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What Would Your Customers Do If There Weren’t Any More Discounts?

Loyalty is a fickle thing.

While your customer has consistently serviced their vehicle with you, when they get that $19.95 oil change coupon from your competition, will it go in the trash, or will they choose to take advantage of it and defect to the…

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Added by Mike Gorun on May 17, 2016 at 5:00am — No Comments

How Mazda’s New Recipe for Customer Loyalty Can Translate to Dealers

In a recent interview with Automotive News, Masahiro Moro, head of Mazda North American Operations, detailed Mazda’s plan to increase customer loyalty for both the OEM and its dealers. While his plan…

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Added by Mike Gorun on May 10, 2016 at 5:32am — No Comments

How One Dealership Found the Recipe for Success in Customer Engagement

Getting your customer’s attention and engaging with them can be a tough task these days.

There is so much competition from other marketers -- customers are constantly barraged with messages from every side and in every way.

 

Social media reach has decreased, digital marketing is ever more…

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Added by Mike Gorun on April 26, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments

How to Combat Loyalty Program Fatigue

The average U.S. household now belongs to more than 18 loyalty programs, for a total of more than 2 billion memberships. That’s an awful lot of loyal customers. But, all these programs and cards can have an unintended effect: customer loyalty fatigue.

 

Most consumers do still participate in their…

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Added by Mike Gorun on April 22, 2016 at 5:57am — No Comments

Loyalty Is Much More Than a Transaction

According to a study by Colloquy, there are 3.3 billion loyalty program memberships in the United States, which averages 29 per household. Yes, loyalty programs are everywhere. From grocery stores, to gas stations and fast food restaurants, chances are high that a store you’re about to enter for the first time has a…

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Added by Mike Gorun on April 12, 2016 at 4:57am — 1 Comment

Your Biggest Revenue Opportunity Is Closer Than You Think

It’s a well-known fact that retaining customers is less expensive and can be more profitable than acquiring new ones. The reality is essentially, customer churn keeps your dealership stationary. Many dealers blast sales messages across every medium possible – traditional, mailers, and digital; hoping that someone,…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 29, 2016 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

How Customer Experience Failures Effect Business

Whether it’s an unhappy customer in the service drive because the repair is taking too long; or a customer in sales for 4 long hours attempting to buy a car and less than happy as a result; or a customer making a post-purchase call to report issues with a vehicle they just purchased; dealership managers can sometimes…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 22, 2016 at 5:55am — No Comments

They’d Rather Clean a Toilet than Talk to You

In this age of always-connected consumers seeking instant gratification 24 hours per day, consumer engagement and the customer experience are more important than ever in order to earn that elusive thing: Customer Loyalty. Consumers are more independent than ever before. They’re tired of chasing automated phone systems…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 15, 2016 at 8:15am — No Comments

Are Your Salespeople Evergreen or Shedding Customers?

An excellent article on Customer Experience Insight shared an analogy that resonated with me as it can be applied to automotive salespeople. The article compares salespeople to trees and states that only 10 percent of…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 8, 2016 at 5:53am — No Comments

Win Customer Loyalty One Customer at a Time

In today’s environment, consumers demand more personal attention and expect tangible appreciation for their business. Loyalty programs, great customer experiences and expedient solutions to problems are no longer luxuries, but expectations.

 

Every loyal customer seems to have a different reason for why…

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Added by Mike Gorun on February 23, 2016 at 6:01am — No Comments

How to Add $106,000 to Your Bottom Line

Want to boost your sales 24% and add $106,000 per year to your bottom line? Well, here’s the deal: It’s all about the customer experience.

                      

A lot has been written about how industry disrupters are currently threatening market share. These online auto buying sites provide consumers…

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Added by Mike Gorun on February 16, 2016 at 5:48am — No Comments

What Do Consumers Want in Exchange for Their Loyalty?

It’s getting more difficult to earn and keep loyal customers. Consumers these days have so many choices for their shopping needs that it only takes that deep discount, or shiny bauble, to lure them to your competition.

As businesses scramble to create positive customer experiences by ensuring superior…

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Added by Mike Gorun on February 9, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments

Know your Competition! What Independents Are Doing to Retain Customers

There is a constant stream of advice from industry experts concerning customer loyalty and retention. While most of the advice is on point, a large piece is typically missing in the bigger picture. In order to increase market share, businesses must be aware of what their competition is doing. Turning a blind eye to…

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Added by Mike Gorun on February 4, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments

Is Uber Shooting Itself in the Foot with Surge Pricing?

Ever popular transportation service Uber is coming under fire for what some say is an exploitative business practice. Uber tends to be a convenient and economical way to get around town – especially for inner city dwellers that don’t own vehicles and travelers who don’t necessarily need a rental car.

 

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Added by Mike Gorun on January 27, 2016 at 7:55am — No Comments

Can an App Create a Customer Experience? Ford Thinks So

At the North American International Auto Show, Ford unveiled an interesting new program to the world – FordPass. According to The Detroit News, Ford’s goal with this app is to create a…

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Added by Mike Gorun on January 14, 2016 at 4:49am — No Comments

Customer Experience is King

Competition for air travel is fierce. Especially when it comes to wooing business travelers. An interesting fact that recently came to light is that the most desirable customers are not necessarily those that have flown the most miles. Airlines have realized this and have changed how rewards and statuses are earned.…

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Added by Mike Gorun on January 7, 2016 at 6:57am — No Comments

Own Your Way to Customer Loyalty

Earning customer loyalty in today’s society is especially tricky. As almost every retailer now has a loyalty program, it’s difficult to stand out and make your customer truly feel special and appreciated. Earning loyalty isn’t simply about giving something away. It’s about creating and nurturing a relationship that…

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Added by Mike Gorun on December 30, 2015 at 7:48am — No Comments

The ROI of Customer Experience

An interesting study conducted by MaritzCX and published on CustomerThink relays how dealers should care about – and invest in – the creation of a better customer experience in their stores.

 

While customer experience can be vague, and…

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Added by Mike Gorun on December 22, 2015 at 6:26am — 2 Comments

How New Car Owner Clinics Can Foster Customer Loyalty

In dealing with the customer experience, all too often the conversation centers on the customer’s buying path from initial contact through the sale. What many businesses don’t think about, however, is that the sale is only the start of the relationship. Customer loyalty is built through a consistent customer-centric…

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Added by Mike Gorun on December 15, 2015 at 5:21am — 1 Comment

Is It Ever OK to Lie to a Customer?

Yes.

 

Now let me explain...

 

In our industry – as well as life – we continuously talk about transparency.

Let’s be brutally honest here. Sometimes honesty isn’t the best policy. Is it always that way in real…

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Added by Mike Gorun on December 8, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

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