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Paul Potratz's Blog Posts Tagged 'social' (37)

First Peek at Advertising on Instagram

On October 24, 2013, Instagram announced that they would become the next social media giant to offer up advertising space on their mobile platform. From the consumer’s perspective, it’s easy to understand the resentment towards the announcement. One of the biggest perks of the platform was that users could…

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Added by Paul Potratz on December 9, 2013 at 7:50am — No Comments

Facebook Changes and How They Affect You



Facebook is an ever changing medium for social discourse with more than 750 million active users. On September 21st, the Facebook algorithm changed to no longer broadcast the most recent posts of friends and groups an individual is associated with. Instead Facebook now displays the most recent posts in response to… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on September 21, 2011 at 11:32am — No Comments

Important Things to Remember When Marketing Your Dealership on Facebook

Simply having a business page on Facebook is no longer enough to run a successful automotive marketing campaign on Facebook. With a number of companies and brands joining the bandwagon, Facebook has become a saturated market and unless you understand how the market behaves, you might be get lost amid all the noise.

Similarly, filling up your fans’ walls with advertorial posts will be useless unless you’re receiving a…

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Added by Paul Potratz on April 11, 2011 at 1:01pm — No Comments

How to Take Advantage of the New Facebook for iPhone Check-in Feature for Your Dealership

Although the iPhone app was intended to let users stay connected with their Facebook friends while on the go, auto dealers can also take advantage of this technology to make their automotive mobile marketing campaigns more interactive and more in-tune with the social media. With the release of Facebook for iPhone’s newest version (version 3.4), one added feature is particularly…

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Added by Paul Potratz on April 6, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments

Using the Fundamentals of Twitter to Engage Current and Potential Customers

Five years ago Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, sent out the first tweet launching a new form of communication that became a revolution in 140 characters or less. This year, Twitter posted a blog reporting that it only takes about one week for users to send 1 billion tweets and last February an average of 460,000 accounts were opened per day. In the automotive industry, we should all ask ourselves, are we utilizing the fundamentals of Twitter to best engage current and potential buyers on…

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Added by Paul Potratz on March 30, 2011 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Using Facebook Questions to Market Your Dealership

Facebook has recently launched a new application that could change the way you interact with current and potential customers. Facebook Questions, which operates similarly to Quora, Aardvark, LinkedIn Answers and other Q&A sites on the internet, can be a valuable tool for dealerships looking to find out more about their target market. With Facebook Questions you are able to ask a question then either set up specific poll answers for people to vote on, keep the question open-ended allowing… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on March 29, 2011 at 11:40am — No Comments

Has Your Dealership's Website Been 'StumpledUpon'?

StumbleUpon, Reddit and Delicious are popular websites that can drive traffic to your website without costing you money or an enormous amount of time. These types of sites were developed to help people discover new and interesting things, and guess what? Your site or blog could be one of the new and interesting things they discover.

 

In order to truly make StumbleUpon, Reddit or Delicious beneficial to your dealership, you first have to build up a strong…

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Added by Paul Potratz on March 21, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Enhance Your Dealership's Facebook Page with Custom Tabs

In today's Potratz online workshop, Dan talked about ways to enhance the look and features of your auto dealership's Facebook business page. One way to give a page a true "custom" feel is to add custom tabs with branded images, content, etc. In our experience with automotive advertising on social media, we find that the more customized the page, the more people like…

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Added by Paul Potratz on March 17, 2011 at 11:25am — No Comments

Is your Dealership an Industry Expert?

Q&A websites like Quora, Aardvark and LinkedIn Answers are gaining popularity in the social media spear, and people are looking for answers. Answers about cars, about servicing cars, about car parts and about where to buy cars. So the question is- as an auto dealership- are you an expert in the car industry?



People buy from people. Q&A sites can enhance your dealership’s reputation by establishing your credibility on automotive topics. By  contributing to these sites you can… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on March 16, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Grading Your Dealership’s Competition

In marketing for auto dealers around the country, we spend time analyzing their competition to see how they’re doing with everything from social media marketing to website lead management. In order to beat your competition out in sales, your dealership needs to take the time to look at what competitors are doing. Here are a few quick tips to analyze…

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Added by Paul Potratz on February 14, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Engage Mobile Users with Your Dealership's TV Ads

Automotive Marketing to Mobile Users While watching your dealership's TV ads, people with smartphones are probably using their phones and more than likely are online. In fact, according to a recent article by Engadget, a study by Nielsen and Yahoo! found that 86% of mobile internet users are browsing on their phones while watching TV, whether using mobile apps, browsing the internet, accessing social networks like Facebook or Twitter, or…

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Added by Paul Potratz on February 7, 2011 at 11:16am — No Comments

Measuring Social Media Campaigns for Auto Dealers

Social media campaigns for auto dealers should be designed to deliver performance and ROI for dealerships and dealer groups. Not all campaigns should be evaluated the same, nor should the same metrics be used. In order to track the success of a campaign, dealers should set objectives upfront to help identify key performance indicators.



First, dealers should determine what their campaign sets out to…

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Added by Paul Potratz on February 4, 2011 at 8:28am — No Comments

Snowed In? It's the Perfect Automotive Marketing Opportunity!

This week’s snowstorm is affecting dealerships across the country as they plan to deal with the weather: getting ready to dig out the lot and preparing for fewer customers to come in. But bad weather can be the perfect opportunity to send out a special offer. Your auto dealership’s marketing campaign needs to connect…

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Added by Paul Potratz on February 1, 2011 at 11:15am — No Comments

Drive Conversions with Your Dealership's Facebook Business Page

You can increase leads and conversions through your dealership's Facebook business page. However, you need to take an approach different from hard-sell methods you may have used in the past with traditional advertising. Social media marketing is all about building relationships with your…

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Added by Paul Potratz on January 14, 2011 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

Buick's Social Media Scavenger Hunt

Want to see an example of an automaker getting on board with social media marketing? Buick is striving to appeal to the social media generation with its latest promotion, Quest for the Keys, integrating location-based social sites like Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places as well as Twitter and a custom Facebook application. This promotion involves a scavenger hunt in major cities…

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Added by Paul Potratz on January 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Marketing your Dealership's Service Center

How much of your dealership’s advertising budget goes into promoting your Service Department? Often times it seems that Car Dealers put so much time into getting the Front End ready for Lights, Camera and Action that the Back End gets neglected. Promoting your Service and Parts Center as well as the Body Shop is a healthy way to keep Car Buyers coming into your Service Bay even after their warranty is up.



Consider the age of the average vehicle on the road in your market. All of…

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Added by Paul Potratz on January 7, 2011 at 7:28am — No Comments

Track Your Auto Dealership's Facebook Following

Ever wonder how many people really see what you post on your car dealership's Facebook page? Facebook recently added features to its Insights for business pages, offering new opportunities to see how people are connecting with pages.



Now, you can see how many people saw a post or interacted with it by… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on December 28, 2010 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Damage Control with Social Media

Advice for Auto Dealerships Facing Recalls

In the past few years, almost every auto manufacturer has announced some kind of recall for its vehicles. Your dealership needs to have a social media plan in place to minimize damage from the bad news and be proactive about fixing the problem. You can take advantage of social media to address the issue.



First, create a… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on December 22, 2010 at 11:18am — No Comments

Facebook Questions & Polls

Facebook Questions and Polls for Auto Dealers

Once you’ve built a fan base for your auto dealership on Facebook, you want to take full advantage of opportunities to survey them and ask questions to get feedback about how to reach them. Surveys are important to make sure that you…

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Added by Paul Potratz on December 16, 2010 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Using Facebook as a CRM for Auto Dealers

Using Facebook as a CRM for Automotive Sales

Facebook is an intelligent Customer Relations Management Tool for auto dealers, allowing you to group your friends into lists. Automotive Sales Professionals can use Friend Lists to manage their relationships with past…

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Added by Paul Potratz on December 15, 2010 at 12:48pm — No Comments

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