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At 8:14am on April 6, 2009, Stephon Jones said…
Hey Ralph,

How have you been? Just wanted to know if you are doing a Seminar/Workshop in Vegas on or about April 19th. Whose is the sponsor?

Stephon
At 1:37pm on April 5, 2009, Silia J. Hatzi said…
Ralph:

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.
At 12:02pm on April 5, 2009, Ken Gibson said…
Ralph, on checking out prospective members: Yes, as in most professional sites.
See you in LV.
KG
At 11:04am on April 5, 2009,
Vendor
nancy slauson
said…
Ralph: I agree that it is time to "check out" potential members of ADM. I think anyone truly interested in becoming a member won't mind waiting for approval... just my 2 cents.
Nancy
At 10:58am on April 5, 2009,
Dealer
Jeff Howery
said…
Absolutely! Adam is the best I've every worked for.
At 8:56pm on April 4, 2009, Gary May said…
Ralph, maybe it's time to admin all new users? The spam level lately is getting pretty bad. Just not the best reflection on ADM and real users...it's a great site. Let's not let it get away...
At 5:07pm on March 30, 2009, Richard Klepach said…
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.
At 3:36pm on March 30, 2009,
Dealer
Paul Husing
said…
Thanks Ralph - Excellent Site. Keep up the Great Work and I'll try to add to the community every chance I get.

Paul
At 11:36am on March 29, 2009, Silia J. Hatzi said…
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.

Happy Sunday, Phil!

Silia
At 12:04am on March 28, 2009, Silia J. Hatzi said…
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.

Have a great weekend, Ralph!

Silia
At 7:53pm on March 27, 2009, Silia J. Hatzi said…
Good evening, Ralph:

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?

Best,

Silia
At 4:52am on March 27, 2009, Jim Vogel said…
Hi Ralph... I can't blog post this morning. Won't hook up so I saved as a draft. Is there a hiccup somewhere?

Jim
At 6:36am on March 25, 2009,
Dealer
Mark Crosby
said…
Ralph,
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!
At 7:47pm on March 23, 2009,
Vendor
Ann Peebles
said…
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!
At 12:39pm on March 23, 2009,
Dealer
Bryan Long
said…
Thanks Ralph. This is a great tool to share thoughts and ideas. I cannot believe im just joining. I learned a lot from you while you were here.
At 6:08am on March 16, 2009,
Dealer
Matt Bohach
said…
Ralph, I like the vast majority of the music on your page. Nice site, just joined. I will keep reading! Thanks, Matt
At 5:08pm on March 12, 2009,
Vendor
Tim Elliott
said…
Ralph ,

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.

Respectfully,

Tim Elliott
At 6:10am on March 10, 2009, Lisa Peterson said…
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!
At 8:46am on March 9, 2009, Lisa Peterson said…
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.....
Many thanks
At 4:55pm on March 3, 2009,
Vendor
Tim Elliott
said…
Ralph ,

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 .

Best ,

Tim

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