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December 2014 ADM Blog Posts (56)

A Logical Connection Between Texting and Website Chat

When we look at texting as it pertains to the car business, it's easy to see that the mobile revolution has people letting their fingers do the talking. It's a method of communication that is becoming the primary way for millions of people in North America. How does a dealership translate this trend into lead…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on December 31, 2014 at 12:58pm — No Comments

How Do You Know Your Digital Strategy Is Working?

How Do You Know Your Digital Strategy Is Working?

Is your business keeping you up at night? We want to offer ways to uncover some great opportunities in your strategy, including:

Focusing on the handling of phone calls

Generating more content for your website

Emphasizing the value of tracking your leads

Maintaining top-of-mind…

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Added by Paul Potratz on December 31, 2014 at 11:02am — No Comments


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Volvo Boldly Goes Where No One Dares Go

While most businesses analyze budgets and shift money towards digital advertising, video and branding, Volvo has taken an interesting strategy: to decrease marketing. While it isn’t planning to cease all activities, Volvo has decided that, rather than attempt to take on any rivals with bigger budgets, it will shift…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 29, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Three Cures for the 'Holiday Hangover'

For many dealers, business falls off after the first of the year as shoppers are essentially in a ‘holiday hangover’. Businesses and many buyers had to make vehicle purchases before the end of the year for tax reasons, and others have overspent or filled up credit cards. In any case, there are fewer people on the lot or shopping on…

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Added by Big Tom LaPointe on December 28, 2014 at 9:07pm — 3 Comments

Visiting (or revisiting) Chat in 2015

2014 was an incredible year for the car business. We saw sales for most brands going up, technological advancements that give even more hope for sales in the future, and shifts in the way that dealers market and sell their cars.

We've also seen something that may be going under the radar. As I've…

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Added by Jeffery Sterns on December 24, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments


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LinkedIn Wants Relevancy: Punishes Abusers

In yet another move by LinkedIn to create a more engaging user experience, the company has decided to penalize any users of the InMail feature that send mail that is irrelevant to the recipient.

As LinkedIn cannot read the messages, it had to formulate a…

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Added by sara callahan on December 24, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Evolution of Email Marketing in a Mobile World



Bill Cress, Cobalt Performance Improvement Consultant
by Bill Cress, Performance Improvement Consultant

Is Your Email Campaign Optimized for Mobile?

According to the Movable Ink US Consumer Device Preference Report: Q1 2014, as of April, 2014, 47.2% of all emails…

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Added by CDK Global on December 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments


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4 Reasons Why Shoppers Love Using Live Chat

Automotive marketing as we know it has changed. The Internet now forces dealerships to have an online presence and build relationships with consumers in the digital world. Why? Because the modern shopper expects it.



Consumer research is no longer solely accessible via phone calls and drive-bys. Now, your prospective customers are…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on December 23, 2014 at 7:36am — No Comments

Did We Forget Anything?

The Holiday Cheer Is On Us



The holiday season can be a stressful time a year both personally and professionally. We want to give you the opportunity to share a few laughs in an effort to help minimize some of that stress.

On this week’s Think Tank Tuesday, enjoy "The 12 Days of…

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Added by Paul Potratz on December 23, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments


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Using Emotions To Excite Customers: Honda’s Brilliant Holiday Marketing

To promote their brand this holiday season, Honda is pulling out all of the stops by incorporating just about every feeling and sentiment it can into a series of commercials featuring toys. Consider their “Happy Honda Days” commercials that published around Thanksgiving. Every one of them featured a toy covering many…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments


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Get Famous How To Get Major Network News Media

Citations For Authority for Your Automotive Dealership and Outsell Your Competition…

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Added by Jon Floyd on December 22, 2014 at 9:08pm — No Comments


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Another Solid Week of Activity

Hello and welcome to this week’s Used Car Market Report from Black Book. Last week we reported how the market has been trending in a non-traditional December way. Little has changed this past week. Bidders are still pretty aggressive and the results were over 2250 vehicles adjusted on average each day of the week, with 52% being increasing adjustments of the previously published values.…

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Added by Black Book on December 22, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments

Flick Fusion Introduces VidMagnet™, An Inventory Video Add-On Designed to Drive More Traffic to Auto Dealer Websites

Urbandale, IA--December 22nd, 2014--Flick Fusion (www.flickfusion.com) today introduced VidMagnetTM, a powerful addition to inventory videos that leverages Video SEO (VSEO) and drives more traffic from YouTube and other video websites to auto dealer websites. When a dealership sells a vehicle featured in an inventory video, normally that video is removed from the Internet. With VidMagnet, the video stays on the Internet indefinitely…

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Added by Brian Cox on December 22, 2014 at 9:17am — No Comments

Jim Radogna: Avoiding the Eye of Mordor in Social Media

Just like in the blockbuster series “The Lord of the Rings”, the Eye of Mordor is always open. Until now, its focus has been on larger battles and more interesting things. Then a Hobbit found a golden ring and slipped it on his finger. And the Eye started paying attention to this…

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Added by Arnold Tijerina on December 22, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments


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5 Things We Read This Week: December 14-19

Dealership reviews coming to AutoTrader, the state of the U.S. auto market, and an important new Google AdWords metric

1. AutoTrader.com Adding Dealership Reviews (Auto Remarketing)

AutoTrader will begin integrating consumer-generated ratings and reviews from DealerRater into its dealer profile pages starting this…

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Added by Paul Mirek on December 19, 2014 at 8:54am — No Comments

5 Rules of Effective Negotiating

What myths do you believe about the negotiation process? Or what mistakes do you make that cost you deals and gross? I want to help you become a better negotiator by teaching you 5 rules of effective negotiating.

 

Rule # 1 - Establish clear expectations. You need to consistently tell customers what to expect, what your role is, and…

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Added by Jonathan Dawson on December 18, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments


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Video Games: Using Employee Interests To Train

Despite the many tools available and the best of intentions, many dealerships struggle with providing ongoing professional development for their staff.

Whether it’s because of the volume of customers that need handling; lack of time; or worry about taking a…

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Added by Richard Holland on December 18, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments


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How Customer-Centric is Your Dealership? Take the Test!

We are well into December. It's time to take stock of your year and your accomplishments. It’s definitely time to have fun and to be mindful of what is ahead. As we turn the corner into a new year, 2015, today’s Women’s Wednesday you are invited to take a short, interactive quiz to evaluate where there is room to expand your dealership’s customer excellence. And in doing so, your competitive…

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Added by Anne Fleming on December 17, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments


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END-OF-YEAR LEASE DEALS; MONTHLY PAYMENT MINDSET FUEL RISING LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS ENTERING DECEMBER

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during November continued to increase, fueling even more end-of-year momentum for lease applications and vehicle exchange rates. November saw an approvals rate of 84.2%, the second-highest monthly lease approvals rate during 2014 (August saw 85.7%).



The monthly approvals rate was driven by early holiday lease campaigns and offers, with a rising number of lessees exchanging vehicles from brands…

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Added by John Sternal on December 17, 2014 at 8:07am — No Comments

What Exactly Are We Selling?

Market To A Lifestyle

Each person leads a different lifestyle than the next so stop with the general ads and start getting more specific! 

Make your audience feel like you're speaking directly to them. Talk about the tough trucks on your lot and…

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Added by Paul Potratz on December 16, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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