13 Tips for Avoiding Scams When Buying Online

As the leading online marketplace for buying and selling commercial vehicles, Commercial Truck Trader understands just how useful the Internet can be in finding your next truck or van. However, it is essential that online shoppers always be on the lookout for scams. Spikes in scams occur around the holidays in retail, and at the beginning and peak of the busy season in commercial – but they can happen all year round. Because we always want our customers to be safe, we’ve put together a list of 13 tips for avoiding scams when buying online. Continue reading “13 Tips for Avoiding Scams When Buying Online”

Drivers Beware! 9 of the Most Haunted Roads in America

Drivers across the nation have spine-tingling tales of the strange and supernatural, from creepy local folktales to terrifying personal experiences. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we’ve collected accounts from 9 of the most haunted roads in America (the full stories are below, along with a fun infographic at the bottom). If you find yourself driving on any of these roads, beware! Continue reading “Drivers Beware! 9 of the Most Haunted Roads in America”

Top Exercises for Truckers

Every driver knows how tough it can be to stay healthy when on the road, making it no surprise that approximately 70% of truckers are overweight or obese. We’ve written previously about general practices for good health, how to maintain mental health, and achieving proper posture, but we haven’t taken an in-depth look at exercises on the road – until now. In this post, we’re breaking down which exercises can help drivers stay fit during long hauls, with little or no equipment required. Here are our top exercises for truckers. Continue reading “Top Exercises for Truckers”

Scrappy Marketing on a Budget: Evaluating Email Campaign Success

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”

8 Easy Trucker Recipes for On-the-Road Cooking

When driving days are particularly long (and most of them are), the last thing many truckers want to do is take the time to attempt a complicated recipe using their cab’s relatively simple cooking amenities. That’s why so many drivers’ dashboards are littered with fast-food wrappers, which is certainly convenient, but not very healthy. In fact, 65% of truckers say it’s hard to eat right1 and 70% of truckers are overweight or obese2. Luckily, there are easy recipes out there that use inexpensive ingredients prepared via simple instructions, which can help truckers lay off the fast-food. Plus, a nice home-cooked meal is a great way to feel at home during long-distance drives.

Below you’ll find some of our favorite recipes for cooking on the road. You’ll obviously need an APU/generator, power inverter, and likely some power-strips with surge protectors to power your amenities. You may not have tons of kitchen tools, but we’ve kept things simple – recipes on the list only require an electric skillet, hot-plate, soup-pot, blender, microwave, and/or slow-cooker. If you don’t have any one of those items, there are plenty of other recipes in the list that are still available. So without further introduction, here are 8 easy recipes for truckers: Continue reading “8 Easy Trucker Recipes for On-the-Road Cooking”

The Best Places to Eat on the Road

Driving a big rig is a unique profession. The constant travel and long hours aren’t for everyone, but trucking also has unique benefits, including opportunities to meet people from all walks of life, experience new places, see sights of natural beauty, and – perhaps best of all – taste all types of food from across our diverse nation!

Regional driving means regional eating, and resources are easily available to help you find the best chicken, barbecue, seafood, tacos, or cheesesteaks out there. Continue reading “The Best Places to Eat on the Road”

What Makes a Great Commercial Sales System?

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?”

6 Tips for Boosting Commercial Sales with Attribution Data

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”

7 Models for Tracking Commercial Consumers’ Path-to-Purchase

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”

Tips for Keeping Comfy in the Driver’s Seat

Sitting in one place for hours on end is not exactly the biggest perk of a trucking career. Yes, you might get to see the world from your position within the cab, but it can get pretty uncomfortable too. We’ve written previously about ways to feel at home in the cab, but discomfort while driving can not only be a nuisance, it can also become a health concern. That’s why we’re diving deeper into how truckers can better settle into the driver’s seat. From proper posture and seat positioning to finding the right seat cushions and more, here are our tips for keeping comfy in the driver’s seat:  Continue reading “Tips for Keeping Comfy in the Driver’s Seat”