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Richard Holland's ADM Blog (68)

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

The Trick to Increased Service Revenue Is Keeping Your Bays Full

Many auto dealerships have technology in place that allows sales managers to monitor what’s going on in their departments. CRMs and phone call recording services are used by sales managers to ensure that Internet leads are being followed up promptly and that salespeople follow up with shoppers that visited the…

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Added by Richard Holland on September 18, 2014 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Are You Prepared For More Service Business?

Auto dealers know how important their service business is to the bottom line.

There’s no doubt that service absorption is vital to the health and livelihood of many dealer’s financial statements at the end of the month.…

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Added by Richard Holland on September 11, 2014 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

How Job Hopping Became Acceptable and How You Can Change It

When developing an employee retention strategy, a business must ultimately consider salaries. There’s no doubt that a long-term employee will feel slighted if a new employee joins at a higher pay. Chances are they may even feel slighted if the new employee receives the same wage. In the automotive…

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Added by Richard Holland on September 4, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

How Simply Getting the Job Done Can Be a Bad Thing

Working at a car dealership often takes its toll on employees. The demands of a fifty, sixty or seventy hour work week often leaves the employee exhausted, mentally and physically. Generally, these employees are not clock-watchers, they are your commissioned sales people, your technicians, your management staff and they…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 28, 2014 at 5:07am — 2 Comments

Random Acts of Generosity Can Build Loyalty

Finding a lost earring in the jewelry box, discovering the old autographed Tom Seaver baseball card when you clean out the attic, and learning that the shirt you are about to pay retail for is discounted, are all pleasant surprises. 

How about walking into your bank and having the ATM talk with…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 21, 2014 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Is Instant Customer Feedback In Your Future?

There’s no doubt that customer satisfaction is important to all car dealerships.

Whether a dealership actually cares about making the customer happy, or merely wants to ensure that their CSI scores stay acceptable to the OEM, these scores play a major factor in the overall health of a dealership.…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 14, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Fix the Affliction

The adage “two brains are better than one” has long been used to think through matters and solve problems.  And to take it even further, excluding the human element, often two computers with different programming can solve problems more effectively than a single device.

 

As an example; the government has…

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Added by Richard Holland on August 7, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments

Fixed Ops: The Scramble for Technicians Begins

In May I wrote a blog article explaining how employee retention in service will become increasingly important due to many factors. Apparently, that’s becoming true faster…

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Added by Richard Holland on July 31, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Sometimes It’s Better To Cut Your Losses

I am sure many of you have heard about the recent customer service debacle involving Comcast over the past week.

In case you aren’t familiar with what happened, a customer called into their…

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Added by Richard Holland on July 24, 2014 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

The Key to Increased Service Absorption Is Efficiency

Last week, Automotive News highlighted Redlands Auto Plaza, a Southern California dealership that is doing some pretty creative things within their service department to increase absorption.…

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Added by Richard Holland on July 17, 2014 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

Give Your Customers a Red Carpet Experience

Automotive News recently reported about a New Jersey dealership that has a VIP lounge for some of its customers – akin to the exclusive airline club lounges – in which customers can…

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Added by Richard Holland on July 10, 2014 at 5:37am — 6 Comments

Audi Wants To Supervise Your Technicians… With Robots

Last week, Wired magazine featured an article describing Audi’s ambitious plans for robots in local dealerships. A remote technician at Audi headquarters controls the “Audi Robotic Telepresence” robot. According to Wired…

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Added by Richard Holland on June 26, 2014 at 5:42am — 3 Comments

For Used Vehicle Acquisition, There’s No Place Like Home

One of the pain points I frequently hear from dealers is how to acquire frontline pre-owned vehicles for their stores. Having an available solid inventory of used vehicles for customers is imperative. Not everyone will be able to (or even want to) buy a new vehicle. To run smoothly and continuously generate…

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Added by Richard Holland on June 19, 2014 at 5:39am — 3 Comments

For Employees, Recognition Trumps Money

In case you weren’t aware, this week is Automotive Service Professionals week. Established in 2001 by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), this week celebrates all of the men and women who have chosen automotive repair as their profession. Automotive Service Professionals…

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Added by Richard Holland on June 12, 2014 at 5:27am — 2 Comments

Volvo Announces In Car Service Appointment Scheduling: What That Means For Dealers

Every day automotive manufacturers announce new technology they plan to introduce into their vehicles. Tuesday, Volvo announced that their XC90 will not only tell the driver when it’s time to visit the garage, but also…

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Added by Richard Holland on June 5, 2014 at 5:43am — 2 Comments

5 Reasons Video Can Help Increase Service Revenue

In our modern world of technology and instant information, consumers are increasingly seeking answers to their questions online rather than asking a business for it. One way that consumers are doing this is through video content they find online. Video content provides many benefits for consumers as well as businesses. In…

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

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