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The Surprising Effect Charity Work Has on Your Bottom Line

Community involvement has always shown a strong correlation with successful businesses. A study published in Strategic Management Journal found that philanthropy was associated with increased sales growth. A 2018 report by Nielsen Global…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on August 15, 2019 at 10:11am — No Comments

Reducing Service Lane No-Shows

While it’s nice to have room in your shop’s schedule to handle walk-ins and other unexpected work, a service lane no-show isn’t the ideal way to get that extra time. Rather, no-shows throw everyone off and can take quite a toll on both your shop’s workflow and your bottom line.

Here are two holistic approaches to reducing no-shows…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on August 8, 2019 at 10:09am — No Comments

The Rule of 3: Perfecting Sales-To-Service Handoff

If your dealership is like most, the sales and service side of the house feel like two disconnected islands most of the time. The teams rarely come together unless handling reconditioning or aftermarket accessory installation. But…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on June 20, 2019 at 10:14am — No Comments

Finding – And Keeping – Better Techs

With the auto industry facing a shortage of technicians, it’s important to do what we can to attract young technicians and keep them. After all, when the front end of the business slows down, it’s the back end that can keep your store afloat and profitable. But there are two main problems with getting young professionals into the automotive industry: image…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on June 13, 2019 at 10:11am — No Comments

Coupons: What to Consider

Price is often a major factor in the purchase of any service or product. But it’s important to separate perceived price and received value. For example, $5 for a bottle of water might seem expensive, but that’s a deal if you’re walking through a desert. And there’s nothing blatantly wrong with paying more for quality (or perceived quality)––just look at…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on May 30, 2019 at 9:59am — No Comments

Want A 5-star CSI Rating? Demanding It Doesn’t Work. Earning It Does.

When my friend, Erica* took her vehicle to the dealer recently, the needed repairs were performed quickly and competently. Yet, when the CSI survey came, she rated her overall experience three stars: “just okay.” Why not five stars: “excellent”? Well, because frankly, they didn’t earn it. This was the result of a couple very significant––and…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on May 16, 2019 at 10:48am — No Comments

Want A 5-star CSI Rating? Demanding It Doesn’t Work. Earning It Does.

When my friend, Erica* took her vehicle to the dealer recently, the needed repairs were performed quickly and competently. Yet, when the CSI survey came, she rated her overall experience three stars: “just okay.” Why not five stars: “excellent”? Well, because frankly, they didn’t earn it. This was the result of a couple very significant––and…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on May 16, 2019 at 10:48am — No Comments

Tires Are Revenue Drivers: Here’s How To Get Your Share

Sales profit margins are getting smaller, and dealerships are looking to service as the profit-making aspect of their business. And there’s one area of service that’s particularly overlooked, especially for how much revenue it can generate:…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on May 8, 2019 at 10:09am — No Comments

You Had Me at Hello

I've worked in customer …

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Added by Stephen Coambes on September 25, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Want to Increase Service Revenue? Start with the Basics!

After decades of working in and with dealerships all over the country, I find that…

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Added by Stephen Coambes on September 11, 2017 at 9:53am — No Comments

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