In this team-based environment, having all the answers becomes less important. “It used to be that the best business executives and leaders had the best answers. Today that is no longer the case,” observes Gary Cokins, a technology consultant who focuses on analytics-based performance management. “Increasingly, it’s the executives and leaders who ask the best questions. There is too much volatility and uncertainty for them to rely on their intuition or past experiences.”
“I think YourAutoDealership.com is excellent. Not only is it a great company, you always get the support you need at anytime. I also want to thank your staff. They really make selling cars easy.”Marcell H.
Car shoppers agree that videos play an important role in introducing them to new brands and vehicles, with 47% saying that they first heard about a specific car by watching online videos. In terms of decision-making, 65% reported that they narrowed down their options after watching a video.
Your main showroom is now online. But are you really getting the leads you should from it? Everyone tells you that they have the tools for it. But do you have real data to support their claims? And do you know the real potential you have for more leads?
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.
What might such a game-changing revolution be in the automotive context? Marketing and selling extended-mobility service to consumers as opposed to pushing new cars? Life-cycle management of automobiles through multiple transactions? Selling cars and support services directly to consumers? We’re not sure, but evidence suggests that only those companies that are experimenting with such innovative concepts have a chance to be the leaders of the industry.
Develop a vision of a desired end-game distribution channel strategy and begin making progress toward that vision, taking care to achieve consistency between the long-term vision and short-term functional improvement agendas.
However, if none of these factors cause angst or concern, and if you have the ability to sell anything to anyone, you could become a car salesman. It would be wise to keep in mind, however, that a car salesman is not only trying to sell a vehicle, he is also competing against everyone else with whom he works. It is not a friendly environment, but for those who possess the needed talents, it can be lucrative.
Companies that are making the grade understand that unlike earlier technical advances, digital transformation doesn’t just support the business, it’s the future of the business. That’s why 60% of digital leading companies have entrusted the leadership of their transformation to their CIO, and that’s why experts say businesspeople must do more than have a vague understanding of the technology. They must also master a way of thinking and looking at business challenges that is unfamiliar to most people outside the IT department.
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4. Marketing and distribution will concentrate on establishing durable customer relationships. Customer acquisition costs are high and going higher; it is logical for manufacturers and their channels to work harder to hold on to the customers they have. We see these relationships developing on two axes: “follow the car” and “follow the customer.”
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