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Article and Comments from DealerRefresh Post about Social Networking

-- Social Networking is more popular than emailing! What does that mean?

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Added by Ralph Paglia on April 8, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments


Fast growing technology company transforming the automotive industry’s e-business dynamics is seeking a Director of Data Integration & Quality, responsible for managing third party data operations, ensuring the quality of data throughout the company system and subsystems, developing a robust solution for monitoring and scaling third party data operations, building deep relationships with key data distribution vendors and strategic data partners, and client operations to ensure overall… Continue

Added by Incisent on April 8, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Save $300,000 On Your Dealership Website!

Sorry for the the sensationalist title but the fact of the matter is dealerships are getting fleeced on their websites. We took a realistic look at what dealerships spend over a five year period on their websites. So many dealerships are afraid to take control of their own website. It really is quite easy when you have the website built using an open source content management system. You can still display inventory easily, update specials and so much more. The video below explains a little more… Continue

Added by Indie Results on April 8, 2009 at 9:31am — 4 Comments

Free Stuff, Have Any? Here Is Some

Can anyone add to the list? What are some free tools, sites, or software you use often?

Like a good reverse phonebook look up.

TinyURL to shorten long web address down.

Anything that you use once a day that's free.

Im looking for a good video editing tool "free"

Think outside the box.

Im gonna get this to 100+!

Free Sites &… Continue

Added by Tim Jennings on April 8, 2009 at 8:12am — 7 Comments

AdAgencyOnline.Net Leverages Automotive Advertising Budgets Using Internet Applications

AdAgencyOnline.Net is a free automotive advertising resource / networking portal that features cutting edge automotive advertising vendors on their blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive Advertising News All The Time. The online community of automotive advertising insiders leverages various resources on the World Wide Web to maximize the R.O.I. for site visitors. The portal is… Continue

Added by Philip Zelinger on April 7, 2009 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Who are our leaders?

I've been priveledged in my life to co-exist with some extrordinarly leaders. In the suburb of Cleveland where I grew up, I was fortunate enough to spend time with an Abbot in my parish who upheld the word vividly.

He drilled, “Be a Leader” into my head, and I have always strived to hold true to that phrase.

I really hope the current circumstances we are in economically allow us to see how great we can all work as a team. Don’t get me wrong, competition is necessary. However,… Continue

Added by Megan E. Bucher on April 7, 2009 at 9:33am — No Comments

Why Not Video Tape Trade Show Floor Conversations for Your Website or Association? - By Lance Winslow

By Lance Winslow

Not long ago I was in Las Vegas for an International Industry Convention, and I asked a question, which was apparently, a pretty good question, but not too common. The person running the booth asked if he could video tape the question and answer session for their company's website? At first, I was taken aback, but then thought, what the heck, sure I told him.

I then repeated the question for the camera,… Continue

Added by Lance Winslow on April 6, 2009 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Completely Mortified!

My eyes were opened even with a horrible Migraine today at the Managers meeting. "UNDER EVALUATION" Is what I heard and still, I am in shock.

I have a crew of 2. Not only do we manage the leads from our 4 sites, we also take service appointments for 3 stores which takes most of Monday due to the weekend, we make sure all the the pre-owned vehicles have stickers made, pricing done and appointments set for either certification or used vehicle checks as well as photos taken for the… Continue

Added by Christina Swidrak on April 6, 2009 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Don't Leave Me a Voice Mail!!

4-5-09 Apex, NC... Just kidding! But things have changed so much since I sported that neat looking gadget on my belt back in 1999. I had the coolest pager on the planet, well the dealership. I could not wait for it to buzz my belt. I would pull over and run to a pay phone, or wait until I could get to a free one to call the number back; "You paged me?"

I loved it... Then I got this HUGE cell phone for my belt. It was so big that I almost had to put it on a two wheel cart to carry the… Continue

Added by Jim Vogel on April 5, 2009 at 5:51am — No Comments

What Are You Paying Attention To? You...Or The Customer?

You know what? I can't blame you! Now days it so easy to just think about yourself and your needs when a customer comes through the door toward you. Things are so slow on the showroom floor, you might have to role play with a set of 22" chromes (but they might not talk back) or do a walk around with the receptionist! No matter what, you can't stop focusing on what is truly most important.

The customer, how you treat them, what they expect, what they're prepared for and everything to… Continue

Added by Gary May on April 5, 2009 at 1:02am — No Comments


I am a dynamic persuasive communicator with strong problem solving skills, proven ability to lead, motivate and drive business.

My core strengths are creating award winning teams through training, management, sales and business development. The sales and training initiatives I have implemented have resulted in millions of dollars in increased revenue, market share and brand awareness.

Visit for more information about me and a link to my… Continue

Added by Michael Finnan on April 4, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments


I am in an average of 20 Dealerships per week. The one thing that I always find amazing is the difference in approaches each dealership has to the current business climate. The most successful Dealers always find ways to survive and even flourish when things get slow.

The best dealerships are not put off by a slow economy or an automobile business that is currently going thru a slow period. They realize that they must increase their intensity levels and work harder and smarter. They… Continue

Added by Michael Finnan on April 4, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Stop the industry bailouts - Give money to customers instead

Ralph, We need to create demand now and the supply problem will vanish. This is automobile industry is needing immediate stimulus but not the factory bail out type of stimulus. There is a very quick and positive solution to our problem that will impact on every part of the economy, not just the retail car industry.

We need to provide the taxpayer's money to the taxpayer to buy vehicles, not the factories. We need to create demand now and the supply problem will vanish. We… Continue

Added by Dave Kemp, the Automotivator on April 4, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Is ADM turning in to a dating site?

LOL, I think I've just been soliciated by a young lady. Is anyone else getting these type of Friend requests? Take a look at , and at her profile at . Not sure why this would happen here, but, wait, I do have a beautiful head. Yeah, that's it. She couldn't resisit my pretty bald head.

Added by Terry Varner on April 4, 2009 at 5:59am — 3 Comments

SEO Link Quality Vs Link Quantity

Hello all, I have been getting a lot of questions lately about links, everyone wants them and there seems to be some fundamental misunderstandings at times about what an ideal link is, and how links effect search engine rankings. I blogged about it, and then made a video to share out on a few sites. I didn't want to post the same article all over the web so I went with video instead. If you choose you can read the article on… Continue

Added by Indie Results on April 3, 2009 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Ad Agency Online, L.L.C. Presents New Automotive Advertising Site - Auto Industry Insights

Ad Agency Online, L.L.C., (AAOL), is a full service automotive advertising agency. AAOL developed a proprietary online communication / distribution system to leverage the resources of their national network of independent affiliated automotive advertising agencies, production partners and select vendors to serve their auto dealership and vendor clients. In December of 2001 AAOL extended their Internet presence and services to their clients by developing a free automotive advertising… Continue

Added by Philip Zelinger on April 2, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Are you using Twitter to build relationships with customers or as a promotional tool?

Twitter Automotive A number of you have been using Twitter for some time. However, are you using the micro-blogging platform to build relationships with customers or merely as a promotional tool?

Just posted an article about this on that includes guidelines on how to best use Twitter, including:

* Engage with your audience

* Provide helpful contributions

* Monitor your brand

* ... but don't overshadow your brand

The… Continue

Added by M.S. Butler on April 2, 2009 at 8:05am — No Comments

Ford Advantage Plan and 0% APR on Ford Lincoln Mercury Vehicles

Ford is different and people are noticing…

But as those of us in the car business know all too well, the car buying public still has concerns about spending money on a new car or truck in today's challenging environment.

So Ford is taking a big step to provide a solution and help bolster consumer… Continue

Added by Ralph Paglia on April 1, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

AdAgencyOnline.Net Directs Automotive Advertising Agencies to 6th Digital Dealer Conference

Philip Zelinger, the President of a national network of independent automotive advertising agencies – Ad Agency Online, L.L.C.,(AAOL), – and the host of an online automotive advertising resource portal – http://AdAgencyOnline.Net – has advised his affiliated automotive advertising agencies, auto dealer / vendor clients and the online audience of his blog talk radio station – WAAOL, All Automotive… Continue

Added by Philip Zelinger on April 1, 2009 at 8:06am — No Comments

Ford Advantage Plan - A Microsite Project Test

Ford Motor Company announced this week a program called the Ford Advantage Plan which is similar to the popular plan announced months ago by Hyundai.

The Ford Advantage Plan lets consumers buy or lease a new Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle with the peace of mind of the Ford Payment Protection Program. When this program was announced one of my Ford clients jumped on an idea and purchased a domain called… Continue

Added by Brian Pasch on April 1, 2009 at 4:38am — 5 Comments

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