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Big Tom LaPointe

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Women in the Dealer Workforce: Where We Are & Where We Can Go

Women in the Dealer Workforce: Where We Are & Where We Can Go

It’s no secret that women make up a small portion of the dealer workforce and turnover among women is high. By not attracting and retaining women in the …

Car Subscriptions - Q and A with Bill Playford

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Keeping Up with the Joneses in Quick Lube

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More than half of all sales customers will abandon your dealership’s service department in the first year. It’s a widely varying statistic &nda…

It Has Never Been Easier To Be Average

It Has Never Been Easier To Be Average

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Subaru video gets naked trying everything – should we?

Stick to these basics to sell more cars

There is some brilliance in the concept and execution of Subaru’s new ad, “Let’s Do That”, which AdWeek highlights as their Ad of the Day.

As I watched this great video, I contemplated the latest “we will give you MSRP for your trade” marketing gimmick letter I received this week from a local dealer. It kind of reminds me of football teams that turned to the Wildcat formation to confuse defenses for a short time or government agencies that over-spin activities and end up in controversy. Neither ends well.

French writer, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr coined the term, “the more things change, the more they remain the same”, a century and a half ago. That logic applies today.

It certainly makes sense to be proactive with internet marketing that offers legitimate ROI with VPCs or actual sales, but at the end of the day, the overall customer experience will dictate short- and long-term success…or failure. One needs only to revisit Carl Sewell’s Customers for Life book for a master course in these fundamentals. With more than 600,000 sold, its message remains golden.

Here are four basics that help keep a focus on the customer experience:

  • Be transparent in your advertising
  • Provide as much information as you reasonably can to internet, phone, or live chat prospects
  • Ensure your (entire) staff gives guests a world-class experience
  • Nurture your relationship with quality social media and appreciation events

And by all means, avoid getting naked like the couple in the video (figuratively or literally), because it never seems to end well.

Check out Jeff Sterns, CarChat24 VP of Sales and Business Development, at AutoCon 2013 in Las Vegas


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