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Big Tom LaPointe
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Ian Wittig replied to Big Tom LaPointe's discussion Should dealers still use deceptive ad practices and super fine print?
"There's overwhelming statistics about customer dissatisfaction. This blog http://http://vinadvisor.net/blog/461-when-dealers-dont-deal-online talks about one of many horror stories, and indicates that people may be looking for any…"
Nov 14

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Big Tom LaPointe's blog post was featured

Two of top three tech trends to watch include auto industry

Consumer Technology Association and Tech.co recently announced at the Innovate and Celebrate tech conference the top five technology trends to watch, and car dealers will be affected by two of them. Augmented Reality (and Virtual Reality – AR/VR), along with driverless cars, were number two and three behind digital assistants,…See More
Oct 11

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Big Tom LaPointe posted a blog post

Two of top three tech trends to watch include auto industry

Consumer Technology Association and Tech.co recently announced at the Innovate and Celebrate tech conference the top five technology trends to watch, and car dealers will be affected by two of them. Augmented Reality (and Virtual Reality – AR/VR), along with driverless cars, were number two and three behind digital assistants,…See More
Oct 9

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Tom LaPointe promo for DDWNE Philly

Tom LaPointe will present "Guardians of the Fallacy", at the Digital Dealer Workshop Oct 17-18 in Philadelphia / Cherry Hill NJ. His session will help dealer...
Oct 4

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Big Tom LaPointe's blog post was featured

Website SMS Text is a must for dealers

We know that adding live chat to your dealer website is a key means to boost sales, and adding website text can boost it even more. Dealer website chat to text is ideal dealer website add-onWhile website SMS Text or text-to-chat sounds like an easy add-on, if you're handling chat in-house or using a vendor there are still…See More
Sep 22

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Big Tom LaPointe posted a blog post

Website SMS Text is a must for dealers

We know that adding live chat to your dealer website is a key means to boost sales, and adding website text can boost it even more. Dealer website chat to text is ideal dealer website add-onWhile website SMS Text or text-to-chat sounds like an easy add-on, if you're handling chat in-house or using a vendor there are still…See More
Sep 22

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Hurricane Hermine proved value of managed chat and text

No matter how well a dealership is staffed, it’s impossible to be able to grab 100 percent of chat requestsThankfully higher population areas of Florida and the rest of the south were spared a powerful direct hit from Hurricane Hermine last week. But days of precipitation and rainfall totals more than two feet in many areas…See More
Sep 7

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Tesla is NOT the big bad wolf of retail - here's why

Speaker after speaker at conferences throw up Tesla as an example of industry revolution. Certainly the company is pushing OEMs to stretch their technology legs and lawyers can work out the franchise law impact. But the reality is that their digital marketing and processes seem more like a typical dealer. Proof is in the…See More
Jul 26

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Should dealers still use deceptive ad practices and super fine print?

With all the talk of Beepi, Carvana, and Tesla forcing major change in the industry, I went to a GM dealer promoting SHOP CLICK DRIVE. It was impressive that on their website they had a sale price of $26k on a $28k MSRP. I clicked the SHOP CLICK DRIVE link next to the price only to find that the price on the GM site was…See More
Jul 18

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Jeff Sterns to discuss planning success for a down economy at DD21

Jeff Sterns is honored to be on the presenter list for DigitalDealer Conference and Expo 21, at the MGM in Las Vegas, Aug. 8-10.
Jul 9

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Big Tom LaPointe commented on Jeremy Rich's blog post How Important are Car Dealership Reviews?
"it is always surprising that car dealers don't have a very proactive strategy to build their review counts and offset any negative ones (including a great experience)"
Jul 6

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Big Tom LaPointe commented on Ralph Paglia's blog post Phone Scams Overpower Online Ripoffs For Top Rank
"ain't this the truth. good piece"
Jul 6

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CarChat24 provides 24/7 hosted Live Chat Support & Dealer Chat Software for new and used car dealership websites. CarChat24 helps dealers sell more vehicles by converting a higher percentage of their website visitors into quality leads. Since June of 2006, CarChat24 has been helping car dealers improve their sales and customer service on the Internet. Our mission is to empower car dealers with cutting edge live chat technology, and provide the professional staff and superior processes needed to obtain the best possible results. We are committed to helping our clients get the best return on investment from their websites. We strive to make our support service the very best and are always looking for innovative ways to give our dealers the edge over their competition. Follow CarChat24.com on http://www.twitter.com/CarChat24 and fan CarChat24.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CarChat24
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Tom is a true 'car guy' at heart, and BIG, as a 6'6" former US Marine. He is an automotive writer and author (MODERN SPORT CARS - Barnes & Noble) with extensive experience in sales, service, and CSI initiatives for dealer groups for well over a decade. His car business experience, as well as a passionate work and leadership ethic that was sharpened in the Marine Corps and at Johns Hopkins University, gives him a unique ability to thrive in virtually any situation.

The grandson of an automotive factory worker, Tom grew up in Michigan near the Motor City and finished high school in Fernley, Nevada. He spent seven years in the Marine Corps as a writer and editor, winning many awards for photography, writing and editing. In addition, he is an automotive book author and freelance automotive writer for several publications.

What led him to the auto industry is simply this: he loves cars. He has raced stock cars and sports cars and competed in Land Rover off-road competitions in Vermont and Colorado. He has worked as a pit official for the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, and a pit crewman for Indy car and a Hooters Pro Cup stock car races. He has served as a manager of both sales and service for one the largest luxury car groups in the world.

He enjoy crawling an off-road vehicle through the most severe obstacles as much as heel-toeing sports cars into hairpin turns!
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Two of top three tech trends to watch include auto industry

Posted on October 9, 2016 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Consumer Technology Association and Tech.co recently announced at the Innovate and Celebrate tech conference the top five technology trends to watch, and car dealers will be affected by two of them. Augmented Reality (and Virtual Reality – AR/VR),…

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Website SMS Text is a must for dealers

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 4:52am 0 Comments

We know that adding live chat to your dealer website is a key means to boost sales, and adding website text can boost it even more. 

Dealer website chat to text is ideal dealer website…

Continue

Hurricane Hermine proved value of managed chat and text

Posted on September 7, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

No matter how well a dealership is staffed, it’s impossible to be able to grab 100 percent of chat requests

Thankfully higher population areas of Florida and the rest of the south were spared a…

Continue

Tesla is NOT the big bad wolf of retail - here's why

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 11:00am 0 Comments

Speaker after speaker at conferences throw up Tesla as an example of industry revolution. Certainly the company is pushing OEMs to stretch their technology legs and lawyers can work out the franchise law impact. But the reality is that their digital marketing and processes seem more like a typical…

Continue

Why is everyone afraid of Tesla and Beepi?

Posted on May 8, 2016 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

And what to do if you are…

Tesla isn’t the Big Bad Wolf. Nor is Beepi or Carvana. At the end of the day, they’re essentially a dealer group with a simplified buying process (maybe). And in the case of Tesla, enjoy $3-5 billion in deposits for…

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At 8:18am on October 21, 2013,
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CDK Global
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Great to connect Tom!

At 4:31am on August 16, 2013,
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sara callahan
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Thanks for your message Tom -- so, you are in beautiful Dunedin!  I love it there. Walk my dog along Edgewater all the time!

At 12:39pm on June 18, 2013,
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Bill Cosgrove
said…

Thanks for the heads up and the invite-All The Best

At 12:37pm on June 18, 2013,
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Bill Cosgrove
said…

Tom- Thanks for thr heads up

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