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According to an interesting study by Forrester Research, many businesses fail to communicate in a way that enhances and solidifies the business-customer relationship.…Continue
Added by sara callahan on February 12, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
It’s a well-known fact that people buy from people (or companies) they like. There are certainly many different ways to get customers to like your dealership, from providing a great customer experience to being active in your local community.
However, consumers are increasingly finicky when choosing where to buy or service their vehicle. In…Continue
Added by sara callahan on December 18, 2018 at 7:18am — No Comments
But no ideas come to you. The more you think about it, the more frustrated you get, until you…Continue
Added by sara callahan on October 30, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
In a recent blog, I wrote about how content marketing is more of a long-term play.
In addition, to attract an audience, it is vital to offer more than purely sales content and “buy…Continue
Added by sara callahan on September 26, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
Added by sara callahan on September 12, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
There is one common problem most companies run into when they start a content marketing strategy. Frequently, executives have unreal expectations and expect to go from zero to hero in a matter of days. They want an immediate return-on-investment – such as leads, engagement or website traffic. I am afraid that is simply not realistic. Hey, sometimes you can hit gold straight…Continue
Added by sara callahan on August 29, 2018 at 6:57am — No Comments
We’ve all seen it happen. In fact, chances are really good that you’ve done it yourself -- posted that Facebook status update, sent that text message, or that e-mail and then – oops, you notice those typos or grammatical errors…after it’s too late to…Continue
Added by sara callahan on August 15, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
One of the best ways to get your name out to your audience is through a consistent regimen of relevant educational content of interest to your audience. This helps position key people in your dealership or organization as industry thought leaders and gains indirect brand exposure.
Doing this consistently can lead to news stories, conference speaking spots and…Continue
Added by sara callahan on May 17, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
The art of public relations has changed dramatically in recent years and now includes a myriad of services and possibilities.
Today’s consumers are exposed to as many as 10,000 brand messages per day and, to break through this noise barrier, public relations must adjust…
Added by sara callahan on April 30, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
A strategy is needed, or your business simply ends up as part of the noise everyone fast-forwards through – media and attendees alike. So, how do you break through the…Continue
Added by sara callahan on March 2, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Added by sara callahan on January 24, 2018 at 6:46am — No Comments
One of the most frustrating things for marketers and public relations professionals is that companies tend to be so focused on producing sales, and/or marketing to prospective clients, that they become a bit like horses with blinders on -- focused on the single carrot in front of them – namely, customer…Continue
Added by sara callahan on January 10, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments
Dealers are in for a wild ride. The next 5+ years will be filled with revenue from recall work; a shortage of technicians; shop capacity that can’t keep up with demand; parts availability issues; and, as a result, irate customers.
Recalls certainly challenge consumers’ patience and dealers can find themselves in a constant battle, fighting to put out fires,…Continue
When most people think about what public relations agencies do, they picture media relations, industry exposure and … well… lots of press releases.
The reality is that the public relations industry has been transforming itself as new technologies and strategies become available that help us gain optimum exposure…
Added by sara callahan on April 27, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
It’s inevitable. Businesses grow and, as they do, many look for ways to automate processes. Dealerships do it with auto-responders. Many companies have automated phone trees which circle you around pressing 1s, 2s and 3s, driving you mad as you can never reach a live person for help. Customer service inquiries are responded to…Continue
Added by sara callahan on March 17, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments
My primary goal as a PR Professional is to assist my clients in achieving the most exposure possible and build top-of-mind brand awareness among their potential customers, namely auto dealers. To help better understand how to best position my clients for success, last year, I did a little research into how dealers perceive vendors and their practices.
It seems as if every big event nowadays is live tweeted by brands seeking to gain free marketing on the back of these popular events. This last Super Bowl saw brands literally setting up war rooms filled with social media professionals, graphic designers and even lawyers, simply to post content in reaction to real-time events. For most events targeted by brands in this…Continue
The hammer finally fell when the FTC ruled last week that companies and agencies utilizing social media must include disclaimers. This is regardless of the social media platform and whether or not the account is a…Continue
In the past, a business could increase per post reach on Facebook simply by creating unique and engaging quality content. That has now changed and, for the most part, ads are the only real posts creating any significant reach. Organic posts on Facebook pages have seen reach drop into the 1-2 percent range, down from 12+ just 2 short years ago. Since Facebook’s IPO, and the…Continue