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Every OEM sets key performance indicators for their dealer franchise owners. Most OEMs look at the same type of metrics, but often have slightly different measurements to determine the success of their dealers. One metric almost every OEM is looking to capitalize on is recapturing lost customers. Harvest your database to find your greatest potential with lost souls and use creative marketing and incentives to drive them back to your dealership.
Segment Your Database
When looking at your database, you have four types of service customers:
By understanding your customers’ shopping patterns, you can ensure you target the right segment to maximize results and save money by not marketing to lost opportunities.
Determine Lost Soul Time Frame
Since this post is specifically about targeting lost souls, you’ll need to understand what it means for the specific vehicle makes that you service at your dealership. Some manufacturers consider no service in five months a lost soul, but others define it as a year with no service. In today’s market, the lost soul time frame really depends on your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule. Once you’ve determined your lost soul time frame, be sure to scrub out all active customers.
Target with Creative Marketing & Incentives
Once you’ve reviewed your customers’ shopping behavior and scrubbed out any customers who do not fit into your lost soul time frame, it is time to put together your marketing and incentives. Remember all the tips and tricks we’ve talked about in previous blog posts. You’ll want to use an eye-catching, multi-channel approach to maximize the effectiveness and reach of your campaign. Make sure you include service offers that are enticing and relevant to grab your customers’ attention and drive them back to your Service Department.
By understanding your customers’ shopping behavior, removing active customers, and leveraging creative marketing and incentives, you can bring lost souls back to your service drive.