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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
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
This is a real question you have to ask yourself if you want to survive the automotive industry. Are you willing to do what it takes to be successful each and every day to not just work a job, but to build a career? There are many people who started in the automotive industry as a crutch until they found a “better” job. Only a small percentage, however, end…Continue
Added by Todd Smith on April 30, 2019 at 7:28am — 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
Recently I visited with one of the top collegiate quarterback coaches in the nation.
“There’s a saying in football that the further away you get from the ball, the less a part of the team…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on April 25, 2019 at 7:02am — No Comments
Added by Veronica Dunford on April 24, 2019 at 6:00am — 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
If you haven't heard already, Tesla was in a world of hurt after reporting its Quarter 1 sales. In fact, the pain was so great that some could say it almost became the Titanic with a series of unfortunate events including sales reported lower than…Continue
Added by Michia Rohrssen on April 17, 2019 at 7:31am — 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
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
Added by Dean Martin on March 29, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Annual announcements are nothing new for Google. If nothing else, Google rolls out new marketing elements, metrics and key performance indicators on a daily basis. If any company knows change, it’s Google. The Google algorithm changes approximately 500 to 600 times a year.
As SEO and SEM experts know, you have to test your assumptions when…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on March 22, 2019 at 7:12am — No Comments
A few days ago, I wrote about the Fundamental Attribution Error. It’s when people place the motives for behavior on an individual’s character even though the environment is likely the most important driver
Added by Jim Flint on March 15, 2019 at 7:27am — No Comments