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The Cliche of Dealer SEO and Analogies to Support it

Pulse rates are different depending on what artery you check and what method you use. Checking someone's carotid artery by hand can yield a slightly different result than taking it with a machine through the brachial artery. The same thing happens in the car business, which is why I like to talk to…

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Added by JD Rucker on May 16, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments

3 Keys to Knowing if Your Dealership's SEO is Really Doing the Job

This is one of those blog posts that my team will probably hate. I can already hear them. "Stop giving away our secrets!" As I've posted before, there really should be no such thing as secret sauce in automotive digital marketing, so I'm going to share our recipe.

There are three key…

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Added by JD Rucker on May 11, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Why Search and Social are so Closely Tied Together (and why they're not)

When you have two people who have combined for over two decades of working with automotive website providers, you would think that they the company they would build together would be another website provider. It wasn't. There's a reason for this.

Search and social are the marketing venues we…

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Added by JD Rucker on April 29, 2015 at 7:17pm — No Comments

On the Art (and science) of Social Media Posting Frequency

Common advice in the automotive industry: "There are very strict rules that dealers should follow when posting to social media, especially as it pertains to timing."

Pop quiz: Who says things like this?

  • Companies who post on schedules
  • Gurus who want to demonstrate the need…
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Added by JD Rucker on March 16, 2015 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Make Mobile Traffic a Top Priority for Your Website

It took a mini-debate with a potential client to bring me to a conclusion: numbers do lie. Conventional wisdom says otherwise, but in the digital age there is a huge gap between seeing the numbers and understanding them in a meaningful way.

I should go ahead and add an addendum to the…

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Added by JD Rucker on February 22, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments

If You Build It, They Won't Come (unless you support it)

In the movie Field of Dreams, a ghostly voice tells Kevin Costner's Ray Kinsella character, "If you build it, he will come."

The first question you'll want answered is, "What is it?" In the movie, the 'it' was a…

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Added by JD Rucker on February 10, 2015 at 11:07am — No Comments

Did Google Just Bump Mobile-Friendliness Up in its Ranking Algorithm?

Word on the street in the SEO world is that Google just had a big algorithm update that is finally starting to match what they've been saying for a while: mobile-friendliness is important for search rankings.

The move was first noted by …

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Added by JD Rucker on February 4, 2015 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Why 'Irrelevant' Content on a Dealer's Website is Relevant

Once you get over the beauty of the 1970 Dodge Charger in the picture, you might ask yourself, "What does a 45-year-old muscle car have to do with automotive content?"

We've been asked the same type of question multiple times pertaining to content we publish on dealer websites. Sometimes, it's…

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Added by JD Rucker on January 23, 2015 at 6:58pm — 2 Comments

It’s All Going Mobile. We Get It. Now What?

Compared to a couple of years ago, the number of dealers who have some sort of mobile strategy is exponentially higher. As an industry, we're starting to really understand just how important mobile is, but there needs to be more action and less discussion, in my humble…

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Added by JD Rucker on January 2, 2015 at 1:52pm — 3 Comments

7 Lessons From My First Year Building an Automotive Startup

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Added by JD Rucker on November 26, 2014 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Your Message Must Match the Marketing Venue

Let's call it what it is. This is a post about active digital marketing versus passive digital marketing. It's one that covers two of the types of marketing disciplines that are near and dear to my heart, but more importantly it lays the groundwork for an understanding of the various marketing styles…

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Added by JD Rucker on October 15, 2014 at 2:41am — No Comments

Links May Die Someday for SEO, but Not Quite Yet

Inbound links still matter. Despite what you may here from SEO gurus around our industry, the power of high-quality, relevant, and natural inbound links to a dealer's website is still apparent. Google's Matt Cutts acknowledged that in the long run, this may not be the case.

That…

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Added by JD Rucker on September 30, 2014 at 2:38am — No Comments

You Know Your Marketing, but do You Really KNOW Your Market?

I'm a big fan of putting the power of targeting in the hands of the dealer. We're not one of those who believe that we know best about our clients' market, demographics, and customers and we try to put our expertise in social and search to play with their understanding of the area and their business to…

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Added by JD Rucker on September 28, 2014 at 6:27pm — No Comments

You Can't Optimize Two Dealers in the Same City with the Same Make

I can already hear the vendors scrambling to put together their rebuttals. I'm not going to dwell on the issue, but it's an important one to note.

For most dealers, it's okay to be in the mix. As long as you're on the first page on Google for the major keywords, you're doing just fine. Aggressive…

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Added by JD Rucker on September 26, 2014 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Three Paid Methods to Drive Traffic to Your Inventory

We've been very careful with how we approach inventory marketing on dealer websites. On one hand, we know that a dealer's inventory is the primary lead and sales driver for dealers. On the other hand, the concept of driving everyone directly to inventory is a flawed one. Sometimes, it's better to put people…

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Added by JD Rucker on September 19, 2014 at 5:00am — 7 Comments

Less is More in Calls-to-Action on Dealer Websites

The past two years has seen a decrease in the number of website leads for many dealers. We're getting more visitors and fewer people filling out lead forms. The trend has caused what I've seen as an increase in the number of calls to action on pages, particularly on inventory pages. This is a…

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Added by JD Rucker on September 8, 2014 at 4:22pm — 4 Comments

Let Data Drive Pretty Much Everything in Your Marketing

First, a mini-rant. It will make sense why I'm starting with a rant before getting to the meat of the issue.

I was on the phone with a social client and their prospective search marketing provider the other day when I was blindsided by ignorance. It wasn't what I expected from a company…

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Added by JD Rucker on August 31, 2014 at 5:12am — No Comments

The Two Categories of Social Media Marketing Strategies

When it comes to marketing (and just about everything else), there are right-brained thinkers and left-brained thinkers. The right-brain thinkers are more subjective and often more creative and would not like the concept of social media having two options. It makes it too black and white. Left-brain…

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Added by JD Rucker on August 12, 2014 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Customer Loyalty Isn't Dead.

There is doom and gloom in the statistics. Fewer people are staying loyal to a single brand of vehicle. Fewer people are staying loyal to a particular dealership. We've been hearing about it since the rise of the digital age and it can push dealers to focus on generating new sales and service customers…

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Added by JD Rucker on August 9, 2014 at 8:58pm — No Comments

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Social Media: Reciprocate Your Way To Increased Engagement

Posted by Paul Moran on May 29, 2015 at 8:36am 0 Comments

Customers increasingly expect businesses to have a social media…

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Posted by Marsh Buice on May 28, 2015 at 2:17pm 0 Comments

Is Your Dealership Losing Google's Trust?

Posted by Robert Monson on May 28, 2015 at 11:16am 0 Comments

Over the last month, there has been a lot of noise about the lack of transparency between some SEM companies and their automotive clients.

Showroom Logic founder Patrick Bennett provides an insightful look at why it's critical for a dealer…

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6 Dealership Email Fails and How to Prevent Them [Free eBook!]

Posted by Rebecca Kon on May 28, 2015 at 10:11am 0 Comments

Follow-up emails are so crucial to a dealership’s marketing and communication strategy, but valuable and helpful content is recently taking a backseat to speed and convenience.

Over the past few months, we’ve reviewed…

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