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Classic Auto Repair Service is Your Richmond Car Specialist

August 26th, 2020

Whether you need your brakes serviced, oil changed, suspension serviced or other auto repairs and maintenance Classic Auto Repair Service in Richmond is there to help. They’re a family owned business and their goal is offer amazing service at affordable prices. They provide straight forward advice and top quality parts and repairs just like family. Stop by the shop today at 621 Research Road or call 804-378-7449 to schedule an appointment.

Mission Car Care Center

August 25th, 2020

Mission Car Care Center in Oceanside, CA is the place to go to get your car up and running in top condition. The team 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 1618 Mission Ave, or call (760) 687-9688 to schedule an appointment. 

Tallahassee Car Care – The Best in Town

August 24th, 2020

Tallahassee Car Care in Tallahassee, FL is the place to go to get your car up and running in top condition. They have 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 1227 W Tharpe Street or call 850-576-0260 to schedule an appointment. 

Webinar – Local Search Tips and Tricks: Google My Business and the Local Pack

August 20th, 2020

Have you wondered how Google decides what shops should appear in the map section of search results?

Have you considered what you could do to get your shop to show up there more often?

Would you like to increase the number of customers you get from people searching for auto repair services online?

If you answered yes to one or all of those questions, then our Local Search Tips and Tricks: Google My Business and the Local Pack webinar video below is for you!

During the webinar we:

  • Explain the importance of the Local Pack
  • Share the most important factors for appearing in the Local Pack
  • Identify key elements of your Google My Business profile that impact Local Pack rankings
  • Provide you with a game-plan for optimizing your GMB profile

You will:

  • Better understand how the Local Pack works
  • See a new GMB feature that could significantly help you in local and organic search
  • Walk away with practical tips for optimizing your GMB profile

Watch the webinar now for your Google My Business Profile Optimization Game Plan!

Taube’s Collision will get Your Vehicle Looking Like New

August 20th, 2020

Car accidents, fender benders, dents and scratches are all a part of life when you own a car. However there’s no need to worry if you’re in New Baltimore, MI. Taube’s Collision is the premiere body shop in the New Baltimore area. They specialize in collision repair and auto body paint and have the tools and experience to bring your damaged vehicle back to life! They’ll get your car up and running and looking great. Taube’s Collision also offers auto interior and detailing services so that the inside of your car will look just as amazing as the outside. Give them all call today at 586-725-3040 to schedule an appointment or stop by the shop at 51951 County Line Road. 

3 Things To Consider If Your Repair Shop Has Too Much Business

August 20th, 2020

The economic impact of COVID-19 varies tremendously from region to region.  Some shops have faced such steep revenue declines that they’ve already been forced to close their doors.  But many of our customers are telling us a very different story: they can’t keep up with all the work.

Several factors are leading to the torrent of requests.  Before the pandemic, many people delayed major repairs because they didn’t want to be without their vehicle for a week.  That’s less of a problem in the “safer-at-home” era.  Others couldn’t afford big repairs, despite the clear need.  The stimulus check provided them with enough money to get problems fixed, delaying a car payment.  Some states postponed inspections penalties, but have recently put them back in place. That’s led to several months of inspections flooding shops all at once.  Whatever the reason, many shops are struggling to keep up.

When you’re working long days just to get the cars out the door, the last thing you want to do is stop and think about strategy while the requests pile up.  But focusing on these three things will pay off even in the short run.

Focus on Your Priority Work

Not all jobs benefit your shop equally – some are more profitable than others.  The most profitable work is different from shop to shop, depending on your technicians’ expertise, your equipment and your shop configuration.

Make sure your marketing is more narrowly focused when you’re overbooked.  For instance, if you make any Facebook posts, make sure they aren’t focused on lower-profit services.  Make sure your website’s home page is promoting your most profitable services towards the top of the site.  And if you subscribe to any services that send out reminder postcards or have coupons on your website, it’s a good time to put those on hold.

Pulling back on lower-profit services serves two goals.  First, it may reduce the amount of work that you have coming into your shop – and when you’re booking people several days or weeks out, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Second, it ensures that the business that is coming your way is profitable.  After all, if you’re having to work overtime to handle all the work you’re getting, you may as well get paid for it.  And when your calendar does slow down, you’ll be happy to resume those postcard mailings and coupons and get that business in the door.

Think Efficiency

Write down the steps your employees take for each customer, from the time the customer drives into your lot until you hand them their keys back.  For each step, ask if there’s anything you can do to speed it up.  A little creativity can create a lot of time – just take a look at the fast-food industry

In central North Carolina, Chick-Fil-A has always been busy, but their business is up dramatically during COVID-19.  To address this, they’ve completely reconfigured their parking lots, making one way entrances and exits.  This has allowed them to create two lanes for drive-through, even though there’s only one menu and speaker.  That’s not a problem, because you don’t order at the speaker.

Employees are stationed outside with tablets and card readers to show customers the menu and take orders.  They ask for your order when there are ten cars ahead of you, rather than five.  This gives them more time to prepare your order, which means nobody waits at the window for their order to be prepared.  They even have runners stationed at the order delivery window, allowing them to provide food for up to three cars at once.  All of this allows them to serve twice as many people per minute as other fast-food restaurants with the same size building.

Don’t Ruin Relationships.

Customers know when you really value their business – it’s one of the things that keeps people coming to independent shops instead of franchises or dealerships.  But there are times when you really would prefer not to have another person calling you and asking for a time slot that you don’t have tomorrow.

You can’t let your phone service suffer, even when it’s costing you time and money.  Even when you’re busy, it’s important to answer the phone, and make the person on the other end think that they’re the only thing you’re focused on while you’re talking to them.  Apologize, and explain that you’re so busy that you’re booked out for several days – and tell them it’s uncommon for you to be so busy.

If you seem as rushed as you actually feel, they’ll notice.  Later on, when you need that business, they’ll be calling someone else for their maintenance and repairs.

And if you don’t have too much business, call Repair Shop Websites to learn how we can get more you more business at 855-294-6397 or email us at Team_RSW@RepairShopWebsites.com.

Madison Automotive Is Your Hometown Automotive Specialist

August 18th, 2020

Whether you need your brakes serviced, oil changed, battery replaced or other auto repairs, Madison Automotive in Memphis is there to help.  Madison Automotive provides the best quality car care in Memphis, TN. They are a family owned business delivering honest and professional automotive repair and auto maintenance services to the people of Memphis and surrounding areas. The ASE certified technicians at Madison Automotive employ today’s latest automotive technology and are equipped to handle all major and minor repairs on foreign and domestic and luxury exotic vehicles. Call 901-386-9600 to schedule an appointment or just stop by the shop at 2457 Covington Pike today.

JP Auto Repair

August 17th, 2020

JP Auto Repair in Charleston, WV is the place to go to get your car up and running in top condition. They have 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 516 Russell Street or call 304-346-0888 to schedule an appointment. 

Supporting Community Members in Need of Help

August 12th, 2020

US unemployment exceeds 10%. Community involvement is always good for business, and if your business isn’t struggling right now it’s more important than ever to give back. Click here for some ways to help those in need.
 

11 Ways to Boost Your Auto Repair Shop’s Facebook Engagement

August 7th, 2020

Do you ever ask yourself how you can make the most out of your auto repair shop’s Facebook page? Here are 11 different ways you can boost your shop’s Facebook presence (in a fun way)!

11 Ways to Boost Your Auto Repair Shop's Facebook Engagement

1. Birthday shout-outs to employees


Recognize your birthday gal or guy on your Facebook page with a photo accompanied with a simple birthday wish. If you really love birthdays, get a cake and have them pose with it!

2. Follow and then share posts from other local businesses


Encouraging local support within your community boosts the movement of #supportlocal or #buylocalselllocal. Other businesses in your town will be appreciative and reciprocate in your favor next time.

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3. Go live on your Facebook page


Yikes! Going live sounds very real, doesn’t it? It’s okay, it doesn’t need to be fancy. Either you or another shop employee (with an outgoing personality) can jump on your shop’s Facebook live. This can be a once a month or once a week (whenever you want, really) type of thing.

Use this platform to share a tip or wish your followers a happy Monday or a happy weekend. Interview an employee and talk about their family, favorite car, favorite meal, etc… Use it to showcase the team and provide a look behind the scenes at the shop.

While being a positive face your followers see on their newsfeed, it also brings light to your shop’s culture.

4. Choose a “Customer of the Week”


This can be as simple as asking a willing customer to be publicly thanked on your Facebook page. If you were excited about the Facebook live, use a video to introduce the customer of the week. Otherwise, take a photo with them and write a short and sweet note of gratitude and share.

By sharing this, other customers will see themselves in the customer you’re promoting. It creates a relatable, curious and engaging Facebook post.

5. Create games – “Guess How Much?”


Encouraging your Facebook followers to play along can be a great way for them to engage and have some fun with your shop. An idea for you to try out could be the “Guess How Much” game.

Here’s how you play: fill a jar with candies, paper clips or virtually anything you can fit into a jar. Share the photo on Facebook asking for people to guess how many of X is in the jar. The kicker here is that the winner should receive some type of prize (they need an incentive to play, of course). Whether the prize may be a gift card, a coupon for an oil change or even the jar of candies itself, it will encourage people to participate!

6. Run a contest during the holidays


Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition, especially around the holidays when there is excitement already in the air?

A few ideas right off the bat could be during Halloween, Christmas and Easter. Encourage your employees and customers to share their best Halloween costumes on your Facebook page. This will get some great laughs and many eyes on your Facebook page. When Christmas rolls around, use this as an opportunity to host a virtual cookie decorating contest or even better, decorate your car with Christmas lights contest. Lastly (we’re sure there’s more holiday contests you may think of), Easter is an egg-specially great time to have an egg decorating contest.

Holidays are a wonderful time to boost the spirits of your customers, while boosting your engagement on Facebook. Always remember to comment and interact with those who are participating!

7. More contest-related ideas? Yes, absolutely.


Try something like this, “Comment on the post, tag a friend or share this post to be entered to win…”. The post you share could involve asking your followers to share what their first car was as a comment and tag a friend to do the same. By the end, you will hopefully have many people engaging with your shop. This will promote your shop’s post on many different newsfeeds. The intent of this type of contest is to gain more followers and boost your shop’s social media reputation.

8. Create a ‘VIP’ Facebook group


If you have customers who ask a lot of great questions about their vehicles or you just want to bring a whole bunch of car enthusiasts together, this could be perfect for you! Create a Facebook group, allowing your followers to join and participate in conversation. This group encourages followers to post questions with the intent of your shop answering them! The shop’s responsibility will be to engage with the questions and provide valuable advice to your followers.

9. Create a poll or survey


Beyond a typical Facebook post, you can create a survey or a poll. These polls can range from silly, to “would you rather?” or more service-related survey questions. This is a chance to have some fun and it’s very easy for your followers to participate with little to no effort (just a click of a button).

10. Boost your shop’s engagement level with pie


Do you like pie? Good, this may be a delicious option for you. Promote a post like: “if we can get X amount of new Facebook followers, [shop owner/shop manager] will get a pie thrown in their face” (or shave their head…depends how brave you are).

You may have seen this with other brands that you follow because it can be a great way to promote your Facebook page. It creates an exciting and risky feeling and people thrive off that. Word of advice: remember to either record a video or take photos of whatever you choose to do because people will be very upset if they miss out.

11. Giveaways


Some repair shops don’t like to do giveaways, but they are on the list because consumers love them, and they work.

Giveaways can be pretty much anything underneath the sun. They can also happen for any reason. Whether you’re celebrating the shop’s anniversary or it’s a Wednesday in August, giveaway promotions can be held at any time. If you need a few ideas to get started, try these: a free oil change, gift card for a local restaurant in town, gift card for gas, or a gift card to a local grocery store. People love free and they are motivated with giveaways.

Are you feeling inspired to give one or two of these a shot? Incorporating these types of posts every so often to your shop’s Facebook page will help you get the most out of your social media presence.

We do more than websites! We also manage Facebook profiles for our customers. If you’d like to learn more about how we help our customers with Facebook, call us at 855-394-6397 or email us at Team_RSW@RepairShopWebsites.com.