Social media in the automotive industry is about far more than just attracting customers by placing adverts and aping their Instagram habits. In fact, increasingly the entire car-buying process takes place over social media.
“Our industry is in the infancy of enabling the consumer to purchase a vehicle online. Expect automated service contracts and paperwork in 2018 from multiple companies including Dealer Inspire.” Says, Joe Chura, CEO of Dealer Inspire.
Changing Technologies and Key Demographics. Consumers today are more connected and connected cars will ultimately appeal to a wide variety of demographics. However, a wide range of studies show that demand skews towards younger demographics. A report by automotive research company, SBD provides evidence that these connected systems are important to younger, more digitally oriented consumers and will likely impact their next vehicle brand purchase decision. Cars play a key role in supporting Millennials’ need to stay connected, and in a study by Autotrader.com, 72% of younger millennials indicated that a car is important to their social life. Style and features, especially technology, are critically important to them. For example, more than 70% of younger millennials cite technology and infotainment features as “must-haves” when purchasing a car.
Despite all of this success, it doesn’t mean that smaller players are giving up. According to the Oxford Economics report, “The Digital Transformation Executive Study,” sponsored by SAP, 82% of small and midsize retailers are focusing their technology investments primarily on Big Data and analytics to gain the same kind of meaningful insights that Amazon uses.
His agency, Deen Advertising of Adel, Ga., hired drones to fly over Folsom’s side-by-side Ford, GM and Chrysler group stores along the highway in Baxley to capture the visual impact of some 2,500 vehicles sitting in inventory. Those images are incorporated into the dealer’s TV spots, which make it a point to remind viewers that Woody Folsom has new Fords, Chevrolets, Dodges, Rams, Buicks, GMCs, Jeeps and Chryslers all available at one destination.
This can be a tough pill to swallow, especially for people-pleasers, but keep it real with customers. If you’re going to need an extra 30 minutes to get their car ready, don’t tell them it’s only going to be 15 minutes. When you overpromise and under-deliver, customers will begin to doubt your trustworthiness.
Most vehicle manufacturers in the United States and Europe have done benchmarking studies of Republic Industries and AutoNation. Some, such as G.M., the Ford Motor Company, Mercedes-Benz and the Nissan Motor Company, have entered into formal franchise agreements or even business relationships with Republic. A few manufacturers, such as the Honda Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation and Nissan, resisted Republic’s overtures at first in the courts and with state agencies. Yet each has come to terms in one way or another with Republic.
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It may seem a little odd that a car buying tips website would have a section devoted to salesmen (saleswomen included) and how they can increase their sales and profits, but the information found throughout this section of the site can actually be used for both buyers and “sellers”.
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I just became employed as a car sales lady for AutoNation. I have no experience selling cars; therefor, I do not have a name for myself in the business. I am in the process of having my own business cards made. I also posts things on social media to let my friends know I am there for them and I make sure to inform anyone I meet. I would love to make personal business calls but not sure which random people to call. I am trying to think of other creative ways to bring in my own personal prospects. if you have any helpful advice at all I would appreciate it very much.
While food stylists are well-versed in the old-school swap tricks—using a pint of white glue to impersonate a glass of milk, for example—those are being phased out. Now, directors want actors to interact with their food, and high-definition camera lenses have made the fake stuff much more obvious. Plastic food props only appear in the background of scenes today, where they’re less visible and susceptible to scrutiny.
This is a great way to get an online review process setup. Understand when your car buyer will be the most satisfied with your service and send them an email. Ask them nicely to leave an online review, as you’ll want to request reviews to your Google listing and a couple of other key review platforms.
Beijing Automotive Group has a joint venture with Daimler called Beijing Benz, both companies hold a 50-50% stake. both companies also have a joint venture called Beijing Foton Daimler Automobile. BAG also has a joint venture with Hyundai called Beijing Hyundai, both companies hold a 50-50% stake.
The fact is that the people with the best credit get the best deals. People with the worst credit often get screwed. People with poor credit pay the highest prices, the most interest, and are often forced to finance for terms that are either too short or too long. Worst of all, their choices are severely limited. They can’t just walk into a dealership and pick out the car of their dreams; the dealership tells them which vehicle they can buy, take it or leave it. On the other hand, people with the best credit pay the lowest prices, the least amount of interest (sometimes none at all), and can finance for terms that suit them. Their choices are almost limitless. They can buy whatever they want, and dealers will fight for their business. While this isn’t exactly a negotiating technique, good credit is the fundamental foundation for effective negotiation, kind of like good physical conditioning is the foundation for good athletic performance.
NEVs are also an area where Chinese firms dominate, by companies such as BAIC, BYD and JAC. Some of this reason is due to heavy policy support—local subsidies are often times (but not always) skewed to domestic firms at the expense of their foreign competitors for political purposes—but these firms have also emerged as truly innovative and well-managed companies in their own right. BYD has emerged as the world’s largest seller of electric vehicles, selling over 96,000 units in 2016; by contrast, Tesla, a well-known US electric vehicle automaker, had sold 83,922 vehicles in the same period.
Car sales is now stable and is expected to remain so for the rest of the decade with about 15 million to 17 million new vehicles to be sold annually in addition to about 40 million used car sales. This means it is not a bad idea to want to be a car salesman at this point in time.
I have been selling cars for about 3 years here on the West coast, and truly love my profession. My best advice to a new-comer to this industry would simply be, be genuine and set yourself apart from the rest. You do this by taking a true interest in your customer and having true passion for your product and what you do. Passion is contagious. I remember when I first applied and went in to take my drug test for pre-hiring process. The lab tech asks you to empty your pockets, an I handed him my car keys. He saw the Nissan logo, and he said that after screening thousands of car salesmen for pre-employment I was the first he had ever seen that actually owned a car from the company I was applying for. In other words if you dont have to fake it , it comes a lot more naturally. I have owned nothing but Nissans all my life. So when I tell my customers that these are well built reliable vehicles, I am not just blowing smoke, I am sharing my passion for Nissan cars to everyone I talk to. I am excited about the company’s new offerings and different features and trim packages, so learning the product isnt like a homework assignment to me, it’s a hobby. To be truly successful in this business you have to set yourself apart. Car salesmen already have a negative stigma, so if you simply do the opposite of what most car salesmen do you already have an advantage. I am glad there are so many lazy, shortsighted, greedy car salesmen out there, because when i get a chance to sit down with people, it gives me an opportunity to make a great impression on them by being polite and professional and straightforward and defying and exceeding their expectations. You really are selling yourself. Most of my sales are from word of mouth referrals because I focus on delivering a truly enjoyable experience for the customer day in and day out, and they tell their friends and family “go buy a car from Luke, he’s not like the other guys.” I don’t spend a lot of time cold calling or trying to build my customer base through facebook. I do it face to face, and still very much enjoy talking to people who come into the lot. Even with all the fancy technology and research and internet sales today, most cars are still sold the way they always have been. Through personal interaction, face to face meetings and handshakes. It’s so easy to become formulaic and look at everyone as a number, but you truly take an interest in people’s needs and don’t fake it, you will do well. People understand that you have to earn a living, and if they like you and and you show a genuine effort, they will want to reward you for your efforts and good personality and this will make the negotiation a breeze. If they like you enough, people will actually feel bad about getting too good of a deal because they care about your interests, that is, if you have a genuine concern for their interests. You never want to get “commission breath.” People can smell it when you are simply trying to make a sale and chase the dollar. This is human nature and most car salesmen will try to take the shortest path to the dollar. I cant tell you how many times I hear other sales guys on my team walk up to someone and within 2 minutes ask them “are you serious about buying today?” This is like walking up to an attractive woman at a bar and saying “Are you serious about going home with me tonight?” You have to enjoy the dance, enjoy the process of ‘courting’ your customer. Most guys just want the easy sale. What they dont realize is that they can actually sell more cars at a higher price if they truly go to bat for the customer and give them genuine effort. Lazy greedy car salesmen still make sales, because people need cars, but this makes people bitter and regretful, and they certainly wont be saying anything good about the salesman to their friends or family. If you set yourself apart and truly enjoy the process of helping someone and delivering for their needs instead of focusing on your commission and volume numbers, you will actually sell more in the longrun. You can fake it and still make money but if you dont have a true passion for helping others, you will burn out quicker and coming into work will be a chore instead of a treat. Dan Hyandai who commented below is exactly right. Always look at it from the customers perspective. You are helping someone to buy, not selling them, and theres a big difference. You want to be an expert in helping to make someones decision to buy a car smooth, easy and enjoyable. I call it ‘golden rule selling.’ Treat the customer how you would want to be treated if you were shopping for a car. It’s really not a difficult concept, but you would be surprised how few car salesmen still use this approach. Car sales arent for everyone. It’s long hours, and you will be spending a lot of your weekends at the dealerships, as Saturday is always the biggest day at any dealership in the country. But you can have balance in this job, and have some time off as long as you don’t mind answering your cell. Again this is where the passion comes in. If you love what you are selling, talking to someone about it on the phone isnt like work, it’s sharing what you love with others. If you are passionate about what you are selling and you focus on the customer first and your commission last, you will set yourself apart from the pack and you will be successful in this industry.
There is a ton of noise when it comes to automotive marketing so even as an automotive sales person it is vital you stand out from the crowd. People have to at least know who you are for them to ask for you when they pop into your showroom. You agree?
West-Herr ranks No. 23 on Automotive News’ list of the top 125 dealership groups in the United States with retail sales of 17,933 new vehicles in 2011. The group also sold 13,887 used cars and trucks in 2011.
This isn’t to say we should seek to eliminate emotions altogether. “Emotions are critical to how we negotiate,” says Lee Miller, author of UP: Influence, Power and the U Perspective–The Art of Getting What You Want. “Traditional negotiating theory said that the goal of being a good negotiator is to take emotion out of the negotiation and find the best objective solution. The only problem is it ignores human behavior. You can’t take emotions out of negotiations. And there’s no one objective solution–it depends on how each party sees things, which depends in part on what they’re emotionally attached to what they’re motivated by.”
If you have shitty credit, then you probably shouldn’t be taking out loans even if you can. As some other posters have said, your credit will guarantee you get raped, your credit will in all likelihood stay bad, and you will be stuck paying way more for the car in the end due to the interest.
The most successful dealerships are those that know their communities and their customers. Sewell is one of those dealerships. Sewell knew that Mini’s target audience are known for being creative, and figured a great way to reach them would be to go right to the art. In a truly inspired show of car dealership marketing, they got a Mini into the opening of a pop-culture art exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. They dressed the little car for the occasion, wrapping it in a fantastic graphic celebrating artist Roy Lichtenstein’s style.
Eye contact creates a connection, and when you’re purposely or subconsciously avoiding that contact, it creates a disconnect with customers. There’s a happy medium, though, because too much eye contact can seem too intense and condescending. Aim to make eye contact about 30-60% of the time during a conversation — more when listening, less when speaking.
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.
As the Internet remains the number one source for vehicle research, it is only natural that car shoppers’ online experiences begin with a search engine. And when it comes to auto shopping, buyers’ online experiences also end with search, local search to be exact, as they select the right OEM or dealership.
Some states require that automobile salesmen obtain a license. In California, for example, individuals wishing to work in the field must pay a fee and submit an application to the Department of Motor Vehicles. In Colorado, applicants must pass an exam, remit a bond, complete an application, and pay a fee.
GM is now the largest US automaker and it was founded in 1908 as a merger of the McLaughlin Car Company and Buick. At that time, automobiles were just for the privileged few. They were expensive and it wasn’t until Henry Ford invented the assembly line five years later that cars became something the mass public could purchase.
The code is, if the guy is traveling 2 hours OUT OF HIS WAY to come see you, he’s a done deal. He’s shopped the local guy and still thinks he’s not getting a square offer. The dealership is going to beat whatever the local guy offers by a couple hundred bucks, just as a big “fuck you, I stole what should have been your customer” to your local. The biggest question is, what is your time worth? Are you willing to travel that far just for the win, or are you seeing some significant savings? I ask because you can do a lot of it over the internet and save yourself the drive. Get an offer from the one 2 hours away, shop it against the local, and get the deal. Internet guys have one move, and that’s to give it away. They’re dealing with nothing but price shoppers, and if you’re not a local, they know that in order to get you, they’re going to have to give up serious money. Most wont. Some will.
There is an alternative, of course: you can continue posting the same old awkward pictures of customers with salespeople for the rest of eternity. There’s no harm in it, really. But unless you’re satisfied with the knowledge that you’ve neglected one of the most powerful online marketing opportunities, we hope you’ll contact us about our automotive social media marketing services.