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The team at Ramsey Subaru in New Jersey reviews the newly designed 2015 Subaru WRX and STI. The 2015 Subaru WRX features the all-new 268hp Direct-Injection Turbocharged Engine that produces 258-lb-ft of torque. Also equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive,…See More
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3 lbs is all that is keeping you from ultimate success. It’s your brain. If it weren’t for our brain, the sales profession would be an easy job. Instead of using our brain as a tool, we use it instead as a weapon-on ourselves. It’s the self-defeating thoughts, past experiences, and bleak predictions that sharpen our blades of…See More
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Am I Doing This Right?

Like most people, you've seen your fair share of video testimonials. But what separates the good ones from the bad ones? Most people aren't aware of some basic practices that can make your video testimonial look professional instead of cheesy.Stefanie and I give simple advice that you can use for your video testimonials on this week's episode of Think Tank Tuesday.See More
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FREE Webinar -- ATTENTION INTERNET MANAGERS: 6 Steps for Immediate Success at http://www.dealeron.com/webinar/events/attention-internet-managers/

September 25, 2014 from 12pm to 1pm
Most Dealers rely on a bustling internet business to drive their store’s success so they increasingly put more and more pressure on their Internet Manager to deliver consistent results. Arguably, new ISMs have it the toughest. They have to start strong, implement new processes and hope to quickly establish credibility with both management and salespeople. Sounds hard? Yeah, it is!ARE YOU AN INTERNET MANAGER LOOKING FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE?Not to fear, help is here! David Kain is a famed automotive…See More
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FREE Webinar: The Loyalty Marketing Webinar! at http://www.dealeron.com/webinar/events/the-loyalty-marketing-webinar/

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Dealers who successfully implement a comprehensive loyalty marketing program and reward system will increase customer retention, strengthen the relationship with shoppers and create top of mind awareness for future purchases.Oh, and they stand to make HUGE PROFITS too! For instance: A dealership in snowy Minnesota sold an additional 250 units in the month of January!  And a dealer group earned an additional $4.6 million in the service drive in 1 year!WHAT CAN A POWERFUL LOYALTY MARKETING…See More
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Summer Ends, Continuing Trends

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market with data and insights from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. By the time you are watching or reading this used car market insight, whether you are a fan of college football or not, you either attended a game or at least watched some on TV. This great passage of fall has finally arrived. Hopefully you were satisfied with the…See More
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Using Moneyball Strategies to Win the Content Marketing Game

In a recent article published on Marketing Land, an author used the famous concept of Moneyball and applied it to content marketing. If you aren’t familiar with the Moneyball concept, it began when Billy Beane became manager of…See More
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The Automotive Industry is Primed for Responsive Websites

There is no shortage of opinions in our industry. Depending on who you ask, they will likely have a very passionate opinion about the three major types of mobile website strategies: responsive, adaptive, and mobile-only. If you ask a website provider, they’ll tell you that the option they have currently available…See More
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Brian Bennington commented on Anne Fleming's blog post How to Make the Buying Experience Pain Free, Fun & Empowering for Women
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The Art of the Trade-in Walkaround

The Art of the Trade-in Walkaround – Setting Realistic Expectations with Customers.Most customers looking to trade in a car bring to the dealership unrealistic expectations about the value of their trade-in.Experts believe the Automotive Sales Consultant is the best person at the dealership to manage the customers’ expectations of the value of their trade. And, sales consultants can best help customers arrive at a more realistic number – one fair and acceptable to both customer and dealer -- by…See More
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Most of us know the value of online content, and so many who are not trained writers or editors are straying into the area of blog posting and sharing of others' Web content. Much of it is informational and shared by industry experts, which helps us all.Some, however, are doing so in a way that violates others' rights and might even land them in court. A professional writer / author / blogger friend of mine was recently the victim of this, with his work not only reprinted without permission but…See More
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How to Make the Buying Experience Pain Free, Fun & Empowering for Women

As women become the fastest growing car-buying segment, influencing 80 percent of the car-buying decisions in the U.S., it is imperative for auto dealers to focus their sales strategies towards securing more female customers.

Unfortunately, at times, women have been underserved and do not have fond memories of their last experience. So it all lies on the shoulders of the dealership to ensure that female buyers have the "ultimate car buying experience" when they walk into your…

How NOT to Blog, post and share content

Most of us know the value of online content, and so many who are not trained writers or editors are straying into the area of blog posting and sharing of others' Web content. Much of it is informational and shared by industry experts, which helps us all.

Some, however, are doing so in a way that violates others' rights and might even land them in court. A professional writer / author / blogger friend of mine was recently the victim of this, with his work not only reprinted without…

Let Data Drive Pretty Much Everything in Your Marketing

First, a mini-rant. It will make sense why I'm starting with a rant before getting to the meat of the issue.

I was on the phone with a social client and their prospective search marketing provider the other day when I was blindsided by ignorance. It wasn't what I expected from a company…

"Just Looking"...even managers have defense mechanisms

Two years ago while looking for a new digital marketing home I penned this blog post based on my observations visiting prospective employers.  Though I am happily nestled in a progressive and healthy wonderland right now, I find the points that I raise still very relevant in today's automotive digital marketing world:

Any good salesperson knows that the last way you want to greet a customer is with the words,…

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Want A Pay Raise? Up Yours!

Posted by Marsh Buice on September 2, 2014 at 2:42pm 0 Comments

3 lbs is all that is keeping you from ultimate success. It’s your brain. If it weren’t for our brain, the sales profession would be an easy job. Instead of using our brain as a tool, we use it instead as a weapon-on ourselves. It’s the self-defeating thoughts, past experiences, and bleak predictions that…

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Am I Doing This Right?

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Summer Ends, Continuing Trends

Posted by Black Book on September 2, 2014 at 9:08am 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market with data and insights from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. By the time you are watching or reading this used car market insight, whether you are a fan of college football or not, you either attended a game or at least watched some on TV. This great passage of fall has finally arrived. Hopefully you were satisfied with the…

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Using Moneyball Strategies to Win the Content Marketing Game

Posted by Timmy D. James on September 2, 2014 at 8:21am 0 Comments

In a recent article published on Marketing Land, an author used the famous concept of Moneyball and applied it to content marketing. If you aren’t familiar with the Moneyball concept, it began when Billy Beane…

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The Automotive Industry is Primed for Responsive Websites

Posted by Ali Amirrezvani on September 2, 2014 at 6:19am 0 Comments

There is no shortage of opinions in our industry. Depending on who you ask, they will likely have a very passionate opinion about the three major types of mobile website strategies: responsive, adaptive, and mobile-only. If you ask a website provider, they’ll tell you that the option they have…

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How to Defend Against the Conquest

Posted by Jon Lamb on August 31, 2014 at 5:46pm 0 Comments

It's as cliche as it comes. The best defense is a good offense. The best offense is a good defense. We've heard it a dozen times in different contexts, not the least of which are sporting events like football. As strange as it may seem, the saying has its most profound meaning when it pertains to car…

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How to Make the Buying Experience Pain Free, Fun & Empowering for Women

Posted by Anne Fleming on August 31, 2014 at 4:49pm 2 Comments

As women become the fastest growing car-buying segment, influencing 80 percent of the car-buying decisions in the U.S., it is imperative for auto dealers to focus their sales strategies towards securing more female customers.

Unfortunately, at times, women have been underserved and do not have fond memories of their last experience. So it all lies on the shoulders of the dealership to ensure that female buyers have the "ultimate car buying experience" when they walk into your…

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LOYALTY MARKETING / By Rocket Post

What would you rather do—keep spending precious time and money trying to draw in new customers OR foster a long-lasting relationship with the ones you have? Though running any business requires a bit of both, focusing on your current clients is a huge part of setting your business apart. It’s always enticing to chase bigger accounts and pursue new consumers, but building customer loyalty is a great way to keep your company thriving for years…

25 Sales Tips for Selling More Cars

Whether you are new to the car business and selling cars for a living or you have been doing it for years these car sales tips will help you sell more cars and make more commissions. Selling cars to the public is not like any other retail job and not everyone is cut out to be a car salesperson. Some people may already have some of the skills needed to be successful and others can learn what they need to know to become more successful.

These sales tips and…

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I've just reported to the management of this site the personal abuse I was subjected to in one discussion here recently. I find it a privilege to be a part of this group and with only one exception so far everyone has been cordial, thoughtful, helpful, and on-topic. But I'd like to just remind the few who might need it, of the simple rules of this community:


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5 Signs Your Employees Dislike You BY JAYSON DEMERS

Your goal as a manager isn't to be each employee's best friend, but it also isn't to be feared and reviled. Here are a few outward signs that may indicate your employees see you as a bad boss.


In addition to all of your achievements, you're sure that you're also a great boss. After all, your leadership skills have helped you climb the ladder of success. But some of the world's top companies succeed in spite of poor leadership, with businesses prevailing…

Forecasters predict 4 more robust years for car sales

Acme, Mich.— U.S. auto sales will remain healthy for the next four years, economists said Tuesday.

Speaking at a panel on the second day of the Center for Automotive Research’s annual Management Briefing Seminars, forecasters predicted about 17 million new cars and trucks will be sold annually in the coming years, a number that should remain consistent through 2018 as consumer confidence improves and buyers look to replace old cars.

“I think today, things are going generally…

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25 Sales Tips for Selling More Cars

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience. Last reply by IC. Collins on Thursday. 4 Replies

Whether you are new to the car business and selling cars for a living or you have been doing it for years these car sales tips will help you sell more cars and make more commissions. Selling cars to the public is not like any other retail job and not everyone is cut out to be a car salesperson. Some people may already have some of the skills needed to be successful and others can learn what they need to know to become more successful.These sales tips and advice touch briefly on the different…Continue

Can't Fly

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

Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant If you can't fly, then run,if you can't run, then walk,if you can't walk, then crawl,but whatever you do,you have to keep moving forward. - Martin Luther King Jr. What do you think? Is this something you can benefit from or do you have a few tricks up your sleeve that are just as powerful? Make your voice heard by leaving a comment below. Don’t forget to hit the share button if you know others…Continue

Good is no longer good enough

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience 16 hours ago. 0 Replies

When it comes to customer satisfaction during the sales experience, all aspects have jumped in expectations and there is absolutely no room for compromise in the automotive sales industry.Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales ConsultantGood is no longer good enough, as customers demand excellence many forget the importance of a first impression. Customers are more educated in terms of what to expect, so all aspects of the sale are important…Continue

What Every Major Car Name Actually Means

Started by Mike Elliott in OTHER - Does Not Fit Any Predefined Category on Friday. 0 Replies

Have you ever wondered what the name of your car means or maybe how manufacturers come up with names? After all, we say names like Camry, Miata and Passat without pausing to think if those names have a meaning. Turns out almost every car name has some significance that can be grouped into 12 categories.Our study looked at 215 models, but there were exclusions. We left out…Continue

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Your GM Car Will Soon Know When You're Texting (And Tell You To Stop)

Started by Mike Elliott in Automotive Industry Future - Predictions 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

A decade ago, you'd assume that the idiot on the highway in front of you weaving back and forth across the yellow lines was drunk. Today, there's a pretty good chance that they're just trying to navigate some particularly complicated emoji. GM wants to stop the madness, and it's betting on eye-tracking to do so.In an effort to curb driver distraction, GM has announced that it will install half a million eye-tracking devices in cars over the next few years. It'll be the first major automaker to…Continue

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Used No Illusion: Used-Car Values Mostly Unaffected by Recalls

Started by Mike Elliott in Used Car Forum yesterday. 0 Replies

Every time we see someone in a Chevy Cobalt, we resist the urge to ask them if they’ve made plans to sell it. As it turns out, those folks might still receive a decent return, as owners of these recalled cars—and many other models with highly publicized problems—aren’t dumping them en masse.According to a report from …Continue

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Dodge gives 2015 Viper slight power increase, new GT model

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2015 Dodge Viper SRT

With its troubling sales figures, the newly rechristened SRT Dodge Viper needs to come out swinging for 2015. To do that, Dodge has made a number of tweaks and changes that will hopefully carry the V10-powered sports car into more successful days.

First up for 2015 is a new GT model, which aims to marry the reasonable price of the base car with the adjustable suspension and trick stability control program of the GTS model. The GT also sports a cabin that's covered in Alcantara suede and Nappa leather as standard.

Also new for 2015 is the SRT TA 2.0 Special Edition, which expands on last year's Viper TA by adding new aerodynamic bits and bobs, including a larger rear wing, which ups downforce at 150 miles per hour from 278 pounds to 400 pounds.

Two new shades of paint and a new appearance pack are joining the Viper's color palette. The new shades, Stryker Purple and Yorange sport the "liquid mercury" appearance. Not surprisingly, neither shade is particularly subtle. The new Ceramic Blue Edition Package, meanwhile, sports the aforementioned Ceramic Blue paint, black stripes and black, five-spoke "Rattler wheels." Other aesthetic tweaks include a Satin Black exhaust bezel, orange brake calipers and carbon fiber brake ducts.

Regardless of which trim, edition or shade you opt for in your 2015 Viper, you'll benefit from an 8.4-liter V10 that is both more powerful and more fuel efficient (because owners of V10-powered sports cars can be environmentally conscious, too). Power is up a modest five ponies, to 645 horsepower, while the Viper's highway fuel economy rating has increased from 19 to 20 mpg. Neither one is a dynamite increase, but we suppose every bit helps. In what should be a most welcomed change, though, Dodge has also tweaked the sixth ratio of the Tremec six-speed manual, with the promise of a quieter ride at highway speeds.

Expect exact pricing details to arrive as the 2015 Viper's launch date, which is also unknown, nears. Until then, scroll down for the full press blast from Dodge.

Dodge gives 2015 Viper slight power increase, new GT model originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kerui reforça sua principal competência no mercado de perfuração

DONGYING, China, 2 de setembro de 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Durante os últimos anos, a Kerui Petroleum Equipment Co., Ltd. (a seguir designada como "Kerui") alcançou grandes realizações no desenvolvimento de equipamentos e produtos montados em caminhões. O...

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Tesla stock reaches new record high after bullish analyst report

Tesla Motors shares rose to another record high after an analyst report cited the electric-car maker's increasing production and said it may be worth $400 a share even before it starts making a lower-priced model.

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Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said today.

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Ford said it will abandon its practice of stripping removable items from its heavy-duty pickups to boost their payload ratings and will join competitors in using base curb weights.

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