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March 2008 ADM Blog Posts (18)

Impress Dealers and OEM Executives You Visit with Four Microbrews that lead to a Better Beer Palate

I know this has nothing to do wityh selling cars or supplying dealers with digital marketing tools, but never the less, I do believe this is an important subject worth sharing with the ADM community... The next time you face a row of taps at a beer bar, drink your way through Beer 101, as taught by Father's Office Beer University dean and bartender Hallie Beaune.



Let these drafts guide you through the many flavors of beer, created during the fermentation process when the yeast eats… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 31, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Using digital marketing tools to buy Internet, radio, newspaper and TV advertising more cost effectively than ever before

Dealer Communications announces an important session at the 4th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition in Orlando April 21-23. Learn how to buy $125 prime drive time radio spots for less than $10 each! Enterprising dealers in all areas of the country are discovering that multiple web-based services allow them to bid and buy conventional radio, TV and newspaper advertising in their local market at a… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 28, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

PRESS RELEASE: ADP Dealer Services Introduces Solution to Help Drive Online Revenue with ADP's Business Online

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The Dealer Services Group of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NYSE: ADP) today announced the introduction of ADP's Business Online suite of solutions. One optional component of ADP's Business Online, ADP's Buy… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 26, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

PRESS RELEASE: ADP Dealer Services Launches Digital Advertising

Hoffman Estates, Ill., — The Dealer Services Group of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NYSE: ADP) today announced the launch of Digital Advertising, a comprehensive managed solution for maximizing a dealership’s online reach and overall marketing results. ADP’s Digital Advertising is specifically… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 26, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Wealthy Car Buyers Using Social Networks Online

According to The Luxury Institute's latest WealthSurvey, the participation of wealthy online consumers in social networks dramatically increased to 60% in 2008, from 27% in 2007. Participation levels of online wealthy consumers in leading social networks are 16% for MySpace, 13% for LinkedIn, and 11% for Facebook. A national sample of 805 wealthy American consumers, with an average income of $287K and average net worth of $2.1 million, was surveyed online.

According to the…

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Added by Ralph Paglia on March 26, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Polite Reminder - The Seven Secrets of Success From Zig Ziglar

The Seven Secrets of Success From Zig Ziglar:



1. There is no secret of success... Success is for everyone.



2. Your life becomes better only when you become better.



3. There is no success without sacrifice.



4. Success is achieved in inches, not miles.



5. The greatest enemy of tomorrow’s success is today’s success.



6. No advice on success works unless you do.



7. You can have everything in life you want if you will…
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Added by Ralph Paglia on March 24, 2008 at 7:11am — No Comments

Ralph Paglia's Summary of Links to Personal Sites, Blogs, Articles and Various Automotive Digital Marketing References

Here is a list of links that point to various web sites and blogs I have created, as well as access to articles I have written or interviews I have provided to various publications. I am compiling these links so that they can be used as a reference to other professionals interested in Automotive Digital Marketing topics, best practices, research data and the strategies and tactics that can be deployed with eBusiness practices in the car business. Here they are:…

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Added by Ralph Paglia on March 23, 2008 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Kelsey Group Research Shows Dealers Shifting Towards Online Technology for Marketing and Advertising

PRINCETON, N.J. — More and more dealers plan to start using Web 2.0 technology in their advertising campaigns, and most intend to increase spending on Internet marketing in the next year, according to a recent study. A survey from The Kelsey Group indicated that 59 percent of dealers said they would utilize Internet video on their Web sites in the next 12 months, versus the 33 percent who already use the technology.… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 21, 2008 at 8:09am — No Comments

Search Engine Marketing for Automotive OEMs: Greed, Ignorance & Failure to Adapt

In recent days I’ve spent a great deal of time with people who work in and around online marketing for Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). From executives to one of the largest search engine marketing firms in the world, to representatives of the biggest search engines and web analytics professionals who recently attended Omniture’s last Analytics Summit attended by most of the top Automotive OEMs Web Analytics Managers.



Automotive OEMs are some of the biggest… Continue

Added by Tad Miller on March 14, 2008 at 9:26pm — 1 Comment

ADP Dealer Services Business Online Dealer Web Site Applications Help Drive Vehicle Sales with Buy Online Capabilities

On February 18, 2008 ADP announced the official release of their Business Online suite of dealer web site applications that enables dealerships to offer online dealer selectable vehicle purchase process components to Web consumers. These new ADP dealer web site transactional capabilities support customer-driven and dealer-controlled sales processes, providing dealers with a solution that lets consumers purchase their vehicle online, begin the process on the Internet and take delivery at the… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 10, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Another Day At The Dealership - Do We Ever Really Know What We Let Slip Through Our Hands?

Monday Morning 9 AM

Lot attendant smashes car that was scheduled for delivery at 4 pm that day.

Net cost $2,584.00



Monday Morning 10 AM

Manager’s meeting. Walk the trades from Saturday. Used car manager makes appraisal mistake valuing the wrong model.

Net cost $2,300.



Monday Afternoon 1 PM

Sales person promises a customer lifetime oil changes and tire rotation to deliver a car. Salesperson is no longer there. Customer has it in… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 8, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Dealership Reputation Management Webinar from Cars.com

This is an… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 8, 2008 at 3:00pm — No Comments

SEAN WOLFINGTON'S "BELLA" THE MOVIE IS SEEKING 2008 INTERN APPLICATIONS!

Shown below is information on the Bella Movie Marketing Internship. Offices are located in Miami, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. All offices operate hours 10:00 am -7:00pm. While Internships are unpaid/volunteer opportunities, housing is provided for those individuals offered a relocation position.



There are 4 different kinds of Internships. They are as follows:



1. DAY INTERNS



This opportunity is ideal if you are already located in one of our main office… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 7, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

Motorability Island in Second Life - Pontiac Donates Motorati Island in Second Life to United Spinal Association

Pontiac Empowers United Spinal Association with Car Culture Island in Second Life Pontiac Donates Motorati Island in Second Life to United Spinal Association

Sarasota, Feb, 2008 — Pontiac’s Motorati Island is getting a second life by making a very generous donation of the very successful 7-region car culture island in Second Life to United Spinal Association, a U.S. based national 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Jackson Heights, New York.… Continue

Added by Jody DeVere on March 4, 2008 at 12:15am — No Comments

Using Inventory Deep Links As Digital Advertising and Paid SEM Landing Pages

With all the discussions around microsites and landing pages I wanted to take the time to share what I consider to be a best practice in the use of deep links hooked up to keywoord enriched URL's used in online advertising and Paid SEM campaigns focused on inventory. Listed below is a fairly typical deep link set up for a dealership. The store's primary web site can be found at www.CourtesySanDiego.com and they have a separate Corvette micro site at… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 3, 2008 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Fear is Your Great Indicator to Take Action

Fear is the great indicator that wealthy and successful people use as a sign that it is time to push through and get to the other side where their expansion lies. Unsuccessful people, who are assured to never have wealth or happiness stop every time they get afraid. All people experience fear, it is how you respond to it that ultimately makes the difference in your life.



Successful people are willing to push through, even when they are uncomfortable. Unsuccessful people use fear as… Continue

Added by Grant Cardone on March 3, 2008 at 12:56pm — 3 Comments

Where Is the Next Generation of Automotive Sales Professionals?

Most dealers believe shrinking margins are due to a combination of more informed customers and auto makers' margin cuts. Although these factors do add margin pressure, they are not the key causes of shrinking front-end gross. The No.1 cause is the sales consultant.



By Mark Rikess

Published in Ward's Dealer Business, Feb 1, 2008




The typical North American salesperson adds little or no value to the customer… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 3, 2008 at 6:47am — No Comments

Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition at Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando, FL April 21-23, 2008

This is the biggest retail automotive e-commerce event of the year! The 4th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition will be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando, Florida April 21-23. The conference in Las Vegas last October drew over 540 attendees and featured 45 exhibitors. There were over 300 registered dealers, GMs, Internet Sales Managers, e-Commerce Directors and BDC/CRM Managers.



The title of the event in Orlando is “Putting all the… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on March 2, 2008 at 6:38pm — No Comments

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