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.
×
Richard Holland

Richard Holland Managing Director

Exclusive Blog Posts

2017 Presidents Club Insights - Patrick McMullen

2017 Presidents Club Insights - Patrick McMullen

Listen to what Patrick McMullen from MAXDigital has to say about the future of automotive, what dealers can do today to prepare, and how DrivingSales Presi…

Five Tips for Selling Used or Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Five Tips for Selling Used or Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Selling used or certified pre-owned vehicles can be daunting task. With prices, laws, and competition varying across the country selling a pre-owned car fo…

What Motivates Your Employees to Perform?

What Motivates Your Employees to Perform?

Sorting through resumes, you find applicants who show potential. There are some with experience to walk on the job and set your service department abla…

How to Recruit the Best Talent for Your Dealership

How to Recruit the Best Talent for Your Dealership

Employee turnover can cost a dealership approximately $400,000 per year through lost sales, service offerings, new hire search, and training expenses even …

2017 Presidents Club Insights - Mark Brown

2017 Presidents Club Insights - Mark Brown

Hear from Mark Brown, sales director at Grappone Auto, about what he thinks is coming for the auto industry, how dealers can prepare, and how the DrivingSa…

Apple’s Customer Loyalty Strategy and How You Can Adopt It

I came across an interesting article in Forbes the other day that examined why Apple has such loyal customers and how they plan to increase that loyalty. The article discussed how some of Apple’s products are inferior technology-wise to their competitors yet they even have higher customer satisfaction levels in Korea than Korea’s own tech giant, Samsung.

Apple’s most obvious strategy is ease of use and design appeal. They make sure their products are attractive and that anyone can use them simply. More importantly, they make sure that all their products that are designed to work together; and do so flawlessly. As Apple infiltrates more of consumer’s lives through penetrating new markets, this integration is a key factor in their success. As consumers adopt more and more Apple devices into their lives, the simplicity of use and integration trump superior technological specifications for many people.

In the article, it discusses how Apple keeps penetrating new markets to get consumers increasingly invested in Apple products throughout their lives. As a consumer chooses more Apple products, their investment in Apple increases as does the likelihood that their next product choice will also be Apple. According to the  article, with increasing market integration on the horizon including increased television programming; wearable technology; video gaming and vehicle integration; “What 300 million fiercely loyal customers gets you is the ability to sign up a dozen automakers to support an initiative like this: Honda/Acura, Nissan/Infiniti, Mercedes, Hyundai/Kia, Volvo, Chevy, Jaguar, Ferrari and Opel.”

It’s easy to see how this strategy of keeping it simple in combination with an ever increasing integration into consumer lives could help Apple continue to dominate each market it enters.

How can you use some of these ideas in your customer loyalty and retention strategy?

The keys to their strategy involve some really simple ideas: convenience and integration. It is important to make any service or product as easy and convenient for your customers as possible. People don’t have time and won’t put up with businesses that inconvenience them anymore. Many would rather drive further and pay more for convenience. Your processes, whether sales or service related, need to be as customer friendly and convenient as possible. Customers are car shopping on the Internet more because it saves them time and makes the buying process easier. Being able to replicate this simplicity in your service department is just as important. Through the efficient use of data and technology it’s certainly possible today to provide up-to-date immediate and accurate information to a customer on request.

Stop thinking of yourself as a sale and service facility for vehicles and become your customer’s automotive resource.  Position your dealership to take care of any vehicle-related issues for them, regardless of brand. Put easy, transparent and convenient processes in place. Then your dealership will not only always have the first opportunity to earn the customer’s business, but will also be able to acquire new customers through their friends and family as your newfound brand evangelists spread the word.

 Unlock all of the community & features  Join Now