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Difficult question because everyone wants to jump on to get more new customers - and they don’t realize that they probably already have enough customers. 

I talk to shop owners virtually every day. 

My First question - “How many customers do you have on record?” Typical answer…. “Oh… thousands!... Maybe 2 or 3 thousand!”

My answer - “If you had 1,000’s of customers we wouldn’t be talking!”

Next question - “When was the last time you contacted them?? That could have been a letter, a postcard, an email, a text, a phone call…..?? When was the last time??”

Typical answer - “Uh… well… uh… probably about 3 years ago”


No matter what business, it’s always going to be expensive to get new customers. After all, they don’t know you; they don’t trust you; and probably don’t even like you. So you really have to dig deep to get those new customers. After all, why would they consider “risking” anything with somebody they don’t even know - unless it's a deal. 

Then that leads to stupid discounts and you’re left with nothing!

The right way… and you can read that as “The Cheap Way”... is to treat your customers like you would like to be treated… and do that NOT just when you want them to spend money, and they will recommend their friends, family and associates to YOU! 

Now, there’s smart ways to help that along, but give up getting more new customers. Instead, focus on keeping the ones you’ve got - besides there’s enough of the big box chains doing a great job to attract those customers away from you - but a little effort is all you need. 

For those interested, you can connect with my on a 15 minute strategy call and you and I will create a “Kick-Butt Offer” That I guarantee will put car count IN YOUR SHOP - and do it all USING YOUR CURRENT PRICING and WITHOUT Discounts or Give-a-ways. And you’ll even make money! 

Don’t want to be pushy, but this is going away soon- so hurry. 

Oh, and I’m not selling anything. No tricks - No gimmicks - No Kidding!
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Hope this helps!
“The Car Count Fixer”

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100% -  If you can't track it somehow... don't do it. Here's a real simple every day example. Every time I put new batteries in something, I use a sharpie and scribble the date on them. Just a quick DDMM/YY. The next time you replace them, you'll be surprised at how long they lasted... or didn't 😞

When it comes to your advertising, track it or don't do it!

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For long-term, I would recommend developing a good visual brand, to position yourself consistently and professionally to your local market area. That is equally important for retaining current/old customers and becoming recognized as THE shop to go to for attracting new customers. Use that brand for sponsorships and getting "seen" in your community.

For new customers, postcards is a great approach...even more so now that algorithms have changed so dramatically for social media marketing. There's mailing to a list of specific brand car owners, by zip code, year of manufacture and even demographics. A cheaper way to go is EDDM (Every Door Direct Marketing through the USPS) where you can mail for less postage cost. BUT, the message, offer, and look & feel of your mail piece is critical in returning you the best ROI. If you don't LOOK professional, that card will go directly to the trash in most cases. Postcards also work great for existing or old customers, to keep your shop "top-of-mind." A good plan and consistency is the only way this approach really works. Why? Because seeing you one time isn't going to do it. It now requires 8-12 "touch points" before most people make a decision. A touch point does not mean mailing postcard after postcard. It means how many times your potential customer is seeing your message, be it postcard, Facebook, Google, radio or local newspaper ads (and yes...small local community newspapers DO work...if the ad is a good one and visually consistent with your other marketing pieces. Professionalism and consistency are key.

Some examples are below.


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