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ATTENTION CARS.COM CUSTOMERS: If you received an email asking you to update your account credentials it has all the marks of a "phishing" scam. (For you neophytes that is when a fake site is published that looks real but is only there to steal your logins and passwords.) I would avoid logging into any Cars.com dealer portal sites without checking with support first. It will ultimately be less of a headache than having your dealer account temporarily compromised.See More
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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. Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant™ 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…See More
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At the risk of being lambasted by my more distinguished and experienced colleagues, I'm posting one of my responses to an internet lead.  My goal is, first and foremost to get a response; and secondly, to see if the possibility exists to make a sale.  While it's unconventional, I feel that it stands out from the bland, scripted responses that consumers usually get from other salespeople.  Because I want to learn from others in this business, I welcome your comments and constructive…See More
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Four Ways to Keep a Fanatical Focus

After decades of working in, and consulting with, the marketplace I’ve become convinced that the vast majority of people who miss their potential are not lazy; they are unfocused. Many put their hearts and energies into building a great career, business and life, yet never rise above mediocrity. Others become wildly successful, but still fall far short of what they could have accomplished had they focused their time, energy, talents and resources more intensely on a daily basis.  Following are…See More
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Sharon Hill's discussion was featured

Personal Attacks

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:- Be polite and courteous to each other- Do not "self-advertise" too much, otherwise dE will remove that commentIf either of these two…See More
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Philip Zelinger replied to Sharon Hill's discussion Personal Attacks
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Personal Attacks

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:- Be polite and courteous to each other- Do not "self-advertise" too much, otherwise dE will remove that commentIf either of these two…See More
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Where are they coming from?

Facebook just added new advertising features for businesses looking for more return on their investment. The new features allow for improved lead attribution and device reporting.  What does this mean for your brand? Samantha explains how you can use these new features for your Facebook advertising!See More
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steven chessin commented on Anne Fleming's blog post Car Sellers Refine Pitch to Women
"  We should be so far past all discrimination that proving it should be as strange as seeing old motels in Miami with signs that say they have air-conditioning and color TV.    "
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Dave Anderson commented on Dave Anderson's blog post Four Ways to Keep a Fanatical Focus
"Thank you Mike. Glad you found it helpful."
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Mike Elliott commented on Dave Anderson's blog post Four Ways to Keep a Fanatical Focus
"Dave, Thanks for posting this thought provoking article. These four points you highlight are very helpful advice in any industry and for any stage of our careers. Good stuff!"
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Jeff Novak commented on Jeff Novak's blog post Cars.com may have been compromised today (8.21.2014)
"My Cars.com rep, Mary Ruther (who does a fabulous job, by the way!) had already forwarded alerts to support.  What made me nervous was that whoever was doing it may have reported the real dealer portal itself as a forged site. "
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MANNY LUNA commented on Jeff Novak's blog post Cars.com may have been compromised today (8.21.2014)
"Thanks for the heads up Jeff, let me help get the word out!"
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Sharon Hill commented on Jeff Novak's blog post Cars.com may have been compromised today (8.21.2014)
"Oh wow, not good. Just got a heads up yesterday that Chase bank was having the same issues. For awhile I was getting phishing emails right and left but recognized them as such. Then there was a lull. Now this. Good of you to enlighten everyone.…"
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Sharon Hill commented on Jeff Novak's blog post Cars.com may have been compromised today (8.21.2014)
"Here's what I got from Josh Chapman, VP of Operations, Cars.com: "Fraud prevention is an area Cars.com, and nearly every online company, proactively works to address. Our MyDealerCenter site is a secure website and suspected phishing…"
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After decades of working in, and consulting with, the marketplace I’ve become convinced that the vast majority of people who miss their potential are not lazy; they are unfocused. Many put their hearts and energies into building a great career, business and life, yet never rise above mediocrity. Others become wildly successful, but still fall far short of what they could have accomplished had they focused their time, energy, talents and resources more intensely on a daily…

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Posted by Jeff Novak on August 21, 2014 at 12:12pm 4 Comments

ATTENTION CARS.COM CUSTOMERS: If you received an email asking you to update your account credentials it has all the marks of a "phishing" scam. (For you neophytes that is when a fake site is published that looks real but is only there to steal your logins and passwords.) I would avoid logging into any Cars.com dealer portal sites without checking with support first. It will ultimately be less of a headache than having your dealer account temporarily compromised.

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This article was written by Steve Hall of the NCM Institute Center for Automotive Retail Excellence. 

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5 Signs Your Employees Dislike You BY JAYSON DEMERS

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience. Last reply by Mike Elliott on Monday. 1 Reply

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

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Started by Sharon Hill in Social Media and Reputation Management. Last reply by Sharon Hill 30 minutes ago. 3 Replies

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:- Be polite and courteous to each other- Do not "self-advertise" too much, otherwise dE will remove that commentIf either of these two…Continue

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

Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant™"Think Possitive, Be Possitive, And Possitive Thinking Will Happen"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 who will find this post useful.I.C. Collins ~ Author and Educator: Has One Simple Goal Improve…Continue

The Top Ten Driving Test Horror Stories Ever

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

For an auto enthusiast, taking your road test should be a great day you look forward to for years but, sometimes, it doesn't quite turn out right.10.) Hit A Car On The Way To The DMVThis story from JohnnyWasASchoolBoy has a happy ending, so it's only good for number 10 on this list but still a good one."We didn't have a DMV in our town so with my mom I drove our old Volvo to the next town for my test. We had about an hour to kill so we went to the mall to get some lunch. When I backed out…Continue

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Started by Mike Elliott in Sales Forum. Last reply by Mike Elliott yesterday. 1 Reply

The “Gift of Gab” does not hold the virtue it once did in sales. Old school sales philosophies told us to bring out the extrovert from within and have lots to say. Nowadays, everything has changed. Prospects no longer want to be talked at by some smooth and slick sales stud. In fact, prospects have grown tremendously weary of this once-hailed approach. In the current market, prospects simply want to be understood and listened to, so the salesperson’s job becomes asking effective questions to…Continue

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Are you advertising via Carfax? Would you like to talk for publication?

Started by Sharon Hill in Used Car Forum on Wednesday. 0 Replies

I'm working on a Classified Intelligence Report article about the changes to the Carfax listing platform - most notably its ability for shoppers to filter by things such as one-owner and no wrecks.If your dealership is advertising your pre-owned vehicles there I'd like to talk to you about how well (or not well) it does for you, and how important these filters are - if they are.  Of course, we'll link to your site.You can send me a message here, email me at sharonh@aimgroup.com, or call or text…Continue

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

What do you need to find and develop within yourself to be successful? The answer comes from looking at those who have created success in a variety of fields. These traits may sound simple, but they lead to remarkable results.Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant™If you really want bring success into your life, you should cultivate yourself just as you'd cultivate a garden for the best yield. The attributes here are shared by…Continue

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Started by IC. Collins in General Forum for dealerELITE Members 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant™"The strongest factor for success is self - esteem: Believing you can do it, believing you deserve it, believing you will get it. "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 who will find this post…Continue

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In a strong signal of support, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles moved to reinforce Alfa with a new head of North American operations, Reid Bigland.

Alfa Romeo was in the news this week, and for once, it didn't involve another rumor the brand was going to be sold off to the highest bidder.

Quite the opposite. In a strong signal of support, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles moved to reinforce Alfa with a new head of North American operations, Reid Bigland, who had been in charge of the Ram division. Harald Wester remains global CEO of Alfa and Maserati.

It's a significant move, as Bigland has been considered a rising star within the Fiat-Chrysler conglomerate, and pulling him away from the important Ram business was not a decision made lightly. At first blush, it even seems questionable, as Alfa has only one car, the 4C, that's about to go on sale in America.

But that will change - or at least FCA says it will - in short order.

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