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Behind every screen, device, or smartphone in today’s consumer economy resides something that has perhaps gotten lost in the unstoppable avalanche of digital noise. Are we as an industry starting to focus too much on the device, and not enough on the person behind it? All we hear…Continue
Added by David Metter on January 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
We talk to hundreds of dealers about live chat and were often surprised by internet managers who are clueless about their traffic and lead numbers. Certainly in the auto industry, an 'internet manager' can be anyone from a…Continue
What's the best way to generate more leads from your website? Contrary to popular opinion, the answer isn't to "get more website traffic." Although a comprehensive digital marketing strategy is key to driving appropriate traffic levels to your website, unless those visitors convert into leads, that's money down the…Continue
When handling Internet leads, the lack of response by customers, the appointments that don’t show and the unrealistic expectations often frustrate internet managers and dealers. Show and closing rates in the low to mid-teens is not uncommon, compared to the total number of leads received.
I thought I…Continue
Added by David Metter on August 24, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
Dealer websites today are filled with conversion widgets. In most cases, customers will choose only one form or call-to-action (CTA) to convert on. If the CTA that they chose was “value my trade,” then you can be pretty sure that the value of their trade-in is their hot button. Or perhaps they filled out a…Continue
Added by David Metter on August 13, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
If your dealership has a mobile website, you are probably aware that 30 to 50 percent of your total website traffic are mobile users. You also know these mobile users are performing actions with their smartphones that are aligned with serious shopping behavior. In a…Continue
All dealerships get leads that originate from the Internet. Not all dealers, however, are equal when it comes to how they handle these leads. Ever wonder why some dealers are able to close Internet leads at 12+ percent, while others struggle to reach 6 percent? The reason has everything to do with how these leads are…Continue
According to Dataium's most recent benchmark study, the average number of monthly unique visitors to a dealership's website is 6,509. Of those, an average 1.7 percent submit a lead form. Combine that with an average half percent conversion rate…Continue
Added by David Metter on May 29, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments
I seriously DO NOT GET IT? Why if car dealers have questions, concerns, problems, advice for 3rd party providers and online classifieds and ask them to PLEASE be on a JOINT panel with 6 OTHER 3rd party providers and 200+ DEALERS… why they would blow it…Continue
A large number of leads aren’t providing phone numbers, but the data teaches us to get these people on the phone if we want even a chance at selling them. Keep these 3 concepts in mind when asking for a customer’s phone number.
Added by Ben Laurent on March 31, 2015 at 1:29pm — No Comments
Cars.com Employee Responds To The Internet Sales 20 Group Invite...
Unfortunately, Chip Withrow responded to the Video Invite to set the record straight for 200+ dealers at the Internet Sales 20 Group in New York May 18-20
I don't think that AutoTrader.com and Cars.com will respond.…Continue
There’s no doubt that video marketing is exploding in popularity with businesses and consumers. Both Facebook and Twitter are investing heavily in video and, in the case of Facebook, rewarding those who upload their video straight onto its extended reach advertising platform.
The days of reading long text…Continue
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
When we look at texting as it pertains to the car business, it's easy to see that the mobile revolution has people letting their fingers do the talking. It's a method of communication that is becoming the primary way for millions of people in North America. How does a dealership translate this trend into lead…Continue
Added by Jeffery Sterns on December 31, 2014 at 12:58pm — 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
That classic line from the song “Somebody to Love” by legendary band, Queen epitomizes the destination for consumers and the goal of all salespeople. There’s not a doubt in my mind that you’ve heard the phrase “People buy from people they like.” In the past, a consumer had to come into a dealership to start the car…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on November 17, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments
In our blog post about the two ways dealers can increase leads, I talked about the differences between driving more traffic as a strategy versus improving your websites ability to generate leads from…Continue
Added by Jeffery Sterns on October 21, 2014 at 10:19pm — No Comments
It's very easy to get caught up in the big picture.
We're always told to look at the big picture. It's usually more easily accessible, particularly for car dealer personnel who have a thousand things they must get done every month. One could even…Continue
The past two years has seen a decrease in the number of website leads for many dealers. We're getting more visitors and fewer people filling out lead forms. The trend has caused what I've seen as an increase in the number of calls to action on pages, particularly on inventory pages. This is a…Continue
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