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I recently received a message on behalf of a dealership client that we help with their social media efforts. It was a customer venting in a private message about shopping for a car on their website and the huge frustration he felt when every vehicle listed had the dreaded “Call for price” He was so frustrated in fact, that he went somewhere else and purchased that same day, even though he had bought his last three vehicles with this dealership. …Continue
Added by Jeff Glackin on February 22, 2016 at 7:45am — No Comments
Your website is the most important part of your digital marketing strategy.
Even with a large budget, you could fail to achieve results if you're lacking the foundation necessary to convert visitors into leads and sales.
In this week's …Continue
Added by Timothy Martell on January 26, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
In the world of digital advertising, there are three primary components: targeting, messaging, and landing pages. So much emphasis is put on targeting such as PPC keywords or display ad placement. After that, the focus is often placed on the landing page, particularly with the debate over whether to point…Continue
There have been several studies in the automotive industry that have conclusively answered this question with hard data and compelling reasons why it is the way it is. Unfortunately, these "conclusive" studies often point in opposite directions and always seem to be conducted by companies that lean in…Continue
It’s no secret I have never been a huge fan of PPC or Google Adwords. Don’t get me wrong, I feel they have their place but what I have typically struggled with is the lack of transparency in this area of digital marketing. Dealerships have blindly set budgets not even knowing the fees being…Continue
For over a decade, Craigslist has been one of America's favorite ways to shop for cars. It has the raw subtlety of old newspaper classified ads while maintaining the digital benefits such as keyword searches and dense amounts of information on the vehicle, particularly through images.
In an ideal world, dealers would be able to market all of their vehicles equally without biases, but that's simply not the case. You may have too many of one particular model. There can be incentives from the OEM on specific vehicles. Then, there's the dreaded "leftover" vehicles that are still sitting…Continue
Added by Matthew Kolodziej on December 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Social media has been a hot topic of discussion for car dealers even before Facebook overtook MySpace. There are plenty of gurus, vendors, experts, and in-store personnel who have different opinions on the topic of posting inventory. To us, the answer is very clear.
Studies show that people do not go…Continue
The more people that are shopping for a car that you can get in front of your inventory, the more cars you're going to sell. Some would say it's a bold statement. Others would say that it's pretty obvious. Depending on which side of the coin you're on, you'll either need to be convinced or you're…Continue
Top performing dealers have discovered the secret sauce that maximizes profit and turn
By Keith Platt—Market Performance, Dealertrack Technologies
Deciding between higher front end profits or faster turn times is the age old best practice debate in the used car business. On one hand, some say “focusing too heavily on front end gross slows turn times and minimizes volume”. While others say “focusing too heavily on turn…Continue
Added by Keith Platt on May 13, 2014 at 12:01pm — No Comments
For the last couple of years, the act of driving more people to vehicle details pages has been a focus for many dealers and marketing companies. From PPC to SEO, social media to website plugins, technologies within the automotive vendor world has been in a constant shift towards driving more traffic…Continue
vAuto is officially entering the new-car market. The company said Wednesday it is launching an inventory management and pricing system for dealers’ new-car departments that aims to boost sales, profitability and transparency.
Through this new tool — called Conquest — dealers have “a new way to win in new vehicles,” where they can simultaneously lift sales and profits while fostering greater clarity and less confusion for consumers, said vAuto founder Dale Pollak.
Added by Ed Brooks on December 19, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments
Written By: Garry House
Last month I published a blog focused on the difference between good and great automobile dealers, and I promised to follow that up by discussing what we, at the NCM Institute Center for Automotive Retail Excellence, have learned about the differences between some of the good and great processes employed by these dealers. This is the first of those follow-up articles.
Most every dealership manager…Continue
Added by Garry House on July 1, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments
Here’s the sad truth about the way that most dealers are posting their inventory to Facebook. It’s not getting seen. None of it. Not at all.
Currently, there are three primary ways that dealers are posting their inventory to Facebook. The most common method is to have a tab on their Facebook page with their inventory. This doesn’t work. The…Continue
Written by: Leo Hart
NCM has just completed the spring cycle of 20 Group meetings, each focusing a large segment of meeting room time to the Parts Department. Truth be told, we had not focused on this discipline for a number of years, being more concerned about the variable sales and expense management areas of our auto retail business. Have you ever been broadsided, completely unaware the hit was coming?
As a result of the discussions, a few crises became apparent. One wakeup…Continue
Added by Garry House on May 1, 2013 at 8:50am — No Comments
Today's blog post is by Wayne George, an NCM Executive Conference Moderator for several NCM 20 Groups. Prior to joining NCM, Wayne spent 29 years in the retail automotive world. He was also a charter member of the NCM General Managers Top Twenty Group for seven years.
Written By: Russell Grant
From speakers at NADA workshops to automotive manufacturers in trade publications to vendor product advertisements online, everyone is talking about how big data is changing the future of marketing in our industry. But most of the GMs I talk to aren’t nearly as concerned with the marketplace and the direction it’s taking, as they are with their business and where it’s going. They want to know two things—how can big data save me money and how can it sell more…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 14, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments
The Big Deal About Big Data
Written by: Russell Grant
From speakers at NADA workshops to…Continue
Added by Garry House on March 6, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
I had thought the days were behind us. Call it a hope, but I believed that the majority of businesses who were active on social media had pushed beyond the plague that once filled our feeds - the worthless post. I was wrong.