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Use Google To Figure Out Which Car Accessories To Offer

Posted by Jason Lancaster on Jan 8, 2019 1:15:00 PM

In a previous post, we talked about using Google Trends and Instagram hashtag searches to determine which accessories are most popular with vehicle owners. In this post, we'll talk about using data from Google Ads to make decisions about specific products to offer, learn which brands consumers prefer, and more.

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Topics: Word Tracks, Vehicle Personalization, sales, millennials, eCommerce, Best Practice, success, creative, reatailers, content

One simple step to fattening your budget for gross profit in 2019

Posted by Whitney Williams on Nov 21, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As the fiscal year begins to wrap up, dealer management is looking forward to a new year, new budget strategy, and shiny new numbers all in black. There’s not a dealer from here to Malaysia (beyond Malaysia, who knows) that’s not shooting for more profit in the subsequent year. The mantra we’re trying to get our dealer’s to follow in this season of new beginning is cease striving. You already have everything you need to increase gross profit for your store.

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Topics: Educate, customers, Best Practice, success, service, relationships, Accessories sales, tips, creative, graphics, configurator, increase sales, content

Using Content To Acquire Customers Online

Posted by Jason Lancaster on Nov 15, 2018 11:00:00 AM

When it comes to marketing your accessories business online, content is king. Whether you have an off-road or performance shop looking to grow your local accessories business, or a dealership trying to increase new car buyer accessories sales, content is key to your marketing goals.

In this article, we want to share some successful content marketing strategies that are designed to boost visits to your website via organic search. However, the content described below will also help you market your business on social media, and give you some great info to share in an email newsletter.

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Topics: Marketing, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, staff, sales team, sales, seasonal, Millenials, accessories installations, Best Practice, success, relationships, Accessories sales, tips, creative, configurator, increase sales, content, social media

Best Practice: Eliminating Paper We-Owe

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 22, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The we-owe document is a staple of the automotive world. This invaluable document originated out of a need to protect both dealer and customer, but stacks of paper documents leave both parties wanting.

Documentation is the key to professionalism and protection, so why take any risks when it comes to such an important step in the sale? Effectively protecting the dealership’s interest and providing that same comfort for your client saves time and confusion for all involved.

It’s time to bury the paper we-owe for good.

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Topics: Accessories System, Customer Retention, Improve CSI, Process Training, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Educate, customers, eCommerce, Best Practice, success, Accessories sales, configurator, online catalog, increase sales, we-owe

3 Reasons why your service drive should be your strong arm

Posted by Whitney Williams on Aug 2, 2018 11:15:00 AM

It’s past time to stop putting all our eggs into the front of the house’s basket. The service department has an incredible opportunity to create a lasting relationship, build repeat business, generate referrals, upsell, and generally add sprinkles and butterflies to the customer experience.

Selling accessories at the point of sale brings customers (cheerfully) into the service department (sans selling a vehicle with accessories already installed). Your customer is pleased to return to get their accessories installed, and the door of opportunity is flung wide open.

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Topics: Accessories System, Customer Retention, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, accessories installations, Educate, customers, Best Practice, success, service, drive, relationships

Top 3 reasons service writers are your best sales people

Posted by Patrick Blackburn on Jul 25, 2018 11:30:00 AM

When I visit a dealership to help them devise strategies that will increase their accessory sales, several common themes appear. All (well, most) parts departments are heavily focused on selling accessories. That’s their job. Fewer stores have their sales teams focused on this part of their business, though most agree that this is something they should be practicing consistently. Almost no stores focus on the department that interacts with their entire customer base—the service department.

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Increase Profits, Customer Success, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, accessory program, Educate, customers, Best Practice, service writers

The A.R.T of Automotive

Posted by Trey Bodwin on Jul 17, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Changes made to image. Courtesy of  Haiden Goggin. license information here

Car buyers like to feel good about their investment - and if you’re running a dealership you wouldn’t have it any other way. Customers in the market for purchasing a vehicle have more buying options than ever before. The convenience of the internet has led to streamlined transactions, rather than a car buying experience.

Subaru of Clear Lake Parts manager Nick Heidaker expresses the importance of an accessories program at his store, “Our customers find value in personalizing their vehicles—it also gives us a chance in parts/service to meet the customer before their first service appointment.”

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Increase Profits, Toyota, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, accessory program, Educate, customers, Best Practice, success, sans marcos toyota

The social media beast is hungry

Posted by Whitney Williams on May 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Just a few years ago, you could resist the social media temptress. No, it wasn’t popular, but you could pull it off. Swim upstream a bit. Dabble, but resist diving right in. No more. The social media beast is hungry and it eats a full time salaried position at your dealership for breakfast.

Society as a whole has embraced  the culture of social media and the ease of access to search, shop, and even sell from an online platform. Your grandmother has been on Facebook for two years and is ready to move on to Instagram. Your customer is no exception--and you’ll lose business if you don’t believe it.

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Marketing, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, Showroom, sales team, Millenials, Educate, customers, eCommerce, Best Practice

Best Practice: 3 ways to educate, not sell

Posted by Whitney Williams on Mar 28, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Your customer relies on you for many things: your expertise, flexibility, free coffee, and detective skills.

It’s not up to the person walking in the dealership to know all the personalization options available that make their car driving experience safer, more fun, more fancy, more attractive, or more social media post-worthy. As a sales person, changing your mindset from pitching another product to educating the customer on their options will make a world of difference.

Truly, you’ll do your customer a disservice by not presenting them with useful and exciting accessories for the second largest purchase OF THEIR LIFE. No pressure--but how might one know what to suggest?

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Presentation Tools, Increase Profits, Process Training, Questions, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, Best Practice