New smartphones. New website widgets. New privacy policies. Sometimes we can get so caught up in what’s new in technology and in marketing that we forget the fundamentals that effectively put our inventory in front of potential buyers. Sometimes we have to go Back to the Basics!

Welcome to Part 3 of our commercial dealership Back to Basics blog series, produced through a partnership between Commercial Web ServicesCommercial Truck Trader, and Equipment Trader. As leading providers of innovative solutions that connect buyers and sellers in the equipment and trucking industries, we’re committed to using this blog series to help dealers reach more customers.

If you want to learn more about best practices for inventory photos, check out Part 1 of our series. More interested in keeping your listings updated and accurate? Then check out Part 2 of our series! Today we’re talking about the importance of usability when it comes to website design. Read More

New smartphones. New website widgets. New privacy policies. Sometimes we can get so caught up in what’s new in technology and in marketing that we forget the fundamentals that effectively put our inventory in front of potential buyers. Sometimes we have to go Back to the Basics!!

Welcome to Part 2 of our commercial dealership Back to Basics blog series, produced through a partnership between Commercial Web Services, Commercial Truck Trader, and Equipment Trader. As leading providers of innovative solutions that connect buyers and sellers in the equipment and trucking industries, we’re committed to using this blog series to help dealers reach more customers.

If you want to learn more about best practices for inventory photos, check out Part 1 of our series HERE. Today, we’re talking about the importance of keeping your online inventory accurate and updated!! Read More

New smartphones. New website widgets. New privacy policies. Sometimes we can get so caught up in what’s new in technology and in marketing that we forget the fundamentals that effectively put our inventory in front of potential buyers. Sometimes we have to go Back to the Basics!

Welcome to Part 1 of our commercial dealership Back to Basics blog series, produced through a partnership between Commercial Web Services, Commercial Truck Trader, and Equipment Trader. As leading providers of innovative solutions that connect buyers and sellers in the equipment and trucking industries, we’re committed to using this blog series to help dealers reach more customers. To that end, today we’re talking about how to enhance your photos to better position your inventory. Read More

Many commercial sales managers can get caught in a dilemma I refer to as “the disparate sales team.” A disparate sales team includes both new and experienced sales consultants. The novices, those who are new to commercial sales, are often millennials in their 20s and 30s and bring with them an awareness of new, innovative ways of connecting and an enthusiasm for trying new strategies and methods. The old pros, those who have been around the sales block a few times, are often in their 50s and 60s and offer classic sales lessons that can stand the test of time.

Each team member, the novices and the old pros, each bring helpful knowledge and abilities to the table. But without guidance, they may not learn from each other. This is a big risk, as there are more dealerships than ever getting into the commercial side of the business. I know, because we are contacted constantly by retail dealers interested in pursuing commercial sales. Clearly, it’s incredibly important that commercial sales managers unite their novices and old pros, and together develop relevant skills that can keep your dealership productive and competitive. That’s why today we’re breaking down 7 Steps for Creating a More Productive Sales Team!! Read More

With a growing equipment rental industry, and some great benefits for dealerships that offer equipment rentals, sales and marketing managers will have to develop and implement effective and appropriate strategies for connecting with renters and providing a high-quality rental experience. An ethical and efficient rental operation will keep customers coming back, increase your chances for referrals, and maximize the earning potential of the rental side of your business. To help accomplish this feat, today we’re breaking down 9 Best Practices for Dealers Renting Out Equipment!! Read More

The equipment rental segment is booming. With most contractors saying they plan to grow or maintain their rental use, the American Rental Association predicts the rental industry to reach $60 billion by 2020! This makes sense; after all, there are some major benefits for consumers, for whom rentals provide the affordability, simplicity, and flexibility to accomplish more jobs and grow their business. This is all great news for equipment dealers who stand to exponentially expand profitability through rentals, in both direct and indirect ways. That’s why today we’re exploring the Major Benefits for Dealers Who Rent Out Equipment!! Read More

Managers will often tell me about the “talent” and “potential” they see in an applicant or new hire. If that talent and potential work out, that’s great, but usually when I hear those words — especially when they’re combined to discuss “potential talent” — I start to worry. Potential suggests that person “could be” productive and successful one day, if only they receive the right industry and product education, or obtain the right list of targeted prospects, or learn the right sales skills. I don’t mean to sound negative, but there’s a lot of uncertainty in the word “potential.” That’s why, when a dealership’s general manager or commercial sales manager wants me to coach a new hire, or send them to one of our Ultimate Boot Camps, I first have to ask a number of questions. And those questions aren’t about their potential; I want to know about their actions. Read More

You probably know that Equipment Trader deals in construction equipment, but did you know that we’re also one of the largest online marketplaces for agricultural equipment?? It’s true! On our website, which has over 91,000 listings from hundreds of dealers and attracts hundreds of thousands of users every month, our #1 most popular item searched is the mighty tractor. We think that’s pretty cool, and it’s got us thinking about how agricultural equipment innovation is driving the industry into the future, so today we’re talking about how Digital Ag-Tech is Revolutionizing Agriculture!! Read More

In Allan Dib’s book, “The 1-Page Marketing Plan,” Dib provides one of the best examples of marketing I have ever read. Here is an excerpt from the book:

“If the circus is coming to town and you paint a sign saying, ‘Circus Coming to the Showground Saturday,’ that’s advertising.

If you put the sign on the back of an elephant and walk it into town, that’s promotion.

If the elephant walks through the mayor’s flower bed and the local newspaper writes a story about it, that’s publicity.

If you get the mayor to laugh about it, that’s public relations.

If the town’s citizens buy a ticket to attend, as well as buy concessions, that’s sales.

And if you planned the whole thing, that’s marketing.” Read More

There are big things happening at Equipment Trader!! Last year, we celebrated 20 years of serving the commercial equipment industry with a brand new website, a new name — we used to be called “Equipment Trader Online” — and a revitalization of our blog and social media accounts. And the growth keeps on going! There have been a number of very exciting events and upgrades for Equipment Trader over the first half of 2018, so today we’re Celebrating 6 Months of Growth: A Mid-Year Equipment Trader Update!! Read More

The construction industry can seem pretty basic to the uninitiated. But to anyone who has spent time in an active work zone, it’s obvious that construction is often at the leading edge of technological innovation. We’ve highlighted many of those revolutionary advancements previously on the blog, from high-tech hard-hats and wireless headsets to futuristic forklifts and 3D-printing. Read More