Notifications & Messages

Jared Hamilton
From: Jared Hamilton
Hey - It’s time to join the thousands of other dealer professionals on DrivingSales. Create an account so you can get full access to the articles, discussions and people that are shaping the future of the automotive industry.
×
Mike Gorun

Mike Gorun Managing Partner/CEO

Exclusive Blog Posts

Top 6 Things Car Dealers Do To Make Car Buying Difficult

Top 6 Things Car Dealers Do To Make Car Buying Difficult

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R7Y3kZIDVg] Your Turn To Drive discusses Top 6 Things Car Dealers Do To Make Car Buying Difficult.  Jim D…

Choose the correct CRM for your dealership OR pay dearly

Choose the correct CRM for your dealership OR pay dearly

With all the CRMs on the market today, finding the right one for your dealership is becoming more challenging than ever. There have been massive changes in…

5 Benefits of Using Google AdWords Click-to-Message Ad Extensions

5 Benefits of Using Google AdWords Click-to-Message Ad Extensions

Looking for a new way to win over people more likely to send a text message than to call? Set up this free message extension for your text ads on the Googl…

Must-See NADA 100 Expo Displays for Fixed Ops

Must-See NADA 100 Expo Displays for Fixed Ops

New Orleans is ramping up for the 100th anniversary of NADA, and the convention promises to be outstanding. You’ll be entertained at the NADA100 Carn…

Why Social Media Marketers Won’t Replace Your Sales Team

Why Social Media Marketers Won’t Replace Your Sales Team

Social media is changing the marketing profession in remarkable ways. According to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the social media analyti…

The ROI of Customer Experience

PLG_DS1.jpg?width=350

An interesting study conducted by MaritzCX and published on CustomerThink relays how dealers should care about – and invest in – the creation of a better customer experience in their stores.

 

While customer experience can be vague, and in the past has mostly been measured through surveys and CSI scores, MaritzCX conducted a comprehensive study to show dealers the only factor that affects the bottom line – and that is revenue. The study’s results illustrate that when a dealer climbs one level in customer satisfaction (i.e.: from “satisfied” to “very satisfied”), sales volume increases on average by 329 vehicles per year, adding $64,000 in additional sales profits. In addition, the same customer experience improvement in service increases revenue by $41,646 per year. According to the study, “combining additional sales profits and service profits reveals a potential incremental gross profit of $106,315 per year for the average dealership.” By contrast, when the customer experience moves down a level, the study found a decrease in gross profit of $191,624.

 

Customer experience is currently a hot topic with dealers and vendors. However, many dealers are hesitant to spend lavish amounts of money on showroom improvements, or luxuries without a concrete answer to the most important question most dealers ask – “What’s my ROI?”

 

The MaritzCX study was able to capture the monetary benefits for dealers investing in an improved customer experience. It certainly falls in line with what loyalty experts have been preaching for years. Customers that have a consistently great customer experience tend to spend more money with the dealership and also refer their family and friends. This referral activity provides dealerships with increased exposure and opportunities that they may not have had otherwise. This represents additional revenue producing possibilities in both sales and service.

 

Brand loyalty is increasingly difficult to achieve -- and brand advocates are even harder to capture. Dealerships that continue to operate as is, without identifying customer pain points in their experiences – whether those be service or sales – risk losing business to either competitors, or independent service repair facilities. Ensure that conditions are optimal to provide that great experience on a consistent basis to each and every customer. This will help maximize the potential of the customer being loyal and of capturing their future business, directly or through referrals.

 

In the end, part of every customer’s buying process involves making the decision who they want to purchase a vehicle from. Treat your customers right, provide a great experience and take the time to really show them you appreciate their business. This then acts as a catalyst for all of your other brand enhancing activities – high CSI scores, increased online reviews and word of mouth advertising. Neglect customer experience at your own peril. Today’s consumers are far less willing to put up with a poor experience and will very quickly take their business elsewhere. Improve your customers’ experience in your store and ensure that they are well taken care of.  Foster brand loyalty and create brand advocates. Your bottom line will grow because of it.

 Unlock all of the community & features  Join Now