No, I am not crazy and yes I am talking about the well known shock jock known for his outrageous radio show. Howard Stern is a genius for many reasons and they all apply to how you can succeed as a salesperson, manager and entrepreneur.
Let’s examine several of the reasons and the lessons that can be learned. First of all, lesson number one in business is to never be boring. Although, you may not agree with Howard Stern’s humor or persona, he certainly isn’t boring and that…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on December 5, 2013 at 9:10am — No Comments
The importance of ensuring a customer has all the information and resources they need when making a big decision is crucial to turning a stand-offish prospect into a smiling cornstomer (We are in Iowa, of course we use corn references. Keep reading to learn the meaning of cornstomer). Patience, tact and logic seeds are key.
Occasionally, OK, OFTEN we hear from our prospects about sad news that is keeping them from moving forward…Continue
Added by Jason Mickelson on December 4, 2013 at 9:07pm — No Comments
Over the past two months David Lewis and Associates has had their grand opening of their new state of the art training…Continue
Added by Lois Burak on December 2, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
At Auto iLead, the most important task we perform each day is helping people. To help people we must first understand them, their needs, and how to truly HELP. Our commitment to help drives us to enhance the relationship a customer has with a dealership prior to arranging their appointment to inspect or test drive a vehicle. Keep in mind that our leads originate as an email to our dealer clients. Email is often our only means of communication which means we have to be the best! In…Continue
Helpful…or Professional…which of these sound better?
If you are like a lot of Dealers and General Managers hiring “helpful” people always seems to be the right call. The belief is that you can develop someone into becoming a Professional. While I don’t disagree with this practice, what I find all across the country is the opposite of helpful or Professional.
Because we train all across the country, we have exposure to every make and model of vehicle in every kind of Dealership,…Continue
Added by Leonard Buchholz on November 19, 2013 at 8:07pm — No Comments
Finding connected-ness through sameness.
This step overlaps Steps 1 through infinity. One thing that frustrates me more
than just about anything when coaching a salesperson is this: We’ll be into the
deal and something is going wrong. The customer all of the sudden wants to bolt
just before or a few minutes after we serve figures. I ask where the client is and
get, “Oh she left already.” The first thing I’ll do is to ask about how the…
Added by jeff sterns on November 18, 2013 at 8:37pm — No Comments
I’ve written many articles about the different types of loyalty and how each can affect your business’ growth and revenue. However, I’ve never written an overview of how all these components fit together in a holistic manner. Hopefully, this blog article will help put the pieces together so that you…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 12, 2013 at 8:32am — No Comments
Generate a Client
When I started selling at a little mulch lot after school, I read everything I could get my
hands on. One of the first books I picked up was Joe Girard’s “How To Sell Anything To
Anybody.” Boy was I excited! I was 17 and I was going to somehow magically be able to
select any object, pick out a random person and sell it to them! Well, although there were
some good philosophical points in the book, unfortunately I didn’t ever get the…
Added by jeff sterns on November 9, 2013 at 10:16pm — No Comments
Any dealership can sell more vehicles for more money right now. It’s a fact, not an opinion. The only thing keeping you from doing so is you. It’s your dealership and it’s your choice. You choose to win and you choose to lose, but make no mistake about it; it’s always up to you.
Step 1: Decide — The root of the word “decide” means “to cut off.” You must cut off any possibility of anything else. You must decide that you can and will sell more for…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on November 5, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Hi I'm a vendor....in the digital space. That's my job. And I love it. I love it because I'm a 27 year retail car guy who's Father was a dealer, Grandfather was a designer for Ford and Step Father designed assembly line equipment. Yes I'm from Detroit... and I love dealing with car guys and gals. Sure I like it when they buy my product. I like making a difference and I like making sure my company is healthy and our staff can take care of their families. But what I love about the job, really…Continue
Added by jeff sterns on November 2, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
Many years ago, I wrote an article titled “The Road To A Sale Is Broken.” Well, it’s not only still broken, it’s fractured beyond recognition.
Attention dealers: Take the time this week to review and rethink from scratch every step in your routing procedures. Review these steps from beginning to end, and review all team members involved both on the front line and behind the scenes. Review all the technologies you have and determine what is the most effective use and…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on October 31, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
The intention of goal setting is to look toward the future and think of and plan for what you desire. Goals provide hope. My definition of hope is “Having Optimistic Predictions & Emotions.” However, goals can create your biggest stumbling block to getting what you desire.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The only thing that will grow is that which you give energy to.” To focus your mind on what you desire is great. Concentrate on the why? “When the why gets strong…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on October 29, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
There are countless articles on how hard it is to create a truly loyal customer and how easy it is to lose one. Creating customer loyalty is a challenge that all businesses face. There are many techniques and strategies that can assist you along this path but, at times, we’re presented with opportunities that…Continue
Before you think I am nuts, let me explain. The factory gives customer service surveys and dealerships give customer surveys. Everyone seems to talk about Customer Satisfaction Indexes. Measuring your success and failure is obviously important. However, is customer service really about numbers? In customer service, the most important customers are the one’s who hate you the most and the one’s who do business with you the most.
People like to have nice things said about them.…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on October 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
What business are you in? “The car business” would probably be your normal answer. I would invite you look deeper into that question. Rarely, is your first answer to that question your most accurate answer. The majority of businesses fail, or fail to reach their potential, because the owner and managers haven’t figured out the most important and most basic question: “What business are we in?”
Saying you are in the car business seems logical. However, that answer does not stir…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on October 22, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
The Evolution and Natural Selection of Automotive Sales - WEBINAR - Advanced Showroom Sales
Advanced Showroom Sales / Car Sales Training - How To Sell 30+ Units Per Month
Sean V. Bradley, CEO of KPA just conducted a POWERFUL 1 hour webinar on "How To Sell More…Continue
Added by Sean V. Bradley on October 17, 2013 at 12:12am — No Comments
Michael Jackson and Billy Mays passed away in the same week. The passing of Billy Mays made the news but Michael Jackson dominated it. The underlying message sent from the media is that entertaining is good and somehow noble, but selling and marketing is bad. My question for you is the following: Do you allow this flawed thinking to keep you from being successful in your sales and marketing?
The news coverage of Michael Jackson life was largely reverential and fit for king,…Continue
What would you do in your sales career if you did not have limitations? Everyone has self-imposed limitations. These limitations can stem from several strong forces – environment, childhood experiences, workplace profiling, etc. Never allow anyone to pigeonhole you into who you supposedly are or who you are not.
People in your work environment continually judge you as to what your strengths and weaknesses are, and what you can or cannot do. You must realize that all of these…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on October 9, 2013 at 8:47am — No Comments
Articles are continuously being written in hopes of dissecting and duplicating the Apple Store experience for other businesses. I’ve even seen sessions at industry conferences that revolve around how to duplicate this in car dealerships. While I agree that it should be every dealership’s goal to achieve the level of…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on October 8, 2013 at 9:04am — No Comments
If you were to follow around the most successful salesperson you know for a week and then follow a failing salesperson for the same amount of time, the differences would be glaring. It boils down to successful habits. What you do habitually in small incremental actions adds up to huge differences in results by the end of just one week.
Recently, I was visiting a dealership where some of the salespeople had attended a sales seminar I had conducted. One of the attendees of my…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on October 2, 2013 at 1:03pm — No Comments