Schierl Tire and Service Centers Introduces New Services Designed with the Women Consumer in Mind
10.07.2009 - Schierl Tire and Service Centers, a division of Team Schierl Companies, is pleased to announce they have completed AskPatty.com's Certified Female Friendly(R) training and is now Wisconsin's first Certified Female Friendly(R) tire retailer and service center group, with 7 locations to service its customers, including Hartje Tire & Service in La Valle. To achieve certified status, their personnel completed 35 hours of training on how to better meet the expectations of the woman consumer.
"Up until now, like many automotive businesses, we thought the obvious goal was to ensure that women were treated the same as men. Through the AskPatty program, we've learned that treating women the same as men does not necessarily yield the ideal experience for women. This may not sound profound, but with an increased awareness of what elements women seek in a positive automotive servicing experience, our service centers are better prepared to meet and exceed the expectations of our female customers" stated Tim Schierl, Co-CEO of Team Schierl Companies.
Co-developed by AskPatty.com and leading tire industry magazine Tire Review, the multi-dimensional program will help tire retailers and their staffs to improve their marketing and sales skills and become "Certified Female Friendly(R)" through a high-level, market-specific training program. In addition, the AskPatty for Tire Dealers & Service Centers Program will assist dealers in reaching and building lasting relationships with women tire and vehicle service customers through a unique marketing support program.
An AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly(R) tire retailer and service center creates an inviting and comfortable environment where women feel welcome. They guarantee that the experience of repairing and maintaining a vehicle will be a pleasant one. AskPatty trained and certified associates are held to a high level of customer satisfaction with women consumers.
Visit the Schierl Tire and Service Centers Certified Female Friendly(R) site at: http://femalefriendlydealer.askpatty.com/?d=Schierl_Tires
Along with the certification, Schierl Tire and Service Centers has enhanced its website to cater more to women, thereby reinforcing their commitment to the Ask Patty Program. This latest design integrates seamlessly to effectively deliver online information and services to female consumers. The new website can easily be found and accessed utilizing the AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly(R) web icon on the existing Schierl Tire and Service Centers website. Schierl Tire and Service Centers' Female Friendly site is an extension of the main site, with many of the same features simply presented in a more appealing and inviting format for the female audience.
"Women are not the same as men, and they do not base their consumer decisions in the same way as men. Business Week reports that women make over 80 percent of the buying decisions in U.S. households today. In effect, they have become nearly every family's chief purchasing officer," says
Jody DeVere, President and CEO of AskPatty.com "Businesses that do not change their approach to communicate more effectively with women will get left behind and leave themselves open to being over-taken by their competitors."
The new Askpatty.com Certified Female Friendly(R) virtual interactive training design and functionality are another industry first from AskPatty.com, the company, which initially developed the most comprehensive solution available to automobile dealers and service centers for engaging, selling, servicing, and retaining women customers. The AskPatty web sites are the first designed specifically for women and provide the tools and resources most requested by women.
About Schierl Tire and Service Centers, a division of Team Schierl Companies
Team Schierl Companies was established in 1956 by Butch (John) Schierl in the home heating oil business. TSC is currently owned and operated by John's three sons, Tim, Fritz, and Bill Schierl. TSC operates 40 retail locations in Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan focusing primarily in service industries. In "Building Tomorrow Together," Team Schierl Companies employs 500 Associates between The Store, Subway, Schierl and Hartje Tire & Service Centers, Schierl Oil, Cousins Subs, and Team Administration with annual sales of approximately $120 million. For more information visit www.teamschierl.com or call (715) 345-5060.
About AskPatty.com, Inc
The AskPatty.com, Inc. website and blog is a safe place for women to get advice on car buying, maintenance and other automotive related topics. Women can shop for vehicles at our network of Certified Female Friendly retailers across the U.S.
AskPatty.com is a member and 2009 corporate sponsor of the Women's Automotive Association International based in Detroit, MI, Board member of the UnitedSpinal.org, Member of the California SkillsUSA.org board, on the Women's Board of the Car Care Council, a SEMA member and a member of the SEMA Business Women's Networking Group.
AskPatty.com is partnered with Parenthood.com, INSweb.com, LightSpeedVT.com, CareerBuilder.com, AutoTrader.com, NIADA, DriverTV.com, MyCarPage.com, MyAutoLoan, Aware and BlogHer.com.
About Tire Review magazine
Founded in 1903, Tire Review is the oldest continually published magazine servicing the U.S. and Canadian tire industries, and was the first to help educate tire and vehicle service retailers on improving their relationships with female consumers. For more information on Tire Review, visit www.tirereview.com.
AskPatty Certified Tire Dealers & Service Centers Program:
Properly armed with the right tools and training, tire dealers and service centers can increase their share of the largest and fastest growing demographic of new vehicle buyers in the US -- Women. The AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly(R) program was designed specifically for automotive retailers, tire dealers and service centers to attract, sell, retain and increase loyalty with women.
What Is An AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly(R) Tire Dealer & Service Center?
An AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly(R) tire dealer and service center creates a safe and comfortable environment where women feel welcome and make the experience of purchasing and maintaining her vehicle a pleasant one. AskPatty trained and certified tire and service retailers are held to a high level of customer satisfaction for women consumers.
Go here to learn how to become AskPatty.com Certified Female Friendly(R): http://www.askpatty.com/getcertified/
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