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How well do you know your sales and service customers? Not just the customers who have purchased a car in the last month, or the ones who get their cars serviced on a regular basis, but all of your customers?
Considering your dealership has thousands of contacts in its DMS, it’s highly unlikely —and unrealistic—that you know your customers…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on March 27, 2020 at 7:03am — No Comments
What are your marketing goals in 2020? One of the biggest pain points for dealers is deciding where to spend their marketing dollars to get the results they want. Many dealers feel like their marketing strategies don’t perform as well as they used to, which, when combined with declining sales profitability, puts extra pressure on marketers to up their…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on February 28, 2020 at 7:16am — No Comments
Most auto dealerships do some if not all of their service marketing with their manufacturer owner retention programs (ORPs). The purpose of ORPs is stated in the name: to build customer loyalty. But how well do these programs deliver on that…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on January 31, 2020 at 6:30am — No Comments
Owner retention programs (ORPs) are one of the most used marketing tools and have been used by dealerships for many years. However, most ORPs are run in a silo, separate from the rest of the dealership’s marketing strategy.
This practice results in an inconsistent, less than optimal experience for dealership customers. The way it currently…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on December 27, 2019 at 6:58am — No Comments
One thing is certain. Sending out the same communications with the same messages via the same channels, again and again, isn’t a winning strategy. The goal of an ORP is to…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on November 8, 2019 at 6:36am — No Comments
Added by Courtney Evans on September 13, 2019 at 7:30am — 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
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
One of the biggest challenges for dealers today is knowing which marketing channels deliver the best reach, frequency and ROI. For marketers everywhere, it can be difficult to reach an intended audience, and when they do, many times the audience isn't paying attention.
Take television, for example. Many dealerships still create and air…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on May 3, 2019 at 7:28am — 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
As many dealership marketers know, search campaigns are a necessary part of a multi-channel marketing strategy. The danger with search campaigns is the potential for pay-per-clicks to become very expensive, which tends to happen when marketing vendors use a single strategy for all dealerships, and set up campaigns as…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on March 1, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
When it comes to social media advertising, Facebook reigns supreme with Instagram a close second. These are ideal platforms on which to raise brand awareness, bring customers down funnel and generate leads.
For dealers, a presence on Facebook and Instagram is essential, because quite simply, this is where your customers are spending their time.…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on January 11, 2019 at 7:58am — No Comments
For car dealers, the opportunity to create loyal customers might start with a sale, but true loyalty is created in the service department. According to a 2017 IHS Markit study, the average length of car ownership is nearly seven years. That's a long time to maintain a relationship with someone until the next sales cycle.
So, the focus must be…Continue
Added by Courtney Evans on January 4, 2019 at 7:20am — No Comments