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Wittenmyer tips to new independent dealership owners

So you’ve made the leap into dealer ownership. You’re letting the entrepreneurial spirit drive you to be your own boss, and what better place for that energy than the automotive industry. Only time can answer the nerve-wracking questions that keep most new owners awake every night:

·         Who will buy from my dealership?

·         Did I choose the right location?

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Fixed Operations at DigitalDealer22

Profit-generating strategies for fixed operations has been a hot topic for auto dealers this year. As dealers from the across the United States poured into Tampa for Digital Dealer 22 – the premier automotive retail industry event of the Spring – ELEAD1ONE’s all-in-one core platform GRAVITY and the company’s award-winning service drive technology, Service1One, topped the list of dealership software to watch.  If you weren’t able to join us, here are three things you won’t want to miss:

1. Turn Your Service Drive Into a Profit-Generating Machine

Profit-generating Service Drive Technology

The ever-energetic Bill Wittenmyer provided solid, actionable approaches to help dealers take their service customer experience from average to AWESOME with video and mobile technology.  The highly sought after automotive retail expert and partner at ELEAD1ONE helped kick off day one of the three-day event with valuable insights on leveraging technology to streamline the experience in service and grow customer retention.  Attendees received valuable advice on:

  • How to identify and fix problems in service and parts operations
  • How to create the most efficient, streamlined service experience
  • How to develop effective marketing processes and build lasting customer relationships

Click here to download Bill Wittenmyer’s full presentation.

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Sales Manager Superstitions

Back in 1998, while I was selling cars at a small Chevrolet dealership in Georgia, we had a daily ritual known as a lot party. This “party” consisted of completely rearranging the lot by moving different types of vehicles to the front line to draw the attention of potential customers. After the cars were moved and lined up precisely, the process of blowing up exactly 99 red balloons began. I’m not really sure why the number had to be exactly 99, other than the fact that our sales manager was a big fan of the 80’s song, “99 Red Balloons,” by the band Nena. Once the balloons were ready, the salespeople gathered 10 to 15 each and began attaching them to the cars on the lot. I don’t know if this garnered any additional business, but my manager insisted this routine be done every day.

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Failing to remember to bring leftovers for lunch, I ventured out in search of my favorite food — fried chicken. I have two very popular and nationally known fast food restaurants I frequent to fill my craving. Recently, the experiences I had at each restaurant were vastly different. Such a night and day difference in fact, that it led me to ponder upon why that was the case.

My first visit was to — let’s call it Chicken House 1. Chicken House 1 typically has excellent food (ok, maybe not healthy food, but really tasty food). As I enter their parking lot, I immediately notice there are a good number of cars in the drive-thru line already ahead of me– probably 5 or so. I debated on leaving and going to some other restaurant but decided against it as I was already there and was close to the office. Big mistake! Immediately after filing into the drive-thru line, several other cars pull in behind me. I am now completely stuck in line and can’t back out of my error. We sat, and sat, and sat for at least 20 minutes, with no progress in sight.

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Midyear CRM and Sales Checklist

While a favorable credit climate, strong economy, and low unemployment add to the bounty the automotive industry has experienced in the last five years, we often overlook the very basic, simple, yet valuable activities. Not only do these activities provide an instant form of success, but they also escalate today’s customer relationships into long-term relationships that carry through from sales to the service lane and back to sales again.

So as we close out the first half of the year, we decided it was time to do an activities check.  We asked three Regional Sales Directors at ELEAD1ONE for their midyear reminders that every franchised and independent dealership should enact every single day.

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