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Timmy D. James's ADM Blog (15)

Don’t Let Your “House Of Cards” Get Knocked Down By Your Competition

“We work too hard to come within arm’s reach of the prize only to have our hands cut off just before we seize it. For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there is but one rule – hunt or be hunted.” – Frank Underwood, as played by Kevin Spacey in the Netflix television series, House of…

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Added by Timmy D. James on March 16, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Marketing Trends Illustrate the Importance of Video

If you still aren’t sold on the importance of video marketing, it only takes a brief glimpse into recent news to illustrate just how important video is in marketing. There are many news stories relating to acquisitions, statistics and trends, which highlight the increasing importance – and value – that platforms of all…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 24, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

The Most Important Metric In Gauging Video ROI

The question most pondered by businesses when advertising is perhaps the most important:

 

“What is my ROI?”

 

It doesn’t matter whether we’re discussing television ads, radio, 3rd party leads,

that gorilla on top of your building, or the contest you’re running on social…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 16, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Playing to Customers Emotions in Marketing Works

I have long preached the fact that including video in your marketing is an effective way to get customers emotionally connected to a specific car on your lot. This visual connection to the senses serves to enhance the appeal of a vehicle to an online shopper. If there was some technology that allowed consumers to touch,…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 4, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Forget MORE Leads. Focus On More QUALITY Leads.

In the world of automotive retail, dealerships are always searching for ways to increase leads. Whether they choose to pursue that goal through third-party lead providers, increase page rankings through better SEO, or various other ways, if there is a customer in their market who wants to buy a car, dealers want an…

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Added by Timmy D. James on January 12, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

Using Emotions To Excite Customers: Honda’s Brilliant Holiday Marketing

To promote their brand this holiday season, Honda is pulling out all of the stops by incorporating just about every feeling and sentiment it can into a series of commercials featuring toys. Consider their “Happy Honda Days” commercials that published around Thanksgiving. Every one of them featured a toy covering many…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Why “Just Do It” Is A Waste Of Time

In this high tech age, there are numerous tasks that an Internet or eCommerce Director has to tackle in order to correctly market their dealership and its inventory. In the past, you were doing a great job if you were writing custom detailed vehicle descriptions and taking multiple photos of your pre-owned vehicles.…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 8, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Building Rapport Before the Lead Is the Way to Win the Sale

In my last blog article, I discussed the importance of building rapport with leads through the use of “Why Buy From Me” and “Lead Response” videos personalized for each customer. Now I would like to take this one step further -- Building rapport should in fact start much earlier than simply upon the receipt of a…

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Added by Timmy D. James on November 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Can Anybody Find Me Somebody To Love?

That classic line from the song “Somebody to Love” by legendary band, Queen epitomizes the destination for consumers and the goal of all salespeople. There’s not a doubt in my mind that you’ve heard the phrase “People buy from people they like.” In the past, a consumer had to come into a dealership to start the car…

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Added by Timmy D. James on November 17, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Car Shopping: The Dating Game

For many car owners, their vehicles become an extension of their lives, a partner, and something that they have a true emotional bond with. In most places, cars are necessary to life. We use them to get to work, visit friends and family and take our kids to football practice. According to…

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Added by Timmy D. James on November 3, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Does Your Dealership Hide Behind The Curtain?

Virtually every dealership today uses their website, social media channels, and email to be a part of their “voice” when it comes to communicating with their customers and begin building a “trust” relationship long before the shopper ever visits their store.

 

The ultimate goal of each…

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Added by Timmy D. James on October 13, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

How to Tame the Bull Named Facebook

In 1991, a 5’2” 125-pound cowboy stared into the face of Wolfman Skoal. a young 2,000-pound bull with a bad reputation. So bad, in fact, that a $500 bounty existed for any rider that could tame the beast and ride a full 8 seconds. Wade Leslie accepted the challenge. As he mounted the bull in…

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Added by Timmy D. James on September 8, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Using Moneyball Strategies to Win the Content Marketing Game

In a recent article published on Marketing Land, an author used the famous concept of Moneyball and applied it to content marketing. If you aren’t familiar with the Moneyball concept, it began when Billy Beane…

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Added by Timmy D. James on September 2, 2014 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Sell the Car, Not the Price

Ever since the first car dealership opened, dealers have understood the emotional impact of “the walkaround.”  As consumers move through the buying cycle, they get to a point where they don’t just want, but need to experience a vehicle that they are interested in.  In the past, most consumers would visit the dealership…

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Added by Timmy D. James on August 19, 2014 at 5:46am — No Comments

Paint Your Way to Increased Profits

As a sales and marketing professional, you probably learned a long time ago that the best way to present your products is by using words that paint a picture. Not just any picture, a picture that puts each shopper in the picture; helps them visualize owning your product; and then mentally experience the emotional…

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Added by Timmy D. James on August 8, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments

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