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Outsource to in house - the 40,000-ft view - part 1 of 4

  1. 1. New Vision Sales Automobile Dealer Sales Training – Article SeriesOutsource to In-House: <br />The 40,000-ft. View – Part 1 of 4<br />Can a dealer begin business development as an outsourced service and transition to an in-house operation? My answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” Of course, that “yes” comes with a few ifs. This route will work if everybody’s prepared for it, if everybody’s properly trained for it and if there’s proper communication between the outsourced module and the dealership’s management.<br />Since this is such a large topic, in order to explore it in-depth, this article is the first of a four-part series dedicated to the topic “Outsource to In-House.” This is the first of four parts in which I’ll cover the bird’s eye view, and over the next parts, I will focus on the three imperative stages of the transitional process:<br />1. Preparation – Choose an outsourced provider, which functions to outsource and a point person to communicate with the outsourced BDC on a daily basis. Also, get buy-in from management staff during this stage.<br />2. The Ramp-Up Process – Get buy-in from the rest of the staff, and determine the functions your in-house BDC will perform. Also in this stage is getting proper equipment and hardware in place and initial training so employees can begin to familiarize themselves with the new or updated processes. Key members of management should receive training on greeting appointments and the reverse TO process. Plus, towards the end of this stage, you begin hiring/recruiting.<br />3. The Final Stages – While still outsourcing, the outsourced provider comes in to begin full-scale training of your BDC employees. There will be some overlap, but that’s necessary for a natural, seamless transition. The new processes are mastered, and the switch from outsource to 100-percent in-house is complete.<br />The entire process varies and can take anywhere from a month to a year, or longer. First, the dealer must examine the options for outsourced providers. It’s very important that dealers do their homework when choosing a provider. I recommend a provider with a flat fee, as opposed to one that charges per appointment, so you’ll know your cost upfront. Plus, the provider you choose must be able to help you make the transition to in-house operations.<br />So, you, the dealer, asks yourself, “Why would I want to go this route?” The main reason is to gain and maintain control. Granted, some control is sacrificed upfront because an outsourced center will handle the calls; ultimately, however, once the process is complete, the dealer will have more control than ever over the phones than ever.<br />Once a dealership gains control of its phones, it stands to sell a lot more cars each month, and in this economic environment, dealers can’t pass up opportunities. As I said last month, each appointment needs to be treated like precious gold. It’s my belief, with regards to Internet sales and business development as a whole, the quicker your dealership converts an e-mail into a phone call or a phone call into an appointment, the better off you are because if you don’t, one of your competitors will.As the saying goes, “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” There are many dealers out there leading the way in business development efforts. You can join the leaders to reap the most rewards. Even if you start out as a follower with the goal of becoming a leader, in today’s market, following is much better than doing nothing at all.<br />I’ve seen many dealers selling between 100 and 200 cars a month who benefit from small in-house BDCs consisting of one to three people, and I’ve seen dealers selling 300-plus cars with fully-operational “death stars” for BDCs employing several people. For the smaller dealer with only a couple of salespeople, strictly outsourcing may be the better option because it doesn’t make sense to have more business development representatives working the phones than salespeople on the lot.<br />So, what does the dealer need to do to ensure this outsource to in-house BDC is a success? The dealer must have a growth mindset, and equally crucial is buy-in that trickles from the top all the way down. With buy-in, the dealer stands to reap big rewards once the in-house BDC is fully operational.For those dealers asking themselves if they can afford to take on such a big transformation right now, ask yourself if you can afford not to. If there are tumbleweeds blowing across the sales floor and salespeople aren’t blasting the phones, then someone needs to be on the phones getting customers in your store. Plus, it will allow you to account for every dollar spent on advertising and to determine where your ad dollars are best spent as well as where they’re not effective.<br />Twitter: www.twitter.com/NewVisionSalesFacebook: www.facebook.com/NewVisionSaleswww.NewVisionSales.comYouTube: www.youtube.com/user/NewVisionSalesLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/grodean New Vision Sales Inc.1670 Hwy 160 West Suite 206Fort Mill, South Carolina 29708803-802-2124Toll Free: 866-532-2827Info@NewVisionSales.com<br />