You earned their business. Keep it.
The average dealer will spend $630 on customer acquisition for every new car that they sell.
That’s about 10 times what it costs to retain an existing customer. Despite this, most dealers prioritize winning new business over marketing to more profitable return customers.
Businesses in other industries have the luxury of relying on the strength of their product will bring their customers back. As a car dealership, your product doesn’t differ greatly from what your direct competition sells. You have to find another reason to make them choose you.
The number one driving factor for differentiation today is customer experience.
- Are you spending at least as much to keep current customers as you are to win new ones?
- How much could improving the experience you provide increase your retention rates?
- Are you using the information available about your customers to create a marketing experience that brings them back?
Your existing customers should be treated as old friends when they visit your dealership’s website. Make your site a convenient resource for return shoppers with personalized offers, recommended vehicles, and price-drop reminders. Pre-filling forms with their information eliminates a barrier to the sale.
We’re all busy. Provide convenience with service reminders and follow-ups that allow your customers to click through the offer to schedule service immediately. This will keep them from waiting and seeking out someone else in an emergency. Recall notices, end-of-lease reminders, and new model year promotions are all ways to make the next service or purchase decision easier.
More people turn to social media for customer service than ever before. Meet your customers’ needs with a social voice that is a helpful extension of your dealership. Quick responses to messages lets customers know you value their time and their business.
Happy customers sharing positive experiences obviously speak well for retention. However, negative feedback is just as important to customer retention. Listen to unhappy customers and identify areas of improvement. The quality of your responses to their issues influences how likely they are to return.
Helpful, local content keeps your dealership in front of customers at every point in the sales and service cycle. Tracking their interactions with the newsletter allows you to write more about what they want to read. Align your content messaging across channels, using reader behavior to guide your strategy.
Few things are more annoying than a barrage of advertisements for items that don’t interest you. Targeted online advertising and remarketing improves the shopping experience by reducing digital noise. Show your ads to customers who have shown interest in your dealership and what you have to offer.
Database marketing means digging deep into each customer’s profile, analyzing up to 500 data points, and then choosing the perfect sales scenario. The quality of a completely customized sales offer means your customers never have a reason to shop anywhere else.