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Thomas A. Kelly
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Taking the “E” out of SEO leaves us with Search Optimization.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bobby Compton Mar 8, 2012. 1 Reply

Good article, good comments.…Continue

Clearinghouse for Lead Aggregators?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas A. Kelly Feb 11, 2012. 4 Replies

Why would a dealer directly…Continue

Tags: party, lead, OEM, dealer, 3rd

Transparency: The Good, The Bad and The Hypocrisy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas A. Kelly Mar 5, 2012. 12 Replies

Hypocrisy: “Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie”…Continue

Eat Your Green Beans Tommy!

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My mother, God rest her soul,…Continue

 

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Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
"It takes two or more for a fight, there is no "fight" until the income stream stops or slows significantly for these guys....the only thing the dealer body will "get" from these bandits is lip service unless and until. Arrogance…"
Jun 14, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
"There was and is a culture at Cars.com that is bred into their reps I believe....ANYTIME you mention ANYTHING negative about your experience with them to your rep..you get "You are the only dealer having that problem"....and my favorite…"
May 30, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
"I was told once by a Cars.com rep that they owned 3500-4500 feeder sites??? "
May 28, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
" I would like to see the "lead farm" diagrammed....actually see the online automotive properties owned by Cars.com and then see their associations with other, non-owned automotive properties....I am guessing that it would make my…"
May 28, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
" When the facts no longer support your argument the weak often turn to personal attacks....keep your eye on the ball dealers...you are being sold out...there is only one bad guy here and it is not James."
May 20, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
May 19, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
May 19, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
"UpShift Digital is now onboard defending Cars.com’s horrible treatment of the dealer…Here is what their President and CEO had to say about them a short 11 months ago…..   June 19, 2012 by John Druien “A new article…"
May 19, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
"James A. Zieglar, The deck has always been stacked...you pay to play....the more you pay the more game time you get. We are put on the elevator ..when a sufficient number of shooters have opted for the top tier and there is no one left to…"
May 18, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
"True colors are showing...It appears they are choosing dollars over customer satisfaction.... unfortunately for Cars, it may well net a loss of revenue in the longer term. This debacle, if nothing else, should serve as fair warning to…"
May 15, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
"Terrific video Tim & Jim! "
May 7, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly commented on James A. Ziegler's blog post Jim Ziegler wants to know: Double Cross or NOT a Double-Cross?
"Cars.com's rates are negotiable..I would not tolerate an increase and was allowed to skip 3 increases...(think selling an empty seat on a plane)...the last time they hit me up I booted them...then they offered to do it for the same…"
May 7, 2013
Thomas A. Kelly and Meaghan Walker are now friends
Oct 17, 2012
Thomas A. Kelly commented on Thomas A. Kelly's blog post My experiment with Klout
"If I were to proclaim today that social media is dead in the world of automotive, my bogus proclamation would be given the consideration it deserves.....NONE…. If a Ralph Paglia or any one of the many respected leaders in our industry were to…"
Oct 17, 2012
Ralph Paglia commented on Thomas A. Kelly's blog post My experiment with Klout
"Fascinating look at Klout, but what I find even more interesting is the cause and effect around the statement your unidentified expert made around showing an applicant the door. As irresponsible as such a statement is, it seems like too many people…"
Oct 16, 2012
George O'Sullivan commented on Thomas A. Kelly's blog post My experiment with Klout
"I am glad that I have resisted the Klout urge.  Thank you Tom, for allowing me to claim victory with my procrastination."
Oct 16, 2012

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Hank Graff Davison
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Special Event and Project Manager
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My experiment with Klout

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 6:56am 8 Comments

 I gamed it from 30 to 70. Never registered for or received perks.  My stats go a long ways to proving that at worst, Klout has…

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FTC Takes Action, Fair?

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 7:03am 0 Comments

The FTC recently singled out 5 dealerships for something that I suspect hundreds, if not thousands of dealerships has done. Essentially offer to  “pay off the trade no matter what you owe”

If we were to say in response to the FTC’s actions that we never meant to mislead anybody or mislead any consumer, that’s not who we are….. I say, that is exactly who we are.  If there was no validity to the claims of the FTC then why would we back down? In the instant case, who ultimately…

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ADM-DMM partnership announcement on ADM, 3-4-12

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 11:43pm 1 Comment

From the ADM-DMM partnership announcement on ADM, 3-4-12



“With over 100 experts writing columns for the magazine, DMM covers every aspect of running a modern auto dealership with a focus on the new digital marketing opportunities. “

 

JOHN ZEIGLAR is one of those “100 experts”.  He does not exist.  “John” it is claimed is a “performance writer” for a company that does not exist called Performance…

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Who is John Zeiglar ?

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 5:55am 28 Comments

Who is John Zeiglar ?

 

How can I find the company he is said to work for, Performance Company?

 

What is a “performance writer”?

 

Why would an author allow his name to be mis-spelled regularly in the same publication repeatedly over many months?

 

Has anyone seen him registered on any Automotive blogs, Facebook,…

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All the talk in auto leasing lately centers around used lease options. Toyota and Ally Financial recently announced expanded programs for used leases.

But how much would your monthly payments be on a used lease? Consumers would expect…

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Time for a Change…

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Download this white paper and get the insights and real-case scenarios about how your dealership can begin tapping…

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Black Book® today released results of its recent survey taking the pulse of the lender community on the strength of the automotive market, use of data and their outlook for 2016. Black Book Lender Solutions surveyed dozens of automotive lender…

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Posted by Black Book on May 4, 2016 at 11:11am 0 Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of Black Book Market Insights, with in-depth analysis of used car and truck valuation trends and insights straight from the auction lanes.…

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