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How do you ensure your dealership sales forecasting efforts aren’t in vain? Most of the time we start by looking at last year’s numbers and increasing those numbers by whatever your desired growth rate is. However, coming up with an accurate sales forecast is not nearly that simple. One of the most effective ways of creating an accurate sales forecast is getting your sales team involved in the process. Review all the meaningful sales figures and data you have, set some realistic goals, and run the numbers. Above all else, provide meaningful guidance and hold everyone accountable.

To learn more about creating accurate sales forecasts and getting the most out of your sales team, read the full article by ELEAD1ONE Partner Bill Wittenmyer on CBT News.

ELEAD1ONE Xchange iMR

Participating dealers can now use iMR Match Funds for the ELEAD1ONE Xchange Tradeup Program

ATLANTA, GA – May 26, 2017ELEAD1ONE today announced that General Motors has approved ELEAD1ONE Xchange for the GM Dealer Technology Assistance Program (DTAP.)

Xchange uses intelligent data and equity mining technology triggered by service drive activity and DMS sales to bridge the gap between sales, service, and marketing. It provides a comprehensive customer acquisition and retention platform that connects dealers with consumers in a smarter way to build loyal relationships, increase market share and overall profitability. All GM dealers who are part of this program can now use iMR funds for Xchange.

In 2016, General Motors also approved ELEAD1ONE as an online service schedule vendor for its dealer’s digital marketing sites, which is eligible for reimbursement through GM’s Parts iMR Program. The SERVICE1ONE Online Scheduler solution allows consumers to shop for repair services and schedule appointments anytime, anywhere.
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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.

The car business, like baseball, is full of these type superstitions. Read More