Sara callahan's Blog (105)

Are there too Many Chefs in Your Content Kitchen?

One of the best ways to get your name out to your audience is through a consistent regimen of relevant educational content of interest to your audience. This helps position key people in your dealership or organization as industry thought leaders and gains indirect brand exposure.

 

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Added by sara callahan on May 17, 2018 at 9:31am — No Comments

Marketing Mistakes: A Little Pizza While You Die?

I’m pretty sure most of you have received some sort of marketing that was either irrelevant, offensive or perhaps just made you say, “Why the…

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Added by sara callahan on May 10, 2018 at 9:33am — No Comments

Effective Public Relations Begins with Humans

The art of public relations has changed dramatically in recent years and now includes a myriad of services and possibilities. Today’s consumers are exposed to as many as 10,000 brand messages per day and, to break through this noise barrier, public relations must adjust methodologies accordingly. While this is…

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Added by sara callahan on April 30, 2018 at 9:57am — No Comments

Negative Reviews Can be Sales Gold!

Study after study finds that word-of-mouth is the single greatest influencer when it comes to marketing. Providing a consistently excellent customer experience, then having those customers go out and tell their family and friends about it is the marketer’s holy grail. According to many, it’s perhaps the easiest and…

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Added by sara callahan on April 19, 2018 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

The Fine Art of Getting Attention at Conferences

Conference season is upon us and each business is competing with hundreds of others for attention. A strategy is needed, or your business simply ends up as part of the noise everyone fast-forwards through – media and attendees alike. So, how do you break through the “noise” barrier and actually get…

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Added by sara callahan on March 2, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Customers Don’t Care What You Have Until They Care About You

Whether you’re a dealership or a vendor, I’m sure you…

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Added by sara callahan on February 23, 2018 at 9:21am — No Comments

What is Content Marketing?

Content marketing has become somewhat of a buzzword recently. With developing technology and the Internet taking over our lives, PR and marketing terms constantly develop and shift in meaning. So, I thought a little primer on content marketing might be useful!

 

The classic definition of marketing…

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Added by sara callahan on February 16, 2018 at 10:17am — No Comments

How Subtlety in Content Leads to Marketing Success

These days, consumers are no longer willing to engage with in-your-face marketing tactics and quality content is king.…

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Added by sara callahan on February 9, 2018 at 9:33am — No Comments

When NOT to be the Smartest Person in the Room

In the best-selling book of 1979, “…

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Added by sara callahan on January 24, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

When It Comes to Marketing, Don’t Be The Horse With Blinders On!

One of the most frustrating things for marketers and public relations professionals is that companies tend to be so focused on producing sales, and/or marketing to prospective clients, that they become a bit like horses with blinders on -- focused on the single carrot in front of them – namely, customer…

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Added by sara callahan on January 10, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

When Using Customer Data, Don’t Be Creepy!

When it comes to providing the ultimate customer experience, can technology go too far and instead, backfire…

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Added by sara callahan on December 22, 2017 at 9:35am — No Comments

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

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