Written by: Thomas Bear
Realizing the dealer/general manager’s day is full of interruptions, if you could wave a magic wand and create the perfect day, what would you do during this day?
Which activities do you wish you did every day? Which activities are the top ten for you to do every day? Here’s an exercise we use in our 20 Group meetings from time to time that might be helpful for you to realign your daily priorities.…Continue
Added by Garry House on May 7, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Written By: Garry House
In the second quarter of 2012, the NCM Institute (NCMi®) formed a training partnership with Automotive Internet Management (AIM). AIM has conducted five “Bridging the Internet Sales Gap” training workshops under NCMi sponsorship. After personally auditing two of these sessions and receiving client-dealer feedback from all of the sessions,…Continue
Added by Garry House on April 4, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Written By: Russell Grant
From speakers at NADA workshops to automotive manufacturers in trade publications to vendor product advertisements online, everyone is talking about how big data is changing the future of marketing in our industry. But most of the GMs I talk to aren’t nearly as concerned with the marketplace and the direction it’s taking, as they are with their business and where it’s going. They want to know two things—how can big data save me money and how can it sell more…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 14, 2013 at 5:42pm — No Comments
This article was written by: Russell Grant
From speakers at NADA workshops to automotive manufacturers in trade publications to vendor product advertisements online, everyone is talking about how big data is changing the future of marketing in our industry. But most of the GMs I talk to aren’t nearly as concerned with the marketplace and the direction it’s taking, as they are with their business and where it’s going. They want to know two things—how can big data save me money and how…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 6, 2013 at 2:09pm — No Comments
This article was written by: Dennis Kane
I see an increasing trend from auto dealers: slip, trips and falls are on the rise, particularly in the service department.
This uptick can be attributed to some or all of the following factors:
Dealerships are simply more hazardous than previously, either due to changing weather patterns or because attention to safety has waned,
Dealerships are servicing a greater number of cars because more…
Added by Garry House on February 28, 2013 at 5:44pm — No Comments
Today's Up To Speed article is contributed by Dave Anderson, president of Dave Anderson's Learn to Lead, an international sales and leadership training and consulting company. Prior to beginning Learn To Lead, Dave enjoyed an extensive and successful career in the automotive retail industry
Self-esteem is defined by the dictionary as: a realistic respect for or…Continue
Added by Garry House on January 30, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Rarely do we come across a dealer today who claims to have a sufficient number of vehicle sales personnel. When adding the word “quality” to “vehicle sales personnel,” the dealers’ claims of staffing success turn pretty ugly. Why is it so difficult to attract quality people for automotive sales positions?
Several years ago, I was working with a client in Southern California and conducting one of my rare sales training meetings. The subject of the meeting was "Developing and Engaging…Continue
Added by Garry House on January 15, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments
Even if your party did not win the White House a few weeks ago, you are still relieved, I would guess, that the election is finally over. Whether you are pleased or disappointed with the results, it is time to move on. After all, in about 30 days our country will be stepping right up to the edge of the fiscal cliff, ready to fall off into an economic nightmare in 2013. And that will surely happen, economists tell us, unless these politicians--many of whom we just (re)elected–-can reach…Continue
Added by Garry House on December 11, 2012 at 3:25pm — No Comments
It May Be Time To Kill Your Business Model Before Your Business Model Buries You
Think about this….How often do you readjust your business model? Unfortunately, there are some dealers that are still living off the same business model that they have had twenty years ago. Not to say this is a bad thing but tends to lead to missed opportunities.
This raises a key leadership question: Why do leaders wait too long to modify or abandon their business models?…Continue
Added by Shawn Clos on November 28, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments
In the second quarter of 2012, the NCM Institute (NCMi®) formed a training partnership with Automotive Internet Management (AIM). After personally auditing two of these sessions and receiving client-dealer feedback from all of the sessions, I’ve become convinced that dealers and their sales management teams need to “raise the bar” on their expectations for Internet closing ratios.
At NCMi, we have always believed and…Continue
Added by Garry House on November 27, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Recently, I’ve been busy out in the field doing what I love most—rolling up my sleeves and working on-site with client-dealers, which is something I don’t have much time for in my position as director of the NCM® Institute. Recently, though, I’ve had the opportunity to work with two exceptional dealership groups who are committed to going “from good to great.”
I know I’ve been remarkably fortunate, over my 25+ years in training and…Continue
Added by Garry House on October 25, 2012 at 10:08am — No Comments
Here’s your dilemma: One of your top performers--maybe a vehicle sales consultant, maybe a service advisor, maybe a technician, maybe an F&I producer--just advised you that he really wants to become a manager. Although you don’t really want to lose his production, you know that if you don’t appropriately address his request and desire, he might quit and leave, or maybe worse, he might quit and stay.
Here is what else probably bothers you about this situation;…Continue
The original article I had scheduled for today is titled, Tactics for Improving Employee Productivity. But as I was putting the finishing touches on the content, I said to myself, “Self, you’ve skipped an important step! You shouldn’t be presenting tactics until you’re sure that your readers understand the differences between strategies and tactics.”
It’s my understanding that “strategy” is derived from the ancient Greek word,…Continue
A sound Internet/BDC operation is a key component of every successful automotive dealership. The question is, what makes a sound Internet/BDC operation? When the NCM Institute decided to sponsor a dealership Internet/BDC training program earlier this year, we decided upon one of the recognized e-Commerce experts in the retail automotive industry,…Continue
Added by Garry House on October 2, 2012 at 1:45pm — No Comments
I’m sure you’ve heard this theme over and over: the automotive retail world we work in today is in continual flux, requiring continual adaptation and an unprecedented acceptance of change. At the beginning of each of our NCM Instituteclasses, we ask the attending dealership executives and department managers, “What is your biggest single challenge?” Although it may not quite come out of their mouths this way, the answer we…Continue
Everyone I talk to seems to have their own conception of what the 80/20 Rule is all about, but very few people in the retail automotive business fully understand its dominant principles and how they should be applied to our business. Nonetheless, I’m a believer that the 80/20 Rule can and should be used by every sensible person in their daily life. The successful utilization of this principle can multiply the profitability of auto dealerships and the effectiveness of any…Continue
Added by Garry House on September 12, 2012 at 8:58am — No Comments
Normally I don’t receive my copy of Automotive News in south Florida from the U.S. Postal Service until Thursday or Friday. This week I was pleasantly surprised to find it in my mailbox on Tuesday. A couple of articles in the current issue (authored by Lindsay Chappell and Christina Rogers) inspired me to revisit the vehicle personalization…
Added by Garry House on September 4, 2012 at 12:42pm — No Comments
It’s time for a continuation of the mini case study focused on the objectives established and challenges faced in building processes to develop, measure and manage OTDBs in the operating departments of an NCM client automotive dealership group. In our article titled OTDB Measurement and Management – Part Two, published on March 20, 2012, I discussed the structure of the vehicle sales department and the general expectations that we defined and communicated to the members of the sales…Continue
Added by Garry House on August 30, 2012 at 12:31pm — No Comments
It’s probably because of my college training in industrial engineering, but I’ve always been fascinated and challenged by trying to define any meaningful relationships between “opportunities to do business” (OTDBs) and sales results. After a half-century of experience in the retail automotive business, I’ve concluded that there truly are consequential metrics associated with selling both vehicles and service at an auto dealership.
For instance, do you know how many good vehicle sales…Continue
Added by Garry House on August 14, 2012 at 6:15pm — No Comments