10 Post Ideas for Car Salespeople to Increase Social Media Engagement

social-media-mobile-apps-ss-1920I follow thousands of salespeople on social media. I’ve noticed that the types of posts they share fall into a very predictable pattern:

  • Buy a car from me
  • Here is a great car for sale
  • I just sold a car and here is a pic/video of my customer
  • Something personal

They repeat the cycle over and over again and it becomes so predictable that it’s too easy for followers to tune these posts out.

When I teach the topic of social media marketing in my dealership training sessions or sales seminars, I often hear these things, “But I don’t know what I could say in a video” or “I don’t know what else I can share.”

Let me help you! I want to give you 10 ideas for social media posts that will have these benefits for you:

  1. Break the repetitive cycle that everyone else is doing
  2. Make your posts more relevant and interesting to your audience
  3. Invite your followers to engage with you and go to you for their next purchase

Before I share these ideas, I want to clarify that I’m not saying you should stop doing the 4 types of posts above. Keep doing them because they will promote your brand, let people know what you do, add social proof, and allow followers to get to know you.

But do not limit your social media feed to just these types of posts! I want you to consider adding variety to what you share in order to make your posts more relevant and interesting to your audience.

Here are just 10 additional ideas for your social media posts. For each one, there are many applications! I offer a few examples but you can always add your own. Each category can be a video or a written post and is suited for most social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.

10 Post Ideas for Car Salespeople to Increase Social Media Engagement

car1. Advice/”How to” Message – this category is the most underutilized and the most critical to raising your higher authority-based influencing. If you do this, it will help your customers see you as the expert that you are. Think of typical questions people ask when they go shopping for a car or typical issues you run into when you’re selling a car. Help your audience understand the car buying process, even if it’s not at your dealership!

Ideas for posts in this category: How to improve your trade value, how to select the right vehicle, how to decide on a lease vs. purchase, how to improve your credit, or how to find the right dealership/salesperson to do business with.

2. Vehicle Tutorials – this is not the same as a vehicle walk-around. Choose 1 feature or 1 helpful piece of info that car owners will find useful and do a post on it. Examples: how to set up Bluetooth, how to program radio stations, or how to program the garage door opener. The idea is to provide an answer to a common question.

3. What you love about your jobpeople like doing business with people who love what they do! Your job or dealership doesn’t have to be perfect for you to like something about it. What is your favorite part of selling a car? What do you like about the car business? What do you like about the brand you sell? Do a video highlighting your personal likes or share your thoughts in a post or blog.

4. “What to Expect” Post – Most people buy cars every 3 to 7 years. Do you assume that your future customers understand what will happen if they come to buy a car from you today? Create posts where you share what they’ll expect from you and your dealership. Highlight essential parts of the process as well as unique things you’ll do as part of your personal brand.

5. Demonstration Drive – take your customer on a drive-along! This category may be more conducive to a video format. For some of the ideas, you may also need to do some advance planning or get help from a colleague. Don’t limit yourself to a selfie video of yourself driving! Take your best-selling vehicle and have a colleague tape you as you showcase specific aspects: turning radius, acceleration, or how a back-up camera makes it a safe vehicle.

6. Facility Tour – many people are hesitant to go inside a dealership because of negative past experiences, so help them become more comfortable by doing a video facility tour or writing a post about it. Describe your dealership’s unique competitive advantages, share your awards, or do an overview of customer amenities.

men talking7. Interview with Management why do customers have to meet your GM or sales manager only when they come to buy a car? Create posts where you interview your management. Ideas for interview topics: why they hired you, their satisfaction guarantee, the history of the dealership, or their mission statement.

8. Interview with Finance – many customers face financial obstacles when purchasing a vehicle. Interview your finance office to help your followers understand how they can make the process easier. Some potential topics: key areas banks look at when financing a vehicle, how to prepare for the next car purchase, or what types of financial challenges your Finance Department is able to handle.

9. Interview with Serviceintroduce your Service Department to your audience by interviewing key members. What are some of essential check-ups that a vehicle should have? Why should you choose them for service? What commitments do they provide? What types of problems can they help with?

10. Your thoughts about the car business overalleducate your audience about the automotive industry and car buying trends. You can create your own posts or share informative articles written by industry experts. Share what is happening nationally, what is happening with your brand, or what is happening with your local market.

You could do at least 10 different examples in each one of the 10 categories I shared, so it’s really more like 100 ideas for your future social media posts. If you do 2 ideas per week, this will give you enough social media content for an entire year!

Add more variety, interest and wider application to your posts and you will see more engagement and eventually more business!

Do you want more sales training like this?

If you’re a dealer or manager, contact me at jon@sellchology.com or (866) 769-8083 to bring Sellchology University to your store.

10 Comments

  1. Rodney on March 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I like these tips. I’m currently working on trying to brand myself and really get a stronghold on my social media outreach, so these I think will help me to a great start

  2. Glyn Taylor-Williams on July 7, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Great overview, Jonathan. I just Tweeted this, I think it’s really helpful for car sales people or dealerships in general looking to try and get attention to their business and shift more cars more quickly. Posting different types of content can be hard because of the amount of creativity it can take to be consistent. And that is the key, to keep it up, not just post a video once every 6 months. I love the idea of a virtual test drive. That is something I may look to implement on behalf of other dealers with my startup DealerDrop. Then send the video to their customer. We’re trying to hit product/market fit, and I want to avoid making any more mistakes 🙂

    Any tips for a camera setup with different kinds of vehicles. Angles to take etc

  3. Stephen Garner on July 8, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Jonathan consistently provides the most timely and useful information for salespeople. This article is filled with “Actionable” tips.

  4. Melissa Woolston on December 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Very well written and well thought out article!

  5. Jennifer Benner on December 13, 2016 at 9:00 am

    It is good to see articles such as this so well written and presented.

  6. Glenn Siwik on January 30, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Good post. I am facing a few of these issues as well..

  7. John Roberts on March 21, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Great ideas as usual from you Jonathan, Thanks!

  8. Rashmi on July 21, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Great ideas! I am going to implement some of these.

  9. Scott Duck Williams on August 2, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Jonathann are you going to add these in a videoto sellchology? It is great advise.

  10. Devin Dozier on September 13, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Excellent tips to break the mundane social posts. I have a few friends who are car sales professionals and they all do the new sale customer pic post. It’s nice to know they’re selling cars, but it would be nice if they mix it up a bit. Thanks for the tips!

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