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As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to take stock of how successful your dealership’s Internet marketing plan is and how you want to attack the market in 2012. So what should you be looking for when evaluating your Internet success?
When it comes to Internet leads, it’s important to map out several key metrics over a 90-day, six-month and one-year term. That way, you’ll be able to see if any recent trends have developed that may affect your 2012 plan. Looking at all of…Continue
Added by Josh Vajda on November 22, 2011 at 9:02am — No Comments
The holiday season is here – a time for free shipping and 20% off everything!
At least that’s what a bulk of the major retailers out there tend to focus on this time of year. For many of us – regardless of the holiday(s) we each celebrate – the focus of this holiday season is on family and friends, on creating memories and sharing traditions, on expressing gratitude and love. It is a season of goodwill and giving.
As a business, are you focusing on the steep rise in sales you…Continue
I wanted to share another blog post Paul Long wrote, in regards to the value customers find in staying loyal to your brand.
Have a look, and see what your customers may be thinking when they walk into your dealership.…Continue
Added by Will Michaelson on November 21, 2011 at 12:49pm — No Comments
Just wanted to share a great new product that we just placed in our Nissan Dealership. It is a company that specializes in Dealership artwork. Here is the link www.dealerdecor.com. The artwork is all printed on Canvas. We placed them in all of our sales and finance offices and the feedback has been great. Just wanted to share since I found it very difficult to find specific…Continue
VENICE, Calif., Nov. 21, 2011 -- Mota Motors, a leading provider of online and selling platforms, today announced that automotive digital marketing pioneer Jeffrey Schwartz has been appointed President and Chief…
Added by Crystal Hartwell on November 21, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
With the passing of legendary World Heavy Weight Champion boxer Joe Frazier, it leaves me thinking about what it really means to be a champion. Smokin Joe Frazier, Big George, and The Greatest dominated a major American sport. But, that’s not all they did. They were cultural icons and powerful businessmen. When establishing your accessories program in your dealership, you are going to need a champion…Continue
Added by Ashley Poag on November 21, 2011 at 6:29am — No Comments
If you have not taken time to work through then new interface and reports, I strongly suggest that…Continue
It was 1978 in Ohio and I was a new car salesman. I was selling Chrysler Imperials and New Yorkers at a time when there was an energy crises. It was tough and I would not last long. But I learned something during that short time in the car business.Continue
Craig and I were talking a few weeks back and I mentioned to him that it would be a good idea for him to do a video blog. I think my exact words were, "Craig, with your 30+ years in the business I know that you have some great stories and insights to share, insights and stories that others would WANT to…Continue
We are currently re-designing our Dealer website. We want to feature vehicle comparisons on our site, a “Dare to Compare” type campaign. The debate is whether or not we build it ourselves or outsource the project and go with a vendor like Advanta-Star. What is your opinion?
Google’s updating its algorithm. What are you doing to stay on top of search results?
A Quick Review of Recent Google Algorithm Updates
With all the updates Google has made to its search algorithm this year, it’s hard to keep track of what’s new and how to stay on top of search result pages. From back to back Panda updates to the new Caffeine Web indexing system released in June, Google has made significant changes to how it displays SERPs. Recent comments made…Continue
Everyone selling vehicles or managing others selling vehicles should know the meaning of "The Road to the Sale" - and you should also be aware that too many of us, all too often, know that phrase but instead follow "The Road to the NO SALE!"
I've often likened the chain of events that produces a vehicle sale to…Continue
Obviously in a new car franchise you have less control as your inventory is dictated a great deal by the OEM but even they somewhat dictate your allocation by marketing. In our Toyota…Continue
As an automobile dealer, you know how to advertise. You know that commercials can be effective sometimes, and banners as well as flyers can get people interested to the point where they actually stop by. You even have a website but some people have said that they are unsure of how to navigate it. They also said that it takes them forever to find your inventory of vehicles, or when they do find it, it may load a little slower than they expect. In other words, they are telling that they need…Continue
Added by Dmitriy Goroshin on November 17, 2011 at 1:11pm — No Comments
Over the last year (plus) there have been numerous hypotheses shared regarding Google Places and the practice of customers entering reviews while still in the dealership or business. The crux of the discussion was whether or not Google was blocking reviews from a common IP address because of the possibility of gaming the system or as some have suggested, because a customer might feel “pressured” if asked to do this review while still at the business location.
Would you rather have 1 million Facebook fans or 100 loyal customers? Until recently, businesses have generally focused on the number of fans they acquired, trying to get a high number of people to “like” their page. The number of Facebook fans your business has, however, is immaterial if you have no relationship with them as customers.
A recent post on All Facebook: The…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 16, 2011 at 2:54pm — No Comments
This is a simple editorial: STOP supporting the review sites that make you or your customers jump through hoops in order to use them. Despite what the review site companies and some of your peers claim, NOT EVERY REVIEW SITE IS IMPORTANT FOR DEALERS.
If you sell a hundred cars a month, we don't want to…Continue
How reasonable do you think it is to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to build a monument to a brand these days? When we were all flush with cash, it made some sense to upgrade dealership facilities to appease the manufacturer. …Continue
HTML5 has been in the tech news lately, especially since Adobe announced that they are going to stop developing Flash in favor of HTML5 on mobile browsers. This doesn’t mean the company is abandoning the technology on desktops, but according to Mike Chambers, the lead in Adobe developer relations, “a lot of the things that you have done via Flash in the past will increasingly be done via HTML5 and CSS3…”.
Added by Ali Amirrezvani on November 16, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments
Yelp has come under criticism because of their "Filtered Review" process which takes certain reviews, mostly those from Yelp users who…Continue