CRM systems are not doing themselves many favors with their lack of transparency into how many emails are being received by customers. Some, like eLead, try to show a delivery rate, but it is buried and difficult to see which customers are receiving emails.

Nearly twenty years ago I was trying to figure out if my emails were getting to my customers and the issue is just as prevalent today. That’s shameful!

And after twenty years of believing my CRM was the problem, my eyes have finally been opened to a deeper heresy.

My CRM was not the problem; I was. The content of my emails did not excite the customers enough to respond to my emails. That’s the main measurement we have to tell whether our emails are relevant when we don’t have a device to tell us: customers replying to our emails.

At FRIKINtech we have a device called illumiQUOTE that will tell you when a customer has engaged with the payment/price quote you put in your email. When they click the link you provided them we know that customer found something relevant in your email.

So, we did a test. We put illumiQUOTE-using dealerships who sent a quote in their first email against dealers who did not send an illumiQUOTE in their first email. The dealers who weren’t doing it saw email responses from customers on less than 20% of the emails they sent (our best measuring system). The dealers who were sending a first quality response with illumiQUOTE links saw over 80% of the links being clicked in their emails. The engagement was incredible!

The most exciting engagements were on the second clicks. Customers saved their dealers’ emails for a second look to fully give illumiQUOTE a spin. Those second rounds of engagements showed us exactly what the customer was trying to achieve. We could gauge exactly what payment they wanted and how much money they wanted to put down. In most cases the customers were quite realistic in what they were trying to achieve.

This test showed me that CRMs do not have the email delivery problems I thought they had. It taught me that our industry needs more education into what is the best thing to send to a customer.


  • All your cars penciled every day with multiple lenders, taxes, fees, and incentives for leases, loans, and cash purchases
  • Real-time visibility into customer motivations
  • 4x more engagement with your customers



  • BDC to start the lead engagement
  • Enhances your Internet department’s efficiency
  • Operates 7 days a week



  • Payments on your website
  • Engage shoppers on VLPs & VDPs
  • Best payments are found daily without you lowering your price


Places where illumiQUOTE has been installed

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