Savings could come from selling via Web channels. In the U.S., OEMs are barred from bypassing dealerships, a prohibition that electric carmaker Tesla is campaigning to eliminate. Rather than opposing Tesla, as some auto makers have, U.S. OEMs should view this potential change as an opportunity to innovate. OEMs are finding that as customers use the Internet to research car purchases, they do less shopping in person. Car buyers are now visiting between one and one-and-a-half dealers before buying a car, compared with visiting four or five a generation ago. Using analytics to assess this data for demographic and location trends, auto makers hope to gain savings from inventory and dealer facilities management. They can target customer preferences more effectively and place the appropriate mix of retail formats in the right areas.
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Apply to your local Better Business Bureau for accreditation. The independent and used-car trade has a reputation for not always being as honest as it could be, so anything you can do to reassure your customers will help you market your operation. The method of applying for accreditation varies by state, but if you’re accepted, you may be able to use your BBB accreditation in your marketing materials. Your company will be entered in your local BBB’s directory of accredited businesses, letting potential customers know you’re committed to resolving any problems that may arise after sale.
Do not let this number fool you however, as most do not, and those that do can easily be eclipsed salary-wise by someone selling regular cars in higher numbers at a “normal” car dealership. Plus, the latter salesmen also likely gets to take a loaner car home from time to time, where as the high end salesmen is lucky to take a model for a test drive by himself.
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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.
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.
“We are talking to the buying organizations,” explained Tihilä. “They tell us they have these 70,000 suppliers. Then we contact those suppliers and say that Daimler is keen on getting electronic invoices. Then we tell the suppliers, once they have succeeded with our electronic invoicing, that here is a list of other organizations that can receive your invoices electronically as well. We start with the buyers and then go to the suppliers.”
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Spring and summer are great seasons to get creative with your dealership marketing strategies. Just remember that no matter what you do, organize ahead of time, make a schedule, and have a reason behind every advertising dollar you spend.
Social media feeds will allow a dealership to increase their current reach greatly. Simply start an account on Facebook and Twitter and ensure that your profile links to your website. Once followers start flowing in and likes are abundant, continual updates will provide further marketing. Promote vehicles, special sales and engage the community. If one of these fans or followers shares the content you post about a new vehicle, it may just lead to a sale.