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Toyota Salesman Attracting Customers Nationwide

Posted by Whitney Williams on May 7, 2019 12:30:00 PM
What do Motor Trend channel, Jay Leno’s garage, and Toyota Jeff have in common? They’re all successful YouTubers.
 
Don’t know Toyota Jeff? Looking him up may change your automotive career and leave you with a few tidbits that sprung this Carolina salesmen’s following to over 21,000 loyal subscribers. We caught up with Jeff to see what’s building his brand and attracting Toyota enthusiasts from all over the country. 
 
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Topics: Customer Retention, Increase Profits, Marketing, Toyota, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, sales team, brand loyalty, accessories installations, customers, drive, relationships, tips, creative, YouTube, fred anderson toyota, salesman, building

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

3 ways to personalize your personalization catalogue

Posted by Whitney Williams on Dec 6, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Our “have it your way” society is hungry for more monogram stickers, a broader array of window tint options, engines that purr in another language, and decoupage. Dealer principals all over America are behind closed doors pouring over staggering statistics about vehicle personalization. Some laugh with delight, others cry at the seemingly insurmountable behemoth.

Whether you find joy or sorrow in the multi-billion dollar “uniquely mine” industry, one thing remains true: this consumer trend isn’t going away. So how can a dealer effectively keep climbing a mountain that’s still growing? Stay active, grasshopper.

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Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Improve CSI, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, sales team, Accessories sales, online catalog, increase sales

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

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

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

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

3 Rules to Jump Start Your Accessory Sales

Posted by Trey Bodwin on Mar 16, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Getting started with accessory sales can be overwhelming. You want to capitalize on the profits Vehicle Personalization offers, but you don’t know where to start.  We’ve got good news--there’s one simple technique that will tackle your major focuses and gain big results from all departments: the rule of three. Stocking accessories in threes reaps three major benefits. 

As a general manager or dealer principle, you’re all about increasing gross profit for your dealership while keeping laser focus on great CSI. Today’s customers are happy when they get what they want, and quickly. With Vehicle Personalization, your dealership can deliver on both demands with the rule of three.

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Topics: Sales Best Practices, Increase Profits, Marketing, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, accessories installations, customers