sales management

Can TrueCar be Fixed? Yep, and Here’s My 10-Point Plan!






  In case you haven’t heard the news, there’s a current job opening in automotive that none of my peers will even consider: CEO of TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE). Most everyone I’ve spoken with about the role calls it a sure career-ender; a poisonous position that will turn even the most respected leader into an industry(…)






Why Would a Car Dealer Even Want an e-Lead?






  [With the on-again/off-again debate about Third Party Providers currently on (again), it seems appropriate to present this excerpt from our 2015 Online Automotive Leads mystery shop study.]   A high percentage of dealership desk managers still look at the Internet and their own internet sales teams as the enemy. For these shortsighted managers, the(…)






Hey Car Dealers: Speed Up Your F&I or Else!






  NEWSFLASH: Consumers are tired of wasting 3-5 hours of their lives buying a car. The average prospect today has done more than 19 hours of research before they ever set foot on your lot; so they know what they want to buy, they just don’t want to spend an entire day buying it from(…)






Internet Lead Response: Why Should it Matter for Car Dealers?






  (Another helpful excerpt from the pladoogle.com free 2015 Car Dealer Mystery Shop Study of more than 400 automotive dealers.) Why Does Lead Response Matter? Lately, much has been written about the drop in the number of electronic sales leads dealers receive – not coincidentally, of course, most often by those wishing to sell more of their(…)






Here is Every Reason You Should NOT Create a Centralized BDC






  Quick Quiz: If you’re part of an automotive dealer group comprised of anywhere between 2 and 290 stores and you do not run a centralized sales BDC, then you’re: A. Wasting Money B. Losing Sales C. At a Competitive Disadvantage D. Not Leveraging Your Economies of Scale E. All of the Above If you(…)






Rules Matter: How 5 Simple Rules Stop Car Salespeople from Skating Each Other






5 Simple Rules… for Eliminating Skating Forever If the only place you’ve ever worked is for one of America’s car dealerships, then you may not be aware that other industries don’t reward those who steal from their coworkers. Only dealership employees enjoy the added perk of being rewarded for cheating each other at will. We(…)






Yippee! We’re Above Average!






  “What’s the Average Closing Percentage for Automotive Leads 30, 60 and 90 Days Old?” I recently received a variation of this question from a visitor to my free video training website; and given that many automotive managers, salespeople and BDC agents likely have the same question, I thought I’d post my original answer here,(…)






What I Sincerely Hope My Local Car Dealer Can Learn From Tire-Rama






Before diving into this topic, I want the readers to understand why dealerships are so near and dear to my heart. While it’s true that I run a small company that provides technology and advertising services to lots of industries; I actually enjoy being in and working with car dealerships. You read that right: I(…)






The Secret to Setting Appointments that Show






  Did you know that there is a secret to setting firm appointments that will actually show up at your dealership? Not only show up, but actually arrive on time? There is. There is a secret; and most salespeople and managers have no idea what that secret is. The secret is this: You have to(…)






What’s the Best Internet Sales Structure for My Dealership?






  At virtually every dealership 20 group I address, at least one dealer will ask the question I hear most often with respect to internet sales: “What’s the best internet sales structure for a dealer today: End-to-End; a BDC; or giving the leads to the floor?” I’ve been asked this question over and over again(…)






The First and Most Important Step to Doubling Your Lease Portfolio






In a recent article I posted, I discussed the five things car dealers can do today to ensure they stay on top during the next down market; and one of those five was to increase your lease portfolio. In the post I explained why increasing lease penetration was important, but I didn’t give any tips(…)






7 Fast Facts from 425 Car Dealer Mystery Shops






At PLADOOGLE, we just published a white paper detailing our extensive mystery shop study that looked at how well dealerships responded to our internet inquiries over the first 30 days. We read and graded every email and listened to and graded every voicemail. Here are Seven Fast Facts from 425 Car Dealer Mystery Shops: We(…)






92.6% of LinkedIn Users Believe Made Up Statistics






92.6% of LinkedIn Users Believe Made Up Statistics If you’ve spent any time at all on LinkedIn, you’ve no doubt been exposed to some terrific statistics about how perseverance pays off for salespeople. These stats, courtesy of a National Sales Executive Association study, detail some shockingly stark data that prove the average salesperson is lazy and(…)






Why Some Businesses Never Change






  Have you ever wondered why some businesses – even after being alerted to oncoming, meaningful risks and threats – never seem to change direction? Or why the managers in these institutions seem content with the same old-same old despite instructions from above to adapt or die? Often, the obstacles to making real changes (especially(…)






Sales 101 – Stop “Venting” and Start Selling!






Are You Venting or Just Making Excuses? A colleague recently posted a rant about the quality of the leads she was handling on an automotive industry social network. As a part of her diatribe on her most recent batch of Internet sales leads, she gave some great examples of just how bad the leads really(…)






Salespeople Need More Leadership, Not More Technology






Too Much Technology… When working to help an underperforming business unit (in my real job) grow their revenues, I always discover instances where the unit has purchased some widget, gadget or other magic bullet designed to help them sell more. Although well-meaning, the manager who made this purchase generally believed against all his or her(…)






Sales Training 101 – Reciprocity is Childsplay






  Reciprocity – Sales Training 101 From a very early age, we all learn about reciprocation. That is, when someone does something nice for us, we tend to do something nice for them. As humans, most of us don’t want to be indebted to someone else – especially someone we barely know. In sales, we(…)






Sales Management Blogwatch – November 19, 2008






  The Best of the Sales Management Blogs A colleague asked me this week about my first commissioned sales job – he, too, started in sales and worked his way up to management. After a few minutes of friendly banter about old school sales managers and the like, we went back to our regular grind.(…)






Sales Management Blogwatch – October 31, 2008






The Best of the Sales Management Blogs The editors of AskTheManager.com pulled some of the best posts and articles from the past couple of weeks and assembled them here for your reading pleasure. Enjoy! Selling is a Profession to be Proud of I am a sales trainer and coach; I am a sales management consultant;(…)






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