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Grading Automotive Website Providers

Disclaimer: I must preface this by saying it not intended to make any enemies or friends. This is not meant to hurt anyone’s business, call out how they perform for their clients, highlight weaknesses or put stock in one product over another. This was nothing more than a simple experiment.

I was out to dinner with my wife recently when I ran into an old college acquaintance. Very quickly I discovered that she works in our industry…


Added by Joe Webb on July 3, 2012 at 6:44am — 4 Comments

A Study of the Pinterest Eye

I've mentioned numerous times how having a Pinterest account is vital to your social media plan and makes your dealership more likeable as a whole. Well, I found a study online by EyeTrackShop which highlights where the user’s eye is drawn to on a Pinterest page. While most websites draw the users to the left side of the…


Added by Ketty Colom on July 3, 2012 at 6:19am — 4 Comments

New Study Shows Just How Much Social Media Effects Search Results

Matt Cutts of Google has told us in the past that Google uses social media signals in their search algorithms. What we've all been wondering is just how much social media actually effects search results. A new study done by Searchmetrics does just that, highlighting why …


Added by Timothy Martell on July 3, 2012 at 5:43am — No Comments

Influencer Sponsors Diversity & Women's Issues Automotive Education Track during AutoCon2012 and the Certified Female Friendly® program are sponsoring the first ever Diversity & Women's Issues educational track at a large automotive industry event during the 2012 AutoConnections Conference & Expo September 5- 8th at the Aria…


Added by Jody DeVere on July 2, 2012 at 5:18pm — No Comments

What can you learn from Microsoft and Google?

What can you learn from Microsoft and Google?

Two weeks ago, Microsoft gave the middle finger to their partners - not once, but twice. What can you say -- they used both hands.

Meanwhile, Google did the exact opposite, embracing their partners and letting them feel comfortable with the future working with the company.

I guess Google's motto of "Don't be evil" is back in play.



Added by Todd Katcher on July 2, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Don’t let BYOD (bring your own device) become LFYO (liability for your organization)

“BYOD” stands for “bring your own device,” the practice of allowing employees and contractors to use personal devices, such as laptops, smartphones, home computers and tablets, to conduct the organization’s business.  The …


Added by Patric Timmermans on July 2, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments

What would happen if you doubled your customer count?

What would it mean to you if you doubled your customer count? Think about this. Do you know anyone, or any business that doubled their sales, say for a month, and repeated it the following month? Do you know anyone, or any business that doubled their Customer Pay Repair Order count, say for a month and repeated it…


Added by Tom 1TeamSynergy Wiegand on July 2, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

What's all this talk about Klout?

Hearing about Is it showing up in your Twitter feeds, Facebook news feed, on Google+?

Klout is becoming bigger and bigger for those who want to know where they stand with their Social Media reach & influence.

So, what exactly is Klout? 

The Klout Score measures influence based on your ability to drive action. Every time you create content or engage you…


Added by Joey Little on July 2, 2012 at 8:52am — 56 Comments

Automotive News: Google Becomes Search Warfare Battleground

Search warfare: Google as battleground

Group 1 sues when a rival hijacks its store's name

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Added by Ralph Paglia on July 2, 2012 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

10 Reasons Why You Should have a Mobile Site

In a recent blog post of mine, I highlighted some research done on mobile ads and if it is worth a dealership to spend money on it. Today, I am here to tell you why you should have a mobile site for your dealership (if you don’t already). Some 12.6% of total website traffic was generated via mobile device in the fourth quarter of 2011, up 102% from the 6.3% recorded a year…


Added by Ketty Colom on July 2, 2012 at 6:32am — No Comments

The Hard Facts About Mobile Sites

In this day and age, even the slowest to adapt businesses have a webpage. Even if it’s just a barebones Wordpress or a simple template, at least it exists. There’s a new trend in browsing though, one that’s growing at an astonishing rate, and businesses are again failing to keep up.

Fine the rest of this…


Added by Timothy Martell on July 2, 2012 at 5:07am — No Comments

Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz, Joins DrivingSales Executive Summit Keynote Line-Up

SEO author and superstar joins keynoters Billy Beane (of ‘MoneyBall’ Fame), Facebook and Google at industry’s most authoritative profit-building event for innovative dealers


SALT LAKE CITY, UT – July 2, 2012 – DrivingSales today announced that Rand Fishkin will join the keynote line-up at the fourth annual DrivingSales Executive…


Added by Crystal Hartwell on July 2, 2012 at 12:20am — No Comments


I just checked my Gmail account and saw that CarWasher is now following all my boards on Pinterest.

What’s Pinterest? It’s been described as the coolest (or should that be the hottest?) online social media platform around. Users can create their own pinboards and share the contents by uploading…


Added by charles bayer on July 1, 2012 at 8:54pm — 1 Comment

Can You Use a Dealer Chat Service to Boost Revenue?

Can You Use a Dealer Chat Service to Boost Revenue?


Every car dealer…


Added by Shereef on July 1, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

If you want to Sell MORE Cars… Remember “Macro” Versus “Micro” - AutoSuccess Magazine Article

If you want to Sell MORE Cars…

Remember “Macro” Versus “Micro” …


Added by Sean V. Bradley on July 1, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Car Sales Hit 5 Year High in June 2012

U.S. auto sales forecast to hit 5-year high in June

Analysts see SAAR below 14M for 2nd straight month

DETROIT (Reuters) -- The deteriorating European markets have led auto industry executives to worry about possible contagion spreading across the Atlantic, but June…


Added by Ralph Paglia on June 30, 2012 at 9:17pm — 2 Comments

1 in 5 Americans Have Bought a Brand of Car that a Friend Has Followed on Facebook

20% of American Car Buyers Have Bought a Brand of Car That a Friend Has Followed on Facebook 

18% of US consumers - including 23% under 35 - have bought a brand because their…


Added by Ralph Paglia on June 29, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

From the Trenches - Converting Lost Sales to Profits


Question #1: What if we had no departments in the dealership?  What if we had only areas of responsibility but all managers were paid on total store profits?  Do you think we would have greater communication and cooperation between what are now separate profit…


Added by Tom Gorham on June 29, 2012 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

Digital Dealer – often imitated, never close to duplicated

They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  Well, at Digital Dealer we’ve received so much flattery from imitators, we can’t help but think – we must be onto something!

Digital Dealer events are often imitated; but never close to duplicated. Just one Digital Dealer Conference has more dealers and managers attend than all the copy-cat wanna-be events combined. Digital Dealer has the formula to attract dealership attendees like no other event has or…


Added by Jim Apistolas on June 29, 2012 at 6:10am — No Comments

Top Tips For Tweets

One of the most important parts of any automotive marketing strategy is social media. No matter what the venue every company needs to have an online presence. It's pretty easy to open an account on a website like Twitter, but it's a lot more…


Added by Timothy Martell on June 29, 2012 at 5:32am — No Comments

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