Alan Ram's Blog (22)

The Writing Is On The Wall!

I have a friend who is in his early 50’s and has been enjoying the hell out of life. Whereas every day, I myself want to eat doughnuts and chicken wings, I never eat donuts and chicken wings. What I want to eat and what I end up eating are two completely different things. My friend has never felt this conflict in his life. He wants it, he eats it and then he washes it down with a six pack. To go with his bad eating habits, he also has an almost virgin gym membership that he's been paying on…

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Added by Alan Ram on July 13, 2017 at 4:24pm — 1 Comment

Lessons the Automotive Industry can learn from the 2016-17 NBA’s MVP - Russell Westbrook

Lessons the Automotive Industry can learn from the 2016-17 NBA’s MVP - Russell Westbrook

By: Alan Ram

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder was awarded the NBA’s…
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Added by Alan Ram on June 28, 2017 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Education isn't training!

It seems that anybody who is anybody in the training sphere has an online platform. Because of this, it is important for you to understand exactly what you’re getting and what you’re looking for from any trainer or training program. Dealers call companies like NCM and mine, every day, to ask for training, and some will make it a point to specifically ask for live training. What they want is for someone to come in and talk to their people, for several hours a day, for a few days, explaining…

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Added by Alan Ram on June 6, 2017 at 5:06pm — 3 Comments

Uploading Under the Umbrella

By: Laura Madison, National Director of Sales at Alan Ram's Proactive Training Solutions

The most frequent question I get asked by salespeople who want to use social media to sell cars is, “where do I start?” Many salespeople want to leverage social…

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Added by Alan Ram on February 21, 2017 at 12:03pm — No Comments

When Your Management Isn't

WHEN YOUR MANAGEMENT ISN’T

By: Alan Ram, President & Founder of Alan Ram’s Proactive Training Solutions

When you look at the picture above, what do you see? If you’re like many people, you might think this is a picture of salespeople simply being lazy and unproductive. You might very well be right on one or both of those counts but we need to look…

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Added by Alan Ram on February 1, 2017 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Who sold who?

"As a manager, if you accept as fact that your people won't "buy into" training, they've successfully gotten you to "buy in" that it's okay for them to suck. Who sold who?" #automarketing


Added by Alan Ram on January 24, 2017 at 3:15pm — 2 Comments

How to be the New England Patriots of the car business!

It was 2008 when it hit me. The economy had just begun to hit the skids and I was leaving a dealership after having done a live meeting. As I walked through the empty showroom I noticed four Managers on shift, sitting in an otherwise vacant tower waiting for salespeople to bring them a deal. There were no customers on the floor, and nothing happening outside beyond the huddle of salespeople by the front door, and I realized: a lot of people in our industry that we call Managers aren’t…

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Added by Alan Ram on January 16, 2017 at 2:25pm — 2 Comments

Training That Wasn't

Training That Wasn't

By: Alan Ram

Have you ever really trained your people? I don’t mean some of this stuff out on the market that is purported to be training; I mean really training.

Every third call to my office is a dealer calling and telling me “we’ve tried training our salespeople, but it didn’t stick”. Or, reporting that it is impossible to train salespeople. If you don’t think salespeople can be…

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Added by Alan Ram on November 29, 2016 at 2:55pm — 3 Comments

They have time...

"The have time..."

By: Alan Ram

I speak at a lot of dealer 20 Group meetings and one of the questions I ask of the Dealers at every meeting is, “do your managers listen to every sales call on call monitoring?” A reasonable question, right? The overwhelming majority of the time, here’s what I get:

“I wish my managers listened to sales calls, we probably listen to 20% of them or some other lame answer along…

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Added by Alan Ram on December 7, 2015 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Glengarry Glen Gross

Glengarry Glen Gross

By: Alan Ram

Who remembers that scene in Glengarry Glen Ross where Jack Lemmon is pleading with Kevin Spacey for the “premium leads.” “I can’t work these weak, worn-out leads anymore! You can take all of them! Just give me ONE of the good leads and I’ll close them!”  In many cases, I imagine many dealers today as kind of a…

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Added by Alan Ram on September 24, 2015 at 4:42pm — 4 Comments

Is Your Dealership In Conflict?

Here’s the problem at many dealerships: In our heads, we know what we want our people to be doing on a daily basis, but our actions and processes (or lack thereof) contradict what our heads are thinking, and we end up sending our staff conflicting messages. What do many of you see as you walk through your showroom? You might see five salespeople standing out…

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Added by Alan Ram on July 30, 2015 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Education, Simulation, Accountability!

For training to be effective three elements need to be present; you need to have:

1. Education

2. Simulation

3. Accountability

Education, simulation, and accountability! Let me just expand on this. If I want to train in golf, I don’t just watch golf on TV. While watching golf on TV I may become educated in golf, but then I need to train through simulation. I would need to go out and hit bucket after bucket after bucket of balls to get…

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Added by Alan Ram on July 13, 2015 at 3:09pm — 2 Comments

Think Twice Before Going Under The Knife

Think Twice Before Going Under the Knife

By: Alan Ram

Let me say at the outset; I love BDCs. Like anything else though, there are efficient, productive models as well as ineffective ones. Like plastic surgery, when done wrong, you can end up creating more problems than you solve. The acronym “BDC” does not have an absolute definition. There are several variations as well as activities that any BDC might be engaged in. Let’s…

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Added by Alan Ram on December 22, 2014 at 1:53pm — 5 Comments

Persistence Wears Down Resistance

Persistence Wears Down Resistance

By: Alan Ram

I said this before and I'll say it again, I have learned so much about selling by being a customer. Here's a saying that we take for granted that you've heard a million times, “Persistence wears down resistance,” as a matter fact, I invented it.

 

That’s not really true, but it's a great saying that you need to apply to your mindset daily when you sell…

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Added by Alan Ram on September 30, 2014 at 3:32pm — 5 Comments

Bland Text E-mail Causes Fights & Ruins Relationships!

Basic text email absolutely stinks for many of the applications we typically use it for in the automotive industry. There, I said it! Do I have your attention now?

There’s a reason I’m saying this and I think you’ll agree after hearing me out. The fact of the matter is, text communication causes fights. When is the last time you sent your wife, girlfriend, husband, or boyfriend a text message that was completely taken out of context? For me it’s daily, sometimes, even…

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Added by Alan Ram on August 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Using Guerrilla Tactics to Combat Declining Vehicle Sales Gross Profit

Using Guerrilla Tactics to Combat Declining Vehicle Sales Gross Profit

 

By: Alan Ram

Recently I saw a study that said that one of a dealer’s biggest concerns moving forward was declining gross profit per unit sold. As this question is debated at automotive dealerships and 20 groups across the country, we always seem to arrive at the same solution: Sell the value of the vehicle, don’t…

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Added by Alan Ram on July 8, 2014 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

One More Thing

Sometimes the difference between making a deal, and missing a deal, is knowing one more thing to say. As a matter of fact, that’s the difference a lot of the time. If you know what to say to the customer, you sell them. If you don’t, your competitor is going to get their chance.

In 1989 or 1990, I was on the road selling workshops. I was visiting a big dealer in Northern California, trying to get him to send his people to an upcoming workshop and making absolutely no…

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Added by Alan Ram on June 24, 2014 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Great Players Rarely Make Great Coaches

One of the things that I think became readily apparent when the economy hit the skids in 2008 was the fact that a lot of the people that we call managers, really aren’t. When the economy is humming along and customers are pouring into showrooms, a lot of our deficiencies as an industry are masked. As a manager, as long as we’ve got plenty of customers on the showroom floor, everyone’s happy. Unfortunately that’s not a reality in today’s environment. What sales managers are doing when they…

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Added by Alan Ram on June 17, 2014 at 1:01pm — 6 Comments

Stay Away From The Fried Twinkies!

Stay Away From The Fried Twinkies!

By: Alan Ram

Quit comparing yourself to the mediocre masses! It seems that so many managers have an attitude like “yeah we’re bad, but we’re really no worse than the rest”.  That’s the equivalent of going to the state fair and comparing your fitness level to the people standing in line waiting for fried Twinkies and chocolate-dipped bacon. Step up your game! Start measuring your performance and…

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Added by Alan Ram on May 28, 2014 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

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