Jon Oxtoby

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Jon joined the Autino team in December 2020, bringing his specialist writing skills to supercharge Autino's blogging and social presence. Passionate about the outdoors, video games, and his baby daughter, Jon works with Autino's marketing Manager Alex Knight to create blogs and social content for Autino's audience.

What’s new from Autino – Autumn edition

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 01-Oct-2021 09:51:56

As the seasons change (and of course, many businesses tick over from Q3 into Q4), the team here at Autino has been reflecting on what we’ve added to CustomerLounge in the last 3 months.

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Topics: customer experience, technology, customer satisfaction, dms, dealer software, feature updates, Customerlounge, buyer Journey, software, products, CDK Global, service, Electric Vehicles

Proactive messaging: is yours hitting the mark?

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 09-Aug-2021 11:00:00

Recently, we asked consumers to tell us about their experiences with car dealerships — the good, the bad and the ugly — and one area we homed in on was that of proactive messaging. Three quarters of service customers said it was important or very important to get reminders about future work and to be able to book it online.

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Topics: customer experience, technology, dealerships, dms, dealer management, communication, digital, dealer software, automotive, software, digitisation

Do your customers always need to talk to a human?

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 26-Jul-2021 11:00:00

Let’s take a virtual tour through a typical aftersales department for a moment. The aroma of fresh coffee wafts through the office, someone drops a bag of doughnuts onto the desk — it’s their birthday — sunlight drifts through the windows. Service advisors chat happily to customers, accompanied by the gentle tapping of keyboards.

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Topics: customer experience, loyalty, dealerships, customer satisfaction, communication, Aftersales, automotive, customer relationships, service, digitisation, automation

Are you nailing your promotional offers?

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 12-Jul-2021 11:00:00

What with lockdown and the post-lockdown surge of business, it may be that you haven’t had the time to think about promotions for a while — or needed to. And that’s fine, of course. But as competition starts to hot up, now would be a great time to revisit the topic and see whether you need to tweak your promotional strategy. Here’s why.

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Topics: customer experience, dealerships, interaction, communication, Aftersales, buyer Journey, personalisation, customer relationships, service, digitisation, automation

Autino releases 2021 Dealership Customer Engagement Report

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 28-Jun-2021 11:00:00

We don’t usually like to throw around terms like “industry leading” and “first of its kind,” but our new report into how dealers communicate with customers is something pretty special. At least, we think so!

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Topics: customer experience, loyalty, dealerships, customer satisfaction, communication, Aftersales, personalisation, customer relationships, quality, service, digitisation, coronavirus, covid-19, 2021 Dealership Customer Engagement Report

Are your service advisors burning out?

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 14-Jun-2021 11:00:00

As life eases back to some kind of normal, many of us are catching up with jobs we’ve not been allowed to do — or simply put off — for too long. Things like getting the dog groomed, nervously opening up for the dental hygienist or an OMG-we’re-actually-going-on-holiday last-minute car service...

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Topics: customer experience, loyalty, dealerships, customer satisfaction, communication, Aftersales, personalisation, customer relationships, quality, service, digitisation, coronavirus, covid-19, 2021 Dealership Customer Engagement Report

Vehicle Visuals integrates with CustomerLounge to increase revenue for dealers

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 01-Jun-2021 11:00:00

Our integration gives dealers access to more than 250 videos showing customers what different repairs and maintenance jobs involve. Sending these videos to customers effortlessly via CustomerLounge can help customers understand and agree to more repairs.

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Topics: loyalty, dealerships, communication, feature updates, Customerlounge, software, digitisation, eVHC, MOT, trust, VHC

Thinking of upgrading your DMS comms? 5 things to look out for

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 17-May-2021 10:48:18

The communication tools your DMS offers aren’t always easy to use and don’t always give your customers a premium experience. But how do you sort the wheat from the chaff when choosing an aftersales communications platform?

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Topics: customer experience, technology, dealerships, dms, dealer management, communication, digital, dealer software, automotive, software, digitisation

Can service advisors really work from home?

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 04-May-2021 10:45:00

As we emerge, blinking, out of another lockdown, is this really it? Or are COVID-19 and its variants here to stay, requiring annual vaccines and regular lockdowns? The truth is, nobody yet knows.

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Topics: customer experience, technology, dealerships, IT, dealer software, automotive, customer relationships, software, service, digitisation, covid-19

Are you ready for the rush?

Posted by Jon Oxtoby on 26-Apr-2021 11:00:00

Research from Bumper reveals that 63% of car owners have delayed servicing and repairs due to COVID-19. Now that restrictions are easing, are you ready to handle the influx of work while still delivering great service?

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Topics: customer experience, loyalty, dealerships, customer satisfaction, communication, Aftersales, automotive, customer relationships, quality, service, digitisation, coronavirus, covid-19

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