Professional Automobile Salespeople Are A Brand | Automobile

The purpose of this article is to emphasizes the importance of automobile sales professionals taking every opportunity to connect with their prospects and sold list.It is a fact, ‘People prefer to do business with automobile salespeople they like and trust.’ There is no better brand builder than word of mouth. And, whether you realize it or not, as a professional automobile salesperson YOU are a brand.Your challenge is to create the desire in your customers and prospects to want to continue to do business with you, to want to recommend others to do business with you, to choose you when it comes to their next automobile purchase. You want them to refer to you as ‘their automobile salesman.’SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT ABOUT THE CUSTOMERHere is the kicker, if you are not maintaining a relationship with your sold list, then who is? If you are not following up on your prospects, then who is?Please don’t raise your hand and say “My customers will come back to me because they are fans on my Facebook wall.” Or, we are connected through Twitter.Poppycock. That is not maintaining quality follow-up. Facebook, Twitter, and similar social media sites are about you, not the customer, not the prospect. They are not designed for nurturing a personal relationship.If you truly want to impress on your sold list and prospects that it is about them, if you really want to demonstrate to your prospects that you are prepared to do what it takes to help them find the right vehicle that fits their budget and lifestyle, if you want to show you truly are their automobile salesman, then you need to demonstrate you are prepared to work to retain their loyalty after the vehicle crosses the curb.Now don’t read what I am not saying. I am not suggesting you send your customers and prospects chocolates, red roses, and wine – or whatever is similar. What I am saying is that if you are not making quality contact with your sold customers at least every three months, if you are not ensuring your customers receive a birthday greeting and special holiday greetings, then chances of retaining them as repeat buyers are diminishing. The longer the time between contacts, the relationship dims, the excitement of driving off in the new vehicle fades, and the less opportunity you have to sell them next time around.THE FUR WILL FLYThink that last paragraph is a bit goofy?If you have been selling automobiles for any length of time, then you have encountered people on your lot, driving your brand, that they bought at your store. They are looking to trade but cannot remember the name of the car salesperson they bought the vehicle from. Sound familiar?What is worse, the automobile salesperson who initially sold them is standing in the showroom. Why is he in the showroom? Because he does not remember them either! But when he does, watch out for the fur to fly because you are working ‘his’ customer. His customer whom he did absolutely no follow through on but now feels he should be rewarded with a repeat sale because they came back.Do not let that happen to you. Maintain regular positive contact with your sold customers and they will come searching you out – wherever you are. Through quality customer focused follow-up, build yourself as the brand and your customers will follow.Take charge of your automobile sales career, your sales future. As a commission automobile salesperson, you are a business. Invest in it. Build YOU as a brand.Remember, nothing happens until someone sells something.Sales Champions Make It Happen! then , then , then , then , then , then