What Are Your Dealership's Goals? What Are You Doing About Them?

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Hale Soucie

We’ve seen huge changes in the industry in the last 15 or so years that have forever changed how customers shop for cars, and in turn how dealers should be engaging and selling to them.

Now more than ever it is important to have a Marketing Strategy.

DON’T CLICK AWAY JUST YET.

I know you’re tired of this talk, but it’s still one of the most important things that you as a car dealer need to do, as simply talking about it and reading about it isn’t enough. I promise I’ll keep this brief and try to give it to you from a different perspective, one that helped us develop our own strategies and has changed how we operate as a company.

This process only involves three steps:

  • Set Goals
  • Set Benchmarks and Metrics
  • Create an Actual Plan

So, let’s break that down.

Goals

I know you’ve heard the spiel about setting goals before, and I agree that it sounds cliché. “What’s my goal? Sell more cars obviously!” Ok, that’s a given, but let’s try to be more specific. I’ll put it how I do when I talk to dealers face-to-face:

“What do you want to be able to brag about next month? Next quarter? Next year?”

Do you want to have sold ten more cars than this month last year? Or maybe you want to increase your RO’s by 20% Maybe you want to be able to say that you increased your market share by 3%. Or maybe you simply want to be able to be able to say that you increased your inbound leads by 20%.

Saying you want to sell more cars is a good goal, but it goes without saying, so why say it?

We’re not just pontificating about what you wish your dealership was doing, we’re trying to make what are referred to as SMART Goals. Goals that are:

  • Specific - Your goal should be unambiguous and state explicitly what you want to do.
  • Measurable - Your goal should have concrete criteria for measuring progress and reaching the goal.
  • Attainable - Your goal should be realistic and possible for your dealership to reach.
  • Relevant - Your goal should matter to your business.
  • Timely - You should have an expected date that you will reach the goal.

When you lay out your goals like this, you can take a good hard look at what it is you really want to accomplish, and it can make the last two steps in the strategy easier as it makes it clear what it’s going to take.

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Benchmarks and Metrics

Defining your Benchmarks and Metrics are crucial in developing a Marketing Strategy, because otherwise how would you determine whether what you’re doing is working or not? The “M” in SMART says that your goals should be measurable, so now that you have measurable goals, you need to define what success is for your dealership at the end of this process and at intervals along the way.

Focus on specific numbers and/or percentages that need to be increased over a specific timeframe. If your goal timeframe is one year, you need to set monthly or quarterly objectives to check your work and see if your marketing efforts are working along the way.

Taking a scientific approach like this ensures that even if you do not meet these goals you will be learning what does and doesn’t work along the way as well as tracking any progress you have made instead of relying on how the month feels.

Create an Actual Plan

With all that has been said already, the final step is going to feel a lot shorter as it is entirely based on what you have decided as a goal for your dealership.

You’ve defined what your goals are and how you will measure them, so what is it going to take to accomplish them? Maybe you need some restructuring in how leads are fed down the sales funnel. Maybe you need to increase your engagements with customers, or possibly be going after a different set of customers all together. A lot of this planning you can take care of yourself and doesn’t necessarily have to cost you anything other than time and effort, while some may cause you to take another look at your budget to see what is or isn’t working as well as what may need to be added.

Often the best way to start this process is to do a market study that lays out potential for your growth in your market, where you perform best, and where you need improvement. If this is something that interests you, we would be happy to do one for you free of charge - no strings attached.  Our market studies include a lot of helpful info for your surrounding area including an analysis of your market share, and local shoppers who intend on purchasing a car to highlight potential growth for your business. These market studies are built around helping you make and refine your SMART Goals for Sales and Service with shoppers and owners from our databases.

Hopefully this hasn’t been the same old Marketing Strategy talk I know you’ve heard before and that you were able to take a new perspective away from it. We wish you the best of luck in planning and reaching your goals.

 

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