Mar
28
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How One Dealer’s Gumbo Attracted His Community

A recent article in Automotive News tells the story of Carlos Liriano, a car dealer from New Orleans who migrated his dealership to Texas and brought with him a passion – gumbo. Initially, it started as a way to show appreciation to and treat his employees every month. But, at his dealership’s 5-year anniversary, he decided to invite the community, and they came. And, not only did they come when it first started, the community has kept coming to the point where customers are actually […]

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Mar
21
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Do You Really Know Why Your Dealership is Growing?

It’s a logical conclusion that customer retention and loyalty are important to the survival and growth of any dealership, yet many dealers focus on growth by intangible metrics, simply looking at numbers – 100 units last month vs. 125 this month, or $125,000 in service revenue last month vs. $175,000 this month – without knowing whether that growth was influenced by customer acquisition or retention. Most dealers spend a lot of money on marketing every month and it’s very easy to attribute any growth to […]

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Mar
15
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The Customer Experience That Wasn’t

Customer experience has become an industry “buzz term” of late when talking about customer acquisition and building loyalty. Most of the time, the focus is on the small things that turn a customer off — attitudes, inefficient processes, or other such actions. But what happens when, well, everything goes wrong? Imagine if a couple visited a showroom where they were met by a salesperson. Before visiting the dealership they conducted some online research – as is the case for most customers nowadays. They had pretty […]

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Mar
7
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Transparency: The Key to Customer Loyalty

An associate of mine recently told me an interesting story about their 75-year-old father, who purchased an import, rather than a domestic vehicle, for the first time in over 60 years. This was sometime around 2010. When it was time to replace his domestic minivan, the first thing my associate’s father did was to check the Sunday paper to see in any big sales were happening. His preferred domestic dealer had an ad that mentioned vehicles listed online. He then got on his computer to […]

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Feb
28
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Don’t Think Customers Want Loyalty Programs? U(ber) Better Think Again!

When it comes to customer loyalty programs, customers like to feel appreciated and recognized for their loyalty. And, if they are not, it doesn’t take much to turn them away from being loyal customers into brand advocates. I recently came across an interesting story about an Uber customer who wrote an open letter concerning his experience with the company. He wasn’t just any old Uber customer. According to Uber’s leaderboard (yes, apparently they have one), he was the TOP customer in the world, as he […]

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