Online parts and accessories eCommerce is a great source of revenue for many dealers. By moving their parts departments online, dealerships have the opportunity to tap into a market set to hit $20 billion by the end of this year. However, a 2018 Supreme Court ruling could be putting dealerships and their parts business at risk if they do not pay attention. South Dakota v. … [Read more...] about What You Should Pay Attention to When Selling Parts Online
Let’s start with a few recent consumer sentiment and behavior data points. Some good news, some bad news for OEMs and Auto Dealers. IBM recently conducted a consumer sentiment survey in the U.S. to assess current and future forecasted feelings and behavior across many topics, including comfort in returning to a work office, healthcare, travel, movies, and more. We also … [Read more...] about Post Covid-19: You “Sell” Online, Now What?
I’ve heard third-party listing sites described as a necessary evil in automotive. They provide valuable information to consumers and valuable leads to dealerships but many argue that these connections should happen without the third-party and their additional cost to dealers. Everyone is right here: some organic customer/dealer connections do happen, but I believe the … [Read more...] about The Real Value of Third Parties in Automotive
A phone rings in the middle of the night, startling a grumpy middle-aged college dean back into consciousness. The computer servers at Harvard are crashing. A sophomore student named Mark Zuckerberg has hacked together a little program called Facemash that allows students campus-wide to vote on which undergraduate's pictures are hotter. Harvard's limited computing … [Read more...] about They Called it Facebook for a Reason
You may have heard of the motivational sales phrase, "always be closing." But, when it comes to handling internet sales leads, dealerships really need to be thinking "always be experimenting": Define a process, test it, improve it. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Joseph Davis about this topic. Joseph is the E-commerce Director for the Ewing Automotive Group in … [Read more...] about “Adapt or Die” Why Dealerships Need to Experiment with their Internet Sales Lead Processes