Case Study: The Digital Reputation Management Difference

Dealership Reputation Management

So often we hear that professional reputation management for dealerships doesn't matter. We say that's wrong.

A Chevrolet dealership came to us with an overall poor reputation online. The dealership did not have the dedicated resources to focus on their online reputation, and it was hurting their business.

Low star ratings, too few customer reviews, visibly unhappy customers, and a missing presence on important social and review sites needed to be addressed to help boost sales.

The dealership’s interactions with reviews and comments had been highly reactive, with little outreach to encourage positive reviews from happy customers.

Naked Lime’s Reputation Management team combed through the dealership's online statistics and mentions, and reviewed current strategies to identify areas of improvement.

Emails were then sent requesting feedback from customers including a star rating, a referral score, and any additional about their vehicle purchase or service. This feedback was displayed on a web page attached to the dealership’s website.

Naked Lime calculated how many reviews were needed to reach the dealership’s goal of a four-star Google rating. The reputation specialist created a custom handout for the dealership’s Sales and Service departments that encouraged customers to leave Google reviews. The specialist helped the dealership understand when and how to effectively approach customers and talk about the review process and its importance in providing a good experience to future customers.

When reviews and feedback about the dealership started coming in, personalized responses were sent directly to every customer.

Within 6 months, star ratings and number of reviews increased across social media and key review websites such as Google, Facebook, Yelp, and DealerRater. The dealership began to earn one five-star review almost every other day.

Dealership online reviews

Dealership Star Rating

While reviews are certainly important, they don’t tell the complete story of a digital reputation. The general sentiment on all online mentions of the dealership improved from 55.2% positive to 85.7% positive.

Positive Dealership Reviews

While this dealership has enjoyed great initial success, the Naked Lime Digital Reputation team will continue to move them forward. Google was the main point of emphasis through the first 6 months, but as the dealerships star-rating continues to improve, other review sites will be considered and other strategies explored.

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