There’s no denying the automotive industry has had an impressive recovery from the early impacts of COVID-19. However, nearly a year after the initial shutdown, we also know that the landscape we’re functioning in now is different than it was prior to the pandemic. Having now survived two major downturns in the last 12 years, what’s an automotive dealer to do? Not only … [Read more...] about Let Data Be Your Guide: Navigating an Uncertain Sales Environment
As Bob Hooey said, "if you are not taking care of your customers, your competitor will." With so many dealership options and value offerings a potential customer can turn to, the differentiator factor will ultimately be "The Customer Experience." This experience is not only up and till the transaction takes place but continues to be built on each customer engagement point … [Read more...] about Interview with Assurant Global Automotive: Customer Experience Tech
We’re currently in a culture that celebrates working ourselves to exhaustion. According to a study by the Center for Creative Leadership, professionals and business leaders who carry smartphones tend to work more than 70 hours a week. And the pandemic has not helped us with this little problem at all! A recent survey by FlexJobs found that 75% of people have experienced … [Read more...] about Four Steps to Banishing Burn Out
2020 was a year wrought with upheaval and change. In the automotive industry, all that we knew about dealership traffic patterns and buying patterns no longer hold true. With regard to internet lead process and management, there are almost as many “insights” and opinions as to how things should change as there are people offering said insights and recommendations. Before you … [Read more...] about Is RELEVANCE a part of your dealership’s internet lead management (ILM) process?
The Steve Jobs quote has never rung more true. There has been so much conversation of late about digital transformation, auto retail reinvention and the "new normal." I have contributed to much of it. But what does that all really mean? What can a dealer or dealership really do to transform? What does "transformation" even mean? I believe a dealer needs to go back to basics … [Read more...] about Auto Retailing: Customer Experience Transformation Starts with The Basics