In regards to delaying new members' access to the site to prevent spammers: it would of course serve me , as a member to have you do that but I think it may hurt your efforts to grow your site in a timely manner.
I've been a member since December & have been spammed twice. While irritating, it takes a second to delete.
I appreciate your offer but if you were my client asking me what is in your best interest I would tell you that if spamming has reached a level which may cause current members to leave, then yes, put controls in place but also a plan to re-engange new members in returning & participating on your site if they were not able to upon registration.
If spamming is still mostly a minor inconvinience, keep doing what you're doing: ask your current members to report spammers ASAP & remove them.
Yours is a professional site, Ralph, but I'm guessing that it runs mostly on your toil & sweat and not the backing of venture capitalists: as such, we as your members can show our appreciation for your providing a forum which can help us grow our business by supporting you in growing yours by being tolerant of the inherent growing pains of a small enterprise with grand aspirations.
Ralph I really appreciate the comments your wrote on my site and on here. If your ever in Hampton Roads you need to stop by Tysinger. We need to talk on the phone sometime soon, I know your busy so call me when you can. Work: 757-251-2035 & Cell: 757-597-3682.
Thank you, Ralph, for adding JAZEL to the menu options!
And, thank you for your kind compliments regarding my profile: the rennaisance part is one of the loveliest compliment I've ever been paid.
We looked into going to Digital Dealer (it was I actually who put together a detailed budget on it) but we did not deem the requisite cummulative investment commensurate to its attendance. It may have been worth it if we could have secured a speaking engangement to showcase BBT but by the time the app came by my desk it was past the speaking submission deadline & I was unsuccesful in persuading the very nice rep I spoke with to consider a late addition to speakers for ground-breaking technology...
...Which is what happens when we marketers label our products "ground-breaking" when they are just a repackaged version of the same ol' technology: when someone like Jazel invents authentically ground-breaking technology only the very savvy tech intelligentia know that it did not exist before now and understand online users' behavior enough to gauge the effect that relevant targeting on a homepage will have on conversions (I'm not quoting that number because I'll sound like Joe Isuzu, it's too-good-to-be-true-sounding) bounce rate (57% lower than Google's national average), page views (55% more than Google's national average) & time spent on site (64% more than Google's national average).
I know I'm preaching to the choir, Phil. Our industry's reputation for misrepresentation is unfortunately well-founded which is partly why I enjoy the community you created for us online so much: you've a tone of high-road professionalism which naturally has attracted many like individuals.
I'm not sure if Digital Dealer offers one-day passes but I was going to check into it & if they do Kent & I may swing on by from Southern Cal to check it out for next year.
Thank you so much, Ralph! The company name is spelled "JAZEL" (all caps).
I checked out your Powerpoint post too- boy do we all need better PPT design. I'll try to put something cool-looking together to upload here. I went out & bought books on PPT & forced myself to learn everything design driven so that I wouldn't torture audiences... there is SO MUCH to learn though, no wonder the big boys outsource their PPT presentations.
Kent Solomon and I are members of your community and we both are appreciative for the educational & networking forum you've created- your site helps us learn and connect with our peers & customers.
I was particularly impressed with your recent article on the diservice Cobalt did to GM with their corporate website solution for dealers: you articulated clearly what all of us in this millieu have known (has anyone EVER seen an effective GM Cobalt site? I review many weekly and all of them are innefective, not just cookie-cutter).
What impressed me most though about your article, though, was your matter-of-fact, non-combative & professional tone in your assesment of Cobalt: I believe that we give our industry a bad name & perpetuate the "used car salesman" nightmare whenever we do not conduct ourselves with dignity and such must include our respecting -and if earned admiring- our competition and speaking of one another truthfully and politely. You set an admirable axample with your article.
I have a request: if such is not inconvinient or for whatever reason innapropriate for your site, can you please add "Jazel" as a website solution provider option that we as members can check when filling out our profile?
I realize Jazel is David and not Goliath in the online solutions arena. I'm asking because a) we're awesome enough to deserve inclusion...our patent-pending BBT technology alone is "wow" enough to merit such (and weall know how the story ended). Also, Kent and I are inviting our clients to join us here and it would be helpful to us for them to be able to cite us as their online solution provider.
Thank you for your consideration!
Is your car in our "What Car Are You?" group a Baracuda as Phil guessed?
Great site...lot's of info from a wide range of Auto professionals. My friend Roberto Barca from livechat.com suggested I check out the site and join. I am glad to be a part of this community and hope to learn a lot. By the way excellent music you have playing while I am leaving this comment!
Thanks for the kind words about Martin Retail. Been with them since my Oldsmobile days and now focus on Cadillac. David Martin is a class act! The media has been hard on GM through all this It will be interesting to see what follows. I feel proud to be part of helping an American icon!! You have a great site as a resource for automotive marketing professionals. There's alot of great talent out there. It saddens me to see so many "on the streets" right now wiating for this thing to turn around!
I’m saddened and trouble over you being strong armed into suppressing the dialoged and truth regarding the whole GM, Cobalt website deal. I respect your decision and am only encouraged by the fact of how powerful this forum you created has become and how it has gain the attention of those who wish to silence free speech to protect their own interest.
Momma told me to never fear the truth and to know that if I simply do the right thing for the right reasons I would never have to defend or suppress my actions.
Thanks for your quick response. This is the reason I pull all the "bad leads" out each month...they can vary from 40 to 150 depending on what the market is doing so they really can have an impact...if I keep tracking the good leads and see our percentages improving I guess we are on the right path - Thanks again!
Need help from an expert. I heard that the industry standard or "ideal" should be 50% appts. to leads, 50% shows to appts, 60% appts to solds and 75% billed....
Now when tracking leads and how effective we are compared to this standard, should I delete all the bad leads/duplicates/false info etc. or do these guide figures include all leads, not just "true" leads?
I would say that in order to track you have to have real numbers.....
Thanks for the warm welcome . I'm new to Blogging and the whole social/professional networking thing . I'm quick to adapt and look forward to learning and using all the bells and features on this site . Thank you for creating this virtual meeting forum for the sharing of insights and ideas .
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