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With every year that passes, we’ve seen consumers increase their research and online activity exponentially and it has become increasingly difficult to discover true attribution when analyzing exactly what drove a specific customer into a dealership.
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
Over the last month, there has been a lot of noise about the lack of transparency between some SEM companies and their automotive clients.
Showroom Logic founder Patrick Bennett provides an insightful look at why it's critical for a dealer to have access to have more than just access to their Google Analytics account - they need access to their Google Adwords and Bing Ads accounts, as well.
He discusses why Adwords tools such as Quality Score need to be actively monitored by…Continue
Added by Robert Monson on May 27, 2015 at 8:48am — No Comments
When you have two people who have combined for over two decades of working with automotive website providers, you would think that they the company they would build together would be another website provider. It wasn't. There's a reason for this.
Search and social are the marketing venues we…Continue
Its’ Friday and I thought it’d be fun to show everyone the most common Paid Search mistake I see. This mistake is, by far, the most common and sometimes, it drives me insane thinking about it. Seriously, if your Paid Search vendor makes this mistake, you need to find someone who really works for the management fee they charge.
This mistake is almost guaranteed to make the shopper hit the back button and wastes your budget dollars. So what am I talking about? I’m talking about…Continue
Our Paid Search team just forwarded this article to me this morning:
It outlines Google's new third-party policy that starts in November 2014. This is a big win for dealers and I'm really glad to see this.
Added by Carl Maeda on October 15, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments
Nobody likes to waste money.
So why is it that we spend a ton of money on PPC (or SEM) campaigns to get people onto the website and then don’t get much thought into where these people land? Most vendors just look for an existing page on the site to send the customer to. Or worse, send the customer to the homepage. Instead of choosing a page that already exists, why not actually build landing pages that are tailored specifically for the keyword, intent, and ad that the user clicks…Continue
Added by Carl Maeda on September 18, 2014 at 5:41pm — No Comments
You did it. You found few companies, did your due diligence and selected a company to handle your PPC efforts. Six months later, the honeymoon is over and you aren’t quite sure what the agency has done recently. Are they actually doing the work they sold you on. Well, here are some quick ways for you to find out if your account is getting the cold shoulder from your agency. Of course, this all depends if you have access to your account. If you don’t have access, well that’s…Continue
Added by Dmitriy Gamarnik on August 4, 2014 at 8:07am — No Comments
I really don't know who I'm going to offend on this one. We've been researching so many vendors over the last couple of months that work with chat, lead-gen widgets, and website platforms themselves that we haven't taken the time to explore PPC vendors. Maybe that's why I was blindsided to find out that…Continue
Consumers today are increasingly becoming finicky about where and how they want to communicate. While the past may have seen a traditional print ad performing well on its own, that’s increasingly not the case. Data supports the fact that consumers are all over the place and successful marketers know that their message…Continue
Added by Scott T. Joseph on March 26, 2014 at 7:22am — No Comments
You've been buying advertising across multiple channels and techniques for years and you’re doing it with three hopes in mind:
Efficiency has always been the problem with attaining the best return on investment (ROI) possible.…Continue
Added by Britt Hoffmann on January 13, 2014 at 10:11am — No Comments
To paraphrase the immortal movie icon, Ferris Bueller, "The Internet moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
That seems to be the case with many digital marketing practices, particularly in the realm of advertising versus marketing. Oddly…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on December 23, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
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
Added by Britt Hoffmann on November 19, 2013 at 9:05am — No Comments
Facebook’s new Graph Search allows users to search for the best places to grab a bite, buy insurance, find a realtor and get an oil change and everything in-between. Search uses an algorithm that leverages a person’s social connections with brands and businesses to source results.
As well as answering a user’s query, Graph Search offers third-party recommendations from trusted sources (the user’s Facebook friends).
Added by Lenny Gomez on July 8, 2013 at 1:22pm — No Comments
If you suspect that half the money you spend on paid search marketing is wasted but you don’t know which half, this piece was written to help you figure out which. By no means is it an advanced guide, especially with all the advancements and changes taking place this very moment on multiple paid search platforms.
Throughout business school, one of the many die-hard rules of business, regardless of industry or region, was “If it’s not your core competency, outsource it to someone…Continue
Added by Camille Forte on July 2, 2013 at 7:57am — No Comments
Today's car shopper prefers a mobile-responsive experience. Tomorrow's search ads demand it...
In an attempt to drag all of its advertisers into the new multiscreen reality, willingly or otherwise, Google recently…Continue