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Honda, Subaru Profits Rise on U.S. Sales (7/31/15)

Honda, Subaru profits rise on U.S. sales; OnStar app under attack; Senate cracks down on automakers; Toyota skips Apple, Google; Snyder: U.S. to earn sales bronze.

Marchionne Clarifies, Compliments During Q2 Call (7/30/15)

Marchionne clarifies, compliments during Q2 call; Ford plant bomb threat; GM strike averted; limiting the CFPB's power; Amazon lands Clarkson.

Why F-150 Crash Results Differ (7/30/15)

Mixed F-150 crash-test results; Ford rejects IIHS repair findings; costs cut Mazda’s profit; Delphi to buy cabling firm; Tesla’s $1,000 test.

TrueCar, Sonic Settle Trademark Suit (7/29/15)

TrueCar, Sonic settle trademark suit; a setback for GM; Mini Cooper callback; Hyundai's DIY Android Auto install; OnStar's 1B chats; Toyota's street music.

U.S., Yen Fuel Nissan Profit (7/29/15)

U.S., yen fuel Nissan profit; Calif. dealership whacks Trump; judge cuts Jeep verdict; hope for Hyundai pickup; vehicles slowly get older.

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Buick begins offering 24-hour test drives

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Buick begins a program offering 24-hour test drives called "24 Hours of Happiness." It's meant as a long-term brand builder rather than a quick sales boost.

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Buick begins offering 24-hour test drives originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Drive shows how Lamborghini LP750-4 SV hits 217 mph

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In this clip, Lamborghini research and development boss Maurizio Reggiani explains why the Aventador SV is special. He probably doesn't need to say a word because the coupe illustrates the answer perfectly while lapping the Catalunya circuit.

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Drive shows how Lamborghini LP750-4 SV hits 217 mph originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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VW pits Foust against Winslow in epic sound-effects battle

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Volkswagen highlights its new Golf R in a humorous pair of videos featuring racing driver Tanner Foust and sound-effects master Michael Winslow. Watch as they get the Rrr on.

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VW pits Foust against Winslow in epic sound-effects battle originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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I review sites for customers and prospect every day. The number one thing that drives me crazy while doing that is annoying coupons and obnoxious chat windows but that’s not what this post is about. I just saw an opportunity to say it again. This post is about linking to social sites you don’t maintain.I started to review this…See More
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When is the best time to sell my car?

Selling one's car can be a difficult and strenuous task. Buyers will always want to believe that they are getting a great deal and thus worth the investment. The indisputable fact of the matter is that no matter what car is purchased, depreciation sets in as soon as the new owner drives the car off the lot. As soon as one becomes the first official owner of a brand new car, the car will hold a ‘used car’ status. Depreciation is inevitable. The average rate at which cars depreciate in value is…See More
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Jim Ziegler Helping Edmunds Get Their Message Out There

AS A DECENT HUMAN BEING AND A PROFESSIONAL IN THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY, I THOUGHT I WOULD TAKE A MOMENT TO EXPRESS MY PERSONAL OPINIONS OF EDMUNDS.COM AND THE THINGS THEY CHOOSE TO PUBLISH ABOUT OUR INDUSTRY. For Many Years Now Our Friends at Edmunds.com have gone out of their way to publish a series of articles on their consumer website to inform Consumers that Car Dealerships are Scum of the Earth Crooks and that We Are Criminals. At Least, That's How I Perceive it From What They've Published…See More
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The Anatomy of an Effective Marketing Brain Two Sides of The Story

This was sent to me by Kipp Bodnar VP Marketing, HubSpot. I found it fascinating and was intrigued. I wanted to share in a special post. Everyone please share and give Kipp and I your feedback on this. What are your thoughts? Insights? Additions?The traditional marketing model in which marketers were only responsible for creating a few…See More
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Joey Little and Jennifer Briggs Talking Lead Generation Strategy on Location at Feldman Automotive

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@SocialLittleMan with @NextLevelBriggs Talking Lead Generation Strategty on location at Feldman Automotive

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Jennifer Briggs is a self-described data freak.  A certified business intelligence report designer, Briggs has used statistics to build the Internet presence of Feldman Automotive, an eight-store group in suburban Detroit.

Her goal is to create a mini version of AutoNation’s…

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The Anatomy of an Effective Marketing Brain Two Sides of The Story

Posted by Jonathan Floyd on July 30, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

This was sent to me by Kipp Bodnar VP Marketing, HubSpot. I found it fascinating and was intrigued. I wanted to share in a special post. Everyone please share and give Kipp and I your feedback on…

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How to Create Better Content in Less Time

Posted by Mark Frost on July 29, 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

One of the problems most individuals and businesses face with content production is the amount of time it takes to create great content. Whether you’re a nutritionist trying to build an incredible blog, or a car dealer that wants to improve your automotive SEO, content takes a lot of time and it can oftentimes feel like there’s never enough of it to do quality work.

In this post, I’ll provide step-by-step details on how you can stop feeling overwhelmed by and start creating better content in less time:

Do Research in Bulk

If there’s one thing that slows down content production, it’s on-the-fly research. You should be gathering resources and taking notes…

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Use Data to Create Better Content

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According to a recent article in The Atlantic, soon reporters at two of the country’s leading newspapers will have access to the most basic type of digital analytics: They will be able to see web-traffic data for their own stories. That is, they will at least know how many people clicked on them, where they came from, and how long they lingered.

 

The Washington Post—in a concession to its reporters’ union—told journalists…

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How One Person Can Make A Difference: A Lesson in Customer Advocacy

Posted by Arnold Tijerina on July 28, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

While the public is constantly barraged with negativity pertaining to car dealers, there are many instances that go ignored or are simply passed over. Let’s face it… the media (and a lot of websites/industry blogs) are typically more focused on perpetuating the stereotype of dealers as the “bad guys.” There are entire companies that have built their business model on this very premise. Anyone in the auto industry knows that you simply cannot do business that way and survive, yet stories and blog articles surface constantly about some random car dealer screwing a customer, refusing to fulfill promises, or taking advantage. Well, I’m here to tell you a story that might just make you like car dealers a little more.



Part of my responsibilities with …

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Secrets Every Successful Dealership Knows

Posted by Joseph Little on July 28, 2015 at 6:53am 0 Comments

Take Back Your Brand: Secret Strategies for a Thriving Dealership

Every dealership depends on certain resources to be successful, but thriving dealerships know the secrets to long-term, bottom line success depends on investing time and money in core areas of the dealership to stay on top and build a solid, recognizable and profitable brand.

Employees

The success of a dealership hinges on its employees for obvious reasons, but there are ways to maximize the impact your employees have on your bottom line.  Great dealership managers understand the importance of seeing their employees as individuals. Successful managers are able to pinpoint the unique talents and strengths of individuals on their team,…

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Innovative Dealer Partners with Village to Increase Sales and Loyalty

Posted by Mike Gorun on July 28, 2015 at 5:30am 0 Comments

According to an article in Automotive News, one dealer in Illinois has come up with a pretty ingenious loyalty rewards program idea – to leverage taxpayer dollars to increase car sales, while also helping to support local businesses.

 

Glenn Bockwinkel, President of Acura of Libertyville, approached the mayor of his local town and proposed an idea that he pitched as a win-win for the village’s car dealers, local business, consumers and the city -- The Shop Libertyville Rewards program.

 

It works like this: Any customer that shops at a local car dealership is given vouchers which can be exchanged for $200…

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10 Ways to Build Trust in Your Brand

Posted by Joseph Little on July 27, 2015 at 8:45am 0 Comments

Take Back Your Brand By Building Trust

The success of your business depends on the trust you are able to build for your brand. After all, consumers with confidence in specific brands will not only return and provide repeat business, but they will also spread word of mouth advertising to their friends, increasing the success of your business even more. Positive experiences drive them to return to the businesses that have been able to meet their needs and exceed their expectations. Most businesses and dealerships already know thatbuilding trust is a key component to creating lasting relationships, however, the specifics that lead up to gaining this trust sometimes need to be addressed. How do businesses and dealerships gain consumer trust and leverage brand influence so that shoppers return time and again to…

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One Isn’t Always the Loneliest Number That You’ll Ever See

Posted by Timmy D. James on July 27, 2015 at 6:14am 0 Comments

In determining the effectiveness of video marketing, perhaps the metric most used is views - How many views did this video get? In fact, in a recent study by Yahoo-owned video platform Brightroll, 31 percent of polling respondents from over 70 ad agencies in the UK, placed completed views as the most important metric, followed by brand lift (28 percent) and a four-way tie between inventory quality, conversion, click-thru-rate and sales impact, which all came in at 8 percent. Hold on a minute. Does this mean that these marketers care about video views almost four times more than sales?

 

In video marketing, too much focus can be placed on…

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To boost, or not to boost, that is the question.

Posted by Jeff Glackin on July 26, 2015 at 8:25pm 0 Comments

More and more every day I talk to dealerships that are coming to terms with the idea that to be successful on Facebook you have to spend money. Period, no question, it’s true. That’s beautiful. When I ask how they are spending money on Facebook the typical response is they are using the boost feature on the timeline. That is not so good. Don’t get me wrong. You will get results from it and boosting is much better than doing nothing but there is a better way.

With boosting you have limited options compared to those available to you in Ads Manager. In ads manager you have many more targeting options, you can set a daily budget, and choose bidding options. Initially it will be a little more work than using the Boost feature, but in the end your results will be much better.

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Buick begins offering 24-hour test drives

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Buick begins a program offering 24-hour test drives called "24 Hours of Happiness." It's meant as a long-term brand builder rather than a quick sales boost.

Continue reading Buick begins offering 24-hour test drives

Buick begins offering 24-hour test drives originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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See the world in your language with Google Translate

The Google Translate app already lets you instantly visually translate printed text in seven languages. Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate—a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You'll see the text transform live on your screen into the other language. No Internet connection or cell phone data needed.

Today, we’re updating the Google Translate app again—expanding instant visual translation to 20 more languages (for a total of 27!), and making real-time voice translations a lot faster and smoother—so even more people can experience the world in their language.
Instantly translate printed text in 27 languages

We started out with seven languages—English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish—and today we're adding 20 more. You can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. You can also do one-way translations from English to Hindi and Thai. (Or, try snapping a pic of the text you’d like translated—we have a total of 37 languages in camera mode.)

To try out the new languages, go to the Google Translate app, set “English” along with the language you’d like to translate, and click the camera button; you'll be prompted to download a small (~2 MB) language pack for each.

Ready to see all of these languages in action?


And how exactly did we get so many new languages running on a device with no data connection? It’s all about convolutional neural networks (whew)—geek out on that over on our Research blog.

Have a natural, smoother conversation—even with a slower mobile network
In many emerging markets, slow mobile networks can make it challenging to access many online tools - so if you live in an area with unreliable mobile networks, our other update today is for you. In addition to instant visual translation, we’ve also improved our voice conversation mode (enabling real-time translation of conversations across 32 languages), so it’s even faster and more natural on slow networks.

These updates are coming to both Android and iOS, rolling out over the next few days.

Translate Community helps us get better every day
On top of today’s updates, we’re also continuously working to improve the quality of the translations themselves and to add new languages. A year ago this week, we launched Translate Community, a place for multilingual people from anywhere in the world to provide and correct translations. Thanks to the millions of language lovers who have already pitched in—more than 100 million words so far!—we've been updating our translations for over 90 language pairs, and plan to update many more as our community grows.

We’ve still got lots of work to do: more than half of the content on the Internet is in English, but only around 20% of the world’s population speaks English. Today’s updates knock down a few more language barriers, helping you communicate better and get the information you need.


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BMW revamps China marketing to focus more on tech, less on the badge

BMW will increase spending on online marketing in China to emphasize its technology as part of efforts to target younger buyers, who care more about the latest features than the brand as a status symbol.

Tech is a key for new-car marketing, study says

Targeting techies is an important marketing strategy for automakers, according to a new study from J.D. Power. The company's 2015 U.S.

Amazon hires ex-Top Gear presenter Clarkson for TV series

Jeremy Clarkson, the TV presenter who was ousted as host of 'Top Gear' this year, will front a new show on Amazon.com in 2016, underscoring the online retailer's drive to push its streaming service with big-ticket names.

Tesla offers $1,000 referral incentive on Model S

Tesla, testing the power of viral marketing to sell its EVs, will offer a word-of-mouth discount on the Model S through the end of October, with both referrer and buyer receiving $1,000.

Nissan backs away from dealer ad attacking Trump for denouncing Mexican immigrants

Nissan distanced itself from a controversial ad created by a California dealership that shows store managers whacking away at a Mexican piñata resembling Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Even used-vehicle buyers are going online

This past year we saw a massive increase used automotive Internet usage (AIU) rate, as 68% of all used-vehicle buyers went online during the vehicle shopping process versus 63% in 2009.  The dramatic rise has narrowed the gap between used- and new- AIU rates. There are many fac tors at work.  One is the poor […]

Automotive iPad apps

This week I decided to check out automotive iPad apps.  These first-generation entries are at times engaging, but ultimately I often found than frustrating and rather limited. Let’s start with one of my favorite usability rants: hot spots.  They’re quick, which is probably why three OEM iPad apps incorporate them.  They’re also dirty – pretty […]

Some reliability perceptions are changing (and that’s not a good thing for Toyota)

It’s no secret that auto manufacturers are creating better vehicles than ever before – safer, more feature-rich, higher quality, and more reliable.  Data from our Vehicle Dependability Study, which surveys owners of three-year-old vehicles regarding the number of problems experienced in the prior twelve months, backs the assertion of improved reliability.  As illustrated below, these […]

The Future of Satellite Radio

As more in-vehicle audio and entertainment options become available to consumers, the question of satellite radio’s relevance has become more prominent. Most vehicle sold today have satellite radio at least as an option, if not standard, and most new car buyers are given a trial subscription, usually anywhere from one to six months. This gives […]

Bringing in younger buyers

The average age of new-vehicle buyers increased dramatically from 46.5 in 2008 to 53.4 in 2010 (Source: 2010 Auto Offline Media Report – Summer) as lower income buyers – who are often younger – were forced out of the market due to the poor economic environment.  This shift has impacted almost every automotive brand, including […]

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