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Direct mail response rates depend on a combination of strategic targeting, credibility of message, impactful offers, timeliness of delivery and personalization.
Yet even the best targeting capabilities and the best-of-breed direct mail strategies cannot deliver the results and return on investment that highly personalized, micro-targeted, direct mail marketing can achieve.
What advertising or marketing…Continue
Consumers today are increasingly becoming finicky about where and how they want to communicate. While the past may have seen a traditional print ad performing well on its own, that’s increasingly not the case. Data supports the fact that consumers are all over the place and successful marketers know that their message…Continue
Added by Scott T. Joseph on March 26, 2014 at 7:22am — No Comments
Warranty work is a large part of any service department’s revenue. The recent announcement by the NHTSA mandating manufacturers to use specific labeling on recall notices could prove to be very helpful to dealers; helping them get the work faster and at a lower cost. However, there are challenges…Continue
Like you, I still go to my home’s mailbox every day to retrieve whatever has been delivered there. Like you, I shuffle through it and end up dropping much of it into the nearest round file.
What I really want when I go to the mailbox is answers to the question I think we all have: is anyone thinking about me? Now I know such a question can sound selfish, but isn’t it natural? I mean, as we go to the mailbox don’t we hope a friend or family member has dropped us a note or card – or…Continue
Added by Jeff Cotton on November 15, 2013 at 1:05pm — No Comments
Always make sure your content is informative (something for business, life, or both that…Continue
It has not always been like that and at times, is unfortunate. So today, call it a…Continue
As the originator of the famous "Butterball Bonanza", it is important to remember that there is a right way and a wrong way to execute this event. 16 years, a million turkeys, and over 100,000 vehicles sold, you learn a lot!…Continue
Added by Todd Vowell on October 11, 2012 at 8:32am — No Comments
It was January, 2011 when I first wrote about how $220 Billion Global King Kong GOOGLE goes offline with direct mail. Now, $100 Billion Global King Kong Jr FACEBOOK followed suit.
The thing that amazes me most is all the naysayers that continue to place …
Car dealerships Are Not "Man Certified" so why be "Women Certified"?…Continue
By Todd Vowell, CEO, Buy Mail Direct Inc.
Every now and then, you have one of those conversations that just "effects" you in ways you can't explain. In the past 30 years, I have talked with at least 10,000 Car Dealers, GM's, and GSM's. But for…Continue
I just want to wish all you dealership salespeople out there a very big "GOOD LUCK, GOOD SELLING" this weekend. That's right, "Labor Under Correct Knowledge".
Day end and day out, everyone goes back and forth here on how to sell more cars, new technology, old technology, traditional marketing, digital marketing, social media, social marketing, automation, qr codes, lead pages, blah blah blah.
You hear “we…Continue
While we dig deep into Demographics’, Geographic’s, niches, ideas, social media, digital, traditional marketing and analyze who buys what and for how much, let’s not forget about who really controls the wallet in MOST households.
Almost 84 million women right here in the USA is a mom. They are probably the most powerful consumer group of all, controlling 85% of household spending, according to Mintel International.
In the automotive digital/traditional marketing world, it is…Continue
After 10 years of digital and traditional direct marketing trying to figure out how to co-exist (or eat each other up to survive) in the automotive world, here is what has developed. Digital Marketing has grown tremendously because it’s new and initially had no numbers to speak of so it had nowhere to go but up.
Traditional direct mail marketing has grown a few small points a year, nothing surprising, just a good, solid, and dependable work horse.
Added by Todd Vowell on May 20, 2011 at 9:31am — No Comments
Added by Todd Vowell on May 12, 2011 at 4:44pm — No Comments
The mouse and keyboard were invented before the Internet even existed. Since then, countless technological advancements have allowed for much more efficient human computer interaction. Why then do we continue to use outdated technology? Introducing Gmail Motion -- now you can control Gmail with your body.
Gmail Motion uses your computer's built-in webcam and Google's patented spatial tracking technology…Continue
Added by Todd Vowell on April 1, 2011 at 9:13am — No Comments
The more you can communicate to your customers in multiple channels the better. PURL’s often allow you to capture information via the internet that can be used to help you understand your clients. A PURL is one of the best ways to increase the response rate on your Automotive Direct Mail . PURL…Continue
Added by AutoQueen Christine on February 15, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
If it’s not the most visited area in an automotive dealership, it’s arguably one with the most captive audiences.
No, it’s not the sales floor; it’s your automotive service area.
Whether it’s waiting for a vehicle to get prepped for delivery or waiting for it to get serviced, the automotive service area—more specifically the lounge—is home to the section of your dealership that has few distractions for customers, i.e. an audience that has little to do but wait.
Added by Stacy Mueller on January 31, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments
In the highly competitive environment of automotive marketing, online search results for your car dealership can potentially make or break you.—The quality of the links, however, versus the quantity of the links is what will have a true impact on prospects making a purchase decision.
With that in mind, the following points can help give you a good start in putting together a search engine optimization (SEO) plan that can yield positive results and improved page rankings for…Continue
When it comes to choosing a customer retention marketing provider, car dealerships need to evaluate the technology behind the programs. In looking at this technology, three of the following topics must be addressed:
(1) Will this technology seamlessly integrate your customer data?
(2) Will it be compatible with your operating system?
(3) Will it be able to pull current, actionable customer data?
In a perfect world, you…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on January 18, 2011 at 7:14am — No Comments