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Paul Potratz's Blog – July 2011 Archive (11)

Retargeting: Yes, You Should!

If your dealership is not doing retargeting to drive traffic to your conversion pages and the rest of your website, you should be using this incredible tool to build brand awareness and drive people back to your site. Take your automotive marketing up a notch with a retargeting strategy to maximize your…

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Added by Paul Potratz on July 18, 2011 at 12:23pm — No Comments

How important is the latest technology

Do you remember shaking Polaroid pictures to help them develop? Would you use those pictures today in an automotive advertising campaign? What about video tape recorders, and a cathode ray tv, do you think these can truly showcase your dealership? As technology has evolved so has the equipment we use to capture the “moment.”



What sort of equipment does your digital automotive marketing agency use? Do they still have VHS or are they recording and storing on hard drives and memory cards?… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on July 17, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Creative photo manipulation

Have you ever looked back at the photo and realized “Hey it looks like little Jimmy is missing a foot!” Well now that picture can be fixed, with a little Creative Suite magic. Imagine the opportunities for your dealership. Your automotive marketing agency can transform photos. What sells cars? People sell cars and putting a face with the car helps to humanize the experience. 

 

Placing, the General Manager in the ads gives the photo a personality. Now, you can’t have the GM pose in… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on July 16, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

How safe is your vehicle?

June was a good month for the automotive industry. June is National Safety Month. Plus some fun trivia did you know on June 15, 1844 Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for rubber vulcanization? Then on June 16, 1903 Ford Motor Company was founded.  Imagine what would our cars look like with out today’s tires and the first Model-T.



Have you spoken to your automotive marketing agency about ways you can highlight how safe your vehicles are? Does your dealership offer safety awareness:… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on July 10, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

What can video do for your dealership

Videos are a very important part of any automotive marketing strategy. Think back to the lyrics of “Video Killed the Radio Star”. You don’t want to be left behind and forgotten. There is no going back, consumers aren’t just buying a product they are buying into the presentation.



Imagine the possibilities video can provide to the dealership. Customer testimonials or reviews are great. Ask a customer if they are willing to be quickly filmed and ask them about their experience and the… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on July 9, 2011 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Google+ makes Internet Search Social

Where Google Wave and Google Buzz fell short before, Google+ presents a new take on social media and looks to prevail.  One of the things going in Google’s favor is the familiar site design.  Does the below picture look similar to you at all?  Notice how Mark Zuckerberg’s profile is laid out in a similar fashion to Facebook

Bing has recently taken a social approach by using…

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Added by Paul Potratz on July 6, 2011 at 6:33am — No Comments

Barking up a different tree

Approximately 63 percent of all US household own a pet. Now how many of those households have cars? On a recent episode of Top Gear on BBC, Jeremy Clarkson (one of the hosts) says about a quarter of British households have a dog, and a car that can’t handle a dog is basically useless.  That means there is a lot of opportunity for you the dealership to expand your marketing. Why you ask? Well many of these customers take their animals into consideration when purchasing a… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on July 4, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Charging into the Electric Car

As of right now California has the most electric car charging stations. But other states are not far behind. In fact, a key legislative committee in Connecticut is about to act on legislation intended to improve the infrastructure for electric cars. Basically it will require an update to state building codes to address electric car needs, develop a plan to promote electric car use, and encourage installation of charging stations. The bill would create a sales tax exemption for hydrogen fuel… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on July 3, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

How Green is your Dealership?

A lot of car advertising is now focusing on “green” cars. Hybrids, electric, hydrogen all of these vehicles help the environment and help the wallet.  When purchasing goods consumers are also looking at the company itself. They want to support “green” companies.



Consider becoming an Energy Star rated building/dealership. This way as you focus your automotive marketing campaigns on the “green” cars you can… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on July 2, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Facebook app to BranchOut on its own

The Facebook app BranchOut is shaping up to become a new venue for professionals to connect. What can this mean for the automotive marketing field? Well, this app could help increase professional network connections and boost discussions between the customers and the automotive marketing industry. By understanding your customers background and work environment you can better tailor your automotive marketing and advertising to fit their passion points. 



BranchOut is an app that enables… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on July 1, 2011 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

There Might Be An "App for That"

Applications (apps) for phones are big right now and we see them being advertised for various goods and services in almost every industry. Essentially, there are apps for just about anything; there is even a restroom locator app for those long car rides. The question is, how can an app affect you, the dealership and your automotive digital advertising campaign?



Currently Kelley Blue Book and cars.com both offer apps for the iPhone and Android. These apps allow car buyers to research… Continue

Added by Paul Potratz on July 1, 2011 at 6:40am — No Comments

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