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Proactive PR & the NFL?

While I love to be active myself, I certainly could not call myself a big fan of watching and keeping up with sports. It seems, however, that you cannot turn on a television, read a newspaper or use any social media recently without hearing about continuous misdeeds and wrongdoings of NFL players. I’m sure that you’ve seen…See More
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Do You Know How Many Website Visitors You Get Late at Night?

It's the quiet time. Just about everyone has it. Whether it's late at night when everyone's in bed or early in the morning before everyone wakes up, a good chunk of people do much of their important website surfing when there are fewer distractions of life to prevent them from their task at hand.Buying a car or…See More
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6 Reasons Introverts Make Great Managers

BY DREW HENDRICKS @DREWAHENDRICKS If you were asked who would make a better manager, an introvert or an extrovert, you might be inclined to choose the extrovert. Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant They're thought of as outgoing so they would be more comfortable leading others, more open and social so they would dominate at networking, and having a thicker skin which means an advantage in negotiating, right? That might be true…See More
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Social Media Engagement is a Two-Way Street

The most amazing part about the internet and social media is that it has opened up communication between people and businesses that was never possible before. We now have the ability to talk to our customers and for them to talk to us in an interactive fashion, allowing for clear lines of engagement that can be both public…See More
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8 Segments That Will Lead 4th Quarter Depreciation

Black Book expects Luxury-Level car segments will feel the largest depreciation through the balance of the year, largely driven by off-lease returns in lease-heavy segments. Luxury segments in this class will include Premier Luxury (BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Lexus GS/LS, Mercedes-Benz S); Near-Luxury (Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C, Cadillac CTS, Acura TL); and Luxury Level (BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Cadillac DTS, Lexus IS, Infiniti M, Lincoln MKS).  Entry-level and small cars will also feel noticeable…See More
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AutoLoop Welcomes Sales Rep Sean Donovan

Clearwater, FL--October 21st, 2014--AutoLoop LLC, a leading developer of sales-generation and customer-retention software for auto dealers, today announced the addition of Sean Donovan as Sales Representative for western North America. Donovan brings nearly 20 years of automotive marketing, technology, and analytics…See More
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Who's holding you back?

Is something or someone keeping you from achieving more success at your dealership? If so, you need to address it for your business to grow. I show you how to approach the issue and overcome the obstacles keeping you from success on this week's Think Tank Tuesday.See More
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Pizza Wars Revisited

In February 2010, I wrote a blog titled “Pizza Wars: Why Auto Dealers Need to be Involved in Social Media.” I was reminded of this the other day when I saw that Domino’s Pizza earnings had surpassed Wall Street’s expectations.…See More
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Dealerships Need to Use Facebook’s Internal Scheduler When Scheduling a Facebook Post

There are many third party apps available for scheduling to social media, however, when it comes to Facebook, you should be scheduling your posts using the site’s internal scheduling tool for best Facebook marketing practices.Facebook has a sensitive algorithm, and due to its sensitivity, it tends to perform at its best when posts are shared organically. This means that you tend to gain better reach when…See More
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Dave Anderson’s 25 Business Facts of Life: Facts of Life 3 and 4

Excerpted from Dave Anderson’s best-selling book, If You Don’t Make Waves You’ll Drown, Dave personally presents each of the twenty-five Business Facts of Li...
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When Politicians Veto Their Own Cars

Fair or not, some constituents are unhappy with what their elected officials are paying to drive. In the majority of cases, these cars are leased. Some opponents are even using the price of the car lease in attack ads. Politicians have taken…See More
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3 Halloween Ideas for Car Dealerships

Trick or treat!There’s a little less than two weeks until Halloween! Does your dealership have a plan for how to bring more shoppers into the showroom and service bays during this fun and hopefully-not-too-scary time? You should!Holidays are always an opportune time to foster some community spirit and be the host to memorable events for your customers and prospects.If you’re struggling with coming up…See More
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The “Loyal” Non-Performer

“I know I should probably get rid of the guy, but he’s been with me twenty-five years; he’s loyal.”If you’ve ever managed to whine out a lame version of this “he’s loyal” rationalization to justify your defense of mediocrity roll this publication up, hand it to the nearest person and ask them to smack you in the head with it. Frankly, if you dare fathom the perpetual cost and misery that accompanies keeping a “loyal’ non-performer you’d agree a simple whack on the head is getting off…See More
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Our Connections are a Reflection of How to Market a Dealership

Those in the automotive industry tend to live in a professional bubble. We love what we do for different reasons, but for many (such as me), it's a matter of working in an industry that is completely different and more challenging than others, particularly when it comes to digital marketing.

This…

Am I Really A VIP?

I had just finished reading this article on marketsoft.com about customer loyalty, when a business associate told me about a similar situation that happened to him. In his mailbox was a glossy, oversized postcard offering a…

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5 Tips for Creating a More Predictable Work Environment

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Most Monday mornings I find myself standing in NCM Institute’s beautiful training facility in Kansas City, welcoming a new class of dealership managers who come to us for formalized training specific to their job responsibilities. Even before introductions, sometimes I will ask the class some questions:

“How many of you, when you interviewed for your first job in the car business were shown a written job description and job objectives or expectations that you would…

Incoming! Why Every Phone Call Should Be Treated as Mission Critical

When was the last time you tried calling into your own--or another--dealership? Chances are high that the phone went unanswered, you were put on hold, routed into voicemail or were told that the sales or service person you're trying to reach is out to lunch.

 

The latest data collected from our call center agents is overwhelming: car dealers are missing way too many sales and service opportunities from lost phone leads. Behind showroom ups, these are the highest value inquiries…

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A Breakdown of Local Awareness Facebook Ads

Posted by Erin Ryan on October 22, 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Local Awareness Facebook Ads

Facebook is looking to add a new service to its Facebook Ads list within the coming weeks. Known as Local Awareness Facebook Ads, this new kid on the Facebook Ads block is looking to do what other Facebook Ads currently don’t: promote your business’s address.

Not only are Local Awareness Facebook Ads going to be easy to create, their objective is to reach a local audience at the lowest possible cost. That will make…

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Proactive PR & the NFL?

Posted by sara callahan on October 22, 2014 at 9:25am 0 Comments

While I love to be active myself, I certainly could not call myself a big fan of watching and keeping up with sports. It seems, however, that you cannot turn on a television, read a newspaper or use any social media recently without hearing about continuous misdeeds and wrongdoings of NFL players. I’m sure that…

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Do You Know How Many Website Visitors You Get Late at Night?

Posted by jeff sterns on October 22, 2014 at 12:56am 0 Comments

It's the quiet time. Just about everyone has it. Whether it's late at night when everyone's in bed or early in the morning before everyone wakes up, a good chunk of people do much of their important website surfing when there are fewer distractions of life to prevent them from their task at…

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Social Media Engagement is a Two-Way Street

Posted by Erika simms on October 21, 2014 at 7:35pm 0 Comments

The most amazing part about the internet and social media is that it has opened up communication between people and businesses that was never possible before. We now have the ability to talk to our customers and for them to talk to us in an interactive fashion, allowing for clear lines of engagement that…

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8 Segments That Will Lead 4th Quarter Depreciation

Posted by Black Book on October 21, 2014 at 1:51pm 0 Comments

Black Book expects Luxury-Level car segments will feel the largest depreciation through the balance of the year, largely driven by off-lease returns in lease-heavy segments. Luxury segments in this class will include Premier Luxury (BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Lexus GS/LS, Mercedes-Benz S); Near-Luxury (Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C, Cadillac CTS, Acura TL); and Luxury Level (BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Cadillac DTS, Lexus IS, Infiniti M, Lincoln MKS).

 

Entry-level and small cars will also…

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AutoLoop Welcomes Sales Rep Sean Donovan

Posted by Graham Annett on October 21, 2014 at 1:40pm 0 Comments

Clearwater, FL--October 21st, 2014--AutoLoop LLC, a leading developer of sales-generation and customer-retention software for auto dealers, today announced the addition of Sean Donovan as Sales Representative for western North America. Donovan brings nearly 20 years of automotive marketing, technology,…

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Who's holding you back?

Posted by Paul Potratz on October 21, 2014 at 9:52am 0 Comments

Is something or someone keeping you from achieving more success at your dealership? If so, you need to address it for your business to grow. I show you how to approach the issue and overcome the obstacles keeping you from success on this week's Think Tank Tuesday.…

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Pizza Wars Revisited

Posted by Rob Hagen on October 21, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

In February 2010, I wrote a blog titled “Pizza Wars: Why Auto Dealers Need to be Involved in Social Media.” I was reminded of this the other day when I saw that Domino’s Pizza earnings had surpassed Wall Street’s expectations.…

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The 2 Phrases That Bosses Hate

BY GEOFFREY JAMES @SALES_SOURCE


A recently-published list of employee remarks that bosses hate completely missed the two worst offenders.



Monster.com recently published the following list of employee remarks that, according to the article, will cause a boss to "hate" the employee:


1. "That's not how we did it at my old job."

2. "So-and-so isn't doing his work."

3. "How'd I do? How'd I do? How'd I do?"

4. "This…

10 Phrases Navy SEALs Don't Say

By: JEFF BOSS


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


While the parallels between special operations and business closely mirror each other in some regards, there are also glaring differences. The most significant difference I’ve found in the year plus that I’ve been out of the military is what is considered acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace.


In a SEAL Team room, for…

7 Killer Quotes from Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran

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The woman who turned a $1,000 real estate loan into a $66 million business has
much to say about entrepreneurship, success and business. We would all do well
to listen.

As the only female shark on "Shark Tank," Barbara…

Why You Should Stop Being a Boss and Be a Leader

BY LOLLY DASKAL @LOLLYDASKAL


The way you approach being in charge--whether you're running a corporation, a
civic organization, or a neighborhood bake sale--is a huge factor in the group's
achievement. Think about the differences before you step up.


Shared: From your…

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The 2 Phrases That Bosses Hate

Started by IC. Collins in General Forum for dealerELITE Members. Last reply by Elizabeth Ayala 20 hours ago. 2 Replies

BY GEOFFREY JAMES @SALES_SOURCE A recently-published list of employee remarks that bosses hate completely missed the two worst offenders. Monster.com recently published the following list of employee remarks that, according to the article, will cause a boss to "hate" the employee: 1. "That's not how we did it at my old job."2. "So-and-so isn't doing his work."3. "How'd I do? How'd I do? How'd I do?"4. "This is not what I signed up for."5. "Can't someone else do that?"6. "Will I get a promotion…Continue

10 Phrases Navy SEALs Don't Say

Started by IC. Collins in General Forum for dealerELITE Members. Last reply by Squire Pettis on Sunday. 1 Reply

By: JEFF BOSS Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant While the parallels between special operations and business closely mirror each other in some regards, there are also glaring differences. The most significant difference I’ve found in the year plus that I’ve been out of the military is what is considered acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace. In a SEAL Team room, for instance, there are (legal) mementos collected from…Continue

Automating Sales: Will It Be the Death of the Salesperson?

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience. Last reply by steven chessin on Friday. 1 Reply

BY MICK HOLLISON @MICKHOLLISONSalespeople must presume unprecedented levels of sophistication and knowledge of products, pricing and the competitive landscape among their potential customers.Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales ConsultantThe rise of the Internet, coupled with increasingly sophisticated buyers and new technologies like predictive analytics, have changed the world of sales and marketing forever. Simply stated, new technology…Continue

Are You a Failing Leader?

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

BY SAMUEL B. BACHARACH @SAMUELBACHARACHIs business bad or is your leadership style to blame? Ask yourself these five questions.Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales ConsultantThere is a thin line between a leader who has failed and a leader who is failing. This is a…Continue

Americans could waste $2.8 trillion being stuck in traffic by 2030

Started by Mike Elliott in Automotive Industry Future - Predictions on Thursday. 0 Replies

Sitting stopped in congested traffic might be one of the most frustrating feelings imaginable. You're trapped in your car unsure when things might pick up again, when all you really want is to get to your destination. Not only is this exasperating, it might be costing us all a huge pile of money.A study…Continue

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Have You Become Too Cynical to Be a Good Car Salesman?

Started by Mike Elliott in Sales Forum on Friday. 0 Replies

Every now and then for no apparent reason I see a good car salesman go from being a top producer to becoming an average car salesperson. They are no longer at the top of their game, their commissions are slipping, their bonuses are few and their overall attitude is rotten. The retail car business has a way wearing down some people that cause them to become cynical, burnt out, negative and less productive. This…Continue

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6 Reasons Introverts Make Great Managers

Started by IC. Collins in dealerELITE Professional Experience 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

BY DREW HENDRICKS @DREWAHENDRICKS If you were asked who would make a better manager, an introvert or an extrovert, you might be inclined to choose the extrovert. Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive Sales Consultant They're thought of as outgoing so they would be more comfortable leading others, more open and social so they would dominate at networking, and having a thicker skin which means an advantage in negotiating, right? That might be true…Continue

5 Business Lessons I Learned From My Billionaire Investor, Mark Cuban

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

BY STEPHAN AARSTOL @STEPHANAARSTOLThe most important thing I've picked up from Cuban is his attitude toward survival. Unless you have the fortitude to put your head down, work through it, and learn, you and your business will not survive.Shared: From your friends TechAutoCareers.com® the online resource for the Automotive…Continue

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Daimler divests remaining interest in Tesla

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Back in 2009, Daimler acquired over 9 percent of Tesla. A couple of months later, it sold 40 percent of that stake to Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments. The following year, Tesla listed on the stock exchange and Daimler's interest was reduced to 4 percent. But now the German industrial giant has announced it is selling that 4 percent and divesting from Tesla altogether in a liquidation that is expected to raise approximately $780 million for Daimler. The divestment has also triggered speculation that the move could make room for rival German automaker BMW to take an interest in Tesla.

Despite the divestment, Daimler insists that its technological partnership with Tesla will remain unaffected. Mercedes sources the batteries for its B-Class Electric Drive (pictured above) from the Californian outfit in a deal that is not set to change as a result of the financial realignment. A similar collaboration was in place for the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, however, now that the new generation of Smarts developed with Renault is on its way, it's possible that a next-generation Fortwo ED will use French tech instead as an extension of the partnership between Daimler and Renault-Nissan.

Daimler has also taken the occasion to point out that, between the Mercedes, Smart and various truck brands, it offers "the industry's biggest portfolio of electric vehicles," including pure EVs, fuel cells and hybrids. The automaker says it will introduce ten new plug-in hybrid Mercedes models by 2017.

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French supplier Valeo said third-quarter sales rose 10 percent to 3.06 billion euros ($3.9 billion), boosted by demand for its fuel-saving technologies.

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