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Flick Fusion and Automark Solutions Announce Integration of Video Marketing and Website Conversion Tools for Auto Dealers

Urbandale, IA--February 1st, 2016--Flick Fusion Video Marketing (www.flickfusion.com) today announced the integration of its award-winning Timeline Marketing tool with the suite of website conversion tools developed by Automark Solutions, an industry-leading marketing software provider. Auto and truck dealerships with website lead-generation strategies that include conversion and video…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 1, 2016 at 7:41am — No Comments

Use Video to Increase Service Upsell

It’s widely known that video walkarounds, email responses and other types of video attract more attention from car buyers and better engage them once they reach out to you. But, one of the biggest mistake I see most dealerships make is to neglect the service department in their video marketing efforts.

 

Most importantly, utilizing video in your service…

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Added by Timmy D. James on January 28, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments

Flick Fusion COO Tim James to Present "The Four Best Ways to Use Video" at the 20th Digital Dealer Conference

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Urbandale, IA--January 12th, 2016--Flick Fusion (www.flickfusion.com) announced today that Tim James, Chief Operating Officer of Flick Fusion Video Marketing, will be speaking at the 20th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition in Orlando, FL. James will present "The Four Best Ways to Use Video: Learn a Video Marketing…

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Added by Timmy D. James on January 12, 2016 at 10:51am — No Comments

For Car Buyers, 5 Is the Magic Number

While the consumer’s car buying journey can include upwards of 24 touchpoints, there are some particular milestone moments in that journey that can define and direct their actions. These moments are covered in a report recently released by Google’s Automotive division, “The…

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Added by Timmy D. James on January 11, 2016 at 5:24am — No Comments

A Super Nifty Trick to Make Your Facebook Videos More Effective

Social media is a great place for brands to get their message out to the masses using video. Not only are more people watching video on Facebook, but the platform itself is also giving it extended reach in order to entice marketers to publish more video on Facebook. Another really great (for marketers) feature of video on Facebook is that it autoplays in a user’s…

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Added by Timmy D. James on August 17, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Vertical Video: If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

Ever since cellphones gained video recording capability, people have insisted on shooting video vertically. Despite all the harassment and corrections received from peers when sharing a vertical video - “Hold the phone sideways!” - Some things never change. Those black bars that bookend the video when taken vertically certainly aren’t the most attractive. They…

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Added by Timmy D. James on August 12, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

One Isn’t Always the Loneliest Number That You’ll Ever See

In determining the effectiveness of video marketing, perhaps the metric most used is views - How many views did this video get? In fact, in a recent study by Yahoo-owned video platform Brightroll, 31 percent of polling respondents from over 70 ad…

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Added by Timmy D. James on July 27, 2015 at 6:14am — No Comments

Why Real Video Engages Consumers

Digital Marketing plays such an important role in a business’s success today that it is easy to forget how young this medium truly is.  It has, in fact, experienced a growth explosion that is historically unparalleled.  A new innovative marketing product seems to emerge almost on a daily basis. And everyone promises that if you use this new “insert buzz word here,” then you…

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Added by Timmy D. James on July 13, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

How to Use Video to Turn Leads Into Shows

All dealerships get leads that originate from the Internet. Not all dealers, however, are equal when it comes to how they handle these leads. Ever wonder why some dealers are able to close Internet leads at 12+ percent, while others struggle to reach 6 percent? The reason has everything to do with how these leads are handled – from speed of reply to the content in the reply…

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Added by Timmy D. James on June 8, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

In Marketing, Consumers Want to Know What Is In It For Me

People aren’t watching your commercial or video because they want you to sell them your product. They’re watching because they want you to sell them a solution.

 

In the world of online marketing, oftentimes marketers forget this very basic concept. Think of it as painting pictures when selling. The idea is that you want to tell the consumer why they need a…

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Added by Timmy D. James on May 18, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Live Video Walkarounds: Are they Worth the Effort?

While most forms of digital marketing offer some value to dealers, the one constant has – and always will be – the better your inventory merchandising, the higher your sales.

In the digital world, your merchandising takes place on your VDP Pages, making your VDP Pages one of (if not “the”) most valuable pieces of digital real estate that you have today.  The…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 13, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Consumers Like Video So Much They’re Paying More To Watch It

Video, and especially mobile video, is fast becoming the media of choice for consumers of all ages. From the cable-free movie, to online streaming services, to the latest and greatest phone apps storming the scene, we are all consuming data at a record pace. According to a…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 1, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

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 Cards.

 

This quote epitomizes the struggle that car…

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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 kinds are placing on video content. The common thread…

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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 media; all roads lead back to the ability to answer that one…

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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, feel and smell your car while shopping online, I’d be…

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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 opportunity to earn their business.

 

When a…

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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 demographics – including He-Man & Skeletor, Stretch…

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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. You were a superstar if you were also doing these things for…

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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 lead.

 

Think about the first contact a customer…

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

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