I chatted with Paul J. Daly, host of the Dealers Compressed video series and podcast, who has interviewed industry experts like Adam Robinson, Dale Pollak, and Gary Vaynerchuk. We dive into how customers view dealers, why people really shop on Amazon, and how dealers can earn the business of 99.5% of customers by learning from the most successful brands in the world.
The automotive industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Even longtime automotive executives like Bob Lutz think dealerships are ultimately doomed. And auto retail isn’t alone. Retail as a whole is in the midst of a crisis, with brands like Toys ‘R’ Us, American Apparel, and Claire’s declaring bankruptcy, and others like Sam’s Club, Macy’s, CVS, and J.C. Penney shuttering thousands of stores across the nation.
In case you missed my webinar with Wards Auto, here's the full recording. Only 26% of car buyers actually filled out a lead form, so how can you reach the other 74% of car buyers? Price transparency is the most important factor shoppers use when deciding where to buy. Learn how to show customers you offer transparency, and you'll not only sell more cars, you'll also increase PVR by $785.
Is your dealership transparent? We live in a world where people value, and often expect transparency. Customers go out of their way to find the information they want. Most conduct at least 13 hours of research online before buying a car. If your dealership isn’t providing the information they seek, customers will go somewhere else to find it.
For true competitors, winning just isn’t enough. You want to be in a league all your own. Here are 3 all-star tactics to elevate your game to new heights and leave the competition in the dust.
Customer referrals are as good as gold. Especially in auto retail. A single happy customer or glowing online review can refer several new customers, and potentially influence hundreds more. But all this “free” advertising can have a hidden cost. Here’s how to reduce it.
Imagine you are sitting in a room with one-way glass, like an interrogation room on a crime drama. Would you trust the stranger you can’t see on the other side? Of course not. Customers feel the same way about car dealers. They can’t see what goes on behind the curtain.
Online checkout is a valuable tool you can use to deliver a better experience and earn more customers. Nearly 9 in 10 shoppers are more likely to buy from dealerships that offer online checkout. But even with ecommerce, some shoppers still leave your website without buying, abandoning their car orders. What’s the key to knowing how to improve? Understanding why shoppers leave in the first place.