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If your dealership is like most, the sales and service side of the house feel like two disconnected islands most of the time. The teams rarely come together unless handling reconditioning or aftermarket accessory installation. But…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on June 20, 2019 at 7:14am — No Comments
Drivers participating in the nation's most extensive ridesharing services are all independent contractors and, as such, are responsible for keeping their own vehicles maintained. After all, if they want to make money as a contracted driver, it seems perfectly reasonable to expect them to oversee vehicle maintenance, performance, and…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on June 17, 2019 at 7:06am — No Comments
Price is often a major factor in the purchase of any service or product. But it’s important to separate perceived price and received value. For example, $5 for a bottle of water might seem expensive, but that’s a deal if you’re walking through a desert. And there’s nothing blatantly wrong with paying more for quality (or perceived quality)––just look at…Continue
Added by Stephen Coambes on May 30, 2019 at 6:59am — No Comments
When it comes to social media, some dealers are uncertain of its benefits or unwilling to pay for the reach – and in some cases, both. Well, it is worth getting on the bandwagon as social media usage continues to expand with projections of over 3 BILLION users by 2021.
Added by Paul Moran on May 2, 2019 at 8:02am — No Comments
We have all had moments we wished we could do-over. For anyone who saw Avengers Endgame, you understand the value of "undoing" cannot be overstated. So what do we do when against our best efforts to build a strong customer-centric reputation we end up with poor ratings online?
In a slower market, our online reputation can impact be the…Continue
Added by Carol Marshall on May 1, 2019 at 7:34am — No Comments
All businesses need good leaders who know what it takes to be profitable, but also how to retain employees who are valuable to the business. Employee retention is key to profitability, as replacing someone takes a significant amount of time and effort. It can also result in lost revenue as the dealership sacrifices the opportunity to connect with and foster…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 29, 2019 at 7:24am — No Comments
While the components of digital retailing have existed within our industry for some time, digital retailing as a concept has not. Indeed, dealers could sell a vehicle entirely online in the past. And many have done so. But they’ve done so by cobbling together a less than perfect experience for the customer involving multiple widgets, phone calls, emails, and…Continue
Added by Michia Rohrssen on April 25, 2019 at 7:36am — No Comments
Like any sales company, dealerships want to get their messaging and advertisements out to as many people as possible. It’s historically been a numbers game: throw as much as you can at a wall and see what sticks.
That is no longer the case.
Customers expect more personal interactions, and targeting the wrong customer is more…Continue
Added by Dean Martin on April 25, 2019 at 7:24am — No Comments
Consumers increasingly use mobile devices to view content online. Study after study cites the fact that mobile devices are on a continued rise as the preferred medium for content. They surpassed desktops not too long ago and will undoubtedly continue to rise in dominance.
Mobile devices are always at hand, can be used almost anywhere, and are…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on April 25, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments
Added by Veronica Dunford on April 24, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments
April 23, 2019, Laguna Hills, CA – Recall Masters, Inc., the leading provider of automotive recall news, data, training, and communications, today…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 23, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
Many dealers struggle with getting customers to bring their vehicles in to take care of recall issues. The fact that the average recall completion rate is around 75 percent, tells us that standard recall marketing campaigns aren't as effective as they could be.
Your customers either aren't getting the message, or they set it aside and forget…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on April 19, 2019 at 7:57am — No Comments
In an industry that tends to reward “Strong Wrong” more often than “Soft Right,” the bold and the brave may tell you that they can predict your sales with amazing accuracy via their proprietary…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on April 19, 2019 at 7:22am — No Comments
Notifying customers when they are due for service is an obvious—yet crucial—part of any dealer’s marketing strategy. Unfortunately, not all notifications get the same results. Many well-intentioned efforts are too little, too late, and don’t have a solid strategy. And breaking through to…Continue
Added by Jeff Giere on April 18, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Some video marketing experts advise that scripts are the way to go as the person on camera then knows what to say. But that may not be best for everyone.
The person that is making the video,…Continue
One of the biggest obstacles many dealership service departments encounter is contacting and communicating with their customers. This is not only a problem with recall customers, but with all service customers in general. And failure to communicate can easily…Continue
Added by Dan Beres on April 16, 2019 at 7:35am — No Comments
For dealers, the digital retail space is filled with more hype than ever. Digital retail companies promise a future with increased conversion rates, higher gross margins, and better customer experience to boot.
And the truth is…it works! Digital…
Added by Michia Rohrssen on April 8, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
In this blog I’d like to talk a little bit about American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility and your websites, quickly covering some emerging issues and simple corrective actions you can take.
If you are an auto dealer in Florida or New York,…Continue
Added by Ed Barton on April 5, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
How long does it take to build customer loyalty? It might start with a great sales experience, but if a customer feels like they've been taken advantage of in the sales process, it will be hard convincing them to come back for service. True customer loyalty is built over a period of…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on April 5, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments
We live in a world where new technology swirls around us at a relentless and often dizzying pace, yet as we look closer inside the automotive industry and one particular area - the CRM - the winds are very calm, and the marketplace solutions aren’t keeping pace with innovation outside of the…Continue