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You have Google Analytics implemented across all your dealer group's sites. You know that data based analysis grows more important to your dealership management teams and the decisions they make every year. You may have even heard Google's Avinash Kaushik railing against traditional web stats at the last Digital Dealer conference in Orlando. But you're not sure how to…Continue
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Would you give me $50,000 for some advertising if I told you I had no idea if it worked or not? Dealers to this…Continue
Added by Kevin McKillop on April 9, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Many car dealers are using Google Adwords as part of their advertising strategy yet there are still some website platforms that don't natively support replaceable phone numbers for paid search campaigns.Continue
Everyone knows Valentine’s Day celebrates the ladies. That’s why Bristol Toyota Scion in Bristol RI, recently used LoyaltyTrac, their service rewards program, to conduct an email campaign centered on Valentine’s Day being “Ladies’ Day”. Colorful, Valentine’s-themed emails were sent to all of their service reward members, with the Subject Line: Be Our Valentine - View Your Gift Inside. The email included an offer: Ladies Receive $15 Off Any Service of $35 or More.…Continue
Added by Mike Gorun on February 23, 2012 at 7:51am — No Comments
Drive Time Selects Inilex as GPS Solutions Provider
Phoenix, AZ – October 18, 2011 – Drive Time, the nation's largest dealership with 89 locations specializing in selling and financing used cars to customers with less-than-perfect credit, today announced it has selected Inilex as its supplier of GPS-based vehicle tracking and recovery solutions.
Added by sara callahan on October 18, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments
SAN RAMON, CA – June 27, 2011 – Auto retailers using a third-party loyalty program can achieve significant retention increases of 20 percent and more. MediaTrac™, a marketing technology company providing customized frequency marketing, customer loyalty, retention and media tracking programs for auto dealers, today released the new white paper “The Auto Retailer’s Ultimate ‘How-to’ Guide to Customer Loyalty & Retention Program Set Up,…Continue
Added by sara callahan on June 27, 2011 at 8:16am — No Comments
Apple's explanation about how and why iPhones track users' locations was too late, too little, a crisis communications expert said today.
"For a company that prides itself on knowing what consumers want and what…Continue
Added by Ralph Paglia on May 3, 2011 at 4:36pm — No Comments
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
When it comes to setting up sales goals for your car dealership, there is no magic equation.
Some dealers use prior sales data, consider any changes in personnel and then make a reasonable guess as to how many vehicles they should sell the next month. …Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on January 4, 2011 at 2:11pm — 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
When it comes to direct marketing campaigns, it’s human nature to think big. Whether it’s rolling out an email blast for an upcoming customer appreciation day or sending out a holiday themed Sales or
Service postcard, we all have a tendency to want to “wow” the recipient
with bright colors, killer graphics and an awesome call to action.
Added by Stacy Mueller on November 18, 2010 at 1:23pm — No Comments
Buying a car has never been easier: pick a car that fits your price range, check out a few reliability rating sites on your selection, go to the dealership for a test drive and – should everything fall into
place – you’ll drive off the lot with a new vehicle purchase.
For car dealerships and their direct marketing strategies, it’s only half the battle.…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on November 16, 2010 at 1:47pm — No Comments
As more and more consumers use smart phones and iPods® for both business and personal use, technology – yet again – has offered both automotive direct and customer retention marketing managers yet another avenue to reach consumers: mobile marketing.
At the recent 9th Digital Dealers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada last month,…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on November 11, 2010 at 1:29pm — No Comments
In the past, a visit to a car dealership’s customer service department was much like a visit to the dentist: an appointment filled with long wait times and much trepidation about the results.
While there still may be some trepidation on the sticker shock of your vehicle’s maintenance bill,…Continue
Added by Stacy Mueller on November 4, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments