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Mercedes Dealers Top Sales-Effectiveness List
Most-improved player Mercedes-Benz again leads an annual ranking that measures the sales effectiveness of different auto brands' dealers.
This is the third year in a row Mercedes has topped Pied Piper Management's independent Prospect Satisfaction Index.
The consultancy sent 3,524 mystery shoppers into dealerships. The covert operatives recorded how sales personnel did on matters ranging from product knowledge to whether they gave compelling reasons to buy, to whether they provided vehicle walk-arounds.
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Wards Auto Blog: Steve Finlay
Don't Blame CRM System for Internet Ineffectiveness
If auto dealerships respond slowly to Internet sales leads, don't blame customer-relationship management software, says Fran O'Hagan.
He is CEO of Piped Piper, a consultancy that does an annual study using mystery shoppers to gauge Internet lead effectiveness of dealerships by vehicle brand.
CRM systems help dealerships track and manage leads. But the systems only are as good as the people using them – if they use them at all.
“CRM is great” and does what it is supposed to do, O'Hagan says. When Internet mystery shoppers encounter a problem, “it isn't a problem with the CRM systems. The dealership process is broken.”
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Some Auto Dealers Master Internet, Some Don't
Fran O'Hagan recalls when his vice president of operations, Miles Stearman, phoned him with a sudden realization about selling cars in the digital age.
“Miles called from a dealership he was visiting and said, ‘The Internet is no longer incremental business at dealerships; it is the business,' and that's so true today,” says O'Hagan, president and CEO of Pied Piper Management, a firm that consults with dealers on boosting sales.
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