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3 Strategies to Cultivate Enthusiastic and Loyal Fans

It costs most dealers about five times as much to acquire a new customer than to retain those they already have. Yet, increasing customer retention by as little as five percent can increase profits by up to 95 percent, according to the research group Bain & Company.

 

That’s because loyal customers and enthusiastic fans will keep coming back - and they’ll refer friends and family to your dealership. Loyal customers also tend to prioritize great customer…

Auto Dealerships’ Online Shopping Experience Fail to Meet Customer Expectations, Affinitiv Study Finds

Predictive personalization key to matching precedent set by non-auto retailers

Chicago, IL—November 11, 2019— The online shopping experience offered by the majority of dealerships fails to meet customer expectations, according to a new Affinitiv survey of 1,000 automotive consumers. While 76% of recent car buyers said it was important for the dealer website to be personalized, only 26% of respondents agreed that dealers…

Auto/Mate Wins “Best Places to Work” Award for 10th Straight Year

Albany, N.Y. – November 11, 2019– Auto/Mate Dealership Systems has been recognized as one of the 48 Best Places to Work in New York State’s Capital region by the Albany Business Review. Auto/Mate is one of 12 companies honored in the “large companies” category with more than 150 employees. This  marks the 10th straight year that Auto/Mate has won…

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Effective Tips to Keep Employees Engaged and Happy in Dealership

Employee engagement means a lot in car dealership business. Engaged employees can make your business and disengaged employees can't only decrease the sales but can also lead customers' dissatisfaction and efficiency in organizational tasks. In this forum posts, I am going to tell you some effective tips to keep your employees engaged. 

  • First of all, as a boss of a car dealership business, you must need to understand the significance of employee engagement. You can read quality…

How Do You Define Management Competency?

Successful dealerships strive to recruit, hire, and retain the best-available management talent. Once that talent is on board, effective performance management processes must be in place to provide these yet-unproven (to us) managers with feedback on their work results and to ensure that they are receiving the tools and support to become high achievers. So I always ask my potential client-dealers to describe their method of evaluating the overall competence of the…

Are You Looking at This the Right Way?

When I was teaching the Sonic Dealer Academy from 2001 through 2008, my co-instructor, Steve Hallock, became famous for asking each class, “Why do you think we spend so much time talking about the Service Department? It’s because, at a 75% gross profit margin on labor sales, this department offers, by far, the greatest incentive to increase sales. That was then, and many dealership owners and managers looked at service gross potential that way.

These days, however, I’m coaching my…

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Former Dealer and Founder of Hire The Winners is subject of new documentary on his life "Wrestled Away" The Lee Kemp Story

Posted by Lee Kemp on October 21, 2019 at 6:09pm 0 Comments

"Wrestled Away" The Lee Kemp Story was released globally on October 1, 2019 on most of the Video on Demand platforms including:



iTunes: https://t.co/nBw1YBSnNT



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Four Steps to Productively Process Disappointment

Posted by Dave Anderson on October 15, 2019 at 11:04am 0 Comments

Disappointments are a fact of life. The question isn't whether we'll experience them, but whether we'll use them to our advantage and get better because of them; or, be abused by them when they happen, and let them hijack our attention, focus,…

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Is Your Store Ready For Training?

Posted by Sally Whitesell on October 11, 2019 at 3:16pm 0 Comments

I have been hired numerous times to perform training in stores that are not mentally or physically prepared for…

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Who is Eating Your Profits?

Posted by Sally Whitesell on September 20, 2019 at 3:49pm 0 Comments

Sometimes you have to get rid of a bad apple. This article is an oldie, but goodie from our archives.

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Master the Art of Execution

Posted by Dave Anderson on August 26, 2019 at 11:07am 0 Comments

The reason most organizations fail to achieve desired results is because they lack an effective execution process that serves as a bridge from where the organization is at, to where it aspires to go. Many organizations start the year with a…

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When Counting Google Conversions that Shouldn’t Count

Posted by Jim Flint on September 3, 2019 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Tracking Google conversions as if they were the ultimate…

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Ali’s Transactional Call

Posted by Damian Boudreaux on August 22, 2019 at 1:38pm 0 Comments

Last week, in Ali Reda’s Road to Sales Success we revealed that Carlos - new to the…

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Face and Fix These Four Excuses

Posted by Dave Anderson on August 20, 2019 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Excuses are common amongst underachievers, and when you're trying to live the game changer life, the effects caused by making them are devastating to your potential. Game changers are in the habit of owning it, and not making as many excuses when…

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Google Ads Two Changes for Display

Posted by Jim Flint on August 16, 2019 at 6:00am 0 Comments

In this video blog, Jim Flint, CEO, and Founder of Local Search Group discusses two changes you should make to deliver the most efficiencies for your Google Ad campaigns.…

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Tax Time Advertising

Started by Brian Andersen in Advertising/Marketing Forum. Last reply by Reynalda Lor Oct 12. 7 Replies

I am curious what other dealers are doing to prepare for tax time?  We have multiple roof tops and do deep sub-prime.  We are heavy into Craigslist, just signed up with Cars.com and AutoTrader, have an in house web design team:  …Continue

Tags: tax, ads, advertising

Need Suggestion About Car Audio System

Started by Reynalda Lor in Used Car Forum Oct 23. 0 Replies

Greetings!We recently purchased more than 12 pre-owned Toyota cars from a dealer-only auction. Though the engine quality is good but now, we are looking for its audio up-gradation. To attract our buyers, we are willing to update the audio system of…Continue

Tags: stereo, system, car, audio

Things to Consider Before Getting Car Tyres in Winter?

Started by Reynalda Lor in General Forum for dealerELITE Members Oct 25. 0 Replies

Greetings!As winter is coming close and usually, a number of car owners complain about the tyres. In this regard, you need to understand that if you are living in snowy areas, then its time to change the tyres. Here, I am going to share a few tips…Continue

Tags: tyre, car, tyres, cars

You know you work for a bad dealership when . . . .

Started by Mark Dubis in Ask an AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONAL. Last reply by Tim Pendergast Jul 19, 2018. 89 Replies

We all know many dealers still make money the old fashioned way, in spite of themselves. If we want to attract top notch professionals to our industry we need to be able to quickly identify attributes of the poorly managed and not employee focused…Continue

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Traditional Advertising, is it truly over as many might say?

Started by Bobby Compton in Ask an AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONAL. Last reply by Willis Williams Oct 18, 2013. 87 Replies

Traditional Advertising, is it truly over as many might say?I've found that there are different environments, climates and demographics that call for traditional advertising! Although Social Media is on the move and in my opinion will be sooner than…Continue

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Do women make better Car salespeople?

Started by aaron kominsky in Women in the Auto Industry. Last reply by Ben Misra May 6, 2014. 77 Replies

What  characteristics differentiate  the differences between a woman vs a man in selling autombiles  in today's marketplace?Continue

CRM advice needed, Small VW Dealership in Northwestern Pa

Started by Andrew Kappler in Dear Abby (dealerELITE) - Advice Needed. Last reply by Michael Robinson Ragsdale Mar 21, 2012. 72 Replies

   I am currently needing advice with regards to CRM software for our dealership, we have something sort of close but very antiquated, that said, I thought that I understood the functionality of said software however I may have been sort of blind to…Continue

Tags: Internet, Manager, Leads, Business, Development

Autotrader, Cars.com, what is your favorite 3rd party lead provider?

Started by Robert Hildreth in Ask an AUTOMOTIVE PROFESSIONAL. Last reply by MANNY LUNA Sep 27, 2011. 58 Replies

We have agreements with about everyone....had a terrible experience with Carsdirect 72 leads 0 sales...and customers seem to use it as a wish lists...for new or used...not to mention I hate that they have a site to tell me how much I should be…Continue

Tags: Dealix, Carsdirect, Cars.com, KBB, Zag

Finish this Sentence.....

Started by NANCY SIMMONS in General Forum for dealerELITE Members. Last reply by Justin Wade Bagwell Aug 13, 2011. 58 Replies

If I was a new dealer opening up a new car dealership today, I would...............Continue

 
 
 

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