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I’ve been using videos for our dealership since 2009 when I saw a seminar by Jim Ziegler at NADA. I was very impressed and went back to Chicago and bought a video camera. Since then, we’ve put up over 2,700 videos on YouTube.
The best practice of 3 to 5 minutes for a video is well known and has a firm foundation. But it’s not gospel. Let me explain.
In my mind, for dealers, there are basically four kinds of videos that you can make for your dealership and varying lengths that are acceptable for them.
- Branding videos – very short, maybe 1 minute max.
- Conversion videos – 2-5 minutes
- True Walkaround Videos – 3-8 minutes
- Instructional Videos – whatever is necessary
Branding Videos are basically advertising your store or product and services. Customers have a very low tolerance and acceptance for them because they are “push” marketing similar to TV commercials. Need I say more? These should be very polished and you probably want a professional involved.
Conversion videos are videos created and sent to customers by a salesperson on a specific vehicle because “a video is worth a thousand photos”. It allows the salesperson to introduce him or herself, plug the store, and ask for the appointment. The customer wants to see that car and is willing to watch a little longer.
True Walkaround Videos are not directed at a particular customer. They are intended to be useful to those researching a particular model. Consumers who are researching want to see as much as possible about a particular vehicle so they can compare it to competing models. They will watch the entire video if it provides what they are looking for.
Instructional Videos teach something and the complexity of doing so can cause varying lengths of time. Consumers understand that. Something simple can be taught very quickly but some things take longer just to get through the steps. The consumer will follow along based on their interest.
There are exceptions to every rule. The real key is whether you are providing the entertainment factor or are providing the information that is being sought by the consumer. A customer that is looking for detail will not appreciate it if you skip over those details to keep your video short.
Best practices are there to be a guideline, not a rule. Always practice being a consumer and that will tell you when to go beyond best pratices.
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Written by Tom Gorham
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Top 15 New Year Resolutions for Marketers Serving Car Dealerships – Automotive Digital Marketing Professional Community
Posted by Ralph Paglia in Advertising, Automotive Digital Marketing, Automotive Marketing, Automotive Social Media, Automotive Suppliers, Best Practices, Calls to Action, Car Dealers, Data Analysis, Marketing Data, Marketing Metrics, Marketing Research, Social Marketing, Social Media Marketing on November 23, 2013
The Infographic shown below contains the top 15 recommended action items for automotive marketing professionals going into 2013… These were developed by the exceptionally talented marketing professionals at Hubspot and are well worth reviewing with your team and/or simply working them into your daily, weekly and monthly ongoing dealership marketing tasks to be completed as indicated:
It’s here — the turn of the new year. And you know what that means… This is your chance to reboot and decide what changes you’ll make in 2013.
Are there specific skills you haven’t quite mastered yet?
Do you have a particular goal in mind that you weren’t quite able to hit in 2012?
Of course, these goals could pertain to your personal life, but what about some career and marketing-related goals, too?
Why not improve some critical skills and habits that could advance your marketing career and make you an even stronger contributor to your company’s success?
What marketing resolutions do you want to make?
If you’re not sure where to begin, for starters, HubSpot would love to help! We’re offering our marketing community members a free consultation to chat with a HubSpot expert about 2013 goal planning. (Not too shabby!) It’s worth the investment to take some time to figure out what will be different for you and your marketing in 2013. So consider chatting with us, and take some time to reflect on your challenges and goals by setting some strong marketing resolutions for 2013. Here are 16 great ideas to get you started, chock full of with links to more in-depth tips and resources to help you become a better marketer in 2013 …
“I want to become a stronger, more multifaceted content creator.”
1) I will blog at least twice a week. Did you know that, according to HubSpot’s 2012 Marketing Benchmarketing Report, companies that blog 6-8 times per month generate over 2X more leads than companies that blog just twice a month? Valuable content is the meat that attracts visitors and leads to your company. Making the commitment to an increased blogging frequency should significantly increase your lead flow. Considering adding this to your list of resolutions? Here are 10 ways to never run out of blog ideas again.
2) I will produce at least one video in Q1, and post it on YouTube. Video content can communicate a story or emotion better than almost any other form of content. A lot of marketers have a mental block that keeps them from creating video content due to a lack of technical savvy or resources. Kick those excuses to the curb and use this goal to tell one of your customers’ success stories — it could become the strongest selling tool in your sales reps’ tool belt.
3) I will become an active contributor to social media by posting articles to my company’s social channels. Maintaining an active, helpful social presence is a great tool for growing a reach that can be used to promote your best content. If this is a current weakness of yours, start by making a commitment to sharing others’ content so you can grow that valuable following. Need help planning your social media updates? Check out our free social media publishing schedule template.
4) I will work to enhance my and/or my team’s design skills. This resolution is especially relevant for 2013. A recent HubSpot study found that photos on Facebook generate 53% more Likes than text, and the trend toward visual content is only growing in importance. In 2013, investing in design skill development will be crucial for creating effective content for social media and other marketing channels. Purchase Photoshop for your team, ask a designer to host a short design tutorial, spruce up your PowerPoint skills, and download our 35 free email design templates — or check out these awesome, free design tools — if you’re a marketer on a budget. There are a lot of ways to become a better designer. Take advantage of them!
“I want to better optimize my marketing to drive stronger results.”
5) I will take the time to conduct a website audit in 2013. When’s the last time your website got a checkup? If it’s been a while, there could be plenty of missed optimization opportunities you never even knew existed. Does your website rank for certain terms that you didn’t know about? Conduct an SEO audit. Are there certain pages on your site that aren’t optimized at all — for search and for conversion? A website audit is a great thing to do early in the year so you reap the benefits throughout 2013. Check out our 25 website must-haves for driving traffic, leads, and sales, so you can start the new year off right with an optimized website.
6) I will take the time to educate myself and my team about the basics of SEO. Speaking of search engine optimization, every inbound marketer should know the basics of SEO. Especially with recent Google algorithm changes, there are some ways you can improve your search engine optimization through improved social performance (that’s right — they’re connected), and more! Download our free on-page SEO template, brush up on link-building best practices, and make sure everyone who creates content on your team keeps SEO best practices in the backs of their minds.
7) I will conduct one landing page A/B test per month to optimize my landing pages. When it comes to lead generation and reconversion, the difference between a 15% landing page conversion rate and a 25% conversion rate can be HUGE. Imagine if you could automatically generate more leads without changing your promotion strategy or generating more traffic — but rather just by optimizing your landing pages themselves? By making a habit of testing your landing pages on a regular basis to get more bang for your buck, you may be able to significantly scale your lead generation without having to scale your team! Check out this guide to landing page A/B testing to learn more — or download our complete ebook on A/B testing.
8) I will get into the habit of doing email A/B tests prior to emailing my list. Similar to the point above, optimizing an email before hitting send could increase open or clickthrough rates immensely. Who knows — maybe the first CTA headline you think of won’t resonate with your email list. But how the heck would you know if you didn’t test it first? Make this a normal practice in your marketing, and check out these various types of email tests you can try with your next email…. And while we’re on the subject of email optimization, you’re segmenting your email list too … right?
“I want to become a more data-driven marketer.”
9) I promise to set specific, numerical goals for every project I do. Goal setting is an important habit for every marketer in order to both evaluate and communicate their successes. Starting a new video series? What number of views, shares, website visits, or leads do you need to attract to make this initiative worth it? Make this step number one for all your work moving forward, and check out this free template to help you determine your 2013 marketing goals.
10) I will start tracking my analytics every week — if not every day. This is just plain good housekeeping. By keeping a pulse on how your marketing is performing on a regular basis, you can keep yourself from falling behind. A great way to do this is to use a waterfall chart to track your progress toward an end goal. If you get behind early in the month, you’ll know that you need to go full-steam ahead to fix the problem fast so you can still finish strong. Here are some other reports you should set up with your marketing analytics to keep your marketing — and sales — teams accountable.
11) I will commit to tracking my leads to sales, so I truly know what marketing channels work best. “Smarketing” is a beautiful thing. Very easily, we marketers get caught up in measuring success by marketing numbers exclusively, but what works for us might not be what’s best for the business. For example, a marketer at a software company could get 10,000 people to download a flip-book of cute kitty images (Hey, I’d download that!), but it doesn’t mean those 10,000 people are going to be good fits as customers. Using closed-loop marketing analytics and aligning your marketing goals with sales goals to understand if your content is attracting the right people will help you understand what’s best for the business.
12) I will encourage my team to independently measure their work, and report back to me. Measuring progress doesn’t need to live at the management level exclusively. In fact, it may work to your benefit to encourage data-driven habits at every level as a tool to keep your marketing team accountable. Empower your employees by cultivating a data-driven culture. Help your team understand how they can track their progress, and ask them for updates periodically so it’s always top of mind.
“I want to become a better overall inbound marketer.”
13) I will pick an organization I love and learn from them. Is there a company out there that you admire because of a particular way they do marketing? For instance, maybe you love Oreo’s content in social media. Or maybe you aspire to be as creative as Disney. Dissect WHY you love that organization, and learn from their marketing choices. Even if that company is in a completely different industry, there will likely still be key, valuable takeaways that can help to inspire your own marketing promotions. Start by checking our list of 10 of the most memorable marketing campaigns in 2012.
14) I will further my own education as a marketer by attending conferences and reading smart content every day. Never be too busy to keep learning. Consider attending a couple of top-notch marketing conferences this year. Print marketing ebooks and read them before bed, or read through an RSS reader of your favorite blogs while you sip coffee in your slippers. (Are you subscribed to this one yet, by the way?) You can always make the time. Find ways to keep your brain active and learning, and do the same for your team. Help them find educational resources they enjoy and can read every day, and set a good example by being a lifelong learner yourself.
15) I will accept feedback from my boss, teammates, customers, and community. A closed mind is a stagnant mind. Always be open to feedback when it’s given to you, and request it regularly even when it’s not. Survey your customers and clients to gut check their happiness. You may learn simple ways to make their lives better that make all the difference, yet takes no additional time from you. And, you’ll be improving the impact of your marketing along the way!
16) I will make a commitment to creating marketing that people love. The true path to successful marketing is making sure all the content you make, information you provide, and emails you send make your target market love you. When you create lovable marketing, it will also get clicked on, shared, downloaded, linked to, and promoted more often by your audience. And if you can build rapport and trust in the marketing stages, you’ll be teeing up a relationship that could lead to a lifelong, happy customer. To learn more about creating marketing that people love, check out our step-by-step ebook on lovable marketing here.
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I have been a proponent of “Hub and Spoke” and “Content Marketing” components within automotive digital marketing strategy for many years and have written, published and created entire teams of people to deliver what is essential a hub and spoke social media marketing strategy. HOWEVER, I may be in disagreement with several points in this article and the comments made beneath it… Or, at least having a different perspective.
Because most dealership websites are provided by Cobalt (an ADP Company), Dealer.com, Clickmotive, KPA/TK, Dominion, or any number of other established providers, in many cases the result of an OEM mandate or endorsement, I do not recommend and have not seen much noteworthy success with using one of these fairly “standardized” dealer website platforms as the dealer’s “Content Hub” of choice. I believe that a different type of site platform should be put into service by car dealers as a content hub within their “Hub and Spoke” social media marketing strategy, at least the part that is focused on content marketing.
As all three of you and many others know, I once created over 600 dealership content hub sites for use in an extensive and for the most part grossly over-reaching “Hub and Spoke” strategy when my team launched the ADP Social Media managed services solution for ADP Dealer Services in 2008… By the end of 2010 we had 660 dealerships on the program, and there was a whole lot of learning during that 2 years development and launch program.
Please believe me when I say that even as far back as 2009 there were many people within the ADP Digital Marketing team that wanted and insisted that content for marketing purposes should all be published on the dealer websites supplied by various ADP dealer website solution teams. Even before the latest changes to Google’s SERP generating algorithms and subsequent updates, we found that trying to take website platforms designed primarily for promoting dealership inventory and not built for frequent content postings, and sharing of that content by all visitors to the site, was simply not very effective.
What we found a couple years ago, and what I still find to this day, is that the compromises required by the OEM mandated dealer website providers for the 10,000 of 17,000 or so total number of franchised dealers who are even remotely willing to consider content publishing for marketing purposes, so reduces the effectiveness of a content marketing strategy as to neuter it. Yet, when we use a website platform that is optimized and designed to be used as a “Content Hub” with application layers syndication to the major social media networks, easily and readily adapted to multiple content sharing and appending apps, such as “If you like this article, you may want to check out these related posts…” type of technologies, along with Google verified authorship compliance, category and tagging features and other more social media 2013 type technologies… THEN the hub and spoke concept simply rocks and drives so much traffic, engagement, marketing communications objectives and SEO benefits to both the hub and the dealer’s eCommerce random access website (RAW – Larry Bruce) when appropriate reference and citations are implemented specific to relevant content posted and distributed from the hub, that we have a WINNING CONTENT MARKETING STRATEGY.
So what types of platforms make good “Content Hubs”? Well, let’s start with the Ning Network platform that the ADM Professional Community, dealerELITE.net, AutomotiveSocial.com, AutomotiveReputation.com and several other Content Hub purposed sites targeted to car business people have been built on by professionals such as myself, Brian Pasch, J.D. Rucker (@0boy), David Kain, Chris Saraceno and several others have done. Not saying it is perfect, far from it, I have monthly meetings with the development team at Glam Media and they can be quite frustrating, but it does work, as shown by the success of the ADM Professional Community and over 30,000 monthly visitors from SEO alone.
Then there is WordPress and all the various “Theme” builds and templates designed to make it function as a great “Content Hub”. Joomla, Drupal and many other platforms are all far better designed to serve as a content hub than any of the top 5 dealer website platforms that I am familiar with.
As for how to manage the schizo appearing strategy of having more than one website… That has been covered so many times I do not feel the need to repeat it in a comment. But, once again let me state that due to the low costs involved and the increased effectiveness of purpose specific platform selection, along with the marketing reality of not wanting to take a “Buying Today” car shopper and send him/her right back up-funnel and into the research and info gathering mode by thrusting all sorts of content in front of their faces, which may distract them from their initial purchase intent that brought them to the website… ONE WEBSITE IS NOT ENOUGH FOR AN OPTIMIZED AUTOMOTIVE DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGY at the dealership level.
A Content Hub strategy requires a site platform optimized for its use as a centralized publishing point and a high frequency of such publishing in order to be as effective as possible. And… Publishing a steady stream of content, much of which is relevant to customers focused on research and info gathering to a dealer’s eCommerce site may not be in the best interest of that site’s role as a lead, phone call and showroom traffic generator.
Written by Tim Martell of Wikimotive
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The event for automotive dealers and allied industries was the first of many AutoCons to come, presented by Ralph Paglia’s Automotive Digital Marketing, Chris Saraceno’s Dealer Elite, and Brian Pasch’s First Class Educators (PCG Digital Marketing). These men and the groups of people associated with them pulled out all the stops to make an excellent event, filled with education that dealers can actually bring back to the dealership, take action on, and achieve greater success.
All of the presenters at AutoCon including Ralph Paglia, Brian Pasch, Glen Pasch, Lon Safko, Grant Cardone, David Johnson, Stan Sher, Craig Lockerd, Richard Bustillo, David Anderson and more were second to none. The material they presented was deeply focused on helping dealers get results from their traditional and modern marketing efforts.
Not one of them appeared unprepared. In fact, their messages were delivered so naturally that you could tell weeks if not months had gone into preparation. The information they provided can seriously be taken all the way to the bank. I know that because it’s clear that they practice what they preach.
Push for Success
I believe that the first step in the pursuit of success (whatever your definition may be) is knowing who to listen to. For instance, you’d never get real estate advice from someone who has never owned a home. Rather, you’d learn from someone who owns 12 homes, 5 condos, and an office tower. That person’s information will get you where you need/want to go.
At AutoCon, the opportunity to learn from men and women who have accomplished success by doing what they teach was the key differentiator between attending events like this and purchasing that .99 cent book about success from Amazon. Accept information from those that practice what they preach and you’ll become a champion. It’s a pattern.
The push for success is what I love so much about the auto industry. Where else do you find men and women coming together in the pursuit of personal, family, and business success? The energy I felt at AutoCon was so positive and motivating making it the fall conference of choice to attend.
The thing that I find interesting about conferences like AutoCon is that no matter what, the chances of you running into a competitor of yours is pretty high. I even attended workshops where arch-enemies were in attendance together. The interesting part is that at the end of the day, all of us (both dealer and vendor) were (and are) united in our pursuit for success. We understand that behind the dealership or company stand real people. Real people who have a husband or a wife and children. Real people who have dreams and aspirations. Real people, united in the pursuit of personal, family, and business success. I love that.
Don’t Wait. Dominate.
If you know me, you’ll know that I say this a lot. “Don’t Wait. DOMINATE!”. I love the idea of striving to become better, working smarter/harder, and achieving greatness. AutoCon has armed many dealers to kick things into high gear and bring their dealerships to the next level to which I encourage: Get out of your own way and make things happen. Don’t Wait. Dominate!
I literally have nothing negative to say. Okay, maybe the chicken on Thursday was a little dry, but besides that, I’ve come back from AutoCon with a renewed desire, great friendships, and information that is more valuable to my business and personal success than expected. I encourage any dealers who didn’t attend this year to make the choice right now to attend next year. You will not be sorry, I guarantee it.
What did you think of AutoCon? Leave your comments below!
Michael, thank you for attending the very first of many AutoConnections Conference and Exposition events… To follow up with this detailed review and report on your experience at AutoCon 2012 is very highly appreciated! Readers and ADM Members who want to learn more about this annual event can do so by visiting http://AutoCon.US and you can post a review on the event itself, individual speakers and the facilities based on your experience attending #AutoCon at http://ReviewAutoCon.com
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Gilbert, AZ – Lon Safko, one of the marketing world’s most successful entrepreneurs and best-selling author and social media strategist, will deliver a keynote address on September 6th at the AutoCon 2012 conference. Lon will also host a panel workshop discussion on September 7th. Lon is the founder of 14 successful companies, including Paper Models, Inc., which developed Three-Dimensional Internet Advertising and Virtual-Electronic-Retailing “V-E-Tailing” for business, promotions, and education, for which Lon holds three patents. He also privately coaches Fortune 1,000 companies on harnessing innovative thinking and social media strategies to create higher productivity and profits. His latest of seven best-selling books, “The Social Media Bible,” unlocks the mysteries of the hottest new Internet wave, Social Media, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for business. This book is transforming corporate, government, and non-profit marketing strategies and how they use these new media to reach their desired audiences with powerful messages and efficiency and is now in its second edition, which hit #1 on Amazon in both Business & Marketing categories. Lon is a sought-after professional speaker, wowing audiences in a hundred cities nationwide with his insights into innovation, creativity, and how to be a successful entrepreneur / intrapreneur in this global digital age. His presentations are described as “informative and entertaining, packed with useful information.” And the U.S. Postal Service called Lon “inspiring and motivational.” To see Lon Safko speak at the AutoCon 2012 Conference, please visit http://www.autocon2012.com
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As we all know, Google made a HUGE shift on May 30th, when they moved all Google Places pages to Google+ Local. We are 1 month since the announcement and shift, and I wanted to share some of my experiences and observations so far.
Google is very important when it comes to online reputation and specifically online reviews for local businesses, including auto dealers and other categories. Google’s move to launch Google+ Local shows a large commitment by Google to reviews and the local business space. As with any new launch, it will evolve over time. From what we have seen thus far there are some great things about Google+ Local and some challenges with how it is implemented currently. The fact remains that it is here to stay, and the best thing we can do is educate ourselves and our customers on Google+ Local, and utilize it to the best of our ability, while being aware of its current limitations.
This blog post summarizes some of my own observations, so please comment if you have any additional insights to share.
1: User Experience
The overall look and feel of the new Google+ Local pages looks great. It is easy to read, the larger images are compelling, and the way the review summary is highlighted is nice, etc. However, there are two areas where Google+ is lagging, and these two areas will impact user adoption: sign up process, and lack of iPad / iPhone support for writing a review.
Currently, in order to sign up for Google+, a user is taken through a 4 step process where they are “guided” through a variety of new features that Google has to offer. For new users, this may be over-whelming. In addition, each time there is a new step, users will fall out of the conversion process. Google needs to refine this sign-up process to make it easier for users to join Google+ and participate in reviews.
One of the big reasons that Google launched Google+ Local was to provide an increased focus on reviews and propagate their new Zagat-style review scale, the 30 point scale. For that reason, having users write reviews seems to be an important outcome of the launch. At this point in time, Google has not launched an iPad app for Google+ and their Google+ app for iPhone does not include the ability to search Google+ Local or write reviews for local businesses. With the penetration for iPhones and iPads and users’ desire to do things while on the go, this will limit user adoption and users’ ability to write reviews.
2: Phasing Out Google Places
The launch of Google+ Local really only encompassed a partial launch of the service — the front end user interface. The back end, which includes the management of a Google+ Local Business Page as well as integration with the Google search offerings is not fully implemented yet.
In order to manage or change information, local businesses still have to log into their Google Places dashboard. This is where they would update images, any information/ hours, etc. The business also has to log in here to respond to reviews from customers.
Google+ Local is not yet fully integrated into the Google search results. When you execute a search that includes local businesses in the search results, reviews are not included as a part of the Google organic or paid results. Where you do see reviews/ Google+ Local information is in the Google Places part of the search results. It is still entitled “Places for [xyz business] in [city]” and includes every listing for that business, the associated reviews, and a map to the businesses. I am sure that we will see further integration down the line and a complete retirement of any references to Google Places.
Google+ Local is here to stay. Google is pushing its review platform to be more relevant to local businesses and get users engaged. I believe that over time, using Google+ will become easier to use from all devices, and Google+ Local will be fully integrated within Google Search results.
Google is also establishing different standards (e.g., the 30 point scale, and 1-3 ratings) and requirements for reviews than other sites. For example, Google has stated that reviews can be obtained directly within the business location. Since a Google+ account is required to submit a review, Google must feel that the benefit of getting more customer participation by involving the business in encouraging customers to review outweighs the threat of abuse, since users have to have their own Google+ account to leave a review.
We cannot ignore Google+ Local and Google Reviews. We need to educate ourselves and our customers on how Google+ Local can be leveraged as an asset to drive additional business into dealerships.
Posted by Ralph Paglia in Advertising, AutoCon, AutoConnections, Automotive Digital Marketing, Automotive Management, Automotive Retail Management, Automotive Social Media, Automotive Suppliers, Car Dealers, Conference, CRM, News and politics, SEO, Social Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Women Certified on June 19, 2012
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
- 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.
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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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Matt O’Such writes: “What’s a Car Dealer to do now that Google+ Local is taking over Google Places? Go with the flow. Google is just asking you to do what it feels is best business practices. Claim your account, add a description, photos of the staff & showroom, pick the right default categories, fix your marker, ask for reviews in the service lane and at sales. Start to focus on social indicators like Google and Bing are now doing. They want a personalized feeling for your customers, and increased engagement with social factors like +1, Shares, Tweets, Links and Likes. Expect that the next change is just around the corner, and when Google flips the switch you’ll need to be on the cutting edge to keep up with automotive internet marketing.” Use the link provided to read Matt’s entire article, view his illustrations and leave him a comment…
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- eMarketer Report: Automotive Digital Advertising Spend In 2020Pandemic Causes Significant Pullback, Making Automotive Hardest-Hit Industry After Travel The pandemic has caused the US automotive industry to reduce its digital ad spending by 18.2% in 2020. As car sales plummeted, dealerships closed, and manufacturing slowed, marketers backed off from performance initiatives and focused on branding efforts. About This Rep […]Ralph Paglia
- Top 10 Ecommerce Retailers Will Grow Their Market Share to 60.1% in 2020The retail divide among top performers and the rest of the eCommerce segment has been amplified by the corona virus pandemic. According to our most recent forecast, the top 10 US eCommerce players will collectively grow their share of the overall eCommerce market to 60.1% in 2020. That’s up from 58.2% last year, as consumers shift toward retailers of essenti […]Ralph Paglia
- Corona Pandemic Triggers New American Car CultureCoronavirus Pandemic Fuels Road Trips, Drive-In Movies, New Car Culture Covid-19 fears have stoked a new car culture for Americans seeking a safe way to travel, shop and enjoy entertainment. (Nils Davey) This summer, road trips both short and long have been all the rage as people shy away from breathing each other's air — whether it be on an airli […]Ralph Paglia
- Live Video, The New Normal to Sell More Cars & ServiceEvery penny spent on advertising and marketing is to get more people into the dealership. Dealers also make a significant investment in the salespeople themselves, training them to help develop the person-to-person skills needed to sell to all the prospects marketing dollars drive into the dealership. Those person-to-person skills are where most automotive s […]Timmy D. James
- What Is The Best Content For Your Consumers?Craft the best content for your consumers in your area. #jimflint #localsearchgroup #marketing #content #socialmedia #engagement #dealershipsJim Flint
- Ecofriendly: Top 101 Most Popular "Go Green" Slogans and Advertising TaglinesShown Below are the 101 Most Popular "Go Green" Slogans and Advertising Taglines List of 101 popular and attention getting "Go Green" type slogans. These advertising taglines focus on environmental preservation and changing lifestyle habits for individuals to minimize their environmental footprint. Always Demand Clean and Green! Always Ke […]Ralph Paglia
- 5 Tips for Selling in a Mobile-First WorldTruth be told: we’re all addicted to our smartphones. Nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population owns one, and adults spend an average of 3 hours and 35 minutes every day staring at that small screen. And it’s not just for millennials - even my 70-something parents are constantly on their phones, texting and going online. This constant connection and easy acce […]Bill Wittenmyer
- Mobile-First: - The Only Way to Talk to Your CustomersI was getting ready to write a blog about "Mobile-First," because I had a hunch that mobile phones are everywhere. Well, I cannot claim it is a hunch any longer because when you look around everybody has a mobile phone and more specifically a smartphone. So, I started doing some research and the data blew me away. Between the ages of 19 and 49, 94% […]Ujj Nath
- SURVEY SHOWS WHERE AUTO DEALERS WILL LOOK TO INCREASE SPENDING ON DIGITAL ADVERTISING FOR REMAINDER OF 2020Dealers will be Buyers of Social Media, Direct Marketing, and SEO to Attract Customers ATLANTA – (September 14, 2020) – PureCars, a leading provider of digital marketing and advertising insights for automotive dealers, today released results of as recent auto dealer survey that shows how dealers’ digital advertising strategies have shifted since COVID-19, […]John Sternal
- Auto Dealership Buy/Sell Market Transactions Rebound in Q2 2020, with Record ValuationsHigh dealership earnings drive buy/sell market to boomerang back in Q2, with first half of 2020 surpassing 2019, according to The Blue Sky Report® by Kerrigan Advisors; very active buy/sell market predicted for second half of 2020 Irvine, CA –Sept 14, 2020 – The auto dealership buy/sell market rebounded dramatically in the second quarter of 2020, driving t […]Crystal Hartwell
- How Dealers Today Leveraged Fixed Ops and Digital Advertising for Quicker RecoveryMany auto dealerships drastically cut back their overall ad spending during the springtime COVID-19 lockdowns as a way to preserve as much of their bottom line as possible. After all, the annual pace of sales fell sharply to 8.47 million in April1. This was a significant drop from the 17.05 million level it was pacing just a few months earlier in January. […]John Sternal
- How to Create a Concept for Your StoreBefore you hire designers to make an interior plan of your future store, it would be nice to think out the concept. Surely, you want your store to be the best one and to represent a part of your inner self. So, these small hints will help you express yourself in an efficient manner. Address to your target audience Find them and love them! Remember, that you […]Amelia Grant
- What Drives Foot Traffic In Your Dealership?Discover what's driving foot traffic in your dealership. #localsearchgroup #jimflint #marketing #dealerships #advertising #dealersJim Flint
- Our Cars Get Older: Average Age of Vehicles on the Road Keeps Climbing – Why?New analysis from IHS Markit points to record-breaking vehicle ages on the road today. Over the past few years, vehicle age has been slowly trending upwards and is now at an all-time high of 11.9 years. In fact, 1 in 4 cars and trucks you see are at least 16 years old. But why? Here to discuss what the data says about this trend is Todd Campau, after-market […]Ralph Paglia
- Latest Car Dealer Auction Sales Drop In Volume and Vehicle Sale PricesAuction sales hit a pot hole in the final full week of August, due in part to the impact of Hurricane Laura... According to the latest Used Market Update from J.D. Power, there were 73,000 auction sales of vehicles up to 8 years in age for the week ending Sunday (Aug. 30). That is down from 95,000 the week before (a 23% decline) and the lowest level of auc […]Ralph Paglia
- Video Assets | One Size Doesn't Fit AllConsider different types of video assets to help reach more consumers. #jimflint #localsearchgroup #marketing #videos #creativevideos #dealers #dealershipsJim Flint
- Toll free number of Roadrunner email problemsThere is a high probability that most of the Roadrunner email users forgotten email password at least once and maximum users don't know how to recover it and when they try to recover it, they may have many failed attempts as a result your email account is temporarily blocked. Roadrunner email users when signup for a new Roadrunner mail account and creat […]Jack Jons
- SEO Research Study: Local Voice Search Ranking FactorsA recent study reveals the factors affecting voice search results for car dealers and local automotive businesses in 2020. As 58% of voice search users employ it to run local business queries, a new study looks at factors that go into ranking the results. SEMRush published a follow-up to last year’s study on voice search ranking factors, this time with a spe […]Ralph Paglia
- Swapalease.com Releases 2020 Vehicle Lease Trends Report Showing Impact Lease Policies Have on Sales, Loyalty, RetentionHonda, Hyundai, Nissan Among Brands Losing Drivers Due to Unfriendly Policies CINCINNATI, OHIO (August 31, 2020) – Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, unveiled today its latest report on vehicle lease trends and brand retention for leasing: “2020 Vehicle Lease Trends - What’s Motivating Drivers and Dealers to Modernize the Vehicle Le […]John Sternal
- Tesla Cybertruck: Deployed Into Public Service (Imagination Applied)Tesla Cybertruck reporting for public service duty The 1982 film Blade Runner made a lot of predictions for the present day. Flying cars haven’t materialized just yet. Voice assistants and discussions of the ‘climate crisis’, on the other hand, are fairly commonplace. Step into any of the latest and greatest cars and you’ll also find at least one infotainmen […]Ralph Paglia
- eMarketer Report: Automotive Digital Advertising Spend In 2020
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