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Search engine marketing is valuable tool when used correctly. But it's not the be all, end all of digital marketing. You need to be able to step outside of your comfort zone if you want to achieve digital marketing success.
If you haven't already begun experimenting with other tools; now is the time. The first tool you should start with is email marketing. Tap into your current database and gather more information about your customers.…
Added by Paul Potratz on June 28, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Are you testing your emails before you send them?
More than 80% of the population use smartphone and other mobile devices. Over 60% of people…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on June 24, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Are you looking for fast and easy ways to speed up the success of your business?
This week on Think Tank Tuesday, Paul will go into detail about techniques you need to use to brand your business and become successful in no time. The first step? Ask yourself these questions.
Why are you unique?
What do you do as a business owner that is…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on June 21, 2016 at 11:27am — No Comments
Comparing yourself to competitors in the same market...is it really such a good idea?
In this week’s Hard Facts, Samantha explains why it's not always ideal to compare your business to a competitor's, but how to do it properly in the right circumstances. Watch now!…
Added by Paul Potratz on June 17, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Attention to detail can lead to fewer car accidents. In this week's Think Tank Tuesday, Paul explains how being dumped into an automated voicemail system can make it extremely difficult for customers to access your business.…Continue
Added by Paul Potratz on June 14, 2016 at 11:38am — No Comments
It wasn’t all that long ago that dealers were limited to just a few forms of advertising: print, radio and television.
Then along came the Internet, which provided more opportunities to reach consumers including websites, third party listing sites, banner ads, PPC and e-mail. Soon, social networks…
I have great news. You don’t have to be a genius to change the game, and you don’t have to be a World Series winning champion either. But you do have to be willing to disrupt and question the current rules, players, and equipment used in the game. You also have to be capable of placing YOUR right players in your lineup. If you possess the mentality that there is…Continue
Added by David Metter on May 10, 2016 at 1:14pm — No Comments
Why are Instant Articles beneficial? Facebook provides a guide to Instant Article configuration so that you can use their content management system.
• Instant Articles are 10x faster than traditional mobile web articles
• They’re read 20% more often
• Clients are 70%…
Added by Paul Potratz on April 29, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments
This worked pretty well for a while. However, with the rise in the importance of reviews, some companies chose to act unscrupulously and falsely boosted their reputation by posting…Continue
Modern world is full of mobile technologies. Every day new gadgets and other stuff appear to ease our life. It’s great to have everything you need on hand, and if you still don’t get used to modern technologies it’s may be harmful for your business. People love their smart phones & your customers too! Everyone wants to find everything they need online. Sometimes dealer mobile websites seems ridiculous & unnecessarily because dealership already spent a lot of time on perfecting their…Continue
Added by Maria Smith on April 26, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments
Just because every car on the road needs maintenance once in a while, it does not mean that you don't have step up your game when it comes to your auto repair shop's website. Websites can sink a business or become an amazing way to get more customers. Here are 8 ways that you can use web design elements to make your car repair shop's website stand out from the crowd.
Lots of White Space in Layout
Added by Bjorn Wallman on April 10, 2016 at 3:20am — No Comments
It's time for a reality check.
I’d like to begin with pointing out the fact that more often than we realize, the correct solution to a problem is both obvious and simple. We live in a common sense world, but I think…
I visit and review at least 100 automobile dealer’s website every day. It has become clear to me that every dealer is doing a variety of things to get customers to knock on their door, to engage with the dealer and give the dealer permission to make contact with the customer. Big red buttons that say “Apply Now!” Or pop ups offering “$100 off your purchase.” Or, the most…Continue
Added by Ron Ingram on March 8, 2016 at 5:26am — No Comments
It’s widely known that video walkarounds, email responses and other types of video attract more attention from car buyers and better engage them once they reach out to you. But, one of the biggest mistake I see most dealerships make is to neglect the service department in their video marketing efforts.
Most importantly, utilizing video in your service…Continue
Added by Timmy D. James on January 28, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments
Check out this interview I did with my friend Jeff Cormier for Dealer Synergy. Jeff crushed it! Auto Pros need to pay attention to what he is doing. He literally has the absolute BEST website in…Continue
Added by Sean V. Bradley on January 24, 2016 at 8:15am — No Comments
By now most dealers know that a well-managed chat setup is the best add-on for a car dealership website to increase sales. It is an extremely effective means for greeting every web shopper and starting the sales process and helping them get information they seek. But the benefits from chat far exceed merely selling cars. Here are five surprising…Continue
Added by Big Tom LaPointe on January 10, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Dealerships are constantly working to increase their website conversion – and for good reason. Organic conversions typically see the highest closing rates. However, I frequently encounter dealerships that wonder why they aren’t getting higher conversion rates, despite adding the latest gizmo or widget. Conversion rate optimization is tricky.…Continue
Added by David Metter on December 29, 2015 at 6:04am — No Comments
In most dealerships, the sales department is typically seen as the favorite child, despite the fact that it’s typically the service department that does all the heavy lifting and keeps the house in order. Because of that, sales is usually where new technologies, website widgets, leads and other digital expenditures are introduced. Just take a look at most dealership websites…Continue
Autotrader’s recent Car Buyer of the Future study shows only 17 out of 4,002 people prefer the current car-buying process, with the rest saying they want significant changes. This means the industry needs to…Continue
We talk to hundreds of dealers about live chat and were often surprised by internet managers who are clueless about their traffic and lead numbers. Certainly in the auto industry, an 'internet manager' can be anyone from a…Continue