Tag Archives: Customer Experience

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Today’s customers expect and demand an amazing customer experience. The dealership with the right vehicle and the best experience will ultimately win the business. To deliver the best experience possible, you must maintain expertise about your customers and their shopping behavior.

The average consumer today visits only one or two dealerships before buying. The odds are good consumers will purchase from your store if you focus more on delivering a great customer experience than on being lead-centric.

How do you do that? By mastering three touchpoints: research, communications and the showroom visit. Read More

Customer Expectations and the Crazy professor

One of my college professors was famous for a crazy stunt that he pulled every semester. On the first day of class, he would introduce himself, take off his shirt and jump out the window. A few minutes later he returned to the classroom, calmly put on his shirt and asked, “Do I have your attention?”

He certainly did.

It turns out this guy wasn’t crazy at all. Do you know how hard it is to capture the attention of a bunch of jaded students? I would guess it’s almost as difficult as capturing the attention of a bunch of jaded car shoppers.

Many car dealers have mastered the art of getting attention. Think of the inflatable gorillas, wavy tube men and thousands of balloons that adorn lots everywhere. Think of the dealers that don 10-gallon hats and scream at the camera that this is the best deal of all time.

It’s one thing to be able to get attention. But the real question is, once you have that attention, can you deliver an experience that meets customer expectations?

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Buy_Cars_Online

Manufacturers, dealerships and vendors are all rolling out digital retailing initiatives to sell vehicles online. But some dealers remain skeptical and believe that their customers don’t really want to buy cars online, or aren’t ready for that step yet.

Car shoppers already use the Internet to research brands and models, buy insurance and look for dealers. How many consumers would start the purchase process online, if the option were available?

Let’s look at some research. According to Cox Automotive’s “Future of Digital Retail Study” released earlier this year, 83 percent of consumers want to do one or more steps of the purchase process online, and 85 percent said they would be more likely to buy from a dealership that offers at least one component of digital retailing. Read More

Message_Received_Text Messaging_and_Service_Customer

High in demand but seldom offered as a communication option for customers, text messaging can bring added opportunities to increase loyalty through every phase of the service customer journey.  It is an easy win if implemented and used the right way.

The 2017 J.D. Power Customer Service Index Study revealed that 41% of Generation X and Y customers prefer texting as a way to communicate with a business.  Service departments have been sluggish to meet the ever-growing demand of providing customers with the opportunity to engage via text communication.  More startling  – the same study shows that only 3% of automotive service departments connect with their customers on their preferred channel of choice –  text messaging.   

Texting and Your Service Department

Why are service managers still skittish about adopting texting for their service advisors and technicians?  Some service managers contend that texting will trump the actual verbal communication we are used to.  While brief text messages offer quick responses – the perception remains that brevity can lead to misunderstanding.  For every long verbal pause that opens the door to further oral discussion where tone can be detected –  a short text response can be misconstrued as dismissive and interpreted as an immediate “no.” Read More

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Connecting with your customer has moved from persuading a customer to purchase a vehicle with persuasive pitches to a more genuine exchange built on creating a connection. By the time customers enter your showroom, they are well beyond seeing what the market has to offer. Instead, they are looking for reasons not to do business with you.

In this episode of AutoSuccess Magazine’s weekly podcast, Bill Wittenmyer outlines the positive qualities your interactions can lead to the sale, rather than the high-intensity sales pitch.

Additional lessons learned include:

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DealBuilder_Service1One_2018_AWA

Atlanta, GA – April 10, 2018 – ELEAD1ONE today announced that its DealBuilder digital retailing platform was honored with two 2018 Automotive Website Awards (AWA) at the NADA Convention & Expo. Additionally, ELEAD1ONE’s Service1One service retention suite took home an AWA award in the Fixed Ops category. The three awards were presented to ELEAD1ONE at a ceremony hosted by PCG Companies on March 22nd at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

“Digital retailing was a major theme at NADA this year, and the response to our rollout of DealBuilder was incredible,” said Bill Wittenmyer, Partner with ELEAD1ONE. “We are thrilled that forward-thinking dealers are embracing this new technology as a way to attract new customers and improve their car-buying experience.” Read More

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