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There are many third party apps available for scheduling to social media, however, when it comes to Facebook, you should be scheduling your posts using the site’s internal scheduling tool for best Facebook marketing practices.Facebook has a sensitive algorithm, and due to its sensitivity, it tends to perform at its best when posts are shared organically. This means that you tend to gain better reach when…See More
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Trick or treat!There’s a little less than two weeks until Halloween! Does your dealership have a plan for how to bring more shoppers into the showroom and service bays during this fun and hopefully-not-too-scary time? You should!Holidays are always an opportune time to foster some community spirit and be the host to memorable events for your customers and prospects.If you’re struggling with coming up…See More
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Auto/Mate Integrates DMS with etfile Document Management System, Streamlining Auto Dealer Workflow

ALBANY, N.Y. – October 20th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today the integration of its dealership management system (DMS) with etfile's electronic document management solution. Auto dealerships using the etfile document imaging, filing…See More
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Our Connections are a Reflection of How to Market a Dealership

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Most Monday mornings I find myself standing in NCM Institute’s beautiful training facility in Kansas City, welcoming a new class of dealership managers who come to us for formalized training specific to their job responsibilities. Even before introductions, sometimes I will ask the class some questions:

“How many of you, when you interviewed for your first job in the car business were shown a written job description and job objectives or expectations that you would…

Incoming! Why Every Phone Call Should Be Treated as Mission Critical

When was the last time you tried calling into your own--or another--dealership? Chances are high that the phone went unanswered, you were put on hold, routed into voicemail or were told that the sales or service person you're trying to reach is out to lunch.

 

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Dealerships Need to Use Facebook’s Internal Scheduler When Scheduling a Facebook Post

Posted by Erin Ryan on October 20, 2014 at 7:52pm 0 Comments

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There are many third party apps available for scheduling to social media, however, when it comes to Facebook, you should be scheduling your posts using the site’s internal scheduling tool for best Facebook marketing practices.

Facebook has a sensitive algorithm, and due to its sensitivity, it tends to perform at its best when posts are shared organically. This means that you…

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When Politicians Veto Their Own Cars

Posted by John Sternal on October 20, 2014 at 5:32pm 0 Comments

Fair or not, some constituents are unhappy with what their elected officials are paying to drive. In the majority of cases, these cars are leased. Some opponents are even using the price of the car lease in attack ads. Politicians have…

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Trick or treat!

There’s a little less than two weeks until Halloween! Does your dealership have a plan for how to bring more shoppers into the showroom and service bays during this fun and hopefully-not-too-scary time? You should!

Holidays are always an opportune time to foster some community spirit and be the host to memorable events for your…

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The “Loyal” Non-Performer

Posted by Dave Anderson on October 20, 2014 at 3:58pm 0 Comments

“I know I should probably get rid of the guy, but he’s been with me twenty-five years; he’s loyal.”

If you’ve ever managed to whine out a lame version of this “he’s loyal” rationalization to justify your defense of mediocrity roll this publication up, hand it to the nearest person and ask them to smack you in the head with it. Frankly, if you dare fathom the perpetual cost and misery that accompanies keeping a “loyal’ non-performer you’d agree a simple whack on the head is…

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DrivingSales Announces Innovation Cup and Dealer Best Idea Award Winners for 2014

Posted by Crystal Hartwell on October 20, 2014 at 1:55pm 0 Comments

 New Car IQ from Pearl Technology wins 2014 Innovation Cup Award and “YouTube Postal Service” from Robert Karbaum E-Commerce Manager, Weins Canada Inc./Don Valley North Lexus, wins the 2014 Dealer Best Idea Award; presented at 2014 DrivingSales Executive Summit  

 

Salt Lake City, Utah – October 20, 2014DrivingSales today…

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Auto/Mate Integrates DMS with etfile Document Management System, Streamlining Auto Dealer Workflow

Posted by Mike Esposito on October 20, 2014 at 12:33pm 0 Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. – October 20th, 2014 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today the integration of its dealership management system (DMS) with etfile's electronic document management solution. Auto dealerships using the etfile document…

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The Top Ten Auto News Stories of the Week: October 11 - 17

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Hey Auto Professionals -- catch up on last week’s latest and greatest automotive news stories and blogs from around the Web! In this edition of the Top 10, we’ve got articles about the best tips to streamline your dealership’s internal processes, how using multisource data can help automotive marketers, a hands-free Cadillac, and much more. …

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Our Connections are a Reflection of How to Market a Dealership

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Those in the automotive industry tend to live in a professional bubble. We love what we do for different reasons, but for many (such as me), it's a matter of working in an industry that is completely different and more challenging than others, particularly when it comes to digital marketing.

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The 2 Phrases That Bosses Hate

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A recently-published list of employee remarks that bosses hate completely missed the two worst offenders.



Monster.com recently published the following list of employee remarks that, according to the article, will cause a boss to "hate" the employee:


1. "That's not how we did it at my old job."

2. "So-and-so isn't doing his work."

3. "How'd I do? How'd I do? How'd I do?"

4. "This…

10 Phrases Navy SEALs Don't Say

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Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant


While the parallels between special operations and business closely mirror each other in some regards, there are also glaring differences. The most significant difference I’ve found in the year plus that I’ve been out of the military is what is considered acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace.


In a SEAL Team room, for…

7 Killer Quotes from Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran

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The woman who turned a $1,000 real estate loan into a $66 million business has
much to say about entrepreneurship, success and business. We would all do well
to listen.

As the only female shark on "Shark Tank," Barbara…

Why You Should Stop Being a Boss and Be a Leader

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The way you approach being in charge--whether you're running a corporation, a
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achievement. Think about the differences before you step up.


Shared: From your…

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The 2 Phrases That Bosses Hate

Started by IC. Collins in General Forum for dealerELITE Members. Last reply by Brian Bennington on Sunday. 1 Reply

BY GEOFFREY JAMES @SALES_SOURCE A recently-published list of employee remarks that bosses hate completely missed the two worst offenders. Monster.com recently published the following list of employee remarks that, according to the article, will cause a boss to "hate" the employee: 1. "That's not how we did it at my old job."2. "So-and-so isn't doing his work."3. "How'd I do? How'd I do? How'd I do?"4. "This is not what I signed up for."5. "Can't someone else do that?"6. "Will I get a promotion…Continue

10 Phrases Navy SEALs Don't Say

Started by IC. Collins in General Forum for dealerELITE Members. Last reply by Squire Pettis yesterday. 1 Reply

By: JEFF BOSS Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant While the parallels between special operations and business closely mirror each other in some regards, there are also glaring differences. The most significant difference I’ve found in the year plus that I’ve been out of the military is what is considered acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace. In a SEAL Team room, for instance, there are (legal) mementos collected from…Continue

Automating Sales: Will It Be the Death of the Salesperson?

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience. Last reply by steven chessin on Friday. 1 Reply

BY MICK HOLLISON @MICKHOLLISONSalespeople must presume unprecedented levels of sophistication and knowledge of products, pricing and the competitive landscape among their potential customers.Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales ConsultantThe rise of the Internet, coupled with increasingly sophisticated buyers and new technologies like predictive analytics, have changed the world of sales and marketing forever. Simply stated, new technology…Continue

The Seven Ways to Deal with the Worst Job Interview Question

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By: Bruce Hurwitz Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant Interviewer: Why is there a 10-year gap on your resume? Job Applicant: I was in jail for drug smuggling, this is what I learned and this is what makes me a great candidate and employee for your company. That’s how you answer any negative question: Tell the truth, explain what you learned, and why the employer should hire you. Of course, most candidates with something to hide…Continue

Are You a Failing Leader?

Started by IC. Collins in General Forum for dealerELITE Members on Friday. 0 Replies

BY SAMUEL B. BACHARACH @SAMUELBACHARACHIs business bad or is your leadership style to blame? Ask yourself these five questions.Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales ConsultantThere is a thin line between a leader who has failed and a leader who is failing. This is a…Continue

5 Business Lessons I Learned From My Billionaire Investor, Mark Cuban

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BY STEPHAN AARSTOL @STEPHANAARSTOLThe most important thing I've picked up from Cuban is his attitude toward survival. Unless you have the fortitude to put your head down, work through it, and learn, you and your business will not survive.Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive…Continue

Nail These 5 Interview Questions and Get Your Dream Job

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience on Thursday. 0 Replies

BY DREW HENDRICKS @DREWAHENDRICKS Interviews are changing. Don't get stuck without an answer. Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant Prepping for your next big job interview? There are some critical interview questions you need to get ready for--either gauging responses or figuring out the best way to answer some of the quirkier requests. The times they are a'changing, and so are interview formats. Many are informal and more…Continue

Best of the Best, or Best of the Worst

Started by Joseph Rosales in General Forum for dealerELITE Members on Friday. 0 Replies

Would you ever hire the best of the worst to work in your dealership?  Well as bad as that sounds people do it every day.  Here's how.  They run an advertisement, several (or just a few) respond...they interview the candidates...none of them are really who they are looking for, but they need people so they hire the best of this group...essentially the best of the worst.Never hire the best of the worst.  Have high standards.  Be clear about the kind of people you want working in your dealership…Continue

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DeLorean DMC-12 illustrates how a good idea goes bad with Xcar

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When John Z. DeLorean set out to build a car, he had good intentions - it'd be small, efficient, sporty, affordable and safe, complete with a rust-free, stainless-steel body. The outcome, though, was a lamentable mess, a coupe whose prestige rests more with its gullwing doors and its star-making role in Back To The Future than in its actual driving character.

Among the many knocks on the DeLorean DMC-12 was its shoddy quality (courtesy of its Northern Ireland factory), its anemic 2.8-liter V6 and an automatic transmission whose shifts registered on the geologic scale. The suspension was overly soft, the steering numb and the brakes left a lot to be desired.

None of that, as Xcar explains, really matters. The DeLorean is still a deeply cool car. Take a look at the latest video from the video outfit to see why.

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LONDON, Oct.20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Report DetailsAlthough increasingly competitive, the global UAV market is currently highly consolidated with a few leading companies dominating global sales. Primarily this is a result of US dominance of the market over the past decade. However,...


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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida RV Dealer Gigi Stetler and her company, RV Sales of Broward, have filed a third amended complaint in their 2010 lawsuit against a major Equestrian show, alleging an attempt to put her company out of business in conjunction...

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China's 'aggressive' EV ambitions to drive demand for aluminum

China's drive to build electric cars is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier to automakers of aluminum sheets.

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The new Jetta: refined German engineering; its owner: flip-flops, plaid shorts and large drink.

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