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Have you heard the claims that most consumers would rather go to the dentist than to the dealership? Year after year, we hear similar bad claims. The recent …Continue
The auto industry has undergone ongoing and dynamic transformation over recent years. Connected technologies, changing trends in consumer shopping behavior, digital and mobile channels, longer vehicle lifespans, and consumer mobility…Continue
Email can be a strong platform to connect with your current and prospective customers throughout the purchase journey. Regardless of the many channels available to market to your audience,…Continue
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Service department revenue continues to increase in importance for dealerships. With lower margins, service revenue is the bread and butter for many dealerships.…Continue
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Most dealerships still make their ad buying decisions based on a traditional ROI report... The problem is, these traditional reports are little more than smoke and mirrors.
An ROI report assumes that there is a precise and (importantly) exclusive connection between a lead…
Added by Aubrey Hankins on July 14, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
Assigning leads, a core responsibility of a sales manager.
Simply put however, it can be a hassle. Lead assignment requires a great deal of time and energy by knowing the who, what, where, why, and how, for every prospect that funnels into the dealership. This will always, because of human error, have…
Editor’s Note: Repost from SEM professional Jon Miller, VP of Marketing at Marketo. Marketo is a…Continue
It took a mini-debate with a potential client to bring me to a conclusion: numbers do lie. Conventional wisdom says otherwise, but in the digital age there is a huge gap between seeing the numbers and understanding them in a meaningful way.
I should go ahead and add an addendum to the…Continue
In our travels looking at various vendors to recommend to our clients, we came across and started telling dealers about Automark Solutions. They do widgets. They do plugins.…Continue
Question: What does an Internet Representative do?
Answer: They answer email leads and make appointments.
Question: What if email leads…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
Create Auto-Populating Lead Forms That Use Customer Facebook…Continue
What? WHAT!?!? There have to be required fields on contact forms, right? There have been required fields on contact forms for two decades. Nothing could have changed so quickly that they have become unnecessary, right?
Actually, they're no longer necessary. In fact, they're a hindrance.…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on December 12, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments
Is there such a thing as failing profitably? In the world of lead generation, this may sound like a very dangerous idea. After all, the only real measure for a company’s continued survival is its success in …
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It's All About Conversion.
The Importance of Identifying the Anonymous Web Visitor at the ZMOT.
Website conversion is the key to all advertising, even that which doesn't take place online. Currently, retailers who previously focused their advertising efforts on TV, radio, print, and direct mail, must now also focus on…Continue
Added by David Farmer on August 9, 2013 at 12:48pm — No Comments
Something that both concerns and frustrates me is the internet secret shopper program.
It's not that I have a problem with the concept, but I find the execution to be laughable. Having experience with only a few manufacturers' secret shopper programs, I readily admit that there may…Continue
I was speaking with an Internet Sales Manager a few days ago and we were discussing the budget she managed for purchasing leads from the…Continue
Google’s online ventures are usually anything but under the radar. Yet recently, in what may be a game-changing play, the search engine giant quietly entered the third-party lead provider business for car dealerships.
The beta version of Google Comparison Ads for Autos (which is unofficially being referred to as “Google Cars” within the industry) was launched to very little fanfare a few weeks ago in the San…Continue
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