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Got your attention? Good. The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect technician pay plan. There are countless ways to create any pay plan. I’ve heard all the claims and opinions, and to be honest, it’s getting a little frustrating. Claims that an hourly paid pay plan cannot motivate. That flat rate is the only way to truly get the most production from your technicians. And then there’s the hybrid performance-based pay plan that many claim is the best.
At a recent industry event, a shop owner from the Midwest boasted about his flat-rate techs and insisted that this pay plan should be adopted by all shops across the country. When I informed him that in states like New York, you cannot pay flat-rate, he was shocked. “Then how do you motivate your techs” he asked me.
I remember the day in 1986 when I hired the best technician who ever worked for me in my 41 years as an automotive shop owner. We’ll call him Hal. When Hal reviewed my pay plan for him, and the incentive bonus document, he stared at it for a minute, looked up, and said, “Joe, this looks good, but here’s what I want.” He then wrote on top of the document the weekly salary he wanted. It was a BIG number. He went on to say, “Joe, I need to take home a certain amount of money. I have a home, a wife, two kids, and my Harly Davidson. I will work hard and produce for you. I don’t need an incentive bonus to do my work.” And he did, for the next 30 years, until the day he retired.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. So, here’s mine. Money is a motivator, but not the only motivator, and not the best motivator either. We have all heard this scenario, “She quit ABC Auto Center, to get a job at XYZ Auto Repair, and she’s making less money now at XYZ!” We all know that people don’t leave companies, they leave the people they work for or work with.
With all this said, I do believe that an incentive-based pay plan can work. However, I also believe that a technician must be paid a very good base wage that is commensurate with their ability, experience, and certifications. I also believe that in addition to money, there needs to be a great benefits package. But the icing on the cake in any pay plan is the culture, mission, and vision of the company, which takes strong leadership. And let’s not forget that motivation also comes from praise, recognition, respect, and when technicians know that their work matters.
Rather than looking for that elusive perfect pay plan, sit down with your technician. Find out what motivates them. What their goals are. Why do they get out of bed in the morning? When you tie their goals with your goals, you will have one powerful pay plan.
Retired 5+ years ago and spend half my time down here in Florida. Haven't been on the forum in a few years. When I am up home in Ohio the tire dealer that bought my business and rents my building from me takes good care of all my vehicle service needs. My Mini needs a few things and I'd like to hook up with someone from this forum close to me down here.
Belt is squealing so probably needs a new belt, tensioner and idler pulley. Also need a new right side window motor.
Anybody close to Fort Myers Beach?
Mark Defer 330-603-5127
Recorded Live at the 2024 MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) Training Event & Trade Show, shop owner Bill Snow discusses marketing strategies, the use of social media platforms, and the importance of authenticity in video marketing. Bill shares insights on audience preferences for lighthearted content and emphasizes professionalism and the value of every customer interaction in reflecting the business's dedication to service.
Digital Marketing Class (00:01:41) Bill Snow discusses the upcoming digital marketing class at MACS and his approach as a shop owner teaching digital marketing. Importance of Google Reviews (00:03:11) Bill Snow highlights the increasing importance of Google reviews and the impact on search results for potential customers. Asking for Reviews and Follow-Up (00:03:49) Bill Snow explains the process of asking for reviews and the importance of follow-up calls to clients. Deferred Work and Client Follow-Up (00:04:34) Bill Snow discusses the practice of following up on deferred work and its impact on client relationships and future appointments. CRM and Marketing Campaigns (00:06:21) Bill Snow explains the use of CRM for deferred work notifications and the implementation of marketing campaigns based on weather and other factors. Hands-Free Scheduling and QR Codes (00:07:47) Bill Snow discusses the use of QR codes for hands-free scheduling and the integration with the shop management system. Elevating Professionalism in the Industry (00:10:32) Carm Capriotto and Bill Snow discuss the importance of elevating the professionalism of the industry and the impact of job titles on attracting talent. Neighborhood-Based Social Media Marketing (00:12:47) Bill Snow describes the shift towards more fun and neighborhood-based social media marketing for Rad Air's ten stores. Celebrating People and Life on Social Media (00:14:19) Bill Snow emphasizes the importance of showcasing the people side of the business and celebrating employees and clients on social media. The Neighborhood Professional Service Center (00:17:34) Carm shares the concept of the "Neighborhood Professional Service Center" and its importance in the industry. Social Media Strategy (00:18:14) Bill Snow discusses the role of different social media platforms, including Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube, in their marketing strategy. YouTube Content and Racing Team (00:18:32) Bill Snow explains their YouTube content strategy, including shorts and in-depth videos, and how they showcase their racing team. Video Marketing and Authenticity (00:19:52) The importance of genuine and unedited videos in building connections with customers and clients is discussed. Consumer, Customer, and Client (00:19:58) Bill Snow explains the distinctions between consumers, customers, and clients, and how they impact marketing and relationships. Creating Engaging Content (00:21:23) Bill Snow shares insights into the type of content that resonates with their audience and the importance of hiring someone with a different perspective. Point of View (POV) Videos (00:22:27) The rising trend of point of view (POV) videos, particularly in the context of technicians showcasing tasks like oil changes, is discussed. Enhancing Customer Experience (00:26:18) Bill Snow describes their approach to creating a positive experience for new clients, including personalized welcome bags and additional services. Client Experience Manager (00:27:11) The role of a client experience manager in ensuring quality control and enhancing the overall customer experience is explained. Professionalism and Image Building (00:30:24) The importance of professionalism and creating a positive image for auto repair shops, as well as the role of digital marketing in their 2024 strategy, is highlighted.
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The Most Important Rule for Auto Repair Shops: Always Say Yes to Customers - Chris Cotton Weekly BlitzBy carmcapriotto
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In this podcast episode, Coach Chris Cotton from Auto Fix Auto Shop Coaching highlights the significance of always saying yes to customers in the auto repair industry. He recounts two examples where service advisors faced challenges in agreeing to customer requests. Cotton stresses the importance of customer satisfaction and the delicate balance of agreeing to customer demands without making unrealistic promises.
Saying Yes to Customers (00:02:36) Importance of prioritizing customer satisfaction and finding ways to say yes instead of no.
Handling Customer Requests (00:03:45) Addressing an instance where a service advisor struggled to manage customer expectations and deliver on promises.
Customer Service Skills (00:05:54) Emphasizing the need to take care of the customer, manage expectations, and avoid overpromising while saying yes.
Saying Yes and Managing Expectations (00:10:11) Discussing the importance of saying yes to customers while managing expectations and not overpromising.
1. Importance of not saying no to customers in the auto repair business
2. Instances of a service advisor struggling to say yes to customers
3. Emphasizing the need to prioritize customer satisfaction
4.Managing expectations while saying yes to customers
5.Not overpromising to customers
Coach Chris Cotton', '00:06:54', "How would you like it if you were leaving town in 24 hours and somebody said, 'Oh, you can't take your car because we can't finish it up'? It's just not the right place to be in."
'Coach Chris Cotton', '00:09:14', "The customer doesn't care about any of that; the customer just wants to know if you can help them or not."
'Coach Chris Cotton', '00:12:16', "If they're in front of you unexpectedly, say yes, smile, and be like, 'Oh, I'm so glad, Mrs. Johnson, that you're here today. I haven't seen you in a while. Absolutely, we'll take care of your crisis for you.'"
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