Auto Dealer Today Issue

March 2016

Cover Story
Get Your Customers Back
By John Possumato

Loyalty geofencing is helping dealerships like Pacifico Marple Ford Lincoln recapture car buyers by sending powerful, targeted, above-the-lock-screen messages to their smartphones.

Features

Pushing Boundaries David Gesualdo

By David Gesualdo

New technology is not a substitute for salesmanship, but it can create more opportunities to do business the right way.

3 Ways to Get Personal

By Jason Heard

General sales manager explains how facility tours, trade walks and common courtesy can restore the human touch to an increasingly digitized transaction.

Low-Hanging Fruit

By Thomas B. Hudson, Esq.

Countless examples prove that dealer advertising is an easy target for regulators.

Why I Love This Business

By Ronald J. Reahard

Top trainer explains why honest, hardworking dealers are rewarded with happiness, peace of mind and financial gain.

Blog

On-the-Point

Jim Ziegler
It's a Nerd Meltdown

By Jim Ziegler
The Alpha Dawg coaches sales managers through a CRM crash, shares advice for desking deals the old-fashioned way, and explains why AutoNation’s rumored pay plan revision and GM’s thrice-delayed Project Pinnacle are doomed to fail.

There’s a Vacancy in Mom’s Basement

By Jim Ziegler
The Alpha Dawg discovers the cure for Millennial Madness and goes deep on certified pre-owned leasing, the case against Sage Auto Group, and the end of the big publics’ shopping spree.

Objects in the Rearview Mirror

By Jim Ziegler

The Big Talent Drain

By Jim Ziegler

Opening Observations

Over the Curb