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The OEMs and the vendor/consultant marketplace are more and more teaching dealers all about modern marketing, and I get why: Generating good traffic these days requires lots more than a newspaper, radio, or TV ad. We’re all being shopped on the Internet by customers, and we need to be there, and be there strong, in order to win sales.
And, so, if we train and execute our dealer marketing to be at Olympic levels across all our media, including the Internet, then we’ve greatly improved our business, right?
If your marketing generates $300 calls being bungled by your $8-an-hour receptionist, if your sales staff lot-quals and drops your ups without a T.O., if your sales managers lose deals over $150, if your finance managers hit good-credit customers too high . . . if any of these, and more, happen, your processes are losing you sales. And the same is true in service, because how many appointments don’t get set because you rely on busy writers and low-paid receptionists to set them? How many up-sells don’t happen because they aren’t even asked for?
As you attend conferences and bootcamp training this year (the more the better!), don’t just look for new “Olympic” marketing for your sales and service, look for tools and services to help you make more money from better processes. There are a lot of “Internet Rainmakers” to help you, but do your processes allow a sales-destructive and uncontrolled race down the drain--or do your processes and tools channel all that water into a beautiful pool to get the most sales possible?
Because it’s no use being the “Olympic High Diver of Marketing” if you and your sales just get flushed!
P.S. I apologize for the, er, "graphic graphic", but it was so funny I couldn't resist! :)