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The Importance of Graphic Design to Your Business

     It takes a lot to run a business, large or small. Some things certainly may slip through the cracks, but one thing you don't want to forget about is expertly crafted graphic designs. There are several reasons for this, which we will lay out for you in this article.

     First of all, your company’s total brand image starts with a recognizable logo. Logos can often be overlooked, meaning they are present but may…

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Added by Brent Durham on May 21, 2015 at 11:51am — No Comments

7 Critical Auto Repair Marketing Strategies

Some time ago I interviewed shop owners about the most critical marketing strategies for their shop.  Here are their answers.  I think you’ll find this info valuable. Let me know if I missed any. (FYI: Part of this was posted as an article on Repairpal.com).

1.  Be Referable

“Show up on time, do what you say you’re going to do. Say please and thank you and finish what you start. Those are what I call the four rules for being referable.” -Dave Riccio,…

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Added by Wendy Kenney on May 21, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Why Technicians and Service Advisors Need Marriage Counseling

Life in the retail automotive industry is taxing. Managers and employees work long hours and, in many cases, are with their co-workers more than they are with their families. Miscommunications, tension or arguments can detract from the efficiency of the dealership, and thus decrease overall…

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Added by Richard Holland on May 21, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Dealer Currency Helps Grow Gross Revenue on Every Sale While Retaining Customers

I recently had the pleasure to work with a very innovative dealer who implemented the concept of “dealer currency” in his dealership with great success. Dealer currency allows you to eliminate cash discounts on sales (in both Variable & Fixed Ops) by instead issuing a form of “dealer dollars,” redeemable anywhere…

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Added by Mike Gorun on May 20, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

In Marketing, Consumers Want to Know What Is In It For Me

People aren’t watching your commercial or video because they want you to sell them your product. They’re watching because they want you to sell them a solution.

 

In the world of online marketing, oftentimes marketers forget this very basic concept. Think of it as painting pictures when selling. The idea…

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Added by Timmy D. James on May 18, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Facebook Algorithm Changes: Why Your Customers Are the Solution

Facebook has once again tweaked it’s algorithm in a way that further decreases the reach of posts by Facebook Pages. After steadily decreasing organic reach to 2 percent or less, and forcing companies with Facebook pages to spend money to reach their fans, Facebook has now decided to prioritize content posted by a…

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Added by Paul Moran on May 15, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

FCA US Dealers: Service Revenue Just Got A Lot More Important

FCA US CEO, Sergio Marchionne, recently announced plans to reduce the profit on new cars sold within the FCA brands by increasing the invoice prices, while keeping the MSRP the same. This will result in less potential profit for its dealers. The move, as reported by Automotive News, is FCA's attempt to…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 24, 2015 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Is Having Too Many Pictures A Bad Thing? Perhaps

It wasn’t too long ago that we saw most dealers’ VDP pages contain only a couple of pictures of a vehicle. As technology improved and made it easier and more efficient for dealers to take and upload more images, best practices quickly raised the standard for image quantity to 40 or more pictures. Now, however, a recent…

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Added by Brian Cox on April 24, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

10 Tips for Effective Automotive Digital Marketing

The automotive industry employs some of the most creative marketing professionals for both their offline and online campaigns. With some of the largest advertising budgets in the world, auto manufacturers also represent one of the biggest consumer markets. So what we can learn from these huge international companies? Here are my top 10 tips for effective automotive digital marketing:…

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Added by Ljuben Georgiev on April 19, 2015 at 9:17pm — No Comments

Amazon Enters the Auto Repair Business… Sort Of

At the end of March, Amazon announced the launch of what they’re calling “Amazon Home Services.” This new service by Amazon enables customers to order services for their homes without the inconvenience of having to search for these service providers, obtain references and obtain pricing. Services range…

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Added by Richard Holland on April 16, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Keeping Your Dealership's Social Media Secure



Robert Allen, Social Media Specialist
by Robert Allen, Social Media Specialist

Would you give one of your employee’s full ownership of your dealership website?  Your television or radio spots? Or your billboard? Most likely, you answered 'no' to these questions. You…

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Added by CDK Global on April 8, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

ActivEngage’s Live Chat Secrets Revealed

At ActivEngage, we’re not just at the cutting-edge of chat technology, we also eat, sleep, and breathe live chat strategy. Our unique methods have helped us become the most trusted live chat provider in the automotive industry.



Today, we want to share some of our best-kept chat secrets that will undoubtedly increase your…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on April 1, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Consumers Like Video So Much They’re Paying More To Watch It

Video, and especially mobile video, is fast becoming the media of choice for consumers of all ages. From the cable-free movie, to online streaming services, to the latest and greatest phone apps storming the scene, we are all consuming data at a record pace. According to a…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 1, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

How to Get the Phone Number... Asking Web Leads for a Phone Number

Even the BEST dealership in the nation only converts 15% of their online leads into sales, while the average dealership is hovering around the 5% mark (converting 1 in 20 leads).

A large number of leads aren’t providing phone numbers, but the data teaches us to get these people on the phone if we want even a chance at selling them.  Keep these 3 concepts in mind when asking for a customer’s phone number.

1. Keep it short.

As you’re…

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Added by Ben Laurent on March 31, 2015 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Retention, Loyalty or Acquisition Marketing?

We all want new customers. And it’s certainly mandatory to retain a customer to create a loyal one. But how we market our dealerships is increasingly important -- as each form of marketing will deliver different results. The three terms: loyalty, retention and acquisition marketing, all have their own distinct…

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Added by Mike Gorun on March 26, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Top Ten Blogs and News for Auto Dealers: March 14 - 20

Congrats, Auto Professionals -- you made it to Friday! Before going into weekend mode, don’t forget to catch up on the latest automotive news and blog posts!



In this edition, learn what 3rd party vendor is changing its brand identity, how to get ready for…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on March 20, 2015 at 1:15pm — No Comments

5 Things Vendors Can Do to Earn & Keep an Auto Dealer’s Business, Told from a Dealer’s Viewpoint

My primary goal as a PR Professional is to assist my clients in achieving the most exposure possible and build top-of-mind brand awareness among their potential customers, namely auto dealers. To help better understand how to best position my clients for success, last year, I did a little research into…

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Added by sara callahan on March 18, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Edmunds.com Belittles a Dealer’s Intelligence for the Second Time Around (Only Worse)

edmunds2 I am not sure the folks at Edmunds.com would want you to remember, but most dealers still recall back in October the advertisement Edmunds launched on YouTube, entitled “Absurdity of Haggling” which, with no disguise, belittled car dealers by showing a grocery clerk trying to gouge shoppers on items such as bread and squash.  Dealers quickly recognized this and tagged it in social and conventional industry media, and, after…

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Added by Elena Ciccotelli on March 16, 2015 at 7:12am — No Comments

Don’t Let Your “House Of Cards” Get Knocked Down By Your Competition

“We work too hard to come within arm’s reach of the prize only to have our hands cut off just before we seize it. For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there is but one rule – hunt or be hunted.” – Frank Underwood, as played by Kevin Spacey in the Netflix television series, House of…

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Added by Timmy D. James on March 16, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Top Ten Blogs and News for Auto Dealers: March 7 - 13

Happy Friday, Auto Professionals!

As usual, your friends at ActivEngage have compiled the latest, most interesting automotive news stories and blogs from around the Web!

In this edition of the Top Ten, learn why…

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Added by Lisandra Ramos on March 13, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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