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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

You Can Crush Your End of Year Objectives in 2020

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 22, 2020 2:00:00 PM

It’s probably tempting to think end-of-year sales objectives are out the window at this point. After all, 2020 has thrown us for loops and there’s still a quarter left. Overcoming is our theme, and it’s not over till it’s over!

How can Insignia help you finish strong this late in the game? The answer is still accessories.

The OE brands that Insignia supports showed an average increase in order value of over 18% in 2020 compared to 2019!

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Topics: Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, success, tips, profit

3 Considerations For Choosing a Lead-In Product

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

These are unique times for the automotive industry. Online car sales are surpassing what we're used to, while in-person sales are transforming to fit the times. Unfortunately, accessories can fall by the wayside when we're hyper-focused on moving metal. After all, many dealerships are merely surviving. How can a salesperson offer accessories online without losing the customer's interest? How can an in-person sale survive the perceived "extra step" of an accessory presentation?

The reality is, accessories can cushion your bottom line. After all the hard falls we had this spring, we could all use some extra cushion now. So don't neglect the incredible profit potential Vehicle Personalization has to offer! Lead in to your lead-in products for an easy transition from car sale to accessory presentation.

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Topics: Process Training, Dealership, accessories, Accessories sales, tips, online catalog, increase sales, profit, tailgating, Lead in, Lead

Your Response to COVID-19 Will Set You Apart

Posted by Whitney Williams on Sep 17, 2020 4:35:11 PM

No dealership has escaped the evolution of the automotive industry due to COVID-19. Since the onset of the pandemic, businesses around the globe have had to respond accordingly. As the world slowly re-opened in a new way, consumers were quick on the draw to review businesses' safety precautions, interactions, conveniences and more.

Those who rose to the occasion attracted clients. Those who made mistakes, no matter how small, suffered at the hands of the Internet. How you continue in your COVID-19 response will set you apart as the pandemic and coming months unfold.

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Topics: Customer Retention, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Best Practice, customer experience, COVID-19, Social Distancing

Creating Custom Accessory Packages For Every Kind of Customer

Posted by Whitney Williams on Sep 9, 2020 3:00:00 PM

What can one of the most popular burger joints teach your dealership about Vehicle Personalization?

Simple: everybody wants it their way. Personalization is king, and customizing is always a good idea. Right now, dealerships everywhere need all the good ideas to adapt to the times—such as building packages that allow you to display your brand’s personality—while enticing customers. Custom packages can be fluid, seasonal, brand loyal, fun, quirky, and a host of other things. 

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Topics: Marketing, Dealership, accessories, sales, customers, success, Accessories sales, tips, preload, Aftermarket

3 Aftermarket Summer Trends That Yield A Serious Harvest

Posted by Whitney Williams on Sep 3, 2020 1:45:00 PM

Every season is alive with possibilities. Yes, even in 2020. Strategizing with the turning of the tides can make the difference for your bottom line. What should you do during the summer of an already dramatic year? The same thing you do every summer, my friend. Focus on what you know, and take one step at a time. So, what do we know?

We know public transportation is declining, making personal vehicles a necessity. We know road trips are beckoning the nation like a Siren's song. We know COVID online shopping has surpassed last year's holiday sales.

We also know Vehicle Personalization is a multi-billion dollar industry. The need for a car mixed with the need for a vacation, topped off with chronic *adds to cart*, should serve you well. This is an aftermarket summer like you've never seen it.

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Topics: Accessories System, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, success, Accessories sales, tips, Land Rover, Aftermarket, Summer

The Case For Consulting, and Other Cold Hard Facts

Posted by Whitney Williams on Aug 12, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Blazing a trail for a successful accessory program requires strategy. As surely as a new hire needs training, molding an accessory program calls for similar attention.

Is outsourcing really valuable? Can a dealership with a strong management team craft such a strategy on their own? Is there any reason a store couldn’t take best practice tips and implement them themselves? Is the expense of training a good return on investment?

These are valid questions from dealerships nationwide. Particularly now, as we all keep a closer eye on our budgets than ever. Let’s explore the reality of launching a new accessory program in your store.


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Topics: Process Training, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, success, Accessories sales, tips, consulting

3 Ways To Capitalize On July's Tax Day

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jul 29, 2020 1:30:00 PM

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the first half of 2020, it’s that toilet paper was never the answer.

That in mind, we press on, looking first to survive, then creatively thrive. July, which is about level four of Jumanji, has presented a game advantage in the form of a delayed tax day. After a few difficult months, a final wave of income tax returns makes it possible for consumers to take the bait on a new vehicle. America threw us a bone and we’re going to accessorize it.

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Topics: Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, holiday, Best Practice, success, Accessories sales, tips, creative, online catalog, increase sales, profit, COVID-19, Social Distancing, tax

Soak Up Summer With Accessory Sales

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

We could all use a boost to our bottom line right now. 

We could probably use a week off social media, a tropical vacation, and some yoga too, but I digress. With summer ablaze, car dealers have more than a day at the beach on their minds. In the midst of a global pandemic inciting mayhem in our industry, we must soak up every cent of seasonal summer accessories. Say that five times fast.

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Topics: Increase Profits, Dealership, sales team, sales, accessory program, accessories installations, success, drive, Accessories sales, tips, creative, increase sales, profit, Social Distancing, Summer

Accessories Sold This Teenager A Minivan

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jun 29, 2020 3:30:00 PM

Eighteen-year-old Samantha Dorton is fresh out of high school. With a spirit of optimism, she initiated plans to leave the nest. Her first stop on the road to independence was a local dealership. Samantha’s mother, Khrystal Dorton, Insignia Group’s Customer Care Coordinator, asked her daughter to be self-sufficient before she flew on her own.

“That meant getting her vehicle fixed, or purchasing one that ran,” Khrystal said. “She decided to buy a good one and leave her 2001 Nissan Pathfinder behind.” Armed with her approval specs from the bank and a good idea of what she was looking for, Samantha was ready to face the car-buying process head-on.

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Topics: Dealership, accessories, staff, sales team, Best Practice, success, Accessories sales, salesman