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Automated marketing is a huge industry (and growing) and it’s also a hot topic for businesses. Is it really necessary? Will it truly benefit my business? The only way to know for sure if marketing automation is the right choice for your dealership is to try it out, but before you invest the time and money there are some questions that can help you make that decision.Do you send out personalized campaigns?…See More
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Treat them like family

Greetings friends, It always amazes me how much time and money we tend to spend on everything, but what really matters. It is very understandable that money must be spent on marketing for programs that will bring in new customers and keep them coming back over and over again. I also understand how important it is to provide customers with special promotions, coupons etc. as the service market has become super competitive!…See More
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What Every Major Car Name Actually Means

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…See More
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Today’s Women’s Wednesday is a must-read as we focus on the cost to your dealership when women walk out.

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A recent Wall Street Journal article titled “Car Sellers Refine Pitch to Women” revealed that more women are driving than men. In fact, there are 105+ million women on the roads today, as opposed to 104+ million men and more elderly women are holding on to their driver’s license (USA Today, Nov.…

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5 Questions to Help You Decide if You Need Automated Marketing

Posted by Shawn Ryder on September 19, 2014 at 8:09am 0 Comments

Automated marketing is a huge industry (and growing) and it’s also a hot topic for businesses. Is it really necessary? Will it truly benefit my business? The only way to know for sure if marketing automation is the right choice for your dealership is to try it out, but before you invest the time and money there are some questions that can help you make that decision.

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Three Paid Methods to Drive Traffic to Your Inventory

Posted by JD Rucker on September 19, 2014 at 5:00am 0 Comments

We've been very careful with how we approach inventory marketing on dealer websites. On one hand, we know that a dealer's inventory is the primary lead and sales driver for dealers. On the other hand, the concept of driving everyone directly to inventory is a flawed one. Sometimes, it's better to put people…

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Greetings friends,

 

It always amazes me how much time and money we tend to spend on everything, but what really matters. It is very understandable that money must be spent on marketing for programs that will bring in new customers and keep them coming back over and over again. I also understand how important it is to provide customers with special promotions, coupons etc. as the…

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The Trick to Increased Service Revenue Is Keeping Your Bays Full

Posted by Richard Holland on September 18, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Many auto dealerships have technology in place that allows sales managers to monitor what’s going on in their departments. CRMs and phone call recording services are used by sales managers to ensure that Internet leads are being followed up promptly and that salespeople follow up with shoppers that visited the…

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Reality Rebuttal to “Conventional” Nonsense

Posted by Dave Anderson on September 17, 2014 at 5:33pm 0 Comments

Our business is filled with common complaints, cop outs, clichés, conventional wisdom, and excuses that will keep you average if you buy into them. As you read over the following list determine how many you have heard, said, or bought into. Then consider the reality rebuttal, offered with the intent to create a healthier perspective on each issue.

 

1.       There’s a shortage of talented people in my area.

 

Reality rebuttal: It’s…

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What's Your Chat Follow-Up Process?

Posted by Rebecca Kon on September 17, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Live chat success does not happen on its own. Success happens when live chat is flawlessly incorporated into your dealership’s daily processes. And one of those daily processes is lead follow-up.

As soon as a chat lead hits your CRM, you need to have a team promptly following up with that shopper. You can have the most amazing chats in the world, however if your staff is not properly following up with your online shoppers, it won’t matter if you had a good or a bad…

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What Every Major Car Name Actually Means


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.…


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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…

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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.

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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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It's no secret that salespeople must be persistent. But some salespeople seem to forget the imaginary line separating persistence from pressure.The customer is the one who determines the amount of pressure that crosses the line. Therefore, it's wise to remember to pay attention the following customer cues indicating you may be pushing too hard:You hear verbal cues like, "hold on" or "not so fast."There is a sudden change in their physical demeanor; they pull away from you; or they suddenly look…Continue

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1. As you keep reading this ad copy, you are feeling more and more compelled to experience all the benefits of our product. 2. The more you understand just how valuable our product could be to your life, the less you think about delaying this important purchase. 3. After you read this short ad you will feel like your problems are almost completely solved, all you will have to do is order. 4. As you're skimming through this, you're beginning to think you have nothing to lose and everything to…Continue

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BY PETER ECONOMY @BIZZWRITER One out of every three employees says that the boss doesn't care about the staff. That's a problem you can easily solve. Want to help your employees reach their full potential and try to go above and beyond every day? Then show them that you genuinely care. And if you already do plenty of that, then consider this fact: Thirty-one percent of workers report that their bosses don't appreciate them. And guess what? Unappreciated workers are workers who won't give their…Continue

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The self-driving car seems like a ter­ri­ble driver’s dream: no steer­ing wheel to con­trol, no trou­ble par­al­lel park­ing, no con­cerns about hav­ing a cou­ple of beers on the way home from work. But the removal of fal­li­ble human dri­vers might cre­ate havoc for auto insurers.Human error accounts for 90 per­cent of road acci­dents, accord­ing to the Inter­na­tional Orga­ni­za­tion for Road Acci­dent Pre­ven­tion, and our col­lec­tive fail­ure rate helps the auto insur­ance indus­try rake…Continue

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By Jeremy KorzeniewskiAccording to new Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen, it will take between 10 and 15 years to elevate GM's top brand, which was once hailed as "The Standard Of The World," back to prominence in the minds of American customers. And to hear the executive talk of it, the brand is going to have to be willing to see sales falter in the near-term before they recover:"Either you have to bring your volume aspirations into alignment with reality and accept that you will sell fewer…Continue

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Techniques in Automotive Sales Careers ~ " TechAutoCareers.com® " is a web-site for the Automotive Sales Fraternity™ who want and need to increase their closing ratio and everyone can benefit from helpful tips and / or information would you agree?Ever been working with a client or just about ready to close a deal and needed information right then and not after you had to go chase down the information? Tired of asking for information and having to split a deal for a answer that took all but a…Continue

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The Definitive Guide to SalesPart of my daily regimen is up beat music for personal development. The big reason for this is because it allows time for personal enrichment.Prepare our social media sites, posting about our industry's hottest automakers so sales consultants will have proper knowledge available, so they will stay up to date of current trends. Plus I can use and can apply the information in my daily life and in my teams business." KNOWLEDGE IS POWER But the ability to use your new…Continue

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Aussie policeman victim of explosive poo trap

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My cousins lived next to a big cow pasture in Platteville, WI, when we were all kids. Those boys knew how to have a good time in the country, and when my brother and I came to visit one year, they divulged the fun that could be had by rigging cow patties (that's a pile of poo, for you city slickers) with little firecrackers. Push one in, up to the fuse, light it, and run as fast as you can.

Of course, eventually everyone ended up with at least a little poop on himself, which is why we played the game in the first place. Good times, but a bad example it seems...

Things weren't so jolly, familial or pastoral for an Austrian traffic officer recently, I imagine, when he was showered with doo-doo of indiscriminate origin in the course of duty.

Constable Gunther Maier "triggered" a fishing line found on the side of a Moeltal state highway, which was connected to a bucket filled with explosives and manure. The constable was about six and a half feet away from the brownie bomb when it detonated, and was lucky to escape the incident without injury, though he did end up "covered with manure."

A spokesman for the Austrian police said the bomber was most likely targeting police intentionally; with the bucket of BM found in an area know to be a speed trap. And, what's more, police aren't laughing off the matter, either - the individual responsible could potentially face criminal charges for his or her actions.

I doubt that my cousins were in Austria at the time of the incident, but I wouldn't be surprised if the culprit grew up on a farm...

Aussie policeman victim of explosive poo trap originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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