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It's time for a reality check.
I’d like to begin with pointing out the fact that more often than we realize, the correct solution to a problem is both obvious and simple. We live in a common sense world, but I think…
I visit and review at least 100 automobile dealer’s website every day. It has become clear to me that every dealer is doing a variety of things to get customers to knock on their door, to engage with the dealer and give the dealer permission to make contact with the customer. Big red buttons that say “Apply Now!” Or…Continue
Added by Ron Ingram on March 8, 2016 at 5:26am — No Comments
How Dealers Can Eliminate Deficiencies with More Accurate Attribution Tracking…Continue
Added by David Metter on March 7, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
Behind every screen, device, or smartphone in today’s consumer economy resides something that has perhaps gotten lost in the unstoppable avalanche of digital noise. Are we as an industry starting to focus too much on the device, and not enough on the person behind it? All we hear…Continue
Added by David Metter on January 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Dealerships are constantly working to increase their website conversion – and for good reason. Organic conversions typically see the highest closing rates. However, I frequently encounter dealerships that wonder why they aren’t getting higher conversion rates, despite adding the latest…Continue
Added by David Metter on December 29, 2015 at 6:04am — No Comments
What's the best way to generate more leads from your website? Contrary to popular opinion, the answer isn't to "get more website traffic." Although a comprehensive digital marketing strategy is key to driving appropriate traffic levels to your website, unless those visitors convert into leads, that's money down the…Continue
Dealer websites today are filled with conversion widgets. In most cases, customers will choose only one form or call-to-action (CTA) to convert on. If the CTA that they chose was “value my trade,” then you can be pretty sure that the value of their trade-in is their hot button. Or perhaps they filled out a…Continue
Added by David Metter on August 13, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
Most dealers close between twenty to thirty percent of the leads submitted through their own website. With that kind of close rate, its no wonder the prevailing wisdom is the more leads you can get, the better. To a certain extent this is true, but the quality of your leads is even more important than the…Continue
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.
One of the things dealers constantly have to battle with is the consumer trust factor. Historically, some auto dealerships have kept information away from consumers. So, as is human nature, consumers then thought these dealers had something to hide.
To add to this issue of trust, in many dense markets,…Continue
Added by David Metter on June 19, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
ALBANY, N.Y. – June 15th, 2015 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems (http://www.automate.com) announced today that the data conversion process from a previous dealership management system (DMS) vendor to Auto/Mate's DMS has become so streamlined that auto dealers and dealership employees no longer have to fear major disruptions to their business. One example of many dealerships that have made the transition is University Motors in Morgantown, West…Continue
Added by Mike Esposito on June 15, 2015 at 6:53am — No Comments
According to Dataium's most recent benchmark study, the average number of monthly unique visitors to a dealership's website is 6,509. Of those, an average 1.7 percent submit a lead form. Combine that with an average half percent conversion rate…Continue
Added by David Metter on May 29, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
Our marketing universe is quickly becoming untethered as smartphones and tablets gain a broader share of web access to information and entertainment. The mobile marketing world is still new to many dealers and we’re experiencing a learning curve about how to market, manage, and leverage this new landscape. Here are 6 Quick Info Insights to help dealers get a quick course in Mobile 101.
1. Mobile is Exploding
29% of web traffic page views are…Continue
There’s no doubt that video marketing is exploding in popularity with businesses and consumers. Both Facebook and Twitter are investing heavily in video and, in the case of Facebook, rewarding those who upload their video straight onto its extended reach advertising platform.
The days of reading long text…Continue
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Urbandale, IA--November 24th, 2014--Flick Fusion (www.flickfusion.com) today announced the acquisition of Dealer Fusion, a video marketing provider to more than 500 auto dealerships nationwide. Flick Fusion will migrate key features and applications from Dealer Fusion's video platform into Flick Fusion's platform to expand the overall features and performance available to both companies' auto dealer…Continue
Added by Brian Cox on November 24, 2014 at 9:23am — No Comments
It got me thinking about today’s post and how lead…Continue
Added by Lisandra Ramos on October 24, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
In our blog post about the two ways dealers can increase leads, I talked about the differences between driving more traffic as a strategy versus improving your websites ability to generate leads from…Continue
Added by Jeffery Sterns on October 21, 2014 at 10:19pm — No Comments
Recently, Dataium, the world’s largest compiler of online automotive shopping behavior, released a guide on the top 7 ways dealers can improve their online marketing. We’re going to look at 3 that we feel are top priority.
“During major shopping seasons, 1/3 of all dealer traffic came from mobile…
Agent, you’ve been recruited on a mission to activate your dealership’s website and convert more browsers into buyers. There are three immediate tasks you must complete in order to do so. There’s no time to waste.
When your dealership’s website opens on a browser, what is the first thing customers see?…Continue
Added by Lisandra Ramos on September 15, 2014 at 12:37pm — No Comments