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A long time ago, back when we used paper desk logs to track our showroom traffic, our salespeople were asked to complete a “source” box. We wanted to know how our customers heard about our dealership. Strangely, “Location” was the overwhelming favorite; according to our salespeople, very few customers came into the store because of our advertising. Of course, the phone calls and Internet (and fax, back then) leads we received told a different story. We just weren’t asking the question the right way - or at all, in some cases.
We know that knowing how your walk-ins find you is critical if you are tracking the return on investment (ROI) of your marketing dollars. If one advertising source is driving twenty walk-ins a week and another is driving only two walk-ins per week but costing you just as much, wouldn’t you want to know which one is which? While most dealers have a method in place to ask customers how they heard about their dealership, many times this important question is overlooked in the more immediate quest to sell a car.
Take a look at your sales log and see how many source boxes are filled out. If it’s less than 90% or “location” is the only answer, I’d recommend an immediate action plan to get those numbers up.
Here are a few tips for implementing a process that will accurately track the ROI from your showroom visitors:
Not every customer will remember where they first heard about you, but most will. Capturing lead sources for your walk-ins will go a long way towards determining which lead sources – both digital and traditional advertising – are delivering customers to your showroom.
How do you source walk-in customers? What works and doesn’t work, and why?