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Big Tom LaPointe's Blog Posts Tagged 'dealer chat' (17)

Chat on dealer websites up 75% over two years

The number of car dealers with live chat software on their websites has jumped dramatically in the past couple of years.

According to dealermarketshare.com, about 37% of the 34k dealer websites had code from a chat provider, up…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on September 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Adding Chat is not enough! Four tenets of successful chat

Just sticking chat on your dealership and hoping for some more leads and sales is like throwing up a banner an expecting traffic to flow into the door. A banner may have its place in a comprehensive marketing plan, but by itself, won’t make a significant difference in car sales. And so it is with live chat. A blinky icon with a smiling face may generate a few conversations, but it won’t generate the…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on August 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Tips for measuring in-house chat performance

In his book, Customers for Life, Carl Sewell says to MEASURE EVERYTHING. So how do you measure how well your team is doing with live chat? For many dealers handling chat in-house, ‘measuring chat’ means tracking the number of chat conversations and leads, and possibly the number of sold units. But what else should a dealer take a look at to see how well…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on August 13, 2014 at 4:39am — No Comments

Why quality live chat? Why have a quality website?

The answer for the question of whether or not to have a top-notch live chat on your dealership is the same as having a sharp website: to convey information to your prospects in a manner that generates quality leads and ultimately sells more cars. It's really that simple. In the mid 90's, you could get away with a cut-rate website and impress your 20 Group with it when the technology was new. At that point, putting inventory…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on July 26, 2014 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Trends: Got Chat? TELL SOMEONE!

As more companies in every type of industry add live chat to their website and more consumers prefer using text to communicate, chat use continues to rise. Here are just a few places people CHAT socially:

  • Facebook
  • Cell Phones
  • Dating…
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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on July 1, 2014 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

Live Chat – the McDonalds of dealer website add-ons (not the MLM)

The good news about putting live chat on your website is that unlike joining a MLM company, you generally won’t chase away your friends and neighbors. But what we do hear dealers tell us is, ‘we tried it and it didn’t work for us’. How many people have you heard say that about MLM – just about everyone who has joined?

Well, how many people have you heard say that…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on June 3, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Not responding to chat requests is like eternal phone hold

What if your receptionist answered the phone and just put people on hold, never to return and handle their call? That is exactly what is happening if you have live chat on your website and the chat operator is unable to respond to the invite. An OFFLINE message on your dealership website may not be ideal, but at least you are telling them you can’t…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on May 27, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Become live chat star - five points of success

"...you can't just throw it on there and expect it to generate more sales leads or help you sell more cars"

When the internet began to commercialize in the late 90's, you could throw up a website with a few nice pictures and you were ahead of the competition. Then you had to add your inventory just to be competitive. The same is true with live chat on your website - you can't just throw it on…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on April 7, 2014 at 7:45am — No Comments

Four measures for quality leads from live chat

As more dealers every day realize that adding hosted or managed chat solution or self-managed live chat to their dealership website can boost leads and increase car sales, many question how they can tell if it's working. In short, is it helping you sell more cars? Has your lead count increased? Have you given your customers another reason to be loyal?

What about…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on March 23, 2014 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Don't drive your self-hosted chat off a cliff - three tips for live chat success

Live chat software and managed chat services on dealership websites aren't new, but making it work well in-house is still a challenge for many dealers. Sometimes it can seem easier to drive off a cliff or walk through a minefield than to make it work. There are dozens of ways for it to crash and burn, but these…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on February 24, 2014 at 9:59pm — 1 Comment

Live chat so easy a monkey could do it – but would you want them to?

“People still sell cars to People”

This year we celebrate not only the century mark of Chevrolet, but also the 100 year mark for Henry Ford's belt-based assembly line. Virtually everything about manufacturing and marketing automobiles during the past ten decades has changed except one thing: people still sell cars to people. Your website could be…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on February 10, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Facebook birthday (& BILLION users) points to potential for website live chat

As Facebook turns 10 years-old this week, its continued growth (more than a billion users now) and impact on our world are undeniable. After all, where else can long lost friends reconnect, babies and weddings be announced, or irritating regurgitation of political and social opinions be shared whether they are wanted or not?

The thing is, a billion people…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on February 4, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Does it REALLY matter if dealer chat vendors are “car people”?

I could just say 'yes' and make this the shortest blog post ever, but here is why it matters…not that you want the gang from the Used Cars movie in this photo helping you with your business, but having 'car people' involved makes a HUGE difference.

As a dealer, when you look at your DMS, your…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on October 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Here's your dealership website live chat business plan

More and more dealers are realizing that an effective live chat strategy is a key puzzle piece for increasing leads and sales from their dealership website – whether they opt for an in-house staff or hosted chat vendor. The scary truth is that many dealers who jump on in-house chat or the cheapest hosted chat expecting that it will magically pull them out of a sales…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on September 21, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Want live chat success in-house? Four tips to help you plan it, script it, work it

As dealers continue recognize the benefits of either hosted live chat or chat software managed in-house on their automotive websites, many still feel using their staff to handle the chats is their best option. With some proper planning and…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on August 9, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Live chat tip: Use a proactive (pop-up) for more chats and leads

Often when a dealer is considering the benefits of adding live chat to their website they are…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on July 26, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

How Live Chat Software Can Increase Car Sales



Use Live Chat to leverage your auto dealership website and start your steps to the sale.…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on May 28, 2013 at 8:24am — No Comments

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