10 Tips for Building the Best Commercial Dealership Team

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I get phone-calls and emails almost weekly from new commercial vehicles salespeople. Many of them are near the end of a three- or six-month draw against commission and are looking for answers on how to survive when their draw disappears and their income becomes based on commission. I typically ask the same questions — and receive the same answers:

Q: “What has been your main prospecting activity?

A: “I was told to knock on doors of local businesses.

Q: “Have you attended any trade associations or group functions?

A: “I only go to the Chamber of Commerce events.”

Q: “Doing those activities, have you had meetings with decision-makers?

A: “Very rarely. How do I get those appointments?

You get the idea. Only a small percentage of these new hires make it past the guaranteed draw period, much to the frustration of the commercial sales manager. What sets apart the dealerships that seem to consistently find success when building their team? In my view, the answer lies in developing and implementing quality hiring, training, and management practices. Here are 10 tips (3 tips on hiring, 5 on training, 2 on management) to help you build the best dealership team: Continue reading “10 Tips for Building the Best Commercial Dealership Team”

How to Gain Endless Referrals!

Recently, we’ve been talking about using referrals to gain appointments with prospects. In November, I wrote about “Leverage” and how you can create influence over customers by building positive and productive relationships. This relational leverage is valuable because it gives dealers the ability to ask for important favors from customers, like referrals. Then, in December, we talked about how those referral calls typically go and why they work so well when engaging a prospect.

As we dive deeper into the process of gaining referrals, I want to mention a saying that I live by: “In a bad system, even a great salesperson will most likely fail. But in a great system, even an average salesperson will most likely succeed!” Our system to Gain Endless Referrals is called our “Vendor Referral Program.”  Here are the main focal points: Continue reading “How to Gain Endless Referrals!”

Leverage

Webster’s Dictionary defines leverage as “a mechanical advantage gained by the use of a lever.” Applying that definition to dealerships, leverage is a sales advantage gained by creating and exerting influence over an intended target. I think the key to successful sales, therefore, is knowing how to develop and apply leverage over current and new customers. And the most effective way you can create and exert that influence is by building positive and productive relationships! Continue reading “Leverage”