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How Customer Training Leads To Retention

With almost everything consumers purchase, there’s an owner’s manual or set of instructions for them to use.  For decades, car manufacturers have included an owner’s manual with new vehicles. Sadly, it is no secret that this tidy three hundred-page booklet is one of the least read publications produced in mass…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 26, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

What Does Cheating Teach Your Employees?

Automotive News recently carried a story about a lawsuit filed by Subaru of America against one of their franchisees. The lawsuit accuses a Southern California dealership of falsifying 224 CSI surveys in an…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 19, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Four Buckets of Customers

We all have a myriad of contacts that we consciously (or subconsciously) place into separate categories in our relationships. These categories include family, close friends, business associates, colleagues and acquaintances. Most people tend to act differently depending on which group they are surrounded by at any…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 12, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Season of Change?

With a steadily improving economy and declining unemployment rates, the automobile industry is geared up to experience another year of expansion and progress. While this is great news, it would be wise to consider that just as customers now have more choices when it comes to buying or servicing their vehicle, employees (and prospective employees) also have more options than they did just a few years ago.  In general they no longer feel quite so loyal to their position, nor do they fear…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 5, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Is Going Above & Beyond Really the Path to Customer Loyalty?

Most executives believe that providing an excellent customer experience will increase customer loyalty. Many companies are known for it and stand out as examples of how to win business and loyalty – Nordstrom, Zappos and Apple come to mind. While providing an excellent customer experience is certainly more likely to…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 29, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Time Isn’t of the Essence

Imagine a customer that is in for a routine oil change at your dealership.

As part of the complimentary inspection your store provides, it is discovered that the vehicle’s brake pads are severely worn and it would be unsafe to continue driving the vehicle much longer without replacement.  The…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 15, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Will Service Technicians Need Computer Development Skills Soon?

Each year OEMs add more and more advanced technology to their vehicles. As a result, the skill set demanded of today’s technician has transitioned from one that is purely mechanical, into one that is more technology-based. Up until now, technicians have had access to master techs at their respective manufacturers to…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 8, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Volvo Boldly Goes Where No One Dares Go

While most businesses analyze budgets and shift money towards digital advertising, video and branding, Volvo has taken an interesting strategy: to decrease marketing. While it isn’t planning to cease all activities, Volvo has decided that, rather than attempt to take on any rivals with bigger budgets, it will shift…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 29, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Video Games: Using Employee Interests To Train

Despite the many tools available and the best of intentions, many dealerships struggle with providing ongoing professional development for their staff.

Whether it’s because of the volume of customers that need handling; lack of time; or worry about taking a…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 18, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

WestJet: A No Holds Barred Customer Loyalty Strategy

Last year, WestJet pulled off an elaborate scheme whereby flight passengers met with a virtual Santa at the gate to share any Christmas wishes. Upon arrival, these passengers were beyond delighted to discover the very gifts they had just wished for circling the baggage carousel. The whole caper was filmed and…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 11, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Do you remember the AT&T ad slogan “Reach Out and Touch Someone” from the early 1980s?  It may have been thirty years since that slogan reached its peak in popularity, but it still has a similar meaning today. Our high-paced, digitally driven world has made it even easier to stay in touch with our friends and…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 4, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Starbucks Is Playing Offense and What Dealers Can Learn From It

Starbucks recently announced plans to roll out a delivery service in some key major markets. This follows on the heels of an initiative which allows customers to place their drink orders via smartphones, so as to minimize wait…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 28, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

When An Apology Isn’t An Apology

Regardless of how hard you work to ensure that your customers have an excellent experience, mistakes happen. No doubt you’ve had customers complain about something – it took too long for their vehicle to be serviced, there was a miscommunication in pricing during the sale, or a general failure to deliver on promises…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 20, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Tired of Damage Complaints in Service? Here’s a Solution.

I doubt that a dealership service department exists that hasn’t had to deal with a customer claim that their vehicle was damaged while being serviced. Whether it’s a minor scratch, or something bigger, these types of claims cost dealerships money. It’s not always a customer who is trying to get a free cosmetic repair.…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

What Have you Done for Me Lately?

A few years ago, car dealers across the nation were caught in the net of a struggling economy. Fewer sales compounded by budget conscious customers caused many car dealerships to restructure their corporate operations, reduce staff and tighten their wallets. Many dealership owners, along with their manufacturers, were…

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Added by Richard Holland on November 6, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Using Data to Increase Service Revenue

One of the most valuable assets you have at your dealership is your customer database. However, frequently dealers fail to effectively use this information to help achieve more specific marketing goals. While some may use their database to send marketing messages to existing and previous customers in an effort to sell…

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Added by Richard Holland on October 30, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

There’s Always Time to Do It Right!

You don’t have to live in a bustling city to see that people are in a hurry.

Compared to even ten years ago, it seems that everyone is in a rush to get something done fast and with as little inconvenience as possible. The reality is - people have less time, which…

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Added by Richard Holland on October 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Training: Mercedes puts its Money Where its Mouth Is

I’ve written many times about the value of training and professional development to employee retention.  

Training, in combination with a company culture designed to create engaged employees, can help make a dealership a force to be reckoned with.…

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Added by Richard Holland on October 16, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

When the Economy Is Good Is When We Must Shine!

A recent article on Science20.com, explains how customers will be less focused on price and will emphasize the customer service experience when the economy is going well.  However, when the economy…

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Added by Richard Holland on October 9, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Empowered Employees Bring Higher Levels of Customer Service

“The customer is always right” has been the trademark phrase used by businesses in the United States for decades.  By and large, most reputable businesses believe this philosophy to some degree, and put policies and procedures in place to make sure that their customers are treated fairly and effectively…

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Added by Richard Holland on September 26, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

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