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Don’t Let Someone Steal Your Auto Repair Shop’s Online Identity

January 31st, 2020

By now you’ve probably heard about Google My Business and hopefully have set up and/or claimed the Google My Business profile for your auto repair shop. If you haven’t, or if you are letting somebody else manage it for you, please read on for some very important words of warning.

First, if you are unfamiliar with Google My Business, it is the big box that shows up on the right hand section of Google Results when you search for a business by name. As an example, Repair Shop Websites’ Google My Business profile is below.

This information serves as your online identity for anyone searching Google for your business name.  It has your business address, hours, and phone number, a link to your website, your Google Reviews, and a button to get directions to your business.  If someone types your name into Google, they’re probably expecting to see this information pop up on the right side of their screen. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a Google My Business profile, they probably aren’t going to see it.

Having a completed Google My Business (GMB) profile also makes you more likely to show up for any searches related to auto repair.  When an owner reaches out to Google and claims their Google My Business (GMB) profile, it gives Google more confidence about the information being provided for that business.  When an owner puts shop hours into their GMB profile, Google knows if that shop is open when someone who needs auto help right away.  When an owner puts the business’s current address into GMB, Google knows it isn’t going to accidentally send a Google user to that business’s old address, or an address that’s floating around online for the shop but is incorrect.

Simply put, if you don’t have a Google My Business profile, spending 15 minutes completing it will help you search far better than you currently do over time.  That’s why we reach out to every one of our customers and try to help them build or claim their Google My Business profile.  It’s the easiest way to improve your online presence, and we want to make sure our customers are taking advantage of it.

Unfortunately, GMB can hurt you, too.  If you don’t reach out to Google and claim your GMB profile, anyone can add your business to GMB or make edits to the information Google has about your business.  If Google doesn’t know very much about you, they’re only too happy to take information from strangers on where you are located, what you do, how to contact you, and when you’re open.

This means someone could request an edit and change your hours to “Closed” on Tuesdays.  They could change your phone number to a competitor’s phone number.  They can even change your website to somewhere unsafe, such as a phishing or ransomware website.  All of this can do some serious damage to your business.

This is where the other important part of Google My Business comes in.  Don’t let anyone walk away with your online identity.  If an employee has your GMB login information, make sure you get that information from them.  Whenever you cancel services with a vendor who manages your GMB profile, make sure you still have access to your profile.  Losing your Google My Business login is a lot like losing your real identity. You won’t be in control of the information online about your shop, and that information is likely to become less accurate over time.

There’s one other reason to keep up with this login.  If you can’t locate it but need to update something on your profile, you may have to request that Google “reset” your profile so you can gain access.  If you ever do need to do this, there’s a good chance Google will delete all of the information about the “old” business at that location.  Google wants to make sure that a person starting a new business isn’t earning credit (or blame) associated with the last business at that address.  That means that all of your shop information, pictures, and even reviews – all things that help you search well – are subject to deletion, and you’ll be starting from scratch again.  If you’ve accumulated dozens of great reviews, this is a disaster you shouldn’t have to experience.

To learn about how Repair Shop Websites can help you manage your Google My Business profile, call us at 855-394-6397 or email us at Team_RSW@RepairShopWebsites.com

Everything Automotive of Jacksonville, Inc.

January 30th, 2020

Everything Automotive of Jacksonville, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL is the place to go to get your car up and running in top condition. Owner Tony has a passion for cars and will treat you and your vehicle with respect. Some of their services include transmissions, engine maintenance and repair, oil changes, and brake servicing just to name a few. Stop by the shop at 7624 Beach Blvd or call 904-800-2714 to schedule an appointment.

Sandy’s Tire Sales & Service

January 30th, 2020

Whether you’re stuck on the side of the road with a flat or are just low on tread, Sandy’s Tire Sales & Service is the place to go for new tires. Located in Warren, OH, they service most tires. For instance, winter tire sets, to all season tires, to individual flat tire replacements. They offer Cooper brand in shop and their experienced team will help you make the right choice for your vehicle. If you need another brand, they can get it by the next day. Sandy’s Tire Sales & Service also offers a variety of tire and auto repair services. Call the shop at 330-392-9640 to schedule your appointment today or stop by at 2604 Mahoning Ave NW.

Repair Shop Websites Webinar – What Shop Owners Told Us About Marketing and Recruiting

January 29th, 2020

We surveyed auto repair shop owners from across the United States to get the answers to these questions:

  • What marketing tactic is most effective for bringing in new customers?
  • What marketing tactic is most effective for bringing in existing customers?
  • What key factor are shops highlighting in their marketing?
  • What techniques are shops using to recruit techs?
  • How often do technicians receive training?

We pulled the data together and presented it in our webinar – Shop Owners Survey: What They Told Us About Marketing and Recruiting.

In addition to presenting the data, our marketing director Martin Morgan, went deeper to interpret the data and offer suggestions on how you can use it to the benefit of your shop. He addressed questions including:

  • If social media is performing poorly why should you keep using it? And how might you use it more effectively?
  • How can you differentiate your shop based on how everybody else is marketing?
  • How can you stand out among shops recruiting techs?

Click or tap on the webinar below to start watching!

Coastal Automotive

January 29th, 2020

Awendaw, SC area Coastal Automotive is the place to go for all of your car repair needs. All repairs are carried out by their certified, expert technicians, and they have years of experience. They do everything from oil changes to a complete engine overhauls. For instance, they use high-tech diagnostic equipment to guarantee your vehicle is repaired. Additionally, they only use the highest quality replacement parts, filters, oils, and components. Call the shop at 843-849-9561 for an appointment. You can also visit them at 3904 N Hwy 17 today.

Three Ways to Improve Customer Service; and Why It Pays To Do So

January 28th, 2020

Have you ever noticed that companies love to claim that their customer service is great?  One reason is that it’s not quantifiable.  Unlike claiming to be the cheapest, fastest or most experienced, it’s hard to point to a competitor’s quote and say ‘that’s a lie’.  Even Wells Fargo, who has been fined more than $17 billion since 2000 for various forms of customer fraud, has a section on their website about “Serving Customers and Communities”.


Another reason businesses try so hard to claim great service is that it’s a major draw for the best customers.  Fifty-seven percent of people said they’d pay more for great customer service according to a 2019 study, and 73% said they’d be more likely to be a repeat customer.  Most customers also indicated they’d buy more services from employees they find friendlier.

Consulting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers quantified the financial value of great customer service in a study one year earlier.   According to this study, consumers pay 16% more for great service on average.  Sixteen percent sounds like a pretty good boost, but when you consider that it might not cost anything at all to improve your service, it becomes a tremendously valuable sum of money.  A 16% higher price may even double your profit margins.

Here are a few ways you can improve your customer service and capture that added revenue.

  • Improve your customer interactions over the phone – many customers interact with your shop for the first time over the phone, and those first few seconds determine how likely they are to choose your shop.
  • Focus on the customer, not the car – it’s easy to think of yourself as fixing cars. But if repairs are unexpected, you’re helping the customer navigate a newly hectic schedule.  Figure out what the customer needs most, not the vehicle – and try to find a way to provide it.
  • Educate and empower customers – going out of your way to show customers what’s wrong with their vehicle makes many of them more comfortable with paying what it costs to have it repaired.

To learn how Repair Shop Websites can help your auto repair shop earn most customers and make those customers more profitable, call us at 855-294-6397 or email us at Team_RSW@RepairShopWebsites.com

Peoples Choice Auto Repair is Your Choice

January 23rd, 2020

Car repairs can be stressful, but it helps when you have a repair shop you can trust. Family owned and operated since 2013, owner Chris Lane will give you honest advice, top-notch service, and fair prices – just like family. Peoples Choice Auto Repair has been a part of the Oak Ridge, TN for more than 7 years and their trained technicians strive to treat you and your vehicles with the utmost respect. They offer an extensive variety of services including alignments, brake repair, electrical services, heating and air, tires, and engine repairs. Stop by the shop at 106 Melton Lake Dr. or call (865) 272-3379 today to make an appointment.

Making Online Review Responses Profitable for Your Auto Repair Shop

January 16th, 2020

Responding to online reviews isn’t just customer communication; it’s high-visibility marketing. An easy way for people to learn how your shop treats customers is by reading the responses to the shop’s online reviews. Click here to learn how how to use your review responses to make you look great.

Highline Automotive

January 14th, 2020

Countryside, IL area Highline Automotive is the place to go for all of your car repair needs. All repairs are carried out by their certified, expert technicians, and they have years of experience. They do everything from oil changes to a complete engine overhauls. For instance, they use high-tech diagnostic equipment to guarantee your vehicle is repaired. Additionally, they only use the highest quality replacement parts, filters, oils, and components. Call the shop at (708) 482-4900 for an appointment. You can also visit them at 9675 West 55th St. today.

Edwarsdville Auto

January 14th, 2020

Edwardsville Auto in Edwardsville, IL is the place to go to get your car up and running in top condition. Owner Kenneth has a passion for cars and will treat you and your vehicle with respect. Some of their services include transmissions, engine maintenance and repair, oil changes, and brake servicing just to name a few. Stop by the shop at 503 E. Vandalia St. or call (618) 656-8447 to schedule an appointment.