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Marketing vs. Content: It’s a Matter of Perspective

In a world filled with noise, companies large and small are competing for consumer attention…

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Added by sara callahan on November 16, 2017 at 9:41am — No Comments

Your Online Reputation Is Who You Are… to Your Customers

Before the Internet people chose who to do business with based on their community and word-of-mouth. There were no review sites. Now, however, review sites are flourishing -- just about every third party listing service has adopted them and there are many stand-alone services too.

 

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Added by sara callahan on November 9, 2016 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Using Content as a Sales Tool

Most companies view content marketing as a means to rank higher in search engines, establish thought leadership and engage with their audience. Content, such as newsletters and blogs distributed via email and social media channels, enables businesses to stay top-of-mind with clients and prospects. It can be used to…

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Added by sara callahan on October 19, 2016 at 9:52am — No Comments

Manufacturers Cease Allowing Dealers to Brand Social Media Content – Huh?

I bet that title got your attention. Imagine a world where automotive manufacturers prohibited dealerships from producing and publishing video content of any vehicles during dealership sales events. That would seem a little ridiculous, right? Social media can produce great results and lead to sales. However, if the…

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Added by sara callahan on October 12, 2016 at 9:17am — No Comments

What Would You Do?

In this era of dealership expansions and acquisitions, groups are often put in the unenviable position of inheriting promises or perks that were offered prior to the dealership acquisition. One would think that it is simply a matter of grandfathering the customer into a perk offered by the previous owners. However,…

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Added by sara callahan on September 21, 2016 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

Why So Serious? Earning Loyalty, Advocacy & New Customers through Humor

Last week, a UK based travel company received an interesting Facebook post – a user posted a screenshot of a travel itinerary that listed a layover of 413,786 hours (or roughly 47 years). This, of course, was a technical glitch, as the itinerary did not show the traveler arriving at their destination 47 years later and I’m fairly certain the post was simply to inform the travel company about this technical glitch. The social media team – or one person on that team in particular – chose to…

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Added by sara callahan on September 7, 2016 at 9:37am — No Comments

Is Good Content Really Worth the Effort?

All too often, a company gets intrigued with content marketing and decides to give it a try. But then, after just a couple of blogs, executives decide that there just isn’t any tangible return on their investment, or that it’s not measurable, and so lessen their content output, or abandon the initiative…

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Added by sara callahan on August 31, 2016 at 9:40am — No Comments

Act, Don’t React to Negative Online Reviews

Consumers increasingly use their smartphones to research which businesses they should patronize. These days, online reviews are a big part of that decision process. If managed incorrectly, these reviews can easily flip your prospective customer away from your dealership and into the lap of your competition. And it’s…

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Added by sara callahan on August 11, 2016 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

Social Media and Security: This Could Be Important!

These days, most companies have a social media presence. Some are healthy and vibrant, while others merely exist. Regardless of how well any particular company presents itself on these channels, social media has transcended beyond the term “social media” and could now also be said to be a:

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Added by sara callahan on July 26, 2016 at 8:12am — No Comments

It's Time to Step up your Content Marketing Game

While lead generation is important, according to this article on Inc.com, many companies would see far greater results (and better, more-qualified leads) if more emphasis were placed on nurturing,…

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Added by sara callahan on July 13, 2016 at 8:28am — No Comments

Injecting the Power of Video into Your Content Marketing

Video content has pretty much become the preferred medium for consumers. Social media platforms increasingly give video content preferential reach and content producers have adjusted their strategies accordingly.

 

In retail automotive, video is used very effectively to market dealerships and their…

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Added by sara callahan on June 30, 2016 at 10:12am — No Comments

The 5 Top Social Media Errors to Avoid

Social Media has become an important channel customers use to reach out to businesses. From tweets expressing their displeasure, to Facebook wall posts asking for additional information, increasingly, customers utilize these channels to engage and communicate with you.

 

Facebook realizes this and, as…

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Added by sara callahan on June 15, 2016 at 9:02am — No Comments

5 Common Blogging Mistakes

Today, it’s a content-drive world. There is so much content in existence there’s simply no way any person could ever truly absorb all of the messages being thrown their way. Consumers have to get picky about what messages they choose to pay attention to and which to ignore. Frequently, that decision is made in…

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Added by sara callahan on May 27, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments

How to Differentiate Your Dealership during the Recall Crisis

Dealers are in for a wild ride. The next 5+ years will be filled with revenue from recall work; a shortage of technicians; shop capacity that can’t keep up with demand; parts availability issues; and, as a result, irate customers.

 

Recalls certainly challenge consumers’ patience and dealers can find…

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Added by sara callahan on May 17, 2016 at 8:53am — No Comments

Public Relations: The New Home of Content & Social Media Marketing?

When most people think about what public relations agencies do, they picture media relations, industry exposure and … well… lots of press releases. The reality is that the public relations industry has been transforming itself as new technologies and strategies become available that help us gain optimum exposure and…

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Added by sara callahan on April 27, 2016 at 8:43am — No Comments

Are We Sacrificing Customer Experience for Efficiency?

It’s inevitable. Businesses grow and, as they do, many look for ways to automate processes. Dealerships do it with auto-responders. Many companies have automated phone trees which circle you around pressing 1s, 2s and 3s, driving you mad as you can never reach a live person for help. Customer service inquiries are…

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Added by sara callahan on March 17, 2016 at 9:12am — No Comments

Is Your Company Disconnected?

In business, just as is the case for any living being, all parts need to be functioning to operate at optimal efficiency. If your right leg wanted to go forward and your left leg wanted to go backwards, you probably wouldn’t make much progress walking. The same principle applies to the health, well-being and…

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Added by sara callahan on February 24, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Social Media Mistake: How to Lose Friends and Irritate People

Social media provides us with a wonderful set of tools to connect and stay connected with people. In its early years, some businesses were a little slow to jump onto the social media bandwagon. However, as they recognized the potential it had to reach large audiences for little to no money, businesses embraced…

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Added by sara callahan on February 17, 2016 at 8:05am — No Comments

Content Marketing: Is it Possible to Go from Zero to Hero?

You’ve finally realized that you need to make some noise to get attention and implemented a content marketing strategy. You’ve rallied the troops. You’ve started social media postings. You’re working with a PR company to get press releases written and posted, and to coordinate blog and article strategies. Today is…

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Added by sara callahan on January 28, 2016 at 9:37am — No Comments

A Vendor’s Guide to Getting Attention at Conferences

The 2016 conference season is upon us. Conferences are an excellent place for vendors to gain exposure and connect with dealers in a concentrated area over several days. They are also a definite (and not inexpensive) investment. So, it makes sense to do all that you can to optimize your ROI.

 

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Added by sara callahan on January 11, 2016 at 9:21am — No Comments

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The Amstrad E-Mailer was a wired phone with an LCD. This magic telephone had a dial-up web browser. But the main thing here, as it said in its name, that you could send emails. The…

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