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What are YOUR Content Marketing Triggers?

Every Piece of Content a Car Dealer or Automotive Marketing Professional Publishes Starts With a Trigger...

What’s Yours?

One of the ideas that several Automotive Marketers have developed to think about content marketing is the idea of content building blocks – key dealership business and marketing communication objectives, along with the tactical elements that every car dealer and automotive marketing professional needs to address in the content they create and distribute using any channel, including social media and user generated content (UGC) sites, such as YouTube, Craigslist, Blogs, etc.. 

This post is edited version of an
article written by Chris Bolman

There is always an internal or external catalyst for a piece of content being published by any marketing professional, including car dealers and their marketing resources. This is what Chris Bolman and his team at the marketing agency "Percolate" call a trigger... The trigger is whatever the reasons are for creating and publishing the content in the first place. 

A trigger must lead to a desired outcome: (what do you want the content to do?)

  • Stimulate customers into posting reviews about your dealership?
  • Assuage customers after a service contract provider goes bankrupt?
  • Stay ahead of breaking news about another GM recall?
  • Demonstrate leadership in the auto industry and local car market?
  • Create awareness of a new model in a category new to your dealership?
  • Attract car buyers and capture leads from a specific customer segment?

Your trigger provides the inspiration, motivation and incentive to do the work and assign the resources necessary to create, publish and distribute the content, whether it be articles, blog posts, videos, images, illustrations, Infographics, photographs or anything else.

(ABOVE: Altimeter’s four quadrants of communication)

Ultimately these triggers will fall into one of the four quadrants of real-time marketing shown above.

Historically, car companies have been really good at the top right (brand campaign) and have been getting to know the bottom left (customer service) via social. Where things get interesting is in the other two quadrants, where you use situational cues, trending activity and user generated content as triggers to create new content that promotes local car dealerships.

Quadrants of automotive marketing activity:

Get a handle on making better use of triggers by thinking of them as the way to help car dealers solve for the classic blank box problem:

“What should I say to my audience that’s
interesting, relevant, valuable and compelling?”

A trigger could be an auto show, major sport championship or some other event that’s happening within your area when one of the car companies your dealership represents will be in your area... Or, it could be as simple as a trending link or topic from the web discovered via a Google alert you had set up... An OEM issued Technical Service Bulletin (TSB), or a major OEM recall that could lead to increased customer service interactions... Or even something as random as an idea shared by one of the sales staff during your dealership's weekly sales meetings.

Without a clear trigger, your content doesn’t have a purpose.

Triggers are one of several key objectives and strategies that emerge from the challenges that automotive content marketers face. For a free, comprehensive report on this topic, download Percolate's free white paper: 

The Building Blocks of Content

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Tags: Automotive, Car Dealer, Content Marketing, Marketing, Professional, Publish, Social Media, Trigger

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