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by CallRevu


Digital Shift in Auto Sales

Navigating new technologies and figuring out the best way to integrate these innovations into a sales framework is essential for a robust sales strategy. This is especially true in sectors like auto sales, which have traditionally been dominated by in-person interactions. Indeed, after everything became increasingly remote-friendly during the pandemic, as a Business News Daily article explains, “many consumers prefer to shop from the comfort of their own homes or at the spur of the moment.”  

And, CBT News continues, advanced technologies such as sophisticated CRM database management and intelligent call data analysis systems can empower sales managers and their teams. These tools enhance personalization within a hybrid sales model while also equipping consumers with more information, thus placing them in a stronger position to advocate for their needs. 

All this is to say that in today’s climate, it’s important to incorporate both digital and in-person experiences, a combination which must be tied together with technological advantages. To do this, CBT News notes, companies should strive to “reduce friction” between online and offline experiences, offering consumers a seamless retail interaction whether they are online, in person, or experiencing a mix of both. 

This approach involves fully embodying your brand identity across every customer interaction point within the sales process; it also means transferring customer data, information, and preferences between digital and in-person teams and systems seamlessly and immediately.  

AR and AI Transform Auto Retail

Moreover, two emerging technologies stand out for their potential impact in retail sales: Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Nearly a quarter of retailers are incorporating AR, primarily for product visualization, marketing and consumer engagement, as reported by Supply Chain Brain. Research from Alter Agents, Snap Inc., and Publicis Media also reveals that 80% of consumers feel more confident in their online purchases with AR, and 61% show a preference for AR-enhanced shopping experiences, suggesting that AR could significantly boost sales. 

Specific to auto sales, AI is also a powerful tool. Forbes, referencing McKinsey, reports a growing trend among auto retailers leveraging AI to sharpen their competitive edge and enhance outreach. AI enables the targeting of specific demographic groups by analyzing data from both internal and external sources, thereby optimizing the return on marketing investments through focused campaigns. 

Technology Enhance Service and Trust

Moreover, AI’s application extends beyond targeted advertising, offering valuable tools for customer engagement and operational efficiency. Notably, AI-powered chatbots improve consumer interactions, while AI systems within service departments expedite diagnostic processes, identifying issues with precision and saving valuable time and resources. This objectivity in diagnostics also boosts consumer trust in the service provided. 

Ultimately, technology, particularly AI, plays a crucial role in modernizing sales strategies. It enhances marketing impact, personalizes customer experiences, and bridges the gap between online and offline interactions. Such a comprehensive use of technology fosters a personalized commerce experience, encouraging customer retention and increasing loyalty.