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TrueCar – Banned YouTube Video

TrueCar – Banned YouTube Video

WARNING: This is the same video that TrueCar forced YouTube to delete in their attempt to squash the message it contains… Watch this clip while you still can and before the army of attorneys that TrueCar uses to suppress America’s Free Speech constitutional rights are successful in their “Mob Enforcer” style of witness suppression yet again!

via Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community

Why ZMOT is BS – According to Larry Bruce

Why ZMOT is BS – According to Larry Bruce

Larry Bruce points out: “It is all too easy today for consumers to just cut you out of the buying process for you not to be ultra-transparent and more importantly HELPFUL. The bottom-line the consumers web shopping experience when it comes to automotive is more of a process of elimination not one of inclusion” Use the link provided to see Larry’s entire article and the comments that have resulted from his controversial statements…

Source: Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community

 

The 5 WORST Questions to Ask a Phone Up

The 5 WORST Questions to Ask a Phone Up

Melissa Roberts, has written a great article that will help all of us to stop making the mistakes that cost dealerships a lot of money in lost sales and service profits from not handling phone calls properly.  Sometimes, knowing what NOT TO ASK can be as, or more important than knowing what to ask.  Too many people in dealerships are fumbling these opportunities to do business that come through the phone.  As a marketer, it pains me to see so much interest from customers get driven away from people saying the wrong things, and asking inappropriate questions when people call the dealership.  Check out the entire article with the 5 things you should never ask people over the phone by using the links provided…

via The 5 WORST Questions to Ask a Phone Up – Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community.

Is The Road to the Sale Obsolete? by Jim Ziegler

Is The Road to the Sale Obsolete? by Jim Ziegler

Jim Ziegler: “Average People with great processes will produce incredible results.”  You can’t manage a high-production dealership with an army of ‘Prima-Donnas’ all doing their own thing without structure or management. Use the link provided to read Jim Ziegler’s article and post a comment for Jim to read…

 

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Jim Ziegler Dealer Defender – November 2011

Jim Ziegler Dealer Defender – November 2011.

Jim Ziegler writes in the November issue of Dealer Defender: I’ve been agonizing…bouncing back and forth…trying to decide whether Sergio Marchionne is a certified ‘Nut Job’ or a ‘Messiah’, maybe he’s really a visionary marketing genius.

Does Pine Belt Chevrolet Care About The Zero Moment of Truth?

Does Pine Belt Chevrolet Care About The Zero Moment of Truth?

What Brian points out in this article is a sad state of affairs in our auto industry at the retail level… In order to understand it, you must understand that for far too many dealership managers the “name of the game” is not to thrill and delight customers so they will WANT to do business with their dealership, instead it is to “beat the competition” by having the lowest advertised price in the newspaper. Since print advertising like newspaper is unable to be dynamic in nature, the strategy is to use deception to artificially reduce the advertised price on a particular make and model to a level below which no other competing dealer will dare to publish.

 

The thinking is flawed in this day and age, but was flawed when it still worked back in the 80’s and 90’s… I lived through the times when this was the predominant advertising strategy used, and in fact was a participant at times… The whole idea was to “switch to get rich” by dissuading customers from considering the advertised vehicle, and if that didn’t work, you would have to “scoop the trade” by allowing a lower trade-in value than the internal Actual Cash Value (ACV) thereby injecting additional gross profit margin in the deal to try and make it profitable above and beyond what was afforded by the “low-ball” price published in the newspaper… Other tactics include the dreaded “Desert Protection Package” at $995 that was added to the sale price because it had already been installed on all vehicles in inventory.

 

Finance and Insurance was often relied upon to generate additional Gross Profit Margin on the “Back End” of these advertised specials to again, make the loser advertised special make sense for the dealership. None of these practices work well today and if truth be known, they weren’t so good for the business back when they did work. Please use the link provided to read the actual article that Brian Pasch published on the ADM Professional Community.

 

Transparency, what a concept! Is TrueCar the Way to Go?

Transparency, what a concept! – Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community.

Josh Friedman: Often, the transparency of the data TrueCar.com shares with an online shopper is overshadowed by that Really Low Price Quote, and good, old-fashioned wishful thinking. We’re talking quotes of $2,000 and $3,000 below what’s really doable, in our view, but competing quotes, nevertheless, that we frequently contend with. Use the link provided to see the charts, read the full article and post your comments…

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