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Which Presidential Candidate is Right for Automotive Dealerships?

The social media sites were hot last night during the presidential debate between Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and current President Barrack Obama.  Since the election of former President Bill Clinton, our nation has been evenly divided over which man is the best person…

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Added by James Schaefer on October 4, 2012 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Marketing Your Automotive Dealership is NOT that Hard to Do

Recently, I traveled to New Mexico to consult with a dealership about their marketing strategy.  The conversation went a bit like this:

DeliveryMaxx: “What are you currently doing with advertising today?”

Dealership: “We are doing print (newspaper), TV, Radio, and I have a billboard two exits down.”

DeliveryMaxx: “How is that working for you?”

Dealership: “I can’t really put an ROI on it, but I think it is branding…

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Added by James Schaefer on September 25, 2012 at 10:51am — No Comments

Opinion about Google+, Reviews, and Online Reputation Management

Everyone has an opinion about how to use Google+ and posting reviews.  We see the extreme from hoping your customers post a good review to allowing the “real experts to post your reviews”.

Those of you, who finish reading this blog, will receive information many companies don’t want to tell you or just don’t know how to do.  Furthermore, your sales both repeat and referrals will increase, your branding will…

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Added by James Schaefer on August 28, 2012 at 7:18pm — 23 Comments

Can Facebook & Social Media Help GM Sell more Vehicles

On May 22, 2012 I wrote a blog asking the public if GM made a wise choice dropping its 10 million dollar advertising spend from Facebook.  (For theentire blog visit: http://deliverymaxx.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/did-gm-make-a-wise-decision-dropping-facebook-as-an-advertising-medium/ )  My position then as it is now is that GM and many automotive dealerships are…

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Added by James Schaefer on July 18, 2012 at 9:24am — No Comments

Thank You Mr. & Ms. Car Salesperson! I Salute You Too!

If everyone could walk in everyone’s shoes for a day, we would have more empathy for each other.  The world would be less cynical, and much more appreciative of what our fellow Americans do on a daily basis.

Before I talk about the car salesman, I want to give a special thanks to all of our military personnel who defend our country both near and far.  These men and women have made it possible for people like me pursue life, liberty, and happiness!   …

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Added by James Schaefer on July 4, 2012 at 8:38am — No Comments

Online Reviews (Good & Bad) can help sell your vehicles…or Not

Today, more than ever, online reviews can make or break your month selling vehicles.  We can search for online reputation management companies and we will get hundreds if not thousands of opinions on how to manipulate the system of posting positive reviews.  Many of these companies state that they have a secret to help your dealership look like they are flawless.  This is done utilizing a lot of smoke and mirrors.

Studies by consumer behavior and search experts say that 7 out of 10…

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Added by James Schaefer on June 25, 2012 at 9:04am — No Comments

If you are Having Fun Your Customers will too!

It is a simple matter of life.  People enjoy being around other people who are having fun!  Positive experiences are contagious.

This past Father’s Day weekend, I had the pleasure of watching my 10 year old son play in the Texas State 10U baseball tournament.  It was hot, the teams were tough, and we were at the baseball fields from 8 AM until 11 PM Saturday and Sunday.  The weekend was enjoyable and will be a Father’s Day I will always remember.  Some might think that it is because…

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Added by James Schaefer on June 19, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments

Creating an Automotive Buying Experience that Last a Lifetime

It has already been established that the most exciting time during the sales process is the delivery.  A perfect delivery can erase a debauched meet and greet, poor finance service, and the arduous negotiation over a couple of hundred dollars.  After spending hours with your customer, how do you want them to remember your dealership?

Your customer will remember your dealership every month they have to make their payment.  They will think of your dealership each time they pay for an…

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Added by James Schaefer on June 7, 2012 at 1:56pm — 1 Comment

Gen Y is your client! Time kills Deals!

You have a 22 year old potential client ready to make the largest purchase of their life at this point.  They are one of the most technical savvy consumers you have ever faced.  These clients have friends all over the world, and talk with their network on a daily basis. They Tweet what they had for breakfast, they Yelp about their experiences, they RePin exciting pictures, and they have an average of 245 friends.

According to Pew Center’s Internet and American Life Project the average…

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Added by James Schaefer on June 4, 2012 at 11:03am — No Comments

Are you an Expert at Automotive Marketing and Strategic Planning?

Would you go on vacation without planning your means of travel, travel route, booking a hotel, identifying points of interest or activities for you and the family, and the starting time as well as the ending date of your trip?  Unless you were free spirited with no cares in the world, and were part of the Brady Bunch Family, this was not you.  As a matter of fact, since you are reading this blog, you are a “Type A” personality that rarely will walk out of your office without a…

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Added by James Schaefer on May 31, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments

Remember When You Bought Your First Car?

My first car which I purchased was a 1977 White 4-Speed Toyota Corolla.  It wasn’t the nicest looking vehicle anyone has ever seen.  As a matter of fact, it was what people today would call a “hoopty” or “jalopy”.  As soon as I made the purchase, I headed over to AutoZone to cover the steering column, replace the side mirrors, buy seat covers, and styled it up with the double windshield blades.  My taste in style has since changed.  It was ugly to say the least, but it was mine!

The…

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Added by James Schaefer on May 25, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Did GM Make a Wise Decision Dropping Facebook as an Advertising Medium?

General Motors has long been a staple of the American automotive industry.  Facebook is the latest billion dollar IPO.  Why is GM pulling ten million dollars a year in advertising from Facebook?

On the surface, this looks like GM is retreating saving advertising dollars.  When you dive into the issue, many wonder if the government run company is staying away from investing in the publically traded company for other reasons.  GM states that the risk to advertise is not worth the reward…

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Added by James Schaefer on May 21, 2012 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Are you Looking for the Next Big Idea?

So your automotive sales are down, and you lay awake at night praying that you make this month’s budget just so you do not have to put all of your possession in the provided cardboard box and take the walk of shame out of the dealership.  Does this sound familiar to you?

Anyone who has spent…

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Added by James Schaefer on May 18, 2012 at 8:32am — No Comments

DeliveryMaxx introduces DigitalMaxx 2.0

DeliveryMaxx has been the industry leader in creating innovative solutions to help Automotive Dealerships converting the one-time customer into a life-time customer.  

However, never one to rest on their laurels, DeliveryMaxx has made it possible for dealerships to talk to the world utilizing the most up-to-date technology.  Just imagine, a dealership customer leaves finance and gives a review talking about how great the experience has been in purchasing a new…

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Added by James Schaefer on May 17, 2012 at 6:41am — No Comments

You have a Beautiful Dealership…Now what?

You have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to build or beautify your dealership.  Your advertising budget equals or exceeds that amount.  Your inventory has been posted online, and there are plenty of choices for potential customers to make a great selection.  CSI scores have never been higher at the dealership than they are right now!

So why are your salespeople standing around wondering why there are not any customers to sell a vehicle to?  Is there grumbling going on in the…

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Added by James Schaefer on May 10, 2012 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Marketing your Dealership 101

“You will not find a lower price on any models except OUR lot!!!”  Really?  Are consumers that naïve to believe that?  And you just spent $2,500 to produce this commercial and another $10,000 a month to run the spot over the course of 30 days.  Don’t even mention the fact that circumstances…

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Added by James Schaefer on May 6, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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