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.
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
Margin compression matters now more than ever. As dealers adapt to selling cars digitally, or with skeleton crews, monthly sales volumes are on a slippery slope. Though our present industry reality is less than ideal, we aren’t without hope. We have the tools to make every car sale count, to the extent of tipping this month’s scale back into balance, precarious as it may be.
Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, success, relationships, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, dealer, Margin Compression, COVID-19
St. Patrick’s Day has got us all toting rabbit’s feet. Donning green from head to toe, decorating our cubicles with four leaf clovers, and holding out hope for uncommon luck--all while being largely unsure of what we’re observing on this obscure holiday.
Is there a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Is the rainbow literal, or figurative? Do leprechauns really eat marshmallow cereal? Don’t take this same level of confusion into your Vehicle Personalization program. Follow me into the magic of the metaphor, and sell more accessories this March 17th.
Topics: Accessories System, Sales Best Practices, Customer Retention, Increase Profits, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, accessory program, Best Practice, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, profit, cash
Ahh, Valentine's Day. Love is in the air—$18.2 billion worth. America is love sick, and it’s time the automotive industry snatched that love out of the air and put it on the road. Love is blind but car buyers are not, and there are plenty of personalization options to shower those new car purchases with TLC. Implement these tips this Valentine’s Day to make your buyer feel special and show your staff some love.
Topics: Vehicle Personalization, Showroom, sales team, accessory program, holiday, Best Practice, creative, increase sales, dealer, Gross profit, profit
It’s the most common New Year’s resolution year after year: lose the weight. Shed that which is unwanted and not serving you. Lean out, get stronger, increase longevity. This annual commitment resounds all over the world and it’s no surprise that the diet and fitness industry is well into the billions.
Your dealership might not be on Keto, but you can still make wait loss your goal in 2020. Vehicle Personalization, after all, rivals diet culture as a lean, mean, multi-billion dollar industry. You can be proactive about replacing the dreaded wait time with a successful shopping experience.
Topics: Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, sales team, accessory program, accessories installations, Best Practice, building, dealer, profit
The inception of a new program in your dealership can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The shock factor, followed by fear and trembling and all-out anarchy can be easily avoided when management is a united front. Save the drama and your GSM’s spike in blood pressure by rolling out your accessory program from the top down.
Topics: Showroom, accessory program, customers, Best Practice, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, dealer, guided, profit
The magic of Christmas is in the air, glimmering off your perfectly waxed showroom vehicles. Everyone knows that the holiday season is a beautiful time to be in the car business. The potential to boost your bottom line this month is something even Walter Hobbs can smile about, and smiling is our favorite. Tell your sales staff to buckle up and make work their favorite, because Santa’s got a brand new bag this December (and it’s full of extra commission).
Topics: Showroom, staff, sales, Best Practice, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, dealer, profit, customer experience
The task of selecting an accessory champion for your dealership can be harrowing. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach and without a compass, dealers may find their accessory program suffering. To begin, management should examine both process and store volume to determine who to lean on as the personalization expert.
Topics: Sales Best Practices, Improve CSI, Process Training, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, staff, sales team, sales, customers, Best Practice, Accessories sales, tips, increase sales, salesman, profit, consulting, customer experience
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.
Topics: Customer Retention, Presentation Tools, Improve CSI, Customer Success, Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, sales, accessory program, seasonal, customers, creative, increase sales, dealer, profit
Amazon. The Colossus of Clout, the 6th love language, and the number one competitor to your dealership’s accessory program. Amazon Prime is over a hundred million users strong, and commonly raking in over a billion dollars on Prime day alone. How could your locally-owned dealership compete with Mother Earth? The same way you eat an elephant. One bite at a time.
Topics: Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, Showroom, millennials, accessories installations, eCommerce, Best Practice, relationships, Accessories sales, creative, increase sales, content, profit