Custom or standard – which type of upfit design is right for your commercial vehicle? If you were at the previous CONEXPO-CON/AGG, you may have seen Summit Truck Bodies’ custom Ford F-550. With its cool and precise design, Summit was understandably proud of their ability to upfit highly specialized trucks. Yet their impressive custom display contrasts with a growing trend in the industry for more standard designs. This had us thinking it would be a great time to look at the benefits of both custom and standard commercial vehicle upfits! Continue reading “Custom or Standard: Which Upfit is Right for You?”
It can be funny to see how over-the-top comic-book fans can be at events like Comic-Con, but then you realize people can be just as passionate about attending certain events in the commercial vehicle industry. Okay, most of us don’t show up in costume, but trade shows, expos, and conventions are still a huge deal.
Trade shows are a unique opportunity to be surrounded by professionals and other individuals in your field, where conversations about work are easy and don’t require lengthy explanations about industry terms. This makes industry events fantastic opportunities to make connections, find that product that will take your business to the next level, and of course, compete with your colleagues for who can find the best giveaways.
Of course, convention and expo attendance that is truly successful requires some level of strategic planning. Below are our tips for maximizing your trade show attendance: Continue reading “7 Tips for Maximizing Your Trade Show Attendance”
Commercial Truck Training, a frequent partner of Commercial Truck Trader™, often helps dealers develop a commercial department from scratch. Yet too often, after their team leaves, the dealership’s top management stops following their expert advice and institutes new systems based on faulty assumptions about the commercial industry. These mistakes are classic cases of “fantasy vs. reality.” To help you avoid falling into these misconception pitfalls, we’re debunking 6 myths about commercial sales that don’t match the reality of the industry, along with our recommendations for each situation. Continue reading “Debunking 6 Myths about Commercial Sales”
In a highly competitive market, the struggle for exposure can be difficult and expensive, and sometimes your own resources aren’t available for a costly campaign blitz. This is why commercial dealership success requires a nimble-minded ability to think outside the box and develop advertising solutions that don’t break the bank. In other words, commercial dealers need to learn how to be scrappy in marketing without spending a dime — or at least, spending very few dimes.
It’s important to keep in mind that being scrappy with resources doesn’t mean a dealership’s marketing strategies should suffer. Even on a tight budget, commercial dealers can maximize exposure, cultivate a sterling reputation, develop a leading voice, and become a powerhouse in sales. In Part 5D of our ongoing Scrappy Marketing on a Budget series, we’re discussing how that success can be achieved when dealers Evaluate Email Campaign Success. Continue reading “Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Evaluating Email Campaign Success”
In a previous lifetime, I was a high school football coach where I learned that you only win if you take a systematic approach to training, coaching, and playing. Those early experiences led me to a mantra that I still live by today, “In a bad system, even a talented individual is likely to fail. In a great system, even an average person is likely to succeed.” It’s true in sports and it’s true in sales. I have seen exceptionally talented salespeople fail, because they were in a bad system or had no system at all. I have also seen relatively average salespeople succeed beyond their talent level, because they had adopted a strategic and systematic approach to their work.
Because sales systems can have a major impact on your dealership’s success, it’s important to understand the main components of an effective system. So what makes a great commercial sales system? Continue reading “What Makes a Great Commercial Sales System?”
Commercial dealership marketing and sales look dramatically different than they did a few decades ago. Today, most buyers get the majority of their pre-purchase research online from an average of 30 touchpoints before making a purchase. In response to this changing landscape, dealers are increasingly relying on attribution analysis – the process of identifying which advertising channels convince consumers to make a purchase – to truly understand where their buyers are coming from and to guide their marketing and sales efforts. Continue reading “6 Tips for Boosting Commercial Sales with Attribution Data”
We’ve written previously about attribution analysis – the process of identifying which advertising channels convince consumers to make a purchase. Attribution matters because most big-item buyers – like those looking to purchase commercial vehicles – get the majority of their pre-purchase research online from multiple sources rather than coming into your dealership for the information. The complexity of today’s self-directed consumer sales journey makes attribution an essential element of lead intelligence that can significantly inform your advertising strategies. Continue reading “7 Models for Tracking Commercial Consumers’ Path-to-Purchase”
In a highly competitive market, the struggle for exposure can be difficult and expensive, and sometimes your own resources aren’t available for a costly campaign blitz. This is why commercial dealership success requires a nimble-minded ability to think outside the box and develop advertising solutions that don’t break the bank. In other words, commercial dealers need to learn how to be scrappy in marketing without spending a dime – or at least, spending very few dimes.
It’s important to keep in mind that being scrappy with resources doesn’t mean a dealership’s marketing strategies should suffer. Even on a tight budget, commercial dealers can maximize exposure, cultivate a sterling reputation, develop a leading voice, and become a powerhouse in sales. In Part 5C of our Scrappy Marketing on a Budget series, we’re discussing how that success can be achieved when dealers Implement Dynamic Emails. Continue reading “Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Implementing Dynamic Email Campaigns”
Prior to the Internet, a consumer’s path to purchase was relatively linear. They relied heavily on local commercial dealerships for knowledge and information about various trucks, coming directly to you – the dealer – at the beginning of their decision-making process. With the rise of online research, however, it is very rare for today’s customers to do their pre-purchase research in the store. This is particularly true for consumers looking to make major purchases – like commercial vehicles. Continue reading “Why Attribution Matters for Commercial Vehicle Dealers”
If you read our last post about content marketing, you know how important it is, but now it’s time to dive a bit deeper on how to actually put this technique to good use. It’s important to give your content a purpose – that’s why building a content strategy is crucial and can help you determine how to manage all of the amazing content you create. Content can definitely just live on your site, but with a solid strategy in place, it can reach more consumers and can even help you generate leads. Let’s take a look at a 6 steps for building your content plan/strategy and how to get the most bang for your buck: Continue reading “How to Create Content That Keeps Consumers Coming Back For More”