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Recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) crackdowns against dealerships have drawn attention to the changing dynamics of automotive advertising. While FTC interventions have caused turmoil for some, most auto dealers don’t buy into running too good-to-be true ads. Some dealers even pride themselves on being straight with their customers.
The challenge for these dealers now lies with…Continue
Added by Rachel Boyle on November 11, 2013 at 12:09pm — No Comments
When was the last time you heard of someone who had worked his or her entire live for a single company? Chances are these instances involved members of an older generation, specifically people born in the earlier part of the century. So why has something that used to be fairly common in the past suddenly become far less common?
A very interesting…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on September 26, 2013 at 6:04am — No Comments
In almost every aspect of your dealership, you calculate ROI. Whether you’re looking at your ad spend, calculating labor costs or analyzing your digital marketing, the first, and last, thing you think about is ROI. How is my spending this money going to help me make more money? At times, we choose unwisely and discover that after the fact. Steps are then taken to rectify and…Continue
As football season approaches, I am reminded of a story that was widely publicized last spring. Joe Flacco, having just signed a $121 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens which made him the highest-paid player in the NFL, decided to celebrate by…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 27, 2013 at 7:17am — No Comments
In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for employees to spend their whole working lives with a single company. People would start in their late teens and many would retire without ever having worked anywhere else. However, businesses, in general, and dealerships, specifically, are experiencing less loyalty from employees today than ever before in history.…Continue
You’ll always hear me say, “the minute you’ve lost your perspective as the consumer, you’ll never have any perspective as a marketer.” Whether you’re actually a marketer or a businessperson of any kind in any industry whatsoever, the same rule applies. Online reviews don’t just “appear,” and much like a doctor’s advice after a heart attack, “the signs were there, we just didn’t see them or they were ignored.” There is a process by which online reviews come to be published…Continue
Added by Camille Forte on June 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
When did you last share with someone important why you enjoy him or her? We’re fast to convey disappointment or dissatisfaction with others, but uplifting the attributes in them we like feels rather strange.
Yet when it comes to building loyalty, whether in customers, coworkers or family members, nothing will engage their attention – and draw them to us in…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 16, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments
My wife and I have some wonderful friends whose restaurant serves up some of the most delicious Latin cuisine. Pedro and Adrianna have the warmest hearts. So, when they told me about the car salesperson they had fallen in love with several years prior, who never bothered to follow up with them after the sale, I could feel their disappointment.
They loved this…Continue
You know about the elephant, that “topic” nobody seems to want to recognize and talk about.…Continue
You know, the up who paid MSRP, plopped down a substantial down payment and had an 800 Beacon score.
Is that what the math says…is that reality or just a lazy way to shift responsibility…Continue
You know, the group of sales associates standing together commiserating about life. They take turns sharing frustrations about the weather, their spouses, the dealership…Continue
Reputation Management is, and has been, quite the hot topic in business for some time, yet the “proper etiquette” isn’t always clear for most. Now that Yelp is to be among the review forums that allow you to counteract negative reviews, it’s time for a quick brush-up on online review management so that this new development works to your advantage – because mishandling negative feedback can only make it exponentially worse.
To state the…Continue
Added by Camille Forte on February 20, 2012 at 8:08am — No Comments
Stop looking at social media as an add-on, in order for social marketing to be truly effective you must first work to integrate it into your daily processes. Instead of seeing social media as a separate identity, one that needs a separate strategy…Continue
Added by David Johnson on February 1, 2012 at 9:09am — No Comments
What To Do About A Bad Review
We’ve all talked about bad reviews and what to do about them. The consensus is that you answer them in a constructive way that shows others that you are concerned about an unhappy customer.
Asking that customer to contact you shows you are ready to try and find a solution to…Continue
Is it just business or vendor client relationships? I have been told several times to not get emotionally involved with a client or vendor. As a firm believer in…Continue
Added by Joey Little on July 18, 2011 at 8:18am — No Comments
The Kansas City Business Journal announces VinSolutions as a winner in their fifth annual Champions of Business™ Awards Program.
Overland Park, KS – April 28, 2011 – VinSolutions, an industry-leading developer of Internet-based Customer Relations Management (CRM) and Internet Lead Management (ILM) software, has been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a Champion of Business™. The program honors Kansas City-area companies that have exhibited sustained excellence. The…
Added by Joey Little on April 28, 2011 at 8:11am — No Comments
Overland Park, KS – April 13, 2011 – VinSolutions, an industry-leading developer of Internet-based Customer Relations Management (CRM) and Internet Lead Management (ILM) software, has been approved by Mitsubishi for certification as a Certified Lead Management Provider (CLMP).
Mitsubishi certification ensures that dealers using the VinSolutions’ suite of…Continue
Added by Joey Little on April 14, 2011 at 6:38am — No Comments
Added by Ryan Gerardi on March 24, 2011 at 11:44am — No Comments