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Are women smarter than men? On this week’s Think Tank Tuesday, I discuss leadership and communication styles with Ali and Nicole, Marketing Communications Managers at Potratz.
See how different communication styles can affect your team, leadership, and work environment. …Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on April 11, 2017 at 2:27pm — No Comments
Chalk this up as a win! YouTube TV has finally been released. It's something you may have heard about for a while, and now you can see it in action in California, New York, and Philly. But why is it so important for your dealership? Your YouTube ads will play on TV!
Added by Paul Potratz on April 7, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
As a business or a marketer, you can’t afford to be late to the game. Pay attention to where the market is moving and where the attention is at, and move with it!
Watch this week's Think Tank Tuesday to find out why Dan Allen thinks marketers ruin everything in relation to product…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on April 4, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments
CHICAGO, IL, April, 04, 2017 – Vehicle service contracts remain important revenue generators for auto dealers. They provide useful safety and budget protection benefits for consumers that purchase them for new and used cars. VSC closing rates average 35-40%; exclude lease and cash customers who don’t buy service contracts and that’s a lot of opportunities that dealers are leaving on the table.…Continue
Added by Jim Leman on April 4, 2017 at 12:36pm — No Comments
So many times business owners focus on the conversion or lead factor of their analytics. While this provides some insight into how successful your marketing campaign in, there's one crucial piece that you should be looking at.
Watch this week's Think Tank Tuesday to figure out what you've been missing in your analytics.…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on March 28, 2017 at 11:13am — No Comments
Has your blog reached its greatest potential?
Your blog can boost traffic to your website, create demand for your products and services, and position your business as a credible resource for information. If you’re not utilizing your blog properly, you’re missing out on awesome opportunities!
Watch this week’s Hard Facts to learn about some things you should know before hitting the publish button on your blog that will drastically effect its reach and performance.…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on March 24, 2017 at 12:25pm — No Comments
So you've decided it's time to differentiate your dealership from the competition, and that video is the way to do it. Your next probable question is, do you produce, distribute and market the videos yourself, or outsource some, if not all of these functions?
The answer to this question…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on March 24, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments
Good ideas always start with a bad one. Come to a meeting with an overflow of ideas and you're bound to find a good one out of the batch!
Watch this week's #ThinkTankTuesday to learn how you can improve your brainstorming meetings, marketing strategy ideas, and teamwork. Plus, Dan brought his dog.…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on March 21, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
We talk a lot about how you can merchandise or present your product to get your customers to purchase. But what we really need to focus on is making sure that our digital customers receive a traditional experience.
What do we mean? Watch this week’s Hard Facts as Samantha explains why the digital buying experience needs to be so much more than what it currently is.…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on March 16, 2017 at 12:53pm — No Comments
While statistics may seem boring, they are certainly key when choosing a marketing strategy. They can highlight where you should direct your efforts in order to be the most effective and maximize ROI.
There are a ton of statistics floating out there and thousands of articles which – if you don’t believe me…
Added by Timmy D. James on March 16, 2017 at 5:37am — No Comments
Customer experience has become an industry “buzz term” of late when talking about customer acquisition and building loyalty. Most of the time, the focus is on the small things that turn a customer off -- attitudes, inefficient processes, or other such actions. But what happens when, well, everything goes…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 15, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments
With the massive onslaught of vehicle recalls it is pretty much guaranteed that all parties involved are paying attention. Today that ranges from consumers to OEMs to dealers to insurance companies; and tomorrow that will soon include rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.
One of the biggest, and…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on March 10, 2017 at 10:34am — No Comments
Business owners and marketers alike have long been set in the idea that in order to make money you must spend money. While this is inherently true, the amount spent and on what mediums, can drastically vary. Since 2009, before the height of social media and paid digital advertising, I have been focused on finding alternative strategies for my clients and my own companies, instead of opting for the expensive clutter-filled traditional mediums like print and radio.
Added by Paul Potratz on March 7, 2017 at 10:17am — No Comments
An associate of mine recently told me an interesting story about their 75-year-old father, who purchased an import, rather than a domestic vehicle, for the first time in over 60 years. This was sometime around 2010.
When it was time to replace his domestic minivan, the first thing my associate’s father did was…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on March 7, 2017 at 6:32am — No Comments
Per Wikipedia, a black hole is a region of spacetime exhibiting such strong gravitational effects that nothing – not even light – can escape from inside it. For many dealers, trying to make sense of the data provided by a vendor’s dashboard can be like trying to escape from a black hole. Most don’t understand what the…Continue
Added by Steve White on March 7, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
The internet has revolutionized the way we shop and there may be no greater benefit to consumers than online tools available for car shopping. There was a time when you had to choose between spend countless hours traveling from dealership to dealership to…Continue
Added by Lizzie Weakley on March 2, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments
Quick question -- do you think that advertising has changed in the last 5 years?
On this week's Think Tank Tuesday, I talk about the path of a customer and how that can affect your marketing strategy. Watch it now and join the conversation.
Also, take a moment and register for Part 1 of our 3-part mini series by clicking here. You'll learn what needs to be…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on March 1, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Consumers have plenty of choices when it comes time to buy a used car – private sellers, independent used car lots and, of course, franchise dealerships. Each have their pros and cons, ranging from price, to quality, to reliability and safety. The one edge franchise dealerships may have over all other options is that…Continue
Added by Chris Miller on February 27, 2017 at 6:18am — No Comments
Influencer marketing. It’s an affordable way to get your brand name out there and increase your sales. But where do you start?
In order to add influencer marketing to your strategy or campaign, you have to iron out the details. In this week’s Hard Facts episode, Samantha reveals what you need to do before you take on key leaders that will promote your brand message.
Watch the video to learn more!…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on February 24, 2017 at 11:48am — No Comments
Technology has drastically changed the way businesses and auto dealers operate.
Hey, think about it. It was not too far in the distant past that we did just about everything via fax machine. Leads came in, financing was secured and, well, just about everything was via fax.