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The Internet Sales 20 Group
Recently the Internet Sales 20 Group just concluded in Downtown Chicago and it was a huge success! It wasn’t just a “regular” workshop or convention. It was set up like a traditional “20 Group”, including a full blown benchmark composite. The first 20 different dealerships that signed up for the Internet Sales 20 Group were thoroughly analyzed in 7 Key Performance Indicators “KPIs”…
All this data was extracted or created without any assistance of the dealer(s). Once all of this data was created it was put into composite form, which means that the Dealerships’ names were removed and replaced with a dealership “ID Code”. This was to protect the identity of the individual dealerships and respect their privacy in public. Then the dealerships were “ranked” in numerical order based on the very best at the top of the composite list and the weakest at the bottom. This makes it very easy for the members to see what is “good” and what is “poor” and more importantly where they stack up against their peers.
So when the workshop opened up, everyone received a yellow legal envelope sealed with a gold “Internet Sales 20 Group Seal” and inside was an actual composite. If you were one of the dealerships analyzed, you would have additional content in your envelope. Basically an additional 50+ pages of the composite breakdown.
The very first part of the Internet Sales 20 Group was a Dealer Principal and Orlando Fuller from Dealer Synergy explaining exactly what an Internet Sales 20 Group composite was, how do you read one, where the data comes from and when you get back to your dealerships, where you can extract that data yourself. Then for about 2 and half hours the Internet Sales 20 Group reviewed each part of the composite, almost like “question starters”. Once we reviewed a particular section, we would have incredible interaction with the audience and remember the audience was a majority of Dealer Principals, GMs and high level Internet / BC Directors. So, the interaction was powerful and strategic.
For example when we reviewed the section on online reputation, it spurred into this major section on EVERYTHING “Dealership Online Reputation”. Ralph Paglia and JD Rucker were amazing subject matter experts and kept the audience captivated with best practices, ideas and strategies for maximizing dealership online reputation.
Susan Givens gave a powerful presentation on “AutoSuccess Dealership Best Practices” Including in her presentation were case studies and examples from some of the top dealerships in the country. Susan was very unique because she comes from a neutral position. She gets feedback from both dealers and dealer vendors. People were taking pages of notes during her presentation.
What was crazy was that was only the first day! After the day came to a close, everyone met downstairs of the Chicago Hilton and awaited the caravan of 14 passenger limos, courtesy of Car Ad Guys that took everyone to the Ultra VIP party, courtesy of Reach Local at the “Carnivale Chicago”. The group was met by fire breathers and dancers outside the Carnivale that performed just for them. And inside their were other “Carnivale” entertainment… They had people lying on a bed of nails and some of the Internet Sales 20 Group members were able to stand on the chest of the guy laying on the bed of nails lol!
The food and ambiance was utterly fabulous but the night got even better when we hosted the “Best Idea” contest. We started with almost 60 “Best Ideas”, the judges narrowed it down to the final 5 and then the audience voted (like X Factor or American Idol style) for the “Best Idea”. Mr. Ben Heath from Clift Buick GMC won the $1,000 Cash prize, courtesy of Helion. Ben’s idea was called “Perfect Match”.
I can not possible go over the entire hugely successful Internet Sales 20 Group in one article, so I decided to give a first day overview. Next article I will break down the rest of the Internet Sales 20 Group with actual details and strategies learned at the 20 Group.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.
Thank you - Sean V. Bradley
Here are some videos from the event:
Ralph Paglia was a Speaker at the Internet Sales 20 Group