The Realistic Expectations

The Realistic Expectations

You are thinking that you need a retention program to move your business model to the next plateau but you are not sure of what to expect? I have been training and installing retention programs for dealers for close to 10 years and here is what I know. A Golden Rule...

Understanding Rewards

In the Feb. 12, 2018, issue of USA Today, there was an article about how people respond to rewards. It covered a lot of ground, but the main thing I took away from it was that if people felt engaged in an activity they reacted in a much more...

What’s Apping?

Apps have been around for a long time now. The App Store came about in 2008 offering 50 apps and within the first weekend they were downloaded 10 million times. Android and Blackberry soon followed with their own versions. By 2011 there were 100,000 applications for...

Are You Branding The Wrong Message?

My career has necessitated a lot of air travel over the years. During that time, I only flew one airline, so I could get all the points and perks that go with an airline trying to make me a loyal customer, and they did. For about 15 years, I never flew another...

Who is Branding Your Message?

Often, a business that is part of a franchise will have trouble carving out its own niche. Usually it is the company selling the franchise that is responsible for developing the branding message for all the franchisees. The automobile industry might be the exception...

Rethinking Rewards Cards

A friend of mine, who happens to an ex-service manager, sent me a cute cartoon the other day. There are two guys trying to pull a big wheelbarrow that was filled with parts and had square wheels on it. The salesman comes in with two round wheels and says, “Hey, can I...

It’s All About The Customer

I’m reading a book called the Everything Store. It’s about how Amazon started and I recommend it highly. The idea behind the Everything Store was to develop an e commerce business that would sell everything, and they did. My main take away from the book was not how...

Factory Rewards Programs Versus Dealer-Owned Rewards Programs

Customers like to be rewarded and the more you reward them, the more loyal they become. One of the OEMs has an new loyalty program in which their dealers will soon need to decide whether or not to sign up for it. I commend the OEM for recognizing how important it is...
Understanding Rewards

Understanding Rewards

In the Feb. 12, 2018, issue of USA Today, there was an article about how people respond to rewards. It covered a lot of ground, but the main thing I took away from it was that if people felt engaged in an activity they reacted in a much more positive way. The article...

How to Build a Public Relations Position to Grow Customer Retention

“How would you create a ‘wow’ buying experience for the customer after they purchased their car? How would you set up a brand new profit center by developing a public relations manager?” I have had a few calls from people about last month’s article about using the...