Some people will say that I am nuts about knowing the numbers in your dealership and then managing to those numbers to improve profitability. I believe it is important in every department, but today I wanted to share the important numbers you need to track in the sales department.

**Calculate closing ratio**

It all starts off with some basic calculations, the first being your closing ratio. Let’s say that you kept track for a two-week period of time and found that 70 people had come into your dealership to look at trailers. Out of that group of 70, 20 ended up buying a trailer from you. Keep in mind that the type or size of the trailer doesn’t matter, the important part is knowing the numbers of people who came in versus the number who purchased. In this example, if you divided the 20 people who purchased by the 70 who came in, you would have sold to 29% of them.

**Find average sale value**

Now that we know we are selling to about 30% of everyone who comes in looking for trailers, we can do another calculation to determine what the average value of each sale is. If you take your total trailer sales for last year and divide it by the number of transactions those sales represented, you would find the value of your average wholegoods sale. In my Sales Boot Camp, I used an example of selling $1,500,000 of trailers in 300 transactions. If you divide the $1,500,000 by the 300 transactions, you will find that each sale had an average value of $5,000.

**Uncover the value of the individual**

Now that we have that number, I can go back to my original closing ratio calculation and do a little multiplication and division to determine the average value of each person who walked into the dealership to look at equipment.

In my initial calculation I had 20 sales that came from 70 people walking into the dealership. We now know that each sale had an average value of $5,000. Taking (20 x $5,000)/70 it shows me that each person who walks into the dealership to look at trailers—regardless of whether they buy or not—generates $1,428 in gross sales. Let’s assume that you average 13% in gross profit on every sale, so each person who walks into your dealership generates you $185 in gross profit.

**Push to gain customers, grow numbers**

With those numbers I can have a little fun and calculate what would happen in a dealership that had just one extra person each day walk in to look at equipment. In one year—assuming you are only open five days a week for 50 weeks—you would get 250 new people in your store. Each of those has a value of $1,428 in gross sales. So, by the end of the year, you would generate an additional $357,000 in trailer sales.

Think about that for a minute. How hard would it be for you to generate one more person per day into your store? Not only could you improve your sales by bringing in more people, but if you improve your closing ratio from 29% to 39% it would increase the value of each to $1,570 and those same 250 people would generate almost $400,000 in new sales.

I would encourage you to work your numbers. Determine the value of a contact in your dealership and focus this slow season on ways to drive more contacts into your store and improve your selling skills.