Deep into the digital age, TV still reigns supreme for most automotive marketers. How are today’s digitally-empowered consumers relating to top-of-funnel brand messaging in 2018? How are OEMs justifying the ROI of Big Idea brand advertising in a world where price-conscious consumers conduct their own research and use social media as a forum to endorse, criticize and challenge brands publicly? How is money being diffused across digital channels, in particular, especially since mid to lower funnel is where most decision-making takes place? And where do ROI and attribution fit into all this?
KF: Simple. Our goal is to continue to grow and become more consumer-facing every day. Wyler FastLane allows us to provide a flexible mobility solution to our customers that is personalized and convenient while helping us to become more consumer-facing. In this time of disruption, every dealer, vendor, and OEM should be asking themselves this same question before any move they make.
Today, GM sports Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC trucks after dropping Saturn, Pontiac and Hummer in 2009. All total, GM currently markets 37 different consumer models in the US, 16 of which come from Chevrolet, with no easy way to navigate through the list.
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Lots of questions there Mary. Many business owners find they are their own sales force and struggle with it. Gaining a deeper understanding of sales might help you get over your fear. There are many great sales coaches and training programs out there. I’d be happy to talk with you about this to see what direction you can go in.
You’d think that being around food all day would make food stylists tired of making things look nice. But most food stylists love to cook, and on the days they aren’t working, they love to throw parties. “People always expect to have beautiful food,” Anderson says. “And I don’t disappoint.”
Taken as a whole, innovation-related challenges are reshaping traditional auto industry and relationships — in particular, by threatening the existing distribution of profits and the boundaries between OEMs and Tier One or Tier Two suppliers, as well as between automotive and tech companies. Some suppliers will fold, as their business goes away completely, and others will struggle because changes in technology content will bring OEMs or non-automotive suppliers into their markets as new competitors. Decisions about investments and industry alliances that are being made now will determine the dominant positions of tomorrow.
1) Each dealer will always have some “old salts” (experienced “lifers” in the car biz). Common sense might tell you to learn their ways, but my approach was to avoid them. Why? They’ve seen newbies come and go, and usually do not want to help them. They are there to take customers and put money in their till, not yours. You need to own your customers’ experience, not pass them off to someone else.
Don’t let your customer lie to you. Often times your customers will bring in a white lie about what they can afford, or what the dealership down the street is planning on offering them for their trade-in. Overcome these objections by being understanding but persistent. Explain to them that your appraisal of their car is accurate and a good deal. 
Boy, this is a boring suggestion, isn’t it? You’re probably reading this article because you’re looking for some badass Kung Fu moves to instantly incapacitate any salesman you meet. But boring or not, establishing good credit is the best thing you can do to strengthen your bargaining position.
On Monday July 15th, Honda launched a social media campaign using the short-form video application Vine as a way to reach people expressing their frustrations with their current car. They noticed a lot of people in social media share their daily vehicle problems, which could open up an engaging opportunity to help promote Honda’s Summer Clearance Event.
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One strategy for luring customers is to rotate the vehicles around the lot to convey a busy, vibrant environment. “I tell my guys all the time to go out there and move the whole front line of cars,” Smith says. “Play musical chairs with the cars and customers start moving in. Action creates reaction.” And while there’s no concrete evidence to support it, an unspoken rule is that balloons somehow sell cars. On slow days, salespeople go nuts with them. “I worked at a dealership where you had to put 150 balloons out every day,” Teves says. “By the time you were done, you were exhausted. You didn’t have any energy left to sell a car.”
Believe me when I tell you, a seasoned Sales Manager will recognize your in this stage well before you do. A good Sales Manager will attempt to help you and get you out of your funk. (If you’re worth saving.) You just have to be smart enough to recognize they’re trying to help you.
Though many “Am I getting a deal?” moments take place at the dealership, Stacy spent time researching deals both on and off the lot. She researched lease money factors, read about how she might forgo a dealer altogether, and crowdsourced actual prices paid for different brands and models so she could show up prepared.
It’s no secret that the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry make for good used cars. But they might cost a few thousand more than a comparable Ford Fusion or Kia Optima, even though these are good cars, too. So if you’re looking to save money, consider more than one brand. We suggest making a list of three cars that meet your needs and fall within your budget. Edmunds reviews have great information to guide your choices.
10. The car buyer can smell desperation. When you are desperate to sell a car your customer can sense that like an angry dog can smell fear. Even if you desperately need to sell a car the customer needs to believe that you don’t need to sell them a car, but you are merely helping them gather information. Desperation will turn them off so quickly that you will wonder what you did or said. This is one of the most important car salesman tips that can make a huge difference in increasing your sales and ultimately your income.
However, all it takes is for one manufacturer to get states to overturn those laws and put dealerships out of business (at least for new cars) with its own distribution centers/online-shopping model. The first to take that plunge will create preference and reflect the brand in a positive manner.
Unbundle used-car sales. A large-scale operation designed specifically for used cars can achieve efficiencies relative to the conventional dealer’s used-car format. These include economies of scale in areas such as advertising, management, personnel, facilities and systems. In addition, there is the obvious savings of a lower-cost location. Joint ownership and operation by dealers and manufacturers can make an unbundled used-car operation plausible for existing franchised dealers.
Although this has been relatively straightforward for retailers that carry traditional products like clothing or everyday household items, automotive dealers face a particularly difficult set of online challenges. Every car purchase requires extensive time and research to complete, which means that auto marketers must engage and re-engage shoppers over a longer period of time.
Let’s face it, we hate when things are taken away from us. Go and try to take the proverbial candy away from a baby and you’ll get a very loud example of one simple fact: No one likes having things taken from them. Whether it is something you own or something that you want to own.
If you’ve never driven a manual before, don’t start on a Porsche. Please. For the love of little black baby jebus, don’t do that to a fragile car like that. The cost of repairing / replacing the clutch alone makes my asshole pucker worse than Renee Zellwegger eating Sour Patch Kids. Again, I gotta point back to the Miata.
The policy environment remains challenging. The production mandates will be extremely difficult to meet, but may well prove more difficult for foreign automakers than for local ones. This push for developing the industry has been emboldened under the national Made in China 2025 initiative, a strategy released by the central government in 2015 which aims to develop a number of emerging sectors, including NEVs. One goal is for China to account for two of the world’s top NEV makers by 2025.
That’s where we enter. At The Automotive Marketing Group, we’re focused on growing your market share. There’s only one way to do it. You have to take it from someone. Will it be trucks? Hispanic business? Used cars? Conquest? Which segments are most-profitable and which are you most likely to increase quickly? Who is your most vulnerable competitor? The Automotive Marketing Group will help you turn YOUR inventory faster by stealing THEIR market share. Then, you’ll add big profits to YOUR BOTTOM LINE.
Think about that as an auto dealer. When you talk to someone who walks in, he or she might express price as one of the most important factors. Or perhaps color or safety are larger concerns. If we can identify the key buying factors, online or offline, we can target those customers in a personal way. Thus, you can combine personalization, the first trend, with the second trend of adaptive targeting.
Kip Cassino, executive vice president of research at Borrell, believes car dealers are beginning to find ways to build brand identities in the digital world as it grows. He believes some dealers and ad agencies are holding tight to old advertising habits simply because they are comfortable with them, or uncertain of the mechanics of the new media.
Dealerships get a kickback from banks for charging you more for financing than you actually have to pay. Suppose the bank approves you at 2.9% but the dealership tells you you were approved at 4.9%. They now get a cut of that 2%. If you are financing get a quote from your banks and credit unions (any you could possibly use). Most post their best rates online. That way if you are approved at 3.9% at your bank. The dealership gets you approved at 2.9%, tries to charge you 4.9%, you get them to bump down to 3.9% to match your bank, now the dealership is happy and you are happy. There is also a chance they will lower the sale price another hundred or so dollars to convince you to finance with them.
I think a career in car sales is a great opportunity for those that can cut the mustard and deal with the car salesman hours. Where else can you laugh and have fun doing your job yet still have the potential to make a six figure income. All jobs have their ups and downs, but a car sales can be a great career choice if you have what it takes to become a successful car salesman. Just remember to give it a fair chance, it will take you a while to get used to the business and get through your initial on-the-job car salesman education. Don’t make the mistake of calling it quits before you even get started making the big money being a car salesman. I hope that will briefly answer you about how to be a car salesman, it’s not as hard as you think. Regularly visit this car salesman blog and website for thoughts, advice and tips on being a better car salesman and other automobile sales careers including car sales closing techniques.
Diane Helbig is a Professional Coach and the president of Seize This Day. Diane is a Contributing Editor on COSE Mindspring, a resource website for small business owners, as well as a member of the Top Sales World Experts Panel at Top Sales World.
So you’ve made the decision to be a professional retail car salesperson. You’re new to the dealership and everything is fun and exciting. Your surrounded by all the brand new vehicles and you get to sell and drive them all. The excitement you feel is the feeling you want to keep forever, just like starting any new career. There are traps and pitfalls you need to be aware of. Read on to learn about the typical car salesman career stages you will encounter on your journey to becoming a professional car salesman.
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Come backs are never good. People who come back for something more economical in a short period of time are bad things. It means you didn’t get it right the first time. It means you didn’t ask the right questions. It means you fucked up for the deal, and instead of a happy return customer, you’ll have explain the intracacies of depreciation in the parking lot. It’s not a pleasant experience. So get it right the first time, every time.
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Delivering this across 64 markets (with 24 Languages) was a big technical challenge, but it’s been a big success, with 83% of dealers using the app regularly, and enabling Volvo to keep all its staff up to date quickly with regular updates.