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Beacons enable hyper-targeted in-store offers

Colleen Brousil, Director of Marketing — ARI
June 18, 2014

While connecting customers with in-store specials via their mobile devices isn’t necessarily a new phenomenon, beacon technology takes the concept to a whole new level. Introduced in December, Apple’s industry-leading iBeacons use Bluetooth low-energy technology to communicate with nearby mobile... Read more »

Improving corporate and dealer synergy

Leslie Prevish, Founder — Prevish Marketing
June 17, 2014

I started my career at a dealership and remember sometimes thinking, “Why doesn’t the corporate office do THIS to make our lives at retail easier?” When I moved to the “mother ship,” I better understood the challenges of aligning corporate and retail goals, resources and training. These suggestions... Read more »

Who will make the next sale?

Steve Lemco, Author — "Training and Hiring New Salespeople" & "Motorcycle Sales Made Easy"
June 11, 2014

While explaining my viewpoints on attitude, I always ask this question, “Who is going to make the next sale?” I get a variety of answers but the right one is: The person who had the last sale normally makes the next sale, excluding the deals that were already in progress. Salespeople get on rolls,... Read more »

Don’t make ‘all I want to do is sell’ your mantra

John R. Graham, Sales & Marketing Consultant — GrahamComm
June 10, 2014

It was an early morning meeting chaired by the SVP. There wasn’t any reason to anticipate fireworks this particular day so the atmosphere was, to say the least, rather relaxed. A sales manager was the last to arrive, whispering to the person next to him as he sat down, “All I want to do is sell.” The... Read more »

What makes your dealership exceptional?

Power 50 Dinner

Liz Keener, Managing Editor — Powersports Business
June 5, 2014

Picture this: In one room there are a variety of dealership principals, general managers and employees. Gina Marra, GM of Go AZ Motorcycles is there, holding a hefty award. Bob Althoff of the legendary A.D. Farrow Co. Harley-Davidson is chatting with Dave Hushek of Ray Price, Inc., while Kevin Lackey... Read more »

Barriers

Mark Mooney, Director, Retail Performance — Pied Piper Management Company LLC
June 3, 2014

“Embrace the fundamentals like the closest of friends, for they will be the foundation of your future success.” — Chris Murray It’s not an easy task to open a new motorcycle dealership, buy an existing dealership, or to operate a dealership, for that matter. The costs associated with along with... Read more »

Profits through my eyes

Jennifer Robison, National Retail Specialist — Tucker Rocky Distributing
May 28, 2014

It’s been too long since my last blog for PSB. I can easily say I have been slammed with work and projects with retailers. Retailers that are on the gas are keeping me busy using my eyes and designs to create a new kind of in store experience. I love it; they love it, and wow, the industry is letting... Read more »

Social Media One-on-One for Dealers: Where does your dealership start?

Amanda White, Account Manager — PowerSports Network
May 27, 2014

In order to choose which social media platforms your dealership should explore, you first need to understand why social media is an effective way to communicate in the first place. Social media is not a “new” commodity. Its humble beginnings started in the late ‘70s by two Chicago computer hobbyists... Read more »

The adventures of a mystery shopper

Bob McCann, Director of Education — ARI
May 22, 2014

I often go mystery shopping on the web on behalf of OEMs. I get to see the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of lead management and follow-up, and I use that evidence to help ARI dealer clients implement best practices and stay away from major deal breakers. I once submitted quote requests to 10 dealerships... Read more »

3 Fibs about female buyers

Leslie Prevish, Founder — Prevish Marketing
May 19, 2014

As a marketing to women specialist, I’ve seen many assumptions brands make about women — and their subsequent failures of those efforts. Many myths surround women’s affinity for pink, wanting women-only events and inherent feminine weaknesses. Women LOVE Pink with Everything Honestly, some women... Read more »

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