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One of the advantages of Pre-Paid Maintenance Programs (PPM) is that they span the generational gaps. Regardless of which generation consumers happen to be in, none of them like surprise repairs, or other expenses. That’s why dealers focus on payments – and not price – when selling cars.
Added by Mike Gorun on February 21, 2017 at 5:52am — No Comments
In the automotive industry, as in all others, no matter whether you’re in a dealership or work as a vendor, you’re most likely part of a team.
Sometimes the people on your team (or perhaps, even you) neglect an important detail or fail at something important. When this happens, it can…
Added by Mike Gorun on February 14, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
A recent McKinsey podcast shared that when it comes to loyalty programs, a large part of the population is being ignored: elderly customers.
The podcast featured Jaana Remes,…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 7, 2017 at 5:44am — No Comments
In the world of customer experience, retention and loyalty, a lot of focus is placed on customer satisfaction. The general thought process is that the better the customer experience on a consistent basis, the more likely a customer is to continue to do business and remain loyal.
However, according to…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on January 31, 2017 at 5:46am — No Comments
Dealerships have forever tweaked pay plans to satisfy bottom lines and keep employees happy. Many employees in the sales department can make more money from a single sales commission than any technician can make in a day. There are even some salespeople that are so productive that their paychecks can exceed those of…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on January 24, 2017 at 5:19am — No Comments
Dealerships are well known for their involvement and participation with local communities and many different charities. From sponsoring little league teams, to larger charity initiatives, dealerships have supported and given back to the communities they serve for a very long time.
Added by Mike Gorun on January 17, 2017 at 5:32am — No Comments
The customer experience at your dealership is more important than ever before.
With start-ups aiming to take away sales by luring customers with promises of a hassle-free buying experience, customers are starting to realize that they no longer have to sit at a dealership for hours. In fact Amazon France…
Added by Mike Gorun on January 3, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments
Auto dealers are well known for their huge support to local communities. Especially around the holiday season when they do many good deeds including toy drives, donations to food banks and a variety of other activities that have special meaning to those particular dealers. It’s noble not to “brag” about the great…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on December 27, 2016 at 7:02am — No Comments
What would you do if a customer was injured at your dealership and you were at fault? I don’t mean serious injury or anything like that. Perhaps just a bump or scrape? Most businesses would apologize or, at the very least acknowledge the mishap to the customer. Perhaps send some flowers or a gift card. You certainly…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on December 20, 2016 at 6:40am — No Comments
However, sometimes the feedback system is faulty or gets misinterpreted to the point of being useless. Take the feedback system Uber used to have.…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on December 13, 2016 at 6:19am — No Comments
In their new book, The Intuitive Customer, authors Colin Shaw and Ryan Hamilton contend that companies that try to fight declining customer satisfaction by lowering prices are going about customer satisfaction the wrong way. Instead, they state…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on December 7, 2016 at 6:09am — No Comments
The automotive industry has a sales department staffing problem – and a big one. In fact, NADA has placed the yearly turnover rate as high as 70 percent. Dealerships are in constant hiring mode to keep their sales floor staffed with enough employees to provide coverage for their floor traffic and to follow up with…Continue
As technology has caused a significant shift in consumer interactions and desires, retailers have to follow suit in order to retain the consumers’ business. Customer loyalty is an increasingly fickle thing. And, as convenience has become so easily attainable for today’s consumers, some retailers believe that the only…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 22, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments
Great customer experiences can win customer loyalty.
That’s why dealerships install restaurants, movie theatres and Starbucks. But while that customer experience is integral to keeping the customer’s business and loyalty, it doesn’t take much to shatter that loyalty and see that…
Added by Mike Gorun on November 18, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
Technology changes in our industry faster than many of us can keep up with. It seems like new services and innovations pop up weekly. Do we know which innovations consumers are sure to like or not? Of…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 8, 2016 at 5:14am — No Comments
Humans naturally crave interaction with other humans. However, as technology advances, there is an increasing push by companies to automate as much of their processes as possible. While this is understandable, as it saves on costs, the path technology is taking us down could prove to be a double-edged…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 28, 2016 at 6:56am — No Comments
There’s a big push in our industry right now to bring as much of the car buying process online as possible. Startups are entering the space believing that consumers want this ability and automotive vendors of all sizes are creating products to facilitate that.
However, some dealers are afraid to adopt…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 18, 2016 at 6:59am — No Comments
Working retail in the auto industry can certainly be taxing. Salespeople work 60-70 hour weeks to make a paycheck. Sales managers do so while also having to manage the sales team, create multiple reports and handle a multitude of tasks -- and the service department is just as overloaded.
Added by Mike Gorun on October 11, 2016 at 5:51am — No Comments
A recent article in Automotive News reports that the three-year employee retention rate at dealerships reached a new low, dropping by 2%.
Have you ever tried to call a dealership – whether it’s to inquire about a vehicle or schedule a service appointment – just to get placed on eternal hold or thrown into someone’s voicemail? Many consumers have and, just like you, they don’t like it.
People are busy. When they pick up the phone to…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 27, 2016 at 6:07am — No Comments