Car Count Daily | Edition #13
Hi, shop owners, Ron Ipach here. Sometimes people call me Captain Car Count. Welcome to yet another edition of Car Count Daily. Now before I get started did you know that you can go down below this video and leave me a comment, leave me a question, maybe a suggestion? Yes, you can. As soon as this video is done, please go down and tell me what you think about these episodes, ask some questions, maybe even give me some suggestions for what I should be covering on future episodes. I would really appreciate that. As soon as we’re done with this, please go down and type something in that bar down there, so I could read it. I will respond to them. I try to respond to every one of the questions, comments and suggestions that I’ve been given.
On today’s episode we’re going to actually be addressing a question from a shop owner named Dave who’s been in business for 28 years. He asked, “Is there anything new in the automotive repair industry?” In a word, yeah. A lot has changed in these 28 years. If we look at the car itself, obviously, you know the cars are made a whole lot better than they used to be. You’re more in a maintenance business than you were in a repair business. That has changed drastically over these 28 years. Also, what’s changed is the consumer, the consumer habits. The way of contacting them has changed enormously. The buying habits of the consumer have changed drastically. Your share of their attention, trying to grab their attention when they’re being bombarded by all the advertising that’s out there has changed drastically.
When we think about it, millennials, which is now the largest group of people that are out there, they grew up with cell phones in their hands. Everything is online. They’re doing mobile searches instead of looking through the yellow pages. They buy things differently and at different times. You and I have changed a lot as well with that. When was the last time that you did some online shopping? I know I did a lot of my Christmas shopping online. I didn’t even have to leave the house to whittle down that Christmas list. A lot of people are driving less because they can simply go on Amazon and have it delivered in a couple hours. That’s changed drastically, the amount of miles that people are driving as well as people are using services like Uber and Lift for other people to drive them. It’s very inexpensive for people to get driven around. Their driving habits are changing a lot.
The one thing I can tell you is the marketing principles have not changed. The way we contact people have changed. The messages we give them have changed. The people we’re marketing to have changed. All of those have changed drastically over the past 28 years, but the main principles, the core competencies of marketing really haven’t changed much at all. What am I talking about? First off, we got to find the right person to market to, the person we want to attract to our shop. Second, we have to give them a very compelling message. We got to grab their attenton. As I said before, there’s a lot more competition for those eyeballs. People are looking at email, they’re online. They’re seeing advertisements bombarding from all these different areas. We have to be a lot more savvy in how we try to attract their attention. That hasn’t changed.
Then we need to give them a very compelling offer. We got to give them a reason to come to our shop versus go anywhere else. Why do people want to do business with you versus anybody else? That’s a good core competency and make sure that you have that in all of your marketing as well as you got to give them a sense of urgency, so they get off the couch and come into you right now versus thinking about it and thinking maybe later on I’ll do that. We got to have the right target. We have to have the right message. We have to have the right offer, and we have to give them that sense of urgency, so that they come in right now. That all has been the same. Everything else about running the business has totally changed. If you’re not keeping up with that, you’re going to be left behind. Again, the marketing, the core competencies haven’t changed, but everything that layers on top of that, how we deliver that message, that’s changed drastically. Who we’re delivering it to has changed drastically.
Dave, yes, a lot has changed over the 28 years. Very little has stayed the same, so from a marketing standpoint you got to make sure that you pay attention to those things that have always been tried and true that work, but everything else has changed drastically. I hope that helps. I hope that’s a better explanation than the little blurb that I left below your question before. Now that will conclude today’s episode, but please as I mentioned at the very beginning of this, go down. Leave your questions, comments and suggestions. I’ve love to read them, and I’d love to respond to them. I need to know if you like what you’re seeing. Let me know how I can do better for you.