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Henry Ford was once asked why he visited his executives rather than having them come to his office when problems arose or he needed questions answered. “I go to save them time,” said Ford. “I’ve found that I can leave the other fellow’s office a lot quicker than I can get him to leave mine.” Ford knew the necessity of gaining information. He also knew…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on August 30, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments
There is one common problem most companies run into when they start a content marketing strategy. Frequently, executives have unreal expectations and expect to go from zero to hero in a matter of days. They want an immediate return-on-investment – such as leads, engagement or website traffic. I am afraid that is simply not realistic. Hey, sometimes you can hit gold straight…Continue
Added by sara callahan on August 29, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently tweeted that he wanted to take Tesla private, which has garnered a lot of attention. Hey, I realize that Tesla as a company can be a polarizing issue in our automotive industry. But this is something you may want to pay attention to.
Added by Ujj Nath on August 28, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
The world of retail is setting the pace for embracing how technology is transforming the consumer buying process. The companies who are winning with consumers (Amazon, Netflix, Apple) have stopped looking at marketing by “channels” and are looking at individual human connections. These companies have replaced cookies with actual people.
Added by Jonathan Lucenay on August 24, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Back in the early 1990s, the Internet was in its infancy. As a new phenomenon, not every business was sold on its benefits, or even why they should use it. This posed a problem for Cisco, a company whose main product at the time was routers. Cisco needed to prove that, not only would the Internet save companies money, but also Cisco products were the best choice to help them…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on August 21, 2018 at 7:02am — No Comments
There’s a focused shift in the automotive community to reduce friction and create a more seamless experience for consumers from online to on the lot. Sure, some consumers – albeit…Continue
Added by John Wingle on August 8, 2018 at 6:56am — No Comments
When automobiles were first introduced into society, people didn’t know what to think. For the most part, early automobiles were reserved for the wealthy, while everyone else continued their transportation needs with the use of horse and carriage.
However, people were very curious about this strange new…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on August 7, 2018 at 6:44am — No Comments
What do customers expect during the vehicle purchase process? What do they value most? In a survey included in the AutoLoop 2017 Digital Experience Study, we discovered valuable insights to these questions and more – insights that can give your dealership the competitive edge when customers start shopping. Read on to grasp a better understanding of what customers want, and…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on August 6, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments
On the service side, you probably know how many ROs were closed last month and how much revenue…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on August 3, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Have any of you had success with QR Codes? By some reports they are making a comeback. But, on the other side of the coin, on an episode of Shark Tank late last year, renowned venture investor Chris Sacca commented that QR codes are “the herpes of mobile technology.”
Yes, pretty harsh,…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on July 31, 2018 at 6:37am — No Comments
To that point, I am sure many of you are familiar with the shocking stories and downfalls of three highly successful companies: Blockbuster, Kodak and Xerox.
So, what lessons can be learned from…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on July 24, 2018 at 6:56am — No Comments
From a consumer perspective, access to loaner vehicles is a major factor in service location choice—both in terms of franchised dealer versus independent repair facility, and among franchised dealer locations. Loaner vehicles help to overcome the inconvenience of having to drive further for service, and from having to wait at the…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on July 18, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
In the not too distant past, prior to the Internet, dealerships had all the information and consumers had little or none. However, today’s consumers have access to a wealth of information which, at some…Continue
Added by John Wingle on July 17, 2018 at 6:17am — No Comments
Added by Timmy D. James on July 12, 2018 at 8:15am — No Comments
It’s probably not news to you that, while customers like having new cars, many dislike the dealership experience. And, that dislike often immediately begins from the first moment they arrive and are basically accosted by 10 salespeople approaching their vehicle as they pull onto the lot – yes, that’s mostly an exaggeration, but you get my point.
Added by John Wingle on July 11, 2018 at 6:56am — No Comments
Saint Petersburg, FL July 9, 2018 –…Continue
Added by John Wingle on July 9, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Those consumers have, more than likely, already narrowed your dealership down to one of only a couple that they plan to visit. And, while your website may be spot-on and easy to use, with the…Continue
There is plenty of buzz nowadays in the automotive industry about the customer experience. Everything from improving the in-showroom experience, to the finance experience, online experience and the service experience; mostly by using technology and the proper training of…Continue
Added by sara callahan on June 28, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
One of the staples for service department is tires, including sales, mounting, balancing and alignments. Tires are a price leader for your dealership and a great way to get customers in, providing you the opportunity for additional service work revenue.
Added by Ujj Nath on June 26, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
To stay top-of-mind with your customers, you need to keep in touch.
If you have lifecycle-based communications that launch automatically (triggers), you’re already taking advantage of a great tool for your dealership. This keeps your active customers engaged. However, to maximize…
Added by Scott Kane on June 25, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments