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Consumers have grown tired of the countless vanilla marketing messages many companies keep sending (and yes, that includes OEMs and dealers.) However, the marketing tactic that is enjoying success is relevant marketing directly aimed at a specific individual. Relevance is the key to winning today’s consumers. But, it’s not only about relevance, it also…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on October 25, 2019 at 7:18am — No Comments
That feeling of dread – the letter arrives at the dealership with a return address from an attorney you don’t recognize, addressed to "Owner" or "General Manager." Inside is a demand letter indicating that your website or mobile application is inaccessible as required under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). You need to contact them right away to…Continue
Added by Ed Barton on October 24, 2019 at 6:47am — No Comments
A recent Affinitiv survey of 1,000 automotive consumers reveals that dealerships are falling short when it comes to delivering personalized, online shopping experiences to customers. In the same study, we analyzed a sample of 100 dealer websites to better understand the current level of personalization that dealers are offering.
Why the focus…Continue
Added by Doug Van Sach on October 18, 2019 at 7:22am — No Comments
Added by Courtney Evans on September 13, 2019 at 7:30am — 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
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
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
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
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
Today's consumers want marketing that is personalized to them. In the past, marketing has always been about broadcasting the same message to everyone. Attempting to catch as many "fish" as possible. That strategy no longer works in today’s modern world of consumer shopping behavior.
To truly capture a customer’s attention and win their…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on July 26, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Dealerships aren't always the first place that vehicle owners think of when it's time for service. According to the Cox 2017 Car Buying Journey study, 23% of new vehicle owners and 53% of used vehicle owners did not return for service to the dealership where they purchased the vehicle.
To retain more of their sold customers, dealers are…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on July 26, 2019 at 6:54am — No Comments
One critical best practice that helps drive more traffic to your website is to continuously create new content. Google crawls websites to find relevant content to provide more accurate results to searchers. However, it is sometimes hard to come up with content ideas that will be of interest to your audience.
Pounding your head against a desk,…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on July 25, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Would you like to hear a ridiculous, unbelievable ROI statement? Well, one luxury brand dealership integrated technician videos into its service processes and, in only seven days, made +$250K in customer pay recommended work revenue. In fact, 80% of all closed repair orders for the week had a technician video sent to the customer.
Added by Ujj Nath on July 19, 2019 at 7:23am — No Comments
Newport Beach, CA – June 25, 2019 – Over a one-year period, Earnhardt Lexus, Phoenix’s #2 volume Lexus dealer, experienced a viral lift of 564 percent in its social media marketing program…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on June 25, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Most marketers think of third-party data as something to be used in conquest marketing. While it's true that we must rely on 3rd-party data to acquire new customers, it's important not to overlook the value of this data in marketing to your current customers.
Most companies use only 12 percent of the data they have on hand, which means 88…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on June 21, 2019 at 7:16am — No Comments
Dealers are regularly approached by vendors selling their wares. Not only is it challenging to know what will be a valuable asset for your particular dealership, but it can also sometimes be downright confusing!
Of all of the various software and data services available to dealerships, none is more essential than your Dealer-Management System.…Continue
Added by Veronica Dunford on June 20, 2019 at 7:31am — No Comments
Added by Dean Martin on May 23, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
When my friend, Erica* took her vehicle to the dealer recently, the needed repairs were performed quickly and competently. Yet, when the CSI survey came, she rated her overall experience three stars: “just okay.” Why not five stars: “excellent”? Well, because frankly, they didn’t earn it. This was the result of a couple very significant––and…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on May 16, 2019 at 7:48am — No Comments
It’s a well-known fact that Amazon is on a mission to reinvent the traditional brick-and-mortar store model. Until recently, they were mostly focused on dominating online sales. However, it is clear Amazon is now looking to expand its footprint to include offline sales. A great example is the…Continue
Added by Michia Rohrssen on May 15, 2019 at 7:23am — No Comments