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Added by Ken Beam on April 19, 2011 at 8:46am — No Comments
Added by Lizelle Landino on April 19, 2011 at 2:53am — No Comments
Making 'Em Thirsty
Auto sales, any sales really, is a people business. It is about identifying a customer's wants and needs and tailoring your product to them. Too many people who have “Sales and Leasing Consultant” on their business cards are nothing more than paper hat wearing, order taking monkeys with notes in their mouths. Customer's come to dealerships and give the sales representative a list (an order) of what they…Continue
Added by Brad Alexander on April 18, 2011 at 10:26am — No Comments
I founded Thought Leadership Summits (TLS) seven years ago with the goal of developing exclusive events that enable executives to have high-quality interactions with fellow thought leaders. Having worked in the automotive industry, I knew there was a need for a Summit addressing relationships between OEMs, Dealers, Captive Finance providers, and their shared customers.
With that in mind, TLS launched the Automotive…Continue
Added by Jon Munzel on April 18, 2011 at 9:25am — No Comments
Added by Paul Potratz on April 18, 2011 at 8:38am — No Comments
Last week, while at a dealer client, and while reviewing the mystery shop I had just done for them, I flashed on a story told to me last year by one of my teammates. First know that this was a pretty typical mystery shop – the shopper received 2 emails and 1 phone call before the store stopped contact attempts. Now the story:
Bob was 13 years old, in middle school for the first time, and faced with having to ask a girl to an upcoming school dance. Like a lot of 13 year old boys…
Later this month, hosted video content on Google Video will no longer be available for playback. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we’re removing the remaining hosted content. We've always maintained that the strength of Google Video is its ability to let people search videos from across the web, regardless of where those videos are hosted. And this move will enable us to focus on developing these technologies further to the benefit of searchers…Continue
Added by Ralph Paglia on April 16, 2011 at 12:48pm — No Comments
Car dealers have an increasingly challenging task ahead of them as they have to continue to evaluate the latest digital advertising platforms, services, and related technology.
It is not uncommon for dealer principals to say that they are “sticking to what worked in the past” because they have no…Continue
Added by Brian Pasch on April 16, 2011 at 7:05am — No Comments
“Communication with you customers has never been easier…and yet your customers have never been further away.”
For some time now I have been thinking and battling it out with several blog opponents on conversion and why it is so important. It really comes down to breaking through the Digital Divide between you and the customer.
To do that you need to PERSONALLY INTERACT WITH THEM and to do that you need contact information… PERIOD.
Here is an announcement that I received today from Google:
At Google, we’re always working to innovate and improve ways for small businesses to get online and reach more customers. At times, though, we have to decide where to focus our efforts and which technologies we expect will yield the most benefit to users and businesses like you in the long run.
In that spirit, we are retiring Google Tags for all users on April 29, 2011. No action is required…
Added by Brian Pasch on April 15, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Added by Ralph Paglia on April 15, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments
As people are getting prepared to depart for Orlando and the Digital Dealer Workshopsfollowed by the 10th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition, I thought some advice from someone who’s been to 6 of the 9 previous conferences would be helpful for those first-timers.…Continue
For the next chapter of the Fiesta Movement – and in anticipation of Fiesta arriving in the U.S. – we're letting its fans take a crack at the advertising. They’ll use their creativity to promote the new 2011…Continue
Added by Ralph Paglia on April 15, 2011 at 9:04am — No Comments
Did you know that over 80% of auto sales representatives leave the business within the first year? Not just leave the dealership, leave the business! Then, a large portion of the remaining twenty percent change dealerships. How can we lose more than three quarters of our new-hires within the first year? “They couldn’t handle it.” You may say. “Not tough enough.” “Not cut out for it.” Or as I have said before, “They’re either lazy or they’re stupid.” There are elements of…Continue
Added by Brad Alexander on April 15, 2011 at 8:59am — No Comments
Added by Ken Beam on April 15, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
Added by Ralph Paglia on April 15, 2011 at 7:20am — No Comments
The OEMs and the vendor/consultant marketplace are more and more teaching dealers all about modern marketing, and I get why: Generating good traffic these days requires lots more than a newspaper, radio, or TV ad. We’re all being shopped on the Internet by customers, and we need to be there, and be there strong,…Continue
Boca Raton, FL - (April 13, 2011) -- PSCars.com today revealed its new Car Configurator package that allows online vehicle buyers the opportunity to build the new or used vehicle of their choice and gives auto dealers an…Continue
Added by sara callahan on April 14, 2011 at 7:35am — No Comments