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.
Take a look at your Facebook page and see how it compares to what car buyers are really looking for. If you have been posting too much about tire maintenance and not enough service promotions, try posting some specials for your Facebook fans and see the response. If this sounds like too much work, remember that “More than three quarters (77 percent) of dealers’ Facebook fans live within a 50-mile radius.”4
Thanks, this is awesome, I tried this strategy on my client, life insurance company. The agents created sales process based on this I tried it on flyers and facebook page. It worked like magic. They now have leads chasing them.
I haven’t seen you mention much about Hondas, but I’d like to get your take of the brand, and the Fit model if you have any experience. I did a lot of research before I bought the car, and am pretty happy with it (it’s paid off next month, and I’m going to save up for a seat extended – damn these long legs!).
Food stylists usually have relationships with produce vendors, who can look for products with the specific size, shape, and color that stylists need. No bruises or dents, and no frozen lettuce! But stylists can hide those things if they have to.
Let’s face it, we hate when things 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.
In the face of all these changes, manufacturers have not been idle. Most have stepped up their efforts to improve their distribution systems. Almost every manufacturer has made some effort to restructure its network, improve the consumer experience or experiment with new formats. The Ford Motor Company, for instance, has been enlisting dealer support in several metropolitan markets in the United States and Britain to sell out or pool their interests in new ventures that will feature multi-line showrooms; centralized body and repair shops, and distributed quick-service maintenance facilities. Sweden’s Volvo AB is taking a more radical approach: It is testing factory-direct sales over the Internet in Belgium.
I could write another 10 pages on social media, but luckily for you I’m out of space in this issue. If you have any questions or ideas on social media or any other topic, visit our very own social network at www.DealerMarketing.com/forum and ask a questions, comment on what others had to say, and let us know what you’re thinking!
How can you move past customer baggage and preconceived notions? Think about the car salesman training tips you received when you started at your dealership. Did some of them make you uncomfortable? Chances are, your intuition was right on.
At the same time, the influence of salespeople remains considerable. Likewise, in many markets, dealers continue to find value in traditional advertising such as radio spots, newspaper ads, and TV commercials.
Less formal car sales are also taking place online between brands and social network users. Recently, Spanish driver Raul Escolano used the hashtag “#compraruncocheportwitter” (translation: ‘#buyacarontwitter’) to challenge car manufacturers to sell him a vehicle over the social network. Nissan took up his challenge and Escolano became the proud owner of a Nissan X-Trail.
6. When you’re trying to negotiate a lower sales price, give the dealership a reason to discount the price. If you’ll use the service department, say so. If you’ll refer friends, be sure to say that, too. If you’re likely to give a perfect survey or buy a future car from them, share that with the dealership, too.
Workplace violence has raised red flags for companies who fear retribution during layoffs. Alan Schissel, a former New York City police sergeant and founder of Integrated Security, says he dispatches guards for what he calls “hostile work termination” appointments. “We get a lot of requests to provide armed security in a discreet manner while somebody is being fired,” he says. “They want to be sure the individual doesn’t come back and retaliate.”
At that moment the deal became what is known a “split deal,” which means that my friend and I would have to split the commission 50/50. Well, this young man was a tough negotiator, and it took us something like four hours total to close him. And we lost our butts on the deal. We sold the car for less than we had in it, because it had been on the lot for nearly 60 days and we were just about to send it to auction, which would have meant taking an even bigger loss.
But the lack of brand loyalty arises out of major problem that the automobile market has been struggling with for years. The brands and models are all basically the same once you put them into a (such as big trucks or economy cars). The advertising would be identical if not for the logos airing at the end. You could replace an Opal logo with a Kia one and nothing would change. You wouldn’t see the difference.
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.