October 1, 2013
Need to Know

average_age_vehicles22 Polk: Average Age of Light Vehicles is Rising

A recent Polk study finds that the aver­age age of light vehi­cles on the road is con­tin­u­ing to increase, even though a record num­ber of new vehi­cles have been sold.

Find out more about what the Polk data reveals for cars and light trucks. [More]

PR Newswire
digital_ad_spend22 Digital Advertising Sees Rising Trend Worldwide

Dig­i­tal ad spend is on the rise glob­ally, accord­ing to esti­mates from eMar­keter and Star­com Medi­aVest Group, and will con­tinue to rise next year as well.

Get the facts and fig­ures on media use and spend­ing trends for 2013. [More]

Media Post
reuss_mark22 GM Pickups Join Texas Battle for Supremacy

Almost every­body in Texas dri­ves a pickup, Mark Reuss, GM North Amer­i­cas pres­i­dent, dis­cov­ered while vis­it­ing the State Fair of Texas last week.

Find out more about what’s at stake as GM works on improv­ing its truck lines. [More]

Bloomberg News
TODAY: How Smart Dealers are Benefit from Big Data; Building Successful Service Departments; More 
Video news that moves people and ideas

Big Data Tells a Simple Story

From a sur­vey of 250,000 car buy­ers, Auto­Trader found the #1 rea­son why con­sumers pur­chased a car — watch the video to find out what it was…

filan-kevin Big Data Tells a Simple Story
KEVIN FILAN VP, Customer Marketing & Industry Relations, AutoTrader Group
westcott-david NADA Chairman: How CFPB Guidance Could Hurt Consumers
heather-mackinnon-skype Service Reviews: An Opportunity for Growth
HEATHER MACKINNON VP of National Accounts, DealerRater
VIDEO: Better Leads and Big Data
  Data = Transparency with Third Party Leads

Big data is now being uti­lized to show deal­ers the qual­ity of third party leads.

Click here to watch video
VIDEO: Big Data Pros and Cons
  Edmunds: Big Data a Double-Edged Sword

Big data can pro­vide a lot of con­sumer infor­ma­tion that deal­ers and mar­keters desire, but pri­vacy issues may derail this excit­ing tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment. Pro­ceed­ing with trans­parency is key to future success.

Click here to watch video

Dealer Pain Points

Stolen Service Profits Stolen Service Profits

The famed bank rob­ber Willie Sut­ton said he robbed banks because that’s where the money is.

If he were going after deal­er­ship prof­itabil­ity, his rich­est tar­get would be your ser­vice department.

It’s a stealth attack.

Click here to learn more.

Low Service Contract Sales Low Service Contract Sales

Ser­vice con­tracts don’t exactly sell them­selves, do they?

What dealer wouldn’t want a prod­uct that not only makes money today but improves ser­vice depart­ment prof­itabil­ity and brings cus­tomers back to buy their next car?

Click here to learn more.

Perishable profits Perishable Profits

Deal­ers don’t sell fruits and veg­eta­bles but they carry some­thing that’s even more per­ish­able and far more valuable.

Tick. Tock. Every sec­ond that passes by is a lost oppor­tu­nity. Tick. Tock. Every lost minute is poten­tial rev­enue lost forever.

Tick Tock.

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Doing It Right  

While many have already started prepar­ing a eulogy for brick-and-mortar retail, they shouldn’t be so fast to declare it obsolete.

Pur­chas­ing deci­sions of the wealthy rarely have any­thing to do with cost. If some­one has a sub­stan­tially high income, then what is a cou­ple dol­lar dif­fer­ence going to make? Prob­a­bly not much of one at all.

Brick-and-mortar still offers an expe­ri­ence that can­not be repli­cated online, and the afflu­ent are one of the biggest fac­tors in this phe­nom­e­non. There is a cer­tain panache that comes with actu­ally shop­ping at a lux­ury retail loca­tion. Lux­ury car pur­chases help drive the brick-and-mortar success.

Read on

Behind the Numbers  

There’s a lot at stake in Chat­tanooga, Tenn.

Volk­swa­gen may become the first “trans­plant” automaker in the south to have its work­ers vote in a United Auto Work­ers contract.

UAW has been flex­i­ble to move for­ward, talk­ing to VW man­age­ment about set­ting up a “works coun­cil” like it has in Ger­many. The union would love to see worker’s break the bar­rier and bring con­tract nego­ti­a­tions to the south – where sev­eral for­eign automak­ers have set up shop.

They’re mak­ing wages sim­i­lar to what Detroit 3 pay­ing, but it would cost trans­plant automak­ers a lot more if the union enters the picture.

VW wants to be the lead­ing global automaker in sales and is count­ing on US mar­ket to get there. Check out some of the strate­gic issues being faced by VW, UAW, and the assem­bly plant workforce.

Build a Better Dealership

big-dataThree Big Data Trends Dealers Should Know About

It’s been a sweet year for new and pre-owned vehi­cle sales, loans and leases, sched­uled main­te­nance, and after­mar­ket. Big Data is becom­ing some­thing like the blood­stream for all of it.

It’s built into third-party dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing part­ners, upstream remar­ket­ing chan­nels, and dealer man­age­ment sys­tems.

The trick is bal­anc­ing some­where between “no duh” for tech­nol­ogy processes that are built into every­thing we do today and a “Rubik’s Cube” for man­agers over­whelmed with data sources and fig­ur­ing out what to do with them. Stay­ing cur­rent on the issues is a good way to do it.

Jon LeSage, edi­tor of Used Car Mar­ket Reports, looks at three devel­op­ments that deal­ers should know about Big Data and what ana­lysts are say­ing about it.

leahy_terry22What Dealers Can Learn from the ‘Godfather of Big Data’

The Sit­u­a­tion:

What IT peo­ple nowa­days call “Big Data” is what CEOs and lead­ers – includ­ing Dealer Man­agers – describe as Data Invest­ment Man­age­ment, and Britisher Sir Terry Leahy is con­sid­ered the God­fa­ther of Big Data. Why? Because he made it work in favor of his com­pany to increase prof­its by at least 25 percent.

What does this mean for Auto Dealerships?

With the acqui­si­tion of sophis­ti­cated soft­ware that deal­er­ships use today, an enor­mous amount of cus­tomer data is being accu­mu­lated – but it is hardly being put to use.

Sir Terry Leahy, for­mer CEO of British retail com­pany Tesco, says busi­nesses change slowly, but cus­tomers change quickly. As they change, you change. Drill down to get valu­able tips on how to uti­lize the cus­tomer data you already have to retain cus­tomers and acquire new ones.

Smart Thinking - Pass It On  

At Issue:

There’s more to big data than how much data is being cre­ated – it’s how much and how well data is being used that’s impor­tant – and this is where big data com­pa­nies will be competing.


Since the advent of fuel injec­tion in the 1970s, cars have had some kind of com­puter on board—granted, those com­put­ers weren’t any­where near what they became in decades mov­ing for­ward. With all the changes cars face, onboard com­put­ers and high-end tech­nolo­gies will only become more com­plex, gen­er­at­ing more and more data.

The term “big data” is some­thing auto deal­ers will be hear­ing from now on, in the course of auto­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy and the his­tory of the indus­try. Drill down fur­ther to learn more about the rela­tion­ship between auto­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy, big data, and your dealership!

Successful Service Departments Drive Sales  

The Sit­u­a­tion:

In the past few years, the Ser­vice Depart­ment has become a way to not only drive reten­tion but also cap­ture the most cov­eted prize in any busi­ness: cus­tomer loy­alty. In good times, and in bad, the profit mar­gin from new-car sales is likely over­shad­owed by that of ser­vice and parts. So the ques­tion deal­ers are ask­ing is: What can we do to pro­mote Ser­vice busi­ness? The answer could well like in pro­mot­ing “cap­tive ser­vice” at your dealership!

Pre-Paid Main­te­nance plans offer more than ser­vice reten­tion and an increased like­li­hood of sell­ing a new car to the PPM recip­i­ent. Drill down fur­ther to find out more about this key profit-promoting tool for your dealership’s Ser­vice Depart­ment today!

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