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I want to first of all thank Tim Jennings for a great concept... Creating an ongoing list of the best free, or next to free stuff that Internet Sales Managers, Marketing Managers, Internet Marketing Directors, eBusiness Directors, BDC Managers and Directors, Interactive Marketing Managers... (You get the idea) can get tools and resources at no direct, or little to nothing actual expense that can be leveraged as part of an automotive digital marketing strategy. As each ADM member who elects to participate lists various URL's, once Tim Jennings, myself and any ADM administrator has verified the accuracy of the URL, we will then add it to the primary list in this section... This way, we keep the list growing without ADM members needing to hunt through what we imagine will become dozens of comments and responses. Shown below is our starting point, and we request that you add suggestions for worthy free and useful stuff as comments, so that we can grow this list into a truly valuable resource! (did you think we'd forget this one!) (not free, but pretty good)

Free Blogs, Website Hosting and Content Publishing: (set up your dealership's online community)

Free Business and Professional Networking Portals:

Dealer Ratings and Customer Review Sites - It is Free to submit a review on a dealership and I cannot think of a better use of free website space than to compel your happiest customers to rate your dealership and write a positive review of their car buying experience.
5. This is an affiliate of the next site:

Press Releases and Bookmarking Sites:

Free Video Hosting, Distribution and Sharing Sites:
1. -
2. DivX Stage6 Beta -
3. Brightcove (Personal) -
4. Revver -
5. Veoh -
6. MSN Video -
7. YouTube -
8. Vimeo -
9. Jumpcut Beta -
10. MySpaceTV Beta -
11. TubeMogul Video Distribution - (distribute your videos EVERYWHERE with one click!

FREE Online Vehicle Classified and Used/New Car Inventory Listing Sites:
9. Inventory Listing Site - Dealer Enrollment
**. - Vehicle Inventory listing descriptions, notes and comments

Free Chat Clients:
2. I found Chatango in use on the site and really liked it.

Free Widget, Gadget and Content Distribution Tools:

Blacklist Check

On this site you can test your e-mail domains and see where you stand.
I just found this through Google after hearing Ralph speak on the subject of SPAM.
Easy to use tool but now we have to figure out what to with what we find out
.- Chris Fousek
OK... Just so there is no bitchin', let it be known that this list was scrambled around a few times, and other than our host at the top, there is no particular order... But... That could change!

So, enter your favorite source for free information, goodies, services, or anything else that you use to help sell more cars in a comment box below.

Tags: ., Best Free Stuff List, Best URL's, Free Stuff, Freebie Forum, Used to Sell Cars

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Here's a new freebie resource... Get listed on national database of dealers specializing in working with people on getting their financing approved (uhhh... that would be all of us right now!). Get you store registered and then display your inventory that you want listed on the Car Casher Website:

Join Our Dealer Network
Here is a great combination that was introduced to me by Brian Hoecht at AI-Dealer about a year ago.
This is a completely free survey tool that is easy and non-obtrusive to plug into your site. The survey contains just 4 questions for your visitors reqarding task completion. Avinash Kaushik is the force behind this tool and it is a great tool to add to your arsenal. I acquired great feedback from our visitors that I would never have gotten otherwise and I have been able to use it to understand and demonstrate what customers are experiencing on our sites.
Here is the link:

Now Avinash is all about analytics and he has a great blog as well:
Chris, this is a great idea... One of my first few blog posts was about analyzing the surveys completed by over 5,000 people who had visited dealer web sites, and it was a real eye opener!
Not sure if you all have heard of it, but you ought to check out Dimdim. It's basically a free web conferencing suite. An ISM/ISR can set up a meeting online, and then share their computer with a customer. It would come in especially handy for appraising vehicles online together, or going over payment options.

I am a big fan of transparency. I wish I would have had a tool like this at my disposal while I was selling cars!
Technology Blog
This blog, hosted by David Pogue of thge NY Times, is a great resource to keep informed and to research the latest technologt trends, gadgets, and more. There is also a weekly newsletter that you can sign up for to keep you on track.
Ok, how about free Videos with SiSTeR Technologies Video CarLot - . They offer a 5/50 program with no contract and no set up fees to take up to 50 pre-owned vehicles from a dealer's site and produce individual videos built from the pictures already posted on their site as well as then taking 5 of those and placing them on YouTube through their "PushTube" feature to gain a vSEO position.

Also, how about a free automotive advertising evaluation/consultation by Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. at - no sales pitch - no BS. After all, what are ADM friends for!
Please add to the list. We are a complete automotive resource for buying, selling and researching cars. Also do a lot with dealer as well and have been re-vamping our products list. allows IM's or Owners a place to share well written sellers notes/comments within the community. You have three choices - Search for a comment - Share a comment - Request a comment and the daN staff writes it, places it in your account and even sends you an email letting you know it's been done. It has a click to copy feature that allows the right amount of data to be added to, AutoTrader, Cobalt, Carsoup, Dealer Specialties, or even your own website to feed back to your advertising sources. daN allows you to have a 50 character tagline that wraps the shared comment to make it look like your very own with your call to action. daN does not add any phone numbers so it does not skew your call tracking numbers from your marketing vendors. It's free, use others comments or place your own in your very own library to be easily accessed at anytime. Face it, with thousands of vehicles out there and hundreds of thousands of variations makes it near impossible for the average car person to know everything. With daN, you have access to your peers across the nation. daN offers file sharing for ANY vehicle ever made - this is Created by CAR people for CAR people - give it a try!
Presentation File used during Synergy Sessions 2009 in Atlanta to present How to MacGyver an Internet Sales or BDC Department in a dealership using free or low cost web based tools, UGC sites and applications.
Im Ready To Ralpertizing!
Tim, check out which I used at Synergy Sessions to give attendees an easy shortcut URL to get to this ADM Forum Discussion... And, once again I am posting to ADM from 39,000 feet in the air while flying on Delta from Atlanta to Detroit.


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