This is an actual picture of one of my Google Plus Circles. This is arguably a collection of the most influential digital personalities in the world today (note to self... add Erik Qualman after posting this blog). But it begs the question, is Google tricking you…
Do you remember shaking Polaroid pictures to help them develop? Would you use those pictures today in an automotive advertising campaign? What about video tape recorders, and a cathode ray tv, do you think these can truly showcase your dealership? As technology has evolved so has the equipment we use to capture the “moment.”
What sort of equipment does your digital automotive marketing agency use? Do they still have VHS or are they recording and storing on hard drives and memory cards?… Continue
Have you ever looked back at the photo and realized “Hey it looks like little Jimmy is missing a foot!” Well now that picture can be fixed, with a little Creative Suite magic. Imagine the opportunities for your dealership. Your automotive marketing agency can transform photos. What sells cars? People sell cars and putting a face with the car helps to humanize the experience.
Placing, the General Manager in the ads gives the photo a personality. Now, you can’t have the GM pose in… Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on July 16, 2011 at 11:30am —
The key to lasting customer relationships is communication and car dealers know this better than anyone. Dealerships don’t survive on profit from car sales - they depend on service and parts business to stay in business. It takes time for dealers to build customer loyalty, but you can get their attention in seconds. How? Keep reading.
How often do you reach out to your customers to remind them of new models, service and warranty requirements? Do you tell them about special deals on…
Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 12, 2011 – AutoUSA (www.autousadealers.com) announced today the release of PowerListingsSM 2.0 for auto dealers, designed to drive traffic from online classified site Craigslist to dealerships’ Facebook pages. Linking directly to inventory on Facebook provides opportunities for dealerships to increase engagement with potential customers. AutoUSA’s fully managed solution is also time-optimized to…
Who speaks for your dealership on Social Media? Is it someone who knows you, knows your store and most importantly, your story? Automotive Social Media is about people, conversations and deriving leads from those relationships. There’s a lot of…Continue
June was a good month for the automotive industry. June is National Safety Month. Plus some fun trivia did you know on June 15, 1844 Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for rubber vulcanization? Then on June 16, 1903 Ford Motor Company was founded. Imagine what would our cars look like with out today’s tires and the first Model-T.
Have you spoken to your automotive marketing agency about ways you can highlight how safe your vehicles are? Does your dealership offer safety awareness:… Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on July 10, 2011 at 6:30am —
Videos are a very important part of any automotive marketing strategy. Think back to the lyrics of “Video Killed the Radio Star”. You don’t want to be left behind and forgotten. There is no going back, consumers aren’t just buying a product they are buying into the presentation.
Imagine the possibilities video can provide to the dealership. Customer testimonials or reviews are great. Ask a customer if they are willing to be quickly filmed and ask them about their experience and the… Continue
YouTube has been the king of online video for years, but the Google-owned video service has had its share of trials and tribulations. While YouTube is now making some revenue, its costs have eaten that away by and large. And while YouTube is still growing like wildfire, it still has a long way to go to make the jump to TV.
Where Google Wave and Google Buzz fell short before, Google+ presents a new take on social media and looks to prevail. One of the things going in Google’s favor is the familiar site design. Does the below picture look similar to you at all? Notice how Mark Zuckerberg’s profile is laid out in a similar fashion to Facebook
Bing has recently taken a social approach by using…
Approximately 63 percent of all US household own a pet. Now how many of those households have cars? On a recent episode of Top Gear on BBC, Jeremy Clarkson (one of the hosts) says about a quarter of British households have a dog, and a car that can’t handle a dog is basically useless. That means there is a lot of opportunity for you the dealership to expand your marketing. Why you ask? Well many of these customers take their animals into consideration when purchasing a… Continue
As of right now California has the most electric car charging stations. But other states are not far behind. In fact, a key legislative committee in Connecticut is about to act on legislation intended to improve the infrastructure for electric cars. Basically it will require an update to state building codes to address electric car needs, develop a plan to promote electric car use, and encourage installation of charging stations. The bill would create a sales tax exemption for hydrogen fuel… Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on July 3, 2011 at 9:30am —
Did you know there are people all over the world who’ve had a 5-star buying experience at your store? Yep, there are literally thousands of fake “customers” getting $10/hour to write glowing reviews for dealerships. I feel compelled to tell this story because the result of this practice…Continue
A lot of car advertising is now focusing on “green” cars. Hybrids, electric, hydrogen all of these vehicles help the environment and help the wallet. When purchasing goods consumers are also looking at the company itself. They want to support “green” companies.
Consider becoming an Energy Star rated building/dealership. This way as you focus your automotive marketing campaigns on the “green” cars you can… Continue
The Facebook app BranchOut is shaping up to become a new venue for professionals to connect. What can this mean for the automotive marketing field? Well, this app could help increase professional network connections and boost discussions between the customers and the automotive marketing industry. By understanding your customers background and work environment you can better tailor your automotive marketing and advertising to fit their passion points.
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