All Blog Posts Tagged 'automotive' (887)

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

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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.

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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

4 Reasons Why Shoppers Love Using Live Chat

Automotive marketing as we know it has changed. The Internet now forces dealerships to have an online presence and build relationships with consumers in the digital world. Why? Because the modern shopper expects it.



Consumer research is no longer solely accessible via phone calls and drive-bys. Now, your prospective customers are…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on December 23, 2014 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Using Emotions To Excite Customers: Honda’s Brilliant Holiday Marketing

To promote their brand this holiday season, Honda is pulling out all of the stops by incorporating just about every feeling and sentiment it can into a series of commercials featuring toys. Consider their “Happy Honda Days” commercials that published around Thanksgiving. Every one of them featured a toy covering many…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 23, 2014 at 8:55am — No Comments

Jim Radogna: Avoiding the Eye of Mordor in Social Media

Just like in the blockbuster series “The Lord of the Rings”, the Eye of Mordor is always open. Until now, its focus has been on larger battles and more interesting things. Then a Hobbit found a golden ring and slipped it on his finger. And the Eye started paying attention to this…

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Added by Arnold Tijerina on December 22, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Don’t Be So Serious!

A little over a month ago, a couple of employees at a car dealership in Illinois published a music video on YouTube titled “Keys In A Box,” which parodied a sketch from Saturday Night Live. These two individuals proceeded to have a great time and showcased their dealership in a creative and fun way. Their reward? Over 67,000 views in just one month, as well as compliments from Jalopnik, Edmunds and AdWeek. I wouldn’t be surprised if this helps place…

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Added by Brian Cox on December 15, 2014 at 9:52am — No Comments

Why “Just Do It” Is A Waste Of Time

In this high tech age, there are numerous tasks that an Internet or eCommerce Director has to tackle in order to correctly market their dealership and its inventory. In the past, you were doing a great job if you were writing custom detailed vehicle descriptions and taking multiple photos of your pre-owned vehicles.…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

FTC Social Media Ruling Puts Businesses on Alert

It’s no secret that the FTC has been monitoring brand usage of social media. The hammer finally fell when the FTC ruled last week that companies and agencies utilizing social media must include disclaimers. This is regardless of the social media platform and whether or not the account is a brand account, an agency…

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Added by sara callahan on December 5, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Do you remember the AT&T ad slogan “Reach Out and Touch Someone” from the early 1980s?  It may have been thirty years since that slogan reached its peak in popularity, but it still has a similar meaning today. Our high-paced, digitally driven world has made it even easier to stay in touch with our friends and…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 4, 2014 at 8:05am — No Comments

Will Speed & Efficiency Give AutoNation A Competitive Edge?

The largest complaint that consumers have when considering a vehicle purchase is the fact that the process takes too long. Even with all the new technology processes that dealerships have employed over the past few years, the purchase process is still as long and…

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Added by Mike Gorun on November 26, 2014 at 9:08am — No Comments

Building Rapport Before the Lead Is the Way to Win the Sale

In my last blog article, I discussed the importance of building rapport with leads through the use of “Why Buy From Me” and “Lead Response” videos personalized for each customer. Now I would like to take this one step further -- Building rapport should in fact start much earlier than simply upon the receipt of a…

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Added by Timmy D. James on November 24, 2014 at 8:58am — 1 Comment

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