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Whether you are a football fan or not, unless you have been living in a cave you have probably heard a lot about Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow. What Tebow and Manziel have in common is that both are former Heisman Trophy winning college quarterbacks. What they both also have in common is that they are both very much hated and reviled by so many.
From the outside looking in, they are polar opposites in many ways. Tebow is publicly very religious and Manziel is not. Tebow is…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on May 7, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments
Cars, dealerships and sales people can be commodities. As a sales person, your job is to move everything you do and everything you have towards being a non-commoditized item or service. You must sell your difference.
When making a decision, customers look for deciding factors. Being able to know what the differences are and then helping the customer know what they look like, sound like and feel like is your job. Customers don’t spend an hour with you and say, “This is exactly…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 28, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Many sales people tend to always be chasing the next customer and worrying about the next paycheck. The good news is that this is unnecessary and can be fixed forever in two years or less. Sales people can eliminate future sales and income anxiety once and for all.
What’s the key to creating freedom? It’s marketing. If you are a sales person who is waiting for your business to provide an endless funnel of prospects and buyers, you are living in a fantasy land. Even with a ton…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
There is a revelation that is shocking and, quite frankly, scary. A dangerous and potentially fatal mistake is being made everyday in businesses. The mistake is the confusion between strategy and tactics. Strategy is your overall goal for your business and your overall marketing philosophy to achieve those goals. Tactics are executable actions you take to achieve those options. The good news is that once you have clarity about your strategy, and then apply emotional direct response marketing…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Each year at the start of football practice, Vince Lombardi, the coach of the Green Bay Packers started his season the same way. His opening statement to his players was, “This is a football.” Every year, John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins started his first practice of the season by demonstrating to his players how to properly put on their socks to prevent blisters. Pretty basic stuff, huh?
Notice the similarities between Wooden and Lombardi in the…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
What is the plan at your dealership for training your team members? If it is what I have seen at most dealerships, it’s not enough. As a matter of fact, if you are operating at the industry standard, it’s embarrassing. Dealerships that struggle always have people who are not trained enough or trained properly.
In 2011, NADA stated that the average automobile dealership in the U.S. spent $654 per vehicle on advertising. How much per car was spent for training? I don’t know the…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 24, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
In the first part of this series on why dealerships struggle, I covered some essential tips of hiring the right team members. Nothing happens until you have the right people. In this article, I wanted to elaborate on an element that always exists in struggling dealerships that must be addressed before you can hire the right team members. As simple as this is, the first element in getting the right team is the willingness to let go of bad or less-than-desirable team members you have…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Why? Although there can be many reasons for dealerships that struggle, after two decades of consulting, coaching and…Continue
Drive up to a dealership and you will most likely see a lot lizard. Their species is easy to spot. They tend to congregate in front of the dealership, smoking, joking, complaining and waiting to wait on someone. Notice I said waiting to wait on. These lizards are a curious species in how they tend to look for prey. The professional is a different breed. The professional tends to not wait on much or for long. The professional has goals, a work plan and is too busy taking action…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 19, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Robert Cialdini is a social scientist who wrote the book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. In the book, Cialdini describes six different influences that get people to say “yes.” In this article, I would like to review those six influences and how that relates to selling vehicles, and add one more form of influence that will assist you in getting your customer to say “yes!”
Reciprocation — Human nature creates an urge to pay back debts. These debts can be in the…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 18, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
“In the mind of the beginner there are many possibilities, and in the mind of the expert there are few.”-Suzuki Roshi
What would you do in your sales career if you did not have limitations? Everyone has self-imposed limitations. These limitations can stem from several strong forces – environment, childhood experiences, workplace profiling, etc. Never allow anyone to pigeonhole you into who you supposedly are or who you are not.
People in your work…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
As a sales professional, it can be an eye-opening experience when you go shopping for yourself. Weaknesses in other’s presentations can teach us lessons about how to strengthen our own. One common theme you might notice is that many people don’t seem to recognize that people don’t buy products or services. People buy from people.
People buy solutions to perceived or real problems. Good sales people assist buyers in solving their problems through emotions, visual imagery, and…Continue
Negotiating can be done in a professional manner that can increase customer satisfaction while helping to protect both parties’ interests.
Let’s first look at some of the problems that give negotiating a bad name and then look at the solutions. A lack of training in negotiating in the automotive industry has put sales people at a disadvantage. Usually, a sales person is taught how to negotiate in a learn-as-you-go method. Although all learning must be accomplished by doing,…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 13, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
“You can’t make gross profit anymore now that we are fully in the digital age.” That is a common observation repeated every day by frustrated salespeople and managers. The reality is, that simply is not true. Gross profit is and always will be possible — if you create and practice the right elements for profit.
First of all, it is never possible to make the profit you desire without the right belief system and mindset. If you believe you cannot…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 12, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Do you believe in luck? Do you consider yourself a lucky person or are you waiting for your ship to come in? There is a difference between luck and randomness. You should create your own luck and remove the randomness of your results.
Recently, I conducted a sales meeting for a business. Before I gave the meeting, I entered the meeting area before the sales team arrived and I taped a $20 bill to the bottom of a chair. During the meeting, I asked everyone to stand up…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 11, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Recently, I conducted one of my sales seminars where I spoke about ideas that center around the following skill sets — sales, people, life and marketing. Some of the attendees at the program had been to three, four or more of my seminars in the past. In listening to the results of many of the repeat attendees, it struck me like lightening what the most important word I heard over and over in their successes: action.
In a series of recent sales meetings, I explained a…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 10, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
What business are you in? “The car business” would probably be your normal answer. I would invite you look deeper into that question. Rarely, is your first answer to that question your most accurate answer. The majority of businesses fail, or fail to reach their potential, because the owner and managers haven’t figured out the most important and most basic question: “What business are we in?”
Saying you are in the car business seems logical. However, that answer does not stir…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 7, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
On November 19, 2005, a day after having surgery, I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma cancer. I would compare receiving the news to going to the dentist and being numbed. However, this numbed my whole body. For 20 minutes I rushed through all kinds of thoughts and emotions – shock, anger, “why me?” questions, sadness.
After the 20 minutes, I made a big decision. I decided to live. I decided that all of the emotions and thoughts I was experiencing were not supporting…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 6, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
When you have a first encounter with a customer, they are usually wondering one simple question. Can I trust you?
There are three stages of buying:
1. Character and Trust
I don’t know that one stage is more important than the other but I do know that the trust stage usually happens first. When you build a house and the foundation is weak, no matter how nice a house you build it comes…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 5, 2014 at 8:47am — No Comments
Do you want to be more successful? You can achieve greater success if you begin to follow certain secrets that blow open the doors that are closed for you now. I am comfortable in saying that all people have some closed doors that limit their achievement. What are the doors that I am talking about and how can you open them?
The doors are a metaphor for the gateways to successful achievement. The keys are the secrets that unlock them and allow you move forward faster and with…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on December 31, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments