Because here’s something you probably already know about customers: they’re going to complain louder than they praise. What that means is, you’re going to find that for every 10 happy customers, only one submits a good review. But for every three unhappy customers, one or more will definitely submit a negative review.
To get a job as a food stylist today, it helps to know someone already in the industry and have a culinary background. Everyone starts as an intern, and then may be able to work their way up to being an assistant and then a stylist. “Not everybody can be a food stylist,” Anderson says. “You have to be able to cook, but you still have to be creative. And you have to be able to work fast and under pressure.”
Many people grasp info better when it’s presented visually. If you have some information for buyers you’d like to present on your website, try putting into an infographic. These are also great to share on social media. For example:
But often lost in the discussion is the point that printed newspapers still were expected to represent the second-largest dealer advertising media, after digital. That’s despite all that has been said about the decline of local daily newspaper readership in iPhone-equipped America, as multitasking young people turn to Instagram, BuzzFeed and Gawker to follow the world.
Think about what a consumer would want to see on your page. Tweet about the sports teams in your area; post fun videos of your staff (Harlem Shake anyone?); search for and respond to tweets, both positive and negative; tweet useful maintenance tips; and don’t forget to throw some special promotions in the mix, just make sure it’s not the focus of your page.
It takes stellar marketing and advertisements — not just on traditional auto dealer advertising mediums like TV and radio — to establish the kind of brand identity and authority that will cut through all the noise consumers are exposed to when shopping for a car.
Once you start believing you have the customers, Managers and dealership figured out. You start to pre-qualify customers, thinking you know who will or will not buy a car by what they look like, what they’re wearing or what they drive on the lot in.
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.
Sometimes, it’s best to assume that a potential customer walking onto your lot has had a bad car-buying experience in the past, or they’ve heard plenty of stories from people who have. This gives you an opportunity to change the way you sell and not just make a sale, but hopefully, alter their perception — for the better — of car salespeople.
If you are at a dealership, you’ll sign the contract in the finance and insurance office. There, you will likely be offered additional items, such as a warranty, anti-theft devices, prepaid service plans or fabric protection.
34. Before you buy, get a good idea of what maintenance will be required and how much it will cost. If you buy a car that is nearing 75,000 miles, for example, look in the service manual for the recommended service at that mileage. Then go to the service department and ask how much that will cost. Don’t forget to check on tire costs.
I worked with a mom who leased a V6 sedan that she was going to share with her teenage son. She didn’t check her insurance rate ahead of time, and when she called to add the car to her insurance policy a few days later, she was surprised how much more it was going to cost. (Teenage boy plus V6 equals higher insurance.) She wanted to return the car, but it was too late. As with “missing” car features, there is no clause in a sales contract that lets you return a car because insurance costs more than you expected.
The most interesting thing about Tesla — the niche luxury electric car maker — is the role of marketing in selling electric cars that cost $100,000 or more. Many people have tried to change the auto industry over the last 40 years and none have succeeded. The process of buying a car is essentially the same as it was a ago. And the process has remained unpopular for decades: the typical car dealer receives just 2 or 3 stars on Yelp.
The marketing environment is making a hard shift. It’s moving away from fragmentation to consolidation in products. The winners? Dealers who can use technology differently within a newer operations model that combines different functional roles and simplifies time-wasting activities.
23. If you trade in your car every three years or so, it may make more sense for you to lease a car. You’ll likely have a lower cost over the three years and if you decide you’d like to keep the car longer than the term of your lease, you can buy it when the lease is done.
It’s not really “innovative” but we use Craigslist. Probably 80-90% of our sales. We use CL AutoPilot, it doesn’t cost a dime and we have about 25 vehicle ads going at once that pretty much stick because of how it works.
Just as specific groups of customers have their own product requirements, different consumer segments have their own requirements for the purchase and ownership experience. These requirements can be effectively targeted with channel, format and “soft offer” package variations such as service contracts, financing or sales incentives. Ultimately, the consumer-segment requirements will drive the service requirements and in turn help determine the best cost and operating structure for the specific distribution format and customer-value proposition.
How do you get people far away to care about your dealership? No, that’s not déjà vu. We started the last paragraph with that question too. That’s because it’s an important question, a problem lots of dealers struggle with. Instead of taking the dealership to customers, like Thompson, Woody’s proves that they’re worth the drive. On their website, they have a map of the surrounding area, with drive times and reviews from customers who have personally made that drive. It’s a wonderfully simple yet inspired way to convince customers that making the drive is worth it in savings and service.
The curriculum of Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs in automotive management typically includes advertising, sales and marketing, parts and service, finance, budgeting, warranties, and customer relations. Some technical and community colleges offer certificate programs and courses in automotive sales. In addition, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) administers various dealership operations programs and automobile manufacturers consistently offer brand- and model- specific training.
At the same time, radio has actually increased as a dealer advertising medium since 2012, growing from $641 million to a forecasted $746 million, according to Borrell. And despite predictions of the demise of traditional TV in a bubbling world of Internet program viewing, video-streaming over mobile phones and the rise of on-demand formats such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube, car dealers were on track to spend $1.3 billion on TV ads in 2015, according to Borrell.
Now that we see serious cracks in the walls protecting the traditional automotive distribution model, what will the future bring? Both the underlying drivers of change in automotive retailing and the trends already under way help answer that question. In addition, it is helpful to compare the automobile industry with other industries that have experienced distribution-channel evolution and look at the lessons they learned.
Buy media space in local newspapers and classified listings. If you have the budget, run ads on local radio and television stations and rent outdoor advertising billboards. Target your advertising to the right demographic. There will be little point in paying for an ad on a radio station that broadcasts to 16- to 25-year-olds if you’re selling high-end executive cars. Come up with special offers to run in your ads such giving away a free tank of gas or a year’s free insurance with every sale for a limited period.
Success as a CIO these days requires more than delivering near-perfect uptime, says Lenovo’s Hu. You need to be able to understand the business as well. Some CIOs simply don’t have all the business skills that are needed to succeed in the transformation. Others lack the internal clout: a 2016 KPMG study found that only 34% of CIOs report directly to the CEO.
If your customers seem pleased with the car, ask them “Is this the car for you?” and if the answer is yes, go on to seal the deal! If your customer still isn’t sure, try suggesting other cars you think would be a good fit.
In today’s world, a dealership’s website is its strongest digital tool. Web leads should be arriving at your website in several ways (more on this topic below) and be driven through a well-oiled conversion funnel.