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Success as an Internet Sales Manager in Automotive

Posted by Insignia Group on Apr 13, 2022 1:19:51 PM

The internet sales department got the surprise of a lifetime in 2020, becoming center stage overnight. 

The automotive industry is changed forever, and so is the role of the internet sales manager. As car sales continually evolve, internet sales managers can focus on the basics to remain competitive: getting more leads and an excellent staff to pursue them. 

Here are five tips for running a successful department in 2022.

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Topics: Dealership, success, tips, accessory sales, dealership internet sales manager

4 Parts Manager Headaches

Posted by Whitney Williams on Mar 9, 2022 12:01:37 PM

Many people don’t realize what a stressful job parts managers have. 

Between the meticulous details, constant inquiries, cross-departmental conflict, and varying personalities on staff, it’s no wonder the parts manager keeps Goody’s Powder in their desk. 

It doesn’t have to be that bad. Parts managers, consider this a virtual hug. Take control of your department by overcoming these four headaches. 

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Topics: Dealership, success, parts department

Putting Together a Parts Business Plan

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jan 13, 2022 3:46:06 PM

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The parts department catches a lot of flack. 

Working in the parts department isn’t easy, and the relationship between parts and sales can be a harrowed one. Sometimes a great accessory sale upfront can fall apart in the back due to plain old poor communication. 

If you’re a parts manager, there’s good news for you. You don’t have to fight an uphill battle in 2022. A good parts business strategy can turn your department into an untouchable powerhouse. Intrigued? Read on to find out how. 

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Topics: customers, success, parts manager, business plan

Are Your Auto Accessory Sales a Wreck?

Posted by Whitney Williams on Oct 18, 2021 1:45:52 PM

Whether you’re Papa’s Car Lot sitting on 1 acre or a corporate mega-store spanning multiple lots, you can boost your bottom line with accessory sales. It’s that simple. Accessories are a multi-billion dollar industry, largely unaffected by the pandemic. Selling them at the point of sale is a proven method of increasing PNVR. The caveat is this: dealerships who pitch accessories chaotically will stumble into success on occasion and overall miss the mark. A successful accessory program requires a process catered to your store. The good news—dealerships are quite accustomed to a process. While the exact flow will vary from store to store, many best practice fundamentals remain the same.

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Topics: Process Training, Dealership, accessories, success, accessory sales

The Perfect Road Trip Accessories

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jun 11, 2021 3:17:05 PM

Release the people!

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Topics: seasonal, customers, success

4 Ways Dealerships Keep Customers Away

Posted by Whitney Williams on Mar 24, 2021 11:13:12 AM

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Topics: Customer Retention, success

3 Strategies to Increase Dealership Customer Retention

Posted by Whitney Williams on Mar 11, 2021 4:37:43 PM

There’s no customer more coveted than the repeat customer. Now, more than ever, dealerships must stand out in the crowd and maintain a good reputation. Loyal customers achieve both those ends. Practice these three austrategies to keep your customers pleased. In turn, those loyal customers will refer their friends and utilize your store for all their automotive needs. 

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Topics: Increase Profits, Dealership, success

Winning Over Online Customers at a Dealership

Posted by Whitney Williams on Jan 11, 2021 11:57:45 AM

The pandemic rocketed the automotive industry forward one to three years in accepting digital retailing. Years before COVID, we knew Carvana and Vroom were changing the way consumers bought cars. The option to buy online affected dealerships some, however we weren’t comparing apples to apples. 

Consumers did, and still do, like to sit in a car before they buy it. With the majority of customers buying cars traditionally, online retailing was a secondary focus. Just one year ago, merely having a web inventory and an active social media presence made your store competitive in the digital space.

Well, now, everything’s changed.

Why Does Automotive Digital Retailing Matter? 

Google published some astonishing statistics about online buyers. Their data showed that 84% of Americans are shopping for something in any 48-hour period. Additionally, 63% of all shopping began online. The research went further, examining trends when people buy specific products. Those in the market for a car took to Google to gather information. Said consumers ranged from 20 to 68 years old. Over time, these shoppers researched the best dealership, brand, and trade-in online. We can infer the end result. The consumer likely bought a car they chose from their research. The vehicle was likely purchased from a highly rated dealership, also found online. 

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Topics: Customer Retention, Dealership, eCommerce, success, increase sales, customer experience, Digital Retailing

Cyber Monday is for Vehicle Sales Too!

Posted by Insignia Group on Nov 30, 2020 3:35:00 PM

If COVID-19 hasn’t convinced car dealers of the necessity of a vibrant online retail presence, maybe Cyber Monday 2020 will. Even before the pandemic, Cyber Monday was growing as the virtual twin (literally!) of Black Friday. Cyber Monday emerged as shoppers logged online the Monday after Thanksgiving to check store websites for any missed deals from Black Friday. 

Adobe Analytics, a marketing data software company, is predicting—in spite of or due to the pandemic—that Cyber Monday 2020 (Nov. 30) will garner $12.7 billion in online sales, up from the $9.4 billion in e-commerce in 2019.

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Topics: Dealership, Vehicle Personalization, accessories, customers, success, tips, creative, profit, COVID-19, Social Distancing, cyber monday

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