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I've written a lot about the importance of having a mobile friendly auto dealership website given the increase in smart phone usage, but when your dealership sends emails, are you also taking mobile into consideration?
A recent study by Knotice, an…Continue
An alarming trend has arisen on the Internet side of automotive sales and it is called "Email Template Theft" (ETT for short). This may be happening to your Internet sales team right now or your team could even be the guilty party. Have you ever received an…Continue
A/B and multivariate testing is a proven email optimization strategy that can drastically improve open rates, click rates, the user experience, and ultimately sales and service conversions that impact your marketing ROI.
Added by Amanda Meuwissen on September 17, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Are you missing out on sales because your marketing message is focused only on price points? If you're only focused on price, you are not connecting with customers…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on September 5, 2012 at 1:13pm — No Comments
Like many people, worthless emails reach our inbox every single day. Recently, there has been one common theme that every piece of spam or advertisement email has in common. That is the email Header.
It is very commonplace to insert a Header into all dealership emails. The majority of mystery shop responses we receive include the dealership’s header emblazoned across the top. While we understand that it immediately brands your dealership to the person opening the email, we believe…Continue
It is highly likely that the vast majority of emails that your dealership is sending to customers and prospective clients are being opened on a mobile device. Reports show that mobile email clients are set to surpass desktop and webmail client usage by the end of 2012.
The reports also show that mobile email usage jumps on weekends, when most people are away from work computers. What is…Continue
Added by Rob Fontano on June 9, 2012 at 6:34am — No Comments
Sending out a monthly email newsletter is not only a cost-effective method for nurturing leads, but also keeps your dealership top-of-mind, builds trust and loyalty, and encourages the right buyers to engage with your sales team at the right time. According to the Marketing Sherpa 2012 Lead Generation Benchmark Report, “On average, organizations that nurture their leads experience a 45%…
Added by Aaron Hassen on June 7, 2012 at 12:34pm — No Comments
Do you hate seeing that your customers have unsubscribed from your email list? Do you loathe seeing them “unlike” your fan page. Do you cringe when your customers are no longer your Tweeps? Well, the average customer is bombarded with around 3,000 messages a day so more than likely, if they leave, they’re just not that into you.Continue
Added by Ketty Colom on June 5, 2012 at 6:55am — No Comments
ZMOT its everywhere seems like these days. With Google as the general session at Digital Dealer this year I thought I would talk about how we see the execution of ZMOT for dealers. Below are the slides from my presentation. I think these numbers will add up to a pattern if you look at the slides closely.
There is not ONE ZMOT in Automotive there are TWO
Added by Larry Bruce on April 8, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
Last Digital Dealer we explored the data behind SEO & PPC and where your efforts get the most bang for the buck.
At Digital Dealer 12 in Orlado April 3-5 will will explore the data behind ZMOT and how to execute it in your store to increase lead volume and most importantly Show Rate in the dealerhips.Continue
Added by Larry Bruce on March 29, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
Those words spoken to me by one of the smartest dealers I ever worked for, Jay Marks, have stayed with me since 1996. Same principal applies in every position of the dealership but particularly in…Continue
Added by Larry Bruce on March 28, 2012 at 7:32pm — No Comments
I have had a few dealers reach out to me lately on Microsites being a bad idea and even one of the largest industry providers asking me if…Continue
An interesting report from comScore and I think some premonitions for retail automotive.
Added by Larry Bruce on February 17, 2012 at 9:24pm — No Comments
The AutoMazing Podcast is a group of cars guys (Larry Bruce, Chris Saraceno, Eric Miltsch, Bryan Armstrong, Shaun Raines, Tracy Myers & Rob Campbell) that get together 2 to 3 times per month and discuss the topics affecting our industry.
12/29/11 - What Makes A Great Customer Experience &…Continue
Added by Larry Bruce on January 4, 2012 at 3:19am — No Comments
TrueCar has certainly stirred up a hornet’s nest with “Know the REAL Price”. To be fair they are not the only online lead generator that uses dealership transactional data in an effort to get between the customer and the dealership and get a piece of the car sale either through a pay for lead or pay for sale pricing model.
Both KBB and Edmunds use transactional data also, the difference… their billing model doesn’t require them to dial into your system so it doesn’t appear that they…Continue
Added by Amanda Meuwissen on November 22, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments
Added by Adam Ross on August 23, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments
Great study by ExactTarget on the types of features used by Smartphone owners in the U.S.
Text messaging (SMS) is the most popular, with 38% doing constantly throughout the day vs. 31% using voice and 29% using email constantly. Overall, over 90% of Smartphone owners use SMS weekly and only 3% never use SMS.
Used on a daily basis:
Branded Apps 25%
Twitter 15% (74% never use…Continue
Added by Stan Bradbury on June 30, 2011 at 1:08pm — No Comments
It’s odd how, in the fortnight that passes between these lite essays, the theme for the next one always appears out of recent dealer visits. For example, if I write about lead response times it’s because, unexplainably, LRT became an issue multiple times in my visits during the two weeks prior.
The issue that revealed itself this time is Over-Thinking The Lead. I had some poor mystery shops, and from stores that should know better and do better. When we looked for a…
Added by Trace Ordiway on June 12, 2011 at 12:25pm — No Comments
I just discovered that in the past sixteen months I have launched more than 225 mystery shops. Wow. I didn’t realize there had been so many.
You’d think after 225+ mystery shops a guy should have some profound observations and conclusions to share about mystery shops, right? I don’t know about the profound part, but, yeah, you’re right, it seems that a person should have some observations and conclusions to share.
So I’ve spent the last couple hours…