The recommended approach is to use both tactics to ensure you have an optimal presence within search results. For instance, when you first begin your SEO journey, you’ll have a large range of identified keywords that are important for your business that you simply can’t organically rank for in the top three results. So Adwords is a great opportunity to fill in the gaps and make sure your dealeship is visible.
Strategy 1. Think big and audit your time. No matter the size of your business, place a mental image in your mind as if you are the largest and most successful person in your industry. How much time is consumed by routine office work someone else should be doing? Spend more time with more important tasks such as marketing strategies, improving customer relations, and implementing new strategies to expand your services.
One of the big reasons I don’t want to buy a new car is because the car loses so much value the moment I drive it off the lot. I just have trouble justifying the massive expense when I can find a year old used car for something like 30% less. Are there any benefits to buying a new car that offset that depreciation?
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.
Social media is a hot topic right now. The naysayers have given up trying to convince us that social media is just a fad and now everyone from elementary students to centenarians knows that the social web isn’t going anywhere. This doesn’t mean we won’t see social networks fall and new ones take their place, just ask the founders of Friendster.com, but like email, social networks are here to stay, it’s only the names that will change.
The power of video is a source that automotive marketers have to leverage. According to Google, 1 in 3 adults in the US watch some variety of video on YouTube every month, and those videos have a huge impact on their decision to buy. YouTube is a go-to resource for people researching their next car, and 69% of those who do are more influenced by what they see on the platform than in traditional media.
Seeing what happens when you don’t negotiate should also motivate you to lobby for your interests. “You see that people take advantage of you if you’re not negotiating. Once that happens and you recognize it, emotionally, you say that’s not going to happen again.”
Adam Heitzman is a co-founder and managing partner at HigherVisibility, a nationally recognized SEO firm. A former executive in the financial services industry, Heitzman now uses his 10-plus years of marketing experience to help clients across the country achieve real results.
In sales, it’s important to get people to like you. This includes several steps to connecting with customers in both the showroom and on the service drive: • Choose your attitude – The first thing you must do is decide to have a positive attitude…
When done correctly, maintaining a social presence will get you more appointments, help you sell more services and vehicles, and boost your brand’s revenues. What other social tips do you recommend for marketers in the automotive industry?
Say a lady comes in with a 2006 Endeavor, and it is getting it’s 90k service. She’s due for a new car. Service tech talks to her, asks if she has time to chat with someone, and if yes, pings me. That means that she’s a referral, and no one gets skipped for “ups” in the front, it’s an appointment. If I sell her the new car, my service rep gets my $100 bird dog fee, in cash (publicly if possible). Even if it’s a mini-deal, I pay up. So if I only made $100, I pay the $100 bird dog and write it off as good karma. This means the next time my service rep sees something, shes going to send them to me knowing I’m good for it, and I’m honest, and fuck those other sales guys, I am the only one she goes to. I even get the techs in on it. It’s all about networking, even within your own dealership. It’s a treasure trove of good marketing.
Be it via emails, call centres, SMS, contact page on website, or even a call to the showroom itself – make sure that every channel is available for the customer to approach you with comments, questions, feedback or appointment requests and put auto dealership customer feedback on top priority. Respect the customers’ time and give them the means to contact you at all times with absolutely any queries. No “let me just check with my manager ” unless absolutely necessary. No scripted telephonic conversations. No fake greetings or smiles. This also involves empowering employees with the freedom to take certain decisions which will work in the best interest of the organization.
I own a Honda Fit, and my SO has a Nissan Versa. They’re both low end models, were cheap, but we’re the kinds of people who buy a car, pay it off, then just live in sweet-sweet “No auto payment” bliss.
Fact: Bounce rates prove otherwise. Sending traffic to the home page of your website is ineffective not only because it is not a great user experience but because you are simply unable to measure which marketing channels and ads are converting. Landing pages with relevant content are essential for highly converting websites.
Subscription-based dealership ownership models will also have the ability to connect vehicles with their owners. Consumers will have the ability to connect their profiles to the subscription platforms to create new ownership experiences based on life-events and their daily calendars.
It is also important to know what your dealers ads are, which vehicles are in the ads, as well as the price in the ads. You will need to know how the ad is structured as well, is there cash down or a trade reflected in a price or payment?
Our company is comprised of many parts, working together, to form marketing strategies unique to every client. By integrating each part, we create consistency and heighten message and brand awareness. We target and re-target to keep our clients in front of their customers and prospects so that traffic converts to leads. And the proof is in the results!
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Though much of the car-buying process has transitioned to an online experience, the dealership visit remains a crucial step for many car buyers. In fact, search interest for “car dealerships near me” has doubled in the past year. In Stacy’s case, she considered local inventory, deals and specials, when exploring nearby dealerships.
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“Oh, yeah,” he said, brightening visibly. “They’re really fast…and I probably shouldn’t say it, but they handle better than an M3.” Then he looked around to make sure no other salespeople were nearby and said, “Even if you don’t plan to buy one, you should at least drive it. They’re a blast.”
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Have a seminar once per month that discusses how car owners can fix common service issues with their vehicles on their own to draw people to your lot. Make the seminar be free and give folks a good discount on a vehicle if they decide to purchase one that day.
Greet customers right away. As soon as customers arrive at the dealership, be there to greet them with a “Hello” or “Hi there.” You can then introduce yourself and ask the customer how they are doing. You may say, “Good morning! Welcome to Woodland Motors. My name is Sara, and you are?”
For offline traffic, identify a key question to ask, such as, “What is most important for you?” Create a field in your CRM for the possible answers. After talking to that person on the phone or in the store, click the box in the CRM that identifies what the person is most interested in.
Don’t work for a domestic dealership. Don’t work for any dealership that doesn’t give you AT LEAST a two week training program. If they invest in training you, and they’re serious about it, it means they care about keeping you, not just throwing a body on the floor and hoping they make it.
The Mini Dealership is always awesome as well. Been to several across the country and they all seem to be filled with the same eccentrics working there. I don’t think that sentence makes sense. “same eccentrics ”
Kia also is exploring these types of integrations, in addition to using AI to engage directly with consumers on a chat module for their new hybrid SUV Niro through Facebook Messenger. Dubbed the “NiroBot,” this chat functionality lets consumers research the car’s features and functionality powered by AI.
“It’s good news — addressing what for many of us is the most intimidating purchase of our lives. In the showroom, we match wits with a trained professional who is very experienced in negotiating,” said Jack Gillis, director of public affairs at the Consumer Federation of America in Washington. “The dealer chains are more aware they have to do business differently than in the past.”
One last, important consideration. As a small dealership, you probably won’t have the resources to manage all the tactics involved with online marketing. Facebook marketing alone now has dozens of complex tactics, with new ones showing up almost daily.
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