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I NEED HELP. I have been in business 48 years. We had our best year ever, finally over 1 million in our small shop. I have always prided myself on our reputation. We recently had a vehicle that had a drain plug not put back in and in return the engine went bad. We replaced it with an engine with fewer miles. Both engines her old one and the replacement needed a timing belt. The customer originally agreed to pay $650.00 for a new timing belt reduced price, when we put the engine in. Finished the job and then she didn’t want to pay. We eventually said fine just pick up the car. We had asked her to sign a confidentially agreement because she had her son, sister, ex-husband and uncle come in yelling. She has turned us into the BBB which we have A plus rating. We responded with she could pick up the car anytime for Zero dollars. We are being pounded in social media website NEXT DOOR. It is like a snowball going downhill getting bigger and bigger. Can’t get it to stop. I responded on the site. I didn’t do a he said she said. I just laid out the facts. I know people read what I had to say and appreciated it. I even had a person stop in and say it took a lot of guts to respond like I did. But he couldn’t say anything because he is a business owner and didn’t want to be attacked for it. With all that being said we have many wonderful customers. We have 667 five start reviews with only 8- 1 star reviews. I know I am not the first person to be attacked like this on social media. Any ideas would be much appreciated. If interested attached is my reply that went on the neighborhood site. You can even call me. 503 646 2940
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By Ron Ipach
There’s been a ton of changes to the way you should be marketing yourself and your business. Personally, I’m a lot more ‘out in front’, human, and personable. Not only have I been sending out daily Car Count blogs, but I’ve been using social media a bunch more too in order to assist any way I can in the improvement of your repair shop marketing. I’m on Facebook giving everyone an inside peeking into my personal going-ons. I’m on Twitter and LinkedIn with informational messages and links. I’m posting previous episodes of my Car Count Daily series on YouTube and AutoCareVideo using online videos to deliver a lot of my tips & marketing messages. I’m maximizing opportunities to release valuable content to potential customers and further establish Captain Car Count and Repair Shop Coach's online presence with social media (you may have been directed to this very blog through a social media platform).
Marketing Your Auto Repair Business
I’ve been working on my client and prospect lists much more efficiently with social media marketing. I’ve stopped the constant bombardment of “Hey, buy something from me” messages to everyone because as my friend Ron LeGrand says, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” If your business has been negatively affected by this economy and that hasn’t been enough of a wakeup call for you, I’ve realized that no amount of my poking and prodding is going to be able to snap you into action.
Why am I telling you all this? Because in regards to management and operations of your auto repair shop, that’s EXACTLY what you need to be doing right now in your own business. We’ve entered a whole new phase of running a business that you’re either going to have to adapt to as a repair shop owner, or be left behind.
It's About The Relationships, Not The Sell
Folks are watching every dollar they spend and they’re closely watching who they give it to. They don’t want to do business with businesses – they want to do business with people. You’re going to have to make you and your auto repair shop a much more inviting place for them to spend their money, or you will suffer the consequences of doing business as usual.
Instead of attempting to present social media messages through push sells, promote yourself and your shop's personality. Clients want a reason to trust you and constant advertising messages are going to steer them away from your business. Share meaningful content, interact with your customers, and personalize your business.
80% of your sales will come from only 20% of your clients. Identify who your top 20% of clients are and focus your money, time and energy on them. That’s where the money is. Clone them. Ask for and get more referrals from them. Target prospects just like them.
Get very active in social media. Let your clients and prospects get to know who you really are on Facebook. Start recording videos (LIVE) with quick tips and meaningful messages and post them on YouTube. Watch your shop and personal profitability rise and let your personality shine.
While you're at it sign up for my seven critical marketing mistake video series that are keeping customers away from your shop.
-- Ron Ipach (a.k.a Captain Car Count)
President/Founder of Repair Shop Coach More articles and content like this and originated through Ron Ipach's Car Count Daily campaign Auto Repair Shop Owners, Managers, and Automotive Industry Professionals are invited to join 'Car Count Daily Boosters' LinkedIn group to provide resources and gain insight on boosting car count DAILY and filling up the bays in their shops.