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3 Ways You're Missing Auto Digital Retailing Sales

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 12, 2021 10:38:01 AM

The rapid adoption of automotive digital retailing kept the doors open for many stores in 2020. Raking in over $230 billion, experts predict explosive growth in digital retailing throughout the decade. Today, it's more important than ever to outfit your website with advanced digital retailing capabilities to cater to the masses online. Digital retailing is more than pictures of a car and a contact form; it's the ability to buy a car from start to finish online. Dealerships are no longer able to avoid digital retailing if they want to compete in the market. As the industry adapts, dealerships can avoid common mistakes that will affect their DR sales.

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Topics: Customer Success, accessories, tips, Digital Retailing

Three Ways to Treat the Whole Store This Halloween

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 30, 2020 1:15:00 PM

Don’t even try to spook anyone this Halloween. We’re all in a state of hyper-vigilance from 2020, and masks aren’t amusing anymore. When you greet your customers in October just give them some apple cider and a hug. We’ve all been through enough.

Instead, deliver a memorable car-buying experience by lavishing your people with sweet goodness. Vehicle Personalization is all treats and no tricks for everyone involved. From your customer to your General Manager, accessories give everyone just what they want. 

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Topics: Customer Success, Dealership, accessories, seasonal, success, tips, creative, profit

Three Accessory Packages To Support Social Distancing

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jun 18, 2020 2:00:00 PM

As COVID-19 shut down America as we knew it, extroverts all across America found themselves taking refuge in their cars. What started with just taking a drive, turned into eating take-out in the driveway. Before we knew what was happening, kids’ birthday parties morphed into drive-by parades. Campgrounds closed and truck beds became the go-to spot for a night under the stars.

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Topics: Presentation Tools, Improve CSI, Accessory News, Increase Profits, Process Training, Marketing, Customer Success, Dealership, accessories, Showroom, accessory program, seasonal, accessories installations, Educate, success, Accessories sales, creative, Digital Retailing, COVID-19, Social Distancing

No Tricks, All Treats This Halloween

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 31, 2019 11:00:00 AM

You know what’s terrifying? The amount of high fructose corn syrup America will eat today.

There’s something more horrifying. Dealerships that are still focusing all their efforts on adding profit and neglecting the customer experience.

This Halloween, lavish every customer that darkens your doors with sweet goodness--even the witchy ones.

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Topics: Customer Retention, Presentation Tools, Improve CSI, Customer Success, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, sales, accessory program, seasonal, customers, creative, increase sales, dealer, profit

Old Dog Young Dog Same Trick

Posted by Jason Ludwig on Feb 22, 2019 2:30:00 PM

As an Insignia VPE, I do a lot of training during my guided visits.  I emphasize the same lesson when training associates with proven success and those who have never presented Vehicle Personalization before: consistency of presentation.  To be victorious you have to show up first.

I don’t care what kind of experience you’ve had with the customer. Make a Vehicle Personalization presentation! According to industry statistics, 9/10 of your customers WILL personalize their vehicle within 90 days of purchasing it with anything from fuzzy dice to a truck cap. Why not offer them all the opportunity to integrate it into their purchase?

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Improve CSI, Increase Profits, Customer Success, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, Educate, customers, F&I, Best Practice, service, Insignia Group, configurator, increase sales

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

3 Ways to Get Jazzed About Accessories and Leasing

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jul 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM

In 2018, my dad is even talking about leasing a car. This is the same guy that is adamantly opposed to renting a house, and until lately would have never considered a lease. My dad always said you should never throw your money at something every month that you won’t eventually own.

But even Dad is raising his eyebrows at the opportunity to bring home a really nice vehicle at a fixed cost and turn it right back in when (Mom) is ready for a new one.  You won’t believe this, but my dad isn’t the only one that is on to something.

Turns out basically all of America got the same direct mailer because leasing is on the up and up, and still upping. If you’re not fully versed in the ease, joy, and beauty of accessorizing a leased vehicle, then get ready to be dazzled, my friend. Presenting personalization can’t be any easier than to your lease guy (or gal). *

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Presentation Tools, Process Training, Customer Success, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, staff, sales team, accessories installations, customers, leasing

You Talk, I'll Listen...

Posted by Tatiyana Jackson on Jun 11, 2018 1:00:00 PM

You talk, I’ll listen- Committed to helping, your dealership has many ways to communicate with Insignia. What are your options?

Selling accessories during every car deal is a great way to make extra money as a salesperson at your dealership. Insignia Group makes this accessory selling process seamless and customer friendly. But what if you have a question? Or maybe you’re not sure how to find a certain accessory? Insignia Group is here to help! Check out the 3 ways you can get in contact with Insignia Group and find out the best way to get any problem resolved.

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Topics: Questions, Customer Success, Dealership, sales, Educate, customers

Meet the CCE team

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jun 5, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Over the years, you may have talked to someone in Insignia’s customer care department 100 times, know their birthday, and even have an inside joke. You probably have an idea of who you think the voice on the other end of the phone is, or what they look like. Now you’ll know!  Let us introduce you to our Customer Care Experts (CCE) team dedicated to maintaining our level of ridiculous customer service.

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Topics: Questions, Customer Success, staff, sales team, Educate, customers

Adventure Subaru: Management supports the frontman from the wings

Posted by Whitney Williams on Feb 28, 2018 2:00:50 PM

The lead singer gets all the glory.

But take away the drummer and bass guitarist and the whole act falls apart. Often it's the players in the background responsible for putting in the work that allows the star to shine. That’s the kind of dedication and execution taking place from the corner office at Adventure Subaru in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Adventure Subaru joined up with Insignia in the summer of 2017. Prior to using a streamlined process and system, management described the dealership as “stumbling upon $20,000 in accessories each month.” General Manager Tim Hurd approached Insignia with the challenge to double their monthly vehicle personalization profit. Insignia’s local Vehicle Personalization Expert, Kurt Daughtery, knew there was one surefire way to achieve this goal--and it was going to require the drummer and the bass player to make it happen.

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Customer Success, Dealership, Subaru, Vehicle Personalization, Showroom, staff, sales team, Adventure Subaru