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Resource Directory for Internet Sales Managers and Dealership Marketing Managers

 

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Internet Sales Manager(ISM) Recommended Links:

  1. Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community
  2. dealerELITE Network
  3. Automotive Social Media Marketing Network
  4. Automotive Reputation Management Network
  5. Automotive Marketing Data Charts
  6. Nissan Automotive News
  7. Ward's eDealer 100
  8. Social Car News
  9. www.mediapost.com
  10. www.dalepollak.com
  11. autodealerpeople.ning.com
  12. kainautomotiveideaexchange.ning.com
  13. www.KainAutomotive.com
  14. autodealers.ning.com
  15. automotive-seo.ning.com
  16. liquidmotors.ning.com 
  17. Mashable

 

Research and Information Sites Used by Vehicle Shoppers

  1. Edmunds Automotive Information 
  2. Kelley Blue Book 
  3. J. D. Power and Associates 
  4. TrueCar 
  5. Fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm 
  6. www.LemonFree.com 
  7. www.CarFinder.com 
  8. www.autosavant.com  

 

Online Vehicle Classified Ads and Inventory Listing Sites:

  1. www.Craigslist.org
  2. www.EveryCarListed.com
  3. CarSoup Inventory Listings
  4. CarFax Dealer Programs
  5. www.AllTheRides.com
  6. www.JustGoodCars.com
  7. www.GoogleBase.com
  8. www.Vast.com
  9. www.Carsonlinefree.com
  10. www.Carsforsale.com Vehicle Classified Ads and Inventory Listing
  11. www.kijiji.com
  12. www.AutoShopper.com
  13. www.AutoNetUsa.com
  14. www.AutoSales.com  
  15. www.2ndBuyAuto.com  
  16. www.cartango.com 
  17. www.Oodle.com 
  18. www.YouAuction.com 
  19. www.motorzoo.com 
  20. www.MatchMyRide.com  
  21. www.AllCars.com   
  22. www.Geebo.com  
  23. www.Upillar.com  
  24. ListHere.com online classified ads for dealer inventory
  25. www.CarCasher.com Inventory Listings - Dealer Enrollment
  26. www.DealerAssistNow.com - Vehicle Inventory descriptions, notes and comment text strings for dealer listings

Dealer Ratings, Customer Reviews and Business Directory Sites - It costs little to nothing to get your customers to use any of these sites to rate your staff or submit reviews of their experience at your dealership... I cannot think of a better use of free website space than to compel your customers to rate your dealership and write a review of their car buying or vehicle service experience.

  1. Google+ Local for Business
  2. BusinessRater.com - Supports in-dealership customer reviews
  3. DealerRater.com - Car Dealership reviews and certification
  4. Yelp.com - Business Directory and customer reviews
  5. Cars.com/dealers/reviews
  6. Edmunds.com/Dealerships - First UGC app for Car Dealer reviews
  7. Merchant Circle - Business Directory and customer reviews
  8. Insider Pages - Business Directory and customer reviews
  9. CarDealerCheck.com
  10. DealershipRatings.com
  11. CarsDealersReview.com affiliate of next site:
  12. MyDealerReport.com
  13. CarBuyingTips.com/new-car-dealers.htm
  14. Dealerscene.com
  15. PrestoReviews.com - Supports in-dealership customer reviews
  16. Carfolks.com  

"How To" eBooks, Apps and Resources from Marketing Service Providers and Consultants vetted by ADM Editors

  1. Gravitational Marketing - Get Free Dealer Marketing Book
  2. Cobalt (ADP) - Download Multichannel Marketing eBook
  3. Cobalt (ADP) - Download Reputation Management eBook
  4. Cobalt (ADP) - Meet the Modern Car Buyer; Marketing Assessment

 

Dealer Website Providers

  1. Cobalt - An ADP Company: Leading OEM recommended dealer website provider
  2. Dealer.com - Dealer websites design optimized across multiple devices and browsers
  3. String Automotive - The Auto Industry's only Google Analytics and Webmaster Certified Webites
  4. DealerFire - Engagement Optimized Websites
  5. DealerSkins - Adaptive Websites
  6. DealerOn - "These guys really know what they're doing and how to help their dealerships be as successful as possible." -- Mitch Gallant, Capital Ford Lincoln
  7. KPA Connect Websites - (formerly TK Carsites) Complete internet marketing solutions include SEO coupled with new Connect platform developed for maximizing lead generation

 

Onsite SEO Tools, Analytics, Reporting and Testing Apps 

  1. Free Broken Link Check - Find the bad links on your website
  2. Website Grader Checks Site - Reports non-compliant structure
  3. SEO Centro Search Engine Keywords and Positioning Tool
  4. Google Analytics - Digital Marketing's "Gold Standard" for Tracking Visitors, Reporting and Analyzing Sites
  5. Google Adwords - External Keywords Research App
  6. Compete Internet Tracking and Reporting
  7. Search Engine Spider Simulator
  8. SiteExplorer.Search.Yahoo.com
  9. www.Alexa.com

 

Short URL Creation, Tracking and Domain Name Resources

  1. Network Solutions Domain Registration and Hosting Services
  2. GoDaddy Domain Registration and Hosting Services
  3. Bit.Ly Short URL and Tracking Metrics  
  4. Tiny Short URL Service 
  5. Bud Short URL Service
  6. URL Trends and Happenings

 

Blog and Website Hosting for Content Marketing

  1. www.wordpress.com
  2. www.Blogspot.com
  3. www.LiveJournal.com
  4. www.Ning.com (set up dealership online community)
  5. www.TypePad.com
  6. www.carspace.com


Business and Professional Networking Portals:

  1. http://www.gather.com
  2. http://www.biznik.com
  3. http://www.naymz.com
  4. http://www.hubpages.com
  5. http://www.spoke.com
  6. http://www.LinkedIn.com

Press Release and Bookmarking Sites

  1. www.PRweb.com - Best Cost Effectiveness
  2. www.PRnewswire.com - Tops in both performance and cost
  3. www.Vocus.com - Great software for PR creation and distribution
  4. www.PRlog.org
  5. www.free-press-release.com - Almost worthless but you will feel like you accomplished something
  6. http://www.digg.com
  7. http://www.stumbleupon.com
  8. http://www.diigo.com

 

Social Networks and User Generated Content (UGC) Sites

  1. Facebook
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Twitter
  4. YouTube
  5. Pinterest
  6. MySpace
  7. Flickr
  8. Slideshare
  9. Squidoo Lense Sites


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 Ads and Distribution: www.Tubemogul.com


Chat Clients for Dealer Websites, Social Media and Email:

  1. Volusion.com/livechat_download.asp (free)
  2. Chatango.com (free)
  3. CarChat24.com (free and upgrades)
  4. ReachLocal

 

Onsite Apps and Plugins for Dealership Websites

  1. DealerCentric Talking Credit App - "I cannot imagine managing the online marketing programs for a car dealership and NOT using DealerCentric to attract serious car buyers..." --Ralph Paglia
  2. Kelley Blue Book LeadDriver - "KBB LeadDriver powers the highest post-click lead conversion ad campaigns I have ever seen..." --Ralph Paglia
  3. Black Book Online
  4. ScreenCrafters Dealer Website Conversion Add-Ons


Widgets, Marketing Apps, RSS and Content Distribution Tools:

  1. Sign up for a Free 30 day trial of HootSuite Pro
  2. RSS Feed Content Builder
  3. www.Widgetbox.com
  4. www.Autoferret.com
  5. CarFax Dealer Programs
  6. SocialDealer
  7. SproutSocial
  8. Hootsuite



Spam List Services; "Blacklist" Checking Tools

  1. www.mxtoolbox.com/index.aspx
  2. Spamhaus Block List (SBL) - All IPs on the SBL belong to known spammers, spam gangs, or spam support services. The SBL includes IPs from both the ROKSO database and IPs of spam services listed in the Spamhaus database
  3. Blacklist Master - Email blacklist check tool. Check your mail server's IP address and domain name against 200+ spam blacklists
  4. Whois-Details for Blacklisted Spam Domains - List of domains that have been advertised via spam, with name server, registration date, registrant. This list is updated daily.


Branded Automotive Communities:

  1. Ford Community
  2. Chevrolet Community
  3. Toyota Community
  4. Kelly Car Community
  5. Penske Community

 

Search Engine Advertising (SEA) and Pay Per Click (PPC):

  1. Google Adwords Express
  2. Google Adwords for Search Engine Advertising

 

SEA and PPC Dealer Service Providers:

  1. Tier10 Marketing
  2. Team V Marketing
  3. ClickMotive
  4. ADP Cobalt
  5. Local Search Group
  6. ReachLocal Search Engine Advertising

 

Automotive Social Media Marketing (SMM) Service Providers:

  1. Tier10 Marketing
  2. ReachLocal Social Media and Reputation Management
  3. Cobalt - an ADP Company
  4. SocialDealer
  5. DealerLink - Social and Reputation Management

 

Social Media Advertising (SMA):

  1. Tier10 Marketing
  2. SocialDealer.com

 

Online Display Advertising (ODA):

  1. Tier10 Marketing
  2. ReachLocal Display Advertising
  3. Quantcast

 

Video Advertising and Video Search Engine Optimization (VSEO):

  1. Car-Mercial
  2. ReachLocal
  3. UnityWorks! Media

 

Chat Software and Live Chat Service Providers  

  1. CarChat24
  2. www.live2support.com
  3. ActiveEngage
  4. Contact at Once

 

Vehicle Sales Affinity programs for Car Dealers

  1. Costco Auto Program Affinity Referrals
  2. TrueCar Dealership Affinity Network Referrals
  3. Edmunds Premier Dealer Referrals
  4. CarFax Dealer Programs

 

Sales Lead Providers, Aggregators and Exchanges

  1. Dealix - Lead Quality Guaranteed
  2. Autobytel - Lead estimator Tool shows how many available
  3. www.AutoLeadExchange.com
  4. CarsDirect Connect Dealership Sales Leads
  5. DealerLink - Special finance leads, new and used car leads
  6. Caracoom - Different type of lead provider for car dealers
  7. Auto Lead Providers - Dealership program Details
  8. CarFax Dealer Programs
  9. Driving Leads - Special Finance Leads for Car Dealers
  10. SalesGenie - Generate sales leads from their database
  11. DealerLink.us special finance leads, direct mail, new and used car leads

 

Finance and Insurance Related Resources

  1. NADA Glossary of Insurance Terms and Acronyms
  2. DealerCentric Talking Credit App - "DealerCentric's talking credit app goes beyond serving the credit challenged by attracting car buyers with exceptionally good credit who are in-market..." --Ralph Paglia 
  3. NADAguides Finance Center - powered by Finance Source
  4. NADA Check Credit Score - Learn The Facts About Credit Ratings
  5. MyClaimSource.com - information on filing claims online
  6. AutoDealerMonthly - F&I Dealer Operations Articles  
  7. autofinancenews.ning.com - Online community and professional network for dealership F&I managers

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Comment by Alexander Lau on July 11, 2014 at 9:12am

Comment by Cherie Price on June 1, 2014 at 6:54pm

I have no clue as to which client got Ben Whitaker from DEALER CAR SEARCH here, but I'll proudly admit I'm at least one who tried.  I've only been around for 5 years, definitely a rookie when compared to most of you, but I know QUALITY when I SEE QUALITY.  Ben personally and DCS have never said "No" to me and they're on my SPEED DIAL.........I confidently recommend them to you.

Comment by Ben Whitaker on May 30, 2014 at 12:39pm

New here on the site - recommended by a client I work with. Great source of information and discussion! Glad to be here!

Please add www.DealerCarSearch.com to the section of Dealer Website Providers.
We provide a wide range of car dealership digital tools and website solutions - too much to list but you can view more details under our products tab on the website.

I also noticed Kijiij.com is listed in the automotive classified section - they are now EbayClassifieds.com

Comment by Daniel Roberts on January 24, 2014 at 1:05pm

I just recently discovered this great site and am amazed at the amount of quality information available on here. Looking forward to diving deeper into this community. I work for Carsforsale.com which is an Online Vehicle Classified Ads and Inventory Listing website. I was just wondering how I would get listed on here as a recommended option. Also, FreeClassifieds.com is another site not mentioned that is a good resource, very similar to craigslist

Thanks!

Comment by Digital Agency Webspand on December 11, 2013 at 7:57pm

What about Autobytel and webspand.com? or even 360i.com  other than those two this is the most complete compilation of relevant links I have fond yet in the industry thanks Ill bookmark it.

Comment by saurabh gupta on October 28, 2013 at 7:28pm

This is simply great anybody who is interested in auto is sure to benefit by it. Thanks and keep it up.

saurabh gupta

Comment by Mark McCrell on May 8, 2013 at 3:18pm

Fantastic site. Love the links on the page, there's some great content. I wanted to recommended Underground Elephant as a recommended link for this page. I think it would be a great fit. They are a specialized marketing firm that focuses on automotive insurance lead generation. I think it'd be a cool addition because it's a bit different from some of the automotive marketing links provided but is still extremely valuable and relevant. Thanks and I hope it makes it to the list. -Mark

Comment by Big Tom LaPointe on April 25, 2013 at 9:04am
Golden! Amazing resource here
Comment by Zak Nicola on April 24, 2013 at 7:52am

Hi there, this is a great resource list! If your intentions here are to help these websites out with a link, only the top 100 links on the page are counted. It would be more valuable to break the sections out into separate pages, then have the topics on one single page linking to the list for each category.

Comment by Kyle Bowles on February 25, 2013 at 10:07am

Hi Ralph, could you please list Digital Marketing Networks (dmnleads.com) as a provider of Exclusive Phone Verified Special Finance and New Car Leads.

Thanks very much and if you have any questions please feel free to call me at 804-335-1212 extension 1003.

Continued Success,

 

Kyle Bowles

Sales Manager

Digital Marketing Networks

Comment by Ralph Paglia on February 10, 2013 at 11:04pm

From Tim Parker: Please enter DealerLink, www.DealerLink.us as a provider of special finance leads, direct mail, new and used car leads as well as social and reputation management.

Thanks for your consideration. If you have any questions please feel free to call me anytime at 800-890-8850.

Regards,

Tim Parker

President

DealerLink

704-544-9100

Comment by Ralph Paglia on January 31, 2013 at 4:52pm

Thank you to Jeniffer Maben - I added the Live2Support link to the list of Dealer Chat Service and software providers....

Comment by Ralph Paglia on January 31, 2013 at 4:51pm

Thank you to Steve Malibu, I added the ListHere link to the online inventory classified advertising resources section...

Comment by Steve Malibu on December 28, 2012 at 1:22pm
Comment by Jeniffer Maben on November 29, 2012 at 10:41pm

Live chat software for dealer's website:

http://www.live2support.com

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