Hello Dealer Elite Members and friends,
Proactive dealer solutions has just expanded our marketing efforts with the launch of our all new 2013 iPhone app. We also have an version available for Android phones as well.
Download the Apple iphone one here:
I will have a link for the Android one soon......
Added by Ian Nethercott on January 9, 2013 at 6:55pm — No Comments
Good morning Dealer Elite Members.....
As I travel around North America and speak to salespeople, customers, managers, owners and BDC reps I am always surprised by how often salespeople are prevented from selling vehicles buy not asking great questions.
The situation usually starts after a salesperson has spend several hours with the customer and asks for the order. The customer usually says something like, I need to speak to my wife, my friend, my dad, my…Continue
Added by Ian Nethercott on October 29, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments
Added by Ian Nethercott on October 16, 2012 at 6:39am — No Comments
Good morning Dealer Elite Members,
As I travel around North America I have found that dealership staff like customers are convinced that servicing their vehicles at a dealership is more expensive than Hans and Franz, Jiffy lube etc.
The competition has not only convinced our customers they have convinced our staff that we are no longer competitive in the market. This is a huge problem and needs to be dealt with.
Added by Ian Nethercott on September 18, 2012 at 8:31am — No Comments
Good morning Dealer Elite members and friends,
In my travels I visit hundreds of dealerships as a consultant and sometime as an observer or even as a consumer. Some of the things I see amaze me, some in a good way and some in a bad way. For example I was touring a series of dealership locations over the weekend and I must say that each dealership had a different customer experience.
It was saturday and it was quite warm so I was dressed casually and I visited…Continue
Added by Ian Nethercott on August 27, 2012 at 8:32am — No Comments
Added by Ian Nethercott on July 30, 2012 at 9:08am — No Comments
Good morning Dealer Elite Members,
As i visit retailers of all stripes I find an interesting problem happens again and again. Simply put it prevents the sales, service and part department from creating happy customers and generating more sales service and parts sales as well.
Here are the details:
One: No customer really cares about why a request is not possible.…Continue
Added by Ian Nethercott on July 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Added by Ian Nethercott on July 9, 2012 at 9:55am — No Comments
Hello Dealer Elite Members,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I as always have been doing a lot of reading, thinking and spending time trying to solve the major problems in the Automotive industry today!
One of the most common and largest problems that I see on a daily basis in addition to "Poor Customer Service" at Automotive Dealerships is their…Continue
Added by Ian Nethercott on July 9, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Added by Ian Nethercott on July 9, 2012 at 2:00am — No Comments
Hello Dealer Elite Members,
First of all I am sorry I have not been more active this week. I have been burning the candle at both ends lately and it has been catching up to me. I have also had the opportunity to read several books on retailers who are the gold standard in their industry. One of them is Nordstrom’s and one of them is Apple Computer.
I was able to learn a great deal about why both of these retailers have not only a great reputation but also…Continue
Hello Dealer Elite Members......
It looks like Auto Trader needs money much like Facebook did a while ago, and you know how that has gone so far!
As I travel around the country ans work with dealers on maximizing leads, traffic and driving more sales I have noticed more and more that dealerships are looking for "FREE" or low cost ways to promote their vehicles. Sites like Craigs's List and kijiji (Ebay), are currently changing the online marketing…Continue
Added by Ian Nethercott on June 21, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Thank You Dealer Elite Members
First of all I would like to thank Dealer Elite Members and others for taking the time to View my last Blog Post, I appreciate it. I was advised at had been viewed over 700 times so far, my sincere thanks to everyone.......
Now we all know the automotive industry needs to move into the 22st century as quickly as possible. Some of you may ask why, when some of the tactics still work.
Well let me give you some examples from…Continue
Good Morning Dealer Elite Members and Car Guys and Gals everywhere.....
As an industry we have had our ups and downs, our challenges and our opportunities. As I travel around North America I see the whole range of Owners, Managers, salespeople and customers. I also see examples in our industry and in other industry of how we can move the industry forward and change the process for the better. We have spend the last 30 to 40 years conditioning customers that we can sell in…Continue
Good afternoon Dealer Elite Members
Change is one of the only constants in the universe. The automotive world as you all know is overdue for this change as is a number of other retail environments. I was forwarded a very interesting article from a friend today that i think everyone in the automotive retail business should read. BMW who is one of the largest high end car companies in the world is taking the…Continue
Is your dealership looking for more customers in 2012?
The first question is how many of the people who walk into your service drive, showroom and virtual showroom are you aware of and more importantly how are you managing these customers. As I travel around north America and work with large and small dealerships I see the following problems over and over.
One: Most dealers don't have accurate numbers in the following "Basic Areas".
Added by Ian Nethercott on May 17, 2012 at 2:44am — No Comments
As I travel around North America I hear it again and again, the service at the dealership I went to was the problem.
I was on a plane yesterday and had a chance to speak with quite a few "real" car customers and I asked them what there experience has been the last time they were at their local car dealership. Here is what they had to say.....
One: The first person I spoke to said he had called his local Honda Dealership and asked if…Continue
Added by Ian Nethercott on May 7, 2012 at 9:15am — No Comments
I just finished a meeting with one of my long term clients toady and wanted to share some details on how powerful "Accurate" information really is at a dealership.
First of all let me give you a little of the back story on this dealership and the challenges they faced before we started working with them.
This dealership had a service BDC with no process and was essentially a second switchboard handling thousands of calls with limited results.…Continue
Added by Ian Nethercott on May 2, 2012 at 10:11pm — No Comments
The Right Process is the key to success in every industry period.
Most business professionals already know that process is what drives success. most if not all of the worlds most successful companies depend on it. Companies like McDonalds, Starbucks, Disney, Hilton to name just a few. The big challenge facing the automotive industry today is not the "Road to the Sale" it's all the other things we do that are not process driven.
Simple things like…Continue
Added by Ian Nethercott on April 30, 2012 at 10:38am — No Comments
I used to be a product demonstrator for Soda Stream last spring in 2011 and I had fun talking about the product and meeting every skeptical question dead on with a great answer. Soda Stream is a product where you make your own seltzer with compressed CO2 and add soda and seltzer flavors. I just started up again this Saturday, March 17 2012 and fell right back into the old routine and was just as knowledgeable and…Continue