Good CIOs have long needed to be internal consultants to the business. Ever since technology moved out of the glasshouse and onto employees’ desks, CIOs have not only needed a deep understanding of the goals of a given project but also to make sure that the project didn’t stray from those goals, even after the businesspeople who had ordered the project went back to their day jobs. “Businesspeople didn’t really need to get into the details of what IT was really doing,” recalls Ferro. “They just had a set of demands and said, ‘Hey, IT, go do that.’”
We’ve stood on a soapbox before about social media in relation to car dealers, and we also believe that online marketing is often missed out on in car dealer circles, but don’t get the wrong idea. We’re not telling car dealer owners that they shouldn’t be using traditional marketing as well, just that they need to broaden their marketing scopes, or fall behind other dealers who are willing to take the risk and learn about this new online strategy that’s exploding into marketing.
Rather than reaching the entire millennial market, focus in on the right millennials to drive results for your brand. Reach aspirational millennial targets by identifying additional key characteristics using purchase data:
Erik Almadrones is a managing director with Deloitte Digital. He has experience in marketing strategy, brand planning and forecasting, customer analytics and revenue management. He brings broad experience in automotive, retail, consumer packaged goods, consumer technology and travel/hospitality.
32. Don’t summarily reject a car because there is an incident on the vehicle history report by Carfax or AutoCheck. Virtually any car that’s been fixed and paid through insurance will be reported to these companies. That could even include minor incidents, like parking lot dings. Get it out.
The average car salesperson’s salary in 2012 was just under $45,000. And it doesn’t come easy. Many salespeople work purely on commission, meaning they only make money if they sell a car. “We’re not paid anything for standing there 12 hours a day and not selling,” says McDonald. “And if I work a whole week and don’t sell a car that week, I make nothing. When I do finally sell a car, I might make a minimum commission, which at my dealership is $125. When you divide that by 60 to 90 hours a week, it’s nothing.” Smith agrees, citing an average success rate of about 20 percent. “We lose in this industry a whole lot more than we win.”
Stage One: This is marked by major improvements in value delivered, mostly reductions in cost. Usually the cost reductions stem from consolidation and rationalization in the channel as better concepts or bigger players drive out marginal or small players. The bigger players use their cost advantage to reduce prices and often to improve service, variety and convenience.
My advice: don’t wait until you desperately need a car to start shopping for one. If you have a vehicle with 150,000 to 250,000 miles on it, you’re going to have SUBs (Sudden Unexpected Breakdowns). Along with those come SUHEXes (Sudden Unexpected Huge Expenses). So start preparing to buy a new (or newer) vehicle today. Read reviews in Motor Trend, talk to your bank or credit union about financing, ask your friends if they know of a good salesperson, and start setting aside a little money for a down payment.
Use Twitter to Drive SalesMarketshare research discovered that in 2013, Twitter drove $716 million in car sales. Twitter continues to be a popular choice among auto consumers. Recent research by Canvs found that more than 327,000 auto-related tweets are sent out daily, and 75% of these are directly related to owning or shopping. Using keyword targeting, these signals can be picked up and direct messages and advertising can be sent to those consumers who have displayed purchase intent.
Mobile devices have not only become a key component of auto shoppers’ journeys but they also dominate digital interactions. Google studied in detail one consumer’s complete journey, from awareness to purchase, and found that 71% of digital interactions occurred on mobile. Additionally, 58% of auto shoppers agree that in the future their smartphone is likely to be the only device they use for vehicle research.
If your customers seem pleased with the car, ask them “Is this the car for you?” and if the answer is yes, go on to seal the deal! If your customer still isn’t sure, try suggesting other cars you think would be a good fit.
Until the automobile market begins to find the emotional cues of the target audience and become honest with themselves about where they stand, the automotive brands will continue to watch cars sit idly in lots.
34. Before you buy, get a good idea of what maintenance will be required and how much it will cost. If you buy a car that is nearing 75,000 miles, for example, look in the service manual for the recommended service at that mileage. Then go to the service department and ask how much that will cost. Don’t forget to check on tire costs.
Let’s start with the 800 pound gorilla—Facebook. In December 2012, Facebook had 167 million users in the U.S. and 1 billion worldwide1, according to marketwatch.com. With that many people logging on, dealers simply cannot ignore this platform. Changes to the way Facebook displays posts, sponsored posts, ads, and a host of other changes have complicated how dealers can connect with their customers on this behemoth of a social network.
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China’s car market rules are already designed to help develop the local industry. For one thing, foreign companies are only allowed to operate in China’s automobile market through joint venture (JV) partnerships, with foreign equity capped at 50%; these equity restrictions have been maintained by the most recent version of the Catalogue Guiding Foreign Investment in Industry, released in June 2017. In recent years, there have also been allegations from foreign players that Chinese regulators have employed legislation, such as China’s Anti-Monopoly Law—which saw aggressive enforcement against foreign automakers for alleged price violations in 2014—as a tool of industrial policy to chip away at foreign market share, in order to give local automakers room to grow.
19. Look them in the eyes. If you have a tendency to look away when people look you in the eye you better get over it. Most people do, but when you don’t look your customer in the eye when you speak it feels sincere. You can also pick up on their level of commitment and sincerity when you look them in the eye.
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One easy way to directly communicate with potential customers is through email. Whether it’s sending monthly newsletters about sales going on or new vehicle features, email is an easy way to put your dealership on a customer’s radar. You can also use email to set up marketing automation according to user activity on your site. For example, if your tracking indicates a user searching for SUVs on your site, you can use email automation to send them an email that specifically offers specials on SUVs.
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Fact: Actually you don’t. Data shows that dealerships have leaks in their database. You never own a customer and if you do, certainly not for life. Customer loyalty is built over time and requires authentic and relevant messaging to engage and maintain the interest of the customer.
Car shoppers agree that videos play an important role in introducing them to new brands and vehicles, with 47% saying that they first heard about a specific car by watching online videos. In terms of decision-making, 65% reported that they narrowed down their options after watching a video.
Finally, I’m going to call 2018 the year of the pretender. The language from the vendor community is going to sound the same, but the results will be wildly different. Anyone can put a V12 sticker on a trunk lid, but when it comes time to open the hood, most will still have a wheezing, decrepit, four-cylinder still burning oil.
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.