Not yet full-swing into the holiday hustle bustle?
There's still time for your dealership to join in the holiday spirit with lights and festive decorations to add warmth and joy to holiday car shopping. At the bear minimum, your showroom should reflect the season, as you are now competing against all other retailers for the time and attention of area shoppers.
But it's not just your dealership showroom that could use holiday flair. Your digital marketing is in need of some sugar and spice this season in order to attract your area's holiday shoppers. Although we know the reason for the season is not truly about spending money, the reality is that this is the time of year your community is in the buying spirit, many looking to treat themselves and/or their loved ones with impressive gifts that will make a significant impact all year though. So it's not too late to make sure your dealership is top-of-mind for those looking for a lifestyle upgrade this holiday season (like a new car, truck, minivan or SUV).
With Christmas and New Years on the weekend, you have the FULL WEEK between the two holidays to close additional sales before end of year. So how do you perform an extreme holiday marketing makeover, like right now? Here are some basic areas that can be easily converted to spread your warmth and cheer across multiple marketing channels:
Give your marketing department or advertising agency a list of last-minute holiday to-do's today! Be sure to respond to this post with before and after photos of your extreme holiday makeover for a complimentary HTML Email Campaign good for any time next year.
Not sure how to get started? Our automotive designers are experts at creating professional designs with strong call-to-action to help convert your prospects into sold customers, while improving your dealership’s brand image and helping to achieve your unique sales goals. Just let us know if you need any help pulling this all together in record time, and we'll hook you up with the holiday makeover of your dreams! :)
Need Happy Honda Days artwork for your dealership?
Don't wait for November 14, get a jump start now!
As I'm sure you know, it's Happy Honda Days time! We saw on Honda's Ad Builder that November 1 kicked off the ability to start using the Happy Honda Days LOGO in your advertising, as well as allowing dealers to use the term "Clearance" for 2016 Model Year End, through Jan. 2. It lists a start date of November 14 for using Honda's provided web banners, but the event logo can be used beginning November 1. We even called Honda Compliance to verify we can start running our own custom banners for Honda dealers using the event logo NOW instead of waiting for November 14, and they said "Yes!"
So.... don't wait for November 14. We have created custom Happy Honda Days artwork using their sales event logo, and are working on several pieces to support your sales event across multiple outlets, including digital and print:
Make Improve Your Drive your sales event headquarters and get a JUMP START on your competitors for Happy Honda Days. We'd love to help make your Holidays a bit Happier, and your November a strong month for your dealership! Contact us for your artwork and pricing, and we will do the rest to make this as FAST and EASY as possible. :)
We can't wait to work with you! :)
June is the official summer kick-off, packed with fun-filled family and friend events like Father's Day picnics, graduation parties, and the first of summer vacations. And of course, month's end wraps into the next major holiday — July 4th. While all this means your prospective buyers are plenty busy making plans of their own, it also means opportunity for your dealership to provide your community with new vehicles, safe vehicles, shiny beautiful vehicles, for them to show off at their many engagements, and safely enjoy for their many road trips to come this summer.
So let's get planning in order to make sure you and your dealership are in the right place at the right time to catch the wave and ride it all the way in to shore.
A Few Fresh Ideas...
Additional ideas may include Father's Day giveaways, Summer Smart Start Sales Event, Kick-Off Your Summer in Style, and more. All events can be promoted through web banners, a landing page, email blast to your customers and prospects, Google ads, social media posts, traditional advertising, and more!
Now for some psychology.
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Get caught up in the excitement with shoppers around the globe as we launch into the holiday season this month with Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday deals extending through the end of the month.
Are you prepared? Are you ready to catch the excitement and share in the retail splendor of all that is November?
Here are some of our Thanksgiving and Black Friday design samples from the last few years to help get the creative ideas flowing. Whether you are thinking of an aggressive Black Friday Sales Event or a soft, relationship-building holiday communication to your customers, we can help jazz up your November marketing and keep your dealership top-of-mind this holiday season.
Get professional-quality Holiday and Sales Event & Artwork for your:
We can even incorporate your Sales Event and Holiday artwork into your email templates so it appears in the footer of every outgoing message from your sales team.
So put your best foot forward and be prepared for the holiday shoppers this month.
Have we mentioned that we LOVE to Improve Your | Holidays? Contact us to get started today with custom artwork and more to promote your dealership's November.
407-900-5790 — We can't wait to work with you. :)
Improve Your | Sales Events.
Get with the season and promote your dealership's October Sales Event with one of these fall-flavored favorites, or see your own unique idea come to life.
Professional-quality Sales Event Artwork complete with:
We can even incorporate your Countdown Timer into your CRM's prospect followup email templates. Picture... "Don't miss our BEAT THE CLOCK SALE!..." in the footer of every outgoing message from your sales team.
It's so exciting. Have we mentioned that we LOVE to Improve Your |Sales Events? Contact us to get started today with custom artwork and more to promote your dealership's October sales event.
407-900-5790 — We can't wait to work with you. :)
Becoming or staying a leading dealership in your community, while is about sales and customer satisfaction, starts with attracting and retaining valued customers. And just how do you bring customers to your dealership, again and again and again? By giving them what they want. Dale Carnegie in his world-renown book “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” gives an example of two men who are trying to get a baby calf to move to the inside of the barn, but that calf won’t budge. They are standing behind it trying to push the calf, but if you know anything about stubborn cows then you know that strategy wasn't gaining them one inch. What ended up working? Their visitor saw the situation, came out in front of the calf, and stuck her finger in its mouth. Babies like to nurse, and she knew what this baby cow needed. Walking backwards with finger in mouth, she easily led the calf inside the barn.
What does nursing baby cows have to do with being a market leader? If you can make buyers WANT to come to your dealership instead of only focusing on how to sell them a car (people resist being sold to), then you can unlock a winning combination that many successful, leading businesses have figured out. Get people to want to come to your dealership, not only because of price and selection — although extremely important factors — but because it feels good to shop at your store and interact with your staff. As a matter of fact, in a recent study performed by American Express, it was found that 73% of survey respondents would be willing to pay up to 12% more for product if accompanied by excellent customer service. I am not advocating to raise your prices 12% higher than competitors, but rather am pointing out that if you make buyers enjoy their shopping experience, you are likely to receive less price haggling, fewer complaints, and more recommendations to family and friends (which is no-cost, highly influential advertising!).
To further demonstrate this point, let’s think about Barnes & Noble bookstore. I love to shop there, but let’s face it, it’s not because of their rock-bottom prices. And they don’t always have the book I want in-stock. So why do I continue going there instead of just ordering online or going to a discount or used bookstore? Because it is a peaceful haven for me to go to during lunch, not just to buy the book I am looking for, but to hang out, sip an iced mocha, peruse other books and topics, and to see what’s new.
Is that how your customers feel when shopping your dealership? Or is it a fences-up, hurry-up-and-get-out mentality because they don’t want to be pressured or intimidated by the “well-trained sales sharks?” Even if your sales people are not the oh-so-often-rendered “sharks” indicative of the car industry, that is the impression many have about going to a dealership. It can be intimidating, especially for those who tend to avoid confrontation or negotiation.
You are at the advantage… you see them walk in, you already have a process in place for “handling” them, and you are trained and familiar with the likely outcomes of the visit. The buyer, on the other hand, especially a new customer, may not know your processes, your sales peoples’ personalities, if they are commission or salary (pushy? professional?), if the information they are being told is true, if they are required to bring any needed documents with them, or if they can come back later for the same deal, etc. Nowadays they can research pricing online before shopping dealerships, so they can at least come armed with that knowledge, but does that mean they will enjoy the shopping experience? Will they want to do business with your dealership again? Will they recommend you to family and friends?
SOOOOO……. What can you do? Start by making your dealership a desirable place to shop.
1. Get outside opinions. Determine your target demographic and then pick some people that fit this description. This can be simple with just a few people to start, or you can hire a survey company to help bring this to a larger scale, whichever fits your motivation level and budget. If going small-scale, try to refrain from asking your family and close friends, as they may be biased and/or not want to disappoint you. College kids as an internship or with a gift card motivation could make great, out-of-the-box thinkers for this, depending again on your target demographic, but mix up the factors like age groups and genders. For something different, instead of just shopping your competitors, also ask your selected group of participants to shop your dealership as compared to their favorite stores and restaurants, and to provide a detailed description of their experience to you… either by email, letter, or video, whichever is easiest for them.
2. Think about some leading national favorites in other industries, like TGI Fridays and Barnes & Nobles, for example.
TIP: Keep in mind whatever goals you set need to line up with your dealership’s target demographic, your product’s demographic, and be an achievable personality for your dealership. Making changes half-way could just confuse your brand image, and ultimately be a waste of time and effort. Maybe branding yourself as “fun” isn’t the best option if your personality and that of your staff is super-serious, for instance. In that instance, improving your dealership’s brand image by focusing on how serious you are about providing quality customer service would be a better fit. You know your personality and goals the best, so make sure you are being realistic about the changes you want to make, your budget, and your motivation level.
3. Create a winning strategy to implement these changes in a seamless, positive direction for your employees and customers alike. Bring key leaders and influencers from all levels of your dealership in on the planning process to encourage buy-in from your staff, since after all, they are the face of your company and are responsible for your customers’ overall experience.
Following these steps will get you started on the road to objectively evaluating your dealership from a customer’s perspective. I hope you found this article useful and inspiring. No matter where you are in the process, please contact us… we love hearing from various dealerships and can share some additional resources to help you on your drive for improvement. Simply click here to get in touch or enter a comment below. Stay tuned for additional tips... Thanks and have a outstanding day!
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