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Content is Important, but there's More to SEO than Building Pages

I've been pretty torn over the last few months. On one hand, I'm so pleased to see that dealers (and even some vendors) are really starting to embrace building content pages on their website. On the other hand, I'm concerned that many companies are starting to promote building these pages as their…

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Added by JD Rucker on June 23, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Calling Out the Vendor Who Said Links Don't Work for SEO...

I don't enjoy calling out vendors. It's something that I think is unprofessional in most situations. Sometimes, when a vendor is truly hurting the automotive industry, it must be done and I have to do that today.

We have a client being hounded. This other vendor has been telling them that…

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Added by JD Rucker on June 17, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Content is King, So Pick the Right Kingdoms

We've all heard the phrase, "content is king." The question that you should ask about your content is whether or not it's worthy of being the king of something important or the king of crap. Unfortunately, much of what is pawned off as content turns out to be ruling over nothing…

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Added by JD Rucker on June 16, 2015 at 10:09am — No Comments

Why Does Automotive Social Media Still Suck?

When we first built our company in 2013, we had a big fear. It was a sense of urgency that drove us to make aggressive moves, hire talented people when we didn't have the revenue to support them, and drink lots of coffee to stay ahead of the competition. The fear came from the certainty that automotive social…

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Added by JD Rucker on June 14, 2015 at 7:18pm — No Comments

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

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Have You Got Customers, Clients Or Guests?

Posted by Dave Benson on July 3, 2015 at 7:33am 0 Comments

Some dealerships call them customers, some call them clients, others call them guests…

I’m not fussed with what you call your enquiry, I’m just fussed in how you treat them.

Physiologically…

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Service Your Mercedes Benz At Authorized Service Centers

Posted by Simon Hopes on July 3, 2015 at 3:09am 0 Comments

A Mercedes Benz is an engineering marvel. It not only looks good, it is a symbol of luxury. The owner of a Mercedes usually treats it like a child and takes care of it very well. At the same time when you need to service the car, it is necessary…

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5 Simple Link Building Strategies for Small Businesses

Posted by Mark Frost on July 2, 2015 at 8:43am 0 Comments

When someone new to digital marketing reads…

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Today’s Sales Tip PLUS Free Closing Ratio Tracking Tool

Posted by Dave Benson on July 2, 2015 at 1:19am 0 Comments

What’s the most important number you need to know in…

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Preempt Lease-End Competition for Your CPO Inventory

Posted by Ryan Mayo on July 1, 2015 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

The combination of consumer demand, increasing…

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You're Fired!

Posted by Rob Gehring on July 1, 2015 at 9:51am 0 Comments

Over the years I've seen many dealerships terminate employees for various reasons. Most states today, state in their…

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