sales management

How To Mystery Shop Your Own Dealership For Free!






  No gimmicks and no tricks. In this article I am going to give you the step-by-step instructions you need to start mystery shopping your dealership’s internet sales team (and your competitors’ teams) without spending a dime (or by spending very little).  In the interest of full disclosure, my company completes a comprehensive mystery shop(…)






Trade-In Leads are Not Your DMS – You Can (and Should) Have More Than One Vendor!






  There is a misconception in automotive retail that you only need one trade-in partner providing your dealership with trade leads. This is lunacy and would be the 1990’s equivalent of advertising on just one radio station. For those who weren’t around dealerships back in the 90s, limiting yourself to advertising on just one radio(…)






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(…)






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(…)






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(…)






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(…)






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(…)






Car Dealer Pay Plans: How Do You Structure a Pay Plan for a Hot Mess BDC?






  I recently received an email from a colleague asking about a pay plan for an automotive BDC that I describe as a “Hot Mess.” Why a Hot Mess, you ask?  Plainly stated, a dealership’s sales structure and associated process flows should be simple and straightforward. When these flows have multiple forks upon multiple forks(…)






Dear Car Dealer: Why your record year might be a bad thing






  Dear Car Dealer: Congratulations on a record 2015! Yippee! Now, get the slings, because you’ve likely broken your arm patting yourself on the back. If you’re an average dealership – whether privately-owned or publicly-held – you had a record year in 2015. Heck, if you’re a below average dealer you had a record 2015.(…)






Car Dealer BDCs: A Veritable Den of Thieves for Many Dealers






The Great BDC Robbery: How Reconciliation Allows Your Business Development Center to Steal from You Do you have any idea what your BDC is doing right now? A few weeks ago a general manager I’ve known for some time was bragging about the performance of his group’s Centralized BDC. He was almost gushing about how(…)






Self-Driving Cars: The Winners and The Losers






  Previously, I wrote about how I Will Never Own a Self-Driving Car (and Neither will You). In that post, I discussed why self-driving cars would not only become a reality, but how the leaders in this industry (folks like Google and Apple) will likely capitalize on this revolution. At the end of that article,(…)






What the Aussies Can Teach Us About Email Etiquette






  Sorry for the pure click-bait title, but I didn’t know what else to call this trove of helpful information that was shared with me by an Australia-based online education firm about email etiquette. Their piece, titled Email Etiquette: Improve your business writing & communication skills, is chock-full of great email stats and, more importantly,(…)






Lead Response: What’s the Goal?






  (Here’s another quick, helpful excerpt from the free 2015 Car Dealer Mystery Shop Study of more than 400 dealers.) What is the Goal of Your Team’s Lead Response? What should be your dealership’s goal when responding to e-leads? If the prospect is inquiring about a specific vehicle, should your goal be to have them reconsider(…)






Email & Voicemail Best Practices






    (This is an excerpt from the 2015 Automotive Dealer Mystery Shop Study completed by pladoogle.com; and the best practices shared below relate to the email and voicemail messages that car dealers should be using when responding to an internet sales lead.) Voicemail & Email Responses – Best Practices It’s important to remember the goal of this(…)






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