RR 472: Jeff Rudnick – Marketing Do or Die

Jeff  Rudnick has been involved in the Automotive Industry since 1993. He spent 9 years as a Manufacturer’s Representative selling Automotive Parts and Accessories to clients in the Pacific Northwest. During that time, he worked directly with dozens of Manufacturers and Importers of Parts and Accessories to find distribution across all levels of the Automotive Industry.

Jeff founded The Rudnick Group in 2002 calling directly on Automotive Repair Facilities to serve their marketing needs. Initially, The Rudnick Group focused on Reminder Mailers utilizing CustomerLink’s services; this relationship continued until CustomerLink sold to Intuit. Quickly, The Rudnick Group added Brand Development, Website Design and Management, Web Marketing Services and a comprehensive Direct Mail offering. The Rudnick Group became Pit Crew Marketing in 2006 when eWardMe Auto Shop Rewards was launched.

Jeff is an avid skier, backpacker, mountain biker and traveler. Jeff’s home base is currently The Big Island of Hawaii just outside Hilo. Listen to Jeff’s other episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • Marketing is one of the most important jobs in the business
  • Marketing helps build relationships
  • Most look for marketing solutions rather than implementing and tracking results- accountability
  • Communication gap with owner and employees- everyone needs to be on board and aware
    • Does your team know what type of reminders or how often reminder cards are going out   
  • Measurements of specific campaigns are not being done
  • A bonus structure can include marketing milestones, gross margin, rewards cards, reviews among others 
  • Shop owners are governed by the ‘laws’ of retail 
    • Have to educate customers with any programs/offers- all customers treated equally
    • Do not judge your customers especially the “one and done’s”
  • Loyalty cards can reduce one and done’s and improve household spend 
  • Need to have a brand. Own your brand and logo
  • Must have a strong web presence
  • Your customer database is valuable. Secure it and use it

Resources:

  • Thanks to Jeff Rudnik for his contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast; the only one of its type in the automotive aftermarket. Carm calls on his 35 years’ experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ path to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.