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Unveiling the ‘Complete Profit Picture’: Insights from industry powerhouses

As dealers grapple with challenges like inaccurate appraisals, mispriced vehicles, and underperforming digital marketing, Cox Automotive stands out as a beacon of expertise in maximizing ROI regardless of market conditions. On the latest episode of Driving Solutions, we are honored to host a powerhouse trio of industry leaders: Jade Terreberry, Senior Director of Strategic Development at Cox Automotive; Chrissy O’Hara, Vice President of Dealer Sales for Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book; and Bethany Johnson, Director of Strategic Planning with vAuto. Together, they unveil the “Complete Profit Picture,” sharing actionable insights gleaned from over 25,000 dealer partnerships to guide your business and marketing strategies into the year’s second half.

Key Takeaways 

1. The interview highlights the complexities of today’s automotive market, where dealers face challenges such as changing consumer behaviors, high interest rates, and a push market environment. The “Complete Profit Picture” concept underscores the need for dealers to focus on key components like having the right inventory, targeting the right consumers, pricing competitively, and implementing effective strategies to navigate these challenges and drive greater ROI.

2. Understanding consumer behavior is crucial in the current market, where consumers have more access to information and expect personalized experiences. The interview stresses the importance of using data and insights to tailor marketing strategies, engage with consumers personally, and build trust by providing transparent and relevant information during the purchasing process, especially regarding vehicle valuations and trade-ins.

3. Dealers are encouraged to leverage technology and data analytics to improve operational efficiency, identify inefficiencies, and make data-driven decisions. Metrics, market data, and comprehensive insights play a vital role in optimizing inventory management, refining pricing strategies, and maximizing profits, regardless of the dealership’s size or complexity.

4. A key takeaway is refining the acquisition process, utilizing market data and metrics to acquire vehicles at the right price, and educating consumers transparently about vehicle valuations and trade-in assessments. This transparency builds trust and enhances the overall customer experience, increasing sales and profitability.

5. Overall, the interview emphasizes the need for dealers to adapt continuously to market dynamics, embrace technological tools and platforms, and focus on continuous improvement. By leveraging technology for personalized marketing, consumer education, and operational efficiency, dealers can stay competitive, meet evolving consumer expectations, and drive long-term success in the automotive industry.

"The competitive landscape has completely changed, and consumer expectations have completely changed, which means that the process that dealers follow, the way they measure success, has to adapt to this new consumer behavior." - Jade Tereberry

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