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The modern car-shopper journey has changed. It’s no longer about spending an entire day—or even multiple days—scouring a variety of dealerships for the right vehicle; instead, it’s about consumers doing smart research, knowing what they want, and determining who can best provide it for them. Once shoppers have done their online detective…Continue
Added by Joey Little on September 28, 2016 at 8:17am — No Comments
In my many discussions with dealers, the one question that invariably comes up is “What is online retailing, really?” They’ll then begin to tell me how consumers can already buy a car online from them. They have a widget with which a consumer can get their trade value. They have an online payment calculator. Customers…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on September 28, 2016 at 5:41am — No Comments
There’s good news and bad news on this topic…but mostly good. The bad news is AutoHook’s panel of marketing experts had so many dealer-submitted…Continue
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Added by Paul Potratz on September 27, 2016 at 12:25pm — No Comments
Have you ever done research on your mobile device for something you really want to purchase?
Maybe you do all that research on your desktop and make the actual purchase on your mobile phone?
This week on Think Tank Tuesday, Paul discusses something that Google has finally…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on September 27, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Have you ever tried to call a dealership – whether it’s to inquire about a vehicle or schedule a service appointment – just to get placed on eternal hold or thrown into someone’s voicemail? Many consumers have and, just like you, they don’t like it.
People are busy. When they pick up the phone to…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 27, 2016 at 6:07am — No Comments
When a customer buys a new car from a dealership it’s almost a given that service also just gained a new customer. Most of the time, if the customer is local, they will start bringing their vehicle into the selling dealership for regular maintenance and…Continue
Added by Tim Clay on September 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
For most people, buying a car isn’t a regular, everyday activity. It’s an occasion that doesn’t come around all that often, and when it’s time to shop for a new car, consumers expect a great dealership experience. After all, next to a home purchase, it’s likely the second most expensive purchase for most individuals in the U.S. Customer expectations and…Continue
Added by Joey Little on September 26, 2016 at 9:28am — No Comments
Since 2015, Google has been using something called RankBrain, and it was used to process and deliver more relevant and organic search results. How? It was even a mystery to Google!
Rankbrain not only understands language semantics, but also complex…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on September 23, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Consumers are looking for an authentic brand experience, and for your dealership, this means it’s time to get real. What does it mean to ensure authenticity in your brand? How do you convey your dealership’s genuine ideals, the ways in which you deliver on your promises to consumers? For many businesses, it can be a tricky concept, but when you come up with the perfect…Continue
Added by Joey Little on September 21, 2016 at 8:06am — No Comments
In this era of dealership expansions and acquisitions, groups are often put in the unenviable position of inheriting promises or perks that were offered prior to the dealership acquisition. One would think that it is simply a matter of grandfathering the customer into a perk offered by the previous owners. However,…Continue
Added by sara callahan on September 21, 2016 at 5:58am — No Comments
Watch out! Your blog site can be hurting your business. This week on Think Tank Tuesday, Paul tells a story about why he started his blog and what changes he made to improve it over time. Watch more to learn which strategies will help your blog become more successful.
We’d love to hear…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on September 20, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments
With the major shift into leasing certified pre-owned vehicles by several OEMs and major financial institutions, many dealers have predicted a decline in service contract sales. However, according to…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 20, 2016 at 5:55am — No Comments
I’m not talking about cruise control or auto-pilot. I’m talking about autonomy. The very…Continue
It wasn’t too long ago that a mandatory part of the delivery process included the salesperson walking the customer into service, introducing them to a service advisor and helping to begin that relationship between the customer and the service department. Even now it’s a critical question on many manufacturer CSI sales…Continue
Added by Tom Cannata on September 15, 2016 at 5:38am — No Comments
The automotive industry pretty much resets at the beginning for each month. I’m sure you’ve all heard the term, “hero to zero.” Well, that’s rather how it is – you are judged on your sales for the previous month.
So, what do managers do when they get nervous in the middle of the month – perhaps sales…Continue
Added by Joe Orr on September 14, 2016 at 5:53am — No Comments
Mobile-geddon is upon us!
As consumers, we're always shopping for the next best thing on our mobile devices. Our Digital Performance Manager, Brad, takes over for Paul on this week's Think Tank Tuesday. He uses his iPhone for the majority of his online purchases.…
Added by Paul Potratz on September 13, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments
LinkedIn is less glamorous than all the other social platforms, which is why so many companies are underutilizing it!
There was never the ability to identify conversions for ads you could run in the campaign manager. Now, you can install a LinkedIn Insight tag across your entire website to track conversions. Your options span across several metrics including cost per conversion and return on ad spend.
For more information, watch Samantha in this week's Hard…
Added by Paul Potratz on September 9, 2016 at 12:17pm — No Comments
Many businesses, including the automotive industry, have a strong focus on creating a better customer experience through technology. In fact, technology has transformed the customer experience across all industries. Consumers can buy a multitude of products online and have them delivered, in some cases, in an hour.…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on September 6, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments
PPC (Pay Per Click) is an important part of search engine marketing and has its own significance for a successful digital marketing campaign, for all kinds of industries.
A misconception has been spawned among leading businesses that PPC is no longer in use. On the contrary: PPC is the fastest practice that…
Added by Radio Vision on September 5, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments