service drive.
As the #BigDataAuthority on women’s dealership experiences, we have shared that this powerful buying segment will purchase 27 million cars at new and used car dealerships this year. That equates to over 75,000 vehicles a day. What is your share of…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on May 19, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments
As competition tightens, the need for exceptional leaders at dealerships couldn’t be greater...
Wayne Gretzky, the hockey…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on May 14, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s the case, what is a video worth? 46% of people say they’d be more likely to seek out information about a product or service after seeing it in an online video. As an Auto dealer, are you leveraging the use of video to help sell more vehicles each month and engage your customers? Video marketing and YouTube in particular, can…Continue
Added by Jason Turner on May 8, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments
With this Women’s Wednesday we will focus on the Service Drive at your store.
Women buy a car about once every 6-7 years, but they visit the service lane several times a year. The good news? This is where on-going loyalty is developed. The not-so-great news is that 42% of women report they no longer go to the service department where they purchased their vehicle. And, you will never know it is their LAST visit, because they may smile, pay the bill, and never say a word, even…Continue
Did you know that last year, women purchased an estimated 27 million vehicles? That is the equivalent of 75,000 cars a day at new and used car dealerships. Women are now the fastest growing segment of vehicle buyers and car dealerships are taking notice. To that end, there is much more flexibility when buying a car more than ever!
It seems that women are still more reluctant than men when it comes to the advantages of leasing a car. With the car industry back on its feet…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on April 24, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Apple’s recent announcement of CarPlay which will integrate the iPhone, Apple maps and Siri into the car dashboard, is a move meant to compete directly with Google’s Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), and Microsoft’s Sync platform. This means big changes are in store for how shoppers driving, commuting and traveling by car will find and learn about your business.
The fast moving map space plus local-search is attractive areas for innovation for software developers. One of the more…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on April 21, 2014 at 7:42pm — No Comments
Dealers who “get it” know that the key distinction in optimizing sales to women is having exceptional sales advisors who offer exceptional service. But what does…Continue
Welcome to Women Wednesdays!
Have you ever walked into a store or visited their website and seen an award that says “Voted #1 in 2010”?
Doesn’t that beg the question and make you wonder what happened since then; who has won it this year?
This situation can be likened to when car dealers have a lapse in (getting) consumers reviews on dealer review sites
– like Google, Yelp, Dealer Rater, Women-Drivers.com etc. On our site, we have some dealers with…Continue
Added by Anne Fleming on April 2, 2014 at 4:14pm — No Comments