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Your emails have high open rates. But is it the most telling measurement of your email performance? It's time you broke away from the old industry standards and started considering what's really important.On this episode of Hard Facts, Samantha explains how you should be measuring the success of your emails.See More
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"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,"Can I help you?"  Sales 101 teaches that you will guarantee yourself that famous reflex…See More
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The Top Ten Auto News Stories of the Week: August 23 - 29

 Happy Friday, Auto Dealers! As always, ActivEngage has the top 10 most interesting automotive articles from around the web --RIGHT HERE!In this week’s post you’ll learn why you might be annoying your sales leads, what space station droplet tests could mean for the auto industry, and much more! Check them out!10. Now There's a Fitness Tracker for Your CarFIXD created a sensor that connects your car to your smartphone and delivers…See More
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You’ve heard their names…you’ve seen them on magazines…you may have even heard them speak live at a convention. Now for the first time ever, two powerhouse forces in the auto industry are teaming up to present a one-of-a-kind eye-opening presentation!Dealership Superstars AJ Maida & Alex Jefferson will participate in a groundbreaking 1 hour presentation where both experts will discuss proven strategies, share solutions, tell about triumphs (and maybe a few failures), and provide actionable…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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"Stop Rushing" SW Service Solutions Quarterly Newsletter

Imagine yourself entering a business where everyone seems to be hurrying around and you are greeted with, "Someone will be with you in a second" as they rush right past you.  Then when someone finally approaches they use phrases like, "I'll get you taken care of real quick" or "this will only take a second." When we role-play or monitor advisors doing a walk-around "real quick" is used…See More
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Expert Auto Advice For Students

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Zeck Ford Service Advisor Scott Sparks

See what Scott Sparks has to say about the Zeck Ford Service Department! Their President's Award Winning Service  Department is second to none ! They deliver Award Winning Service through a combination of a Professional Well Trained Staff. A Clean Modern Facility, State of the art Equipment , and Computerized Invoicing, Record Keeping and Information Systems. Zeck Ford provides friendly service at a very competitive price.The average employment tenure of our service department staff is 9 years…See More
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Zeck Ford Service Advisor Scott Sparks

See what Scott Sparks has to say about the Zeck Ford Service Department! Their President's Award Winning Service  Department is second to none ! They deliver Award Winning Service through a combination of a Professional Well Trained Staff. A Clean Modern Facility, State of the art Equipment , and Computerized Invoicing, Record Keeping and Information Systems. Zeck Ford provides friendly service at a very competitive price.The average employment tenure of our service department staff is 9 years…See More
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Lead Follow Up Best Practices

http://http://www.digigo.com/blog/blog-july-2014/lead-follow-up-best-practicesAnswering a lead doesn’t have to be rocket science.  Sometimes we overthink situations where the best solution is usually the simplest.  When it comes to lead follow up, dealerships should follow these three best practices, and the metrics attached to them.Response Time – 30 minutes or less:We all know that a…See More
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Trying Something New? Follow this Recipe for Better Results

This article was written by Steve Hall. Follow this Recipe for Better ResultsSummer in Kansas City is the time to smoke, grill and barbecue. The other day I was putting together my special rib sauce and it occurred to me that cooking is a lot like managing. Cooking when you have a great recipe is a lot easier –­ and the results are consistently better ­if you’re following a plan and executing it flawlessly. My sauce recipe helps me stay focused and ensures a better outcome. Every time I think I…See More
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Zeck Ford Service Advisor Scott Sparks

See what Scott Sparks has to say about the Zeck Ford Service Department!
Their President's Award Winning Service  Department is second to none ! They deliver Award Winning Service through a combination of a Professional Well Trained Staff. A Clean Modern Facility, State of the art Equipment , and Computerized Invoicing, Record Keeping and Information Systems. Zeck Ford provides friendly…

Trying Something New? Follow this Recipe for Better Results

This article was written by Steve Hall. 

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Follow this Recipe for Better Results

Summer in Kansas City is the time to smoke, grill and barbecue. The other day I was putting together my special rib sauce and it occurred to me that cooking is a lot like managing. Cooking when you have a great recipe is a lot easier –­ and the results are consistently better ­if you’re…

WOMEN CAR SHOPPERS GROWING MORE COMFORTABLE NEGOTIATING

When it comes to negotiating with a car dealer, what’s the comfort level of men and women? Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest online car lease marketplace, was interested to take the pulse of car shoppers around the country. According to their findings, women are now warming up to the negotiation process. Click here to see the complete findings.

An online survey was presented to more than 1,000 drivers…

How to "Blow Up" your Customer in the service drive 5 different ways

One of the many byproducts of training in so many dealerships is that you get to observe all the different ways people do things. Like how they answer the phone or talk to a customer in the service drive.

Over the years, I’ve made it a point to take note of some of the ways Advisors and Managers blow their customer up in the service drive and I thought I would share with you my observations and my Top 5.…

It's Time to Pop the Question

You could have the most talented team on paper, but how can you know they're the right fit? Many businesses struggle with this issue when hiring new team members and promoting current employees. …

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What's More Important Than Open Rates?

Posted by Paul Potratz on August 29, 2014 at 2:49pm 0 Comments

Your emails have…

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

Posted by Jeff Novak on August 29, 2014 at 1:13pm 0 Comments

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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The Top Ten Auto News Stories of the Week: August 23 - 29

Posted by Lisandra Ramos on August 29, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

 Happy Friday, Auto Dealers! As always, ActivEngage has the top 10 most interesting automotive articles from around the web --RIGHT HERE!

In this week’s post you’ll learn why you might be annoying your sales leads, what space station droplet tests could mean for the auto industry, and much more! Check them out!

10. Now There's a Fitness Tracker for Your…

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Zeck Ford Service Advisor Scott Sparks

Posted by MANNY LUNA on August 28, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

See what Scott Sparks has to say about the Zeck Ford Service Department!

Their President's Award Winning Service  Department is second to none ! They deliver Award Winning Service through a combination of a Professional Well Trained Staff. A Clean Modern Facility, State of the art Equipment , and Computerized Invoicing, Record Keeping and Information Systems. Zeck Ford provides friendly…

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Lead Follow Up Best Practices

Posted by Rebecca Ward on August 28, 2014 at 3:56pm 0 Comments

http://http://www.digigo.com/blog/blog-july-2014/lead-follow-up-best-practicesAnswering a lead doesn’t have to be rocket science.  Sometimes we overthink situations where the best solution is usually the simplest.  When it comes to lead follow up, dealerships should follow these three best practices, and the…

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Trying Something New? Follow this Recipe for Better Results

Posted by Garry House on August 28, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

This article was written by Steve Hall. 

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Follow this Recipe for Better Results

Summer in Kansas City is the time to smoke, grill and barbecue. The other day I was putting together my special rib sauce and it occurred to me that cooking is a lot like managing. Cooking when you have a great recipe is a lot easier –­ and the results are consistently better ­if you’re…

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How Simply Getting the Job Done Can Be a Bad Thing

Posted by Richard Holland on August 28, 2014 at 8:08am 0 Comments

Working at a car dealership often takes its toll on employees. The demands of a fifty, sixty or seventy hour work week often leaves the employee exhausted, mentally and physically. Generally, these employees are not clock-watchers, they are your commissioned sales people, your technicians, your management staff and they…

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Attitude check

Posted by Rob Gehring on August 27, 2014 at 4:04pm 0 Comments

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The most important thing you will find out in your career is attitude, and how it affects the outcome of your goals. When bad things happen to you, do you face them head on. Do you say to yourself "I got this?" Do you approach your problems with "Why does this always happen to me?"

Click the link below to find why a positive attitude…

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6 Ways to Build Customer Loyalty

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…

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…

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 yesterday. 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

The 5 Biggest Reasons the Wrong People Get Hired

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

Here's an excellent article from Lou Adler of the Adler Group. He has some great insights for anyone involved in the hiring process.Based on thousands of candidate interviews and leading training programs with more than ten thousand recruiters and hiring managers, there is no doubt the wrong person, not the best person, is often the one hired. Here’s why:Managers define the person before defining the job. Here’s a …Continue

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We need MORE of this in the USA: Auto-shop class is a win-win for high school grads, dealerships that need mechanics

Started by Mike Elliott in General Forum for dealerELITE Members on Monday. 0 Replies

Two years out of high school, Evan Fischbach is earning $40,000 a year. His secret: shop class.Fischbach, 19, has known he wanted to work on cars ever since he took an automotive class in his junior year of high school in Saline, Mich. His college-educated parents wondered if he was aiming too low.Then when Fischbach was still a junior, a local auto dealer desperate for mechanics hired him as an apprentice in the service bay. Now he’s earning about three times as much as the average 19-year-old…Continue

Tags: training, vocational, mechanic, trades, management

The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With

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

By: Jeff Weiner, CEO at LinkedInShared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant™Several weeks ago, I shared the above Venn diagram in a status update. With 20k+ likes and comments on LinkedIn and over 2.2k retweets and favorites on Twitter, it's become the most viral update I've shared to date. As a result, thought it might be interesting to provide some additional context on where the diagram came from.It all started in a meeting where a…Continue

Can't Fly

Started by IC. Collins in General Forum for dealerELITE Members yesterday. 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

What Every Major Car Name Actually Means

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

Tags: management, dealership, names, car

Why Car Salespeople Beg for Top Customer Survey Scores

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

The Simple Answer: Anything Less Than an "A" Is an "F" Published: 04/17/2014 - by Matt Jones, Senior Editor ~ Edmunds.com's Edited by: TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant™ Why Salespeople Beg for Top Marks If It's Not a 10, It's a Zero "Good" Isn't Great In most dealerships, giving a car salesperson an 8 or a 9 on consumer satisfaction survey's 10-point scale is essentially giving the salesperson a zero score. When you're shopping for a car, the…Continue

Personal Attacks

Started by Sharon Hill in Social Media and Reputation Management. Last reply by Sharon Hill Aug 23. 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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Jaguar design boss Callum reinterprets classic Mark 2 for himself [w/video]

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Jaguar Mark 2 By Callum

As the man behind the styling of basically every Jaguar since the mid 2000s, two things should be known about Ian Callum - he's a big fan of the brand, and he can bloody well get whatever kind of Jag he wants.

His newest car, though, is not what you might expect. Rather than an F-Type or an XJ, Callum has gone old school, and commissioned a custom, resto-modded Jaguar Mark 2.

Designed by Callum and built by Classic Motor Cars in Shropshire, England, the Mark 2 was an 18-month project between the designer and the garage. The essentially new car draws its power from a 4.3-liter engine that's been pilfered and modified from an XK. It's mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

The suspension has been dramatically altered, with a new independent rear suspension, and upgraded springs and adjustable dampers at all four corners, as well as new front and rear roll bars. The result is a ride that sits 1.18 inches closer to terra firma. A new power steering system should also add some life to the Mark 2's rack.

Aesthetically, Callum has crafted a stunner. 17-inch, split-rim, multi-spoke wheels start the excellent design, while new, functional louvers have been fitted into the Mark 2's fenders. The interior is a leather masterpiece, done in a shade of red that is usually reserved for couples behind closed doors. As Callum's creation is meant to be a more modern version of a classic vehicle, a new flip-out touchscreen system has been fitted that will allow the designer to bump whatever tunes he sees fit.

"This is a very personal statement. A long held notion that, although the Mark 2 has always been a beautiful car, it could be even more exciting in shape and performance. Whilst maintaining the purity of the car's form, I wanted to add a number of modern twists to the design. Simplification and clarity was my objective," Callum said in a statement.

Objective completed, Mr. Callum. Take a look below for the press release and the video on the Mark 2 by Callum, and then scope out the gallery of images up top.

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Global Automotive Suspension Systems Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Magneti Marelli, Mando, Tenneco and TRW Automotive

DUBLIN, Ireland, August 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rrcgcz/global_automotive) has announced the addition of the "Global Automotive Suspension Systems Market 2014-2018" report to their...

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NORTHBROOK, Ill., Aug. 29. 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Drivers who have been thinking about trading up and investing in a new luxury vehicle are excited about the new 2015 Mercedes GLA expected to arrive on Autohaus on Edens Mercedes-Benz lot fall of this year. This innovative,...

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Alfa dealers urged to offer luxury services

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GM 8-speed likely to get wide use

The eight-speed automatic transmission that will soon debut in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is expected to get broad use in General Motors trucks and luxury cars in coming years.

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