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Check out this great blog by Felicia Mahabeer of Potratz, and she talks all about what Social Media can do for your dealership!
Social media opportunities are everywhere these days, and they continue to soar in popularity. One social media trend that can benefit your dealership is location-based applications.
For anyone not familiar, location–based applications allow users to find and “check-in” at various spots and share that information with those in their network. For example, you could check in at a restaurant on Facebook. The people in your Facebook network could then see that you are there and “like” or “comment” on your activity. You could also include what you’re doing as part of your “check-in” (Dinner with family, for example) or post your opinion of the restaurant, i.e, “Appetizers were great”. In the case of your dealership, a user could check in when they are there shopping for a new vehicle, getting service, or ordering parts. Everyone in their network will see your dealership, and your customer could express how great their experience was for their entire network to see. When it comes to sharing your location information, there are many platforms equipped with built-in location features such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.
Make sure your dealership is a part of the action by making it possible for customers to check in on their mobile devices from your location. For Facebook, that simply means claiming your Place page and others that users may have created.
You will also want to optimize your website to be easily explored on a mobile device, since that’s the tool visitors will be using for location-based social media interaction. The ease of navigating your mobile website can help to enhance the experience and boost participation rates. Another way to increase your interaction is to remind visitors to your dealership that they can check-in using strategically placed signs in and around your dealership. Create special offers to encourage your visitors to check-in at your dealership. For example, you can offer 10% off a service or a free car wash to anyone that checks in at your location. Special offers don’t necessarily have to be costly to work in your favor. It could be as minimal as offering a free key chain, baseball cap, or even a jelly doughnut. Research shows that the feeling of getting special treatment is more valuable to a customer than the actual worth of the freebie or experience. However, you can go with a bigger and more creative offer when trying to promote other areas such as your Service, Parts, and Collision departments or a big sales event.
The overall goal is to bring attention to your dealership. This can consist of feedback or comments about your business on your page, or extending your reach and brand awareness using your customers. To do this, you simply need to give your customers the tools they need to make their friends, family and other connections aware of your dealership. This allows you reach an “untapped” market of potential customers for virtually no cost by transferring a significant portion of your marketing burden directly to your customers. Is your dealership using location- based social media? If not call us here at Potratz, we can get you started in the right direction.