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Marchex Finds Auto Dealers Pay Big For Letting Calls Go To Voicemail

Marchex, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHX) today released the results of an in-depth study showing that nearly half of all calls to auto dealerships come from prospective new customers – which means not answering the phone can literally cost you your business.

Marchex, a mobile advertising company focused on calls, examined inbound calls to auto dealerships and came up with several key findings to help dealers dramatically increase sales.

The goal of the study was to give business owners a deeper understanding of customer phone calls. Call tracking and analytics boosts sales close rates and improves customer service.

The Marchex Call Analytics platform tracks and analyzes phone calls for millions of local and toll-free numbers. Based on a sample of those calls to U.S. auto dealerships, the analysis found that:

  • 45% of calls to auto dealerships are from new prospective customers
  • 20% of calls to auto dealerships go unanswered

Of the calls that are from new prospective customers:

  • 54% are callers with buying intent who inquire about new cars and/or quotes
  • 23% are callers who want to know directions, hours or the vehicle inventory
  • 19% are callers who inquired about a service or a type of vehicle that is not offered by the advertiser
  • 4% of callers make a purchase during the call/or make an appointment to visit the dealership

“There’s no question about it: Lose a call, lose a customer,” said Rafael Jose, Vice President, Marchex Call Analytics. “Tracking and analyzing customer calls to your business lets you peek behind the curtain. You find out exactly what you need to do to capture unrealized revenue. It takes the guesswork out of the equation.”

Adopting call analytics can also provide dealers with actionable steps to improve their answer rates. “Most unanswered calls are during business hours and can be clustered around times of day when staff is busy, or literally out to lunch,” Mr. Jose said. “Marchex Call Analytics helps dealers maximize the value of these inbound phone calls.”

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