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AutoCon 2012 Provides Diversity and Women’s Issues Workshops – Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community

AutoCon 2012 Provides Diversity and Women’s Issues Workshops

 

AutoCon 2012 Provides Diversity and Women’s Issues Workshops

The AutoCon 2012 Planning Committee is pleased to announce our partnership with Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com to create a powerful set of workshops that address diversity marketing and Women’s issues in the automotive industry.

 

Rarely do mainstream conferences invest the time and workshop space to cover what we consider as important topics for today’s auto dealership.

 

The workshops will include subject matter experts, women in leadership in the automotive industry, dealer principals, and diversity specialists.   Attendees that attend at least three of the Diversity Tract workshops will receive a Diversity Training certificate on the closing day of AutoCon 2012.

Diversity Workshop Offered at AutoCon 2012

Here are the current workshops offered in this tract:

  • Diversity Marketing to Latinos
  • Recruiting, Hiring, & Retaining Women in Automotive Industry
  • Case Studies of Dealerships Getting It Right With Women
  • Diversity Marketing to LGBT Community
  • A Candid Discussion With Women Leading Successful Dealerships

 

We encourage members of the automotive community that would like to see more discussion on Women’s issues, leadership opportunities for Women, and marketing strategies for our diverse customer base, to please share the information about AutoCon to their peers.

 

For more information and online event registration, please click the image below:

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Google Enters New Car Lead Generation Business – Automotive Marketing

Google Enters New Car Lead Generation Business

Another prediction that I wrote about has come true.  Change is in the air again at Google.  Paid Search just took a big step forward or backwards, depending on how you think.  It’s called “Google Commercial Unit For Cars“.

 

 

 

In November 2011, I wrote about a product called “Google Advisor” which will change the landscape of paid search marketing for new car sales.    It has taken a very long time for this product to get off the ground.  This type of product has been around in the mortgage lead generation business for years.

 

 

 

Well the Google Advisor product for automotive leads is here and it has a more common name: Google Cars.

 

 

 

I finally was able to see the product live today and so can you.  Just change your browser location to Zip Code 94301 and conduct a search on Google with this phrase:

 

Palo Alto Toyota

 

What you will see might shock you, as Google has clearly entered into the new car lead generation business.  I created a few screen shots to explain how the model works, and I am sure this will be evolving.  I would love to get your opinion on this strategy and if you would be interested in testing this new service.

 

San Francisco Bay Beta Test of Google Cars

 

 

 

Currently, this product is only available in the San Francisco Bay area.  We will find out when this will open up to other markets.   This is only for new cars and it requires a dealer to provide and inventory feed of their new cars.

 

 

 

 

According to my sources,  this product is focused on lower sales funnel queries meaning the buyer has already decided on a brand and a model to purchase.   So it will not be showing up for all automotive search queries, just a subset that Google believes have already made a brand/model selection.

 

Google Cars Inventory Model Results Page

 

 

 

When you Click on the first photo of the Toyota Camry in the red box above, you will be shown this page

 

 

 

 

Google Cars Pricing Info

 

 

 

 

If you click on the “Google Price Info” link, you might get a chill down your spine, like TrueCar did for car dealers.

 

 

 

The Google Price popup box is shown on the right.  If you click on the “Learn More” link, you can read about how these prices are determined.

 

 

 

The “regional price paid” data according to Google comes from data shared by dealers to the DMV in their state.   Here is what Google says:

 

 

 

Regional price paid tells you how much the vehicle you want tends to sell for in your area. It is calculated from real new car sales in your area over the past 90 days, as reported by dealers to the DMV.

 

 

 

Regional price paid is specific to the make, model, trim, packages, and options shown. It includes destination charge; it excludes taxes and fees. It may include incentives and other promotions running at that time that may have impacted the average price paid.”

 

 

 

Google Cars VDP

 

 

 

When you you click on a specific vehicle, you will be taken to a VDP page that looks like this:

 

 

Google Cars Email Contact Options

 

 

 

And when you click to contact the dealer, you have three options.  Clicking on the “Email Dealer” choice reveals this screen.

 

 

Notice that the consumer can easily select other local dealers to quote on the same vehicle.

 

 

 

Communication Via Proxies

 

 

 

I was able to confirm that this is a pay per lead model and user contact information is not shared, all communications will go through proxies.  Take a peek at the image above to see the statement “Google protects you from spam“.

 

 

 

 

 

This is an attempt to limit spam to consumers from dealers. Read the information on this link: http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=…

 

 

 

This adds a degree of complexity since normal CRM workflows and contact strategies will be impacted by lack of direct phone number via proxies.  This means that leads generated by the program will really need to be worked to get direct contact information before the proxy period expires.

 

 

 

I will be working to get the information you need to prepare for this new opportunity in new car vehicle marketing.  If you have any specific questions, let me know.  You can send me an email to:  brian@pcgmailer.com

 

 

 

In the meantime, I’ll be busy researching this and getting the facts.   Keep in mind that at AutoCon 2012 will have 3 deep dive workshops on all the latest paid search strategies that car dealers can leverage.

 

 

 

 

Brian

 

Brian Pasch, CEO
PCG Digital Marketing

Brian Pasch 

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Marketing Directors Choose AutoCon Over Other Fall Conferences

Marketing Directors Choose AutoCon Over Other Fall Conferences – Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community

Why Marketing Directors Should Choose AutoCon 2012 Over Other Fall Conferences

We understand that Marketing Directors have many choices where to invest their time out of the dealership. We have made AutoCon the ideal choice for Marketing Directors for these reasons:

  • AutoCon is a new with fresh ideas and an innovative approach to the conferences structure.
  • Advanced Marketing and Advertising workshops are include in the educational offerings.
  • Breakfast, Plated Lunch, Breaks, and Evening Cocktail Receptions are included in the registration fee.
  • AutoCon provides over 60 workshops and hands on labs to maximize the learning experience.
  • Sponsored workshops are clearly labels to allow Marketing Directors to shop for new products or not.
  • Exhibit hall allows Marketing Directors to shop for new products and connect with new technology.
  • Conference format allows for peer networking and group discussions to improve your sales strategy.
  • WiFi is provided in all conference areas and hotel rooms so you can stay connected to work.
  • Marketing Directors receive vendor coupons worth over $5,000 in product discounts.
  • Attendees receive conference workbook, Dry-Fit Conference T-Shirt, and assorted logo brands gifts.

Suggested Conference Workshops


Only you can know what workshops best interest you today, but here are a few workshop examples that would be ideal for Marketing Directors:

  • Leveraging Google+ Local For Marketing and Online CSI Scores
  • Diversity Marketing: Latinos, LGBT, and Women
  • Dominate Your Local Market With Video Pre-Roll Marketing
  • Why Pinterest & LinkedIn Should Be Part of Your Social Strategy
  • I Know The Top 10 Profit Leaks At Your Dealership
  • Data Mining & Segmentation Strategies To Identify Buyers
  • The Power Of Landing Pages – 10+3 Tips To Drive Conversion
  • What Influences Customer Loyalty & How Do We Measure It?
  • Set Your Fixed Ops Video Strategy on Fire
  • Sell More Cars Using The Service Drive

Lock In Your Attendance – Limited Time Offer

We encourage Marketing Directors to confirm their participation for AutoCon today. Take advantage of the Early Bird pricing for you and your team, which adds further savings to your September conference budget.

General Manager Registration For AutoCon

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Key Ingredients for the Ideal Dealer Centric Conference – Automotive Marketing

Key Ingredients for the Ideal Dealer Centric Conference

Exhibit Hall Supplier Coupons – Sponsors and vendors will be providing attendees with credit vouchers, compiled in a spiral bound book of coupons. The coupons will provide significant savings off products and services offered to dealers.  Attendees will need to visit the exhibitor’s booth to validate the coupons, and can use the credits after the conference to lock in savings. The coupon book will total over $10,000 in supplier credits. Of course dealers will not need all the services offered in the coupon book but we are confident that their registration and travel costs can easily be covered by the savings they receive from just a handful of vendors showcased at AutoCon 2012.

Audio & Video Recorded Sessions
A common request that I have received from previous FCE events is to provide attendees with the ability to purchase audio and video recordings of the workshops that they could not attend. We have decided to record each workshop session at AutoCon 2012 and detail on gaining access to the full conference educational sessions will be provided at the registration desk when you arrive.

First Class Educators Signature Ingredients
Several aspects contribute to the overall “signature” experience when attending an FCE event. I intend on keeping every single one those popular features (or basic ingredients) and adding new ones each year. FCE events are well known for their intimate learning sessions, networking during cocktail receptions, dynamic conversions over meals, and well-timed breaks. At the end of each day, we reward attendees with a comfortable reception and facilitate building new friendships in the industry.

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AutoCon 2012 Upgraded Fall Conference Facilities To Meet Demand – Aria Wins Bid – Automotive Marketing

AutoCon 2012 Upgraded Fall Conference Facilities To Meet Demand – Aria Wins Bid

The rooms at Aria where AutoCon 2012 attendees will be staying are AT LEAST twice as nice as those at the much older Mirage property… And thanks to Carrie’s negotiation skills, AutoCon attendees will be staying at the Aria for less than half the cost this property normally receives! A nicer hotel at a room rate less than most other conferences is yet another reason to attend AutoCon 2012 and gain the most significant strategic insights and competitive advantages in the auto industry.

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