Customer Experience Tips for Car Dealerships in 2019

We’ve always known customer satisfaction is important for businesses. What we didn’t exactly know, is by how much it can affect sales. So last year, we analysed our data, to find out how customer experience has been driving sales for used car dealerships.

The results of our research have been phenomenal. We found out that promoter scores have a direct correlation with used car stock turnover –improving vehicle sales by several days with a 5% increase in satisfaction rating. Moreover, we’ve identified which parts of the customer journey matter most in improving customer satisfaction.

Our over-arching takeaway from 2018, therefore, is to take a deeper look into your customers’ experiences to grow your business. Here, we have identified 5 items you can optimise to make it an even more powerful 2019 for your car dealership.

  1. Collect and Use Your Database

Before the 25th of May last year, there was a frenzy over the legality of the data

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FAKE NEWS: 4 Things You Need to Know About Fake Reviews and Why You Can’t Spell “Shame” Without “Sham”

Let’s talk about astroturfing. The number of articles available about artificial turf is surprising, but before I lose you, this isn’t one of them. Astroturfing is when a brand presents a testimonial about their products or services under the guise of a real customer. They believe they are doing their reputation a favour, but are they really? Merchants are clamping down on this behaviour, including Amazon who sued 1000 fake reviewers in 2015[1]. More recently, they have filed lawsuits against their own customers, the sellers, who use them[2]. Is it stopping people though? They are still being sold on auction sites, and unfortunately, every business pays the price as some consumers are losing faith in the experiences they see shared online. 

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A picture speaks 1000 words

We are moving towards – if not already in – ‘Experience Marketing’, where consumers want to be actively involved with your brand. As a result, consumers will become your advocates. People are readily sharing their experiences of a brand, product or service through digital channels.

As a result of digital platforms where every consumer has a voice, consumers are becoming key influencers in the purchasing process, with research showing that 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as family and friends! (BrightLocal)

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Top Tips for March 2016

1. RECORD CONTACT DETAILS For every enquiry whether online, telephone or in person.  Confirm spellings in email addresses, digits in telephone numbers and full name details. Lost prospect details are as important as sales customers because this basic information allows you to understand your customers’ experience from initial enquiry, to …

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