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It costs most dealers about five times as much to acquire a new customer than to retain those they already have. Yet, increasing customer retention by as little as five percent can increase profits by up to 95 percent, according to the research group Bain & Company.
That’s because loyal customers and enthusiastic fans will keep coming back - and they’ll refer friends and family to your dealership. Loyal customers also tend to prioritize great customer…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on November 11, 2019 at 7:14am — No Comments
Today’s customers expect and demand an amazing customer experience. The dealership with the right vehicle and the best experience will ultimately win the business. To deliver the best experience possible, you must maintain expertise about your customers and their shopping behavior.
The average consumer today visits only one or two dealerships…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on September 18, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments
In the past, a vehicle sale started and ended on the showroom floor. Today, many of the discovery and purchase steps take place online.
Online retail giants like Amazon have conditioned customers to expect timely and relevant communications across channels, plus a personalized buying experience informed by past behavior.
For automotive retailers, meeting these expectations requires different capabilities within your…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on August 7, 2019 at 9:01am — No Comments
Eighty-six percent of car shoppers conduct online research before deciding to visit a local dealership, according to research from digital marketing agency Adtaxi.…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on July 31, 2019 at 5:24am — No Comments
The average person looks…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on July 24, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
New leads are important, and you always want to keep the pipeline full.
Yet, it can cost as much as five times more to attract a new customer than to retain an existing one.
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on July 17, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments
The “always connected” shopper trend continues to grow.
In the last year alone, the number of consumers using mobile phones to research vehicles jumped 11 percent. It’s safe to say that 99.9 percent of the people who walk on your lot have searched online with a mobile device or…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on June 26, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Have you ever seen the show "Naked & Afraid?" Two contestants strip down, head into the wild and basically starve for three weeks until someone comes to pick them up. Every time I see the show, I wonder how the contestants can call themselves survivalists when they can't hunt or find a consistent food source.
Then recently, it struck me that the contestants are doing exactly what they're supposed to be doing: surviving.
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on April 24, 2019 at 4:37am — No Comments
For sales teams and managers, the end-of-the-month crunch is a grind. When it's over, it's natural to…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on March 27, 2019 at 5:00am — No Comments
Does your dealership use an external BDC for sales calls? Many managers like to keep control of their sales process in house, but realistically, the majority of salespeople don't have time to place the hundreds of calls necessary every week to keep their pipeline filled.
Additionally, many salespeople lack the skills to effectively engage consumers over the phone. The personality types that provide engaging in-person experiences don't always translate well to over-the-phone…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on February 27, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on January 30, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments
When a customer leaves the lot without purchasing a vehicle, there's a good chance he or she will never be back. A few may return, but most won't. Does that mean you should never follow up with customers? Obviously not!
The follow-up call is critical and can absolutely save a deal.…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on December 19, 2018 at 7:31am — No Comments
Recently I was waiting in line at an airport, along with hundreds of other travelers. A couple appeared out of nowhere, shoving their way to the front of the line and complaining loudly, as if they were the only people affected by the long wait. When another traveler told them to get in line, the pair acted shocked, as…Continue
One of my college professors was famous for a crazy stunt that he pulled every semester. On the first day of class, he would introduce himself, take off his shirt and jump out the window. A few minutes later he returned to the classroom, calmly put on his shirt and asked, “Do I have your attention?”Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on October 26, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments
you’re selling the same product that others are selling, you can only expect to close a percentage of customers that come into your store. In our industry, top performers close 50 to 60 percent of their…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on October 17, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on August 9, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments
The benefits of having a mobile check-in and MPI process in the service department have been widely confirmed. You’ve probably heard all about the three “T’s;” specifically transparency, timing and trust.
However, one of the biggest unsung benefits is the considerable increase in the usage of the…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on August 3, 2018 at 5:38am — No Comments
Need more leads? Whenever sales are slow, one of the first reactions from salespeople, and sometimes their managers, is to proclaim they need more leads or better leads.
In response, they might run a lead generation campaign which results in a temporary lift in lead…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on July 25, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments
What’s the definition of multi-tasking? It's doing a lot of things at once, and most often, that means doing them poorly.
In fact, research proves that multi-tasking is largely a myth; our brains are not wired to focus on multiple things at once. Studies show that multi-tasking ruins productivity,…
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on July 18, 2018 at 8:00am — No Comments
The decision to switch to a new CRM is not one to be taken lightly. On a daily basis, your sales team relies on your CRM for new leads and opportunities, to remind them what needs to be done, guide them through car deals and keep them on track to meet business goals.
Yet, just about every dealer has switched to a…Continue
Added by Bill Wittenmyer on July 11, 2018 at 8:11am — No Comments