All Blog Posts Tagged 'automotive' (896)

Risky Business: 3 Ways a Bad Outsourced Chat Team Can Hurt Your Sales

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: not all chat providers are the same. Vendor priorities vary, software technology can be user-friendly or not, not all providers hire chat teams within the US, and the quality of managed chat conversations are not…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on February 27, 2015 at 10:45am — No Comments

How Customer Training Leads To Retention

With almost everything consumers purchase, there’s an owner’s manual or set of instructions for them to use.  For decades, car manufacturers have included an owner’s manual with new vehicles. Sadly, it is no secret that this tidy three hundred-page booklet is one of the least read publications produced in mass…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 26, 2015 at 8:35am — No Comments

Marketing Trends Illustrate the Importance of Video

If you still aren’t sold on the importance of video marketing, it only takes a brief glimpse into recent news to illustrate just how important video is in marketing. There are many news stories relating to acquisitions, statistics and trends, which highlight the increasing importance – and value – that platforms of all…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 24, 2015 at 8:20am — No Comments

When Will I See You Again?

When will I see you again? No, I am not talking about the 70’s pop song, although the lyrics just may fit the content here. I am talking about the continued trend in customer defections from our dealerships. 

 

Customer’s defect for many reasons and the longer an individual owns a car, the harder it can be…

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Added by Mike Gorun on February 23, 2015 at 9:13am — No Comments

What Does Cheating Teach Your Employees?

Automotive News recently carried a story about a lawsuit filed by Subaru of America against one of their franchisees. The lawsuit accuses a Southern California dealership of falsifying 224 CSI surveys in an…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 19, 2015 at 9:20am — No Comments

The Most Important Metric In Gauging Video ROI

The question most pondered by businesses when advertising is perhaps the most important:

 

“What is my ROI?”

 

It doesn’t matter whether we’re discussing television ads, radio, 3rd party leads,

that gorilla on top of your building, or the contest you’re running on social…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 16, 2015 at 9:16am — No Comments

The Four Buckets of Customers

We all have a myriad of contacts that we consciously (or subconsciously) place into separate categories in our relationships. These categories include family, close friends, business associates, colleagues and acquaintances. Most people tend to act differently depending on which group they are surrounded by at any…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 12, 2015 at 8:05am — No Comments

Season of Change?

With a steadily improving economy and declining unemployment rates, the automobile industry is geared up to experience another year of expansion and progress. While this is great news, it would be wise to consider that just as customers now have more choices when it comes to buying or servicing their vehicle, employees (and prospective employees) also have more options than they did just a few years ago.  In general they no longer feel quite so loyal to their position, nor do they fear…

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Added by Richard Holland on February 5, 2015 at 9:20am — No Comments

Playing to Customers Emotions in Marketing Works

I have long preached the fact that including video in your marketing is an effective way to get customers emotionally connected to a specific car on your lot. This visual connection to the senses serves to enhance the appeal of a vehicle to an online shopper. If there was some technology that allowed consumers to touch,…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 4, 2015 at 8:57am — No Comments

Is Going Above & Beyond Really the Path to Customer Loyalty?

Most executives believe that providing an excellent customer experience will increase customer loyalty. Many companies are known for it and stand out as examples of how to win business and loyalty – Nordstrom, Zappos and Apple come to mind. While providing an excellent customer experience is certainly more likely to…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 29, 2015 at 10:02am — No Comments

Winning Is Knowing The Rules Better Than Your Competitor

On January 11, the New England Patriots faced the Baltimore Ravens in a contest that would dictate which team moved onto the AFC Championship game. Going into the game as heavy favorites to win, the Patriots quickly found themselves losing the game 14-0 quickly. Undeterred, they powered through trading touchdowns with…

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Added by Brian Cox on January 19, 2015 at 8:48am — No Comments

Is Your Dealership Taking Advantage of Live Chat Data?

In a previous blog post, I discussed the importance of using live chat conversations to build rapport with your online shoppers -- and how this can help improve your dealership’s follow-up processes.



But what about the trackable data acquired through live chat outside of the content in a conversation -- such as consumer click path and the…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on January 15, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Time Isn’t of the Essence

Imagine a customer that is in for a routine oil change at your dealership. As part of the complimentary inspection your store provides, it is discovered that the vehicle’s brake pads are severely worn and it would be unsafe to continue driving the vehicle much longer without replacement.  The service advisor brings…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 15, 2015 at 8:49am — 2 Comments

Forget MORE Leads. Focus On More QUALITY Leads.

In the world of automotive retail, dealerships are always searching for ways to increase leads. Whether they choose to pursue that goal through third-party lead providers, increase page rankings through better SEO, or various other ways, if there is a customer in their market who wants to buy a car, dealers want an…

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Added by Timmy D. James on January 12, 2015 at 6:59am — 2 Comments

Will Service Technicians Need Computer Development Skills Soon?

Each year OEMs add more and more advanced technology to their vehicles. As a result, the skill set demanded of today’s technician has transitioned from one that is purely mechanical, into one that is more technology-based. Up until now, technicians have had access to master techs at their respective manufacturers to…

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Added by Richard Holland on January 8, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

6 Step Road to Service Department Success 2-Day Spring Workshops are Open for Registration

We've booked our Spring 2-Day Workshop dates and locations!

Learn how to have the highest Sales, Customer Retention, and Survey Scores, plus over 200 word tracks, closes and ways to handle objections will be taught that guarantee that you are a top performer, and much much more.

Give us a call to book your team…

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Added by Jeff Cowan on January 7, 2015 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Use Live Chat to Build Rapport With Shoppers

People buy from businesses they like, trust, and know -- which is a big reason why establishing rapport is so important in the sales process, both on the showroom floor and on your dealership’s website.

The number one reason live chat will fail at your dealership…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on January 6, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Personalized Video on Bottles of Beer?

While QR codes haven’t exactly gone mainstream for a variety of reasons, one company has found a creative way to use them. Argentinian beer company, Andes, has started incorporating unique QR codes onto its bottles that allow buyers to record video messages through an app. They can then pass along the message to whomever they wish, simply by giving them the bottle.…

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Added by Brian Cox on January 6, 2015 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

THE MYTHS OF WRITING SERVICE Part 1

Myths are dangerous things. They are invented from misinformation and the unknown.  For example, only a few thousand years ago it was generally believed that if you sailed too far out to sea, you would fall off the end of the earth. It was only when man dared to sail out beyond where they had previously sailed that they proved the myth wrong. There was a time when people actually believed that the moon was made of cheese. That was disproven with the aid of powerful telescopes. Or how about…

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Added by Jeff Cowan on January 4, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

Volvo Boldly Goes Where No One Dares Go

While most businesses analyze budgets and shift money towards digital advertising, video and branding, Volvo has taken an interesting strategy: to decrease marketing. While it isn’t planning to cease all activities, Volvo has decided that, rather than attempt to take on any rivals with bigger budgets, it will shift…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 29, 2014 at 8:05am — 1 Comment

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