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DealerRater Poll Reveals Consumers Want More Facebook Car Promotions

DealerRater Poll Reveals Consumers Want More <br /
Facebook Car Promotions

DealerRater Poll Reveals Consumers Want More Facebook Car and Truck Promotions!
A recent poll of DealerRater users provides important insight into how dealerships can more effectively utilize social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to better engage their customers. The most common suggestions for dealers from poll respondents include offering special promotions, updating customers on new makes and models, sharing feedback and testimonials, and sending out service reminders or recall notices.

DealerRater surveyed a sample of 1,700 reviewers to solicit feedback on how automotive dealerships might better serve them through Facebook or Twitter. As general user acceptance of social networking sites grows exponentially, popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter emerge as compelling, effective ways of staying engaged with existing customers and reaching new ones.

DealerRater asked its reviewers to share their thoughts on how automotive dealerships could more effectively engage them through Facebook or Twitter. “Interestingly enough, nearly half of the respondent neither used Facebook or Twitter nor thought that dealerships should be using social networks to connect with customers,” noted Chip Grueter, president of DealerRater. “There was, however, a vocal majority that had some great suggestions for dealerships.” The resulting suggestions for dealers fell into four general categories:

  1. Promotions
  2. News
  3. Feedback
  4. Reminders

1. Promotions
The most common suggestion, submitted by 26% of respondents, was for dealerships to offer more promotions. Users want to see more items like “special offers for oil changes or tune-ups” and “offers for upgrades like iPod car accessories.” Dealerships that are connected with users via their “fan page” on Facebook can easily post special offers, discounts, promotions, financing offers and more in order to cultivate customer loyalty and generate repeat service business. Dealerships who have followers on Twitter can similarly post special offers that will drive traffic for both the sales and service departments. Encouraging customers to connect with a dealership via a Facebook fan page or Twitter by promising to offer “VIP” services can help quickly build a loyalty base.

2. News
Whether it be the rollout of new models or showcasing a pre-owned car for sale on the dealer’s lot, social media sites can be a great way for dealerships to communicate news, events and even share inventory with users. Approximately 16% of survey respondents suggested that Facebook or Twitter would be useful conduits for dealerships to share this type of information with customers. Comments from users included suggestions for posting information on “new models being announced” or “alerts when re-designed models make it to the showroom.”

3. Feedback
Highlighting a particularly glowing testimonial or providing a link to its review page on to showcase its overall rating is another cost-effective way for a dealership to market its services using social media. Respondents commented that “testimonials are always great to read from other customers” and would like to see “customer reviews and feedback…in real time.” In fact, 11% of respondents to DealerRater’s survey suggested that they would like to see dealerships provide this data via Facebook or Twitter.

4. Reminders
A small percentage of survey respondents also suggested using Facebook or Twitter as an effective way for a dealership’s service department to remind customers of routine maintenance or warranty/recall issues for a particular make and model. Users would like to see “occasional reminders of regularly scheduled service” and add that “maintenance tips and recall information would be helpful too.” Maintaining this direct link to customers after the sale and reminding them about service or offering discounted maintenance is beneficial to both the customer and dealer.


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Tags: Consumer Poll, Consumers Want More Facebook Car Promotions, DealerRater, Facebook, Twitter


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