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As security breaches and data theft become more commonplace, businesses will encounter increasing regulatory and consumer pressure to protect that data. I’ve written numerous articles on the importance of data security in dealerships, especially when dealers share that sensitive customer…Continue
Added by Scott T. Joseph on October 16, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments
There are many things that companies can do to earn a customer’s loyalty. However, e-mail marketing isn’t typically high on the list. Consumers get barraged continuously with marketing messages via e-mail. As you go through your in-box, how many do you delete without even reading them in order to get to those you are…Continue
[This is part five in the "What's the Big Deal With Data Anyways?" series. Click here to read part four.]
Segmentation of DMS data can be defined as…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on June 10, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments
Think about many dealerships’ sales strategies in handling customers who have actually expressed interest in a…Continue
How involved is your connection with each of your customers? Excellent personalized customer service is what sets a great dealership apart from others. Providing superior customer service is an essential part of…Continue
Added by Shawn Ryder on November 29, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments
Auto manufacturers are always looking for new ways to get consumers excited about their products, and sometimes that means crossing the automotive industry lines and sharing the spotlight with other industries.
What is Cross-Marketing?
Cross-marketing is when one industry incorporates their product or services into another industry in order to gain better exposure and help fuel consumer passion for both of their brands for a mutual benefit. This type of…Continue
Added by Rebecca Kon on August 28, 2013 at 11:18am — No Comments
In the infographic to the right, Red Bricks Media has some content marketing lessons I think all dealers could learn from. Most of these tips are fundamentals we've been talking about in so many of our blog posts, and I think this infographic accurately gives a broad outline of…Continue
Added by Rebecca Kon on August 21, 2013 at 10:32am — No Comments
The use of “big data” (massive amount of complex customer information available to companies today) will become an even stronger advantage for the automotive industry. From the…Continue
Added by Joseph Little on April 3, 2013 at 2:04pm — No Comments
Best-of-Breed Live Chat and Targeted Incentive Technologies Combine to Drive Qualified Showroom Visits and Conversions
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire -01/31/12) - Today, two leading technology providers in the automotive marketing industry, ActivEngage and HookLogic, announced a strategic alliance combining the companies' live chat and targeted incentive technologies into a…Continue
Added by Justin Braun on February 6, 2012 at 9:10am — 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
Establishing an automotive dealer’s online presence can be a difficult proposition. There are a number of elements to think aboutin assembling a plan to make your dealership more visible in the online world.
As part of our ongoing series on building an online presence foryour automotive marketing initiatives (link to first blog here), we’ve offered a few key points that serve as a foundation for your strategy. In this edition, we’ll delve into how making a connection with your…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on January 11, 2011 at 12:38pm — No Comments
In order to build an automotive dealer’sonline presence, there are a handful of points to consider. A recent blog on buildingyour dealership’s online presence highlighted such tips as engagement,reach and choice as valuable techniques in establishing that…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on January 6, 2011 at 11:23am — No Comments
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Added by Stacy Mueller on December 23, 2010 at 7:24am — No Comments
When was the last time you were in the airport?
Did you have a lot of personal communication? Did you see people speaking with one another, laughing, conversing and seemingly having a great time?
Our guess is probably not.
Instead, you probably saw people glued to their laptops, iPhones® or smartphones. Today’s consumers are glued to their electronic devices, constantly seeking information in an age where they must have it and have it now.
Because of the diverse…Continue
In the earlier days of direct email marketing, the line of thinking by many car dealers was to send as many messages as possible to get the consumer’s attention. It wasn’t about the message’s relevancy, it was simply an effort to grab the consumer’s attention and say, “Hey, we’re here! Click me for more information!” It wasn’t unprecedented, however – its predecessor direct mail marketing was often used in the exact same way.
Over time, marketers using direct mail and email have…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on December 16, 2010 at 10:02am — No Comments
In my last blog, we discussed how having a “hook” or theme to your direct marketing campaigns must have a“pain” or reason to motivate your customers to visit your dealership and drive sales traffic. We also discussed how your hook and pain must have a regular message for all your targeted direct mail (TDM) pieces. Each of these stories or…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on December 14, 2010 at 11:58am — No Comments
With the global economy slowly bouncing back from the depths of a recession, automotive manufacturers are expecting to see a similar bounce back in vehicle sales and leases. Assuming that both trends go hand in hand that people are more willing to spend on cars thanks to an increase in consumer confidence – automotive direct marketers may be emboldened to try and capture these newly-interested customers with new vehicle marketing campaigns.
But will new vehicle purchases…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on December 10, 2010 at 8:33am — No Comments