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Timmy D. James's Blog Posts Tagged 'marketing' (71)

Live Video Walkarounds: Are they Worth the Effort?

While most forms of digital marketing offer some value to dealers, the one constant has – and always will be – the better your inventory merchandising, the higher your sales.

In the digital world, your merchandising takes place on your VDP Pages, making your VDP Pages one of (if not “the”) most valuable pieces of digital real estate that you have today.  The…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 13, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Consumers Like Video So Much They’re Paying More To Watch It

Video, and especially mobile video, is fast becoming the media of choice for consumers of all ages. From the cable-free movie, to online streaming services, to the latest and greatest phone apps storming the scene, we are all consuming data at a record pace. According to a…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 1, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Marketing Trends Illustrate the Importance of Video

If you still aren’t sold on the importance of video marketing, it only takes a brief glimpse into recent news to illustrate just how important video is in marketing. There are many news stories relating to acquisitions, statistics and trends, which highlight the increasing importance – and value – that platforms of all kinds are placing on video content. The common thread…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 24, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Playing to Customers Emotions in Marketing Works

I have long preached the fact that including video in your marketing is an effective way to get customers emotionally connected to a specific car on your lot. This visual connection to the senses serves to enhance the appeal of a vehicle to an online shopper. If there was some technology that allowed consumers to touch, feel and smell your car while shopping online, I’d be…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 4, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Forget MORE Leads. Focus On More QUALITY Leads.

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 opportunity to earn their business.

 

When a…

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Added by Timmy D. James on January 12, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

Why “Just Do It” Is A Waste Of Time

In this high tech age, there are numerous tasks that an Internet or eCommerce Director has to tackle in order to correctly market their dealership and its inventory. In the past, you were doing a great job if you were writing custom detailed vehicle descriptions and taking multiple photos of your pre-owned vehicles. You were a superstar if you were also doing these things for…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 8, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Building Rapport Before the Lead Is the Way to Win the Sale

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 lead.

 

Think about the first contact a customer…

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Added by Timmy D. James on November 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Car Shopping: The Dating Game

For many car owners, their vehicles become an extension of their lives, a partner, and something that they have a true emotional bond with. In most places, cars are necessary to life. We use them to get to work, visit friends and family and take our kids to football practice. According to…

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Added by Timmy D. James on November 3, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

How to Tame the Bull Named Facebook

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 preparation for his ride, the bull promptly lay down in the pen. He considered…

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Added by Timmy D. James on September 8, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Using Moneyball Strategies to Win the Content Marketing Game

In a recent article published on Marketing Land, an author used the famous concept of Moneyball and applied it to content marketing. If you aren’t familiar with the Moneyball concept, it began when Billy Beane became manager of the 2001 Oakland Athletics. Mr. Beane hypothesized that…

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Added by Timmy D. James on September 2, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Paint Your Way to Increased Profits

As a sales and marketing professional, you probably learned a long time ago that the best way to present your products is by using words that paint a picture. Not just any picture, a picture that puts each shopper in the picture; helps them visualize owning your product; and then mentally experience the emotional pleasure that results from that…

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Added by Timmy D. James on August 8, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments

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