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Click-to-Call [Infographic]

Click-to-Call [Infographic]

  Most dealers understand the importance of making it easy for customers and prospects to find contact information. Websites often have prominent &…

Quick Tips for Improving Dealership Culture

Quick Tips for Improving Dealership Culture

Car dealers have a terrible reputation. It's such a negative experience for so many that people are electing to make a major purchase like a vehicle fr…

The Biggest Mistake Dealers Make When It Comes to Customer Retention

The Biggest Mistake Dealers Make When It Comes to Customer Retention

Jim Roche is the Divisional VP of Marketing & Managed Services at Xtime. We asked him to tell us the biggest mistake he sees dealers making today when …

Is 2018 the Year of Customer Convenience?

Is 2018 the Year of Customer Convenience?

It seems that every year has a theme attached to it in terms of where dealerships’ focus will be. Which themes or buzzwords will dominate 2018? We…

Upcoming Webinar: Show with Your Showroom, Sell with Your Website

Upcoming Webinar: Show with Your Showroom, Sell with Your Website

Today's customers walk into your showroom better-informed than ever before. Because they've done their research ahead of time, 89% walk into t…

Damage Control with Social Media

Advice for Auto Dealerships Facing Recalls

In the past few years, almost every auto manufacturer has announced some kind of recall for its vehicles. Your dealership needs to have a social media plan in place to minimize damage from the bad news and be proactive about fixing the problem. You can take advantage of social media to address the issue. First, create a custom tab on your Facebook page about the recall. Talk about the qualifications of your service department and provide a graphic people can click to schedule an appointment. Next, talk about it on social pages like Twitter and Facebook (including both business and personal pages). Let customers know that you're ready to schedule appointments for them to bring in vehicles for inspection and repair. Give them a phone number, email address, and link to a web contact form to provide as many options as possible. Finally, make a plan to talk about the integrity of whatever vehicle is under a recall. Post video and text testimonials talking about reliability and also the ease of repair for people who did experience problems. When you are proactive about addressing a recall, people will see that your dealership is honest about problems while providing a path to solve them. Social media helps auto dealers like you to reach people in your network of customers and encourage them to come back to you for service.

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