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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!

http://www.AutomotiveDigitalMarketing.com (did you think we'd forget this one!)
http://adwords.google.com/
http://www.google.com/adwords/learningcenter/
http://www.marketingcharts.com/
http://www.facebook.com/
http://www.Freebo.com
http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm
http://www.Geebo.com
http://www.google.com/analytics/
http://www.LemonFree.com
http://www.MatchMyRide.com
http://www.MerchantCircle.com
http://www.motorzoo.com
http://www.MyCarBox.com
http://www.myspace.com/
http://www.NewsOnDeals.com
http://www.nissannews.com
http://www.Oodle.com
http://www.quantcast.com
http://www.Ridezilla.com
http://www.Ryanharris.com
http://www.seocentro.com/tools/search-engines/keyword-position.html
http://www.squidoo.com/
http://www.TinyURL.com
http://www.Upillar.com
http://www.urltrends.com/
http://www.vox.com/
http://www.web2carzcom.com
http://www.webconfs.com/search-engine-spider-simulator.php
http://www.YouAuction.com
https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
http://www.jdpower.com/
http://www.OnlineAutomotiveReview.com
http://budurl.com/
http://community.vinsolutions.com/
http://compete.com/
http://rsscontentbuilder.com/
http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/
http://wardsdealer.com/reports/2008/edealer100/
http://www.edmunds.com/
http://website.grader.com/
http://www.2ndBuyAuto.com
http://www.5Tribe.com
http://www.alexa.com/
http://www.CarFax.com
http://www.CarFinder.com
http://www.CarsDirect.com/MyCars
http://www.CarSoup.com (not free, but pretty good)
http://www.cartango.com
http://www.dealerrater.com/
http://www.dealerrefresh.com/
http://www.autosavant.com/
http://www.businessweek.com/autos/autobeat/
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Archives.showArchive&...
http://www.dalepollak.com/
http://subaruarmy.ning.com/
http://autodealerpeople.ning.com/
http://autofinancenews.ning.com/
http://liquidmotors.ning.com/
http://kainautomotiveideaexchange.ning.com/
http://www.KainAutomotive.com
http://mydealer20.ning.com/
http://autodealers.ning.com/
http://danation.ning.com/
http://dealercafe.ning.com/
http://www.SellingIron.com
http://iautoconsultants.ning.com/
http://automotivedigitalmedia.ning.com/
http://automotive-seo.ning.com/
http://www.AutoBrokers.com
http://www.Autoferret.com
http://www.AutoLeadExchange.com
http://www.AutoNetUsa.com
http://www.AutoSales.com
http://www.AutoShopper.com

Free Blogs, Website Hosting and Content Publishing:
http://www.wordpress.com
http://www.Blogspot.com
http://www.LiveJournal.com
http://www.Ning.com (set up your dealership's online community)
http://www.TypePad.com
http://www.carspace.com/

Free Business and Professional Networking Portals:
http://www.gather.com
http://www.biznik.com
http://www.naymz.com
http://www.hubpages.com
http://www.spoke.com
http://www.LinkedIn.com

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.
1. http://www.DealerRater.com
2. http://www.Edmunds.com/Dealerships/drr/jump.html
3. http://www.CarDealerCheck.com
4. http://www.DealershipRatings.com
5. http://www.CarsDealersReview.com This is an affiliate of the next site:
6. http://www.MyDealerReport.com/
7. http://www.carbuyingtips.com/new-car-dealers.htm
8. http://www.dealerscene.com/

Press Releases and Bookmarking Sites:
http://www.prlog.org
http://www.free-press-release.com
http://www.digg.com
http://www.stumbleupon.com
http://www.diigo.com

Free Video Hosting, Distribution and Sharing Sites:
1. Blip.tv - http://www.blip.tv/
2. DivX Stage6 Beta - http://stage6.divx.com/
3. Brightcove (Personal) - http://www.brightcove.com/
4. Revver - http://www.revver.com/
5. Veoh - http://www.veoh.com/
6. MSN Video - http://soapbox.msn.com/
7. YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/
8. Vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/
9. Jumpcut Beta - http://www.jumpcut.com/
10. MySpaceTV Beta - http://vids.myspace.com/
11. TubeMogul Video Distribution - http://www.Tubemogul.com (distribute your videos EVERYWHERE with one click!

FREE Online Vehicle Classified and Used/New Car Inventory Listing Sites:
1. http://www.craigslist.org
2. http://www.EveryCarListed.com
3. http://AllTheRides.com/
4. http://www.JustGoodCars.com
5. http://www.GoogleBase.com
6. http://www.Vast.com
7. http://www.Carsonlinefree.com
8. http://www.kijiji.com/
9. http://www.CarCasher.com Inventory Listing Site - Dealer Enrollment
**. http://www.DealerAssistNow.com - Vehicle Inventory listing descriptions, notes and comments

Free Chat Clients:
1. http://www.volusion.com/livechat_download.asp
2. http://chatango.com I found Chatango in use on the Blognut.com site and really liked it.

Free Widget, Gadget and Content Distribution Tools:
1. http://www.Widgetbox.com

Blacklist Check
1. http://www.mxtoolbox.com/index.aspx

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
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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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I know it is kind of a simplistic almost "mind Spam" type of digital marketing tool, but it is free and there are so many designs to choose from... I just really get a kick out of the very cool "Twitter follower" marketing tools you can create at www.TwitterIcon.com and here is an example:

TwitterIcon
My Twitter page isn't ready yet, but it's one of the tools I plan on using. Also, I'm not sure if it is mentioned here yet, but my wife and I both use http://twitbacks.com for background images which can contain contact information panels. My wife's Twitter page is responsible for 30% of her leads for her business. I can only hope for those sort of numbers when I get that GDN and start dropping tires on the pavement at the lot.
Two Woofs and paws up for the Twitbacks tip!
Since I am looking for a free remedy to my needs, I figure this was the perfect place to start. I need a freeware program to help me create some Display Ads for coupons to email or our website. I've had some success using GIMP (free watered down version of PhotoShop) but just not pleased with the quality of the finished product. Any suggestions???
Another small simple freeware program for basic drawing/painting/editing I like is called Splashup Light. http://www.splashup.com and download the Light app. I have never had luck saving files from the online full version of Splashup (only tried it in FF, never IE) but the Lite one takes minimal system resources and is a breeze to use.
http://surchur.com/

Search lets you sort by blogs and social sites and more..
Tim

The site http://surchur.com/ can actually be used as an Automotive Internet Reputation Management tool. The tabs make it easy to quickly see what is being said about your dealership across the web. This is a very convenient dashboard for what is currently being written about any search phrase and I recommend that dealers use it regularly along with Google Alerts and Google Reader.

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Here is a website that allows you to list your car free with no restriction or limitation.
bestcarfinder.com - Used cars for sale by owner

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