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A Tale of 6 Pictures: Social Media Mini Case Study (and contest!)

A good social media advertising campaign (or any marketing campaign at all, for that matter) should be guided by science. Testing, monitoring, adjusting, and testing again are the cornerstones of a good marketing strategy.

Much of what we do in the car business comes with assumptions. We do things that…

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Added by JD Rucker on April 6, 2014 at 3:10am — 1 Comment

Dealertrack to Buy Dealer Authority in $1 Billion Deal

Dealertrack Technologies, a leading provider of financial services software to auto dealers, has agreed to purchase digital-marketing newcomer Dealer Authority for about $1…

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Added by JD Rucker on April 1, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Recycling Social Media Content is Getting Out of Hand

I get it. I understand the need for more content to serve to an ever-growing flow of content consumers. The art of recycling content is important, particularly on sites like Twitter where a piece of content can and should be used multiple times in order to get the message out to everyone. It's a…

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Added by JD Rucker on March 30, 2014 at 5:46pm — 2 Comments

Automotive Marketers versus Marketing Automotive People

There has been a question that has popped up over the years ever since the rise of the internet as a valid marketing venue for car dealers. Should dealerships and vendors teach automotive industry people about marketing or should they teach marketing professionals about the car business?

I've…

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Added by JD Rucker on March 22, 2014 at 11:32pm — 1 Comment

Website Chat Should Shoot for Quality First, Quantity Second

There's a disturbing trend I'm seeing in the automotive industry when I visit websites. Perhaps it's been like this for a while and I simply took my eye off the chat ball. When I see chat windows that instantly prompt for the customer's contact information, it makes me cry a little…

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Added by JD Rucker on March 10, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Why I Talk About Other Automotive Vendors

I was talking to an internet manager yesterday about their marketing when I brought up Hook Logic. His challenge was that he only gets credit for leads, so while he definitely wanted to help the dealership with our SEO and social media products, he wasn't crazy about the concept of increasing more showroom…

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Added by JD Rucker on February 25, 2014 at 12:05pm — No Comments

To Whoever is Calling this "Social" Media, Please Stop. You're Embarrassing Us All.

It's easy for us to take the high road and call it abysmal to utilize the strategy demonstrated below. We would never do it to two dealers, let alone dozens. We also understand the need to make a solution scalable for the sake of profits as we have worked for companies that…

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Added by JD Rucker on February 6, 2014 at 10:52pm — 3 Comments

The Automotive Industry Deserves Better from Reputation Management Companies

Over the last couple of months, I've been researching reputation management companies in and out of the automotive industry. On one hand, I found a couple of shining stars that stood out from the competition. On the other hand, they were only the best but were still missing the boat when…

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Added by JD Rucker on February 5, 2014 at 6:54am — No Comments

Top 7 #AutoMarketing Priorities

Every year around this time, dealerships find themselves making decisions about how to move forward with their marketing. The NADA Convention is often a starting point for the decision-making process; whether you go or not, the post-NADA whirlwind is a great time to grab the latest and greatest from the…

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Added by JD Rucker on January 23, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Tyson Madliger Joins JD Rucker as CEO of Dealer Authority

Dealer Authority, an automotive digital marketing firm, named Tyson Madliger as its first chief executive officer. He will be joining JD Rucker who founded the company in November, 2013.

Orange County, CA (…

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Added by JD Rucker on January 17, 2014 at 6:17am — No Comments

6 Personal Profile Picture Types to Help You Represent Your Business

Thanks to social media, the leaders of companies are often much more exposed than ever before. Not everybody uses social media regularly, especially business leaders who are too busy, too out of touch, or both. Those who are active on social media while running a company need to be sure their profile…

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Added by JD Rucker on January 13, 2014 at 6:19am — 5 Comments

Should I have One Blog or Multiple?

When I first started in digital marketing back in 2006, I had a dream of helping people take over the internet realm for their particular niche. At the time, I had 4 automotive clients and with the thought that content and links were so powerful for SEO while social media was the future, I pictured a…

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Added by JD Rucker on January 9, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

A Reminder About the Three Big Social Trends for 2014

I would love to tell you that this is breaking information, the type of news that you absolutely must hear in order to succeed in 2014, and that if you don't heed my advice your dealership will probably crumble in the earthquake of financial ruin by mid-March, but I just can't say that. This is a…

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Added by JD Rucker on January 8, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

"TTAP" Your Vendors: Nominations Open for Top Tier Automotive Partners

This is an industry that has no shortage of vendors. There are more choices amongst those supplying dealerships with websites than several other major industries combined. It's competitive out there, which is a great thing for dealers. Unfortunately, it can also be confusing. Who is really…

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Added by JD Rucker on January 7, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

Defined by the Quest: The Three Types of Marketing in 2014

One of the most amazing parts of my job is spending time reading, watching, and testing the practices of others. It's conceivable that the true secret to my success over the years has less to do with creativity and more to do with listening and deciphering. You have to listen to the channels like Google…

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Added by JD Rucker on January 6, 2014 at 3:35am — No Comments

The Social Media Resolution

Let’s keep this one short and sweet. If you run a business, you fall into one of four categories:

  1. Those who are using social media and seeing mixed or minimal results
  2. Those who have used social media in the past and stopped because they saw mixed or minimal…
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Added by JD Rucker on January 2, 2014 at 3:19am — 1 Comment

The Truth About the Concept of Content Being King

If you've participated in automotive internet marketing for long enough, you've very likely heard the concept that "content is King." It was in play back in the days when I started researching search engine optimization all those years ago and it never really stopped. There was a dirty little secret that…

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Added by JD Rucker on December 30, 2013 at 5:39am — No Comments

Search Marketing Trends for 2014

The excitement has been building for a little while now and we're finally here. 2013 was awesome for many of us on all three sides of the ball - dealers, vendors, and OEMs - and 2014 is trending towards being even better for many. On the other hand, the dangers popping up in many marketing disciplines are also…

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Added by JD Rucker on December 26, 2013 at 6:19am — No Comments

Why Digital Marketing and Advertising are Finally Coming Together in 2014

To paraphrase the immortal movie icon, Ferris Bueller, "The Internet moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

That seems to be the case with many digital marketing practices, particularly in the realm of advertising versus marketing. Oddly…

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Added by JD Rucker on December 23, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Reputation Management is More than Just an Email

Online reputation has been a hot topic for a couple of years now. As solutions continue to emerge and the business of reputation management as a service expands, there's a dangerous trend that should be addressed.

Reputation management isn't about sending an email. It's not about filtering…

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Added by JD Rucker on December 20, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

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