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Good Product Information = Sales!

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This series of SEMA News stories is based on the idea of using reliable and repeatable methods to ensure business success. In coming issues, we will delve into a range of topics aimed at developing Best Practices through knowledge, motivation and skills.

Electronic cataloging and inventory controls have revolutionized the way business partners communicate with one another and how they provide information to consumers.

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Bidding at a Car Auction

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Many SEMA-member companies use collector cars and exotics for promotional purposes, a fact that is borne out year after year at the SEMA Show. Whether in advertising, in catalogs or at car shows, the right vehicle with the right accessories can not only attract attention, but may serve to motivate consumers to purchase a component or a whole package. Whether for company promotion or for personal use, finding the perfect vehicle may involve lengthy and complex searches that call for extended travel and diligent study.

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SEMA Product and Catalog SHOWCASE

Get all of your high-performance, race, truck, powersports, street-rod, restoration, marine and stock replacement parts needs fulfilled...

SEMA News - November 2010

 

Atech Motorsports

Retail Store Displays

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Retail stores should be well-organized and use clear, easily understood signage so that shoppers can find the products they are looking for while also being led to special offers and promotional items. But unless you have vast experience in the design of retail spaces, it’s undoubtedly best to work with a consultant in setting up your store for maximum accessibility and the resultant sales.

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New Products Showcase

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Ben Mizban is the president of T-Rex Grilles in Corona, California. The company has regularly participated in the SEMA Show New Products Showcase. Recently, Mizban offered his insight and advice on getting the most from the program.

SEMA News: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and T-Rex Grilles.

Ben Mizban: I opened JBM Sport Truck Accessories, my first business, in 1986 in the city of Orange and grew it into one of the largest retailer/mail-order companies in California by 2001.

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Advance the Industry Abroad, Reap the Benefits at Home

As the automotive industry emerges from the economic downturn, it’s clear that the iconic American industry needs to spread its global wings to thrive again—and to help drive the U.S. economic recovery overall.

SEMA News - October 2010

Growing New Markets

By Kristin DeBates

ProPledge Restyler Profile

SEMA News recently had the chance to catch up with long-time automotive restyler Jon Titman of Automotive Essentials, a ProPledge participant. Titman, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing, provided some insights into the services Automotive Essentials offers and how the business has benefitted since the inception of the ProPledge program three years ago.

SEMA News - September 2010

What Makes Automotive Essentials and ProPledge Work So Well?

Getting Started in International Commerce

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Companies that wish to extend their reach beyond U.S. borders can branch into emerging automotive markets that offer huge potential for increased sales. The keys to successful international ventures are careful research and reasonable expectations. The first step is to discover what vehicles are available in the target locale, and the second is to discover what products resonate with consumers there. SEMA offers several programs that can help get member companies started. 

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Best Practices: Manufacturers’ Reps

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Unlike other types of salespeople, manufacturers’ representatives work for multiple companies across multiple product lines in a large geographic area, either as individuals or as part of an agency. 

A rep is an independent businessperson, an extension of the manufacturers’ sales force, and he or she can also be a highly valuable jack of all trades who not only closes deals but also teaches in-house manufacturer, warehouse distributor or retailer/jobber salespeople how to best present the manufacturer’s marketing plan to create sales.

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The Business of Speed

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If you scan no farther than these next words, know this: You should read The Business of Speed: The Hot Rod Industry in America, 1915–1990 by David Lucsko.

Since you’re browsing through SEMA News, you must be favored with some interest in the automotive specialty-equipment industry, and Lucsko’s book offers a primer about where it began, how it evolved and, if not precisely where it’s heading, at least an optimistic appraisal of why it will live on.

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