Car salesmen rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 3rd percentile of careers for satisfaction scores. Please note that this number is derived from the data we have collected from our Sokanu members only.
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Came from a plumbing buyers/salesmen background, but I have owned 1971 Fomula 350 Firebird, 72 Camaro, and now own a 2015 Camaro. New to the game but a Cherolet/Cadillac dealer wants to hire me. Any Advice for a newbie!
Hollywood food stylists are little short of magicians—only instead of pulling rabbits out of hats, they’re turning piles of mashed potatoes into ice cream sundaes. Indeed, making food (or food-like products) appear photogenic and appetizing onscreen is a job for a true illusionist. Mental Floss spoke to a few food stylists working in TV, film, and commercials—from Game of Thrones to Taco Bell—to bring you the tricks of their magical trade.
Again, this is an opportunity to be the first dealership to establish trust with the car buyer by getting on their radar at step one of the buying process. Once trust is established, it becomes easy to nurture them right through to step five and completely eliminate your competitors.
Google has responded to this trend with solutions to help dealerships display their inventory on mobile devices. 1 out of every 2 automotive searches on Google now occur on smartphones – which is up 51% year over year. In response, Google has released a mobile ad format for auto marketers: Automotive ads. They’ve effectively created a mobile showroom that includes:
Even though those tend to be the most common steps to the sale, I’ve found that the best approach I’ve ever used and/or been trained in, was Grant Cardone Sales Training, it literally saved my car sales career. His approach is very “21st Century,” non-confrontational and extremely effective.
But the lack of brand loyalty arises out of major problem that the automobile market has been struggling with for years. The brands and models are all basically the same once you put them into a category (such as big trucks or economy cars). The advertising would be identical if not for the logos airing at the end. You could replace an Opal logo with a Kia one and nothing would change. You wouldn’t see the difference.
An interesting study by ACA Research maps out the automotive customer journey and the timing for key events from initial research to final purchase. According to the research, “Generally the automotive vehicle purchase journey for the vehicle and finance can take between 5 and 12 weeks and encompasses the following steps.”
Top quality merchandise attracts top quality salespeople who know how to interact with customers with lots of money. The money and the cream of the people working in any business tend to rise to the top.
99 of 100 automotive shoppers begin their purchase journey expecting it to be a “hassle” driven in large part by their experience, and that of friends/family, with retailers seeking to control the buying process to the retailer’s objectives.
If everything is in fact fair in love and war, then this is a case where it is both love and war! Your love for customer retention & acquisition must be so strong that your war on your competitors has to be absolutely fierce.
Extending your brand throughout the community is important, especially if you’re competing with major dealerships who have acres of space. Get some vehicles branded and have them drive throughout your community to extend some awareness. You can use vehicles that you’ve got ownership of or you can pay folks a small stipend to have your branding on their vehicles.
Vendors who take these relationships for granted and don’t support these initiatives can expect to lose business. Dealers expect guidance at every stage, and if they don’t get it, they’ll look for it elsewhere.
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We can tell you until we’re blue in the face, but you really should hear it from our clients. Negotiating media…media invoice audits…post-buy analysis…The Automotive Marketing Group knows that this is where clients can directly measure our level of service, and we pride ourselves on being the absolute best.
I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants here, and have been so focused on visibility that I haven’t been looking directly into our sales funnel and how it works. While I’m a statistical monitoring junkie, my overall strategic thinking has been so focused on web promotion and product production that I’ve been forgetting about the thing that’s actually going to keep us afloat: sales!
At Dealer.com, we believe that the automotive industry thrives when dealers, consumers, and manufacturers are completely connected. It’s what drives us to build the industry’s most tightly integrated, dealer-focused digital marketing platform. From digital advertising that automatically connects your inventory to likely buyers in your market, to digital retailing products that help you start and make deals faster than ever, to strategic advisory and managed services, no other solution allows you to connect more meaningfully with your online customers.
Today’s Business Insider wrote about Audi ignoring the easy way to promote diesel, inspired after sitting through this celebrity inundated commercial. The writer suggests Audi should dump the ambiguous “TDI” nomenclature and just tag the cars as “Diesel” on the car itself. This simple move would show that diesels are quiet, attractive, and not smelly.
Our next 2017 State of Automotive Marketing excerpt post will explore auto marketing trends related to 2017 automotive marketing analytics and ROI — two very important marketing considerations for auto dealers everywhere.