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October 2013, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

Cal Worthington: Brand of Gold

The Television Bureau of Advertising described the late Cal Worthington as “probably the best-known car dealer pitchman in television history.” Some of his most memorable “Go See Cal” commercials show Worthington wrestling a grizzly bear, hanging upside down from an airplane, riding an elephant and standing upside down on his head.

By Stephanie Forshee

Every good business needs a voice. So whom do you want to be the face of your dealership? And how can you be sure the right message is being delivered?

Tags: advertising, Cal Worthington, Celebrities, dealership profiles, Easterns Automotive Group, marketing, television advertising, YouTube

August 2013, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

The Boutique Dealership

By Kelly Wadlinger

The magazine’s resident boutique dealer breaks down the benefits and challenges of operating a nontraditional lot.

Tags: boutique style dealership, dealership marketing, dealership profiles, Fiat, Kelly Wadlinger, off site service, unusual dealership locations

August 2013, Auto Dealer Today - Feature

Serving Up Sales

By Stephanie Forshee

Terry Longmore was focused on service-department sales long before it became fashionable. That dedication is paying off for Beasley Ford Lincoln, where Longmore’s department is capturing 3 to 5 percent of his store’s sales leads from customers waiting in the service lounge.

Tags: Closing Ratios, Creative Selling, Customer Loyalty, customer satisfaction, data mining, dealership profiles, educational-based questions, JD Power and Associates, selling cars to service customers, selling with mobile devices, TEGA Technologies’ Service Turn

July 2013, Auto Dealer Today - Cover Story

Test Drives Delivered: A Profile of a Unique Seattle Startup

John Wehr (left) and Grant Feek (right) cofounded Tred in 2012. Wehr, the company’s chief technology officer, spearheaded technology projects for HiiDef Inc., creators of Flavors.me and Goodsie.com.

By Stephanie Forshee

A Seattle startup is taking a different approach to improving the car-buying experience, one that is supposed to drive a better connection between dealers and their customers.

Tags: concierge services, Customer Service, customer service innovations, dealership profiles, Innovations, Online Buying, sales incentive ideas, Tred, West Coast dealerships

April 2013, Auto Dealer Today - WebXclusive

Dealership Spotlight: George Grubbs III

By ADM

George Grubbs III’s Infiniti dealership is smack in the middle of a major roadwork zone, but he refuses to let the project create detours between him and his customers.

Tags: advertsing campaign, BDC, business management, customer service innovations, dealership profiles, digital marketing, Independent Community Bankers of America, Infinity, internet sales, pintrest, using social media

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