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Annual announcements are nothing new for Google. If nothing else, Google rolls out new marketing elements, metrics and key performance indicators on a daily basis. If any company knows change, it’s Google. The Google algorithm changes approximately 500 to 600 times a year.
As SEO and SEM experts know, you have to test your assumptions when…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on March 22, 2019 at 7:12am — No Comments
A few days ago, I wrote about the Fundamental Attribution Error. It’s when people place the motives for behavior on an individual’s character even though the environment is likely the most important driver
Added by Jim Flint on March 15, 2019 at 7:27am — No Comments
A decade ago we fought through an economic recession that drove an automotive depression. Dealers across the nation refashioned their business models as Internet departments developed into Internet dealerships.
Much time, energy, and teeth-gnashing abounded as old-school met new-school and an industry that can be decades behind in technology…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on March 12, 2019 at 7:19am — No Comments
The Fundamental Attribution Error reminds us that people tend to unduly emphasize internal character, rather than external factors when trying to understand people’s motives. We tend to believe that others do bad things because they are bad people. The oft-overlooked reality is that the…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on March 5, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
Five of the best six seasonally-adjusted sales months over the years happen between March and August. …Continue
Added by Jim Flint on February 22, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Cars are key, but statistical models are catching favor and acclaim. Rightfully so.
The Houston Auto Show recently debuted the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera TAG Heuer Edition at their Havana…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on February 15, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
Google and Facebook, Watch Out! There’s someone approaching in the rear-view mirror, and it’s Amazon.
Don’t worry about Amazon pursuing automotive retail--think expensive land and expensive cattle (aka cars). As far as the desire to pursue automotive advertising--think cloud ready and margin friendly.
The duopoly of Google and…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on February 12, 2019 at 7:51am — No Comments
Many dealers ask what would happen if I didn’t buy my name. Or better yet what would happen if I didn’t spend any advertising money or, more often than not, what if I…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on February 5, 2019 at 6:28am — No Comments
$5 million for a Super Bowl spot in 2019. That’s what the big brands are paying for huge visibility. There is arguably no better way to reach 100+ million people.
All in, there were 5 automotive OEM’s in the mix. Audi delivered details…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on February 4, 2019 at 6:56am — No Comments
San Francisco is famous for fog. The city’s given a nickname to its fog - Karl. Karl the fog even has an Instagram account with 243k followers.
As I traveled back from the NADA Show 2019 held in San Francisco, I’m reminded that our industry resides in a fog of Digital…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on February 1, 2019 at 7:42am — No Comments
The concept of common currency is such a great idea. Except that for the most part, people want their own currencies. Dealership employees want their own pay plans. 180 currencies are used in 195 countries across the world. And even Bitcoin is trying to establish a different currency at some level.
The common currency for marketing metrics for…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on January 22, 2019 at 7:08am — No Comments
Value and Values. Two different things.
Local Search Group’s values do much more than establish the monetary worth of something. Our Values--summed up in the 7 C’s below--help govern our thoughts and beliefs-- and…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on January 18, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
Especially so if you believe in the common currency of CPM’s (cost per thousand impressions). Sure, Google’s helped us bid on time of day, type of device and geography for the longest. All of this tells us where…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on January 15, 2019 at 7:09am — No Comments
Commercials compress. Attention spans shorten. Faster is better. Learn it quickly. Make the adjustment. Get to where you are going sooner.
Significant business strides will be made with Over The Top (OTT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on January 11, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments
A video we did that takes on the acronyms/abbreviations of the Auto Industry and Digital. Enjoy!
Jim Flint, President and Founder Local Search Group
Trying to stay one step ahead of all the Google changes is impossible, but being ready for that change and adapting to it is your dealerships best bet to stay current and relevant. With over four trillion searches a day through the search engine giant, it’s easy to get lost in the clutter that is on the web if you’re not keeping up. And Google has done it again with Google Adwords Enhanced…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on July 9, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
Bermuda continues to be a wonderful destination to visit; however, the area is famous for the mysterious events that have taken place over the years. Airplanes, ships and people have vanished without explanation.
Is your dealership in jeopardy of becoming part of the Automotive Bermuda Triangle?…Continue
It is about the Money and it's inevitable.
After a Moneyball presentation an internet director will come up to me and say, "I know the internet will work, but I can't convince my general manager or owner to spend the money."
To which I reply, "You have two choices."
You can join an organization that already gets this. Many do. Many don't, but it is an alternative.
Or you can make the compelling argument a middle manager must make in this new digital…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on June 14, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments
Some people in the car business haven’t seen this year’s Academy Award Winner for Best Movie--The Artist.
As the car business comes back we have to do more with less. As priorities go watching a silent movie--no matter how acclaimed--isn’t necessarily high on the list.
Recently though I found the time on an 8-hour transatlantic flight. As I watched, the parallels between Hollywood in the late 1920’s and the automotive industry in the late 2000’s were remarkable. The light…Continue
Added by Jim Flint on April 25, 2012 at 3:20pm — No Comments
Should you own your name in Paid Search?
The short answer is Yes.
I’ve heard both sides of the argument, but recently released research makes the topic relevant again.