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What are you doing on Facebook to provide value?
By creating a Facebook group, you'll be able to nurture the database that you already have, as well as increase the audience for your business. Your new Facebook group will give you the opportunity to get feedback on products or services, engage with customers, and build top-of-mind awareness.…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on July 15, 2016 at 2:25pm — No Comments
What’s your website doing while you’re not looking?
This week on Think Tank Tuesday, I reveal the steps you should be taking to increase conversion and traffic on your landing pages, and it’s more than just a "Thank You" page. After watching this episode of Think Tank Tuesday, your website will be successful in no time!…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on July 12, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Did you know subject lines framed as questions get fewer open rates and replies?
Most people assume you SHOULD ask questions in your subject line in order to get more open rates when that’s not the case. You can also increase the…Continue
Search engine marketing is valuable tool when used correctly. But it's not the be all, end all of digital marketing. You need to be able to step outside of your comfort zone if you want to achieve digital marketing success.
If you haven't already begun experimenting with other tools; now is the time. The first tool you should start with is email marketing. Tap into your current database and gather more information about your customers.…
Added by Paul Potratz on June 28, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Are you testing your emails before you send them?
More than 80% of the population use smartphone and other mobile devices. Over 60% of people…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on June 24, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Are you looking for fast and easy ways to speed up the success of your business?
This week on Think Tank Tuesday, Paul will go into detail about techniques you need to use to brand your business and become successful in no time. The first step? Ask yourself these questions.
Why are you unique?
What do you do as a business owner that is…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on June 21, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments
Comparing yourself to competitors in the same market...is it really such a good idea?
In this week’s Hard Facts, Samantha explains why it's not always ideal to compare your business to a competitor's, but how to do it properly in the right circumstances. Watch now!…
Added by Paul Potratz on June 17, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Attention to detail can lead to fewer car accidents. In this week's Think Tank Tuesday, Paul explains how being dumped into an automated voicemail system can make it extremely difficult for customers to access your business.…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on June 14, 2016 at 11:38am — No Comments
Added by Josh Whitlatch on June 9, 2016 at 9:19am — No Comments
Just because every car on the road needs maintenance once in a while, it does not mean that you don't have step up your game when it comes to your auto repair shop's website. Websites can sink a business or become an amazing way to get more customers. Here are 8 ways that you can use web design elements to make your car repair shop's website stand out from the crowd.
Lots of White Space in Layout
Added by Bjorn Wallman on April 10, 2016 at 3:20am — 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
As I mentioned in part two of this series, many DMS providers make it difficult for dealers to download their customer database. In some cases, it’s…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on May 20, 2014 at 5:11am — No Comments
Whether you are a football fan or not, unless you have been living in a cave you have probably heard a lot about Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow. What Tebow and Manziel have in common is that both are former Heisman Trophy winning college quarterbacks. What they both also have in common is that they are both very much hated and reviled by so many.
From the outside looking in, they are polar opposites in many ways. Tebow is publicly very religious and Manziel is not. Tebow is…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on May 7, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments
With any new product and marketplace there’s a learning curve and we’ve recently gained more knowledge about what it takes to manage the “art” of posting to eBay classifieds. We want to share the Top 5 Best Practices we’ve learned over the last few weeks with you:
1.) New eBay accounts require some “Seasoning” similar to the historical…Continue
Added by Jason Turner on April 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Cars, dealerships and sales people can be commodities. As a sales person, your job is to move everything you do and everything you have towards being a non-commoditized item or service. You must sell your difference.
When making a decision, customers look for deciding factors. Being able to know what the differences are and then helping the customer know what they look like, sound like and feel like is your job. Customers don’t spend an hour with you and say, “This is exactly…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 28, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Many sales people tend to always be chasing the next customer and worrying about the next paycheck. The good news is that this is unnecessary and can be fixed forever in two years or less. Sales people can eliminate future sales and income anxiety once and for all.
What’s the key to creating freedom? It’s marketing. If you are a sales person who is waiting for your business to provide an endless funnel of prospects and buyers, you are living in a fantasy land. Even with a ton…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 27, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
There is a revelation that is shocking and, quite frankly, scary. A dangerous and potentially fatal mistake is being made everyday in businesses. The mistake is the confusion between strategy and tactics. Strategy is your overall goal for your business and your overall marketing philosophy to achieve those goals. Tactics are executable actions you take to achieve those options. The good news is that once you have clarity about your strategy, and then apply emotional direct response marketing…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 26, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Each year at the start of football practice, Vince Lombardi, the coach of the Green Bay Packers started his season the same way. His opening statement to his players was, “This is a football.” Every year, John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins started his first practice of the season by demonstrating to his players how to properly put on their socks to prevent blisters. Pretty basic stuff, huh?
Notice the similarities between Wooden and Lombardi in the…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
Joe calls the dealership and a salesman tells him the truck's still available ..."ask for Andy!", says the…Continue
What is the plan at your dealership for training your team members? If it is what I have seen at most dealerships, it’s not enough. As a matter of fact, if you are operating at the industry standard, it’s embarrassing. Dealerships that struggle always have people who are not trained enough or trained properly.
In 2011, NADA stated that the average automobile dealership in the U.S. spent $654 per vehicle on advertising. How much per car was spent for training? I don’t know the…Continue
Added by Mark Tewart on February 24, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments