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There are a huge number of travelers on domestic flights each year. Southwest Airlines, not unlike others, offers these passengers paid wi-fi, but, more importantly, in-flight entertainment. The standard of that entertainment has changed immensely over the years. In the not too distant past, flight attendants collected discarded newspapers and magazines and…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on September 5, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
For those of you that know me, or if you have followed my blogs for a while, you probably know that customer service is a passion of mine. I genuinely…Continue
Added by Veronica Dunford on September 4, 2019 at 7:08am — No Comments
Mason City Iowa, August 28, 2019 -- DealerBuilt, a proven enterprise Dealer Management System (DMS) for automobile…Continue
Added by Michael Trasatti on September 3, 2019 at 7:16am — No Comments
Lakeland, FL, September 3, 2019 - fusionZONE Automotive, LLC today announced the appointment of Adam Swanson as OEM Director. Swanson is a successful consulting executive with over ten years of experience at leading teams in enterprise-level automotive consulting strategy. He is also a specialist in…Continue
Added by Ed Barton on September 3, 2019 at 7:04am — No Comments
Have you ever seen a fellow motorist texting while driving? What about eating while driving? Putting on makeup? Turning around to yell at their kids? Yes, all of these happen (and more) daily. Sometimes, all it takes for an unfortunate accident to occur is for a driver to spill that boiling hot Starbucks on their lap while commuting.
Added by Dan Beres on August 30, 2019 at 7:26am — No Comments
A recent article from consulting giant Deloitte has added new importance to the role of retailer websites in the average consumer’s vehicle purchase journey. According to the results of its…Continue
Added by Graham Annett on August 29, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments
You’ve invested millions into your facility in hopes of a high return. Perhaps you just finished a major remodel. You’ve taken steps to improve the experience not just for your customers, but your staff as well. But what if you’re leaving money on the table?
If an organization like yours cares about its people, enough to invest in improving the quality of their experience, this can actually turn into a major asset…Continue
Added by jon nigbor on August 26, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments
If you ask a dealership GM or controller “What’s your marketing per vehicle retail (PVR)?” not only will you get a precise answer, but likely a dissertation on the drivers, trends and plans to optimize. That’s because auto retailers understand that marketing efficiency and effectiveness is the lifeblood of their new and used vehicle…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on August 23, 2019 at 7:24am — No Comments
These days, consumers usually look at online reviews when deciding not only WHAT they are going to buy, but also WHO to buy it from. However, there have been plenty of scandals in the retail industry concerning fake or paid reviews. So, it gets a little cloudy in the water, and consumers have gotten somewhat cynical.
Take Amazon. Hundreds of…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on August 23, 2019 at 7:03am — No Comments
Over the past few years, subscription services of all types have become increasingly popular with today’s consumers. Big names like Netflix and Amazon leverage them to offer optimized, often instantaneous access to their goods. Now, it’s the auto industry’s turn, with the rising popularity of vehicle subscriptions. These programs charge customers a monthly…Continue
Added by Jeff Giere on August 22, 2019 at 7:15am — No Comments
Community involvement has always shown a strong correlation with successful businesses. A study published in Strategic Management Journal found that philanthropy was associated with increased sales growth. A 2018 report by Nielsen Global…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on August 15, 2019 at 7:11am — No Comments
This is my third and final blog in the series about what to look for when choosing a DMS.
In this final part of the series, I cover three more areas to consider when investigating what should be a long-term…Continue
Added by Veronica Dunford on August 15, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Unique Customercials are organically shared by customers across their social platforms producing a huge viral lift for auto dealers
Newport Beach, CA –August 13, 2019– Vboost (www.vboost.com), a viral marketing company for auto dealers, today announced that since the company started seven years ago, video views for its auto dealer clients featuring customers…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on August 13, 2019 at 8:04am — No Comments
Customer experience and standing out from the competition by excelling at customer satisfaction is still very much a good business practice today. Time is valuable for today's busy consumers, and many dislike the vehicle service experience at dealerships because of long wait times.
Loaner cars and shuttles help, but they can end up making it…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on August 13, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
For such a small word, the word ‘data’ packs a pretty big punch. Some marketers get overwhelmed when they hear it because they believe it’s complicated. Others give it a bad rap without really understanding the benefits.
Yet it’s difficult to deny the advantages of data-driven marketing:
Added by Courtney Evans on August 9, 2019 at 7:15am — No Comments
While it’s nice to have room in your shop’s schedule to handle walk-ins and other unexpected work, a service lane no-show isn’t the ideal way to get that extra time. Rather, no-shows throw everyone off and can take quite a toll on both your shop’s workflow and your bottom line.
Here are two holistic approaches to reducing no-shows…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on August 8, 2019 at 7:09am — No Comments
I read an interesting study recently in MarketingWeek.com. It found that while marketers believe in the importance of the customer experience, within 2-3 years, that importance will decline due to business growth, transformation, and disruptive technologies.
Added by Michia Rohrssen on August 6, 2019 at 7:31am — No Comments
A recent article in Wards Auto shares results from a study of 6,200 dealerships conducted by analytics company Marchex. According to the survey, dealerships who use active listening techniques and build rapport with customers on the initial calls are the…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on August 2, 2019 at 8:11am — No Comments
One of the biggest hurdles dealerships face when attempting to create a personalized experience for every customer is breaking down their data silos. Data silos are common in virtually every auto dealership today. They…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on August 1, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments
The hottest thing in social media marketing right now is influencer marketing. Businesses continually leverage celebrities to gain exposure and attention. Think about all the dealerships that hire famous athletes, or a YouTube celebrity, to help draw a crowd to their dealership. Sure, it works. That’s why businesses do it. But do they always attract the right…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on July 30, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments