Product News & Updates

Check out the latest VinSolutions product news and updates to help you make the most of your products and help your dealership succeed.

May 2022

New Insights Report: Team Performance Dashboard

New Insights Report- Team Performance Dashboard

A new insights reporting dashboard is now available to all VinSolutions dealers. The Team Performance Dashboard is a new one-stop shop for managers, providing a centralized view for evaluating overall team performance.

Enhancement features include:

  • Glanceable information: Quickly determine if your team is on track with multiple visualizations
  • Drill down details: Drill into key data points for further insights
  • Team numbers: Set monthly targets with a data panel
  • Create versions and scheduled reports: Set up a report for each of your teams and have them emailed to you on a recurring basis
  • Report type filter: View data with a Salesperson or BD Agent focus

To learn more about this enhancement, contact your Performance Manager for details.

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Dealers can now utilize new marketing channels with Automotive Marketing Platform Direct Mail and Text Message marketing. With these added channels, dealers can implement automated, omni-channel campaigns that are personalized for each individual customer, boosting engagement and enhancing the car-buying experience.

To learn more about this enhancement, contact your Performance Manager for details.

Provide an even better seamless car-buying experience from online to your dealership’s showroom. Dealers with Connect CRM and Kelley Blue Book Instant Cash Offer can now receive appointment requests right from within their CRM. This enhancement will help with quicker customer engagement to confirm appointments and enhanced customer experience.

To learn more about this enhancement, contact your Performance Manager for details.

Automotive Marketing Platform Approved by 20+ OEM Co-op Programs

AMP OEM Co-op Approvals

Deliver a personalized marketing experience across every stage of the car-buying journey with Automotive Marketing Platform powered by VinSolutions.

Automotive Marketing Platform is now approved by more than 20+ OEM co-op programs and counting!

To find out more about Automotive Marketing Platform or how to claim or reallocate reimbursement funds to maximize your marketing results, contact your Performance Manager for details.

Insights Pace Report
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New enhancements to Connect CRM Insights Pace Report are now available. Dealers now have access to new Breakouts Sections for both the Current and Comparison timeframes. These sections provide additional insight into the data that makes up the aggregate rows without drilling into another page.

In addition, new fields can now be selected on the Summary Options filter to give users more flexibility when grouping data for analysis. Previously, the report was grouped only by Dealer.

To learn more about this enhancement, contact your Performance Manager for details.

New Buying Signals

To assist dealers with their vehicle acquisition strategies and streamline sales efforts, five new fields have been added to Connect Automotive Buying Signals dashboard to add customers’ predicted trade-in vehicle details, and are available for immediate use for VinSolutions dealers with Connect Automotive Intelligence.

The additional fields include predicted trade-in a vehicle’s year, make, and model, as well as trade-in confidence and likelihood of that customer to have a trade-in vehicle.

To learn more about this enhancement, contact your Performance Manager for details.

New Sold On-Order Process Enhancement for Connect CRM​

Did you know a new enhancement for Connect CRM was released last month? This new update enables you to create follow-up processes for Sold On-Order deals. Take advantage of this new feature to help you adapt to market changes due to inventory challenges as Sold-On Order sales continue to increase.

To learn more about this enhancement, contact your Performance Manager.

Dealer User Summit Recap

If you missed our Dealer User Summit 2021, no worries! You can still watch all the recorded sessions from the event. Check out the session highlights to learn the secrets of selling in a digital world, using the technologies you already have.

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VinSolutions dealers now have access to a recently launched enhancement to the Dealertrack F&I integration. With this integration enhancement, users can create and update leads from Connect Desking and Customer Dashboard. In addition, this new functionality streamlines the workflow for sending lead data from the Customer Dashboard, which will reduce duplicates within Dealertrack.

Additional benefits for Dealertrack credit leads:

  • Full buyer and co-buyer details along with vehicle and trade details, which means less reentering of essential information
  • Ability to update credit leads, which will reduce duplicate credit leads submitted to Dealertrack

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Deliver a personalized marketing experience across every stage of the car buying journey with Automotive Marketing Platform powered by VinSolutions. Automotive Marketing Platform has been approved by more than a dozen OEM co-op reimbursement programs.

Approved OEM Programs:

  • Buick • Chevrolet • Chrysler • Dodge • Fiat • Ford • GMC • Jaguar
  • Land Rover • Jeep • Lincoln • Mazda • Porsche • Ram • Hyundai

To find out more program details, contact your Performance Manager.

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Starting this month, CRM users will experience a more modern UX in Connect CRM, including new and improved navigation and header menu. This update consists of a new dark theme option for the top navigation menu, as well as new search capabilities added to the dealer switcher. These updates improve the overall UX across tablets and smaller device screens and overall styling throughout the CRM. If you have questions about this update, please contact your Performance Manager for more details.

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Coming soon, Connect Desking dealers will be able to present two deal scenarios side-by-side within the same proposal using QuickPrint and Preview. A new option will be available to edit scenarios to choose different available payments to compare. Once options are selected, the proposal in Preview will update and be ready to print, email, or text message to your customers. Additionally, deal proposals will be saved in the notes of the customer CRM record.  

To learn more about Connect Desking and  the  multiple proposals enhancement,  contact your Performance Manager. 

Accelerate My Deal, Dealer.com’s digital retailing solution, helps dealers provide a flexible retailing experience.  The solution now offers new functionality for customers to securely upload and manage personal documents after submitting a deal from your website. Customers can share their driver’s license, proof of insurance, W2, and paystubs, which saves time in store and minimizes document management errors. Salespeople are notified of uploaded documents via email or text, and through Accelerate My Deal’s integration with VinSolutions Connect CRM, users are assigned tasks to review and check in the documents.   

To learn more about Accelerate My Deal and  the  shopper  document  upload  enhancement,  please contact your Performance Manager. 

eliver a personalized marketing experience across every stage of the car buying journey with Automotive Marketing Platform powered by VinSolutions. Dealers with Connect CRM and Automotive Marketing Platform powered by VinSolutions can now market to customers who have scheduled service appointments, giving you an additional opportunity to acquire used vehicle inventory and increase sales. 

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Connect CRM now allows a co-buyer to be added to a lead directly from the Customer Dashboard. This will save you time, allowing salespeople to use quick search functionality to look up existing customers. If a customer already exists in the CRM, you can now quickly add them as a co-buyer without the need to enter additional information, preventing duplicates.

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Dealers with Connect CRM and Automotive Marketing Platform powered by VinSolutions can now enable settings to automatically create leads from Automotive Marketing Platform emails directly in the CRM. When your dealership’s customers engage with personalized emails, a unique link can be added as the call-to-action in the email. Consumers will not need to enter any additional information and can be used with processes created in your CRM for assigning follow up by your team. This enhancement can be utilized in emails for new car sales, service campaigns, and targeting older leads 

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TheConnect Mobile app has been enhanced with a new driver’s license scanner that is faster, easier to use, and more accurate.  Users will no longer be required to tap to capture an image of the driver’s license; it will capture images automatically once the license is visible. Once the scanner opens, simply follow the on-screen prompts to position the driver’s license in frame and flip it over to scan the back.  

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Did you know you can now select various locations in Connect CRM when scheduling appointments to provide flexibility for changing consumer preferences? Whether setting up a sales appointment, a vehicle delivery, an appraisal, or any other type of appointment, you can now choose whether that will be at the dealership, the customer’s address, virtual, or remote.  

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Expand your Demand! Streamline Your Deals with a Seamless Deal Workflow

The integration between VinSolutions’ Connect CRM and Cox Automotive Digital Retailing allows you to capture all shopper activity directly in the CRM and receive alerts when a customer updates their deal. Your sales team can pick up each deal right where the customer left off in Connect Desking (no data re-entry), helping you close more deals in less time, while providing a great car buying experience to your customers. 

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With 700Credit soft pull credit checks, you can accelerate the path to purchase by pre-qualifying your customers earlier in the car buying journey, putting your customers in the right vehicle for them and their budget.

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Did you know you can now insert and send emojis from the texting conversation window in Connect CRM? Emojis sent and received via the desktop appear in the conversation history and Communication Center. If you have any questions, Contact Your Performance Manager.
New functionality enhancements in Connect CRM reporting now enable you to easily create standard reports at the dealer and group level, without relying on custom reporting. Contact your Performance Manager to learn more about how the new features can help make sure everyone at the dealership is tracking the same metrics and KPIs. Contact Your Performance Manager

A new feature in Connect Automotive Intelligence brings lifestyle and demographic data from numerous sources, including banks and DMVs, into the customer record to give you a clearer picture of each prospective buyer. These insights, combined with the power of Buying Signals, gives you the information you need to deliver the personalized experience that customers expect wherever they are in the buying journey.

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“Start a Deal” With Shoppers With Digital Retailing and VinSolutions Connect CRM

Build trust with shoppers by sending personalized deals directly from VinSolutions Connect CRM. Shoppers can view complete deals through a simple link sent over email, text or messenger. Offers sent through Start a Deal are recorded automatically within the CRM. Talk to your Performance Manager to learn more.

As customers continue to expect fast and personalized responses from dealerships, VinSolutions Connect Mobile provides your salespeople with full follow-up functionality and quick, easy access to critical information, including inventory, customer records, and conversation histories. The app provides direct, mobile access to lead buckets and customer conversations, which allows salespeople to follow-up quickly while also recording these interactions in the customer history.

To download the latest Connect Mobile app, visit the App Store or Google Play Store