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Jeffery Sterns's ADM Blog (11)

Why Chat is Becoming More Popular for Car Shoppers

Every day, we hear about how forms on websites are generating fewer leads than they once did. It's a shift that has been happening for the last couple of years, which is surprising because business has been up at most dealerships across North America.

Some say that it's the technology that…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on September 28, 2014 at 12:25am — 13 Comments

Are You Available When Your Customers Are?

The internet has changed our world. The concept of "business hours" has been turned on its head. People are buying things online at 2 in the morning. They're researching vehicles after the kids are in bed. They're planning out how to drop off their vehicle in your service department and still…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on September 1, 2014 at 12:52pm — 3 Comments

Help First, Sell Second with Chat

Selling comes naturally for many of us in the car business...

In most conversations, people in the automotive industry have a tendency to turn the conversation with the techniques we've been taught - building rapport, qualifying, leading the conversation,…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on August 21, 2014 at 11:30pm — 8 Comments

There's a Difference Between Getting More Leads and Capturing Them

Website chat is viewed by many dealers to be an alternative method of communication, as it should be. There are some who view it as a lead generation tool and they can look at numbers to show that they're getting more leads, but to truly test their results that must take a closer look.

Properly…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on August 9, 2014 at 3:50pm — 4 Comments

Chat Should Fill the Gaps

One of the most disturbing trends we're seeing on dealer websites is when they use chat areas as another contact form. It's true that chat is a way to generate leads, but when collecting contact information is the primary goal, the whole point of chat is missed.

Here are some things that we have…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on July 20, 2014 at 3:19am — No Comments

The Absolute Importance of Accountability When Running a Dealership

It’s amazing. And I’ve seen it a hundred times. They don’t realize they’re doing it but they still do it. That’s for sure. I heard a salesman with his chest puffed out (as it should be) reliving the story of a terrific job done with the happy new owner of a car. The salesman DID do a great job. These…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on June 29, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Everything on Purpose

“Ah, to come to the end of one’s life and realize one has never lived.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Is life just happening to you or are you living it on purpose? Does your life and…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on June 23, 2014 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Self-Talk, Affirmations & Your Ability to Change Beliefs

Now, sometimes during a class or seminar I’m conducting I’ll get asked “Jeff, can’t you just share the secrets to selling? The tricks, shortcuts, or just some really good closes?” The answer is, “Sure.” I’ve done it thousands of times. I’ve even trained competing dealers while I was employed by one of them! I’ve…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on June 8, 2014 at 2:47am — No Comments

Relatedness-Based Selling™

“You have to decide to love it first. Then the reasons to love it will appear.”

— Jeff Sterns

Let me open with this: you have every reason to feel proud of yourself.

First, you are open to looking at yourself and this shows accountability. Second, when you get really good at…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on May 22, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Jeff's Steps to the sale

I am a chat vendor so my product is "more swings". But, my passion is selling! Although I want every dealer as a client, it does frustrate me when we make it so much about pricing and quotes.... not SELLING. I am a 27 year retail guy and, I have some opinions! If you'd like to become the victim of my unsolicited advice, take a look at my blogs...God-forbid, you might make some more money.…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on December 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

AutoCon 2012...a 10 out of 10!!

AutoCon! Wow! What a success!! (at least from the attendee’s side!)

As a 26 year retail veteran who has attended God-knows how many conventions, events and factory meetings in many countries, and as a speaker and trainer at my own events  with experience in everything from selling the ticket, arranging…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on September 17, 2012 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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