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In the world of digital advertising, there are three primary components: targeting, messaging, and landing pages. So much emphasis is put on targeting such as PPC keywords or display ad placement. After that, the focus is often placed on the landing page, particularly with the debate over whether to point…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on July 7, 2015 at 1:40am — No Comments
Back in 2007, I first started really using Craigslist for car dealer clients. It had some pretty powerful uses that had nothing to do with selling cars from the site itself. I used it for SEO and it was wonderful.
Links from Craigslist…Continue
There have been several studies in the automotive industry that have conclusively answered this question with hard data and compelling reasons why it is the way it is. Unfortunately, these "conclusive" studies often point in opposite directions and always seem to be conducted by companies that lean in…Continue
I've been pretty torn over the last few months. On one hand, I'm so pleased to see that dealers (and even some vendors) are really starting to embrace building content pages on their website. On the other hand, I'm concerned that many companies are starting to promote building these pages as their…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on June 23, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments
When we first built our company in 2013, we had a big fear. It was a sense of urgency that drove us to make aggressive moves, hire talented people when we didn't have the revenue to support them, and drink lots of coffee to stay ahead of the competition. The fear came from the certainty that automotive social…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on June 17, 2015 at 1:58am — No Comments
I don't enjoy calling out vendors. It's something that I think is unprofessional in most situations. Sometimes, when a vendor is truly hurting the automotive industry, it must be done and I have to do that today.
We have a client being hounded. This other vendor has been telling them that…Continue
Those who know Bryan Armstrong are likely aware of three aspects of his life. He knows the car business and is always willing to share that knowledge with others. He is a true innovator in the industry who brings everything he has to the table. Lastly, he is a truly giving individual, adopting…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on May 22, 2015 at 6:02pm — No Comments
Pulse rates are different depending on what artery you check and what method you use. Checking someone's carotid artery by hand can yield a slightly different result than taking it with a machine through the brachial artery. The same thing happens in the car business, which is why I like to talk to…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on May 19, 2015 at 12:35pm — No Comments
We've all heard the phrase, "content is king." The question that you should ask about your content is whether or not it's worthy of being the king of something important or the king of crap. Unfortunately, much of what is pawned off as content turns out to be ruling over nothing…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on May 11, 2015 at 1:38pm — No Comments
I'm about to discuss data, which means that many will stop reading right about now. Data is boring. Data is the ugly side of marketing. Data makes my brain hurt sometimes, but I continue to look at it tenaciously for one very simple reason: data helps dealers sell more…Continue
There's a stigma that comes with working in the automotive industry. It has had an effect over the years on a dealership's ability to retain high quality people, particularly on the sales floor. How can we solve this?
Before we can answer that question, it's important to understand why the…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on April 15, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments
When you have two people who have combined for over two decades of working with automotive website providers, you would think that they the company they would build together would be another website provider. It wasn't. There's a reason for this.
Search and social are the marketing venues we…Continue
This is one of those blog posts that my team will probably hate. I can already hear them. "Stop giving away our secrets!" As I've posted before, there really should be no such thing as secret sauce in automotive digital marketing, so I'm going to share our recipe.
There are three key…Continue
It took a mini-debate with a potential client to bring me to a conclusion: numbers do lie. Conventional wisdom says otherwise, but in the digital age there is a huge gap between seeing the numbers and understanding them in a meaningful way.
I should go ahead and add an addendum to the…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on March 10, 2015 at 2:29am — No Comments
Common advice in the automotive industry: "There are very strict rules that dealers should follow when posting to social media, especially as it pertains to timing."
Pop quiz: Who says things like this?
Some might look at what we do in content, search, and social and wonder what in the world would drive us to be so pumped about a customer loyalty conference. After all, we don't offer loyalty programs or customer…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on February 22, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Word on the street in the SEO world is that Google just had a big algorithm update that is finally starting to match what they've been saying for a while: mobile-friendliness is important for search rankings.
The move was first noted by …Continue
In the movie Field of Dreams, a ghostly voice tells Kevin Costner's Ray Kinsella character, "If you build it, he will come."
The first question you'll want answered is, "What is it?" In the movie, the 'it' was a baseball…Continue
Added by J.D. Rucker on January 28, 2015 at 1:06pm — No Comments
Once you get over the beauty of the 1970 Dodge Charger in the picture, you might ask yourself, "What does a 45-year-old muscle car have to do with automotive content?"
We've been asked the same type of question multiple times pertaining to content we publish on dealer websites. Sometimes, it's…Continue
Compared to a couple of years ago, the number of dealers who have some sort of mobile strategy is exponentially higher. As an industry, we're starting to really understand just how important mobile is, but there needs to be more action and less discussion, in my humble…Continue