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Stumbleupon is one of the most interesting social media sites around, and by interesting, I mean it is a complete and total time-sink. Essentially, it's a toolbar that has a "Stumble" button you can press that will bring you to a random page on the web based on your interests. You can also upvote and downvote pages, which is how Stumbleupon gets better at finding stuff that you'll like. If something isn't already ON Stumbleupon when you vote on it, you'll be given the option to add it. This…Continue
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There was a promise silently made by social media a few years back. It was so prevalent at the 2009 round of conferences from NADA to Digital Dealer that many might have thought that social media would eventually encompass the entire internet marketing required by a dealership to be…Continue
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Here is the latest post from Google, from an employee named Dasha. The article link is: Google Reviews and was posted today at 12:00…Continue
Do you know what kind of population is in your area?
What is the crime rate where your dealership is located?
What is the percentage of households with college grads?
What areas have a high average household income and what areas have a low average…Continue
Even though last week's jobless rate increased, the market is climbing to its highest points in years and WardsAuto sees 2013 as a year of continued growth in auto and light truck sales.
Here are a few reasons they predict an…
Added by Big Tom LaPointe on January 31, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Facebook just rolled out a new beta feature called Graph Search that has massive implications for car dealers. What is Graph Search? Basically, Graph Search is web…
Approximately one-third of all search traffic for auto industry related terms comes from mobile devices. Half of the mobile automotive search audience performs longer term research but roughly half (49 percent) look to make a purchase within the day. However 36 percent of…Continue
Added by Joe Schwartz on January 31, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments
J.D. Power and Associates released new data earlier this month in their annual "Avoider Study" that show buyers consider an average of 3.3 new vehicles during their shopping cycle. That is up from 3.1 in 2012 and 2.9 in 2011.
According to Jon Osborn, research director at…Continue
I am always amazed at people boiling down booth bait, CarDoll, etc. to "sex sells, stupid". Instead of that quick and shallow answer, let's think a minute or two. About where we work. And who we work with.
When women started working at dealerships in capacities other than the receptionist, how long do you think the nudie calendars stayed up? A while. And then one…Continue
If there’s one word I hate using in marketing, it’s “engagement”. The term has been so overused and abused since the rise of social media that its meaning has become distorted. It’s defined in different ways and means different things to different people. Thankfully,…
Mike Charapp, Author, Auto Dealer Law
With NADA quickly approaching and franchise meetings on the horizon with OEMs, the time is now for dealerships to familiarize themselves with how to respond to factory communications. Some dealers feel that it is not important to respond to…Continue
Added by Laurie Halter on January 30, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Your business does better when it is perceived in a good light. In this day and age, it is easy for people who are unhappy with a business or a product to rant that business with unwanted negative online attention.
Negative reviews by the press or bad public relations can happen even to…Continue
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One of the questions on the NCM Institute post-class surveys is, “Which of the trainings presentations or topics were the most useful to you?” One of the most prevalent answers we see is “Time Management.”
A survey of domestic and international media and marketing executives (about half of whom are in the services/marketing or media technology business) has found that a plurality 25% see mobile as the most disruptive force in their industry. Mobile outpaced other hot trends such as social media (13%), digital (12%), free information/free…Continue
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Statistics and opinions…Continue
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So in the wake of the massive discussion about CarDoll in Ralph Paglia's post, Attacking People in Social Media Based on Appearance, Sexual Orientation or…Continue
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Secrets To Being Successful In Automotive Internet Sales / Business Development - "Relationship…Continue
There is no question these days that your dealer site is one of the most valuable resources in your digital marketing toolbox. From your site, you have the ability to reach your largest traffic source and cater your message from page to page to meet the needs of individuals, groups and communities of people.
As I research dealership websites…Continue