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As security breaches and data theft become more commonplace, businesses will encounter increasing regulatory and consumer pressure to protect that data. I’ve written numerous articles on the importance of data security in dealerships, especially when dealers share that sensitive customer…Continue
Added by Scott T. Joseph on October 16, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
Many have felt that consumers better trusted product information and reviews written by neutral persons. According to new research by Vibrant Media, however,…Continue
We are creatures of habit. Unfortunately, the habits of the general population has changed over the last decade to create a separation between where they buy cars and where they have them serviced.
What's more unfortunate is that dealers have really started pushing in the same…
Added by Jon Lamb on September 28, 2014 at 2:37pm — No Comments
Many auto dealerships have technology in place that allows sales managers to monitor what’s going on in their departments. CRMs and phone call recording services are used by sales managers to ensure that Internet leads are being followed up promptly and that salespeople follow up with shoppers that visited the…Continue
Our industry has grown as one that is based upon now. Today. This week. This month. We rarely look forward to what's happening next quarter and we only look back to what we did…Continue
Added by Jon Lamb on September 8, 2014 at 1:50pm — No Comments
That is the very definition of Automotive Inbound Marketing.
Have you ever noticed that the vendors in the automotive marketing space who are…Continue
Last week, Automotive News highlighted Redlands Auto Plaza, a Southern California dealership that is doing some pretty creative things within their service department to increase absorption.…Continue
Conquest sales can be exhilarating. Let's face it, there's something medieval, even carnal about the concept of taking sales from your competitors. Even the action itself has an incredible name. "Conquest" - it sounds epic and it's something that we all want to do.
It's more than that,…Continue
Whether we like to acknowledge it or not, we all answer to someone. Ideally, we see this connection as an opportunity to serve others. Serving others may seem old-fashioned but to the contrary, commitment to serving others is the route to true personal and business fulfillment.
My guess is our serve-others intention increases as we walk toward the new up. Yet to what extent do we actively serve those who have purchased from us already? The customer database is rich with existing…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on June 12, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments
There are muffins, and there are great muffins. The kind we get our of a plastic package from a vending machine or at a continental breakfast at a hotel usually meets the hunger requirements, but it's usually not exceptionally enjoyable. Compare that to a muffin from your favorite bakery and the experience can…Continue
Added by Jon Lamb on June 5, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments
Contrary to popular belief, advertising isn’t just about creating brand awareness, though that is one step of the process. Actually, advertising’s goal is to create customers, or so says Daniel Newman, digital marketing contributor to Forbes Magazine.
In a recent article, he explained, “With the proliferation of digital marketing, social media, and the hyper-aware consumer . . . the role of marketing has evolved. . . . Having said that, the growth of new channels hasn’t changed the…Continue
Added by rubyjadesmith on May 3, 2014 at 4:19am — No Comments
A recent interview with former Apple VP of Worldwide Marketing, Allison Johnson, offered up some interesting insights into the legendary businessman Steve Jobs.
In her interview, she explained how the two words that Jobs hated most…Continue
There's a disturbing trend I'm seeing in the automotive industry when I visit websites. Perhaps it's been like this for a while and I simply took my eye off the chat ball. When I see chat windows that instantly prompt for the customer's contact information, it makes me cry a little…Continue
A lot of people have the misconception that a public relations firm simply deals with the media while churning out press releases. While this may have been closer to the truth in the past, the digital age has greatly transformed the opportunities available to gain exposure for clients. Great PR firms have capitalized…Continue
A recent article on Forbes told the story of…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on December 3, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments
In my last post, Advertising That is Priced Less and Priceless, I talked about the best form of advertising there is, word of mouth. You can read that HERE.
Word of mouth advertising can also be the worst…Continue
Added by Al Mosher on November 22, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments
Anyone who gambles – whether they are a casual gambler or a professional gambler – realizes that casinos aren’t in business to lose money. In fact, casinos must generate a ton of revenue just to keep the Las Vegas strip lit up 24 hours a day. It really doesn’t matter which game you choose to play. Every game is…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 19, 2013 at 6:14am — No Comments
One challenge all businesses face is creating loyal customers. As business owners, we try to analyze our customers to figure out what methods we can use to build that base of customers which is so important to future growth. Without loyal customers, your efforts at customer acquisition quickly go from growing your…Continue
MySpace was, in many people’s opinion, the social network to be on for many years. In fact, in 2006, MySpace surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States. The decline of MySpace began in 2008 as Facebook rose in popularity and became the…Continue
Added by Jonathan Floyd on May 28, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments