We love the creative event marketing ideas in this article from Auto Dealer Today. Borrowing ideas that have been successful for others is a great place to start new strategies for auto dealer promotions
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When Navistar’s flagship vehicle brand, International Truck, began planning their first truck launch in over six years, they came to GPJ with a tall order: they needed to make some serious gains in the marketplace with a truly show-stopping event that highlighted the capabilities of their new…
The customer service opportunities can’t be ignored: someone tweets you to see if you have a particular vehicle in stock and you share the information they’re looking for; you can tweet a customer when it’s time for a service or time to pick up their vehicle; and you could also use the platform to promote a sales event.
It varies. Specialty cars, like an Evo, are enthusiast ONLY cars. They usually know more than the sales people. In fact, I’ve seen on more than one occaision, a sales person get completely schooled by an enthusiast and blow the sale. With that being said, Evos dont’ get test drives. Sorry. It has a 1000km break-in period, and we’re not fucking with that engine. You know what you’re getting with that car, and it is… AWESOME.
At this moment in time, the dealerships are fighting back as many state laws prevent manufacturers from building those kinds of centers if they have a dealership in that state. That pretty much eliminates everybody from adopting that model today.
Boy, this is a boring suggestion, isn’t it? You’re probably reading this article because you’re looking for some badass Kung Fu moves to instantly incapacitate any salesman you meet. But boring or not, establishing good credit is the best thing you can do to strengthen your bargaining position.
For the non-car salesmen in the group, A pack is the dollar amount of the cars gross before it is commissionable. So if you sell a used car for $1,500.00 profit and the dealership has a $500.00 pack your commission is based on the $1,000.00 rather than the full $1,500.00.
One auto manufacturer accelerating its use of new marketing approaches is Kia Motors America. Its Kia Soul shuffle slam marketing campaign, created by David&Goliath, was designed to pitch potential buyers in a way that enabled Kia to “engage consumers in a promotion that allowed them to be creative and communicate,” says George Haynes, social and digital media manager at Kia Motors America. The campaign invited consumers to submit videos of themselves dancing to electropop like Kia’s music-loving mascots, the soul Hamsters, on the Kia Soul YouTube and Facebook channels for a chance to win prizes.
Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.
Make friends with your sales managers. These are the people that are ultimately going to help you seal the deal and they can also offer you “house deals,” which are about a third of the deals that take place at a dealership. If you’re friendly with your manager and they trust you, they’ll be able to put you on deals that are generated from the internet or from people at the dealership who know people who want to buy cars.
I’m consistently surprised how few businesses have a firm grasp on #1. Every time I start a PPC campaign I start by asking the business owner or marketing team to describe their client profiles and I often have to pull the information out of them. This information needs to be so well known it’s top-of-mind.
Marketing automation, when used correctly, is an amazing tool. It allows small businesses with limited staff resources to run complex campaigns successfully and manage their time efficiently. Marketing automation also…
If you have the choice of a certified pre-owned car (CPO) or a non-CPO used car, go with the CPO. The selling price will likely be higher, but there are some significant advantages in having a CPO vehicle.
“Customers come up to me at a high school basketball game or at church, and they tell me they heard my ad yesterday, or they saw it on TV,” he says. “You don’t get that interaction from online activity.”
Cost and customer-service improvements are necessary but not sufficient to transform auto retailing channels. Realizing the full potential of these programs is not possible without a reasonable view of the different customer segments that should be targeted; the appropriate mix and level of marketing and distribution functions needed for each segment, and the best portfolio of distribution formats and channels to reach the targets.
The problem is exasperated when only the logo tells the difference between a Chevy ad and a Ford one. In fact, its Chevy trucks have advertising (with Kid Rock singing “Born Free”) that’s not that far from Denis Leary narrating the Ford F-150 spots or Sam Elliott doing the same for Dodge Ram trucks.
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Marketing opportunities in the automotive industry don’t end when a consumer buys a car. Nowadays, with WiFi-enabled cars, smartphones, and navigation services, drivers are always connected to a digital network. It’s estimated that by 2020, 90% of cars will be Internet enabled. This constant connectivity is an opportunity for marketers to reach consumers in a relatively new way: post-purchase, “in-car” marketing.
Let’s face it, we hate when are taken away from us. Go and try to take the proverbial candy away from a baby and you’ll get a very loud example of one simple fact: No one likes having things taken from them. Whether it is something you own or something that you want to own.
Use best practices in service and parts. Techniques for parts inventory management, service personnel staffing practices, service bay scheduling and repair and maintenance procedures typically vary greatly from one dealership to the next. Systematically identifying the differences and meticulously implementing revised practices results in an average parts and service cost reduction of 15 percent to 20 percent with only nominal investment.
At Lenovo, the global technology giant, many of these cross-functional teams become so used to working together that it’s hard to tell where each member originally belonged: “You can’t tell who is business or IT; you can’t tell who is product, IT, or design,” says the company’s CIO, Arthur Hu.
There are positives to buying used. Most importantly you will get more value for your dollar since somebody else took the huge hit on the initial depreciation. This hit is the largest source of lost money when buying a car. By following our used car buying guide you will learn how to avoid the common scams and pitfalls.
If you haven’t been living in a cave for the last few years, then you already know that the digital revolution has gone mobile. The growth in mobile apps and the mobile internet has been staggering; as of July 2012, 95,176,000 US consumers accessed the mobile internet and an additional 101,802,000 accessed the web through mobile apps2, an 82 and 85 percent increase respectively. And this kind of growth shows no signs of slowing down.
The frustrating fact is that like many trustworthy salespeople, you have to overcome a stigma. The car buyers you’re meeting have either been burned in the past by sketchy dealerships, or they have a wall up based on stereotypes that continue to haunt auto dealerships around the country. In a Gallup poll measuring perceived honesty and ethics in professions, car salespeople were near the very bottom of the list — tied with telemarketers and members of Congress, and only above lobbyists.
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Strategy 4. Collect E-Mail Addresses. Get permission from your customers to use their E-mail address. Periodically send updates and notices to your client list. As long as you have their permission and avoid overuse, E-mail can be a powerful and inexpensive marketing tool. Using an email marketing service provider like Constant Contact* can make your mailings professional and easy to send.
43. In order to determine the value of a trade-in, you may be tempted to scan the Web to see what dealerships are asking for cars that are similar to yours. Resist the temptation. What a dealership asks for used cars and what it eventually gets are two different things.
This leads to our third trend: Diversified Content. We are often told as automotive marketers that we need to create blog posts, post on social media, get reviews and use many more platforms. It can feel very overwhelming.
Take a business course in sales. Look for a business course that focuses on sales and selling techniques at your local university or college. You can also take a business course in sales online. Taking a business course can help you prepare for car sales and get more comfortable selling a product to customers.
The one-two punch: If the salesperson can get you to make an offer, the salesperson may bring in the sales manager or another sales person to join in the discussion. Watch out because they are probably thinking that you are sold and want to push the price up or close the deal by going two on one. They may seem nice but they are increasing pressure. Insist on only talking to the person you started with. Stay in control of the situation.