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How I can Prove Direct Mail still has the best ROI

How I can prove Direct Mail is still the strongest advertising ROI there is in the Auto Business BAR NONE!A short back story: I started in the car business back in 1987 as a young kid who wanted to learn all I could about this business. One thing I caught on to quickly was that whenever we had a “Mailer” sale going on, I wanted to work bell to bell.   Who wouldn’t, we were always so busy and I made a great paycheck those weeks. Nothing changed in the next 4 years that I sold.  I continued to…See More
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Are Service Customers Defecting Due to Trust and Price Transparency?

A recently released white paper based on a collaborative study between Cars.com and GFK, reported that consumers are leaving dealership service in favor of independents due to a lack of trust and price…See More
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Due to the high use of electronic devices, both in and out of the office, a new study has found that 70% of US adults suffer from digital eyestrain. Digital eyestrain is due to the prolonged use of electronic devices; in an effort to prevent workplace eyestrain, the following is suggested:Ensure that employees have a work area allowing them to sit 20-26 inches away from their screen.Provide employees with a document holder to place next to their screen. This will ensure that they don’t have to…See More
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Auto Industry Insiders Reviews HELIOS - a Facebook based customer engagement / sales platform.- introduced by xChange.

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1 Week Left!

From today forward we have 7 total selling days left. Push hard all the way through till the end. Revisit customers that came in and didn't buy. Relook at their trades. Check all other possibilities. What if they were on another vehicle? What about longer term? Used? Certified? New? Lease? One Pay Lease? More Down? Co-Signer? Turn up the heat! T.O everybody. Stay focused. Be happy. Internet departments hammer the phones. Bang out 17 calls per hour. Stay on Script. Set appointments. Directors,…See More
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Mobile Apps Continue to Dominate the Mobile Web

Mobile Apps Continue to Dominate the Mobile WebAs a whole, the adoption of mobile devices continues at a staggering pace. The average consumer is now spending 18.9 hours per week on a mobile device.New data reveals:Your customer is on a smartphone.They are primarily using apps. Apps: Time…See More
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Are You A Leader Or A Boss?

"Who's The Boss" was quite the popular TV show years ago. But in the workplace? The boss is not very popular at all. In fact, if you have a "boss" in your business, you could be running into drama and disaster if not determined and resolved.

You have probably seen this before, but really let each one sink in:

Leader's Attributes
Inspires employees
Depends on respect and honor
Cares for your…

Gorgeous Photos versus Real Photos on Social Media Ads

Science rules in digital marketing.

Social media is a place of vanity. Those of us who use social media often get to see flattering images of just about everything - people, places, food, cars, whatever. Have you ever seen a picture of a friend posted as their new profile picture and thought,…

OSHA Issues Guidance on Temporary Worker Injury Documentation

OSHA regulation requires dealers to document when your own employee is injured on the job, but what happens if your temporary worker is injured? When you employ a temporary worker, both the staffing agency that supplies them, and you, the host employer, are responsible for them.

How does this play into recording temporary worker injuries? To clarify this situation, OSHA has issued guidance on who is responsible for documenting temporary worker injuries.  In regards to injury and…

Why Should You Blog?

Blogs have become a cornerstone in digital marketing due to their ability to create a casual level of communication, which in turn increases conversation. Trust is built between the blogger and consumer through this dialogue, which allows dealers to provide them with a source to learn about their products in a trust worthy, information based atmosphere. To begin building this relationship you must first provide high-quality, pertinent content. Start off with the following blog topics, to…

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How I can Prove Direct Mail still has the best ROI

Posted by Troy Spring on April 24, 2014 at 9:20am 0 Comments

How I can prove Direct Mail is still the strongest advertising ROI there is in the Auto Business BAR NONE!

A short back story: 

I started in the car business back in 1987 as a young kid who wanted to learn all I could about this business. One thing I caught on to quickly was that whenever we had a “Mailer” sale going on, I wanted…

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Are Service Customers Defecting Due to Trust and Price Transparency?

Posted by Richard Holland on April 24, 2014 at 8:04am 0 Comments

A recently released white paper based on a collaborative study between Cars.com and GFK, reported that consumers are leaving dealership service in favor of independents due to a lack of…

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Protecting Your Eyes from Digital Eyestrain

Posted by Rebecca Ward on April 24, 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Due to the high use of electronic devices, both in and out of the office, a new study has found that 70% of US adults suffer from digital eyestrain. Digital eyestrain is due to the prolonged use of electronic devices; in an effort to prevent workplace eyestrain, the following is suggested:

  • Ensure that employees have a work area allowing them to sit 20-26 inches away from their screen.
  • Provide employees with a document holder to place next to their screen. This will…
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Auto Industry Insiders Reviews HELIOS - a Facebook based customer engagement / sales platform.- introduced by xChange.

Posted by Philip Zelinger on April 23, 2014 at 4:21pm 0 Comments

WAAOL - Auto Industry Insiders

Auto Industry Insiders is a blog talk radio show that reviews next generation technology based vendor solutions.  The show airing on Thursday, 04/24/14 at 12 Noon EST features an interview with Charles Chamblee III, the founder of xChange, discussing their new…

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Do you use adversity as an opportunity to make changes?

Posted by Rob Gehring on April 23, 2014 at 1:01pm 0 Comments

Do you use adversity as a glue to bond your team together, or an excuse to divide them? 

Click the link below to find out Paul's four keys to overcome adversity in your dealership...

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What's most important to you right Now?

Posted by Rob Gehring on April 23, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Greetings,    

 

What's important now? Many times we go through our day in day out workload. The things we do every day become very standard. We miss the important clues as to what needs to be done to prosper "the…

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1 Week Left!

Posted by Joseph Cala on April 23, 2014 at 9:56am 0 Comments

From today forward we have 7 total selling days left. Push hard all the way through till the end. Revisit customers that came in and didn't buy. Relook at their trades. Check all other possibilities. What if they were on another vehicle? What about longer term? Used? Certified? New? Lease? One Pay Lease? More Down? Co-Signer? Turn up the heat! T.O everybody. Stay focused. Be happy. 

Internet departments hammer the phones. Bang out 17 calls per hour. Stay on Script. Set…
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Text Messaging Campaign....

Question to the car Gods....

I am new to this business transitioning from a successful career in real estate where self promotion and product promotion fell solely on my shoulders.  One of my most successful ventures was my Goomzee Text Message Campaign and Lead Capture.  I am an individual and not looking to implement a dealership program so my funds are modest at this point.  Any success stories from Sales Reps using programs like this?  I am in a budget of 50/60 dollars a…

This is the 25th Anniversary of Stephen Covey publishing The 7 Habits.

This is the 25th Anniversary of Stephen Covey publishing The 7 Habits.

We can take this in many directions, but they are:

Be Proactive

Begin with the End in Mind

Put First Things First

Think Win-Win

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Synergize

Sharpen the Saw

We need to work on all of…

The New Salespeople Schedule

Someone asked me about adding a third team at a dealership on Facebook and this is my revised solution:

Do 5! The way I would do it is to have all your sales people work 3 straight days the whole day, then have 2 straight off. Have 5 rotations, but have team dealership instead! If you have a busy day, someone can take another day off, then come in on the busy day with prior permission. This is not just a Gen Y trend, but nurses do similar things at times. This way your workers can be…

New Employee Training

I am wondering if any dealers out here have a set program in place to train new hires. I am a newly re hired manager at a medium sized Chevrolet dealership that is looking for a process to put in place for new hires. We do use a sales process training system, (APB) at our store, but what I am asking for is to see examples and processes of what successful dealers use to train a new sales person from start to finish. Looking forward to your comments. If you do have a example process to…

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Service sales staff training

Started by Bernard London in Service/Fixed Ops Forum. Last reply by Shawn Ryder 14 hours ago. 1 Reply

We are currently forming our company "Hands on Training and Consulting Services" (HOTACS). WE are still in the early stages of forming the company and our business plan/objectives. Our web site is under construction and should be up and running soon.However, regardless of what stage we are at prior to full launch I wanted to take this opportunity to start a discussion with the "group".In many of the recent businesses and dealerships I have been involved in "hands on" training and consulting was…Continue

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Apple's iPhone 'lock-out’ patent could end texting while driving

Started by Mike Elliott in OTHER - Does Not Fit Any Predefined Category 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

A new automatic system to preventing phone use while driving could ‘change the culture’ of texting addiction, say experts. Read the Article from The Guardian.Continue

AppConect Auto 2014 - Who's Going?

Started by Josh Knutson in Dealer Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Webinars and Auto Industry Events 18 hours ago. 0 Replies

Wondering who will be attending this years AppConext Auto Conference in Detroit, May 13th-14th 2014. My President Ben Anderson will be presenting on…Continue

Tags: conferences, dealership, auto

Last Call for Chat Provider Recommendations

Started by JD Rucker in Advertising/Marketing Forum on Monday. 0 Replies

I've gone through five chat providers so far. Three of them were fine and I won't mention them. The other two were both pretty darn outstanding, strangely for different reasons. It's going to be hard to pick one over the other but after interviewing some dealers I'll be able to pick one.If there are any other chat providers out there that want to throw their pitch in the hat, please let me know this week. If there are any dealers who want to recommend a provider, post them here and it will be…Continue

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Traditional Advertising, is it truly over as many might say?

Started by Bobby Compton in Ask an AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONAL. Last reply by Willis Williams Oct 18, 2013. 87 Replies

Traditional Advertising, is it truly over as many might say?I've found that there are different environments, climates and demographics that call for traditional advertising! Although Social Media is on the move and in my opinion will be sooner than later, the #1 source to reach a customer, traditional advertising must not be counted out!In some towns the paper is still King, while in others a local T.V. station is King and believe it or not in some towns Radio is King.While the hot topic of…Continue

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You know you work for a bad dealership when . . . .

Started by Mark Dubis in Ask an AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONAL. Last reply by Tom Gorham Feb 14. 78 Replies

We all know many dealers still make money the old fashioned way, in spite of themselves. If we want to attract top notch professionals to our industry we need to be able to quickly identify attributes of the poorly managed and not employee focused stores.   Lets put together our Top Ten (or 20) Ways to know you work for a bad dealership.  Keep responses down to two brief sentences.  Mark Continue

Tags: for, auto, retailing, environments, work

Do women make better Car salespeople?

Started by aaron kominsky in Women in the Auto Industry. Last reply by Sally Whitesell Apr 17, 2013. 76 Replies

What  characteristics differentiate  the differences between a woman vs a man in selling autombiles  in today's marketplace?Continue

CRM advice needed, Small VW Dealership in Northwestern Pa

Started by Andrew Kappler in Dear Abby (dealerELITE) - Advice Needed. Last reply by Michael Robinson Ragsdale Mar 21, 2012. 72 Replies

   I am currently needing advice with regards to CRM software for our dealership, we have something sort of close but very antiquated, that said, I thought that I understood the functionality of said software however I may have been sort of blind to it... My question(s) to you all is simple, for anybody using a CRM that they are happy with or would like to change a few things with their current software, please advise me on the following...1-Integration with sales, service, and other…Continue

Tags: Internet, Manager, Leads, Business, Development

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Mini interns turn Paceman into Adventure pickup

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Mini Paceman Adventure

With coupes and convertibles, hatchbacks and crossovers, Mini has done just about every bodystyle we could think of, and then a few more as concepts. But it hasn't done a pickup. At least it hadn't until now.

What we have here is a Mini Paceman (that, of course, being the coupe version of the Countryman) which has been transformed into a pickup by a group of BMW interns. It's called the Mini Paceman Adventure, and it's currently on display at the Mini dealership in Munich. According to BimmerToday.de, the project involved not only chopping the roof and installing a makeshift pickup bed, but also reinforcing the body, reforming the underbody and B-pillar, fitting off-road tires (including a spare fitted to a roof rack) and a handful of other minor modifications.

The photos are a little sketchy (although the dealership tells us a better set will be available soon), but from what we can see, it looks like a pretty solid project - one that makes us wonder if the apprentices' bosses might be paying attention. Because next to the Mini Coupe with its oddball backwards-hat roof treatment, this one-off looks as sensible as you'd expect from a group of German interns.

Mini interns turn Paceman into Adventure pickup originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnc/20131126/LA23860LOGO SAN DIEGO, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BuyAutoParts.com, an online auto parts retailer based in San Diego will now be distributing FASS Fuel System, Inc.

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