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Big Tom LaPointe

Big Tom LaPointe National Sales Executive with Dealer Teamwork

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Why Security Is More Important than You Think for Your Business

Why Security Is More Important than You Think for Your Business

Having a business means that you’re likely going to have to keep security in mind. Whether you are looking to increase customer trust or you want to …

Interview with Scott Pechstein: What's Up With "Digital Retail"?

Interview with Scott Pechstein: What's Up With "Digital Retail"?

Scott Pechstein, Vice President of Sales at Autobytel, Inc., talks about the buzzword of the moment: "digital retail." …

What's Keeping Your Company's Directors Up at Night?

What's Keeping Your Company's Directors Up at Night?

Although we typically define executives by their ambitions, their anxieties can be equally telling. If you’re losing sleep over handling cyber se…

Top Reasons It's Time to Breakup With Your Vendor

Top Reasons It's Time to Breakup With Your Vendor

Vendor relationships are business, and while that is not to say that relationships develop with the people you work with - at the end of the day, it is abo…

The Perennial Sales Starter Kit

The Perennial Sales Starter Kit

Outside of having some online training that I could do on my own time, a 2-Day Sales Training Course, shadowing the top Sales Consultant (at my initiative)…

Beat the "Holiday Sales Hangover" - 3 Tips

Avoid the Holiday Sales HangoverFor many dealers, business falls off after the first of the year as shoppers are essentially in a ‘holiday hangover’. Businesses and many buyers had to make vehicle purchases before the end of the year for tax reasons, and others have overspent or filled up credit cards. In any case, there are fewer people on the lot or shopping on dealership websites.

Here are three things a dealership can do to generate additional sales opportunities during this sales slump:

  1. HIT THE PHONES – Now is the perfect time to wish sold and unsold customers a Happy New Year and perhaps invite them for a winter or cold weather inspection
  2. SHARPEN PROCESSES – Strengthen your sales team with training that helps them make the most of your processes and convert more visits to sales
  3. ADD / UPGRADE  LIVE CHAT – Now is the worst time to ignore the potential of having a top-rated live chat option on your website, that can greet every shopper and initiate the sales process while they are still on your website

While there may be less showroom traffic during January, that doesn’t mean car dealers have to lay down and suffer through it. A few proactive measures can help boost sales.

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Tom has an MBA in Marketing and is an automotive writer and author with more than 15 years experience in virtually every aspect of the retail auto industry. He began working with the internet building websites at Johns Hopkins University in the 90's, and has been a performance leader in nearly every dealer role, from sales and service, to web development and viral marketing.

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