In Part 1, you will recall that we had the goals of discovering the truth, building trust, and de-escalating the customer’s anger (a.k.a. extracting the venom). We learned how to set expectations, communicate during the first meeting, and how not to irritate the customer. Here’s how to build on your initial success and capitalize on the customer trust you have earned. The … [Read more...] about How To Handle A Customer Dispute Like a Pro: Part 2
“The only difference between an ordeal and an adventure is your attitude,” states the recent, popular internet meme I encountered, and I agree. Customer disputes often begin when you hear from a third party. The customer may not complain because of their feelings: shame, embarrassment, or self-doubt, to name a few. You may instead hear it from a lawyer or regulator (i.e. a … [Read more...] about How To Handle A Customer Dispute Like a Pro: Part 1
I was leaving my building in downtown Denver, heading to the dealership in Boulder this morning and I was thinking to myself how grateful I am to have the most wonderful circle of influence that I have in my life. Not just because of the people who had mentored me over the years, but also for the people I had found over my career who cared about me when they didn’t have … [Read more...] about Everybody is Your Friend, You Just Haven’t Met Them Yet
Sierra Toyota in Sierra Vista, AZ is a small market Toyota dealership, and the leadership team understands the value of providing an exceptional customer experience. They have invested in technology, training, and staff to support initiatives like digital retailing and vehicle pick-ups for service. One program they recently implemented is called Quickride, an app that organizes … [Read more...] about Sierra Toyota Recognized for Community Actions
As lockdowns around the country ease and the economy begins its slow reopening, dealers everywhere are looking forward to a return to normalcy – or as close to normal as we can get. While it's true that some restrictions will likely be in place for a while (social distancing, face coverings, contactless purchases, and service, etc.), it's also true that as the economy gets … [Read more...] about Did You Learn the Right Lessons From COVID19?