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Jason Unrau

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3 Reasons Satisfied Customers Still Don’t Return for Service

3 Reasons Satisfied Customers Still Don’t Return for Service

Yes, CSI is important — and no doubt an effective measure of the level of engagement a dealership maintains with its customers — but satisfaction is no…

No Response?

No Response?

I am not sure what’s worse the customer reading an email and not responding or not reading your specially written email at all!  A no respons…

Top Reasons You Should Extend Your Hours

Top Reasons You Should Extend Your Hours

There are a lot of costs associated with extending hours. However, with fixed-ops being the dealer's life line and main money maker, it seems like…

Why You Should Use Thank You Cards

Why You Should Use Thank You Cards

    Using Thank You cards in the dealership is a great way to build your culture. The cards are the best way for employees to thank…

5 Key Tips For Conquering More Market Share At Your Dealership

5 Key Tips For Conquering More Market Share At Your Dealership

Being a successful car dealership is much more than attracting customers, efficiency among your departments, and selling cars. Those are all the basics any…

Use the Service Department to Build Trust on Your Website

Check out some of the most popular websites in the world. According to Alexa Internet traffic rankings for North American sites, it goes Google, YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia, Reddit, Yahoo!, Amazon, Twitter, and Instagram. You know about all of those websites and apps. When you browse to them, you know what to expect.

Of the top nine sites, only one is directly sales-related: Amazon. The rest of these trustworthy sites are based in social networking and internet services. That says something.

You’ll find opportunities to spend your money on each of the sites, of course, but their primary purpose, other than Amazon, is about connecting people with information and entertainment. In doing so, they’ve each built a steadfast reputation and earned your trust.

Why Do Dealerships Try a Different Approach?

After looking at online presences that have rocketed through the stratosphere with success, turn to your own dealership’s website. What does it offer your customers? For the vast majority, it’s a thinly-veiled effort to advertise the latest new model, ‘year-end clearances’, or an opportunity to book an appointment. All are important to a dealership’s success, but have you measured the results of these campaigns? Do they draw in new sales at all? Make a note to check on your dealership’s results.

To most customers (but not all), your website desensitizes them to a high-quality call to action when they’re ready to make their sales or service decision. It also gives the impression, correct or not, that the dealership cares more about sales than their customers or community.

Offer Value Through the Service Department

There’s no getting around the need to make sales, both of cars and in the service department. But what’s more important to a customer: finding a flashy deal on the website, or discovering why some services are required and how they’re done and quick access to vehicle listings?

Speaking to the service aspect, there’s nothing as powerful as video. Think about being a customer with only basic automotive knowledge. Someone tells you that the brake fluid needs to be changed - or the transmission fluid, power steering fluid, or coolant – and you’re supposed to give them the go-ahead. Being trained that the automotive industry is crooked and over-priced, customers have obvious reservations. But you can break down those walls by demonstrating on video why each service is important and how it’s done.

Video is a great way to introduce your service team too, giving a face to your dealership online. Share them on a YouTube channel as well. It shares an environment with real people, friendly faces, and connects the customer with your physical location. Video has been embraced by the sales department in some stores with good success, and the same can be true for service.

Bart Wilson

This is a great take on service marketing.

 

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