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How To Stop Turnover & Eliminate Staffing Issues Forever!

The Solution to the Never-Ending Car Dealer Staffing Problem So much has been written about the decades-long issues of turnover and staffing in automotive retail that I continue to be amazed when I read headlines like this one from Automotive News recently: Dealership turnover squeezing profits – NADA study spotlights struggles in recruitment and retention How(…)

Website Design “Experts” Are Killing Your Website’s Design!

How To Design Your Website to Convert More Visitors into Buyers! Little-known baseball great and minor league manager Rocky Bridges once said “There are three things the average man thinks he can do better than anybody else: build a fire, run a hotel and manage a baseball team.”  If Rocky were alive today he might(…)

Car Dealer Specials Pages are supposed to Drive Customers – Not Drive Them Away!

  Sorry, but Your Special’s Pages Stink… and That’s Costing You Sales! Let’s agree on a few things before we dive into some very simple steps to growing your sales with working specials pages: As the article title explained: Your specials pages are meant to drive customers, not drive them away!; and Your website has(…)

How America’s New Car Dealers Can Prepare for the Coming Autonomous Vehicle Disruption

  As I wrote in 2015’s Self-Driving Cars: the Winners and the Losers, new car dealers will be among the “Obvious Losers” when, not if, self-driving vehicles become ubiquitous. However, I also predicted that this evolution wouldn’t likely begin impacting new car dealers before 2025.  My timeline has actually contracted a little in the last(…)

Shut Up About the Appointments Already!

  This may sound like strange advice since I teach dealers how to implement both an Appointment Culture and The Perfect Appointment in their dealerships… but, will you please shut up about the appointments already? You are failing to set real appointments that show and buy, precisely because you talk so much about appointments that(…)

Car Dealers: Stop Overthinking Your Website! It’s All About Conversion!

(This is an update of a 2011 article I wrote for Digital Dealer Magazine. For some reason, my byline is absent in the online version of that post.) As I’ve said (and written) for a decade, if you’re a for-profit business, your website has only two goals: Attract Visitors. Convert those Visitors into Customers. Attract.(…)

Appointments Are The Only Thing

One of the great things about what I do is that I get to speak to a lot of dealer groups. It’s something I really enjoy doing; but more than that, it’s something I feel needs to be done. I believe an educated dealer is a successful dealer; and there is just so much misinformation(…)

Bug-A-Salt Review – Does the Bug-A-Salt Gun Really Work?

  Forgive the digression, but when an invention comes along that literally changes the course of mankind, we believe it deserves mention here on AskTheManager.com. The wheel The automobile The personal computer The Internet Coke Zero, The iPhone … and now, Bug-A-Salt! Yes, Bug-A-Salt – or, more specifically, the Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Insect Eradication Gun –(…)

Your Website Has Only 2 Goals

  I hate to break it to you, but if you run a for-profit business – like a car dealership – then your website has just two important goals: Goal #1 – Attract Visitors Goal #2 – Convert Visitors Sorry, that’s it. Attracting and converting visitors are the only real value your website provides and(…)

The Game Changer: Undeniable Advantage Free Live Webcasts

  Undeniable Advantage marks the first comprehensive free live training that will actually deliver real-world tactics and strategies your team can employ today! Post Falls, ID – June 27, 2016 In a bold and broad effort to change how businesses receive valuable and actionable training, the leading digital marketing and sales training expert in automotive(…)

The Best Decision-Making Book of 2016

  More than a few years ago, we compiled a list of the Ten Best Decision-Making Books Ever. And while there have been plenty of other books written on the subject since then, none have been able to crack the list… until now.  A few weeks ago, an author contacted us and asked that we(…)

Car Dealer Internet Sales: It Really Ain’t All That Hard

Stop Overthinking Internet Sales: 7 Simple Strategies for Closing More Deals Today! The perception of internet sales for many dealers and traditional sales managers is that it’s still a confusing area best left to those who are more “technologically proficient.” Moreover, industry vendors, other so-called experts and even some trainers continue to profit in keeping(…)

Car Dealers: Overcoming the Price Objection in a Price-Transparent World

The Best Way To Overcome Today’s Price Objections Whether training sales managers for an OEM or a call center for a single-point dealer, the concern posed more than any other recently is how to overcome price objections on the phone in today’s transparent environment. Most dealers, you see, do a decent job of managing objections(…)

The Best Be-Back Process: Getting a Be-Back to Be-Back

The three-minute Be-Back process that actually works… When dealers ask me to help their teams improve their be-back appointment percentage, the first thing I say is “call them.” By that, I mean, “Pick up the damn phone and actually call a be-back for once in your ever-loving life!” I’m not trying to be a jerk;(…)

What we learned from mystery shopping KBB, CarGurus and your dealership

I’ve often heard top process people say something like “The first step to process improvement is understanding what needs to be improved.” Knowing, they say, is half the battle. We mystery shop hundreds of dealers each year and like to think we learn something new with each shop. Certainly, the shop reports can be eye-opening(…)

Ask for Referrals? If I was the Dealer, I’d Prefer You Ask for a Little Yelp

Among the many activities I complete in advance of a dealer consulting visit is a thorough analysis of their online reputation, as this can often help define much of the visit’s focus. During one such analysis this week, I discovered the following for an upcoming dealer visit (numbers have been estimated to protect the dealer’s(…)

ZMOT, Big Data, Micro-Moments and the Overthinking of Everything

  As my friend Jeff Kershner so eloquently Tweeted last week: “A few years ago everyone was going BONKERS over ZMOT and now going BONKERS over Micro-moments. It’s like breaking up a turd into pellets.”   A few years ago everyone was going BONKERS over ZMOT and now going BONKERS over Micro-moments. It’s like breaking(…)

Car Dealer Phone Skills 101: The 5 Sales Call Types and Why a BDC is Best

The 5 Car Dealer Sales Call Situations (and why a BDC is best) With today’s connected customer, there really are only a few types of phone calls your team will find themselves involved with. Gone are the days of a customer phoning and saying, “I need something good on gas for under $8,000; what do(…)

Is Duplicitous Pricing Good Business?

In a transparent, information-rich world where showrooming is commonplace, a pricing tactic used by many retailers seems strangely shortsighted. For lack of a better term, let’s call this shortsighted pricing practice “Duplicitous Pricing” or DP for short. Simply put, DP occurs when a retailer posts one price in their store while maintaining a different price(…)