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If you’re on any social media platform, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen or heard of a multitude of topics where someone somewhere was offended. Not counting obvious religious, political or other volatile topics - there are many that seem, well, baffling. Take for example, the University of Ottawa’s…Continue
Added by sara callahan on November 25, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
There is a group of people that seems to sit in limbo when it comes to dealership marketing messages, especially when it comes to service. This group of people tend to have cars in the 2-year old range. Yes, they’re probably getting the dealer’s random e-mail messages with service coupons. But, this is also the time…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on November 9, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments
The ability to target traffic to specific behavior and keyword searches is invaluable. Well, Google is now following in the footsteps of Facebook and Twitter and on September…Continue
Recall campaigns can easily be one of the most lucrative service opportunities. Sadly, however, most dealers only reach about a third of the potential recall customers in their area. This is because they simply comb through their DMS and any information received from the factory for owners in their PMA.…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on September 16, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
Dealers struggle all of the time trying to find value in social media marketing - Facebook in particular, and hesitate when deciding whether Facebook (or social media marketing in general) is worth their time, effort or money.
Perhaps it’s because they don’t see…Continue
An interesting study has been going on for the last 6 month over at Twitter. As it was increasingly seeing users use the platform for brand interactions, the company decided to see just how much of an impact those interactions had. Users were identified that had at some point interacted with a brand’s…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on August 25, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s hard for businesses to cut through the noise. Consumers are bombarded with advertising messages across all mediums from companies that claim they, or their product, is the best. Generally, these messages go in one ear and out the other.
So, how do you get the attention…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on July 31, 2015 at 6:30am — 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
One of the key metrics to look at when gauging the health of your Facebook page is the “People Engaged” metric. This tells you how many of your pages’ fans are interacting with you, as well as those that are interacting but are not fans of your page. The higher that percentage, the more organic reach your posts will…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on June 30, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
In a previous article, I provided two very real scenarios that occurred right before Memorial Day weekend and asked readers how they would have handled them. For convenience, I’ve repeated the scenarios again with the actual outcomes…Continue
No one doubts the average age of vehicles on the road has gone up. The current average vehicle is 11 years old and trends in consumer purchases indicate this statistic isn’t going to change any time soon. In fact, indicators suggest average vehicle age might increase.
Added by Richard Holland on June 4, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on May 15, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
We all have a myriad of contacts that we consciously (or subconsciously) place into separate categories in our relationships. These categories include family, close friends, business associates, colleagues and acquaintances. Most people tend to act differently depending on which group they are surrounded by at any…Continue
Added by Richard Holland on February 12, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
In the world of automotive retail, dealerships are always searching for ways to increase leads. Whether they choose to pursue that goal through third-party lead providers, increase page rankings through better SEO, or various other ways, if there is a customer in their market who wants to buy a car, dealers want an…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on January 12, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments
Content marketing, in general, can provide many valuable benefits. It can help create and maintain a brand presence; assist in search engine optimization; and position executives as thought leaders. It can also serve as a valuable source of information for both customers and potential customers.
Added by sara callahan on November 25, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
In my last blog article, I discussed the importance of building rapport with leads through the use of “Why Buy From Me” and “Lead Response” videos personalized for each customer. Now I would like to take this one step further -- Building rapport should in fact start much earlier than simply upon the receipt of a…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on November 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
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