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4 Steps + 60 Days = Fahrenheit 451

Chris Clovis, Vice President — Eaglerider Motorcycle Sales
July 7, 2014

“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind.” — Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” — Woodrow Wilson 60 Days. That’s the minimum period a new activity must be repeated in... Read more »

What’s in your dealership DNA?

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

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” — Napoleon Hill According to Webster, DNA is the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone, or something. It’s the nucleus of how things work. The genetic markers of life and business have a lot of similarities. How... Read more »

Buy low, sell high — Observations on company acquisitions

Gary Gustafson, President — G-Force Consulting
June 26, 2014

Separate the company value from the sweat equity Some of the work spent building a business will not be recovered in the sales price while other work does add to the sales value. I’ll illustrate this with an analogy. When you go out to dinner would you pay more for the same meal because the chef dropped... Read more »

Social Media One-on-One for Dealers: Which social media channels work for your dealership?

Laura Reinders, Marketing Manager — PowerSports Network & Traffic Log Pro
June 24, 2014

In last month’s post we focused on gaining familiarity with the more popular social networks that every web user should know about. If you’ve gone through the process of setting up accounts on some of the social platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, to name a few, you are now ready... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

OEMs are from Mars, the aftermarket is from Mercury

Gary Gustafson, President — G-Force Consulting
May 12, 2014

I was once told by an executive at a notable aftermarket manufacturer that if I would sell their products to OEMs as original equipment, his brand would build my reputation as well as my product portfolio. I did not believe him because there is seldom any overlap between the marketing and supply chain... Read more »

The ‘C’ word

Chris Clovis, Vice President — Eaglerider Motorcycle Sales
May 5, 2014

Cancer. A frightening term no one enjoys using. Ugly, pernicious and deadly in any form, even as a metaphor. In this case, I’m referring to the Cancerous Employee – as harmful to your business and as difficult to eradicate as the biological version. But where do “C-word” employees come from? Members... Read more »

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