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  1. Stefan Drechsel: New Electronic Service Department Applications. What You Need to Know

    Stefan Drechsel: New Electronic Service Department Applications. What You Need to Know

    $0.00

    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday July 13 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Stefan Drechsel of The Gillrie Institute
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLG2

    Service Scheduling and Appointments, Tablet-Based Walk Arounds, Electronic Multi-Point Inspections… What works? What doesn’t? What’s Worth the Price?

    When it comes to using new technology to make the service department process more efficient and effective, there are a lot of choices. New applications seem to pop up every day.

    Get current data and expertise on these systems from the pros at The Gillrie Institute.

    Before You Spend, Find Out:

    What applications and providers are dealers using? Successfully? Results?
    How satisfied are dealerships with both the applications and vendors?
    What’s next? What is coming down the pike in terms of service department automation? Learn More
  2. Don Tipton: How to Build a Killer Business Plan for Service

    Don Tipton: How to Build a Killer Business Plan for Service

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday June 29 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Don Tipton
    Program Length: 80 Minutes
    SKU: ELF5

    No Coasting… How to Become a Service Business Builder

    Benjamin Franklin said:

    “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

    Start Planning: become a Fixed Operations Business Builder and not just a caretaker.

    Join this presentation of Don Tipton’s popular workshop as he shows you how to create a bold, but very achievable Business Plan for your Service Department.

    Don will show you:

    How to identify areas in your service operation ripe for improvement
    How to analyze the 'structure' of your Service Dept… the staff and resources to capitalize on those opportunities
    How to set a net profit objective compatible with your 'structure' or vice versa
    How to determine if your 'process' is compatible with your goals
    How to create a 'marketing plan' to help your meet your objectives
    How to keep it all on track for the entire year
    Learn More
  3. Brooke Samples: How to Detect and Prevent Internal Theft

    Brooke Samples: How to Detect and Prevent Internal Theft

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday June 22 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Brooke Samples
    Program Length: 90 Minutes
    SKU: ELF4

    It is almost always the long-term and very trusted employee that ends up stealing the most. Common sense detection and prevention techniques…

    We all would like to think that this type of horror and disappointment won’t happen here… to us! But it is that very trust that makes you vulnerable. Let’s get a handle on this before it’s too late!

    Unfortunately, we have learned that, given the opportunity, some dealership employees (even those who are long term valued team members… and seemingly very loyal) can and will steal. And sometimes they can be “good people” just caught in a bad situation.

    Now… Which ones? And how do you stop this before temptation gets the better of them?

    You Will Discover:

    2 most important steps you can take today to reduce opportunities for employees to steal
    In which dealership departments are you most likely to find theft and/or embezzlement
    Why your most trusted and long-term employees should receive even greater scrutiny
    How to identify theft/risk areas and how to prioritize countermeasures
    How to stop the losses and save good people from self-destruction Learn More
  4. Christine Andrews & Rob Campbell: The Auto Controller WOW Factor - 5 Sure-Fire Ways to Create Quick Store-Wide Improvements

    Christine Andrews & Rob Campbell: The Auto Controller WOW Factor - 5 Sure-Fire Ways to Create Quick Store-Wide Improvements

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday June 8 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Christine Andrews & Rob Campbell of Withum Smith & Brown
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLF2

    Counting the money is an important job. But Exceptional Controllers do so much more. Learn what you can implement today to bring quick bottom line improvement.

    You will learn:

    The most useful tools to maintain profits
    How to help department managers improve their profit performance
    The importance of accruals to the bottom line
    Where real profits are hiding on the balance sheet
    What measures controllers can take to drive improved store-wide performance
    Learn More
  5. Kevin Baumgart: Focusing on Talent Management to Improve Dealership Operations

    Kevin Baumgart: Focusing on Talent Management to Improve Dealership Operations

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday, May 11 2017
    Featuring: Kevin Baumgart
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLE2

    Buyers have Changed… Your People Need to Change Too to be Successful… How to Hire Winners.

    It’s no secret that the key to your success relies heavily on the quality of the people you hire and manage.

    That basic truth has not changed, but as so many have been telling us for years, as generational cohorts come into their own, the needs, desires, habits and preferences of people have definitely changed. “That’s not your car buyer’s father in the showroom!”

    To keep pace, you need to hire and manage to match this new reality. You need to hire winners!

    You Will Learn:

    How more enlightened “people strategies” will improve dealership operations and profits
    How to identify the shifts in the labor market and how best to attract the best available talent
    About small team implementation and a sample organizational structure
    How to use “Career Pathing & Planning” for both sales and fixed ops staffing
    About sample pay plans that will address needs of younger generations Learn More
  6. Joni Stuker with Ryan Bongard Internet Ups:  Guiding the Prospect from Email to Phone to Your Showroom

    Joni Stuker with Ryan Bongard Internet Ups: Guiding the Prospect from Email to Phone to Your Showroom

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday, May 4 2017
    Featuring: Joni Stuker with Ryan Bongard
    Program Length: 60 Minutes
    SKU: DLE1

    A practical guide to keep your prospects "in the net" until you can greet them on the showroom floor.

    An alarming number of Internet prospects, up to 95% by some estimates, never make it into the showroom. Some aspect of the experience turns them off to your dealership.

    All too often it is the e-mail-to-phone transition that is the dead end to the sale!

    Converting online shoppers to showroom customers requires specially-designed processes and a well-developed skill set.

    Joni Stuker of Owner Connect has developed just such a game plan for auto retailers and she will share it with DealersEdge members during a special presentation.

    You Will Learn:

    The 10 Steps for Setting a Showroom Appointment using both inbound and outbound contacts
    How to create and use professional scripts to support your game plan
    The Essential Elements for building your value story over the phone
    Methods for staying in control of the call
    The deal breakers and how to overcome
    Telephone introductions that engage prospects and encourage questions that lead them to your showroom. Learn More
  7. Steve Nickelsen: Why 70% of Used Car Depts Underperform … and How to Unlock Your Real Used Vehicle Potential

    Steve Nickelsen: Why 70% of Used Car Depts Underperform … and How to Unlock Your Real Used Vehicle Potential

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    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Thursday June 1 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Presenter: Steve Nickelsen
    Program Length: 80 minutes
    SKU ELF1

    Learn to identify and exploit the "low-hanging fruit" in your Used Vehicle Departments. Make Used Vehicles a Profit-Producing Powerhouse!

    For Sales & Senior Management

    Steve Nickelsen has identified the Key Strategies, Processes, and Functions that are the building blocks of a pre-owned department. Some dealerships have already doubled their used-vehicle sales by implementing these concepts.

    Steve will share with you some ideas on how to modernize your approach to used car management and marketing in the new "efficient" 21st century marketplace.

    You Will Learn:

    ## How to "lift the lid" of past performance and start acting on the possible
    ## How perceived "warmth & competence" impact the customer's buying decision
    ## How improving in several key areas can kick start performance improvements
    ## Why focusing on these performance shortfalls will ignite explosive Used Car growth
    ## How to transform your Used Vehicle Depts into profit-producing powerhouses! Learn More
  8. Phillip Sherman: Telecom Technology Update: Cloud or Hardware…Which is Best for You

    Phillip Sherman: Telecom Technology Update: Cloud or Hardware…Which is Best for You

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    MEMBERS ONLY ONLINE WORKSHOP

    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Live Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Phillip Sherman
    Program Length: 60 Minutes

    Improvements in Telecom tech march on and dealership buyers need to stay current so you can be smart buyers of this vital business tool.

    Phillip Sherman is the go-to telecom expert for DealersEdge and helps us keep our knowledge and understanding of this important communication system current. In past workshops, Phillip warned dealers not to jump too quickly into the Cloud-Hosted systems that were being heavily marketed to auto dealers.

    Well, technology upgrades move fast these days. This is particularly true when studying the best telecom system for your dealership organization. Visit with us via this workshop as Phil Sherman updates the current state of telecom systems. Learn about the important features and costs to consider.

    You will learn:
    About Today’s Technology vs. the Technology of the Past
    About the elements of your telecom system and what makes each work
    Advantages and Disadvantages of CPE (Customer Premise Equipment)
    About Disaster Recovery Implications
    How to Measure and Choose: Functionality vs. Monthly Cost
    How to Make Intelligent Telecom Decisions Learn More
  9. Greg Criss: How to Benefit from Tablets on the Service Drive

    Greg Criss: How to Benefit from Tablets on the Service Drive

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    MEMBERS ONLY Online Workshop

    Workshop Info:
    Air Date: Live Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Greg Criss
    Program Length: 60 Minutes

    How tablets can benefit Service Drive Selling… But also how tablets can hide more significant selling process weaknesses. It's a tool not a magic pill.

    Auto dealers purchase tablets for the service drive for two basic reasons. On one hand the modern technology gives the customer the appearance that your dealership is on the techie cutting edge. However, most companies selling these systems also tout increased customer paid labor as a benefit of using the tablet.

    Greg Criss takes a more reasoned view… seeing the benefit of deploying tablets, but not ignoring basic selling process deficiencies that plague many dealership service departments and are not necessarily overcome simply by the tablet.

    You will learn:

    How tablets can mask service drive process problems and how to overcome
    The magic of "Postponed" operation codes when recommendations are declined
    How to prepare for Service Guests prior to arrival
    How to guarantee that Service Menu presentations are completed
    How to help your Advisors improve CSI and Email Capture Learn More
  10. Ray Branch: Effective Labor Rate Control and Management… The Art & The Science

    Ray Branch: Effective Labor Rate Control and Management… The Art & The Science

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    Online Workshop
    Air Date: Thursday March 23, 2016 at 1pm Eastern/ Noon Central/ 11am Mountain/ 10am Pacific
    Featuring: Ray Branch

    Discover a plan and a painless process to significantly improve your Customer Pay ELR - Effective Labor Rate! Small almost invisible adjustments with huge bottom line impact!

    Ray will be sharing knowledge to help the Service Manager meet their #1 responsibility to the dealer… PRODUCE ROI! Learn the formula for immediate and significant ELR improvement. You can make relatively small and almost invisible-to-the-customer changes in labor pricing that would result in an increase to your Effective Labor Rate (ELR) of $6 or $7 in just 30 days.

    Sounds almost too good to be true doesn't it. But listen in to this DealersEdge Workshop and Ray Branch will both prove it to you and show you how.

    "Professor" Branch has studied this concept for over 20 years and in the process has performed a forensic analysis on over 50 million dealership Customer Pay Repair Orders. This analysis takes each RO through more than 120 complex calculations generating more than 80 Key Performance measurements. The results are nothing short of amazing and very revealing.

    You will learn:

    The real definition of "Effective Labor Rate"
    More than 12 specific ELR improvement techniques
    About the Visibility Pyramid - ELR fully explained
    The science of Flat Rate Frequency Utilization
    How to control the up and down swings in your customer paid ELR
    The powerhouse concept of “Opps vs. Dones”
    Learn the formula for immediate and significant ELR improvement. Learn More

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