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If one trend frames this decade it’s how mobile technology puts valuable and often quite necessary yet rather common tools at our fingertips.
It seems there’s very little that cannot be accomplished today by accessing resources and applications at our fingertips on these small electronic devices we call mobile, whether a smartphone,…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on September 30, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments
In 1991, a 5’2” 125-pound cowboy stared into the face of Wolfman Skoal. a young 2,000-pound bull with a bad reputation. So bad, in fact, that a $500 bounty existed for any rider that could tame the beast and ride a full 8 seconds. Wade Leslie accepted the challenge. As he mounted the bull in…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on September 8, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments
I know. It's a buzzword. It's impossible to keep track of number of times experts in the car business have used the word "engagement" when describing how to get more customers. Engage on social. Engage on search. Engage on YouTube. Engage on your website. It's a mess but it's still important to be engaged with…Continue
Added by Jon Lamb on August 24, 2014 at 1:50pm — No Comments
In most conversations, people in the automotive industry have a tendency to turn the conversation with the techniques we've been taught - building rapport, qualifying, leading the conversation,…Continue
When we hear the word "engagement", most dealers and vendors instantly think about social media. The term has been overused in more social media presentations, articles, and sales pitches than just about any other word. You hear "engagement" more often than you hear "leads" or "sales" when the gurus…Continue
For inbound marketing, leads determine success. The assumption is that the higher the lead volume and percentage, the higher the sales and service volume. All too often, these do not go in step with each other. Below we identify ten statistics that are the main cause of increased lead quantity not equating to…Continue
Added by Larry Bruce on July 31, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Last Thursday, Facebook Launched Facebook Newswire
In partnership with Storyful, a social media content verifier and aggregator, Facebook has entered the business of delivering news to…Continue
An interesting article on the Forbes website shared the results of a recent study by Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends. The study was the result of an extensive…Continue
Dealerships today are continuously seeking new ways to acquire new customers. Endless services and platforms pop up almost daily that offer businesses new ways to reach out to the world and attract new customers – whether that’s through online media, social media platforms, mobile ads or database mining.…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 4, 2014 at 1:06pm — No Comments
Added by Ken Leib on January 27, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
When should you be adding prospects to your pipeline and nurturing current customers? Pretty much always. Continuous Customer Engagement, or CCE, is more important than ever in this era of nonstop information flow and social media. Positive and negative comments flow at the speed of data and can leave a mark more permanent than an ink tattoo.…Continue
Added by Big Tom LaPointe on January 20, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Dealers advertise low price loss leaders and court an Internet buyer with competitive pricing that sometimes results in negative gross deals. Service departments advertise low priced oil changes to both upsell and win a new customer.
About a year ago, J D Rucker published a list of the most influential people in the automotive industry (according to KLOUT).
KLOUT influence isn't the same thing as real world influence. There wasn't anyone named Ford on the list or any CEO's of the automakers or big dealer groups. This was a list of automotive people who were active on social media and could wield influence across…Continue
Businesses are increasingly recognizing the importance of having an online presence in social networks. Consumers have come to expect it and, whether you’re there or not, they will have conversations about you. Every year sees a higher percentage of consumers turning to business’ social media accounts for a…Continue
Added by sara callahan on October 24, 2013 at 6:14am — No Comments
As the fall conference season approaches for the automotive industry, many vendors miss opportunities for exposure. Owning a public relations agency, my job is to maximize my client’s exposure to their audience. Conferences offer more potential customers for my clients, concentrated in a single place at a single time,…Continue
Most dealers put someone in charge of updating their social presence sites and this person has to 'Post' or ‘Tweet’ something at least 'Daily'; which is fine except when the person logs out and is…Continue
Throw your CRM away. A CRM often becomes too much like a multitasking Swiss Army knife, when what you need to really sell more cars is something simple and powerful.
As CRM vendors bolt on different applications, the proverbial Swiss Army Knife philosophy emerges. Is it practical for cutting a steak? Or is it a 12-in-one tool with pliers, toothpicks, tweezers, and multiple blades – something complicated and bulky and not as simple as a serrated steak knife?
Added by Jeff Cotton on June 10, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
When did you last share with someone important why you enjoy him or her? We’re fast to convey disappointment or dissatisfaction with others, but uplifting the attributes in them we like feels rather strange.
Yet when it comes to building loyalty, whether in customers, coworkers or…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on April 16, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments
If there’s one word I hate using in marketing, it’s “engagement”. The term has been so overused and abused since the rise of social media that its meaning has become distorted. It’s defined in different ways and means different things to different people. Thankfully,…