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In the past, automotive sales teams were able to create success by being re-active, rather than pro-active. Sales Professionals typically came to work to wait for customers. But today, customers no longer need to go to a dealership to get information on vehicles, or in some cases even to purchase a vehicle.
Now we must be pro-active to succeed. What does this mean? It starts by coming to work, to work, not to wait.
Here are a few things that I learned from these dealers who chose to keep talking to their customers during the pandemic. Many of these dealers sold cars, in some cases quite a few. But that wasn’t their goal. They simply wanted to build goodwill with their customers.
The “margin struggle” for car dealers today is really the battle to de-commoditize the car buying process by delivering a high-value customer experience. Dealers need to construct their sales process around their customer’s three buying decisions.
Trainers, being a good person in any service industry, but especially professional automotive sales, has at its foundation the goal of adding real value to those we serve. This applies first to adding real value to the sales teams we lead, and then of course, to their customers, who are ultimately our customers.