The fact that there is no formal education track to become a car salesman presents a unique challenge to individuals wishing to enter the field. Whenever the route to something is not clearly defined, reaching it becomes potentially more difficult. Being a car salesman is not just about selling a product to a customer. It is both an art and a science. Personality, appearance, authenticity, and ability to persuade all play a part in this career. Because many people walk into a dealership and already have a negative perception of the car sales business, it is the job of a car salesman to change this image into something positive for the customer. The days of fast talking, hard-closing sales are over and have been replaced by the need for professionalism, courtesy, and service. Product knowledge is key, but salespeople have to be able to comfortably interact with customers and earn their trust and confidence.
If not, it’s time to make use of car sales marketing ideas that improve your bottom line. Take a step back and analyze all of your current marketing strategies: traditional, digital, interpersonal, outreach, and retention.
Bay Ridge Cars of Brooklyn, N.Y., centralizes its analytics and manages its entire website from one platform. Its website uses design cues that its customers recognize from shopping the internet — a unique feature in the automotive industry — with DealerFire from DealerSocket.
Sales associates in car dealerships often get a bad rap. While the stereotype has the car salesman shouting out the latest, too-good-to-be-true offers and moving consumers into vehicles they don’t need or want, the profession actually requires a keen understanding of cars and the people who drive them. Automotive dealership sales associates work long hours and face persistent pressure to make their quotas and keep their positions.
Facebook ads in particular allow precision of consumer targeting that wasn’t possible before. If there’s one important idea you take away from this article and act on right away, make it social advertising.
Inventories are on the rise, prompting car companies to try and boost sales through their standard marketing strategies of increasing advertising and improving purchase incentives, such as cash rebates, lease offers and low-cost loans. Yet those strategies—if executed in the usual way—may not deliver more than the usual results, causing a negative impact on residual values and brand equity.
Then, your future follow-up, along with ad campaigns, emails, etc. will be centered on the customer’s needs. All you have to do is export the list of people with certain needs and send a targeted follow-up that addresses those needs.
“My boss said NO!” I’m sure you’ve been told no by your boss before, but now you can finally make some money turning those no’s into car deals. Closing sales is fun and can be easy with this profitable sales closing technique. Sales closing technique when the boss says no.
The second way you could get trained as a car salesperson is through private firms. There are a number of companies out there which specialize on training people for the automobile industry, including sales personnel.
While visions of ‘The Homer’ must have crossed Citroen’s mind, the results are actually great, and had the bonus effect of ramping the brand’s social engagement figures through the roof, with over 24,000 different versions of the final car submitted (and an extra 15,000 fans joining up for the ride).
KF: Yes, we are. The Clutch software engine provides machine learning and several years of data to allow us to provide the best experience for our customers. It is important to emphasize that while there are a few dealers that have introduced auto subscription, each dealer is pursuing a different strategy on how to make this work best. This is a very innovative approach that does not come with an instruction book.
The shitty lot status helped quite a bit, because every dealership in the area expected us to suck. So they badmouthed us. With such high loyalty, it was a total turn off, and we got soooo many customers who came in and said “I was just at… (insert dealership name) and I mentioned that I bought my last car from you guys, and they were such dicks about it! They talked all kinds of trash”. At that point, we knew we had almost lost a sale, but they came back. You can only do that by treating them right the first time, and making sure they remember that you are one of the good guys. Don’t be a bush leaguer. If you catch any of your sales people talking shit about another brand, or another dealership, light their ass up. Be professional and always say “that’s a great car, and I can understand why you would want one” The customer is basically telling you exactly what they want, and it’s your job to listen.
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No matter the segment, data is the currency that unlocks an automotive marketer’s competitive advantage. Data-driven marketing is not a new concept, but its integral role and realization of the range of potential inputs are realities now more widely embraced than ever before, even compared to a few years ago.
It takes stellar marketing and advertisements — not just on traditional auto dealer advertising mediums like TV and radio — to establish the kind of brand identity and authority that will cut through all the noise consumers are exposed to when shopping for a car.
Traditional marketing like Pfaff’s direct mail campaign may be expensive, but its trackability continues to make it attractive. Part of the reason automotive manufacturers and retailers are hesitant to make sweeping investments in non-traditional marketing techniques is due in large part to an absence of reliable metrics. “There’s great value in having people interact with your brand,” says Kia’s Haynes. “Unfortunately, to say that one part of [a digital campaign] is driving the sale would be pretty ambitious. Even if we could track it, we wouldn’t be able to attribute it to that one action.”
Dealerships have been on the front lines of consumer reviews for a long time now. That’s no surprise when you consider that “67 percent of consumers used a review site when selecting a dealer,” according to Digital Air Strike’s Fall 2012 Automotive Social Media and Reputation Trend Study from November 2012.
The rising cost of safety and environmental regulations is also a concern for the industry. In the U.S., potential regulatory relaxation under the new administration has stirred at least some hope that higher costs associated with tightened emissions standards might arrive more slowly or even be avoided. However, there is a question whether a change in federal U.S. regulations would make a significant difference because individual U.S. states — and the whole of Europe — can continue to push for stricter standards. In addition, the regulatory requirements in other parts of the world are quickly catching up to those in the more regulated countries. For instance, China now has emissions standards for large cities similar to Europe’s, with only a brief (one- or two-year) grace period for smaller cities. Moreover, the real environmental challenges that underlie these trends are not going away and will ultimately have to be confronted.
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Prior to the day, they shared this video promoting what the social media team intended to do. Basically they would respond to people with car issues by creating a 6-second Vine video using the hashtag #WantNewCar.
The key to marketing on mobile is modality—what works in advertising on other channels like TV and display won’t automatically work for mobile device users. Linear TV deploys full programming takeover, but giving that same experience to a person connecting with a brand on their iPhone impacts the consumer in a negative way.
Indeed thanks to digital monitoring and reporting tools, we are only now understanding precisely what the automotive buyer’s journey looks like in order to take advantage of it. One of the presenters at the Google Marketing Next presentation today, Bhanu Narasimhan the Director of Audience Products, explained how nowadays the path to buy a car doesn’t start and end with a person searching “cars for sale.” Rather potential car buyers will spend time online researching a few makes and models, reading vehicle reviews, as well as watching some test-drives on YouTube before ever stepping foot in a dealership. These types of searches signal that this person is in the market for a car and about to purchase.