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Check Your Spam Filters

As I conduct internet lead mystery shopping to dealers around the country I am constantly amazed at the lack of control that dealers have with their email marketing.  It is amazing to see how many dealers send me follow up email templates that go directly to my spam folders.  What is even more amazing is how many dealers fail to pick up the phone to call me.  But I will leave that for another topic.

 

I just called on a local Honda dealer in my area about doing some consulting work because they lacked follow up on a lead that I had submitted.  I also know for a fact that their direct competitor is working with another consulting company to be up on their game.  So when I mystery shop the other store I see that they are doing things right to a certain extent.  It is interesting to see how many dealers there are out there that lack proper marketing and follow up processes.  It seems as if the CRM gets installed by the vendor in a "set it and forget it" fashion.  These dealers are sending out emails and wonder why they are not reaching anyone.  The reality is that people try to avoid spam and usually just delete what emails go there.

 

Dealers need to have a strategy to constantly update their email templates and processes so that emails are sent out properly.  Remember, the goal of an email is to be intriguing enough to get the customer to call you back and increase your connection with them.  At the same time, it is important to stop over complicating things and keep them simple.  I am talking about making your the content is not "spammy" with words like "amazing savings".  The email needs to be compelling, selling value, promote a positive online reputation and be less pitchy.  Give the customer a reason to call you back and replace the impersonal with the personal.

 

Recently, I learned from Ford Direct an interesting way of creating a subject line.  They taught me to keep simple and to include a phone number.  The phone number allows for mobile users to press on it and call the dealership right away.  This is how it should look:

 

"ABC Motors 717 515 2200"

 

Do not include the dashes.  I was told that a subject line that simple is more likely to avoid spam.  I was impressed that I started using it and it has helped my dealers greatly.  This is just one of many strategies that needs to be considered when sending emails.

 

For more information or training on how to effectively create emails that trigger proper responses and avoid spam, contact me at stan@dealeretraining.com or visit my website at http://dealeretraining.com/

 

In addition, dealers that want to learn how to incorporate proper emails into their BDC/Internet Sales Processes need to attend my workshop at AutoCon 2012 on September 5-8, 2012 in Las Vegas.

I will also be in attendance at Driving Sales Executive Summit on October 21-23, 2012 which promises to be a real class act event.

Chris Costner
Great points Stan. Templates should be monitored on a constant basis and adjustments made accordingly. Let me ask, would be the number one contributing factor regarding email subject lines not passing the spam filters? The reason I ask is that I have seen both ends of the spectrum not pass on various occasions. Trivial to say the least.
Stan Sher
I would say from what I have seen over the years is that the number one contributing factor is the structure. A lot of dealerships are still promoting "0% financing" or a lease deal on the subject line. Personally, I love to keep it short and sweet and not pitchy. I like to use the subject line to write something that would make the consumer open it and not expect it to be a car dealer. It is amazing how much you increase your email open rate that way. It is marketing at it's finest.

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