Cars.com is being told to profit or sell

Discussion in 'Cars.com - Grow With Cars' started by Alexander Lau, Dec 11, 2018.

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  1. Jim Barisano

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    As a staunch advocate of dealer-friendly and consumer-friendly video test drives since 2004, I'm still amazed that portals like Cars.com, Cargurus and Autotrader don't offer year/make/model videos with their inventory listings. Seems like the bigger the company, the slower it innovates. Smart dealers know better. Why not these guys?
     
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    They've failed to keep pace with CarGurus and haven't shown progress since the big Dealer Inspire acquisition. Their biggest problem is the fees they charge - not competitive in the least. Same with Auto Trader.
     
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    :yell: Rack it.
     
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    FWIW, over the last 15-20 years, I have had several 1:1 talks with Alex Vetter, Alex V is blatantly pro-dealer, almost to a fault.
     
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    There's an absolutely unmistakable visible (as long as you have eyes) pattern with several more mature vendors: they fall in love with their own ideas and forget who they serve; they forget who strokes the checks. They start solving problems THEY see, thinking/assuming their benefactors see the same problems, when often, the benefactors do not.

    Digital Retailing, anybody???

    I have a hunch this is the overall MO with technology and software businesses, not strictly limited to automotive, but its soooo obvious in automotive because of the limited market/audience.
     
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    The bigger the company, the more the company needs to focus on organizing the company vs. solving business problems. In other words, the bigger the company, the more the company needs to solve internal problems created by scale. As a result, many large companies get heavy with "Organizational Management" personnel vs. "Object Management" personnel.

    Ideally, for every leader focussed on the organization, there's a mirror/counterpart focussed on solving their market's business problems (the "object"). Unfortunately, the reality is that organizational managers understand and value other organizational managers, so they seek like-minded people, and vice-versa with object managers. What you end-up with is a lack of balance: endless re-organization and re-strategizing on one end of the pendulum, and the inability to scale your business on the other end.

    The answer has to be "balance," but I haven't seen it...
     
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  8. Alexander Lau

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    Looks like there hasn't been a shakeup, yet.
     
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