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Sales and marketing change quickly these days. The strategies and tactics that seemed cutting-edge only yesterday seem to have become obsolete overnight. At the core of every successful and resilient strategy though lies a timeless concept: the importance of building trust. Why is trust so important to grow a successful business? How do you build trust with customers? Why are there so often gaps between how you view your trustworthiness, and how you customers do? Read on to find…Continue
Added by jon nigbor on December 11, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments
As more dealers turn to fixed ops to grow profits, it's important not to overlook the power of video. Video is a great tool for building customer trust because it allows you to address the perception that dealerships charge too much or try to sell customers unnecessary repairs.
An effective video marketing strategy for your service department…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on December 5, 2018 at 7:15am — 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…Continue
Added by sara callahan on August 29, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments
Yet, as an industry we still spend far more money marketing the sales side of the business, and on conquest marketing, than we do on service marketing and customer…Continue
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on May 23, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
In the age of customer experience, successful salespeople have transitioned from an “always be closing” mindset to an “always be helping” mindset. In fact, the title of salesperson isn’t really an accurate reflection of what the job entails any more. A better title would perhaps be Trusted Advisor.
Added by Paul Moran on May 11, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments
According to a recent article in Automotive News, Motorcars Honda in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, believes that the future of franchise dealership profitability lies…Continue
Added by Ujj Nath on March 29, 2018 at 6:49am — No Comments
In the automotive industry, trust is a must.
No matter if you are a car company, car distributor or a car dealership, trust is essential for building a strong customer-service provider relationship. But it is not something given. You need to earn…
Added by Thomas F. Jung on January 23, 2018 at 2:30am — No Comments
Added by Scot Eisenfelder on November 29, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
Added by Ujj Nath on June 19, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Service customers frequently decline some, or all the recommended services, which can be very frustrating to advisors.
While it shouldn’t be a service advisor’s job to “find” things to recommend, it’s certainly their job to notify and counsel customers about any areas…
Added by Tim Clay on May 12, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
A recent article in Automotive News tells the story of Carlos Liriano, a car dealer from New Orleans who migrated his dealership to Texas and brought with him a passion – gumbo. Initially, it started as a way to…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 28, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments
In the automotive industry, as in all others, no matter whether you’re in a dealership or work as a vendor, you’re most likely part of a team.
Sometimes the people on your team (or perhaps, even you) neglect an important detail or fail at something important. When this happens, it can…
Added by Mike Gorun on February 14, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
When a customer buys a new car from a dealership it’s almost a given that service also just gained a new customer. Most of the time, if the customer is local, they will start bringing their vehicle into the selling dealership for regular maintenance and…Continue
Added by Tim Clay on September 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Think about the value propositions most dealerships present to consumers. Free car washes, fast transactions, oil changes, low prices, etc. They’re all so similar that, in reality, they cease to differentiate one dealer from another. The simple fact that they aren’t unique just about negates the offer for consumers when…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on August 26, 2016 at 5:26am — No Comments
The four bases that make up a baseball diamond can be directly related to the car shopper’s journey. We all know the path begins online. The final destination, or home base, is the dealership. The goal is to surpass all your bases and arrive back at home, or rather, get…Continue
Added by David Metter on May 24, 2016 at 7:43am — No Comments
Our world is certainly changing. Due to technology and the ability to access incredible amounts of information, the consumer purchase cycle is completely different to that of just a decade ago. And, the dealership market area has changed too. Technology now enables dealerships on each coast to compete with each other…Continue
Added by Tony Orlando on January 21, 2016 at 4:11am — No Comments
Dec 23 was a sad day, indeed. A young man driving a 2001 Honda Accord was killed in an accident when his recalled Takata airbag shattered and he was fatally injured. Honda had previously…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on January 8, 2016 at 5:07am — No Comments
Point in case: Doug Demiro, a former manager of Porsche Cars North America, and now author of a popular column on automotive website Jalopnik, answered a…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 24, 2015 at 5:56am — No Comments
According to Santander Consumer USA, used cars are expected to outsell new cars nearly 2 to 1 this year, making it more important than ever for dealerships and sales…Continue
Added by Joey Little on November 17, 2015 at 2:12pm — No Comments