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Founder, SteveStauning.com Steve is the author of Assumptive Selling: The Complete Guide to Selling More Vehicles for More Money to Today’s Connected Customers; as well as a respected automotive industry veteran and founder of pladoogle, LLC – a leading training & consulting firm – and the free sales video training website SteveStauning.com. Prior to his involvement with pladoogle, Steve served in various automotive leadership roles, including as the Asbury Automotive Group’s (NYSE: ABG) director of ecommerce, the director of the Web Solutions division of Reynolds & Reynolds, and as the general manager of Dealer Web Services for Dominion’s Dealer Specialties.
chick fil a

The Chick-fil-A of Car Dealers

It’s no secret that the dealership model is under attack in America. From subscription alternatives that could bypass traditional dealers to startups like Carvana...
perfect data

Preparing for 2019: Remember, It’s the Boring Stuff that Sells Cars

As you and your team review your sales plans for 2019, it’s important to remember that the dealers growing market share use the same...
phone

The Phone is Ringing: Yesterday, it was an Inquiry; Today, it’s a Buyer!

The phone is ringing. It’s a sales prospect. They’re not calling to chat. They found your vehicle on the Internet and (by calling you)...
market share

Dealers Growing Market Share: What Really Separates Them from the Rest?

With multiple automotive conferences and expos filling the schedule, October has become known to many in the industry as “conference month.” This year, as...
green peas

I Wish They Could Stay Green Peas Forever!

Salespeople… ahh, they grow up so fast, don’t they? One day they’re young, wide-eyed Green Peas treating every Up like a qualified buyer, selling sixteen...
assumptive selling

How Assumptive Selling Can Dramatically Improve Your Results

I’m pretty sure every dealer reading this article wants their salespeople to close a higher percentage of the prospects they encounter. To help achieve...
social selling

Dealers: Don’t Fear Social Selling; Embrace It!

At this very instant, there are vehicle salespeople on Facebook enjoying 25 or more sales a month just by talking about their accomplishments and...
marketplace

Staying Ahead in an Ever-Changing Marketplace

Certainly, all dealers and managers understand the challenges facing automotive retail today: flattening sales; buyers visiting fewer lots; margins under pressure from all sides;...
sales managers

Turn Your 8-Car Alans into 30-Car Theos


Sales managers – many of whom routinely sold 25 or more units a month in their selling days – often lament that today’s salespeople...
attract and convert

Bells & Whistles May Not Attract and Convert

Here’s a silly question for dealers and managers: Do you ever look at your website and think it’s stale or boring? Of course you...
technician

Dealing with the Technician Drought

There is a “Technician Drought” that has been plaguing the car industry for decades, pretty severely for the past 5 years or so. Finding...
F&I

A Look at Changes Coming to F&I in 2020

A new decade is here and with it, a lot of speculation on what the state of the auto industry will look like in...
service

Building A Vibrant Service Department

Creating an environment where customers feel relaxed and well cared for can be a tough thing to achieve with the many pressures being felt...
direct marketingvideo

Why Your Dealership Should Incorporate These Direct Marketing Strategies

On today’s show, we’re pleased to welcome back Eric Mercado, President of WeDrive Automotive. Eric is here with us today to talk about key...
Preston Auto Groupvideo

7 Dealership Practices That Preston Auto Group is Focusing on in 2020

On today’s show, we’re pleased to continue our conversation with Dave Wilson, Chairman of Preston Auto Group, and Tim Wilson, President of iFrog Digital...

How to Deal With a Best Price Shopper

 Most car buyers come into the dealership with the fear that they will be pressured into buying something that's not really what they want....

Being Personable When Handling Internet Leads

On this week's episode of On the Mark, Mark Tewart talks about how the use of certain templates and scripts when handling internet leads...

Recruiting in the Modern Age of Automotive

On this week's episode of Kain & Co., David Kain of Kain Automotive talks about the words you use in your recruiting ads and...

Moving from Email to Text Messaging

On this week's episode of Auto Marketing Now, Brian Pasch details the benefits and convenience of communicating with your customers via text message rather...