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Dealership's Most Important Person

Who is your dealership’s most important person? Every time I ask this question I get different answers ranging from the dealer, to various members of management, or even that top salesperson tearing up the sales board, but very rarely – if ever – do I get the right answer.

Why? Because most don’t even think about this employee who is typically the lowest paid, perhaps youngest, and, to top it off, is quite often a part-time employee.

Your Dealership’s Most Important Person (Drumroll, please)

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Communication_glue_teams_together

One very important thing some leaders fail to realize is that communication is the glue that holds teams together. Too often managers get so caught up in administrative tasks, reports and other duties they tend to ignore their team. As a result, team members feel left out and ignored, perhaps even unimportant.

And, while that same manager can send a million emails, text messages, Slack messages, and every other form of communication available using today’s digital technology, their team can still feel left out and disconnected, regardless of how many messages are sent. Read More

Service1One Lane Application Recall Masters

ATLANTA, GA – June 12, 2017ELEAD1ONE announces a partnership with Recall Masters Inc., the leading provider of automotive recall news, data, training, and communications, to integrate real-time vehicle recall lookup into the Service1One Lane Management App.

Determining recall status during the mobile check in and initial inspection process saves time, reduces friction and prevents unnecessary upsets between dealers and their customers. It also helps to eliminate the possibility of a recalled vehicle failing to be repaired during a visit to the service center. In addition, informing customers of a recall during the initial check in allows them to better plan their days.

Automotive Recall News in Real Time

“Trust can be a hard thing to establish with service customers. To discover that their vehicle needs to stay in longer for a recall repair – or even worse – that they have a recall which the dealership failed to repair, is not exactly great for customer relations,” said Chris Miller, President of Recall Masters. “Our integration with ELEAD1ONE’s Lane Management Application enables the dealership to inform customers about any open recall in real-time while the initial check in and inspection are done. This then helps build trusting relationships between automotive dealers and their customers.”

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Mishandled Calls at Dealership

When you call a business to seek assistance or information, what irritates you the most: the seemingly impossible chore of navigating phone trees to get to a live person; the options that are irrelevant to you; or the fact that, when you do get somebody, they’re the wrong person and have to transfer you?

Probably all of them! Well, the same is true for your customers. What do they experience when calling into your dealership? Do you even know?

Phone Processes, People, and Technology

Sadly, many dealers place far too much faith in their phone processes, people and technology. Just because your dealership has call monitoring doesn’t mean your customers are well cared for. In fact, those calls may not even be listened to — except, perhaps, at the end of the month when a manager is scrambling for those few extra units to close the month.

Like any technology, just because you pay for it doesn’t mean it’s getting used. The fact is, if you’re not using it, you’d be better off with no automated phone system and a simple receptionist. Why? Because then your customers could at least talk to a live person.

What do you think customers do when they get irritated because they can’t talk to someone at your dealership? They hang up and call your competitor!

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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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In our May 2017 Dealer Tip of the Month, Street Volkswagen General Manager John Luciano reveals how much of his visibility with his team is attributed to his adoption of daily walk around leadership. The workday walk around concept, now synonymous with “an up-close and personal” corporate management style,  has roots in the early days of technology giant Hewlett-Packard. John began practicing the art of workplace wandering in the 1970’s. “For me, it started with a guy named Lou Tice that came out of the Pacific Institute and did just a great deal. Lou and some other guys brought up a deal called ‘Management by walking around.'”

What is Walk Around Leadership?

The heart of the management style is pretty simple. It’s randomly wandering through each of your dealership’s departments to check in with employees in their primary work environment throughout the day. Read More