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Google On The Verge Of Anit-Trust Lawsuit – Automotive Marketing Community

Written by Tim Martell of Wikimotive


The United States FTC is looking into the possibility of pursuing an anti-trust case against search engine giant Google.  

Sources close to the FTC say that four FTC commissioners: “have become convinced after more than a year of investigation that Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals.” A decision to file a law suit against Google could have major implications for the future ofSearch Engine Optimization SEO and the search industry in general.

In 1998 a similar lawsuit was filed against Microsoft alleging that they abused their monopoly position. If Microsoft had lost they may have been forced to split into two parts. They ended up settling for an extremely large sum of money and, although they did not get convicted, they still lost. Many believe the case forced Bill Gates to resign as CEO and the company has never been the same since.

According to sources close to the FTC, it appears likely that they will pursue a case against Google. They won’t have to work very hard either, to come up with a good reason. They’ve been inundated with complaints about how Google is conducting itself. A lot of complaints have to do with Google favoring their own properties in vertical search results, but surprisingly that may not be what the FTC chooses to go after. One source said the FTC commissioners have given weight to… “complaints that Google refuses to share data that would allow advertisers and developers to create software to compare the value they get on Google to advertising spending on Microsoft’s Bing or Yahoo.

In a related issue, the FTC is looking at Google’s handling of valuable patents, which are determined to be essential to smartphones. The agency is trying to determine if they are licensed fairly and whether patent infringement lawsuits are used to hamper innovation.”

If the FTC does decide to go after Google for anti-trust violations you can bet on one outcome with absolute confidence: Google will never be the same. And that will almost certainly mean a massive shake up in the world of SEO and digital marketing in general.

 

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Mobile vs PC and why does it matter? – Automotive Professional Community

Mobile vs PC and why does it matter?

Mobile vs PC and why does it matter?

 

As someone who lives on his PC, I have to stretch my imagination every time I hear about the advent of the mobile generation.

I have an iPad and I have my super-duper Galaxy S3 smart phone. I absolutely love them for different reasons.

This got me to thinking about those who say PCs are doomed. And I have to say I disagree. It’s not just that PCs are not doomed, it’s why they are not doomed and what it means for Digital Marketing.

The popularity of mobile, be it tablet or smart phone, is portability and “less vs more”. Portability speaks to itself, so let’s examine “less vs more”.

The average person uses his computer for email, surfing, communicating, socializing, and finding specific things like maps and navigation. They also love games. These things are ideal for mobile and encompass the needs of these people. Therefore, combined with portability, you have the obvious attraction.

However, working on these devices tries one’s patience, unless you travel for your job. It is much easier to work on a PC than any of the alternatives. A PC has so many more software possibilities than a mobile device. It has a keyboard that is practical. And serious work can be done.

I think PCs are here to stay for some time.

What does that mean to marketers? Consider the times that many people contact dealers. It is usually lunchtime. Many of them are using their PCs and dead time at work to do so. It’s not just that they can’t do it at home. It’s that they plan that time for personal things to do that they don’t have time to do at home. I know because I do it too. And I’m a consumer. I often say to my wife in the evening, “I’ll try to do that on my lunch break tomorrow”.

Are their any implications I’m missing? Does it matter? I’m looking for opinions. What do you think?

 

Replies to This ADM Discussion:

  Tom, I posted a blog yesterday about the new 2012 J.D. Power AutoShopper car buyer behavior study and the big news was that 20% of the people who buy new vehicles in 2012 use a “mobile” device to access web based information related to their vehicle shopping activities… That’s right, 20%.  Keep in mind that the 20% number INCLUDES iPADS AND TABLETS.

So, as fast as the use of mobile devices is growing, it is in no danger of toppling full size laptops and desktop PC’s any time soon as far as becoming the majority of devices used by car buyers during the shopping process. With that said, we are fast approaching the moment in time when people use their mobile devices more frequently for accessing the web than full sized PC’s… What does that mean?

Well, from what I can see there is a distinct tendency to shop for vehicles and related information using full sized devices. Another significant piece of data is the predominant use of mobile devices to check information by car buyers WHILE THEY ARE PHYSICALLY VISITING DEALERSHIPS.  So the implications are clear and I am not the first automotive marketing professional to point out that we must now design our web based assets to work across a wide variety of different sized screens and browser formats…

Get used to it.  If your web sites and assets do not work properly across ALL OF THE ABOVE, including full sized PC’s with big monitors, cell phones and tablet devices, you are leaving money on the table in regards to your digital marketing strategy.

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Google: Smartphone Using Car Buyers Reward Dealers With Mobile Friendly Sites – Automotive Marketing

Google: Smartphone Using Car Buyers Reward Dealers With Mobile Friendly Sites

Google Research Shows Smartphone Users Reward Mobile-Friendly Dealership Sites, Punish Dealers Who Are Laggards…

A Chief Marketer survey released in June found that roughly half of the marketers surveyed either have optimized their main website for viewing over mobile browsers (31%) or run a separate mobile-specific website (17%). For those who haven’t yet optimized their sites, there’s no hiding from the Google respondents: 96% said they had encountered sites that were clearly not designed for mobile devices.

Mobile Site Experience Critical

Details from Google’s “What Users Want Most From Mobile Sites Today” indicate that about 3 in 5 smartphone users would quickly move to another site if they didn’t immediately find what they were looking for on a mobile site, suggesting that its not enough to have a mobile-optimized site, but that the experience has to be top-notch, too. 4 in 5 respondents who don’t like what they find on one site said they would search on another site, meaning that a poor experience could steer business to competitors.

Indeed, half of the respondents said that a bad mobile experience would make them less likely to engage with a company or dealership.

Dealerships’ Reputations at Stake

Further report findings suggest that car dealerships not optimizing their sites could damage their reputation among these smartphone using automotive consumers. About half said they feel frustrated and annoyed when they access a site that’s not mobile-friendly, and the same proportion said it made them feel like the company or dealership didn’t care about them. More than one-third feel that they’ve wasted their time.

Dealership Location, Hours, Click-to-Call Important

Car Dealers looking to provide the best experience to smartphone users need to provide users with the ability to take action when on the site. Other details from the study suggest that the key actions most users want to take on mobile sites are getting a location or business hours (76%), click to call the dealership (61%), sending an email (54%), and downloading an application (48%). Also important are getting to the dealership’s social networking page (48%) and playing a video clip (41%).

In terms of the most popular features, smartphone owners primarily want: a search bar that is both easy to find and use (78%); to have just 1 or 2 clicks for more information (78%); for the site to fit the small screen (76%); for there to be an option to go to the full site (74%); and for the site to look clean and efficient (74%).

Roughly 7 in 10 want big, finger-friendly buttons, and slightly less than two-thirds for there to be scrolling one direction only.

About the Data: The Google data is derived from a survey of 1,088 US adult smartphone internet users in July 2012.

Source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/interactive/smartphone-users-reward-mobile-friendly-sites-punish-laggards-23638/

What has your experience been in dealing with car buyers or service customers that want to use their mobile devices to engage with dealership staff?

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Dealer Synergy and Cactus Sky Fund AutoCon Scholarship Program

Dealer Synergy and Cactus Sky Communications Create AutoCon Scholarship Program

Dealer Synergy and Cactus Sky Communications Create Scholarship Program For AutoCon 2012
 

Audubon, N.J. — Dealer Synergy and Cactus SkyCommunications have partnered with AutoCon to provide 50 Scholarships to dealership personnel so that they can attend the upcoming AutoConnections Conference and Exposition National Training Event at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas from September 5th to the 8th.

AutoCon’s goal is to provide dealerships with Digital Marketing Training, and they have assembled some of the industry’s top experts for this event.

Dealer Synergy and Cactus Sky will provide 50 Scholarships covering the Registration Fee for the event of $895 for a total of $44,750 in Scholarships. The goal of the Scholarship is to provide an opportunity for a dealership staff member that normally would not be able to attend the event to receive this valuable training.

With over 30% of vehicle sales coming from the Internet, Dealer Synergy and Cactus Sky recognize the need for ongoing training for all the members of the Internet Team, and these scholarships will allow more training and growth in the retail automotive industry.

Sean V. Bradley and Peter Martin decided that one of the best ways to demonstrate their commitment to the betterment of the industry was to commit the funds necessary to support independent dealer focused educational events such as AutoCon 2012.

Automotive Media Partners, LLC and First Class Educators are proud to announce the creation of this scholarship program sponsored by Dealer Synergy and Cactus Sky for the full AutoCon conference registration fee.  The AutoConnections Conference management team of Ralph Paglia, Carrie Hemphill, Chris Saraceno and Mike Myers will administer the program to ensure unbiased selection of scholarship award recipients.

 

Dealer Synergy and Cactus Sky’s sponsorship program will provide 50 fully funded AutoCon Registration Scholarships. Fifty automotive professionals will receive the educational, networking, inspiration and innovation benefits from attending the AutoConnections Conference and Exposition. The recipients only have to cover their out of pocket expenses for travel, meals.

Individuals interested in applying for a scholarship to the 2012 AutoConnections Conference and Exposition should go to www.autocon2012.com/CactusSky/ and fill out the short online application.

Links:
http://www.dealersynergy.com 
http://www.cactussky.com 
www.autocon2012.com

Source: AutoSuccess eNewsletter

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QR Codes Most-Used Mobile Channel For Engaging Car Buying Customers

QR Codes Most-Used Mobile Channel For Engaging Car Buying Customers

For Car Dealers, QR Codes are the Most-Used Mobile Channel for Engaging with Automotive Consumers

1 in 2 auto industry marketers say they are using QR codes to encourage their customers to interact with their brand, per results [download page] from an Econsultancy survey released in June 2012, in partnership with Responsys. QR code usage by these respondents surpasses other mobile channels, including creation of applications (35%), mobile commerce (29%) and mobile optimized emails (29%). 

 

Roughly one-quarter are using SMS marketing, while less than 1 in 5 are employing location-based marketing. Just 7% have turned to MMS and 2% to NFC.

 

Automotive Advertising Agencies show some different patterns with regards to their clients. 54% say their clients use apps to encourage their customers to interact with their brands, while 49% indicate their clients use QR codes. Agencies are more likely than companies to report client use of mobile optimized emails, SMS, and location-based marketing.

 

According to a Multichannel Merchant survey also released in June, merchants are integrating QR codes into their marketing strategies …. 47% of respondents this year said they are using QR codes, a dramatic increase from just 8% a year ago.

 

Search Most Popular Ad Type

Data from Econsultancy’s “Cross-Channel Marketing Report 2012″ indicates that mobile search marketing is the most popular type of mobile advertising used by company marketers, at 35% of respondents, followed by push notifications (29%).

 

A plurality of agencies also say their clients are engaged in mobile search marketing (42%). Mobile display advertising (banner) is cited by 41% of agencies, compared to one-quarter of companies, with agencies also more likely to indicate their clients’ use of advertising on apps (37% vs. 22%), location-based targeting (30% vs. 22%), and mobile display advertising using video (19% vs. 12%).

 

Various studies have highlighted the growth of mobile’s share of search marketing budgets of late, with IgnitionOne most recently reporting mobile paid search spend growing 333% year-over-year in Q2, to reach 14% of total US paid search budgets.

 

Display Ad Engagement Sentiment Mixed

Respondents to the Econsultancy survey do not paint a clear picture when it comes to engagement rates with display advertising via smartphones as opposed to via PCs. Among company respondents, 33% feel that customers are more engaged with display advertising on smartphones than on PCs, while 40% say they are less engaged. Among agencies, 35% feel that engagement is higher on smartphones, compared to 33% who feel that it is lower.

 

Other Findings:

  • 1 in 5 car company marketers say they personalize mobile display advertising based on location, while 28% of agencies report their clients’ use of this targeting method.
  • Roughly one-quarter of car companies are using offline advertising to promote engagement on mobile devices, and a further 17% are planning to do so.
  • Automotive Advertising Agencies indicate slightly higher levels of offline ad use by their clients: 35% say their clients are using offline advertising to promote engagement on mobiles, and an additional 20% say their clients are planning to do so.
  • According to Google survey results released in February, two-thirds of US smartphone users who say they at least rarely notice advertising have used their device to run a search in response to an ad they have se….

 

Source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/direct/qr-codes-most-used-mobile-cha…

 

MOBILE MARKETING FOR CAR DEALERS

The AutoConnections Conference and Exposition scheduled for September 5 through 8, 2012 at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas is an excellent resource for auto dealers seeking to develop a more effective mobile marketing strategy.  With an entire workshop and lab track focused on automotive mobile marketing, AutoCon represents a tremendous opportunity for car dealers to advance their skills and understanding about marketing to automotive consumers using smart phones and tablet computers while outside their homes or offices.  Shuki Lehavi, CEO of Gumiyo Technology, the auto industry’s leading mobile marketing platform, is the Chairman of AutoCon’s Mobile Marketing Certification Track for dealers and will be available for your direct connection.  Gumiyo supplies the backbone platform used by companies such as Reynolds and Reynolds, HomeNet, the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Buzzmedia and many others.  They are by far the auto industry’s leading provider of carrier certified application, SMS messaging and mobile website products for companies serving car dealers.

 

Over 90% of Americans keep their cell phones within arms reach 24 hours a day. Mobile is one of the fastest growing consumption channels with smart phone adoption rates skyrocketing among consumers.

 

With more website visitors coming via mobile devices, it is increasingly important for dealers to have a strong presence in this area. AutoCon 2012 delivers key information about mobile topics such as responsive web design, creating custom mobile apps, SMS marketing strategies, and more.

 

Register to attend the AutoConnections Conference and exposition by clicking on the advertisement shown above… This is by far the best opportunity for American car dealers to develop a truly effective competitive advantage through the implementation of a mobile marketing strategy based on the correct information delivered by the right connections!

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Relevance Drives Car Buyer Attention to Mobile Advertising – Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community

Relevance Drives Car Buyer Attention to Mobile Advertising

Subject Matter Relevance a Key Factor for Driving Increased Car Buyer Attention to Mobile Advertising

Roughly one-third of car buyers using smart phones and tablets say they would be more likely to pay attention to a car dealer’s ad on their device if the ad’s topic was relevant to their online activity, per results [download page] from a Prosper Mobile Insights survey released in July 2012.

 

Closely following is the proportion of automotive consumers saying that fewer ads overall (31.4%) would likely spur greater attention levels. Other factors that would make automotive consumers more likely to pay attention to ads on their devices include them looking funny (28.4%), looking informative (24.2%), and containing animations that catch their eye (23.9%).

 

4 in 10 Automotive Consumer Pay More Attention to Video Ads

Although just 11.5% of car buyers said video makes them more likely to pay attention to an ad, slightly more than 4 in 10 said that are more likely to pay attention to a video advertising from a dealership versus a standard display ad on their device. The most popular reasons given by automotive consumers for paying more attention to video ads are that they are more likely to grab their attention (51.3%), they are more enjoyable than standard ads (34.5%), and that many do not let them click away until at least part of the ad has been viewed (30.4%).

 

Display Ads and Sponsored Stories Most Regularly Noticed

Further data from the Prosper Mobile Insights survey indicates that 11.2% of automotive consumers who are smartphone and tablet owners regularly pay attention to sponsored stories or links on their device, while a further 32.6% at least occasionally do so. A significant proportion of automotive consumers also appear to frequently (8.2%) or occasionally (32.3%) pay attention to display ads (like the AutoCon 2012 ad shown to the right). Interestingly, 64% of respondents said they never notice video ads, slightly higher than the proportion who never notice ads playing before or during a video (60.7%), but less than the 71.3% who never notice pop-up ads.

 

According to survey results released in February 2012 by Google, 88% of automotive consumers who are smartphone internet users say they rarely notice ads through a variety of contact points on their device.

 

Other Findings:

  • Female automotive consumers who are smartphone and tablet owners are 9% more likely than their male counterparts to say they never notice pop-up ads on their devices (74.3% vs. 68.1%).
  • Female automotive consumers are more likely to pay attention to an ad if it is relevant (35.7% vs. 31.3%), looks funny (32.7% vs. 23.8%), or has animations that catch their eye (25.1% vs. 22.5%). Men are more likely to be pay attention to ads that contain video (13.1% vs. 9.9%).
  • When asked which web-based activities they perform using only their mobile device (instead of any other internet-capable device), 51.1% of respondents said they check email only on their mobile. A high proportion also said they search the internet (45.3%), access Facebook (42.3%), and instant message (34.4%) only on their mobile device. Overall, about 7 in 10 respondents indicated that they performed at least one of the identified activities only on their device.

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