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Video has historically played a major role in car dealerships; from training with VHS tapes, to video messaging, text and Live Video Calling. As 2019 draws to a close and we approach 2020, it is clear that when it comes to consumer…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on February 27, 2020 at 7:19am — No Comments
Lakeland, FL, October 22, 2019 – With the recent news that the supreme court is allowing cases to move forward against retailers if their websites are not…Continue
Added by Ed Barton on October 22, 2019 at 7:11am — No Comments
There are a huge number of travelers on domestic flights each year. Southwest Airlines, not unlike others, offers these passengers paid wi-fi, but, more importantly, in-flight entertainment. The standard of that entertainment has changed immensely over the years. In the not too distant past, flight attendants collected discarded newspapers and magazines and…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on September 5, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
A recent article from consulting giant Deloitte has added new importance to the role of retailer websites in the average consumer’s vehicle purchase journey. According to the results of its…Continue
Added by Graham Annett on August 29, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments
The hottest thing in social media marketing right now is influencer marketing. Businesses continually leverage celebrities to gain exposure and attention. Think about all the dealerships that hire famous athletes, or a YouTube celebrity, to help draw a crowd to their dealership. Sure, it works. That’s why businesses do it. But do they always attract the right…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on July 30, 2019 at 7:07am — No Comments
One critical best practice that helps drive more traffic to your website is to continuously create new content. Google crawls websites to find relevant content to provide more accurate results to searchers. However, it is sometimes hard to come up with content ideas that will be of interest to your audience.
Pounding your head against a desk,…Continue
Added by Brett Sutherlin on July 25, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Would you like to hear a ridiculous, unbelievable ROI statement? Well, one luxury brand dealership integrated technician videos into its service processes and, in only seven days, made +$250K in customer pay recommended work revenue. In fact, 80% of all closed repair orders for the week had a technician video sent to the customer.
Added by Ujj Nath on July 19, 2019 at 7:23am — No Comments
In a quick review of dealership’s websites, I find that many are almost entirely sales focused and tend to neglect the one department that brings the most significant percentage of profit… service.
Go ahead. Take a look at a few dealership websites. Service tends to be the…
Added by Ed Barton on July 11, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Videos are essential for effective marketing and will continue to rise in importance in the future. They are engaging, and consumers would rather watch a video than click through a bunch of photos. I've talked plenty of times about the different types of videos. But for this blog, let’s get off VDPs for the moment. Some of the video content I recommend for…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on June 18, 2019 at 6:59am — No Comments
Most businesses nowadays understand that having a social media presence is imperative for the best exposure to their target audience. However, many dealerships start and stop and are very inconsistent. Perhaps that is because of time. Or, maybe it's because they don't know what to post – which can be a common problem. A problem shared by one of the most…Continue
Added by Paul Moran on May 30, 2019 at 7:22am — No Comments
Stitched photo videos have been around awhile. I’ve had many people ask me lately if they are still relevant, do consumers really watch them, and why dealers should have them when they already have a large number of photos and vehicle description on the VDP. My response is to remove personal opinions out of the equation and let the “data” do the…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on May 22, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
Consumers increasingly use mobile devices to view content online. Study after study cites the fact that mobile devices are on a continued rise as the preferred medium for content. They surpassed desktops not too long ago and will undoubtedly continue to rise in dominance.
Mobile devices are always at hand, can be used almost anywhere, and are…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on April 25, 2019 at 7:13am — No Comments
According to an interesting study by Forrester Research, many businesses fail to communicate in a way that enhances and solidifies the business-customer relationship.…Continue
Added by sara callahan on February 12, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
When it comes to working conferences, there are many different thought processes. The first, of course, is that a lot of money is spent between the cost of renting the booth space, sponsorship, the actual booth itself, staffing, swag, prizes and travel expenses. Conferences are indeed a considerable investment, and everyone wants to see a return on their…Continue
Added by sara callahan on January 2, 2019 at 7:20am — No Comments
Imagine a scenario in which your sales jump up one month to unprecedented numbers. The business is doing well, everyone is happy, and it seems like it’s never going to end.
Next month, the numbers drop. Why? Are you doing something differently? Where can you spend money next month to get the numbers back up to where they were?
In a nutshell, this exact scenario is why the science of attribution in marketing is so important. Throwing…Continue
Added by Ryan Cassirer on December 27, 2018 at 9:39am — No Comments
It’s a well-known fact that people buy from people (or companies) they like. There are certainly many different ways to get customers to like your dealership, from providing a great customer experience to being active in your local community.
However, consumers are increasingly finicky when choosing where to buy or service their vehicle. In…Continue
Added by sara callahan on December 18, 2018 at 7:18am — No Comments
Quite simply, it's about reach. Most dealerships can reach about 50 percent of their customers…Continue
Added by Kevin Winter on November 28, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
But no ideas come to you. The more you think about it, the more frustrated you get, until you…Continue
Added by sara callahan on October 30, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments
I actually wanted to flip the title of this blog to “why use one word when a hundred will do?” People tend to use FAR too many words these days in PR and marketing material – they simply don’t know how to keep it short and relevant.…Continue
In a recent blog, I wrote about how content marketing is more of a long-term play.
In addition, to attract an audience, it is vital to offer more than purely sales content and “buy…Continue
Added by sara callahan on September 26, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments