Kimberly Long talks about the great success Mike Anderson Chevrolet has had with the perfect business development center (BDC) and customer relationship management (CRM) system. Kimberly points out the different BDC strategies that worked and how you can implement them at your dealership.
November 30, 2012
Auto Dealer Monthly editor Kimberly Long explains where dealerships should focus their F&I training efforts. From engaging the customer and creating interest to decreasing customer wait time, Kimberly points out the important parts of F&I training.
November 26, 2012
Kimberly Long, editor at Auto Dealer Monthly, discusses how to tackle your inventory management process to make your dealership successful. Kimberly compares different management techniques ranging from inventory management tools to use of technology to help your dealership maximize it's ROI.
October 26, 2012
Towards the end of 2008, Morrie’s Automotive Group began managing its eight-store used vehicle inventory with a more centralized approach and implemented standardized processes. The group realized a 50 percent growth in used vehicle sales volume in 2010 over 2009, and further growth in 2011.
March 19, 2012
From beach parties and singing contests to celebrities and exotic animals, anything goes when it comes to event marketing. Here's a look at three dealers who not only achieved good results with their events but also had a lot of fun in the process.
February 16, 2012
At Charlotte Honda VW in Port Charlotte, Fla., the dealership received a complete overhaul and a new marketing strategy, and it has since tripled sales.
February 9, 2012
Five dealers explain how they used Groupon to drive service and fixed operations traffic.
June 8, 2011
Kimberly Long - Pushing inventory out to multiple online destinations presents a unique set of challenges to a dealership’s resources. Accomplishing this task in house will often require a great deal of time, effort and manpower. So, what is the best way to handle online inventory management and how much help does a dealer need?
October 8, 2010
Kimberly Long - What kinds of strategies are at work when it comes to pricing online inventory? In short, all kinds.
October 1, 2010
Too many dealers have had to learn how to pick up and move on with their lives after getting a “Dear John” letter from their manufacturer(s) to which they had been loyal for decades. At first glance, it would seem the disenfranchised dealer has three options: close the doors, acquire another vehicle franchise or go it alone as an independent.
June 17, 2010
Kimberly Long - The name Sonic Automotive is well-known to anyone in the industry, and with good reason. It is the third-largest automotive group in the country with 153 dealerships and more than 30 collision centers and a Fortune 300 company. Carrying more than 30 different vehicle brands, its reach stretches literally across the country, from California to the Carolinas.
February 11, 2010
Kimberly Long - Several years ago, any dealership that had an online strategy was looked upon as forward-thinking and cutting-edge. Today, however, the Internet has become an advertising staple for almost all dealers. Indeed, most in the industry now believe online advertising is an absolute necessity for success.
November 2, 2009
Kimberly Long - While most businesses have acknowledged the influence of the Internet on modern-day commerce and have embraced it as a powerful advertising medium, it’s still difficult for some auto dealers to imagine not keeping more conventional methods of television, radio and print as part of their advertising and marketing strategies.
October 29, 2009
Kimberly Long - It’s no secret, with so many woes in the world of new car sales, dealers are focusing even more energy on areas like fixed ops and used vehicle sales. In many cases, with the loss of franchises, used vehicle sales have become matter of life and death for their dealerships ...
August 18, 2009
Kimberly Long - Compliance in general is an ongoing headache for dealers. Adverse action, in particular, is something many have been struggling to get a handle on for quite some time ... Compounding their worries, dealers will soon have to contend with...
September 23, 2008