Harley-Davidson Dealerships Ranked #1 in 2021 for Responding to Website Customers, Reports Pied Piper PSI

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Much variation industrywide: top brands perform well, while others fail to improve

MONTEREY, CA – May 3, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Harley-Davidson dealerships ranked highest in the 2021 Pied Piper PSI® Internet Lead Effectiveness® (ILE®) Motorcycle/UTV Industry Study, which answers the question, “What happens when motorcycle or UTV customers visit a dealer website and inquire about a vehicle?” The Indian motorcycle brand was ranked second, followed by BMW and Polaris.

Dealers for top brands improved their website response behaviors dramatically over the past two years, while dealers for other brands failed to improve. For example, the 2021 ILE study results show that dealers selling Harley-Davidson, Indian, BMW or Polaris sent an email or text answering a website customer’s question about 50% of the time on average. 50% leaves plenty of room for more improvement, but in 2019, the figure for the same dealers was only about 35% of the time. In contrast, Honda, Kawasaki, Triumph or Yamaha dealers sent an email or text answering a website customer’s question only about 30% of the time on average in both 2019 and 2021.

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To complete the 2021 ILE study, Pied Piper submitted customer inquiries through the individual websites of 6,407 dealerships between July 2020 and March 2021, asking a question about a vehicle in inventory, and providing a customer name, email address and local telephone number. Pied Piper then evaluated how the dealerships responded by email, telephone and text message over the next 24 hours. Twenty different measurements generate dealership ILE scores, which range from zero to 100. 17% of dealerships nationwide scored above 70, requiring a quick and thorough personal response, while 44% of dealerships scored below 30, showing failure to personally respond in any way to their website customers.

Response to customer web inquiries varied by brand and dealership, and the following are examples of performance variation by brand:

  • Harley-Davidson, BMW, Indian, Polaris, Club Car, HiSun and CFMoto dealers on average sent an email or text that answered the customer’s question within one hour 30% of the time or more. Kawasaki, Kubota, Honda, Caterpillar, Kymco, Bobcat, Yamaha, and Tracker dealers on average emailed or texted an answer within one hour less than 15% of the time.
  • Harley-Davidson and Indian dealers on average sent a text message more than 30% of the time, while John Deere, Kioti, Kubota, Moto Guzzi, Bobcat, Cub Cadet, Hisun, Tracker, and Yanmar dealers on average texted less than 2% of the time.
  • Harley-Davidson and Indian dealers on average phoned website customers within one hour more than 30% of the time, while John Deere, Kubota, Mahindra, Bobcat, Club Car, Cub Cadet, Kioti, Tracker, Moto Guzzi, HiSun, Yanmar and Arctic Cat dealers on average phoned within one hour less than 6% of the time.

Most dealers today understand that quickly responding to web customers is critical to sales success, but for most dealers there is still plenty of room to improve their dealership web response behaviors. The effort to improve performance is worthwhile because better dealership web response behaviors correlate highly with better web customer sales close rates. “Dealers who consistently respond to web customers by both email and phone within 60 minutes sell 50% more units on average to the same quantity of web customers than dealers who typically fail to respond within 24 hours,” said Fran O’Hagan, President and CEO of Pied Piper. Pied Piper has found that the key to driving improvement in both web-response behaviors and sales is to show dealers what their web customers are really experiencing, which is often a surprise.

PSI® Internet Lead Effectiveness® (ILE®) Industry Studies have been conducted annually since 2011. The 2021 Pied Piper PSI-ILE Motorcycle/UTV Industry Study (U.S.A.) was conducted between July 2020 and March 2021 by submitting customer inquiries to dealership websites from a sample of 6,407 dealerships nationwide representing all major brands. Examples of other recent Pied Piper PSI studies are the 2021 PSI-ILE U.S. Auto Industry Study (Nissan’s Infiniti brand was ranked first), and the 2020 “PSI for UTVs” U.S. Industry Study (BRP’s Can-Am brand was ranked first for selling in person). Complete Pied Piper PSI industry study results are provided to vehicle manufacturers and national dealer groups. Manufacturers, national dealer groups and individual dealerships also order PSI evaluations—in-person, website or telephone—as tools to measure and improve the sales effectiveness of their dealerships. For more information about the fact-based Prospect Satisfaction Index® (PSI®) process, go to www.piedpiperpsi.com.

About Pied Piper Management Company, LLC

Founded in 2003, Pied Piper Management Company, LLC is a Monterey, California, USA company that helps brands & manufacturers improve the omnichannel performance of their retail networks. Go to www.piedpipermc.com.

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