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The Top Ten Auto News Stories of the Week: July 5 - 11

The automotive industry is in a big transition period right now, trying to figure out what the future is going to be like for car buyers and automotive dealers alike. That’s why all of these articles in today’s ActivEngage Top 10 contain tips and stories about doing things differently. It’s time to be innovative, dealers. Read and learn, then go forth and sell more cars!

10. Google+ Hangout Corolla Collaborator

Toyota got together with Google to make the buying process more social, and it will be exciting to see how successful it will become.

Toyota dealers, have any of you been a part of this revolutionary project yet?

9. Using Guerilla Tactics to Combat Declining Vehicle Sales Gross Profit

“The early bird gets the worm” is the name of the game. Alan Ram wants you to get to your customers before they get to you. Read his blog post to learn which customers he is talking about!

8. Selling Over the Curb

We’ve stressed the idea of communicating with your customers where they are comfortable before, however what about the rest of the buying process? Joe Webb reminds us in this blog post to go above and beyond the call of duty in all aspects of your business.

7. The Driverless Car Tipping Point is Coming Soon

“Here's a recent prediction from Cisco's technology trend watchers: In 5 to 7 years, it'll cost us more to drive our cars than to let them drive us.” Read more about what’s coming up for the driverless car industry in this article by Mashable!

6. Forget the Shortest Route Across a City, New Algorithm Finds the Mo...

Yahoo! researchers from Spain are creating a GPS-mapping type program that allows you to find the most scenic route instead of the fastest one. Learn how they crowdsourced their data in this article by the MIT Technology Review!

5. Fiat turns to Funny or Die with new Italian-centric video spots

These FIAT videos are hilarious! I didn’t even feel like I was watching a commercial. Remember: The best ads are entertaining, and don’t feel like ads!

4. Zappos is making the concept of “bosses” obsolete

Zappos is introducing a new management style to their team that could revolutionize the way people do business everywhere. - it’s called a “Holacracy”.

3. 5 Unlikely Places to Promote Your Dealership’s Chat Service

You can invite shoppers to chat with you in many places other than just your website. And there’s great benefits to doing so - like more leads and higher customer service ratings!

2. Drone Flies Into Fireworks

Drones have a mixed rep these days. However, here’s a video that will give you a new perspective on the benefits of drones and how AWESOME the view can be from the sky during a firework show!

1. List of the Best Dealerships to Work For

Congratulations To Our Customers!

Orange Coast Infiniti

Land Rover North Dade

Land Rover South Dade

Bentley of Fort Lauderdale

Warren Henry Infiniti

Warren Henry Jaguar

Kelly Infiniti

Kelly Nissan of Woburn

Larry H. Miller Subaru Boise

Continental Audi of Naperville

Holman Infiniti

Mini of Mount Laurel

Maguire Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat

Friendship Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Bristol


Also, speaking of doing things differently, have you seen our new Web-Based Chat Software? Watch this video to learn more about all of the unique features your team will love to use:

What did we forget? Tweet the stories we missed to @activengage and follow us while you’re there!

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